Earlier this school year, I was teaching Exodus to two classes of 9th grade students. Because of time, we didn’t linger too long on the later half of the book, but instead focused most of our attention on the plagues, the red sea crossing, and 10 commandments. When I teach it again next year (if, Lord willing, that’s what I’m doing next year), I’m probably going to spend more time on the tabernacle instead of the plagues, and this book from J.V. Fesko is a big reason why.
In Christ and The Desert Tabernacle, J. V. Fesko provides 13 short chapters on the various facets of the tabernacle constructed in Exodus. In each chapter, he is unpacking the symbolism of the tabernacle according to its Old Testament context before connecting to Christ’s person and work in the New Testament. In some ways, he is covering much of the same ground you would find in chapter 2 of G. K. Beale’s The Temple and The Church’s Mission (which is a dense 60pgs). However, in this book, Fesko is providing more devotional reading, as this book was birthed out of sermon series on Exodus. Clearly, when Fesko was preaching through Exodus he was thinking how to relate the material to Christ in a practical way that would minister to his congregation and that comes through well in this book.
At the beginning of each chapter, Fesko encourages the reader to dive into the text of Exodus and read particular chapters or portions. In this way, his book functions kind of like a devotional commentary on the text since most readers will probably be a bit mystified after trudging through descriptions of building materials and dimensions and priestly garments. But, if they are willing to have Fesko as their guide, they’ll be able to see these chapters in Exodus in a new Light and hopefully benefit spiritually from the process.
I thought the book was an easy read, but also found it profitable to read such a clear and thorough exposition of these chapters in Exodus. If you’re curious about how relevant someone could make descriptions of the tabernacle in Exodus, look no further than this little book by J. V. Fesko. In an engaging way, he recovers the latter half of Exodus as Christian Scripture that can show us more of the depths and riches of the person and work of Jesus Christ!
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Thanks to EP Books UK for the review copy!