Minor Prophets – Why Do They Do It?

Click here to view or download this Introduction to the Minor ProphetsAn Introduction to the twelve Minor Prophets of the Old Testament…and a Few Minor Prophets of Today.

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.

Haggai , along with Zechariah, spurs a struggling group of survivors to reach for the heights – and to put their faith in the hugeness of God, even though they can only accomplish a little.

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?

One thought on “Minor Prophets – Why Do They Do It?

  1. I believe there are many minor prophets today warning of the evils most are unaware of or don’t want to hear or think about. Entertain me is the big thing today. Many churches fail to mention hell today because people don’t want to hear about it nor do they believe it . As long as there are true believers, their names do not have to be published in print because God knows who they are and perhaps someday will sit and talk with the minor prophets of old in heaven.

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