How it really happened. That’s what I love about reading the Bible chronologically.
It’s such a different experience to read through the Old Testament and hear the words of the various prophets speaking directly to the kings in context.
The kings of Israel and Judah had prophets coming at them all of the time speaking the words of God. Sometimes the prophets were screaming the words of God.
Hosea married a prostitute who was repeatedly and blatantly unfaithful to him. Why? To illustrate God’s perspective as he watched the Israelites prostitute themselves with other gods over and over.
The prophets did anything they could to get the kings’ attention.
But the kings didn’t listen.
They refused to change their behavior. They didn’t repent and turn back to God.
We now have the huge advantage of having the Spirit of God living inside of us. God doesn’t need to send prophets anymore – he speaks directly to us.
But there’s still the same question – are we listening?