Today is the final lesson in our unit on the Old Testament prophets. Malachi is not only the final book in the Old Testament canon; it is also the final book in the biblical prophetic literature. Addressing post-exilic Judah in a series of six disputations, the Lord through Malachi confronts the issue of true worship as He exposes the people's sin and calls them to repentance. We will close out the unit with a look at what happens next in biblical history as well as how the Lord's promises through the prophets find their fulfillment in Jesus.
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Haggai and Zechariah are contemporaries, ministering to the people of God who have returned from exile to rebuild the temple. As they exhort the people to resume rebuilding efforts, they point to the future hope of the greater glory to come. Zechariah in particular points to the promised Messiah. In this lesson we are encouraged to repent and to place our hope in the promises of the Lord to save and redeem.
In his book Promises Made, Mark Dever outlines five things we learn about God from the prophet Zephaniah. In today's lesson we use Dever's outline as a framework for our discussion of the Lord's sovereignty, justice, and mercy.
In the book of Habakkuk we are given a glimpse into the prophet's struggles as he wonders where God is in the midst of the blatant sin and moral decay that surrounds him. He will demand an answer from the Lord but it will not be the answer he expects. Habakkuk will learn to trust the Lord and will finally confess that he will yet rejoice despite the struggle and trials that will surely come as the Lord brings justice.
Through the prophet Nahum the Lord issues a proclamation of judgment on the city of Nineveh. In this rather obscure and overlooked book of the Bible we learn much about God's just punishment of wickedness and the only way sinners can be fully forgiven and redeemed.
As we have seen throughout our study of the prophets, Micah will issue a proclamation of judgment on the people for their sin against God. Yet all is not hopeless; there is also the promise of restoration and redemption. Micah concludes his prophecy with the question, Who is like God? The answer: No one! Our God is unique in His holiness and in His grace.
Jonah is perhaps the most well known of the minor prophets. Today's lesson discusses this reluctant prophet and his miraculous deliverance. We will consider our own deliverance according to the amazing grace of the Lord as well as God's heart for the nations.
Today's lesson focuses on the short, 21 verse book of Obadiah. Mark Dever, in his book Promises Made, establishes the theme of Obadiah as answering the questions of who are God's enemies, who are God's friends, and, finally, who is God? We explore these questions as well as the historical context and contemporary relevance of Obadiah's prophecy from the Lord.