Making proclamation as a herald

From the Bible we come to know that the world shall come to times when people shall have to face many problems, but also when there shall be many people telling others those important times of God have come.

Many people all over the world shall go around as heralds. The Greek ke·rysʹso, which is commonly rendered “preach,” means, basically, ‘make proclamation as a herald, to be a herald, officiate as herald, proclaim (as conqueror).’ The related noun is keʹryx and means ‘herald, public messenger, envoy, crier (who made proclamation and kept order in assemblies, etc.).’ In many countries we can find such people who consider themselves as heralds of envoys of Christ Jesus, like him, telling about the Good News or the Gospel of the coming Kingdom of God.

Already in the very ancient times we find such people telling about what was to come, or preaching how man has to live and have his eyes unto God.  The Old Testament speaks about Noah’s as a preacher of righteousness warning for the of coming destruction by the Flood  (2Pe 2:5). Also Enoch’s earlier prophesying may have been made known by preaching. (Jude 14, 15)

In later years we find the Nazarene master teacher also warning people for times to come and making clear how people fail to take note. (Mt 24:38, 39) Noah’s divinely authorized public proclamation, was not primarily a bringing of good news. Jesus like several prophets before him, spoke also of bad times to come and as the early patriarchs and prophets proclaimed God’s decrees, judgments, and summonses in public places. (Isa 58:1; Jer 26:2)

Admonition, warnings, and judgments were proclaimed, and so was good news ​— of victories, deliverance, and blessings —​ as well as praises to Jehovah God. (1Ch 16:23; Isa 41:27; 52:7; the Hebrew ba·sarʹ is used in these texts.)

The Hebrew Scriptures also pointed forward to the preaching work that would be done by that man who would come from the city of King David, Christ Jesus. Jesus quoted Isaiah 61:1, 2 as foretelling his divine commission and his authorization to preach. (Lu 4:16-21)

14 And Yahushua returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18 The Spirit of יהוה is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19 To preach the acceptable year of יהוה. 20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. (Luke 4:14-21, NRKJV)

At the beginning of our contemporary era the Nazarene master teacher, about whom was written in the scrolls, did not restrain his lips and wherever he went he proclaimed the good news of righteousness, faithfulness and God’s salvation (in fulfilment of Psalm 40:9 (The preceding verses being applied to Jesus by the apostle Paul at Heb 10:5-10) The apostle Paul quoted Isaiah 52:7 (concerning the messenger bringing the news of Zion’s release from its captive state) and related it to the public preaching work of those who believed in Jeshua (Jesus Christ) and called on Jehovah’s Name.​ (Ro 10:11-15.)

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Sovereign over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of יהוה shall be saved. 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the glad tidings of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! 16 But they have not all obeyed the glad tidings. For Isaiah saith, יהוה, who hath believed our report? 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of יהוה. (Rom 10:11-17, NRKJV)

The son of the Nazarene family from the tribe of David recognized that his divine commission called for a preaching work, and he carried it on publicly, in cities and villages, in the temple area, synagogues, marketplaces and streets, as well as in the countryside. (Mr 1:39; 6:56; Lu 8:1; 13:26; Joh 18:20) Like John the Baptist, he did more than preach. One could say that Jesus was a more full-fledged teacher and guide who advised people and wanted to give insight into the Word of his heavenly Father, to whom he learned people to pray and ask for further advice and knowledge.

Jesus his teaching receives even greater emphasis than his preaching. Teaching (di·daʹsko) differs from preaching in that the teacher does more than proclaim; he instructs, explains, shows things by argument, and offers proofs. The work of Jesus’ disciples, both before and after his death, was thus to be a combination of preaching and teaching. (Mt 4:23; 11:1; 28:18-20.)

All followers of Christ should take the words of that master teacher at heart.

18 And Yahushua came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age. (Matt 28:18-20, NRKJV)

Knowing that the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up, we should be aware of what sort of persons we ought to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God. (2Pe 3:10-12)

Matthew chose to conclude his Gospel with the appearance of Jesus on a Galilean mountain, the rabbi once more asking to go out in the world to let his message be known. Jesus claimed universal authority from God, and so ordered the disciples to evangelize the world, baptize the believers and teach them obedience to the whole message of Jesus. He promised participation in this task down to the last day of the world. That means also into our days, because the last day or end has not yet come.

The apostles understood that Jesus his gospel is directed not just to Israel, but to all the nations. Israel’s exclusive privilege has ended (Mat. 21:43). They are now but one of the nations. Consequently, Jesus’ early restriction of the Apostles’ ministry (Mat. 10:5) is now completely countermanded. From this time on the followers of Christ, being them members of The Way or those who were or are called Christians, preached to every creature,

“to the Jew first and also to the Greek,”

and first of all to those who reject the Word of God.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of יהוה should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. (Acts 13:46, NRKJV)

At first the apostles were afraid to come out, saying they were followers of Jesus, but after the Holy Spirit had come over them they were not any more afraid or ashamed to get more people in the faith to be under salvation and to receive a better life.

