This week we will make some real progress through the prophetic books of the Bible, finishing up the last of the major prophets (Daniel) and working our way through 2.5 of the minor prophets, Hosea, Joel, Amos.
Here are a few tidbits about each of these prophets and the books we will be reading:
Hosea was a prophet to the northern kingdom of Israel before its fall. His ministry as a prophet is talked about in the context of his marriage to an unfaithful wife - a way of demonstrating the nation of Israel's unfaithfulness in their commitment to God.
Joel was a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah. This book deals with a lament over problems of plague and drought, the promise of future blessings and also a reminder of coming judgment. Part of the book of Joel is quoted by Peter in his sermon in Acts 2.
Amos was from the southern kingdom but his message was for the northern kingdom of Israel before their exile. The basic message of this book is that God puts his people on the same level as other nations - he expects purity of them all. Israel and Judah will not be exempt from judgment over their sins.
07, Sunday: Daniel 7-10
08, Monday: Daniel 11 - Hosea 2
09, Tuesday: Hosea 3-6
10, Wednesday: Hosea 7-10
11, Thursday: Hosea 11-14
12, Friday: Joel 1 - Amos 1
13, Saturday: Amos 2-5
May God add His richest blessings to the reading, the hearing, the understanding and most importantly the living out of His Holy Word. Amen.