We are going on today on Jacob’s full and very interesting life. And I’d like draw attention again to the fact that the Bible affords nearly one half of the entire book of Genesis detailing Jacob’s dealings with God.
We pointed out in another occasion that Jacob’s experience signifies the believer’s experience of transformation. I believe we will see more of this in this broadcast. For the book of Genesis to devote so many chapters to Jacob, indicates at least two things…
Acts (Program #56) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (22)
At the conclusion of his third and final missionary journey against the counsel of the brothers in Ephesus and even against the warning of the Holy Spirit, Paul elects to travel to Jerusalem, and what proves to be a very hostile environment. We’ll see this extraordinary story unfold and its real significance unveiled on today’s life study of the Bible.
Today we are going to hear about the corporate aspect of God’s calling.
It is quite interesting to see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all put together are showing us one corporate man. With Abraham you see a person who lives a life of faith. With Isaac you see a person who lives a life of enjoyment and with Jacob you can see a person who has experienced transformation for the sake of the fulfillment God’s eternal purpose. Eventually, Jacob’s name was Is-ra-el. El on the end means God. It means God has been added to this man. So the wonder thing here you put these 3 together and you see what’s on God’s heart. God’s eternal purpose is the main topic of the whole Bible. And that is He wants to dispense Himself, and work Himself into a corporate humanity for what purpose? So that He could be expressed. God is working Himself into a corporate humanity so that He could be expressed through this humanity, because this is what is on His heart according to His eternal purpose which He made in eternity past. So we see these 3 representing one corporate person in God’s purpose.
Acts (Program #55) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (21)
In Acts chapter 20, the Apostle Paul was departing from the saints in Ephesus whom he loved dearly. He gave them a solemn warning saying, “I know that after my departure, fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock, and from among you, yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverted things to draw away the disciples after them.” Who were these wolves? What was their aim? Stay with us for an extraordinary life study of the Bible.
We have been looking at Abraham and Isaac and now we are going to spend quite some time as the Bible does dealing with Jacob.
One way to describe Jacob’s history recorded in Genesis is a long journey with much experience under the Lord’s hand. A journey in which he is gradually transformed from a self-seeking supplanter into a prince of God, mature in life, reigning in life, able to bless others in the name of the Triune God…
Acts (Program #54) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (20)
In Acts chapter 20, the Apostle Paul is leaving the elders of the Church in Ephesus. And, in his mind, he believed it would be the last time he would ever see these ones with whom he had been so deeply attached in the Lord. His words to them were solemn and at times foreboding. But, embedded in them was a verse of incredible meaning and feeling, a verse in a few words which convey some of the most profound revelation in all of scripture. Today we look at Acts chapter 20 verse 28. Stay with us as we consider this remarkable utterance on today’s life study of the Bible.
Genesis (Program #77) – Having Natural Weakness as Abraham and Living in the Natural Life as Jacob
Today’s life study is going to deal very much with natural life and the weaknesses of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
When we reconsider these Old Testament “heroes”, we don’t think of their weaknesses. However, through these life studies we have come to see the real situation. We have often heard of Abraham as the father of faith. We have seen how he believed that God was able to call things not being as being, as in the case of the birth of Isaac. And also believing in God being able to raise Isaac from the dead, after he offered him on Mount Moriah. And we usually consider everything about Abraham happening to him because he was a good, God-fearing man, strong in the faith. But if you have being following these life studies of Genesis, you found out that Abraham learned many lessons by his weaknesses and even his naturalness in the way he did things, the way he tried to help God and tried to enter into a clever solution to certain problems that came up as in the case of the birth of Ishmael and in his trying to have Eliezer to be in the place of his son. These kind of things show that Abraham wasn’t that perfect. He had some weakness that he acted in a natural way and he did things according to his natural cleverness…
Acts (Program #53) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (19)
In Acts Chapter 20, the Apostle Paul, anticipating his possible martyrdom, declared, “But I consider my life of no account as if precious to myself, in order that I may finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus to solemnly testify of the gospel of the grace of God… For I did not shrink from declaring to you all the counsel of God.”
This was God’s foremost Apostle, the one in whom God had committed the ministry of the age, and yet he found himself in such extreme persecution that he feared that he would not be spared to continue. What brought about such a dramatic moment in his magnificent ministry? Stay with us as we’ll find out in today’s life study of the Bible.
We have more marvelous pictures from the experience of Isaac. Pictures is appropriate because anyone who has followed these life studies, I am sure has being able to see one picture after another. And it’s amazing that the Old Testament book of Genesis that we have been in has been so much help to us with our New Testament experience of life. What is the relationship between the Old and New Testament in the divine revelation?
Acts (Program #52) – The Propagation in Asia Minor and Europe through the Ministry of Paul’s Company (18)
In the commercial and cultural center of Ephesus, the Apostle Paul stirred up tremendous opposition from the citizenry, while preaching the Gospel of Christ. Then shortly thereafter, Jewish opposers laid a plot against him as well. What had Paul done to be so threatened by both Jews and Greeks? Stay tuned, as you won’t want to miss this very interesting life-study of the Bible.