Judges (Program #6) – The Miserable History of Israel’s Forsaking God (5)
In the varied history of the nation of Israel that is recorded in the book of Judges, we have of course the interesting and well known story of Samson. Endued with the power of the Spirit, he was mighty and fierce in his struggle against Israel’s enemy the Philistines but he had a very specific failure that gave Satan, God’s real enemy the ground to tempt him and and ultimately defeated him. Of course the beautiful Philistines woman, Delilah typifies this failure. Samson indulgence of the lust of his flesh led to his down fall. The story of Samson and the warning that we as God’s people today must take from this case is our topic on this life study of the Bible.
Proverbs (Program #9) – Using Proverbs for Building Up the New Man
When we come to the book of Proverbs in the Bible we need to see that the place that the book of Proverbs placed in God’s economy. According to God’s economy, Proverbs should not be used to build up the Old Man. The big Proverbs are like nuggets and the small ones are like gems and they are not for us to build up our Old Man to cultivate ourselves and our natural man. Rather they are for us to build up our New Man. It’s for this purpose that the Proverbs are useful. While we are still living in this body on the earth we need the Proverbs to give us instructions on how to live rightly in so many aspects in order to build up our New Man.
Most believers are seem to have a particular love for the book of the Psalms. The Psalms, far more than just a random collection of Bible stories and doctrines, actually flow out of the deep feelings, expressions and experiences of godly men. And what flows out of these ones? Though at times reflecting their human thought and concept, at other times expresses the deep and profound thought of God directly. God’s speaking through this book is full of the divine revelation and if we possess the keys to enter into this divine revelation, the Psalms will become even more precious more enlightening and will usher us all into God’s presence, His heart and especially His heart’s desire.
It has been said of the Bible that the Old Testament is a book of pictures while the New Testament is a book of captions. But one book in the New Testament is also a book of pictures, and that is Revelation. Most of the pictures in Revelation, it turns out, are found also in the Old Testament but the view in Revelation has been enlarged. One of these pictures, that is a key to understanding this book is that of the seven golden lampstands seen in chapter 1.
Revelation (Program #3) – The Testimony of Jesus Particular and Consummate
Revelation is a book that shows us many things in many unique ways and among the focal points of this book surprisingly is the churches of God. Notice the term “churches” and not just the more generic term “church”. What did these churches look like in Revelation. What they look like is our subject today. As we consider the 7 golden lampstands among other things in the book of Revelation.