Exposition of Genesis, R. C. Candlish, hard cover

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Robert S. Candlish (1806-1873) the Scottish theologian of the Free Church may be seen in his greatness through the fact that he was chosen to succeed two of the most famous Scots, Thomas Chalmers as professor of theology at the New College, Edinburgh (1842) and of William Cunningham as principal of that college in 1862. Candlish was very prominent in all the historical events of the formation of the Free Church party and afterward.
''We venture to characterize this as THE work upon Genesis, so far as lectures can make up an exposition; we have greatly profited by its perusal. It should be in every Biblical library'' (C. H. Spurgeon, Commenting and Commentaries, p. 49)
Cyril Barber in The Minister’s Library says of this work, ''Expository messages rich in their devotional emphasis, containing helpful theological discussions. Thoroughly conservative and of special value to the pastor.'' (Vol. I, p. 132)
Unlike the heretical insistence of modern textual critics and translators who claim that Genesis chapters 1-3 are mythical, Candlish plainly shows by quoting Scriptures that the revelations of those chapters, which reveal an early earth and a six-day creation, are undeniably God’s words.
We see in Hebrews 1:3: ''By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, that the things which are seen were not made of things which appear.'' God spoke the universe into existence. ''He stretched out the earth over the empty place; and He hung the earth on nothing'' (Job 26:7)
Just as He breathed out the Word, so He did with the expanse. And that He did this through Jesus Christ may be seen in many passages, such as Proverbs 8:22-31 and Colossians 1:16.
Candlish defies science to prove by legitimate means that such is not the case. Their whole concoction of evolution is in no way scientific, but is a deliberate attempt to erase God from the minds of human beings, as Huxley himself so clearly stated. Yet by faith alone it can be proven to the regenerated heart that God created a small planet among all the other planets to receive His people, and to demonstrate through them the character of the Holy Trinity as opposed to the unregenerate members of mankind.
The treatment, very full, of Abraham as the father of faith is a feature of this book that will endear itself to all who desire to understand his designation as a special ''Friend of God.'' Isaac and Jacob as the Seed of Abraham (as types of Christ, see Galatians 3:16) are clearly contrasted to Ishmael and Esau.
Candlish explains how it can be that before they were born God could say, ''Jacob have I loved and Esau I have hated'' as it is written in Romans 9:13. It was to demonstrate God’s eternal purpose of election, as it is said there.
Very illuminating are the fleshing out of the characters throughout the book. And as Barber said, all is written in the age-old reliance on the Word of God as the sole foundation of faith and practice. Some have said that the Book of Genesis epitomizes the whole of Scripture in many ways. Any believing reader that reads this book will be richly rewarded by growth and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ 2 Peter 3:18).

R. C. Candlish ;  500 pages, blue hard cover

 

Product Code: 1589602579

 

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