The Message of Exodus
by Alex Moyter
I have been very happy to recommend the Bible Speaks Today series as a genuinely helpful set of commentaries, some of which are exceptionally good. The whole series is well worth getting.
The more recent series of Bible Themes in the same format is also worthy of recommendation. In the past we have especially highlighted The Living God by Peter Lewis, which, if you have not yet read it, I would strongly recommend. More recently I have benefited greatly from Derek Tidball’s volume on The Message of the Cross and Philip Ryken on The Message of Salvation.
Most recently The Message of Exodus has become available and, having so appreciated Motyer’s The Prophecy of Isaiah, I was eager to read his Exodus and have not been disappointed.
Alec Motyer’s love of Scripture and delight in truth comes shining through. He has wonderful insights and a genuine strength of pastoral application. My own copy is already full of underlinings and exclamation marks.
Here is a random quote for your interest as Motyer comments on God’s fire enveloping the ‘burning bush’.
‘Holiness endangers the sinner because the holiness of the Lord is not a passive attribute but an active force, embracing all that conforms to it (Psalm 24:3-4) and destroying all that offends (1 Samuel 6:19-20). The trepidation humans feel before the Lord is not, therefore, the trembling of the lowly before the Almighty or the created before the Creator, but the fear of sinners endangered by holiness (Isaiah 6:3-5). The Biblical symbol of this perilous force of holiness is fire, and it pervades the book of Exodus.’
Here is a helpful commentary on the book of Exodus and one that could accompany your morning Bible study for some weeks to come and really enrich your understanding of God and His ways.
Motyer has once again served us excellently with another fine book.