The Books of the Bible: The Prophets

Beginning September 9, explore God’s story as God, the great King, calls his leaders, his people and the nations to faithfulness through the prophets.

The prophets are God’s messengers who first and foremost proclaim God’s truth and God’s hope.  Discover how God uses his prophets to reveal His heart for the way the world is supposed to be and how his people are called show that way through word and life. Explore how through God’s prophets, He shows the need for a coming Messiah and how that Messiah would live faithfully before God.

The Books of the Bible: The Prophets take us from Jonah to Malachi as we read the one true story of the whole world.

Tips for reading the prophets

Book Worm’s Nook: Reading the Story for all it’s Worth
The Prophets are part of God’s one true story of the whole world. As we read The Books of the Bible: The Prophets we are covering from about 760 B.C. To 440 B.C. Most of this reading is prophetic in nature which means it first “forth tells” (it tells us what God is calling us to) and secondly it can “fore tell” (it tells us what God will do in the future). When we read prophecy in the Bible it is helpful to remember:

1.God calling people to faithfulness and punishing them is God being faithful to his covenant and to who he is.
2.Most of the themes of the Old Testament are contained in the prophets.
3. The prophets reveal why a Messiah and Savior are needed.
4.The prophets reveal God’s heart for what he wants done in the world.
5. While most of the prophets address Israel and Judah, there are also instances where God addresses the nations. It is a reminder that God is king over all.
6. When we read words like “Declares the Lord” it is a reminder that the prophets are speaking God’s words to us.
7.One of the challenges of reading the prophets is taking what they say in their time and applying it to ours. This is especially true with words to Israel and Judah which apply first to the church, not to the nation we live in.
8.The prophets don’t only speak judgment, they also speak hope.

Keeping these things in mind well create a richer experience of reading God’s one true story of the whole world.

 

Week 1 – Jonah/Amos/Hosea/Micah
Day 1 Pages 1-12
Day 2 Pages 12-25
Day 3 Pages 27-39
Day 4 Pages 40-51
Day 5 Pages 53-60

Week 2 – Micah/Isaiah
Day 1 Pages 60-67
Day 2 Pages 69-80
Day 3 Pages 80-94
Day 4 Pages 94-101
Day 5 Pages 101-111

Week 3 – Isaiah
Day 1 Pages 111-122
Day 2 Pages 122-134
Day 3 Pages 134-146
Day 4 Pages 146-157
Day 5 Pages 157-170

Week 4 – Isaiah/Zephaniah
/
Nahum/Habakkuk
Day 1 Pages 170-182
Day 2 Pages 182-195
Day 3 Pages 195-205
Day 4 Pages 207-216
Day 5 Pages 217-232

Week 5 – Jeremiah
Day 1 Pages 233-248
Day 2 Pages 248-260
Day 3 Pages 261-274
Day 4 Pages 275-283
Day 5 Pages 283-296

Week 6 – Jeremiah/Obadiah
Day 1 Pages 297-306
Day 2 Pages 307-321
Day 3 Pages 321-333
Day 4 Pages 333-345
Day 5 Pages 345-359

Week 7 – Ezekiel
Day 1 Pages 361-374
Day 2 Pages 374-386
Day 3 Pages 386-398
Day 4 Pages 398-411
Day 5 Pages 411-424

Week 8 – Ezekiel/Haggai/
Zechariah/
Joel/Malachi
Day 1 Pages 424-438
Day 2 Pages 438-449
Day 3 Pages 451-466
Day 4 Pages 467-477
Day 5 Pages 479-484

Book Club Discussion Ideas

The ideas below can be used as best benefits your group. Some groups will be drawn to certain questions, some to others. That is fine. Use this as a guide, not as a prescription.

1. What is God calling his people to through this prophet?

2. How does God show himself faithful? (God is always the faithful one)

3. What’s something I noticed for the first time in this part of God’s story?

4. What questions do I have about this prophet’s words?

5. How did what we read this week affirm our culture, how did it challenge our culture? (God’s word does both)

6. What biases do I take into the story this week? (we all have our biases: e.g. a bias for marriage being based in love, not the needs of clan)

7. How does this part of God’s story shape us as kingdom citizens?