Responsibilities of a prophet – Jer 31, Is 28 by Pastor Don Moore
Taught April 10, 2010
Responsibilities of a prophet are listed in Jeremiah 31
What is our responsibility and how are we to accomplish it?
Isaiah 28:1-8 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower which is at the head of the verdant valleys, to those who are overcome with wine! Behold, the Lord has a mighty and strong one, like a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, like a flood of mighty waters overflowing, who will bring them down to the earth with His hand. The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, will be trampled underfoot; and the glorious beauty is a fading flower which is at the head of the verdant valley, like the first fruit before the summer, which an observer sees; he eats it up while it is still in his hand. In that day the LORD of hosts will be for a crown of glory and a diadem of beauty to the remnant of His people, for a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, and for strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate. But they also have erred through wine, and through intoxicating drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through intoxicating drink, they are swallowed up by wine, they are out of the way through intoxicating drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. For all tables are full of vomit and filth; no place is clean.
Ephraim and Samaria, this shows what to do and what not to do so that no bad decision is made.
IN THAT DAY – end times term. God is going to deal with a REMNANT. Their understanding of justice is shaky and they are caught up in wine and intoxication, over use and abuse. If you are over indulgent with anything it opens the way for evil spirits and/or influence of wine that causes us to make a error, then we can get swallowed up. Judgments hurt people, and God wants us to stay within His parameters, so that we are not hurt. There is a cultural divide.
How did these problems get into the temple? God speaks about the filth.
Isaiah 28:9 Whom will he teach knowledge? And whom will he make to understand the message? Those just weaned from milk? Those just drawn from the breasts?
Isaiah is talking to the priests and prophets, telling them that they need to move from the milk to the meat of the Word. They ought to have gained a little knowledge and obeyed it.
In the above verses we see that the crown of pride is drunkenness, intoxicating drink leads to error, bad judgment, vomit, bad vision. and this leads to the destruction of kingdoms. Verse seven shows that the priests and prophets erred through wine, they erred in vision and stumbled in judgment.
Verse 9 that the teachings need to take people above and beyond baby stuff. They need to teach doctrine based on scripture, line upon line, precept upon precept.
Isaiah 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.
Precept upon precept is a general rule or command, a doctrine, foundational thinking. No one verse of scripture stands alone. You can’t get a full understanding of God’s teachings based on one scripture by itself. If you study the whole scripture you can’t create doctrines independent of scripture. Your revelation can’t stand by itself. It has to be confirmed by scripture line upon line, here a little, there a little. A teaching on a passage of scripture has to be supported by other books of the Bible.
Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’
Deuteronomy 17:6 Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
(Heather’s note, I put two verses to confirm this idea, there are others) Let the word be established by two or three witnesses.
Paul would present something and it was supported by the prophets. Pastor Don pointed out that Ecclesiastes has some great teachings of Solomon but we also need to understand that it was written by a depressed person and all that he said about God is not true. For example when he says that when a man dies it is the same as a dog dies, that is not something that God would say. But some who read this book take this as sayings from the Lord. Song of Solomon is a vision of Christ and written with understanding, but it is the same author as Ecclesiastes. Solomon wrote some of his teachings after he figured out that he messed up his life. We need to cross reference the different witnesses.
When you read scripture ask: Who is saying it? Who are they talking to? What are they talking about?
Solomon is an example of the wisest man to walk on the planet, but he was not acting spiritually wise.
The devil tries to get us fixated and then we begin to live in error. For example there are pastors now who want to only see God as loving, not as judge. They are proposing a thing called “universal salvation” that there will be no judgment, that all will be saved no matter what, even if they haven’t accepted Christ. They are implying that we can get saved through the back door, without judgment. Pastor Don said that many people would say that if this hurts you more than me, they want to spare themselves.
1 Corinthians 2:6-11 However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.
Solomon was the smartest man on the planet but he did not know the deep things of God. When the wisdom of God takes over then we can understand the deep things of God.
2 Corinthians 4:3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
It is veiled, covered, hidden. Those perishing in hell and those on earth who are not listening to the truth, are erring in their vision.
2 Corinthians 4:4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.
The god of this age (satan) can blind the eyes, this can also veil truth in the believers. If there is unbelief in certain areas of our lives we can be blinded in that area. No one is a total believer.
Those who only believe that Jesus was a great prophet sent to redeem Israel don’t believe the whole Gospel. They only believe part of it. Sadly, even believers today do not believe the whole gospel.
God is vast, and God’s promises are ALL yes and amen. We put limitations on the Word and what we think God can do. We keep score of our failures and not our victories in Christ. Trusting God includes expectancy and hope. Stop pushing the river, you only make a mess. Stand still and the river will clear itself. If you muck around in the river you make it muddy.
Prayer of preparation – prepare to be bold and accept it. But know that it will happen in God’s timing which includes you being prepared to be able to step into the promise. If you go beyond where God wants you, your talents can take you places your character cannot sustain you.
Isaiah 28:11-13 For with stammering lips and another tongue He will speak to this people, to whom He said, “This is the rest with which You may cause the weary to rest,” and, “This is the refreshing”; yet they would not hear. But the word of the LORD was to them, “Precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little,” that they might go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and caught.
Isaiah 28:13 AMP Therefore the word of the Lord will be to them [merely monotonous repeatings of]: precept upon precept, precept upon precept, rule upon rule, rule upon rule; here a little, there a little–that they may go and fall backward, and be broken and snared and taken.
Stammering lips and another tongue. This could be a literal stuttering talk or a foreign language that they do not understand. If you look at historical view, Moses is a stutterer and stammerer, and in the natural he felt he could not talk to the people. God permitted Aaron to be the spokesperson, so that Moses would receive the vision and Aaron would speak to the people. But this does not fit the above.
But the Assyrians do not stutter.
In Acts 2 the Holy Spirit came down with the gifts of the Spirit and tongues.
He will speak to the people, and what does it say?
A prophetic message, where the weary can get rested and refreshed. The prophet tears down and destroys, but then builds up again.
God did that, but the people did not hear.
In Isaiah 28:13 it mentions the people fall backward, broken and are caught. There is falling in the Spirit, keeling over, broken in the presence of God, and then you hear from God. He can rebuild on a new and better foundation. Personality and ego has to fall and be broken. Yes, Lord, you caught my attention.
Isaiah 28:14-15 Therefore hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, because you have said, “We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.”
Unless we are broken with the truth, we will end up making lies our refuge and that is a covenant with death. Listen to God and learn from Him precept upon precept, line upon line, then we will not be snared and taken by the enemy.
Praying your day is blessed. I am trying to catch up with my notes, and today is another wonderful Friday Bible study. Don’t forget, you are welcome if you find yourself in the West Hurley, NY area.
God bless you.
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