Joel, Obadiah, Malachi – David W. Baker – NIV Application Commentary

NIV Application Commentary Joel Obadiah MalachiDavid W. Baker is the author of the Joel, Obadiah, and Malachi volume in the NIV Application Commentary series.

This commentary’s strength is interpreting the meaning of the text for these three biblical books.

The application sections provide a good starting point.

These three short prophetic books of the Old Testament each contain a dual message.

On one hand are messages of impending judgment―for all peoples on the Day of the Lord, for an enemy of Israel, and for Israel herself.

On the other hand are messages of great hope―of the pouring out of God’s Spirit, of restoration and renewal, and of a coming Messiah.

Placing judgment and hope together in such a manner may seem paradoxical to a contemporary mindset.

But the complete message of these prophets gives a fuller picture of God―who despises and rightly judges sin and rebellion, but who also lovingly invites people to return to him so that he might bestow his wonderful grace and blessings.

It is a message no less timely today than when these books were first written, and David W. Baker skillfully bridges the centuries in helping believers today understand and apply it. [1]

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