Review: Exalting Jesus
`Exalting Jesus in I & II Samuel` is an Old Testament study written by authors Heath Thomas and J.D. Greear. It is also an Old Testament commentary.
I & II Samuel reveal God's plan for King Jesus. They are also mirrors of our modern world, with sin running rampant and people turning their backs on God only to reap the results.
The major characters are Yahweh, Hannah, Samuel, Saul, and David. Samuel Samuel is a prophet, priest, and judge of God's people. Saul is the first king of Isreal. David is the second king of Israel, a king after God's own heart.
The topic of the book is that of exalting Jesus. The author approached this subject descriptively. Beginning and ending with Jesus - Yahweh.The introduction is longer than most, but very important background to the book. In I & II Samuel God promises salvation through a royal line of David, Israel's anointed king. (see page 20)
I have read the books of Samuel a few times and did not realize that God came and stood beside Samuel then called out to him. I always assumed God was in heaven calling for Samuel, but verse 10 in I Samuel chapter 3 reads God came and stood. I also learned true repentance is when we fully trust in God and are fully satisfied in God. If we don't grasp those two things we don't really know God. Either we do not know God's gracious love for us, or we do not grasp the value of that love (see page 173).
In I & II Samuel we see the demise of Saul and the rise of King David, a man after God's own heart.
I recommend this book to all believers.
Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."