Obadiah, Jonah & Micah
Here are the "speaking the Bible" summaries for Obadiah, Jonah, and Micah.
The vision of Obadiah concerning Esau (Edom). Their arrogance has deceived them. He will make them small among the nations because of violence to his brother Jacob. They will be ransacked. He will destroy the wise men and men of understanding. He will be cut off forever. When they stood by on the day Jerusalem and the sons of Judah were destroyed, he was as one of those who did it. Don't gloat or boast or rejoice over your brother's distress. Don't loot their wealth, cut down their fugitives, or imprison their survivors. The Day of the Lord is near and as you have done, it will be done to you. On Mt. Zion there will be those who escape. The house of Jacob will be a fire and the house of Joseph a flame, but the house of Esau a stubble.
- Guard against arrogance for it brings deception.
- Those who rejoice and gloat over their brother's distress are as guilty as those who bring the distress.
- Do no violence to your brother or your wise men will be destroyed.
- As you do to others, it will be done to you.
The Lord told Jonah to go to Nineveh and cry out against it for their wickedness was great. Jonah knew the Lord is compassionate and would change His mind about destroying them so he fled towards Tarshish instead, away from the Lord's presence. But his ship got caught in a storm and they all were in danger of perishing. They cast lots to see whose fault it was that the storm hit them. It fell on Jonah so he told them what happened and said to throw him overboard. They tried not to, but couldn't fight the storm. They threw him over asking the Lord not to hold it against them. The Lord prepared a fish to swallow Jonah for three days and nights. Jonah repented and the fish vomited him out on dry ground.
The Lord told Jonah again to go to Nineveh so he did. He told them it would be overthrown in 40 days, as the Lord had told him. However, the king called a fast for people and beasts. No food or water. God saw and relented. Jonah was not happy. He sat outside the city waiting and God grew a plant to give him shade. The next day the plant withered, Jonah complained, and God asked, Shouldn't He have compassion on the 120,000 people of the city.
- Don't flee from the Lord's presence or from His commands or assignments for you.
- Others may be in jeopardy from your disobedience.
- It's not for you to judge how God responds to people and who He has compassion on and who He doesn't.
- Receive His solution and comfort for yourself, but don't interfere when He offers it to others as well.
The word of the Lord came to Micah during the times of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah--kings of Judah--concerning Samaria (capital of Israel) and Jerusalem (capital of Judah). The Lord is coming to bring calamity and judge Israel for their harlotry. He speaks to the leaders and heads and says they should know justice but they practice evil. The prophets, leaders, and priests take bribes, build with bloodshed and violent injustice. They think the Lord is with them and calamity won't come. The prophets will not be able to see and will be ashamed, but Micah was filled with the Spirit of the Lord, power, justice, and courage to warn the people of their sin.
In the last days, the mountain of the Lord will be established as the chief mountain. People will come from all nations to learn the ways of the Lord. He will judge and make decisions concerning all nations. There will be peace, but now, travail in birth. Go to Babylon and be rescued and He will redeem them from there.
From Bethlehem will be born the One who will arise and shepherd His flock. He's from the days of eternity. He will be great to the ends of the earth. He will tear down sin and execute vengeance on disobedient nations. What does the Lord delight in? Sacrifices? He requires you to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God. Can He justify wickedness?
There's no godly in the land. Don't trust your neighbors, friends, and family. Guard your lips. Wait and watch for the Lord. He will bear the indignation for his sin until the Lord pleads his case and executes justice for him. He will bring him to light and he'll see righteousness. Shepherd Your people as in the days of old when You brought them out of Egypt. As in those days, He will do miracles. Nations will tremble. He will have compassion again and tread our iniquities under foot and cast sin into the depths of the sea.
- Speak out so reproaches can be turned back.
- Don't speak for bribes, money, or for injustice.
- Speak by the Spirit of the Lord with justice and courage to make known the sin and rebellion which keeps the land from rest.
- The Lord will come and rule the nations.
- Come, learn from His mountain.
- Walk in His way and rest from war will come.
- Travail in birth now and He will redeem you from the place of captivity.
- The place of rescue may appear as a place of captivity, but walk in the name of the Lord and learn His ways, and He will redeem you.
- The child from Bethlehem arises to shepherd His flock in the strength of the Lord and majesty of His name.
- He will show miracles and execute vengeance on the disobedient nations.
- He will plead your case.
- Wait and watch for Him.
- Do Justice. Love kindness. Walk humbly with your God.