Each week a new Bible study podcast given in expository style. Join us as we see God\'s Word come alive in a compelling verse-by-verse study of the books of the Bible. Keith Martin is a fundamental, conservative, Bible teacher who believes that in God's word we can find all of the answers to life's questions. That answer is Jesus Christ.
TO DO A GOOD THING THE WRONG WAY (2 Samuel 6:1-11)
David was a man that God loved in a special way, and David loved God in a special way, as well. In our message today, David wants to be the kind of king that God wants him to be. In order to do that, David knows that he needs God’s power, he needs God’s anointing, and he needs God’s presence.
Now, if you want to have, and to know, the conscious presence of the Lord in your life, then there is the holy reverence towards God, and the things of God, that you must express. The reason that some people do not know the conscious presence of God is they have lost a holy reverence for God. We see an example of that in the way that David tried to move the Ark of The Covenant into the city of Jerusalem. David’s first attempt to bring the ark in was lost because he did not express a holy reverence for the things of God. He became careless in the things of God, and his carelessness led to a great calamity that day.
The interesting thing here is David is following the way of the world rather than following the Lord. Now, God had said clearly, specifically, and plainly, how the ark was to be transported, but rather than transporting it as God had said to transport it, David starts out to do a good thing the wrong way, and what he’s doing is just simply disobeying the Lord.
Now, we can have the presence of God in our church and we can have the presence of God in our lives, but if we do, it’s going to be God’s way, not ours. You know what’s wrong with so many churches today? They’ve learned from the world, and they’re following the ways of the world. In fact, the world is conforming the Church more than the Church is transforming the world. We are being conformed by the world rather than being transformed by the Spirit of God, and it’s amazing how the spirit of this world has crept into so many churches.
When we choose to follow the way of the world, we are disobedient to God. What follow’s our disobedience of God? God’s displeasure with us, and then comes discouragement, and then comes defeat.
Click on the link below to hear a message on how if you want to have the conscious presence of God in your life, then you must have a holy reverence for God, and the things of God. You cannot lay profane and unholy hands on the things of God by being disobedient to His Word. We need a reverence for God, for holy things. We ought to be on our face before the thrice holy God of Israel. We ought to tremble in the presence of God.
THE DEATH OF A FOOLISH MAN (2 Samuel 3:32-34)
Have you ever known someone who did something foolish? Most of us have, and we generally only have to look in the mirror. Now, have ever known someone who died foolishly? They may have been a very intelligent, successful, and well liked, person, but they died foolishly. I have known some. They did things like jumping out of perfectly good airplanes for the rush of seeing the ground come up at you really fast. I just never understood someone who would do that. But generally, people die a foolish death because they got their priorities out of order. The forget what is really important and choose to follow something that promises a quick rush of pleasure. They live for today. They allow greed, or addiction, or self-gratification to become the most important thing in their lives, even it means destroying their family, or hurting their loved ones.
But there is something even more basic than that where people choose to die foolishly. When it comes to choosing eternal life in heaven, or eternal death in hell, people will foolishly choose to reject God’s free gift of eternal life, and choose death instead. Whether it is because they think they have all the time in the world to choose, or they just don’t want to believe in life after death, death comes, and they die a foolish death. Our message today is about just such a foolish man.
Now, I have said before that all of the Bible is about the Lord Jesus Christ, and that the theme of the Bible is salvation, or how to be right with God. The hero of the Bible is Jesus. The villain of the Bible is Satan. The story of the Bible is salvation. God has packed salvation stories from Genesis all the way through to Revelation. It is within the pages of this Holy Bible that we can find the words of eternal life. We can find the story of how to be saved and how to know the Lord Jesus Christ.
Click on the link below to hear a message on the foolishness of spending an eternity in Hell. Don’t believe the lie of the devil when he says that he is your friend, and that God is your enemy. The devil will tell you that it is hard to be a Christian. That is not what Jesus Christ tells us.
