“And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. Moses said, ‘THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN; TO HIM YOU SHALL GIVE HEED to everything He says to you. ‘And it will be that every soul that does not heed that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’ And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days. It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED.'”
– Acts 3:17-25 (emphasis added; the all caps quote Deuteronomy and Exodus)
The words you see above were spoken by Peter to a crowd in Jerusalem. The crowd had gathered when Peter and John healed a man who had been lame from birth. Peter wanted to make clear to everyone that neither he nor John had the power to cause this miracle but that it was the power and authority of the resurrected Jesus that had made the man walk.
This is just a portion of what Peter said to that crowd. The parts I put in bold print indicate just how important the Old Testament prophecies were to the message Peter was preaching. Peter’s point was that Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection were central to the plan of God for the restoration of a fallen universe – a plan extensively documented in the Hebrew Scriptures (what we today call the Old Testament). What God was doing in their generation had been promised by God for many generations before.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, thank You for the patience You demonstrated in working over such a long time and through so many different people to bring about our salvation…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.
(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)