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Bible Study: Message of the Prophets

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Who are the Hebrew prophets, and why are they so intense? In this study, we are reflecting on the prophets of the Hebrew Bible. What was the goal of their message, and how can their words lead us to experience the forgiveness of God today? Join in! Listen to the message, watch the video, open your Bible, and interact with the reflective prompts below.

Bible Study: Message of the Prophets

Listen to Dr. Carissa’s message.

Audio Message Question

How did Dr. Carissa’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Next, watch the Book of Isaiah video below.

Questions for Reflection

Video Question

What image stood out to you in the video and why?

Read

Isaiah 1:8-20
Psalm 51:7-17

Prophets are God’s messengers, called to speak to people on his behalf. Their messages demonstrate just how much God desires to be close to his people. God wants his people to flourish, to experience peace and joy, but sin gets in the way. So God sends prophets to warn his people and urge them to turn from sin and its destruction. When Israel doesn’t listen, they experience the consequences of their own ways, just like the prophets warned. But when Israel listens, they receive God’s promised mercy. And we can too. If we are honest about our sins and want to leave them behind, God will forgive us––completely. That’s how God wants to show his faithfulness and justice to people. He forgives everyone who humbly comes to him.

Feel free to focus on just a few reflections right now or meditate all throughout the week by focusing on one reflection per day.

Reflection 1

Compare Isaiah 1:10-20 with Psalm 51:7-17. What similarities do you notice? What does God want more than rituals of worship (see Psalm 51:16-17)?

Reflection 2

Review Isaiah 1:18 in light of verse 15. Why is their sin pictured as being “red”? Now read Revelation 7:14 and Ephesians 1:6-7. What is unique about the blood of Jesus?

Reflection 3

The phrase “white as snow” is used to describe Jesus’ own appearance (Daniel 7:9Matthew 28:3). What comes to mind when you consider how God made a way for you to appear as pure as Jesus?

Read 1 John 1:5-9

Question 4

God is faithful and just to forgive sin that’s yielded to him. How do you understand the concept of justice? How do you think Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross helps us understand how justice and forgiveness can work together?

Question 5

God wants his people to thrive in a relationship with him and with one another. So he sends his prophets to protect the relationship from the destructive consequences of sin. What does this reveal about God’s character?

Question 6

What is one example of how sin has hindered your relationship with God and others in the past?

Question 7

Are there any sins that are hindering your relationships now? Do you need to change course or apologize to someone today? Take some time to be real with God about that in prayer. Receive the peace of his forgiveness and start new today.

Bible Study: Message of the Prophets