Today is May 8, 2019

Verse of the Day — Psalm 46:10

Cease striving and know that I am God.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Relax, God’s in control.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

Before the foundations of the earth were laid, God knew you.

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him . . . —Ephesians 1:4

Any problems we have during our lifetime, God allows for our own good:

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful . . . yet . . . it yields . . . fruit. —Hebrews 12:11
     See also Romans 8:28, 2 Corinthians 7:10, and 1 Peter 4:19.

So, if God is in total control, why not relax in His “everlasting arms”?

The eternal God is a dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
—Deuteronomy 33:27a

One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving. . . —Ecclesiastes 4:6

Instruct those . . . not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God . . . —1 Timothy 6:17


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

In a previous GML, you stated that if a prophet speaks a lie, he is to be killed. What about the prophets in the Old Testament, weren’t mistakes made? Did they have a prophets’ school or something to train them?


ANSWER:

Yes, there were actually prophet schools or colleges. Begun by Samuel, they are mentioned in 1 Samuel 19:19-20, 2 Kings 2:3, 2:5, 4:38, and 6:1. But prophets who were actually used by God in the Old Testament:

  • Were appointed by God through divine revelation

    He said,
    “Hear now My words:
    If there is a prophet among you,
    I, the LORD, shall make Myself known to him in a vision.
    I shall speak with him in a dream.
    —Numbers 12:6
  • Were inspired by God, to speak for God.

    for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. —2 Peter 1:21
Once they announced that God had revealed their “Prophet of God” status to them, they were granted special privileges—like not having to work. To weed out any false prophets (those claiming to be prophets when God had not actually called them (“Thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing.'”—Ezekiel 13:3 [see also Jeremiah 23:16]), the Levitical priests would record every word when a prophet spoke for the Lord.

The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue.
—2 Samuel 23:2

The prophecies recorded were for the immediate future (days, weeks), the near distant future (months, years), and the long-term future (centuries, millenniums).

If a prophet ever spoke a single word for the Lord that didn’t come true, to the letter, all his writings were destroyed and the prophet was killed.

But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. —Deuteronomy 18:20

For instance, if a prophet prophesied that a drought would last 100 days, and it lasted 101 days, he would be considered a false prophet and be killed. God makes no mistakes. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, etc., all lived their whole lives, uttering 100% accurate prophecies. Therefore their writings were preserved.

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