- 1:1-5.The people of Judah, looking upon their condition and circumstances, were depressed and murmuring against God.What proof did the prophet use to show that God did love them as a nation? Cf. Pss. 34:15, 16; 73:26-28.
- Of what particular sins were the priests guilty? With what will God punish them if they remain impenitent? What was the root of their failure?
- What, by contrast, do we learn should be the quality and objectives of our service as messengers of the Lord of hosts? Cf. 2:5-7, and cf. 2 Cor. 6:3; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pet. 4:10, 11.
- 1:2-4. The Edomites were the descendants of Esau.
- 1:5. ‘Great is the Lord- even beyond the borders of Israel’: the people had too small a conception of their God, and the prophet seeks to correct this. Cf. verses 11, 14b.
- 1:8. Perfect, unblemished sacrifices were demanded ( Lev. 1:3), and the ‘rejects’ from the flock.