“And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.”
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.”
Hebrews 1:1 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.”
All through the ages, God always guided His own people in His will and purpose for them. However, God’s guidance was according to each dispensation and the covenant relationship He had with His people. For example, under the Old Covenant, the people were led by prophets and priests because the Holy Spirit didn’t indwell them. The Spirit was only on prophets, priests and kings for special assignments, many of which entailed guidance of God’s people. The people did not have the Spirit indwelling them; their bodies had not been sanctified and prepared for the Spirit’s indwelling. The work of redemption and salvation had not been done and perfected. Today’s opening Scripture shows us that in clear terms. It was right and proper for the people of the Old Covenant to seek guidance through prophets.
The opening verse tells us that God, at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets. God spoke to people under the Old Covenant through prophets; they were guided by the Lord through the ministry of prophets. For example, in 1 Samuel 9, Saul the son of Kish, went looking for his father’s lost asses; and his servant suggested to go and see prophet Samuel to enquire of the Lord by him to know where the asses were. This was the usual practice. At this time, prophets were seers. They saw visions of things hidden away from the common knowledge of people by the Spirit. God guided them in their generation through prophets. That was the Old Covenant way of receiving guidance from the Lord. Does God still guide that way today? Well, the dispensation has changed, and God’s covenant relationship with His people has changed as well.
In the Old Testament, the Lord permitted His people to be guided through prophets just because that dispensation or covenant had no provision for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit was not resident in them, so there was no way they could know the will of God without the instrumentality of prophets and priests, who were anointed by the Spirit of God to discern the will of God for the people. In the New Testament, we have the legal provision by the finished works of Jesus Christ to have the Spirit indwell us in Christ. We don’t need to be led through prophets anymore. Don’t let prophets take advantage of you and set you in opposition against the people that you love, and that loves you. Let the Spirit guide you from within.
My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that I am under the New Covenant, not under the Old. God’s Spirit dwells in me, and leads me from within. I am led by the Spirit, not through prophets. I understand the covenant relationship the Lord has with me now. Hallelujah!