Worshipping Christ in All the Books of History

KGD-09   OTI-39B   XAS-21 970205WE   The Bible is Unique  There is no other book like the Bible: The Bible contains.. 3,566,480 letters; 810,697 words; 31,175 verses; 1,189 chapters  and 66 books.  It is, therefore, a “divine library,” and demands not only spiritual illumination, but also the practical application of reverent and diligent study methods in […]

Malachi

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OTI-39A 970129WE Last words are very important. Christ’s last words contained His legacy for us, His Body. In Malachi we find the last words from God in the Old Testament. His last words are words of His Love! Our God is a God of LOVE. He has shown His love since He came on a […]

Zechariah

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OTI-38 970122WE The second of the final three prophets of the Old Testament is Zechariah. His name means “God remembers”. Because each word of God’s Word is inspired, this presents the theme of the book. Unlike the thunder of Haggai his contemporary, Zechariah gives comforting messages of encouragement! Born as the son of a priest […]

Haggai

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OTI-37 970115WE There are defining moments that shape the course of history. We remember many of them. When Julius Caesar crossed the RubiconRiver (taking his legions inside the line of no crossing) he set the stage for the Roman Empire as we know it. Young Martin Luther’s hammer on the Wittenberg church doors rang out a message that altered […]

Zephaniah

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OTI-36 971008WE The Minor Prophets often seem to have a despairing tone. Evil appears to run unchecked. The wicked die apparently unaccountable for their deeds of cruelty and greed. God’s people fail to obey. Death takes them all away. But there is a light in the distance. Rays of hope stream from the promise that […]

Habbakuk

OTI-35 961218WE God watches us tonight as we live in a nation suffering very much the same disease that ancient Israel suffered. It’s a collective societal amnesia about our spiritual heritage.  In ancient Israel it had to do with closing the Temple down, hiding the Law of God and neglecting His worship. In America it’s found in the insidious concept we see all around […]

Nahum

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OTI-34 961211WE There is one inescapable fact of the Universe: the wrath of God may not be evaded. It is so great that it hunted down and sacrificed no less than the Son of God, Christ Jesus! And if God spared not His Son, what will happen to the rebels at the Day of Judgment? […]

Micah

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OTI-33 961204WE The most amazing event surrounding Micah is barely (maybe alluded to in  4:11-13) even mentioned in this little book. It is the astounding way God revealed Himself in revival after the faithful preaching of Micah. Perhaps the sum of his preaching would be watch, wait and win (7:7-8)! After 16 to 25 years of […]

Jonah

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OTI-32 961120WE Our Merciful God Chastening:  jonah 1   HE IS A GOD WHO SEEKS (1:1-2A)  Our Lord God Almighty is such a God of Mercy and Grace! Out of the countless lives that have crossed the pages of time we find two small dots, blips on the radar screen of eternity. Seemingly insignificant to all […]

Obadiah

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OTI-31 961113WE Imagine that your city had been surrounded by a brutal enemy.  One dark night you manage to escape, and you find yourself out of danger, at least for a moment.  Suddenly out of the darkness an unknown enemy pounces on you and drags you back to the city to be sold into slavery by your […]

Amos

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OTI-30 961106WE ‘No, I’m not a prophet!  No, I’m not the son of a prophet!  It’s true. I’m just a fruit-picker and flock-tender.  But I’ll tell you something. Even though a lowly layman, I’m far more qualified to speak for God than are you, a professional priest!” This little confrontation took place around 760 B.C. in the Northern Kingdom city […]

Joel

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OTI-29 961030WE The book[1] of Joel tells of a great plague of insects which came upon the land of Judah as a judgment from God against sin.  In the law, God had promised material prosperity to His people for obedience, and adversity for disobedience.  The period described in the opening prophecy was one of famine and suffering because […]

Hosea

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OTI-28 961023WE Our Faithful God The shouts of Amos demanding repent or else, reverberated across the land. He describes an unapproachable God of utter righteousness. Then another voice is raised by God. A message from the God of Faithfulness. As Hosea whose name means “salvation”, peers into the heart of God, he sees the depths […]

Daniel

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OTI-27 960925WE In God’s opinion of  History, the Kingdom of Babylon was the richest and most  glorious of all in character. Babylon was the head of gold in the image God revealed to Nebuchadnezzar. As its realm spread across the then known world, it left in its wake the dust of crushed opponents foolish enough […]

Ezekiel

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OTI-26 960918WE   ILLUSTRATION: TAPED SENSORS Late in 1996 a plane went down in the Andes Mountains. It didn’t make much news. All aboard were lost. The investigation later revealed the cause of the crash. As with all planes in snowy regions, the maintenance crews had to spray off the wings in their de-icing routine. As […]

Lamentations

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OTI-25 960911WE Perhaps the best introduction to this book is a poem written in 1923 by Thomas Chisholm, #43 “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. Based on Lam. 3:23, this song captures many powerful truths about God: O God My Father (Mt. 6:9) There Is No Shadow… (Js. 1:17) Thou Changest Not (Heb. 1:12) Thy Compassion… (Lam. 3:22) Jeremiah[1] sits […]

Proverbs – Christ Our Wisdom

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OTI-20 960522WE Paul revealed a wonderful truth about Christ. He said 1 Corinthians 1:30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God — that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. (NIV). Jesus becomes that wisdom as His brother James said James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from […]

