The Israelites who returned from exile had high hopes on them. But…they failed miserably. Here’s how:
You need to turn back to God. Zechariah said so.
Remember Zerubbabel and Ezra? Haggai is a contemporary of theirs, but he’s less impressed with the faithfulness of the returning Israelites. Here’s his challenge for the people:
All the order and beauty of God’s original creation is about to be turned into opposite day. Zephaniah’s prophecy describes the destruction of Jerusalem, but, like always, there is hope in the end!
Nahum chronicles God’s justice and wrath being brought down on the Assyrian capitol city, Nineveh. This prophecy reminds us that God is always at work against evil. That’s good news.
Micah’s warnings address a number of actions of the people where they’ve twisted the intent of God. At times, it’s easy to do. See how it works out:
In VBS we make Jonah a great guy, but he wasn’t. He was grumpy and disobedient pretty much from beginning to end, but God uses him anyway. Here’s how:
Ever wonder what happened to Esau? Well, I’ll give you a hint, Esau’s name was changed to Edom – now check this out.
Joel was incredibly familiar with Scripture, but that causes him not to go into great detail of what he’s trying to accomplish or what exactly needs to happen. But, like many of the other prophets, he’s calling the Israelites to repentance. It’s interesting. Check it out.
This letter from Jesus’ biological brother warns people that their actions truly do speak louder than their words. They believe themselves to be immune to morality because of their salvation. This is simply not true and Jude helps us understand that here.