The Office Of The Prophet
A Prophet is one who speaks forth to individuals or to nations a message which he has himself received directly from God. God promised man to raise up the Prophet from among the chosen people, to put words into their mouths, to enable them to speak all that He commanded them, and to maintain the authority of His words which they should speak. Prophets are Godís messengers and are inspired by God. He speaks to His Prophets mouth to mouth by voice; He also communicated with them through dreams and visions.
A woman, either the wife of a Prophet is called a Prophetess or one exercising prophetic functions. Jezebel was a false Prophetess and was condemned for her false and evil teachings.
Prophets are Godís Messengers
Isaiah 28:11 for with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
Isaiah was one of the four Major Prophets and the greatest of them all. He served doing the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. His name means Jehovah has saved. He was married and had two sons. His wife is called a Prophetess (Isaiah 8:3) because she was the wife of Isaiah.
Isaiah made his home in Jerusalem, placing special emphasis on his predictions concerning Judah and Jerusalem; his prophecies concerning Samaria, Damascus, Philistine, and other nations being subordinate to those which directly concerned Jerusalem and being introduced because of their relations to Zion and the people of God. Isaiah was a court preacher.
Isaiah is one of the most celebrated Prophets of ancient Israel. Isaiah main theme in his writings is salvation by faith. He received his call to the prophetic office while in attendance upon the temple service. He accepted his commission with praise worthy alacrity without hesitation though he knew from the outset that his task would be one of fruitless warning and exhortation (Isaiah 6). He was the universal Prophet of Israel. He was a keen discerner of national issues. He was the first to unfold the Lordís plan for Judah and the nations.
Isaiah here in chapter 28 is warning the people not to align themselves up with alliance with Egypt. The book of Isaiah warns against false worship and the alternative reward of the righteous and punishment of the wicked. He talks here in Isaiah 28 about Ephraim is threatened for pride. Ephraim is the younger son of Joseph by Asenath. He is the forefather of the tribe of Ephraim of the ten tribes and the most powerful element in the N. Kingdom. Ephraim had become the head tribe; but here they worked and moved in error away from God through the means of pride. Isaiah 28:3 says the crown of pride, the drunkard of Ephraim shall be trodden under feet, they erred through wine and through strong drink. Even the Priest and Prophet erred through strong drink being swallowed up of wine. They were out of their way through strong drink, the erred in vision and stumbled in judgment. Their whole place is in filthiness, vomit everywhere.
They no longer can teach knowledge or cause anyone to understand. Jesus in John 4:24 God is a spirit and they that worship him must worship in Spirit and in Truth. No longer did they honor God for they are lifted in themselves and left God.
With God all things must line up precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little, there a little (Isaiah 28:7-10). Now with stammering (to stumble in speech, to speak or say with involuntary pauses or blocks, often with rapid repetition of syllables or initial sounds as temporarily from excitement, embarrassment or chronically as a result of muscles spasms believed to result from mental conflicts, stutter) lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. They get drunk and want to talk about God like men do today. They are not cognizant of what they say. Their minds are distorted. They are so full of pride even in their drunkenness; and they are not drunk off the Spirit of God.
This was a sermon Isaiah preached of the volume of woes upon the unbelievers of Israel. He is dealing with the drunkards and scoffers in Israel. They were inherently sinful and unable to save themselves from evil because of their state of drunkenness and pride. Their ultimate deliverance can only come through a Savior, the Divine human Messiah. This virgin born Immanuel, who is the mighty God Himself, will establish His Throne as King over all the earth and enforce the demands of Godís Holy Law, as He establishes universal peace, goodness and truth all over the world. This kingly Messiah is to achieve his triumph only as the servants of Jehovah, rejected and despised by His own people and presenting His sacred body as the atonement for their sins. Through the suffering and death He shall bring deliverance of soul, not only to the true believers of national Israel but also to those Gentiles of distant lands who open their hearts to receive his Truth.
