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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

In Jeremiah 10:10, the prophet refers to God (Adonai) as:
The True God
The Living God
The Everlasting King

True God
God is the true God. This means He is genuine. He should not be confused with or lumped in with the myriad of other false gods. As the true God–there is no other God beside Him. (See Isaiah 44:6). Accept no substitute or counterfeit!

If God is the true God, it means that He is absolutely trustworthy. He keeps His promises. He can be trusted and relied upon. He is our Rock (See Psalm 18:2), a firm foundation.

Living God
Adonai is a living God and the God of the living. He is active now–in this moment in time. In the here and now with us, God is able to respond to us and our circumstances. He is not a dead religion, a set of rules and regulations to follow, He is alive and in relationship with us. He is our living hope. (See 1 Peter 1:13)

Everlasting King
God is the everlasting King. This description has two parts: “everlasting” and “King.” To say that He is a King speaks of His royalty, majesty, and authority. He is the Sovereign over all. He takes care and has the responsibility for all of His subjects. He is the one to whom we direct all our worship and praise.

To say His reign is everlasting is to say that it is enduring, surpassing and without beginning or end. He has no predecessor and no successor. Because He is everlasting, I need only concern myself with Him, what pleases and displeases Him, and His plans and purposes.

Truly He is worthy of all of our praise as the one true, living God and everlasting King!

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Read Esther Chapter 3
1. Who is Haman? What is his lineage?

2. What favor is Haman shown by the King?

3. What was Mordecai’s reaction to Haman? Why?

4. How did Haman react to Mordecai?

5. What does Haman plan to do to retaliate against Mordecai? Why? How as it to be accomplished?

6. What other enemies of the Jews (those who sought to destroy them completely? Have there been over their 4000 year history? Name as many as you can.

7. What does God promise regarding the enemies of His people in the following verses?
□ Deuteronomy 28:7

□ 1 Samuel 17:47

□ Psalm 18:3; 47-48

□ Psalm 41:2, 11

□ Psalm 61:3

□ Psalm 119:98

□ Proverbs 16:7

□ Isaiah 59:19

8. What does the New Testament teach about how to deal with our enemies? The enemies of God?
□ Matthew 5:44

□ Romans 12:14

□ Ephesians 6:10-18

 

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Read Esther Chapter 2

  1. When King Ahasuerus became lonely for his queen, what solution was proposed?
  2. Who is Mordecai? Of what tribe is he? What other famous person in Jewish history is from that same tribe?
  3. Who is Hadassah? Esther? Why is she in Shushan? Where is her family? Where is she from?
  4. What happens to Esther in Chapter 2?
  5. Describe Esther’s beauty treatments. How long did they last?
  6. What was the king’s reaction to Esther?
  7. What did Mordecai discover while sitting in the King’s gate? What happened as a result?
  8. What references to dates and/or time is given in this chapter? Note all that you find.
  9. What does God say about a woman’s beauty?
    □ Proverbs 31:30 □ 1 Peter 3:3-6

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Read Esther Chapter 1

  1. Who is Ahasuerus?
  2. Where do the events of Chapter 1 of Esther take place? What country is this today?
  3. Describe the scene in your own words.
  4. Who is Queen Vashti?
  5. What happened between Queen Vashti and King Ahasuerus in the opening chapter? Why?
  6. From whom does the King seek advice? Who are they? What is their advice? Why?
  7. What do the following verses teach about counselors?
    ▸ Psalm 1:1 ▸ Proverbs 1:5
  8. What happens to Queen Vashti?
  9. What references to dates and/or time is given in this chapter? Note all that you find.
  10. What do you observe about the marriage between the King and Queen Vashti? Contrast that to the Bible’s teachings on marriage.
  11. What do the following verses teach?□ Proverbs 14:12 □ Proverbs 14:17 □ Proverbs 14:29 □ Proverbs 16:32

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A wonderful picture of God’s amazing love is seen in the life of Queen Esther.  She, a Jewish girl orphaned at a young age, is raised by her uncle in Shushan, the capital city of the Medo-Persian empire.  She ends up in a nationwide beauty contest for which the first prize is to become queen.  She becomes the queen of the country.

But the evidence of God’s love in the story of Esther is not about her becoming Queen.  This is no Cinderella story.  Rather, this is the story of a God who sees everything, the beginning from the end.  He knows what lies ahead for His people, and He makes provision for them, even provision in the form of a young, scared Jewish girl.  He keeps all the promises to them no matter how long ago He made them.

When the wicked Haman, an important man in the King’s court, came on the scene and convinced the King of Medo-Persia to pass a law whereby the Jews would be slaughtered and their possessions taken by their neighbors, God had a plan already in place.  That plan was carried forward by Queen Esther.  God had hidden Esther in the pavilions of the palace of the King of Medo-Persia.  She would, in due time, be the vehicle by which God saved His people, the people from which the Messiah would come forth in the fulfillment of time.

You know the story . . . Esther convinces the King through a series of meals and events to pass another law which allows the Jews to survive, thereby preserving the Messianic line for the time hundreds of years later when a baby would be born to a descendant of David, of the tribe of Judah, in the town of Bethlehem as it was promised.

