A Voice in the
Re: Merge into the Fog?
Men who speak for God never merge into the fog around them. Noah stood alone in a civilization of culture and progress. His contemporaries must have laughed at him as an eccentric who was... looking for the world to end. Elijah stood alone among the priests of Baal and the stooges who ate at Jezebel's table....
True prophets are solitary people; eagles do not fly in flocks. It is not easy to be a Lone Dissenter. When the messenger was sent for Micaiah he must have said, in effect, "The clergy have agreed, and you had better make it unanimous....This is a good gravy train and you had better ride it. This is the mood of the hour and you had better get with it."
The same subtle pressures today would persuade preachers to get in step with the times and ride the wave of the future. What we need are more preachers out of step with the times, more odd prophets like Micaiah....The pulpit is not a platform from which to boost the projects of men to bring in a false millennium.... --Vance Havner
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you [set you apart]; I ordained you a prophet to the nations." But the LORD said to me: "Do not say, 'I am a youth,' For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you," says the LORD. Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: "Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant." (~Jer1:7-10)
".."For they are impudent and stubborn children. I am sending you to them, and you shall say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD.' "You shall speak My words to them, whether they hear or whether they refuse, for they are rebellious...not to many people of unfamiliar speech and of hard language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely, had I sent you to them, they would have listened to you. "But the house of Israel will not listen to you, because they will not listen to Me; for all the house of Israel are impudent and hard-hearted. "Behold, I have made your face strong against their faces, and your forehead strong against their foreheads. "Like adamant stone, harder than flint, I have made your forehead; do not be afraid of them, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they are a rebellious house." (Ezek 2:4-7,3:6-9)
Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts: "Because you speak this
word, Behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire, And this people
wood, And it shall devour them. (Jer5:14)