e-magazine—June 2012 - Precious Seed

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e-magazine—June 2012 - Precious Seed

Inside this issue:

PSi matters 2

G. V. Wigram 3

Their Finest Hour—Joseph 4‐5

From the Archive 6‐7

Book Reviews 8

Over the Easter period it was difficult to avoid one of

the many references to the one hundredth anniver‐

sary of the sinking of the Titanic on its maiden voy‐

age. This ship, thought to be the peak of human en‐

gineering and skill, was dubbed ‘unsinkable’.

The memory of that ill‐fated voyage is now etched in

history as an act of folly and conceit. The tremen‐

dous loss of life is an indication of the imprudence of

putting one’s confidence in man. However, have we

really learned the lessons of that night in April 1912?

We could think of similar incidents when man’s

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‘It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man’, Ps. 118. 8

seeming ingenuity has failed to consider vital factors

and lives have been risked or lost—the exploration

of space being a prime example.

The challenge to us as believers is the extent to

which we are prepared to trust the Lord whom we

have not seen, when contrasted with that which we

can see. To what extent are we prepared to step out

in faith? When the choices have to be made, are we

prepared to wait upon the Lord?

John Bennett, Ministry Articles Editor

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Welcome to this the third issue of the PSi e‐magazine

and here is a note of items from Precious Seed Trust

which we hope you will find interesting.

Books from Precious Seed Publications

The Tabernacle and the Offerings by Albert Leckie

Paperback, 176 pages, £6.50 plus p&p £2.50.

This title was delayed in production but has now at

last reached the warehouse. You can order direct

from us or from your local bookshop. You can tell

them the publisher is Precious Seed Publications and

the distributor to bookshops is Trust Media Distribu‐

tion in Carlisle, UK.

Albert Leckie was a greatly loved Bible teacher. This

booklet is a breath of fresh air and is based on lec‐

tures he gave on ‘The Tabernacle’. His contemporar‐

ies who heard him speak will just love it . . . it is

‘Albert’! Those who did not have the privilege of

hearing him speak will also enjoy it and we are grate‐

ful to Ian Jackson for putting it together for us. This is

one definitely not to be missed. He also authored Ro‐

mans 1‐8 and this is available through our website.

The next Day by Day

This book is in the final stages of proofing and will

soon go to the printer. It is titled Day by Day with

Christ and His Apostles and will be available in the

new format in November, in good time for Christmas

and New Year gifts.

Evangelism Resources

Part of the Precious Seed mission is ‘to encourage

interest in gospel work’. We have tried to do this by

reporting on the spread of the gospel in the UK and

abroad and the Reports pages of the magazine it is a

well‐read section. For many these are the first pages

to read in each issue.

In order to help those engaged in the spread of the

gospel, whether assemblies or individuals, we con‐

tinue to publish two helps:

Gospel Calendar for 2013

We are now taking orders for the 2013 gospel calen‐

dar. The pictures are themed to ‘Cities of the World’

and are high‐quality, professional commercial photo‐

PSi Matters

graphs of twelve major world cities. We have in‐

creased the size of the texts which you can have in

KJV, NKJV, ESV, or NIV, indeed in any version you

care to choose. We know of no other calendar pro‐

ducer who offers that option. The print is the usual

high quality and each calendar comes in its own poly

bag for protection and ease of delivery through let‐

terboxes or under doors. You may order in 100 copy

lots and for 500 and above your own local overprint

is added. Orders for 100‐400 are without overprint

though there is space left on the back cover where

you can stick on labels so folk will know there is a

local connection. They will be in the NKJV version.

Please order as soon as possible by email to

roy@royhill.com or on the Precious Seed website

www.preciousseed.org

Faith Matters 2

Following on from the success of issue 1 of this evan‐

gelistic pamphlet we are now working on Issue 2. It

will be available in September and the articles are

written by Andrew Barnes, Andrew Dutton and Ian

Jackson, with a testimony by Michael Browne. It is a

12‐page pamphlet written in easy to read language

and is suitable for personal use and for distribution,

door to door, or on the street. It is full colour and

has space for personalization on page 12. The pam‐

phlet is backed up by its own website:

www.faithmatters.org.uk

Order now for delivery in September.

