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Saturated with sound exegesis, helpful insights, pointed application, and warm devotion, God in Our Midst helps us to see in the tabernacle not merely pieces of furniture or sets of curtains, but Christ Himself, in the beauty of His holiness and the peace of His pardoning grace. This book will drive pastors from the study to the pulpit, and parishioners from study to worship.

--Rev. Brian Vos: Pastor, Trinity United Reformed Church, Caledonia, Michigan

In God in Our Midst, Rev. Danny Hyde provides a true feast for the reader. He demonstrates a grasp of the Scriptures in terms of the grand storyline as well as the particular texts that flesh out the points he makes. His examination of the tabernacle-its building, sacrifices, personnel-are gateways to discuss a wide variety of theological matters and directions of rich, spiritual application. The tabernacle centers around the person and work of Jesus Christ. This book is rich in content devoted to theology and to piety. Lay members and ordained pastors will learn and relearn much in this book. Highly recommended.

--Rev. Mark Vander Hart: Associate Professor of Old Testament studies Mid-America Reformed Seminary, Dyer, Indiana

How refreshing to have a book that unlocks the treasures of this section of God's Word so clearly and so faithfully. Daniel Hyde has handed us not only an excellent series of devotional studies on the tabernacle, he has given us an example of how to allow Scripture to interpret Scripture. So many have sought the key to unlocking these chapters in allegory, imagination, and speculation, all of which has proven to make things complex and unprofitable. Instead, we are guided to simply read the text as it was intended to be read. Daniel helps us to hear God teaching His people about the promised Savior, Jesus, and the great things He would do to redeem and transform sinners. The secret, the mystery in it all, is Jesus. It is so exciting to be able to see these things for oneself. After the first few chapters of this little book, I am sure readers will be able to see the patterns for themselves, and make connections with more familiar New Testament passages. What would be more exciting than to know in greater detail the wonder it is to experience God in our midst? This would be an excellent resource for any Bible study group or class to open up a section of Scripture that sadly continues to remain closed to so many.

--Dr. David R. Jackson: Head teacher, biblical studies William Carey Christian School, Prestons, Australia; Author of Crying Out for Vindication: The Gospel According to Job.

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Daniel R. Hyde is the pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad, California. He is a graduate of Westminster Seminary California and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He has written several books, including Welcome to a Reformed Church, Why Believe in God?, and In Defense of the Descent: A Response to Contemporary Critics. He and his wife, Karajean, have three sons.
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  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing (June 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567692818
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567692815
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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By Michael B. Spotts on June 27, 2012
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Anyone who hikes in the desert knows how hard it can be to navigate such terrain and how important it is to prepare. I learned this once when I and several friends decided to explore some of Joshua Tree National Park's more than one-thousand square miles. Wandering into the wastes, none of us thought to pack more than our teenage bravado and perhaps a Capri Sun. We snaked for hours past gangling specimens of that namesake Joshua tree and over immense mounds of granite. By noon we were lost. Without maps, compasses, water, and food we became increasingly disoriented, fatigued, and nervous. Fortunately, we came across someone who knew the way back. Since then I've known how essential the right tools and supplies are for wilderness treks.

Reading the Old Testament can be much the same, especially for people unfamiliar with the landscape. What does it all mean? How do I grow from it? Why does it seem so dry? Thankfully, Rev. Daniel R. Hyde comes to our aid with a new book to guide and nourish believers in our study of Israel's desert wanderings, and in particular, help Christians understand the purpose of the Tabernacle for today. God in Our Midst (Reformation Trust, 2012) is an easy door into Biblical Studies that not only digs into its main theme, but presents readers with sound tools for interpreting the entire Old Testament in light of the New Testament.

The book is based on Hyde's sermons through Exodus, but it has been fortified with historical quotes, archeological insight, and devotional application. Pastors will find substantial help from a complete subject/scripture index, but the studies will not fly over the heads of less advanced learners, either.
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Since earlier reviewers summarized the contents and themes of the book, I won't do the same here. Instead, I'll give a brief summary of why this book is worth owning.

