August 13, 2007 – The Prophets
From the NAB Catholic Study Bible, page 877: “The prophets were spokesmen of God. It was not the result of heredity, just as it was not a permanent gift but a transient one, subject entirely to the divine will. The prophets preserved and developed revealed religion [1 Sm 12, 6-25], denounced idolatry [1Kgs 13, 1-14], defended the moral law [2 Sm 12, 1-15], gave counsel in political matters [Is 31, 1ff], and often also in matters of private life [1 Sm 9, 6-9]. At times miracles confirmed their preaching, and their predictions of the future intensified the expectation of the Messiah and of his kingdom . . . The prophecies express judgments of the people’s moral conduct, on the basis of the Mosaic alliance between God and Israel. They teach sublime truths and lofty morals. They contain exhortations, threats, announcements of punishment, promises of deliverance, made with solemn authority and in highly imaginative language.”
I am wondering if I pay enough attention to the modern day prophets among us and then I read . . .
“Thus the universal blessing for mankind, often promised by God through the mouths of the prophets in figures and types, was in time to become personalized and to confer its full benefit on us through the Word made flesh, who became for us the New Covenant through his life, death, and resurrection, as the prophets had foretold.” (Page 878)
I am thinking that I do not . . . and so I look further . . . for a quick outline of the Prophets, click on the summary link below. For more detail, chose a prophet, click on the link, read, pray, and listen.
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This page has the following sub pages.
- The Prophets – Summary
- Isaiah – God of Time and Space
- Jeremiah – Person and Message
- Lamentations – Surviving Ruin
- Ezekiel – Dry Bones Come to Life
- Daniel – God Calls the Faithful and Faithless
- Hosea – Alliances
- Amos – Accountability
- Obadiah – Outrageous Hope
- Micah – Doom and Hope . . . Constancy
- Habakkuk – Keeping Faith, Trusting in God
- Haggai – The Great Task
- Zephaniah – God’s Balance
- Malachi – “My Messenger”
- Malachi – Newness Through Endurance