As we close our time in the Old Testament, Malachi shows us God's condemnation of careless worship and his care in sending Christ.
The Word of God is essential to our faith. It reveals to us not only attributes of God but our need for confession. Nehemiah 9:1-6 walks us through how the Word of the Lord reveals our need for confession. When we confess our sins, we are able to enjoy worship the way God intended it to be.
God is in complete control, even when He seems silent and the circumstances seem insurmountable.
What has been lost and stolen is now able to be reclaimed. So, take courage! God is with us! God has supplied everything we need to accomplish the task of knowing him and making him known.
Daniel 6 has a lot of parallels to Daniel 3, but there are several differences. Here's what I think these differences emphasize; as God delivers his faithful children, the hearts of those looking on are changed.
This account recorded during their captivity would serve as a reminder to Gods people, down through the centuries, that God requires obedience to Him whatever the consequences while at the same time affirming God’s sovereignty over creation and presence among his people. God can be trusted no matter the situation. Rest in him with full obedience. When in exile. When facing a fiery furnace. God expects our obedience regardless of the circumstances.
Gods people are prone to wander. They look to the world for value and for sustenance yet only find evil and pain. In Christ alone do we find a true shepherd that can lead us back to God. He alone leads us to the living water.
The People of God feel the weight of their wicked kings and leaders. Into this setting Isaiah 53 speaks! "There is coming a Davidic king who will bring salvation to his people. He will be exalted as he rules but first, he must suffer. Not because he is sinful but because he will suffer, even to the point of death in the place of his people. Then he will be exalted and his redeemed people with him."
Jonah is not about a whale or even Jonah. It is about our sovereign God, a missionary God who sends his people into the world with the message of repentance and hope. As we go, we receive a blessing.