This clear, concise commentary reflects a Christ-centered view of Bible history and prophecy. The book introductions provide each book’s background and important features so readers can see distinctive themes and purposes. Using the Revised Standard Version, the authors offer commentary on key verses, phrases, and words to help readers gain a proper understanding of Scripture. Especially useful for the Bible student, or in a family setting.
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“Neighbor is not a generality to be defined but an individual to be met. God, who governs all happenings down to and including the fall of the sparrow (12:6), will ‘define’ neighbor for you by laying him across your road half dead, in need of you. You need not take steps to define and find him; you will have to take steps to avoid him, as the priest and the Levite did. The Law is clear, and the imperative of love is inescapable; even a Samaritan could hear and heed it. In the last analysis the question is not one of mind (who is?) but of will—how can I prove neighbor to the man across my path?” (Volume 2, Page 69)
“As such they are profitable, useful, performing a function. Being the work of the Spirit, whose creative possibilities begin where man’s possibilities end, they can give man what man cannot give himself: teaching, knowledge of the will and ways of the God of illimitable power, wisdom, and goodness; reproof, the exposure and conviction of sin which make a man cry out, ‘Woe is me! For I am lost,’ in the presence of his holy God (Is 6:5); correction, the raising up of man to life and ministry where man has failed and totally collapsed (Is 6:6–8); training in righteousness—the inspired Word takes man in hand, lays the gentle yoke of his Savior God upon him, puts his reckless life in order, and makes of him a man of God … complete, equipped for every good work.” (Volume 2, Page 226)
“For the record of Israel’s sins in the wilderness and God’s judgment upon them cf. for 10:5 (overthrown in the wilderness) Nm 14:29–30; for 10:6 (desire evil) Nm 11:4, 34; for 10:7 (idolaters) Ex 32:4–6; for 10:8 (indulge in immorality … fell in a single day) Nm 25:1–18; for 10:9 (put the Lord to the test … serpents) Nm 21:5–6; for 10:10 (grumble … destroyed) Nm 16:30–49.” (Volume 2, Page 154)