Isaiah (Program #16) – Jehovah’s Word of Comfort to Israel
Isaiah chapter 40 marks the beginning of the second section of this divine prophecy. Just as the New Testament begins with John the Baptist usher in the appearing of the glorious Christ, so does this incredible prophetic chapter. Stay with us today as we see the experience of God’s full salvation in Christ unfolded from the pages of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah.
Mark (Program #9) – The Ways the Slave-Savior Carried Out His Gospel Service (4)
By the time Jesus was ready to begin His earthly ministry, a well established God ordained religious system was firmly entrenched in the land of Palestine. But as the very God Himself who was the fulfillment and reality of all of the components of that established religion you would think that He would had taken a great care to approach the leaders of that religion and to bring them into His ministry.
But the record of the New Testament reveals quite the opposite. The gospels, in particularly the gospel of Mark revealed that Jesus showed no interest in maintaining the old religion with its’ traditions and rituals. Even those were among the ones that God had originally instituted such as the Sabbath.
Rather, Jesus offended the religious community to the uttermost by breaking the Sabbath regulation repeatedly and revealing that as the Lord of the Sabbath He was well within His authority to use the Sabbath to care for His people instead of as a religious fetter to bind them and even to kill them.
Isaiah (Program #15) – An Example of Seeking after Jehovah and Trusting in Him
For the first 35 chapters of his book of poetry and prophecy, Isaiah focused on the nation of Israel and God’s dealing with them. But then four entire chapters are devoted to the story of Hezekiah, King of Israel. These chapters provide a striking portrait of a godly man, what most of us would love to emulate. But if we look closely we will see signs in this man reveal a person occupied more with self than with God’s own interests. Are we such a person? Stay with us today and we may see much of our own life in the story of Hezekiah on today’s life study of the Bible.
Mark (Program #8) – The Ways the Slave-Savior Carried Out His Gospel Service (3)
After opening with the clear picture of meaning and contents of the glad tidings of the gospel. The book of Mark then give us the 5 cases in which the Lord Jesus carries out the gospel in His dealing with so many fallen people. The first of these cases involved a paralytic man who not only received healing from the Lord, but even more importantly at least in its’ significance was the forgiveness of sins. We then had the case of a saved sinners, Matthew, the tax collector preparing a feast for His Savior and for many of His friends. This case was a case of enjoyment.
Three additional cases followed in chapter 2, and the first part of chapter 3. Each one depicting the carrying out of His gospel service. A gospel not only of forgiveness and of enjoyment but of joy, of satisfaction and freedom as well.
We come to another enjoyable, joy-filled, satisfying and liberating message from this life study of Mark.
Isaiah (Program #14) – Jehovah’s Destruction of the Nations to Bring in the Restoration for Israel
Isaiah is a book with many lovely passages revealing that Christ will come. But it also is a book with chapter after chapter of God’s judgment in dealing with Israel’s fallen and low condition. To understand this book is to understand our own experience of Christ. God’s dealing is what ushers in the wonderful experience of Christ.
Mark (Program #7) – The Ways the Slave-Savior Carried Out His Gospel Service (2)
Mark chapter 2 gives us the account of the Lord Jesus as the Slave-Savior carrying out His gospel service to care for the need of fallen people. It’s a marvelous chapter that shows us 5 cases or incidents, each one demonstrating this loving care in a particular way meeting the need of all manner of weak, sick and sinful people.
What a picture of the glad tidings being lived out in their midst! Of course, not all the people are eager and happy to see such a manifestation of the reality and the enjoyment of God. The scribes and the pharisees, the self-righteous and religious among the people were indignant that their own the authority and their time on the traditions were completely ignored by the Lord Jesus. For as He Himself told them, “those who were strong have no need of a physician but those who are ill. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.“
Isaiah (Program #13) – Jehovah’s Dealing with Israel’s Reliance on Egypt
God’s plan relies on man’s full cooperation and involvement, but a pattern that has been repeated throughout the history of God’s move with His people is that His people repeatedly turned away from Him and allow their hearts to be fully occupied with everything but Him. This was the case in the Old Testament time of Isaiah, just as it is frequently described our own condition as believers and followers of Christ today. What is God’s way to bring us back to Himself? Stay with us for a truly enlightening word on our life study of the Bible.
Mark (Program #6) – The Ways the Slave-Savior Carried Out His Gospel Service (1)
The gospel of Mark is unique in many ways among the four gospel accounts of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus on the earth. One of the unique aspects of Mark, is that, it is arranged according to the actual historical sequence of events. Well, this can make it more difficult to study and understand but the divine and sovereign arrangement is really quite marvelous.
Chapter 1 for example, presents us with the complete contains of the gospel. And chapter 2 follows then with 5 cases illustrate how the Lord Jesus as the slave savior carry out the gospel in His service to all the weak, hungry and needy people. The first of these 5 cases is a really marvelous account that when understood correctly open the way for all us, fallen sinners to enter into the rich gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Isaiah (Program #12) – Jehovah’s Punishment over Ephraims Drunkards
In the gospel of Matthew, the Lord Jesus quoted from Isaiah regarding the hypocritical worship that confronted Him in every turn. He said “these people honors Me with their lips, but their hearts stay far away from Me.” It seems the same can be spoken regarding today’s situation. If we are honest we have to admit that it even describes our own situation from time to time. How does God lead His people out of religious falseness into genuine experience and worship?
Mark (Program #5) – The Contents of the Slave-Savior’s Gospel Service (1) & (2)
The book of Mark opens with these words, “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God,” It then reveals that this gospel is really the fulfillment of the types, the promises and the prophesies of the Old Testament. Along with the removal of the custody of the law. But Mark chapter 1 goes further because it shows us not what just the gospel is but the content of the gospel. This gospel is not something vague but rich in its’ details. And in this chapter, chapter 1 which is divided into 5 sections. We see the rich content of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.