In Chapter 6, the people made their plea and the Lord replied. That reply of the Lord continues in this chapter....continue reading "Hosea 7 (Israel)"
Hosea 6 (Israel and Judah)
God's making a final attempt to sway Israel's heart back to Him. He's given them the metaphor of the prophet and his unfaithful wife; and He has shown them "in court" their indictment and verdict. Now comes the response from the people....continue reading "Hosea 6 (Israel and Judah)"
Hosea 4 (Israel and Judah)
Chapter 4 starts more like the other prophet books I've read so far. The Lord is bringing a legal case against the inhabitants of the land....continue reading "Hosea 4 (Israel and Judah)"
Hosea 2 (Israel)
Hosea has a wife and three kids that all tell the tales of an Israel who has forsaken God and God has disowned, while still giving His longsuffering hope for the future....continue reading "Hosea 2 (Israel)"
Hosea 1 (Israel)
My Ryrie Study Bible titles chapters 1:1 to 3:5, The Prodigal Wife....continue reading "Hosea 1 (Israel)"
Isaiah 22 (Jerusalem)
I think humans have a default toward tribal thinking. We view "us" as superior and more cherished than "them". I don't think most people will agree that they, personally, are prone to it; but it shows up in a hundred different way in life. I spotted that thinking in myself when I saw that the next oracle wasn't a terrible foreign enemy, but our Jerusalem. This should remind us that when we act like the enemies of God, we shouldn't be surprised to find ourselves on a list that includes those we're acting like.
It seems like this chapter is related to the events immediately before, during, and/or after the reign of Hezekiah....continue reading "Isaiah 22 (Jerusalem)"
Isaiah 17 (Damascus [Syria]and Israel)
Isaiah foreseeing judgment against the nations continues with Damascus (Syria). Damascus is the capital city of Aram, also known as Syria....continue reading "Isaiah 17 (Damascus [Syria]and Israel)"
Isaiah 13 (Babylon)
After another pass at II King 16 & 17 and II Chronicles 27 & 28, Israel has fallen and has been hauled away. God has orchestrated a priest to come back and teach His ways, but the people just add that to their previous worship. Meanwhile Judah is still alive, but not thriving under Ahaz. Both book passages end with the death of Ahaz and the introduction of his successor, his son Hezekiah.
Now the Blue Letter Bible chronological reading list sends us back to Isaiah. Previously in Isaiah, he was prophesying about the end of Israel and two beautiful chapters about the Messiah....continue reading "Isaiah 13 (Babylon)"
Micah 3 (Judah and Israel)
The NASB Ryrie Study Bible adds a subtitle to Chapters 3 and 4 together titled, A Message of Doom and Deliverance....continue reading "Micah 3 (Judah and Israel)"
Micah 2 (Judah and Israel)
Micah 1 gave us the devastating prophesy. Now in Chapter 2 we earn the "why?"...continue reading "Micah 2 (Judah and Israel)"