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:

Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:2-3; 3:17-19 (NRSV)

1 The oracle that the prophet Habakkuk saw.

O LORD, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save?
Why do you make me see wrongdoing
and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.

So the law becomes slack and justice never prevails.

2 Then the LORD answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it.
For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.

17 Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines; though the produce of the olive fails, and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold, and there is no herd in the stalls,
18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will exult in the God of my salvation.
19 GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, and makes me tread upon the heights.

July 25, 2021: “Habakkuk and the Common Question”