Accountability to God (Dan. 5).
Greatest of men will have to acknowledge their accountability to Him. Will be made to know that God rules.
Adversity—Benefits of (2 Chron. 33:9-20).
In prosperity men forget God, but in adversity they can find no other refuge. Blessed the affliction that brings one to his knees before the throne.
Adversity—Testing (Gen. 39).
Loyalty to God brings Joseph into serious testings. God's grace enables him to overcome enemy's assaults. Though world strips us of our possessions, we need not be stripped of virtue.
Affliction—Blessing of (John 4:46-54).
Blessed are the trials that drive us to the Lord. The sickness of a son blesses a home.
Affliction—Purpose in (Gen. 44).
In times of testing when believers think themselves wronged by men, they may learn that God has a righteous purpose—possibly to bring out confession of sin (vs. 16).
Afflictions—For God's glory (John 9:1-41).
Is it worth while to go through life blind for the glory of Christ? Tedious afflictions may be consecrated to Him. Blind man's trial resulted in proving Jesus the Light of the World to many souls.
Allegiance to Christ—Ruth and Boaz (Ruth 2; see vss. 22-23).
Ruth's allegiance to Boaz, his fields and servants. If Christ has dealt bountifully with us, let us not be found in other fields seeking happiness and satisfaction in the world.
Allegiance to Christ—Ruth and Naomi (Ruth 1).
Ruth declaring allegiance to Naomi. Many come short of salvation through Christ because they cannot bear to forsake things of Moab and attach themselves to Him. If we let nothing separate us from our duty to Christ, He will let nothing cut off our happiness in Him.
Alliances—Ungodly (2 Chron. 18).
Some men's kindnesses are dangerous and their society infectious. Can't hold familiar converse with wicked men and not be hurt by them.
Antichrist—Absalom a type of (2 Sam. 17).
Gathers army against Christ, the greater David (Rev. 19:19), meeting his defeat in the brightness of Christ's coming. See chapter 18.
Apostasy (Judges 17).
Micah gives striking illustration of all apostasy. Had departed entirely from God's revealed will concerning worship and priesthood, yet exalted a false priesthood. Expected God's blessing because he had linked his idolatry to the ancient Levitical order.
Apostasy—The leaven of (Matt. 13:33-35).
Leaven a type of evil. True doctrine given for nourishment of children of the kingdom (Matt. 4:4; 1 Tim. 4:6; 1 Pet. 2:2), will be mingled with corrupt false doctrine by apostate teachers (1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 2:17-18; 4:3-4; 2 Pet. 2:1-3). See use of word "leaven" in New Testament (1 Cor. 5:6-8; Matt. 16:12; Mark 8:15). If leaven is diffusive power of Christianity, the tares would be eradicated before end of harvest. Meal is never used as a type of anything evil. (See sweet savor offering, Lev. 2:1-3.)
Appreciation for kindness (II Kings 4:1-17).
One way the man of God can show appreciation: by ascertaining the deepest needs of those who have ministered to him and praying to God for them.
Assurance of salvation (Gen. 9:13-16).
Bow seen on clouds of judgment against sin speaks of Cross of Christ where judgment has been visited. Never to be repeated. The believer looks on Cross, knows penalty of his sins will not be visited upon him. "It is finished."
Atonement (Gen. 6).
Atonement of Christ keeps out waters of judgment and makes believer's position in Christ safe.
Atonement—High priest a picture of (Lev. 16).
High priest entering the holiest pictures Christ entering heaven itself with His own blood for us (Heb. 9:11-12). His blood makes God's throne our mercy seat when otherwise it would have remained a throne of judgment. Note that for us there is a rent veil (Matt. 27:51; Heb. 10:19-20), so we can enter for ourselves into His presence through Christ.
Atonement—Illustrated in the Passover (Exod. 12).
The believer's deliverance based upon the shedding of the blood of a divinely appointed substitute. Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God (1 Pet. 1:19), was sacrificed on the fourteenth Nisan. His blood must be applied by faith to the heart. If death has taken place for us, it cannot come to us.
Atonement—Isaac a type of (Gen. 22).
Isaac, obedient unto death. Abraham spared not his own son, but delivered him up. Ram, type of substitution. Resurrection. See Hebrews 11:17-19.
Backsliders (Luke 15:3-10).
God has a particular care over backsliding children and follows them with the calls of His Word and the strivings of the Holy Spirit until they are found and brought back.
Backsliders—Restoration for (John 21:15-19).
Peter, who had thrice denied his Lord, was given three opportunities to reassert his love. Active soul-winning work as a guard against sinning.
Backsliders—Restoration of (Peter).
Christ's intercession (Luke 22:31-32). Look of Christ (Luke 22:61). Message of Christ (Mark 16:7). Interview with Christ (Luke 24:34). Open confession (John 21:15-17). Restored to his work (John 21:15-17). Back to the starting point, (John 21:18-19 "Follow me").
Backsliders—Restoring (Gen. 14).
Abraham not indifferent to Lot, who had taken way of his own devising. Goes to his aid in spite of past treatment.
Backsliders—The call to (Gen. 35:1).
God ever called His wandering child back to Himself. Review Jacob's self-chosen way and show its consequences.
Backsliding (Gen. 13).
Lot gets his eyes on material wealth, loses fellowship with Abram, brings trouble upon himself and family.
Backsliding—Steps in (Matt. 26).
Boastfulness (vss. 33-35). Unwatchfulness (vs. 40). Prayerlessness (vs. 41, 45). Fleshly service (vs. 51; John 18:10). Following afar off (vs. 58). Fellowship with enemies (vs. 69; Luke 22:54). Open denial ( vss. 70-75).
Backsliding—The cost of (Gen. 29).
Jacob not forsaken of God but permitted to reap shame and sorrow of self-chosen way.
Backsliding—Unsatisfying (Luke 15:11-32).
God has to bankrupt us when we wander from Him, in order to bring us back to Himself. Many Christians for a time feed on swine's food, but cannot be satisfied by it.
Bereavement (1 Kings 17:17-24).
A means of bringing one to know God and His Word. God's power revealed.
Bereavement—Jesus our comfort in (Luke 7:12-18).
May get a blessing if we meet Jesus on the road. He meets us in our saddest journeys and brings us hope. Do not let sorrow make you unfit for service (vs. 13).
Bible—An unread (2 Kings 22 and 23).
An unread Bible is a lost Bible, and a lost Bible means spiritual degeneracy and accompanying curses. When one finds his lost Bible it is quick to find him. Sin keeps one from the Bible or the Bible keeps one from sin.
Bible Study (Josh. 1).
Joshua, one of the busiest men, told to meditate on it and talk it (vs. 8). True courage comes from being linked to God's Word and obeying it. Bible verses saved Joshua from reverses.
Blessing—Of God (Gen. 48).
Jacob blesses contrary to Joseph's wish. God in His grace does not always observe order of nature in bestowing His blessings, nor prefer those we think most fit. Chooses weak to confound mighty.
Blessing—Remembering (2 Chron. 20:26).
Valley of Berachah, lit., "Blessing." (Modern Bible-class name "Baraca" taken from this.) Was perpetuated for encouragement of others to trust God and to remind us that our praises should be as oft repeated as our prayers.
Blessings—After times of stress (1 Kings 18:42-46).
Little cloud size of a man's hand. Great blessings may arise from small beginnings.
Blessings—Spiritual and temporal (Josh. 15:19).
Blessings of upper springs illustrate those which relate to our souls, and those of the nether springs speak of those which relate to the body and the life which now is.