Let the King reign.

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Zechariah Chaps 9 to 14. Luke 1:26 – 56. With the groundwork done in the first half of Zechariah, the remainder of his message is focused on the coming Messiah. Chapters 9 & 10 focus on the personal nature of the King, not just His presence as a national figurehead. He will be the one […]

Your kingdom come.

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Zechariah 1-8, Luke 3:1-20 The message of Zechariah is perhaps the most Messianic in nature of all of the prophets. The prophet’s name is significant. It means “The LORD (Yahweh) remembers”. “Yahweh” is the personal, covenant making name for God. That gives us an immediate “heads up” that we’re dealing here with the unbroken continuity […]

The day is coming.

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Zephaniah, Matthew 1:18-25 After a little respite whilst we were with Haggai from harsh messages of judgement delivered by the other prophets, we’re back to it with Zephaniah. The repeated phrase “on that day” warns of a time to come when the Lord will act decisively. Yet, chapter 3:9-20 seems to talk of a new […]

Brokenness verses Hope – with update from Hope and Kindness.

Micah. The message of Micah speaks into the circumstances of a once united nation that is now split into two kingdoms. There is now godlessness in the midst of prosperity, and God’s sovereign rule is set against the apparent security offered by worldly kings. Chapters 1-3 set out the brokenness of the covenant bond that […]

I, the Lord don’t change.

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Malachi. There’s a fascinating heading in the NIV, half way through chapter 3. It says, “Robbing God”. It seems strange in some ways to think that we can steal from God, but the message of Malachi makes it clear that we can. He focuses on the need to teach faithfully (chp 1 & 2) because […]

God’s goodness and rescue.

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Nahum. Soon after Nineveh had seemed to repent in response to Jonah’s message, they were back to their old ways of extreme wickedness, brutality and pride. They were smug in their own achievements having destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel, and continued to pose a threat to Judah. They’d had their chance to change their […]

The power of mission.

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Jonah. Once we get past Jonah’s every desire to want to run away from the calling of the Lord on his life, we get to the main emphasis of his message. Jonah was mostly concerned for himself to begin with. The Lord was asking him to take His word to the people of Nineveh, but […]

Confused about God?

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Habakkuk Habakkuk is pretty confused about God’s ways, and doesn’t hold back from telling Him so through his complaints. He questions why it is that his experience of God doesn’t match up to what he expected, and why the good suffer whilst the unrighteous prosper. The Lord’s response wasn’t one of rebuke for being complained […]

Put God first.

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Haggai. Whereas most of the other prophets had a very clear and blunt message of destruction and judgement, the message of Haggai is more about encouragement for the Lord’s people to get their priorities right. There is an element of rebuke included in that the house of the Lord was being neglected in favour of […]

Live beyond yourself.

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Obadiah. The central message of Obadiah is a warning against living for ourselves, caught up in our own self-style security and protection. The message is focused on Edom’s confidence in themselves and the strategic location of their territory. They felt good about themselves and looked down on everyone else. Their self-seeking ways gave no space […]