Jesus Christ Requires all our First Fruit
Give the first fruit of “your womb” to Jesus
- Speak in the name of the Lord, (Deut.,18:19).
- He will have and speak God’s words because ”…I will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.” Deut., 18:18.
- His words will “come to pass”. Deut., 18:22.
- He would be a Hebrew for he will be born “from the midst of
thee, of thy brethren”, (Deut., 18:15).
- Human sacrifice.
Israel had many prophets after this promise. Great men like Samuel, Elijah and Elisha come to mind. But, the Lord, to differentiate this prophet from all the others refers to him as “that Prophet“.All the previous and subsequent prophets of God fulfill the prerequisites noted earlier. Failure to “hearken” (listen) to these men of God usually carry an immediate consequence.Generally, a prophet of God is for a nation, like Samuel was to the twelve (12) tribes of Israel. Therefore, Samuel’s’ jurisdiction was limited to the Israelites and their neighbors to whom he could speak. Not so with “that Prophet”, Jesus Christ. Although he would come from one of the tribes of Israel, and was sent to them his jurisdiction was different. Jesus Christ, “that Prophet” power or authority to speak the words of God in His name, extends to “whosoever” hears his words and will do it, Jews or Gentiles. His authority has no boundaries, no limit, geographical, racial or otherwise.The consequence for not listening and obeying “that Prophet” is not immediate. The Lord says “whosoever” hears “that Prophet” speaks the words of God, in His name and refuse to obey, “I will require it of him.” Therefore, there is a penalty for the disobedient in the future.So, the Lord sends a Prophet to satiate Israel’s need for the divine or mysterious performance of God among them, especially by speaking the word of God. However, the Lord make no mention of when the Prophet would appear. Since then, Israel has been watching for the coming of “that Prophet”.
- Use of “divination”. This is when a person acts like a prophet to foretell by occult or supernatural means.
- An “observer of times”.
- An “enchanter”. This is a a magician, a sorcerer.
- A “witch”. A woman, who professes or is supposed to practice magic.
- A “charmer”. This is any person who by chanting or recitation of a magic verse or formula to induce magical powers.
- A consulter with familiar spirits or a psychic.
- A “wizard”. This is a man who practices magic, a magician or sorcerer.
- A “necromancer”. A person who uses a method of
divination through alleged communication with the dead; black
art. (Deut., 18:10-11).