A Mentor Commentary
by John L MacKay;
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Like a wife unfaithful to her husband so Israel was unfaithful to the LORD. This is vividly illustrated in the book of Hosea where Hosea's own marriage represents Israel's relationship with the LORD.
In worldly terms it appears that life is going well for God's people. The Northern Kingdom had been going through a time of great economic stability and security. However this does not lead the people of Israel to give thanks to the Lord who is the provider of such blessings but rather they fall straight into the arms of the heathen idol Baal. Despite their unfaithfulness, the Lord does not give up on them, but rather he speaks to them in grace and mercy. Through the use of metaphors, Hosea brings an uncomfortable yet vital message to warn them of impending judgment if they do not return to Yahweh, the one true God. Hosea shows that God's constant love and perfect judgment, when put together, restores his relationship with his people. This prophecy is a book of hope for us today because it reminds us of God's unfailing and faithful love for his people down through the ages even when they fail and fall so badly. Here is grace indeed!
Hosea by John L MacKay was published by Christian Focus Publications in January 2012 and is our 41848th best seller. The ISBN for Hosea is 9781845506346.
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HoseaAlan Hill, via The Good Book Stall
This is a first rate, high quality commentary on the book of Hosea. Written as part of the ‘Mentor’ commentary series this is an in-depth look at this minor prophet. As such it is aimed at the serious Bible student and pastor.
In an excellent introduction, Mr. Mackay shows us that the theme of the book is divine love in the face of human sin and failure. He highlights how Israel had been drawn away from the true God by material wealth and pagan idols. Judgement is inevitable unless the people repent. He also provides a wealth of background information about the historical setting, composition and style.
The author then proceeds to provide a verse by verse commentary which includes his own translation of the text. The meaning of key Hebrew words is explained before the passage is applied. He brings out the richness of the Hebrew prose and poetry. Every few pages Mr. Mackay pauses and gives some helpful points of reflection.
Although an academic book it is not written in a dry academic way. Instead, this commentary breathes spiritual warmth and light. We find an author who has been personally gripped by the compelling story we find in Hosea. Preachers and teachers who love God’s word will love this book.
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Details for Hosea
|Page last updated||13th September 2016|
|Author / Artist||John L MacKay|
|Book Format||Paperback / softback|
|Publisher||Christian Focus Publications (January 2012)|
|Number of Pages||400|