God In Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Relationship With God, by Daniel R. Hyde. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.

God In Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Re­lationship With God, by Daniel R. Hyde. Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2012. 255 pages. Hardcover $18.00; ebook $9.00. ISBN 978-1-56769-281-5. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper.

“God created the world in six days, but he used forty to instruct Moses about the tabernacle. Little over one chapter was needed to describe the structure of the world, but six were used for the tab­ernacle.” (Herman Witsius, as quoted on page 202 of this book).

This fact alone justifies the writing and publishing of this volume. My own interest in reading it was height­ened by the fact that I am preaching a series of sermons on the tabernacle’s furnishings for Lord’s Supper.

The main section of this book consists of seventeen chapters that explain Exodus 25-40, in which God gave Moses directions regarding how to build the tabernacle with its courts and furnishings, and how to gather the materials for it. This main section is preceded by an interesting 35-page introduction, in which Rev. Hyde explains the idea of the tabernacle in Scripture and discusses hermeneutical principles (methods of interpretation) regarding this section of Scripture. After the main section, Rev. Hyde includes a conclusion, and an appendix containing both a plea to pastors to preach from the Pentateuch and homiletical principles to guide pastors in such preaching.

I recommend this book to interested readers of the Standard Bearer for three reasons.

First, in telling Israel to make a tabernacle, and how to make it, God was giving His covenant people visible lessons regarding His grace in His promised Christ and regarding life in God’s covenant as it will be ultimately enjoyed in heaven. These lessons are relevant for us today, as we are sinners who stand in continual need of God’s mercy. Rev. Hyde brings this out clearly in each chapter.

Second, the book makes good devotional reading. The book is a commentary on these passages of Scrip­ture—but not a technical commentary; it includes good food for the soul, and Rev. Hyde is diligent in applying the gospel to the reader. The style is easy to follow, and engaging.

Third, the book presents the matter from a Re­formed perspective. It clearly promotes the historic, Reformed, biblical faith that is dear to us. Rev. Hyde is a Reformed pastor with a good understanding of the Reformed faith. He is the pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad, CA. He refers often to the Reformed creeds (including the Three Forms of Unity and the Westminster Standards) and to Reformed liturgy. It is true that on rare occasions Rev. Hyde uses words or terms that we consider inconsistent with sovereign grace—such as when he refers to God’s call to His people to gather for worship as an invitation (160). Nevertheless, the book’s frequent appeal to the Reformed confessions and liturgy makes clear that it promotes the historic, Reformed, biblical faith that is dear to us.

After reviewing some books, I get rid of them. This is not one of those. It will stay on my shelf.