Ezra 5:1-2 (ESV)
Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel who was over them. Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak arose and began to rebuild the house of God that is in Jerusalem, and the prophets of God were with them, supporting them.
Ephesians 5:26 likens God’s Word to water which cleanses and makes holy. What other literature, teaching, or proclamation can do that? God’s Word spoken by God’s prophet/preacher/proclaimer has the power to transform lives in ways that no other teaching can. God’s Word changes hearts. God’s Word empowers faith. God’s Word enables obedience. God’s Word transforms lives.
How can this be? It is only words, yet Psalm 119:105 likens the Word of God to light. It says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” When the prophets speak God’s Word they are speaking in the realm of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit who inspired the Word of God also empowers the Word of God. He gives light to our path, and he never leads contrary to the Word he inspired. He convicts, empowers, and equips those who hear his Word. Prophets speak in the realm of the Spirit.
Need we any other reason to be faithfully in God’s Word? Need we any other reason to proclaim God’s Word faithfully. Those proclaiming the Word of God are likely the most powerful individuals on the face of this earth. God’s prophets spoke God’s Word, and the people of God got on with the work of God. Listen to the Word of the Lord.