Glimpses of Christ

J. B. Hewitt, Chesterfield

Part 14 of 14 of the series Outline Studies in the Minor Prophets

Hosea, the Slighted Lover, 2. 18-19; n. 1-4. Christ shall be the one Head, 1. 11, the Restorer of the nation, 2. 14-19, the coining King, 3. 4-5, to whom regal honours will then be given, disowned though He was at Calvary. He will be their Representative, 11. 1; Matt. 2. 15, who will establish them in the land and bless them, 14. 1-9.

Joel, the Sanctifying Teacher, 2. 23,27; 3.17. Christ was the one whom Nicodemus acknowledged as sent by God, John 3.2. This Teacher saves, sanctifies and brings blessing to all flesh, 3. 16-21. He shall be Judge of the living nations, 3. 2; Matt. 25. 31 ff.

Amos, the Shepherd Deliverer, 3. 12; 9. 11-15; cf. Isa. 53.4-6. Israel, once given as a prey to the adversary, will know the delivering grace and power of Christ as Shepherd. Then shall they seek Him and live, 5. 4, 6, 14. Amos is himself a picture of the Lord as the great Intercessor, 7. 2-6.

Obadiah, the Saviour of saviours, 21; Acts 5. 31. Here we see the triumph of the kingdom of heaven over all opposi­tion and the Lord delivering, sanctifying and enriching, cf. Rev. 11.

Jonah, the Sent Servant, 1. 153. 1; Matt. 12. 41. Jonah the great missionary to the heathen is a type of Christ, both in his sufferings and testimony, cf. 1. 17 with Matt. 12. 39-40; Luke 11.29-30. Christ was greater in His Person, in preaching and in patience, Luke 24. 47.

Micah, the Source of Blessing, 4. 1-4. Christ will be the glory of Israel, 1. 15, and lead them to victory, 2. 13. His birth is announced, 5. 2, the place associated with sorrow, Gen. 35. 16, indicating His lowly entrance into the world. Deity belongs to Him who chose to come into manhood of His own volition, 1 Tim. 3.16. The closing chapter manifests the Spirit of Christ in the prophet.

Nahum, the Strength of His People, 1. 7. Nahum means "comfort" or "consoler" and how truly this describes our Lord, Isa. 32. 2. In the day of judgment when His ven­geance and wrath are experienced by Israel's enemies, the chosen of God will know His comfort. He still gives security to all who seek Him, Acts. 2. 39-40.

Habakfcuk, the Sustainer in Trial, 3. 18-19. This man's anxiety was allayed, and his fears stilled as he sought the Lord for help and guidance. The five "its" of chapter 2. 3 become "he" in Hebrews 10. 37. Christ is the Sun whose beams will illumine the wide creation of God, and it is for Him that every heart that loves His appearing waits. Then shall Israel sing like the writer, 3. 18-19.

Zephaniah, the Security in the Storm, 2. 3; 3. 14-17; Isa. 35. 4. When the great day of the Lord with its darkness and wrath, 1. 14-18, destruction and misery comes upon the nations, Israel will be hid in the day of the Lord's anger, 2. 3; see Col. 3. 3; Ps. 46. 1. The Lord in the midst shall not fail, but rejoice over them, rest in His love and joy over them with singing, 3. 15-17.

Haggai, the Shaker of Kingdoms, 2.  7,  21;  Heb.

12. 25-29. This prophet whose name means "feast" must have been an inspiration to the nation of Israel. He was earnest and enthusiastic for the things of God, like the coming Messiah whom he portrayed. He always asserts the divine origin of his messages, "the word of the Lord came". In contrast our Lord could state, "I say unto you". He will bring in the desirable thing, peace and prosperity to the nations. He will shake the whole existing order of things and His kingdom will usher in the age of everlasting satisfaction, 2. 23.

Zechariah, the Sufferer and the Sovereign, 13. 7;

9. 9-11. The Christ who came in lowliness, who was rejected and slain, is soon to return again in power and great glory. He minds the interest of the nation, ch. 1, measures the confines of the new Jerusalem, ch. 2, will be manifest as the Branch, ch. 3, and will be majestic in His kingship and mediatorial in His priesthood, ch. 6. The Saviour King will be the Shepherd, Lover, chs. 9-11, the Sovereign Ruler, ch. 12. The Sanctified Victim of Calvary, ch. 13, will become the Sure Defender of Israel, ch. 14.

Malachi, the Sun of Righteousness, with healing in His wings, 4. 2; 2 Pet. 1. 16; Luke 1. 76-78. As the morning rays of the sun dispense blessing, so Christ will bring to Israel liberty, ecstasy and victory, all of which shall be theirs through the Sun set amid the blood-red sky of Calvary.

There are 8 articles in
ISSUE (1968, Volume 19 Issue 4)

The Anointing

The Devil

Faith and the Word of God

Glimpses of Christ

Gospel Work and other Activities

The King and the Multitudes

Pre-eminence

The Resurection of Christ

There are 14 articles in this series

Outline Studies in the Minor Prophets - Introduction

Hosea

Joel

Amos

Obadiah

Jonah

Micah

Nahum

Habakkuk

Zephaniah

Haggai

Zechariah

Malachi

Glimpses of Christ

There are 59 articles by this author

Why I Believe the Bible

Glimpses of Christ

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Introduction

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 4 - 5

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 6-7

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 8 - 9

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 10

Outline Studies in the Pentateuch - Introduction

Genesis - Part 1

Genesis - Part 2

Suggested Analysis of Genesis

Exodus

Exodus: Its Message for Today

Leviticus

Numbers

Deuteronomy

Glimpses of Christ

Outline Studies in the Penteteuch

The Authority of Scripture in This Modern Age

Truth for the Times - Introduction

Controlled by Divine Truth, 2 Peter 3

The Peril of Apostasy, Jude 4-19

The Antidote to Apostasy, Jude 1-3; 17-23

Christ in the Prison Epistles - Introduction

Ephesians - Christ our Leader and our Lord

Philippians - Christ our Life

Colossians - Christ our Head

Philemon - Christ our Example

Help from Haggai - Introduction

Help from Haggai, Verses 2. 10-23

The Eight Men of James Chapter One

Meditation-a Lost Art

The Cross in Galatians

The Industrious Servant of Jehovah

Abraham - Friend of God

Living by Faith, Habakkuk

Help from Haggai, Verses 1. 1-11

Help from Haggai, Verses 1. 12-15; 2. 1-9

The Son of Consolation

The Lion-Hearted Amount the Lions - Daniel 6

Obadiah

Jonah

Micah

Nahum

Habakkuk

Zephaniah

1 Thessalonians - Some Suggestions for Study

Outline Studies in the Minor Prophets - Introduction

Hosea

Joel

Amos

Haggai

Zechariah

Malachi

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 1

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 2-3

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 11

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 12

Outline Studies in Hebrews, Chapter 13