Alphabetic Prophets - Part Two

. . . Continuing the alphabetic pattern found in the “Minor” Prophets.

10) Yod - (which means) Creation and metaphysical - Micah 4:1-13 This chapter contains prophecy and metaphysical language; Jerusalem will be raised above the hills, swords become plows, men will be in pain like a woman in labor.

11) Kaf - (which means) Crowning accomplishment - Micah 5:1-7:20 Despite the sin of Israel, the crowning accomplishment will be the great mercy the Lord shows upon them. God will be gracious to Israel as He pledged long ago.

12) Lamed - (which means) Teaching and learning - Nahum 1:1-3:19 Nineveh, a type of Mystery Babylon, will be destroyed and is an object lesson to us.

13) Mem - (which means) Water, revealed and concealed - Habakkuk 1:1-3:19 The answers to Habakkuk’s questions in chapter one are concealed from him, but in chapter two the Lord reveals the answers. Habakkuk asks the Lord if He was angry with the waters in 3:8-10.

14) Nun - (which means) Faithfulness, soul and emergence - Zephaniah 1:1-3:20 The Lord will be faithful in the fulfillment of His Word (through 3:8). Beginning with 3:9 Israel emerges as the victor when they are brought back to Zion.

15) Samech -(which means) Support and Divine presence - Haggai 1:1-2:23 The Prophet Haggai writes of the Lord’s support for the rebuilding of the Temple, where His presence with the Israelites is represented.

16) Ayin - (which means) Sight and insight - Zechariah 1:7-6:8 This portion of Zechariah covers a series of visions that begin with “I looked,” or the prophet was shown things - all dealing with sight.

17) Peh - (which means) Mouth and speech - Zechariah 6:9-8:23 The prophecies in this portion of Zechariah came to him in the form of the word of the Lord, or “the Lord Almighty said” - all resulting from speech.

18) Tzaddi - (which means) Righteousness and humility - Zechariah 9:1-11:17 These prophecies deal with the righteousness of God.

19) Koph - (which means) Holiness and growth cycles - Zechariah 12:1-14:21 The final growth cycle in the history of Israel is foretold in this passage.

20) Resh - (which means) The wicked - Malachi 1:1-2:17 The wickedness and evil done by Israel is described here.

21) Shin - (which means) Divine power and provision - Malachi 3:1 The Lord will appear in His Temple, and that will be powerful.

22) Tav - (which means) Truth and perfection; judgement - Malachi 3:2-4:6 This final passage describes the Day of the Lord’s Judgement, when He will seek out the truth and perfection and will sit as a refiner and purifier (3:3).

The Holy Scripture is not a random collection of miscellaneous writings. There are so many patterns in the Lord’s Word besides these examples of the alphabetic designs that show us the signature of God on His Word. We can never find them all, but maybe we will have enough time in Eternity. Praise the name of the Lord.

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