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...

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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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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.


samjazael123 | Student



this website has a list of lost books in history as well as biblical history......

samjazael123 | Student

God mainly wanted the prophets to spread the word that many Jews have denied. Yahweh in hebrew is also called Elohim or the most high. Legend goes that many of the prophets talk about our modern times. Over the years the Jews have been exiled again & again to the point that they never returned home. this point of history in our modern times Israel is hated by everyone leading to mass hysteria for Israel. Palestininans by legend are descendents of the Cannaanites whom have demanded the fall of Israel for years.

In many lost books of the bible like the book of Enoch details a prediction as well as a act of god in our modern time and that right now is the beginning the restoration of all things and that all things will go downside until everyone creates a more wise world:

  Wisdom went forth to dwell among the sons of men, but she obtained not a habitation. Wisdom returned to her place, and seated herself in the midst of the angels. But iniquity went forth after her return, who unwillingly found a habitation, and resided among them, as rain in the desert, and as a dew in a thirsty land.




samjazael123 | Student

Well i will show you two hardships in fact: Daniel was a example of a good prophet who went through hardships one example was proving the ruling babylonian king wrong "Nebachadnezzar" who actually was against the teachings of one god. He said, that his one god was better than his many gods which where Marduk, Moloch, Bel the dragon, Ishtaar the sun godess and god of fertility. He peresecuted many Jews and put them in a low class, but the story in Daniel about the writing on the wall which nobody in the land could read thereof except Daniel who could translate as a warning to the reign of Nebachadnezzar and his son belshazzar will bring out the fall of their kingdom...in this verse of the bible:

God hath numbered thy kingdom and finished it ,thou art weighed by the balances, and art found wanting. Thy kingdom is divided by the medes and persians. Daniel ch. 6 verse 26-28

So I see that this is quite a feat by Daniel, his prediction soon came true. He even was persecuted by Nebachadnezzar's own son Belshazzar whom was the biggest persecuter of Jews even more than his father whom knew peace Belshazzar did not know of peace only war.