Jesus: Seven Portraits
Study Questions: Week 2
- Generally speaking, what has been your understanding of what a prophet is and what a prophet does?
A prophet of God is someone who speaks for God, reveals God, and communicates to people the truths that God wants them to know. With that definition, how does Christ fulfill the office of prophet?
- Read the following passages. How do they affirm Jesus being a prophet?
- Luke 22:42
- Read Deuteronomy 18:15-19. Who is this passage referring to?
- The Deuteronomy passage is quoted by Peter in Acts 3:15-26. This context is clearly about Christ. How might we know this?
- Jesus fulfills the office of prophet in two ways:
a. He forthtells God’s words. What does this mean?
b. He foretells future events.What does this mean?
- Read the following passages out loud and then discuss how Jesus refers to himself as a prophet.
a. Luke 13:33
b. Matthew 13:57
- Read out loud Acts3:15-23. Three words come to mind: repent, listen ,and obey.
Why are these things crucial to our salvation?
- If you feel comfortable, share your story of repentance and why this time was important to you.
- Close in Prayer
19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’
24 “Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”
15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.”
17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 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.
49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”
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.
35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.