The prophecies of Hosea and Obadiah, along with the other so-called ‘Minor Prophets’, are all too frequently overlooked by contemporary Christians, and we are much the poorer as a result. Preachers will find this a useful resource for sermon preparation and others will benefit from its instruction.
The weakness of the churches in our generation is largely due to our ignorance of the character of God. Nowhere in the Bible is that character more clearly expounded than in the ministry of the prophets. If the church neglects to listen to God’s word of self-revelation through them, we shall be condemned to a superficial sentimentalism in our view of God, which will inevitably be blown away, like dust, in the storms of life.
Both Hosea and Obadiah came to teach the unchanging character of the covenant LORD to a deaf and careless people. In the midst of all the uncertainties and unpredictability of the tides of human history, the rock of God’s sovereign immutability stands, immovable and totally dominant. That was what God’s people needed to know then and it is exactly the same message which Christians today need to hear and heed. Here is a commentary which is a sure guide to these two remarkable Old Testament books.
It is a special treat to welcome this exposition of the two books, and to commend Michael Bentley’s careful explanation and application of the Old Testament material so persuasively for the contemporary church.
David Jackman, Director of the Cornhill Training Course, London
Michael Bentley, now in retirement, was pastor of Great Hollands Free Church, Bracknell, in southern England. He has authored several other in the EP Welwyn Commentary Series.