Undeniably, I have learned that the very nature of prophecy had many functions; additionally, it was by no means purposed to open the future to pointless curiosities. On the contrary, prophesy had a much higher purpose, it was provide direction to the people; to show compassion, hope, reassurance; and to impart confidence and urgency in an era of trouble times, a period in which they were living. Over a span of 130- to 150-year period that began in about 620 B.C.E, which contained Jeremiah, Habakkuk, Ezekiel, Daniel, Haggai, Zechariah, and perhaps Obadiah and Zephaniah. Their lives and service predated and spanned the most violent age in man's history. History has demonstrated the ascent and decline of nations; as well, how they created a…show more content… A prophet's message is always spoken in the name of God. A prophet never introduces his message with the words "thus says Amos" or "thus says Isaiah." Rather, the messenger formula that appears in the text is always, "Thus says the LORD Yahweh". The message is thus the most important thing about the prophet, not the prophet himself or herself. This may be why prophets rarely mention specific names or dates that could draw the people away from the central core of the message. In addition, the prophet’s message is spoken on behalf of God (God’s words), each prophet has distinctive style/rhetoric, the message is centered on the present or near future, the prophet uses images that relate to the people to whom they are addressing. When the prophet operated within wisdom tradition, the message was given in the form of a parable or proverb (2 Sam. 12: 1- 15). In the case of a miracle story (2 Kings 4:1-7), the prophet operates as a divine representative and patron. In pronouncing a covenant lawsuit the prophet functions as a member of the divine assembly (1 Kings 22:10- 17). The often elaborate oracles against the nations place the prophet in the position of a divinely…show more content… While it is true, many of them were participants of the priestly community; the prophets maintained their own circle and came from diverse lineages, various professions, and both genders. They sporadically interpreted omens, however, they were not exclusively diviners, and their information was never absolutely reliant on the physical signs and evidence to God's aim or objectives. Instead, in text - The Hebrew Prophets and Their Social World, Victor H. Matthews states, “their position was to challenge the establishment and the social order, to remind the leadership and the people of their obligation to the covenant with Yahweh, and to warn the people of the punishment that would surely ensue if they violated this covenantal agreement”.
Learning about prophets, accentuates the importance of teaching context and culture. Observing context and culture demonstrates why people did and said what they did. Whenever we preach the Gospel, it is important that we accurately teach God’s Word; otherwise the congregants will be misled and