Trip to Israel

This took place from 6‐16 March and 99 people took

part. They came from Australia, New Zealand, Can‐

ada, USA, Ireland and the UK. We had great weather

and while visiting the usual tourist sites we avoided

‘churches’ and instead added some more unusual

things to see. Perhaps among the highlights were the

opportunities to remember the Lord in the assem‐

blies in Jerusalem and Nazareth and to listen to visit‐

ing speakers each evening. Everybody felt it was a

huge success and we hope to arrange another one in

2013, DV. You should plan to come – a never‐to‐be

forgotten experience that will change the way you

read and understand God’s word!

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George Vicesimus Wigram

Brian Clatworthy, Newton Abbot, Devon, England

G. V. Wigram was born in Walthamstow in 1805, the

same year that Nelson defeated a large French naval

force at the Battle of Trafalgar. His middle name

(Vicesimus) was given to him in recognition of the

fact that he was the twentieth child of Sir Robert Wi‐

gram, an Irish Baronet, who had made his fortune as

a merchant and ship‐owner. His father also served as

the Tory Member of Parliament for Fowey, and, later,

for Wexford, his home town. George’s second wife,

Catherine Parnell, was an aunt of Charles Stewart

Parnell, the Irish politician, who, among other things,

convinced W. E. Gladstone of the mer‐

its of Irish Home Rule. So not only did

George Wigram come from a very

wealthy background, but his family

were connected to some of the most

famous and influential people of his

time. A number of his siblings also

achieved fame, including his brother

Sir James Wigram who became a

judge and vice‐chancellor. Another

brother, Joseph Cotton Wigram, be‐

came Bishop of Rochester, and was

described as a conscientious bishop of

evangelical views who strongly advo‐

cated lay agents to assist parish in‐

cumbents. He was also keen on pro‐

moting the teaching of the Second

Advent, which suggests that his sym‐

pathies were with the Recordites.

In his youth, George spent his consid‐

erable wealth on fashionable clothes and horses, and

there is no indication that he had any real interest in

spiritual matters, or that he showed any great prom‐

ise as a scholar. It was only after joining the army

that his life radically changed. In 1824, he was posted

to Brussels with the army as a subaltern officer. It

was here that he visited the battlefield of Waterloo,

and experienced a conversion to Christ. He subse‐

quently resigned his commission, and, in 1826, en‐

tered Queen’s College, Oxford. Initially, he intended

to be ordained into the Church of England, but his

strident evangelical views brought him into conflict

with the establishment, and he was refused ordina‐

tion at that time. At Oxford he struck up a friendship

with Benjamin Wills Newton who, according to JONA‐

THAN BURNHAM, ‘quickly recognized the considerable

intellectual ability which set Wigram apart from his

immediate group’. Wigram also included amongst

his friends the Scottish theologian Thomas Erskine,

whom Newton found ‘very objectionable’! But the

person at Oxford who would most influence his life

was John Nelson Darby, someone to whom he would

be a close and loyal friend until his death in 1879.

Wigram left Oxford in 1827 without taking a degree,

and took up residence near Plymouth. It was here

that he became associated with like minded individu‐

als who met in small groups for Bible study, and who

desired to break away from the dead orthodoxy of

the Established Church. He had thought about joining

Anthony Norris Groves in his visit to Baghdad in June

1829, but later changed his mind. How different

‘Brethren’ history might have been if he had assisted

Groves rather than siding later with John Darby?

With Wigram’s financial support, these local Chris‐

tians were able to purchase, in December 1831, a non

‐conformist meeting house (Providence Chapel) in

Rayleigh Street in Plymouth for £750. This was the

start of the first local ‘Brethren’ assembly, and it soon

became a haven for Christian teaching, especially on

prophetic subjects. There is much more that one

could say about Wigram’s involvement in ‘Brethren’

history, but perhaps his greatest achievement was the

financing and publication in 1839 of The Englishman’s

Greek Concordance of the New Testa‐

ment. Wigram had been dissatisfied

with Alexander Cruden’s biblical con‐

cordance, because it gave no clues as to

the Greek language. In all probability,

Wigram arranged the Concordance

along lines suggested to him by W.

