These three short prophetic books of the Old Testament each contain a dual message. One is of impending judgment—for all peoples on the Day of the Lord, for an enemy of Israel, and for Israel herself. The other is of great hope—of the pouring out of God’s Spirit, of restoration and renewal, and of a coming Messiah.
Placing judgment and hope together in such a manner may seem paradoxical to a contemporary mind. But the complete message of these prophets gives a fuller picture of God who despises and rightly judges sin and rebellion, but who also lovingly invites people to return to him so that he might bestow his wonderful grace and blessings on them. These messages are no less timely today than when these three books were first written, and David W. Baker skillfully bridges the centuries to help believers today understand the messages and apply them.
Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. They focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done.
The NIV Application Commentary Series helps bring both halves of the interpretive task together. This unique, award-winning series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into our present-day context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it speaks powerfully today.
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David W. Baker (PhD, University of London) is professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Ashland Theological Seminary.
Another for the set and they just keep on coming. You need this set and you won't go wrong either.Published 19 months ago by Julius K. Magee II
It is an excellent book , a lot of onformation . It is very well written and expliant the text if the Bible well.Published 20 months ago by Larry Denton
Great commentary. A real help in preparing Sunday School Lesson or just studying a biblical text.Published on February 10, 2009 by Billye Currie