The Holy Spirit interprets the news

A scripture about the Holy Spirit:

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:8)

This is an unfamiliar scripture to me. In the context of its chapter, Micah is contrasting what God says about people who falsely speak for God, for example, proclaiming peace for profit or during days of ease:

Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray,
who cry “Peace”
when they have something to eat,
but declare war against him
who puts nothing into their mouths.

To these, God remains silent and dark:

Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,
and darkness to you, without divination.
The sun shall go down on the prophets,
and the day shall be black over them;
the seers shall be disgraced,
and the diviners put to shame;
they shall all cover their lips,
for there is no answer from God.

But Micah, spirit-filled, speaks the message from God that God intends to give, even when that news is bad:

But as for me, I am filled with power,
with the Spirit of the LORD,
and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression
and to Israel his sin.

This passage is quoted in the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective as a proof-text for Holy Spirit’s work in the prophets (and so it is). But its also a challenge to us to try to be present to the mind of God with respect to what is happening around us. We are not to simply sample the news and say things are going well or badly; God sees behind the news, and the Spirit may offer deeper insight and light. This is true for news about the world, about our friends and loved ones, about what is happening to us personally.


About Will Fitzgerald

I work on recommendation systems and lexical resources for Wordnik.

One thought on “The Holy Spirit interprets the news

  1. Carole Boshart says:

    Will, how timely and prophetic are your words. Right now I am struggling with the writing of a column entitled “Knowing the Mind of God”. It started with thinking about the coming of end times,and knowing what God’s plans are for humanity. I do not expect to come up with the definitive answer; far from it. But it seems to me there is a difference between living as we HOPE God wants us to and knowing for SURE the how’s of life. And I truly believe your idea “to try to be present to the mind of God” is the middle ground of the two extremes I am finding. I had thought at first the thrust of the column would be end times, but I am finding a large body of commentary just on how one could/should/will know the mind of God. The main point of what I have found is that if we know how God created, then we will know “the mind of God”. But creation is just the beginning of understand the Godhead. Even as I am writing to you, things are coming together in my mind. So that you very much for this probably unintentional prompt in my thinking, and thank you too for your friendship.


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