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Prophets – “thanksgiving and…merry”

December 24, 2014

As we bring our Wednesday study of the prophets this year to a close, consider what the Lord said of His people in Jeremiah 30:19 – “Then out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of those who make merry;…”  For those who serve God, being thankful and merry are not reserved for a […]

Malachi – “I have loved you”

December 17, 2014

The Lord loved Israel, but Israel – especially the priests – despised Him by presenting defiled food on His altar, making Him want to “shut the doors” to the temple (Malachi 1).  He warned the priests what would happen to them if they did not honor Him (2:1-9).  The people profaned the covenant of their […]

Zechariah

December 10, 2014

The Lord spoke to the prophet Zechariah during the second year of Darius king of Persia.  Some people refer to the book of Zechariah as the book of Messianic prophecy, for only Isaiah contains more.  The book could be summarized as containing eight visions (1-6: angelic horsemen [1:7-17], four horns and four craftsmen [1:18-21] , […]

Haggai – “rebuild the temple”

December 3, 2014

Haggai addressed the Israelites after their return from captivity.  They inhabited Jerusalem but did little else.  As a result they reaped little, and the Lord told them, “Consider your ways!”  It was past time to “rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified.”  They “obeyed the voice of the LORD […]

Thanksgiving in the prophets

November 26, 2014

While the prophets did not offer many thanksgivings, a few did offer some.  Consider these:  “I will give thanks to You, O LORD; for although You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me. … Give thanks to the LORD,…” (Isaiah 12:1, 4).  “I will give thanks to Your name; for […]

Ezekiel 40-48 – “Then he brought me”

November 19, 2014

In the twenty-fifth year of exile, God took Ezekiel in a vision into the land of Israel to “a structure like a city.”  A man there told him, “Son of man, see with your eyes, hear with your ears, and give attention to all that I am going to show you; for you have been […]

Ezekiel 37-39 – “Can these bones live?”

November 12, 2014

The Lord showed Ezekiel a valley full of dry bones.  He had Ezekiel prophesy over them until they came together and covered with skin, and then prophesy to the breath to restore life to them (Ezekiel 37:1-10).  The bones represented “the whole house of Israel” whom God would raise from their graves (37:11-14).  He would […]

Ezekiel 33-36 – “I have appointed you a watchman”

November 5, 2014

The Lord appointed Ezekiel “a watchman for the house of Israel” (Ezekiel 33:1-9).  They could turn from their sin and live or remain in iniquity and die (33:10-20).  In the twelfth year of their exile they received word that Jerusalem had been taken (33:21).  Ezekiel prophesied against the shepherds of Israel and said that as […]

Ezekiel 25-32 – “they will know that I am the Lord”

October 29, 2014

While the Lord was going to punish Judah for its sin, He was also going to punish the nations around it for their scorn and vengeance against Judah.  Those nations included Ammon, Moab, Edom, and Philistia (Ezekiel 25).  “I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the […]

Ezekiel 20-24 – “the abominations of their fathers”

October 24, 2014

When “certain of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD and sat before” Ezekiel in the seventh year of King Jehoiachin’s exile, God told him to say to them, “Do you come to inquire of Me? As I live, …I will not be inquired of by you.” (Ezekiel 20:1-3).  God wanted Ezekiel […]