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Faith in the Word of God Persevers

Volume 2, Number 1

Vol 2 - No 1, January 1, 2005Faith in the Word of God perseveres:The book of Genesis opened with God's creation and a man and woman in paradise with the provision of eternal life for the taking. However, they chose not to believe the Word of God and brought death on them and all that followed. Genesis closes about 2369 years later with Joseph being placed in a coffin. "And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac,... Continue reading →

Moses' Education in Faith

Volume 2, Number 2

Vol 2 - No 2, January 19, 2005The education in faith of Moses:Moses was named by Pharaoh's daughter. In Egyptian, Moses means "water saved" and in Hebrew it means "drawn out of the water." After he was weaned from his own mother he became as Pharaoh's daughter, Exodus 2:9 & 10 and Acts 7:20, and lived as part of the king's household for 40 years. There he received the best education possible, learning all the wisdom of the Egyptians, which would have been even the secrets of the Egyptian religion because education was handled by the priests of Egypt (Companion... Continue reading →

The Faith of Moses Falters

Volume 2, Number 3

Vol 2 - No 3, February 3, 2005Moses' faith falters:After fleeing Egypt and arriving in Median Moses met seven (7) daughters of the priest of Median who were attempting to water their father's flocks at a well but were being harassed by rival Shepard's. Moses assisted the girls and they introduced him to their father who is referred to by three (3) names: Reuel (Exodus 2:18); Jethro (Exodus 3:1); and Raguel (Numbers 10:29.) According to Strong's Hebrew and Greek dictionaries, Raguel means "friend of God" in Hebrew. According to the George Williams Student Commentary, this priest of Midian was a... Continue reading →

Israel & The Body of Christ

Volume 2, Number 4

Vol 2 - No 4, February 20, 2005Israel and the Body of Christ:Here we digress from the study of Moses' faith and examine an aspect of God's dealing with the Nation of Israel and lessons learned there from. In Exodus 4:22 & 23 God tells Moses: "And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD, Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, Let my son go, that he may serve me: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, thy firstborn." Clearly stated; God viewed the Children of... Continue reading →

Faith & Circumcision

Volume 2, Number 5

Vol 2 - No 5, March 12, 2005Faith and Circumcision, Part 1 of 2:At the burning bush on Mount Sinai God told Moses He was sending him to confront Pharaoh about releasing His people from Egypt and explained exactly what would take place. - Exodus 3. The Lord dealt with Moses' weak faith and questioning doubts with patience and even granted his request that his brother Aaron assist as helper and spokesman. This in spite of the fact God had assured Moses he would not need Aaron - Exodus 4: 1 - 17. Moses finally went to his father in... Continue reading →

Faith & Circumcision

Volume 2, Number 6

Vol 2 - No 6, April 2, 2005Faith and Circumcision, Part 2 of 2:Three (3) questions were posed in our previous study: 1) what happened that caused the Lord to seek to kill because a boy was not circumcised? 2) What was the significance of circumcision that made this so serious to God? 3) What does circumcision mean to members of the Body of Christ today? The answers to the first two questions were addressed leaving the third for this study.The sign of circumcision given to Abraham and his progeny was an act of the flesh demonstrating faith in God's... Continue reading →

Moses' Faith - Pharaoah's Unbelief

Volume 2, Number 7

Vol 2 - No 7, May 2, 2005The faith of Moses vs. Pharaoh's unbelief - Part 1 (Introduction):We left off with Moses on his way to Egypt in obedience to God's Word to deliver the Children of Israel from captivity and slavery. God appeared to Aaron and told him to meet Moses at Mount Sinai. There, Moses repeated what God had said and showed the signs to Aaron. Moses and Aaron proceeded to Egypt where they met with the Elders of the Children of Israel and Aaron related God's Word and the signs to them. The Children of Israel believed... Continue reading →

Moses' Faith - Pharaoah's Unbelief

Volume 2, Number 8

Vol 2 - No 8, May 22, 2005Moses' faith / Pharaoh's unbelief - Part 2:Our last study was an overview of the plagues God sent on Egypt preliminary to the Passover and freeing Israel from slavery. There were four (4) distinct entities involved: 1) the Word of God, immutable and omnipotent; 2) Moses, God's chosen representative; 3) the corporate body of the Children of Israel and; 4) Pharaoh, representing the world system, which by nature has been alienated from God since and because of Adam's disobedience. God's Word carried out the nine (9) plagues, the Passover, the freeing of Israel... Continue reading →

