In the Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament) there are 12 prophets identified as the “12 Minor Prophets” who are largely unknown and often shadowed by the major prophets like Isaiah and Jeremiah. Yet these characters and books offer rich historical backgrounds to the lives of ancient Hebrew people. And each “minor prophet” rose at a certain time in ancient Israel and addressed issues that were apropos to the time and place. Even though they wrote and prophesied thousands of years ago, these books still speak to us and have a voice in our world. Let’s explore the lives of Hosea, Amos, Obadiah, Malachi, and others this summer in Traditions.Rev. Dr. Kip Laxson
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Zephaniah 3:14-20 (NRSV)
14 Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you,
he has turned away your enemies.
The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall fear disaster no more.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Do not fear, O Zion;
do not let your hands grow weak.
17 The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing
18 as on a day of festival.
I will remove disaster from you,
so that you will not bear reproach for it.
19 I will deal with all your oppressors
at that time.
And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.
20 At that time I will bring you home,
at the time when I gather you;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes, says the Lord.