Sometimes the naming of things gives us an inaccurate picture of the thing being named. For instance, many people think the “old” in Old Testament means outdated or perhaps updated by the “new” in the New Testament. When in fact, both Testaments are needed to give us the full picture of God’s love and glory.
A similar thing happens with the headings “major prophets” and “minor prophets.” It makes it sound like the major prophets have something major to say to us, while we could take or leave the minor messages of the minor prophets.
In reality, they were given these headings simply because of the volume of writing—the five major prophets consist of 182 chapters, whereas the 12 minor prophets only have 67 chapters. The volume of their writing may be minor, but their content carries major messages of meteoric power!
If you missed any of the messages in this series, you can find them here:
- A Minor Introduction
- A Bizarre Sermon Illustration (Hosea)
- It’s Time To Come Home (Hosea)
- The Day Of The Lord (Joel)
- Are You Available? (Amos)
- The Whole Story (Amos)
- Let It Go (Obadiah)