Mt. Zion, Jerusalem, Israel: Go up onto a high mountain, Zion, herald of good news! Cry out at the top of your voice,Jerusalem, herald of good news! Cry out, do not fear! Say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! -Isaiah 40:9(NABR)
Isaiah Name Means "The Lord has saved." Home- Believed to be Jerusalem. Family-May have been related to the royal house of Judah; married to a woman he called the "prophetess"; father of two sons, Shear-Jashub and Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. Occupation- Official of King Uzziah of Judah; later called by God to be a prophet. Best Known As- An Old Testament prophet who vividly predicted the coming of the Messiah.
AMOS Amos was a shepherd called to prophesy to Israel, the Northern Kingdom. He speaks of justice for the poor which was totally lacking at that time. Martin Luther King used this passage of scripture to depict the justice for African Americans that he was longing for: "But let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream." (Chapter 5:24)
Obadiah "servant of Yahweh" or "worshipper of Yahweh" said to have been a convert to Judaism from Edom, a descendant of Eliphaz, the friend of Job.. Obadiah is supposed to have received the gift of prophecy for having hidden the "100 prophets" from the persecution of Jezebel. He hid the prophets in two caves, so that if those in one cave should be discovered those in the other might yet escape (1 Kings 18:3-4) Obadiah was very rich, but all his wealth was expended in feeding the poor…
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.” Psalm 51:1-3 http://devouringfire.com/?p=9502