Ample notes accompany each page, providing fresh insights by renowned Bible teachers Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch, as well as time-tested interpretations from the Fathers of the Church. They provide rich historical, cultural, geographical or theological information pertinent to the Old Testament book - information that bridges the distance between the biblical world and our own.
It also includes Topical Essays, Word Studies and Charts. The Topical Essays explore the major themes of Job , often relating them to the teachings of the Church. The Word Studies explain the background to important Bible terms, while the Charts summarize crucial biblical information "at a glance".
In the mountains of Moses’ refuge, God broke down the strongholds of Egyptian influence. As forty years of Moses’ life passed in his wilderness hideaway, God instilled in His servant lessons of faith, patience, humility, and reverence.
When Moses was humbled, God met him at the burning bush. He trembled at the thought of returning to the land of his birth to face a brotherly foe. Only then did God lay out His detailed instruction to rescue the Hebrew people.
Together Moses and his brother Aaron took the message of God to the earthly king: “Let My people go.” The pharaoh met the brothers’ approach with wrath: “I know not Jehovah, neither will I let Israel go,” boasting that their God had no power to deliver them. Hence, a series of plagues bombarded the people of the Nile. Just before the tenth and final plague, Moses instructed God’s chosen with their course of action. They needed to submit to His command through obedience to heavenly direction just as we need to be surrendered so that we can be saved.
When the cry of bereavement rose from the land of sun gods and papyrus reeds, the Hebrews were ready to go. The pharaoh once denounced the sovereign God: “Who is Jehovah, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go?” cried out as he hovered over the limp body of his firstborn, “Rise up, and get you forth from among my people. . . . Also take your flocks and herds . . . and be gone.” Thus, the descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob left the land of their bondage.
When the grieving king learned that the whole enslaved nation had marched to the Red Sea instead of the desert, his ire burned within him. When the pursuing army approached, the God Almighty enveloped the opposition in a foggy cloud, blinding their view. As the darkness deepened over the Egyptians predators, confusion and dismay reigned.
To the Hebrew people, however, that same cloud illuminated the encampment with the light of day, and hope resurged in their hearts. When Moses lifted his rod over the swelling waters, they parted, creating a walled pathway through the sea. God’s pillar lighted their way from shore to shore in that night of flight. The Psalmist penned of the following morning when the last Israelite footstep was safely on the eastern shore: “The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad. The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook” (Psalm 77:17–18). Thus, the Egyptians pursuers followed their firstborn into death.
In only one night, God’s people experienced complete deliverance—men, women, children, and even their livestock. God has a plan of deliverance for those who have chosen Him as their Savior, Lord, and Friend that is greater than that of the miracle at the Red Sea. We may lay claim to the sacrifice of our Redeemer, and keep our eyes ever focused on Him rather than what sin may offer us for a season.
Interpretation Bible Studies (IBS) offers solid biblical content in a creative study format. Forged in the tradition of the celebrated Interpretation commentary series, IBS makes the same depth of biblical insight available in a dynamic, flexible, and user-friendly resource. Designed for adults and older youth, IBS can be used in small groups, in church school classes, in large group presentations, or in personal study.
“Any Christian who wants to know more about the heart and character of God and how that God works for our best through suffering should read this book. It’s a very thoughtful piece.”
—Tracey Bianchi co-author of True You: Overcoming Self-Doubt and Using Your Voice and author of Mom Connection: Creating Vibrant Relationships in the Midst of Motherhood and Green Mama: The Guilt-Free Guide to Helping You and Your Kids Save the Planet
“A uniquely uplifting exploration of an important Old Testament book...a new view of human suffering. Highly recommended!”
—Kitty Foth-Regner, author of Heaven Without Her: A Desperate
Daughter’s Search for the Heart of Her Mother’s Faith
The design for the Preacher's Commentary gives the reader an overall outline of each book of the Bible. Following the introduction, which reveals the author's approach and salient background on the book, each chapter of the commentary provides the Scripture to be exposited. The New King James Bible has been chosen for the Preacher's Commentary because it combines with integrity the beauty of language, underlying Hebrew and Greek textual basis, and thought-flow of the 1611 King James Version, while replacing obsolete verb forms and other archaisms with their everyday contemporary counterparts for greater readability. Reverence for God is preserved in the capitalization of all pronouns referring to the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit. Readers who are more comfortable with another translation can readily find the parallel passage by means of the chapter and verse reference at the end of each passage being exposited. The paragraphs of exposition combine fresh insights to the Scripture, application, rich illustrative material, and innovative ways of utilizing the vibrant truth for his or her own life and for the challenge of communicating it with vigor and vitality.
Through critical exegesis of the text, Wilson focuses on the message of Job and its implications for practical ministry, examining such key issues as suffering, justice, lament, and faith. He also touches on various pertinent topics in Christian ethics, including individual character, wealth, suicide, and the environment. In a final section Wilson offers guidance on using Job as a resource book for pastoral care and prayer, and he discusses how to teach and preach from the book of Job.
This Bible study is for anyone who has ever suffered unexplained tragedy and wants to wrestle to a deeper intimacy with God. The 13 sessions contain historical context and word studies from Job, as well as study aids and discussion questions. If using in a group, personal study is needed between meetings.