Courage to Speak

Some of the most courageous souls mentioned in the Bible are not mentioned by name. They are the not-so-silent heroes of God’s people who would not cower, compromise or cavitate between idols and Jehovah God. Unsung and often unmentioned, they are deserving of notice. One such prophet confronted a fickle Israelite king.

King Amaziah returned from the slaughter of the Edomites with a batch of their gods in tow and, if that was not bad enough, he “set them up to be his gods, and bowed down before them and burned incense to them” (2 Chronicles 25:14); and “the anger of the Lord was aroused against Amaziah” (v. 15). The proposition that sin is illogical can be strongly argued from this passage because the prophet asked: “Why have you sought the gods of the people, which could not rescue their own people from your hand?” (v. 15). The king was none too receptive to this brave prophet’s logic, threatened to kill him, and asked: “Have we made you the king’s counselor?” (v. 16). The answer was: God made this prophet the king’s counselor. In the end, King Amaziah was assassinated while fleeing because he “turned away from following the Lord” (v. 27).

A Christian is a teacher of God’s Word, privileged with the opportunity to help people know Jesus and the forgiveness He offers – whether they want to hear it or not. It is not easy to engage a hostile audience but there is nothing in this text or in the entire Bible that relieves us from the responsibility of lovingly teaching the lost simply because they do not want to hear it. The Lord chose “earthen vessels” (2 Corinthians 4:7) in which to deposit the life-giving Gospel. The message is of God, the mechanism is human and this anonymous prophet had the courage to speak. Do we?