Lesson 1: Heaven’s Means of Communication
So I won’t keep you long, because this post comes late. By now, hopefully most of you know that this first quarter of 2009 we’ll be talking each Sabbath morning sometime around 9:30AM about “The Prophetic Gift.” Whether you read the Adult or Collegiate Quarterly (CQ), come join the discussion early online or after you’ve had some time to debate your thoughts in class.
So back to the lesson…
I was very pleased to walk into Sabbath School class last week, and discover we’d be exploring this deep and often mysterious topic for the next 3 months. At GYC, Mark Howard presented an excellent seminar entitled “White Out – Whatever Happened to the Gift of Prophecy.” Check it out here. Howard lectured on how often God uses a spokesperson/prophet to communicate with us. It’s really not that abnormal.
In Week 1 of the lesson, we covered the method of the messenger essentially. In learning about the means of communication, whether it be 1) face to face, 2) through nature, or 3) via a prophet – prophetic revelations must always lead us to the messenger’s source aka Christ.
Question is, if this is God’s frequent means of communication…why do we as Christians (even) feel uneasy when we hear prophecy? Why do we as Adventist stutter when labeling E.G. White as a prophet?
God lead Israel “by a prophet” (check Hosea 12:13), and we, as modern day Israel could use some more exposure to God’s method of communicating important messages to us. Let’s actually listen up and see what He has to say as we study this quarter.
I’ll leave you with words from Amos chapter 3:3-7 as paraphrased by The Message:
Do two people walk hand in hand
if they aren’t going to the same place?
Does a lion roar in the forest
if there’s no carcass to devour?
Does a young lion growl with pleasure
if he hasn’t caught his supper?
Does a bird fall to the ground
if it hasn’t been hit with a stone?
Does a trap spring shut
if nothing trips it?
When the alarm goes off in the city,
aren’t people alarmed?
And when disaster strikes the city,
doesn’t God stand behind it?
The fact is, God, the Master, does nothing
without first telling his prophets the whole story.