Book of Ecclesiastes

"There is no doubt that the book contains a good deal of sobering truths about life, but they are mentioned to contrast with other truths that demonstrate what life can be like when God intervenes. This is not a life devoid of pain, suffering, and confusion over what God is doing (Wright, “The Riddle of the Sphinx,” 334). Indeed, Ecclesiastes is quite clear in stating that we can't fully know the mind of God (Whybray, Ecclesiastes, 29-30). Statements about the limitations of human understanding are common (see Eccl. 1:18; 3:11). The writer is prodding us to realize that no matter how exciting our life may be, it is ultimately meaningless apart from God." - David Moore; Dr. Daniel L. Akin

The Book of Zechariah

"God does not always act in such an unusual manner, but he is always concerned for the welfare of his children. This is the message of the first two chapters of the Book of Zechariah. In these chapters God expresses his concern for the helpless and oppressed people of ancient Judah. Zechariah begins with a call to repentance (which the people heed) and follows with three fascinating visions, each conveying in some manner God's care for his people. Zechariah's message of God's care was written not only for the Jews of twenty-five hundred years ago but for believers today." - Stephen Miller

The Book of Haggai

"The prophet Haggai also talked about commitment. He called on his fellow Jews in ancient Israel to commit themselves to serve the Lord. Today's believers should heed Haggai's call as well. Planet Earth is in chaos, and its only hope is Christ." - Stephen Miller

The Book of Zephaniah

Although Zephaniah lived more than twenty-six hundred years ago, his prophecy contains a timely message for our modern world. God does not change. He is a jealous God who demands that we worship him alone and a holy God who requires that we be holy. He is merciful and forgives, but unrepentant sin will bring his judgment. For the penitent God promises a glorious future." - Stephen Miller

The Book of Habakkuk

"Habakkuk came face-to-face with some of life's mysteries as well. In this little prophecy we will come to learn more about the ways of God and our attitude in every circumstance of life." Stephen Miller

The Book of Nahum

"Nahum's message is one of judgment but also one of hope and deliverance for God's people. The Northern Kingdom (ten northern tribes) had been totally annihilated by Assyria. Over fifty thousand captives had been dragged away from their homes to other lands. Judah (the two tribes in the south) survived but had lived “under the thumb” of Assyria for a hundred years. Now God promised that soon their oppressor would be destroyed." - Stephen Miller

The Book of Micah

"Micah [was] an unsophisticated young man from the Judean countryside, he never imagined he would rub shoulders with kings, prophets, and priests. He certainly did not expect that he would be God's servant to influence the history of his country. But God sent him to preach, and he obeyed." - Trent Butler

The Book of Jonah

"Jonah is different from all the other prophetic books in the Bible. Jonah is different from all the other books of the Bible—period! Jonah tells a story—a story filled with irony, satire, character reversal, and humor. Jonah wants you to laugh. Jonah wants you to be surprised. Jonah constantly throws the unexpected at you and waits a second for you to react. Jonah provides a negative example of how not to be a messenger for God. Jonah wants you to turn the negative satire around into a positive message." Trent Butler

The Book of Obadiah

The Book of Obadiah is prophecy concerning the divine judgment of Edom and the restoration of Israel. The text consists of a single chapter, divided into 21 verses, making it the shortest book in the Hebrew Bible.

The Book of Amos

"Amos painted equally interesting headlines for the Northern Kingdom (Israel), to whom he proclaimed God's message. He announced God's capture and punishment of each of the nations surrounding Israel. You can hear Israel shout, “Amen!” as the prophet calls the name of each nation. Then the prophet added one more name to the list—Israel. God's people find themselves on the list of God's most-wanted enemies." - Trent Butler

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