The Horns and the Tradesmen!
Text: Zechariah 1:18-21
In chapter 1:18-21, we have Zechariah’s second vision. Four horns appear, symbolising the various enemies of God, following which four craftsmen appear to dehorn their bearers! Read more…
Christ’s Remedy for Christian Failure
Text: Luke 22:31-34, 54-62
We sin, and betray the Saviour every bit as much as Peter did, and the answer is not to attempt to depend on our own strength to stop sinning, it is to bring all of that sin to Jesus for forgiveness, so that we can be restored as Peter was, and then minister the fruit of that forgiveness to others. To see this principle set out for us, let’s look at Peter’s betrayal in the light of his earlier conversation with the Saviour. Note then Jesus’s… Read more…
The Man Amidst The Myrtle Trees
In this study, we begin to look at the eight visions of Zechariah. In this passage we see:- Read more…
Where Paul Defines Women’s Ministry
Text: 1 Timothy 2:11-15.
The Bible has a very high view of women. Despite the attacks of feminists and liberals, Paul was no misogynist, but he insists that there is one single thing that a woman shouldn’t do. Read more…
Zechariah – The Gospel in the Old Testament!
Why would we want to study this book? Zechariah is God’s Word, just as much as is the Gospel of John! We shall see some very good reasons indeed, as we begin our study of Zechariah. Let us see:
- The era in which the prophecy is set! In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, (November 520BC) Zechariah was prophesying during the reign of King Darius in Assyria. There was plenty of outward religious work, but there was no inward change, no inward spiritual activity! During the time of Zechariah the people of God were deeply discouraged, and their level of interest in the work of the Lord was at a very low ebb. The book of Zechariah addresses this situation. It is A BOOK OF ENCOURAGEMENT!
- The central personality of the prophecy! unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet Zechariah was most likely a priest at the temple. His grandfather was a man called Iddo, who is mentioned as a Levite in 12:4 & Neh. 12:16 But actually, this book is not about Zechariah!
- It is about God remembering! The name Zechariah means, God (Yahweh) Remembers. So this book of Zechariah is not really about Zechariah it is about GOD! (This is the case with every book in the Bible!) And God’s work, ultimately is about God, rather than about us! Zechariah’s name and message was that GOD NEVER FORGETS! He will always exercise His grace, His covenant love (hesed) and He will never forget the people of His Loving Choice! Genesis 9:12-16
- It is about God revealing! For in the prophecy, God speaks to Zechariah in a series of 8 visions, telling him what is to come! Do you want assurance for the future? Read the Bible! Read Zechariah!
- It is about God rewarding! God stepping into the lives of His people, to be a blessing to them! Even though they were unworthy of his blessing! Is it not interesting that God never set His blessing and love upon a worthy nation? He chose an unworthy people to be His!
So, Zechariah’s book is about God! What do we learn about God in these first few verses?
Where Paul Grasps the ‘Gender Nettle!’
Text: 1 Timothy 2:8- 11
Men and women are different! Paul recognises this when he teaches about worship, and about prayer. He is urging Timothy to bring some regulation to the worship at Ephesus, where there is a tendency to waste the worship time by worthless arguments and disputes. Instead, worship must be regulated to be in line with the will of God, as revealed to man in His Word. So, recognising the difference between the way men think, and the way women think, he says: Read more…
Prayer and Evangelism
Why we pray for everyone to be saved.
Text: 1 Timothy 2:4-7
Prayer and evangelism are inextricably linked! Paul has already called the Ephesian church to prayer, to pray, as we learned, for rulers, and governments, that the conditions in the land may be peacefully ordered and so be conducive to the preaching of the Gospel. He gives us three reasons why:- Read more…