Sermon 15-9-27 What is a Prophet?


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[25] And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave [it] unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, [that], when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. [26] But there remained two [of the] men in the camp, the name of the one [was] Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they [were] of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp. [27] And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp. [28] And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, [one] of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them. [29] And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD’s people were prophets, [and] that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

Now this is a passage from the Old Testament, from the time when the people were wandering through the wilderness. It deals with prophets. What is a prophet?

It appears some people believe a prophet to be someone able to foretell the future.. We speak of prophets of doom, meaning people who claim something bad will happen for some reason.

However that is not the meaning at all. A prophet is someone who speaks the word of God. Since it is God’s word, the prophet does not have to think about what he is saying.

Moslems believe that Muhammad is the prophet through whom God spoke the Quran. That’s why quite a number of Quran verses begin with the phrase, ‘Oh Prophet tell the believers ….’ God speaks even to the prophet through the prophet’s own mouth!

The names of the two prophets in the camp were Eldad, which means beloved by God, and Medad which means love, a word closely associated with another word, meaning to cast lots. And the Israelites inquired the will of God a number of times by casting lots (Lev. 16: 8; Jos. 18: 6; etc.).

Note the ending of the reading: ‘would God that all the LORD’s people were prophets, [and] that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!

Could anyone be a prophet? There were plenty of prophets in Old Testament times. Kind Saul prophesied at times. This is the advice of Samuel to King Saul:

1. Sam. 10: [5] After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where [is} the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: [6] And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. [7] And let it be, when these signs are come unto thee, [that] thou do as occasion serve thee; for God [is] with thee. … [9] And it was so, that when he (Saul) had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those signs came to pass that day.

In 1. Sam. 19 King Saul pursued David. David was at Naioth in Ramah with a number of prophets and Samuel. Saul sent messengers to take him captive, but when these messengers saw the prophets prophesying, they began to prophesy themselves. Three lots of messengers King Saul sent and the same thing happened to all of them. So in the end King Saul went himself to take David and here is what happened:

1. Sam. 19: 23 & 24: And he went thither to Naioth in Ramah: and the Spirit of God was upon him also, and he went on, and prophesied, until he came to Naioth in Ramah. And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets?

Prophets are obsessed by God! They are not in control of their own bodies. Obviously somebody obsessed by God must be a holy person and this gender neutral way to write it is not just modern. The Ancients thought that epileptics were holy, because when an epileptic has a fit, he or she obviously is not in control of the body. Who is in control of the body then? God is. The same applies to good sex. Persons engaging in good sex will lose control of the body and God will take it over! The Ancients, and the Bible clearly describes Abraham and Jacob to do this, used sexual touches to conjure up the presence of God to ask others to take vows in the presence of God, so that they would be more confident that the other person will fulfill the vow!

Sex is good!!!