Pastor Randy's October Reflection
October 2, 2020, 12:52 PM

 For last four months I have been taking a class on the section in the Hebrew Scriptures called the “Prophets.” The Hebrew Scriptures are divided into three sections: the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings.

The Torah is also known as the Pentateuch, which when translated from the Greek means ‘five books.” These are the first five books of the Bible, sometimes referred to as “The Law.” The Prophet section consists of 21 books, beginning with Joshua and continuing  through Second Kings, then jumping to the major prophetic books and ending with the twelve minor prophets. The Writings includes thirteen books; the last two being First and Second Chronicles.

So, even though Joshua wasn’t considered a prophet, the book named after him is in the prophetic section of the Hebrew Scriptures. This designation helps us understand that a prophet is someone who is closely connected to God and who listens to and acts in the ways of God, not simply someone who predicts the future.

This month I will begin a four part sermon series on four particular prophets. These men, though there were also prophetesses, remind us of our need to have a relationship with God. These men may not have been the most sought after people in Israel, but they were the ones who had the closest relationship with God.

In fact, as we read throughout the Old Testament about the kings of Israel and Judah, there was usually a prophet who was a consultant to the king, like King David and the prophet Nathan. The prophet was the one who helped hold the king accountable to the ways of God.

The four prophets we will learn about during my sermon series will help us exam our lives and guide us in our growing relationship with the Master of the Universe.  Those who want to delve deeper can learn more about them by attending the Adult Education class that will follow the worship service on Zoom..

This role of “prophet” is also part of my calling as a pastor. It is not my favorite role, for at times it requires me to challenge my hearers, including myself, in our walk with God. As a pastor of a church, I am called not only to comfort the afflicted, but to also afflict the comfortable, which also includes myself.

I take comfort in Paul’s message to the Philippians in chapter two when he says we are to have the same mindset and attitude, to think the way Jesus would have thought, taking on the role of a servant and being humble. I take comfort, because I know that God will use my faltering lips and my trembling heart, and will open my mind to share the words we need to hear.

There will be times in our lives when we need to replace that which is erroneous thinking with compassion for those around us, even if it means addressing the hard issues, even if it means the answers aren’t as clear as we would like. In Romans 8:28 we are assured that good will be worked out in the end.

So, as we enter this eighth month of pandemic disequilibrium, let us continue to listen for God’s word to us. May we be ready to embrace the new way of thinking, the new way of embracing the world around us, and the transformed life God wishes for us to have. Let us hear the words of the prophets and know that they are not only for our good, but for the good of God’s kingdom.

Blessings,   Pastor Randy


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