The Prophetic Gift

Lesson 2

January 10, 2009


Scripture: Genesis 20:7, Exodus 15:20; Deuteronomy 18:15; Matthew 11:11. John 6:14; Hebrews 11:24-26.

Out with the old and in with the new. That has been headline news since last Thursday when we entered another of earth’s decades. Just what will the new look like, feel like, smell like, taste like, be like? If you could know for sure what you will experience in 2009 would you want to know today?

What about your 401K or IRA? Will the world financial market be more or less stable in 2009 than it was in 2008? Should you put your money under your mattress or invest it?

The Folks at Saxo Bank, an established European bank with and online presence that specializes in trading and investment think they know. In a piece titled “10 Outrageous Claims 2009” they forecast what we can expect regarding the world’s financial stability this year: 1. An Iranian Revolution; 2. Crude Oil to $25; 3. S&P 500 to 500; 4. Italy Could Drop the Euro; 5. Australian Dollar to Slump vs. Yen; 6. Dollar to Outstrip the Euro; 7. Chinese GDP Growth to 0%;  8. Eastern European Forex Pegs to Fail;  9. Commodities Prices to Plunge; 10. Yen to Become Currency Peg. 1, 2

What about housing? Will foreclosures still be high or will the housing market recover? Analysts predict that the national real estate markets will hit bottom in 2009, then stagnate through 2010. 3

What about the price of gas? Will we see prices stabilize or increase? What impact will the current conflict in Gaza have on the price we pay at the pumps in gas stations this week in North America?

Is even thinking about buying a new car an option in 2009? Many analysts in this market which has experienced one of the industry’s “most trying years” in 2008 predict little hope for improvement in 2009. 4

Will you have a job that lasts all year or will you or a family member be impacted by the mounting layoffs?

Will your favorite store or even your favorite mall close this year? Various news media tell us to expect a rash of store closings which some experts say will be the most in 35 years.

Can anyone know for sure what we will experience during 2009? Are these prophecies made by men and women of God or are they predictions by analysts who follow trends and report their best guesses? What is the difference?

In our Bible lesson this week we study about the prophetic gift given to men and women in Scripture. Why did God need prophets in the Old and New Testaments when He is God? Why might he use prophets to mediate between Him and us today?

We’ll learn about the prophet’s role and function, the hazards of being chosen by God to be a prophet or prophetess, the flaws and human side of the life of a prophet and how we today can discern whether or not one who claims to be a prophet is or is not of God.

Perhaps we’ll even resolve that in 2009 our church will be a beacon of prophetic light in our local community balancing the good news of hope and of Jesus second coming to counterbalance the bad news that seems to flooding our senses only two weeks into a new year.

~ck



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