Luke (Program #42) – The Man-Savior’s Presentation of Himself to Death for Redemption (1)
Try to imagine in ancient times when a king or a prince would come and visit a certain place, the nature of that procession no doubt the king would come in either riding in a royal carriage or at least riding on a great white steed. Now we come to the climates of the Lord Jesus long journey to Jerusalem and His triumphal entry as the King of the Universe into the city of God. One that His disciples would certain would accommodate in taking His proper place on the throne of David in the temple and establishing His earthly kingdom and in splendor and majesty. It is against in this backdrop that we read Luke 19 in His actual entry into Jerusalem not on a great white horse or in a royal palanquin but instead riding on a most humble of all creatures, a young donkey.
Jeremiah (Program #20) – Jehovah’s Promise concerning the Restoration of Israel
The history revealed in the Bible is a history of the covenants that God made with man. In reality, only two of these covenants have great significance. The first of which from Exodus 25 was the covenant of law that God made through Moses when He gave Israel the ten commandments. The second covenant called the new covenant was also the last covenant. And though it was not enacted until the Lord Jesus sacrificed Himself on the cross for our redemption. It was clearly foretold by the prophet Jeremiah in Jeremiah chapter 31, listen to the word of this marvelous new covenant as spoken by the Old Testament prophet.
“Indeed, days are coming, declares Jehovah, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, Not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by their hand to bring them out from the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was their Husband, declares Jehovah. But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares Jehovah: I will put My law within them and write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. And they will no longer teach, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, Know Jehovah; for all of them will know Me, from the little one among them even to the great one among them, declares Jehovah, for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.“
Mark (Program #41) – The Death and Resurrection of the Slave-Savior for the Accomplishment of God’s Redemption (3)
On the day of His crucifixion, the Lord Jesus Christ hung on the cross for six hours, from nine in the morning until three in the afternoon. During the first three hours, He suffered mocking, slander and humiliation at the hands of all manner of men even though He was dying to redeem.
But beginning at twelve noon something remarkable happen and is recorded in Mark chapter 15 verses 33-34, “And when the sixth hour came, darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is interpreted, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
During the final three hours of His time on the cross, the Lord Jesus was no longer been judged by evil mankind. He had taken upon Himself the sins of mankind to such an extend that God the Father even had to turn away from His beloved Son in righteous judgment, as Christ offered up Himself, an eternal sacrifice for all.
As believers we cherish this story and never tired of hearing it. But beyond this message of redemption and hope, this story also bears consideration for what it says about the inner relationship of the three divine persons in the Godhead.
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.