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The ministry of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi is a record of how God deals with people he has restored as they try to translate their basic loyalty to him into practical action. Restoring their temple and the physical trappings of their ravaged kingdom was not an end in itself. God was, and is, primarily interested in obedient minds and wills in people who have a heart for God.
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“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ In their estimation there was nothing wrong with their conduct that they needed to repent of. They were not conscious of any guilt on their part. This in itself indicates the malaise from which they were suffering—they had no sense of sin.” (Page 328)
“In rejecting this, they were defying God and saying that they were no longer prepared to live as the covenant people.” (Page 335)
“But we must avoid too simple an approach whereby the first coming of Christ is equated with salvation and the second with judgment. Although we are told that ‘God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him’ (Jn. 3:17), yet Jesus also said, ‘For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind’ (Jn. 9:39; see also Mt. 3:10–12; Lk. 2:34). There was begun a process of judgment and sifting at the first coming, which is consummated at the second. Whenever truth is revealed, those who do not believe stand condemned already (Jn. 3:18). This is continued in the ministry of the Spirit who throughout this age is convicting the world in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment (Jn. 16:8–11).” (Page 321)
“They had married gentile women, but what was most significant was that these women had retained their own religion. They had not become converts to the Lord, but had brought their pagan beliefs and practices with them. Being ‘the daughter of a foreign god’ meant having an ethos opposed to that of the Lord.” (Page 308)
“Those who feared the Lord’ are those who displayed true reverence towards him, putting their trust in him. Such fear is of the essence of the Old Testament presentation of true religion. ‘And now, O Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?’ (Deut. 10:12–13).” (Page 337)
The term ‘minor prophets’ may suggest they are unimportant, which is anything but true. This exposition is really first-class. John Mackay focuses on the text’s meaning and the books’ New Testament fulfillment in Christ. While his Old Testament scholarship is very evident, he avoids technical language. Many of the study questions provide valuable projects for the reader.
—Geoffrey Grogan, Former Principal Emeritus, Glasgow Bible College
Professor Mackay has done it again! This is an excellent piece of work on three ‘minor’ prophets that are not well known in the church today. Mackay’s commentary is a must read for pastors and serious Bible students who want to become familiar with what these three prophets have to say to the church today... this is a fine work.
—John Currid, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
John L. MacKay is internationally known as an Old Testament Scholar, and is in demand for church retreats where his skill in the practical exposition and application of doctrine are well respected. He is also the author of Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi and Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, & Zephaniah in the Focus on the Bible Commentary.