Readings in Redemptive History

Choose one of the questions appearing below. Next, compose an answer of about 250-300 words within a Word document.

  • 1st Kings 11-12 and 16:29—19:21
  • 2nd Kings 1-2, 4-5, 17-19, and 24-25.
  • Hosea 1-2
  • Amos 3-5
  • Isaiah 6, 11, 25, 52-53, and 65:17-25
  • Ezra 1-3 and 9-10

-According to the selection we read, what factors contributed to the division of Israel into a northern and southern kingdom? Please be specific in your answer. Can modern people learn any lessons from all this?
Next reply to the two following students with a minimum of 80 words.

A prophet is one who is in contact with a higher power for example Elijah and Isaiah with God. The prophet promotes the request and speaks on behalf of their GOD. Their actions come from their god and help others to follow. They also inform others and teach them how to do things. Any messages that God wants to pass along he will do this through the prophet. I also feel that a prophet is one who believes and has faith. Both Isaiah and Elijah are perfect examples of prophets.

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “ Whom shall I send, and who will go for us ?’ Then I said, “Here am I ! Send me.” And he said, “ Go, and say to this people: ( Isaiah 6:8)
(After many days the word of the LORD came to Elijah, in the third year, saying, “ Go , show yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain upon the earth” (1 Kings 18)
Elijah makes it clear to the people of Israel that he is the only prophet of the Lord who is God versus the example of Baal’s prophets that are 450 men.
“How long will you go limping between two different opinions ? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word. Then Elijah said to the people, I, even I only, am left a prophet of the LORD, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men.

What were the main things that Ezra tried to accomplish? Why did he consider these things so important? Does his prohibition against intermarriage strike you as close-minded and hopelessly out-of-date? Or can a case be made for marrying someone of your own faith?

Ezra was a priest who came from a long lineage of priests. After living amongst the exiled people in Babylon he returned to Jerusalem to repair what his people had lost. His first priority was to rebuild a temple for worship. Once rebuilt, his second priority was to reform his people and lead them back to God’s good graces. Ezra was extremely important to the people of Jerusalem, because after generations of being led astray they were finally able to repair and re-establish the covenant with God. Ezra’s prohibition of intermarriage is something that is still debated to this day. Even currently in the Catholic Church you are required to marry another person of Catholic faith. In my own personal opinion, I do believe this is a bit close-minded. I think that everyone is entitled to their own belief system, their own thoughts, and opinions. If this is different than yours and does negatively affect your ability to practice your faith, I don’t think there should be an issue. In fact, I think it’s important to listen, be open-minded, understand and respect everyone’s faith regardless of your personal beliefs. While I do think some of Ezra’s teachings were close-minded and outdated, I also think what he did for the people of Jerusalem changed the course of the world for the better.

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