What Are The Burden of Gods Prophets
What Are The Burden of Gods Prophets.
What Are The Burden of Gods Prophets. There is a bearing of load for God’s own prophets. The duty that they need to deliver most of times comes in a hard way. The duty of the Lord’s prophets is a heavy one in this end time. This is simply because we have come to a generation where men love darkness rather than light. It is a very heavy task to declare God’s mind in a generation where we have so many false prophets. This false prophets have arisen to distort the truth of the word of God. The more God’s prophets arise, the more the devil plant the seed of falsehood and unbelief. The Lord’s prophets may not even have full acceptance in the society. This because they will turn up as men of strife and contention to a society that is full of falsehood.
God wants his message to be declared in an environment that is hostile to the truth. Jesus was also confronted severally by the Jews and the pharisees. They find it very difficult to accept the truth that he brought on to them. He is the light of the world but they refused to enjoy the light he brought. Jesus also spoke about John the Baptist. “John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining [to show you the way], and you were willing for a while to delight (sun) yourselves in his light.” (John 5:35).
John was beheaded in the process of giving out light. Jeremiah was a prophet who declare Gods word in a difficult generation. When God spoke through Jeremiah. He told him that he will send war, starvation and disease to wipe out Judah and Jerusalem. There were other prophets who keep telling everyone that the Lord won’t send starvation or war. They told them that he is going to give peace.
They claimed to speak for the Lord but they were lying because God did not even speak to them. God did not speak to them much less choose them to be his prophets. Their messages came from worthless dreams, fortune telling and their own imagination. The people continued in their evil practices because they were given false hope. At this time, they will not consider Jeremiah’s message as one coming from God. These are possible scenario that will raise a burden and concern in the heart of the Lord’s prophets. Tears flooded through the eyes of Jeremiah day and night as he declares God’s. Other prophets go about making business with the church of God without understanding what will happen to their generation. Jeremiah became an intercessor.
The burdens of God’s prophets automatically turn his ministry into intercessory ministry.
The burdens of God’s prophets automatically turn his ministry into intercessory ministry. They intercede on behalf of the generation that is drifting away into disaster. If you are truly God’s own prophets in this end time, then you must have a burden. Daniel also interceded on behalf of the Jews in Babylon. When Daniel understood through scriptures according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet. The desolation of Jerusalem would last for seventy years. It became a burden in his heart. He pleaded with the Lord in prayer and petition, in fasting and sackcloth and ashes. When Daniel prayed, the Captivity of seventy years was broken.
“In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom. — In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years. So, I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sack cloth and ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed:
“O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands, we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; have turned away from your commands and laws. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land” (Dan 9:1-6).
Churches and ministries keep on expanding without an experience of Revival in the society. Where are God’s own Prophets who will intercede for revival in our generation? We are in a generation that is in much of rendering lips service to God. This is being made manifest in the society as morality is degrading every day. Those who collect bribe and those who commit so many kinds of atrocity are members of the church and they feel comfortable the way they are outside the church.
The Burden of Gods Prophets. The rulers during the time of Jeremiah may have accused him of being unpatriotic. more of when he told them that they would be defeated and carried off into captivity. Many of God’s own prophet will be considered unpatriotic. they refer to their word as hate speech whenever the going gets painful. It is the Lord who authorize His own Prophets to speak but the rulers and lovers of darkness will not accept to return unto the Lord in order to obtain mercy because of pride.
The Burden of Gods Prophets. Jeremiah the Prophet was going through a lot of hatred because of what God authorized Him to do. This was his word, expressing his condition to God
“Woe is me, my mother, that you bore me to be a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither loaned, nor have men loaned to me, yet everyone curses me.” (Jer 15:10).
Jeremiah went through a lot that almost discouraged Him. But he reported all the contradictions to God. He said
“when you spoke to me, I was glad to obey, because I belong to you, the Lord All-Powerful. I don’t go to parties and have a good time. Instead, I keep to myself, because you have filled me with your anger. I am badly injured and in constant pain. Are you going to disappoint me, like a stream that goes dry in the heat of summer?” (Jer 15:16-18).
