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Prophet's Trials

By: Steve Shirley

     Here is a list of some of God's prophets in the Old Testament. God required some very difficult things from them, but used them mightily. Do you think God is asking too much of you? Well, think of doing some of these things....

     Ezekiel:

(Eze 3:25-26) Ezekiel was confined to his house and not allowed to speak (His tongue was stuck to the roof of his mouth) until God allowed it.

(Eze 4:4-6) He was to lay on his left side for 390 days, then on his right side for 40 days.

(Eze 4:12) God told him to cook his food using human dung, but then decided to allow him to use animal dung instead after Ezekiel pleaded (Eze 4:15).

(Eze 24:14-18) God told Ezekiel his wife would die, and he was not to mourn, weep, or cry.

     Isaiah:

(Isa 20:3) Isaiah was told to walk naked for 3 years.

Tradition says that Isaiah was sawed in two and killed while hiding in a hollow log during Manasseh's reign of terror.

     Jeremiah:

(Jer 16:2) Jeremiah was forbidden to marry. (He was the only man in the Bible ever forbidden to marry.)

(Jer 37:15) He was beaten and imprisoned.

(Jer 38:6) He was cast into a cistern and left to die in the mud.

     Jonah:

(Jonah 1) Jonah was cast into a raging sea, swallowed by a great fish, and forced to live inside of the fish for 3 days and nights for failing to obey God.

     Hosea:

(Hos 1:2) Hosea was told by God to marry a prostitute who would commit adultery, and then once she did this, was told to get her back from the man she had gone with (Hos 3:1-5).

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