COMMENTARY ON HEBREWS, Exegetical and Expository, by William Gouge; Kregel Publications, 1980; 1148 pp., $24.95.(Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko) From the rather lengthy biographical sketch at the beginning of this volume we learn that William Gouge lived from 1575 to 1653, was a graduate from King’s College, Cambridge, served for 45 years as minister of Blackfriars, London, was made a member of the Westminster Assembly of Divines by an act of Parliament, and was noted and respected for his exceptional godliness and piety.
The place is not a pretty sight. I.V.’s drip fluid into skinny arms. Doctors and nurses scurry from one wooden-slab bed to another, responding to pleas for help. I am at Ban Vinai, a refugee camp along the Mekong River just inside northern Thailand. It is populated by some 35,000 H’mong (pronounced Mong) tribal refugees from the mountains of Laos. They suffer from severe malnutrition, malaria, amoebic dysentery, tuberculosis, pneumonia and a host of parasites. For many there is a tragic complication: they have been gassed.
The hope of the coming Messiah lived in the soul of every faithful son of Abraham. Already in the Garden of Eden, God had promised, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Gen. 3:15). The Jews came to know the Promised One as the Messiah, a Hebrew name for the Anointed One. According to the law and the prophets, Christ was coming as Mediator of the covenant.
Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, was defiled by Shechem the son of Hamor. Although Jacob the father of Dinah was in the land promised him, and as far as the letter of the law is concerned was complying with the command to go to the land of his fathers, Abraham and Isaac, he tarried for about ten years in the vicinity of Shechem. Hamor the father of Shechem was disturbed by the immoral conduct of his son, and he was fearful of the consequences of his son’s sinful liberties taken with Dinah. Subsequent events reveal that he had reason to...
What Is Anti-Semitism? Time, Sept. 29, 1980, presented an interesting account in its religious section of a certain religious leader who said that God does not hear Jewish prayers not made in Christ’s Name. He was promptly labeled “anti-Semitic” and many of his fellow church members berated him for the same “sin.”
The question with which we are dealing is this: who are the proper objects of mission work? To whom or to which peoples ought the church direct the preaching of the gospel? In our last contribution we considered whether or not the church should perform mission work among the Jews. This is the question of what is sometimes called “the priority of the Jews.” In that connection we presented a rather lengthy quotation of the late Dr. J.H. Bavinck (cf. Bavinck’s Introduction To The Science of Missions pp. 69-72).
Dear Timothy, In our last letter we finished our discussion of the conscience in the life of man and particularly in the life of the regenerated child of God. We have now to turn to the question of the place of the emotions in man’s life—and again, particularly in the life of the Christian.
Various other obligations have prevented me until now from telling you a bit about my summer experiences in Australasia and in Singapore, as I promised. This delay was not all bad: for it also enabled me to see things a bit more in perspective and to reach more mature judgments. In the rush of travel and the excitement of new and interesting experiences, the latter is not always possible.