Exodus (Program #69) – Sundry Ordinances of the Law
We are all familiar with commandments and ordinances. It seems everywhere we turn, we’re met by these rules and regulations. The same is true in the latter part of Exodus where we find many ordinances and commandments. But have you ever seen the sweetness of these commandments of God? You’d want to stay with us for today’s life study of the Bible, featuring the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee.
The genuine ministry of the New Testament is not a miraculous things produced in a short period of time. It requires much preparation involving the cross, and the spirit in the context of proper Body life. This comes to mind because the central human figure in Exodus is Moses. We realize how extensive was the time given to his preparation. This word preparation is rich in spiritual significance. more…
Exodus (Program #68) – The First Ordinance of the Law Concerning Man’s Relationship With Others
In all of human history, slavery can easily be identified generally as an evil and even an unholy thing. Yet when God gave His laws and ordinances to His people, He did not abolish it, but rather He gave special place for a kind of relationship where a slave and a master would be joined in spirit, in love and in obedience for their entire lives. Before you jump to your own conclusion of this strange and mysterious topic in Scripture, we invite you to stay tune for the next 30 minutes, as we will again be treated to a very fresh and profound view of God’s view on today’s life study of the Bible.
Exodus (Program #67) – The Pollution Caused by Man’s Work and the Nakedness Exposed Through Man’s Way
Thoughtful people throughout the ages have always look upon the stars and the moon and even the marvel of God’s creation and realize that God must be there. Must careful thought has been given to this matter over the centuries particularly the matter of worship. Some of man’s most elaborate and magnificent achievement are devoted in some way or another to worshipping God. But in this matter we must be clear. God has no intention of leaving the way of man’s worship to His own devises. God has reserved this for Himself and our part simply to open to Him and His Word for the clear understanding. Don’t miss today’s life study of the Bible with Witness Lee.
Yesterday we saw that following the giving of the ten commandments, the Lord began to add a great number of additional items called ordinances. What was the point of these supplemental items and particularly the first few which we are going to look at again today?
Exodus (Program #66) – The Ordinances of the Law Concerning the Worship of God
The first half of Exodus is full of wonderful stories of many miracles that God accomplished for His people as He led them out of Egypt and brought them through the wilderness. Accordingly, many Christians have little interest in Exodus after chapter 14. But the second half of this book unveils the details of God’s intention and His ultimate desire for all of His people and the riches of His full salvation are covered in these chapters. To miss them is to be robbed of the riches of His full revelation.
Many Christians may not even realized that the entire book of Exodus is a book that unveils God’s salvation in full. All the great stories in the early chapters are popular in Sunday school and occasionally in Bible studies. We really don’t want to ignore the last half of the book. What are the major items revealed in the lesser known side of Exodus?
Exodus (Program #65) – The Veil Over the Ministry of Condemnation and Death
When Moses received the commandment of God for His people, his face was shining as a reflection of God’s glory and grace. Yet when apostle Paul refers back to the event in his second epistle to the Corinthians, he call that ministry, a ministry of condemnation and death. How does something full of God’s glory and grace become an instruction of condemnation and death? You will not want to miss today’s life study of the Bible with Witness Lee.
To help us get into this message, we need to consider a couple of passages in Scripture in Old Testament portion from Exodus 34 and the New Testament section from 2 Corinthians. This comparison is going to be very interesting.
Exodus (Program #64) – Apart From the Living God the Law Becoming the Killing Letters
God’s eternal purpose is to work Himself into us as our life so that we may take Him as our person to live Him and to express Him. This is the desire of God’s heart; it is also the focal point of the Bible including the book of Exodus. Stay with us today as we are drawn again to God’s intention and heart’s desire even as He gave man the revelation of His law and commandments.
This program again brings us into the Exodus of God’s people and the continuing unveiling of how this story is really our story as well. In Exodus 19 and 20, God gave the commandments to the people, most people know them as the ten commandments. Right away the people responded with this word, “All that God has said we will do”. That seems good enough when we read it but this was really a window that exposes a lot about the people. Why is it such a telling remark showing that the people were a long way from where God desires them to be? more…
Exodus (Program #63) – The Negative Aspect of the Giving of the Law (3)
The living of Christ was reproduced in Stephen. When our brother Stephen was being stoned, was he wondering what would Jesus do in this situation? How am I suppose to conduct myself when I am being stoned? He was just loving the Lord, one with the Lord and the Lord was living in him.
The Bible commands us to do many things, even beyond the well-known ten commandments. Page after page of Scripture can seem like one demand after another. A lot of people shy away from the Bible for just this reason, because they are well aware that every attempt to carry out the demand seems to be met with discouraging failure. So what should be our response whenever we are faced with a “thou shall not” or “thou shall”? Stay tune for the surprising answer on today’s life study of the Bible with Witness Lee.
Exodus (Program #62) – The Negative Aspect of the Giving of the Law (2)
We’ve all heard of the ten commandments, that most well-known portion of the Old Testament. Actually, the Bible is full of commandments far beyond those ten originally. When God commands His people to do something, what response is He looking for? You may well be surprised as we touch this intriguing question during the next 30 minutes. Stay we us for the life study of the Bible with Witness Lee.
The ten commandments were delivered by God to Moses in Exodus chapter 19 and 20. Moses in turn passed them on to the children of Israel, the Jews. How God’s New Testament people, the Christians should relate to these commandments has been a topic of major discussions or even debates or sometimes controversy for all this past 20 centuries. Why is it such a difficult issue for believer to deal with?
Exodus (Program #61) – The Negative Aspect of the Giving of the Law and Its Function (1)
God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. Yet the law that He gave to His people in Exodus chapter 20 sometimes may seem to bring us darkness. What determines whether it’s light or darkness is not God – it’s all the time dependent on our condition. We will see why sometimes we experience God in the light and other times when we touch His word, we are brought into darkness.
Throughout this series of messages related to the law as it was given by the Lord through Moses to His people Israel, a metaphor has been used to help convey two opposite functions of the law – this is an analogy of day and night. Between God and man or between His word and man seems like there’s always these two aspects. Mainly we’ve been focusing on the “day” aspect of the law up until today. more…
Exodus (Program #60) – The Blessing Received by the Loving Seekers of God Through His Law as His Living Word (2)
In the Bible, God promises many different blessings to His people. We may seek outward blessings of material prosperity or physical health. But of all the blessings He may bestow on us, the highest blessing is that He would become our portion. What is it to have God as our portion?
We return again today to the book of Exodus, the remarkable journey of God’s people out of the bondage of the worldly captivity and through the wilderness. We are going to divert a little bit today specifically in this life study of Exodus and spend most of our time at Psalm 119. This psalm fits very well into this examination of the law of God that was given in Exodus. There’s no portion of God’s word that speaks so exhaustively and completely concerning the law of God in Psalm 119.
We’re going to begin today by considering the law or the commandments from the point of view of a testimony – a testimony of a person that gives or makes the law. What does it mean that the law of God shows us God? more…