God’s Prophets and God’s Word

 

The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.” (Micah 1:1)

 

God’s prophets, pastors and preachers after God’s own heart, those men God gives to His Church to feed His people with knowledge and understanding, come with God’s message as it is set forth in His Word, with God’s authority. Those preachers of old came before the people to whom they spoke as men sent from God with a message, a message that must be declared.

Today the hireling minister comes to the pulpit to present a lecture on morality, or to give a sermon on religion, or to insist on the performance of some moral or religious duty, or instruct people in some point of denominational orthodoxy. Preachers today come to “share” some thoughts and give you something to think about. Micah came with “the word of the LORD!” What a difference! What a blessed day it was when “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John!” Where is the man today who comes from God to deliver a message from God to my soul? I want to hear that man!

Micah was such a man. He declared “the word of the LORD.” He preached “the word of the LORD,” that was given specifically to him, “the word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite,” to Micah from Moresheth-Gath in Judea. It was “the word of the LORD” given to him for the day in which he lived, “in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah.” It was “the word of the LORD” which Micah “saw,” that which he understood by experience, that which the Lord God taught him personally. “The word of the LORD that came to Micah” was God’s word to a specific people. It was both fresh and personal. It was specifically God’s word to and “concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.”

      In fulfilling the work of the ministry it is not enough to simply set before men the evidences of Christianity, or to insist upon the performance of religious duties. Those men God sends to His people as pastors according to His heart are messengers from God to men. God’s servants must declare to men the message they have received from Him by prayer, study, and meditation. We dare not alter or conceal any part of that which we have been commanded to deliver. —— “He that hath My word, let him speak My word faithfully” (Jeremiah 23:28). We must make known all the counsel of God. And, having declared God’s message with all plainness and fidelity, we urge men to receive it with all the energy we possess. — “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men” (2 Corinthians 5:11).

Those men who speak as God’s ambassadors to eternity bound sinners, who stand and speak to immortal souls in Christ’s stead, have a burden to bear: — “The burden of the Word of the Lord.” God’s prophets get their message directly from God Himself; and that message is weighty, so weighty that it is called, “The burden of the Word of the Lord.” And I’ll make you this promise: — Any preacher who does not find his ministry a burden here will find it a burden hereafter, a burden that will sink him into the lowest hell!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Fortner

 

 

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