"For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'" (Acts 3: 22, 23) Just after Peter delivered the second recorded sermon on Solomonâ€™s Porch following the healing of the lame man, he then quoted Moses as found in Deuteronomy 18, as we have just presented to you. You will find this passage also quoted by Stephen in his defense before the Sanhedrin in Acts 7: 37. I refer to it and to the verses we will mention in just a moment often, both in lessons here on this site and in private studies.
The third witness Jesus mentioned to the Jews, who were testing him, is The Lord God Almighty, The Holy Father. Isn’t it interesting that he tells them quite directly that they have never seen God the Father and had never heard His voice “at any time?” I can almost hear them thinking the equivalent of “You idiot, don’t you know the history of the exodus?”
That meant they were completely deaf. They were spiritually dead on arrival, completely clueless, without knowledge and direction. They had wholesale rejected the Word of God. They thought they knew, but just like so many today they were mistaken. How would Jesus’ statement sit with you, “But you do not have his word abiding in you, because the one whom He sent you do not believe.” How then do you suppose they felt when Jesus said this? I suspect a certain smugness took over in many. They might have been thinking something like, “Who does this pretender think he is? Why, we observe things at the Temple; we are the children of Abraham!”
Do you know and accept what Jesus left us as his witness from the Father, or do you listen to other voices and seek out other sources just like the Jews of that day?
You can’t have it both ways. Neither could they. Like King Pyrrhus of old, they won the battle against Jesus here and lost the war for all eternity.
We are either in the Lord’s camp or we are anywhere else – and anywhere else just does not matter, no matter how brilliantly we may think that we shine, how close to God we may feel, or whose children we may think we are. There is only one location for the truth: in God’s Word – the Holy Scriptures.
And the Father Himself, who sent me, has testified of me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. And you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.
(John 5: 37-38)