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5.0 out of 5 stars Magor challenges from minor prophets, 2 Nov 2005
This review is from: Hosea, Amos, Micah (NIV Application Commentary S.) (Hardcover)
Another excellent commentary from the NIV application series. Good exposition of what the prophecies meant to those who first heard them in Bible times. Original ideas for how the messages of the ancient prophets help us in our lives today.
Gary Smith presents some challenges to the Bible believer, such as his powerful argument of the importance of the "Lament" in the life of the Christian.
My only criticism of the book would be that Smith urges Christians to become political activists on behalf of the poor and oppressed. This seems to go against Christ's example of refusing to become involved politically (e.g. refusing to be made king, or become involved in protests against heavy taxes) as his mission was first and foremost to preach the good news about God's coming kingdom on earth, where oppression will be destroyed once and for all.
With our world being ravaged by earhquakes, tsunamis, wars, famines and terrorism, Micah's prediction of a righteous king from Bethlehem - Jesus Christ - ruling over a worldwide kingdom of peace is as relevant now as it ever was.
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Hosea, Amos, Micah (NIV Application Commentary S.)
Hosea, Amos, Micah (NIV Application Commentary S.) by Gary V. Smith (Hardcover - 1 Mar 2001)
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