This is God’s love for us.  He makes a promise and never allows it to be broken, so that in the fullness of time, He can keep His promise.   God cannot lie.   Study to know what God has promised for you.

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Read Zephaniah Chapter 3
1. Who is God speaking to in Zephaniah 3:1-5?

2. What are God’s complaints against her?

3. Copy Zephaniah 3:5 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

4. What does God say is His plan in Zephaniah 3:8?

5. What does God promise to do in Zephaniah 3:9?

6. What does God promise in Zephaniah 3:10-13?

7. What does the prophet tell the daughter of Zion in Zephaniah 3:14?

8. What does the prophet say God has done in Zephaniah 3:15?

9. Copy Zephaniah 3:16-17 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

10. What does God promise in Zephaniah 3:19-20?

11. What do you learn from the following verses?
Jeremiah 29:14

Jeremiah 33:7

Ezekiel 39:28

12. What application can you make from the book of Zephaniah?

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Read Zephaniah Chapter 2

  1. What does the prophet tell the people to do in Zephaniah 2:1-3?
  2. What do you learn from the following verses?
    Psalm 11:7 Psalm 15:1-2 Psalm 36:6
  3. What do you learn from the following verses?
    Psalm 25:9 Proverbs 18:12 James 4:10 1 Peter 5:5
  4. What is going to happen to according to Zephaniah 2:4-7?
  5. Where was Gaza?
  6. Where was Ashkelon?
  7. Where was Ashdod?
  8. Who were the Cherethites?
  9. Who were the Philistines? Where was the land of the Philistines?
  10. What is going to happen to Moab and Ammon according to Zephaniah 2:8-11? Why?
  11. Who were the people of Moab?
  12. Who were the people of Ammon?
  13. What does God promise in Zephaniah 2:12-15?

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Read Zephaniah Chapter 1

  1. What do you learn about Zephaniah’s ancestry from Zephaniah 1:1?
  2. How is Zephaniah different (based on the information in verse 1) from all the other prophets?
  3. What does God say He will do in Zephaniah 1:2-3?
  4. How does the statement in Zephaniah 1:2-3 compare with what the LORD said in Genesis 6:7?
  5. How does the statement in Zephaniah 1:2-3 compare with Jeremiah 4:23-29 and 9:9-11?
  6. What does God say He will do in Zephaniah 1:4-6?
  7. What do you learn from Deuteronomy 4:23-30? How does it relate to Zephaniah 1:2-6?
  8. What do the following verses teach about seeking the Lord?
    1 Chronicles 16:10-11 2 Chronicles 15:12-13 Psalm 34:10 Proverbs 28:5
  9. Copy Zephaniah 1:7 here. Mediate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.
  10. What does God promise to do in Zephaniah 1:8-9?
  11. What will be the response to the LORD’s wrath being poured out according to Zephaniah 1:10-11?
  12. What does God promise to do in Zephaniah 1:12-13?
  13. Copy Zephaniah 1:14 here. Mediate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.
  14. In each of the following passages, list the indicators or signs given for knowing the Day of the Lord.
    Joel 2:28-32 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 2 Peter 3:3-12
  15. How is the day of the Lord described in Zephaniah 1:15-16?
  16. What does God say He will do in Zephaniah 1:17? Why?
  17. What does God say will happen to their possessions (gold/silver) in Zephaniah 1:18?
  18. What do you learn of the LORD’s jealousy in the following verses?
    Exodus 20:5 Deuteronomy 29:18-20 Deuteronomy 32:21
  19. What application can you make from this first chapter of Zephaniah?

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In the coming weeks, we are going to be posting Bible studies from the book of the Minor Prophets known as Zephaniah. It is a short book, but it has a powerful message–one that might prove useful even today. I recommend that you start your study by doing answering these background questions and reading through the entire book in one setting.

  1. Who is the author of the book of Zephaniah? When did he live?

2. When was this book written?

3. Who was the intended audience of the prophecies of Zephaniah?

4 .What does the name “Zephaniah” mean?

If you are interested in other studies in the minor prophets, we have posted studies through the following books:

Amos

Jonah

Joel

Habakkuk

Hosea

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Read Joel Chapter 2
1. What does Joel call for the people to do in Joel 2:1?

2. What do you learn about the blowing of the trumpet in Numbers 10:1-10?

3. What is the response the people were to have to the coming of the day of the Lord according to Joel 2:1?

4. How is the day of the LORD described by Joel in Joel 2:2-11?

5. What does the LORD call on the people to do in Joel 2:12-13?

6. Copy Joel 2:13. Record your thoughts and impressions.

7. What is the fast that the LORD requires according to Isaiah 58?

8. What does God tell the people to do through the prophet Joel in Joel 2:15-16?

9. What is the suggested prayer in Joel 2:17?

10. What do you learn from the following verses about the character of God that might lead His people to repent?
Nehemiah 9:17

Psalm 103:2-5

Psalm 145:8-9

Ephesians 1:3-14

Ephesians 2:4-7

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