Ezekiel (Program #16) – The Dry Bones, the Two Sticks, and the Army
Ezekiel chapter 37 is one of the three great chapters in the book of Ezekiel because it uniquely reveals how God’s spirit comes into us in order to enliven us that we may become a corporate Body formed into an army and also built up as God’s dwelling place.
Luke (Program #12) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in Galilee (3)
In Luke’s gospel, we find the account of just how the Lord Jesus called and attracted many of His disciples and followers. With some He performed mighty miracles, yet with others it was simply His word or His sympathetic care that captivated them and drew them out of whatever held them to follow Him and serve Him absolutely. What about you? Are you waiting for a miracle? Or is the realization of what He has already done or even the promise of His sweet presence enough to cause you to want to give up everything and follow Him?
Ezekiel (Program #15) – The Outward and Inward Recovery by Life
Ezekiel chapter 36:26-27 are classic verses in the entire Old Testament that are essential for us to understand and to know the Lord in an intimate way. They tell us, “I will also give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and My ordinances you shall keep and do.”
Luke (Program #11) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in Galilee (2)
After passing through a full and thorough preparation, and even an inauguration, the Lord Jesus was ready to begin His earthly ministry. He does so by quoting from the Old Testament pages of Isaiah, speaking words of grace to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, ushering acceptable year of the Lord, the Jubilee. Well, these words were amazing to the Jews of Galilee as they are to us today. But as we will see today and the coming days as we continue on this life study from the gospel of Luke, His living and His ministry became a living portrait of this Jubilee and in Him, all we as the real captives and the real blind ones find our freedom and our sight.
The Old Testament book of Ezekiel is broken up into four main sections. The first section is the amazing vision in chapter 1 of God’s move. Then from chapter 2 through 32 it covers God’s judgment and the degradation of God’s people. And then we jump to a very encouraging section – the third section which is God’s recovery by life from chapters 33 to 39. And this recovery by life will issue in God’s holy building from chapter 40 through the end of the book in chapter 48.
Luke (Program #10) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in His Human Virtues with His Divine Attributes in Galilee (1)
The Bible is full of inspiring stories recounting the miracles performed by the Lord Jesus during His earthly ministry. Surely this demonstrates Christ is none other than the Son of God. Yet it’s interesting that many of the touching stories are the ones not demonstrate not His divinity but His humanity. It is His humanity that attracts us and causes us to love Him. The gospel of Luke is particularly meaningful in this regard for in Luke more than any other book of the Bible, we see Christ as the Man-Savior.
Ezekiel (Program #13) – God’s Judgment Upon the Nations
There are seven nations mentioned from Ezekiel chapters 25 through 32. Even in the midst of God’s judgment from Ezekiel in the Old Testament on the nations, you will find that there is an application to us today in the church.
Luke (Program #9) – The Preparation of the Man-Savior with His Divinity (8)
Here is a story we all know quite well – the story of an angel paying a visit to a humble virgin in a lowly city in a despised region. “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, Rejoice, you who have been graced! The Lord be with you.” (Luke 1:26-28) “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of David His father, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:31-33) This is the declaration of the arch angel Gabriel in the first chapter of the gospel of Luke. But it is just one of many pronouncements concerning the preparation of the Man-Savior Jesus as recorded in Luke’s gospel. We will look at several of these marvelous declarations today.
Ezekiel (Program #12) – God’s Judgment Upon His People
In the book of Ezekiel, we come today to God’s judgment upon His people which is a picture of His judgment upon the church today. Yet the result of God’s judgment upon the church is to gain a group of people who return to Christ and gain Christ.
Luke (Program #8) – The Preparation of the Man-Savior with His Divinity (7)
Following the account of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in Luke chapter 3, there are two very interesting items. First of all, the genealogy of Jesus – beginning with Jesus and working its way back to God. The second is the temptation or the testing of Jesus – forty days in the wilderness with Satan directly tempting the Lord, yet Jesus in His perfect humanity, fully withstanding every temptation and thereby defeating God’s enemy. But it’s interesting that the Lord was led there to face that temptation by the Holy Spirit. We will look at both the genealogy of Jesus and His passing this test of tests in today’s life study of Luke.