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The Story in Review- Chapter Fifteen
Ever hear the saying, “throwing good money after bad”? In money terms it means that even if an investment proves to be worthless someone keeps funding it in hopes the obvious outcome will change. Some might think that a good description and apt definition of the ministry of the prophets. God sent them, they warn and speak and the people reject and disobey. Sure maybe for a moment they heed, but after a while they fail to follow the prophetic utterance.
Even Elijah thought that was the case, “Lord, I am the only one left.” God assures him that though many in Israel have indeed turned away from God’s call and followed the voices of false prophets there were “7000 who had not bowed down to the Baals.” In other words, even though it appeared to be a waste of time, God’s prophets were getting through to God’s people; and God would continue to call and invite or punish and reject, as the need may be through the voice of the prophets and the prophets on their behalf were to continue to proclaim even if they thought no one was listening.
Now God no longer sends “prophets” in the ancient meaning of the term, but we as Christians are in a prophetic ministry, that of speaking the truth of God, in love, even if it feels like our words are falling on deaf ears.