Moses and the Burning Bush – R C Sproul   Leave a comment

This book is a republication following Dr Sproul’s death in 2017. Dr Sproul was a theologian, the author of more than 100 books, an ordained Presbyterian pastor and the first president of Reformation Bible College. He also founded Ligonier Ministries which began as a study centre for seminary students and grew to include a daily radio programme, ‘Renewing Your Mind.’
He has been described as ‘the greatest and most influential proponent of the recovery of reformed theology in the last century’. His best known work is ‘The Holiness of God’, which I have read and enjoyed. It was people like Dr Sproul who were fundamental to me in my early Christian growth, so I was keen to read this republication of a book I had not yet read.
The book is a series of 10 chapters inspired by the story of the burning bush in Exodus 3. It is a short book of only 100 pages, so it doesn’t take much reading. The first 3 expound largely on the story of Exodus 3 itself, covering the background story from Moses calling to the exodus and the Passover, placing the excerpt in context.
Sproul then expands his remit, to cover a discussion on the Glory of God, the transcendence and imminence of God and the significance of ‘Holy Ground.’ Other chapters cover the importance of God’s name, ‘I am’, and what this incident reveals of the character and aseity of God. Finally, the author considers what this episode can tell us of Jesus’ coming through foreshadowing.
I enjoyed this book, it was clear and easy to follow. I felt sometimes the theology suffered from being so thoroughly simplified, I believe readers can often understand more than they are given credit for.
In addition, some of Sproul’s applications which he drew from this scripture, I felt were a little removed from the original, and would not come up at being related in a standard sermon. However, as always, his style was clear and very readable.
I hope more of Dr Sproul’s book will now be republished.

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Posted April 11, 2018 by dianne7 in book review

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