Prophets from the Old Testament

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Essay 4: Prophets
The Old Testament is finished up with several different lessons that can be learned from the prophet’s teachings. There were twelve different prophets in the Old Testament, who were also known as the Minor Prophets. The Jews were anxious to know who God was, and the Old Testament prophets offered understanding to many disputes. Idolatry, social injustice and religious ritualism are three topics that are highlighted in the prophet’s teachings and impressed upon the hearts of believers today.
Idolatry was one of the big issues among the Jews. God addressed this problem very early on in the Bible in Exodus 20:3-6 when He said, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” The prophets took this issue very seriously. Hosea was one of the Twelve Prophets, and his life correlates with the issue the Israelites were facing with idolatry. The name “Hosea” means “salvation”, or “He saves”. Hosea family life was rather unordinary. In Hosea 1:2 God spoke to Hosea and said, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” Hosea’s family life mirrored the “adulterous” relationship, which Israel had built on idols. The relationship that Hosea had with his wife, Gomer, parallels to the relationship that Israel had with God. Even though Gomer ran away from Hosea and slept with other men, Hosea still loved her and forgave her. The same is true with Israel and God. Even though the

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