Scripture Reference: Romans 14:1-13
Scripture Reference: Romans 14:1-13
Lesson 7: Leviticus 16
THE DAY OF ATONEMENT
This chapter holds the greatest spiritual lesson for us. The subjects treated so far in Leviticus have been offerings, priests, and sin. None of these have dealt finally and completely with sin. We now come to that which more completely than any other deals with the subject of sin. It at least points more specifically and adequately to the work of Christ in redemption. It is a shadow of His redemptive work. Continue Reading Here
Scripture Reference: John 10:7-16
Scripture Reference: 1 Peter 4:1-11
1 Corinthians 15:1-6
Scripture Reference: Ephesians 2:1-10
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Scripture Reference: Ephesians 2:11-22
11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Scripture Reference: 2 Corinthians 4:1-11
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
Scripture Reference: 2 Peter 3:10-18
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Scripture Reference: Revelation 12:7-12
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Scripture Reference: 2 Timothy 3:1-17
Pastor Roy’s Commentary:
The apostle now gives Timothy a description of conditions that will exist in the world prior to the Lord’s coming. It has often been pointed out that the list of sins that follows is very similar to the description of the ungodly heathen in Romans 1. The remarkable thing is that the very conditions that exist among the heathen in their savagery and uncivilized state will characterize professing believers in the last days. How solemn this is! Continue Reading Here
MARY OF NAZARETH, MOTHER OF JESUS
Scripture references: Matthew 1; 2; 12:46–50; 13:55; Mark 3:31–35; Luke 1; 2; 8:19, 20; John 2:1–11; 7:5; 19:25–27; Acts 1:14. See also pages 163–64. Bible Search Tool
Date: 5 b.c.
Name: Mary [in the Hebrew “Miriam”, meaning “rebellion”]
Main contribution: Mary gave birth to Jesus, the Savior.
When Mary was a teenager betrothed to a man named Joseph, the angel Gabriel announced to her that she had been chosen by God to give birth to the promised Messiah. Mary responded with simple faith, accepting the privileged role despite the fact that her pregnancy would seem to Joseph to mark unfaithfulness and might mark her as a harlot in her community. God guarded Mary’s reputation and sent the angel to speak to Joseph. It is interesting to note that although her name means “rebellion”, she was faithfully obedient to the Lord. Continue Reading Here
The “Rabbinic” View of Women in the New Testament Era, and the Contrast with Jesus’ Interactions with them
The rabbis of Jesus’ day had little use for women. Their attitude, reflected in the sayings and rulings of the sages recorded during the two centuries after Christ, seem especially strange today. Take for example the dictum of Yose b. Yohanan of Jerusalem, “Talk not much with womankind” (mAbot 1.5). Rabbinic writings contain many comments on this pronouncement. The Mishna (IV, 493) notes, “They said this of a man’s own wife; how much more of his fellow’s wife,” while the Talmud says, “It was taught: Do not speak excessively with a woman lest this ultimately lead you to adultery” (bNed.201). Continue Reading Here
By: Pastor Roy Crane
Listen to Pastor Roy’s Sermon regarding this commentary here.
God’s promise concerning the perpetuation of the Davidic dynasty and the Levitical priesthood would be as unbreakable as God’s covenant of day and night. Some of the people were accusing God of forsaking His two houses – Israel and Judah, and were thus despising the Jews as being cast-offs, a non-people.
The Lord replies that His covenant with His people is as fixed as the laws of nature, The descendants of David would be as innumerable as the host of Heaven and the sand of the sea. This promise (covenant) will be fulfilled in the fullness of the Body of Christ, who are made kings and priests as recorded in the Book of the Revelation.
John addressed the Revelation to the seven churches located in the Roman province of Asia. First, John wishes for these churches grace…and peace. Grace means the undeserved favor of God and the strength that is needed in the Christian life day by day. Peace is the resulting calm that enables the believer to face persecution, sorrow, and even death itself.
It comes from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. This clearly describes God the Son. He is the dependable witness. As firstborn from the dead, He is the first One to rise from the dead to die no more, and the one who holds the place of honor and pre-eminence among all who are raised from the dead to enjoy eternal life. He is also the ruler over all earthly kings.
