Meditation

04/18/2022

Ephraim will be laid waste on the day of reckoning. Among the tribes of Israel claim what is certain.” (Hosea 5:9)

Proclamation has been accomplished primarily through individual human beings, though at times Go used angels to announce 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 the proclamation; rather 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 words of comfort and salvation, but at all times they fearlessly announced the message given to them from Almighty God.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, today we recognize the gift of proclamation from someone gave the message to deliver to an individual, and congregation or to whole communities. The message might be a reminder of what people were to do; sometimes whole communities were addressed to repent of sinful living; sometimes it was directed to a church for a variety of reasons (to support missionary work, taking care of the poor and/or homeless, and sometimes for the congregation to think of others and not just themselves. Thank You, Lord, for our Lenten Season, to think about what we do and what we ought to do better, or maybe to take on additional tasks, that serves the overall community we live in. Today we also pray those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know, especially the people in Ukraine, as they are fighting for their very lives and way of life. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Our hearts are happiest when they are beating for others.”

KNOWING GOD:

Proclaim this among the nations: Prepare for war! Rouse the warriors! Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.” (Joel 3:9)

Certainly in the event of an impending attack from a source outside of the community, a proclaimer such as a local leader or king might call upon its citizens who are tasked to protect the community, though it could also be used to gather citizens together to come together for the common good of a broken well or a need for a new well to be dug for the benefit of the whole community. Proclaiming maybe a method for many differing reasons, but one that comes from Almighty God is one that must be heard and responded to immediately. One thing is sure, it is never to be ignored!

I AM:

Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. The lion has roared—-who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken—-who can but prophesy? Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod and to the fortresses of Egypt: ‘Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria; see the great unrest with her and the oppression among her people.’” (Amos 3:7-10)

God is committed to declared His plans to His people through His messengers. He acts only as His purposes are made clear. God rules all and wants His children to know and understand what He does in His world. Prophesying is not a task people choose but one God compels them to fulfill. “Prophet” (Hebrew – nabi’)means literally “one called out.” The Hebrew prophets believed God had revealed His secrets to them and called them to announce His message. They could not resist speaking to others what God had revealed. All the prophets speaking to other what God had revealed. All the prophets considered themselves to be spiritual leaders commissioned by God to warn the people concerning the perils of wickedness and to give guidance on moral issues. The prophets were the moral leaders of Israel. They also announced and interpreted God’s actions in history. Under God they were the creative force in the development of Israel’s spiritual greatness. Prophets always have been on the cutting edge in advancing the work of God in the world. All have been filled with enthusiasm as they have sought to advance God’s will. God uses the prophetic voices of His leaders today, to warn and inspire His people. A prophetic dimension should characterize the ministries of all who preach the good news of he gospel. God still needs His leaders to be on the moral cutting edge, proclaiming God’s will in and through us, to draw in more people to the church.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him.” (Luke 8:1)

Jesus’ ministry illustrated the very nature of proclamation. The Greek uses two verbs (kerusso is he clear and authoritative announcement of news. The proclaimer kerux or herald was the king’s spokesman. His announcement carried royal authority and sought to inform the people of important events and decisions. Most often the herald as a slave of he 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 (Greek -euangelizo) is to bring a message of gladness or good news. Whereas the content of the Old Testament proclamation offer centered on rebuke and judgment, the New Testament message centers on the good news of opportunity for eternal life through the kingdom of God established in the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. The New Testament calls God’s people to follow Jesus in proclaiming with authority the good news of and from our heavenly King.

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