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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Corresponding Scriptures:

Jonah 1:17-2:10 (NRSV)

17  But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish, saying,

“I called to the Lord out of my distress,
    and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
    and you heard my voice.
You cast me into the deep,
    into the heart of the seas,
    and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
    passed over me.
Then I said, ‘I am driven away
    from your sight;
how shall I look again
    upon your holy temple?’
The waters closed in over me;
    the deep surrounded me;
weeds were wrapped around my head
    at the roots of the mountains.
I went down to the land
    whose bars closed upon me forever;
yet you brought up my life from the Pit,
    O Lord my God.
As my life was ebbing away,
    I remembered the Lord;
and my prayer came to you,
    into your holy temple.
Those who worship vain idols
    forsake their true loyalty.
But I with the voice of thanksgiving
    will sacrifice to you;
what I have vowed I will pay.
    Deliverance belongs to the Lord!”

10 Then the Lord spoke to the fish, and it spewed Jonah out upon the dry land.

July 11, 2021: “Jonah: Lessons from a Reluctant Prophet”