Lessons from Reading Through the Prophets



Right now in my Bible reading plan, I’m in the midst of the prophets, as they cry out to the people to stop sinning and start loving God again, as they once did.

One of the things that has struck me as I’ve been reading through these writings is how specific many of these prophecies are. In Isaiah, he points out that Jerusalem is going to be conquered by Babylon but someday a man named Cyrus will let the Israelites return to their homeland. By name, he calls this country and this leader, and both come to pass 150 years later. In Micah, we get the prophecy of the Messiah being born in Bethlehem. By name, he gives us the city where the Savior will be born.

I’ve also noticed how similar many of these prophets' messages are. In Isaiah, he talks about “a remnant remains,” that even though God will bring destruction to the Israelites for abandoning him and worshiping other gods, he will not destroy them all. A remnant will remain, and those he will bring back to himself. Then, in Jeremiah, I noticed it again. He didn’t use the same language, word for word, but he still says that he will save a few and they will return to God’s blessing. I am reminded through these texts how consistent God is.

But I also noticed something else. How God always comes back to restoration. Even in the midst of warning the people that destruction is coming, he always points toward the future when they will be redeemed, when they will come back to him, when heaven will wipe the slate clean.

A few weeks ago, I heard some upsetting news, which left me almost in tears. It was nothing against me personally, just a story I heard. But it moved me. And my thoughts flashed to what I'd been reading through these Scriptures. Curled up against my husband in a hug, I whispered, "Someday, none of this will happen." I remembered the words of the prophets and how they always looked far into the future, when the sheep will lie down with the lions and peace will reign. It encouraged me to look there, myself, when faced with hardship close to home.

There is hope.

And that is essentially what these prophets are crying out, at the top of their lungs. Through their anger and disappointment and frustration, they are screaming out that there is hope—if we would just look to it and see.

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8 comments:

  1. What a beautiful reminder. I love that He restores and redeems continually. "When heaven will wipe the slate clean..." I love that thought.

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  2. Thanks, Kristin! It has been so good for my heart to be reminded of these truths, over and over again, to see how even the oldest of God's Word is still applicable to today and to my own heart and life. No doubt, "living and active"!

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  3. I have really been challenged lately to be more bold in my giving and sharing my faith. Reading this and being reminded of the hope that comes in Christ was really encouraging.

    "For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts! Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold." - 2 Corinthians 3:10-12

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  4. Thanks for the comment and the verse, Steph. I love it! So glad to hear that the Lord is challenging you to share your faith; I know he will not disappoint you in that endeavor!

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  5. Great post, thanks for sharing. So ready for the hardships of this world to pass away and be with our Savior. I'm your newest follower from 20sb.
    Follow me if you'd like @ Capernaum Home
    Blessings,
    Ashlee

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  6. Thanks for stopping by, Ashlee! And you said it well; I'm ready as well!

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  7. Love that you write about these things. Just found you on 20sb. :)
    -Kate

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  8. Awesome! Kate, I love that you enjoy reading about these things :) Thanks!

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