A Verse-by-Verse Commentary on the Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.
The books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther were written thousands of years ago, and yet they remain relevant to God’s people as they demonstrate God’s faithfulness in difficult times and earnestly seek revival. Designed to help modern readers understand and apply the messages of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther to their own lives, this commentary by pastor Wallace P. Benn walks carefully through the text. Part of Crossway’s award-winning Preaching the Word commentary series, this volume offers insightful observations, powerful illustrations, and practical applications to equip readers to see how these accounts of restoration and God’s covenant faithfulness bear witness to his faithfulness through his Son, Jesus Christ.
“The work of God gets done when there is a good heart for God and his work. It starts in a heart with a deep concern for the glory of God and the health of his church (or people).” (Page 74)
“was ‘the Spirit of God taking the Word of God and creating the Community of God.’” (Page 107)
“His first instinct was to pray, not to do. Ours is too often the other way around; we plan or do something and then ask God to bless it.” (Page 98)
“‘the work of God is paralysed and the people of God are demoralised.’” (Page 74)
“We can’t solve spiritual problems without radical dependence on him” (Page 75)
It is a pleasure to commend this series of homiletical commentaries. They fill an enormous vacuum that exists between the practical needs of the pastor/teacher and the critical exegetical depth of most commentaries.
—Walter C. Kaiser Jr., emeritus president and distinguished professor of Old Testament and ethics, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
There is a long history of informed, edifying biblical expositions that have been mightily used of God to shape and strengthen the church. These volumes admirably fit this tradition.
—D. A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Throughout the Christian centuries, working pastors have been proving themselves to be the best of all Bible expositors. Kent Hughes stands in this great tradition, and his exciting expositions uphold it worthily.
—J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ late Professor of Theology, Regent College
This series resonates with the priorities of the pulpit. No academic aloofness here, but down-to-earth, preacher-to-preacher meat for God’s people.
—Bryan Chapell, Senior Pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL and President Emeritus at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO
This series will minister to a pastor’s soul as well as giving him an immense resource for his preaching. And it will minister to the parishioner wonderfully in personal Bible story. The reader will be filled with fresh thoughts about our Lord as well as joyful encouragement for himself. That is what happened to me in reading this.
—Kenneth N. Taylor, translator, The Living Bible
The single best resource for faithful biblical exposition available today. A great boon for genuine reformation!
—Timothy George, dean and professor of divinity history and doctrine, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
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