Isaiah (Program #26) – Christ being the Shoot of Jehovah and the Fruit of the Earth
How often have you ever wondered; what is God doing? What is His purpose for all of these? Is it just to save me and take me to heaven? If that is all and why didn’t Christ come back centuries ago? Actually the God of the Bible is active and moving bringing His redeemed people into the highest calling and purpose in the universe far beyond our simplistic imagination. Don’t miss today’s extraordinary life study of the Bible.
Mark (Program #19) – The Move of the Slave-Savior’s Gospel Service (7)
The record in Mark is unique among the four gospels in that the events followed their actual chronological order. With that in mind is insightful to realize that there is a marvelous progression in the cases mentioned in Mark. Spiritually speaking each case takes us as it did to the disciples a step at a time, higher and higher until a peak is reached in chapters8 and 9. In these chapters the disciples were finally be able to receive a full vision of the Lord Jesus of His divinity and His humanity. But before reaching such a place, they had to first pass through all the steps signify by these crucial cases. Chapters 7 and 8 show us 5 of these important steps.
Isaiah (Program #25) – Christ as the Servant of Jehovah (12)
Isaiah concludes as the whole Bible does, with the New Heaven and New Earth with New Jerusalem as God’s ultimate habitation and our ultimate destiny as the people of God. Where would you be? Where would God’s Old Testament saints be? and how about the angels?
Mark (Program #18) – The Move of the Slave-Savior’s Gospel Service (6)
At the certain point in the gospel service of the Slave-Savior, the gospel of Mark gives us a most interesting account. Traveling far to the North of Jerusalem and even of Galilee, the Lord Jesus and His disciples came to the region of Tyre and Syden, a land not of the Jews but of the gentiles. Mark chapter 7 and also in Matthew and in chapter 15, we have a story of one such gentile, a woman who approaches Jesus because of the sickness of her daughter. What follows is truly remarkable. It’s an account of the encounter that take place when this woman refuses to be turned away because she lack a proper understanding. And she finds a way using the Lord’s own word to get what she was so desperately seeking.
Isaiah (Program #24) – Christ as the Servant of Jehovah (11)
The gospels unveil Jesus Christ coming in the flesh to mankind. This was His first coming and it was foretold in many passages of the Old Testament. As Christians today most of us are eagerly awaiting His second coming and this too was clearly alluded to in ancient Scripture such as Isaiah. But to see these prophecies clearly at times require a skillful and experienced guide. Watchman Nee and Witness Lee was such guides to the church in this age.
Mark (Program #17) – The Move of the Slave-Savior’s Gospel Service (5)
During His earthly ministry the Lord Jesus was continuing harassed by professional opposers. These religious zealots who did not know God in reality but had only the outward trappings of religion and tradition had no way to counter the great and mighty deeds that the Lord accomplished or the rich and nourishing words that He spoke to so many seeking ones. So they were left to try and find any weakness or failure in Him that they may latched onto to discredit Him in His ministry.
Mark chapter 7 gave us such an account and a very interesting one. The opposers were convinced that they had finally discovered something that they might use against Him. Well, what was this grievest deed you might ask? The Lord Jesus allowed His disciples to break the tradition of the elders and eat their food with unwashed hands.
Isaiah (Program #23) – Christ as the Servant of Jehovah (10)
A tremendous verse in the New Testament book of Galatians tells us “I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.” This is Galatians 2:20. Actually the type of this marvelous truth of the Christian life is displayed in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. Mankind in general and we specifically were all “fired” and replaced by the victorious Christ. This is the theme of this great Old Testament book of prophecy and also the theme of today’s program on the life study of the Bible.
Mark (Program #16) – The Move of the Slave-Savior’s Gospel Service (4)
Mark chapter 7 verses 5 through 7 tells us “And the Pharisees and the scribes questioned Him, Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with common hands? And He said to them, Well has Isaiah prophesied concerning you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart stays far away from Me; But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the commandments of men.”“
Isaiah (Program #22) – Christ as the Servant of Jehovah (8 & 9)
Some of the most powerful imagery in Scripture is related to water; from the rive of water of life that flows from Genesis 1 all the way through Revelation 22. Water is given to us as a picture of how God conveys His very divine life to man. This picture is prominent in the book of Isaiah as well, where the water of life flows from springs, streams, fountains and wells. And all the thirsty are compelled to come to God and drink freely. Don’t miss this extraordinary life study of the Bible.
Mark (Program #15) – The Move of the Slave-Savior’s Gospel Service (2) & (3)
Mark chapter 6 presents us with 4 seemingly unrelated cases. To our shallow understanding these 4 cases seems to be merely 4 separate stories of events that took place during the Lord’s earthly ministry. However if we receive even a little enlightenment we can see that once again the sequence in the divine record of how these events are unfolded is really marvelous. And that when taken together these 4 cases really are layers of meaning and significance.
So here are 4 cases, 2 negative and 2 positive. That individually show us the rejection, hatred and justice even martyrdom that typifies the world’s response to the gospel. But collectively they fill us with encouragement, conviction and even a renewed determination to go forth to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom to the whole inhabited earth.