The prophets who got their hands dirty

Posted: December 3, 2014 in christian living

Then the prophet Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophets, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them. So Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak rose up and began to build the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them, helping them. -Ezra 5

It is easy to only focus on the Old Testament prophets who called out the rebellion and sin of God’s professed people.  It is important not to get a one track mind and forget the actions of the men mentioned above, who instead were called also to encourage others in God’s promises and co-labor in rebuilding God’s house.

What a reminder that we need prophets in the local churches who are willing to get their hands dirty while encouraging and co-laboring with the saints who have left Babylon.

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land;  and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.  ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” – Haggai 2

  1. Hello Jim. Catching up on some of my blog reading today:

    There is an often overlooked verse in 1 Corinthians that goes something like this:
    “There are a variety of effects” but the same God who works all things in all persons” (12:6)

    Of course we know this relates to individual Christians and the various workings of the spiritual gifts God has given to each. It’s easy to make assumptions about how certain gifts are to function and in what settings, all the while overlooking what matters most- the edification of the saints. (12:7)

    As you well know, I can be one of those who rub on others to varying degrees though I am not aware of any malicious intent on my part on those occasions. I’m all for each “speaking their mind” and allowing others freedom for the most part in living their own convictions. That said, unless we know for certain that “sin is in the camp or in others” we ought to support those in the manner they believe they are led of the Spirit regardless of their gifts or claims to such. The only reason I might act to the contrary would be my own fear of possibly being wrong or my own expectations upon those I may fellowship with.

    I like your new site look Jim. I hope we can get together again sometime soon.

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