Following his initial greetings, John writes a tribute of praise to the Lord Jesus. First of all, he speaks of the Savior as the One who loved us (loves us) and washed us from our sins in His own blood.
Note the tenses of the verbs: loves, a present, continuous action; washed, a past, completed work. Note too the order: He loves us, and indeed loved us long before He washed us. And note the price He paid: His own blood.
Honest self-evaluation forces us to confess that the cost was too high. We did not deserve to be washed at such an exorbitant price.
His love did not stop at washing us, though it could have done so. He mad us kings and priests to His God and Father. As holy priests, we offer spiritual sacrifices to God: our persons, our possessions, our praise, and our services. As royal priests, we tell forth the excellencies of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.
If we meditate on such love, we can only conclude that He is worthy of all the glory, honor, worship, and praise that we can heap on Him. And He is worthy of the dominion over our lives, the church, the world, and the entire universe.
By: Pastor Roy L. Crane
The devil himself is cast into the lake of fire to join the beast and the false prophet.
Next we are introduced to the great white throne judgment. It is great because of the issues involved and white because of the perfection and purity of the decisions handed down. The Lord Jesus is sitting as Judge (John 5:22, 27). All of the dead, small and great, stand before God. Two sets of books are opened. The Book of Life contains the names of all who have been redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. The other books contain a detailed record of the works of the individual.
The sea will yield up the bodies of those who have been buried in it. The graves, here represented by Death, will deliver up the bodies of all those who have been interred. Hades will give up the souls of all who have died. The bodies and souls will be reunited to stand before the Judge.
This then is what we are saved from: the Lake of Fire, the final abode of the Devil, the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and of all who have not accepted Christ. Period. We are not saved from the effects of bad habits; from the social pain of our relationships, or from the loneliness of poor self-esteem. We are saved from an eternity of fire in the company of the most evil persons ever.
When we down-play what it is we are saved from, we cheapen what Christ has done. He gave His LIFE to keep you out of the Lake, even though by any standard of measurement you truly DESERVED and had EARNED your place there. As a sinner, in rebellion against your Creator, in violation of His Word and ways, you were truly destined for the Lake. However, in love and grace, Jesus gave Himself willingly as the atoning sacrifice for your sin so that you could be SAVED from the Lake. The only issue that we carry into eternity with us is this; how did we respond to Jesus’ purchased salvation? Did we accept it with repentance, gladness, and joy; or did we reject it and refuse to grasp the life-line that we have been offered?
The Book of Joel
“Joel, … was probably the first of the so called writing prophets; so this book provides a valuable insight into the history of prophecy, particularly as it furnishes a framework for the end times which is faithfully followed by all subsequent Scripture. God started a new work with the writing of Joel, that of preparing the human race for the end of this temporal era, and thus gave an outline of His total plan. Later prophets, including even our Lord, would only flesh out this outline, but in keeping with the divine nature of true Scripture, never found it necessary to deviate from this, the initial revelation.” Montague S. Mills
The prophecy of Joel is short but certainly not lacking in beauty or interest. The prophet uses many literary devices to produce his vivid style: alliteration, metaphors, similes, and both synonymous and contrasting parallelism. Continue Reading Here
Micah is the fourth largest of the minor prophets. It is quoted five times in the NT, once by our Lord. The most famous quotation (Matt. 2:6) is from 5:2, the verse that predicts that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah (there was another Bethlehem up north).
Another fascinating feature of Micah is the prophet’s fondness for “punning.” Many people enjoy making plays on words. In English- speaking cultures this is not generally considered a serious literary form (although Shakespeare used it often). In Hebrew, however, such serious writings as constitute the OT have many plays on words. Unfortunately, this is one of the hardest types of literature to translate, since no two languages have the same sets of double meanings. Continue Reading Here
How do we know that prophecy is being fulfilled? We can look at “trends”. In today’s world we can see many ”trends” that can be compared to biblical prophecy. Biblical prophecies are the warnings, and the prophetic outcome of events that the Prophets of Biblical times gave to us. Below are the three “Trend Sets” we can use when we apply current events to biblical prophecy. Continue Reading Here
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LESSON 11 – Matthew
1 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ Continue Reading Here
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