Back in Abraham’s day, God promised him that he would make a great nation for him. From that promise, two beginnings of messianic prophecy would take shape. One would emphasize the glorious future of the Kingdom of Israel, and the other would speak to the coming work of the Messiah, portraying him not as a reigning king but as a suffering servant who would be slain on behalf of his people. My call to ministry came in response to a question from the book of Isaiah: “When I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I.
(Ezekiel, 2006) Ezekiel’s legacy is probably best summarized in his passion to which he devoted teaching God’s messages. He was almost theatrical in wording and presenting the messages. It is said, “No prophet was as creative as Ezekiel, in the strategies employed to communicate his message” (Holman Illustrated, 2003) Although, Ezekiel is a Biblical author but his book by the
Some of the key themes and purposes that were identified in 1 Kings were of how David’s fourth son was trying to set himself up as king. The prophet Nathan warned Bathshelba who ultimately warned David of this news. David chose Solomon to become the king rather than his fourth son. After Solomon was made king, he was given an understanding and receives wisdom from God and with that he built the temple and a palace. After the temple was completed, the Ark was brought to the temple and Solomon dedicated the Ark with many prayers and offerings.
This is the first of the prophetic books in the Old Testament. The main theme that we must be aware of is that we must seek salvation from God and God alone. The main characters in this book are Isaiah and his children. The reason his 2 sons are important is because their names help display the words that Isiah spoke about the future in his book. The book begins by accounting for the sins that have occurred in the lands of Judah and Israel.
The genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:2-6 reveals that He descended from Abraham, Judah, and King David. Thus, the author of Matthew is asserting that according to Jesus’ forefathers, He qualifies as being the Messiah. In addition, The Messiah would also be a prophet like Moses. A specific example comes from Deuteronomy 18 and is quoted in Acts: “For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you another prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you’” (Acts 3:22). Because Jesus was known as a great teacher, the author of Acts believed that Jesus was the prophet who Moses was foretelling would arrive.
Jon Bernier RELG 111 Term Paper Identity of the Servant of YHWH According to Isaiah 53:11, the Bible says that “My servant would vindicate the just for many, and their iniquities he would bear” (kingjamesbibleonline.com). While many scholars believe that the servant is the land of Israel, there are plenty of other interpretations as to who the servant really is. Allen Maller proved that the servant is an “intercessor for Israel” (Allen S. Maller, 2004). Maller goes on to explain how Isaiah holds some heavy evidence that points toward the servant being Israel. Several verses in different chapters of Isaiah state that Jacob/Israel is God's servant.
His story has intrigued many for it is of human weakness and strength (Paterson 139). Let us now take a look at his life and at his works. To fully understand the meaning behind his sermons and predictions we must first look at what a prophet is and what he holds true. The word prophet means to speak by delegated authority (Paterson 3). Prophets speak because they are commanded to by a higher power (Paterson 4).
His book, God’s People in God’s Land came from his doctoral work. His passion for the Old Testament is demonstrated by two other works that focus on God the Father and the Holy Spirit in light of the Old Testament. Summary Wright asserts the understanding of Jesus starts with Matthew 1:18. It is the previous 17 verses that most do not regard as it is just a list of names. These names, Wright says, are part of a much larger story and without recognizing these names one cannot fully understand Jesus (1).
The Prophets The Prophets, religious sages and charismatic figures, who were perceived as endowed with a divine gift of revelation, preached during the period of the monarchy until a century after the destruction of Jerusalem (586 B.C.E.). Whether as advisers to kings on matters of religion, ethics and politics, or as their critics, under the primacy of the relationship between the individual and God, the prophets were guided by the need for justice and issued powerful commentaries on the morality of Jewish national life. Their revelatory experiences were recorded in books of inspired prose and poetry, many of which were incorporated into the Bible. The enduring, universal appeal of the prophets derives from their call for a fundamental consideration of human values. Words such as those of Isaiah (1:17) -- "Be good, devote yourselves to justice; aid the wronged, uphold the rights of the orphan; defend the cause of the widow" -- continue to nourish humanity's pursuit of social justice.
He was a man whose very words struck fear into the hearts of his listeners. Acknowledged as one of the most powerful religious speakers of the era, he spearheaded the Great Awakening. “This was a time when the intense fervor of the first Puritans had subsided somewhat” (Heyrmen 1) due to a resurgence of religious zeal (Stein 1) in colonists through faith rather than predestination. Jonathan Edwards however sought to arouse the religious intensity of the colonists (Edwards 1) through his preaching. But how and why was Edwards so successful?