19 Do not quench the Spirit; 20 do not despise prophetic utterances (1 Thessalonians 5).
When the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost the Bible says it did so as “tongues as of fire” that “rested on” those gathered (Acts 2:3). We also read where God is described as “a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). Even as we quench a fire by throwing water on it, so can we “quench the Spirit” by throwing cold water on “prophetic utterances” from the mouths and pens of His servants.
The word “despise” means “to make of no account” or “to give no value” to something. It essentially means to ignore something, to brush it off as having no importance. It means not to listen, and not to be attentive to those who teach and preach God’s Word. Or, it means to read God’s Word (or even this attempt at explaining it) without engaging the heart and mind to find its meaning and personal application.
Lord, thank You for all the prophetic utterances You give us. Help us This Day not to come to them with cold water. Amen.