Why prophets were often viewed as
The LORD spoke to me with his strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said:
“Do not call conspiracy
everything that these people call conspiracy;
do not fear what they fear,
and do not dread it.
The LORD Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy,
he is the one you are to fear,
he is the one you are to dread,
and he will be a sanctuary;
but for both houses of Israel he will be
a stone that causes men to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.
And for the people of Jerusalem he will be
a trap and a snare.
Many of them will stumble;
they will fall and be broken,
they will be snared and captured.” – ISAIAH 8:11-15
Isaiah, along with most of the prophets, was viewed as a traitor because he did not support Judah’s national policies. He called the people to commit themselves first to God, and then to the king. He even predicted the overthrow of the government.
“In vain I punished your people;
they did not respond to correction.
Your sword has devoured your prophets
like a ravening lion. – JEREMIAH 2:30
Being a prophet in Jeremiah’s day was a risky business. Prophets had to criticise the policies of evil kings, and this made them appear to be traitors. The kings hated the prophets for standing against their policies, and the people often hated the prophets for preaching against their idolatrous life-styles. (See Acts 7:52.)
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