Review: Timothy Keller’s The Obedient Master

5 out of 5 Stars
Author: Timothy Keller
Publisher: Dutton Adult
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Reading Level: Easy

I can’t say enough good things about The Encounters with Jesus Series. I’ve been surprised and delighted through out. What I’ve enjoyed most, and The Obedient Master exemplifies this, is the simple exegesis of Scripture.

Keller demonstrates it doesn’t take circus tricks or a survey for felt needs to pierce the apple off the head of Walter. It takes simple, yet Christ-centered exegesis. These small books walk us through the Gospels, take a few verses, and meditate and unpack them.

The work Keller does in this book could be done with a concordance, commentary, and Scripture. That’s not a knock on Keller. That’s a testimony to the power of mining out what God has revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ. You can tell Keller has soaked himself in Scripture and has taken them time to draw out the meaning in the text.

In The Obedient Master, he examines Jesus in the garden (Matt. 26). He looks at the significance of his taking God’s wrath and the importance of Jesus’s active obedience in imputation. He squares the text up with Jesus Christ and builds his house on the rock. While observing this, you will find yourself slackjawed at the weight of what Christ did, the love he provides us with, and the transformative effect on our day to day living. No more pouting, no more shame, no more fighting for acceptance. He took the full weight of the Father’s wrath and, therefore, he isn’t trivial with us. He isn’t arbitrary. He’s steadfast in his pursuit of his bride. That’s covenant love you can take to the bank.

Needless to say, this book is a must buy. And if I may, you should really just buy the collected series.

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