Finding Jesus in the Prophets
Whenever anyone goes looking for employment the key element is job description.
*What’s the title, salary, and hours?
*What are the duties, responsibilities, and purpose of the work?
*Any qualifications, like education, training, or experience required?
Today we begin the prophets, therefore, we need a job description.
*The title is Prophet, the salary is nothing, and the hours are on-call, 24/7. There’s a distinct possibility that the people will ignore you, hate you, and even persecute you.
*Duties? Speak for God: whatever and whenever He tells you to speak. No questions asked, no discussion. As a Press Secretary reveals our President’s perspectives on issues, the prophet declares the will of God.
*Purpose? Be My spokesman to My people; warn them of sin, express My love to them, call them to repentance, and alert them to what’s coming.
*Qualifications? Be chosen by God, no experience or education necessary, on-site training.
Does that sound like a job you’re anxious to apply for? Leave me out. And yet God chose specific, trusted men, and a few women, to speak for Him. Why did He assign these prophets with these duties? Simple … He loves His people and desires to communicate with them. The Prophets are God’s communicators. They will continually declare to the people what God is thinking and His desires for them. Any relationship requires communication, some more intimate than others, but regardless, sharing with one another is a key component.
God created us to need Him and since mankind’s fall into sin He has chosen to use prophets to effectively convey that love and mercy.
Prophets were to be committed. Undoubtedly, God called them to this position because He saw their hearts: a desire to please Him, whatever the cost.
As we travel through the prophets of the Old Testament in this “Finding Jesus Series,” my hope is that the Holy Spirit will reveal Jesus to you in a deeper way. Through sixteen men, whose prophecies were chosen to be books of the Bible, we’ll find Jesus and His Plan for the end times. Sound interesting? Stay with me.
No one can speak for another unless they are connected in some way. The prophet’s calling, unlike a priest who was born into the position, was unique and required staying in touch with the Father. We find Jesus, a prophet in His own right, staying connected to His Father. He only did and said the Father’s will (John 5:19-20).
Let’s find Jesus in every prophetic book, sometimes veiled and sometimes clear, but the most exciting part for me is the consistent proclamations of the Second Coming of Christ. That Day, as it is often called, is described in much detail to alert us to its timing.
For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Romans 8:19 NLT
As we wait for That Day let’s stay connected as we explore the Prophetic Books of the Scriptures.