Thoughts for today…

…from the minor prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Hosea

5:4 – their deeds did not permit them to return to their God

7:14 – they do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds

8:12 – I wrote for them many things of my law, but they regarded them as something alien

9:7-8 – …the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac

Joel

2:13 – Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate.

2:28 – I will pour out my Spirit on all people…

3:16 – …the LORD will be a refuge for his people

3:18 – a fountain will flow out of the LORD’s house

Amos

4:13 – He who forms the mountains, creates the wind, and reveals his thoughts to man…

5:13 – therefore the prudent man keeps quiet in such times, for the times are evil

Obadiah

12–You should not look down on your brother in the day of his misfortune

Jonah

2:8 – those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs

Micah

3:8 – I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might

4:2 – Come let us go up to the mountain of the LORD…He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.

6:6-8 – With what shall I come before the LORD?…What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy…walk humbly with your God.

7:18 – You do not stay angry forever, but delight to show mercy…

Nahum

1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger and great in power

1:7 – The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble, He cares for those who trust in him…

Habakkuk

2:14 – For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

3:2 – LORD…I stand in awe of your deeds…Renew them in our day…

3:16 – Though the fig tree does not bud, and there be no fruit on the vines…Yet will I rejoice in the LORD.  I will be joyful in God my savior

Zephaniah

2:3 – Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, You who do what he commands, Seek righteousness, seek humility, perhaps you will be sheltered in the day of the LORD’s anger

Haggai

1:5 – Give careful thought to your ways…

2:4-5 – “Be strong, all you people of the land,” declares the LORD, “and work, for I am with you, declares the LORD Almighty…And my Spirit remains among you.  Do not fear.

2:9 – …and in this place I will grant peace

Zechariah

2:11 – Many nations will be joined with the LORD in that day and will become my people

3:8 – …and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day

9:6 – …flock…will sparkle…like jewels in a crown.  How attractive and beautiful they will be!

9:9 – …your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation,…on a colt, the foal of a donkey

12:9 – The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the spirit of man within him…

Malachi

2:7 – For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should receive instruction–because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty

2:16 – So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith

3:10 – Test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven

3:16 – A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.

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