Day 16 – Listen to the Prophet
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:37-38).
Jesus cries out to humanity. He calls us to come to Him. He beckons us to drink, to partake of His Spirit. He tells us that our belief in Him will confirm the Holy Scriptures and transform our lives. Out of our own hearts, the very core of our beings, will flow rivers of living water.What an amazing picture of the Holy Spirit at work within us.
- Why does Jesus use the analogy of drinking and the flow of living water?
- What promise does Jesus make to those who believe in Him?
- How does this image affect your life as a believer in our Lord Jesus?
I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to My words that the prophet speaks in My name, I Myself will call him to account (Deuteronomy 18:18-19).
This is perhaps the most profound forward-looking statement about the coming Messiah that is made in the Torah (the first five books of the Bible).
Consider God using Moses as His chosen prophet—and pointing to a future Messiah, about whom God alone could testify. We not only learn about Him, but we see this prophet, and as His followers, we are required to be obedient to God.
- What does this prophecy given to Moses tell you about God’s desire to make and fulfill His promises?
- How do we know that this prophet is Jesus of Nazareth?
- When Jesus speaks, does He sound like God?