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5.0 out of 5 stars A Call to true Worship, 26 Feb. 2007
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R. A. Cross "busheyrd" (U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Losing Touch with the Living God: The Message of Malachi (Welwyn Commentary) (Paperback)
Of all the old testament books, the much neglected prophecy of Malachi is probably the one with the most relevance to the church today, and John Benton is to be commended for taking the words of the prophet, written about 450 years before Jesus and applying them, not just to the church but to the individual. The book is divided into easily managable chunks under four general headings: God's Covenant love for Israel (ie. the church, His people); the failure of the priesthood to keep their covenant responsibilities; the failure of the people to keep their covenant responsibilities and finally, a warning of judgement and a plea to keep the covenant. He makes it clear from the outset that in its modern day application, the message to the priests is applicable to all in authority within the church, from ministers through youth leaders down to heads of households. Wherever possible the messsage is applied to the non Christian as well as the Christian, (though it is doubtful that many non Christians will read it), and there is much practical advise on matters such as marriage and divorce. The great theme of Malachi hovever is the church's decline from true, heart-felt devotion to the Lord, into half hearted empty formalism, and the Lords call to repentance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Religion or relationship?, 13 Jun. 2014
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John Benton's commentary on Malachi is definitely one I would put in the top 10 of Welwyn commentaries! The background is adequately summed up in the title. The people Malachi prophesied to had all the trappings of being of being very religious but had lost sight of a relationship that God's covenant was meant to represent. As is usual with this commentary series it gives a very good overview to the passages and John Benton gives much insight to the text as well as applying this practically to Christians in the here and now. Malachi is a very challenging book for the church in any age, but I suspect that it partially speaks to individual Christians and the Church at this time due to the spiritual temperature in the 21st century! As such the book of Malachi deserves and needs to preached upon! This is a very good commentary if you are preaching through it or just want to study it. I have preached through Malachi twice now and each time and found this commentary to be incredibly useful. I cannot recommend it enough!
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