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Jonah & Micah - Reformed Expository Commentary (Phillips)

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Jonah is a figure of such contemporary features that he could be a member of one of our churches. Moreover, Jonah reminds us that the chief characteristic of redeemed people is not that they never sin, for sadly we still do, but that they are ready to repent of their sin when reminded of God’s grace.

The prophet Micah lived several generations later than Jonah. Whereas God called Jonah to cry out to the wicked idolaters in Nineveh, he called Micah to cry out against the wicked sinners of Jerusalem. Unlike the earlier prophet, who wrestled against God’s gospel message for pagan unbelievers, Micah was brokenhearted in his fervent desire for Jerusalem to repent and believe.

What this means is that a study of Jonah will connect us with our mission to the world. A study of Micah will inform us to face our challenges within today’s church.

As are all the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of Jonah and Micah is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.


Table of Contents:

Jonah: Learning the Grace of God

1. Messenger of Grace: Jonah 1:1-3

2. But Jonah: Jonah 1:1-3

3. But the Lord: Jonah 1:3-4

4. The Church in the World: Jonah 1:5-6

5. Fearing the Lord: Jonah 1:7-10

6. Jonah the Scapegoat: Jonah 1:11-16

7. Jonah’s Great Fish: Jonah 1:17

8. Prayer from the Deep: Jonah 2:1-7

9. Salvation of the Lord: Jonah 2:8-10

10. The Grace of the Lord: Jonah 3:1-5

11. The Grace of Repentance: Jonah 3:5-10

12. Growing in Grace: Jonah 4:1-5

13. For Pity’s Sake: Jonah 4:5-11

Micah: After Darkness, Light

14. A Tale of Two Cities: Micah 1:1

15. Hear, You Peoples!: Micah 1:2-7

16. A Death in the Family: Micah 1:8-16

17. A Rebuke to the Greedy Rich: Micah 2:1-5

18. A Display of False Prophets: Micah 2:1-5

19. A Shepherd for God’s Remnant: Micah 2:12-13

20. Wolves in Shepherds’ Clothing: Micah 3:1-4

21. True-False Test: Micah 3:5-8

22. The Malady of Spiritual Presumption: Micah 3:9-12

23. The Mountain of the Lord: Micah 4:1-5

24. Thy Kingdom Come: Micah 4:6-8

25. Now and Then: Micah 4:9-5:1

26. O Bethlehem Ephrathah!: Micah 5:2-6

27. The Resurrection Church: Micah 5:7-15

28. The Gift that God Requires: Micah 6:1-8

29. God’s Call to the City: Micah 6:9-16

30. The Prophet’s Lament: Micah 7:1-7

31. The Gospel According to Micah: Micah 7:8-13

32. Praying and Waiting: Micah 7:14-17

33. Our Incomparable God: Micah 7:18-20



Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.



"Rick Phillips is a uniquely gifted expositor, blessed with an astute mind for opening the biblical text. His skills are obvious in explaining the God-intended meaning of Scripture and showing its life-changing relevance. Distinctly reformed and exegetically sound, this commentary is an invaluable treasure house of what you need to understand the biblical passages of the prophets Jonah and Micah. If you are a preacher, teacher, or an interested reader of Scripture, this book is a must read." - Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Alabama