I am currently preaching a "fly-over" of the Old Testament, the Bible that Jesus and the Apostles used. I am seeking to ground my congregation in the basics of the Bible--and if you don't really know your Old Testament, you won't really grasp the message of the New Testament. I have preached through Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus and was greatly blessed personally by doing it. It is a lot of hard study and prayer but it is certainly worth it all. I know I have been a huge beneficiary of the whole process. I don't teach every verse and sometimes not every chapter but the main points to "take away" from each book.
Now I am beginning Numbers and settling into that book. What helps are available for the layman to grasp the book? What helps are available for the campus minister, the Sunday School teacher, the neighborhood Bible study teacher, or the pastor?
Here are my suggestions for the best helps on the book of Numbers.
INTRODUCTORY HELPS ON THE BOOK OF NUMBERS:
SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; IVP--classic personal
study book which takes the user through the
books of the Bible by asking questions of each
paragraph or section. Compiled from the work of
several venerable scholars who had been involved
with British InterVarsity.
NEW BIBLE COMMENTARY (21st century edition);
IVP--the commentary section on the book of
Numbers is done by veteran scholar and
commentator, Peter Naylor.
Steven Lawson, FOUNDATIONS OF GRACE, Vol. 1--
A Long Line of Godly Men (1400BC--A. D. 100);
Reformation Trust--an insightful overview of the
revelation of God's saving grace in the Old
Testament. Shows how things fit together.
Gareth Crossley, THE OLD TESTAMENT: EXPLAINED
AND APPLIED; Evangelical Press--a goldmine of
useful information to help understand and apply
the teachings of the book of Numbers.
Gerard Chrispin, THE BIBLE PANORAMA (Enjoying
the Whole Bible with A Chapter by Chapter Guide);
Day One Publications--another goldmine to help
the diligent reader dig into the Scripture beneath
the usual surface reading.
INTERMEDIATE LEVEL HELPS ON NUMBERS
Mark Dever, THE MESSAGE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
(Promises Made); Crossway--the gist of each book
of the Old Testament given in one chapter, each a
transcribed sermon which does wonders to help
with the big picture of each book. Ought to be read
entirely through by each Christian!
R. C. Sproul and Robert Wolgemuth, WHAT'S IN THE
BIBLE ?; Thomas Nelson--a Genesis to Revelation
survey to give the reader the flow of God's plan of
Rodger Crooks, ONE LORD, ONE PLAN, ONE PEOPLE
(A Journey Through the Bible From Genesis to
Revelation); Banner of Truth--a meaty and
insightful overview of the Bible showing how it all
hangs together and is not a mishmash of
Alec Motyer, LOOK TO THE ROCK (An Old Testament
Background to our Understanding of Christ);
Kregel--an outstanding treatment by the dean of
evangelical and Reformed Old Testament scholars
in the U. K.
Alec Motyer, ROOTS: LET THE OLD TESTAMENT
SPEAK; Kregel--another outstanding contribution
to our understanding of how the Old Testament is
the unfolding revelation of God and His eternal
purposes on earth.
Gordon Keddie, ACCORDING TO PROMISE (The
Message of the Book of Numbers); Evangelical
Press--a fine study by a leading pastor/theologian.
John Currid, NUMBERS (EP Study Commentary);
Evangelical Press--a leading Reformed Old
Testament scholar of the best sort gives us his
measured insights into the fourth of his five
commentaries on the five books of Moses (the
Pentateuch). Solid help.
Raymond Brown, THE MESSAGE OF NUMBERS
(The Bible Speaks Today Series); IVP--a fine
contribution by the former Principal of Spurgeon's
College in London. Very helpful.
HELPS FOR PASTORS AND TEACHER ESPECIALLY:
Gordon Wenham, (Tyndale Old Testament
Commentary Series); IVP--a most insightful
commentary by the leading Old Testament
scholar still active in the U. K. A very important
Iain Duguid, NUMBERS (God's Presence in the
Wilderness); [PREACH THE WORD SERIES];
Crossway--shows how the faithful pastor and
Bible student might preach the book of Numbers.
James Philip, NUMBERS (The Communicators
Commentary Series); Nelson--a most helpful
exposition of Numbers by a leading Scot's pastor
and scholar who has been in the lead of
reformation among the Scot's churches.
Dennis Cole, NUMBERS (New American Commentary
Series); B & H--help from a leading evangelical Old
Testament scholar and archeologist.
There was once a scarcity of good helps on Numbers.
Now there is an embarrassment of riches for the faithful Christian student of God's Word.
May the Lord show you more of His glory and your life be transformed as your study the book of Numbers!
Your Book Servant,
Pastor Steve Martin