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A Cameron

The Crises of the Christ by G. Campbell Morgan; published 2011 by Crimond House Publishers and available from John Ritchie Ltd; 347 pages. Price £11.99. (9780954992262)

G. Campbell Morgan (1863-1945) preached his first sermon at the age of thirteen. This would prove to be the pattern of his life in preaching and teaching the Word of God.

Famous for his expository preaching he became known as "the prince of expositors".

In The Crises of the Christ seven key events in Christ’s life are considered: His birth, baptism, temptation, transfiguration, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension.

Although Campbell Morgan wrote more than sixty books and booklets, this volume stands above them all as his signature work. It is stamped with a fine blend of the scholarly combined with the devotional.

He commences with a consideration of man’s fallen condition. It is from this point that he demonstrates how the work of Christ alone can meet that need.

With rare insight, accuracy of definition, and many illuminating touches, Campbell Morgan considers the pivotal events in Christ’s life.

As the author contemplates the sufferings of the Saviour he observes that "there is no subject more mysterious and yet more sacred in the whole realm of revealed truth. This is the heart of that mystery of love and wisdom of God, which wrought towards, and made possible, the salvation of man".

The subject fills him with a deep sense of reverence and he becomes almost overwhelmed by "its unfathomable deeps, and its infinite majesty". The book continues in this spirit that prompts the reader to be filled with wonder and worship.

Relevant poetry is included throughout this instructive and inspiring book which enables the believer to know more of the Lord Jesus Christ and to praise His glorious Name. Warren Wiersbe once stated, "Whenever you find a book by Morgan, buy it and study it".

-A Cameron

The Servant of Jehovah by David Baron; published 2011 by Crimond House Publishers and available from John Ritchie Ltd; 98 pages. Price £8.99. (9780954992286)

David Baron (1857-1926) was born in Russia and raised in a devout Jewish family. He studied Hebrew in a rabbinical school.

While looking into the Scriptures in his own personal study he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. From that time on he devoted his time to proclaiming the gospel to his fellow Jews and exalting the Lord Jesus Christ through the teaching of God’s Word. This commentary on Isaiah 53 does exactly that.

Commonly known as "The Song of The Suffering Servant", this prophetic account of the coming, rejection, suffering, death and exaltation of the Servant of Jehovah is not only important because it predicts and describes in detail the crucifixion, but because it points to the crucifixion 700 years before the coming of Christ.

David Baron’s book is an excellent introduction to this precious portion of God’s Word, providing an insightful exposition of the text along with devotional thoughts concerning God’s beloved Son.

The book is divided into two main sections. The first part presents a critical examination of the non-messianic interpretations of the passage.

Part 2 presents an exposition of the text. There is also an appendix with portions quoted from the Talmud and Midrashim that refer to a suffering Messiah.

It is the expressed desire of David Baron that this consideration of The Servant of Jehovah be spiritually helpful to believers and it certainly is.

He writes, "If the reader receives only a fraction of the spiritual help and enjoyment which the writer found in the course of his meditation and exposition of this truly wonderful Scripture he will be amply rewarded".

-A Cameron

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