Burgh, whom he had met some years

earlier in September 1831 at the home

of Lady Powerscourt. He was ably as‐

sisted in this task by S. P. Tregelles, and

a second edition was published in 1844,

with an index the following year. Not

content with simply covering the New

Testament, Wigram also published The

Englishman’s Hebrew and Chaldee Con‐

cordance of the Old Testament in 1843.

Once again S. P. Tregelles was heavily

involved in its production. Although few

make use of these concordances today,

there is no doubt that, in their time,

they provided Bible students with extremely useful

exegetical tools to facilitate a better understanding of

God’s word.

Wigram wrote very little in the way of expository ma‐

terial in comparison to his peers. For many years he

edited a magazine called The Present Testimony,

which included articles that he had written on the

Psalms, but his main collection of writings are con‐

tained in two relatively small volumes entitled Memo‐

rials of the Ministry of G. V. Wigram and Gleanings

from the Teaching of G. V. Wigram. His ministry was

pre‐eminently Christ centred.

He was also a compiler and writer of hymns, and his

first collection was entitled Hymns for the Poor of the

Flock (1837‐38). This collection included hymns by

Cowper, Thomas Kelly, Watts, and Wesley, and, later,

hymns by Sir Edward Denny, and a number by John

Darby. A later compilation entitled A Few Hymns and

some Spiritual Songs for the Little Flock, effectively

became the hymnal of the Exclusive Brethren.

Wigram was twice married, but both wives pre‐

deceased him, as did his only child, Fanny. Such was

his grief after Fanny’s death that he went abroad to

minister to the needs of others to try to forget his sor‐

row. Six years later, in 1879, Wigram died at the age

of 74, and was buried with his daughter Fanny, in Pad‐

dington cemetery. It was Selina, Countess of Hunting‐

don, the patron of George Whitfield, who once

thanked God for the letter ‘m’ in ‘many’ in 1 Corin‐

thians chapter 1 verse 26 so that the text did not read

‘not any of noble birth’. Wigram would, no doubt,

have shared in that paean of praise.

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Their Finest Hour—Joseph

Joseph is one of the most beautiful of the Old Testa‐

ment characters. There are so many features about

him that reflect the excellence of the person of

Christ that cannot be overlooked. For example, his

being sent by his father to his brethren, the suffering

he endured among them and at the hands of the

Gentiles, and his final exaltation, give an accurate

foreshadowing of the Lord Jesus in his incarnation,

rejection, crucifixion and ex‐

altation. In this article, we

will consider the grand finale

of the life of Joseph when,

his sufferings now over, the

events of his life turn the

complete circle, and Joseph

finds himself exalted, and

surrounded by his brothers

and his father.

The life of Joseph is punctu‐

ated throughout with many

fine hours, but surely the fin‐

est of all his hours is to be

found in his reconciliation

with his brothers, and his

reunion with his father. Let

us trace the events that con‐

tributed to Joseph’s finest hour, together with some

prophetic and practical applications.

The Exaltation of Joseph

Within a period of twenty four hours, Joseph went

from being a prisoner, to being Prime Minister of

Egypt. Pharaoh took his ring and put it on Joseph’s

hand, and gave him one of his chariots to ride in, and

those who ran before him cried, ‘Bow the knee’.

Pharaoh made him ruler over all the land of Egypt,

Gen. 41. 41‐ 43. Now all of Egypt, and the surround‐

ing nations, would beat a path to Joseph’s store‐

houses to be delivered from the famine that was

threatening their very lives. Joseph was in a sense

the saviour of the world. Not only so, but even his

brothers would be blessed under his beneficent rule.

How encouraging for the suffering saints of our day

to know that even in the seeming incomprehensible

complexities, injustices and trials of life, the sover‐

eign purposes of God are being worked out, and that

‘all things work together for good, to them that love

God’, Rom. 8. 28.

William Burnett, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

The Testing of his Brethren

The crisis that arose due to the famine in Egypt and

all the nations around, affected the house of Jo‐

seph’s father, Jacob, and he sent his sons to Egypt to

buy corn. When they arrived Joseph recognized

them, but they did not recognize him. Little wonder!

