Thursday, July 24, 2014

Prophetic Speaking and Backing

And God said, "Let there be light"
Part 1
When someone’s destiny is one of prophetic significance there necessarily accompanies it prophetic speaking and backing.   Prophetic speaking is rooted in the foundations of creation and is first witnessed in the book of Genesis when God first said “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:3).  From this very first verse we see God speaking the creation into existence.  This foundation is additionally supported by the gospel of John 1:1 where it states, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. “  Creation in all its mystery is literally held together by Word of God.  This speaking can be observed in the book of the prophets, but I will once again highlight Moses, Jesus and will add Elijah. 
When God called Moses to return to Egypt to deliver the Hebrew people, he did not send him with the lasted weaponry of that day or with an army of men.  He sent him armed with his 83 year old brother Aaron, a rod but most importantly with these instructions “See I have made you as God to Pharaoh and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet.   You shall speak all that I command you and your brother shall speak to Pharaoh that he must send the children of Israel out of the land.” (Exodus 7:1,2).  It is interesting, but initially it was to be Moses who would do the speaking, but he for lack of a better word did not seem to have the confidence to do the speaking so God compromised and allowed Aaron to do it.  As an attentive bible student would know Moses and Aaron went on to perform all the miracles God commanded them, but in each case it was spoken first to Pharaoh what God would do.   Thus, it is important to note that any time God sends someone of prophetic significance,  he backs the speaking of that person with his power which in the case of Moses exceeded the power of all the magicians and the operating demons behind them of Pharaoh’s court .  At one point the magicians were keeping up until the third plague of gnats or lice and then by their owns words they bemoaned to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God.”  So even Pharaoh’s magicians knew that in the realm of the supernatural they were dealing with the Michael Jordan of their game.   Last minute game winning shots were coming from everywhere.
There is another incidence in the story of Moses that illustrates God backing the speaking of his prophet.  It is the story of the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram in Numbers 16:1-40.  The story is too long to detail here, but it is one as old as men have been upon the earth and I will do a brief summary of it.  Korah, Dathan Abiram and some other men decided one day that Moses and Aaron were doing too much and (my interpretation) were the focal point of attention so it states in verse 3 “They gathered together against Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them.  Why then do you exalt yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?”. “So when Moses heard it he fell on his face.” (vs. 4).  Why did Moses fall on his face?  I believe it is because Moses knew enough about his dealing with God to know this was a disaster in the making.   For all the miracles that these people had witnessed, they still did not understand the concept of separation and calling.   Now if all the congregation was holy, then all the congregation would have done their own miracles and led themselves out of Egypt.  Moses went on to give instructions on what to do to determine who God had chosen and who was holy and who could come near to Him. 
 When Korah gathered all the congregation against them (that is Moses and Aaron) at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation. (vs.19) .  “And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron saying, “Separate yourselves  from among the congregation that I may consume them in a moment.” (vs. 20-21).  Thoughtfully, Moses asked that the Lord not punish everyone for the sins of one man and God had them separate from Korah, Dathan and Abiram.   The statement of relevance is this, “By this you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, for I have not done them of my own will.  If these men die naturally like all men, or if they are visited by the common fate of all men, then the Lord has not sent me, but if the Lord creates a new thing and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the Lord.”  Then it came to pass as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground split apart under them and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the men with Korah, with all their goods. (vs. 28-32).   What is striking about the last verse is that God did not tell Moses what to say, he just backed what Moses said.  So at some point Moses thought about something as fantastical as the earth opening and swallowing the men, spoke it and God did not consider it too extreme to perform. 
      Therefore, what can be learned is that when God calls and sends someone with a prophetically significant task, he grants them his authority and power to perform the task he has given.   Korah, Dathan and Abiram would have done well to realize that it is God who calls and the person who is called is not necessarily perfect or any more worthy than another, but it is God’s choice to call and back who he will.  I will pick up with Elijah and Jesus in the next post.  This concludes part 1.

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