Daniel, Hosea, Joel and Amos

Greetings!

I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Sorry!

We finished Daniel and went on the minor prophets, Hosea, Joel, and Amos. Last week, we read of Obadiah’s prophecy against the nation of Edom for their treatment of Israel. We should always remember that God says to Abraham and his descendants, “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you,” (Gen. 12:3). Edom and Israel were enemies for many centuries, but Edom as a nation no longer exists. God keeps His word.

In Jonah, we saw Jonah running from God (ch. 1) . That did not work out so well as he was thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. Then we saw Jonah running to God (ch. 2) in prayer from the belly of the fish. God heard and answered his prayer. Jonah was running with God (ch. 3) as this time he obeyed God and took the message to the Gentile city of Ninevah. (After being in the belly of a fish for three days, his hair and skin would have been bleached white. That would have stood out in the Middle East.) Jonah delivered a one sentence sermon and the city fasted, prayed and believed in the one true God! Lastly, Jonah was trying to run God. He was upset that God was doing things His way and not Jonah’s. God forgave the people of Ninevah rather than punished them.  Like Jonah, we all have a race to run. When we are running to God and with God, it is an AMAZINGRACE!

Micah’s book contains the prophecy of the birthplace of the Messiah, the future King of the line of David. We see that 700 years before Christ’s birth, Bethlehem was given as His birthplace in Micah 5:2 and that is quoted and fulfilled in Matthew 2:5.

I hung out for awhile on Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” I challenged you to present those three things to the Lord this Easter – justice, kindness and humility.

This week we will cover three more minor prophets. In Nahum, we will learn more about the character and attributes of God. We’ll see that “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.” 

In Habakkuk, we’ll learn how to pronounce his name. 😉 Seriously, we will learn how in every generation “the just shall live by faith.” In Zephaniah, we will see that the “LORD your God is with you and he is mighty to save.”

Only three lessons to go in the Old Testament!!! Let’s finish strong!!!

You’re the best!!!

Mary

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