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BibleTrek2016 - The Golden Lampstand in Zechariah

There are eight visions seen by the prophet Zechariah when he addressed the Israelites who returned from captivity to Jerusalem. At this point the governor Zerubbabel had laid the foundation of the temple and Haggai the profit was exhorting God’s people to consider their ways and finish building God’s house. The vision of the golden lampstand is described in chapter 4, where Zechariah said: “I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it.

Bible Trek 2016 - Jonah, God's Mercy is Relentless

The book of Jonah presents one of the Bible’s most entertaining stories, right up there next to Daniel and the Lion’s den. The story begins with God telling Jonah to go and preach God’s judgment in the Assyrian city of Ninevah. Upon receiving the word, Jonah went to Joppa and took a ship to Tarshish, 2500 miles in the opposite direction “to flee from the Lord.” God stirred up a storm, scaring the sailors on board. Jonah, realizing God’s hand, asked the sailors to throw him into the sea so that God would not destroy all of them. They did so. Jonah was swallowed by a large fish.

Bible Trek 2016 - Daniel

Daniel stands in the crossroads of God's history with His people Israel. Because of their abandonment of God they are disciplined by God by becoming exiles in the land of Babylon. Daniel was stuck as a Jew serving the court of Babylonian King. Seeing as the prophet Jeremiah had told the exiles to remain there and seek the benefit of this nation, Daniel somehow was able to serve this King fully while still staying a pure worshiper of God. His actions and prayers example for us being in the world, but not of the world, as our Lord Jesus taught us.

Bible Trek 2016 - Ezekiel

Ezekiel, like Revelation, is a book filled with visions, and takes place approximately six to seven hundred years earlier. Ezekiel, a young priest of 25 was carried away to Babylon in the second siege of Juda occurring about 597 BC, and was 30 years old when God came to him by the river Chebar with the other captives. There he was shown a vision of God’s glory, administration, government, and move on the earth through a vision of four living creatures having the likeness of a man. They had four faces, four wings, feet like a calve, and hands like a man.

Bible Trek 2016 - Isaiah, the Salvation of God

The name Isaiah means “the salvation of God”. We see the salvation of Jehovah throughout this book, through the incarnated, crucified, resurrected, ascended, and coming Christ. This is not merely God's salvation; it is His full and, entire salvation seen in the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.

Bible Trek 2016 - Song of Solomon

Solomon wrote three thousand proverbs one thousand and five songs, the best of which is the “Song of Songs” recorded in the Bible. It is a love song between two parties; Solomon, the king and a Shulamite country girl. This poetic writing begins with her request: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of your mouth! For your love is better than wine; your anointing oils are fragrant; and your name is as ointment poured out…Draw me and we will run after you.” He reciprocates by asking her to come away with him.

Bible Trek 2016 - Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet

Jeremiah prophesied during the reign of the last 5 kings over Judah. His father found the original Torah in the temple and worked with Shaphan the Scribe to convict the heart of King Josiah and thereby turn the nation to God through the enlightenment of the law. But, Josiah’s sons returned back to idolatry. Jeremiah, was commissioned to explain the consequences of their rebellion. He is often referred to as the weeping prophet, because his prophecy derided the Jews for their idolatry and spoke of their doom.

Bible Trek 2015 - The Psalmists Musing on Scripture

One of the Psalmists favorite topics was Scripture. In the 19th Psalm, for example, the Psalmists likens the taste of Scripture to the sweetness of fresh, dripping honey. He/she admired the various presentations of Scripture, including the Torah, the testimony, the commandment, and the statutes. Each of these had a specific function in the experience of the Psalmists. The Holy Scripture was not just a sober book of rules and traditions, but a doorway into a joyful experience of Jehovah.

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