2 Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!
For the LORD has spoken:
“I reared children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against me.
3 The ox knows its master,
the donkey its owner’s manger,
but Israel does not know,
my people do not understand.”
– Isaiah 1:1-3 (NIV)
The prophet is a messenger from God. He shares the Lord’s message for the Lord’s people. He echoes the words of God for His people. He embodies the message. He spreads the message. He pleads with the people to turn back to God and make things right with God.
The prophet’s assignment may be for a season or a lifetime. The prophet may see the people undergo countless tests and trials that can bring him to tears. Or, he can pronounce the coming of judgment on the horizon. The prophet might remind or rebuke. He might offer hope or damnation. It’s not up to the prophet. It’s all in the hands of God.
The prophet stands before the people, but He is God’s man. He calls upon the people to live holy lives dedicated and devoted to God. He is heard by some, but he surely is hated and despised by many.
Ask Jeremiah. Check with Isaiah. See what Ezekiel or Joel would say. Go to Haggai or Zephaniah. Each one of these and others will share the challenge of being the prophet of God. Obviously, there is nothing minor about being a prophet in biblical times or nowadays.