Does The Final Prophet Or Snooki Have Your Ear?

The ever quotable AW Tozer said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us… Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.”

We can be very religious, but if we are not utterly fascinated with the person of Jesus Christ our worship is base. Scripture says the Glory of God is found in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:4). If we would be acquainted with God’s glory we must find it in the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Christ revealed Himself to be many things. One office He fulfilled was that of prophet; not just any prophet, but in an ultimate everlasting way THE FINAL PROPHET for all peoples and ages. Scripture communicates this in Hebrews 1:1-2:

1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.

Hebrews 1:1

In Hebrews 1:1 we find that God speaks-He is not silent. He reveals Himself. Only a person can speak. Only a person who wants to relate to other persons can speak and communicate.

God is a person, with a personality, with a heart to communicate to us. He is neither stoic nor neutral about communicating truth to us.

Before, in the Old Testament, He spoke through various prophets to Israel. Who was a prophet? Not a purple haired lady or some greasy haired charlatan in a three-piece suit who waxes, “Sow into our ministry and we’ll give you miracle water/prayer cloth/financial anointing!”

The OT prophets words were tough; Forget seeker sensitive, more like seeker abrasive. Their consummate message:

Don’t put your trust in the living God for coats and boats! Trust Him because His perfect wrath will fall on you if you don’t! 

Some prophets were subjected to utter rejection while carrying out strange and radical displays of obedience. (read about Hosea here)

John the Baptist, the forerunner prophet of Christ, was a wild man with an uncompromising message of repentance.

A prophet is one who simply speaks for God. They are, in the moment they are prophesying, the mouthpiece of God (2 Peter 1:21). God could have spoken with a thundering voice from the sky, but that would neglect the human incarnational component He was intimating. In an awe-inspiring way God chooses sinful men as His blessed ambassadors.

This speaking happened “in many ways.” (verse 1) Through creation, as Psalm 19 shows, nature speaks praises of her Creator. God speaks now through the recorded lives and words of Moses, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Daniel, Samuel and David. God can even speak through the sacrificial system of Leviticus and endless genealogies of Numbers. Though the message is singular, God has diversified the means with which He would speak to man.

For us to say “God has not spoken to me,” is like covering our ears during a rock concert and saying “I can’t hear anything.” If we aren’t hearing it’s our fault. The problem isn’t with the decibel level of God’s voice, it is with the selective hearing of our own ears.

God’s creation, God’s prophets and Christ’s blood have spoken with clarity, and all who spurn their word will be condemned justly.

Hebrews 1:2

Verse 2 says He has spoken in these “Last days through the Son” Usually, in the NT, the “last days” refer to the advent of Christ into the world. I’m not convinced the disciples had a “Left Behind” dispensational understanding of the end times. The beginning of the “last days” started with the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. So in a real sense the disciples believed they were living in the last days. In the person of Christ, we find God’s final communication to humanity for these last days.

As CS Lewis stated “Christ is the self-expression of the father.” The Father had one thing to say to us, and He breathed out Christ into the world as the message in the flesh. As the final prophet, He is the living Word of God to humanity (John 1;1).

Have we heard God’s voice through the work and person of Jesus Christ? Has the magnitude and beauty of the cross ravaged us? Has the wonder and power of the empty grave captivated us?

Both the Old and the New Testament speak of Him, and thus the whole series of biblical literature testify to the Person, work, grace and glory of the Son of God. Christ said:

“You search the Scriptures because in them you seek eternal life. But these Scriptures testify of Me!”(John 5:39)

Our privilege is to see Christ in it all from Genesis to Maps. Jesus in every bible story, character, prophecy, praise, lament, everything.

He is the center of the story. His words do not reveal information, they reveal Him!

