An Old Testament time line is needed in order for us to make sense of where Micah fits into the story. The book offers no personal data about the prophet whose name means, “Who is like Yahweh?” (See the “play on his name” in 7:18). The text begins (1:1) by identifying Micah with the small town of Moresheth, 35 to 40 kilometres south west of Jerusalem in the region of Shephelah among the foothills of Judah.Read More
Read Reflect Writing several hundred years before Jesus was born, Isaiah paints for us a picture of Christ’s suffering. He tells us that the suffering will be so extreme the Servant will no longer look human. He will be painfully abused, wounded and crushed. Many of these words have become so common to us, as […]Read More suffering, prophecy, Jesus’ love
Read Reflect In the days of the Book of Kings, the three powers that governed were prophet, priest and king. It was a really good thing when all three worked together well; the kind of relationship that appears to exist between the prophet Isaiah and king Hezekiah as contemporaries during the eighth century B.C. When […]Read More prayer, prophecy
Read Reflect Paul writes as a missionary-pastor to house churches in the Roman city of Corinth. This section of Paul’s letter contrasts prophetic speech with prayer in unknown languages. Modern readers need to recognize two things. First, there was a competition for “air time” or public recognition in the Corinthian house churches. Paul was concerned […]Read More worship, prophecy, order, tongues
Read Reflect I am writing this just after the installation of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America. Both in his campaign and in his inauguration speech Donald Trump held out a message of hope for his supporters, telling people just what they wanted to hear. It remains to be seen how […]Read More prophecy, promises, William Carey
Read Reflect Have you ever written an essay on your computer and accidentally deleted it? I can bet that anyone this has happened to will never let it happen again! (Incidentally, if you’ve ever done this, and re-written it, the second version was probably better than the first. Believe me, I know.) Now imagine how […]Read More prophecy, promises, God’s Word, warning
Read Reflect Finally, everything happens just as Jeremiah had said it would. The walls were broken, the Babylonian troops entered the city and burned the houses, including the palace. The people were captured and led away. Only those who owned no land were left to till the fields and vineyards. The king, Zedekiah, tried to […]Read More prophecy, discipline, warning, self-denial
News of the fall of Jerusalem has just arrived. The people blurt out, “Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone” (v 11 NIV). The Lord responds by giving Ezekiel a graphic vision – the third recorded in his book (see also chs 1-3; 8-11).
Up to chapter 33, Ezekiel’s oracles were heavy with warnings of judgment.Read More life, judgment, prayer, hope, prophecy
Two days ago we read about Agabus, the prophet who made it known to Paul that he would be delivered over to the Gentiles once he was in Jerusalem. It all happened exactly as Agabus had said.
Some Jews who had come from Asia and were hostile toward Paul recognized him in the temple.Read More control, prophecy, Holy Spirit, failure, plan, trial, victories
The book of Daniel divides into two halves. The stories about Daniel and his friends take up the first six chapters. The second half of the book is far less familiar and, for many, unexplored territory.
Four prophecies are laid out here – prophecies that came to him and were not simply explained by him.Read More prophecy, Son of Man, beasts, Ancient of Days