16 For I am not ashamed of the glad tidings of the Messiah: for it is the power of יהוה unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of יהוה revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Rom 1:16-17, NRKJV)

It is wrong to believe only theologians can preach or talk about the Word of God. These early preachers, the apostles and their disciples, where simple men, some even not having had any education. Not highly educated men by worldly standards, they were not afraid to tell about Christ Jesus and how he is the way to God. The Sanhedrin perceived the apostles Peter and John to be “men unlettered and ordinary.” (Ac 4:13)
Concerning Jesus himself, “the Jews fell to wondering, saying:

‘How does this man have a knowledge of letters, when he has not studied at the schools?’” (John 7:15)

Secular historians noted the same points.

Origen, Contra Celsum (1676 edition) a refutation written in 248 by Origen of Alexandria, quoting the 2nd-century Greek philosopher and opponent of early Christianity Celsus.

Celsus, the first writer against Christianity, makes it a matter of mockery, that labourers, shoemakers, farmers, the most uninformed and clownish of men, should be zealous preachers of the Gospel.” (The History of the Christian Religion and Church, During the Three First Centuries, by Augustus Neander; translated from the German by Henry John Rose, 1848, p. 41)

Paul explained it in this way:

“For you behold his calling of you, brothers, that not many wise in a fleshly way were called, not many powerful, not many of noble birth; but God chose the foolish things of the world, that he might put the wise men to shame.” ​— 1Co 1:26, 27.

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Preceding

From those preaching the Gospel and Baptism in Jesus name

When a day of darkness and of gloominess shall come

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Additional reading

  1. Looking for a shepherd for the sheep and goats
  2. Matthew 10:1-4 – Calling of the apostles – by Calvin
  3. Matthew 13 – Parables on Kingdom mysteries
  4. Matthew 13:16-17 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Happy Eyes and Ears
  5. Counterfeit Gospels
  6. Truth, doubt or blindness
  7. How do people want to grow and come closer to the Real God
  8. Signs of the last days when difficult times will come
  9. How long to wait before bringing religiousness and spirituality in practice
  10. When looking for God or wanting to relate to the Most High Divine God
  11. Looking for True Spirituality 8 Measuring Up
  12. Is being a humanitarian enough to convey the full love of Christ?
  13. Which is worse–works without faith, or faith without works?
  14. Who has believed
  15. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #3 as a Christian
  16. That brotherly love may continue and have people join hands
  17. Great need of the church today is to feed the flock and get our people into the word of God
  18. A true sermon is a real deed.
  19. Go and make disciples of people of all the nations
  20. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  21. Being a follower of the true Jesus or as a Christadelphian being a Jeshuaist
  22. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  23. Crisis man needed in this world
  24. Showing by the scriptures that …
  25. Sunday 7 September service: Imitate prophets and Paul
  26. Breathing to teach
  27. Seeds from the world creating division and separation from God
  28. Avoiding friction and distraction in the body of Christ
  29. Division, diversity, unity and connection
  30. Today’s thought “When in need of encouragement” (May 18)
  31. Beautiful feet of those who announce the good news
  32. Memorizing wonderfully 33 Preach the acceptable year of Jehovah God
  33. United helping to spread the Good News
  34. How should we preach?
  35. It is Today
  36. When discouraged facing opposition
  37. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  38. Engaging the culture without losing the gospel
  39. Daring to speak in multicultural environment
  40. Go! Proclaim! Testify!
  41. To proclaim the day of vengeance
  42. Reflections on Existence and Teaching
  43. Preach
  44. Preaching as Public Speaking
  45. Preaching to an unbelieving world
  46. Preaching by example
  47. A Christian has to have eyes and ears and a tongue to use in good ways
  48. Preaching Christ Is Not Enough
  49. Being in isolation #7 Mission work
  50. Summer holiday time to knock and ask, and time to share
  51. Learn how to go out into the world and proclaim the Good News of the coming Kingdom
  52. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  53. What Should I Preach ?
  54. Preachers should know and continue the task Jesus has given his followers
  55. When not seeing or not finding a biblically sound church
  56. The Big Conversation
  57. The Big conversation – Antagonists
  58. The Big Conversation – Christadelphians in the United Kingdom
  59. The gift of joy
  60. Ability (part 4) Thought about the ability to have ability
  61. Ability (part 7) Thought about the ability to grow as a member of the Body of Christ
  62. Priest, scribes and others with authority
  63. The Reformation shows us why we need expository preaching
  64. Belgian Christadelphians 2013 & 2014 in review
  65. Positive Preaching Day 2015
  66. Two synods and life in the church community
  67. A Synod to speak freely and to listen without reservations
  68. Different assessment criteria and a new language to be found for communicating the faith
  69. What makes you following Christ and Facebook Groups
  70. Let us make sure we are not stiff-necked
  71. Trying to get the youth inspired
  72. Holland Week of billing
  73. Asia Cahaya Conference focusing on preaching
  74. Record breaking preaching in Mount Dora
  75. Nigerian-born South African pastor assaulted by street thugs for preaching the word of God on the streets
  76. White Fields program in Cambodia
  77. Jehovah’s Witnesses not only group that preach the good news
  78. Different approach in organisation of services #3
  79. Our openness to being approachable
  80. From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah
  81. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #4 Steps to the women’s bibles
  82. Helping websites to prepare for the last days
  83. Christians having the right heart to call others to go to God
  84. Who are the Christadelphians
  85. What are Brothers in Christ
  86. The untiring response of some Christadelphians
  87. Not waiting until something serious happens in the life of those around us
  88. Today’s thought: In the Holiday-time not being lazy for God (Summer 2019)

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