The Prophet’s Job

In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying, The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers.  Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.

Zechariah 1:1-3

One of the many things that strikes me as I read through the books of the prophets is the fact that, even in the midst of judgment, and even after generations of rebellion and disobedience, God is still sending prophets to His people with messages of warning and messages of mercy and restoration.  These verses sum up those messages of the prophets perfectly.

Verse two tells us “The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers.”  By this point, the nation of Israel had been in spiritual rebellion for several generations.  It had been years and years since the people loved, obeyed and followed the Lord.  They had long since rejected Him and starting serving other “gods.”  This obviously displeased God.  And He tells the people that He has been displeased with their fathers.  The prophets always warned the people and always told the people exactly what they had done to displease the Lord.  God was not vague with them.  He told them what the problem was and He told them how to fix it.

“…Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you…”  After expressing His displeasure with their fathers, the Lord tells the prophets to give the people a message of reconciliation.  Even though their fathers had rejected God and served other gods, if they would turn back to the Lord, He would turn to them.  We can see from history that the people did not accept this gracious offer, and they were judged.

When you think about it, those are things that the Bible does for us today.  It tells us where we have failed and it tells us of the Saviour’s love.  It tells us that we are not right, but it also tells us how to get right.  We need to be thankful for our “more sure word of prophecy.”  (II Peter 1:19)

6 responses to this post.

  1. THanks Ben! I am so thankful for God’s word. I am so thankful that it is active and alive and brings me into correction and or comfort when I need it! Our God is gracious and merciful even in the midst of testing or judgment!


  2. Thank you Ben

    Thanks especially for pointing out the fact that “God is never vague” …. He says what He means in clear and specific terms.

    Thanks for the reminders today. Judgment will come, but the warning precedes. We get to decide how we respond.

    Blessings much,


  3. Thank you for showing us His mercy and faithfulness to warn . . .even now today. God bless you as you turn to the Savior’s love today!


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