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Zechariah 5:5
Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, "Look up and see what this is that is appearing."

God’s revelation came to His servants in different ways. Zechariah is called to look up and observe what God was showing him, and he was allowed to ask questions, even though the answers remained enigmatic. In all, Zechariah will be given more visions of the coming Messiah than any other Old Testament prophet but Isaiah. In the present vision he will see that wickedness will be taken in a basket to Babylon and dealt with there. Zechariah is raised up by God to encourage the people in a dark struggle. They all must “Look up and see what is happening” Look beyond the weak efforts of the present day to the glory that will follow. In the midst of the gloom, look to Jesus.
Haggai 5
Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways."

There is good reason that the Lord has frustrated the plans and hindered the labors of His people. It is not that they were unlucky, and the Lord let anything get out of control. Diminishing returns are in the hand of a Sovereign God. The people kept working harder and harder but kept getting farther and farther behind. They had high hopes that were always dashed. Brilliant new plans of action spun their wheels and got nowhere. God says, “Duh!” Could it have anything to do with what you are doing for God? You gave your work on His house a very low priority, and He seems to have put your personal peace and prosperity the same place on His list. He has actually kept you from success. Think about it. Return to Jesus.
Zephaniah 3:5
The Lord within her is righteous, He does no wrong. Morning by morning He dispenses His justice, and every day He does not fail, yet the unrighteous know no shame.

God presents Himself as a God of Righteousness coming as a judge over the wickedness of His people, but over wickedness the world over. Warnings of the greatest severity pour forth from the early chapters, but the book ends with God rejoicing over His people with singing. It is not that God is in a bad mood when He is angry with wickedness. The very nature of God is Holy, and wickedness always draws forth His indignation. But the Lord has a wonderful plan whereby He will satisfy His righteousness and be able to revel in His love. God will be able to rejoice over them with singing because of the life and death of Jesus.
Habakkuk 3:5
Plague went before him; pestilence follwed his steps.

God will use Babylon to punish His people, but then He will break Babylon with a terrible judgment. Habakkuk envisions this breaking in vivid pictures of judgment. Among them is God’s use of plagues and pestilence to humble and destroy His enemies. God does not need a cooperative army to wreak vengeance on His enemies. The forces of nature are at His command. He will bring them to bear upon proud Babylon, and will deliver the people He loves, once they have benefited as He sees fit from the judgment brought upon them. Habakkuk worships the God who moved what we call natural forces to accomplish His great purposes of judgment and redemption. We remember the power over natural forces manifested for His glory by our Lord. Help us, Lord, to look to You for deliverance through Your Son, Jesus.
Nahum 3:5
"I am against you," declares the Lord Almighty. "I will lift your skirts over your face. I will show the nations your nakedness and the kingdoms your shame."

In the 150 years since Nineveh had been brought to repentance under the preaching of Jonah, the Assyrian nation had grown into a world power ruthlessly conquering the world and robbing the entire Middle Easy. Nahum had escaped the devastation wrought on the ten tribes, completely wiping them out. He may have witnessed the tables turned when Assyria turned on Jerusalem, and 185,000 Assyrian troops died by the Angel of Death in one night. Nahum is raise up to declare utter humiliation and destruction that is yet to fall upon Nineveh . Public embarrassment is always a part of the judgment of God poured out. We remember it was so for us, when our public judgment was suffered by Jesus.
Micah 5:5
And He will be their peace. When the Assyrian invades our land and marches through our fortresses, we will raise against him seven shepherds, even eight leaders of men.

When Jesus is our peace, it does not matter who ultimately invades our land or lays waste our resources. Jesus is in control, and He will deliver us from our conquerors, granting us His peace. The leaders who will communicate this peace will be shepherds of God’s flock, and one may stand out among the others as have a special message for us. We will live securely, and the greatness of our God shall be manifest. Even in the midst of turmoil, His peace will reach to the ends of the earth. Even as the enemy invades, the reality of life for those who trust in You will be peace from on High. Our Prince of Peace is Jesus.
Jonah 4:5
Jonah went out an sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter , sat in its shade, and waited to see what would happen to the city.

Jonah had gone to Nineveh, as God had said, had preached its condemnation, as God had said, but had not even mentioned that God is ever a God of mercy. That truth had to dawn upon the Ninevites as a long shot, but a hope. “Who knows? God may yet relent…” was what occurred to them. In fact, it was God who prompted them to hope, and their expression of repentance brought a reprieve from destruction that lasted over a century. But Jonah did not want them to be spared, and he did not like it when they were. Lord, thank You for not necessarily doing our will. Your will for us always includes Jesus.
Obadiah 9
Your warriors, O Teman, will be terrified, and everyne in Esau's mountains will be cut down in slaughter.

Edom had an historical enmity to the people of God, and an arrogance bolstered by an impregnable fortress. But Obadiah declares God’s determination to destroy Edom. Perhaps the last straw in God’s mind had been Edom’s enthusiastic support of Nebuchadnezzar as he razed the city. Edom cheered to see Jerusalem fall, and even prevented the escape of some who fled. God would bring her down from her lofty fortress, and cause her name to cease to be. Within 150 years Petra fell, and all remains of Edom’s civilization were turned to dust. God allowed a long time between the warning and the judgment. But the judgment fell, and there was no escape. Lord, You have warned our society. Before You come in terrifying judgment, bring many to know Jesus.

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