Contributed on Oct 18, 2000
Hosea’s painful relationship is a parable of God’s love-relationship with mankind - Love Revealed, Love Rebuffed and Love Restored
Someone said that the story of Hosea is a "love story that went wrong". When that happens there’s suffering. Hosea’s prophecy is a cry from the heart of God, "What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early ...read more
Contributed on Oct 18, 2000
Habakkuk was perplexed why god seemed inactive when both church and state of Israel was corrupt but was assured that God was working his purposes out.
Do you sometimes get frustrated? If so, you’re not alone. The prophet Habakkuk did! The golden days for Israel when King David and King Solomon ruled a united and prosperous nation were long gone. The nation had split in two and was held in scorn by its powerful neighbours. But what was ...read more
Contributed on Oct 31, 2000
The prophet Haggai gives the returned exiles of Judah a wake-up call because of their complacency and recalls them to faithful service to their God who has done some much for them.
CONSIDER YOUR WAYS A prominent person, I believe it was Henry Ford, is reputed to have said, "history is bunk". Why he said that, I can’t think, because if we don’t learn from the mistakes of the past, we’re sure to repeat them. That’s the story of the world and is especially true for the ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2000
The priests and people of Judah had grown slack and queried God’s love and how they had Despised God’s Name, Defiled God’s Altar and Defrauded God’s Treasury.
GOD’S LOVE - AND OUR RESPONSE Some people are never happier than when they’re having an argument - especially over religion! The people that Malachi was addressing fell into that category. The prophet had found it necessary to take issue with the people of Israel. He’d been inspired by the ...read more
Contributed on Jun 16, 2001
Amos was an Amateur but Authentic Prophet who faithfully delivered God’s message to Israel, clashing with the culture and church of his day, with a vital message for the church of all ages.
AMOS - THE AMATEUR BUT AUTHENTIC PROPHET Amos had no intention of becoming a prophet. He’d never attended "the schools of the prophets" that were the conventional launch of a prophetic ministry. In fact he was a sheep breeder and a fig-tree grower who lived about 2,800 years ago in the ...read more
Contributed on Dec 19, 2004
Jonah’s real life story is on him as a Runaway from Duty, his Repentantance of Sin, his Restoration to Fellowship and Recommissioning for Service
My first encounter with Jonah was when I was in my teens. Perhaps the preacher was parading his modern scholarship or talking “tongue in cheek”, but he certainly startled his congregation by saying that he wasn’t concerned “if Jonah was swallowed by a whale or if Jonah swallowed the whale!” He ...read more
Contributed on Jan 17, 2005
Micah is the Prophet of the Messiah’s Advent, presenting the Salvation history of mankind - through Ruin caused by sin, temporary Reformation, proving the absolute need for Redemption by Jesus and Restoration of God’s Kingdom.
The book of Micah isn’t one that springs to mind except perhaps at Christmas when we remember the well known verse, “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you be small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will rule over Israel, whose origins are from old, from ancient time” ...read more
Contributed on Sep 17, 2008
Zephaniah tells how ’The Day of the Lord’ affects the nations either for punishment of the non-repentant and blessing for believers in the ’Now’ and ’Not Yet’.
ZEPHANIAH’S MESSAGE OF ‘THE DAY OF THE LORD’ The Old Testament prophets were commissioned by Jehovah, the God of Israel, to ‘hear the Word of the Lord’ and then to speak it out to the people, whether or not they were willing to receive it. Often they were unwilling hearers. In many cases the ...read more
Contributed on Oct 25, 2008
Zechariah’s message points to the ’Day of the Lord’ when the climax of God’s plan of salvation comes in the Cross of Christ, tracing The Fountain Anticipated, The Fountain Experienced and The fountain Applied.
A FOUNTAIN OPENED FOR CLEANSING From a casual reading of the prophets of the Old Testament it’s easy to get the impression that they had a gloomy message of doom for the nation of Israel and the surrounding countries. They are certainly strident in their condemnation of sinful practices which ...read more