Would you listen to these men?
I've been accused by my Charismatic brethren of being too cerebral when it comes to "receiving" from the Holy Spirit. I counter that God says to love him with all your heart, soul, and MIND. Still, at times I wonder if in my quest to "come now and reason together" I don't at times overcompensate. Consider this Who's Who line-up of Old Testament Prophets (that reads like a ward at Bellevue):
- One prophet stripped naked for three years as he conducted his ministry (Isaiah).
- Another one walked around with the yoke of oxen binding his neck (Jeremiah).
- A third married a prostitute who cheated on him repeatedly (Hosea).
- A fourth bound himself with ropes to lay on his left side for 390 days "besieging" a model of a city that he had built in a sandpile, before shifting to his right side for another 40 days (430 days total). Later the same prophet packed his bags and walked around the city in circles with them. Finally, he refused to mourn his wife's death because God told him not to (Ezekiel).
Oh, that I would have eyes to see and ears to hear, whatever the medium or message.