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:

Hosea 14:1-9 (CEB)

Return, Israel, to the Lord your God;
        you have stumbled because of your wickedness.
Prepare to speak
    and return to the Lord;
    say to the Lord,
        “Forgive all wickedness;
            and receive the good.
    Instead of bulls,
        let us offer what we can say:
Assyria won’t save us;
        we won’t ride upon horses;
    we will no longer say, ‘Our God,’
        to the work of our hands.
    In you the orphan finds compassion.”

I will heal their faithlessness;
                I will love them freely,
        for my anger has turned from them.
I will be like the dew to Israel;
        he will blossom like the lily;
        he will cast out his roots like the forests of Lebanon.
His branches will spread out;
        his beauty will be like the olive tree,
        and his fragrance like that of Lebanon.

They will again live beneath my shadow,
        they will flourish like a garden;
    they will blossom like the vine,
        their fragrance will be like the wine of Lebanon.
Ephraim, what do idols have to do with me?
        It is I who answer and look after you.
    I am like a green cypress tree;
        your fruit comes from me.

Whoever is wise understands these things.
    Whoever observes carefully knows them.
    Truly, the Lord’s ways are right,
        and the righteous will walk in them,
        but evildoers will stumble in them.

June 20, 2021: “Hosea and His Runaway Bride”