A Prophet Declares God’s Word with Authority
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Hebrews 4:12, Deuteronomy 10:12-15, Deuteronomy 31:22-26, Micah 6:6-8, 2 Peter 1:16-21
A prophet declares God’s living Word. The Old Testament prophets were God’s mouthpieces, bringing God’s Word to the ears of a people who would be lost without it. As the messengers of the Word, prophets pointed to the coming Messiah who would be the Word made flesh.
The book of Proverbs tells us a man is a fool if the only counsel he listens to is his own (Proverbs 12:15).
Who speaks into your life with authority? When we’re young, plenty of people do—parents, teachers, bus drivers, the volunteers managing the school crosswalks. But as we get older, fewer people have such a voice in our lives unless we grant permission. We need people who will do for us what the Old Testament prophets did for God’s people.
In the Old Testament, prophets were heralds. They declared God’s living Word, and they did so with authority. The Bible tells us that God’s Word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12). It is trustworthy (2 Peter 1:16-21) and God’s people are called to follow it (Deuteronomy 10:12-15). Historically, God used His prophets to make His Word known (Micah 6:6-8), and He has preserved it in the form of Scripture so that it can serve as a sacred, reliable guide for us (Deuteronomy 31:22-26, 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
In the Old Testament, the prophets spoke with an authority higher than a king. In fact, God often used His prophets to speak truth to power. Sometimes the kings and rulers were grateful for the help; other times they were furious. But here’s the thing about God’s Word—its power and authority have nothing to do with our approval of its message. If it is true, we need to hear it, no matter how much we may not want to.
Old Testament prophets were God’s mouthpieces, bringing God’s Word to the ears of people who would be lost without it. We need people who can not only speak God’s Word into our lives, but do so with authority. We need to invite people who know and respect the Word of God to speak it to us. And we need to ask God for the humility to always welcome the counsel of Scripture, to regard ourselves as people under its authority.
When we see how God worked through His prophets in the Old Testament, we’re reminded of how delicate our egos can be when confronted with the truth. But truth is what we need. And in Christ, Truth is what we’re given.
May the Lord continually deepen our desire to be men under the authority of God’s Word. May He use us to speak its truth into the lives of those we call friends. And may we do all this with great humility and reverence for the Author of our faith.
Written By Russ Ramsey