Obadiah: Speaking to Neighboring Nations

Obadiah is one of the few prophets that speak entirely to a nation other than Israel. Although God’s people often turn from Him, they are still His Chosen People. Like a loving Father, though He may discipline and rebuke His children when they do wrong, He will always protect them and will deal with those who mistreat them. This is the case with Edom, a nation that was related to the Israelites. They were descendants of Esau, Jacob’s brother. As Israel was going through hard times (many were taken captive to Babylon), instead of Edom helping their relatives they gloated and often attacked and looted their homes. God does not look kindly on those who mistreat His people and they will suffer the consequences. Even though Obadiah was speaking specifically to the Edomites, it may be something to take note for other nations and peoples as well.

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Joel: Warnings and Prophecies

God often starts a prophecy with a warning, but He also offers hope and blessing. God wants His people to do the right thing, to turn to Him, to be blessed. But sometimes, people are stubborn and it takes drastic measures to get their attention. Actions result in consequences. Ever wonder why there is so much chaos and so many troubles in this world? Perhaps we need to turn to God. Perhaps He is trying to get our attention.

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Hosea: God Waits for His People to Come to Him

God blessed Israel in so many ways, yet they abused those blessings by turning to false gods and trusting in themselves and others. He waits for His people to turn to Him. Like the prodigal son, He will be there and accept him with open arms and celebrate his return to Him. In the previous post, we discussed how God would turn from His people until they turn back to Him. But He is always there and will show mercy and grace to all who will accept it and trust in Him.

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The Mystery of God

There are so many things in life we do not understand.  There is so much about God we do not understand.  But, He has taught us many things and He has revealed much to us.  The Bible speaks of the mystery of God that has been revealed to us.  What is it?  Let’s find out. Continue reading “The Mystery of God”

The Fire of God

Fire represents life”, they say in ‘Survivor.’  I am a bit of a Survivor junky.  But, in scripture fire is used in a completely different context.  It’s not a game; it’s much bigger than that.   In the next two posts we will discuss how fire is used in the scriptures.  Fire is used many times throughout the Bible  to represent different things.  It is often used literally as well.  Sometimes, God uses fire to represent the opposite of what it represents on ‘reality’ TV.  It represents death.  Hades.  Hell.  Sometimes it represents God’s wrath, while other times, God literally showed His wrath with fire.  He also used it to show His power and glory.  Fire is also used for purification.  Sometimes, fire is used to describe God Himself, but He can also be that “still, small voice.”  Continue reading “The Fire of God”