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Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5: 1-12 Paperback – May 1, 1971
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About the Author
Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686), the Puritan preacher and author, was probably born in Yorkshire, although the exact place and date of his birth are unknown. Cross-references from the entire biblical corpus are sprinkled throughout his sermons, revealing a deep understanding of many texts obscure to most modern day Bible students. A solid understanding of history, botany, medicine, physics, the classics, logic, and various trades are revealed in his sermons. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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If you like this book I also highly recommend Martin Lloyd-Jones' book "The Sermon on the Mount."
Who am I to approach a giant of the faith when I often feel like a dwarf or pygmy tree like a Japanese banzai tree than a strong, leafy tree in the yard?
C. S. Lewis disabused me from reading old books written by spiritual giants years ago. The reason why we should read older writers was because they knew our God deeply but they could also communicate deeply about knowing Him.
And few sub-groupings among Christians are more blessed than the Puritans, both in England and America.
In the ancient days before emails, phones, twitter and selfies and text messages, there was relative peace and quiet and time to think and meditate upon the great truths that God was teaching His people during the 17th century Puritan revival. Names like John Owen, Matthew Henry, John Bunyan, John Flavel, Matthew Poole, Richard Sibbes, and a galaxy of other Reformed luminaries graced the churches of England and its colony, America.
And few Puritans were more blessed and useful than Thomas Watson. The Banner of Truth is to be thanked for publishing most of the important works of Watson--THE BEATITUDES, THE LORD'S PRAYER, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, and a commentary on the Westminster Confession, A BODY OF DIVINITY.
Why is Watson a much read and much appreciated writer? He was biblical, warm, clear, full of metaphors and illustrations that stick in the mind, and thick with heart-tugging application. He could not be vague or boring if he tried. What's more, the great 19th century Baptist, Charles Spurgeon aided the modern rediscovery of Watson by himself editing of a couple of the volumes mentioned above. (I think I would be a much better writer if Charles Spurgeon was my editor!)
Like all the Puritans, Watson was not in a hurry. He wanted to do his best to master his subject and be mastered by it. So he takes no short cuts and rounds off no corners.He is thorough, and thoughtful and clear and biblical and takes the reader by the hand to make sure none of the message of God's Word can be missed if he can help it!
Let me whet your appetite by giving you a sample section--CHRISTIAN MEEKNESS under "Blessed are the meek...". In this section, Watson covers:
Meekness towards God and man
Meekness in the bearing of injuries
Meekness in the forgiving of injuries
Meekness in recompensing good for evil
Meekness shows the character of a true saint
Ten Reasons why Christians should be meek
How to attain the grace of meekness.
The Puritans understood that God had come to them in Christ and saved them to know Him deeply and make His glory visible in their generation. They pursued holiness and universal obedience; they were men of prayer; they studied and meditated upon their Bibles; they withstood persecution for the truth; they said Good-bye to their homes and livings when thrust out of the churches, they ministered when hirelings would leave the masses because of the black death that scourged 17th century Europe.
I enjoy reading them because like few others, they make me become more of a man of God. Too many of today's authors help me to become a boy of God, but few provoke me and teach me and entice me to become a man of God. All the Puritans provoke me to godliness and holiness. And I shall be eternally grateful.
Start out with the newly reprinted THE BEATITUDES (An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-10). After that try THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, then maybe THE LORD'S PRAYER. If you want to become a man or woman of God, you will not begrudge the effort expended in reading a Puritan and you certainly will not be disappointed with Thomas Watson.
Pastor Steve Martin