Where’s the prophet from your community?

CEB Blog Tour: Live the Bible“The Lord your God will raise up a prophet like me from your community, from your fellow Israelites. He’s the one you must listen to.” – Deuteronomy 18:15 (CEB)

I was struck by the Common English Bible’s use of the word “community” in this lectionary passage for this coming Sunday. It makes me think about the community I live in and serve amongst.

Where may God be calling forth a prophet from among my community today? How would I know when there is a prophet in our midst?

Keep reading, and we hear God say, “I’ll put my words in his mouth and he will tell them everything I command him” (vs. 18b). God’s word will be on the lips of the prophet.

I hope I will keep my ears open to whom is speaking the word of God in my community today. I hope you will too.

This post is written as a part of the CEB blog tour. I received a complimentary copy of the Common English Bible for my participation. You may receive a copy as well by commenting below. One person will be selected at random of all those who comment by 7 a.m. CST, Tuesday, January 31. Sorry, but only U.S. addresses are eligible for the complimentary CEB.

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6 thoughts on “Where’s the prophet from your community?

  1. We are often so busy in the maintenance portion of our ministry that we forget that we are called to be prophetic. As a woman exploring a call to the Order of Deacons, I am constantly reminded that my brain works a little differently than others. I scan the area for the person who is not being heard- I open the door or window to the soul of a person in a way that is permission giving.

    • Thank you for sharing, Ruth. God made us all different so that we may be blessed by the many gifts and voices. Thank you for reaching out to those who may not otherwise be heard.

  2. I would have to say.. the prophet in your community of today would not be found in any local church in your town.. or even found to be in the city.. among the large gathering of people… for they have been banished.. and they are homeless.. (without a church home)..so you would have to be searching for them in the streets/wilderness.. (and good luck finding one..for they are very hard to find.. they are far and few) for the church of today would no doubt be fully rejecting of him.. and his God given word of guidance… if and when he was ever to speak up… then he would have no choice.. but to “knock the dust from his boots and move on”… upon facing this rejection.. prophets.. will at this point.. jump.. from church to church in the seeking of a church home.. but they will never find one.. so they may eventually just fully give up on the seeking of one to be dwelling from within.. for the prophets are not warmly welcomed today!!.. for the people think.. why should we be seeking repentance and God given words of guidance when we have Gods grace?? we have a loving God!! they will declare!!.. for he will fully accept us just as we are!!.. thus.. the prophets of today are looked upon as crazy God freaks!.. extremists even.. that have fully gone and done fallen off the deep end!.. for there does not appear to be any reason for a pure and righteous walk of life.. for God does not currently demand it of us… so why should we??.. or so the people would respond.. and not only this.. but the prophets of today have no God given powers and authority to enforce the law.. they are truly powerless!!… so why would the people be willing to receive a prophet??… even if on was to be found??. for as the prophet does go on.. and on.. in his constant daily ranting and raving.. over a near coming wrath of God.. for a lack of a true and authentic repentance.. none ever comes.. so the people will then mock and ridicule the prophet at this point… so the prophet of today.. has been forced out of the church.. and he has been set off to walking the streets daily.. all alone.. i also feel many prophets of today.. may have been spiritually murdered at birth!.. upon facing this rebuke.. for who would peruse being rejected daily (the office of the prophet)?? not that God would ever allow for such a calling as this to slip away from the man.. for once called.. always called.. but all together… i would have to say.. the prophet of today.. would be the man.. whom you will not find in any church.. for you will find him hiding out somewhere.. in the wilderness.. he will be all alone.. hiding in some secluded place.. where it is just him.. and God.. and when the crowds gather.. he will be the one man.. found to be strangely going the other way.. God bless!!

    please check out (http://kingwatch.co.nz/Prophet.htm) if further interested.

  3. The prophet is the one who has the “vision”.. from within the church.. thus.. he is the “eyes” of the body of Christ.. that we all (as individuals) build up.. and the prophet.. is sadly what the church of today is completely rejecting.. but also soo greatly needing!!.. for the prophet will very quickly spot.. and point out.. anything.. and everything.. that the church has long forgotten.. or mistakenly overlooked.. from with the word of God.. anything and everything that the church lacks.. he will then see.. (as he is the eye of the body) and quickly be pointing out to the people.. the prophet is a hard core, die hard Christian!! he is always black or white!! and never in-between!! truth is truth to him!.. and he will seek it out daily.. and always be fully living it out.. thus.. he is often mistakenly taken as being very cold hearted.. and hard.. when he does speak… and from within the walls of any lukewarm church.. he will feel very endangered.. for he.. above all others.. has been called to fully walking the straight and narrow pathway!! for how can the eyes lead the body.. if they also have been contaminated?? so the calling of the prophet.. above all others.. is very strict.. and very lonely.. thus.. he is often time found to be all alone in his “watch-tower” creeping alone.. just near the exit of the church.. not wanting to get too deeply involved with any and all lukewarm Christians.. found to be dwelling from within the church.

    what the church has missed.. what the prophet sees….

    Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?
    Romans 6:1-2 NLV

    When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.
    But whoever obeys the law is joyful.
    Proverbs 29:18 NLT

    Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
    but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction
    Proverbs 29:18 NIV

    Where there is no vision, the people perish:
    but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
    Proverbs 29:18 KJV
    ————————————————————————————–
    thus…
    “where there is no vision the people perish” = “a church lacking a prophet”
    ————————————————————————————–

  4. Well then.. What exactly will this prophet my church has been seeking.. be looking like?? and what exactly will he be wearing when i do find him??
    ——————————

    After John’s disciples left, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds.

    ***What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see?***

    Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind?
    Or were you expecting to see a man dressed in expensive clothes?

    No, people who wear beautiful clothes and live in luxury are found in palaces. ***Were you looking for a prophet? Yes, and he is more than a prophet!!***

    Luke 7:24-26 NLT
    ———————————
    notice.. this one fact.. the prophet.. is found to be in the wilderness is he not??

    thus.. I would also have to say.. that the mans clothing would be one of the very first things to be observant of.. in the seeking of a prophet.. for as this scripture does declare.. “prophets do not dress in expensive clothing”.. and as i am under the inspiration of the holy spirit… i would also like to add. that they will not be found wearing any clothing with “worldly advertisements upon them”.. for they are holy men of God!! with spiritual vision fully intact!!.. thus.. i would have to say.. that there clothing would ether be “”very plain”.. or “they would contain the word of God” imprinted upon them.. thus they would be found to be always “proclaiming the gospel” through word.. deed.. and through the very clothing that they do wear!!.. for i just could not see any true and authentic prophet of God advertising such things as “Bud light”.. or “a casino”.. through clothing.. or through anything that they do.. for those things have absolutely nothing to do with God and his kingdom purpose what so ever!!… and they would be sending a contradicting message.. would they not be??

    I would secondly have to say.. that the man would be found to be living very poorly.. could there ever be such a thing as a rich prophet?? no!! i just dont see that very likely!! for he would be living.. just as it had been posted above.. as he would be fully honoring all the scriptures!!.. such as this one spoken by Christ himself.. “if you wish to be perfect.. give all you have to the poor.. and come and follow me” (Matthew 19:21) thus.. “Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind”

    just wanted to add a few notes on what a prophet may look like.. God bless!

  5. There is yet another very good reason behind God “taking/and keeping” his prophet in the wilderness.. for it is only from within “this place of seclusion”.. that the lord can have his way with him and Re-teach his newly birthed prophet.. pure truth..thus.. God is able to “raise him up”.. and feed him with the true fruits of the spirit.. that come only from the world of God itself.. and not through any man made/altered or warped version of scriptural truths.. for it does seem that every church out there does have there very own version of so called “truths”. now from within this wilderness the lord will command his prophets complete and full attention upon him alone.. for from within the wilderness.. there will be no distractions.. or other voices found to be speaking..(other then Gods) and from within this place of seclusion.. all “un-needed worldly things” will be fully taken from the man.. or God will force the man to fully sacrificing of them for “his kingdom purpose”.. that the man may be better enabled to learn of God… now depending upon how willing the student is.. does determine the amount of time.. that God will keep the man in his place of seclusion… but the funny thing is.. that after much time has passed.. and after the prophet has spent much time with the lord alone in the wilderness.. the prophet will have learned to love this place of seclusion with the lord.. in the absence of all things non-spiritual.. (with sin left behind).. for upon returning back to the mans normal place.. from within the world.. it would now have appeared that god was now absent there!!.. so back to the wilderness he will self willingly return! that his God may have been found once again!! just a few thoughts on the topic.. 🙂

    personally speaking.. my wilderness has become “a secluded country home”.. for there is no other place in all the world i would rather be!! for God is there!! I thank God for all he has done in my life!!.. and for him bringing me to this blessed place of seclusion!!

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