Posted On April 17, 2019

A Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments by James Durham

by | Apr 17, 2019 | Christian Living, Featured

I was absolutely thrilled to receive a copy of James Durham’s A Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments from Reformation Heritage Books (RHB) to review. The Ten Commandments have been a particular area of focus for me over the last couple of years, and I’ve been plodding through as many books on the subject as possible. I was aware of Durham’s work but had been unable to obtain a copy of it in recent years. It was just republished this past year (2018), and RHB did a tremendous job with the republication.

First, allow me to say that you will read close to 100 pages of content before you actually dive into the book and this alone is worth the price of the book. The preliminary chapters include an introduction from the editor discussing the different editions the book has experienced since its first publication in 1675, a dedication page and note to the reader, some commendations to the reader from John Owen and William Jenkyn, and a preface by Durham to set the stage for the exposition. These prefaces are carefully crafted and theologically rich. I would encourage a careful read through of them. Do not skip or neglect them. Apply your mind to them and grow.

What commences from there is a very thorough and thoughtful exposition of each commandment with special attention given to the fourth commandment. I found Durham’s remarks on our ability to sin in our dreams (in his preface) to be extremely helpful and convicting.  I also found his comments on both the second and fourth commandments to be beneficial and devotional (although as a reformed Baptist, I take issue with his assertion that infant baptism is not a violation of the regulative principle).

Overall, I would recommend this book to students who are serious in their thinking and have a moderate reading ability. I told my wife as I read the book that no modern-day writer is as thorough as the Reformers and Puritans were, and Durham’s work is no exception. This is a book I plan to re-visit and utilize often. One read through is not enough to grasp the devotional wealth contained in Durham’s work. Grab a copy and enjoy.

Related Posts

Standing on the Authority of God’s Word

Standing on the Authority of God’s Word

The challenges before us each day may seem daunting to us. We live in a culture that relies heavily on hunches, intuitions, and feelings. The emphasis on the subjective has led many to deny biblical Christianity and reject any notion of truth. The witty British...

Israel’s Temporary Hardening

Israel’s Temporary Hardening

Romans 11:25-27, “And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive...

The Miracle of Restoration

The Miracle of Restoration

Romans 11:23-24, “And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive...

The Matter of Whether Necessary Evil Is Biblical or Not

The Matter of Whether Necessary Evil Is Biblical or Not

On today’s episode, a listener writes in and asks Dave, “Is a Necessary Evil Biblical?” What you’ll hear in this episode How Scripture Speaks of Evil. Three Helps for Facing Evil and Suffering. Subscribing, sharing, and your feedback You can subscribe to the Servants...

Dave Jenkins- The Relationship Between Scripture and Tradition

Dave Jenkins- The Relationship Between Scripture and Tradition

On today’s Equipping You in Grace show, Dave considers the meaning of Sola Scripture, tradition, and the value of church history, the authority of Scripture, Christian conscience, and tradition, and why the Church has good answers to the issues of the day. What you’ll...

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share27
Tweet10
Reddit
Email
Buffer