Isaiah (Program #21) – Christ as the Servant of Jehovah (7)
God’s plan for our redemption require a full and complete sacrifice for our sins and transgressions. A spotless lamb was the type in the Old Testament until the real Lamb of God would arrive on the scene to take away the sins of the people and satisfy God’s righteous demands forever. Of course, as Christians we know that Jesus Christ was such a perfect offering on our behalf. Of all the passages of Scripture that deal with the great reality of the Christian faith, none provide a perfect and poetic narrative the chapter 53 in the Old Testament book of Isaiah. This prophecy was written some seven hundred years before Christ, yet the description is awesome in its detail of Christ offering Himself for the transgression and iniquities of mankind. Stay tune for our second program on Isaiah 53 on today’s life study of the Bible.
Psalms (Program #13) – The Christ Who Has Passed Through the Redeeming Death and Entered into the Church-Producing Resurrection
Isaiah 53 spoken prophetically some eight centuries before Christ, provides us with one of the most remarkable accounts of His suffering on the cross for our redemption. Beginning in verse 5, “He was wounded because of our transgressions; He was crushed because of our iniquities; The chastening for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we have been healed. We all like sheep have gone astray; Each of us has turned to his own way, And Jehovah has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.” Of course, this is just a small portion from this tremendous chapter but this chapter is matched by another portion from the Old Testament book of Psalms. Psalms 22 gives perhaps even more graphic details of the Savior’s all-redeeming death and life-imparting resurrection.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #19) – The Reign of Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, & Zedekiah over Judah and the Governing of Gedallia
In the final chapters of 2 Kings, the Lord was ultimately forced to give up His people Israel because of their continual degradation and the hardness of their hearts. Even when He allowed the Syrians to conquer the northern kingdom of Israel and carried them away into captivity those in the southern kingdom of Judah refused to heed this warning and continue in their evil ways. Eventually the great king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar invaded Jerusalem, destroyed the temple and the walls of the city and took the king Zedekiah to Babylon. Soon the entire nation of Israel was taken in captivity. But through the following several hundred years though the nation of Israel was never again fully restored, Jehovah maintained a linage of the descendant of King David until ultimately Christ, the promised seed of David could be brought forth in Israel. This maintained God’s original intention and made possible both our redemption and our regeneration.
1 & 2 Kings (Program #3) – The Reign of Solomon (2)
We all remember the inspiring story of King Solomon in the Old Testament. As the new king over Israel the Lord agrees to grant him one request. Solomon touches the Lord’s heart by asking for wisdom in order that he could rule over Israel in a just manner. For centuries, men have admired Solomon and long to be like him and have the wisdom that God blessed him with. Surely his wisdom was great, but consider for a moment: how it compares to the wisdom that is our blessing as God’s New Testament called ones. In 1 Corinthians 1:24, Paul writes “But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” and in verse 30, “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”
Hebrews (Program #64) – The Law of Life Spreading in Our Inward Parts
What kind of book is the Bible to you? Is it a collection of great stories and inspiring narrations? Or, is it a book that’s plain ethics and principles to live by? Is it a random collection or does it have unifying central theme? Stay with us today for what we guarantee will be an eye opening and solidifying life study of Hebrews.
Exodus (Program #135) – The Sanctification of Aaron and His Sons to be the Priests (6) Redemption and Germination, Feasting on Christ, Peace and Wave Offerings
There is a wonderful verse in Romans chapter 5 that is known and loved by most Christians. This is verse 1 “Therefore having been justified out of faith, we have peace toward God through our Lord Jesus Christ, ” Peace with God through Christ. This is a major theme of the good news of the gospel. The Old Testament picture of peace through Christ was the peace offering in Exodus 29. As we have seen again and again in our life study of Exodus, a picture is worth a thousand words. If you appreciate the peace that Christ has secured for you, you won’t want to miss today’s life study of the Bible.
Exodus (Program #134) – The Sanctification of Aaron and His Sons to be the Priests (5) Universal Priesthood, Redemption, Peace and Burnt Offerings
As genuine born-again Christians, we need to realize that it is possible to be saved and even forgiven of our sins yet fall short of God’s goal for our salvation. What is this goal? Revelation 1:5-6 tell us Jesus Christ has lose us from our sins by His blood and make us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father. Yes we are saved, but can we boldly declare that also we are priests to God? To see what it really means to be a priest, we have to look into the types and pictures in the Old Testament. We will, on today’s life study of the Bible.
Exodus (Program #132) – The Sanctification of Aaron and His Sons to be the Priests (3) Redemption and Germination, Sanctification by Hands Filled
The record given in Exodus is very detailed about many spiritual matters, like the service of the Old Testament priesthood. Chapter 29 in fact began this way “And this is what you shall do to them to sanctify them to serve Me as priests..”. The following verses gave items after items of instructions. But no where in the New Testament do we find such an account of how to sanctify the New Testament priests or even how to serve as the New Testament priests. Yet the Bible clearly tells us that all the believers in Christ are the real priests.
Exodus (Program #108) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (5)
The record of the Passover given in Exodus gives us a detail account of Christ’s redeeming death. But another picture in Exodus also touches redemption and that picture is the altar of the burnt offering in the tabernacle. These Old Testament pictures unveil redemption in its thorough and wonderful details. To see redemption and to see the redeeming Christ in the picture of the altar will make a deep and lasting imprint upon any lover of Jesus.
We come today to our 5th program dealing with the altar of burnt offering that was in the Outer Court of the tabernacle. It may seems to a lot of people, like this is too much time to spend on such an Old Testament item as the altar. But what we’ve really been spending our time on is the redeeming Christ. How is the altar a clear type of redemption and the redeemer?
God’s complete salvation includes redemption, escape from the world and baptism. These 3 elements are all vividly portrayed in the book of Exodus. As we see ourselves again and again through the depiction of this wonderful book. Pharaoh, representing God’s enemy plays a key role in God’s bringing His people Israel through these stages of complete salvation. How does He use Pharaoh in our lives today? That will be our focus on our life study of the Bible.
Today’s program brings us to a very marvelous presentation of the escape of the children of Israel from the pursuing Pharaoh and his Egyptian army. Through the first 14 chapters of Exodus, we have seen a lot of things but there are really 3 significant events related to the Lord’s people; the Passover, their exodus or exit out of Egypt and the crossing of the Red Sea. As pictures of our own experience, these are really unmatched in Scripture. What did these sections refer to in our experience?