Emily Belle Freeman



The Book of Twelve

Daniel 9:13 - Hosea 1:3

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We are about to read the last 12 books of the Old Testament.

Remarkable, really.

That we've come this far...that we've learned this much.

These last 12 books of the Bible that we are about to read contain the biographies and the teachings of what some refer to as the minor prophets.  They are regarded as minor prophets, not because they weren't important, but rather because of the length of writing in each of their books.

Some of my favorite lessons of the Old Testament are contained within these next twelve books.  So I am not in love with categorizing this group as the minor prophets, regardless of what the name implies.

I am much more fond of how the Hebrew Bible categorizes this group.  It has a name for this section of the Old Testament with all of these prophets combined.

Trei Asar.

The Book of Twelve.

I love that name.  It makes me look forward to the reading ahead.

There is something you should know about these twelve books.  Where they are placed in the Bible is not where they should fit chronologically.  If you look at the photo below you will see what I mean.

Hosea, Amos, Joel, and Jonah fall just after 2 Kings and 2 Chronicles.

Micah and Nahum lived during the time of Isaiah and Hezekiah.

Zephaniah lived during the time of Josiah.

Habakkuk lived in the time of Jeremiah.

Obediah lived in the time of Daniel.

Haggai and Zechariah lived in the time of Ezra just before Nehemiah.

Malachi lived after Nehemiah.

It's almost as if we are going to get a summary of much of what we have read over the past few months.

But rather than hearing a historical summary, we will read a prophetic summary.  Some believe the first six books teach about iniquity, and that the last six books suggest a resolution.  We will have to read to see if that is the case.

Regardless, each of the books contain the words of God's prophets.

That's what makes me look forward to the reading more than anything else.

As unbelievable as this may seem, there are only six blogs left until we are done with the Old Testament.  I can't bear to miss a lesson from any of these prophets. So I have a proposition...rather than follow the reading schedule I am going to devote half a blog each day to one of the prophets.  Tomorrow we will study the lessons from Hosea and Joel.  On Monday we will study Amos and Obadiah.  Tuesday will be Jonah and Micah.  Wednesday, Nahum and Habakkuk.  Thursday Zephaniah and Haggai (one of my most favorites). And, on Friday we will study Zechariah and Malachi.

On Saturday we will finish reading the Old Testament!!  And celebrate!

Some of us will walk.

For those who aren't walking I will be posting the devotionals for the walk here on the blog on Saturday.  That way you can celebrate with us over the weekend, however you would like.

On Sunday we will begin reading the New Testament.  (I can't wait!)

Perhaps you know someone who would like to join us.  This upcoming week would be a good time to extend an invitation to anyone you think might want to begin reading the New Testament with us next Sunday.

It's been a good journey so far.

AND we have much to look forward to.

The Book of Twelve.

The Celebration.

The New Testament.

Every day, a moment with the Lord.


Emily Freeman