THE WEEPING PROPHET.
WISDOM FOR TODAY.
THE WEEPING PROPHET.
2 Kgs 8:11-12 And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept.
And Hazael said, Why weepeth my lord? And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel: their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child.
Insight and Highlight.
The weeping prophet is not whipping up sentiments or emotion by his tears but to feel sorry for a fallen generation.
The calling of the prophet of God includes his sorrow for the people he is sent.
The servant of God sees more than anyone could see.
He is not a fair weather prophet like false prophets. He feels deep sorrow when there is sorrow and joy when there is joy.
The prophet Elisha wept before Hazael and Hazael was asking why he was weeping. Elisha told him it was because of the evil he would commit as king of Syria, 2 Kgs 8.
The prophet Jeremiah was also a weeping prophet who cried while prophesying.
His tears were his grief over the wickedness of his people and God's imminent judgment over the nation for their sins.
His warnings were not honored. At times, he received beatings and imprisonment. He was not only a weeping prophet, he was also a mourning prophet , Jer 13:17.
The prophets Samuel, Elisha, and Jeremiah, among others, enjoyed nothing more than the joy of hearing the voice of God and the privilege of being called by God's name considering the pain they go through over the people.
Paul said in Acts 20:31 Therefore, watch, and remember, that by the space of three years, I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.
The tears of the prophet are his fears for you.
Let their tears gain you to Jesus.
The voice of the servant of God is often lost in the wind. When God calls, but we fail to obey, hope of eternity in Heaven, for many is lost. Heaven will not rejoice, ref Luke 15:7.
Call to Word action.
In John 1:13, John the Baptist cried in the wilderness. To cry means a voice of painful utterance of the possible consequences if people fail to hear him.
The Christian clarion duty.
Save the Kingdom some tears.
Lord, help me. Do not let me cause tears to the Kingdom, in Jesus name.
Good morning all and have a blessed day.
God bless you.