1) It is biblical. Hyde does a fine job of using various Scripture texts to explain the tabernacle and how it applies to the Christian today.
2) It is redemptive-historical. In a non-allegorical way, Hyde shows how the various parts and aspects of the tabernacle point us to our Immanuel, Jesus.
3) It is straightforward. That is, Hyde doesn't waste words by telling long stories or trendy anecdotes. He does not trace rabbit trails. Instead, the text is examined, explained, and applied.
4) It is a unique contribution to this section of Scripture. I've studied this portion of Scripture in some depth several years ago, and I didn't find anything like this for a resource. Now, however, we have a resource.

In summary, I'm quite sure that anyone who reads and studies this book will benefit from it. It is not a commentary on Exodus 25-40, but rather a collection of sermons which exposit this section of Scripture and make it understandable and applicable for Christians today. Finally, though somewhat detailed, it is written at a popular level so it isn't just for the pastor's shelf. I would say it might also be used for a book club, Sunday School, or Bible study resource.

-I received a copy of this book from the publisher, though I was not obligated to give a favorable review.
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I admit to being a sceptic when it comes to books and sermon series about the tabernacle, priests garments, and so forth. It seems to me that some writers and preachers see too much in the tabernacle. Surely one or two sermons, or a dozen or so pages, ought to cover it? Surely the Gospels and Hebrews give all the inspired and authoritative explanation of the tabernacle that Christians need? In fact, in Hebrews when speaking of the tabernacle, the unnamed author says 'Of these things we cannot now speak in detail' (Hebrews 9:5).

This book by Pastor Daniel Hyde is 220 pages of text and I was thinking, before reading it, that he probably sees too much. I really liked Alec Motyer's 15 pages in The Message of Exodus. However, the tabernacle instructions form a large part of Exodus and are therefore important to understand. In reading a larger book about the tabernacle I would expect the following:

- Why is the tabernacle needed at this point?
- What has God been doing in history up until this point?
- What was the purpose of the tabernacle?
- What did it mean to the people at the time?
- What does it mean to Christians today?

Thankfully, the author also thinks some of these questions are important (p. 2) and seeks to answer them in the Introduction.

Daniel Hyde says 'The common purpose of Eden, the tabernacle, and the temple was that the creature could have fellowship with the Creator' (p. 25). He goes on to say:

They had experienced the reality that they were the "treasured possession" of the Lord (Ex. 19:5), but they had no Bibles. They had become a "kingdom of priests" (Ex. 19:6), but they had no catechisms. They had become a "holy nation" (ex. 19:6), but they had no Sunday school.
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I've hit a book hot streak. I loved God in Our Midst. Hyde provides an exposition of Exodus 25-40 looking specifically at passages relevant to the tabernacle. He skillfully demonstrates how preachers should explain tough Old Testament passages in light of Christ.

My wife and I just finished reading Exodus together a few weeks ago and I tried my best to direct our thoughts to Christ but I will gladly admit that my efforts felt inadequate and feeble. I will also gladly admit that Hyde served me so well in opening my eyes to a method which was faithful to the text and violently Christ-focused. This passage sums up the tone of God in Our Midst, "The tabernacle was God's drawing to His people then; now we have this image in flesh and blood--Jesus Christ" (p. 55).

Each chapter takes an item or topic from the tabernacle unpacking the main ideas from each passage. For instance, when discussing the ark of the covenant, Hyde says,

In ancient practice, a copy of such a treat [the ten commandments] was placed in the sacred place of the lesser kingdom that offered itself in obedience to the greater kingdom. In Israel, the astounding truth was that both copies were kept at the Lord's feet in the ark, testifying that the Lord would be the covenant-keeper in His relationship with Israel. He entered a covenant with them on the basis of His grace (Deut. 7:6-8). He would keep them in that covenant on the basis of His grace (Jer. 31:3). (p. 59)

He goes on to describe the lid of the ark of the covenant in detail as the place of propitiation. He later describes the fire on the altar which never was supposed to go out. He reminds us that the fire was started by God when the tabernacle was consecrated and "was a picture of God Himself as a `consuming fire' (Heb. 12:28) (p.
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