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"Prove all things, hold fast what is good" 1Th 5:21

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Women in Christ's Genealogy…

Women in Christ's Genealogy…

Women in Christ's Genealogy

  The women in Christ’s line…An extract from the Testimony Magazine, February 2016 There are four women mentioned in the genealogy of Christ as recorded by Matthew. It is suggested that they reflect the life in Christ of a baptised believer. &nbs hab, the harlot. Rahab lived in Jericho in a world so steeped in sin that it had to be totally destroyed. However, she heard of the might of the God of Israel and believed in the way that He had led His people Israel out of Egypt and throug…

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Keep Hanging On!…

Keep Hanging On!…

Keep Hanging On!

Every day we say things which are not to be taken literally. If we’re not feeling well, we might say that “We’re under the weather” or that we “Feel like death”. That’s just a colourful way of expressing our feelings, and everybody understands that. Literaurative? Smetaphors are used which have a quite different meaning when applied literally. We might say that “My heart stopped when I saw it!”, when we really mean that we were very shocked at something we had seen. But…

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The Prophet Isaiah…

The Prophet Isaiah…

Isaiah lived in the times of Uzziah, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah – about 740 to 680 BC. This was the period when the Assyrian Empire was growing in power, and Judah was about to be invaded by Sennacherib. Isaiah lived in royal circles (he was a great friend and advisor of King Hezekiah) and had a wife and children in Jerusalem. Isaiah is writing at a time of nations in decline, he is as it were sent at the 11th&n ur to speak to Israel. Basically the book can be divided into 3 rough s…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 5…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 5…

David's input into Solomon's temple This study s designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual the need to give careful attention to the text the value of comparing Scripture with Scripture the value of building up a picture from various scriptures the value of recording and preserving information found. &n  You will need: Bible with marginal references, concordance or compueriz…

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When the time is right…

When the time is right…

When the time is right

Sometimes things happen just because we are in the right place at the right time. Or, if it is something bad that happens, because we were in the wrong place at that very time. What if we had been born at a different time in the world’s history?&n  you had been born in the Middle Ages, just reading this website (had it been around at the time!) could have cost you your life. Many people were executed just because they wanted to read the Bible for themselves. At that time the Church held the m…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 4…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 4…

  The Promise To David  This study is designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual the need to give careful attention to the text the value of comparing Scripture with Scripture the value of following up quotations the value of recording and preserving information found. You will need: Bible with marginal references, concordance or computerized Bible There are two ac…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 3…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 3…

Psalm 34 and David’s experiences This study is designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows: at Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectualtrneed to give careful attention to the texttrimportance of contexttrvalue of comparing Scripture with Scripturetrvalue of recording and preserving information found. will need: &nbs e with marginal references; &nbs ordance or computerised Bible&nbs The title of Psalm 3…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 2…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 2…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 2

  The death of Saul You will need a Bible, a Bible Atlas, a concordance.   Read 1 Samuel 31     This study is designed to highlight the following aspects of Bible study from the list given in Part 1: 1 show that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual show the need to give careful attention to the text reveal the value of knowing Biblical geography highlight the value of recording and preserving information found The Bi…

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Developing Bible Study Skills - 1…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 1…

Introduction This series of short articles is designed to demonstrate, by working through some simple pieces of Bible exposition, that Bible study is not just for the academic. It is hoped that any who read these short expositions will realise, if they have not done so already, that rewarding Bible study is within the grasp of us all. All that will be required to develop your own studies along similar lines will be a Bible, ideally with marginal cross-references; a good concordance or comp…

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Salvation from sin and death…

Salvation from sin and death…

Salvation from sin and death

  Criminal Convictions The original Guildhall at Lichfield probably goes back even further than 1421, the first recorded date. It was known to be the meeting place of the guild of St Mary and St John which was founded in 1387, hence its name the “Guildhall.” And the later use of part of the building as a prison is enough to send a chill down one’s spine. For in the times in question there was little mercy shown to suspected criminals; the only protection from the weather was the bars w…