Jesus Isaiah said would come and redeem us; He would not be drunk off himself, prideful or drunk off the wine and strong drink of the world. All men Jew or Gentile will be gathered together into the fold of faith and constitute the rejoicing subjects of his Kingdom, which is destined to establish Godís rule and settle Godís peace upon the whole earth. The rebelliousness of man in their rebellious state would still be given Godís grace because Christ would come as promised. Man as Ephraim was is failing to fear God as they should. We bring about calamites because of sin; we are oppressed on every hand. Pride brings punishment and distress. Godís judgments upon various sin can be aborted by our submission and willingness to obey God for Christís Kingdom shall be our sanctuary.
We rise up early in the morning and reach out for worldly goods. We go far into the night with the inflamed influences of our worldly goods to the point that we find ourselves in the captivity of Satan. Time and time again the people of Israel found themselves in this state. Time and time again God sent Prophets to speak to them but they were as we are today unwilling to obey. They didnít want to give up the world. They had entangled themselves with Egypt and loved their ways rather than hold on to the holiness and sanctification of God that had been so loving and gracious to them. Israel, Godís chosen people followed the way of men rather than God. God chose men to fill the office of the Prophet.
God is specific in his instructions to the Prophet.
Deuteronomy 18:18-19-22 I will raised them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee and will put my worlds in his mouth, and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the Prophet which shall to presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods even that Prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, how shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a Prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the things follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the Prophet hath spoken it presumptuously; thou shall not be afraid of him.
I Samuel 8:7-9 And the Lord said unto Samuel, hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they had done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. Now therefore hearken unto their voice; howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.
I Kings 13:1 And behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Bethel and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.
I Kings 13:3 and he gave a sign the same day, saying, this the sign which the Lord hath spoken; behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
I Kings 13: 9 for so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that he came to Bethel.
II Kings 17:13 Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the Prophets, and by all the seers, saying, turn ye from your evil ways and keep my Commandments and my Statues, according to all the Law which I commanded your fathers and which I sent to you by my servants the Prophets.
II Kings 17:23 until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the Prophets; so was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day..
II Kings 20:4-6 And it came to pass, afor Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the word of the Lord to him, saying. Turn again and tell Hezekiah the captainof my people, thus saith the Lord, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears; behold I will heal thee on the third day thou shall go up unto the house of the Lord. And I will add unto thy day fifteen years; and I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the King of Assyria; and I will defend this city for mine own sake and for my servant Davidís sake. .
II Chronicles 36:15-21 and the Lord God of their fathers sent ot them by his messengers, rising up betimes and sending because he had compassion on the people, and on his dwelling place. But they mocked th e messengers of God and despised his words and misused his Prophets, unto the wrath of the Lord arose against his people, till there was no remedy. Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon the young man or maiden, old man or him that stooped for age; he gave them all into his hand. And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof. And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia; to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah until the land had enjoyed her Sabbath for as long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill threescore and ten years.
Isaiah 6:8-11 and I heard the voice of the Lord saying, whom shall I send and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, go, and tell this people; hear ye indeed, but understand not; and se ye indeed but perceive not, make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and convert, and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate.
Jeremiah 7:13 and now because ye have done all these works, said the Lord, and I spoke unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not;
Jeremiah 7:25 since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my servants the Prophets, daily rising up early and sending them;
Ezekiel 2:1-11 And he said unto me Son of Man, stand upon thy fee, and I will speak unto thee. And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me; and he said unto me, son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day, for they are impudent children and stiff hearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shall say unto them, This said the Lord God. and they whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house), yet shall know that there hath been a Prophet among them. and thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions; be not afraid of their words, or be dismayed at their look, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shall speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear; for they are most rebellious. But thou son of man, hear what I say unto thee; be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house; open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee, and when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and lo, a roll of a book was therein; and he spread it before me, and it was written within and without; and there was written therein lamentations and mourning and woe.
Ezekiel 3:17-21 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel therefore hear the word at my mouth and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, thou shall surely die; and thou gives him not warning, nor speaks to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at their hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; be thou hast delivered thy soul. Again when a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man that the righteous sin not and he doth not sin, he shall surely live because he is warned; also thou has delivered thy soul.
