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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 17
Message of the Prophets
12m • April 21, 2021

Who are the Hebrew prophets? What was the goal of their message? And how can their words bring hope to us today? God wants his people to flourish - to experience peace and joy in a community of love. But sin destroys a community. So God sends his prophets to warn his people, so they’ll turn from sin and its destruction. When Israel refuses to listen, they experience the awful consequences of their own ways, just like the prophets warned. But when Israel listens, they receive God’s promised mercy. And we can too. If we are honest about our sins, God forgives. Completely. That’s how God wants to show his faithfulness and justice to people. He forgives everyone who humbly comes to him.

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Who are the Hebrew prophets? What was the goal of their message? And how can their words bring hope to us today? God wants his people to flourish - to experience peace and joy in a community of love. But sin destroys a community. So God sends his prophets to warn his people, so they’ll turn from sin and its destruction. When Israel refuses to listen, they experience the awful consequences of their own ways, just like the prophets warned. But when Israel listens, they receive God’s promised mercy. And we can too. If we are honest about our sins, God forgives. Completely. That’s how God wants to show his faithfulness and justice to people. He forgives everyone who humbly comes to him.

Bible Reading 1 John 1:5-9

Reflection Questions

  1. Remember God’s desire to have a thriving and peaceful relationship with you and your community. What thoughts come to mind as you think about this?

  2. What specific things are hindering your relationship with God and others right now?

  3. Take some time to be honest about those sins. Confess them to God and receive the peace of his forgiveness now.

Want to Go Deeper? Check out this episode's Bible study guide to watch a video and explore more detailed questions for personal study and group discussion. Go to bibleproject.com/study.

Show Credits Host: Cheree Hayes Message: Dr. Carissa Quinn Production and Bible Reading: Dan Gummel Theme music: Grant William Harold Background Music: Sean Williams, Remember

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2 Chronicles 36:22-23  –  13m
Looking Back to Look Forward
13m
Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
Treasured by God
13m
Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
13m
Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
Who Does God Choose to Work Through?
16m
Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
Is God Inclusive?
15m
Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
14m
Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. Consider God’s character of justice, mercy, and love. How does he want to comfort and restore your community?

  2. What is one way your community is suffering now?

  3. What is one step you can take this week to join God’s plan of restoration?

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

Message Question
How did Carissa’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: Isaiah 1:8-20, Psalm 51:7-17

Prophets are God’s messengers, called to speak to people on his behalf. Their messages demonstrate just how much God desires to be close to his people. God wants his people to flourish, to experience peace and joy, but sin gets in the way. So God sends prophets to warn his people and urge them to turn from sin and its destruction. When Israel doesn’t listen, they experience the consequences of their own ways, just like the prophets warned. But when Israel listens, they receive God’s promised mercy. And we can too. If we are honest about our sins and want to leave them behind, God will forgive us––completely. That’s how God wants to show his faithfulness and justice to people. He forgives everyone who humbly comes to him.

Feel free to focus on just a few reflections right now or meditate all throughout the week by focusing on one reflection per day.

  1. Compare Isaiah 1:10-20 with Psalm 51:7-17. What similarities do you notice? What does God want more than rituals of worship (see Psalm 51:16-17)?
  2. Review Isaiah 1:18 in light of verse 15. Why is their sin pictured as being “red”? Now read Revelation 7:14 and Ephesians 1:6-7. What is unique about the blood of Jesus?
  3. The phrase “white as snow” is used to describe Jesus’ own appearance (Daniel 7:9, Matthew 28:3). What comes to mind when you consider how God made a way for you to appear as pure as Jesus?

Read: 1 John 1:5-9

  1. God is faithful and just to forgive sin that’s yielded to him. How do you understand the concept of justice? How do you think Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross helps us understand how justice and forgiveness can work together?
  2. God wants his people to thrive in a relationship with him and with one another. So he sends his prophets to protect the relationship from the destructive consequences of sin. What does this reveal about God’s character?
  3. What is one example of how sin has hindered your relationship with God and others in the past?
  4. Are there any sins that are hindering your relationships now? Do you need to change course or apologize to someone today? Take some time to be real with God about that in prayer. Receive the peace of his forgiveness and start new today.
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