But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death. You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.
Deuteronomy 18:21-22

Some thoughts on this:
– Prophets sent by God must have had great courage, knowing that what they spoke could potentially lead to their death. And particularly when they know that the things they have to say are not pleasant, they must have had great faith in God.
– Many of the things prophets spoke did not come true in their lifetime (1 Pet 1:10-12, Heb 11:32-40). Again, they spoke with great risk.
– In reading Micah at uni, we’re often discovering, within the prophecy itself, that the prophet’s words are falling on deaf ears. I think this is helpful: I wonder if, when hearing the prophecy Micah spoke, they were not only cutting off any chance that his word could be true (a lot of what Micah spoke was observations on what the Jews were currently doing and it wasn’t good), but if they were watching to see if the things Micah said were true. It’s difficult to tell if what he was saying was being fulfilled as he spoke, or soon after, because the time language is very unclear. I need to keep pondering on this.


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