Moses' Faith - Pharaoah's Unbelief

Volume 2, Number 9

Vol 2 - No 9, June 18, 2005Moses' faith / Pharaoh's unbelief - Part 3:Our last study focused on Pharaoh's response to the Word of God. Here we examine the faith of Moses, who was about 80 years old when the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ spoke to him from a burning bush while he tended sheep at Mt. Sinai - Exodus 3:1 - 10 & John 1:1, 2 & 14. The Lord said He had seen the affliction of His people; He had heard their cry; He knew their sorrows, Exodus 3:7; He would deliver them out of slavery in Egypt;... Continue reading →

Abraham, Moses & the Law in Hebrews 11

Volume 2, Number 10

Vol 2 - No 10, July 17, 2005Abraham, Moses and the Law:The eleventh chapter of Hebrews has been our guide in these studies of faith. As already mentioned there are two (2) groups of eight (8) individuals named therein. The first group lived during the time recorded in the book of Genesis where Abraham stands out from the others as the primary figure - Hebrews 11:8 - 10 & 13 - 19. As we have begun Volume 2 our studies have had to do with Moses who is the primary person in the second group of eight (8) - Hebrews... Continue reading →

Overview of Hebrews 11

Volume 2, Number 11

Vol 2 - No 11, August 16, 2005Faith - a recap overview of Hebrews 11 to date and look forward:In Hebrews 10:34 the author of the epistle acknowledges the compassion that those to whom he wrote had on him in prison and the pillage of their own belongings, with the knowledge they had better and everlasting wealth in heaven. He encouraged them to have patience, with the confidence that after they had done God's will they would receive the heavenly promise, Hebrews 10:35 & 36, assuring them of the Lord Jesus Christ's imminent return. - Hebrews 10:37. They are reminded... Continue reading →

Defeating the Enemy By Faith - Moses & the Red Sea

Volume 2, Number 12

Vol 2 - No 12, September 3, 2005Defeating the enemy, by faith - Part 1:In our studies to date it has become apparent that what was done through the Old Testament Saints described in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews pre-figures what God accomplished for us by His son Jesus Christ, that is, the pattern in the eleventh chapter points to the reality of God's finished work in the life of the believer today. The point to be developed in this lesson is the significance of the change in subject in the middle of the 29th verse of that chapter, and... Continue reading →

Israel's Lack of Faith

Volume 2, Number 13

Vol 2 - No 13, September 27, 2005Defeating the enemy by faith - Part 2:Our last study dealt with the subject change in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews marked by the verse: "By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land and: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned." - Hebrews 11:29. In this verse Israel was on the defensive but by faith was saved and the enemy destroyed. In the very next verse they were on the offensive and by faith gained victory over the enemy: "By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after... Continue reading →

The Circumcision of the Believer

Volume 2, Number 14

Vol 2 - No 14, October 16, 2005Defeating the enemy by faith - Part 3:We saw in the last study that before it could enter the promised land and gain victory over the enemy the corporate body Israel had to be chastised and tried 40 years in the wilderness, just as gold is refined and purified in a crucible of fire. The refining process was twofold: 1) the unbelievers had to die, Numbers 14:20 - 35 and; 2) those still alive had to be circumcised, Joshua 5:2 - 10. Only after being thus prepared could Israel enter the land and... Continue reading →

So Called Worship Music

Volume 2, Number 15

Vol 2 - No 15, November 10, 2005(A parenthetic commentary on worship music / sanctification):Music is powerful and can influence for good or evil. The ancient Greek philosopher Plato has been quoted as saying "I do not care what subjects you teach in your schools and universities. Let me teach and control music and I will control your society." Music is mentioned many times in the Bible. It is prominent in most churches today where the practice thereof runs from old hymns at one end of the spectrum to so-called Christian rock at the other. It is a form of... Continue reading →

Christmas Past, Present & Future

Volume 2, Number 16

Vol 2 - No 16, December 15, 2005A parenthesis: Christmas past, Christmas present and Christmas future:Past:"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.- - John 1:1 - 4."For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John... Continue reading →

