ISRAEL MY GLORY
A Survey of God's Program with Israel
(This series is currently ongoing. Additional messages will be added week to week.)
Isaiah 46:13 - ...and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
Lesson 1: Israel My Glory: Introduction
In this message, we open a new series focused upon God's purpose and calling for the nation Israel. The design of the series is to orient the believer to the goal and intent of God's program with the nation and demonstrate the consistency of God throughout His word in view of His purpose in creation. In this introductory message, we discuss the reasons why the series is necessary and also talk about the importance of the information to believers today in the body of Christ.
Lesson 2: The Possessor of Heaven & Earth (Pt. 1)
In this message, we begin laying the foundation of the series in earnest by looking at the creative active of God whereby He made the heaven and the earth. In the very first verse of the Bible, we see the mind of God begin to be communicated to us as His manner of expressions educate on His own perspective concerning the creation. We also explore the reason for which God made the distinct spheres and delve into some of the details for His purpose with them, administration of them, and the joy of His own heart.
Lesson 3: The Possessor of Heaven & Earth (Pt. 2)
In this message, we continue looking at the creation. Specifically, our attention is directed by God to His work concerning the earth during the creation week. We are given to see the mechanical implementation of His plan in view of His purpose in the things He went to work to accomplish in the first seven days. Various scripture passages are sited to give context to God's wisdom work in connection with the heaven and earth and we also highlight the role of man as it relates to His laboring together with God.
Lesson 4: The Possessor of Heaven & Earth (Pt. 3)
In this message, our attention turns to the question of why we see not yet all things put under the Lord Jesus Christ according to the Father's original design. Something horrible happened inside a resplendent creature, and a plan of evil was born to oppose the Father's good pleasure. Over the course of this message, we examine the origination of the plan of evil along with the various elements that were set out by a being who corrupted his wisdom and devoted himself to a course of opposition to all that is holy. The background information and the contriving work of Satan is examined in this lesson, and the one to follow.
Lesson 5: The Possessor of Heaven & Earth (Pt. 4)
In this message, we delve into the mechanical implementation of Satan's plan of evil as he begins to pursue his objective to be like the most High. Having learned that the most High is a title that signifies who is the rightful possessor of heaven and earth, we have a basis for understanding Satan's usurping activities in both realms of God's creation government. We are given to see the multiplication of Satan's iniquity in the heavenly places as he trafficks his corrupted wisdom among the principalities and powers, and we also learn of his deceptive tactics on earth to recruit man into his ungodly objectives. Finally, we see the response of God to the Satanic plan of evil, and the stage is set for the showdown of the ages as wisdom combats wisdom for the rightful possession of the title as the most High, possessor of heaven and earth.
Lesson 6: The Course of this World (Pt. 1): Cain & Abel
In this message, we delve into the Satanic response to God's declared plan for earthly repossession through the seed of the woman. The course of this world is the primary topic in this message with a brief introduction from Ephesians 2 and a look at the first steps of its implementation in Genesis 4 with the way of Cain. Through Cain and his descendants, the prince of this world devises a policy that caters to man's spiritual deadness and the lust of his flesh to multiply Satanic wisdom throughout the earth. The things covered in this message are designed to showcase the first of three steps that Satan took to secure his usurped dominion on the earth.
Lesson 7: The Course of this World (Pt. 2): The Sons of God & The Daughters of Men
In this message, we continue looking at the course of the world and the Satanic policy of evil designed to securing his usurped claim on earth. As we see the competing wisdoms take shape in the lines of Cain and Seth, we are transitioned into the next step of intensification in Satan's offensive attack against the seed of the woman. A peculiar event is recorded in Gen. 6 in relation to the sons of God and the daughters of men. This abominable activity rapidly corrupts the earth and produces the world of the ungodly according to Satan's will. In response, we also see God ushering in a catastrophic judgment against mankind that at first appears to be the end of His plan and purpose with man. Nevertheless, Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD and serves as the channel through which God's wisdom plan will continue on.
Lesson 8: The Course of this World (Pt. 3): Babel
In this message, we move on to the current world order as experienced in the advent of human government. Following the flood, the institution of governing authority among men was established by God and vested with his blessing and authority for the replenishing of the earth. Soon after the flood, Satan began his work to re-implement his policy of evil and the course of this world among men. In characteristic rebelliousness, the nations of men again align themselves with Satan's objectives, and the kingdom of Babel is born with its idolatrous reaching unto the heaven, a great name, and a centralized headquarters. The scattering of men occurs under the judgment of God and the nations are given over to the power of darkness and given leave to walk in their own ways.
