The Road Map
Think about road maps. It helps people who are not familiar with the routes to proceed in the right direction. You need not stop to ask anyone. What you need to do is follow the directions; recognize the landmarks properly and proceed. You will reach your destination quite comfortably.
So to reach … Read the rest
A Note of Praise
Psalm 103 is a psalm of praise. It stirs up the soul to praise God. There are no complaints and no requests in this psalm.
The Psalmist David stirs himself up to praise God. It teaches us that there are times in life when we should deliberately praise God. … Read the rest
Both the Psalms were written after David realized what a great sin he had done when he committed adultery with Bathsheba. It was nearly a year after he had sinned that he was able to acknowledge that he had sinned against the LORD. It was Prophet Nathan who came to rebuke him.
The … Read the rest
There are several promises in this Psalm that makes its reading give great comfort and encouragement to a believer.
The title of the Psalm tells us that this Psalm was penned by David recalling his experience before King Abimelech. This incident is found in 1 Samuel 21:10—15. David had fled from … Read the rest
The LORD is my shepherd (Yahweh-Rohi)
The use of God’s proper name (Yahweh) here is significant. Even though the name brings to our mind the fact that God is self-existent, more importantly the name stands for God’s covenant relationship with His people.
Above all, we should appreciate the context in which the name was revealed … Read the rest
The Crucified Messiah
This Psalm is not just an experience of David who is the author. So many references can only fit one person—Jesus the Messiah and His sufferings on the cross. So the Psalm can be seen as a prophetic portrayal of the sufferings of the Messiah and His glory that followed. Or it … Read the rest
This is a hymn of praise. Its subject is the glory of God and the dignity of man. The Psalm also speaks about how the lost dominion of man is fully restored in Jesus Christ.
The Psalmist cannot find words to describe the glory of God. So he starts by saying, “O … Read the rest
“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life (Leviticus 17:11).”
The infinite power of Jesus’ blood to cleanse us from all sin (1 John 1:7) lies in his … Read the rest
This Lesson is part of John’s Gospel Easy Notes Series.
It was Zechariah who looked forward to a day when a fountain will be opened for cleansing people from sin and impurity (see Zechariah 13:1). The blood of Jesus is that fountain.
This has given rise to these famous lines in the hymn:
There is … Read the rest
[The following paraphrase is taken from Bob Lamb’s Book The Overcoming Blood]
The phrase “pleading the blood” is not in the Bible. But to understand the concept let us use the phrase “appeal earnestly.” Let us take a look at that Passover night when 2.5 million Israelites walked out of 430 years of slavery in … Read the rest
The cry of Jesus, “It is finished” should encourage us to seek to understand and experience the benefits through his shed blood on the cross. Here are a few helpful and encouraging starting points for moving into a deeper fellowship and intimacy with God through the blood of Jesus.
“Now, once again, the Lord is … Read the rest
The Passover was a moment in history of the birth of the Israelite Nation. Yet what happened during one night has significance for you and me today.
At the time of the first Passover God said, “The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see … Read the rest
“Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness” (Hebrews 9:22).
“In him we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Ephesians 1:7).
Let us look at what Jesus said during the Last Supper: He took the cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for … Read the rest
The story is told about a man who called the Rolls Royce Company when he had a breakdown of his car in his European Tour. The Company flew a mechanic in a helicopter and repaired his car. When the man asked what the bill amount was; the mechanic told him that he will be informed … Read the rest
Revelation 12:11 speaks about our means of victory over Satan. He is called the accuser because he accuses you and me before God all the time.
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”
Now several believers live in discouragement because of certain habitual sins that overtake … Read the rest
Imagine that when you walk into an office to meet the CEO of a MNC, to your surprise you find that his Secretary is someone who knows you and speaks on your behalf to him.
How much more confidence you can have when Jesus himself is interceding for you and speaks on your behalf to … Read the rest
The words Atonement or Propitiation means “to cover.” It literally means to appease God’s wrath. God is angry against sin and the sinner. But since God’s love is also in operation he made a provision through which animal sacrifices would cover the sin from his eyes. Ultimately, Jesus through his blood sacrifice turned away God’s … Read the rest
One of the first things that happened after Adam and Eve sinned was that the fellowship with God was immediately broken. It became impossible for holy God to be friends with man anymore. Sin had to be punished by death. That was God’s holy law.
But then God’s love began to seek man and make … Read the rest
Many believers are satisfied with the initial experience of forgiveness which is called “born again” (John 3:3) experience. It is like laying the foundation of a building and then forgetting all about constructing the house.
Sanctification refers to the moment by moment cleansing we all need through the blood of Jesus. Imagine you taking a … Read the rest
We all love to have a brand new beginning in life. The first thing to do to have a new beginning is to accept that we are sinners. Christ died for sinners (Romans 5:8). Therefore you can look to him in faith and be saved.
Even after we accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord, … Read the rest
This is a term that can be understood in the context of a slave-market. The word Redemption means “especially of purchasing a slave with a view to his freedom (W. E. Vine, An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words).” Now God did not need to pay Satan anything to set us free. Instead it was … Read the rest
The favourite title that John uses for Jesus Christ is “Lamb” or “Slain Lamb” in the Book of Revelation. He uses that title no less than 26 times. It reminds us of the words with which John the Baptist introduced Jesus Christ: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world … Read the rest
No man’s biographer in this world has given such an emphasis to the last week of a person’s life as the Gospel writers did to Jesus’s life. 29 out of 89 chapters (about 30%) in the gospels are devoted to the last week of Jesus’ life. John 13-19 describes sunset to sunset, the last 24 … Read the rest
The Word of God has a unique place in God’s dealing with man. The Bible describes itself in certain ways that help us understand this unique relationship. Some of these descriptions are in word pictures. They help us to understand the special place the Bible has in the estimate of God.
For example, the Psalmist … Read the rest
Who Wrote the Bible?
God used chosen people to write down what he wanted them to communicate. The Spirit of God enabled these people to do so (2 Peter 1:20, 21). Even when the literary characteristics like the style of writing, choice of words, and personality of the author is distinguishable in these writings, the … Read the rest
“Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah”; so begins the not usually read and thought to be boring account of names in the book of 1 Chronicles.
Are they just names?
Let us look at some of them:
Adam. You cannot read that name and not think about God and creation, … Read the rest
Following the death and resurrection of Jesus his name began to impact people. Even today it does with the same dynamite power. Jesus! What does his name mean to you?
First of all the Bible declares that the name of Jesus is the only name given under heaven by which people will be saved (Acts … Read the rest