Sermons on Books of Prophecy

This is the forth and last collection of books in the Old Testament. Prophecy means speaking the mind of God. Some prophecies predict the future. Others are special messages of instruction or warning from God. The prophets were called by God to give these predictions, messages and warnings to kings, other leaders and the people. Except for Lamentations, each of these books is named for one of the well-known Hebrew prophets.

Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi

The Major Prophets and Minor Prophets are terms used in regard to the Old Testament portion of the Bible to distinguish the generally longer books of prophecy from the shorter ones. The Major Prophets come first in the Bible and include Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, and Daniel. The Minor Prophets include Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

To give an idea of the size difference between these sections of Scripture, the five books of the Major Prophets include 183 chapters. The 12 books of the Minor Prophets include 67 chapters. The longest book of the Major Prophets, Isaiah, includes 66 chapters, while the shortest book in the Minor Prophets, Obadiah, includes just one.

When we study the prophets we find they all pretty much have the same basic ingredients:
(1) warning of impending judgment because of the nations’ sinfulness;
(2) a description of the sin;
(3) a description of the coming judgment;
(4) a call for repentance; and
(5) a promise of future deliverance.

(Note: Description used with permission from www.gotquestions.org)

Gospel of John

What Now – 4

Isaiah 6:8-13 (NIV) 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;     be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ 10 Make the heart of this people […]

Isaiah

What Now – 3

Isaiah 43:1-7  (NIV) Israel’s Only Savior 43 But now, this is what the Lord says—     he who created you, Jacob,     he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;     I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters,     I will be with you; and when you […]

Jeremiah

Promises

Jeremiah 33:14-16 (NRSV) The Righteous Branch and the Covenant with David 14 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; […]

Jeremiah

On Our Way

Jeremiah 31:7-9 (RSV) 7 For thus says the Lord: “Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,     and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say,     ‘The Lord has saved his people,     the remnant of Israel.’ 8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country,     and gather them from the farthest parts of […]