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Speaking the truth in difficult circumstances?

‘But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.’ (Micah 3v8).To understand the context for this visceral response from Micah, we have to understand how Jacob and Israel have fallen far short of the standards of God. The chapter begins with

“Listen, you leaders of Jacob,
    you rulers of Israel.
Should you not embrace justice,
    you who hate good and love evil;

In fact,  we learn in what follows, that the duplicity of Israel’s leaders and rulers is also echoed in the behaviour and compliance of the people they rule over who also refuse to change and are being crushed by this situation. Not only that, prophets who should have been speaking the truth were receiving payment for favourable oracles to those in the administration. What is God’s response? To choose Micah as a vessel. To choose one who is willing, receptive and open to being directed by the Holy Spirit to tell it as it is!.  Directed and enabled by the Holy Spirit, Micah calls out the rulers and leaders for their rejection of God in favour of greed and evil, challenging them as to who and what they have become.

Unlike most prophets who were often rejected and killed, it appears Micah had a long ministry spanning several decades. A legacy to a man directed by God’s Spirit and fearless in speaking the truth.


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Understanding Ezekiel?

‘Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.’ (Ezekiel 1v20)
It is of great benefit when reading Ezekiel to recognise this book is unlike any other. The verse – taken from Ezekiel’s vision- forces the reader to contemplate a scene so wondrous that it defies description. Or at the very least, our ability as humans to contemplate  the complexity of what is being viewed.
However, for the purposes of this series on understanding the Holy Spirit in History,  it will suffice to say that the ‘spirit’ as it is mentioned here falls into one of two explanations – these being:
  1. a supernatural occurence that facilitates the mechanism seen in Ezekiel’s vision?
  2. an unknown dynamic through which movement occurs that Ezekiel presumes spiritual?

From what is encountered later in  the book of Ezekiel, we realise that Ezekiel’s calling iand ability as a prophet is quite unique. However , for now, it will suffice to say his writing points to God who is  revealing what is to come through Ezekiel, his chosen vessel.

click here to read the context of v20 as it appears within chapter 1.
click here for a really interesting piece on Ezekiel

 


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Spiritual Gift Definition – what makes a prophet?

‘In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Romans 12v5-8

Today we consider those whose primary spiritual gift is Prophet. Often, these people act as God’s conduits  to the Church. Receiving a word or revelation from God, the person is often burdened with it until such time as they are released to to tell others. Although this may be in a verbal way it can also involve some sort of living metaphor (see Hosea 1). Hallmark of a prophet? Answer – Dedicated to prayer.

NB. please note that a distinction exists between those who exercise a prophetic gift (1 Corinthians 12) and the rare few who have a prophetic role (Ephesians 4:11).

Although the following descriptors may act as a guide, please  consider getting the spiritual gift app or doing the test in the book or ebook to elicit which one of the spiritual gifts is primary to you. Find more information and resources at the primary spiritual gift website.


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