"This series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. We purpose to exalt Jesus from every book of the Bible. In doing this, we are not commending wild allegory or fanciful typology. We must be constrained to the meaning intended by the divine Author Himself, the Holy Spirit of God. However, we also believe that the Bible has a Messianic focus, and the authors in this series will exalt Christ from all of their texts." - Series Editors
About the Series
Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible.
Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition.
It's presented as sermons, divided into chapters that conclude with a "Reflect & Discuss" section, making it ideal for small group study, personal devotion and sermon preparation. It's not academic. Our aim is to present an easy reading, practical and friendly commentary.
About the Authors/Series Editors
David Platt is pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He holds a Ph.D. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of the best-selling book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream.
Tony Merida is lead pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned a Ph.D. in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as associate professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His books include Faithful Preaching and Orphanology.
Many Christians avoid Old Testament books like Kings because they don’t see what stories about ancient kings have to do with their lives today. Tony Merida does a masterful job explaining these books and showing their incredible importance for our lives. Like ancient Israel, we need a king who no only follows God’s Word himself, but a king who can lead us to follow God’s Word. The bad news for ancient Israel was that all of their kings failed. Tony proclaims the good news for us: what they longed for, we have - the King of kings, Jesus Christ!
Tony Merida has written a commentary on 1 & 2 Kings that hits all the right notes. It is exegetically helpful, pastorally insightful, culturally relevant, devotionally beneficial, and most importantly it is all those things in a Christ-centered and Christ-exalting way. Both the pastor and the church member will find Tony’s work to be profitable for increasing their understanding of God’s dealing with his people in this particular time and place and the need that all God’s people have for a greater king - Jesus Christ.