This started as a comment, but it ended up becoming a Bible Bite.
For all the StrangeFire talk, I haven’t yet heard an adequate and simple definition of “prophet” or “prophesy”. I imagine that this is what’s causing a lot of talking past one another, so I’ve taken it upon myself to take the 26 free minutes I had tonight and, instead of prepping Bible study for Friday (which I’ll now do tomorrow…hopefully), I’ve decided to give a quick and (hopefully) biblical definition of “prophet”.
Let’s look at the first time we a prophet acting prophetically in scripture. The first occurrence of the Hebrew term “prophet” (navi) occurs in Genesis 20:7, but it’s a passing descriptor that gives no indication to the nature of a prophet other than they’re especially important to Yahweh. The next occurrence of “prophet” is in Exodus 7:1.
In Exodus 7:1-2 says
“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh…'”
Moses stood before Pharaoh like God. This means that, as far as Pharaoh was concerned, Moses was the spokesman for God through Aaron, the prophet of Moses. Notice how Moses isn’t the prophet, but Aaron was the prophet of Moses. Moses was to tell Aaron what to say, and Aaron was to tell Pharoah. Moses’ words came to Aaron with the authority of God himself. When Pharaoh didn’t heed Aaron’s words, people were punished for their sin.
Exodus 4:14-16 records God setting up the relationship between Moses and Aaron, In the passage, God said to Moses regarding Aaron
“You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him.”
As Aaron was Moses’ prophet in Exodus 7:1, Moses spoke to him and “put the words in his mouth”, and “you shall be as God to him”. Moses gave Aaron divine words and Aaron then passed those words onto whoever was to receive them.
Aaron was Moses’ prophet and Aaron took the words that were placed in his mouth by Moses, and forwarded them on to whoever the message was intended for.
A “prophet” is a person who speaks on behalf of God, as God, to people, and every prophet speaks with God’s moral perfection and divine authority/power behind their words. To disobey a prophet is to sin, because the voice of a prophet and the voice of God are the same thing.
“Prophesying” is the act of delivering those “from the very mouth of God” words to the intended audience.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “not a profit nor the son of a profit” Unger