There was an old TV commercial about a financial firm named E.F. Hutton. It showed Mr. Hutton in a busy restaurant or on a crowded street, and as soon as he opened his mouth, there was silence. The ad slogan was this: “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.”
There was no greater Old Testament prophet than Moses. All the others who followed directed the people to follow what he had written in the first five books of the Bible. He deserved the attention.
But he didn’t deserve the ultimate attention. That was reserved for someone else: “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. The Lord said to me: ‘… I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name’” (Deuteronomy 18:15,17,19).
That someone else, “a prophet like me,” is Jesus. But does he get your attention? Today many other things vie for our attention. I’ve made plenty of excuses for why I don’t have time to study God’s Word. I’ve made excuses for why I haven’t given God my best. I am the master of convincing myself that I just don’t feel like being a servant anymore. However, Jesus’ perfect life is credited to you and me by grace. God’s attention is all on us as dearly loved children. So when he speaks—listen.