Reading: Deuteronomy 18:18-22

18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. 19 I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. 20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”

21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.


1. What does it mean that Jesus is the longed for Prophet of God?

2. How do you view Jesus’ teaching in light of the law and prophets? (Matthew 5:17)

3. Do we listen to this prophet or do we consider his teaching “nice thoughts”? (Matthew 28:19-20)

Worship reflection: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day