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The Gospel According to the Minor Prophets



The Gospel according to Hosea:

God's love wounds

God's love can be wounded

God's love, wounded, heals the wounding


The Gospel according to Joel:

Dream, children! Dream, slaves!

There's nothing now to fear!

When God throws the party

the first serve the best wines

to the last


The Gospel according to Amos:

Some truths only nobodies know

like God prefers bent sticks to fine lines

and Justice is worship dead to rights


The Gospel according to Obadiah:

Because of your pride, I bring you down

In my humility, I go down with you

There, we are sanctuary for others


The Gospel according to Jonah:

The word of judgment is nothing but the word of mercy

taking the long way home


The Gospel according to Micah:

The story of salvation: God leaves home

alone in the dark,

limping just like his father


The Gospel according to Nahum:

Bloody ones, your cruelties are endless

so I myself will be your end—I'll make your grave

my own


The Gospel according to Habakkuk:

The only praise God wants to hear

comes after nervy protest

and the unnerving silence that follows


The Gospel according to Zephaniah:

You say I'm a do-nothing God, but my day's coming

I'll act and when I'm done there'll be nothing left—

but jubilee


The Gospel according to Haggai:

The poor are God's signet ring

Only those with nothing left to lose can dare believe

how good our future yet may be


The Gospel according to Zechariah:

What do I see? A city without walls or sentries

A table set for all God's giddy friends

Faces bright with joy


The Gospel according to Malachi:

Our curse: we cannot tell how we wound God and neighbor

But the curse is cursed! God, as neighbor, heals

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Jan Sawczak
Jan Sawczak
May 24, 2021

Zephaniah, for sure. Not enough air time, there.


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Beautiful thoughts. Would you explain what does it means what you wrote in the Micah part? The story of salvation: God leaves home

alone in the dark, limping just like his father What do you mean by "limping just like his father"? Is it a reference to Jacob?

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Josiah Andrews
Josiah Andrews
Apr 20, 2021

Stunning. I’m particularly in awe of Joel. “Those who go arrive first serve the best wine to the last”

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Awesome!

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Dennis Milner
Dennis Milner
Apr 19, 2021

Wow! What a unique and encouraging summation of each book! Thank you. I need to read the minor prophets again.

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