About ten years ago I began preaching through the Bible starting in Genesis. I am now half way through Daniel. I’ve totally enjoyed it. What an education!
When I began preaching through the Old Testament and people began to catch on to what I was doing, several folks warned me about preaching through the prophets.
“You’re not going to preach through all the prophets are you? It’s all about judgment and the Kingdom. It’s so repetitive, you’ll bore people to death.”
Indeed, boring people to death is always a concern when I open my mouth, however no more so when my mouth speaks of the prophets.
I think the true aversion to the prophets is their continual warning that all who claim to be God’s people are not God’s people. They poke holes in religion. They see right through false professions. There’s a reason why prophets got killed.
In short, they keeps it real. Keeping it real is nothing most church-goers want to do. They would rather be pumped with happy thoughts. They want to leave feeling “encouraged.”
Well, don’t expect too much in the way of encouragement from the prophets unless you’re truly a spiritual person.
They are thick, and it’s hard to follow some of the obscure prophecies regarding Egypt and Tyre, etc. But their theology, their passion to awaken spiritually sleeping people is awesome.
MAIN POINT: If you have a problem with the prophets, it may have more to do with you than with them.