Apostasy Destruction and Hope (2 Kings) (Welwyn Commentary Series)
In the story of the kings of Israel and Judah, we see God pointing people to the coming King of whom Solomon, in all his splendour, was only a faint and imperfect picture. This carefully written and helpful study is...
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In the story of the kings of Israel and Judah, we see God pointing people to the coming King of whom Solomon, in all his splendour, was only a faint and imperfect picture. This carefully written and helpful study is suited to teachers and preachers, as well as students and general readers. 272 pages, from Evangelical Press.
This popular series provides clear and concise insight into the Scriptures from respected authors, many of whom are pastors and Bible teachers. The series presently covers 34 OT and 25 NT books of the Bible and are ideal for personal study, Bible class and sermon preparation and are highly commended.
In this volume from the Welwyn Commentary Series, the author shows how 2 Kings has something to say to us today. The history of God's people shows that there are two paths, one of which we must all choose - either we follow God, seeking always to please him or we fail to obey. We learn, as the first readers of 2 Kings did, that God remains faithful at all times to his people. As 2 Kings opens, we find the people of God divided into two kingdoms: Israel and Judah. Neither kingdom was to last. By the end of the book both kingdoms had been taken captive -- Israel by the Assyrians and, over 130 years later, Judah by the Babylonians. This was devastating; Roger Ellsworth shows that they needed help, which the author of 2 Kings provided for them. The themes of the book are just as vital for today: the need to obey God and trust his promises. Explanation is given as to why the exile had taken place, to urge the people to guard against dangers which they faced while in exile and to give them hope for the future. With these things firmly in place, they, as we, can face an uncertain future with a clear sense of direction and with a deep peace. The author draws the reader repeatedly to the Lord Jesus Christ as well as applying what he says pastorally.
Roger Ellsworth is currently serving as Pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Jackson, TN, after servng as pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, Benton, Illinois, from 1988. In addition to serving as a Pastor, Roger Ellsworth also served two years as President of the Illinois Baptist State Association and ten years as a trustee of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, two of which he was Chairman of the Board. Pastor Ellsworth has also written extensively, having had forty books published by five publishing houses.