In my series on call, I will have at least three installments on Isaiah. Here is the start. God’s call to the writing prophets provides more information than some of the ones we have been reading. Isaiah 6 serves as a favorite text for many.
We learn a lot from reflecting on Elisha’s “mantling” call and commissioning events for our lives and ministries. His redirection of life still speaks to us. The call of Elisha the prophet starts with the word of Yhwh to Elijah on the mountain.
Although the call of Elijah does not appear in the stories of the prophet, we gain a lot by looking at Yhwh’s instructions to Elijah. In most of the Elijah stories we receive some indication of Yhwh’s instructions.
In the next few postings I am going to focus on the so-called non-writing prophets. Some have names, some are unnamed. Elijah is the best known of these prophets.
Again Yhwh calls Samuel’s name twice. The boy is prepared this time to respond as Eli instructed him. “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Weaving in the stories of Eli the high priest are the beginning days of the prophet Samuel, from his conception and birth to service to Eli and Yhwh and God’s call in chapter 3.
Yhwh gets Gideon’s attention and gives him general instructions for the deliverance from oppression.
Our attention turns to Gideon’s call. Gideon emerges as one of the heroes or champions in the judges’ period. He leads the Israelites against the oppression of the Midianites.
Then Moses answered, "But suppose they do not believe me or listen to me, but say, 'Yhwh did not appear to you.'"
Most introductory words to those called in the Bible begin with a simple "and he said" or "and the Lord said." So begins the explanatory and preparatory word to Moses from the Lord.