The readings for this Sunday and last Sunday are full of stuff about prophets and prophecies.
Which sounds like predicting the future. Like some sort of second-rate carnival act. Right next to the guy who guesses your age and weight.
The prophets in the Bible? They're not that kind of prophet.
So what do they do? They call people back, back into the loving relationship they were always meant to have with God.
The prophets in the Bible do foretell the future.
But when they do, it's like when my doctor does it. When she tells me that if I don't lose some weight, I'll be at a high risk for diabetes when I'm older.
The future that prophets in the Bible tell people about? It’s the future waiting for them. If they keep doing what they’re doing.
It’s really a warning about what’s going to happen. If nothing changes.
If that’s all it is, why do people get so upset about it?
More on this tomorrow.