Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Prophet: fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men






Excerpts from Picture of a Prophet
by Leonard Ravenhill


The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men.

The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality. 

In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet, as Austin-Sparks once said, "has almost always been that of recovery."

The prophet is God's detective seeking for a lost treasure. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity. Compromise is not known to him.


      He has no price tags.
      
He is totally "otherworldly."

      He is unquestionably controversial and unpardonably hostile.

      He marches to another drummer!

      He breathes the rarefied air of inspiration.

      He is a "seer" who comes to lead the blind.

      He lives in the heights of God and comes into the valley 
      with a "thus saith the Lord."

      He shares some of the foreknowledge of God and 
so is aware of impending judgment.

      He lives in "splendid isolation."

      He is forthright and outright, but he claims no birthright.

      His message is "repent, be reconciled to God or else...!"

      His prophecies are parried.

      His truth brings torment, but his voice is never void.

      He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.

      He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead!

      He is dishonored with epithets when breathing and 
honored with epitaphs when dead.

      He is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, 
      but few "make the grade" in his class.

      He is friendless while living and famous when dead.
      
      He is against the establishment in ministry; 
      then he is established as a saint by posterity.

      He eats daily the bread of affliction while he ministers, 
      but he feeds the Bread of Life to those who listen.

      He walks before men for days
      but has walked before God for years.

      He is a scourge to the nation before he is scourged by the nation.

      He announces, pronounces, and denounces!

      He has a heart like a volcano and his words are as fire.

      He talks to men about God.

      He carries the lamp of truth amongst heretics 
      while he is lampooned by men.

      He faces God before he faces men, but he is self-effacing.

      He hides with God in the secret place, 
      but he has nothing to hide in the marketplace.

      He is naturally sensitive but supernaturally spiritual.

      He has passion, purpose and pugnacity.

      He is ordained of God but disdained by men.


For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. Gal 1:10 (ESV)