Exodus (Program #68) – The First Ordinance of the Law Concerning Man’s Relationship With Others
In all of human history, slavery can easily be identified generally as an evil and even an unholy thing. Yet when God gave His laws and ordinances to His people, He did not abolish it, but rather He gave special place for a kind of relationship where a slave and a master would be joined in spirit, in love and in obedience for their entire lives. Before you jump to your own conclusion of this strange and mysterious topic in Scripture, we invite you to stay tune for the next 30 minutes, as we will again be treated to a very fresh and profound view of God’s view on today’s life study of the Bible.
Exodus (Program #67) – The Pollution Caused by Man’s Work and the Nakedness Exposed Through Man’s Way
Thoughtful people throughout the ages have always look upon the stars and the moon and even the marvel of God’s creation and realize that God must be there. Must careful thought has been given to this matter over the centuries particularly the matter of worship. Some of man’s most elaborate and magnificent achievement are devoted in some way or another to worshipping God. But in this matter we must be clear. God has no intention of leaving the way of man’s worship to His own devises. God has reserved this for Himself and our part simply to open to Him and His Word for the clear understanding. Don’t miss today’s life study of the Bible with Witness Lee.
Yesterday we saw that following the giving of the ten commandments, the Lord began to add a great number of additional items called ordinances. What was the point of these supplemental items and particularly the first few which we are going to look at again today?
Exodus (Program #66) – The Ordinances of the Law Concerning the Worship of God
The first half of Exodus is full of wonderful stories of many miracles that God accomplished for His people as He led them out of Egypt and brought them through the wilderness. Accordingly, many Christians have little interest in Exodus after chapter 14. But the second half of this book unveils the details of God’s intention and His ultimate desire for all of His people and the riches of His full salvation are covered in these chapters. To miss them is to be robbed of the riches of His full revelation.
Many Christians may not even realized that the entire book of Exodus is a book that unveils God’s salvation in full. All the great stories in the early chapters are popular in Sunday school and occasionally in Bible studies. We really don’t want to ignore the last half of the book. What are the major items revealed in the lesser known side of Exodus?
1 Corinthians (Program #27) – Stewards of the Mysteries of God
When we consider the leading ministry, the most respected Christian workers of the day, what kind of image of their life do we have? Well, most of the well known seems to be quite successful even by worldly standards; they are honored, respected for the most part, seems well off, able to live a very comfortable life. But what about at the time of the New Testament? The leading apostle from most of that era was the apostle Paul of course he wrote the bulk of the New Testament. What kind of living did he enjoy? Well from his autobiographical comments found in 1 Corinthians chapter 4 we get a glimpse:
“For, I think, God has set forth us the apostles last of all as doomed to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. We are fools because of Christ, but you are prudent in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are glorious, but we are dishonored. Until the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked and buffeted and wander without a home; And we labor, working with our own hands. Reviled we bless; persecuted we endure; Defamed we exhort. We have become as the off-scouring of the world, the scum of all things, until now.“
Exodus (Program #65) – The Veil Over the Ministry of Condemnation and Death
When Moses received the commandment of God for His people, his face was shining as a reflection of God’s glory and grace. Yet when apostle Paul refers back to the event in his second epistle to the Corinthians, he call that ministry, a ministry of condemnation and death. How does something full of God’s glory and grace become an instruction of condemnation and death? You will not want to miss today’s life study of the Bible with Witness Lee.
To help us get into this message, we need to consider a couple of passages in Scripture in Old Testament portion from Exodus 34 and the New Testament section from 2 Corinthians. This comparison is going to be very interesting.
1 Corinthians (Program #26) – All Things for the Church and the Church for Christ
On one hand God can be quite easily seen, at least His work is clearly identifiable both in creation and in our hearts. On the other hand God is quite hidden or we can say God is a mystery. Actually the Bible says there are mysteries related to God. 1 Corinthians 4:1 “A man should account us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”
What are these mysteries? That is the focus of our fellowship today of the life study of the Bible as we are still in this wonderful book the way it’s been unfolded.
Exodus (Program #64) – Apart From the Living God the Law Becoming the Killing Letters
God’s eternal purpose is to work Himself into us as our life so that we may take Him as our person to live Him and to express Him. This is the desire of God’s heart; it is also the focal point of the Bible including the book of Exodus. Stay with us today as we are drawn again to God’s intention and heart’s desire even as He gave man the revelation of His law and commandments.
This program again brings us into the Exodus of God’s people and the continuing unveiling of how this story is really our story as well. In Exodus 19 and 20, God gave the commandments to the people, most people know them as the ten commandments. Right away the people responded with this word, “All that God has said we will do”. That seems good enough when we read it but this was really a window that exposes a lot about the people. Why is it such a telling remark showing that the people were a long way from where God desires them to be? more…
1 Corinthians (Program #25) – Building or Destroying the Temple of God
There are many sober warnings in the Bible. Most people associate these warnings with the paralle of facing eternity without Christ that is to be unsaved. Well this certainly is the focus of many of these warnings. But we must be aware that several of the most serous warnings in the Bible are spoken to believers. Those who are already saved. Such a warning is found in 1 Corinthians 3:17 “If anyone destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him; for the temple of God is holy, and such are you.”
But what it is to destroy the temple? How could an unbeliever really damage God’s eternal building. No, it is the believers that are engaged everyday of their Christians life in building and building the temple. And it is the believers that have these words to sow into their heart. We will look today what it is to damage to corrupt even to ruin God’s building on earth.