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The Minor Prophets

Is he a minor or major prophet? Would we pay attention anyway?

Is he a minor or major prophet?
Would we pay attention anyway?

None of the minor prophets
knew that he was minor, of course. Habakkuk, I imagine,
   thought that his visions earned him
standing as Ezekiel’s peer, if not indeed Elijah’s.
   Then there was Obadiah,
who could be forgiven if he thought he might be a Moses.
   How they would be remembered
Providence concealed from them all, though they could see the future.
   Maybe it doesn’t matter.
If you’re on a mission from God, sent to rebuke a city
   or to redeem a nation,
where by cannon-makers you’re ranked may be inconsequential.
   Nor is the voice within you
any less authentic for not having a distant echo.
   Seers of the world, be heartened.
Even minor prophets can have genuine revelations.
Source:Parallel Lives, Michael Lind. Wilkes-Barre, PA: Etruscan Press, 2007 – found on the Education for Justice website.