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C H Mackintosh

If you use Logos Bible Software and appreciate the writings of C H Macintosh now may be the time to add CHM to your digital library. This month Logos has their entire collection of CHM– including Notes on the Pentateuch and Mackintosh Treasury: Miscellaneous Writings— ebooks for $69.99. This is 46% off their normal price.

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Jottings – The Devil Does Not Select an Ignorant or Immoral Man to Make His Grand and Special Attacks Upon the Bible

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To say or think that there is so much as a single clause, or a single expression, from cover to cover of the inspired volume, unworthy of our prayerful meditation, is to imply that God the Holy Ghost has thought it worth His while to write what we do not think it worth our while to study. ‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God’ (2 Timothy 3:16). This commands our reverence. ‘Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning’ (Romans 15:4). This awakens our personal interest. The former of these quotations proves that Scripture comes from God; the latter proves that it comes to us. That and this, taken together, bind us to God by the divine link of holy Scripture—a link which the devil, in this our day, is doing his very utmost to snap; and that, too, by means of agents of acknowledged moral worth and intellectual power. The devil does not select an ignorant or immoral man to make his grand and special attacks upon the Bible, for he knows full well that the former could not speak, and the latter would not get a hearing; but he craftily takes up some amiable, benevolent, and popular person—some one of blameless morals—a laborious student, a profound scholar, a deep and original thinker. Thus he throws dust in the eyes of the simple, the unlearned, and the unwary.

 

C. H. Mackintosh, Genesis to Deuteronomy: Notes on the Pentateuch. (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1972), 547.

 

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Jottings – The Triumphant Course With God

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On 2 Chron. 29:3 –
“A course begun with God is sure, in the long run, to prove a triumphant one. There may be failure, difficulty, temptation, sorrow, clouds, and darkness; yet in the end it will be made manifest that, he who begins his course in the sanctuary will end it in the glory. ‘They that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.’ (Psalm 92:12.)”

 

C. H. Mackintosh, Reflections on the Life and Times of Hezekiah, (New York: Loizeaux Brothers), p. 7. [Italics original.]

 

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Jottings – Faith Basks In The Sunshine Of The Divine Favor And Faithfulness

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It is when nature’s horizon is overcast with the blackest clouds, that faith basks in the sunshine of the divine favor and faithfulness.

 

Mackintosh, C. H. (n.d.). Discipleship in an Evil Day (p. 5). New York: Loizeaux Brothers.

 

 

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Jottings – The Attitude of Simple Subjection

 

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“…and see that we really are taking sides with the Lord against ourselves; that we are in the attitude of simple subjection to His authority.”

 

C.H. Macintosh, Notes On The Pentateuch: Numbers. StemPublishing.com. Accessed on June 18, 2014

 

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Jottings – The Spring of True Christianity

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Based on Jonathan & David in 1 Samuel 18:1-4:

“Reader, let us remember that love to Jesus is the spring of true Christianity. Love to Jesus makes us strip ourselves, and, we may say, that to strip self to honor Jesus is the fairest fruit of the work of God in the soul.”

C. H. Mackintosh, The Life of Faith Exemplified; Being Thoughts on the Principal Scenes in the Life and Times of David, King of Israel (Chicago; New York: Fleming H. Revell, n.d.), p. 69.

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Reading John Nelson Darby

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A friend asked me to write about my experiences reading through Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby. What was it like? What did I learn from it? Are there any tips and hints for someone else wanting to read the whole set?

I read Collected Writings over the course of 15 years. There were some volumes I read in a week or two, others took months. Sometimes I’d go months, or even a whole year between finishing one volume and starting the next. And of course I read some other things in the meantime, which might have helped me understand JND a little better.

To answer the most important question, yes it was tough reading, but it was definitely worth the effort. I would absolutely encourage anyone else to read Darby. Whether reading through Collected Writings is worth the effort depends largely on who you are and what you’re looking for. If you want a verse-by-verse commentary, you’ll be disappointed. Darby wasn’t really an expositor. If you want a study of types and shadows in the Old Testament, you might want to read C H Mackintosh (CHM) instead: that isn’t really what Darby writes about.

Darby’s writing is all about bringing the Word of God to bear on every question, of bringing every thought into captivity to Christ. It’s about seeing everything in the light of the whole counsel of God. It’s about gazing out at the vast ocean of God’s love.

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Entry Level Theological Truth [33]

“So he said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?’” Genesis 3:10-11

Asking the right questions is a time-honored teaching tool. Socrates, the Talmudic sages, and the Lord Jesus – the Master Teacher Himself – all used razor-sharp interrogatives to lead their listeners in directions that they previously selected.