God’s word is “God –breathed” and He continues to speak to us through his word about Jesus. (2 Tim 3:16) The testimony of Christ is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev 19:10)

What is the final prophet saying to me? This is no ordinary man making unsubstantiated claims. This not just another Mohammed, Joseph Smith or Jim Jones. This is the “heir of all things.”  Christ owns it all, for through Him God made the universe (Hebrews 1:2) Yet this is still a person; through God’s word in the power of the Holy Spirit a word is being spoken to us. The Comforter has many things to say. There is a message that is being communicated right now. That is why Jesus and the prophets proclaim again and again,

“He who has an ear let him hear!”

Which begs a personal question:

Who has your ear?

Facebook, Fox News, Hollywood, ESPN, Twitter? (I’m wounding my own pride)

Some voices have no right to speak into your life.

You can listen to Snooki.

Or you can listen to the one who speaks for God.

This one Who speaks is very God of God.

Are you listening to Him?

He is speaking. In and through Christ.

Listen.

Bryan Daniels

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Author: Bryan Daniels

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband to Jessica, and a father of three boys: Josiah, Gideon and Judah. I teach high school math as a job, read reformed theology as a hobby, and write this blog just for kicks. With the rest of my time I coach football and track.

37 thoughts on “Does The Final Prophet Or Snooki Have Your Ear?”

  1. Thank you for a beautiful message. I am trying to scheme a retreat of some type this summer with my Youth to allow them to pause and listen and this was a well-timed read for me to meditate on in my research. And I will listen a little more keenly today as well because I have read this.

  2. Excellent post once again…there are WAYYYYY too many distractions around us in the 21st century. I enjoy the emphasis on the fact that the gospel, although it does not change, is still alive and dynamic and being spoken. Real Christians never tire of hearing the gospel. Wherever they are, whatever they are doing, however many times they hear it…if they catch a snippet of a street preacher proclaiming the death, burial, and resurrection, they will stop and want to listen.

  3. Wow, this post has me excited! In our daily life/daily walk, we need this reminder to listen to God and to have discernment in the areas of influence you have mentioned here… Snooki??

    I just checked out a book from the library today, thinking it would be a real eye-opener: “It Is Dangerous To Be Right When the Government Is Wrong”, by Judge Andrew P. Napolitano. Sounds impressive, right? A real eye-opener, right? But when da judge says prostitution is a “victim-less crime”, well, somthin’ tells me he ain’t speakin’ for God!

  4. This is just so good and beautiful and true. It’s probably my favorite post on your blog! Favorite parts:

    “The OT prophets words were tough; Forget seeker sensitive, more like seeker abrasive. Their consummate message: Don’t put your trust in the living God for coats and boats! Trust Him because His perfect wrath will fall on you if you don’t! Some prophets were subjected to utter rejection while carrying out strange and radical displays of obedience.”

    “Have we heard God’s voice through the work and person of Jesus Christ? Has the magnitude and beauty of the cross ravaged us? Has the wonder and power of the empty grave captivated us?”

    I have been enchanted with the cross since 2005. I’ve learned that Jesus drank my cup, that he suffered the hell of a bottomless pit with no way out (like drowning), that he was crushed in the wine-press of God’s wrath so the wine of the Spirit would flow out (Gethsemane: crushed oil), that dying to self with him is assisted suicide. I could go on and on! I love the wonder and beauty of the cross – the darkness, the bitterness, the self-sacrifice, the turning the other cheek (like being a doormat), etc. I love the myrrh. But so few others do!

  5. Maybe it’s because I’m coming up on 50, but I have to have quiet. I cannot read my Bible in the midst of chaos. I cannot carry on conversation in the midst of chaos. And I certainly cannot pray in the midst of chaos. I love the “off” button on the remote. This is going to be the basis of a Sunday school lesson for my college/career class very soon. Thanks for the great post. Sandy

  6. I agree the world gets way to loud! The scripture that came to my mind was….
    Then He said, Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord. And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:11, 12 NKJV)

  7. Good post! We recently attended a debate between James White and Shabir Ally on the Deity of Christ in Toronto. Muslims are adamant that Jesus was a prophet – the fact is, all Christians believe that He is! However, we know that He is also much more.

