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7775 prophets, lives of

7775 prophets, lives of

God called individuals from differing backgrounds to speak as prophets on his behalf, sometimes in difficult circumstances.

The backgrounds of the prophets

Ex 2:1-10 Moses was brought up in the Egyptian royal court; 1Sa 1:21-28 Samuel was a temple servant at Shiloh; 1Ki 19:19-21 Elisha was a farmer; Eze 1:3 Ezekiel was a priest living in exile in Babylonia. It is not entirely clear whether Amos was a wealthy sheep breeder and land owner or a poor migrant worker before his call to be a prophet. The Hebrew word translated “shepherd” could equally well be translated “sheep breeder”: Am 1:1; Am 7:14

The calling of the prophets

Their initial encounter with God Isa 6:1-4 See also Ex 3:1-6; Eze 1:4-28

God communicating his call Jer 1:4-5 See also Isa 6:8-10; Eze 2:3-3:5; Jnh 1:1; Jnh 3:1

Their response to God’s call Jer 1:6-10 See also Ex 3:11-12

The family life of the prophets

Jer 16:1-4 See also Isa 7:3; Isa 8:1-4; Eze 24:15-24; Hos 1:2-11; Hos 3:1-5

The hardships faced by prophets

Persecution Heb 11:32-38 See also Ac 7:52

Reviling and beating Lk 6:22-23 pp Mt 5:11-12 See also Jer 20:1-2; Jas 5:10

Imprisonment Jer 37:11-16 See also 1Ki 22:26-27 pp 2Ch 18:25-26; 2Ch 16:10; Jer 37:21; Jer 38:6-13

Killing 1Ki 19:14 See also 1Ki 18:4,13; 1Ki 19:2; Jer 26:8-11,20-23; Mt 23:29-31,37 pp Lk 13:34; Lk 11:47-49; 1Th 2:4-15

The death of prophets

Dt 34:1-8 Moses; 1Sa 28:3 Samuel; 2Ki 2:11-12 Elijah did not die but was taken up in a chariot of fire.

See also

1450signs, kinds of
2318Christ as prophet
7778school of prophets

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