Old Testament Walk Through: Esther

“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”(Esther 4:14).

Highlights
I The Seeming Absence of God
II God Keeps His Instruments Prepared and Hidden
III God Causes Others to Remember You!
IV God Puts You in a Position of Influence to Fulfill His Purposes… Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Nehemiah

Nehemiah is an outstanding character of the Old Testament. Let us take a sweeping glance at his life at the very outset. Nehemiah was a man of prayer and action. He held a high position of trust in a royal court as a cupbearer to the king.

He was a master-­builder, an able administrator, a … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Ezra

Two Psalms Tell the Story
Let us begin by looking at two Psalms:
The first one, Psalm 137 talks about the captivity of God’s people in Babylon: “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion” (Psalm 137:1 NIV). The people remembered Zion, and made a resolve in their hearts not … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: 1 Samuel

The Book of I Samuel records the beginnings of the nation of Israel. It covers a period of about 115 years from the time of the birth of Samuel through the period of Saul and the anointing of David and ends with the death of Saul.

It teaches us valuable lessons through the life­-stories of … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Ruth

Focus: Jesus, our Kinsman­-Redeemer!

I Introduction: The Book of Ruth can be understood on two levels:

● One, simply as a story of the life of a woman. If you read it like that, there is tragedy, a journey, romance, wedding, the birth of a child and finally a settled home in her life.… Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Judges

Judges deals with a period of 300 to 400 years from the time of Joshua’s death to the arrival of Samuel. After Joshua there was no leader for the people of Israel. Instead the tribes acted independently most of the time.

A Pattern: Disobedience­­>>Defeat­­>>Repentance>>Deliverance­­>>Rest

The Book of Judges presents us with a pattern of Christian … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Joshua

Joshua means “Yahweh is salvation”. The Hebrew form is Yehoshua, which in course of time abbreviated to Yoshua and Yeshua (two variant forms). Yoshua is Joshua, Yeshua is Jesus.

I A Sunset and a Sunrise

It was time for Moses to depart. His one great task remained undone. That was leading the Israelites to the … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Deuteronomy

Getting Ready

After forty years of wilderness wandering the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land of Canaan. A journey of eleven days from Mt. Horeb would have taken them to this point (Deut. 1:2) but it took them forty years because of their rebellion against God.

The Book of Numbers describes their forty … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Numbers

1. Divine Provision
We have several illustration in Numbers of the ways in which God provides for his people. For example, 20:1—11; 21:1—9; 27:1—11 (see 36:1—12); 27:12—23 ; 35:1—5; 35:6—28. Think of ways in which God provides for his people today.

2. Divine Displeasure
One of the sadder aspects of Numbers is the fact that … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Leviticus

Leviticus means “about the Levites.” Levites were the tribe chosen by God to be His priests. They were taken in place of the first­born of all Israelites. The first­born was commanded by God as devoted to Him. See Numbers 3:11—13.

Holiness

The key to understanding Leviticus is holiness. In Leviticus 11:44, 45 God says, “I … Read the rest

Old Testament Walk Through: Exodus 1–19

Exodus means “exit” or “departure.”

The Blood of the Lamb 

“The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.” (Exodus 12:13 NIV). “For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7b NIV).

The Holiness of God

“Who

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Tips on How to Overcome Temptation

Is there any man or woman who has not been tempted? With what or by whom is not the point. The whole question is about how do you respond to temptation; whatever that be.

Now if that is the case, you need to know that if something keeps on knocking at the door of your … Read the rest

“Why Are You Downcast, O My Soul?”

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?1 The ones who raised this question three times in rapid succession themselves give the answer too: “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.”

Seasons of discouragement come to the best of people. Read the rest

God Will Show Mercy on You

When everything fails and you have no one to hold on to, seek God’s mercy.

If you have wondered whether God can stretch his mercy a little bit more; yes he can and he will; for you!

He is holy; and God is a God of justice. Yet he listens to the cry of a … Read the rest

When My Heart Is Broken

When my heart is broken,
And hope no longer I see;
When all that comes out is a sigh–
O Lord remember me.

When my heart is broken,
And regrets cloud my mind;
When joyous notes are muted–
O Lord remember me.

When my heart is broken,
And all around troubles mount;
When I in … Read the rest

I Wanna Go Home!

It is only when you get lost somewhere that you realize, “I simply wanna go home!”

The moment you realize you are lost is a starting point.

You can choose to give up everything as lost. Or, you can start redirecting your steps towards home. In your mind’s eye you can think of your tearful … Read the rest

For I Know the Plans I Have For You!

586 B. C. A nation was being led into exile and captivity. Only few were left. All that they had pinned their hopes on were now gone–their city, the well fortified city of Jerusalem; it was destroyed, and their temple, the magnificent temple of great splendour that Solomon built; it was burnt to the ground.… Read the rest