Advice to Sinners

READ : Hosea 10-14 Sin is not just a few external actions. The basic problem is, “Their heart is false” (10:2). Sin is putting one’s trust in other things rather than in God: “you have trusted in your chariots” (10:13). Sin is breaking our relationship with God: “my people are bent on turning away from me” (11:7); “they forgot me” …

Wanted: Steadfast Love

READ : Hosea 6-9 The prophecy of Hosea teaches a truth which we also find in other parts of Scripture: our relationship to God is like our relationship to our marriage partner. Both relationships are covenant relationships, requiring dependable love on both sides, a love which does not waver, but which continues in the changing circumstances of life. God says …

Understanding with the Heart

READ : Hosea 1-5 Hosea is the first of the twelve minor prophets. They are called “minor,” not that they are unimportant, but because they wrote short books compared to the longer ones we have been studying. God’s heart was broken by the unfaithfulness of Israel. How could he prepare a prophet to describe how he felt? God used a …

Caught in the Middle

READ : Daniel 10-12 Daniel is given a revelation of what will happen during the period between the Old and New Testaments, when the Greek empire will break into four parts. One part would be centered in Syria (the kings of the north) and the other in Egypt (the kings of the south). The Jews would be caught in the …

Visions of the Future

READ : Daniel 7-9 The rest of Daniel consists of the records of visions Daniel had. The first pictures four beasts apparently symbolizing the same empires as were represented in the image made of various metals: Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Rome. But as in the book of Revelation, which takes much of its symbolism from Daniel, there is not only …