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Lesson Six—Daniel 6: The Schemes of Man

Background This week’s narrative might be familiar to you, but we are going to look at it through adult eyes instead of the childhood version many of us know. The plots of man will not prevail—that statement was true for…Continue Reading →

Lesson Five—Daniel 5: The Handwriting on the Wall

Background In chapter 2, Daniel had informed Nebuchadnezzar that his kingdom was the first of four kingdoms to precede the coming of the Messiah. His was the kingdom of gold, to be followed by a lesser kingdom of silver. The…Continue Reading →

Lesson Four—Daniel 4: From Pride to Humility

Background Scholars think 20–30 years have transpired since the golden image and the fiery furnace. The king is enjoying building the great and beautiful city of Babylon, and times are peaceful and prosperous. King Nebuchadnezzar had at times shown respect…Continue Reading →

Lesson Three—Daniel 3: Faith Under Fire

Background In this section of Daniel, we look at an event that is well known to many. Daniel’s three friends—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego—give us an example of tremendous faith by standing up to a powerful and arrogant king. Approximately 16…Continue Reading →

Lesson Two—Daniel 2: Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

Background Chapter 2 of Daniel is one of the most remarkable chapters in the Bible. It gives us a prophetic outline of the history of the Gentile nations as it relates to the nation of Israel, from the time of…Continue Reading →

Lesson One—Daniel 1: Steadfast & Resolute

Background Chapter 1 sets the stage for the book of Daniel as we see Daniel’s strength and character emerging in this first chapter. As captives, Daniel and his companions will face many obstacles. This book is a textbook on how…Continue Reading →

Introduction to Daniel

Melissa Renner introduces the book of Daniel and what Women's Bible Study will look like this semester. Daniel: The Author Daniel’s name means “God is My Judge” or “God is Judge.” Daniel is credited with writing the book of Daniel…Continue Reading →

Lesson Six—Malachi: The Pastor Prophet

Malachi 1:1-4:6 Background: Malachi, whose name means “My messenger,” tried to tell the people how far they had strayed from God. Malachi had the heart of a pastor—desiring true repentance from the people he was addressing. They had become arrogant…Continue Reading →

Lesson Five—Zechariah: The Visionary Prophet

Jonah 1:1-14:21 Background: Written several years after the first wave of exiles returned home from Babylon (520 BC to approximately 480 BC), Zechariah means “Jehovah remembers.” He is the son of Berechiah (“Jehovah blesses”) and grandson of Iddo (“the appointed…Continue Reading →

Lesson Four—Haggai: The Practical Prophet

Haggai 1:1-2:23 Background: The exile to Babylon is over, the people have been back in their homeland for 18 years, but the effort to rebuild the temple had ground to a halt. The people’s lives were hard and not filled…Continue Reading →

Lesson Three—Zephaniah: The Hopeful Prophet

Zephaniah 1:1-3:20 Background: Zephaniah gives a clear warning to the nation of Judah: The day of the LORD is coming and is inevitable, but it would be followed by restoration and blessing for the faithful. Judah would not be the…Continue Reading →

Lesson Two—Habakkuk: The Discouraged Prophet

Habakkuk 1:1-3:19 Background: The book of Habakkuk is unique in that it is presented as a dialogue between the prophet Habakkuk and God. It begins with a very discouraged Habakkuk complaining to God about the sinful condition of Judah. He…Continue Reading →

Lesson One—Nahum: The Comforter Prophet

Nahum 1:1-3:19 Background: The book of Nahum is God’s announcement of judgment to Assyria and specifically its capital city Nineveh. It was given to Nahum in a vision. Approximately 100 years prior, God had sent Jonah to preach to the…Continue Reading →

Lesson Six—Micah: The Justice Prophet

Micah 1:1-7:20 Background: Micah’s ministry spanned several reigns of kings, including Jotham and Hezekiah. As Micah was prophesying, so were Isaiah, Hosea, and Amos. As you read this book, picture a courtroom with Micah as a lawyer, arguing his case…Continue Reading →

Lesson Five—Jonah: The Defiant Prophet

Jonah 1:1-4:11 Background: God called Jonah to get up and go announce His judgment to Nineveh, which was about 500 miles away. So, Jonah got up and went….to Tarshish, a city about 2,000 miles in the opposite direction. Jonah foolishly…Continue Reading →

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