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The Lamb of God…

The Lamb of God…

The Lamb of God

    It was John the Baptist who first made the connection. He had become a well-known figure in First Century Israel; a priest by birth who had become a reformer instead. Positioning himself by the River Jordan, instead of in the Temple at Jerusalem, he had summoned the nation to renew their vows and to enter into a new spiritual experience. They were to repent of their sins and be baptised in the Jordan. Coming Deliverer But, on his own admission, John was not the centre of the r…

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What's around the corner?…

What's around the corner?…

What's around the corner?

    Have you ever travelled along a twisting and narrow road hoping that there is no other vehicle approaching the same tricky corner at the same time? Or have you walked along a winding path wondering what you are going to see around the corner, hoping that you will get a new insight into how near you are to your journey’s end? rld Events Things that are happening in today’s world are a bit like that for some people. We seem to be turning a corner, but nobody is very sure what…

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One step at a time…

One step at a time…

One step at a time

Climbing steps is easy enough when you are young and fit but not so easy when you’re getting older and a bit stiff. Young people love to race up, partly to show what they can do at their age; older folk have learned that it’s surprising what you can accomplish if you take things one step at a time. r ChallengesLife can present us with some formidable challenges. We might have a crisis with our health, or with that of someone close to us. We could lose our job; have to move home; make…

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Coping with Change…

Coping with Change…

Coping with Change

 This is the time of year in Britain when it might snow. It might or it might not. The weather has been so unpredictable of late − 2012 being almost the wettest year since records began − that anything might happen. Some years it snows heavily; occasionally we get a very severe winter; but it could remain mild. It’s that unpredictability that makes it difficult to plan ahead so that everything carries on much as before, snow or no snow. ck! is well known that a light snowfall c…

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Felixstowe Talk…

Developing Bible Study Skills - 5

 

David's input into Solomon's temple

This study is designed to highlight a number of different aspects of Bible study, as follows:

  • that Bible study is not difficult or the preserve of the intellectual
  • the need to give careful attention to the text
  • the value of comparing Scripture with Scripture
  • the value of building up a picture from various scriptures
  • the value of recording and preserving information found.

You will need: Bible with marginal references, concordance or compuerized Bible.

David told Solomon, “I had in mine heart to build an house of rest for the ark of the covenant of the LORD” (1 Chron. 28:2), but he had been told by the Lord, “thou shalt not build an house unto My name” (22:8). This study will examine the degree   to which David was involved in planning and preparing for the temple that Solomon built. We will:

  • look for indications as to when David first thought about the need for a permanent resting place for the ark
  • see how David had these things on his mind even when he was fleeing from Saul
  • establish that, though he was forbidden to build the temple, he devoted much effort in preparing for the temple and its worship
  • see how the things that David prepared formed the basis of temple worship throughout the days of the kings of Judah.

When did David first think about building the temple?

David was on the throne in Hebron for sevenand-a-half years before he reigned in Jerusalem (2 Sam. 2:11). He was reigning in Jerusalem when he said to Nathan, “See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains” (7:2), which indicates that David had a desire to build a temple in Jerusalem. Was this the first time that David thought about building a house for God?

Although there is no Scripture which says something like, “I decided to build a temple in Jerusalem”, there are indications in Scripture which help to show to what extent building a temple was on David’s mind. This study will show the benefit of using circumstantial evidence.

The opening of Psalm 132, “LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions”, should alert us to the possibility that this psalm might provide an insight into David’s thoughts. Maybe it will tell us something about David’s attitude to the building of a temple. Now is a good time to read the psalm carefully. While you are reading it, think about God’s desire to have a place for worship, and about David's life.

Read Psalm 132

The following questions come to mind:

     

    • What is David thinking about when he says, “I will not give sleep to mine eyes . . . until I find out a place for the LORD” (vv. 4,5)?
    • Why does David say, “Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah” (v. 6)?

