What is a prophet? Webster defines a prophet as one… 1: one who utters divinely inspired revelations: as a. often capitalized : the writer of one of the prophetic books of the Bible b. capitalized : one regarded by a group of followers as the final authoritative revealer of God’s will.
A discussion of this type makes most of us admittedly uncomfortable. The thought that there are some with a more direct connection to the Almighty doesn’t sit well with those of us who have been liberated to believe in what Christians often refer to as “the priesthood of the believer”. It runs against the grain of equality by selecting or singling out individuals who seem to hear from God or simply understand divine things in a special way.
We do well to feel a measure of discomfort with this. However, our own discomfort does not negate the reality that this type of person still exists today. One such prophet in the Old Testament (a series of books written before the coming of Jesus) was Isaiah. He is one of my favorites for a host of reasons. I have just started a new study of his life and writings. I plan to share some of the inspirations that I am being challenged with in the days ahead. Most of my studies on this man and his life will be sourced in the pages of Scripture that are home to the book simply titled – Isaiah.