Have a Cookie, Brother
v.18 “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.”
It baffles Andrea and me when Ezra or Judah take their brother's words as having parental authority.
"Jude, can I have a cookie when I'm done with my lunch?"
"Awwwwww! Dad, Jude said I can't have a cookie!"
"Jude is not your Dad. He doesn't get to say-so."
Nobody likes to take orders from their siblings. They are not the boss of me! And yet, we are such social beings, constantly taking stock of our surroundings, taking cues from people around us. I don't know why Ezra asks Jude permission for things, but he does. I also know the day is coming when Ezra will not ask Jude or their dear parents for permission for anything!
"Where are you?"
God promised to raise up a prophet like Moses from among the brothers of Israel. In Jesus, God took the form of a sibling. Siblings are usually rejected when speaking with authority over their siblings. Jesus, too, was rejected. Yet, he taught that his crucifixion would reveal the Father's new work.
"When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own authority, but speak just as the Father taught me." (John 8:28)
Jesus' Father-given words were not simply the written words of law already available in Moses and the scriptures. This was a new word, a Gospel word. Jesus would not be yet another mouthpiece for Moses, like Aaron and all the rest of God's prophets. He is the Son who would also be our brother. He is the crucified who would become the risen and reigning Giver of Righteousness.
Fortunately for Ezra and the rest of us, Christ's brotherly gift is infinitely better than cookies.
Gracious Father, you have raised up a brother for our salvation. Give us an appetite for Christ's every word, for in these promises we are nourished, now and forever. Amen.