Wednesday, September 25: Micah
Thursday, September 26: Nahum
Friday, September 27: Habakkuk & Zephaniah
As we read through the minor prophets, remember each on has their time and place. Our friends at thebibleproject.com will help us better understand their voice and their message.
Now just a few other thoughts. . .
Everyone knows (or should) Micah 5:1-5 “But you O Bethlehem . . .” these are words that foretell the coming birth of Christ and are often read on Christmas Eve. Great words, no doubt. However, I do think we have to read on to Chapter 6:3-4
“O my people, what I Have done to you? In what have I wearied you? Answer me?
For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of slavery: and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.”
To that, I want to add, “Yet you have prepared a cross for your savior.” While Micah 5 speaks of birth, as I read chapter 6, I was transported to the darkness of Good Friday and the Solemn Reproaches that are recited in some traditions. These reproaches tell the story of Israel and our continued fall from grace. “What more could I have done for you . . . answer me?” God pleads. Our only answer, silence.
From birth, Jesus was destined for one thing. Death. And in that we receive new life.
Readings for the next few days:
Saturday, September 28: Haggai
Sunday, September 29: Zechariah 1 – 7
Monday, September 30: Zechariah 8 – 14
Tuesday, October 1: Malachi