Category: Bible Q & A

Questions and Answers on Malachi 0

Malachi – Questions and Answers

Malachi The minor prophet Malachi, sometimes called the seal of prophecy,  ends the Old Testament. God ordered prophecy should cease until the time of John the Baptist. The prophet is sent by God to reprove the Jewish people of the neglect of God’s Temple. Also he points to the coming Messiah. Are they talking about dragons in Malachi 1:3? Yes, I don’t know for sure what kind of animal they are referring to when they say “dragons”. The Bible does refer to fire breathing beasts from which we get the stories of dragons. These are some sort of extinct animals....

Questions and Answers on Zephaniah and Haggai 0

Zephaniah and Haggai – Questions and Answers

Zephaniah The books of Zephaniah and Haggai are both minor prophets. But like all of the other minor prophets their message is major. Both Zephaniah and Haggai prophecy of coming judgement on God’s rebellious people partly because they were delaying to rebuild God’s temple at Jerusalem. What is a fish gate in Zephaniah 1:10? This was a gate of Jerusalem that was near the fish market. What does “lees” mean in Zephaniah 1:12? Lees is the crusted sediment of dried yeast on wine barrels. Here it is referred to those wicked lazy people who are settled in their undisturbed evil...

Questions and Answers on Zechariah 0

Zechariah Questions and Answers

Book of Zechariah –  Questions and Answers In the book of Zechariah, the prophet Zechariah encourages the people to rebuild the temple of God and also foretells of the coming Messiah. What are myrtle trees in Zechariah 1:8? Myrtle trees are evergreen shrubs with small leaves and they give off a pleasant aroma. They are native to the Mediterranean area. What does a red horse speckled and white in Zechariah 1:8? A red horse symbolizes war and bloodshed. The red horses, speckled horses and white horses may represent different types of angels who do different types of jobs and/or different...

Questions & Answers on Nahum and Habakkuk. 0

Nahum and Habakkuk Questions and Answers

Questions on Nahum  Nahum and Habakkuk were both prophets of God. Both the books of Nahum and Habakkuk have only three chapters. In both of them destruction because of disobedience to God is foretold. What does “acquit the wicked” mean in Nahum 1:3? This means saying that the wicked are innocent. Does God stop doing things to His people that do not listen to Him in Nahum 1? He will stop blessing His people who do not listen to Him. If you really sin bad against Him He will bring chastisement to you. In Nahum 2:1-5, it sounds like a...

Questions and answers on Micah 0

Micah Questions and Answers

Micah 1-6 Questions and Answers The book of Micah with only seven chapters is one of the minor prophets yet his message from God is anything but minor. Among other prophecies he foretold that the coming Messiah would be born in Bethlehem. What does it mean “the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire” in Micah 1:4? The topographical landscape, specifically here the valleys will be cleft – split, divided partially into two – as easily as wax melts before a fire. What are the transgressions of Jacob in Micah 1:5? This was idolatry being practiced in the...

Questions and answers on Jonah 0

Jonah Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers on the book of Jonah While the book of Jonah has only four short chapters, this classic fish tale is one of the most popular Bible stories. And not only is it true history, there is much to learn from a prophet who wanted to die rather than serve God. Why didn’t Jonah want to go to Nineveh? Jonah was both scared of the wicked people of Nineveh and he was angry with them He wanted God to destroy the city and all of the wicked people in it. In Jonah 4: 2 Jonah is talking to...

Questions and answers on Amos and Obadiah 0

Amos and Obadiah Questions and Answers

Minor prophets: Amos and Obadiah Amos and Obadiah are both minor prophets. The book of Amos has five chapters while Obadiah has only one. Since these were both shorter books, I combined Amos and Obadiah into a single article. Amos the prophet of God called to the Israelites for them to repent from their sins of idolatry and self-righteousness to receive God’s blessings again. He also told of coming judgement against the northern kingdom of Israel. What is a “herdsman” in Amos 1:1? This is a keeper of animals like sheep or cows, etc. Similar to a shepherd but not...

Questions and answers on the book of Joe. 0

Joel Questions and Answers

Book of Joel The book of Joel in the Bible is the second of the minor prophets. The theme in the book of Joel is the day of the Lord. God will bring judgement but to avoid this Joel calls for repentance. In the first 4 verses they talk about bugs eating bugs. What do they mean in Joel:1-4? No, bugs are not eating bugs here. Because of the judgment of God He will send insects to wipe out all of the vegetation and the crops resulting in a famine in the land. In Joel 1:5 they talk about drunkards....

Q & A on Hosea 0

Hosea Questions and Answers

Book of Hosea Questions and Answers The book of Hosea is one of the minor prophets. This book tells about the prophet Hosea and his unfaithful wife Gomer which he was to love unconditionally as a sign of God’s unconditional love to the nation of Israel. Hosea was to married to a whore in the book of Hosea 1:2. Why? The nation of Israel was determined to leave their God and served idols despite all of the love and care that God continually showed them. This is spiritual adultery. The prophet Hosea was to be married to whore as a...

Questions and answers on Daniel 1-7 0

Daniel 1-7 Questions and Answers

Daniel Chapters 1-7 Daniel 1-7 introduces the young Jewish man Daniel who was captured by the Babylons and made an eunuch. As a young man he took a stand for the God of Israel and God blessed him greatly. Was Chaldean the language they spoke in Babylon in Daniel 1:4? The king spoke in the Chaldean language. Why were Daniel and his friends treated so very well? Their captor realized that the young Jewish people were very smart and they wanted to train and use them for their purposes. Actually they all were made eunuchs so in that way they...