Throughout the history of God’s people, we have been fickle and undependable in our service to the Lord. After times of deliverance, the people would rejoice but then quickly relapse into idolatry. Every effective leader of ancient Israel and the early church knew this and thus, in one form or another, the warning is echoed time and again — don’t forget God. Times of prosperity, security and ease often create the climate for apostasy. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we are reminded of this timeless admonition and we see some of the many ways we are prone to forget our heavenly Father.
The church will encounter dark days as long as she remains on earth. Paul warned of them in 2 Timothy 3. In part 1 of our lesson, we learned that the trouble Paul predicts would arise from within and not without the kingdom. In this concluding study on Let The Bible Speak, we learn Paul’s admonition for “Surviving Dark Days.”
The Apostle Paul warned the younger Timothy of perilous times to come. These words in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 are often the watchwords for people who believe the end of time is nigh. Is Paul speaking of the literal last days of earth history immediately preceding the return of Christ or is there another meaning behind his sobering warning? And when these troubled times arrive, how can we weather the storm? In this broadcast of Let The Bible Speak, Kevin presents part 1 of our lesson “Surviving Dark Days.”
It was three and a half years since a drop of rain had fallen upon the land. Elijah prophesied the great drought during the time of the wicked King Ahab and then went into hiding. When he finally appeared to Ahab, the angry king asked him: “Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”. Elijah was being blamed for the judgment that Ahab’s sin had brought upon the nation. This is still the case today. Those who contend for scriptural teaching and practice are usually accused of being the cause of trouble. Human creeds and innovations have brought along decades and even centuries of division among those who claim to be disciples of Jesus Christ. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak we pose the ancient and sobering question “Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”
Hindsight is 20/20, so the saying goes. We often travel through life with regrets because we could not foresee the pitfalls ahead. It is an even greater tragedy when we live with regrets after unheeded warnings. The word of God and the experience of others serve as signposts on the road of life warning us of the consequences of sin but we often listen too late. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, learn about the things that would turn out differently in many a life “If Only We Had Known.”