“Ephraim will be laid waste on the day of reckoning. Among the tribes of Israel I proclaim what is certain.” (Hosea5:9)
Proclamation has been accomplished primarily through individual human beings, though at times God used angels to announced His word. In the Old Testament prophets were the major proclaimers of God’s Word. Prophets carried God’s messages from the divine council to kings, congregations, and individuals.
The prophets did not control the content of he proclamations. They spoke the word God gave them in a way the audience would both hear and remember. At times they surprised people with words of doom and rebuke. Other times they spoke words of comfort and salvation. At all times they fearlessly announced the given message.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in the days of the Old Testament, the prophets would make an announcement, usually in a way that the people would not only hear, but remember. They brought the message God had given to them, and they would pass along the message for all to hear. Abba, You call some to preach and teach and part of that is to proclaim the word You give to us to pass along to others. However, there are others who are chosen by You to proclaim Your message. Help all of us who are charged to proclaim the words and/or message that You want us to pass along to other people and also for those others who receive Your message to pass along to people any and every where. Gives us all discernment to hear the message and to know You have sent it to us, and thus, we can then pass it along to those we come into contact with. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Being in the valley gives us the best view of the mountain.”
“Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared—who will not fear? Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod and to the fortresses of Egypt: ‘Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria; see the great unrest within her and the oppression among her people.’ ‘They do not know how to do right,’ declares the Lord, ‘who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses.’” (Amos3:7-1)
Well, where do we start with these verses?! God did reveal His plan to His servants, the prophets. The “Lion has roared,” and you understand this represents God, right? “Who will not fear?” Obviously because these fortresses are specifically named and the reference to those who ‘do not know how to do right,’ clearly points a finger to those in authority of those fortresses, ‘who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses.’ To assemble on the mountains of Samaria, to see the great unrest within her and the oppression among her people. Once again, those in power, rule with an iron hand and are not concerned about the people within their care. Instead, they hide and hoard their plunders and loot in a selfish manner and they do not share it for the needs of the people. God has dealt harshly with these types of leaders, He will again, and always will, because He loves His people and seeks to care for them at all times.
“Worship, Authoritative Declaration:” (Deuteronomy 18:9-22)
We begin with detestable practices, such as sacrificing children to fires, those who practice divination or sorcery, interpret omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable tot he Lord and God will drive out those nations before you. We must be blameless before the Lord our God. God has always had His prophets, Moses was a primary prophet of God, and God promised another great prophet whom Christians see as Jesus, the great and final Prophet of God. He both is and speaks God’s final message to us. God has an always does reveal His chosen spiritual leaders for His people. He chose priests and prophets for Israel so they worship and hear God’s word. God has a desire to be in relationship with us, and provides for our needs physically and spiritually. Conversely, false prophets have and will confuse God’s people. This is why it is so important for us to study His Word, to discern those false prophets, so we may remove ourselves from their presence.
Second Thought of the Day:
“After this, Jesus travel about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.” (Luke 8:1)
Beloved, Jesus’ ministry illustrated the nature of proclamation. The Greek uses two verbs to describe Jesus’ preaching ministry. Proclaiming (Greek – kerusso) is the clear and authoritative announcement of news. The proclaimer (Greek – kerus) or herald was the king’s spokesman. His announcement carried royal authority and sought to inform the people of important events and decisions and the herald was the king’s spokesman and they were usually a slave of the king.
The New Testament uses the noun (kerux) only three times. The emphasis is on the act of proclamation and its content, not on the person or office. The content focuses on the presence of God’s kingdom in Jesus and a reordering of life and the universe under God’s rule. To announce the good news is to bring a message of gladness or good news. The message centers on the good news of opportunity for eternal life through the kingdom of God established in the live, death, and resurrection of Christ. I pray this is clear and understandable for all.