Today, God speaks to you and me through His Word. He uses pastors to deliver messages to His people. However, things were different during the Old Testament days. God spoke through prophets. Please, bear in mind, the Bible did not exist back then. The Israelites could not pick up a copy and read through scripture; the prophets were still in the process of writing it. So, the children of God relied on the prophets to hear God’s messages. Fast forward a few millennia, we now have the stories written by the prophets in the Bible to guide us into a deeper relationship with God. He does not change, these promises still apply to us today.
Prophets in the Bible Remind Us Who We Are
Christians are all called to fulfill a specific purpose that God has already laid out for us. We too often listen to the world to tell us what we are worth. People judge us by our outward appearance, our education, how we speak, where we live, and the people we associate with. But God tells us that none of that matters, all that matters is that He loves us, and has chosen us. Prophets in the Bible further drive that point home.
- God chooses us – One of the jobs given to the prophets in the Bible was to remind the children of Israel that they were God’s chosen people. Prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah delivered God’s Word. Isaiah 41:8-10 is a reaffirmation of God’s promises, “fear not, for I am with you.” Jeremiah is encouraging because God tells him that he was known, “before I formed you in the womb.”
- God has a plan for each of us – God continues in the same verse above that He appointed Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations. He also established that his plans have a purpose, they are for our (and His) good, and we are not to be afraid in our effort to accomplish those plans.
- We are to walk in His plan – Again in Jeremiah, God gives us the one qualifier to understanding the desires He has for us, to call on His name. David, also considered one of the prophets in the Bible, attests to Jeremiah’s statement about desires. David fills his Psalms with us walking in God’s plans for us.
God’s desire for us is to be in a relationship with Him. He bridged the gap through the sacrifice of His son. Because of sin, there was always a buffer between man and God – the prophets. Through Christ’s death on the cross, and His resurrection, we have access to God directly. There is no longer the need for a mediator. Prophets in the Bible foretold this prophecy to the world – the prophecy of the Messiah.
Prophets in the Bible Foretell the Future
Out of the Old Testament prophets in the Bible, nearly all spoke of a coming Messiah. God had a plan from the moment He conceived creation, and he needed a voice to tell of his plan.
- Jesus as the Messiah – The first prophecy of the Messiah comes minutes after Adam and Eve allowed sin into the world. Genesis 3:15 records the conversation between God and the serpent. God would use Isaiah to further the promise of a coming king. And again through Isaiah, that the name of this coming king would be “God is with us.”
- The coming of the Holy Spirit – Jesus was known as a prophet, priest, and king. One of the most significant prophecies He gave was of the comforter who was to arrive after Him — the one whom He had to die for to enable to be united with humanity. Joel, one of the Minor Prophets of the Bible, speaks of the promised Holy Spirit.
- Christ’s return to take us home – God uses Daniel to give His people a glimpse of things to come. He speaks of the world at war. Jesus gives reminders to God’s words through David. Some of the prophecies Daniel gave were just 35 years from occurring. Then John, a New Testament prophet of the Bible, gave witness to the Revelation of Christ, the days when he will call each of us home to heaven.
The Bible is a personal love letter from God to us. He used 35 Authors to write 66 books which expand over four thousand years to convey this love. They all point to one person; Jesus. All writers are prophets in the Bible in their own right. Each has a unique, but common, theme of God’s love and His desire to have a relationship with us. It is; a lamp to our feet and a light unto our path; it is living and active, and Almighty God inspires every single word.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (Hebrews 4:12)
Jeff S Bray wrote this article.