What are some of the hardships that the Judeo-Christian  God demands of the prophets?  How do the prophets treat the enemies of Yahweh/Jehovah? Why isn't Yahweh/Jehovah not more merciful?  The Prophet, Elijah goes in search of God after he slaughters some of the people, but does not find God in Nature -- what did Elijah discover about God?  Of what significance is a transcendent God.  How did Isaiah add more definition to God as dreadful and terrible.

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God calls his prophets to do many difficult things. First, almost all of the prophets are called to people do not want to hear them. Isaiah 6 is a good example of this point. Jeremiah is called...

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What a great question. Here are some important points to keep in mind.

God calls his prophets to do many difficult things. First, almost all of the prophets are called to people do not want to hear them. Isaiah 6 is a good example of this point. Jeremiah is called the weeping prophet, because he pronounces destruction upon his people. Another example is Jonah. He is called to go to declare repentance to the enemies of Israel, the city of Ninevah. Hebrews 12 even speak of people of Yahweh that were sawn in two. So, there was active persecution.

In terms of how the prophets treated the enemies of Yahweh is variable. Sometimes there is destruction that the prophets proclaim, but sometimes they pronounce salvation and the mercy of God, like Jonah. The emphasis is equal.

Now as for why is not Yahweh not more merciful, this is a difficult question to answer and it really depends on your perspective. You can say that Yahweh is merciful - after all he does save people. Or you can say that his judgment is just and not cruel. Imagine a world without justice. This is no better.

Finally, the book of Isaiah gives a picture of God that is merciful. He will send a suffering servant, who will save his people.

 

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