In the Old Testament there were twelve Minor Prophets. They were ordinary men. Seven (7) of them were pretty much unknowns, and then there was a country boy, a man of royal lineage, an old man, a priest, and a shepherd.
They all had two things in common: a burning desire to know God, and a willingness to speak His message to people who needed to hear it.
Hosea is given a wrenching assignment from the Lord – marry a prostitute!
Joel remembers a horrifying locust plague, and urges Israel to wake up to an even greater plague about to descend on them. He jumps off from there and speaks of a time of repentance and pardon coming far off into the future.
Amos speaks words of warning of judgment sure to come, and a just as sure grace to follow.
Obadiah assured the Israelites that their enemies would also face a judgment day.
Jonah ran away from God, but couldn’t resist in the end.
Micah hid promises of a coming Messiah in his poetic words.
Nahum prophesied to the same people Jonah did. Except, in Jonah’s day the Ninevites, repented. In Nahum’s day they deserved, and eventually got, God’s judgment.
Habakkuk has questions for God.
Zephaniah uncovers lies which have been believed…lies which have led a whole nation away from God’s ways.
And Malachi blasts the religious rulers, the priests, for their part in driving the people of God away from looking for their Messiah.
All of these men willingly obeyed God, even though for some of them it meant ridicule and suffering. The only reason we call these twelve “minor” is that they wrote short books. Their messages were just as “major” as the “Major Prophets” (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel).
The twelve Minor Prophets were all ordinary men obeying God…but why did they do it? And are there any “Minor Prophets” today?