The Message of Joel, Micah & Habakkuk

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Where is God in times of disaster? How can God allow suffering? What are God's people to do about moral decay in society? While people throughout the ages have long pondered these questions, three of the minor prophets--Joel, Micah and Habakkuk--provide insights to these perennial problems.

The people of Joel's day were devastated by a locust plague, which Joel said warned of the coming Day of the Lord. Micah rebuked a culture of corruption and moral evil. Habakkuk cried out to the Lord on account of a society bent on violence. All three point to a transcendent God who gives hope in times of uncertainty.

David Prior's passage-by-passage exposition of these three books provides careful study and measured insight and application for today's church.


General preface

Author's preface

Chief abbreviations


1. Cry to God - 1:1-20
2. Return to God - 2:1-17
3. Rejoice in God - 2:18-32
4. Fear God - 3:1-21

Preface - 1:1
The first cycle: Pervasive evil and a promised king - 1:2-2:13
1. Micah's message to the world - 1:2-16
2. The preacher for this people - 2:1-13
The second cycle: Ungodly leadership and God's promised leader - 3:1-5:15
3. Micah's message to the leadership of the nation - 3:1-12
4. Micah's message of a future beyond the ruin of Jerusalem - 4:1-5:15
The thrid cycle: A time of disintegration and desolation - 6:1-7:20
5. A message of gloom and doom - 6:1-7:7
6. A message of light and love - 7:8-20

1. Dialogue with God - 1:1-17
2. A double vision - 2: 1-20
3. Habakkuk's prayer - 3:1-19

Located in Westmont, Illinois, InterVarsity Press has been publishing excellent Christian books for more than 50 years. Our current publishing program is focused on three imprints: 1) IVP Books offers general-interest books in categories like Christian living, discipleship, evangelism, missions, apologetics and cultural critique. 2) IVP Academic offers books designed for research and classroom use in areas such as biblical studies, theology, philosophy, science and psychology. 3) IVP Connect offers study guides, multimedia curriculum and foundational resources for churches and small groups.

  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Author: David Prior
  • Pages: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publication Date: January 1999

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