Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Book Review: Exalting Jesus in Ecclesiastes

Reading the Old Testament can be a challenge. Sometimes people get lost in the detailed history it gives. Sometimes you read stories that are really exciting followed by other stories that you wonder, why did God put that in the Bible.

Another challenge in reading the Old Testament is seeing Jesus in it. All the Bible points to Jesus. After His Resurrection, Jesus appeared to two disciples on the road to Emmaus and showed them "beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:27).

Danny Akin and Jonathan Akin shows us the Christ-centered theme in the book of Ecclesiastes in their book, Exalting Jesus in Ecclesiastes, which is part of the "Christ-Centered Exposition" series. What the authors try to do is communicate how we can see Jesus in the book of Ecclesiastes. Lets take the first chapter for example. The title is "Everything is Meaningless without Jesus."

The authors take the first chapter and the last verses of the Ecclesiastes to show the reader how our lives in the here-and-now are meaningless without Christ as our Savior. The rest of the commentary shows us Christ and how we can apply Ecclesiastes in our daily walk. One of the key questions about Ecclesiastes is, did Solomon write it? That is still one of the great mysteries that we may never know, however, the authors did attributed the authorship of Ecclesiastes to Solomon.

I have read a few commentaries from the "Christ-Centered Exposition" series and have enjoyed everyone of them. I am delighted to recommend this one on Ecclesiastes to every believer.

Thank B&H Publishing for letting me review this book.

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