In 632 BC, sixteen year-old King Josiah began to seek the Lord God of Israel. Maybe this was due in part to the Prophet Zephaniah’s words about a judgment falling on Judah and a need for the nation to repent.
Four years later (628 BC), King Josiah began purging Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherim, and the carved and metal images. Josiah then fulfilled the three hundred year-old prophecy about himself when he burned the bones of the priests on the altar.
King Josiah went to the nearby cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, Simeon, and Naphtali to purge them of idols.
Thus, Judah and Jerusalem were feeling the early sparks of revival fires coming to life in their midst.
Now while this was going on, God called Jeremiah to be a prophet in 627 BC. After Jeremiah’s initial preparations, God told the young prophet to go to the entrance of the Temple in Jerusalem on a feast day when it was packed with people and speak His words:
“Even now, if you quit your evil ways, I will let you stay in your own land. But don’t be fooled by those who promise you safety simply because the LORD’s Temple is here. Don’t be fooled into thinking that you will never suffer because the Temple is here. It’s a lie! Go now to the place at Shiloh where I once put the Tabernacle that bore my name. See what I did there because of all the wickedness of my people, the Israelites. So just as I destroyed Shiloh, I will now destroy this Temple that bears my name, this Temple that you trust in for help, this place that I gave to you and your ancestors. And I will send you out of my sight into exile, just as I did your relatives, the people of Israel.” (Jeremiah 7:3, 4, 8, 12, 14, 15 NLT)
Remember: Jeremiah was a young prophet, just beginning his prophetic ministry. Yet, God gave him this major eye-opening prophecy. But…but…but even so, the Lord’s private words to Jeremiah still shakes me to my bones when I read them:
“Pray no more for these people, Jeremiah. Do not weep or pray for them, and don’t beg Me to help them, for I will not listen to you.” (Jeremiah 7:16)
Jeremiah knew a prophet was called to speak the words of the Lord, but he also knew the prophet was called to intercede for the people, as Moses and Samuel did in their days.
(Continued in Part 6……if you’re interested, the full series to date may be seen here.)
5 responses to “Why Prophesy if Hardly Anyone Pays Attention? (Part 5)”
Thank you for this series and reminding us that prophets also intercede. God bless you!
Thanks. God bless you.
I really liked the question by which you entitled this post, but I did not find an answer therein. Perhaps I missed it? Not sure, but I would like to see your answer. I cant help but feel attracted by the question. I think it is an insightful one, to say the least.
Fat Beggars School of Prophets
Lubbock, Texas (USA)
One of the problems with doing serial articles on my blog is that I sometimes take sabbaticals, leaving unanswered questions up in the air. Thus the series will be resumed soon. God bless you.
I, of course, am intrigued by the name – “Fat Beggars School of Prophets.”
Fair enough. And… makes sense (now that you mention it). I will keep my eye on your site and look forward to more. Thanx for responding.
As to the name FBSOP:
I invite you to pop in and check out the blog. I think it explains itself in the end. However, to offer a succinct explanation, I will say the name is meant to do double duty. It embraces shame and contempt on the one hand, keeping us humble, but it also honors our founding text II Kings 6-7 where God used a small band of beggars to take his good news to God’s people in the city, while shaking up the national economy and upending it all in one move!
Thanx again for your response.