Of course, God was the first to employ this pedagogical methodology as demonstrated in Genesis 3:10-13. More than merely instructing, however, the Almighty also reveals His heart while interrogating Adam and Eve. In His pointed questions one sees the Creator’s saving and loving nature. This conversation leads humanity’s ancestral parents to confront themselves and discover God’s abundant and pardoning mercy.

 


You Only Hurt The Ones You Love



 

During their previous state of innocence, God calling “Adam, where are you?” would have been a welcoming sound to their ears. On this occasion it drove the man and his wife into hiding. Rather than command them to instantly appear, the Lord began drawing them out through questions. In His omniscience, He knew exactly where they were cowering in guilty fear. Yet He wanted them to reveal themselves to Him – physically and spiritually. This was not some sadistic stratagem to shame them; instead, it was His opening move in the skillful pursuit of their souls. As Mackintosh classically describes the Creator’s actions:

God, at the first, came down to create; and then, when the serpent presumed to meddle with creation, God came down to save. This is brought out in the first words uttered by the Lord God after man’s fall. ‘And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, “Where art thou?”’ This question proved two things,—it proved that man was lost, and that God had come to seek,—it proved man’s sin and God’s grace. ‘Where art thou?’ Amazing faithfulness! Amazing grace! Faithfulness, to disclose, in the very question itself, the truth as to man’s condition: grace, to bring out, in the very fact of God’s asking such a question, the truth as to His character and attitude in reference to fallen man. Man was lost; but God had come down to look for him—to bring him out of his hiding-place behind the trees of the garden, in order that, in the happy confidence of faith, he might find a hiding-place in Himself. This was grace. To create man out of the dust of the ground was power; but to seek man in his lost estate was grace.1

 


Exposing The Wound So That Healing May Begin



 

In order to save mankind from their sin, the Lord must tear away the masks that sinners craft for themselves. Adam and Eve needed to learn the principle that forgiveness must be preceded by the acknowledgement of one’s sin. His questions are aimed at leading them to the confession of their sin. Sadly, at first Adam merely declares his negatively altered condition of being naked and ashamed. Then he proceeds to blame Eve for his crime (unfortunately, he is not the last husband to do that!)

Given that this was the first instance of human sin, the first humans had no case-law upon which to base their reaction. In grace, God teaches them the heinousness of their sin by pronouncing judgment, but then provides a covering of their guilt (Genesis 3:21.) Along with the divinely provided animal skins, the Lord also gave them the promise of “the seed of the woman” (Genesis 3:15) – a future deliverer who would achieve lasting victory over Satan and evil itself. Clearly, this prophecy points forward to the cross of Christ.

 


No More Hide & Seek



 

Ever since the fall of mankind, God has extended pardon based upon the redemptive death of Christ on the cross and the subsequent resurrection. Those who desire to be forgiven and legally declared righteous need only come to the risen and glorified Christ for this desired state of blessedness. Instead of hiding from their Creator, people should flee to him, avowing their guilt and asking for the love and forgiveness that He freely offers. As Grant puts it: “Confidence in…[His] goodness enables us to take true ground before God, and enables Him thus, according to the principles of holy government, to show us His mercy. Not in self-righteous efforts to excuse ourselves, nor yet in self-sufficient promises for the future, but ‘if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’”2

 

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1C. H. Mackintosh, Genesis to Deuteronomy: Notes on the Pentateuch., Originally published in six volumes under the titles: Notes on Genesis, 1880; Notes on Exodus, 1881; Notes on Leviticus, 1881; Notes on Numbers, 1882; Notes on Deuteronomy I, 1881; Notes on Deuteronomy II, 1882., (Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1972), p. 33. Italics original.

2F. W. Grant, Genesis: In Light of the New Testament, (Galaxie Software, 2004), pp. 45-46. Brackets & bold-face mine.

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Entry Level Theological Truth [32]

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” Genesis 3:8.

To many people God seems distant and removed from their everyday lives. Much of this situation is self-imposed, for humans have a tendency to hide from their Creator. This behavior first transpired in the garden moments after the fall of Adam and Eve; upon hearing the sound of the Lord’s approach their intuitive response was to hide.

Their modern descendents are no different. Troubled by accusing consciences, contemporary people run and hide from the searching, inescapable gaze of the all-knowing God. As the Scriptures say: “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:19-20.) Rather than expose themselves for what they are, people hide from God’s light. This denial of reality leads to chronic self-deception and alienation from the Lord (Ephesians 4:17-18.)

 


Hiding In Plain Sight



 

A nineteenth century writer evokes the atmosphere:

A sense of guilt upon the conscience invariably occasions distant views of God. The moment Adam became conscious of having sinned, He hid himself from God’s eye. He sought concealment from the endearing presence of Him who had been used to walk in the cool of the evening through the bowers of Paradise, in sweet and confiding communion. It is so now! Guilt upon the conscience, sin unconfessed, imparts misty, gloomy, distorted views of God. We lose that clear endearing view of His character which we once had. We dare not look up with holy, humble boldness. We misinterpret His dealings; think harshly of His ways; and if providences are dark, and afflictions come, in a moment we exclaim, ‘I have sinned, and God is angry.’ And so we seek concealment from God. We sink the Father in the Judge, and the child in the slave.1

One of his contemporaries points out the absurdity of hiding from the Almighty: “What madness was this, to think to hide themselves from Him from whom they could not hide themselves, all things being naked and open before him. Hebrews 4:13. What folly was it to fly from him whom they should have flown to; he being the God of all comfort and consolation. Romams 15:5. Did ever any hide himself from God and prosper? (Job 34:22. Amos 9:3. Jeremiah 23:24.) No, never.”2

 


Strategies For Evading Reality



 

Some people hide in pleasures – some of them ordinary and some of them illicit. They try to put God out of their thoughts in a continual round of amusing diversions. Others camouflage their guilt and terror behind a cloak of pseudo-piety. They reason that a facade of good deeds and religiosity may obscure their guilt. Others deny the obvious truth of God Himself, thinking that they can disinvent the Judge of the universe through an act of their wills; they seek to do this by replacing Him with intricate but shallow fables about the origin of the cosmos.

All of these efforts are in vain, however, for God seeks His fallen creatures, poignantly calling out “Adam, where are you?” (Genesis 3:9.) Drawing on Mackintosh’s classic Notes On The Pentateuch, MacDonald notes: “This question proved two things—that man was lost and that God had come to seek. It proved man’s sin and God’s grace. God takes the initiative in salvation, demonstrating the very thing Satan got Eve to doubt—His love.”3

This pursuit of sinful men and women culminates in the coming into the world of the Lord Jesus Christ – “God manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16) – the one who describes His own mission thus: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10.)

The Lord repeatedly exposes people to the light. If they hide and run, he pursues. As the poet Thompson memorably depicted it:

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter.
Up vistaed hopes I sped;
And shot, precipitated,
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmèd fears,
From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.
But with unhurrying chase,
And unperturbéd pace,
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,
They beat—and a Voice beat
More instant than the Feet—
“All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.4

At the end of this life, everyone must meet Him. To those who receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior now, they will see their most cherished loved One face-to-face (1 John 3:1-2.) To those who do not have a relationship with Christ, He will be their judge (Acts 17:31; Revelation 20:11-15.) The eloquent Scottish preacher-poet Horatius Bonar well articulates this somber reality, bringing the past and the future together:

In the day of wrath this scene of Eden will be repeated,—man fleeing from the presence of God. In the absence of thickets he will betake himself to the rocks and hills (Hosea 10:8; Revelation 6:15, 16). But what will these do? Can His eye not pierce these? Can His hand not pluck them thence? For thus the Lord has spoken, ‘Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down; and though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence’ (Amos 9:2, 3).5

1Octavius Winslow, from the blog: http://octaviuswinslow.org/2010/08/22/august-22/ Accessed on 8/23/10.
2Philip Henry, Exposition of the First Eleven Chapters of Genesis, (London: J. Nisbet and Co., 1839), pp. 74-75.
3Alluding to C. H. Mackintosh, Notes On The Pentateuch: Genesis to Deuteronomy, p. 33; William MacDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments, ed. Arthur Farstad, Ge 3:7–13 (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1995).
4Francis Thompson, The Hound of Heaven. Lines 1-13. Accessed on 7/20/12 here: http://poetry.elcore.net/HoundOfHeavenInRtT.html
5Horatius Bonar, Earth’s Morning: Or, Thoughts on Genesis, (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1875), p. 140.

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Jottings – The Rainbow

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On the rainbow of Genesis 9:16: “…it is happy to bear in mind, that when the bow appears, the eye of God rests upon it; and man is cast not upon his own imperfect and most uncertain memory, but upon God’s. ‘I,’ says God, ‘will remember.’ How sweet to think of what God will, and what He will not, remember! He will remember His covenant, but He will not remember His people’s sins. The cross, which ratifies the former, puts away the latter. The belief of this gives peace to the troubled heart and uneasy conscience.”

C. H. Mackintosh, Genesis to Deuteronomy: Notes on the Pentateuch. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1972, p. 55.

Notes on the Pentateuch available online here.

 

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