Luke 4: 16-21. Luke 4: 16-21. What is a Prophet?. Prophet
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What is a Prophet?
The word prophetis a Greek word which means ‘one who speaks on behalf of God’. Prophets did not predict the future, instead they ‘passed on’ God’s words or message, generally calling people to live differently and to redress injustice. Many prophets were not successful in that the people they spoke to often ignored their messages.
The OldTestament contains 18 books of prophetic writing, beginning with Isaiah and ending with Malachi.
Isaiah was a prophet that was born in Judah around 740-700BC. He prophesised about kings and the capital city of his region- Jerusalem. Isaiah began his life as a prophet after he had a vision of God. God told him to go and speak to people and to tell them that there was only one God, and that all people should put their faith and trust in him.
Isaiah is the greatest of all prophets and was responsible for predicting Jesus’ birth to save the Jewish people.
“The spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring the good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To let the oppressed go free,
To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.”
Isaiah 61: 1-2
What might the following statements mean?
“bring good news to the poor”
“proclaim release to the captives”
“recover sight to the blind”
“let the oppressed go free”