Joshua Mets the Pre-Incarnate Lord at Jericho

Volume 2, Number 17

Vol 2 - No 17, January 4, 2006Defeating the enemy by faith at Jericho - Part 4:Israel's preparation for victory at Jericho was studied in Vol 2, No 13 & 14. We then digressed to examine sanctification in Vol 2, No 15 and Christmas past, present and future in No 16. Now, we return for a last look at Jericho. It was brutal in the eyes of some, but it is God's way of dealing with sin. "And Joshua said unto the children of Israel, Come hither, and hear the words of the LORD your God. And Joshua said, Hereby... Continue reading →

Rahab of Jericho's Faith

Volume 2, Number 18

Vol 2 - No 18, January 31, 2006(A parenthesis in the defeat of the enemy: the faith of Rahab the harlot:)"By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace." Hebrews 11:31. Why was it that only one family was saved out of all Jericho, and that of a prostitute? (Joshua 2:1) The verse itself, Hebrews 11:31, answers the question. Rahab was the only one in Jericho that believed God's Word. However, it is interesting to note that she would not have had the opportunity to exercise her faith had... Continue reading →

The Coprpoate Body of Israel

Volume 2, Number 19

Vol 2 - No 19, March 26, 2006Faith triumphs and judges:We left off at the point where the Nation of Israel entered the Promised Land and experienced God's provision for miraculous victory at Jericho. In this study we will see again the fact that Israel's identity before God was as a corporate body, that is, God's son (Exodus 4:22 & 23, see studies Vol 1, No 20; Vol 2, Numbers 6, 13, 17); as God's son Israel had to demonstrate complete faith in His Word in order to stay in right relationship; God cannot condone sin; God designated Israel to... Continue reading →

A Look Back from Joseph & Forward from Moses

Volume 2, Number 20

Vol 2 - No 20, May 7, 2006A look back from Joseph and forward from Moses in Hebrews 11:The eleventh chapter of Hebrews is being used as a general guide in these studies. As previously pointed out, there are 16 individuals, 14 men and two (2) women, named in Hebrews 11 as being borne witness to by their faith. The first group of eight (8) all lived during the time recorded in Genesis. The lives of the first seven (7); Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Jacob, are types pointing to a specific aspect of the finished work of... Continue reading →

Joshua's Victories in Caanan

Volume 2, Number 21

Vol 2 - No 21, May 31, 2006The trial of faith:In our study of the witness of faith in Hebrews 11 we are about to begin examining the lives of the last six (6) men mentioned by name therein: Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David and Samuel - Hebews 11:32. Before doing so we need to review some of what led up to the times in which they lived. First to be noted is that God promised Israel through Moses that He would give them the Promised Land. His instructions were that Israel was to utterly destroy the previous inhabitants of... Continue reading →

Barak's Witness of Faith

Volume 2, Number 22

The faith of Barak:The first 10 people mentioned by name in Hebrews 11 appear in the order in which they lived: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and Rahab. However, the remaining six (6) men are reversed by pairs: Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David and Samuel, Hebrews 11:32, that is, Barak actually lived before Gideon, Jephthae before Samson and Samuel before David. The Holy Spirit had a purpose in this order of listing when He inspired the writer of Hebrews, which we will attempt to discover. However, this study will proceed in the order in which they... Continue reading →

Gideon Called to Be Israel's Judge

Volume 2, Number 23

Gideon's witness of faith - Part 1:Deborah and Barak judged Israel 40 years during which time the nation enjoyed peace, Judges 5:31b, but after they passed away Israel began worshipping the gods of the Amorites, Judges 6:10. This of course displeased God who delivered them into the hands of the Midianites for seven (7) years - Judges 6:1. (Midian was east of Canaan and before the Israelites entered the land of Canaan Midianite women caused them to worship their idols. As a result the Lord told Moses to raise an army and eradicate the Midianites. Moses did as told but... Continue reading →

Gideon Tears Down the Alter to Baal

Volume 2, Number 24

Vol 2 - No 24, July 25, 2006Gideon's witness of faith - Part 2:Our last study ended with Gideon building an alter to the Lord he named Jehovahshalom, Judges 6:24, in response to the Lord's blessing of peace to him. That same night Jehovah told Gideon to take his father's seven (7) year old bullock and tear down the alter to Baal and the grove about it that his father had built and maintained - Judges 6:25. According to commentators the worship of Baal included orgies involving homosexual (1 Kings 14:24; 15:12; 22:46 & 2 Kings 23:7) as well as... Continue reading →

