Mark (Program #15) – The Move of the Slave-Savior’s Gospel Service (2) & (3)
Mark chapter 6 presents us with 4 seemingly unrelated cases. To our shallow understanding these 4 cases seems to be merely 4 separate stories of events that took place during the Lord’s earthly ministry. However if we receive even a little enlightenment we can see that once again the sequence in the divine record of how these events are unfolded is really marvelous. And that when taken together these 4 cases really are layers of meaning and significance.
So here are 4 cases, 2 negative and 2 positive. That individually show us the rejection, hatred and justice even martyrdom that typifies the world’s response to the gospel. But collectively they fill us with encouragement, conviction and even a renewed determination to go forth to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom to the whole inhabited earth.
Mark (Program #8) – The Ways the Slave-Savior Carried Out His Gospel Service (3)
After opening with the clear picture of meaning and contents of the glad tidings of the gospel. The book of Mark then give us the 5 cases in which the Lord Jesus carries out the gospel in His dealing with so many fallen people. The first of these cases involved a paralytic man who not only received healing from the Lord, but even more importantly at least in its’ significance was the forgiveness of sins. We then had the case of a saved sinners, Matthew, the tax collector preparing a feast for His Savior and for many of His friends. This case was a case of enjoyment.
Three additional cases followed in chapter 2, and the first part of chapter 3. Each one depicting the carrying out of His gospel service. A gospel not only of forgiveness and of enjoyment but of joy, of satisfaction and freedom as well.
We come to another enjoyable, joy-filled, satisfying and liberating message from this life study of Mark.
Job (Program #14) – The Significance in the Sequence of Job and the Psalms
As Christians we all hold the Bible as the infallible and inspired word of God. But not only are the words themselves divinely inspired even the arrangement of the book also bears God’s direct involvement. Take for instance the sequence of the various books in the Bible. Many do not actually follow the historic timeline yet the sequence in the divine record is truly marvelous. Consider the book of Job and the book of Psalms. They are separated by nearly a thousand years historically but Psalms immediately followed by Job in the Bible. What the Bible sequence reveals is that the divine revelation is not static, but rather shows a progression. A progression that should also be matched in our experience.
Nehemiah (Program #4) – The Reconstitution of the Nation of God’s Elect (2)
The books of Ezra and Nehemiah bear a strong intrinsic significance for the Lord’s recovery today. We should not think that the Old Testament is unrelated to us. The Bible is written in two sections – the Old Testament and the New Testament. The first section contains pictures while the second section contains the fulfillment of what is signified by the pictures. Without an intrinsic understanding of the Old Testament types, it is not easy to understand the fulfillment of God’s economy in the New Testament.
1 Peter (Program #15) -Christian Life and Its Sufferings (2)
The word “grace” bears tremendous significance in the New Testament, yet like so many biblical terms, it has become almost a clichéd to many people and it’s been greatly devalued in the understanding of most Christians. God’s unmerited favor has become the most common definition among believers. While this does convey a certain limited sense of the word, it’s obvious by considering Scriptures that this definition is grossly inadequate.
Consider Peter’s use of the word “grace” in 1 Peter 2:19-20 “for this is grace” he writes “if anyone, because of a consciousness of God, bears sorrows by suffering unjustly. For what glory is it if, while sinning and being buffeted, you endure? But if, while doing good and suffering, you endure, this is grace with God.“
Exodus (Program #149) – The Holy Anointing Oil (1) Significances
Many Christians realize that the book of Exodus gives us many types of the Savior Jesus Christ. It’s here that we see Him as the Passover Lamb, the Heavenly Manna and the Living Water. But another marvelous type has been nearly missed by Bible scholars and interpreters through the ages, yet God has recovered it for all of His seekers in these days. Please set the next 30 minutes aside for an unveiling of the holy anointing oil on today’s life study of the Bible.
Exodus (Program #101) – The Curtain for the Door of the Tent (1)
Exodus shows us that the tabernacle represents God’s dwelling place and the place where He can meet with man. But separating God from man are two curtains or veils. Before man can meet with God, he must first pass through these layers of separation. What is the significance of these curtains of blue, purple and scarlet? Please set the next 30 minutes aside for your own journey through the veil.
We’ve been looking at the tabernacle according to the biblical account. As we’ve done so, the order that the book of Exodus presents these things is very interesting. It always seems to start from the inside out and from the top down. This is backward it seems to our natural way of looking at things describing things. This pattern is going to very much be maintained today. Let’s spend a minute or two discussing the significance of how these description are ordered.
Exodus (Program #99) – The Veil Within the Tabernacle (1)
The tabernacle is a marvelous, vivid picture of the deepest experiences of Christ by His loving believers. The time spent to see the meaning and significance of its aspects and details is well worthwhile and will be richly rewarded by a deeper love and appreciation for Christ and His incomparable word.
Today we are going to consider the veil that was located within the tabernacle as a separation between the two chambers, the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. This aspect of the tabernacle is really quite mysterious to most people. Both chambers contain items that clearly represents Christ and our experience of Christ.
Exodus (Program #96) – The First Layer of the Covering (2)
All of God’s saved ones have surely seen the Christ of the Gospels, the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself up for us that we might be saved. This in itself surely is marvelous, but have you seen the same Christ revealed in even greater details through the types and symbols of the Old Testament? To do so is to have our faith in God’s word strengthened and our love and appreciation of Him, much much deepen. Stay with us as we see the very Christ of our salvation in the details of the tabernacle, God’s dwelling place with man on today’s life study.
From Exodus 26, there were 4 layers of covering over the tabernacle. We did look at the first layer; ten curtains, made of fine linen, colored blue, purple and scarlet and then with the cherubim embroidered on them. Today we’re going to look at the other three layers. But we really need to keep in mind all the significance of these details that we saw.
1 Thessalonians (Program #3) – The Triune God Embodied in the Word to Produce a Holy Life for the Church Life (1)
The word of God is so marvelous, the more you discover its’ infinite riches and hidden treasures the more you realize that there is far more to see than we can ever possibly exhaust. Its’ structure, its’ order even the subtle ways in which several passages begin are full of meaning and significance.
For example consider a passage that you may have read hundreds of times and never really stop to consider. Paul begins his letter to the Church in Thessalonica not in a general way, but in way that it is unique from the way he open any of his letters to the other Churches.
“Paul and Silvanus,” he writes, I Thessolonians 1:1, “and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.” Even in a simple greeting we just read we will see there is a lot of meaning here.