Meditation

12/05/2019

Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of the Lord’s temple and said to all the people. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on this city and the villages around it every disaster I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked and would not listen to my words.’) Jeremiah 19:14-15)

Proclamation has been accomplished primarily through individual human beings, though at times God used angels to announce His word. In the Old Testament times 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 dis not control the content of the proclamation. They spoke the word God gave them in a way the audience would hear and remember. At times they surprised people with words of doom and rebuke. Other times they spoke with words of comfort and salvation. At all times, they fearlessly announced the given message God had given to them.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, You give a message to those whom You have anointed to share with congregations, the general public and even to individuals, that is to be delivered by those whom You spoke directly to. Let the message clearly ring in the hearts and minds of those who hear the message and receive it as true, heart-felt, and to be understood. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

If you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep; instead, talk to the Shepherd.”

KNOWING GOD:

“This is what the Lord says: ‘As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim peace; if he does not, the prepare to wage war against him. Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them.’” (Micah 3:5-6)

One thing many people do not understand is that there were all kinds of prophets, prophesying throughout the nation. God’s prophets spoke truth, always, while other prophets spoke whatever made the people wanted them to say, to make them feel better in their relationship with the people than what was real the truthful. God’s prophets did bring good messages to the people, but they also brought messages rebuking their actions with others, and that they needed to change their ways. You see, God loves His people and He loves them enough to tell them when they are doing wrong instead of good, that they were to treat all people equally and fairly, and that they were to be honest and truthful in all transactions. Conversely, the “feel good” prophets (much like many preachers today) delivered messages that were not truly honest and truthful. They were currying favor with the people, instead of delivering a message that’s foundation was built on love, truth, and compassion.

I AM:

Proclamation, Fearless:” (Jeremiah 2:2)

(Jeremiah 2:2: “God and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: ‘I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.’” As previously noted, prophets, angels, and sometimes dreams were common in the Old Testament. Prophets were the major deliverers of God’s messages. The commonality of all was simply that they spoke the word God given them in a way the audience would hear and remember. Sometimes the message was good and sometimes it was a correction in our behavior that needed changing, but at all times they fearlessly and truthfully announced the given message.

Second Thought of the Day:

“So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” (Matthew 10:26-28)

Beloved, this both a warning and a promise. Those of us in the world today that are called to preach and teach, must do so honestly, directly, and truthfully. There is no room for ambiguity. The message of God’s Word is clear and is to be obeyed.

Proclamation is backed by God. The human proclaimer should have no fear in proclaiming His Word publicly. God gives His messengers freedom to disclose God’s good news of he kingdom to all persons everywhere.

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