Malachi 1-4: A message from God.

December 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Malachi 1-4. Background: The name Malachi means “My messenger”, and there is some debate as to whether or not this was considered a proper name of the prophet or if the book is written by an anonymous “messenger” of God. Regardless, there is a strong consensus that the ministry of…

Zechariah 1-14: Addressing the people of God.

December 11, 2015. Daily Reading: Zechariah 1-7. Background: Zechariah is one of the final Hebrew prophets and is a contemporary of Haggai (see Ezra 5:1) encouraging the returning exiles to continue rebuilding the house of the Lord. Though not much is known about the personal life of Zechariah, he does date his writings more specifically than…

Haggai 1-2: Lethargy and obedience.

December 4, 2015. Daily Reading: Haggai 1-2. Background: Not a lot is known about the prophet Haggai other than he was the first of three post-exilic prophets. His ministry is set around 520 BC in the second year of Darius, king of Persia, and deals with the people’s failure to build the house of the Lord as issued by…

Zephaniah 1-3: Judgment and restoration.

November 27, 2015. Daily Reading: Zephaniah 1-3. Background: Zephaniah’s ministry was during the reign of King Josiah in Jerusalem which lasted from 641-610 B.C. This date would make Zephaniah a contemporary of Jeremiah and probably a very influential prophet for King Josiah’s religious reform. Zephaniah’s message is a oracle of judgment against Judah and the…

Habakkuk 1-3: What the Lord is doing.

November 20, 2015. Daily Reading: Habakkuk 1-3. Background: Very little is known about the prophet Habakkuk, as we are not given his family linage, hometown or who was in power when he carried out his ministry from the text. His name even is not a common Hebrew name and it is only found twice in…

Nahum 1-3: The oracle against Nineveh.

November 13, 2015. Daily Reading: Nahum 1-3. Background: Nineveh, the capitol city of Assyria, was a particularly cruel enemy to the children of Israel. Nahum is given an oracle from God against Nineveh here that foretells of their destruction and devastation, which would be at the hands of the Medes and Babylonians in 612 B.C….

Micah 1-7: Judgment and restoration.

November 6, 2015. Daily Reading: Micah 1-7. Background: The book of Micah is the sixth of the twelve minor prophets in Hebrew scripture and contains the word of the Lord delivered through the prophet Micah in the 8th century BC. A contemporary of Isaiah, Amos and Hosea, Miach’s ministry spanned from approximately 737–696 BC in the land…

Obadiah: The oracle against Edom.

October 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Obadiah. Background: Few clues are given in the text of this prophet to estimate the date and time periods that Obadiah prophesied. Different dates have been discussed based on contextual clues (such as Edom’s future raiding when Jerusalem is attacked), the two main suggestions being c. 850 BC, which would make…

Amos 1-4: For thee transgressions, and for four.

October 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Amos 1-4. Background: Though the book of Amos is third among the 12 minor prophets, his ministry was likely one of the first of the minor prophets. Amos dates his ministry during the reign of Uzziah in Judah and Jeroboam II in Israel, which places his ministry around 767-753 BC,…

Hosea 1-7: The prophet who’s life was an allegory.

September 18, 2015. Daily Reading: Hosea 1-7. Background: The book of Hosea is one of the 12 prophets in the Hebrew scriptures, and is the first of the minor prophets in the Old Testament (unless you make an argument that Daniel is a minor prophet, however Daniel’s prophecies are much different in nature and they…

Hosea.

May 19, 2014. Today we started our English lessons with the readers who wanted to learn English, and I would say it was a success. We had to do an impromptu VBS type ordeal in the afternoon because so many kids showed up who we weren’t prepared for entirely. Tomorrow we should be ready if…