God Prepares Gideon for Battle

Volume 2, Number 25

Vol 2 - No 25, September 9, 2006Gideon's witness of faith - Part 3:Our last study left off at the point where the Lord chose only 300 men to accompany Gideon, Judges 7:3 - 7, to defeat an army of 135,000, Judges 8:10. His purpose for using only 300 instead of a much larger force was to make sure Israel would have no reason to boast or glory in themselves but to impress upon them that God gave the victory to them - Judges 7:2.The next few verses of the text demonstrate God's sensitivity to the doubts/fears of Gideon who... Continue reading →

Gideon's Witness of Faith Pointed to Jesus Christ

Volume 2, Number 26

Vol 2 - No 26, October 15, 2006Gideon's witness of faith - Part 4:As we complete our study of Gideon and consider the significance of his witness, three (3) important facts must be kept in mind. First; the Bible, in the original languages in which it was written, is the Word of God and from beginning to end reveals God to mankind. The Word was, is and for ever will be and approximately 2000 years ago The Word was made flesh and dwelt among mankind as Jesus Christ - John 1:1 - 4, 14. Second; The Man Jesus Christ personified... Continue reading →

Jephthah, Warrier Judge, but made a bad choise of words

Volume 2, Number 27

Vol 2 - No 27, November 16, 2006The faith of Jephthah (spelled Jephthae in Hebrews 11:32.)Review: As noted in our last study, Israel had 40 years of peace during the time Gideon (aka Jerubbaal) judged but as soon as he died wickedness and idol worship prevailed again - Judges 8:32 - 35. Gideon had 70 sons by his wives and one, Abimelch, by his concubine in Shechem, Judges 8:31. After Gideon's death and the fall of Israel into sin Abimelech made a deal with his mother's people, the men of Sechem, who gave him money to hire ruthless men. With... Continue reading →

Jephthah, Type of Christ's Return to Israel

Volume 2, Number 28

Jephthah is one of only four (4) judges of Israel named in Hebrews 11, the other three being Gideon, Barak and Samson - Hebrews 11:32. The witness of faith of each points to and is a type of a different particular aspect of the work of the second Adam who is Jesus (the author and finisher of Faith, Hebrews 12:2) in relation to the Nation of Israel. It was pointed out in Volume 2, Studies 23 - 26 that Gideon was a type of Christ in His first advent, which occurred 2000 years ago. Here, Jephthah's life and witness of... Continue reading →

The Birth, Dedication & Mission of Samson

Volume 2, Number 29

The Faith of Samson:"And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:" - Hebrews 11:32. The book of Judges mentions many who judged Israel during the time after Joshua and before King Saul but this verse only refers to these four (4) as having been borne witness to by their faith. We have studied Gideon, Barak and Jephthae and here we begin a series on Judge Samson who is probably the best known of all... Continue reading →

Samson Loves a Philistine Girl & Kills a Lion Barehanded

Volume 2, Number 30

The Faith of Samson - Part 2:When the Nation of Israel entered the Land of Canaan under Joshua's leadership God told them it was theirs to possess and they were to be ruled by no one except Him. But their blessings and invincibility were contingent upon strict obedience to His law given through Moses - Joshua 1:2 - 9. Time and again they violated God's law by worshiping the idols of the Canaanites and thus were given over to be oppressed by them - Judges 4:3. When the oppression became unbearable Israel recognized their sin and repented. God responded by... Continue reading →

Samson Marries a Philistine Girl who is burnt to death

Volume 2, Number 31

The Faith of Samson - Part 3:In our last study we found Samson infatuated by a Philistine girl for she "pleased him well," Judges 14:3 & 7. As was the custom he asked his parents to arrange marriage and they did so (even though they pointed out to him that he should have chosen an Israelite) so Samson was betrothed to her. According to a Jewish Encyclopedia found at the web site: (http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=995&letter=B) betrothal in Bible times meant the couple was as good as married at the time they were betrothed. However the "house taking" did not occur until one... Continue reading →

Samson Tied & Delivered by His Own, But He Destroys Enemy

Volume 2, Number 32

The Faith of Samson - Part 4:Our last study left off with Samson burning the Philistine's crops in retaliation for his wife being given to another man. The Philistines then killed his wife and father for causing their crop loss, which resulted in Samson killing a great many of them in retaliation, after which he went to stay in the top of the rock Etam, a place in or near an area inhabited by the Israeli tribe of Judah - Judges 15:1 - 8. The Philistines then gathered a great army and camped out informing the men from Judah they... Continue reading →

