God's People And God's Purpose

 

This interesting Ritchie reprint of an earlier work by Archie & Fraser Naismith is well worth reading. Entitled 'God's People and God's Purpose' with a sub-title 'The Hope of Israel and the Church' makes a distinction between the two said groups of people while also showing that their destinies are dovetailed together in the eternal plan of God.

 
The book is said to be the fruit of many years of study by these two brethren and is based on addresses given in both India and the UK and founded on articles previously published in the the Indian Christian, the Harvester and the Believer's Magazine.
 
They have been put together in an orderly fashion which divides the work into three parts. The first is based on Israel and takes an in depth look and analysis of the twelve tribes together with an exposition of their respective blessings given by Jacob from his deathbed. Plenty of helpful background information on the tribes and their work shows their place and purpose in the O.T dispensations.
 
The second section contrasts the first with an analysis of the twelve apostles who in this dispensation became the foundation stones on which the church was built, and whose names are engraven in the foundations of the New Jerusalem. Once again a clear exposition of the twelve and their inherent natures and accompanying works is very edifying.
 
The third section is highly devotion and brings the first two sections together in some ways. It focuses on the Return of Christ, and an interesting exposition of the prophecy of Malachi along with a similar exposition of our Lord's letters to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation and draws a very striking comparison which is then simplified in tabular form. The Seven Churches are shown to represent seven ages of the church in this dispensation of grace - nothing new in that, but interestingly the fact that they correspond to the seven 'whereins ' of Malachi was new to me.
 
The book is different and I haven't seen anything quite like it before but it makes interesting reading as a devotional and is also helpful to the preacher for reference and ideas. Attractively produced and comprising of 320 pages it is a mine of information and well worth reading.
 

Colin Le Noury
April 2013