Problems With Prophets

About ten years ago I began preaching through the Bible starting in Genesis. I am now half way through Daniel. I’ve totally enjoyed it. What an education!

When I began preaching through the Old Testament and people began to catch on to what I was doing, several folks warned me about preaching through the prophets.

“You’re not going to preach through all the prophets are you? It’s all about judgment and the Kingdom. It’s so repetitive, you’ll bore people to death.”

Indeed, boring people to death is always a concern when I open my mouth, however no more so when my mouth speaks of the prophets.

I think the true aversion to the prophets is their continual warning that all who claim to be God’s people are not God’s people. They poke holes in religion. They see right through false professions. There’s a reason why prophets got killed.

In short, they keeps it real. Keeping it real is nothing most church-goers want to do. They would rather be pumped with happy thoughts. They want to leave feeling “encouraged.”

Well, don’t expect too much in the way of encouragement from the prophets unless you’re truly a spiritual person.

They are thick, and it’s hard to follow some of the obscure prophecies regarding Egypt and Tyre, etc. But their theology, their passion to awaken spiritually sleeping people is awesome.

MAIN POINT: If you have a problem with the prophets, it may have more to do with you than with them.

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  1. Paul Walton

    In the midst of the Great Awakening, Jonathan Edwards had preached his now-famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” and “there was a great moaning and crying out throughout the whole house. What shall I do to be saved? Oh, I am going to Hell!”

    I don’t believe folks would describe Edwards preaching style as “nice”, preaching the truth about the depravity of our hearts, and God’s justice in sending folks to hell, well not very nice.

    Recently reading through the gospel of John, I didn’t finish that book thinking, wow, Jesus was such a “nice guy”.

    Jesus didn’t leave us with the option of thinking He was just a “good” teacher, a very wise man, no, either He was the Son of God, or He was a mad man.

    That was Jesus intention, He left no doubt, He wanted it made crystal clear to all, He was the Christ. “Nice guys” don’t get nailed to a cross, if you hung around with Jesus your life was in danger.

    We see in the book of Acts “Nice guys” don’t turn a city upside down with bold preaching, under the threat of being beaten if they continue to speak out about Jesus.

    The opposite of being a “nice guy” is not being a jerk, it is being bold, it’s about perspective.

    If you were walking behind a man and woman and the man had his arm around the woman and they were walking slowly, you may think they were in love.

    But if you were coming from the other direction and you saw the man had a gun poked in the woman’s ribs, you would have a very different perspective.

    If you want to be known as a “nice guy” you may have people’s approval, but theirs is not the most important opinion.