Featured in the May, 2012 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Teachers impart knowledge and are valued members of society, but prophets meddle in our lives and call us to repentance. We pay teachers, but we persecute prophets.
As long as we are sinners, we need prophets.
How do you find a prophet? You look for stones! Not pebbles, not boulders, just stones.
There were lots of stones in the Sinai, so it’s no wonder that Moses spent 80 years of his life in that stony place.
There are lots of stones around Jerusalem and it’s no wonder that we see Jesus there again, and again, and again. It was Jesus Who said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you kill the prophets and stone those sent to you” (Matthew 23:37).
When you read the eighth chapter of John’s Gospel, in which Jesus called the people the children of the devil (vs. 44), you are not surprised that by the time He finished His message, “they picked up stones to stone Him” (John 8:59). Again, in John 10, where He clearly teaches who are His sheep and who are not, they “picked up stones to stone Him” (John 10:31).
Then, when Stephen had delivered his scorching words to those who would hear him, we read “they all rushed at him, dragged him out of the city and began to stone him” (Acts 7:57, 58).
Also, Paul’s plain preaching about sin and judgment was too much for people, and we read “they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city thinking he was dead” (Acts 14:19).
You can tell much about a preacher, not only by his friends, but also by his foes. A preacher who has no critics is not a prophet of God. If you want to find a true man of God who speaks the Word of God to his generation, then just look for the stones.