One Prophetic Word, Two Opposite Interpretations

This may sound odd, but we can actually hear an authentic word of God and somehow misunderstand or misconstrue it. This is evidenced by an interesting story from Paul’s life towards the end of Acts. On the next day we departed and came to Caesarea, and we entered the house of Philip the evangelist…. and…

The Paradox of a Prophet (Pt 6)

Since God can change prophetic words of blessing or judgment based on the free will of human response, we come to realize a strange paradox in the prophet’s job: “a successful prophet is precisely the one who does not see his prophetic word of judgment come to pass.” (Hays, Christopher M. When the Son of Man…

Daniel Learns the Prophetic

What’s intriguing about Daniel is that he didn’t necessarily seem to choose to become a prophet, but rather, was forced into the position by humans and blessed by God along the way. After God had put Israel into exile, King Nebuchadnezzar told his chief eunuch, to bring some of the people of Israel, both of…

Where Did Samuel’s Prophets Come From?

The Bible presents us with a strange story in which Saul meets a group of prophetic musicians. As he comes in contact with them, the Spirit of the Lord rushes upon Saul and he is turned into another man (1 Sa 10:5-6). Now we have to ask some questions here because the beginning of the…

The Most Human Prophet

If you feel like the prophets are hard to relate to, then it’s time to take a look at the prophet Jeremiah, who one commentary calls, “the most ‘human’ of all the prophets” (Huey, F. B. Jeremiah, Lamentations. Vol. 16. Nashville, Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1993, p. 23. The New American Commentary). Jeremiah fluctuates with emotion….