Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wonderful book: Prophet on the Run

Prophet On The Run by Baruch MaozProphet on the Ruby Baruch Maoz

published by Shepherd Press

A devotional commentary on the book of Jonah, this is a new book by Baruch Maoz. A Christian of Jewish descent, and very familiar with the land of Israel and surrounding regions, this author brings to life the circumstances and lessons of this short book of the Old Testament with unusual clarity. 
 This slight book of 7 chapters was originally preached in Israel. Although an easy length for even the busiest of readers, and simple enough for a child to read,  this book is deep and has the power to convict the reader strongly- no matter where they stand in their walk of faith. In fact, Baruch Maoz has such a good way of describing our need of repentance, I recommend this book for seeking, unsaved people as well.
Expect great things from this small book. I read Prophet on the Run rather speedily, but I can't wait to go back and dwell on each chapter, along with the end-of-chapter questions for discussion thoroughly. 
    If you are accustomed to reading that short Old Testament book as simply a ''story'', be prepared to view it in an entirely different light after Mr. Maoz carefully goes through the text. He really has a remarkable way of bringing out each lesson in the book of Jonah. I thought the author had a God-honouring perspective of God- revealing both His merciful and compassionate nature as well as His holy and perfect self.
  If I must be negative about something, it would be that the author didn't really touch on Jesus' reference to Jonah, in Matthew 12: 39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
There could have been some great lessons in this aspect as well, of course. 
  There were too many other important lessons to mention here. I was especially struck by the part about repentance. True repentance. And I will close with a convicting verse from the New Testament...

The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. (Matthew 12:41)