Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:20-21 (NIV)
Read: 2 Peter 1:12-21
Consider: There are twelve books of the minor prophets included in Old Testament. The Minor Prophets are Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. The books vary in length from one to fourteen chapters and were written over a period of 425 years from 845-420BC.
It would be very easy to think that ‘minor’ means less important, when it really means that their books are shorter than the four major prophets of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. Although the books of these minor prophets are shorter, they are no less important for us to read and understand. If you believe what Peter says in 1 Peter 1, and hopefully you do, then you will see that God spoke through these minor prophets as they were under the control of the Holy Spirit.
I can remember a story being told of someone arriving in heaven and being met by a person who asked, ‘Did you enjoy the book?’ In reply the person asked, ‘What book?’, and was subsequently told ‘Obadiah, of course!’ The point being that it might be awkward when we get to heaven and we haven’t bothered to read some of the Scriptures God has given us for our benefit and instruction.
Over the next few posts we will consider just one of the Minor Prophets – Habakkuk. With just three chapters we will read one chapter each time and see what God has to say to us today. Hopefully you will be encouraged to read the Minor Prophets for yourself, asking God to show you their application to your life and circumstances today.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
Pray: Father, open our eyes to the truth that all Scripture is given by you so that we can be better-equipped to serve you. Challenge us through what we read and help us to be open to its application today. Amen