- Series: Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Holman Reference (June 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805496742
- ISBN-13: 978-0805496741
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Exalting Jesus in Ezra-Nehemiah (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary) Paperback – June 1, 2014
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Founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
There is nothing more helpful to a pastor than resources that are biblically faithful and pastorally applicable. The Christ-Centered Exposition series hits the bull’s eye. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to understand the Scripture in its context in order to apply it in real life.
Lead pastor of The Journey, St. Louis, and co-author of For the City
David Platt, Tony Akin, and Tony Merida have launched a series that will give a rising generation of pastors a tremendous resource for seeing how all the Scriptures prepare for and proclaim the ministry of Christ. The pastoral focus, the preaching tools and the redemptive insights make this a series of immediate use and great aid to pastors who want to equip their people to serve the Lord in the joyous power of the gospel – rather than in the vain pressures of servile dread or slavish fear.
President Emeritus, Covenant Seminary and Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church
James Merrill Hamilton’s contribution to the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series shines as a bright and clear star among all the books that seek to help explain Ezra and Nehemiah. Often overlooked or employed only when a church is undergoing a building program, Ezra-Nehemiah is treated like what is negatively termed the “fly-over” portion of the country—many are glad it is there but have no real reason or desire to visit. However, Hamilton’s work shows that in these books dwell the heartland of the story of the exiled people of God. This is one commentary worth reading cover to cover and, as you do, you will smile as you see the Lord Jesus shining forth.
Jason G. Duesing, Ph.D.
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
It's one thing to know Bible stories; it's another to know the story of the Bible. It's one thing to be aware of the story's many heroes; it's another to have met the Hero himself. From the Old Testament that anticipates him, to the Gospels that manifest him, to the Book of Acts that proclaims him, to the Epistles that explain him, and to the Book of Revelation that tells of him coming again, your Bible is about Jesus. That's why I love the vision of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. It models for preachers and teachers how to proclaim—with pastoral focus and exegetical care—the beauty of the gospel from every page of Scripture.
Associate Editor for The Gospel Coalition
Few things are more important for faithful biblical interpretation than reading Scripture in light of its master narrative. The Christ-Centered Exposition series aims to do just that. In a postmodern age, these commentaries provide pastors and lay people an invaluable resource that is unswervingly committed to the authority of Scripture and the centrality of the Gospel in the Bible’s storyline.
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
We're looking forward to TGCW14, our women's conference, in which the plenary sessions will take us right through the book of Nehemiah with expositional teaching. What words would you have for both teachers and listeners as we all prepare?
Imitate Ezra and Nehemiah! Both men had a deep and rich understanding of earlier Scripture, of the Bible's big story and their place in it. Both men understood their role in the story. Both were men of prayer.
Read the Bible. Pray for God's help. Understand your role in the unfolding drama. Enjoy!
Kathleen Nielson serves as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She holds MA and PhD degrees in literature from Vanderbilt University and a BA from Wheaton College. Author of the Living Word Bible studies, she speaks often at women’s conferences and loves working with women in studying the Bible. She shares a heart for students with her husband, Niel, president of Covenant College from 2002 to 2012 and now leading an enterprise developing resources for Christian schools around the world.
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The volume Exalting Jesus in Ezra and Nehemiah is authored by James Hamilton Jr., Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, and preaching pastor at Kenwood Baptist Church. The key, for me at least, to a good, highly accessible commentary on the Old Testament is one that will help the reader see the main idea of the book (and its smaller sections), gain an understanding of the historical setting and draw out practical application. I am pleased to say that Jim Hamilton has done a wonderful job doing this in these three areas. First, Hamilton, as is typical of this series, opens each section with a main idea. After reading through a section and then returning to Hamilton's main idea I found that he very accurately summarized these sections. This really helps the reader to quickly see the flow of an entire book. Second, Hamilton sets up the historical contexts of these two books of the Bible very well. In some larger commentaries the authors can tend to dig pretty deep into the historical settings at time, and since that style does not fit this series Hamilton avoids that. Instead, he provides enough information to give the reader a proper insight. Third, Hamilton is very helpful in drawing out practical applications based on the text. When addressing the weeping at the foundation of the temple in Ezra 3 Hamilton points out that the number of people was less than 50,000 which is a fraction of what they used to be. Hamilton mentions that because of their disobedience God "visited the curses of the covenant upon them." So how does this apply to us today? Hamilton answers: Let's not fail to learn from the weeping at the foundation of the temple. Sin will endanger you. Sin will ruin your life. Sin will steal your joy. Sin will make it so that even if God restores you, until He wipes away every tear you will feel sin's remorseful consequences. Sin will make it so that though you worship you will weep. Hate sin. This is just an outstanding point drawn out of this text that applies to all believers, everywhere.
Hamilton provides similar application drawn out of Nehemiah. In his commentary on Nehemiah 1-2 (commenting on Nehemiah 1:4-11) Hamilton states, "Look at how passionate Nehemiah is for the kingdom of God! He expresses his sorrow emotionally, weeping and mourning, and then he intercedes with discipline and diligence, fasting and prayer. If we love God and the advance of His glory, we will feel deep sorrow when the advance of the gospel is halted, and we will be disciplined and diligent to fast and pray. If we are not feeling sorrow and cultivating diligence and discipline, we should seek to stir ourselves and one another up to love and good deeds. We can do this by considering what Nehemiah shows us about where he got this kind of passionate fervor for God and His kingdom. In the content of his prayer in verses 5-11 Nehemiah shows that he understands the Scriptures and wants to see the Scriptures fulfilled. If we would feel the kind of zeal for the church that results in weeping, mourning, fasting and praying in response to reports about how the enemies of the gospel have attacked God's kingdom, we should seek to understand the Scriptures and pray that God would cause us to long for their fulfillment." While that was a lengthy excerpt, I think it shows the kind of insight and application that is common to this commentary. If you have never studied through Ezra and Nehemiah, I would highly recommend buying this commentary and reading through it. You will definitely be blessed.
This is one of the most accessible commentaries that I have come across. I was blessed by this commentary and found it very helpful and look forward to future volumes in this series. I have now read multiple volumes in this series and each has been a blessing. The commentary sections are very accessible in their size as well, making this a wonderful commentary to read through devotionally. Overall, excellent work! I received a free copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group (Holman Reference) in exchange for an honest review.