Exodus (Program #169) – Acts Program 6, Life-study of Acts 6
As we near the conclusion of our life study of Exodus, we come to a matter that seems to be just an Old Testament issue that is the keeping of feasts. These feasts are presented in Exodus and several other Old Testament books. But we would like to go back into our archives today and pick up a highlight program from the life study of Acts. We are going to see that feasting is surely not just an Old Testament matter.
Mark (Program #4) – The Beginning of the Gospel and the Initiation of the Slave-Savior (2)
Each of the four gospels is unique in how it begins. The gospel of John begins with Jesus Christ in eternity past. Matthew began with the generations of Jesus Christ the Son of David, the king. Luke also presents us with the genealogy but not in the line of the kingship. Luke’s introduction shows us Jesus as the genuine and proper man.
Mark on the other hand does not begin with any reference to the origin of the man, Jesus. Rather it begins this way. “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” Notice is not the gospel of Jesus or the gospel of the Son of God. But the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is a marvelous beginning to Mark’s gospel because it highlights both His divinity as well as His humanity.
Exodus (Program #168) – Moses Stay With God – Recovery of a Broken Covenant, Warning Concerning Idolatry, The Lord’s Promise
Most of us know the story of the great sin of Israel at Mount Sinai as Moses is coming down the mountain with the tablets containing the ten commandments. The people get fully caught in idolatry even gross sin. Moses reflecting God’s own indignation smashes the tablets containing the law, deal sternly with the people. What follows this well-known account is very fascinating, yet it’s usually overlooked when the story is told.
Mark (Program #3) – The Beginning of the Gospel and the Initiation of the Slave-Savior (1)
Matthew, Luke and John all begin one way or another with the origin of Jesus Christ. Matthew shows us His kingly genealogy. Luke, His human genealogy. And John, His divine, eternal origin as the Son of God. But Mark begins not with the genealogy rather with the gospel. “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” What is the gospel? Well, Roman tells us that the gospel is the glad tidings, the good news. The reality of that good news is Jesus Christ our savior. And as Mark shows us the slave of God serving His people.
Exodus (Program #167) – A Companion of God – Propitiating for the People, Interceding, Bargaining With God
In Genesis, Abraham is called the friend of God. And in the New Testament, the Lord Jesus referred to His disciples with the same intimate expression. But in Exodus, God called Moses not just His friend but His companion. As a companion, Moses became God’s associate, His partner in pursue of a single enterprise. How can we become God’s partner? We will look at this intriguing question today.
Many people wonder why the Bible gives us four historical accounts of the life and ministry in Jesus. One of reasons is the each of the four gospels portrays Christ in a unique aspect. For example, Matthew a book on the kingdom of God reveals Christ in His kingship. Luke shows us Christ’s perfect and upright humanity as a genuine man. John on the other hand stresses the eternal, uncreated life of God as it is revealed in Christ. John is the gospel of Christ’s divinity.
Then what about Mark? Well, chapter 10:45 gives us a clue, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark is wonderful in that it uniquely reveals that Christ lay aside His kingship, His status as God and even His position as a high and honored man to become God’s servant and eventually to become a slave to all mankind giving His life as a ransom for many.
Exodus (Program #166) – A Companion of God – Mediator, Knowing God’s Heart
Exodus reveals a tremendous breach between God and His people Israel, brought on by the sin of the golden calf. At the very time God was giving the commandments to Moses, Israel was breaking several of them at the bottom of the mountain. To rectify the situation more was needed than just God’s forgiveness; God and man needed a mediator.
It’s very interesting to pay attention to how each of the four gospels begin. Matthew, a gospel that focuses on the kingdom, begins with the long genealogy of Christ, demonstrating that He is the bonafide heir of David the king. Luke, on the other hand also shows us the genealogy but not that of a king, rather it’s a genealogy of a proper and upright man. The gospel of John begins in a much different way – “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.” John is the gospel that reveals Christ’s divinity.
But what about the gospel of Mark? Mark has no genealogy what so ever. Because Mark is the gospel revealing not just the humanity of Jesus, but that in His humanity Jesus Christ took the position of a slave. And He came to us a Slave-Savior.
Exodus (Program #165) – The Principle of the Golden Calf Idol – Moses’ Petition for the Idolatrous People, Jehovah’s Word
In one of the truly remarkable passages in the Bible, the very God and Creator of the universe is provoked beyond His patience by the idolatry of His people Israel. In His anger He vowed to destroy them but in the midst of His righteous and holy indignation, He is persuaded not only to spare them but even to repent of His justifiable plan. What is it or who is it that can change God’s mind?
Matthew 24:14 says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole inhabited earth for a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
All believers would like to know when the Lord Jesus will come again. Even many who do not profess to believe are intrigued by this question as well. The gospel of Matthew, more than any other book in scripture, gives us clear and definite signs. The chief among all its prophecies is one contained in this verse. The preaching not of the general common gospel, but rather the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom.