I’m back at it. Minor Prophets!
Joel. If I quickly glance over the three chapters in this book, I see a few underlined verses. Each the same message. “For the day of the Lord is near.” Something we should all continue to remember.
Amos. Very relevant to us today. Prosperity of a nation brings about a whole new host of issues that should be dealt with if we are to truly lead lives that reflect our creator.
Obadiah. Sovereign God and Savior.
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Joel says that since Israel has destroyed the land that God has given them, he is sending locusts to do the same. It will be severe punishment that requires the people to repent. Fast and cry out to the Lord. The Day is Near.
The day is near. Return to the Lord with all your heart, for he is merciful. Slow to anger. Abounding in steadfast Love.
All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved!
The Lord will judge all the nations. All. The day of the Lord is near. Zion and Jerusalem will be Holy! Will drip with sweet wine. Flow with milk. Fountains will come forth. Judah and Jerusalem will be inhabited forever.
Amos 1 – 4
Amos is a shepherd who comes out and starts attacking the sinful nature of israel rulers. He calls them out on their faithlessness. First, it seems like he is focusing on the neighboring nations, but then he turns his prophecy to the Israel itself.
They ignore the needy and pay attention to those with wealth. Strike 1
They are prideful and forget that it was God who brought them out of Egypt. Strike 2
They have heard the word, but have ignored it because they are busy. Strike 3
God does nothing without revealing his secret to the prophets. These prophets are ignored and cast out.
Seek God and flee evil. Justice is more pleasing than fattened animal offerings.
Amos 6 – 7
God will raise up other nations to rule over Israel. God’s standard is plumb. It is perfect and sure. Israel (and us) must try to live our life in sync with his standard.
Amos 8 – 9
Famine is coming, but with that restoration too.
Because Edom didn’t aid the Israelites after the defeat to the babylonians, they will be judged by God. God is sovereign and the day of his judgement is near.