Ezekiel (Program #20) – The Temple and Side Chambers
The gospel of John gives us the unforgettable picture of Jesus coming into the temple in Jerusalem. And in the display of the most righteous anger, the sight of God’s house being turned into a place of merchandise and commerce, He cleanses the temple – overturning the tables and chasing the peddlers away. Immediately following this comes a profound exchange between the Lord Jesus and the religionists. In John 2:18-21, “The Jews then answered and said to Him, What sign do you show us, seeing that you do these things? Jesus answered and said to them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then the Jews said, This temple was built in forty-six years, and You will raise it up in three days? But He spoke of the a temple of His body.” What makes this word so meaningful is that John clearly identifies Jesus as the real temple, the real house of God. This means even as we consider the temple in the Old Testament such as in Ezekiel’s great vision in chapters 40 to 48, we must realize that this is a type of the Lord Jesus Himself and of the church, the New Testament, the enlargement of God’s house.
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 book of Judges is one of the most difficult in the Bible, it’s difficult because it records the history of Israel during one of its’ most miserable periods. Israel has forsaken God as her king, as her husband and every man had gone away doing what was right in his own eyes. The account of the loses and their battles against their enemies and the deplorable degradation of the people of God is quite depressing.
But following Judges comes one of the most sweetest and most lovely book of the Bible, the short book of Ruth. People had always love the story through the ages, but just as the deplorable account in Judges has an intrinsic message to us as God’s people today so does the book of Ruth. For in this book we see in type, the incarnation of the redeeming Christ and the sinners choosing to join herself to her redeemer and His people resulting in her receiving the full inheritance of God’s people and eventually becoming an important person in the accomplishment of God’s purpose.
Numbers (Program #32) – A Vital Sketch of the Divine Revelation (2)
Apparently, the Old Testament has nothing to do with the church. After all, the church didn’t even come into being until the book of Acts. Actually however, the history of Israel recorded in the Old Testament is a picture of the church and the church life. If we have this view, this understanding, we will see that the divine revelation in the Old Testament books such as Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers give us a picture and a full type of the church in the mystical union with the all-inclusive Christ.
Exodus (Program #151) – Romans Program 56, Life-study of Romans 56
If you have been following along our life study of Exodus, you realize that from time to time we like to insert highlighted programs from previous books that we’ve covered on life study of the Bible and such is the case today. In our life study of Exodus we come to the holy anointing oil, a wonderful type in the Old Testament of the all-inclusive Spirit of Christ. A portion in the New Testament where the Spirit is not only revealed but also applied to us in our daily experience is chapter 8 in the book of Romans. Today we are going to bring you a highlighted program from our life study of Romans. We will return tomorrow to the life study of Exodus.
Exodus (Program #128) – The Priestly Garments (15) Robe
The Bible tells us that Christ is the embodiment or the expression of God. No one has ever seen God, but the Son of God has given Him expression. Without an expression, how could God ever be known? A wonderful type of God’s expression is seen in Exodus in the beautiful garments that the priests serving in the tabernacle were required to wear. We will look more at this divine expression in this life study of the Bible.
We are looking at the robe particularly today as we continue this examination that has gone on for many programs, some weeks actually of the garments of the priest. We saw initially that the instructions for this priestly garment came from God Himself, Jehovah as He was giving so many instructions to Moses on Mount Sinai. To really pick up the spiritual essence of these items of the garment, first we need to realize that in the Bible garments always signify outward expression. How does that principle apply to the complicated priestly garment we have been looking at?
Exodus (Program #105) – The Altar of Burnt Offering (2)
Of all the items associated with the tabernacle in the Old Testament, the altar is the most easily identified with its New Testament counterpart, where the altar is a clear type of the cross of Jesus Christ. It was here the offerings for God’s people to satisfy His righteous demands were made. Nearly all Bible teachers and most Christians understand this parallel. But this picture is only the beginning of all that the altar represents. The details shows much much more. How we thank the Lord for the picture and the ministry that we have today to unveil the picture.
To most people, the altar may seem to be, may be the easiest to understand of all the items that we’ve looked at in the tabernacle. It is a very clear picture of the cross. Christians probably feel by enlarge that they have a reasonably good understanding of the cross. But our listeners are going to be a little bit surprise today by some of the things they hear.
1 Peter (Program #3) – The Full Salvation of the Triune God and Its Issues (1)
In the books of 1 & 2 Peter often a single word can add much richness and meaning to what is being said. For example, Peter begins his first epistle by pointing us to the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus. This word sprinkling was surely used to remind the Hebrew believers that he was writing to of how the sprinkling of the blood of goats and sheep that they were familiar with in the Old Testament Jewish religion was simply or merely a type, a foreshadowing of the real eternal offering of the blood of Christ. His was the sprinkling that accomplished far more than the temporary atonement of the sacrifices in the Old Testament. For this sprinkling guarantees our full possession of all the benefits and blessings of the entire new covenant from now and for eternity.
Hebrews (Program #39) – The Type of the Old Covenant and the Reality of the New Covenant
Today we will see that the Holy of Holies has been made open for every Christian to enter in, to know God’s presence and to hear His speaking.
Hebrews is a book of comparisons between the Old Testament and the New. The comparison of the Old Testament tabernacle with the real tabernacle today, the place of God’s presence and glory is our focus. Throughout Hebrews we are continually presented with items/features from the Old Testament and then shown them in their New Testament reality. Today, we’re going to see the tabernacle in such a light.