Lesson 9: Abraham (Pt. 1)
In this message, we begin to look at God's plan of offense in response to the Adversary's corruption on the earth through the nations. As the world of the Gentiles has been given over to walk in their own ways, God Himself moves and reaches into the very heart of the Enemy's stronghold and plucks a brand out of the fire for His own use. To Abram, God reveals a purpose make a nation of His own creation through his seed and to give him a land that will be center of God's blessings for all the families of the earth. In this preliminary study on God's purpose with Abram, or Abraham as he will come to be known, we examine some of the early details we are given about this important character in the repossession purpose of God for this earth.
Lesson 10: Abraham (Pt. 2)
In this message, we continue examining Abram and the initial interactions between himself and the LORD. The particular area of focus in this message is the special land that the LORD promised him for an inheritance. We briefly examine the reason that the land of Canaan is so special to the LORD and current state of it in view of the Canaanites' migration into it after the judgment of Babel. An array of passages are considered as we seek to put things in proper perspective in relation to the land. Furthermore, we see a special gesture that the LORD commands Abram to perform within that land that signals God's offensive battle strategy by which His land will be redeemed for His peculiar purpose on earth.
Lesson 11: Abraham (Pt. 3)
In this message, we examine Satan's stirring of the Gentile powers to strengthen his grip in response to Abram's presence in the land of Canaan. As disputes on the surface seem to focus upon the rebellion of tributaries, a special encounter with the king of Salem gives us insight into the behind-the-scenes activities of those who are Abram's enemies. Through divine empowerment, Abram and his small band of trained servants prevail over the armies of their enemies, and the tithes of the spoils of victory are given in tribute to the King of Righteousness and King of Peace who functions in the land as the visible representation of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth.
Lesson 12: Abraham (Pt. 4)
In this message, we continue our examination of Abram with a look into a crucial chapter in his relationship to the LORD. Genesis 15 is a chapter that is grounding to many Bible passages, and one that needs to be understood in order to properly orient ourselves to the rest of the word of God. Abram's justification unto eternal life is herein disclosed and becomes the pattern by which he is known as the father of faith. Additionally, the Abrahamic Covenant is confirmed with an oath as we see an unconditional covenant established between the LORD and the seed of Abram.
Lesson 13: Abraham (Pt. 5)
In this message, we conclude our examination of Abraham with a brief look at the issue of circumcision. Using the text of Genesis 17 along with the instructions of our apostle in Romans 4 and Ephesians 2, we learn about the 2 aspects of the doctrine of circumcision as it relates to Israel's Program. We deal with it from the standpoint of both its sign significance related to God's covenant relationship with Israel as a nation and its seal significance as it relates to the matter of a testimony concerning Abraham's fatherhood of all who believe. These crucial distinctions make a number of other doctrines easier to understand and help us to avoid common edification pitfalls when it comes to rightly dividing the word of truth.
Lesson 14: The Promises Made unto Israel's Fathers (Pt. 1)
In this message, we track the confirmation of the Abrahamic Covenant through the seed of Abraham. Declarations of God's purpose to the preceding generation are considered, along with the personal encounters of the LORD with the patriarchs. Special attention is given to an event that takes place with Jacob in which the purpose of God's program with Israel is relayed and illustrated. We consider Jacob's dream and the vision of the ladder set up on the earth and reaching unto heaven and its "Beth-el" significance.
Lesson 15: The Promises Made unto Israel's Fathers (Pt. 2)
In this message, we wrap up a few outstanding items from the previous lesson. A few additional details are provided regarding Jacob's dream-vision in Genesis 28, followed by a brief examination of his wrestling match with a man of God in Genesis 32. Per this account, we find that Jacob is made to confront the reality of his identity as Jacob, the Supplanter, and he is thereafter given a new name by the LORD. As Israel, his seed will prevail as a prince to have power with God and men, thus signifying the kingdom purpose God has with this great nation.
Lesson 16: The Exodus (Pt. 1)
In this message, we begin the transition from the Formation Stage in God's program with Israel to the Exodus Stage. While the majority of this message is spent in Genesis, its design is to set the groundwork in place for a comprehension of what we are taught in the opening chapters of the book of Exodus. A major theme that is focused upon is the prophecy of the word of God concerning the time in which He would visit His people in Egypt, and bring them hither again into the land of Canaan. We see God dealing with Israel via prophetic time schedules as early as Genesis 15, and the demonstrations of faith in Israel's fathers concerning those promises as shown in Jacob, Joseph and others.
