THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, January 11, 2019
Theme: The Great Shepherd
Topic: The Prophetic Purpose
And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
In order to minister to the Lord and touch people’s lives on a constant basis with authority, God sets ministers in spiritual offices. The ultimate purpose of climbing up into Jesus Christ is to minister to the Lord and impact others’ lives.
Church tradition has a number of stories about Zacchaeus, which point to the fact that he might have gone on to become a monumental figure in the early Church. Clement of Alexandria recorded that Zacchaeus was surnamed Matthias by the apostles and took the place of Judas Iscariot after he had betrayed Him. Some old writings called the apostolic constitutions say that “Zacchaeus the publican” was the first bishop of Caesarea.
Zacchaeus encountered Jesus Christ and fulfilled a prophetic purpose. We all have a prophetic purpose towards our families and nations. You are “the prophet” of your family, business, ministry, nation, etc. Zacchaeus ran, was spiritually elevated and assumed his “prophetic” role. Zacchaeus portrayed qualities that are identified with the prophetic office. He was a man of intense passion who defied all odds to see Jesus and make profound confessions before the people. We will discuss Zacchaeus’ prophetic gestures in subsequent devotionals.
1. Pray for prophetic revelation of Christ.
2. Pray for the courage to stand in the office of the prophet.
“Zacchaeus – Encounter with Jesus Christ” by Eastwood Anaba
(e-books available at www.amazon.com)