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Prophetic Fatih

Prophetic Fatih

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Published by Doug Floyd
Here is a short reflection that flows out from David's song about the way of the blameless. In it, i explore the idea of prophecy as God's creative/creating word.
Here is a short reflection that flows out from David's song about the way of the blameless. In it, i explore the idea of prophecy as God's creative/creating word.

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Published by: Doug Floyd on Jul 03, 2010
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Prophetic Faith
 by Doug Floyd
 I will sing of steadfast love and justice;to you, O LORD, I will make music. I will ponder the way that is blameless.(The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Ps 101:1–2). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)
This morning as I reflected upon Psalm 101, I heard David singing. He is singing back the Word of God's covenant faithfulness. He is singing about the "way that is blameless." What is the "way" that he is pondering? Before we can begin tounderstand what David means, we must understand how the revelation of 
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TORAH provides a foundation for everything in Scripture that follows it. By TORAH, I am referring to the first five books of Scripture. In TORAH, the LORDspeaks His people "into being" through His servant Moses.Thus Moses in rightly understood as the first and greatest of the Prophets (priorto the end of the ages when John the Baptist and Jesus Christ appear). TheTORAH is God's revelation, God's Word, God's breath, quickening the children of Israel into the people of God. The Ten Commandments in some ways capturesthe heart of TORAH. In Deuteronomy 5, after Moses speaks the Word of theLORD in the Ten Commandments he says,
You shall walk in all the
that the Lord your God has commanded you,that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live longin the land that you shall possess. (The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Dt 5:33). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)
The "way" includes obedience to the Word of the Lord. Per Deuteronomy 6,the"way" includes love of God, fear of God, meditation upon the commandments,obedience to the commandments, teaching of the commandments, living thecommandments in the family and in the community. In one sense, "way" refers tothe Word of God enfleshed in God's people. It is obedience the commandments.This obedience is rooted in the life that comes from God's Word alone.God's Word is not just a set a written texts, it is His Living Breathing Word, blowing through His servant Moses and calling forth the people of God. Just asthe LORD breathes into clay and forms Adam, the LORD breathes into andthrough His people to bring life and righteousness and power and glory. This WORD is not simply ideas, but enters and enlivens human form. Adam comes tolife. Israel becomes a people. Ezekiel speaks (blows) over the dry bones and they come to life. As the ancient Israelites meditate upon TORAH, they soak and read and speak and sing and act the WORD of the LORD. They dwell in the Life-giving Breath of God. This prophetic faith was never meant to simply be carved into stone. Thestone is but a memorial of the real carving, shaping, forming that the WORD of 
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the LORD does as He breathes into the hearts of His people. It is prophetic is thetruest sense of the word. "Prophecy" is the wind, breath, word of God thatcreates, brings light, brings life, and fulfills God's Will. Ours is a prophetic faith because it is rooted in the creative breath (Word) of God.
 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.
 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them whenyou sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down,and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001(Dt 6:5–9). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)
From the very beginning, His WORD was given to shape us into His image in ourhearts. Circumcision pointed ultimately to the heart being shaped for love andlife,
6 And 
the LORD your God will circumcise your heart 
and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. (The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Dt 30:5–6). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)
Just as the Spirit hovers over the waters of the deep at Creation, He hovers overthe heart of man, blowing, speaking, convicting, shaping us into being as theImage of God. But the heart of man turns away of this Living Word.
17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away toworship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. (The Holy Bible : English standard version. 2001 (Dt 30:17–18).Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.)
Simply having the Commandments carved in stone gave Israel no magic power.The stone was not a talisman that protected them from enemies. The stone wassimply a reminder of the Living, Breathing Word of God sent forth to transformtheir hearts. But in turning toward idols, they turn away from Life and toward
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