Magazine article Anglican Journal

Ten Unexpected Prophets

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Ten Unexpected Prophets

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AS NOTED last month, Peter's use of the prophecy of Joel to interpret the events of Pentecost is highly significant. The big miracle, we are told, is the unexpected revelation of what has been, up until now, a hidden Word. It comes to us in and through the mundane ranks of all kinds of ordinary people. The thing which seems to distinguish these messengers is that they are people we don't expect to be in this position.

Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions; your old men shall dream dreams. Joel gives us a description of the multiple, unexpected and unique ways in which God will choose to unveil the ongoing and relentless purpose which is hidden in Creation. The Word, which is an embryo of a New Universe, is unfolding before us. It is revealed in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and now, with the giving of the Spirit, through the proclamation of some unexpectedly normal and formerly ineligible messengers.

We are prepared by this event to listen for God's Word in the unexpected; we will be amazed and astonished, not by razzmatazz but by that which is, by its normal and mundane character, the unexpected. …

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