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  • Slide 1
  • The Minor Prophets Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
  • Slide 2
  • Who was the biblical prophet ?
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  • Most, if not all of our biblical prophets suffered for God 70 named prophets in the Old Testament, including 7 females There are also prophets in the New Testament, such as the prophet Agabus from Acts 21:10.
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  • Prophets in the Bible were those called by God to represent Him to speak forth Gods Words or use other means to convey the will and heart of God (Hebrews 1:1). For example, Prophet Oded in 2 Chronicles 28.
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  • Prophet Oded in 2 Chronicles 28 : In one battle, the army of Israel killed 120,000 soldiers in Judah. After their victory, the Israelite army proceeded to take captive 200,000 women and children and a great deal of plunder.
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  • 2 Chronicles 28:9b-10a But you have slaughtered them in a rage that reaches to heaven. And now you intend to make the men and women of Judah and Jerusalem your slaves.
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  • 2 Chronicles 28:9b-10a But you have slaughtered them in a rage that reaches to heaven. And now you intend to make the men and women of Judah and Jerusalem your slaves. God sent 1 single man, His prophet called Oded to convey His message. 1 single man against an army that just slaughtered 120,000 men and plundered 200,000 women, children and other treasures.
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  • The 1 st miracle is Oded daring to obey God even in a very dangerous situation.
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  • The 2 nd miracle is found from 2 Chronicles 28:14-15 So the soldiers gave up the prisoners and plunder in the presence of the officials and all the assembly. The men designated by name took the prisoners, and from the plunder they clothed all who were naked. They provided them with clothes and sandals, food and drink, and healing balm. All those who were weak they put on donkeys. So they took them back to their fellow Israelites at Jericho, the City of Palms, and returned to Samaria.
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  • When we dare to obey God even in difficult situations our faith and courage creates a miracle.
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  • If we obey God in sharing the Gospel, in helping others, we bring Gods life to them. And if they trust in Jesus, they also gain eternal life.
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  • When we dare to obey God even in difficult situations our faith and courage creates a miracle. If we obey God in sharing the Gospel, in helping others, we bring Gods life to them. And if they trust in Jesus, they also gain eternal life. Remember the 2 nd miracle in this biblical story those you speak to might just believe it is God speaking to them and they respond obediently.
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  • Thats what the prophets of God were obey God no matter what (even at a sacrifice), and then trust Him to fulfill His will, perhaps even granting miracles.
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  • Birth of Christ 450 BC800 BC Time of the 12 Minor Prophets Picture of Divided Kingdom
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  • Picture of Assyrian Empire
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  • Jonah (probably 786-746 BC), made his journey to Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrians.
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  • 450 BC800 BC 1. Jonah (786-746 BC) 2 & 3. Amos & Hosea (750BC) The first half of the 8 th century BC (799 750 BC) was a prosperous time for both Israel and Judah. Towards the first half of the 8 th century (750 BC), 2 prophets, Amos and Hosea appeared on the scene, denouncing the social injustice and idolatry that had swept over the economically prosperous, but morally and ethically bankrupt northern kingdom of Israel.
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  • 450 BC800 BC 1. Jonah 2 & 3. Amos & Hosea In the second half of the 8 th century, Micah had also warned that the southern kingdom of Judah would be destroyed if it followed in the moral footsteps of the north. 4. Micah (749-701BC)
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  • 450 BC800 BC 1. Jonah 2 & 3. Amos & Hosea Nahum, writing sometime between 663 and 612 BC, announced that the Lord would totally destroy Nineveh, the capital of Assyria. 4. Micah5. Nahum (663-612 BC)
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  • 450 BC800 BC 1. Jonah 2 & 3. Amos & Hosea Under good King Josiah (640 609 BC), the nation even experienced a spiritual renewal, but it ended with his death. 4. Micah5. Nahum (663-612 BC)
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  • 450 BC800 BC 1. Jonah 2 & 3. Amos & Hosea As the people of Judah went back into sin, towards the end of the 7 th century, Zephaniah warned of impending judgment on a worldwide scale that would include Judah and Jerusalem. 4. Micah5. Nahum 6 & 7. Zephaniah & Habakkuk (around 605BC)
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  • At around the same time, the Lord informed Habakkuk that He would use the Babylonians as an instrument of judgment against His people.
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  • 450 BC800 BC 1. Jonah 2 & 3. Amos & Hosea Some time after the exile, Obadiah announced that the Lord will punish the Edomites and others who had participated in Jerusalems fall. But Obadiah also foresaw a day when the Lord would restore His people to the Promised Land. 4. Micah5. Nahum 6 & 7. Zephaniah & Habakkuk 8. Obadiah Exile / Fall of Jerusalem (586BC)
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  • 450 BC800 BC 1. Jonah 2 & 3. Amos & Hosea 4. Micah5. Nahum 6 & 7. Zephaniah & Habakkuk 8. Obadiah Exile / Fall of Jerusalem (586BC) The first stage of the restoration came in 582 BC, when the Persian ruler Cyrus, who had conquered the Babylonians the year before, decreed that the Jews could return to their homeland.
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  • 450 BC800 BC Exile / Fall of Jerusalem (586BC) 9 & 10. Haggai & Zechariah (515BC) God then raised up the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to encourage the people and their leaders. With renewed strength, assurance and vision, they completed the temple in 515 BC.
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  • 450 BC800 BC Exile / Fall of Jerusalem (586BC) 9 & 10. Haggai & Zechariah Some time later, the Lord called Joel and Malachi to address specific problems encountered by the post-exilic community and to remind the people of Gods promises. 11 & 12. Joel & Malachi
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  • 450 BC800 BC Exile / Fall of Jerusalem (586BC) Haggai & Zechariah Why did God sent the 12 prophets ? Why are the Minor Prophets important and useful to us today ? Joel & MalachiJonah Amos & Hosea MicahNahum Zephaniah & Habakkuk Obadiah
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  • Because God spoke through them to His people Giving salvation and forgiveness to those in big trouble (Jonah). In the midst of economic prosperity, BEWARE of social injustice, idolatry and immorality (Hosea and Amos). Giving warning of judgment that must follow sin (consequences of reaping disaster if we had sowed in sin) (Nahum). But if there is repentance, God will sure grant His grace (Micah).
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  • Because God spoke through them to His people If a new generation did not follow their parents faith, but go back to sin, beware of judgment (Zephaniah) a lesson for us to faithfully pass our faith to our children and grandchildren. Why do Gods people suffer, even under unrighteous people ? Could it be a result of our own disobedience ? (Habbakuk) But God will not let those unrighteous people go unpunished, and He promises to bless His people once again (Obadiah)
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  • Because God spoke through them to His people When there is trouble and opposition, the Lord will use His Word and His servants to encourage us, so that we might have renewed strength, assurance and vision (Haggai and Zechariah). Finally, the Lord will not leave us alone when we again encounter problems. He will guide us with wisdom and He promises to bless us and be with us. Let us simply be obedient to Him (Joel and Malachi).
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  • The Minor Prophets Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi.
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  • Hosea 1:1-4, 6, 8-9 1 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel: 2 When the LORD began to speak through Hosea, the LORD said to him, Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the LORD. 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.
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  • 6 Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the LORD said to Hosea, Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means not loved), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. 8 After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. 9 Then the LORD said, Call him Lo- Ammi (which means not my people), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.
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  • 4 I will not show my love to her children, because they are the children of adultery. 5 Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace. Hosea 2:4-5
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  • If God is all-powerful and loves us deeply, why do Christians suffer pain ?
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  • So, why

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