Minor Prophets Vol. I NIV, Hosea-Micah

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Written as a type of road map for students of the Bible, Harold
Shank, in his commentary on the early Minor Prophets, seeks to provide
necessary information for the journey of Scripture reading. While
extremely diverse in setting and literary devices, the works of the
Minor Prophets can be summarized by three major themes. First, all can
be categorized as prophecy. While prophecy is known to look to the
future, which these books do, they are rooted in the past. The prophets
books remind the nations of the God who has given them laws, who desires
the laws to be kept, and who deserves his people's respect because he
has revealed himself to them through the laws. We can also see that
judgment and its associated images play a major part in the writing of
the prophets. The people in Joel's day experienced some of God's wrath
in the form of a locust plague. Jonah was to preach to a city that would
be completely destroyed if it did not repent. All prefigure doom for
the wayward, whether experienced in the physical life or the spiritual
life. Finally, the problem of syncretism is confronted: Israel's
tendancy to mix the worship of Yahweh with the worship of Baal and other
gods. Over and over again the prophets denounce Israel's idolatrous
ways as they call for God's people to return wholly to him.

Despite
the somewhat bleak picture of the behavior of God's people, brighter
images of God's love and mercy must also be included in the scenery. God
is seen as a husband and father, tenderly caring for his people. We see
God wooing his people back to himself, longing for relationship to be
restored. These images remind us of the fundamentals of what God wants:
justice, mercy, and humility. The Minor Prophets can direct us on the
path to attaining these qualities.

Hosea

As
Israel became more and more prosperous, their acknowledgement of God
became less and less frequent unit Israel attributed their success to
other gods. Forsaking the love relationship they had with God, Israel
merely pays lip service to God while chasing after idols.

Joel

God,
through Joel, uses a natural disaster as a prime opportunity to remind
the people of the nature of sin and forgiveness. While harsh and
stringent, God's punishment is ultimately aimed at restoring his people,
moving them to repentance, and drawing them back to himself.

Amos

Israel
is found guilty in God's eyes of two heinous crimes: oppression and
idolatry. Amos warns the Israelites that those who are rich and are
guilty of oppressing the poor will be the first to suffer God's wrath
and judgment. Amos is the expression of God's concern for his people and
the oppression they suffer.

Obadiah

Obadiah
addresses the ancient struggle between the descendants of Jacob and
Esau along with the issues of justice, retribution, and God's glorious
future. God speaks a message of hope to Jerusalem, promising justice for
the injustice they have received.

Jonah

Fleeing
from the call of God, Jonah is forced to admit he is running from the
mercy and grace of God that was not as selective as he had hoped.
Jonah's story reveals that God is not just God of Israel but God of all
nations. Not only that, but we also see that forgiveness, faith, and
obedience can be found in the most unlikely places.

Micah

Like
Amos, Micah is concerned with injustice and oppression. Micah's message
focuses on how humans relate to God and how humans live together in
community. God's ultimate desire is seen in his demand that his people
act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with him.

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Written as a type of road map for students of the Bible, Harold Shank, in his commentary on the early Minor Prophets, seeks to provide necessary information for the journey of Scripture reading. While extremely diverse in setting and literary devices, the works of the Minor Prophets can be summarized by three major themes. First, all can be categorized as prophecy. While prophecy is known to look to the future, which these books do, they are rooted in the past. The prophets books remind the nations of the God who has given them laws, who desires the laws to be kept, and who deserves his people's respect because he has revealed himself to them through the laws. We can also see that judgment and its associated images play a major part in the writing of the prophets. The people in Joel's day experienced some of God's wrath in the form of a locust plague. Jonah was to preach to a city that would be completely destroyed if it did not repent. All prefigure doom for the wayward, whether experienced in the physical life or the spiritual life. Finally, the problem of syncretism is confronted: Israel's tendancy to mix the worship of Yahweh with the worship of Baal and other gods. Over and over again the prophets denounce Israel's idolatrous ways as they call for God's people to return wholly to him.

Despite the somewhat bleak picture of the behavior of God's people, brighter images of God's love and mercy must also be included in the scenery. God is seen as a husband and father, tenderly caring for his people. We see God wooing his people back to himself, longing for relationship to be restored. These images remind us of the fundamentals of what God wants: justice, mercy, and humility. The Minor Prophets can direct us on the path to attaining these qualities.

Hosea

As Israel became more and more prosperous, their acknowledgement of God became less and less frequent unit Israel attributed their success to other gods. Forsaking the love relationship they had with God, Israel merely pays lip service to God while chasing after idols.

Joel

God, through Joel, uses a natural disaster as a prime opportunity to remind the people of the nature of sin and forgiveness. While harsh and stringent, God's punishment is ultimately aimed at restoring his people, moving them to repentance, and drawing them back to himself.

Amos

Israel is found guilty in God's eyes of two heinous crimes: oppression and idolatry. Amos warns the Israelites that those who are rich and are guilty of oppressing the poor will be the first to suffer God's wrath and judgment. Amos is the expression of God's concern for his people and the oppression they suffer.

Obadiah

Obadiah addresses the ancient struggle between the descendants of Jacob and Esau along with the issues of justice, retribution, and God's glorious future. God speaks a message of hope to Jerusalem, promising justice for the injustice they have received.

Jonah

Fleeing from the call of God, Jonah is forced to admit he is running from the mercy and grace of God that was not as selective as he had hoped. Jonah's story reveals that God is not just God of Israel but God of all nations. Not only that, but we also see that forgiveness, faith, and obedience can be found in the most unlikely places.

Micah

Like Amos, Micah is concerned with injustice and oppression. Micah's message focuses on how humans relate to God and how humans live together in community. God's ultimate desire is seen in his demand that his people act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with him.

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SKU 1088
Subtitle N/A
Author/Speaker Harold Shank
ISBN 9780899008943
Translator N/A
Language English
Pages 447
Binding Hardcover
Publisher College Press
Copyright 2001
Edition N/A
Print Date N/A
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