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Bible Trek 2015 - Singing with David, The Psalms

The Psalms are a book of spiritual poems. Nearly half were written by King David. They were sung by the Israelites at festivals and other events. They express the highest sentiment of human feeling. The Psalms are emotional articulations of the peoples’ love and praise of the Lord. A.W. Tozer, on the subject of feelings expressed in song, said, “Our ability to feel is one of the marks of our divine origin. We need not be ashamed of either tears or laughter. The Christian stoic who has crushed his feelings is only two-thirds of a man….

Bible Trek 2015 - Book of Job

In the book of Job we see a God fearing perfect and upright man, who was very blessed of the Lord, but became the target of Satan’s persecution. In fact the name job means “persecuted, hated”. We see how the devil did his best to attack Job and attempt to shake his trust in God. For thirty chapters Job’s three friends who genuinely cared for him, only added insult to injury, by accusing him of hiding something from God. They concluded Job’s suffering was due to sin he won’t admit, and that he possibly deserved even more than he was experiencing. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

Bible Trek 2015 - The Rest Of The Story, the Book of Esther

The book of Esther is one of only 2 books in the Bible that DOES NOT have any reference to God. Yet, any objective reader can easily detect God’s work behind the scenes. Esther, a humble, Jewish orphan and thereby a most unlikely candidate for position in the Persian empire, miraculously was chosen to be queen of King Xerxes, the most powerful king in the ancient world. It didn’t take long to discover why God had arranged for Esther to be put in that position. Haman was promoted by the king over all the nobles. As such, all were to bow down to him.

Bible Trek 2015 - Spiritual Warfare

As seen both in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah, the returning of a remnant of Jews from captivity to Jerusalem specifically to rebuild the temple and the wall was a fight. There was opposition to building the temple by Zerubbabel and again opposition to the rebuilding of the wall around the city, by Nehemiah. Samaritan settlers, adversaries to Juda and Benjamin, intimidated the people and even complained to the king Artaxerxes to stop the building after the temple foundation was laid.

Bible Trek 2015 - The People of Recovery

God told Moses that when the people enter the good land, they were to bring their offerings to and enjoy the annual feasts in the place that He, God Himself, chose. King David, a man "after God's heart," designed the temple that was to be built in this chosen place, Jerusalem. Psalm 133 expressed the experience of unity that pervaded the joyful ascent of the people to Jerusalem to celebrate the annual feasts.

Bible Trek 2015 - Stir Up, Rise Up, Go Up and Build Up

In the book of Ezra, we see that after seventy years of captivity, Cyrus the king of Persia was stirred up by the Spirit of the Lord, and proclaimed that whoever among the children of Israel who had a heart, should go up to Jerusalem to build up God’s house. The charge was to go up and build up God’s house. Four actions were necessary to recover what was lost for seventy years: Stirred up, Rise up, Go up, and Build up. In 38 BC, Zerubbabel, leader of the tribe of Juda, was part of the first wave to rise up and go up to Jerusalem.

Bible Trek 2015 - Jeroboam

The “ways” or “sins” of King Jeroboam became a standard, in the books of Kings and Chronicles, by which disastrous kingships of Israel were judged. Because this is mentioned at least 15 times, it is important for Bible readers to understand exactly what Jeroboam did. We start in 1 Kings 11 where the prophet, Ahijah, told Jeroboam that he would rule over 10 tribes of Israel after King Solomon’s death. However, Ahijah made it clear to Jeroboam that Jerusalem will continue to shine because that is the place God chose to put His name.

Bible Trek 2015 - Functioning in the Priesthood

Don’t just speed read through the lists and details in the first book of Chronicles. Pay attention to King David’s organization and distribution of responsibilities. His arrangement is a picture of Romans 12:4-5, that speaks of the function of each member in the Body of Christ. The functions and measures are different, but the Body is one. David divided 38,000 Levites into 4 groups: 24,000 supervised the work at the temple; 6,000 were appointed officials and administrators, 4,000 will work as gatekeepers and 4,000 will praise the Lord with musical instruments.

Bible Trek 2015 - In Whom Do We Trust

In 2 Kings 18, we read of Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that David his father had done. He trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel, so that there was none like him among all the kings of Juda after him, nor among those who were before him. He held fast to the Lord. He did not depart from following him, but kept the commandments that the Lord commanded to Moses. This was in stark contrast to all the kings of Israel to the north, and to most of the kings of Juda, including his predecessor king Ahaz.

Bible Trek 2015 - Prophets During the Reign of the Kings

The two books of Samuel, the Kings, and the Chronicles record narratives of the life and reign of the kings of Israel and Judah. As important as these stories are, the word, “king” never made into the common title that described the Old Testament. Jesus call this portion of Scripture, The Law and the Prophets (Matt. 22:40). Because of this, it is important to highlight the narratives about the prophets embedded within these stories. Prophet Nathan smote King David’s heart with a masterful metaphor of the rich man and the sheep. Gad helped guide David through a time of divine punishment.

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