Samson & Delilah

Volume 2, Number 33

Vol 2 - No 33, April 4, 2007The Faith of Samson - Part 5:After killing 1000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass and slaking his thirst with water miraculously provided by God from that jawbone Samson judged Israel for 20 years - Judges 15:20. However, those 20 years were during the "days of the Philistine." In other words, Samson mediated/judged matters between those in Israel while acting as a buffer between Israel and the Philistines who would have given him a lot of leeway in light of the fact he had single handedly trounced them a number of times.... Continue reading →

Samson Dies, Killing His enemy the Philistines

Volume 2, Number 34

Vol 2 - No 34 April 17, 2007The Faith of Samson - Part 6:Our last study examined how Samson, in spite of having been blessed with great physical strength, personifies the natural man and the impossibility for anyone to met God's standard of righteousness as set forth in the law given to Moses. Contrasted to Samson and all mankind the Word of God came sinless into the world in the person of Jesus who kept the law to the letter and then died to pay for the sins of all who believe in Him. So it is that Samson's witness... Continue reading →

Samuel & Four Others Born to Barren Women

Volume 2, Number 35

Vol 2 - No 35, May 13, 2007Samuel, Part 1 - the Roots & Purpose of the Hebrew Nation:David and Samuel are the last of 16 people named in the eleventh chapter of Hebrews borne witness to by their faith - Hebrews 11:32. In this study we will examine another aspect of God's provision for the Hebrew Nation in the similarity of Samuel's conception with that of four (4) previous Hebrews mentioned in that chapter.Samuel's mother was Hannah, one of two (2) wives of Elkanah who lived in Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim. Elkanah loved Hannah but his other wife Peninnah... Continue reading →

Samuel Dedicated to The Lord's Work under Eli in the Tabernacle

Volume 2, Number 36

Vol 2 - No 36, June 10, 2007The witness of Samuel's Faith - Part 2In Part 1 we examined God's grace and provision to Samuel's mother Hannah who by faith conceived and bore him, I Samuel 1:1 - 19, and the similarity of Samuel's conception with four (4) of his Hebrew predecessors, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Samson. This study will examine the condition of National Israel during Samuel's time and a brief look at God's plan/purpose for his life.Samuel's Background: His father Elkanah was a Levite, I Chronicles 6:23 - 27, the priestly tribe of Israel. The Tabernacle of Moses... Continue reading →

God Speaks to Samuel about the death of Eli & His Sons

Volume 2, Number 37

The witness of Samuel's Faith - Part 3:After Hannah placed her young son Samuel to work in the Lord's service at the Tabernacle in Shiloh she brought him a new coat each year when she and her husband came to worship - 1 Samuel 2:19. Eli again blessed she and her husband and she bore three (3) more sons and two (2) daughters - 1 Samuel 2:20 & 21.The Priesthood - Eli was priest and judge of Israel for 40 years, 1 Samuel 4:18b, and it appears he knew right from wrong in God's sight but he allowed his sons... Continue reading →

God Unilaterally Protects His Ark from the Philistines

Volume 2, Number 38

Vol 2 - No 38, August 20, 2007Samuel - Part 4: Jehovah's HolinessIn our last study the Glory departed Israel when the Philistines captured the ark of God. Thirty thousand Israeli soldiers were killed in a battle with the Philistines at Ebenezer, Israel's judge and high priest Eli and his two wicked sons died. Israel remained under Philistine subjection - 1 Samuel 4:10 - 22. Since God's law was revealed through Moses the manifestation of His presence on earth had been in the ark housed in the Holy of Holies in the Tabernacle. It was the focal point of the... Continue reading →

Samuel & the Four other Godly Judges in Israel

Volume 2, Number 39

The witness of Samuel's Faith - Part 5:In our last study the Lord unilaterally destroyed a great number of the idolatrous Philistines in the land of Canaan and rendered the rest helpless because they had captured and demeaned Israel's Ark of the Covenant. He subsequently destroyed a number of Israelites who violated His holiness by looking into the ark after it was returned to them by the Philistines - 1 Samuel 5:1 - 7:1.Now we find the Philistines, after recovering from the plague of hemorrhoids, a continuing threat to Israel's safety and freedom in Canaan. However the actions of the... Continue reading →

