Some of the prophets of Israel that I studied this week were before the captivity and fall of Israel and others were after.  I am only talking about the ones before the fall.

Some of the jobs of the prophets were to deliver warnings and encouragements  to the people. Also they performed miracles for the people. They gave encouragements to the people  when they were doing the right thing, and warnings when they were going against God’s will or sinning and they were telling them of the consequences for their wrong choices.

Elijah was a stern and mighty man who performed many great miracles and he was a prophet to Israel telling Ahab of his sins and their consequences. He, at one time called 800 prophets of Baal to show the people that his God was better.  When the prophets of Baal failed Elijah showed the people God’s power by getting an altar, pouring water all over it and calling fire from God. Instead of the water putting out the fire, the fire burned on top of the water like oil. The people started to follow him because of this. After this turn of events all of the prophets of Ball were then killed. Elijah then chose Elisha to be the next prophet after being one for many years.

Elisha worked many more amazing miracles than Elijah. He was not as harsh as Elijah had been so he was even more famous. He dealt with the people as much as he dealt with the leaders. Through the power of God he healed the sick, provided food for those in need, and protected them, and the king of Israel, from invaders. Elisha was also very famous from outside of the city and a general from Ben-Hadad came to see Elisha to be healed. Elisha told him to bath 7 times in the Jordan river. The general did this and was healed.

We all know the story of Jonah, he was swallowed by a whale because he was afraid to go and preach to the people of Nineveh so he tried to run away from God. So God caught him by a whale.  He was in the whale for about 3 days. Before he prayed for forgiveness and God made the whale spit him out. After this happened he went to the city of Nineveh and preached to the people.

Jeremiah was the last prophet before the fall. He preached of repentance and prophesied of the destruction of Jerusalem. He was nicknamed ‘the weeping prophet’ because of his sad book, Lamentations, in which he weeps of the fall and destruction of Jerusalem and Judah.

That is all I have for my essay today.


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