Genesis (Program #57) – God’s Covenant with Abraham
We are at a transition point today in Abraham’s experience. Up until this time, God has blessed Abraham very much in the matters related to his existence. But from this point on, God has more in mind for His called ones than just the physical blessings for their good living.
Today we are going to pick up part two of the message entitled “The Seed and the Land” for the fulfillment of God’s purpose. We saw previously that Abraham was called by God out of his land and out of his kindred, his family and into a new land that God might fulfill His eternal purpose. What are the main aspects of this purpose that God begin with His calling of Abraham?
Today we are going to come to chapter 15 of Genesis and a life study entitled “The Seed and the Land” for the fulfillment of God’s purpose. Related to God’s purpose, two promises were given concerning the seed and the land.
The promises that the Lord gave Abraham in His calling him, was not just really some things. In the Old Testament He mentioned the seed and the land, but as we see in this message we will see the intrinsic promise was that He will give Abraham and a seed, Himself. We have been called to enjoy Christ as a seed and Christ as the land. Both the seed and the land are just Christ.
It is quite something to see that these are just Christ Himself and not just something from Him or even about Him.
Ezekiel (Program #25) – The Holy Land and the Holy City
Clearly the subject and central focus of the last section of the book of Ezekiel is the temple, the house of God. Show the house to the house, the Lord tells Ezekiel and that is exactly what he does in the final chapters. Yet, there’s a very profound postscript to Ezekiel’s vision that is found in the final chapters of the book and that is the land upon which the temple sits. In fact the land and the house are the central focus of the entire Old Testament. Recall Jehovah’s words to Joshua following the death of Moses as the children of Israel were encamped at the border of the good land in Canaan, “Moses My servant is dead; now then arise, and cross over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land which I am giving to them, to the children of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads I have given to you, as I promised Moses…Be strong and take courage, for you will cause this people to inherit the land which I swore to their fathers to give to them.” (Joshua 1:2-3,6). Well if the temple typifies the church as the fulfillment of the house of God, what then does this land typify?
1 Corinthians (Program #40) – Growing in the Full Possession and the Enjoyment
In 1 Corinthians the apostle Paul was speaking to the believers in the church of Corinth much like a father would speak to his own children often chastising and even correcting them. Eventually he warns them using the children of Israel who failed in the wilderness prior to enter into the good land that God had set before them as their goal, as a type.
Paul said in 10:5 “But with most of them God was not well pleased, for they were strewn along in the wilderness. Now these things occurred as examples to us, that we should not be ones who lust after evil things, even as they also lusted.”
The Bible contains two histories. The history of Israel in the Old Testament and the history of the church in the New Testament. Actually these two histories are really one story. The history of Israel a type, a shadow while the church is the fulfillment, the reality.
In many of his writings the apostle Paul used the Old Testament as a book of types and pictures to help illustrate the New Testament economy that he was entrusted to preach.
In 1 Corinthians 5 he mentioned the Old Testament passover as our type of New Testament experience of redemption. In chapter 9 and 10 he again picks up the Old Testament to show us a pattern .
First, of our running the race that is our Christians life. Then as a picture of both aspects of our baptism by water and by the Spirit. And finally as a negative pattern regarding the possibility of the genuine, redeemed children of God could ultimately failed to overcome in their Christian life and missed the prize of the reward that is typified by the good land. This is a strong word, a word of warning, which we, like the Corinth believers should heed.
Isaiah (Program #18) – Christ as the Servant of Jehovah (2 & 3)
The Bible in many places present Christ as a land to God’s people. The Old Testament type of this good land is Israel. But this land in the New Testament is our own experience of Christ. God’s purpose for His people is not just to have the Bible and biblical knowledge but to experience and enjoy this Christ in an ever increasing measure. Stay with us today as we pursue together the rich experience of Christ in the book of Isaiah on the life study of the Bible.
Nehemiah (Program #5) – The Leadership of Nehemiah for the Reconstitution of the Nation of God’s Elect
Nehemiah loved God and he loved God’s interest on earth concerning His economy. This interest included the good land, the temple and the city of Jerusalem all of which Nehemiah loved. Even though he was a common person, without a rank such as that of a king or of a captain in the army, he took care of God’s interest on the earth.
Ezra (Program #3) – The Return of the Captivity under the Priestly Leadership of Ezra
Deep within every Christian, there is a desire to be free from any kind of captivity of the enemy, Satan. If you agree with that, then you would want to stay with us right here for the next half hour as we discuss the return of the captivity under the priestly leadership of Ezra.
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah in the Old Testament, we call these books the recovery books because according to the history that is presented in the Old Testament before Ezra at end of the books of Chronicles, God’s people Israel had been carried away from the land of Israel into the land of Babylon – so they were there in their captivity. And then a certain time God came in to bring a remnant, a small number not all of them but a small number back to the land of Israel, the good land that He had given to their forefathers. So these we call the recovery and these books we call the recovery books.
1 & 2 Chronicles (Program #8) – Living Christ for the Expression of God
After the division of Israel into two kingdoms, God was still able to point to some among His people that have not given up their proper standing and had maintained at least outwardly some devotion to His fundamental word. God’s word at that time of course, consisted of the laws. But many don’t realize the law came in two sections, both of which came through Moses. The first section is the law of commandments, were the ten commandments we commonly referred to them. These are the moral laws that God gave to His people cover all aspects of relationships. The second section is called the ceremonial law, the laws governing the details of the offerings and the priesthood and the feasts that God established for His people.
Though the kings of Judah stood on the proper ground of Jerusalem and professed allegiance to all the laws of God, in reality they kept neither the moral law nor the ceremonial law. The result was that ultimately they lost their possession and enjoyment of the good land that God had given them. What can we, God’s New Testament people learn from such a tragic example?