Samuel & the Appointment & Blessing of King Saul

Volume 2, Number 40

The witness of Samuel's Faith - Part 6:Our last study ended with Israel rejecting God as their ruler and protector because they wanted a king like other nations around them: "And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them." - 1 Samuel 8:7. But in spite of Israel's rejection God continued to work in their affairs through Samuel, His chosen prophet, priest and judge, by elevating and making known Saul, the... Continue reading →

The Witness of Samuel's Faith

Volume 2, Number 41

The witness of Samuel's Faith - Part 7:"And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:" - Hebrews 11:32. The last person identified by name in Hebrews 11 is Samuel who was chosen before he was born to be Israel's priest, the last of Israel's Judges and the first great prophet, Acts 3:24 & 13:20. Beginning when he was a boy God spoke directly to him. He obeyed God's Word to the letter. His witness... Continue reading →

Samuel, Israel's Priest, Judge & Prophet, a Type of Christ

Volume 2, Number 42

Samuel's Faith - Part 8:In our studies of Samuel's witness of faith it has been noted that the Lord appointed him to serve as Israel's Priest, Judge and Prophet. In these three offices he was a type of and as such pointed to the faith that was to come, Jesus Christ. In this study we will examine the specifics of Samuel's faith as types pointing to Jesus.First of all, Samuel's conception was miraculous. His mother Hannah had been barren. She prayed for a son, promising his life would be dedicated to God's service. When the High Priest Eli told her... Continue reading →

Samuel & David - Types of Jesus Christ

Volume 2, Number 43

The Sovereignty of God and the Faith of Man:Over the course of these studies we've observed God's miraculous work in the affairs of mankind. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews gives examples of men and women who were chosen for various tasks. Each faced various circumstances when the Word of God communicated to them and each responded by faith and thus was born witness thereby. However they all died not having received the complete fulfillment of God's promise, a Kingdom which is permanent, (everlasting) Hebrews 11:2, 13 - 16, 39 & 40; 12:27 & 28. The last two men mentioned by... Continue reading →

David, a Type of Jesus Christ

Volume 2, Number 44

Davids witness of faith - Part 1:The Spirit of the Lord came upon David when Samuel anointed him with oil, 1 Samuel 16:13. (According to The Students Commentary by George Williams, page 152, it is generally accepted that David was about 15 years at this time.) The next verse states that the Spirit departed from Saul and an evil spirit began to trouble him, 1 Samuel 16:14. The Scripture then informs that Sauls servants told him they should seek out someone to play the harp when the evil spirit came upon him and this would make him well. Saul told... Continue reading →

david vs Goliath - Type of Jesus' Faith

Volume 2, Number 45

Davids witness of faith (vs. Goliath) - Part 2:The Spirit of the Lord came upon David at the anointing by Samuel. It left Saul who then became troubled by an evil spirit, 1 Samuel 16:13 & 14. Saul called David to his court to play the harp when the evil spirit tormented him, so causing it to desist, 1 Samuel 16:23. Then the Scripture records Davids experience with the giant Goliath. Todays study will examine Davids witness of faith therein and our next study will point out how all this was a type pointing to the work subsequently finished by... Continue reading →

David vs Goliath - Type of Jesus' Faith

Volume 2, Number 46

David's witness of faith vs. Goliath/ Jesus Christ vs. Satan (Part 3): Our last study observed Israel paralyzed with fear by Goliath, without God's guidance because their leader King Saul had lost the Holy Spirit and was troubled with an evil spirit after he disobeyed God's Word. Then David, who had no official leadership role over Israel as yet, stepped forward by the power of the Holy Spirit and killed Goliath, saving Israel, 1 Samuel 16 & 17. In today's study we will examine how David's witness of faith, Hebrews 11:32, here was a type of and pointed to Jesus... Continue reading →

David vs Goliath - Type of Jesus' Faith

Volume 2, Number 47

David's witness of faith vs. Goliath - Jesus Christ vs. Satan (Part 3):In our last study we began to examine how David's witness of faith in facing up to and killing the giant Goliath, 1 Samuel 17, was a type that pointed to the finished work of Jesus. In David's case, Satan was using Goliath to question the truth of God's Word to Israel, thereby trying Israel's faith. For although Goliath was physically bigger and stronger than any individual Jewish soldier, Israel had God's promise they would have victory over their enemies and be invincible as long as they obeyed... Continue reading →