  8. Yep, you got my pride, too 😉 I look for Jesus everywhere, and if I can’t find Him in a given program, book, or medium generally, I have to make myself leave it alone. I’ve heard it said that anything that doesn’t draw us closer to Him pushes us away from Him, and for me, that’s definitely true. It is kind of cool to read a Tinkerbell book to my girls and hear them say of the mean fairy, “She should listen to Jesus, because she wouldn’t want someone to treat her that way!”

    Like I said, I look for Him everywhere 😉

  9. “So in a real sense the disciples believed they were living in the last days.”

    This is true also according to Acts 2:16-17, which states “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;

    17And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: …”

    Great topic of discussion my brother in Christ Jesus…have a GREAT everyday ((~_~)) peace and love 2 U and yours

  10. You hit the nail right on the head. I have to admit for the two years that I had no TV I studied the Bible a lot more than I do now. However once my teenage niece and nephew moved in with me last year I decided to get my cable back so we could all watch television aka “the idiot box”. My two year old great nephew loves Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder. Hmmm… come to think of it those might be the best shows on TV along with SpongeBob.

    After two years without the box I was at first fascinated by all the programs at my beck & call. Naturally I had to tune into Basketball Wives, Mob Wives, Love & Hip-Hop to see why my family and many visiting cousins were so fascinated by this trash and it truly is trash. To me it all seemed a big joke then I realized how sorry these people really are and how low they would stoop for money. I can’t watch that garbage anymore. The Word Network is almost as bad with the slick greedy preachers so I confine myself to crime, science, history and the channel with TV shows from the 60s, 70s & 80s. TV does have it’s place as an instructional or entertainment tool but that’s about it.

    However being over 50 I need peace & quiet to pray, meditate and read my Bible so I’m usually up around 5am so I can start my day properly. Thanks again for another great inspiring thought provoking Blog!! As the young people say, You Rock!

    1. Ha! Thanks for your kind words, your are an encouragement. With a three year old, I’ve viewed a few Bob the Builder/Thomas the Train episodes myself. He’s starting to get into Power Rangers too, which is not geared towards his age. Parents have to be extra diligent with their little sponge like children hanging on every image and word.

      1. Very true. I remember controversy over kids jumping off roofs like Superman and poking each other in the eye like Moe from the Three Stooges! Those cartoons from the 60s were rather violent when you think about it. Buggs Bunny did some awful things to Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck. I also recall loving Soupy Sales as a kid. I especially enjoyed the end of the show when he got hit in the face with a cream pie! That happened to one of my teachers back in High school in the 70s. It was a riot. We students laughed so hard! Kukla, Fran & Ollie. Shari and Lamb Chop. Topo Gigo on the Ed Sullivan Show. Red Skelton as the bad little kid. Yes I was a rotten little kid because as you can see I loved all the cartoons, comedy shows and puppets that were smart aleks!! LOL!!

      2. I meant to write Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop and oh yes all those Westerns I watched like Bonanza, the Big Valley, Paladin and the Rifleman were pretty violent also. However my parents did not let my brother and I get carried away with what was on TV and we knew to behave or discipline awaited our little butts!! ROFL!!

  11. What an awesome post. I love the fact that we are not still waiting for more. “It is finished”. Thanks brother!

  12. “MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICE.” He declares . . .

    Though . . . in my experience . . . it takes–often at least–practice to discern His still small voice . . . from the inner mental noise . . .

    The guideline . . . follow after Peace is often a helpful one.

    He’s never in a panic.

    Even if He has to virtually audibly yell !STOP! to prevent us from stepping out in front of a Mack truck, he’s still not in a panic.

    And, Madame Guyon’s practice of meditating on Scripture and tuning in to Him in a deliberate set-aside focused time has merit. He does seem to appreciate our dedication to such a focus ON HIM.

    He doesn’t seem to respond overly well to McDonald’s-drive-thru level quickie efforts to touch base with Him as our only mode of communicating. . . . then wondering why we don’t HEAR HIM as well as some others seem to.

    Anyway–thanks for a fine article.

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