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But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King.
At His wrath the earth will tremble, and the nations will not be able to endure His indignation. Jeremiah 10:10

I see three truths in this scripture that I want to understand better:

1. Adonai is the true God
2. Adonai is the living God
3. Adonai is the everlasting King

What does it mean to be the true God?
No other God exists. Adonai (Y-H-W-H) is the only God. It is the meaning of the Shema, “Sh’ma, Yisra’el! Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai echad [Hear, Isra’el! Adonai our God, Adonai is one]. (Deuteronomy 6:4) The meaning of one is that God is the only of His kind–the only God. That is to say that Adonai is genuine and all other gods are counterfeit – some are elaborate counterfeits, but they are counterfeits all the same.

To say that He is the true God can be understood by thinking of direction–i.e. true north. To say God is true speaks of being unchanging, immutable, the same now and forever. That is to say God is trustworthy, can be counted on to be where He is supposed to be and do what He is supposed to do. He will do what He says He will do; He keeps His promises.

What does it mean to be the living God?
It means He is active now. He is not far off. He is not the God of past works–although He was working in the past. Living means that He can respond and is responsive to us–His children–now in the moment and in the next.

What does it mean to be the everlasting King?
First of all this description has two important parts: Everlasting + King.

As a King, He is a Sovereign–He takes care of and has responsibility for His subjects. Because His reign is everlasting it has no end. He has no successor to worry about. He can and does rule like He will be King forever.

Adonai is true, living and everlasting! Let the praise of this verse be on our lips!

 

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Continuing with our series of studies in the Minor Prophets, today’s post covers an introduction to the Minor Prophet Habakkuk.

If you are interested in other studies in the Minor Prophets, we have the following available:

Obadiah BackgroundObadiah

Hosea IntroductionHosea Chapter 1, Hosea Chapter 2Hosea Chapter 3, Hosea Chapter 4 Hosea Chapter 5Hosea Chapter 6Hosea Chapter 7Hosea Chapter 8Hosea Chapter 9Hosea Chapter 11

Background
1. Who is the author of the book of Habakkuk?

2. When was this book written?

3. Who was the original intended audience for this book?

4. To which Kingdom did Habakkuk prophesy, Northern or Southern?

5. What does the name “Habakkuk” mean?

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Coming upon the story of David and Goliath in our study of 1 and 2nd Samuel, I was reminded of my recent visit to Tel Azeka in Israel.

Tel Azeka gives us a vantage point over the valley of Ela (Elah), the area where the story of 1 Samuel 17 took place. Looking west from the Tel, we can see where the three coastal cities of the Philistines would have been, Ashkelon (to the Southwest), Gath (the inland Capital), and Ashdod (to the Northwest).

The Philistines wanted the mountains in the area surrounding Tel Azeka because they wanted oil–olive oil. The pictures give you a glimpse of the fertile land on the low hills in this area.

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View of Valley of Ela from Tel Azeka

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View of Valley of Ela from Tel Azeka

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View from Tel Azeka

From the photos above, you can view the valley of Ela (Elah) where the armies of Israel met the armies of the Philistines. The open area between the hills is where the armies were faced off.

Being on that Tel, it wasn’t hard to imagine the scene that day. It was probably sunny and bright as it was the day we visited. David would have traveled down from Bethlehem to bring supplies and to get news for his father.

The story opens . . .

Now the Philistines gathered their armies for battle and were assembled at Socoh, which belongs to Judah; and they camped between Socoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim. Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together and they camped in the Valley of Elah, and assembled in battle formation to meet the Philistines. The Philistines were standing on the mountain on one side and Israel was standing on the mountain on the other side, with the valley between them.  I Samuel 17:1-3.

The rest is, as they say, history.

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Read Obadiah Chapter 1
1. Who were the Edomites? (Hint: Genesis 25:30; 36:8)

2. Where was the land of Edom located?

3. What is the prophecy that Obadiah gives against Edom in Obadiah 1:1-7?

4. Who will be exempt from this prophecy according to Obadiah 1:8-9?

5. What is Teman? Where is it located?

6. For what is God going to judge Esau according to Obadiah 1:10-14?

7. Copy Obadiah 1:15 here. Mediate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

8. Where is Mount Zion?

9. What does God say will occur on Mount Zion in Obadiah 1:17?

10. What do you learn from the following verses:
Isaiah 59:20-21
Romans 11:25-26

11. What will become of the house of Jacob according to Obadiah 1:18? The house of Joseph?

12. What shall become of the house of Esau according to Obadiah 1:18?

13. What prophecy does Obadiah deliver in Obadiah 1:19-21?

14. What application can you make from this book?

 

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Before we begin our study of the short book of the Minor Prophet Obadiah, we will do a brief study of the background of this book.

