The Prophet: An Introduction

What I am about to attempt, I’m not sure is possible, but I’ll try. I feel God has taught (and is teaching) me some things about the role of a prophet, and I want to communicate some of those things with you through a series of blog posts. Your mileage may vary. For some of you, this will strike a very deep chord; others may not identify as strongly. Regardless, I hope it will lead you closer to Christ.

Having said that, I couldn’t think of a better way to open this series than with Michael Card’s song “The Prophet”:

Reluctant ride in the middle of the belly of a whale
A wheel on fire in the middle of the sky
Abandoned baby kicking on the side of the road
And a wife has died but you’re denied the right to cry

Three men walk out protected from a furnace of flame
One man cries out from a miry well
See a man in the myrtles and women with the wind in their wings
Understand what these seared lips can tell

I am the prophet and I smolder and burn
I scream and cry and wonder why you never seemed to learn
To hear with your own ears, with your own eyes to see
I am the prophet, won’t you listen to me?
I am the prophet, won’t you listen to me?

I hold out hope to everyone who hears and understands
The Word of God can echo in the voice of a man
He’s the shadow of a great rock in a dry and weary land
With the names of the ones He loved carved into His hands

The sorrow in His anger, my eyes weep His tears
His life a light in me
I am the sword that cuts His people apart
I speak the Word that comforts their faithless hearts

I am the prophet

Words and music by Michael Card
© 1992 Birdwing Music and BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)

One comment

  1. Keep talking! It’s so nice to hear real, live Mennonite people on subjects like these. Other Christians are a huge blessing but when the message comes from the culture you grew up in its easier to take it seriously. And easier to know how to model it in my culture.

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