“Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:9-10
How powerful is the God’s prophetic word spoken by His people? What is the weapon that God has given His people to use for the great spiritual battle that we are facing and will face in these Last Days?. The word of God has an awesome, unimaginable creative power! The Lord created the whole earth by the power of His spoken word (Gen 1: 1-26; Heb 11:3). Everything in the whole universe, whether visible or invisible were created by Him and for Him (Col 1:16)! The prophetic word of the Lord also communicates God’s thoughts, will and plans to man. The Lord created man to be recipient of His thoughts, will and plans and created him to be His image, the fullness of expression of His authority on the earth (Gen 1:26-28). It is through man that God continues to create and enforce His will on the earth as it is in heaven (Gen 1:28; Psalm 115:16; Matt 6: 9-10).
When Adam and Eve fell to sin, the Lord continued to communicate His will to His people. From the whole creation, to the giving of the Law to His people Israel, to the time of the prophets until the time of the coming of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord continues to speak to His man (Psalm 19:1-3; Rom 1: 20; Heb 1:1-2). The Lord specifically raised up prophets to be His oracles or mouthpiece through which He will communicate His thoughts and plans to the people. Bible history tells us of men and women who heard and received the prophetic word of the Lord and spoke them to their time and situation. God desires that all of His people are prophets (Num 11:29)!
The calling to the office of the prophet of Jeremiah shows to us a lot about prophets and the power of the prophetic word of the Lord. The young Jeremiah was called by God at the time of the backsliding of the nation of Israel. The prophet, being called and commissioned at such a young age was reluctant to the calling but the Lord assured him saying:
“But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jer 1:7-10).
The word of the Lord in the mouth of the prophet gave him authority over nations and kingdoms. It can root out, pull down, destroy and throw down all contrary thoughts, plans, works and intentions. It can also build and plant God’s purposes, will, thoughts, plans and works. The prophetic word of the Lord spoken in faith can also take hold of things and propel things to motion. The writer of Hebrews tells us that the whole universe, the whole creation is being propelled or set to motion in an orderly manner by the word of His power (Heb 11:3). The prophet Ezekiel, when he spoke the word of the Lord turned the whole valley of dry bones to become a vast, exceedingly mighty army (Ezek 37:1-10)!
Also published on Eagle Christian, Issue No. 336 on May 6, 2012