The Pastor and the Prophet Pt 2

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As was stated in Pt 1, there are similarities and differences between the two offices of pastor and prophet. In this second part, the differences will be further considered.

First, the office of pastor is unique, because, unlike the office of prophet which is primarily verbal in nature, the office of pastor is multifaceted: it’s verbal, it’s physical, it’s, in a word, soul work. Preaching the Word is merely one aspect of the work. A pastor is expected to meet numerous needs, and not only the need of an audience to hear the Word.

Second, the prophets had a national and cultural responsibility that led them to prophesy to the Israelites at large. “‘Comfort, comfort my people,’ says your God., ‘Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins'” (Isaiah 40:1-2). The pastors of the New Testament, however, are seemingly more focused on the local church and local cultural, which means that the church’s spiritual temperature is more important to a pastor than the nation’s. True, pastors are compelled to pray for all people, king’s included (“First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior”). But a pastor’s first priority is not the nation in which he pastors but the church over which he holds his charge (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

These are just a couple of ways in which the offices of pastor and prophet differ. Each hold a unique and important role in the providence of God. And as such, we should be grateful to God for the prophets of old and the pastors of new.

Blessings,

Joe

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