The Promised Prophet

We have a new year quickly approaching. How many of you would like to know what’s ahead in the New Year? It’s human nature to want to know the future. We have a strong drive not just to know the future, but to influence or control the future if possible. The Greeks consulted oracles. The superstitious look to the stars, or tea leaves, or lines in their palms. More modern and rational people use statistics and math and probability predictions. There are countless books on the market now breathlessly telling us of new insights and new revelations about the future that are hidden in the pages of Scripture. Our text this morning has a context that rises out of a strong inclination to try to gain insight into the future. The Israelites were surrounded by nations that all practiced magical and superstitious arts, ways of trying to communicate with the gods and gain knowledge of the future.