These are the regular devotional thoughts of Pastor Marvin McKenzie from Bible Baptist Church in Puyallup Washington.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Ezra 5:2 KJV The Preacher’s Best Function
Ezra 5:2 (KJV) Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusalem: and with them were the prophets of God helping them.
I have long contended that the prophets of the Old Testament had ministries comparable to that of the New Testament preacher.
They were not priests (though they could be from priestly families)
They were not regulated
They were not employees but Servants of God
They were often contemporaries and worked side by side
They sometimes were contemporaries but had little to no relationship with one another
Here we find two prophets who were contemporaries, knew each other and worked together for a common purpose. Could this be viewed as a rudimentary fellowship?
The Bible says these prophets instructed the people to begin work on the Temple again and that they helped them build. I have my suspicions that they picked up tools from time to time. I doubt that they were afraid to get dirty. But the most valuable help they could give, and that help that all of the commentaries point to, is help to:
Maintain focus on the work
No preacher should mind picking up a hammer and saw. But the preacher’s best function (and probably most challenging) is in keeping others at the work.
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Ezra 5:2 The Preacher’s Best Function
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