“Beware Of Sheep’s Clothing” (Deuteronomy 18: 15, ESV) by Carley Evans

God warns us not to speak “presumptuously.” We are not to presume that we speak “a word” from the Lord. “When a prophet speaks in the Name of the Lord, if the Word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the Lord has not spoken.” (Deuteronomy 18: 22)

God tells us we “need not be afraid of him,” of the one who has presumed to speak for God. (Deuteronomy 18: 22)

God forbids certain practices in the prediction of the future, including divination, fortune-telling, interpretation of omens, sorcery, necromancy, seances. Whereas God at one time spoke to us directly, the Lord says He will provide a prophet who is like Him. He says, “I will put My Words in his mouth, and he shall speak.” (Deuteronomy 18: 18) We are to listen to the Words of a true prophet. We are to test the prophecy and the prophet, however.

Jesus says, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits.” (Matthew 7: 15 – 16) Further He warns, “On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and do many mighty works in Your Name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’ ” (Matthew 7: 22 – 23)

False prophets may very well do “mighty works,” but remain inwardly “ravenous wolves.” The mighty work may emerge from a practice which God forbids, or from motives not at all related to heaven’s calling.

God says, “That same prophet shall die.” (Deuteronomy 18: 20)

4 thoughts on ““Beware Of Sheep’s Clothing” (Deuteronomy 18: 15, ESV) by Carley Evans

  1. You realize that the prophet Moses pointed to was Jesus right? Read it again… Notice the word Prophet is capitalized first of all and doesn’t have to be. Then Moses, known as the Deliverer says “like unto me” this Prophet was also to be a deliverer. (v15)

    Verse 18 God says, I will put my words in His mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him – Jesus said, For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. (ref. John 12:49). Compare also Deuteronomy 18:19 with John 12:48.

  2. Yes, that is one possible interpretation. Much of the Old Testament points to Jesus while at the same time speaking to a specific situation of that time.

    In the English Standard Version, the word “prophet” is not capitalized.

    My note deals more with the verse about a prophet speaking presumptuously than it does with Moses pointing to Christ.

    Remember, my notes are S-H-O-R-T; no way I can cover everything! Thanks much, however, for your comment.

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