Background
1. Who is the author of the book of Obadiah?

2. When was this book written?

3. Who was the original intended audience for this book? How do you know?

4. To which Kingdom did Obadiah prophesy, Northern or Southern?

5. To which king(s) did Obadiah minister during his career?

6. What does the name “Obadiah” mean?

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Flowers in Jerusalem

 

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One of the best short books of the Bible is the book of Ruth.  It can be easily read in one sitting.  The story begins with Naomi and her husband leaving Bethlehem, their hometown, during a time of famine to go to Moab, a land occupied by the enemies of God.

While in Moab, Naomi’s husband and both of her sons die, leaving her with her two daughters-in-law.  One of her daughters-in-law chooses to stay in Moab, but Ruth, her other daughter-in-law, returns with Naomi to Bethlehem.

With nothing to show for her travel abroad, Naomi returns to her hometown with the clothes on her back.

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Shepherd’s fields of the Bethlehem region

In the day in which Naomi lived, the fate of a widow was a difficult one.

After her husband and sons die, Naomi is left without a means of support in Moab. Without hope,  Naomi returns to the land of her forefathers.

In doing so, she avails herself of the promises and protections of God’s people. God takes care of His children’s every need, physical, emotional and spiritual.

If you are struggling with your situation and are seeking the land of God’s promise, open His word. Study it systematically and with a heart to know Him better, and He can lead you home, to the land of promise.

Consider using one of our verse-by-verse Bible studies in the Words of His Mouth Series to help you on your way–maybe even the study through the Book of Ruth.

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Read Hosea Chapter 8
1. What does God tell Hosea to do in Hosea 8:1? Why?

2. What were the reasons and occasions for blowing the trumpet in Numbers 10:8-10?

3. What does Ezekiel 33:1-11 teach about those who fail to heed the warning of the trumpet?

4. What does God say Israel will cry out to Him in Hosea 8:2?

5. What does God say of their kings in Hosea 8:4? Their princes?

6. What is the pagan calf of Samaria? (Hint: See 1 Kings 12:25-31)

7. What does God say about the calf in Hosea 8:5-6?

8. Copy of Hosea 8:7 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

9. What do the following verses teach about sowing and reaping?
Proverbs 22:8
Jeremiah 17:10
Galatians 6:7-9
Revelation 20:12

10. For what is God judging Israel according to Hosea 8:8-14?

Read Deuteronomy 28:58-68
1. What does God require of His people according to Deuteronomy 28:58?

2. What is the punishment for failing to do what God requires according to this passage?

3. How does this passage in Deuteronomy relate to what Hosea is prophesying?

Read 2 Kings 17:1-6; 22-23
1. What has happened according to 2 Kings 17:1-6?

2. What happened to Israel according to 2 Kings 17:22-23?

3. How does this relate to what Hosea has been prophesying?

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Read Hosea Chapter 7
1. What does God say is happening in Ephraim and Samaria in Hosea 7:1-3?

2. What does God say about His people in Hosea 7:4-7?

3. What does God accuse Ephraim of doing in Hosea 7:8?

4. What has happened to Ephraim according to Hosea 7:9?

5. What do God’s people NOT do according to Hosea 7:10?

6. What is Ephraim compared to in Hosea 7:11? Why?

7. What does God say He will do in Hosea 7:12?

8. Why does God judgment them according to Hosea 7:13-16?

9. Copy Hosea 7:15 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

10. How do these chapters speak to you about your life and relationship with God? What does God require of us? Of you?

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Read Hosea Chapter 6
1. What will God’s people be saying to themselves according to Hosea 6:1-3?

2. What is God’s response according to Hosea 6:4-6? Why?

3. Copy Hosea 6:6 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

4. What are the accusations God makes in Hosea 6:7-11? Why?

 

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Read Hosea Chapter 5
1. Against whom is Hosea prophesying judgment in this chapter?

2. Who is Mitzpah?

3. What is Tabor?

4. Who is Ephraim? Where is the land allotted to Ephraim located in Israel?

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View near Bethel

5. What does God accuse Ephraim of in Hosea 5:3?

Israel?

6. What does God say is the reason for His judgment in Hosea 5:4-5?

Hosea 5:6-7?

Hosea 5:11?

Hosea 5:13?

8. What will the judgment be according to Hosea 5:6?

Hosea 5:9?

Hosea 5:12?

Hosea 14-15?

9. In the territory of which tribe are the following places located: Gibeah, Ramah, and Beth Aven?

10. To what does God compare Judah in Hosea 5:10? What does that mean?

11. What do you learn from the following verses?
Deuteronomy 19:14

Deuteronomy 27:17

Proverbs 23:10-11

 

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