Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Message of the Old Testament by Mark Dever (Book Review #103 of 2014)

The Message of the Old Testament: Promises Made by Mark Dever

This is a collection of sermon overviews on each book of the Old Testament that Dever preached at Capitol Hill Baptist Church some years ago. I read them while reading through the OT chronologically, and I found the sermons helpful to read as I started each new book. In most cases, Dever zooms out and breaks the book down into logical sections, finding main points from each section. He also provides some historical context and the book's relation in time to other books, this is helpful when looking at the minor prophets. Dever's sermons are fairly lengthy, he does not subscribe to Alistair Begg's notion that an expository sermon should be delivered in under 30 minutes. Perhaps most helpful are the study questions at the end, they are very thought-provoking/challenging.  The sermons are intended for his local congregation, so there is some context there as well-- plenty of references to New England, for example. In many cases, Dever avoids getting into the meaning of prophecy or relating various viewpoints. The sermon on Zechariah was, according to him, his first on the book. The leadership sermon on Daniel is quite good. Dever does a good job of finding Jesus in the Old Testament, particularly. Apparently at Capitol Hill if the morning sermon is OT, the evening one will be a parallel passage in the NT-- at least that was his stated practice when he was preaching these.

I highlighted dozens of passages, too many to list here. I give it 4 stars out of 5. It is just one guy's sermons, after all.

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