“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me.”

Luke 13:34 NLT

America has a history of killing its prophets; a prophet being one that exposes the evil of what is and speaking on a desired future in alignment with God’s will. Prophets like Nat Turner, Abraham Lincoln, Malcolm X, John F. Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were all prophets in the sense that they were used of God to reverse the evil of racism, slavery, and man’s inhumanity to man.

Jesus was the greatest prophet and savior of the world. He wanted to help his people but his own did not receive him. Jesus said, “a prophet has no honor amongst his own.” Sometimes the people closest to you can’t see you. Or the people nearest to you may feel threatened by the change that God wants to accomplish through you.

God always sends us prophets that come in to speak truth to power but like Jerusalem we’ve become accustomed to killing the prophetic. Anything that goes against the grain of the norm is a threat to the established. Rather than look to what at could be we’d rather kill the prophetic to stay in the present.

Even Jesus’ family thought he was crazy. His own family! What makes you think people will understand you when God calls you to uproot and to tear down so he can build up?

How do we reverse a murder mentality as it relates to the prophetic?

  1. Look at the consistency of the prophetic witness. Jesus had spent three years helping and healing people but the only thing they remembered were his offensive words. Jesus told his disciples, “Unless you eat of my flesh and drink of my blood you cannot be my disciple.” Many were offended and stopped following him. Dr. King spoke out against Vietnam and President Lyndon Johnson revoked his open invitation to the White House, and later he was murdered in Memphis. It’s only after their deaths that we taste their words.
  2. Check yourself. Ask, “Why am I offended by what they say?” Before you discount what a prophet says you should T.H.I.N.K.! Is it True, Helpful, Inspirational, Needed, or Kind? A lot of times we discount the prophetic because it’s not kind from our standpoint. I can think of a lot of stuff my mother said that wasn’t kind but it was true, helpful, insightful and needed, and in retrospect it was kind!
  3. Don’t be afraid to come under the wings of someone who has proven themselves to be consistently helpful. Jesus said, “I have longed to gather you under my wings like a mother hen but you wouldn’t let me.” I’ve run across so many potential sons and daughters in ministry but the potential never fully matured because they wouldn’t let me. Many people want your power not your presence. Elijah told Elisha my anointing is not mine to give, but if you walk with me God might be graceful to give it. Transfer requires coming under.

We are living in a city and a country that has become accustomed to killing the prophetic. We attack what we don’t understand. Don’t be so quick to kill what has come to challenge you. Because whether you like it or not, truth crushed to the earth will rise again!

Dear God,

As we get closer to Easter and remember Jesus, the greatest prophet ever, give us a sensitivity to the prophets amongst us. Help us to test the spirit by the spirit. Don’t allow offense to keep us from hearing truth. Bring us all the way under the wings of the ones you’ve sent to us. Hide us under the wings of you almighty God!

In Jesus’ Name,