Chapter 2 begins with a dramatization of 1 Kings 22:1-29 where the prophet Micaiah predicts Ahab's death at Ramoth-Gilead. From Micaiah's experience we learn how the prophetic person is deeply dependent on the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Both pastor and prophet enjoy unique anointings from the Holy Spirit that enable them to do the work God has assigned them. How do those anointings differ?
Is a pastor obligated to follow the advice of a prophet?
Write a short paragraph describing the proper use of an apostle’s authority in the church. Is his authority absolute? Now, write a similar paragraph for the offices of pastor and prophet.
By what two criteria do we judge a prophet’s words?
Has God provided a “forest glade” in your life that has become a source of grace to you? Write a paragraph describing it.
How is the prophet’s message often sweet and bitter at the same time?
The author wrote that discouragement is the prophet’s greatest challenge. What else makes his calling difficult? (Hint: Re-read the section about Moses.)
When are we the most vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks?
Elijah longed to see his nation restored and truly worshiping God, but never got to see it fulfilled. Has it happened yet? If so, in what way?