Character Study

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...

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...

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...

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...

Micah

Micah J. G. Bellett. Section 6 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) This prophet is mentioned and quoted in Jer. 26: 18. He was called to be one of the Lord's watchmen, much at the at time with Isaiah, and it was a marked time. The history of things in Judah was taking a peculiar character, and things in Israel were ripening for the sickle of the Assyrian. It was a day in importance only second to the day of the Chaldean; but it was second to that, I grant. For the captivity...

Jonah

Jonah J. G. Bellett. Section 5 of: The Minor Prophets (Ed. W. Kelly, Allan, 1870.) Our moral corruption is very deep. It is complete. But at times it will betray itself in very repulsive shapes, from which, with all the knowledge of it which we have, we instinctively shrink, confounded at the thought that they belong to us. Privileges under God's own hand may only serve to, develop instead of curing this corruption. The love of distinction was inlaid in us at the very outset of our aposta...

Enoch

Enoch J. G. Bellett. Section 1 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. It is not so much of Enoch himself that I now purpose, in the Lord's grace, I would hope, to write a little, but rather of the times and the saints before the flood. Whether it be of them or of him, the materials, as we know, are very scanty; but in the way and wisdom of the Spirit of God, they are full of...

Noah

Noah Genesis 6 - 11. J. G. Bellett. Section 2 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. How changed is the whole condition of things since the day of Genesis! Were I to read the opening of this fine scripture, and just expose my heart to the simpler earliest impression of what I get there, it is this thought which would engage my mind; and yet with all ease we can account for...

Isaac

Isaac Genesis 25 - 27. J. G. Bellett. Section 4 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. In the former papers, entitled ENOCH, NOAH, and ABRAHAM, I have followed the course of the Book of Genesis, down to the end of Gen. 24. I now propose to take it up from thence, and follow it on through chapters 25 - 27; Isaac, after Abraham, being the principal person there. There is, ho...

Jacob

Jacob Genesis 28 - 36. J. G. Bellett. Section 5 of: The Patriarchs: Being Meditiations upon Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job; The Canticles, Heaven and Earth. New Edition, Morrish, 1909. Have already followed the course of the Book of Genesis to the close of chapter 27. From that chapter to chapter 36, Jacob is principal; and it is that portion which I now purpose to consider. There is a very important era in the life of Jacob afterwards — his sojourn in Egypt for ...
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