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Haggai – Consider Your Ways.

Haggai – Consider Your Ways

Text. Haggai 1:1-2:23, Ezra 5:1-2; 6:14

The name means Festival or Festive and everything that we know about Haggai is found in his book and references in Ezra.  With Zechariah he encouraged the Jews in rebuilding the temple.   The book is usually dated around 520 B.C. (the second year of King Darius – Hag 1:1) Throughout the book there is encouragement to complete the task – and a call to the people of God to THINK – one of the motifs repeated in the book is a call to ‘consider.’   Haggai’s message is delivered over a period of four months, and consists of 4 exhortations – Haggai 1:1; 2:1,10,20

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Luke and the Reason to Believe. Acts 1:1-3

Luke and The Reason to Believe

Text: Acts 1:1-3. Cf Luke 1:1-4

We’re moving from an OT book to a NT book, from a prophetic book to a historic book, from a challenging book to an exciting book.  We won’t be able to study it in great depth, but we’ll get the the main themes and characters and developments, and that should give us a flavour on life among the very first Christians. So, we begin with our introduction, and we look at the first three verses of chapter 1. 

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Luke – The Beloved Physician

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God’s Plan for His People

God’s Plan for His People!

Zechariah 14:1-11

This final section of the book is ‘apocalyptic’ in tone.  Reformed thinkers have seen it as describing the experience of the church of God in the period from the first coming of the Lord through to His second coming.  Many scholars see this as a ‘recap’ of what Zechariah has already taught.  In a way similar to Revelation there is a progression in the recap!  This time Zechariah goes as far as the second coming of the Lord.  Remember that the use of the terms ‘Israel’ and ‘Jerusalem’ are often used to mean God’s whole redemptive race, not only the OT Church, but the NT Church. In this scenario, the attack upon Jerusalem is identified as the culminating assault of the nations on the city which had begun in 12:3-9.

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Zechariah and the Stricken Shepherd

The Stricken Shepherd

Text: Zechariah 13:7-9

As is common with the OT prophets, Zechariah sums up his previous teaching in a conclusion, and, of course, since the previous sections of the prophesy were concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, so will this conclusion be also!

1. The Stricken Shepherd! V7

Now we know that verse 13 is about the Lord Jesus, because He tells us so Himself.  In Matthew 26:31-32:    Jesus is about to go to the cross, and the Passover has just been kept, and the Lord’s Supper has been instituted.  He was singing a psalm from Psalms 113-118.  See what the prophet says about Christ and the scattering of His Sheep:-

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Zechariah’s Vision of a Redeemed Ministry.

Zechariah’s Vision of a Redeemed Ministry 

Text.  Zechariah 13:4-6

Zechariah talks about ministry in chapter 13.  He’s been referring to the time when redemption would be accomplished, when there would be a fountain opened up, so that sinners could be cleansed from their sins.  What a change that would make in ministry!  No longer would false ministers be tolerated in the true kingdom of God, in the body of Christ.  As he makes this point, Zechariah hints at what a redeemed ministry would look like in v4-6…

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A 2nd Promise of Blessing Zech 12:10-13:2

The Second Promise of Blessing!

Text: Zechariah 12:10-13:2

Now that the Holy Spirit has begun his work, now that the sinner is mourning over his sin, Christ is revealed as the Saviour!  Now see in the passage:-

 

1. The Fountain of Pardon and Cleansing!  V1

This imagery was extremely suggestive to Zechariah’s listeners.  A Fountain has been opened!  What a great blessing for the people who live in a land of blazing heat!  A fountain produced water, and water is vital for life and health.  Deut. 33:28 Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.  When Zechariah promised the people a fountain, he was promising them everything that was needed to sustain life itself!

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Nahum Survey

Nahum Survey

Nahum Chapters 1-3

The name Nahum means Consolation.  God was comforting his people, by reminding them that the enemies who would chasten them would one day themselves be chastened, and that their fate was doom laden indeed. His home was Elkosh, but some think that Capernaum (lit., “village of Nahum”) may have been his birthplace. Time-wise Nahum was contemporary with Jeremiah, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah. Around 640BC. The northern kingdom of Israel was already in Assyrian captivity. Assyria itself was still a world power, though in a state of decline Nahum prophecies the coming fall of Nineveh. A fall it would suffer at the hands of the Babylonians.  The book of Nahum can easily be divided into three sections – each found in one of the chapters.

 

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