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‘Then a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him.”’ (Luke 9:35 NLT).

From: April 1, 2019

LEARNING TO LISTEN FOR THE LORD’S VOICE

When Peter witnessed the Transfiguration of Jesus and saw his glory and the two men, Moses and Elijah, standing with him, Peter blurted out his idea for a building project on the mountain. But the Father spoke to Peter from the cloud and silenced him with the instruction, “Listen to him.”
 
How many holy moments have been interrupted by our tendency to talk when we ought to be listening? And how often have we sought after an encore of a loud “mountain top” experience when God wanted to speak to us with a “still, small voice” like he did with Elijah (1 Kings 19:12)? Prayer and Bible reading are meant to be a two-way conversation with the Lord. But for this to be so, we must learn to listen for the Lord’s voice.
 
Are you listening?
 
PRAYER: Lord, how often we are like Peter and fill the air with our words when we ought to be listening for your voice. Please forgive us. We are so easily distracted. Our world is so loud and filled with competing voices. Yet, we want to hear you speak. Teach us to listen for your voice. O how we desire to hear from you. Speak to us from your Word. Speak to our hearts today, we pray. In Jesus’ name, amen.

‘Moses continued, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.”‘ (Deuteronomy 18:15 NLT).

From: April 1, 2018

GOD HAS RAISED UP THE CHRIST JUST AS HE SAID
On this Easter morning let us remember that God promised the Israelites that He would “raise up” one from among them as the Messiah, the Christ. And now, some 2,000 years later, we look back on the fulfillment of this Mosaic prophecy, written 1,400 years before He came.
 
Jesus is the fulfillment of this Scripture. He was born into the tribe of Judah. He spoke all that the Father “commanded” Him to say (Deut. 18:18, John 12:49). And on occasion referred to Himself as a “Prophet” (Luke 13:33). Moses was a foreshadowing of the Christ. But Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the ultimate revelation of God (John 1:1-18, John 14:9). This is why the LORD instructed the disciples to “listen to Him” on the Mount of Transfiguration (Luke 9:35).
 
God has not only raised Jesus up from among His people, He has raised Him up from the grave. His empty tomb is proof of the promise that we too shall be raised up one day. As the Scripture says, “And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead” (1 Cor. 6:14).

“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26 NKJV).

From: April 1, 2017

Desire and thirst both seek satisfaction. The psalmist was once envious of the boasting and prosperity of the wicked, and didn’t understand why God allowed it. Yet, he brought his concern to the Lord and received fresh understanding. In the place of his envy for what others had, the Lord gave him a new thirst, a new desire for God Himself. He lifted his eyes to heaven and saw the rich portion that was his, namely, the Lord.
 
All things on earth will fade. Our bodies will fail. Why thirst for things that do not satisfy? Why be envious of things that will not last? Instead, let your desire be for the Lord. Put your trust in the Lord Jesus, who said from the cross, “I thirst” (John 19:28), so that we might find our deepest desire satisfied in Him.

“And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah” (Luke 9:29-30 ESV)

From: April 1, 2016

Jesus took his inner circle of disciples up on a mountain to pray. As usual, they fell asleep, but they awoke suddenly to discover a change. The veil separating this world from the next had been pulled back. They saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus about his soon approaching exodus from this world. Even more, Christ’s true majestic glory was revealed as they glimpsed His person with unveiled faces. Peter’s sleepy mumblings were silenced by the Father saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”
So, looking and listening, what is observed? Here are two observations: 1) Moses and Elijah are alive and identifiable, giving evidence of the afterlife with God. 2) The Divinity of Christ is supported both by the visible revelation of His person and the audible testimony of His Father. How do these two observations encourage you today?

“I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him” (Deuteronomy 18:18 NKJV)

From: April 1, 2015

Jesus is the fulfillment of this Scripture. He was born into the tribe of Judah and so was one of Israel’s “brethren.” He spoke all that the Father “commanded” Him to say (John 12:49). And on occasion referred to Himself as a “Prophet” (Luke 13:33). Moses was a foreshadowing of the Christ. But Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the ultimate revelation of God (John 1:1-18, John 14:9).
It seems appropriate that today’s OYB reading included this passage in the OT reading and the Mount of Transfiguration passage in the NT reading. Both Moses and Elijah were OT types pointing to Christ and here they are conversing with Him about His coming death. Moses represents the law, and Elijah, the prophets, and Jesus fulfilled them all.

“About eight days later Jesus took Peter, John, and James up on a mountain to pray. And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white” (Luke 9:28-29 NLT)

From: April 1, 2014

Jesus took his inner circle of disciples up on a mountain to pray. As usual, they fell asleep, but they awoke suddenly to discover a change. The veil separating this world from the next had been pulled back and they could see to the other side. They saw Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus about his soon approaching exodus from this world. And they witnessed a glimpse of Christ’s true majestic glory. John would again see Christ unveiled before leaving this world, as recorded in the Revelation, and it would leave him laying on the ground at Christ’s feet. God the Father silenced Peter’s mumblings as he awakened bleary-eyed and talkative with, “This is my Son, my Chosen one. Listen to him.”

“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel” (Proverbs 12:10 ESV)

From: April 1, 2013

As believers we are called to steward God’s creation. This includes the way we treat both God’s creation and His creatures. Those who have a biblical worldview have an appropriate regard and balanced respect for all that God has made. Ironically, even today’s Deuteronomy reading includes instruction on not destroying fruit trees when taking possession of the promised land. A biblical worldview also gives a wise order of priority to our stewardship, rightly placing humanity as the crown of creation and therefore deserving of our highest respect.

“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever (Psalm 73:26)

From: April 1, 2012

Do you depend on your own strength? No matter how many vitamins or supplements you take, your health will wane. But God’s strength is available to you forever. Draw on Him. Depend on Him. God never fails.

“But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Psalm 73:2-3)

From: April 1, 2011

American consumerism is a slippery slope for those pursuing righteousness. Don’t lose your foothold. Live for what lasts.