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Women Of The Bible: Lesson #21 – Elizabeth, Peter’s Mother-In-Law + The Samaritan Woman

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Scripture references: Luke 1:5–7, 36–45, 57–61

Date:  5 b.c.

Name: Elizabeth [ee-LIZ-uh-buth: “God is my oath”].

Main contribution:  She gave birth to John the Baptist, whose prophetic ministry prepared for Jesus’ appearance.

Elizabeth was the wife of a priest named Zacharias. She was selected by God to give birth to John the Baptist whom Jesus called the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. John met the conditions necessary to be identified as the prophet whose appearance preceded the establishment of God’s earthly kingdom (Mal. 4:5, 6). Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #18 – The Last Women Of The Old Testament

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Scripture references:  Esther 1:10–22  Bible Search Tool

Vashti was the principal wife of King Ahasuerus (Xerxes), around 475 b.c. Her name means “beautiful woman,” and she was included in Scripture because her “stand for women’s rights”—or perhaps her natural obstinacy—led her to refuse the king’s command to appear at a banquet he was hosting. Vashti’s subsequent divorce by Xerxes led to the search for a new queen ofPersiathat resulted in the crowning of Esther. This enabled Esther to save the Jewish people from extermination. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Women’s Life In The Old Testament Era

For most of the Old Testament era the majority of people lived a rural life. This was certainly the case in the time of the judges, which extended roughly from the 1370s, after the death of Joshua and the elders who ruled with him, to David’s provision of a united monarchy around 1000 b.c. Even afterIsraelbecame a united nation, daily life changed little for most men and women. The majority lived in small village settlements, not in cities. Most people grew their own food and met other needs within the household. A few developed household industries such as making pottery or catching and drying fish.

Life in the age of the judges was difficult inIsrael. Hebrew armies under Joshua had put down organized resistance inCanaanand divided the land among the twelve Hebrew tribes, but pagan strongholds still existed. God ordered the tribes to drive out the remaining Canaanite peoples as their own population grew and they needed additional land. However Judges 1:19 sums up in a single verse the reality of the situation. Continue Reading Here

Commentary: The Divine Rule of Christian Faith and Practice

By: Pastor Roy L. Crane

Listen to Pastor Roy’s Sermon Audio regarding this commentary Here!

SCRIPTURE means the Old and New Testaments, which make up the Bible, God’s written Word. God gave to the world His living Word, Jesus Christ, and His written Word, the Scriptures. Although the Bible was written by prophets and apostles, the Bible originated not with their wills, but with God’s (2 Pet. 1:20–21). “All Scripture,” Paul wrote, “is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16).

After Jesus, God’s living Word, returned to heaven having accomplished the Great Work of salvation, the Bible, God’s written Word, remained on earth as God’s eternal guide for mankind. The written Word is durable and has remained  unchanged in its message since it was first inspired by God.

Because the Bible is God’s inspired Word, it is able to make us “wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). The Scriptures testify of Christ (John 5:39) and are understood and received as He opens our understanding to the revealed will of His Father (Luke 24:27). Like the Berean Christians, we should search the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11) to discover God’s message for our lives.

The realization of what an incomparable Treasure we have in the Lord should make us vow to keep His words. He is the All-sufficient One. To have Him is to be fabulously wealthy. Though He is All-sufficient, we are not. “Our sufficiency is from God” (2 Cor. 3:5). So we must be people of prayer, entreating God’s favor and claiming His promise of mercy.

Guidance is a perennial problem. Which way should we go? Frankly, we don’t have the wisdom in ourselves to know. All right, then. Let us turn our feet to the paths outlined in the Scriptures.  We live in a day of instant foods, instant service and instant this and that. Instant obedience to the revealed will of God is something to ponder—and to produce.

Wicked men may conspire to trip up the innocent believer, but that is all the more reason for him to remember the Word for guidance and protection.

“At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God” (Acts 16:25). They were being unjustly treated by men but they could still sing about God’s righteous judgments.

Those who love God love His people. And those who love the Bible love all Bible-lovers. It is a worldwide fellowship that transcends national, social and racial distinctions.

God’s steadfast love can be found anywhere in the world, but more than that, the earth is full of it. Our grateful hearts respond by saying, “Lord, keep me teachable by Your Holy Spirit.”

Bible Study: The Book Of Haggai

The Book Of Haggai

“Few prophets have succeeded in packing into such brief compass so much spiritual common sense as Haggai did.” —Frank E. Gaebelein

The unique thrust of this second shortest book in the OT is simple: Rebuild the temple! The remnant that had returned to Palestine to rebuild had let the work stand idle for sixteen years and so Haggai was commissioned to exhort the lethargic Jews to get to work. Haggai expands his message to include judgment on ungodly nations, as well as future glory for God’s people.

Haggai may have been born on a Jewish holiday since his name means “festal” or “festive.” He is the sole character in the OT with this name. Or, perhaps he was named by believing parents in hopes of a future joyful restoration, since he was likely born in exile. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: Why an in-depth study of the Old Testament is important to understand the New Testament

The God Who Communicates:

Although Christians live in the “New Testament” because of our relationship with Jesus Christ; it is important that we make use of what God has given us in the “Old Testament” to gain understanding of what Christianity and the Christian life is all about.  The first part of our framework for understanding Scripture is to understand the basic purpose of the Bible; which is to communicate.  Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: Seeing Christ in the Old Testament

One of the greatest misconceptions that many people have about the Bible is that the Old and New Testaments are separate items, dealing with different things.  What needs to be seen is that they both focus on Jesus Christ, just from slightly different viewpoints. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: Jesus seen in the feasts of the Old Testament

With all of the Bible studying that we do, there is one very plain teaching of God that is ignored by most, taught by few, and yet may have the most significant impact on your understanding of the Good News of Messiah, of God’s plan, and of salvation, and of about any subject you can ever learn in Church. Continue Reading Here