Leviticus (Program #19) – The Law of the Burnt Offering
Leviticus chapter 6:8-9 say, “And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying / Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering…” Has the law of the burnt offering ever entered into your own consideration?
We’ve gone through the beginning chapters of Leviticus and the details of the main offerings: burnt offering, meal offering, sin offering, trespass offering and the peace offering. The next few programs we want to cover the laws that are associated with these five offerings. Today, we focus on the law of the burnt offering and how it typifies our own experience of offering ourselves to the Lord. This offering brings up the subject of consecration. It speaks not only of Christ who is the reality of the burnt offering but also of our experience in the handling of it…
Hebrews (Program #30) – To Be Brought on to Maturity and Fleeing into the Refuge with the Anchor and the Forerunner
Today we will see how as Christians we can be brought on to maturity and how we can flee into the refuge which God has created for us.
We’ve all experienced the feeling that we must never have been saved – the way we fail and fall away from the Lord and His grace at times. This is a common experience to all who desires to follow the Lord. But when we fall, God’s provision and His desire to restore us is a much different path than the one we paved for ourselves.
Hebrews (Program #26) – The Three Stages of Salvation
Today we will see our salvation is a journey much like the children of Israel’s of three stages. It has a goal and that goal is to enter into the Sabbath rest.
According to the divine revelation, God’s salvation is in three stages. The children of Israel experienced these three stages on their way into the Good Land. The picture painted by their experience in the Old Testament provides us with a road map into the full salvation of God in our spirit. We’ll look at these three stages of salvation in today’s life study of the Bible.
Hebrews is a New Testament book but it draws upon many Old Testament types and pictures to convey it’s New Testament message. We’re going to follow the exodus of the Israelites today. A quick sketch of this story including the parallel to the three parts of man as they related to the three stages that the children of Israel passed through…
Exodus (Program #143) – The Golden Incense Altar (4) Appreciation of the Two Altars, Two Altars in our Experience
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” This is a frequently quoted passage from Matthew chapter 6. Of course, in context “all theses things” refer to our practical and physical needs and the promise is very clear; if we are occupied by seeking God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, we need not be consumed with praying for our own needs. But what is it to seek the kingdom and God’s righteousness?
Exodus (Program #125) – The Priestly Garments (10 & 11) Urim and Thummin
There is a very tender picture of our Lord Jesus holding His redeemed ones in love in the Old Testament book of Exodus. This picture matches the New Testament revelation as well as our own experience of being held by His love. But the picture in the Old Testament reveals that God’s people are not only held by His love, they are also upheld by His strength.
This week we have been looking at Ephod and the 3 items that were attached to it or added to it in the priest’s garment. These are the two shoulder pieces that had onyx stones attached and then also the breast plate worn in front by the priest. This piece also contains precious stones, 12 of them actually. We seen that the Ephod, this vest-like outer garment is a clear picture of Jesus Christ. What are these added items, these precious stone items signify?
1 Thessalonians (Program #18) – Our Heart to be Established Blameless in Holiness (2)
The Bible has a lot to say about man’s heart. And sometime it can seem confusing. For example, Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, And it is incurable; Who can know it?“ But in Proverbs despite the incurable condition of our heart it becomes a door or a gate for the experience of the divine life. Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all vigilance, For from it are the issues of life.”
So, our hear does at times seem confusing because it is not a simple thing and above all, man’s heart is prone to change like the wind. It is with this thought in view no doubt that Paul wrote to the new believers in Thessalonica telling them that he desire to come and see them face to face in order to perfect the things which are lacking in their faith and to establish their hearts.
Colossians (Program #41) – Having Died With Christ And Having Been Raised With Christ
The Bible tells us that, in Christ, we are dead to sin and to the world and even to ourselves. Not only so, it also tell us that we also have been raised in Christ and made alive to God in Christ. This is truly wonderful when we treasure verses like these that point us to the spiritual facts that are true in Christ. But, does simply knowing these facts help us in our day to day walk? Is our experience parallel what is true in Christ? Well, I think we all know the answer to this question and the struggle and the anguish that most serious believers go through trying desperately to experience in us what is factually true in Christ. As we come back again to consider how to bring into reality, the reality of being in Christ.
Colossians(Program #38) – In Christ and According to Christ
What does it mean to be “in Christ”? Many places in the New Testament, especially in the letters of Paul the Apostle, use this term. Well, the easiest answer is to say that according to the facts, whatever is true of Him is true of us. For example, we died in Him and we were made alive in Him. As I said, these are the facts. But, what about our experience? If we’re regenerated, born again. Then without doubt, we have these divine facts as our spiritual history, but we may not have a corresponding experience: being in Him and living according to Him.
Exodus (Program #75) – The Angel of Jehovah for His People (3)
Prior to taking possession of the promised good land, God’s people were commanded to fully and absolutely drive out the pagan tribes from that land. Failure to do so will result in the people sharing in the sins of these pagan occupants. History clearly shows that this ultimately is the case. This pagan enemies became the source of the sin of God’s people, Israel. What is the source of our sins? And how does the Lord command us to deal with this source? We can learn a lot about ourselves by following the story of God’s people Israel in the pages of Exodus.
We have seen so much in the book of Exodus these Old Testament stories are really all pictures of things that have very real and current New Testament relevant in our experience. That’s why we are here today in Exodus 23. It deals in parts the Lord’s command to the children of Israel to drive these pagan tribes completely out of their land. more…
The Gospel of John surely is loved by nearly every believer and presents Christ as life and even the mystery of life. Yet for its marvelous revelation of Christ as both God and man and as our life, it still cannot compare with the high peak of the Christ that’s revealed in the book of Colossians. As we consider not just this high revelation of Christ but how seeing it can help us all to be brought into the practical experience of such Christ.
The expressions used in this book of Colossians, even though it is a short book, they are unique in the whole Bible. But Paul wasn’t trying just to be different, he was really endeavoring to present to us a Christ that is higher, deeper, and richer than we’ve ever imagined.