The prophets in ancient Israel proclaimed the coming Messiah, but the people didn’t want to hear them and told the prophets to be quiet (Amos 2:12). For the next 400 years, the prophets were silent. The silence was unbroken until the powerful New Testament prophet, John the Baptist, and the coming of the promised Messiah in the flesh. Even then, Jesus’ disciples were slow to understand who He was. In Luke 24, the resurrected Jesus joined the two of them unrecognized, as they went to the village of Emmaus. The Lord noted they were “slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” (Luke 24:25) and gave the much-needed Bible study: “He explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:27).
This month, let’s imagine we have joined these two on their way to Emmaus, as we learn what the Minor Prophets said about Jesus Christ. May the Lord Himself, by His Holy Spirit, reveal to us what these twelve prophets—minor in the length of their message, but major in its truth and power—declared about Christ’s humanity and divinity, His character and actions, as well as the salvation, peace, and righteousness He brings.
May we see Jesus each day of our study and may our hearts echo the words of the two disciples when they recognized their Lord: “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32).