This week we jump forward to the prophets of the sixth century B.C. with the message of Haggai to those who have returned to Israel from exile in Babylon. To pick up a little of the story we will look briefly in the book of Ezra before going to the very short book of Haggai.
EZRA 1:5-8 SOME LEAVE BABYLON FOR ISRAEL
EZRA 3:1-3 AN ALTAR IS BUILT ON THE OLD TEMPLE RUINS
EZRA 4:4-5 WORK STOPS ON REBUILDING THE TEMPLE
HAGGAI 1:1-11 FIRST MESSAGE: CALL TO REBUILD TEMPLE
HAGGAI 1:12-15 RESPONSE TO FIRST MESSAGE
HAGGAI 2:1-9 SECOND MESSAGE: TEMPLE TO BE FILLED
HAGGAI 2:10-19 THIRD MESSAGE: DEFILED TO BE PURIFIED
Below is the tentative plan for our study of the Minor Prophets, which are minor only in that the books are smaller than most of the others. We will do the study in chronological order to the extent that there is a definite order. I have looked at three different sources and find much inconsistency. For example, the potential date for the book of Joel will vary by as much as four centuries depending upon the expert doing the analysis. The chart below shows for each of the prophets the Sunday we will study his book and the approximate time period when he ministered. You will note there is a cluster around the mid 700s B.C., another cluster around the early 600s B.C., and stragglers in the 520 and late 400s. These clusters correspond to major (often catastrophic) events in the history of Israel.
March 1 Amos 760 B.C.
March 8 Hosea 748 - 722
March 15 Jonah 740
March 22 Micah 725
March 29 Zephaniah 625
April 5 Nahum 622
April 12 Habakkuk 610
April 19 Haggai 520
April 26 Zechariah 520-516
May 3 Joel 420 (?)
May 10 Obadiah 420 (?)
May 17 Malachi 400
As always, plans are subject to change. If we find one prophet we wish to spend more time with, we can use several Sundays and just delay every thing.
I'm sure that, like me, you're loving Chad's sermons on Sunday morning. Sometimes, though, I like to review what he said, to get his inspiring messages really locked in. So I go to SERMON NOTES at the top of this page and read his sermon! I even like to print them out; however, that's just me. I like something in my hot little hand! Thanks, Chad, for preaching and for posting!