Set in the time following the Babylonian captivity, the prophet Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai. He was sent by the Lord to encourage the people for the rebuilding of Jerusalem and in preparation for the coming Savior. The message of this book is deeper in nature and full of picture language drawn from Ezekiel and Daniel. It contains 8 visions, which we will discuss briefly in this podcast. We will also see how Zechariah clearly points to the coming Savior, describing Him and His work in great detail. He would be the stricken Shepherd, the Branch, the Righteous King and coming Judge, and the Cleansing Fountain. Join us for this intriguing study!
Pastor Ben Libby joins Pastor Sam Rodebaugh to study the Old Testament book of the Prophet Haggai. Haggai had the changeling task of prophesying to the people of Judah who had just come back from the exile in Babylon. He was sent with the job of taking these people to task over their attitude of apathy and inadequacy, and to get them to "consider their ways". They needed to rebuild God's Temple. While this was a seemingly daunting task, God assures them that He was with them, and they could expect blessings. God does promise earthly blessing to His believers, but even more powerful was the ultimate blessing that He was going to give. He would shake heaven and earth and send forth "The Desire of Nations" (Jesus Christ), and He would fill this new temple with His presence. Join us to learn more about the book of Haggai and the blessings that are promised to His believers!
The Song of Solomon, or the Song of Songs, is a poetical book found in the Old Testament. It describes the love that a husband has for his wife, and the corresponding love the wife has for her husband. It is very descriptive and emotional. At the center of any marriage should be Christ and His love. Our love is based on His love for the church. Pastors Joe Naumann and Ben Libby take us through this book, the topic of what real love is, and how we can emulate that love in our marriages and relationships with each other.
What is the Transfiguration all about? Why was it important? How does that event connect to the Old Testament? Join Pastors Mark Tiefel and Ben Libby to discuss the event of the Transfiguration of Jesus which is recorded in all three synoptic Gospels. The Baptism of Jesus and the Transfiguration serve as important markers in the ministry of Jesus, with God the Father speaking from heaven and acknowledging Jesus as His Son. The Transfiguration also marks a change in the ministry of Jesus as He begins to "set His face to Jerusalem" and the suffering and death that He had come to suffer for all mankind. Join us to learn about the Transfiguration and its importance for us still today.
Which Old Testament prophet's name meant comfort? Which prophet was sent to the foreign nation of Assyria to announce it's coming destruction at the hand of the LORD? Which prophet had a message which is only three chapters long? The answer: Nahum. Pastor Ben Libby joins Nathanael Mayhew to discuss the unique and yet powerfully applicable message of this less familiar Old Testament prophet. Learn about the history behind the book of Nahum, the amazing fulfillment of his prophecy against Nineveh, as well as the importance of its message for us today!
Today Pastor Ben Libby joins Neal Radichel to study the Old Testament prophecy of Habakkuk. The prophet Habakkuk is unique in that he brings questions to God about what He is doing with His people and the the peoples around them and God's responses to Habakkuk. It is more personal in nature than the other prophets. Habakkuk's question is "Why?" but he patiently waits to hear the LORD's answer and to be corrected by the LORD. The final chapter is a song of praise, or a prayer of Habakkuk which accepts the LORD's answer and emphasizes the LORD's characteristics of omnipotence, righteous judgment, and salvation. There is much that we can learn from Habakkuk's example in our own lives as we place our confidence in the Lord's will. What a wonderful reminder!
"The LORD roars from Zion, And utters His voice from Jerusalem; The pastures of the shepherds mourn, And the top of Carmel withers." This is the opening verse of the prophet Amos, and it sets the tone for the rest of the message of repentance that God issued against His nation of Northern Israel. Join Pastor Tom Nauman and Ben Libby as they look at the prophetic burden of Amos. God announces His judgment on the people's Idolatry, yet the Gospel light of restoration is found at the end of the book. Amos has a message that relates especially well for us today. Join us for a study into God's Holy Word!
Pastors Ben Libby and Nathanael Mayhew dig into the prophecies of Micah in the Old Testament. Micah is familiar because of his prophecy of the location of the birth of the Savior which we hear at this time of year, but outside of that, most people know very little about this minor prophet. Micah lived at the same time as Isaiah, just before the destruction of the nation of Israel and was sent by the Lord to both Israel and Judah, to call them to repentance. He would even see the nation of Israel destroyed by the Assyrians, and would use that as a lesson for the people of Judah. Micah also shows that when a nation rejects the true God (theology) their actions decay (morality). You can have no true morality without true theology. While the main message is one of Law and God's judgment against sin, there is also a message for God's remnant people that He will save them. There is more to this book then the prediction of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. It is deep and rich. Join us as we study it!
"The Day of the LORD" is near! A coming plague of locusts! Join Pastor Ben Libby and Joe Nauman as they dig into the prophetic words of the Prophet Joel who was sent to God's Old Testament people at a very wicked time in their history. God announces His judgment on their sin, but also offers a message of promise and hope to those who will repent and return to Him. The words of Joel have application in our lives still today as well, because the Day of the LORD is coming for us too!
Pastor Nathanael Mayhew joins Pastor Ben Libby to dig into the shortest book of the Old Testament, the book of the prophet Obadiah. Obadiah was likely one of the earliest of the literary prophets, and was unique in that he prophesied against a foreign nation. He was sent to proclaim a message of judgment against the nation of Edom, which was a distant relative of the people of Judah (descendants of Esau). The theme of the Day of the LORD is used here and will continue through many of the following prophets. It point to a day of God's judgment upon a specific people or group, but also points us ahead to the day when the LORD will judge the whole earth on the Last Day. That day will be a day of judgment for some and a day of deliverance for others. Join us to learn more about the book of Obadiah!