They never expected that the young man they had

mistreated and sold into slav‐

ery would now be the ruler of

Egypt. Joseph was very cau‐

tious in dealing with his broth‐

ers, and did not immediately

make himself known to them.

Joseph wished to test them in

several ways to determine if

the passage of years had pro‐

duced repentance in their

hearts, and, also, to see if

their attitude towards Benja‐

min, the other son of Rachel –

his true brother – was differ‐

ent from their earlier attitude

to him. It was during this test‐

ing time that we read of Jo‐

seph weeping again and again.

Evidences of Repentance

At first, Joseph spoke roughly to them and accused

them of being spies, and he put them in prison for

three days. At the end of the three days Joseph

heard them say to each other, ‘We are verily guilty

concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish

of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not

hear; therefore is this distress come upon us’, Gen.

42. 21. When Joseph heard this confession we read,

‘And he turned himself about from them, and wept’.

We remember the sequel, how that Joseph held

Simeon hostage until such times as they brought

Benjamin down to Egypt. We remember Joseph’s

cup placed in Benjamin’s sack and the messengers

who pursued them, accusing them of stealing it.

When the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack the

whole caravan turned around and returned to Egypt.

Upon their return Joseph said that he with whom

the cup had been found would be detained as his

servant, but that they were free to return to their

father. It was at this juncture that we read one of the

most heart‐rending pleas in scripture, as Judah

poured out his soul before Joseph on behalf of Ben‐

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jamin and his father Jacob. Judah explained to Jo‐

seph that Jacob had already lost one of his sons, and

that ‘his (Jacob’s) life is bound up in the lads life,

and it shall come to pass, when he seeth the lad is

not with us, that he will die', 44. 30‐31. Judah then

offered to take the place of Benjamin.

Reconciliation with his Brothers

At this point Joseph could refrain himself no longer,

and we read that he ‘wept aloud . . . and said unto

his brethren, I am Joseph’, 45. 2‐3. When Joseph

made himself known to his brothers, we read that

‘they were troubled at his pres‐

ence’, v. 3. He then said, ‘Come

near to me I pray you . . . I am Jo‐

seph your brother whom ye sold

into Egypt’, v. 4. His brothers must

have been terrified, wondering if

Joseph would seek revenge in

view of their unspeakable cruelty.

But Joseph was gracious towards

them and embraced them with all

the warmth of his heart. How was

it that Joseph was able to take

such an attitude of grace and for‐

giveness towards his brothers who had caused him

such grief? Surely it was because he had a firm grasp

of the sovereign purposes of God being worked out

in his life. He said, ‘Now therefore, be not grieved

and angry with yourselves that ye sold me hither, for

God did send me before you to preserve life’, v. 5.

Joseph was able to see that whilst the actions of his

brothers could not be justified, even their unspeak‐

able behaviour had contributed to the overall plan

and purposes of God for him and for them.

We see this principle at work again when Peter deliv‐

ered the first gospel message on the day of Pente‐

cost. He could say to the leaders of Israel, ‘Him,

(Christ) being delivered by the determinate counsel

and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by

wicked hands have crucified and slain’, Acts 2. 23.

The death of Christ was determined from all of eter‐

nity, and the ‘wicked hands’ were the unwitting vehi‐

cles through which the sovereign purposes of God

were fulfilled.

Prophetic Foreshadowings

The reconciliation of Joseph with his one‐time cruel,

uncaring brethren will have its counterpart when the

Lord returns at the close of the Tribulation period to

deliver Israel. Zechariah tells us about that great mo‐

ment of repentance and confession in the nation of

Israel when they see their Messiah. We read, ‘They

shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and

they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his

only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one

that is in bitterness for his firstborn’, Zech. 12. 10,

and, again, ‘The Lord shall be king over all the earth:

in that day, shall there be one Lord, and his name

one’, 14. 9. Brethren, the ‘crowning day is coming by

and by’!

