Jonah reminds us that the chief characteristic of redeemed people is not that they never sin but that they are ready to repent of their sin when they are reminded of God's grace. The prophet Micah lived several generations later than Jonah. God called Jonah to cry out to the wicked idolaters in Nineveh but he called Micah to cry out against the wicked sinners of Jerusalem! Jonah wrestled against God's gospel message for pagan unbelievers, yet Micah was broken-hearted in his fervent desire forJerusalem to repent and believe. If Jonah connects us to our mission to the world, Micah informs our challenges with today's Church.
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Series:The Reformed Expository Commentary
focuses on the English rendering of the biblical text, and thus does not address concerns of the original language nor academic technicalities. Rather, proceeding section-by-section it focuses on the narrative flow of the biblical book, while drawing out significant points or theological emphases in the text, and then applies them to the daily life of the Christian.
br/>The various points addressed range between historical events taking place within a books narrative, or upon significant doctrinal statements that are made. The application or "guidance" section as the series calls it rounds out each of the particular emphases from the text making it a complete expository volume. Each commentary approaches the text from a Reformed theological perspective, and can be used profitably for either study or devotion.
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- Uses: Scripture Study, General Reading, Devotional
Jonah wrestled against Gods gospel message for pagan unbelievers; Micah was brokenhearted and fervent in his desire for Jerusalem to repent. Together they help us deal with issues of evangelism and church growth.
Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.
Rick Phillips is a uniquely gifted expositor, blessed with an astute mind for opening the biblical text. His skills are obvious in explaining the God-intended meaning of Scripture and showing its life-changing relevance. Distinctly reformed and exegetically sound, this commentary is an invaluable treasure house of what you need to understand the biblical passages of the prophets Jonah and Micah. If you are a preacher, teacher, or an interested reader of Scripture, this book is a must read.
Richard Phillip integrates sound exegesis, theological orthodoxy, and practical application in this volume. Focusing on grace without losing a sense of Gods righteousness, he illuminates the familiar story of Jonah and the lesser-known message of Micah. Expositors of Micah will be particularly pleased to find this sadly-neglected prophet expounded in depth. Phillips work should encourage others to follow in the great Reformed tradition of preaching consecutively through Old Testament books.
The volume on Jonah and Micah by Richard Phillips in the Reformed Expository Commentary will be welcomed by students and preachers of God's word for their faithfulness and freshness in Biblical exposition. The word of these ancient prophets is here preached with power to the present age, showing that God's word remains living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. Having heard some of these chapters preached live in a conference, I was eager to see if the printed words retained the same vitality and power as I had heard them proclaimed. They do indeed. The one who takes up this volume for help in understanding the message of Jonah and Micah will have the benefit of sitting under the preaching of God's word as he reads. Much more than just insightful comments on the Scripture, these are true expositions of the prophetic words speaking with prophetic power. Each of these expositions takes us into the very heart of grace. In Jonah Phillips shows that the great challenge is not simply to believe the gospel of grace, but to live it in reaching out to the lost. In Micah we are presented with the mystery of great divine judgment against his people's sin and the astounding grace of a God who pardons our sins and casts them into the depth of the sea. Here is medicine for the sickness of our souls today, when we so easily diminish God's great wrath against sin and thus diminish our experience and understanding of his grace toward us and others.
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