Judges (Program #4) – The Miserable History of Israel’s Forsaking God (3)
During a very difficult time in Israel’s history the Lord raised up Gideon to be a judge and ruler. Initially great victories were afforded under Gideon’s leadership and the account of his successes stands as the most glorious of those recorded in the book of Judges. His success can be attributed to 4 glorious factors of his relationship with Jehovah. However shortly after these successes he succumbed to serious temptations. These ultimately overtook him and all of Israel eventually suffered as a consequence. These factors remained as major stumbling blocks to many of God’s people and especially to many leading ones among God’s people today. We will look at the factors of both Gideon success and his failures on our program.
1 Peter (Program #25) – The Elders’ Shepherding and Its Reward (2)
We all know that Peter was first a disciple of the Lord Jesus. A disciple is a follower, a learner. Then Peter received the commission from the Lord and became chief among the apostles. An apostle in the New Testament is a sent one. It’s in this capacity that Peter is most often referred to. But in addition to being a disciple and an apostle, Peter was also an elder of the church in Jerusalem. It is in this status as an elder that Peter writes to the other elders in his first epistle.
Elders are the overseers of the church and as Paul also tells us, these are the leading ones who has been charged by the Lord with a solemn and sober responsibility to care for His most precious possessions, that is His people, the flock of God. It’s in this charge that Peter brings the attention of all the elders past, present and future that their responsibility must extend even to the risk of their own lives.