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Matthew 2:6
But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel

Many of the prophecies of the coming Messiah could not be recognized by the scholars of the day, but this one clearly was.
Herod acted on it and did everything he could to prevent what was to happen. Those who claim to anticipate what will happen in the future often do so in order to tells us all how to prevent it happening. People are urged not to participate in what is destined to occur. Lord, grant us wisdom. Help us to be encouraged by Your knowledge of circumstances to come, and to seek Your protection and Your guidance always.
Malachi 2:6
True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.

The priesthood worked well at the beginning. That was when priests were faithful to teach Godís Word and careful to live in uprightness. Many were turned from sin by the priestís ministry, when the priest taught truth and lived accordingly. But God will go on to say that the priests of Malachiís day neither teach nor live as they should. Their unfaithful lives have brought on the reproach that they feel from the people, and have been the cause of the peopleís involvement with sin. God would restore the priesthood, that He might restore the people. Lord, restore us who are teachers even today. Make us examples of the believers, worthy to be followed. Turn many from iniquity because of us.
Zechariah 2:6
"Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north," declares the Lord. "for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven," declares the Lord."

God is speaking to His elect, whom He had scattered to the four winds of the earth, to inhabit every nation. He his urging them to return to Him, to His refuge and His provision. Let them return as if fleeing from the land where they have lived, and running to Him. We are in danger in the land of sin, and our safety is in our Deliverer. Lord, help Your elect in every place to recognize their danger, and to flee to You. You placed them where they are that, at the right time, they might hear the Gospel and flee to Your Son, Jesus. Move Your church to call them Home today! Send Your Holy Spirit, that they might respond.

Haggai 2:6
This is what the Lord Almighty says: "In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land."

God is reassuring His people that though what they are building seems as nothing compared with the Temple that had been destroyed, yet in a little while, something earth-shaking was yet in store for them. Obviously to us, He is speaking of the Lord Himself coming to His temple, and the nations of the earth being shaken by the impact of Jesus Christ. He will shake the nations, and the elect with flock to Him from every one of them. Lord, help us press on through difficulties, believing that You are doing great things. Move, Jesus, now or later, for Your glory.

Zephaniah 2:6
The land by the sea, where the Kerethites dwell, will be a place for shepherds and sheep pens

Imagine this being true for New York City. This would require a dissolution of society, a desolation of buildings, even of their ruins, a complete destruction and demolition, and time to transform the land to countryside again. This kind of destruction has happened to the land where the Kerethites then dwelt, and, except for words in the Scriptures, the Kerethites are no more. Such a transformation is in store for our world, when God brings in the New Heavens and the New Earth. Through a personal knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have hope for a transformed world. God will have finished with what we call civilization and will established a place where dwells righteousness. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving us hope. Help us live in the light.

Habakkuk 2:6
Will not all of them taunt him with ridicule and scorn, saying, "Woe to him who piles up stolen goods and makes himself wealthy by extortion! How long must this go on?"

The crook is always living on borrowed time, with the reality of judgment ringing in his ears. People long for his overthrow, and are eager for any slip that the dishonest person makes. His friends smile and congratulate him, and secretly hope for his destruction. God sees this swirling around Babylon in all her power. She sees herself as invincible, and radiates from all her activity the hatred and opposition of all those she has overcome. Success is short-lived, and ruin is inevitable. Lord, our enemies are building a force of judgment against themselves. Help us to awaken them to their danger. Interpose Grace. Make them trophies of Your redemptive mercy, even as You did us!
Nahum 2:6
The river gates are thrown open and the palace collapses.

When the time of Godís judgment arrives, men will rush about with their best weapons, and strengthen every defense, especially command headquarters, and the refuge of the king. But the river comes against them, and the palace is swept away. There will be no standing in the day of Godís wrath. Nineveh had been warned before, with but a few words, and it had repented in sackcloth and ashes. Now the most specific and dire warnings have no effect, and they continue in their pride until they are brought down.
Lord, our nation has repented in times past, but is now lost in pride and security and self-confidence. It seems that we will not hear. Send Your Holy Spirit, that the warnings may be heeded, and that we may yet be spared Your terrible wrath, for Jesusí sake.
Micah 2:6
"Do not prophesy," their prophets say. "Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will overtake us."

The land is under the judgment of God, with signs of doom everywhere, but the religious establishment is keeping up appearances and declaring what the people want to hear. They do not want to hear what they most need, and they try to quiet true prophets of God, so that things can continue as long as possible as they are. Very much the way true prophets are dealt with in the America of our day! No one is supposed to say how bad it is. No one is to mention the God of the Bible except historically, and with something of an apology. Our only hope as a nation is to turn to Him, but we are not supposed to say it. Lord Jesus, raise up prophets and give the people ears!

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