1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #10) – The Resemblance of God and Man in Their Images and Likeness
Anthanasius, referred by many as the father of Orthodoxy, said in the forth century “God became a man to make man god.” What did the champion of Christian faith mean by such a striking statement? To find out more about this intriguing topic stay with us for the next half hour.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #9) – A Concluding Word to the Supplement to the History of the Kings of Judah
The kings of Judah were faithful to Jehovah, at least in part they held on to Jerusalem, the ground that God had given them for their worship. They also kept allegiance at least outwardly to the word of God, which was His law. The law of Mose, in two sections was God’s way in the Old Testament of both exposing man as well as revealing the divine plan for man to express God, bear His image and be His testimony. In the end, God’s people, Israel were unable to keep either the moral law of God, the ten commandments or the ceremonials of God. And the result was that they eventually lost the good land entirely and lost their enjoyment of God’s portion. This is a strong warning to us but also as we look into these two aspects of the law, there is a great hope and we hope to bring that out in today’s program.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #8) – Living Christ for the Expression of God
After the division of Israel into two kingdoms, God was still able to point to some among His people that have not given up their proper standing and had maintained at least outwardly some devotion to His fundamental word. God’s word at that time of course, consisted of the laws. But many don’t realize the law came in two sections, both of which came through Moses. The first section is the law of commandments, were the ten commandments we commonly referred to them. These are the moral laws that God gave to His people cover all aspects of relationships. The second section is called the ceremonial law, the laws governing the details of the offerings and the priesthood and the feasts that God established for His people.
Though the kings of Judah stood on the proper ground of Jerusalem and professed allegiance to all the laws of God, in reality they kept neither the moral law nor the ceremonial law. The result was that ultimately they lost their possession and enjoyment of the good land that God had given them. What can we, God’s New Testament people learn from such a tragic example?
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #7) – The Supplement to the History of the Kings of Judah (2)
Hezekiah, one of the top kings of Judah is a breath of fresh air to readers of the Bible. Today we are going to spend our entire life study from Chronicles enjoying this fresh air.
This is a sweet program and a program of fresh air. The reason for that is because with Hezekiah we see with so many positive things; we see recovery, we see restoration and the result of that is bringing revival to God’s people. What a contrast to the black situation there in Hezekiah’s day.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #6) – The Supplement to the History of the Kings of Judah (1)
Did you know that the entire books of 1 & 2 Chronicles do not talk about any of the kings of Israel but they only talk about the kings of Judah? We got a special life study program for today, we hope you stay with us.
We have quite an enlightening message with us today to see even what is the difference between Judah and Israel…
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #5) – Being Fundamental in the Full and Walking According to the All-Inclusive Spirit
The children of Israel were already in degradation when ten of the twelve tribes separated following the leadership of Jeroboam. This act of division was further compounded when they established an alternate place of worship, far from Jerusalem in the northern region of Dan. The result was two kingdoms under two kings, fully breaking the principle of oneness that the Lord has established for them in Deuteronomy 12 when He declared time after time that His choice was Jerusalem and all the children of Israel must come uniquely to Jerusalem to present their offerings and worship Jehovah. But two of the tribes under the kingship of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son remained faithful to God’s command and kept Jerusalem and the temple as their center. Thou this pleased Jehovah and preserved a measure of blessing upon them, still the Lord was strict and willing to discipline both the kings and the people whenever their hearts strayed from Him and the law of Moses that He had commanded them to keep.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #4) – Learning from the Examples of the Kings of Judah to Have a God-Man Living in Our Daily Life
Not long after the death of King Solomon, David’s son, the nation of Israel separated and became two kingdoms. Solomon’s son Rehoboam became king in Jerusalem and ruled on the throne. But another one Jeroboam departed from Jerusalem and led ten of the twelve tribes away establishing the northern kingdom called Israel with a different center of worship in Dan far in the north. In the book of Deuteronomy, Jehovah made it clear that He had chosen only one place on this entire earth to be the center for His worship. To break this God ordained principle is an abomination in the eyes of Jehovah. Listen to His word in Deuteronomy in 12 “but you shall seek the Lord at the place which the Lord your God shall choose from all your tribes to establish His name there for His dwelling and there you shall come. You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes. Be careful that you do not offer your burnt offering in every place you see, but in the place which the Lord chose.”
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #3) – The Highest Point of God’s Gospel
It is clear from the first two chapters of the Bible that the center and focus of God’s creative work was man. Genesis 1:26 “and God said let us make man in our image after our likeness.” In Zechariah God focus is even more graphic, in chapter 12 verse 1 it says “the burden of the word of Jehovah concerning Israel thus said Jehovah who stretches forth the heavens and lays the foundation of the earth forms the spirit of man within him.” God’s goal was with man. His eternal purpose was with man. But Old Testament declaration like these refer to man’s status before he fell. So the question for us today is “did the focus, the center and the plan of God changed with the fall of man or is the original purpose still intact?” The New Testament answer this question with crystal clarity. Ephesians 1:9 “making known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself unto the economy of the fullness of the times to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth in Him.”
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #2) – The Reproduction of God
The books of 1 & 2 Chronicles are unique among the books of history in the Old Testament in that they traced the history of God’s move in man, all the way back to Adam. We know the story, “in the beginning God created the universe”. But one in that universe rebelled against God, corrupting and ruining His entire creation thereby. So God came in and restored the spoiled situation and in the process, created man in His image and with His likeness. This makes man unique in all of God’s creation. For man’s destiny as revealed in God’s word is that “he is of God’s kind” with the capacity to contain God’s life and nature, making him not just a good man but making him through God’s full salvation, a duplication of Christ, the first God-man.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #1) – An Introductory Word
The 12 books of history in the Old Testament occupy an unique portion in the Holy Scriptures. They give us the story of God’s chosen race Israel in some of their glorious times as well as show us the degradation and fall of God’s people to their lowest condition overtaken by idolatry and the hardness of their hearts. Ten of these books deal almost exclusively with Israel, God’s chosen people in the Old Testament. But the two books of Chronicles show us not only God’s move within the history of Israel but also His move within the history of the entire human race.
To fully understand the burden and get into the heart of these books, we need what the Apostle Paul prayed for in Ephesians and that is a spirit of wisdom and revelation and that the eyes of our heart would be enlightened that we could see how these are not just books of history but how these books are books of types and pictures that can more clearly reveal to us the very center of God’s heart desire, His eternal economy which is fully centered and focused on the excellent Christ.