Devotion Day 66 - Through the Bible in 90 Days

Day 66 – Amos 9:11 – Nahum 3:19 (I’ll be reading and commenting on all of Obadiah, Jonah, Micah and Nahum four of the minor prophets.)

Here are my reflections from each of these Minor Prophets.

Obadiah1:12 You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune, nor rejoice over the people of Judah in the day of their destruction, nor boast so much in the day of their trouble. 15 The day of the Lord is near for all nations. As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.

I heard on the news that 25% of the homes in Spain were being foreclosed on. We shouldn’t look down upon them, for this could happen to us as well. That’s just an example. Misfortune befalls many, we are not to look down upon them but find ways to help them in their time of need.

Jonah always reminds me to listen and follow God’s call for running away does no good. For God is all powerful and mighty and will turn me to follow his will.

When I went into ministry I told God I’d gladly accept his call to ministry but there were two states I’d never go to;  Texas and Kansas. Well, he sent me to seminary in Austin, Texas and I served two churches in Texas. Let’s see 4 years of seminary, 2 ½ years in Odessa, Texas and then 7 years at Gulf Presbyterian Church, Jones Creek, Texas. Almost 15 years in a state I said I’d not go. Then I went to Wichita, Kansas and served at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church for 11 years, before being sent to Community Presbyterian church. Glad I hadn’t added a third state where I wouldn’t serve God.

Micah – 6:3-8 contains a question from God and then a question from God’s people. Hear this word from God’s word.

“My people, what have I done to you?
How have I burdened you? Answer me.
I brought you up out of Egypt
and redeemed you from the land of slavery.
I sent Moses to lead you,
also Aaron and Miriam.
My people, remember
what Balak king of Moab plotted
and what Balaam son of Beor answered.
Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.”

With what shall I come before the Lord
and bow down before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
    And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

I can see God asking the same question of us, his people of today. “My people, what I have done to you? How have I burdened you?”

Let’s see – God sent his son to die for all our sins and resurrected him to show he has the power to forgive our sins and give us new life. Let’s see – God sent us his spirit to dwell within us, so that God would be with us always. Let’s see – God has given us and gives us all the good gifts of life and what does he ask in return? That we worship Him and love Him and serve him; not too much to ask it seems.

The last line of this reading is a great one to memorize and write upon your heart. I underlined it so it’d stand out in today’s reading.

Did you notice also the verse in chapter 5 concerning Bethlehem? “5:2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”  Listen for this verse in the gospel of Matthew, which we’ll be reading in just a couple of days.

In Nahum we hear once again God’s judgment upon the people of Ninevah. Ninevah was an important city in Assyria and as we’ve been reading through the Old Testament we have heard how at times the people of Israel put their trust in them and then how they at times were also the enemy.

The verse that stood out to me is; 1:7 “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” Thanks be to God. Amen.

That is a lot to think about and contemplate, but enjoy doing so as you go about your day.

Next Reading – Day 67 – Habakkuk 1:1 – Zechariah 10:12 (I’ll be reading and reflecting on Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and hopefully Malachi to end my reading and devotions from the Old Testament.

 

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