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 …

Disobedient Prophet

READ : Jonah The Lord says to Jonah, “Go to Nineveh.” How often in the Bible we hear God saying to someone, “Go.” We are inclined to sit back comfortably in the status quo, but the Lord says to us, “Go, I have something for you to do; be up and doing it.” Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, a cruel nation that was a great threat to Jonah’s nation. Jonah was patriotic. He knew if the Assyrians continued in …

Winners and Losers

READ : Obadiah The Bible teaches that all deserve punishment, and that God graciously intervenes in the lives of some, while he allows others to continue in the way in which they choose to go and suffer the consequences. Obadiah illustrates that concept. Both Edom and Israel deserve destruction. For Edom that destruction is permanent, as they justly deserve. For Israel, there is a period of punishment, but they will be restored. The Edomites were the descendants of Esau. They …