I declared my mind through them: Hosea 12.10

“I spoke to the prophets;
it was I who gave vision after vision:
I declared my mind through them.”

Hosea 12.10 REB

REB interprets the third line, which NET reads as “I spoke in parables through the prophets.” The revelation throught the prophets, like Hosea, was one of judgment and repentance.

God continues to communicate to us today through the prophets and inspired apostles, whose writings are contained in the Bible. We must give even greater heed to them, now that Jesus has come.

#votd #prophets #revelation

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2-3-2016 Find Jesus In Scripture

“Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph'” (John 1:45 NKJV). (1) The Jews in Jesus’ day knew God had predicted a Messiah through the Prophets who had written the Word of God. God would give His New Law through this Messiah, which we call the New Testament. “He takes away the first that He may establish the second” (Hebrews 10:9 NKJV). (2) Nothing in the Old Testament predicted any other Prophet, like Jesus, who should be followed. These specific prophecies could not have been fulfilled by anyone but Jesus Christ, not: Abraham, Moses, David, Muhammad, Joseph Smith, Edgar Cayce, or any others who claim God is speaking through them today. (3) Only “Jesus of Nazareth” is identified in Scripture. Have you found Him? He said, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#edgar-cayce, #messiah, #moses, #muhammad, #prophets

YES MEN

                We have all heard stories about there being “yes men” around people of some prominence. We note that those who have “yes men” around have a terribly distorted view of life; the life about them is not really seen because “yes men” intervene and prevent reality from being experienced.

Experiencing reality as it is (rather than as another might want it to be) has a way of shaping us into “well-rounded” people. It does not always work that way, of course, but it is a contributor to grounding us more than not. For some, though, there is little desire in being grounded.

Israel had a king; his name was Ahab. He had a number of prophets who tended to his needs when he wanted something done. On one occasion the king of Judah (Jehoshaphat) desired the Lord’s input before he and the king of Israel set themselves in front of another army. The Israelite king accepted Jehoshaphat’s request and called for the prophets; 400 came to the two kings. All the prophets spoke to the kings and told them the Lord would give victory. Jehoshaphat, however, had his doubts about this entourage and asked for the Lord’s prophet. Ahab did not like this request, but granted it to his associate king.

What is interesting about Ahab’s response to Jehoshaphat was that he made it plain to the king of Judah that he did not like the Lord’s prophet because “he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil” (1 Kings 22:8). Here is why “yes men” are so popular and wanted.

Because the Israelite king wanted his “yes men” before him, his reality was terribly distorted. In fact, so distorted it was that he bought in to idolatry and he had the ignoble reputation of “There had never been anyone like Ahab, who was firmly committed to doing evil in the sight of the LORD, urged on by his wife Jezebel. He was so wicked he worshiped the disgusting idols, just like the Amorites whom the LORD had driven out from before the Israelites” (1 Kings 21:25-26, NET).

Paul would have said it this way: “Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?” (Galatians 4:16, ESV) RT

#ahab, #jehoshphat, #prophets, #yes-men

How Can I Know?

     Why am I guilty when I did not know? That is the question the people asked during the days of Jeremiah. Jeremiah took the people’s question and lament to the Lord: “Then I said, ‘Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you assured peace in this place'” (Jeremiah 14:13, NKJV). The Lord, however, was going to hear none of this. “And the LORD said to me, ‘The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart’” (Jeremiah 14:14).

How, then, were they to know what was right, exactly what to do? For a good while now, the Lord had been proclaiming to the people of Judah, through Jeremiah, a message that was contrary to what the false teachers were proclaiming. This resulted in confusion amongst the people. The confusion was more in facade than in reality. The people wanted to believe the words spoken by those the Lord identified as false teachers (5:31).

Those who are in positions of knowledge (preachers, elders, serious students of the Scriptures) understand the obligation placed upon them to teach that which they know (6:16). When messages spoken by various people are contrary to one another, the proper course of action is to search the Scriptures to see if those things spoken are so (cf. Acts 17:11). Isaiah spoke the sentiment exactly. “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). Even during the days of Moses, if the people inquired about how one could know, the Lord exhorted His people to be diligent in discernment (Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 18:21-22). This is why the Lord was going to hear none of it.

There is an application for us in this regard. It may be that we ourselves become confused when we hear this message and that message from the variety of sources who speak. When we note these messages are contrary to one another, then the obligation falls on us individually to know what the truth is. Jesus said, “If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority” (John 7:17). Since Jesus said we can know, we might ask why some think they can’t? on the contrary, in the very next chapter of John’s gospel, the Lord said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).

Thus, we can see that the obligation is ours to know and then to abide in the teachings of the Lord. When we hear another with a message that is different than what we understand, John said, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

It is a serious matter and we do ourselves a disservice eternally if we dismiss it in application. RT

#jeremiah, #knowledge, #prophets

My Favorite Prophet

One of my favorite prophets is Micaiah. His response to the messenger of the wicked king Ahab is classic. It represents how every spokesman for God should feel about proclaiming God’s message. “”As the LORD lives, what the LORD says to me, that I shall speak.” (1 Kings 22:14) May God help those of us who preach and teach His Word be this convicted.

#prophets

My Favorite Prophet is…

My favorite prophet is Malachi. Israel thought they could cheat God, but through Malachi God let them know what he thought of them. I find a lot of human reasoning argued to God in the 4 chapters. Seems things don’t really change. Man still puts his reasoning up as excuses to do other than what God wants or deserves.

#malachi, #prophets

Daily Nudge: prophet — and news

Aleijadinho's Jeremiah the Prophet

Which prophet?

Which of the prophets is your favorite? nudges the Nudge of the day, if one may call a prophet a favorite. And why that one, of your choice?

The photo at right comes from a sculpture by Brazil’s “Little Cripple.” Amazing work, his. You’ll have to guess which of the prophets it is.

Today’s question was prompted by a short exchange between Ron and me on Facebook. Thanks, Ron.

A hard blowing rain yesterday afternoon left branches and leaves in the streets. The electricity was cut off, and many traffic lights were out. Not a pretty picture in a city of 700k.

I’m waiting on more input on the question about “What God Has Done for Man.” Mike R. answered right off, and Stephen gave a full discourse, very nice. Nobody else to add a line? These two haven’t said the last word, they’ll admit that.

Barbara Ann arrived safely in Costa Rica, will have her apartment Thursday, begins teaching Let’s Start Talking material today. She and Michal Swain will be there for a while, Barbara for four months. They’re both a bit under the weather. Please pray for them.

That’s my news, what’s yours?

Oh, a last little item, from Quick Bible Truths, one of two tweets from prophets sent out yesterday, by coincidence of our Nudge today:

Sometimes it comes down to this. “Stop prophesying in the name of the Lord or we will kill you!” Je 11.21 NET

#brazil, #news, #nudge, #prophets