Prophets, Not Orators, by A.W.Tozer


Prophets, Not Orators

by A.W.Tozer

And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, that I may

plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, "You are My people."

--Isaiah 51:16

The Christian minister, as someone has pointed out, is a

descendant not of the Greek orator but of the Hebrew prophet.

The differences between the orator and the prophet are many and

radical, the chief being that the orator speaks for himself while

the prophet speaks for God. The orator originates his message and

is responsible to himself for its content. The prophet originates

nothing but delivers the message he has received from God who

alone is responsible for it, the prophet being responsible to God

for its delivery only. The prophet must hear the message clearly

and deliver it faithfully, and that is indeed a grave

responsibility; but it is to God alone, not to men.

From "God Tells the Man Who Cares", 85.

"Lord, I'm reminded this morning of the thought from the late

seminary chaplain Richard Seume: 'When your people sit in front

of you on Sunday morning, they're not interested in hearing

another man tell them how to live their lives; they've come to

hear a word from God.' May that be my prophetic perspective

this week. Amen."