Monthly Archives: February 2016

NUMBERS – Book of “Numbering”

                        Key Verse(s):  Numbers 6:24-26, “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee;                                                     the LORD make His face shine upon thee… and give thee peace.”

Numbering of the Tribes – Chapter 1

Order of Encampment – Chapter 2

Levite’s Service – Chapters 3-4

God’s Instructions – Chapters 5-10

Murmuring in the Wilderness – Chapters 11-12

Spies in Promised Land – Chapters 13-14

40 Years in the Wilderness – Chapters 15-25

New Generation Numbered – Chapter 26

Prepare to Enter Promised Land – Chapters 27-36

 

The Iniquity of Us All

In Isaiah 59 we are told exactly why man is separated from God:

“Your iniquities have separated between you and your God,                                                                    and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.”

BECAUSE:

  1. Your hands are defiled with blood
  2. Your fingers are defiled with iniquity
  3. Your lips have spoken lies
  4. Your tongue hath muttered perverseness
  5. None calls for justice
  6. None pleads for truth
  7. They trust in vanity
  8. They speak lies
  9. They conceive mischief
  10. They bring forth iniquity
  11. They hatch cockatrice’ eggs [venomous serpents]
  12. They weave the spider’s web [entangle others]
  13. Their works are works of iniquity
  14. Violence is in their hands
  15. Their feet run to evil
  16. They make haste to shed innocent blood
  17. Their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity
  18. Wasting and destruction are in their paths
  19. The way of peace they know not
  20. There is no judgment in their goings
  21. They have made them crooked paths

Whosoever goeth therein shall not know Peace.”

RESULT:

  1. Judgment is far from us
  2. Neither does justice overtake us
  3. We wait for light, but behold obscurity
  4. We wait for brightness, but we walk in darkness
  5. We grope for the wall like the blind
  6. We stumble at noon day
  7. We are in desolate places as dead men
  8. We roar all like bears
  9. We mourn sore like doves
  10. We look for judgment, but there is none
  11. We look for salvation, but it is far off from us
  12. Our transgressions are multiplied before Thee
  13. Our sins testify against us
  14. Our transgressions and our iniquities, we know them:                                                               a. Transgressing against the LORD                                                                                                     b. Lying against the LORD                                                                                                                    c. Departing away from our God                                                                                                          d. Speaking oppression and revolt                                                                                                     e. Conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood

BECAUSE:  

Judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off:

  1. Truth is fallen in the street
  2. Equity cannot enter
  3. Truth fails
  4. He that departs from evil makes himself a prey

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; And with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 

                            “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”  

LEVITICUS – Book of “The Law”

Key Verse:  Leviticus 19:2, “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.”

Offerings – Chapters 1-7

Aaron & Sons Appointed Priests – Chapters 8-10

Clean & Unclean – Chapter 11-12,15

Leprosy – Chapters 13-14

Day of Atonement – Chapter 16

Sacrifices – Chapter 17

Moral Laws – Chapter 18

Civil Laws – Chapters 19-20

Ceremonial Laws – Chapters 21-22

Feasts – Chapter 23

Administering the Law – Chapters 24-27

The Relevancy of Scripture

It is often said the Bible is irrelevant for today; out-of-date, old-fashion. It is referred to as not applicable to today’s fast-paced modern society and situations. There has been a push in many circles to disregard its doctrines, its reproofs, its rebukes, even in some areas of Christianity. To neglect the most relevant Book of all time is to man’s great peril, for in its pages one finds the struggles common to all mankind in every age and the victories God gives to overcome them.

It was Job who suffered the loss of loved ones and disease in his body (Job 1-2).

The three Hebrew children Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego experienced refinement in the furnace of affliction as teenagers (Daniel 1-3).

Moses struggled with anger issues in killing the Egyptian taskmaster when he thought no one was looking and striking the rock when God had told him to only speak to it (Exodus 2; Numbers 20).

Peter was boastful of following Christ, even dying for Him, only to deny Him three times when confronted by others on crucifixion morning, suffering great shame for his act (Matthew 26).

The Apostle Paul suffered severe hardships at the hands of those who sought to silence his witness of the change that had taken place in his heart (Acts 22-28; II Corinthians 11).

There was the rich young ruler obsessed with riches, Zacchaeus’ promising to restore fourfold if he had defrauded anyone, Cain’s murder of his brother, David’s adultery with Bathsheba, Naomi’s daughter-in-law Ruth having to glean for sustenance, Solomon’s quest for knowledge, Jairus’ search for a cure for his daughter, and on and on (Luke 18,19; Genesis 4; II Samuel 11, Psalm 51; Ruth 2; Ecclesiastes 1; Mark 5). The Bible is full of human situations, tragedies, hope, redemption, love and the promise of receiving everlasting life though Jesus Christ.

The Scriptures overflow with examples of lives lived that are beneficial to living in today’s world with today’s people. Man has always had to reign in his emotions and be kind to his neighbor. He has always needed the peace of God to rule in his heart and mind to live successfully in this world and in the world to come. The precious words of Almighty God found in the Bible are just as relevant today as they were when Abraham, Isaac and Jacob walked the earth, along with everyone else who lived during Bible times, including Jesus’ disciples when they walked the dusty trails beside Him listening to His very words, the Word of God.

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime

were written for our learning,

That we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures

might have hope.”

Romans 15:4

Exodus – Book of “Going Out”

Key Verse:   Exodus 20:2, “I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee                                      out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”

Moses’ Birth – Chapters 1-2

Burning Bush – Chapters 3–4

Confrontations with Pharoah – Chapters 5-7

Plagues in Egypt – Chapters 8-11

Deliverance from Egypt – Chapters 12-19

10 Commandments – Chapter 20

Law is Given – Chapters 21-32

Wilderness Wanderings – Chapters 33-40

 

Taking the LORD’S Name in Vain

“Many and pointed orders have been issued against that unmeaning and abominable custom of Swearing, not withstanding which, with much regret the General observes that it prevails, if possible, more than ever; His feelings are continually wounded by the Oaths and Imprecations of the soldiers whenever he is in hearing of them.

“The Name of That Being, from whose bountiful goodness we are permitted to exist and enjoy the comforts of life is incessantly imprecated and profaned in a manner as wanton as it is shocking. For the sake therefore of religion, decency and order the General hopes and trusts that officers of every rank will use their influence and authority to check a vice, which is as unprofitable as it is wicked and shameful.”  General George Washington, July 1779

“O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth!”  Psalm 8:1

“Holy and reverend is His Name.”  Psalm 111:9

“Hallowed be Thy Name.”  Matthew 6:9

“That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow.”  Philippians 2:10

“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.”  Revelation 4:8