    In answer to the first question, in Deuteronomy 12 God repeatedly tells Israel, through Moses, that it is His intention to “choose” a place where He will put His Name (vv. 5,11,14,18,21,26). Psalm 132 informs us, “the LORD hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation” (v. 13). So maybe the psalmist is telling us that David knew about God’s plan to choose Zion.

    Look up references to ‘Ephratah’ in a concordance or computerised Bible.

    Regarding the second question, a concordance search for ‘Ephratah’ reveals that the word occurs only five times in Scripture, three of which speak of a place, one identifing it as the town of Bethlehem (Mic. 5:2).

    As Bethlehem was David’s home town (1 Sam. 16:4-13), it seems that David “heard” about the ark while he was at home, before he became Saul’s armour-bearer, which happened when he was but a youth (17:33). So we have an indication that David thought about the ark and God’s choice of a “place” even before he killed Goliath.

    David’s preparation for the temple

    From our general reading of Scripture we might have noticed that David is mentioned from time to time with respect to the temple service, even after the days of Solomon. We might not have thought about the significance of these references to David, or we might not even have noticed them.

    We will highlight some of these references, found by simply looking up ‘David’ in a concordance and working through all the occurrences that relate to events after the death of Solomon. As we look at each occurrence we should think whether the passage furthers our understanding of David and the temple at Jerusalem.

    Look up ‘David’ in a concordance or computerised Bible and examine occurrences of the name in texts relating to the time after the death of Solomon, noting any that seem to relate to the temple in Jerusalem

    An example of a passage that throws light upon David’s involvement in preparation for the temple is, “All these . . . porters in the gates . . . whom David and Samuel the seer did ordain” (1 Chron. 9:22). We ask, When could David and Samuel  have talked about this issue, since Samuel died during the reign of Saul at the time when David was fleeing from Saul (1 Sam. 25:1), before David came to the throne? Can we find any occasion when David and Samuel spent time together?

    Use a computerised Bible to search for passages that contain the names of both David and Samuel

    A computerised Bible enables us to find two passages where the record places Samuel and David together. The first is when he was anointed. The second was when he was fleeing from Saul (19:18). Even if there were other occasions when 

    David met with Samuel that are not recorded, any discussions between David and Samuel must of course have taken place before Samuel’s death, while Saul was still on the throne. From this we conclude that David and Samuel spent time on at least one occasion discussing the details of how worship would be conducted in the temple that was to be built

    Here are four more occasions where the record says that things were done according to what David had commanded:

    In the time of Solomon: “And he [Solomon] appointed, according to the order of David his father . . .” (2 Chron. 8:14).
    In the time of Hezekiah: “. . . according to the commandment of David” (29:25).
    In the time of Josiah: “. . . according to the commandment of David” (35:15).
    After the return from Babylon: “. . . according to the commandment of David” (Neh. 12:24).

    So we can see that the administration set up by David was in place throughout the time of the kings and was revived after the seventy years in Babylon, yet David never saw the temple! 

    This study has differed from the previous studies in that it relies on a familiarity with a wide range of scriptures, and an ability to notice details as one reads which might not seem particularly relevant at the time of reading but which provide
    valuable background information for specific topics. This sort of information can only be gleaned from regular, systematic, careful Bible reading. Again, the importance of making notes that can be easily referred to each time we read Scripture can be seen.

    Record your findings.

    The importance of making notes on points that are gleaned from our systematic reading cannot be overemphasised. Whilst one might remember, for a time at least, major pieces of exposition, it is most unlikely that little details such as we have adduced in this study will stick in our minds. Better is it that they are noted in your Bible so that when you are embarking upon some specific study the background details that you have found will be readily to hand.

    The exhortation that we can draw from this study is that David was focused on the things of the Kingdom, even though he knew he would not be able to build the temple. Further, we realise that this focus was present in his very young years, and did not leave him even when he was fleeing from Saul for fear of his life.

     

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