Evangelical Press; 128 pages; £6.95; ISBN: 978-0852346716
The lives of great characters in the Bible are recorded not merely for their exploits and adventures but for our instruction. Seeking to awaken the church at Corinth to the judgements of God, Paul writes of the Israelites, ‘Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come’ (1 Corinthians 10:11).
In this book Peter Jeffery gathers a selection of both Old and New Testament people who had dealings with God. He uses them to explain the good news of salvation in and through Jesus Christ.
Also, interspersed are chapters relating parables from everyday events. Some of these are the writer’s personal experiences, ranging from a heart attack to an imitation Rolex watch – all of which are used to illustrate some spiritual truth and some of which are told with a little humour.
Among the character studies are Noah, Lot and his wife, David and Manasseh, Nicodemus, the Ethiopian eunuch and John the Baptist – bringing home such biblical doctrines as sin and grace.
God’s holiness and man’s unrighteousness are recurring themes, along with forgiveness made possible through the death of Christ. Peter Jeffery does not shy away from man’s fundamental problem of sin when meeting God – nor from the fact that God’s anger had to be appeased by the self-sacrifice of his own beloved Son.
This is another useful book for those beginning to seek God because it explains simply the message of the gospel.