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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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Introduction/background
1. Who is the author of the book of Joel?

2. When was the book of Joel written?

3. To whom was Joel prophesying?

4. During which King(s)’ reign(s) did Joel prophesy?

5. What do you learn of Joel from Acts 2:14-20?

6. What does the name “Joel” mean?

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Read Jonah Chapter 4
1. What is Jonah upset in Jonah 4:1-2?

2. What does Jonah say of God in Jonah 4:2?

3. What does Jonah ask for in Jonah 4:3?

4. What is God’s response in Jonah 4:4?

5. What does Jonah do in Jonah 4:5?

6. What does God do for Jonah according to Jonah 4:6?

7. What is Jonah’s response to the plan in Jonah 4:6?

8. What does God do next according to Jonah 4:7-8?

9. How does Jonah respond?

10. What is the exchange between God and Jonah in Jonah 4:9?

11. What is God’s response in Jonah 4:10-11?

12. What do you learn of God from Jonah 4:10-11?

13. What is God’s point to Jonah?

14. What application can you make from the book of Jonah to your life?

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Read Amos Chapter 6
1. What is the point of Amos 6:1-2?

2. Where was Calneh? Hamath? Gath?

3. The sin that God is addressing in these first two verses of Amos is the sin of complacency. They were trusting in their military strength, their fortresses on Mt Zion (Judah) and Mt Samaria (Israel). Their focus was on how they were in comparison to the other nations around them. They showed no concern for where they stood with God. Record the dictionary definition of complacency you find here.

4. What additional insight do you gain about complacency from the following verses?
Psalm 20:7

Isaiah 31:1

Revelation 3:14-17

5. What is God accusing them of in Amos 6:3-6?

6. What do you learn of self-indulgence from the following verses?
Proverbs 21:17

Matthew 23:25

7. What does the LORD say will happen to them in Amos 6:7-8; 11-14?

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Read Amos Chapter 4
1. Who is being referred to in Amos 4:1 as the “cows of Bashan?”

2. What prophecy does Amos make in Amos 4:1-3?

3. Re-read Amos 4:4-5. What is the point of this passage?

4. What does God say He did to try and get Israel to turn back to him in each of the following verses?
Amos 4:6
Amos 4:7-8
Amos 4:9
Amos 4:10
Amos 4:11

5. What does God tell them to prepare for in Amos 4:12?

6. Copy Amos 4:13 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

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Read Amos Chapter 3

1. What are God’s allegations against his people according to Amos 3:1-2?

2. What does God promise to do in Amos 2:2b?

3. Re-read Amos 3:3-6. What is the point being made in this section?

4. What does the prophet say of God in Amos 3:7?

5. Copy Amos 3:8 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

6. What punishment for Israel does God promise in Amos 3:11-15?

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Read Amos Chapter 2
1. What are the transgressions of Moab according to Amos 2:1?

2. Who are the Moabites? (Hint: Genesis 19)

3. What does God say He will do to them in Amos 2:2-3?

4. What are the transgressions of Judah according to Amos 2:4?

5. What do you learn about God from the following verses?
Leviticus 26:14-39

Deuteronomy 6:4-15

Psalm 103:17-18

John 14:15, 21

1 Corinthians 7:19

6. What does God say He will do to Judah in Amos 2:5?

7. What are the transgressions of Israel according to Amos 2:6-8?

8. What does God say He has done for them in Amos 2:10-11?

9. What does God say Israel did in Amos 2:12?

10. What does God say of Israel in Amos 2:13-16?

11. What application can you make from these 2 chapters?

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Read Habakkuk Chapter 2:1-4
1. What does Habakkuk say he will do in Habakkuk 2:1?

2. What does the prophet say God said in response in Habakkuk 2:2-3?

3. Copy Habakkuk 2:4 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

4. What do you learn from the following verses?
Romans 1:17

Galatians 3:11

Hebrews 10:38

5. Look up faith in the dictionary. Try checking more than one dictionary including a Bible Dictionary if possible. Record what you find.

6. Copy Hebrews 11:1-2 here. Meditate on this. Try to restate this in your own words. It might help to consult another translation.

7. Explain what it means to “live by faith” in terms that a person who doesn’t know anything about God could understand.

8. What do you learn about faith from the following verses?
Romans 3:22

Galatians 2:16

Galatians 3:22

Ephesians 2:8-9

Philippians 3:9

9. What application can you make to your own life from these verses and study about faith and the just living by faith?

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Read Habakkuk Chapter 1
1. What is the prophet’s first question in Habakkuk 1:2-3?

2. What is the prophet’s conclusion from what he sees according to Habakkuk 1:4?

3. How does the LORD reply to the prophet in Habakkuk 1:5-11?

4. What do you learn from the following verses?
Psalm 18:6

Psalm 40:1

Psalm 77:1

Proverbs 2:3-9

5. Is the prophet’s observation about God in Habakkuk 1:12?

6. What is his question of God in Habakkuk 1:13-17?

7. Can you think of a time in your own life where God used a wicked person or evil circumstance to chastise, rebuke or correct you? Explain.

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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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