John Gifford Bellett

Joseph

Joseph Genesis 37 - 50. J. G. Bellett. Section 6 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. Joseph becomes principal in the narratives of the book of Genesis as soon as we reach Gen. 37, and so continues, I may say, to the end. So that I now propose to close with this paper on "Joseph," referring to the others, entitled "Enoch," "Noah," "Abraham," Isaac. "Jacob," as if they had...

Joel

Joel J. G. Bellett. Section 2 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) The age of this prophet is not given to us. From this, we might say, it matters not when he flourished: but we may say the same also from the character of his prophecy. And thus the silence of the Spirit on that point is more than accounted for: it is justified. He delivered the word of the Lord in some day of sore national calamity, when either again and again the adversary came in to waste and destroy, or ...

Amos

Amos J. G. Bellett. Section 3 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) Amos was, the prophet who went before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah, king of Judah. (Amos 1: l) We may say that he was the prophet of that event (Amos 8: 8; Amos 9: 5.) That earthquake is treated by Zechariah as typical, as a notice of the Lord's controversy with the world, when again there will be earthquakes and pestilences, ministers of judgment and vessels of wrath. (Zech. 14: 5) Accordingly, jud...

Obadiah

Obadiah J. G. Bellett. Section 4 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) The Spirit in the prophets constantly looks beyond Israel and Judah, taking notice of the nations of the Gentiles. "An ambassador," as Obadiah speaks "is sent among the heathen," now and again. Thus, Nahum was sent to Nineveh, and now Obadiah is sent to Edom. But from the very beginning, the Lord had a word or controversy with Edom, as by His prophet He now has. "I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and h...

Afflictions and Consolations

Afflictions and Consolations Notes of an Address on the First Epistle of Peter By J. G. B. Aug., 1851. (extracted from The Northern Witness, 1880) There are three things in this epistle: 1st, the apostle contemplates the saint in times of various troubles; 2ndly, the mind with which the trouble should be passed through; and 3rdly, the consolations which God provides for such a time. There is nothing very remarkable in the bearing of it; but so much the more needed by the soul very often; &...

Malachi

Malachi J. G. Bellett. Section 12 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) Malachi closes the writings of the minor prophets, as they are called, and with them the volume of the Old Testament. This suggests and warrants a short review of things in the previous story of Israel. From the beginning the Lord had been, in various ways, testing and proving that people, whom He had made His people. After having delivered them from Egypt, and borne them through the wilderness, under Jo...

Zechariah

Zechariah J. G. Bellett. Section 11 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) Zechariah was a companion with Haggai in that energy and gift of the Spirit which was animating the returned captive in the building of the temple. But, under that inspiration, Haggai applies himself more exclusively to that one object. All he says he addresses to the captives by way of encouragement in the work then immediately in their hand. Zechariah looks out more widely, anticipating distant days i...

Haggai

Haggai J. G. Bellett. Section 10 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) This book is a witness how rapidly declension sets in, and fresh corruption follows upon restoration and blessing. Return to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon was made at the opening of the Book of Ezra, with great brightness and promise. Thousands left Babylon; and they who remained behind helped them with their goods; and a general awakening of the national heart and energy was known. The first busin...

Zephaniah

Zephaniah J. G. Bellett. Section 9 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) Very commonly in the prophets, glory touches judgment. These are their themes, with the iniquity that provokes the judgment, and the characters that attach to the glory that follows. But these things, judgment on iniquity and glory succeeding, have been, again and again, in the history, as they are, again and again, in the prophecy, of Scripture. The day of Noah was such a day — a day when judgme...

Habakkuk

Habakkuk J. G. Bellett. Section 8 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) We must begin with God, as sinners, on the principle of faith, and go on with Him to the end, as saints, on the same principle. "The just shall live by faith." (See Rom. 1: 17; Gal. 3: 11; Heb. 10: 38; taken from Hab. 2: 4.) This prophecy of Habakkuk has great moral value for us. But besides this, it is seasonable now; for in this our day things are ripening to a crisis, as they were in the day of Habakk...
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