True Words of God
The Sign of a True Prophet
n “A prophet who presumes to speak in
my name anything I have not
commanded him to say…must be put
to death. …If what a prophet
proclaims in the name of the LORD
does not take place or come true, that
is a message the LORD has not spoken
(Deut 18.20, 22).
As for the prophets But as for me, I am
who lead my people filled with power, with
astray, if one feeds the Spirit of the LORD,
them, they proclaim and with justice and
‘peace’; if he does not, might, to declare to
they prepare to wage Jacob his transgression,
war against him (3.5). to Israel his sin (3.8).
n “[Judah’s] leaders judge for a bribe,
her priests teach for a price, and her
prophets tell fortunes for money” (3.11)
n Micah prophesied because “[t]he word
of the LORD…came to Micah” in “the
vision he saw” (1.1).
n “Not many of you should presume to
be teachers my brothers, because you
know that we who teach will be
judged more strictly” (James 3.1).
Results for False Prophets
n “Therefore night will come over you,
without visions, and darkness, without
divination. The sun will set for the
prophets, and the day will go dark for
them. The seers will be ashamed and
the diviners disgraced. They will all
cover their faces because there is no
answer from God” (3.6-7
Results for Micah
n Then the officials and all the people said to
the priests and the prophets, ‘This man
[Jeremiah] should not be sentenced to death!
He has spoken to us in the name of the LORD
our God.’ Some of the elders of the land
stepped forward and said to the entire
assembly of people, ‘Micah of Moresheth
prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of
Judah. He told all the people of Judah, “This is
what the LORD Almighty says: …
Results for Micah
n ‘Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem
will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill
a mound overgrown with thickets.’” Did
Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in
Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah
fear the LORD and seek his favor? And did
not the LORD relent, so that he did not bring
the disaster he pronounced against them?
We are about to bring a terrible disaster on
ourselves!’ (Jer 26.16-19).
The Modern Micah
n “Micah’s accusations [of false prophets]
should be a warning to the church not to
allow its prophetic office [i.e., the pastorate]
to degenerate; instead, this office must
remain vigilant and courageous in speaking
out against injustice, not only in the world
but, above all, among its own ecclesiastical
leaders” (Wolff 1990: 109).
the New Testament
n “On arriving there, they went to the Jewish
synagogue. Now the Bereans were of more
noble character than the Thessalonians, for
they received the message with great
eagerness and examined the Scriptures
every day to see if what Paul said was true.
Many of the Jews believed, as did also a
number of prominent Greek women and
many Greek men” (Acts 17.10b-12).