Lesson 17: The Exodus (Pt. 2)
In this message, we continue our transition into the Exodus Stage of God's program with Israel. We return to Gen. 15 to note some additional details about the timeline God gave to Abraham, and to appreciate God's reasoning behind delaying His purpose for so long. God is not haphazard in His dealings, nor is the timeless One in a hurry to bring His objectives to pass. He is willing to wait while His wisdom plan of glory lines up and works itself out according to His good pleasure. Afterward, we then slide into the opening chapters of the book of Exodus and begin examining God's word come to pass in the prophesied time. A summary of Israel's hard bondage in Egypt is given, followed by the details concerning the goodly birth of Moses in the fourth generation. Things are about to get exciting!
Lesson 18: The Exodus (Pt. 3)
In this message, we continue our examination of the Exodus Stage of God's program with Israel. We take a look at an event that occurred in Egypt 40 years after Moses' birth and cross-reference it with the testimony of Stephen in Acts 7 to gain an appreciation for its significance as it relates to Moses' understanding of God's promise to Abraham. Afterward, we survey Moses' flight into the land of Midian, his new life there and the internal struggles that he has as a result of misunderstandings about God's timing. Finally, we are faced with the appearance of the LORD in the burning bush, the commissioning of Moses, the revelation of the name Jehovah and we are given to understand even more about the time issue as it relates to God's prophetic dealings with the nation Israel.
Lesson 19: The Exodus (Pt. 4)
In this message, we take a further look into the commissioning of Moses and the memorial of the name Jehovah. We briefly examine some examples of the memorial concept that Jehovah's name is to be for Israel's generations, and then explore the further details of God's instructions to Moses. Of special importance is the message with which Moses is sent back to Egypt. The LORD declares His purpose with His nation and the son-ship relationship that He desired to have with them. These details help us set up and better understand the events that will follow as the Exodus narrative progresses.
Lesson 20: The Exodus (Pt. 5)
In this message, our goal is to examine the impact of the provocation of the name of the LORD upon the Adversary. Special instructions are given to Moses by the LORD in which God makes a point of the importance of Moses saying and doing specific things in the presence of Pharaoh. There is a designed hardening that is to be produced by the doctrine of the name of the LORD, and the communication of it is meant to stir a response from the Adversary to engage in a battle. The grip is tightened upon Israel as a result of this, and the LORD will begin to systematically dismantle Satan's defenses and put on a show that hallows Jehovah's name throughout the earth in accordance with His purpose for the nation Israel in the land.
Lesson 21: The Exodus (Pt. 6)
In this message, we take a quick sweep across the 10 plagues that the LORD brought upon Egypt, identifying passages and noticing the sequence of progress from one to ten. Afterward, we begin focusing on the particular emphasis of the doctrinal communication of the name of the LORD to Pharaoh and the Egyptians as the showdown unfolds in Egypt. We see a logical progression of communication in the statements of the LORD in what He begins making known about Himself as Jehovah. Claims are made about Himself, His separateness as God, and His objective with Israel in connection with His repossession program for the earth.
Lesson 22: The Exodus (Pt. 7)
In this message, we consider the lessons of Jehovah's name to Israel as taught while they remained in Egypt. An emphasis is placed upon the first of the two expressions of Jehovah's name, I AM THAT I AM. We talk about matters related to Jehovah's truth and how that His words can be confidently relied upon. We cover the range of time spanning Moses' initial contact with His brethren and running through the judgments of the 10 plagues. In these chapters, we find a number of different issues of importance as it relates to Israel, and also provide a basis for learning many lessons about our own selves in the process. Ultimately we find that the program is all about Him, and not about man. Amen!
Lesson 23: The Exodus (Pt. 8)
In this message, we examine the final stage of Israel's exodus from Egypt with the account of the crossing of the Red Sea. In addition to the historical event, the song of Exodus 15 gives us insight into the spiritual warfare that took place in the sea as the LORD went forth as a man of war. Through the information given to Moses, along with the further explanations taught later in the psalms & prophets, we learn about the enemy that was in the sea and the great victory the LORD wrought in perfecting Israel's deliverance. The birth of the nation Israel as Jehovah's son, even his firstborn, is surrounded by redeeming and purchasing power of Jehovah-ness going into effect for their salvation. Truly the none is like unto the LORD, and His right hand is glorious in power as He triumphs over the enemy!
