To whom Is the prophecy in this chapter addressed?
Is Israel pictured as a nation undeservedly oppressed?
What is meant by the phrase, "the nations. ..will themselves endure their insults, " in verse 7?
Comment on the phrase, "better than at the first," in verse 11.
In what sense had the mountains of Israel been a devourer of men
and in what sense had they bereaved them of children? (36:12-14)
How had the mountains caused the nation to stumble? (36:15)
Which of the following were probably reasons for the prophecy being
addressed to the "mountains of Israel" rather than the "land of Israel" (21:2-3)
or the "house of Israel'. (3: 1)?
- In order to parallel the prophecy against Edom in the previous
chapter which was also addressed to a mountain and with which the prophecy of chapter 36 forms a contrast
- Because the mountains were the sites of child sacrifices which had
been cited as a cause for God's wrath and punishment, and thus the mountains are here pictured as having been punished and rehabilitated
- Because most of the fighting took place on the mountains
- Because the nations round about thought of the land as being responsible for the deaths of its inhabitants as is illustrated by Numbers 13:32
With what was the defilement of the land by Israel compared?
In vs. 18, God's wrath is said to be "for the blood which they had
shed on the land,'. and "because they had defiled it with their idols." What
connection between the shed blood and the idols would account for their being
linked together in this way?
How did the people profane the Lord's name?
For what reason would Israel be restored? (36:22-23, 32)
What is the significance of the phrase, "I will sprinkle clean
water on you"? (cf. Numb. 19:1-19)