Matt 11:28-3028 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.KJV
John 10:1010 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.KJV
Contrary to what the devil says, it’s not hard to be a Christian. The Bible says, “The way of the transgressors is hard” (Proverbs 13:15).
If you are looking for eternal life, come to Jesus Christ.
John 14:6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.NIV
SAUL, THE MAN WHO HAD IT ALL (1 Samuel 26:21)
When I look at the life of Saul, it gives me pause, and it challenges me, because what happened to Saul could happen to me, and it could happen to you or anyone. Today, we are going to talk about the folly of disobedience. We need to learn that fools are not born, they are made, and generally, they are self-made.
Saul, was a man who had it all. In fact, no man ever had a better start than the man named Saul, and nobody ever had a sadder finish than the man named Saul. When we first meet Saul in the Bible, he was Israel's first king, he is handsome, he is courteous, he is thoughtful, he is humble, he is young, and he is vital, virile, and vivacious. Yet, when you look at this same man when he becomes older, you see him as a bitter, murderous, envious, wicked, and desperate old man. You look at him and say, "How could it be? How could someone who started out so well, end so poorly?”
Click on the link below to learn that there can be no success without obedience. Saul failed to obey the Word of God. No matter how much you know; no matter how much you have; no matter how much influence and authority you have, if you do not obey God, then you are going down, because you are practicing witchcraft. “God says that Disobedience is as the sin of witchcraft.”
The song says that we are to trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
As I have gotten older, and God has made it plain that I have a lot fewer days ahead of me than I do behind me. Do you know what my prayer is for me? I want to end well. I would not be honest with you if I did not tell you that I believe that God has had His hand on my life, and I bless Him for it. I bless Him for these years. I regret the years that I spent not doing what God wanted me to do, but I rejoice in the days that God has let me teach His Holy Word. So, my prayer is now that God will let me end well.
No one is immune to the deceiving and deadening power of sin if he becomes self-willed rather than Spirit-filled. We will never be over the power of sin in our lives until we are under the power of the Holy Spirit of God. We cannot defeat sin without God in our hearts.
I don’t care who you are, or what you’ve achieved. I pray God that every one of us will have enough sense not to play the fool. Never a man had a better start, and never did a man end more tragically, than Saul, the man who had it all.
ABIGAIL (1 Samuel 25:1-44)
Our story is going to be about a beautiful woman named Abigail who is trapped in a marriage to a crude man named Nabal. Now, how many of you remember the story of Abigail? I will be honest, I had forgotten it, until I came upon it in my study this week. We have a lot to learn from this Godly woman.
As we look at the various people that come into the life of David, most are disappointing in one way or another. But when we come to Abigail, we come to one of the very rare individuals who truly loved David, and whose whole life radiated the light of her spiritual comprehension, compulsion, and commitment when it came to David.
Click on the link below to hear a message from the Old Testament that gives us a picture of the gospel message, and the choice that each of us have of choosing a Savior, or rejecting Him, and the consequences of that choice, eternal life or death.
As believers, we are living in the waiting day right now. We are living in the power of that new life in Christ which is ours. Our circumstances are wrapped in His grace. This is the waiting day. Tomorrow will be the wedding day of the bride of Christ, the church, to the Bridegroom that is Jesus Christ. Jesus is coming, and when He does come, He will take us to be with Him forever to be His own beloved bride.
TO HAVE KINGDOM AUTHORITY (1 Samuel 24:1-7)
We live in a world today that is full of rebellion, and it is not just the riots and chaos that we see in our streets. It is in our families, our churches, and in the places that we work. People are choosing to rebel against the authorities that God has placed over them. They stand up and say, “I will not wear a mask because my government tells me that I have to”, or “nobody can tell me I have to shut my business down.” Even far worse, they take the streets looting, rioting, and burning down the foundations of our country. The Bible is very clear about Christians who have a spirit of rebellion.
Rom 13:1-21 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.KJV
Now, you might say, "Wait a minute. You don't know the kind of government we have. It is full of a bunch God hating, progressive, socialists." Well, maybe you don't know the kind of government that existed when Paul wrote this, when Nero was on the throne. Nero was feeding Christians to the lions in his arenas, and he was setting Christians on fire to light the streets of the city.