Practical Applications

There are also practical lessons that can be applied

to our own lives as we consider the events that cul‐

minated in Joseph’s exaltation and reconciliation

with his brothers. First, we must

always view present affliction in

light of the revealed purposes of

God. Second, in our dealings with

our brethren, even some who

may have caused us harm and

grief, we should be generous in

our forgiveness towards them

when true repentance is in evi‐

dence. Third, we must not allow

adversity, from whatever source,

to make us bitter, but rather to

make us better men and women

of God. Finally, it is important that we have a firm

grasp of the sovereign purposes of God in our lives,

and to view all of life’s events in that context.

The Grand Conclusion

As we close this meditation on Joseph’s ‘ finest hour’

we see how that, in the end, the seemingly contra‐

dictory, disconnected, complex pieces of life’s puz‐

zle had now fallen into place, and Joseph could see

the whole picture in true perspective. Whether it be

the dreams of his early youth, the hatred and rejec‐

tion of his brothers, his being sold into slavery, the

slander of Potiphar’s wife, and his subsequent time

in prison, the seemingly casual meeting with the but‐

ler in prison, the disturbed dreams of a heathen

monarch, and the scourge of a famine, he can see

that all, without exception, had contributed to the

fulfillment of the unerring sovereign purposes of

God for his life. All is now seen in proper context,

and Joseph’s early dreams given by God, have now

been realized. He is now upon the throne, and his

brethren and his father are bowing the knee before

him in all of his glory – the Ruler of Egypt.

His purposes will ripen fast,

Unfolding every hour,

The bud may have a bitter taste,

But sweet will be the flower.

[WILLIAM COWPER]

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From the Archive . . .

The Greek word ekklesia which occurs well over one

hundred times in the New Testament, and means 'a

called‐out company', is translated by the English word

'church' on all but three instances, relating to the con‐

course of citizens in Ephesus, Acts 19. 32‐41, where

the word 'assembly' is used. Apart from this passage

and another in Acts chapter 7 verse 38, where the

word is applied to the Israelites as called out of Egypt

and led into the wilderness, Christians are always in

view ‐ either as the whole company of the redeemed

in this dispensation, or as a company in a particular

locality. The fact that this one word covers both

senses is perhaps intended as an indication that what

is true of the whole redeemed company essentially,

should be true of each local company representa‐

tively.

Unfortunately, in modern English the word 'church'

has acquired a variety of meanings, some far re‐

moved from the thought of the New Testament writ‐

ers. For example, it is used of groups of religious so‐

cieties organized on a national or a doctrinal basis, of

a particular kind of religious building, and even of a

professional calling. We want to stress that if we use

the word 'church' we should be at constant pains to

insist on its true significance. If this precaution is ne‐

glected we shall soon find that what has happened

elsewhere is happening among us ‐ namely that pre‐

cious truth becomes obscured by the unscriptural

associations which the expression has acquired.

However, the point at which we want to arrive is that

the ekklesia, in its widest sense, embraces the whole

company of believers in this dispensation, whether in

earth or in heaven, is a unity ‐ 'the ekklesia, which is

his (Christ's) body', Eph. 1. 22, 23. We are on safe

ground only so long as we hold graciously but tena‐

ciously to this blessed truth. We are not now thinking

of visible unity brought about by human arrangement

but the unity of the Spirit.

It follows that all titles given to members of that one

body belong equally to all and we ought to be unwill‐

ing to recognize as valid, much less to accept for our‐

selves, any title which serves to distinguish some

from others. Thus, all who belong to Christ are

'saints'. 'Believers', of course, is self explanatory and

calls for no comment. 'Christian' signifies an adherent

of Christ and whilst many believe that what became a

title of honour was first coined by scornful enemies,

Acts 11. 26, we cling to the idea that the title was

What is the Church? By J. H. Large

given by God. 'Disciple' means a learner, with the im‐

plied obligation to put into effect what he learns from

his master. 'Brethren', of course, serves to stress the

relationship established through a common life in

Christ and is frequently used in Scripture to empha‐

size effectively the obligations of loving unity. It was

in this sense that the term was widely used by men

who were used of God at the beginning of the last

century to originate a remarkable movement which

did so much to rescue precious truth from a divided

Christendom.

