WHAT IS HEBREW PROPHECY? 5
Whatis Hebrew prophecy?
Hebrewprophecy was embedded in the prophetic roles of various groups andindividuals from the early peoples and nations of Near East. Althoughprophecy among ancient Mesopotamians, Canaanites and Egyptians wasassociated with foretelling the future, the Hebrew regard of prophecycentered on forth telling or proclaiming, even if it integratedpredictive aspects (Flusser, 2014).Therefore,the repetition of the expression “Thus says the Lord” in Hebrewprophecy is common to stress on the forth telling theme. The Hebrewprophets were much conscious of the complete holiness of God and hisintention for his preferred people, Israel. About this consciousness,they evolved an acute keenness of sin and its impacts on man and thecommunity and, from such keenness, a radical ethical attitude thatwas implemented to both the community and the individual.
Discussionin relation to three of the prophets
Amoswas the first of the legendary prophets of the canon. Amos had abrief role is one of the spectacles of literature for the variety,comprehensiveness, methodical arrangement, compactness, compellingeloquence, and force of expression. His work dates back 765 B.C.,shortly after northern Israel had gained its greatest prosperity andpower under Jeroboam II., and the nation had finally triumphed overthe Syrians.
Itwas in the midst of a celebration at the primal shrine of Beth-elthat Amos, a shepherd from Tekoah in Judah, with no prophetic trance,suddenly emerged with words of condemnation and threatening fromYahweh (Flusser,2014).Hedistressed the national self-satisfaction by citing and reprovingpeoples’ sins and of their religious and civil rulers, pronouncingthat precisely since God had elected them to be His possession, forthat reason He would chastise them for their wickedness.
Herebuked their repression of the poor, their dishonesty, their greed,as sins against Yahweh Himself. He guaranteed them that their extremereligiousness would not rescue them from the wrath of Yahweh, andthat they would be judged in the same manner as their enemies thephilistines or the Egyptians would be judged. The most crucial thingin his declaration was that the entity of reverence ought to be alikein character with the worshippers. Yahweh is a holy God they must beholy as being His chosen lot. The historical setting Amos’ prophecyis the horrible Syrian wars. However, his outlook is still wider itis all about punishment to be inflicted on the people of Israel fortheir sins.
Hoseawas the last Northern Kingdom prophet. He emerged about fifteen yearsafter prophet Amos, and the major part of his prophecy was put downabout 735 B.C (Flusser,2014).Unlikeprophet Amos who only had not disclosed to the Israelites that theywould fall in the hands of Assyrians, Hosea disclosed to them face toface that they would be punished in the hands of the Assyrians. Hewas sure beyond doubts that Israelites would not only be punished butalso destroyed. It was a matter of the ethical order of Yahweh’sworld, not simply an issue of the relative military or politicalsuperiority of the two nationalities.
Tothe population in Israel such a doom was unimaginable, for Yahweh wasIsrael`s God. To him, as well as to prophet Amos, any other doom wasunimaginable, and that also since Yahweh was Israel`s God. All thingsdepended upon the outlook taken of the nature of Yahweh and yetprophet Hosea knew that God had concern for His people even more thanany of them could ever imagine. The love of Yahweh for the Israeliteswas the yoke of his discourse. His own disastrous history assistedhim to comprehend this relation. He had loved an unfaithful wife andyet he was not ready to disown her for her promiscuity. Every timethe wife went missing he would look for her and bring her home whereshe belonged. That was symbolic of the love that Yahweh had for hispeople (Flusser,2014).Byunderstanding this relationship from his own experience, prophetHosea would cry and lament to Yahweh for reconciliation on behalf ofthe Israelites.
Thecareer of prophet Isaiah is associated with Judah. In his case, thehistorical circumstances are more composite, and the propheticcontent is hence more profound and multi-sided. Prophet Isaiahhandles much the same subject matters as Hosea and Amos did. The sinsof fashion, frivolity and luxury in men and women defiance of Yahwehand land-grabbing To his revelation Isaiah adds the great argumentand announcement that Yahweh is above all. Equally, he states thatYahweh is universal, in His providence and control (Flusser,2014).
Ahazmade a skillful alliance with Assyria, against the council of theprophet, for the benefit of check-mating Damascus and Samaria. Thislet Isaiah become aware that Yahweh is supreme He would break up thehostile alliance, but Judah itself would eventually fall in the handsof the same Assyrians. The Ethiopian supreme-lord of Egypt sent adelegation to the Asiatic nations to inflame them against Assyria.Prophet Isaiah gave the answer: that God from His throne considersall nations the same way, and in His appropriate time Assyria wouldmeet its doom. The great uprising against Assyria had started. TheAssyrians had descended the land. Again the matter is drawn off ofthe zone of politics into the zone of providence. Assyria becameGod`s tool in the chastisement of His chosen people, and after it hasaccomplished its work, it would meet its predetermined doom (Flusser,2014).
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