Hebrew Prophets II
Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Bruce Baloian
January 7, 2003
"Introduction to Prophecy"

I.   Definition of a Prophet
A.   OT understanding of the greatest prophets - Moses
1.   All other prophets are just saying what he said in a different way
2.   He had a theophany experience that compared to none of the other prophets
3.   IntrotoProphecyIn the OT, prophets were not foretellers (future) but rather forthtellers and Moses gave the complete will of God
B.   Roles
1.   Prophets - take God's message to the people
2.   Priest - take the people's message (offerings) to God
C.   Qualifications
1.   The prophet forthtells God's will to instruct and guide the people
a.   torah - means instruction not law
b.   Literally means "to point" (as in to point someone in the right direction)
c.   Let me point you the way to get you right with God
2.   The prophet tells God's will to motivate (Prophets are motivators)
a.   Motivating them to change from an oppressed position
b.   Motivating them to change from evil, because evil will destroy them
3.   The prophets are forthtelling God's will to give hope to discouraged or hopeless people
4.   The prophets were not perfect - quite often they make big mistakes
a.   Moses (the greatest of all) made many big mistakes
b.   The gift is greater than the man
5.   The prophets have to be willing to speak against the authority
6.   The prophets had no power themselves - he cannot enforce God's will, but solely speak the truth (the truth stands alone)
7.   The prophets were not afraid, but they were not disassociated with those they spoke against
a.   They are not allowed to give a message and walk away
b.   There are people who preach about hell and they would be glad if you went there
c.   Prophets on the other hand may have to preach about hell, however, he truly would not want that to happen
d.   1Kings 22 - good illustration of this principle
II.   Insightful comments regarding prophecy
A.   To comprehend what phenomena [to think] are it is important to suspend judgment and think in detachment
B.   To comprehend what phenomena mean, it is necessary to suspend indifference and be involved (this isn't learned in school)
C.   To understand what a prophet is you have to feel what they feel, suffer what they suffer, and be related to what they relate to