We have now completed one half (6 of 12) minor prophets.  My goal was to show how these messages from OT prophets are still timely to America in the 21 century.  The heart of man has always been the same—greedy, lustful, unjust, idolatrous.  The love of God has always offered forgiveness to a repentant heart.  Then and now.

I hope I am meeting that simple goal and that any cautions you have held toward reading these books are being mitigated. 

Let me run over at least one idea from each book for you to “plant a stake” to help you connect a highlight with the Book. 

Hosea:    The love of God even when his people play the prostitute role.

Joel:         Plague of locusts against wickedness and the prediction of the Day of Pentecost.

Amos:      The social justice prophet.  Luxury of the wealthy and victimhood of the poor.

Obadiah:  Esau’s linage forsake God and place faith in their location and allies.

Jonah:       God uses a disobedient man to save the city of Nineveh.

Micah:       What God requires of you.  Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly.

Now for a little fun memory technique.  The one that helps me keep these books straight.

As I  visualize them—the sillier you make your mental images, the better you will remember.  I am on my way into the church.  What’s this on the sidewalk?  It’s a water hose (Hosea).  Who put a gate here—it has bars like a jail (Joel)  Look at the tree.  It has moss (Amos) hanging from it.  I run into the tree, resulting my bad eye (Obadiah).  My sister is at the door.  She asks me if I want to join (Jonah) the church.   She sticks her mike (Micah) behind her ear like a pencil!   Oh, dear, what will come next. 

Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. I hope these books are not as hard as the prophets’ names!!!

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. atimetoshare.me says:

    Obadiah (Lol)

  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    It is good to read these books and they are very short. Thank you for pointing them out to us.

  3. Faye says:

    I’m enjoying this journey with you very much. I’m being reminded. re-charged, and made merry. What more could I Ask for, Thank you sincerely. May Miss Murphy follow you all the days of your life. a-men.
    The little boy was frightened of his primary teacher Miss Murphy and then learnt in Sunday School the 23rd Psalm and went home terrified, ‘MUM! Help me…… Goodness and Miss Murphy are going to follow me ALL the days of my life,

    • oneta hayes says:

      Oh thanks for explaining Miss Murphy. I was wondering about that blessing. 😀 Yes, I do know Miss Goodness and Miss Mercy. We are well acquainted. Thanks for letting my know you enjoy my take on the prophets.

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