Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | December 30, 2006

Getting Some Reading Done

In the past week I’ve just finished reading three books.  The first book I began back in February called Biblical Theology Old and New Tesaments, by Geerhardus Vos.  This book is actually assigned for one of the classes I’ll be taking this Spring.  You may have seen quotes from this book in previous quotes, in regards to revelation.  In addition, to being a good resource for matters pertaining to revelation it also has a good overview of the Gospels and the concept of the kingdom of God.

The second book is an expository commentary on the book of Esther, by Iain M. Duguid.  This is preparation for a class I will be taking in the winter term.  It only took me two weeks to read this book (started 12/12 and finished 12/26).  I learned something new from this book, which was that Haman was an Amalekite.  He was a descendent of king Agag who king Saul, disobeying God’s command, did not destroy with the rest of the Amalekites.  This sin on Saul’s behalf almost cost the existence of Israel.  However, God remained faithful to His covenant children and delivered them from their peril.  The following quote is from this book:

The answer is Jesus Christ.  The true mediator between God and man, in the fullness of time he topk flesh and appeared inthis world.  Far from being comfortably isolated from his community, as Esther was, Jesus identified with us fully.  He took on the form of a servant and lived as one of us in this fallen and sin-sick world.  Then, after he had completed his life of perfect obedience, he went in before the Father, knowing that he was not just risking his life but laying it down.  For him, “If I perish, I perish” meant not just the potential probability of death, but the absolute certainty of the cross.  It was not just a swift blow from an ax that he faced, but the full torment of hell.  It was no light burden.  The sweat fell like drops of rain from his brow in Gethsemane as he faced up to his great encounter with death.  In agony, he sought some other way”  “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me!” (Matt 26:39).  But there was no other way in which our sin could be judged and we could be saved.  So he drank the cup of God’s wrath down to its last drops for you and for me.  Through his death, we have received life.

Finally, I just finished reading Hope in the Midst of A Hostile World, The Gospel According to Daniel, by George M. Schwab.  This commentary was also in preparation for a class I will be taking this winter term.  It took me 4 days to read this one.  This book did a good job of convincing me not to take the 70 week-years as literally 490 years.  The following is a quote from this book:

Thus the whole theme of vindication in the book of Daniel points forward to Christ and anticipates his resurrection.  Without Christ, these are simply stories.  With Christ in view, Daniel becomes an illustration of the way Jesus’ church shares in his death and ressurection (Rom 6:5).

I have a few more books to read for school and will report back once they are complete.  That’s all the time for today. 


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