Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”
by: Jerry Johnson.
I often wonder what my reaction would have been had I been in the audience during one of Peter’s sermons that challenged the hearers to connect the Old Testament covenant promises to Christ. Would I have been offended as a religious Jew who likely thought that the most important aspect of Abraham’s blessing was following the ritualistic teachings passed down through the generations? Peter, inspired by the Holy Spirit “connected the dots.” For us today, it is essential to maintain a strong knowledge of these covenantal foundations in order to grasp the wonder of God’s providential work and the breadth of Christ’s fulfilled prophecy.