By Gary V. Gary V. The unique slant in this introduction is steady use of communication theory and the sociology of knowledge to evaluate the Biblical prophets. Smith analyzes God's use of the prophets as change agents in terms of the persuasiveness of their prophetic communication, the theology of their messages and their sociological involvement with their audience. While the author upholds a theistic worldview, his book may have secular appeal because of its focus on this interplay between prophet and hearers in terms of human motivations and responses. The first two chapters give theories about the nature of communication and social change, the next sixteen chapters apply the theories to each of the sixteen writing prophets, and a final chapter summarizes principles characterizing prophetic endeavors.
Chapter 1 explains factors that inhibit or promote transformation in hearers offered persuasive reasons to change. Chapter 2 considers whether the prophet held a socially peripheral or central position. Prayer belongs in a very high and important sense to the prophetic ministry. Praying prophets have frequently been at a premium in the history of Gods people.
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God's watchmen must always and everywhere be men of prayer. Praying preachers are the true prophets of the Lord, and are they who stand as mouthpieces of God to a generation of wicked and worldly-minded men and women. They are the boldest and truest, and swiftest ministers of God E. M Bounds - The Weapon of Prayer. Prayer was essential to the prophetic ministry. It came naturally to the prophets and was the life-blood of their ministry.
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Prayer was their principal means of communication with God and lay at the heart of their personal relationship with God Clifford Hill - Prophecy, Past and Present, p. The prophet is also a mediator. Moses stood between the people and God. Time after time, Moses stood in the gap on behalf of the nation before an angry God. Consequently, intercession played a vital part in Moses life.
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As a prophet Moses felt in his heart the burden of the message he brought to the people. People have always looked to prophetic people when they needed prayer - they still do today. Out of their request for prayer will often come the very signs that confirm the word of God we speak. Be bold! Be vigilant! Be fervent! Anything might happen! Africa Prophecy. A prophet and his message is born before the Lord.
Prophets are men of prayer. A man who has learnt to sit in quietness before the Lord cannot but be contaminated by his pain regarding the situation of the oppressed Lars Widerburg, Prophets Without Burden.
Prophetic burden-bearers are called to pray. These are the prophetic intercessors. They can feel the grief of the Lord over the things that are not right.
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These prophets seem to live in the doldrums much of the time, but they are called there to pray "right" again those things that are wrong. God bless them! Jim Wies - Different Kinds of Prophets. Men of prayer must be men of steel, for they will be assaulted by Satan even before they attempt to assault his kingdom L Ravenhill- Why Revival Tarries.
I believe prophetic ministry is the gas that fuels the tank of intercession and purity. It's the prophetic hope that causes our prayers for a coming great visitation of God to be persistent through the many years and the diverse seasons of hardship Mike Bickle - Growing in the Prophetic p.
The Prophets As Preachers: An Introduction to the Hebrew Prophets
A key role of the prophet is waiting in the presence of God to receive the word of God. God is sovereign so we cannot tell him when he should speak. Hearing will always require waiting. More at Receiving the Word. The task of the prophets was to know the will of God, so that they could convey it to the nation.
Their ministry consisted in handling revelation, ie the knowledge that God has revealed to them.
From the earliest times prophecy was conceived as being the activity of God, rather than the activity of man. This is true not only for the receiving of prophecy but also for it's delivery. When the prophecy actually conveyed the word of the Lord to the people he was deemed to be under the power of God. The hand of the Lord was upon him, empowering and directing the delivery of the word Clifford Hill - Prophecy, Past and Present p. A prophet is often called to suffering. Deep dealing at the hand of God will often be needed to prepare the prophet for receiving the word of God.
Sometimes he may actually have to experience beforehand, something of what his people will experience. Jeremiah spent many years in captivity before his people went into captivity.
He was often rejected and ostracised; he was even accused of being a traitor. Ezekiel had to lie on his side for days to symbolise the judgement that would come upon his nation. This suffering made the prophets extremely aware of their human frailty Jer It also equipped the prophet to give what was often a very harsh message in a spirit of compassion. A true message is nullified if it is spoken in the wrong spirit. Suffering softens the prophet's spirit, so that he can give the hardest word, in a spirit of love. Suffering contributed to Jeremiah's compassion. When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the chief officer in the temple of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the Lord 's temple Jer ,2.
There is an especial message in the ministry of Jeremiah for those who are compelled to stand alone, who fall into the ground to die, who fill up what is behind of the sufferings of Christ, and through death arise to bear fruit in the great world of men, which they passionately love F. B Meyer - Jeremiah. In the faith chapter of Hebrews, a number of prophets are recorded as heroes who suffered for their calling. And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.
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Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword.