Monday- Speaking For and Forth
Spend five minutes focusing on a couple of things you appreciate and thank God for them.
On the way, Jesus told them, “All of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered.’
But after I am raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”
Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”
“No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.
Here we see Jesus is practicing prophesy. In the Bible, prophesy is understood in two ways.
First, prophesy is speaking for. A person is chosen by God to speak for him. Sometimes this is a general message for everyone. Sometimes you yourself might have a prophetic word from God for someone specific.
This doesn’t have to be something momentous. The walls don’t have to come tumbling down. Just pay attention.
Second, prophesy is speaking forth. This happens when a prophet makes a prediction about something that is coming in the future.
We make such a magical thing out of prophesy that we don’t realize, God is speaking to us all the time, usually in our thinking. We just don’t realize it’s God or we just aren’t too good at listening.
Well Jesus is a prophet and he is speaking forth to Peter. It is not a word Peter wants to hear.
“Three times I will deny you. Never!”
Peter’s not going to get his prophecy right.
When you encourage someone because God gives you a slight “nudge” to do it, that’s prophecy. A huge blessing. Who is God nudging you to encourage today?