Monday, September 7, 2009

Tough to be a preacher

Everyone wants to know the future.

Everyone wants to be "lucky", or "blessed" or have divine intervention working in your favor.

Every general would love to know the outcome of the battle beforehand.

Every business person would love to know if the plan, the strategy, the endeavor will be wildly successful, or a dismal failure.

Every one would love to hear from God.

Sort of...

Preachers and prophets have been mocked, excoriated, dismissed and denounced. Many killed. Many banished.

Occassionally a preacher or a prophet is held up. It usually does not last long.

Listen to what God told Ezekiel...

30 -32 "As for you, son of man, you've become quite the talk of the town. Your people meet on street corners and in front of their houses and say, 'Let's go hear the latest news from God.' They show up, as people tend to do, and sit in your company. They listen to you speak, but don't do a thing you say. They flatter you with compliments, but all they care about is making money and getting ahead. To them you're merely entertainment—a country singer of sad love songs, playing a guitar.

They love to hear you talk, but nothing comes of it.

33 "But when all this happens—and it is going to happen!—they'll realize that a prophet was among them."

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