Lesson 24: Israel's Wilderness Education (Pt. 1)
In this message, we begin our examination of Israel's education in the wilderness concerning Jehovah's name, I AM. Having been brought out of Egyptian bondage, it is time for them to be proven for what kind of servants they will be in connection with the LORD's purpose. Through a series of trials prior to arrival at Mt. Sinai, the LORD makes manifest what is in their hearts toward Him and His word, and He lays bare their utter need for His Jehovah-ness to make them into a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. By their own efforts, Israel can never attain unto their calling, but in the LORD is found all they will ever need. The question that remains is: Will Israel learn this lesson the easy way or the hard way?
Lesson 25: Israel's Wilderness Education (Pt. 2)
In this message, we continue our examination of Israel's education in the wilderness concerning Jehovah's name, I AM. With the first and second trials behind them, Israel is made to be confronted again with their inability as a nation to provide life for themselves. However, in the LORD is to be found all the provision that Israel will ever need. The rod of God begins to factor into the account prominently once again as Jehovah's word meets Israel's murmuring, and that rod of judgment in Jehovah's truth is likewise shown to be the rod of provision in Jehovah's grace. The LORD is their provision, their protection and the one in whom Israel's purpose will find power for fulfillment. The last three of the five trials demonstrate this in a marvelous way and give Israel yet more opportunities to learn the lessons of Jehovah's name.
Lesson 26: The Mt. Sinai Which Gendereth to Bondage
In this message, we arrive at Mt. Sinai with the people of Israel in fulfillment of the word of the LORD. According to the token given to Moses in Exodus 3, the nation has now been delivered, instructed and set at liberty to serve God upon this mountain and following. The one issue that is outstanding for them as it relates to their vocation of son-ship service is a matter of spiritual fitness. As Jehovah's servants, they need perfect righteousness and perfect holiness in order to be utilized in connection with His purpose on the earth. Accordingly, the proposition is set before them and the choice has to be made by them concerning where from they desire to have that spiritual fitness come. They have seen what the LORD has done for them, but now the offer is laid before their faces to attempt to attain by their own performance through obedience and keeping of the law. Will Israel place confidence in their own flesh or demonstrate a heart that has learned the lessons of the wilderness and call upon the name of the LORD? In this message, we find out where Israel stands spiritually speaking in relation to the name of the LORD.
Lesson 27: The Legal Reserve Clause
In this message, we delve into the further details of the giving of the law to Israel. On repeated occasions, we see the warnings issued to them concerning the importance of their spiritual steadfastness to the LORD in view of the law contract. Despite the many things that should have caused them to think on their ways, the people persist and the law is ratified by blood. Soon after, the nation enters into a grievous transgression against the LORD and against the law in the graving of the molten calf. Per the terms of their performance agreement, Israel deserves to be consumed and destroyed under the law cursings. Nevertheless, the legal reserve clause is introduced as the LORD shews them the glory of who He is as Jehovah, and provides for them despite their spiritual foolishness. Lasting impacts will be seen from the contents of this lesson concerning The Legal Reserve Clause.
Lesson 28: An Orientation to the Five Course of Punishment
In this message, we begin to take a look at one of the most important chapters in the Bible as it relates to opening the understanding to Israel's program under the law. That chapter is Leviticus 26; a single chapter of 46 verses in the word of God that touches almost everything following it. This critical chapter is paramount in understanding the coming developments in Israel's program, so we take the time to begin orienting ourselves to its structure and terminology. The concepts covered in this message will serve as a foundation for the development of the subject in future lessons.
Lesson 29: The Five Course of Punishment
In this message, we delve further into the details of the five courses of punishment. The primary goal of this lesson is to outline the characteristics of each course and familiarize ourselves with the cures that the LORD said that He would bring upon Israel if they failed to comply with the law contract. Each course is looked in in brief detail and compared with related passages in Deuteronomy 28. Finally, we place general descriptions of the corresponding time period with each course and set the stage for much of the rest of our study in this lesson.
