Prophets II Introduction God is the judge

Prophets II
1. Introduction
a. God is the judge - Where are the rules?
i. Noahic Covenant Gen. 9:6 (Ex. Jonah)
ii. Abrahamic Covenant Gen 12:3 (Ex. Obadiah)
iii. Mosaic Covenant Exodus 19:5-6, Lev. 18:27-28
b. Terms for prophet
i. Navi - Spokesman
ii. How can they trust a prophet? You can ask for a sign. Isaiah
iii. Deut 34:10-12
1. Expectation of a prophet greater than Moses.
2. Jesus - Are you the prophet? John - not miracles, but signs.
2. Ezekiel
a. Is God still with Israel?
i. Ezekiel 1 - God's glory is moving
ii. Ezekiel 37:1-14
b. Context
i. 3 Exiles - Israel has a small, organized community
ii. Jer. 29:1 - council of elders, priests, prophets
iii. Aramaic becomes the primary language
c. Message
i. Temple is defiled - end of an era
ii. "Son of Man" both in Ezekiel and Daniel
iii. "Day of the Lord" - Final judgment day
iv. God resurrects Israel, Temple will be rebuilt - where is the temple?
3. Daniel
a. Context
i. Vegetarian, not compromise in pagan worshiping culture
ii. In greatest nation, in reign of great king – Nebuchadnezzar
b. Messages
i. Babylon to be overthrown by God’s kingdom
ii. how people in this new kingdom will worship – will not bow to statues / images
of old kingdom - burning furnace, lion's den
iii. Fall of Babylon
1. Nebuchadnezzar great king, great kingdom builder, great temple builder
2. Needs to be historical to fit the outline of the book – Yahweh showing
self as King of Kings
iv. Vision of the beasts, glory of God
v. Apocalyptic literature
1. Designed for encouragement and hope
2. Needed for church – but not to figure out and argue over details