They called them back to a covenant relationship with God.
When God wants to announce blessing for the nation through the prophet Amos, He does so in terms of metaphors of agricultural abundance, life, health, prosperity, respect, and safety see Amos Generally, in the narrative books of the Old Testament, we hear about prophets and very little from prophets.
And we must be willing to devote a little time and prayer to the endeavor. A good commentary or Bible dictionary is often helpful in explaining such things to us as we read.If you know the historical context, it is easier to understand why they said what they did. This is where the prophets come in. That is along with the evident desire of God to record for all subsequent history the warnings and blessings that those prophets announced on His behalf during those pivotal years. Wheeler, The Bible as Literature, 2nd. We are far removed from the religious, historical, and cultural life of ancient Israel, and we simply have trouble putting the words of the prophets in their proper context. Does anyone care to comment or offer a different view? Many consider John the Baptist the last of the non-writing OT prophets. How different is that? The reason for this is given in verse 3. Yes, that may properly be understood as the ultimate goal. But what was it the prophets actually sought? Second, an overview will hopefully prepare us and encourage us to study them on our own, as we look forward to dealing with most, if not all of them, individually as our series continues. Besides the 16 prophets whose writings are included in the 66 books of the protestant Bible, the OT regarded others as prophets e. One must always bear in mind that the prophets did not invent the blessings and curses they announced. The prophets spoke for God to His people.
They are always corporate, referring to the nation as a whole. The prophets sought repentance. This is where the prophets come in. The Books of 1 and 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles provide the biblical context of the writing prophets leading up to the Babylonian exile. Furthermore the prophetic books, especially the longer ones, are collections of spoken oracles, not always presented in their original chronological sequence, often without hints as to where one oracle ends and another begins, and often without hints as to their historical setting.
The terms imply nothing about their relative importance.
Is there a place for a call to repentance today? This feature is primarily seen in the narrative portions where we are told something about the prophets themselves.