[Micah] You Lived

[Micah] You Lived

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”  — Micah 6:8 All prophets claim authority. Most prophets are full of courage. Micah balances...
[Jonah] A Large Prayer

[Jonah] A Large Prayer

“Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish.”  Jonah 2:1 Now about that fish, the whale that swallowed Jonah. Some scholars believe the Book of Jonah is the story of a real life messenger of God: Jonah, son of Amittai, a prophet of...
[Obadiah] Beyond Doom

[Obadiah] Beyond Doom

“Though you soar like the eagle, and your nest is set among the stars, From there I will bring you down—      oracle of the LORD.”  Obadiah 1:4 Speaking in metaphor, Obadiah addresses the Edomites who lived among the cliffs and mountaintops around the Dead...
[Joel] A New Normal

[Joel] A New Normal

“The pastures are desolate and the land mourns, for the grain has been destroyed, the new wine has dried up, and the olive oil is but a trickle… the farmers wail, the vines wither, the fig trees fail. Pomegranate, palm, apple – every tree in the land have dried up,...
[Hosea] Hinged on Love

[Hosea] Hinged on Love

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?     How can I hand you over, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah?     How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart recoils within me;     my compassion grows warm and tender.” – Hosea 11:8 They deserve judgement....
[Lamentations] Why?

[Lamentations] Why?

“You have wrapped yourself with a cloud     so that no prayer can pass through.” – Lamentations 3:44 Lamentations … It’s a great title. This is exactly what you get – five poems lamenting the destruction of Jerusalem. Lamentations...