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BAM – Amos

Old Testament

Book of Amos

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Key Verses

Amos 3:1-2 – Hear this word that Yahweh has spoken against you, children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying: “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth. Therefore I will punish you for all of your sins.”

Amos 8:11 – Behold, the days come,” says the Lord Yahweh, “that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yahweh. They will wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they will run back and forth to seek the word of Yahweh, and will not find it.

Summary

Amos preached 760 – 753 BC, first to the surrounding nations, and then to Israel in the North It was a time of national optimism in Israel, business and national boundaries were expanding. Internally however, greed and injustice were rife and people were growing hard towards God’s discipline. Amos, visualizes the coming judgement of God and tries to mobilize the nation towards repentance.

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BAM – Daniel

Old Testament

Book of Daniel

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Key Verses

Daniel 2:20-22 – Daniel answered, Blessed be the name of God forever and ever; for wisdom and might are his. He changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings, and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals the deep and secret things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.

Daniel 2:44 – In the days of those kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people; but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

Summary

Daniel preached in Babylon 605 – 536 BC. Bridging the entire 70-year exile in Babylonian captivity, speaking for God to the gentile and Jewish world to declare God’s present and eternal purpose. He uses dreams and visions to show God’s guidance, intervention, and power in the affairs of men.

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BAM – Ezekiel

Old Testament

Book of Ezekiel

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Key Verses

Ezekiel 36:24 – 26 – For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.

Summary

Ezekiel preached to Judah in Babylon 593 – 570 BC. Ezekiel uses prophecy, parables, signs and symbols to show God’s message to His exiled people. He prophesies that God will reassemble them and make them live again. The judgement of the day will lead to a future glory, when Israel will know that God is God.

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BAM – Lamentations

Old Testament

Book of Lamentations

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Key Verses

Lamentations 2:5 – The Lord has become as an enemy, he has swallowed up Israel; He has swallowed up all her palaces, he has destroyed his strongholds; He has multiplied in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

Lamentations 3:22-23 – It is because of Yahweh’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed, because his compassion doesn’t fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Summary

Lamentations tells the sad story of the funeral of the city of Jerusalem, and how the people have turned away from their God, and now Jerusalem lies barren. Yet in the midst of turmoil, Jeremiah writes that God’s faithfulness is great. God has never failed him, will provide for him in the future, and Jeremiah finds comfort and hope in the God that he knows, serves and loves.

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BAM – Jeremiah

Old Testament

Book of Jeremiah

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Key Verses

Jeremiah 7:23-24 – but this thing I commanded them, saying, Listen to my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you. But they didn’t listen nor turn their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, says Yahweh, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Summary

The book of Jeremiah is from the period 627 – 580 BC, before, during and after the exile. Jeremiah prophesies mainly to Judah, then the surrounding nations and Babylon. Everyone despises him, but through his sermons and signs he faithfully declares that surrender to God’s will is the only way to escape God’s judgement. God will make a new covenant with all people.

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BAM – Isaiah

Old Testament

Book of Isaiah

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Key Verses

Isaiah 9:6-7 – For to us a child is born. To us a son is given; and the government will be on his shoulders. His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from that time on, even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of Armies will perform this.

Isaiah 53:6 – All we like sheep have gone astray. Everyone has turned to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Summary

The first 39 chapters of the book of Isaiah tells of God’s judgement upon immoral and idolatrous men. Isaiah preaches to both Israel & Judah from 740 BC. – 680 BC. Together with the surrounding nations and the whole earth, they have sinned against God. God’s judgement will come, because sin cannot go unpunished forever. The final 27 chapters declare a message of hope – the Messiah is coming as a Saviour and a King to bear both a cross and a crown.

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