Prophesying Can be What? Plus, the Man with 17 Kids

Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals. . . .

who prophesied with a harp to give thanks and to praise the Lord.

1 Chronicles 25:1, 3 (portions)

Is that amazing, or what? If you don’t think that it is, maybe you didn’t catch it: these men were singing praise to the Lord with instruments, which was referred to as . . . prophesying! Singing and playing instruments to praise the Lord = prophesying. Wow! For those of us headcoverers who wonder, “What, exactly, is ‘prophesying’?” this helps to answer that question.

In 1 Corinthians 11:5 we are told that “every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.” Prophecy could include predicting the future (think Old Testament prophets), but a more general interpretation of what it means to “prophesy” could be put this way: prophesying is speaking the words of God. So, a person might receive a message straight from God to that person’s heart and will tell others what he/she has heard; or, a person might repeat a passage from the Bible, which is God’s message to us in written form. My personal belief is that the latter possibility is more likely to occur. We don’t exactly need to get fresh messages; the already-revealed Word is always fresh, through the Spirit’s power. The Word of God is living and powerful, no matter how much time has passed since it was first written down.

I think that the men whom David set apart to serve God with music were literally singing songs straight from the Psalms, word for word. Remember, prophecy involves speaking God’s words. What might that mean for us? Perhaps this: if we are in church singing praise — even if it isn’t word-for-word Scripture (but it will probably have some phrases and ideas from the Bible) — we should cover. We might even cover if we are singing praise at home with our families. We should cover because we are participating in the worship of the gathered assembly of believers, and we should cover because we are “prophesying” through our praise and thanksgiving in the form of song (and instrument playing).


Now for the next part of this post.

Ahem. Are you ready for another little lesson about children being a blessing? Because this is gooood!

Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to exalt his horn. For God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

1 Chronicles 25:4-5

Heman had how many kids? You read that right: fourteen plus three; that equals seventeen. Amazing! And we thought the Duggars were the only ones with that many children!

Please notice (and this is so important) that God gave Heman these children. I’ll say that again: God. Gave. Heman. His children. Why? To exalt his horn (to honor him). Heman and his wife didn’t make the choice; God did. Children are a gift that God holds out to us; wouldn’t it be foolish to refuse? Why reject what God wants to give us? He doesn’t give us children to punish us or to inconvenience us: He gives us children to honor and bless us. Sure, they involve a lot of work and sacrifice; a lot of sweat and blood and tears. But they’re gifts, folks. . . . Smile.

I’m sorry, I just can’t seem to help it tonight, I’m so super excited about this. Every time I read the Bible, it seems like one more verse pops up about God being in control of conception. My beliefs on this point, instead of becoming weaker, are always becoming stronger, as they are consistently reinforced by Scripture.

And what about those couples who want so badly to have children, and they haven’t yet? My heart yearns and aches with theirs! If that’s you, please know that God is all-wise; He has a plan and a purpose for your life and it’s always good; it’s always for the best. If He has withheld something from you (for now), it most likely isn’t to punish you. It may be to test you, to form your character, to prepare you — I don’t know. The decision is God’s. Just trust Him, trust His timing and His plan.

Look into your heart. If there is sin, repent of it. If there is doubt, shake it off and replace it with faith. If you have not been taking care of your “temple” (body) in a healthy way, then make the necessary changes. But after all is said and done, it really is all in God’s hands. Have faith.

Most of my posts are written to the majority of people out there: the folks who were just like we used to be, using birth control because everybody pressures them into it, telling them it’s the “responsible” thing to do (but they’re wrong). Most people are deathly afraid to have seventeen children, not to speak of four or five. I’m speaking to them. I’m speaking to the “me” I used to be. I’m hoping that something of what I say here will pierce their hearts, and they will stop popping pills and charting symptoms and start trusting God instead. Because really — if He can be trusted with the eternal salvation of our souls, can’t He be trusted with the conception of our children?

Enough said.

Have a great week everybody!



10 thoughts on “Prophesying Can be What? Plus, the Man with 17 Kids

  1. Ha – I love your enthusiasm ! Whatever their denomination and whatever the pressure from society ALL Christian couples should embrace the FACT that family planning is up to God and only God, that all forms of birth control are sinful and that artificial contraception is an abomination.


    • Thank you, Susanne! I agree. It sounds radial, but it’s really quite biblical. And not too long ago, what sounds radical today was the accepted view in mainstream culture, as I understand it.


      • It was absolutely mainstream in every Christian denomination in the past and it is only since the 1930 Lambeth Conference when the Anglican Church to its shame broke with that Biblical Truth and spread the moral rot.


  2. As parents I do think that as and when it is appropriate we can ensure that our children understand this from the start so that it is a natural assumption (as of course it has been for millennia) that marriage is first and foremost for and about bringing all the children God chooses to bless you with into the world in a a stable environment.

    I also believe that we need to drum it into our daughters that whether or not they are blessed with children, however many and whatever the circumstances they should submit to God and know that birth control in any form is a shameful sin.


  3. Susanne, I think you are right that it is very important to train our children in the biblical view of marriage and having children. If we are lazy in this respect, then they will probably pick up on the majority view and follow that. We have to be very intentional in our approach, I think.
    Good points!


    • Absolutely true as mothers of daughters we have a very strong responsibility to teach them. But as Christians of whatever denomination I think we should also campaign against the culture of birth control and against the teaching and availability of contraception.


  4. Jessica,
    I was wondering what’s your opinion on using modern music instruments at church worship. I have been to worships where the praise teams used lasers.
    My church supports contraception. Many believe that’s a God-given blessing just like antibiotics and pain-killers.


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