Davie Street Presbyterian Church U.S.A. has in Rev. Dr. Byron Wade a seasoned young spiritual leader and pastor. Reverend Wade was clear that when [we] are called out of the world into “the body of Christ” we take on a “new identity” as ‘children of the living God’! Pastor Wade is a very grounded, wise and detailed clergyman proficient in the ways of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A and his historic African American congregation. His sermon is part of a series that will reflect on the minor prophets of the King James Holy Bible and how God was engaged in their historic literary lives and how the circumstances align themselves significantly with parishioner’s engaged in current human conditions. God does dramatic things to recall and to reclaim us.
There is an efficiency in the delivery of scripture and God’s in word the Presbyterian Church that is not the way of the charismatic and Baptists. The magnificent organs playing traditional well-written music usually make the loudest “joyful noise”. I loved the hymn called “Here I Am, Lord” is my favorite. I have enjoyed and continue to love all Christian denominations doing their works in the interests of Christ.
A Series on Prophets…
In the bible, Joel’s prophecy, speaks of the creation of prophets as a day (time, period) when the Holy Spirit would be lavishly poured out upon the people of God. He stated, “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:” (Joel 2:28).
Old Testament Prophets can include: Hosea, Amos, Joel, Jonah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Obadiah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Ezekiel and Daniel, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.” (Easton’s 1897)
Pastor Wade taught about the prophet Hosea on July 7. His scriptural references were Hosea 1:2-10; 22:19-23 and 1 John3:1-3. What I learned was that Hosea was called by God and told Hosea to follow His usual directions geared towards “returning His people” to God. God asked Hosea to marry what we would consider a whore or heathen. He was told to name his offspring from that union specifically 1, Jezreel to remind the ruling powers for the bloodshed of His people in a valley of the same name, 2, Lo-ruhamah , meaning unloved and God will not have pity and 3, Lo-ammi, meaning “ye are not my people” all to illustrate God’s mercy in recovering its people from wayward ways of existence outside of God’s covenant relationship.
The names represent the offenses against God and the level of His mercy reclaiming His people to “restore them as His people”. God forgives us for breaking His covenants, reclaims us as His Israel and loves us as his chosen people.
Prophets like Hosea are part of the mechanics of God’s work in the world intended before the world was ever created. Jeremiah 4 says,” Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Many of us believe that God has placed in the church prophets with anointing and set ministry gifts that they use to establish good works and education about the teachings of God. According to I Corinthians 12:28, “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”
Amos 3:7-8 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. 8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
Davie Street located at 300 East Davie Street, Raleigh NC 27601 will provide a great and instructive biblical series, don’t miss it! Please call the church at (919)834-8855.
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