The Lord did not commission His prophets to act as missionaries, going to those who had never heard God’s Word, nor were they to be innovators inaugurating a radically different religion. Their primary duty was to administer spiritual first aid to those who, though nominally acquainted with the terms of the covenant, were not complying with them, either through spiritual complacency or open defiance (Jer. 2:25; Zeph. 1:12). Prophetic ministry sought to soften hardened hearts and reclaim seared consciences by urging a return to the old paths (Jer. 6:16)—behavior which conformed to God’s requirements …
John L. MacKay
Dr. John L. Mackay was an ordained minister in the Free Church of Scotland, professor of Old Testament at Free Church College in Edinburgh, Scotland, and author of Mentor commentaries on Exodus and Lamentations.