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What the Prophets Said

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What the Prophets Said

Micheal Coffin
October 15, 2015

Introduction

In this essay, we will examine what the prophets had to say about the following:
1. Idolatry
2. Social Injustice
3. Religious Ritualism
God’s people had great difficulty between obedience and disobedience to Almighty God. Throughout Old Testament history, we see how they would be faithful for a while and then turn away and go their own way. God brought punishment upon His people several times, yet they never seemed to learn from His actions.
God was so full of love and compassion for His people that He kept offering ways to return to Him. Finally, God chose a select group of men to be His prophets and to deliver visions and warnings of things to come if they did not repent.
Finally, we will examine how the many prophecies have practical application for living today.

1. Idolatry The worship of false gods or idols was done as far back as Moses. The Ten Commandments (Ex 20:3-5) clearly established God’s law against idol worship. Sadly, the worship of idols and false gods continued through the Old Testament. Much concern of the prophets was towards the practice of idolatry in Judah and Israel. But, God had concern for all nations as well. Isa 44:9 states “They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed”. God further exposes the blindness of idolaters in (Isa 44:9-20). A scathing indictment of the hypocritical Jewish nation of Isaiah’s day is also given. This is given in Isa 65:1 with “I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not; I said, behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name”.

2. Social Injustice The eighth century BC was a time of great prosperity for the northern kingdom....

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