…their words [the prophet’s] are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns (2 Peter 1:19)


Simon Peter, had been with Jesus during the Transfiguration, when Jesus met with Moses and Elijah and three of the disciples heard the voice of God himself. As a man with a first hand experience of hearing the word of God directly, (not only from the mouth of Jesus) Peter’s testimony is uniquely powerful. Because of this experience, Peter feels he can equate his own knowledge with that of the prophets who wrote the very scriptures themselves. I too feel that I can testify to hearing The Lord speak to me, but I can’t exactly claim my own Transfiguration experience. I can however, testify that I have truly heard from God through the words of the scriptures and I can also testify that the effect on my life really has been as if the Light of dawn shone into the dark and shadowy place I once lived in. It is as if the darkness is gone forever and so no trial or tribulation will ever seem so frightening or insurmountable again.


2 Peter 1:16-21 NLT

For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendour with our own eyes when he received honour and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.” We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts. Above all, you must realise that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.


The goal, after such a powerful testimony from Peter, the ‘Rock’ upon which Jesus built his Church, is to live according to the word in the Bible, as if was indeed spoken directly to us from the mouth of God himself. Let there be no more doubt about it. Yes, it was written down in human languages by human hands, but the truths they recorded were not imagined by their own minds using only their own frail human intellects. The great, universal truths we read in the Bible were inspired in the minds of the prophets who wrote them, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and this is how how God still speaks to us today. His Holy Spirit is still lives in the words of scripture as we read them. And also, I believe that when the Holy Spirit moves within our hearts, it is still possible for us to speak and write the very words of God ourselves.

Today’s readings:

Daniel 4:1-37, 2 Peter 1:1-21, Psalms 119:97-112, Proverbs 28:17-18


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