The Prophets & Exile

The Prophets & Exile
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After Solomon, things go from bad to worse. The nation of Israel is divided by civil war, idol worship, and child sacrifice are the norm, and the shalom held out to them by their God is repeatedly rejected and ignored. As promised, they forfeit their land, are conquered by Empires and are exiled as captive foreigners once again.

But God's promise stands despite his people being faithless and incurring punishment and exile. As everything unravels, he sends prophets to warn them but also to provide hope for the future. Hope that he would eventually take the full weight of their failures on himself while providing the means for changed hearts, which is the only way his people will ever be able to walk in his ways and enjoy his shalom.

Biblical References

  • 2 Kings 17:1-23
  • Isaiah 52:13–53:12
  • Ezekiel 36:26-27
  • Jeremiah 31:31-34

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