When we hear the word “prophecy” or a “prophet,” we typically think of telling the future. But when we see the work of the prophets of Scripture, the act of telling the future is rooted in or based upon something broader, deeper and more profound. Indeed, even the Hebrew word most often associated with the prophet is navi, which is often literally translated “seer.”
To be a prophet is to see things as they actually are. Of course, one who is a prophet of God and acting in that capacity is acting under the inspiration of God and is able to see as God has given him vision. The work that inherently accompanies this act of seeing is speaking. The prophet of God sees things the way they are and then speaks the words of God to what he sees.
Isaiah sees the state of Israel’s faithlessness, he sees the repercussions, he sees what is necessary for redemption, and he speaks to Israel. That’s what the prophet does. He sees, and he speaks. He sees things as they are and he speaks truth to it.
In the first week of Advent as we prepare for the coming of the Light, we consider the work of the prophets. The prophecies of the coming of Christ begin as early as Genesis 3 and continue throughout the narrative of the Old Testament all the way to Malachi. They highlight all the different aspects of the person, the character, and the work of the One who is coming…the One anointed and chosen by God to bruise the serpent’s head and set things right…the Messiah.
The One about whom the prophecies were made was, himself, a prophet. In fact, He is The Prophet. He sees things as they truly are. He faithfully, boldly, and accurately speaks the words of God to what he sees. And when He ascends to be with the Father and sends the Holy Spirit, he gives his people the capacity to fulfill that same role. As Christ is Prophet, so we as part of the Body of Christ are called to the work of prophets. We are called and enabled to see things as they are and to speak truthfully to what we see.
Day by day, our little prophets are growing into that calling. Each day they come to a greater and deeper understanding of the way things are. Concurrently with that they see and understand the way things ought to be. And with those insights, they develop the capacity to speak articulately, winsomely, and truthfully to the world they encounter. All the while, we pray, their hearts grow with a love and a concern for this world.
Around the dinner table, have some discussions about “Creation, Fall, and Redemption.”
- How ought it to be? What is our understanding of the way things ought to be in the world?
- What is the case? What and where do we see problems around us?
- How is it fixed? What can be done to bring about the “ought”? What can be done to bring healing, redemption, a better state of affairs?
Advent Readings for Week 1
|Sunday, November 30||Romans 13:11 – 14|
|Monday, December 1||1 Corinthians 1:3 – 9|
|Tuesday, December 2||Mark 13:33 – 37|
|Wednesday, December 3||John 1:1 – 5|
|Thursday, December 4||John 1:6 – 9|
|Friday, December 5||Jeremiah 33:14 – 16|
|Saturday, December 6||Isaiah 6|
Mr. Dell Cook teaches Theology and Apologetics. He holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University, a M.Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Th.M. from Reformed Theological Seminary. Mr. Cook has served at CCS since 2000 teaching 4th grade, Old and New Testament, Theology, Apologetics, Church History, Hebrew, Greek, and Hermeneutics. He has served as Director of Athletics and coached girls’ basketball, middle school golf, junior varsity and varsity football, and from 2012 to 2018 he served as Headmaster. Mr. Cook serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Classical and Christian Schools as well as the Academic Advisory Board for the Classical Learning Test. He and his wife Ginny have three children: two are graduates of CCS, and the third is a current student.