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Daily Divinity Questions And Answers With Witness Dingani

by Witness Dingani
20 Dec 2016 at 08:46hrs | Views
QN Why was idolatry such significant problem in Israel and what did the prophets say and do about it in reference to both Israel and Zimbabwean prophets? (25)

COMMENT OVERVIEW
 - The above question requires one to first point out the effects of idolatry in Israel and the reaction of the prophets due to the practice of idolatry . In Israel they were so many prophets who dealt with idolatry, the ideal originated with Moses and it was perpetuated by other prophets .The question demands us to concentrate in Israel ,remember during the exodus ,Israel was not yet a historical nation ,hence we have to ignore Moses. In this work the author will include Moses, the reason being that I want you learn something.
 - The writer will focus on the following prophets
a)    Elijah
b)    Samuel
c)    Man of God
d)    Amos
e)    Hosea
f)    Isaiah
g)    Jeremiah

The above question was submitted by Chitungwiza Herantals Divinity Students under the subject teacher Mr Shekede.

SUGGESTED ANSWERS
WHY IDOLATRY WAS A PROBLEM

 - Idolatry was a problem in Israel because it had negative effect to the Israelites, in other words it was more of a curse than a blessing because
a)    It led to the persecutions of true prophets .1st Kings 19:10
b) Punishment .The Israelites experienced punishment from Yahweh because of idolatry
c) Religious disorder .Jezebel destroyed the alters of Yahweh ,this is recorded in 1st Kings 19:10.
d)    Social evils such as bribery, stealing ,swearing and e.t.c .Hosea 4:2

N.B THERE ARE SO MANY POINTS TO BE ADDED

WHAT DID THE PROPHETS SAY AND DO ABOUT IDOLATRY IN ISRAEL AND IN ZIMBABWEAN CONTEXT.

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 - Amos prophesied during the prosperous days of Israel, Amos condemned Israelites for injustice ,idolatry and immorality. In Israel everywhere there was activity, some of the Israelites worshipped their idol called star-god Kaiwan ,this is recorded in Amos 5:26 "…. You shall take up Sakkuth your king, and Kaiwan your star-god, your images, which you made for yourselves.." Amos as a prophet who was divinely inspired condemned the Israelites ,the bible is silent about how Amos dealt with this situation, what is mentioned is his condemnations perhaps, he eye opened Israel .

 - The prophet man of God might be unknown by some of us ,the prophet played a pivotal role in dealing with idolatry during the days of Jeroboam who used to reside in Bethel .[Read 1ST kings 13:1-15 to get more information ].Scholar Josephus named the prophet as Jadon even though the bible is silent about the original name ,Josephus submitted that they was a man of God from Judah who was called Jadon perhaps it was him .

THERE ARE SO MANY POINTS WHICH CAN BE ADDED

a)    For Isaiah read Isaiah 2:20
b)    For Jeremiah read Jeremiah 7:9
c)    For 1st Samuel 7:3

QUESTION DEMANDS
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