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27 Apr 2018 1 & 2 Samuel (Program #29)

1 & 2 Samuel (Program #29) – The Unique Work of the Processed Triune God

In 2 Samuel, the Lord through the Prophet Nathan prophesied to David the king, “Moreover Jehovah declares to you that Jehovah will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers, I will raise up your seed after you, which will come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. It is he who will build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.” Properly understood, this passage constitutes one of the greatest prophecies in the entire Old Testament.

In Matthew in the New Testament, chapter 16, the Lord Jesus makes a similar prophecy to His disciples. “I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” This passage equally constitutes one of the greatest prophecies in the New Testament as well. God’s desire to build a dwelling for Himself and for us, from the beginning of the Bible through to the very end.

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25 Apr 2018 1 & 2 Samuel (Program #27)

1 & 2 Samuel (Program #27) – God’s Intention to Build Himself in Christ into Us

In 2 Samuel, David, the king, opens his heart to the prophet Nathan. What he expressed was a deep and genuine desire to do something meaningful for God in response to all that God had done for him. The ark of the covenant for many years had been kept temporarily in private homes and families of the Israelites. David’s intention was to build a house for God, a permanent dwelling place for the ark and even for God Himself to dwell-in in Jerusalem.

But the Lord responded to David that it was not God who needed something to be built, rather it was David. Jehovah had already provided a magnificent palace for David to dwell in. But, what David lacked is what we lack. And, that is for the Lord to build His dwelling place within us.

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22 Apr 2018 1 & 2 Samuel (Program #24)

1 & 2 Samuel (Program #24) – Our Need for God to Build Christ into Us

Upon a casual reading, 2 Samuel 7 seems simple enough to understand, it begins with King David expressing his heart’s desire to build a dwelling place for Jehovah. The Lord’s response to David seems to be a very good illustration of His love and mercy toward David, telling him that instead of wanting David to build something for Him, the Lord needed to build something first for David. But if we look more carefully and through the lens of God’s economy, we will see that 2 Samuel 7 reveals one of the highest revelations in the entire Bible.

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21 Apr 2018 1 & 2 Samuel (Program #23)

1 & 2 Samuel (Program #23) – The History Concerning David (10)

In 2 Samuel, David becomes secure and well established as the one king over all the tribes of Israel. As king, he’s prosperous, respected, loved, and secure from his enemies, even admired by the surrounding nations. In this situation, David’s true heart is clearly manifest. What he desires to do is to do something for God, even to build God a dwelling place in Israel. But having such a one on this earth whose heart was fully one on its own, Jehovah responds to David’s expression of wanting to do something for Him in a most surprising way.

Listen to this passage from 2 Samuel 7:

“Thus says Jehovah, Is it you who will build Me a house for Me to dwell in? For I have not dwelt in a house, since the day I brought the children of Israel up out of Egypt to this day; but I went about in a tent and in a tabernacle. more…

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13 Jan 2018 Numbers (Program #9)

Numbers (Program #9) – Being Formed into an Army (10)

If you ask most people, they will tell you that God dwells in heavens.  Well, while this is surely the case, the Bible tells us again and again that He is the God of heaven and earth.  So while from eternity, He has dwelt in heavens.  The Bible reveals His goal even His desire is to dwell on earth with man.  Old Testament books like Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers give us a very sweet picture of His earthly dwelling place, which at that time was in the tabernacle.

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24 Nov 2017 Exodus (Program #174)

Exodus (Program #174) – The Erection of the Tabernacle – God’s Side and Our Side, Two beginnings, Moses, The Need for Reality

In the final chapter of Exodus we see the people of God carrying out His plan and erecting the tabernacle, His dwelling place.  The completion of this work brings in a two-fold presence of God’s glory.  First it covered the tabernacle or tent of meeting as a cloud outwardly and then it filled the tabernacle within.  God’s House brings man into contact with God’s glory.

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01 Nov 2017 John (Program #35)

John (Program #35) – The Dispensing of the Triune God for the Producing of His Abode (3)

People think that the Lord Jesus has gone to prepare a big mansion for us in heaven. As though God had two dwelling places, or two buildings, God only has one building. Not one on heaven and one on earth. He has one building.

This chapter (John 14) is very mysterious I admit, and it’s very misunderstood. But, this chapter is really the last message that the Lord gave to His disciples. And, here He’s talking about going away. Many people misunderstand this. But, He’s just talking here about His going to the cross. And, when He goes to the cross, He is also promising that He will come again. His coming again of course is after His resurrection. He will come back to them. And when He comes back to them, He will be the Spirit because in His resurrection He becomes the life giving Spirit.

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14 Sep 2017 Exodus (Program #103)

Exodus (Program #103) – Genesis Program 102, Life-study of Genesis 88

You may think I should ask God for things like patience or love or joy.  But we have to realize that God doesn’t desire to give you just little packages; love, joy, peace these things.  He desires just to give us Himself.

We have something a little different today, as we are going to take a departure from our life study of Exodus.  In this life study we’ve come to the curtains in the tabernacle.  They are a wonderful picture of Christ.  But these curtains were hung on the pillars.  Pillars, as we’ve seen many times are mentioned throughout the Bible, both in the Old and New Testament.  Pillar are always related to the building of God’s dwelling place, the church.

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13 Sep 2017 Exodus (Program #102)

Exodus (Program #102) – The Curtain for the Door of the Tent (2)

The Old Testament tabernacle had two distinct sections with two curtains covering the entrances.  One curtain was called a veil, the other a screen.  Both of these curtains depict the death of Christ dealing with so many negative things.  Yet both curtains became the entrance for God’s people.  They are mysterious, yet marvelous.  The curtains in the tabernacle are our theme today.

We are back in the tabernacle today.  As we have seen, the tabernacle is a perfect picture of God’s dwelling place with man, so it is a good place to be.

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09 Sep 2017 Exodus (Program #98)

Exodus (Program #98) – The Boards of the Tabernacle (2)

The tabernacle as seen in Exodus is the marvelous picture of God’s dwelling place, the church.  It’s walls were carefully crafted of boards that were joined together to give it strength and stability.  God’s house should be the same today.  But sadly, many groups lack such strong standing.  The real testimony of God’s House, must be firm and unshakable.  As His dwelling place our home, it must be grounded in His redemption and brightly expressing the person of Christ Himself.

Today we come to another message dealing with the boards that form the walls of the tabernacle.  Yesterday we saw that these boards were made of acacia wood and then overlaid with gold.  Today we’re going to look specifically how they were fastened together, how they were joined to stand and become the very House of God on earth.

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