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THE NEW-FANGLED GARBAGE “THEOLOGY” ABOUT PROPHETS – PART 2

I’ve been told by people that John the Baptist was the last of the OT prophets, and therefore NT prophets shouldn’t be strong or forthright, AKA “judgmental” by people who don’t want to hear the truth.  So, I decided to study it all out, because you know, I like to study like the Bereans in Acts to “see if these things be true”.  I wrote out some similarities and differences of Jesus and John the Baptist:

Jesus and JtB similarities:

1. Developed in the wilderness. (Matthew 3:1; Matthew 4:1)

2.  Preached repentance. (Matthew 3:2; Matthew 4:17, plus more in the other Gospels)

3.  Baptized.  John w/water (Matthew 3:6)  Jesus with Holy Spirit and fire. (Matthew 3:11)

4.  Confronted religious leaders of their day (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 12:31, plus more in the other Gospels)

5.  Exposed sin. (Matthew 14:4; Matthew 21:11 & John 14:17)

6.  People came to them to listen. (Matthew 3:1 &5; Matthew 4:25, plus more… )

 

Jesus and JtB differences:

1.  Wore different clothes. (Matthew 3:4) (John 19:23; Matthew 3:11: Matthew 9:20)

2.  Eating Habits (Matthew 11:18-19; Matthew 3:4)

3.  John didn’t do miracles, and Jesus did.  (John 10:41; Matthew 4:23-24)

I was struck by the importance of Mark 6:14-16.  A lot of people look at this Scripture as being about John the Baptist, because it was.  However, it is also about Jesus.:

14 Now King Herod heard of Him, for His name had become well known. And he said, “John the Baptist is risen from the dead, and therefore these powers are at work in him.”

15 Others said, “It is Elijah.”

And others said, “It is [c]the Prophet, or like one of the prophets.”

16 But when Herod heard, he said, “This is John, whom I beheaded; he has been raised from the dead!” 17 For Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife; for he had married her. 18 Because John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”

Something about both of their their ministries were similar, because Herod thought that Jesus was John the Baptist raised from the dead.  It wasn’t how they dressed, ate, or acted.  They didn’t look the same, not even close!   It wasn’t even their ministries, because John baptized with water and Jesus didn’t.  His disciples did.  John didn’t do miracles, but Jesus did.  It was their words-  the message of the Gospel, spoken with authority!  Both of their ministries made people uncomfortable because of the truth.  The love didn’t make them uncomfortable, did it?

So, with all of this in mind, if John the Baptist was the “last” prophet of the old way, and nowadays prophets sound and look completely different, as some claim, then how come Jesus was compared to John the Baptist by the people of His day?

PRETTY DARN DELIGHTED 

YOU ARE HIS SON OR HIS DAUGHTER AND HE IS PRETTY DARN DELIGHTED IN YOU. 

This picture is how I see myself, except maybe a little more scarred up and covered in ashes. I’m not about the whole perfect, pretty princess in the tower aspect that is popular in the body of Christ at the moment. But I’ll take warrior princess.   Anyway, SOOOO many times, and for SOOOO many years, I allowed people’s judgments of me to keep me down in the mire of my mistakes and lies spoken over me, instead of fighting tenaciously on the battlefield. 

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A lot of people will be like, “Oh, that picture looks MAD! You are an angry person” Honestly, I am a bit angry. Not at people, but at that judgmental attitude that takes ahold of so many in the body of Christ, and beyond. I am angry that I allowed lies to distract me from what I said, “Yes!” to so many years ago. I allowed those lies to tell me that I wasn’t “good enough” or too “bitter” to follow that call on my life. I frustrated that people allow their own insecurities to destroy other people’s GODLY WORK on the planet, because they are jealous, or judgmental, or both. I am frustrated with the many things that I see holding the church back from being more fruitful.

This is just who I am. I am weird, (and okay with that.) Not a lot of people will “get me”, (and I’m also okay with that.) I can be forceful, but I also can be kind and compassionate, giving people more chances than the “calm” people often do. I’m not made of water. I’m made of fire, grit and ashes. That’s how GOD made me. Hello! I’m telling you, GOD made me that way, and He also has led me through some hard trials in order to learn more compassion, and when to speak, and how to speak. I’m not always perfect at this yet. He has made me to search out the “dangers” that the enemy has set. It’s in my spiritual DNA. I’m baffled that so many times, this eagle-eye perception has been thrown the bitter card or judgmental. If I say something that I see, it isn’t to say shame on you and now live in your shame. It is to say, I see this. Take it or leave it, but if you take it, I believe that God can do so much more through you or through the body of Christ.

There are so many different types of people, and God has made us all unique. I’m beyond being ashamed of the fiery, “solemn”, thinking, and intuitive person that I am. I love who I am. I don’t think that everyone should be like me. I love the sunshiney-happy, servant-hearted people that God has made, like my mother-in-law, and Aggie are. I love the calm, cool, and collected people like my husband and Lilly are. I love the straight-backed administrator types. I love the ones that are constantly lost in the presence of God. I especially have a heart for those who have been broken and rejected, because I’ve been there.

Someone wise told me that I don’t have to accept people’s judgments of who I am, because I’m not any of my family members. I’m not the church I grew up in. I’m not even the person that I used to be. I’m Risa Kopp. I’m not anyone else’s bitterness. I’m not anyone else’s excuse to be an awful person. I’m His daughter, and He’s pretty darn delighted in me.

The same goes for you. You are beautiful, just as you are. You may be flawed, as am I, but we all have a lifetime to become better. You may stumble, but God forgives your repentant soul. You can get up and walk again. Don’t let ANYONE push you back down into your mistakes. I’ll repeat that. Don’t let ANYONE, anyone AT ALL, no matter who they are, or what position they hold, hold your face down in the mud in the mire of your past. You are forgiven. You are His son or His daughter, and He’s pretty darn delighted in you. 

 

Anyone Else Have a Lot of Questions?

I DO!

questions

 

  • What is the most effective way for me to reach people?
  • How can I get the church motivated to get outside the walls of their local buildings in the name of Christ?
  • What does God want me to do in order to accomplish these things?
  • I am a singer-songwriter.  I have a somewhat flourishing business in the non-Christian market, where I “sneak” in songs about faith and God.  Should I give that up?
  • I have Christian songs that I write.  Should I do that instead?
  • I see the body of Christ fumbling and bumbling in their methods to get people to attend regularly, but church attendance has been declining for decades. Should I do music to get THEIR attention?
  • Am I that effective of a person at all?  I mean, I mess up… A LOT.
  • Because I mess up a lot, and admit it, does that mean that I am relatable or just ridiculous?
  • The church seems to ignore me a lot.  Is this because I speak truth and I should keep going doing what is difficult?  Or…
  • Should I just leave them to whatever messes they are up to until they listen to someone, and “preach” where I’m wanted?

Yep.  I’ve got lots of questions.