I WILL RAISE UP FOR THEM A PROPHET LIKE YOU FROM AMONG THEIR OWN KIN
Many of the prophesies of the Old Testament were fulfilled in their time, but partially. When we read the Old Testament in light of the Gospel and knowledge of Jesus, we see the fulfillment in Jesus as the ultimate plan of the Father.
In our first reading (Deuteronomy 18:15-20)
, Moses gives his farewell address to the Israelites on the banks of the Jordan before they cross over to the promised land. He instructs them to listen to the prophet the Lord will send them.
Moses spoke to all the people, saying: "A prophet like me will the LORD, your God, raise up for you from among your own kin; to him you shall listen. This is exactly what you requested of the LORD, your God, at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, 'Let us not again hear the voice of the LORD, our God, nor see this great fire any more, lest we die.' And the LORD said to me, 'This was well said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin, and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him. Whoever will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name, I myself will make him answer for it. But if a prophet presumes to speak in my name an oracle that I have not commanded him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, he shall die.'"
In last week's Gospel, Jesus proclaimed, "This is the time of fulfillment, the Kingdom of God is at Hand"
. In the Sunday's
Gospel reading (Mark 1:21-28)
, we see the an example of this fulfillment - Jesus' first day of public ministry. Jesus is the ultimate fulfillment of the prophesy of Moses we read about in our first reading.
Then they came to Capernaum, and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught. The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit; he cried out, "What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are-the Holy One of God!" Jesus rebuked him and said, "Quiet! Come out of him!" The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him. All were amazed and asked one another, "What is this? A new teaching with authority. He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.
In our Epistle reading (1 Corinthians 7:32-35)
, St. Paul is instructing the disciples of Corinth about the married vs. the unmarried (or celibate) life. Both are good, but the unmarried is more free to serve the Lord completely.
Brothers and sisters: I should like you to be free of anxieties. An unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But a married man is anxious about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and he is divided. An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. A married woman, on the other hand, is anxious about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. I am telling you this for your own benefit, not to impose a restraint upon you, but for the sake of propriety and adherence to the Lord without distraction.
Jesus is the ultimate prophet. He teaches with authority in the synagogue and is the one whom even the demons obey. He is the one of whom Moses proclaimed that God would "raise up from your own kin" and will put "My words in his mouth". Listen to him!
- For additional insight, read Father Gonyo's commentary on Deuteronomy in this weeks "Pastor's Message"
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