HOW DID THE PROPHETS FUNCTION IN ISRAEL?
The word prophet is an English word that was translated from a Hebrew term nabi. According to the scholars, a Prophet is an individual who speaks out the mind and the words of God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This implies that a prophet is a God’s spokesperson and his prophetic message comes from a Supernatural source but they are not a product of his thoughts. Moses is the most famous Prophet in Israel because he delivered the children of Israel from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. In Egypt and on the way from to the Promised Land, he portrayed Gods power in him by performing many miracles and interceding for the Israelites. In Deuteronomy chapter 18, it is illustrated that “God would raise a prophet and put His words into his mouth, the prophet would then speak them in the name of God” (Biblical Prophecy, P. 90). In Israel, prophets undertook huge variety of roles like warning, encouraging, teaching and interceding for the Israelites as explained below.
Praying and mediating for the Israelites
A prophet knows the mind of God and therefore he is capable of praying effectively. For example, Moses could talk to God directly and therefore he always prayed for the children of Israel whenever they were in need and God would hear him and answer his prayers. Prophets acted as mediators between the Israelites and God. For instance, Moses stood on behalf of Israelites and an angry God. He conveyed God’s message to the nation of Israel and he felt so bitter when the Israelites disobeyed Gods message. Any time the Israelites disobeyed God, Moses prayed for their forgiveness and through Moses, God would forgive them. Prophet Jeremiah wanted to pray and intercede on behalf of Israelites to ask God to forgive them their sins. God commands Jeremiah "As for you, do not pray for this people; do not offer petitions or prayers on their behalf. Make no intercessions, for I will not...
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