The New Testament is the story of Christ’s ministry, his sacrifice and resurrection, the establishment of the Church and the proclamation of the Gospel among the Gentile peoples.
After Malachi the voice of the prophet was not heard for 400 years. 400 years of silence. That silence was only broken when that voice was heard crying in the wilderness. The one whose Malachi's very name anticipated was born to preach and to introduce the Lamb of God to lost and dying humanity.
The little that we do is great if the Spirit of God is blessing. It is His power not our might which is the basic requirement of success.
Haggai was called to a good and godly remnant who as a result of discouragement had lost a sense of priority. This same problem has afflicted Christians in every age. We lose our determination and zeal. We become focused on careers, homes and all the other trappings of a materialistic society. We no longer have the interest in the Lord's Work that once we had. This is not apostasy but a lukewarmness that overtakes the body of the Church. To such a people Haggai was called.
The days of revival were over, spiritual darkness was encroaching; yet the prophet found solace in the God who sings and rejoices in His faithful remnant.
We are confronted by imponderable situations that cause us to doubt and fear. Therefore we must walk the puzzling journey with Habakkuk seeking answers that we might be brought to the light of faith and understanding.
Nahum's prophecy, focuses upon the city of Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire. In this regard Nineveh is a fitting illustration of all the Kingdoms in the world today with their bustling cities and their vast populations. Judgement day was on the horizon for Nineveh. So it is for this world of sin in which we live.
Micah along with the other prophets testified to a singular God, one who ruled and governed alone, one who would not tolerate sin, who honoured his promises. When it seemed that so many were seeking after new religions and other gods Micah stood out from the crowd to defend the God who was unique, the one and only true God. This was his calling.
Rather than simply being the reluctant prophet, his common persona, Jonah was given one of the most amazing missions in all of Old Testament history, a mission which foreshadowed the enlargement of God's Kingdom in New Testament times. There is certainly more to this ancient prophet than meets the eye.