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Numbers: God's Presence in the Wilderness (Preaching the Word) [Hardcover]

By Iain M. Duguid (Author) & R. Kent Hughes (Editor)
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Numbers tells of the events occurring in the years between Israel's exodus from Egypt and their entrance into the Promised Land. Iain Duguid aids both pastors and laypeople by explaining the profundities of the biblical text and communicating the lasting message of God's devotion to those who follow him in faith.

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The book of Numbers tells the story of the events occurring in the years between the nation of Israel's exodus from Egypt and their entrance into the Promised Land. The lives of two generations are recorded: the first lacking in faith and receiving their just punishment from God and the second believing the Word of God and so entering into their inheritance as his children.

Like those generations of Israelites, Christians today are in the midst of a journey between events of deepest significance-the death of Christ that was the exodus from bondage to sin and death and Jesus' second coming to usher his children into the true and final promised land as a glorious destination to the journey. Author Iain Duguid seeks to aid both pastors and laypeople on this journey by explaining the profundities of the biblical text, especially its less transparent portions, and communicating the lasting message of God's devotion to those who follow him in faith. Part of the Preaching the Word series.

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.34" Height: 1.23"
Weight:   1.54 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 5, 2006
Series  Preaching The Word  
ISBN  1581343639  
ISBN13  9781581343632  

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Iain M. Duguid (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary and the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He has also served as a missionary in Liberia, taught at Westminster Seminary California and Grove City College, and planted churches in Pennsylvania, California, and England.

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He serves as the series editor for the Preaching the Word commentary series and is the author or coauthor of many books. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

Iain M. Duguid has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Gospel According to the Old Testament
  2. NIV Application Commentary
  3. Preaching the Word
  4. Reformed Expository Commentary
  5. Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries

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Christ-Centered Exegesis and Passionate Homiletics  Jan 9, 2008
I have never preached through the book of Numbers. I did teach a few lessons on the book in the past in an overview sort of lesson. Nor do I own more than a few reference works on this book.

So, I picked up this volume with some bit of excitement for learning new things combined with an already-present appreciation for the "Preaching the Word" commentary series. Most of the volumes I own in this series are written by Kent Hughes (who is also the General Editor of the series). Duguid is Professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California and co-pastor of Grace Presbyterian church in Fallbrook.

The book of Numbers contains 36 chapters and this commentary contains 37. So it is fair to say that Duguid keeps up a good pace as he moves through the text. Keep in mind that this commentary series has proven to be of great benefit in helping expository preachers gain a feeling for how to break down books into individual sermons. Too much text or too little? This is not always an easy decision, and I am always glad to have gifted expositors around to show me how they have done it. We are not to be slaves to the work of others, but neither should we be so prideful as to always reinvent the organizational wheel. I have taken some texts under the microscope of 3-4 sermons that in retrospect should have been handled (at least by me) in one or two.

Duguid says that he himself was hardly an expert on the book of Numbers:

"Before I began work on this volume, I had little exposure to the book of Numbers. I had never preached on a text from Numbers, nor, as far as I know, had I ever even heard a sermon on the book of Numbers. ...When I told another Old Testament professor that I was currently preaching through the book, he expressed the opinion that it was scarcely meant to be preached."

And here is how Duguid explains his approach to the book:

"I understand the central message of the Scriptures from the beginning to end to be the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. I believe that a Christ-centered approach to preaching, which seeks to explore the way in which Old Testament passages prepare for and foreshadow the gospel, makes its truths accessible again to God's people. This approach feeds the hearts and souls of believers, as well as challenging unbelievers, with the result that even less familiar passages can speak powerfully to our congregations.

What I found as I proceeded was that the book of Numbers confronted us week by week with the challenge to live faithfully as pilgrims and aliens in a wilderness world and the encouragement to look to the One who has gone through this wilderness world ahead of us."

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