1 & 2 Samuel (Program #24) – Our Need for God to Build Christ into Us
Upon a casual reading, 2 Samuel 7 seems simple enough to understand, it begins with King David expressing his heart’s desire to build a dwelling place for Jehovah. The Lord’s response to David seems to be a very good illustration of His love and mercy toward David, telling him that instead of wanting David to build something for Him, the Lord needed to build something first for David. But if we look more carefully and through the lens of God’s economy, we will see that 2 Samuel 7 reveals one of the highest revelations in the entire Bible.
1 & 2 Samuel (Program #20) – Lessons of the Five Major Figures
The books of Samuel in the Old Testament are among the top concerning the history of God’s move with his people. Many stories in these two books that we learned as children, perhaps, and have treasured our whole lives, but these are more than stories, their invaluable to us as illustrations of the main items of God’s economy. Five main persons are spoken of in first Samuel. And their lives reveal to us item after item of how to maintain a proper relationship with God, God’s economy, and to enjoy Christ. If we remember these five persons and the lessons that their lives reveal, we will have our own enjoyment of Christ enriched and our participation in God’s economy strengthened.
1 & 2 Samuel (Program #18) – The History Concerning David (5)
Saul, the first king of Israel, had a marvelous beginning, but the most tragic ending imaginable. In the Old Testament story of this tragic inclusion to Saul’s life, there are a number of valuable things that we, the New Testament believers, can learn concerning God’s economy. Foremost among them is the fundamental problem that Saul had, and that is that despite his early glory and successes, he was never properly related to God’s economy–God’s desire to build himself a house, and ultimately His kingdom. Rather, Saul’s heart was consumed with his own kingdom, and building something for himself. In first Samuel chapter 20 this hidden desire for his own kingdom is revealed. more…
This will be the most enlightening and surprising life study.
This life study will be very different from other studies of Revelation. Mainly because of a difference in focus. The focus of this life study will be a Person, the wonderful Lord Jesus Christ. And it is a focus on Him in relation to God’s economy that brings in the newness and the freshness because this focus is in line with the focus of the Bible and the central thought of God in the Scriptures. Of course, the prophecies will be considered, but everything will be considered in relation to the preeminence of this Person. And this Person is the center of the divine administration according to the divine economy. So we will focus on Christ. The prophecies, the symbols and revelations, all the events to come, the kingdom everything, must be and will be related to Christ. If we in our study of Revelation pay attention to matters other than Christ, we are fundamentally defective in our approach. We must be Christ-centered and understand everything in relation to Him. This is our burden and this is our intention.
To really understand the Bible you might think that it takes great intellect or years of training and Biblical education. Well, this surely may be helpful, but according to the Bible itself what is most needed is what the apostle Paul prayed for in his letter to the Ephesians chapter 1:17 “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him.”
What we need most is our spirit and our spirit becoming a spirit of wisdom and revelation. We need such a spirit to see what’s revealed in the two Old Testament books of 1 & 2 Samuel. Samuel begins with the story of a godly woman praying desperately to Jehovah that He would give her a son. and in this story we began to see again how God’s economy is the central focus of the entire Bible.
Ruth (Program #4) – Ruth’s Reward for God’s Economy
This a very aromatic portion of the Bible, a very sweet, pleasant portion of the scripture. The subject is the matter that Ruth’s reward for God’s economy.
A review of how Ruth made a choice for a goal and she exercise a right to enjoy the rich land which is a picture of Christ. In this program we are going to see that Ruth is a real seeker after God and she eventually gain what she has sought after. She chose a goal and she exercise her right and she sought for her husband in a home as a resting place.
The books of history in the Old Testament like Joshua are rich with stories but if we view them in light of the entire divine revelation, we see them far more than just great and inspiring stories. We see God in the move of His economy in Christ, working in, with and through His chosen people to possess Christ, to gain Christ and even to spread Christ.
Joshua chapter 2 is one of these portions in the Bible where it’s easy to be caught up in the marvelous story, the story of a harlot Rehab and two spies but it is also a chapter rich in revelation of God’s move on earth. Yes, the story of Rehab, the gentile harlot who exercised faith to join herself to God’s move and to His people and eventually had a honored place in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.
Much of the Old Testament is devoted to history, the history of great men, the history of great nations, especially Israel and the history of God’s people. But you may not realize it is also God’s history, the history of His move to carry out and accomplish His eternal purpose.
The books of Joshua, Judges and Ruth are among the books of history in the Old Testament and even in these books with their rich and colourful stories, if we have eyes to see, we can see the history of God in the move of His economy. That would be our focus for the next several weeks as we come to these wonderful books and see Christ in them, in the light of His eternal economy.