Jeremiah (Program #13) – God’s Economy with His Dispensing in Jeremiah (2)
It seems upon casual reading of the Old Testament that the central focus of the book is the law of Moses. When God brought Moses to the mountain and deliver the ten commandments that surely was a key moment, a key factor in God’s dealing with His people Israel. But in the New Testament, the apostle Paul tells us that the law was not part of God’s original intention for man, rather it was something added due to man’s failures and sins. In Galatians chapter 3 he says, “Why then the law? It was added because of the transgressions until the seed should come to whom the promise was made, it being ordained through angels in the hand of a mediator. ” Actually God’s intention for man has never changed. From the beginning He has desire that He Himself would be everything to man. And Jeremiah, he lamented that His people Israel had forsaken Him, the fountain of living waters. If we have this view of God’s eternal desire, our understanding of such Old Testament books as Jeremiah will be greatly uplifted.
Jeremiah (Program #12) – God’s Economy with His Dispensing in Jeremiah (1)
The Bible consummates with the revelation of the city of New Jerusalem. This indicates that the New Jerusalem is God’s goal. In fact every book in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation is in some way related to the New Jerusalem as God’s goal. And as the ultimate goal of His plan and purpose with man, the New Jerusalem is just too wonderful for us to imagine. So God reveals this matter bit by bit. First by the Bible’s own words and then the stories, types, history, shadows and figures make it more and more clear to us. The Old Testament of Jeremiah is rich in the aspect of God’s economy that are revealed throughout. In Jeremiah, God’s goal of having a group of human beings that have been filled with Him and that bear His image and likeness to become His corporate expression for eternity is very much on display. And this vision unlocks all the riches and treasures in this book.
Isaiah (Program #42) – The Servant of Jehovah Revealed in the New Testament Economy
Nearly everyone know something about Christ. There is a kind of natural understanding of Christ that is common to humans everywhere. Many people consider Him as a great man, great spiritual leader or a teacher. Such superficial knowledge can began from even a casual reading of the Old Testament. But portion of the Old Testament such as chapter 53 of Isaiah reveal Christ of God’s economy. The Christ of our salvation, the Christ that gave immeasurable pleasure and delight to God the Father and willingly and humbly going to the cross to die so that God may have many sons brought forth. May the Lord grant us the grace and wisdom to present such a Christ to you today on this life study of the Bible.
It’s probably safe to say that the book of Proverbs would be a favorite of a large percentage of Bible readers in all cultures. Written primarily by the legendary King Solomon, the possessor of great wisdom, it’s a book that’s easy to read and to study and to admire the marvelous examples of human wisdom and godly principles that are the main contents of this book. But while it is a book that may help us to live a better life to improve our character, and even to learn the valuable principles that reflect various aspects and attributes of God, there is also a profound danger with such a book. And that danger is that it can be a book that we can apply by our own strength and our own individual pursuit of human perfection. Why is that a danger, you ask? The answer to that can only be found by studying not only the Old Testament books such as Proverbs and Job but studying the entire Bible itself and being brought into the divine revelation. And that divine revelation shows us in that in God’s ultimate economy, wisdom like everything else, becomes the very Person of Christ Himself.
Psalms (Program #14) – Christ as the Shepherd in His Resurrection and Christ as the King in God’s Kingdom
Psalms 23 is a precious and popular Psalms, “The Lord is my shepherd” immediately brings comfort along with the six short and lovable verses in this wonderful Psalms. We have a sweet radio program today.
Psalms 23 is one of those Psalms and portions in the Bible that is read a lot and is quite popular. We are going to see it in the view of God’s economy and in the context of the group of 3 Psalms that it is in; Psalms 22, Psalms 23 and Psalms 24 in a group.
Psalms (Program #8) – David’s Concept Concerning God’s Judgment on David’s Enemies Among the Nations and Concerning Man’s Condition Before God
The Psalms beloved by all of God’s people are composed of the expression of the sentiments, feelings, impressions and experiences of godly men. Many of the psalms express primarily the concept of the writer. David, for example, in a number of the psalms was frequently in grave danger being pursued by his enemies those who were desiring even to do away with him. And so we see his crying out to Jehovah for safety and deliverance. Other of the psalms exult and uplift the law of God connecting God’s blessing with our ability to keep the law. There are however, many psalms that express a much higher thought, even the divine thought. Psalms which present the very Christ of God maybe not in direct reference but in unmistakable clarity. These are psalms which convey God’s deepest feeling and His heart’s desire for man that Christ would occupy the center in our lives as He occupies the center of God’s own economy.
Psalms (Program #3) – Christ in God’s Economy versus the Law in Man’s Appreciation (2)
The Bible is not an ordinary book. Though it surely contains a lot of history, we should not read it as a history book. It also contains scores of moral and behavioral imperatives but we should not take it as a book of ethics. Neither should we approach the Bible as a book of philosophy . Because beyond all of these things, history, ethics, philosophy, The Bible is in its’ essence, God’s own breath revealing the Christ of God enable to convey God Himself as life into those who come to seeking nothing else but His very person.
Psalms (Program #2) – Christ in God’s Economy versus the Law in Man’s Appreciation (1)
Many of the 39 books of the Old Testament touched the matter of the law. The law generally refers to the commands that God delivered to Moses on Mount Sinai after the children of Israel had their exodus from Egypt. And the impact that these laws has had not just on God’s people but on all of western civilization is hard to overstate.
God’s people both in New and Old Testament heirs treasure the law of God. But there is a key word in the New Testament that reveals something crucial concerning God’s entire economy and how the law relates to it. In Rom 5:20 it says, “And the law entered in alongside that the offense might abound” What does it mean that the law entered in alongside? Well, we will discuss this in many more items relate to the law and the central focus of God’s economy on today’s program.
Job (Program #12) – Man Moving in God’s Move and God Moving in Man’s Move
As the New Testament era opened, a dramatic change occurred in the way that God moves to accomplish His purpose on the earth. God’s move was then inextricably linked to man; that means that God ceased to move apart from and independent of man. Of course, the man that God used for His move was Jesus Christ, who we know was also God. That’s why the high priests, the elders and even the officials of the Roman government could not determine whether the activities of Jesus were the activities of a man or of God. Actually, His actions were the actions of the first God-man. Today God is still operating in this principle. The principle of His moving into man, in man and through man. This is the principle of incarnation. “In the beginning was the Word”, John says, “…and the Word was God and the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us”. (John 1:1, 14)
Job (Program #11) – The Third of the Three Rounds (4) – Job’s Final Speaking (2)
Job chapter 29 brings us to a scene that most of us can relate very well to. At this point in the book, Job is once again pouring out to his friends concerning the terrible sufferings that God had visited upon him. And in this discourse, he was reliving many of the fond recollections of the glories of his past experience. How often do we dwell in the past when we are languishing in the depths of our present despair? But Job was also drawing upon his past successes in order to build a defense so that he could plead his case before God. A case that was totally built upon his own righteousness.