Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.
The spiritual gift of prophecy is a sacred gift that God has blessed a selected few with this special gift. The person who possesses this spiritual gift is known as a prophet, and they have the ability to predict events that will occur in the future or interpret dreams. You may have heard of some of the prophets from the bible such as Nathan who informed King David of the consequences regarding his adultery. He shared with King David the following…
“The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die” (2 Samuel 13-14).
Or perhaps you may recall Prophets Elijah and Elisha. When Elijah was approaching the end of his journey, God realized that Elijah needed a suitable replacement that would be eager and excited to take on the responsibilities of being a prophet. When Elijah actually received word from God about his new mentee, Elisha, he was on the run for his life from Jezebel but was asked to return to Damascus to anoint two kings (Jehu, over Israel) and (Hazael over Aram) in addition to anoint Elisha.
Once Elijah returned to Damascus and anointed his replacement Elisha, Elisha then became his servant and mentee. Over the remaining course of Elijah’s life Elisha absorbed whatever he could from the elder prophet. It was during their final journey to Jordan that Elijah asked Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” (2 Kings 2:9), and Elisha replied, “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” (2 Kings 2:9). Although Elisha noted that it was a difficult task to accomplish, he granted his mentee his request. Then Elijah was whirled away in a chariot of fire and horses and taken to heaven.
Finally, you may recall Joseph the boy whose father gave him the multicolor coat. His spiritual gift of prophecy landed him in a world of trouble with his jealous older brothers who sold him into slavery simply because of a dream that he had and shared with them that he would have authority over them and they would need to rely on him in the future. After serving time in prison for being falsely accused of seducing Potiphar’s wife, Joseph continued to interpret dreams for prisoners and guards. Then one day he was asked to interpret a dream for the Pharaoh. It was this kind hearted act and the accuracy in the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream that lead him to his fate as the next ruler of Egypt. Pharaoh was so impressed that he stated…
“Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.” (Genesis 39-40)
Eventually Joseph’s brothers would humble themselves to their younger brother as their new ruler.
I hope this week’s lesson on spiritual gifts has been helpful to you.