Wherever the Gospel was preached and believed by a

sufficient number they were gathered together to

form a local community and, although conditions

would vary from place to place, yet the ground of

their gathering was the same. The result was that

when a Christian from one town had occasion to visit

another town, Christian fellowship presented no

problem at all ‐ he simply identified himself with the

Christians there who, of course, met on the same

ground as he did at home. There was not, and needed

not to be, any organized federation of assemblies ‐ he

was a member of the one body of Christ and since all

Christians met simply in the Name of the Lord Jesus

and modelled their assembly life on the apostolic pat‐

tern no problem arose. Would that it were so today!

If a first‐century Christian could suddenly be trans‐

ported to a large town in Britain, with what bewilder‐

ment he would look for the assembly in that town. If

he were to ask a passer‐by 'Where do the Christians

meet?' he would hardly be able to believe his ears

when told, 'In about thirty different places!' and he

would hardly be able to believe his eyes as he read

the various notice boards flaunting names strange

and even meaningless to him. If he happened to light

on the place where you meet, what would he read on

your notice board and how would it strike him?

We are not Christians suddenly transported from the

first to the twentieth century ‐ we have grown up

amid this confusion and are not as distressed as we

ought to be.

A fuller version of this article can be found at: http://

www.preciousseed.org/article_detail.cfm?

articleID=1897. It was written by the first editor, J. H.

Large, in 1958. Its message is as appropriate today as

it was then.

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From the Archive . . .

How It Began ‐ Sunday School on the Staircase

The writer was recently privileged to sit down at the

Lord’s Table with a company of believers in a very

comfortable and well‐appointed hall a few yards on

the Nottinghamshire side of the Derbyshire border,

with a fringe of the famous but dwindling Sherwood

Forest just across a couple of fields.

It seemed a far cry to the slump that hit the Somer‐

set coal field in 1927 but, strange as it may sound,

this work in a northern mining village had its origin in

another colliery village of Somerset. Here twenty‐

two years ago four unemployed brethren met to‐

gether in a miner's cottage unitedly to seek God's

face with a view to finding work. The outcome was

that an application to the manager of a colliery in

Derbyshire resulted in all four obtaining work within

two weeks.

When they and their families arrived, the nearest

assembly consisted of a small com‐

pany meeting in a cottage eight miles

away. After one or two unsuccessful

attempts to find congenial Christian

fellowship in the locality, meetings

were started in the home of one of

the four brethren and they com‐

menced to ‘break bread’ in 1928.

Work amongst the children flour‐

ished from the start and there were

times when there were no less than

100 children in a small five roomed

house, classes being held in the bedrooms and on

the stairs. Several adults were saved, among them

being some very interesting cases of conversion.

As an illustration of the unusual way in which the

work grew we might mention the case of a

neighbour who was evidently anxious to make per‐

sonal contact with one of the sisters. This woman

would make pretexts for calling at the house at odd

times and, after several calls of this nature, had

made it evident that she had some other purpose.

She was invited in just at the time when the good

woman of the house was enjoying a cup of tea and

reading the Scriptures whilst waiting for her husband

to return from work. The woman was evidently in‐

terested, whereupon our sister invited her to join in

the reading which happened to be the story of the

Crucifixion. Surprising though it may seem this

woman, although otherwise intelligent, was unable

to read. She had no religious background, but lis‐

tened with great interest to the story, although she

had not the slightest idea of the identity of the cen‐

tral figure. She was very much impressed with the

explanations given and, the next day, called to bor‐

row the book explaining that she had told her hus‐

band all about it and, as he could read, they wanted

to go over everything together. Both were eventu‐

ally saved.

Another neighbour was violently opposed to the un‐

heard of idea ‘a chapel in a house’ and used the

most violent language in trying to dishearten the

people from attending. Eventually she was per‐

suaded to attend a special meeting for women

where, remarkably enough, the message was based

on the conversion of the blaspheming and persecut‐

ing Saul. When she left the meeting, under evident

stress of emotion, it was feared that she felt insulted

and would make more trouble, but she afterwards

confessed that the message so suited her case that

she felt powerfully convicted and impressed of the

need of meeting the Saviour who arrested Saul. The

Gospel was made plain to her and a morning or two

later she came across to the house in high spirits to

announce that she had ‘got it’. Experience proved

that she really had ‘got it’.