But you say, "What if I have an unworthy authority? What if my parents are unworthy? What if my husband is unworthy? What if my president is unworthy? What if my mayor is unworthy? What if my councilman is unworthy? What if my teacher is unworthy? What do I do?" That's a wonderful question. The Bible says that one thing that you don't do, you do not have a spirit of rebellion. If you wish to live a victorious Christian life, then one of the most important lessons that we can learn is how to live under the authority of God. This includes those whom God has placed in authority over us.
Now the phrase kingdom authority means to be able to act with the authority of God in your Christian life. Let me assure you, it is not God's plan for you to be defeated by the world, the flesh, nor the devil. Because, when Jesus died and rose again, He gave to His children authority over these things. But, listen carefully to me now, we will never be over those things that God has put under us until we are willing to get under, and stay under, those things that God has put over us.
However, I want to be clear that to be under authority does not mean that we give in to wickedness. It does not mean that we approve error. It does not mean that we blindly obey an ungodly government. The prophets in God's Word preached against the wickedness in the kingdom. Nathan warned King David when he did wrong. Elijah warned Ahab. Eleazar spoke to Jehoshaphat, Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar, Moses to Pharaoh, and God forbid that we should have pulpits today that are silent when little babies are being murdered and when wickedness prevails in so many ways.
One of the most disturbing and reprehensible rebellions that is taking place today is against our police officers, and it breaks my heart to see this occur. Pastor Adrian Rogers quoted this description of a policeman in one of his sermons, and he says the author is unknown. It is similar to what Paul Harvey once said about being a policeman, but it is not quite the same. Every time I read this it moves me.
"A policeman is many things. He is a son, a brother, a father, an uncle, and sometimes even a grandfather. He is a protector in time of need and a comforter in time of sorrow. His job calls for him to be a diplomat, a psychologist, a lawyer, a friend, and an inspiration. He suffers from an overdose of publicity about brutality and dishonesty. He suffers far more from the notoriety produced from unfounded charges.
Too often acts of heroism go unnoticed, and the truth is buried under all the criticism. The fact is that less than one
THE BLOOD COVENANT (1 Samuel 18:1-3)
One of the most important concepts in the Bible is that of the blood covenant. The blood covenant is what the Bible is all about. In fact, it is the subject of the Bible. The Hero of the Bible is Jesus, the subject is the blood covenant.
Now, not only is the blood covenant the subject of the Bible, but it is therefore the strength of the believer. The believer's security, the believer's victory, comes to the one who learns what his covenant rights are. If you want to live a victorious Christian life, then you want to have the strength that belongs to you because of your covenant rights. It is no wonder that it is the secret of blessing.
Why would God show mercy to me? Why would God have mercy on such a person as I am?
Eph 4:3232 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.KJV
Why does God forgive me? Because I am worthy? No, I am under a sentence of death. Because I deserve it? No, I'm a rebel. Because I first loved him? No, I feared him. Why does God forgive me? For Christ’s sake, "Be ye kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
It is because of the blood covenant that the Lord Jesus Christ made with God the Father that I am forgiven. We are brought in, not because of what we have done, but because Jesus Christ made a blood covenant for us. When you understand the covenant, no longer do you become a slave to fears. Sometimes you feel unworthy, but that doesn't make any difference. The covenant is kept no matter how you feel about it, and the Lord will never break his covenant. Quit living by the tyranny of feeling, just live by the covenant. It doesn't matter whether you are worthy or not.
Christianity is not based upon your ability. It is not your responsibility. It is your response to his ability. That's what Christianity is. Jesus cut a covenant for you. There is no longer any need for you to live like a beggar, and die like a pauper, when you can walk on this earth as one of the king's sons because of the blood covenant. Hallelujah for that.
Click on the link below to hear a message on how the covenant that David made with Jonathan illustrates the blood covenant that Christ made for us, so that we can have everlasting life.
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