Yahweh: The Powerful, Soverseign Being God

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Since the beginning of time, Yahweh has been illustrated as a powerful, sovereign being, and as the creator of good and evil. This characterization of God is presented through a methodological analysis of the three worlds- world behind the text, world in front of the text, and world of the text- in Isaiah 6 and 1 Kings 22.
The world behind the text is the era of Ahab's ruling. The king of Aram and Ahab, the king of Israel created a treaty upon their kingdoms. However, in the third year of their treaty, Ahab and his vassal, King Jehosphaphat, realize Ramoth-gilead belonged to the Israelite kingdom. Before seeking battle, King Ahab calls upon his 400 prophets to determine if the kingdom was in favor in battle. However, King Jehosphaphat doubts Ahab's royal court. Hesitant of Micaiah's unfavored predictions of Ahab, the king summons Micaiah. Micaiah's relationship with the other 400 prophets was stable, until the messenger of King Ahab tries to persuade Micaiah to lie to the king, 1 However, Micaiah speaks the truth and predicts failure for Ahab. Because of Micaiah's faithfulness to Yahweh, the 400 prophets resent Micaiah in fear that his prophecy is accurate. Fulfilling Micaiah's prophecy and the Lord's intention, Ahab is defeated and killed in war.
Micaiah and Isaiah's revelation of God are analyzed in the world in front of the text. Isaiah's prophet "call" and the account of Micaiah's prophecy has similarities and difference between the two texts. Isaiah 6 and Micaiah 22 passages describe Yahweh enthroned at divine council. A judgment is being held regarding the future of the human realm. The two prophets, Isaiah and Micaiah, witness the discussion of this issue between God and the heavenly council. The Lord asks for assistance to relay his message; in both of these passages an individual is chosen to carry out God's mission.
Even though both Isaiah and Micaiah witness God and the divine council's judgment, Micaiah was merely an observer, while Isaiah was confronted by 2. Micaiah witnesses God and the hosts of the heavens' judgment of the ending of Ahab and fall of Ramoth-gilead. A spirit entices Ahab by placing 3 Thus, Micaiah prophesying a decreed of disaster for Ahab and the Kingdom of Israel. Whereas in Isaiah, Isaiah is an essential part of the court. Isaiah is forgiven and is directly assinged by God to be His messenger. Yahweh gives Isaiah a message that hardens the hearts of the people and ripens them in preparation for judgment.
The world of the text discusses the significance of the two prophet's passages. Isaiah's vision of God in the temple is described as an astounding sight of the Lord as a divine sovereign. Isaiah describes 4 The throne stands...

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