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Better than Punxsutawney Prophecies
February 2, 2017, 10:43 AM

Well, here it is: Groundhog Day! And on this cold, foggy, and icy Thursday I am told that Punxsutawney Phil has predicted "six more weeks of Winter."

Yeah. Only thing is, 6 of the 8 other groundhogs around North America that also predict the weather have said--just moments ago as I write this--that we will have an "early Spring." And I should probably mention that, according to, ol' Phil has correctly predicted the weather pattern only 39% of the time since 1887. 

So, not to rain on the Groundhog Day parade, but aren't we glad biblical prophecy is a lot fuller and more satisfying than Punxsutawney Phil's?

Allow me to explain. Even more important than “telling the future” in biblical prophecy is knowing whose we are and what we are doing here. And, aren't those two things very, very important to us also?

Let's say for example that you have the information that Jesus will be born in Bethlehem in one hand, and I Peter 1:10-12 in the other hand. Well, okay, let's say you have the entire letter of First Peter in your other hand.

  1. In the midst of the troubles and doubts of this life, you see from the Scriptural witness that Jesus was born in Bethlehem as it was predicted in Micah the prophet. You yawn. You are thankful for this, but tired. Life goes on.

  2. In the midst of the troubles and doubts of this life, you hear that many prophets also had troubles and doubts, and you feel at one with them. You say a prayer based on the words of St. Peter and feel held by the Heavenly Father. You rejoice in who you are in Christ Jesus. Your life is enriched and your heart is drawn closer to the Lord.


    What is arguably more important for your walk with God right now is knowing whose you are and what you are doing here, than enumerating the ways in which Old Testament prophets predicted certain events.

    To add to this thought, when we read of King Saul going in to consult a medium, you don't get the impression God's in favor of it! (I Samuel 28) At first, Saul had done the right thing and actually expelled the mediums and spiritists from the land (verse 3). But then he breaks his own rule and consults the witch of Endor; the prophet Samuel wastes no time rebuking him from the spirit world. Saul's time is over; a new boy-king is about to take over (David son of Jesse). Saul's train wreck started when he forgot whose he was and what he was doing there, as the Lord's anointed servant!

We also are “anointed servants,” St. Peter drives home to us:

“As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 2:4-5)


“[Y]ou are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (I Peter 2:9)

Momentary clouds and passing storms (and thoughts of a longer Winter) do not change these things.

I will let St. Peter close this article, as he opens his letter so well to the people of God (“God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout...” I Peter 1:1...)

“Though you have not seen [Jesus], you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the suffering of the Christ and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by the those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.

Even angels long to look into these things!" (I Peter 1:8-12)

In Him,

Pastor Dieterichs