This is a very detailed look at the time references concerning the Flood and what calendar existed for our antediluvian fathers. Though the very technical personality will enjoy this discourse; there are blessings in store for the numerically challenged as well.
When discussing the first question we see the proper understanding of the statement and how it harmonizes with being “wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.” We come to realize our role and how we must have and deal with others with love and respect.
Grieving the holy Spirit is a very comprehensive study of which this meeting only touches the surface. We can grieve the Spirit by willfully putting ourselves in situations that would be harmful to the New Creature, or to avoid a situation or confrontation with another Christian because of fear of man, fear of losing that fellowship instead of fear of losing God’s fellowship. Compromising on principle will grieve the holy Spirit as will procrastination and foolish speaking, or any violation of our conscience.
To Judge or not to judge, that is the question? You will hear many quote the Word of God, “Judge not!” Then you will hear others quote the Word of God, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?”
So do we judge or don’t we? This discourse should clear up any problems understanding what, when, and whom we are to judge. “Just as there is a time for every purpose under heaven,” there is a time to judge, and as Christians it is our duty to understand these things and not be lazy when it comes to the Word of God and our understanding of it.
There are about four different lessons you can extract from this one Parable from the book of Judges (chapter 9). When Jotham, the only surviving legitimate son of Gideon, uttered this parable from Mount Gerizim to the people below who made Abimelech to rule over them, to replace the vacuum that happened when Gideon died. Its possible to deduce by this parable that perhaps some of the sons of Gideon were asked (pictured by the Olive and Fig trees and the vine), but they felt they could best serve their brethren differently according to their talents. Their picking of a despicable overly ambitious person, Abimelech, to take the task was to their ultimate ruin. Jotham pronounces a curse on them as well as Abimelech. So what other lessons can we get from this?
What happened to the early Church after Jesus and the Apostles died? What filled that vacuum and ruled over the Lord’s heritage? Can we fall into the same pitfalls today? Can we elect those to oversee in the office of elder, who are not fit? What will be the outcome?
This discourse covers the book of Esther in a very broad sense. It does not go into the nitty gritty detail. In looking at the book as an overview one is able to take the Spiritual antitypical lessons. When we look at history we find that King Ahasuerus in the Bible is Xerxes in secular history, but in this typical picture he pictures Jesus who is quite dissatisfied with his espoused (Christendom) and is looking for a new Bride. The significance of the 7 princes and 7 chamberlains, the 6 months of Myrrh and 6 months of Fragrant odours, the 2 houses and Esther coming in the 7th year fit nicely with other scriptures that pertain to this end of the age and the Church, the Bride of Christ.
The book of Ruth is a love story much in the way Song of Solomon is a love story with very deep significance. Br. Frank very adeptly goes into the nuances of this love story and its spiritual significance. Ruth is a picture of the church, who embraces the Sarah Covenant (Naomi) and who is redeemed by Boaz. Its a very touching story which we don’t want to give too much of it away in the this description, but encourage all to listen and you will come away with a greater appreciation of the Word of God.
Psalm 46 discusses the Great Time of Trouble and Jacob’s Trouble. Here we as Christians have the promise that God will help us “right early” in the dawning of our resurrection change. But the Holy Remnant of the Nation of Israel who survive the Gog and Magog invasion, will survive because helped by the Lord God Himself. The glorified Bride of Christ will behold with their eyes the works of God from heaven itself.
In Psalm 81 God reminds Israel of all that He had done for them when He saved them from Egypt. He will pour them out a blessing so big, if only they will accept Him and listen to Him. This promise is still valid for the Jew today.
This discourse was given at a convention and touches on the “Eyes of the Lord.” God knows things about us and our lives and what is going on in the whole world. The scriptures says that His eyes are on the righteous and His ears open to their cry and that they are on those that fear Him and hope in His mercy. God is watching out for us.
The discourse also follows 4 examples in Jesus’ life where he knew those that were coming to him. The Lord revealed to Jesus circumstances of their lives so that when he mentioned it, they knew it was of God. Take for example: Nathaniel, Zacchaeus, Samaritan woman, and Nicodemus. It only took a word, or in Nicodemus’ instance the seeing of Jesus lifted up like the serpent as he predicted to convince them Jesus was the Messiah. We are told in Zechariah about another miraculous conversion of the Nation of Israel after Jacob’s Trouble.
This study looks at various scriptures that speak about the “eyes of the Lord” and what they mean. The “eyes of the Lord” God run too and fro throughout the whole earth. He knows us before we know Him, and He loves us before we love Him. He beholds the rightous, the faithful, and those searching for God. Nothing escapes His attention and all things are under His control.
How did Jesus know Nathaniel while he was sitting under the tree praying before Philip brought him to see the Messiah? How did Jesus know that the Samaritan woman had five husbands, but the one she was then with was not her husband? Also how did Jesus know Zacheaus who he told that he was to dine with him?
The heavens are the works of God’s fingers so we are told in Psalm 8. Scripture after scripture tells how God stretched out the heavens like a curtain and that he knows each star and planet by name.
To us the Universe is unlimited, but to God it is not. We say that the universe is so vast that it cannot contain God and we are right! God is not within our universe but above it. Psalm 148:13 gives us that clue. In Deuteronomy it makes a distinction between the heaven and the Heaven of heavens giving us another pause for thought. The great Creator, the one who created our physical universe is not constrained live within its boundaries. We are but like grass before Him, we are the proverbial bug in the rug and our universe is the rug. But thank God that Man’s importance is measured by his love and reverence for God, and that is why He is mindful of us.