Bible in 90 Days Update- Plodding through the prophets

I am up to date on my reading through the Bible in 90 days and am now reading through the prophets.

I find the prophets difficult reading.  The Israelites have neglected God, and the word of the prophets serves to convict them and warn them of impending disaster.  In most obvious cases, we see that the people, as a whole, didn’t listen.  Kings continued to lead the people in worshiping other gods, and, eventually the Northern and then Southern kingdoms would fall to outside invaders.

But what about those who did believe and try to heed the voice of the prophets?  We don’t hear so much about them.  Were there those few, the faithful, who listened and repented even though the majority of the nation didn’t?  Most of the prophets talk about the faithful remnant that God would preserve, so we know those folks were there.  What was it like for them to live in the time of the kings and the prophets, in the midst of a people who were serving other gods and worshiping idols?  Hmm, relevant thoughts for our culture today?

Despite the difficulty of keeping up in the prophets, some of my favorite passages in the Bible can be found in these books.  God is constantly showing His faithfulness in the midst of Israel’s unfaithfulness.

Isaiah 43:
 1But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob,
         And He who formed you, O Israel,
         “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
         I have called you by name; you are Mine!
    2″When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
         And through the rivers, they will not overflow you
         When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
         Nor will the flame burn you.

Isaiah 44:
6″Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
         ‘I am the first and I am the last,
         And there is no God besides Me.
    7’Who is like Me?

Jeremiah 29:
11’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
 12’Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
 13’You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 31:
 3 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:
   “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
   I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

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