My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Responsibility of the Prophetic
I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in
my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my stomach was
(Revelation 10:10 NASB)
And they said to me, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”
(Revelation 10:11 NASB)
The scene here parallels that of the prophet Ezekiel. Both John
and Ezekiel were to consume the scroll. At first, the scroll is sweet
and seems quite appealing, but after it is eaten, a terrible sensation
washes over the individual. No longer is it sweet, but it causes
great distress, and out of this distress is a responsibility to report
the truth of the prophesy. If the people continue on the current path,
while enjoying the pleasures of the day, the sweetness of the day,
the end result will be terrible destruction.
Have you ever had food poisoning? I've had that experience on
several occasions while traveling and it is probably the most unpleasant
experience of my life. The problem is that the culprit is often
something that you really like. You may have eaten a piece of fresh
fruit or a vegetable which seemed so sweet and succulent at the time,
but little did you know it was harboring a bacteria which was alien to
your system. Within a few hours your body is violently trying to reject
the little "bug" which had attached itself to the savory item.
There are times when God genuinely shares a prophetic word with us
and there is a temptation to hang onto the sweet, savoriness of the fact
that God would delight in us and use us for the prophetic. However,
just as with John and Ezekiel, the sweetness was short-lived. We are
excited to hear from God and to receive a vision for the future and we
want to go out and share it with others, until we begin to digest the
ramifications. Upon digestion, it is no longer sweet. It's not about
us. It's about God. It's about his people. It's about the results of
infidelity to a faithful God. And it is painful. And therein lies the
responsibility of the prophetic. Both John and Ezekiel were faithful in
their obedience to God and recognized that this was not about them
personally being recognized as prophets, but about faithfulness to God.
They began to digest the truth of the prophecy and realize what it
meant for the people around them. The people within their community of
faith were going to have to suffer the consequences of their behavior.
Choices had been made to enjoy the things of the world, and as a result,
they were going to suffer. The pangs of food poisoning overwhelmed
them. Their body ached with the pain of knowing what was going to
happen to the people whom they and God loved.
God is speaking out to his people today in a prophetic voice, but it
is a bittersweet voice. The purpose of the prophetic is to call people
back to God, and yet, because so often the people will not respond, it
is a prophecy of destruction which is to come. When God speaks to us,
we must be willing to be his messengers, but we must also realize the
responsibility which comes with that message. Our hearts should break
over what we see and understand and we should be willing to intercede on
behalf of those around us. That is the responsibility of the
prophetic...not just to speak, but to allow the message to reach to our
very core, and to be broken, just like Christ, over the state of
humanity around us.
Lord, please help me to be willing to take the responsibility which
comes with seeing the world the way you see the world -- and allowing
my heart to break as yours breaks. Amen.