Sunday August 29, 2010 | Greg Boyd
The men who were guarding Jesus began mocking and beating him. They blindfolded him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” And they said many other insulting things to him.
Jesus Before Pilate and Herod
At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. “If you are the Messiah,” they said, “tell us."
Jesus answered, “If I tell you, you will not believe me, and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."
They all asked, “Are you then the Son of God?"
He replied, “You say that I am."
Then they said, “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips."
In the Bible, prophecy refers to much more than simply foretelling events of the future. According to 2 Peter 1:21 any time the Holy Spirit uses a person to speak the truth it is considered prophecy.
In the Bible, prophecy refers to much more than simply foretelling events of the future. According to 2 Peter 1:21 any time the Holy Spirit uses a person to speak the truth it is considered prophecy. Prophecy is about what God is doing, not about what people want. In Luke 22:63-71 Jesus’ guards commanded him to prophesy regarding who was hitting him. They were mocking Jesus. Obviously Jesus felt no compulsion to participate with their game.
We sometimes try to force God to do “magic” on our behalf by setting up scenarios and assuming that we’ve locked God into our game somehow. Greg gave the example of an atheist who says, “If God is real, strike me dead right now…The fact that I’m alive proves there is no God.” But actually, all this proves is that God isn’t locked into our games. God makes up the rules, not us. Likewise, Christians will try get God to answer questions for them by setting up either/or scenarios. For example: “God, if you want me to marry this man, have him call me today…if he calls I’ll say ‘yes,’ if not, I’ll say, ‘no’.” Again, God makes up the rules not us.
2 Peter 1:21 gives a clear definition of prophecy. Acts 2:17-18 expresses the importance of prophecy and shows that it is available to all Christians. Paul, in 1 Cor. 14:1,5 encourages us to seek the spiritual gifts—including and especially prophecy—because it builds up the body of Christ.