The prophets were messengers… they carried God’s word to an audience, the people, encouraging them to live their lives according to the word.
The Lord warned Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers: “Turn from your evil ways. Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets.” 2 Kings 17:13.
They also, at times, predicted the future, including the events related to the coming of Christ.
The kings in charge back in the day were generally a bad lot, leading the people to worship false, pagan gods. The prophets were called to help bring the people back to God from their moral and spiritual decline.
I’ve chosen the quest of Isaiah as an example.
Isaiah began the quest as a scribe in the time of King Uzziah’s throne. Isaiah was commissioned to serve as a prophet by answering to God’s calling with “Here I am. Send me!” Isaiah responded to a vision of the Lord. Isaiah’s mission was a difficult one… he had to deliver a message: The Lord will destroy you because of your disobedience. The people thought the opposite… that they were, in fact, blessed by God.
Isaiah message from the Lord: help the people see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts.
Isaiah was a rebel with a cause. Hard to imagine that religious people were giving him flack? Think again. Isaiah, like other prophets, was heavily persecuted. He was also considered by some to be a traitor. The people did not want to hear what he had to say. His journey was filled with many trials. He carried God’s message to the people through the reign of 5 kings.
Suffering in the land…
… and while Isaiah brought a warning of judgement, he also brought a message of great hope.
One of my favorite Bible verses is from Isaiah…
“The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31
Being a prophet would be a difficult assignment for me. I really like my simple existence of just being a growing believer in Jesus… a father and grandpa (aka Papi)… an aspiring author and Geologist.
Answering to God’s calling… and your quest… it could be quite simple… or like the career path of a prophet.
Answering to God’s calling… what would your answer be?
“Here I am. Send me!” ??