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We’re studying through some of the minor prophets. We invite you to study along with us, taking as much as you desire. Please consider the benefit of systematic study of the Bible–how it can improve your life and your relationship with the Creator God, author of the Bible.

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

2. When was this book written?

3. What does the name “Haggai” mean?

Read Haggai Chapter 1
1. What do you learn about Haggai from Haggai 1:1?

2. What do you learn about Haggai from Ezra 5:1?

3. What do you learn about Haggai from Ezra 6:14?

4. When do the events of this chapter take place according to Haggai 1:1?

5. What is the message of God through the prophet in Haggai 1:2-4?

6. What does God say to the people about the consequences of their failure to finish the temple in Haggai 1:6?

7. What does God tell them twice, once in Haggai 1:5 and once in Haggai 1:7? What is God’s meaning? Why does He repeat the phrase?

8. What do you learn from the following verses?
Lamentations 3:40
Romans 14:11-12
2 Corinthians 13:5
Philippians 2:12
James 1:22-25

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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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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 Isaiah 66 (the last chapter of Isaiah!)
1. What does Isaiah 66:1 teach us about where God dwells?

2. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ 2 Chronicles 6:18

□ Matthew 5:34-35

□ Acts 7:48-49

□ Acts 17:24

3. Who does God say He will look upon in Isaiah 66:2?

4. What does God promise in Isaiah 66:3-4? To whom?

5. What does God say about Jerusalem in Isaiah 66:5-13?

6. What does God promise to the servants of God in Isaiah 66:24? To his enemies?

7. What prophecy is given in Isaiah 66:15-17?

8. What promise does God make to those who are scattered in Isaiah 66:18- 21?

9. What promise to the faithful do you find in Isaiah 66:22-23?

10. What does God promise to those who have transgressed against Him in Isaiah 66:24?

11. What are some of the things that struck you as you studied the book of Isaiah?

12. What have you learned from Isaiah that you can apply to your life today?

13. How have you been changed by your study of the book of the prophet Isaiah?

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Isaiah 65

Read Isaiah Chapter 65
1. Who is God talking about in Isaiah 65:1? How do you know?

2. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ Romans 9:24-26, 30
□ Romans 10:20
□ Ephesians 2:12-13
□ Deuteronomy 32:21

3. Who is God talking about in Isaiah 65:2-5? How do you know?

4. What did Jesus have to say to people similar to those described in Isaiah 65:5?
□ Matthew 9:9-13
□ Matthew 23:13-38

□ Mark 7:1-13

□ Luke 18:9-14

5. To whom is God speaking in Isaiah 65:6-7? What is He promising?

6. What is God promising in Isaiah 65:8-10? To whom?

7. Who is God speaking to in Isaiah 65:11-16? What is He promising them?

8. What is being described in Isaiah 65:17-25?

9. What do you learn from the following verses?
□ 2 Peter 3:13

□ Revelation 21:1

10. Copy Isaiah 65:24 here. Meditate on this verse. What comes to mind?

 

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Read Isaiah 64
1. Isaiah continues his prayer in chapter 64. What does he ask God to do in Isaiah 64:1-5? Why?

2. Isaiah makes a corporate confession in Isaiah 64:6-7. What sins does he confess on behalf of himself and the nation of Israel?

3. Copy Isaiah 64:8 here. Mediate on this. What observations can you make? Application?

4. What do these verses teach?
□ Deuteronomy 32:6
□ Psalm 100:3
□ Ephesians 2:10

5. What does Isaiah ask of God in Isaiah 64:9-12?

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I love when God reminds me that I don’t have to struggle or fight or worry. He has everything under control. The opening verses of Isaiah 43 are a perfect example of such a reminder:

But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine.When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:1-2 NLT

God holds the reins.
God controls the impact outside forces can have on me.
God is sovereign over everything.
God is concerned and monitoring the things and forces that come against me.

For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom; I gave Ethiopia[a] and Seba in your place. Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you.
Isaiah 43:3-4 NLT

God chose me.
God values me.
God will choose those who are His–those who love Him and seek Him over those whose hearts are cold toward him.

May the Holy One of Israel speak these truths over you today in such a way that you know that He loves you and will keep you from going under or burning up. He is a good, good Father.

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Dan – Israel

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