Then why is it the first use of the word prophesy (Naba’) doesn’t show up until Numbers 11:14-25?
I started searching and was a bit confused to find the first use of prophesy not in Genesis, because I’ve read Genesis a number of times, and I could have sworn prophesy is all over that book. Well, it is. But it’s not referred to as prophesy, prophecy, or prophetic.
What other words we associated to and or give the same meaning as prophesy?
Well, all over the Bible (Genesis included) God gives dreams and visions, or God simply says this is what will happen, this will come to pass, it shall be, etc. Such statements (prophecies) are also called Promises of God.
A couple of examples from Genesis:
(Noah) Gen 6:13-18 And God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark….And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.”
(Abram) Gen 15:1-6 “After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.’ But Abram said, ‘Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ Then Abram said, ‘Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!’ And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.’ Then He brought him outside and said, ‘Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.’ And He said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
(Hagar) Gen 16:11-12 “And the Angel of the LORD said to her: ‘Behold, you are with child, and you shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because the LORD has heard your affliction. He shall be a wild man; his hand shall be against every man, and every man’s hand against him. And he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.’”
These are all examples of prophecy. Something that was prophesied/predicted (by God) and which came true.