The word of Jeremiah came out this way as a result of pains he was going through and the heavy responsibility he had to carry. He was already taking a decision for himself not to speak for the Lord again. Are you giving up from your call as a result of confrontations? So many Christians who found themselves in Jeremiah’s condition seems to decide by themselves to be quiet. They have decided not to speak the truth again to the hearing of others in the society. But the Lord’s reply to him was this
“Stop talking like a fool! If you turn back to me and speak my message, I will let you be my prophet once again. I hope the people of Judah will accept what you say. But you can ignore their threats, because I am making you strong, like a bronze wall. They are evil and violent, but when they attack, I will be there to rescue you. I, the Lord, have spoken.” (Jer 15:19-21).
What makes a prophet is the ability to hear from God and to speak his message exactly the way it proceeds from the Lord. His message also comes with a promise of making Jeremiah strong like a bronze wall:
The Burden of Gods Prophets. Serving God as a prophet is sometimes difficult when you have to demonstrate Gods painful message to his people. Many Judeans of Jeremiah’s days so got used to doing their things the wrong way, that they did not understand the seriousness of God’s punishment upon them. They even failed to learn from their forefather’s mistake. They followed deceitfulness of false prophets when they were doing wrong while God was demonstrating through His prophet how He was to punish his people. He also gave them message of hope to encourage them towards repentance.
The Lord told me, “Go to the pottery shop, and when you get there, I will tell you what to say to the people.” I went there and saw the potter making clay pots on his pottery wheel. 4 And whenever the clay would not take the shape he wanted, he would change his mind and form it into some other shape. Then the Lord told me to say: People of Israel, I, the Lord, have power over you, just as a potter has power over clay.
If I threaten to uproot and shatter an evil nation and that nation turns from its evil, I will change my mind. If I promise to make a nation strong, but its people start disobeying me and doing evil, then I will change my mind and not help them at all. So listen to me, people of Judah and Jerusalem! I have decided to strike you with disaster, and I won’t change my mind unless you stop sinning and start living right. But I know you won’t listen. You might as well answer, “We don’t care what you say. We have made plans to sin, and we are going to be stubborn and do what we want!” So, I, the Lord, command you to ask the nations, and find out if they have ever heard of such a horrible sin as what you have done.” (Jer 18:1-13)
God has the power to build and to destroy. God is just and will not take action because he has the authority to do so. He first of all will send warning massages which shows his love and care for his people. But instead of listening to the prophet and amending their wicked ways, they were attacking Jeremiah. The Lord sometimes commissions us to carry out challenging task to deliver a tough message. Jeremiah urged the people to remain faithful to the Lord. He warned the people of Judah, the southern Israelite Kingdom that their nation will be conquered. Speaking the Lord’s message to powerful people in Judah who had turned away from God brought Jeremiah suffering, considered as traitor, imprisoned, beaten and finally force to flee his own land.
The Burden of Gods Prophets. When the Lord call Ezekiel into the office of the Prophet, He was instructed to tell whatever he hears from Him whether they listen or not. It will be like living among scorpions. He was admonished not to be afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words; though briers and thorns are all around Him and He dwell and sit among scorpions, be not afraid of their words nor be dismayed at their looks. But if he refuses to declare the word of God and the people perish, God will Hold Him responsible.
Ezek 3:17-21 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel; therefore, hear the word at My mouth and give them warning from Me.
[Isa 52:8; 56:10; 62:6; Jer 6:17.] If I say to the wicked, you shall surely die, and you do not give him warning or speak to warn the wicked to turn from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. Yet if you warn the wicked and he turn not from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have delivered yourself.
Again, if a righteous man turns from his righteousness (right doing and right standing with God) and some gift or providence which I lay before him he perverts into an occasion to sin and he commits iniquity, he shall die; because you have not given him warning, he shall die in his sin and his righteous deeds which he has done shall not be remembered, but his blood will I require at your hand. Nevertheless, if you warn the righteous man not to sin and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he is warned; also, you have delivered yourself from guilt.”