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Today’s Passage: Minor Prophets review
Congratulations to us: we’ve made our way through the corpus of the Minor Prophets in its entirety. One of my patrons on Patreon requested that I take some time to review the study and share some of my personal highlights from it. And as I’m all about servicing the customer, I’m going to dish out my big-picture reflections right now. Pledge to my Patreon and you can be a serviceable customer too!
All blatant and probably useless shilling aside, one of my major takeaways from this study has been a clearer idea of each individual prophet’s message and unique points. Amos is the social-justice shepherd, who stands up for the poor. Hosea gives Israel an object lesson in faithfulness by marrying a prostitute. Nahum prophesies red-hot catastrophe for Ninevah the oppressor, while Habakkuk petitions God for answers and deliverance for his people. And Zechariah is far weirder than I remembered.
Despite these distinctions between the prophets, it struck me how each prophet’s message isn’t ultimately his. In each case, it’s the word of the Lord which came to Prophet X. The prophet purports to deliver a Message from the Lord, distinguishing God’s own words from ordinary human speech. As we’ve noted before, a prophet isn’t necessarily one who predicts the future; he’s one who tells the people the word that God wants them to hear. A prophet is a messenger, and we see that reflected in the format and stylistic conventions of the Minor Prophets.
I have further thoughts to share, but so little time to share them before I publish this post. Let’s spend tomorrow on this same topic, shall we? We shall.