Ezekiel 3: 27 But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth and thou shall say unto them, thus said the Lord God; he that hears, let him hear; and in that forbeareth let him forbear; for they are a rebellious house.
Daniel 9:1 in the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans
Daniel 1:6-10 neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the Prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near and that are far off, through all the countries whither thous hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers because we have sinned against thee. O Lord, to us belongeth mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the Prophets.
Hosea 12:10 I have also spoken by the Prophets and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the Prophets.
Amos 7:14-15 then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no Prophet, neither was I a Prophetís son; but I was an herdsman, and a gatherer of sycamore fruit; and the Lord took me as I followed the flock and the Lord said unto me, go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
Zechariah 7:12 yea they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former Prophets; therefore came a great wrath from the Lord of host. .
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the Prophets.
Revelation 10:11 and he said unto me, thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Prophets are inspired by God:
I Samuel 9:16 Tomorrow about this time I will send thee a man out of the land of Benjamin, and thou shall anoint him to be captain over my people Israel, that he man save my people out of the hand of the Philistines; for I have looked upon my people, because their cry is come unto me.
II Kings 3:12 and Jehoshaphat said, the word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
Isaiah 50:4-5 the Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary; he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God hath opened mine ear and I was not rebellious neither turned away back
Jeremiah 20:9 then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing and I could not stay
Amos 3:7-8 surely the Lord God will do nothing but, he revealeth his secret unto his servants the Prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
Zechariah 7:7 should ye not hear the words which the Lord hath cried by the former Prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and the cities thereof round about her when men inhabited the south and the plain
Luke 1:70-73 As he spake by the mouth of his holy Prophets, which have been since the world began: that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham.
Acts 3:18 But those things, which God before had showed by the mouth of all his Prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled.
Romans 1:1-2 Paul a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an Apostle, separated unto the Gospel of God, (which he had promised afore by his Prophets in the Holy Scriptures).
James 5:10 Take my brethren, the Prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering, affliction and of patience
I Peter 1:10-11 Of which salvation the Prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you; searching what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow.
II Peter 1:21 who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Revelation 4:1 after this I looked, and behold a door was opened in Heaven; and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.
Revelation 10:7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished; as he hath declared to his servants the Prophets
Revelation 22:6 and he said unto me, these saying are faithful and true; and the Lord God of the Holy Prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
God gave Isaiah a message to the people. He strived to warn the people of God about standing in the way of sinners. They failed to keep the presence of God. They failed to give the people purpose and direction in that their actions carried them away from God. Jesus came and lived; he died a sin death for us; it doesnít take much to live for God for Jesus has already made the way straight. Godís purposes are un-resistible when we associate ourselves with His Will, His Word, and His Way. God will heal us of all our afflictions.
We are warned yet today to put away pride and the stoutness of heart, put away idolatry, put away lying, put away our hypocritical ways and evil doings. Labor in the Will of God daily and be thankful of Godís faithfulness and mercies. Come out of desolation and be restored to Christ in obedience. Itís no time to be confused about our salvation. Isaiah prophecy of Christ coming and the Holy Spirit is being referenced still today. When we are in Christ, have received the Holy Ghost we have stammering lips because the Holy Ghost takes over our tongue filling the tongue with Godís Word anew. God will change us at our turning and he will speak through us. Our tongue is now tamed by the Holy Ghost. We are drunk off Godís Spirit. Our mind is changed for the good; we donít mind the things of the flesh any more!
The Spirit of the Lord is upon us. He anoints us to preach good tidings, pray that the sick is healed, the lost delivered, bind up the broken hearted; proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. We are saved, sanctified and Holy Ghost filled to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn. We must walk after the Word. Take on the oil of gladness for mourning, praise God from within when we are met with a spirit of heaviness.
We must come into the righteousness of God. We must give God glory; which is what we were created to do. We are set free! How much more can Jesus Christ do? Itís time we do something, shake our self and wake up. Itís time we put on Christ for our redemption is nigh. Jesus has come and God is requiring us to do the Word we believe.
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