For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
These prophets were writing during the seventh and eighth century B.C. The major prophetic themes of the destruction of Israel's enemies, the judgment of God upon Israel when she turns from him, and the peace that would result from living in harmony with God, are all here. There are also Messianic and future prophetic themes, such as the eternal reign of a king from the line of David (Micah) and the destruction of Jerusalem (Zephaniah). This fascinating period of Bible history is full of drama, wisdom and insight.
“The name used ‘Lord God’ is unusual. Although found in Genesis 2–4, it is not frequent elsewhere, and seems here to mark a deliberate change from Lord to God. Lord is the covenant name of God who has acted in mercy towards his people. This is particularly shown by his compassionate treatment of Jonah despite his fuming and reluctance to accept what God has done. The use of ‘God’ here and in 4:7–9 points to his action as the supreme ruler of all. He provides (see on 4:7) as he sees fit and as he alone can.” (Pages 66–67)
“He is the certain and unchanging one on whom his people may rely. In the uncertainty which the prophet is experiencing, he clings to what he is sure about concerning God. It is the Lord who is in control.” (Page 261)
“When God warns people of his impending judgment, it is with the aim that they will respond in time and be saved. ‘If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned’ (Jer. 18:7–8).” (Page 20)
“Jonah was the only Old Testament prophet we know about from Galilee (John 7:52), and he is the only Old Testament prophet to whom Jesus compares himself and his ministry (Matt. 12:39–41; Luke 11:29–32; see on 1:17).” (Page 19)
“Firstly Habakkuk looks back to the way in which the Lord had in the past intervened powerfully on behalf of his people. Then, on that basis, he prays that the Lord intervene again on behalf of his people.” (Page 299)
What’s more, with the Logos edition, Scripture passages are linked to your favorite English translation for quick reference, or to your Greek and Hebrew texts for original-language study! That gives you quick access to the message of the Bible as you study it! You can also read the Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah: God's Just Demands along with your Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, and the wealth of other Bible study tools in your digital library. This commentary will serve as a vital aid for sermon preparation, for personal and group Bible study, and for anyone looking to apply the text of Scripture to practical Christian life.