4 “The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
5 The Lord God has opened My ear;
And I was not rebellious,
Nor did I turn away. (NKJV)
The Tongue of the Learned is a very insightful phrase the Prophet Isaiah uses to convey how we are to speak as prophetic ministers. Many times prophetic people have a reputation for being theological light-weights. However, if you read the book of Isaiah and the rest of the prophets, we see that God wants his prophets to be well versed in Holy Scripture, the issues of the day, and how to minister effectively by applying the Word of God to our lives.
In other translations, the Bible reads, “the tongue of a disciple.” A disciple is a life long learner in the truth of Holy Scripture and the ways of God. A disciple or learner must seek the Lord for understanding and wisdom. In Proverbs 4:7, the Bible tells us to get wisdom and understanding. When we humbly come to the Lord seeking His wisdom and seeking to understand His Holy Word, the book of James says that He will give liberally to those who asks. It is in this humble seeking that a disciple of the Lord receives the Tongue of the Learned.
It is not the tongue of the intellectually elite. The Father purposefully hid the treasures of the Scriptures and His Heavenly Wisdom from the prideful and arrogant. Jesus rejoiced that the Father had hidden the Truth and given it to babes, which are those who have humbled themselves and became child-like. The Pharisees and Scribes, who did not receive Jesus, were experts at the law and the text of the Word of God. However, they were devoid of understanding the truth of Holy Scripture. They could not accept Jesus coming as a lamb to be slain and the suffering servant. They wanted their political purposes fulfilled and to be ushered into power at the highest levels of Israel. They missed the reason for His coming. Jesus came in peace as the Lamb of God riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. The Messiah the Pharisees were looking for would surely keep them lifted up above the common people that they condemned every time they took to the streets to pray.
The Father would not accommodate their desire for power and prestige. He instead wrapped His precious Son in a body that had no handsome appearance. He sent His royal Son to a stable to be born to common folks. Wow, what a God we serve that uses the foolish things of this world and the humble surroundings to hide His precious Treasure named Jesus. This causes you to be humble when you come to God seeking. The fact that the Lord hides His Treasure will cause you to be a treasure hunter.
The Bible says God has placed this treasure in earthen vessels. It is our job as prophetic ministers is to find the treasure in people who are broken. We must be constantly in tune with the Spirit to let Him lead us to those that He wants to touch through a prophetic word or act of love. Unassuming disciples will be led by the Spirit of God on the Father’s adventurous Treasure Hunt to find the lost sheep of Israel, the broken and hurting, the weary and the wandering.
We as prophetic ministers must be in daily communion with the Lord to be taught the ways of the Lord. We must be in daily communion with the Lord through His Holy Word and to be discipled by the Holy Spirit, our Teacher. This allows us to be instructed with Heavenly Wisdom that comes from no one else but God Himself. The disciple must willingly and consistently enter into this Holy communion with God to receive the the Bread of Life needed for hungry souls. In the daily communion with the Living God, we are given the Tongue of the Learned.
In the daily communion with God, we are taught how to speak a word in season. The season of a Word is the next most important component of the prophecy. The weary cannot be restored if the word they receive is not in it’s proper season.
Next week, we will discuss the importance of speaking a word in season to the weary.
Morning by morning…….Seek the Lord as a disciple ……..