The Prophets

12th July 2017

This week I have been reading Amos. He was an Israeli shepherd turned prophet who spoke out about God’s justice and righteousness to around 760-750BC. This was a time when God’s people were turning their back on His ways. In chapter 8 Amos prophesied one of the consequences of turning away from God...

The Lord God says: “The days are coming when I will cause a time of hunger in the land. The people will not be hungry for bread or thirsty for water, but they will be hungry for words from the Lord. They will wander from the Mediterranean Sea to the Dead Sea, from the north to the east. They will search for the word of the Lord, but they won’t find it.
Amos 8:11-12 The NCV Bible

As God’s people rejected Him, God then withdrew some of the privileges of knowing Him, namely hearing His voice! For a people who were called to be in a relationship with the almighty God not hearing His voice should have been terrible for them. Yet they persisted in behaving in ways that did not please God. Today we can hear God through the Bible but also through His prophetic word. This ‘NOW’ word of God can come to us directly but also through those with a prophetic gift. Personally, I am very grateful for those who have ‘prophesied’ into my life! The word of God coming in this way has brought hope, vision and clarity. We need to hear God’s voice! We need God’s prophets to hear Him and speak it out both personally and like Amos to the nation! Thank you ‘prophetic’ people, you are vital and a blessing!

Gary Bastin - TC church leader

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