Psalms – Christ Our Worship

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OTI-19 970312WE The Psalms are preeminently focused upon our Triune God. His character is more clearly and dramatically proclaimed here than in any other book of the Bible. Divine Names are prominently in use: Adonai “Lord,” occurs 63 times, El and Elohim “God” occur 427 times, and the name Yahweh is found no less than […]

Job – Christ Our Sufficiency

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OTI-18 960410WE As long as mankind has existed there has been suffering. Because of sin in the world some suffering is understandable. But what about the innocent, the saints.  Every year 17,000,000 people starve to death on planet earth. That comes to 60,000 people each day. The vast majority are children. Why do they likewise […]

Esther – Our Invisible God

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OTI-17 960403WE As long as man has been on earth Satan has sought to derail the plan of redemption. Cain kills Abel. God has to exterminate the contaminated race except for Noah and kin. Babel unites the world against God. Abram is chosen. The Jews are persecuted first by Egypt then by Amalek.  Nowhere is […]

Nehemiah – Faithfulness to God

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OTI-16 960327WE Nehemiah models sainthood. Sensitive and yielded he serves God. Faithful and transparent he shows godliness. His characteristics read like the want ads for biblical ministry in the 90’s – “Powerful Team Builder”, “Fervent Man of Prayer”, “Humble Servant”, “Godly Politician” and so on. What can we learn from him? More than could be […]

Ezra – Consecrated to God

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OTI-15 960320WE While Gautama Buddha was living and teaching in India [c. 560-480 BC], Confucis in China [551-479 BC] and Socrates in Greece [470-399 BC] the One True and Living God sent His servant Ezra. As the Lord’s chosen messenger  he was to stir up the Remnant to return to their God. From 457 BC […]

I Chronicles – Seeing God

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OTI-13 960306WE I.                     A Servant of God finds the Sufficiency of the Spirit [4:1-7] as is portrayed in the Widow’s oil miracle. A.                 IMPOSSIBLE DEBT: She had a humanly impossible situation [4:1] one only God can fix. So we are impossibly indebted to the lost world around us. Romans 1:14-15  I am obligated both to Greeks and […]

II Kings – Serving God

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OTI-12 960228WE During the period covering the last 130 years of Israel and the last 250 years of Judah, II Kings records the response of the people to these  prophets in the order[1] they spoke and wrote: Elijah [*875-855 BC], Elisha [*855-795], Obadiah [840-825], Joel [825-810], Jonah [*785-770], Amos [*765-755], Hosea [*755-715], Isaiah [740-692], Micah [735-700], […]

II Samuel – A Great Man of God

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OTI-10 960214WE The book of Second Samuel records the rise, fall and finish of a great man of God. We can learn so much from him as we look into the Scriptures. The Abrahamic Covenant [Genesis.  12:1-3; 13:14-17; 15:1-21; 17:1-8; 22:14-18] I.                    This covenant marks the beginning of the Hebrew nation. A.                 It is still the basis for […]

I Samuel – Three Key Doctrines

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OTI-09 960207WE Life in the flesh or Spirit would be an apt title of this first book of Samuel. The striking contrasts between Hannah and Peniah, Samuel and Eli, David and Saul attest to this truth.  We read some of the great stories of the Bible in First Samuel, like the persistent love of Hannah […]

Ruth – The Woman Who Would Not Turn Back

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OTI-08 960124WE “The Woman who would not turn back” The book of Ruth  opens during the period of the Judges when apostasy, decadence, violence, anarchy and warfare were the norm. Famine strikes  Bethlehem which means a house of bread. In this time of need, Elimelech which means my God is King, seems to depart from the plan and desires of God. […]

Joshua – The Faithful Leader

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OTI-06 960110PM Joshua stands at the gateway to the Land of Promise. Where Moses [the Law] could never go, Joshua [a type of Christ] enters and conquers. In Hebrews 11 a forty year gap between the Red Sea and the Jordan marks this period of no faith leading up to the faithful Leader Joshua was. […]

Numbers – God’s Goodness

OTI-04 951206WE This Book speaks of the SEVERITY of GOD [He destroys the old generation in chapters 1-25] and the GOODNESS of GOD [He works with the new generation in chapters 26-36] as described in Romans 11:22: Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou […]

Leviticus – The Offering

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OTI-03 951129WE The book of Leviticus has been rightly called ‘the most NT of all the OT books. It reveals in an incredible way the work of Christ on the Cross. Divine Inspiration is more clearly stated in Leviticus than in any other book. Twenty chapters start with ‘and the Lord said…’ as well as […]

Exodus – The Way Out

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OTI-02 951122WE Join me in the Dark splendors of ancient Egypt. Stand with me amid  Moses and Egyptian Plagues. Before him stretched the wonders of the Nile. The forest of 50 to 70 foot red granite[1] and limestone pillars ornately carved and painted with cartooshes and hieroglyphics was impressive.To stand before the living god-Pharaoh himself was […]

Genesis – Calling Into Being

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OTI-01 951115WE THE FIRST FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES ARE THE PENTATEUCH The Pentateuch is the designation for those first five OT books. Moses was the author of all of these crucial books. We are sure of that because Jesus said so in His ministry here on earth. The five books lay a foundation for the rest […]

Worshiping Jesus through the Prophets

KGD-11   OTI-41   REV-21   NR3-05   XAS-27 970219WE The Scriptures are all about God revealing Himself to His creatures. The ultimate expression of God’snature and character is Christ. Note the words of Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, […]

 
 
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