Clean Sweep From Top to Bottom - Thursday, March 26, 2015
Zephaniah prophesied about the Day of the Lord. He focused entirely on the final days when Jesus returns and God judges the world. He described an event that would affect every man and beast in the world. This judgment will be a result of the sin of the nations, Zephaniah urged repentance and faithfulness. God will always preserve and care for those who are faithful to Him. In the end, every person on earth will acknowledge the Lord as God.
The Original Talk Show - Monday, March 23, 2015
Habakkuk was a priest and a minister of worship and music, who lived when the threat of Babylon’s invasion was clear to all. But while Jerusalem’s watchmen were in towers looking for the coming army, Habakkuk stationed himself in a spiritual watchtower to hear from God. He is known for repeatedly asking God, “why?” as he wrestles with the questions all of Judah must have been asking. Habakkuk encourages Judah to live by faith and to keep their hope.
Ho-hum or Nahum - Thursday, March 19, 2015
Nahum prophesied against one of the most vicious enemies of God’s people. The Assyrian Empire conquered and enslaved all the nations of the world with indescribable cruelty. God had made a covenant with Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” Nahum spoke words of comfort to Judah: Nineveh, the capital city of their enemy would soon be destroyed. God would deal with the Assyrians harshly and punish them for their cruel sins.
God's Final Solution - Monday, March 16, 2015
In Micah’s third sermon he preached; “God desires that His people live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly before Him.” After addressing the moral failure of government and spiritual bankruptcy in Israel and Judah, Micah preached a message of hope through a Messianic prophecy. Where human government had failed in Jerusalem and Samaria, Christ’s ultimate authority would not fail, and He would bring true peace to His people. He would be the perfect example of a Prophet, Priest, and King.
The Political Prophet - Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Book of Micah records three great sermons. This prophet was born a farmer, yet he was called to preach God’s words to the political and spiritual leaders of the capital cities of both Israel and Judah. Micah placed the blame for the moral and spiritual corruption of the people of God on the leaders. Micah preached the only way they could be rescued from their failures was for God to send a perfect Ruler: the Messiah.
The Prejudiced Prophet - Monday, March 9, 2015
In chapter 1 Jonah did not come to God. In chapter 2, from the belly of the fish, Jonah comes to God, saying “I will”. In chapter 3 Jonah goes to Nineveh for God. The primary theme of the book of Jonah is God’s love for all people, even people as hated as the Assyrians in Nineveh were. Though Jonah was very prejudiced and was angry that God would forgive the Ninevites, God patiently showed Jonah His great love for that city.
He is Not Going and He is Not Coming - Thursday, March 5, 2015
Nineveh was the capital city of Israel’s worst enemies in the days of Jonah. So when God called Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach a message of coming judgment if they didn’t repent, the prophet ran and tried to hide from God. But God made Jonah repent of his willfulness when he was swallowed by a great fish. After three days in the belly of that fish, Jonah prayed and repented, and vowed that he would obey God.
The Edom Experience - Monday, March 2, 2015
In the shortest book in the Old Testament, we can learn big lessons. God spoke through Obadiah to condemn the nation of Edom because its people had rejoiced and gloated when Judah fell. The story of the enmity between Israel and Edom goes back to the twin brothers, Jacob and Esau. These brothers represent the difference between those who are spiritual, who seek God and obey His ways, and those only interested in the material world and their selfish desires.
The Lion Roars and Amos Sees it - Thursday, February 26, 2015
Amos was a common man, a fig picker and a shepherd, yet God chose to use him as one of His prophets. Amos prophesied to the Northern Kingdom about the coming Assyrian captivity. He ministered during a prosperous time in the Southern Kingdom. In fact, God says that those who are spiritually advantaged will be judged by a higher standard. According to Amos, the hearts of Israel’s people will one day turn back to their God.
The Day of the Lord and the Locusts - Monday, February 23, 2015
Joel’s message of “The Day of the Lord” mixes prophecies about current-day events, coming historical events, and ultimate end-time events. “The Day of the Lord,” as Joel uses the expression, can refer to a variety of events in which God works: chastisement, judgment, deliverance, blessing, and more. Joel exhorts us that each day—past, present, and future—should be considered the day of the Lord and challenges us to see the hand of God in everything that happens to us.
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