Friday, August 10, 2012

A Brief Overview of Biblical History 4 of 7

The People of God in Daily Life. As the People of God are formed, God is able to transmit his wisdom for daily life. In such books as Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Wisdom of Solomon, and Sirach, mothers and fathers, kings, and sages give counsel through wise sayings about situations faced by ordinary people every day - morality, romance, marriage, injustice, discouragement, laziness, and sexual purity, to name a few.

The People of God in Rebellion. Despite the people’s often extreme unfaithfulness, God never passes judgement or takes disciplinary action before warning them about the consequences of their actions. God always sends messengers, emissaries, or prophets “rising early and speaking” (Jeremiah 35:14, KJV) to warn the Israelites that their abandonment of the law, their “whoring” after other gods, and their neglect of the poor would bring disaster upon their heads. From Isaiah and Hosea, Joel and Amos, Obadiah and Micah, and Nahum and Zephaniah the people hear but still reject God’s message - and as a result suffer occupation and domination by foreign powers.

(From The Life With God Bible)

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