This is a bit of an impromptu passage but I talked about it slightly yesterday and it caught my interest! In the field of spiritual gifts, prophecy seems to be among the more highly regarded (1 Corinthians 14 speaks loads of this), but I don’t really have a clear definition of it. Please don’t read this if you don’t plan on committing to reading the whole thing or it might sound a bit too charismatic. Here’s Exodus 7:1.
And the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.
Short and simple. No one can argue that God didn’t speak to Moses directly, so how come he says his brother Aaron will be his prophet? There’s a little backstory to this as well, but basically what happens is that Moses doubts God’s ability to use him, so Aaron ends up saying whatever God tells Moses. Aaron is Moses’ mouthpiece, which apparently makes him the prophet in this scenario. Why? Because he is the one delivering God’s word.
Let us not be mislead by or jump to conclusions from this passage though. Surely Moses was a prophet?
And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face. – Deuteronomy 34:10
Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. – Acts 3:22
You’ll make the same mistake I did if you assume Aaron is the real prophet in this scenario, not Moses, because God most definitely appointed and chose Moses.
Your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.
God actually says that Aaron will be the prophet of Moses … what does that even mean? In this context, he’s clearly showing us that a prophet is someone that speaks the word of God. All Aaron is doing is saying what Moses tells him, and that qualifies him to be the prophet of Moses. In that respect, if you believe everything I say and then tell people my words, it would make you a Prophet of Ru. Please don’t do that 🙂
How do I receive the word of God to begin with?
You hear it. Whether it was through the Bible, whether it came to you through inspiration, whether God spoke it to you audibly, you received the word of God by listening. This is a two-step process, you can’t speak the word of God without hearing it first, unless you have the tenacity to say you got the word of God somewhere else. A prophet is someone who hears and then speaks the word of God.
This is a really broad definition. You might be thinking; Hey, that sounds like something I could do! “God is going to provide for my future.” Does that make me a prophet? Well, kind of. God has probably brought that genuine thought to you at some point or another, and now you’ve proclaimed it to the World! And now you’re probably thinking, “Well, I know I’m not a prophet so Michael must be feeling pretty stupid right now.”
Not everything a Prophet says has to be true, and any prophet who lies is not from God (Jeremiah 14:14). But everything that a real Prophet hears from God is true. Do you find it impossible to filter out God’s word from your thoughts? Hmmm. None of God’s Prophets in the Bible had too much trouble with that. To be a prophet entails confidence in God’s word and being able to speak it.
A gift like this could easily help a Church or Fellowship in discernment, it could help a Pastor or Teacher preach truth from the Word. So earnestly pray for these gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31). I wanted to write more about biblical prophesy and visions, but that will have to wait for next week! … when I have time :s
Michael “Getting hungry thinking of Profiteroles” Ru