Knowing God the Father Though the Old Testament (Knowing God Through the Old Testament Set), Christopher J. H. Wright, IVP Academic; 1st edition, 2007,234 pp.
This book is part of the series by Christopher Wright on the God of the Old Testament. I have already read and reviewed Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament and Knowing the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. Just as in the other two books in the series, Wright does a fine job of highlighting the covenantal nature of God’s relationship with Israel. He was a Father to Israel and they were His Son (in a corporate sense). Judaism/Messianic Judaism and Christianity are the major world religions that can offer a God who is a Father. Just as an earthly father, God the Father adopts, disciplines, carries and pities his people (pgs. 21-38).
Wright highlight’s how Israel experienced God’s actions, his judgment, his grace, as well his justice, love, and sovereignty. As I was reading this book, it reminded me of when I first read J.I. Packer’s Knowing God. After all, it is hard to follow or be in a relationship with someone you do not know very well. Knowledge of God comes through the natural world, history, and personal experience. Wright does a fine job of not simply highlighting one attribute of God. He gives an overview of the full counsel of God. This is something that is lacking today. Just as the other books in this series, Knowing God the Father Though the Old Testament will help you draw closer to God and not make an unnecessary dichotomy between the God of the Old Testament and New Testament. They are the same God.