False Prophets- Deuteronomy 13-14

Read Deuteronomy 13-14

The Bible warns against false prophets because of the severe damage they cause. False prophets are people who claim to speak the Word of God and seduce people away from God Himself. Many of the false prophets perform miraculous signs, only heightening the evil power they have over people.

Why does God allow such false prophets to exist? Should He not just remove them? Moses tells us God’s purpose: “…the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul” (13:3b). One necessary step in your growth is God’s testing of you. This testing reveals whether your actions on Monday morning confirm your profession on Sunday morning. God’s big purpose for you is the next sentence in the book: “You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him” (13:4). This is a picture of you as a fully-developed follower of Jesus. Here you are when you have your faith tested and the quality is shining forth because God’s tremendous power has worked through you. You will not be swayed by false prophets, no matter their miracles or their attractive messages.

Michael Slater