Monthly Archives: April 2016

Salvation in the Old Testament

As the Prophet Ezekiel endured captivity in Babylon under King Nebuchadnezzar, the Word of the LORD came to him as recorded in Ezekiel 18 saying, “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

The LORD gave further explanation as to those who could live eternally with Him and not die a spiritual death, saying, But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and righthath withdrawn his hand from iniquityhath walked in My statues, and hath kept My judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.”

Concerning the next generation that follow after sin, God said, “If he beget a son that is a robber, a shedder of blood, and that doeth the like to any one of these thingshe shall not live: he hath done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon him.”

If the next generation follows after righteousness, God says, “Now, lo, if he beget a son, that seeth all his father’s sins which he hath done, and considereth, and doeth not such likehe shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he shall surely live.”

Reiterating in verse 20 of Ezekiel 18, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die, the LORD continued, “The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:

               “The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him,  and the                               wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”

The LORD then gives how one could be saved, But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all My statues, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.”

“Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions;  Cast away from you all your transgressions;  Make you a new heart and a new spirit: For why will ye die?”

(Ezekiel 18)

 

                                                                                                

2 SAMUEL – Book of “David on the Throne”

Key Verse:  2 Samuel 5:4, “David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and                        he reigned  forty years.” 

David Mourns Saul & Jonathan’s DeathChapter 1

David Becomes KingChapter 2

War Between House of David & House of SaulChapters 3-5

David Brings Ark of the Covenant to JerusalemChapter 6

David Desires to Build House for God – Chapter 7

Establishment of David’s Kingdom – Chapters 8-10

David’s Great Sin – Chapter 11

David Repents – Chapter 12

Sin in David’s House – Chapters 13-14

Absalom Takes the Kingdom – Chapters 15-18

Absalom Dies – Chapter 18

David Returns as King to Jerusalem – Chapter 19

Trouble in the Land – Chapters 20-21

David’s Song – Chapter 22

Last Words of David – Chapter 23

David’s Buys Threshing Floor – Chapter 24

 

It Shall Be Done

When God determined to destroy man from off the face of the earth because of their wickedness, He appointed Noah to build the ark to the saving of his family. Those who witnessed its years of construction scoffed at Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and his sons as they labored building such a structure as had never before been seen. When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing,on a given day time finally ran out for the ungodly. God shut the door of the ark leaving those without no hope of safety or salvation (Genesis 6-7; I Peter 3:20).

The coming of a Savior had been anticipated since Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden (Genesis 3:15). All throughout the Old Testament the prophets looked forward to His Coming. No one knew the day or the hour, “But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman.” Unexpectedly, at the appointed time, the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds in the field announcing the birth of Jesus (Galatians 4:4; Luke 2).

Just as those who scoffed at Noah in building the ark and also the prophets who prophesied of the Coming Messiah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem scoffed at Jeremiah as he foretold the coming destruction of their city and captivity during the days of Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah suffered many injustices as the populace attempted to silence his words God gave him to warn them. Ezekiel records his prophesy concerning Jerusalem during Jeremiah’s imprisonment, “The word of the LORD came to me saying, “Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of My words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord God,” (Ezekiel 12:26-28). At the appointed day Jerusalem was overthrown and its people taken captive to Babylon for seventy years (Jeremiah 36-39).

There are those today who scoff at our Lord’s Return “…saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation,” (II Peter 3:3-4). Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 24 that His Coming Again would come in a day and an hour when no one would know. Suddenly, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, the trump will sound “and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air,” (Matthew 24:36; I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-17). The disciples were told at Jesus’ ascension back to Heaven after His Resurrection, “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven,” (Acts 1:9-11).

“Therefore be ye also ready;

For in such an hour as ye think not

The Son of Man cometh.”

Matthew 24:44

1 SAMUEL – Book of “Prophet, Priest, & King”

Key Verse:  1 Samuel 16:7, “For the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

Birth of Samuel – Chapter 1

Eli’s Evil Sons – Chapter 2

God Calls Samuel at Night – Chapter 3

Ark of the Covenant Taken – Chapters 4-6

Ark Returned to Israel – Chapter 7

Israel Demands a King – Chapter 8

Saul Becomes King – Chapter 9-15

David Chosen by God to be King – Chapter 16

David & Goliath – Chapter 17

Jonathan & David Best Friends – Chapter 18

King Saul Tries to Kill David – Chapters 19-20

David Flees from Saul’s Presence – Chapters 21-23

King Saul Chases David – Chapters 24-30

Samuel’s Death – Chapter 25

Death of Saul – Chapter 31

The BIBLE – The Story of God

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Contains 66 books

Variety of genres:  History, Poetry, Prophecy, Wisdom, Literature, Letters, Apocalyptic

Written by 40 different authors

Various author backgrounds:  Shepherds, Fishermen, Doctor, Kings, Prophets, & others

Written over 1,500 years

Written in 3 different languages:  Hebrew (Old Testament), Greek, & Aramaic (New Testament)

Written on 3 different continents:  Africa, Asia, & Europe

A common storyline:  Creation, The Fall, Redemption

A common theme:  God’s love for all mankind

A common message – Salvation is available to all who repent of sin

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Scripture is full of references to God instructing His words be recorded for posterity. Moses was told to, “Write this for a memorial in a book,” (Exodus 17:14). The Prophet Jeremiah was commanded to “Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book,” (Jeremiah 30:2). The Apostle John was told to “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.” (Revelation 1:19). To read the Bible is to read God’s Own Words written for every generation to read and learn of Him, and know Him.

“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth;

but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Isaiah 40:8