40 Hebrew Words for Forty Days - Day 31
The Hebrew word for ‘prophet’ is נָבִיא (navi) and it comes from the verb נָבָא [(nava): ‘to bubble forth’]. A prophet is the one who ‘announces’ or literally ‘pours forth’ the declarations of God. It is often misunderstood that the primary function of OT prophecy/prophets is to foretell/predict the future.
Although it is one of the aspects, the OT prophets addressed against/for specific social, political, and religious circumstances that existed in Israel/Judah during their period [i.e. ‘forth-telling’].
In a nutshell, they prophesied to establish God’s justice in the above mentioned spheres whenever injustice prevailed; and Jesus did likewise. Lent reminds us to rethink our role ‘to be prophets of our time’ amid ‘false prophets.’
Source: BDB, KAHAL, TDOT
Dr. Aravind Jeyakumar Moniraj is serving as the Associate Professor and HOD, Department of Old Testament at Gurukul Lutheran Theological College and Research Institute in Chennai.
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