Get Your Priorities Straight

READ : Haggai Those who returned from the exile were the cream of the crop. Those more interested in continuing their successful businesses stayed in Babylon. Those who returned did so because they had a spiritual vision, to rebuild the temple of the Lord. But soon they were faced with problems which caused them to give up on completing the building of the temple. So they settled down and built themselves houses which were increasingly luxurious. Haggai and Zechariah were …

Facing the Judgment Day

READ : Zephaniah Zephaniah also speaks about the day of the Lord, which anticipates the day of judgment that falls upon a nation within history and the final judgment day. Zephaniah emphasizes the nearness of that day. “The day of the LORD is at hand” (1:7) and “The great day of the LORD is near” (v. 14). We do not know when the final judgment will come. But there is a judgment at death which will come to each of …

Lord, Why?

READ : Habakkuk Habakkuk was deeply disturbed. There was so much evil in his land of Judah, and God didn’t seem to be doing anything about it. Do you know the feeling? “Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you look idly at wrong?” (1:3 ESV). God’s answer is that he is preparing to do something. He will soon send the Babylonians to punish Judah. “For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty …

Results of Temporary Repentance

READ : Nahum Nahum’s message is that God will destroy Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, because of its sin. One hundred fifty years earlier, Jonah brought a similar message. As a result the Ninevites repented and were spared. But it didn’t last long. Threatened by the preaching of Jonah, they said they would serve Jonah’s God, but they soon forgot. About 60 years later, they did what Jonah had been afraid they would do: they took Israel into captivity. They …

What the Lord Requires

READ : Micah 5-7 Today’s Scripture includes two famous passages. The first predicts that the Messiah will be born in Bethlehem. It was a passage which the Jewish Bible scholars of Jesus’ day knew so well that they could tell the wise men where to find the newborn King of the Jews. It was not a prominent place. God prefers to use the lowly. The second passage is a request to know what God wants of us. Does he want …

Powerful Preaching

READ : Micah 1-4 The prophets were powerful preachers speaking with conviction, “Thus says the LORD.” The key to that power is found in Micah 3:8, “I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.” A preacher must be filled with the Spirit to preach effectively. How can this happen? Filling with the Spirit is a result of wanting to be filled …