Mark J. Boda’s commentary on Haggai and Zechariah helps readers learn how the message of these two prophets, who challenged and encouraged the people of God after the return from Babylon, can have the same powerful impact on the community of faith today.
The books of Haggai and Zechariah represent a golden period in Old Testament history, but they are often overlooked. These two Minor Prophets speak a major message to the church today. It’s one that calls us, as a community of faith, to the priority of God’s house, and inspires us with glimpses of its future glory.
Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, Mark J. Boda shares perspectives on Haggai and Zechariah that reveal their enduring relevance for our twenty-first-century lives.
“Temple theology is an essential part of New Testament theology as well. Christ is the One in whom the manifest presence of God now dwells (John 1:14; 2:18–22). It is not surprising that the apostolic community pictures the church (which is ‘the body of Christ’) as also the arena of God’s manifest presence and thus as the temple of God and Christ (1 Cor. 3:16–17; 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 2:21; 1 Peter 2:4–10).” (Page 97)
“While the temple lies in ruins, the people are living in nicely decorated homes.” (Page 89)
“They are experiencing curses at the hand of Yahweh, who is displeased with their lack of attention to rebuilding the temple. The prophet is calling them to action and warning that inaction will mean further curses. However, this human action is linked to God’s purposes and activity. The ultimate purpose of this project is the pleasure and glory of God. Ultimately they are not to do it for relief from curse but for the pleasure and glory of God.” (Page 87)
“As we have already noted, the prophet is not suggesting that every experience of suffering or hardship is automatically a sign of God’s discipline in our lives. However, many within the church today have moved to the opposite extreme, where there is little sense or expectation of the intrusion of God into their everyday affairs.” (Page 100)
“The people’s offerings were defiled because the people were defiled. Both in the second scenario and the community’s experience, defilement is contagious and disqualifies worship.” (Page 145)
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—George K. Brushaber, president, Bethel College and Seminary
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Mark joined the College in 2003 after teaching for nine years at what is now Ambrose University College/Seminary. He has authored six books, edited eight volumes of collected essays, and written over 50 articles on various topics related to the Old Testament and Christian Theology. Key areas of interest include Old Testament Theology, prayer and penitence in Old Testament and Christian Theology, Babylonian and Persian Period Hebrew Books and History (Jeremiah, Lamentations, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi), the Book of the Twelve (Minor Prophets) and Judges. Mark enjoys mentoring students and teaches with enthusiasm about the Old Testament and its continued relevance to the Christian life today.