The brother whose house had been open for meet‐

ings had been converted many years

before under the preaching of Mr. J.

Hodson and it was fitting that Mr.

Hodson should be invited to conduct

a tent mission in the village in 1930.

Several were saved during this most

interesting campaign and the mem‐

bership of the assembly increased to

forty. The work has been maintained

since, although, owing to a large

number of removals, the number in

fellowship has dropped to about

thirty.

Quite apart from the real work that has been done in

the village, the assembly, during the war, proved a

great blessing to men in the Forces, 'Bevin Boys' and

German and Italian prisoners, several of whom were

definitely blessed.

The zeal which characterized the believers is exem‐

plified by the case of an elderly sister who, rather

than miss remembering the Lord, when no transport

was available, used regularly to walk a distance of

eight miles to the meeting along lonely roads, until

she found a path through the forest which reduced

the distance to five miles.

It is worthy of note that in 1929, owing to a variety

of causes, only the man and his wife and daughter

were left and the work which has prospered since,

would have died out but for their faith and patience.

This article was written by the then editor, J. H.

Large in the 1949 issue of Precious Seed. It can be

found at: http://www.preciousseed.org/

article_detail.cfm?articleID=1496.

It is a record of the work in Langwith, Nottingham‐

shire, that was commenced by the present editor’s

grandfather.

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Judges – Book of Heroes

Tim Mather

Paperback, 236pp. Published by Gospel Folio Press,

304 Killaly St. West, Port Colborne, ON., L3K 6A6,

Canada.

ISBN 978‐1‐926765‐29‐7

There aren’t too many books on the

Judges of Israel. In that sense this book

should be welcomed. However, it is far

from a gap filler! This work is thought‐

provoking, challenging, and Christ‐

exalting and a worthy addition to the

library of anyone wishing to get to grips

with this much neglected book. As

MATHER writes, ‘Some judges were

flawed heroes. Some were reluctant

heroes. Some were unlikely heroes’.

But, against that background, ‘God is

not looking for heroes but for men and

women who are available to Him, and

who will be faithful to Him’.

This is not merely a volume of character studies. In

concluding the book with what the author calls two

The Land and People of Israel

Drew Craig

Paperback, 64 pp. Published by Gospel Folio Press,

304 Killaly St. West, Port Colborne, ON., L3K 6A6,

Canada.

ISBN 978‐1‐897117‐81‐1

The author of this little volume will be well known to

many readers of this magazine. It is clear from the

outset that Drew Craig is passionate about his sub‐

ject and writes with enthusiasm about the purposes

of God for the nation of Israel.

Within the scope of sixty pages it would be difficult

to give a detailed examination of the subject and the

scriptures that unfold that future for Israel. However

CRAIG draws extensively upon major and minor

prophets to show that Israel and Jerusalem will be at

the centre of world events after the church is rap‐

tured.

Book Reviews

‘case studies’, he is able to give an interesting com‐

mentary on the whole book. There are some difficult

issues to cover and MATHER is not afraid to deal with

them carefully and thoughtfully, although not press‐

ing his view dogmatically. In the matter of Jephthah

he says, ‘Jephthah’s sin was not human

sacrifice, but human pride’.

There are some useful insights into the

study of the book. The author writes

about the ‘Judges Cycle’ consisting of

four words: ‘sin, servitude, sorrow, salva‐

tion’. He shows where this breaks down

in the case of Samson, as we come to

Judges chapter 13. He also gives a useful

analysis of Jephthah’s actions when

faced with Ammonite aggression.

Overall, this is an excellent addition to

anyone’s study of Judges and a book that

will both edify and encourage. My only

disappointment with this recommended

book is that it seems to lack thoroughness at the

proof reading stage.

While this is not a book designed for the Bible stu‐

dent it is certainly one that could be given to any

believer keen to appreciate what God has planned

for the nation and

how those plans fit

with the covenants

God established

with the patriarchs.

In just over sixty

pages there is

enough to whet the

appetite and signifi‐

cant scripture quo‐

tations to demon‐

strate the sound

biblical background

for its teaching.

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