Lesson 30: Israel's Third Strike
In this message, we turn to the book of Numbers to continue our trek with Israel toward the Promised Land. As preparation for the next stage of the program and the conquest of the land, Israel's men are numbered for war and organized by their standards. The cloudy pillar moves the nation from Mt. Sinai in the wilderness of Sin up to Kadesh-barnea in the wilderness of Paran. From there, the twelve heads of the tribes of Israel go forth to espy the land for forty days and traverse the country side northward to Rehob and return southward to Hebron and the valley of Eschol. The spies find the land just as Jehovah had described it; a good and pleasant land flowing with milk and honey, nevertheless fortified with strength, walls & giants. Their report is given to the nation, and Israel again has to make a choice as to who they will believe. As has been their natural tendency up to this point, so it is now as they commit their third grievous offense against Jehovah-ness and grace and despise the land and the LORD. Listen to this message to walk through the details with us.
Lesson 31: The Wilderness Wanderings
In this message, we discuss the details of the time concerning Israel's consignment to wander in the wilderness and we explore a number of the key details and events that take place while they are there. Having rebelled against the word of the LORD in unbelief, the generation that came out of Egypt will not see the Promised Land, and the LORD will wait until that generation has ceased from among Israel before carrying His program forward. We also look at the events surrounding the exclusion of Moses and Aaron from entering Canaan, along with details of the numbering of the new generation for war in preparation for the coming conquest under the lead of Joshua.
Lesson 32: The Law in Review
In this message, we survey a large portion of the book of Deuteronomy. Special emphasis is given to the theme of Moses in addressing the new generation of Israelites as they prepare to cross Jordan and go in to possess the land. Moses's death is imminent and as such, he urgently presses upon the nation their responsibility in the land under the law. Finally, we see the LORD through Moses return to the theme of the five courses of punishment first outlined in Leviticus 26. In view of the coming failures of the nation under the Mosaic Covenant, the LORD also provides an additional covenant whereby Israel will eventually come to possess the land in perpetuity, and Israel hope will yet be found in the name of the LORD.
Lesson 33: The Succession of Joshua & The Conquest of the Land
In this message, we see the transition from Moses to Joshua finalized. Moses, the servant of the LORD, is now dead, but the program of the LORD is very much alive and ready to take the next steps in the reclaiming of His land from the Adversary. Accordingly the LORD issues commandment to Joshua to arise, pass over Jordan and go in to possess the land promised to Israel's fathers. With the assurance of the LORD's presence and good success in the conquest of the land, Joshua prepares the people to function as the army of the living God, the Lord of all the earth, and advance the LORD's cause in the earth. We survey Israel's entrance into Canaan, the subsequent conquest and the many battles that Joshua leads and the division of the land by lot to Israel's tribes.
Lesson 34: Joshua's Last Charge
In this message, we examine Joshua's last charge and counsels to the nation Israel. Per the LORD's prescribed method of conquest "by little and little", Joshua and his generation had done "very courageously" in following the LORD, but there still remained very much land to be possessed by the next generation in Israel. This was by design and according to all that the LORD had said, however, because of the law contract, the following generations must also whole-heartedly serve the LORD according to the law if they wished to enjoy the same prosperity and successes of Joshua's generation. By the end of Joshua's lifetime, he perceives an insincere heart in the people toward the LORD and cautions them against serving the other gods that had crept in among them. In his last charge, Joshua exhorts the people to put away their strange gods, go wholly after the LORD and do all that Moses commanded that they and their children might also make their way prosperous and have good success in the land.
Lesson 35: The Seeds of Rebellion Are Sown
In this message, we further our study with a look at some fundamental failures of Joshua's generation. The seeds of rebellion that Joshua saw and sought to address at the end of his life end up getting planted in the hearts of the next generation. The ungodly fruit that those seeds produced begin to show in their children as the nation continues its descent away from the Law and the LORD. Accordingly, Israel becomes ready for the reception of the first course of punishment as the LORD begins to respond to Israel's rebelliousness with the chastening that the covenant promised. Despite all this, the LORD's mercy and compassion is put on bright display as he begins to raise up the judges to deliver them.
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Lesson 36: The Days When the Judges Ruled (Pt. 1)
In this message, we begin to look at the period of the judges in Israel and the characteristics of the time. As we match up the biblical history of this period with the clear statements contained in the law, we find that the first course of punishment is present in Israel during this time. Using several example passages from both Judges and Ruth, we begin to see these things taking place in Israel and understand why it is all happening at this time. There are many details of the first course of punishment in the days when the judges ruled, and with this message and the next, we seek to gain a fundamental appreciation and recognition of the events of this time.