Life brings suffering and sorrow even for the people of God. It is the dark days of our lives that challenge and put our faith to the test. When fleshly circumstances appear to conflict with spiritual values, the Christian must make difficult decisions that have consequences. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we begin a series in the beloved Book of Ruth. We begin by learning about the family of Elimelech and the famine that tested them.
When the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan and settled in Canaan, the temptation to worship idols would be ever with them. Joshua, their leader, knew all to well their propensity to drift away from Jehovah and compromise with paganism. This had been their history even through the wilderness journey after God had miraculously and graciously delivered them from Egypt. As Joshua prepared to die, he gathered the fickle nation together and exhorted them to be faithful. This would demand of them a firm decision. As we embark upon a new year, we would do well to make some decisions as well.
The bible does not tell us on which day Jesus was born nor does it set aside any particular time on the calendar to celebrate His birth. What is does tell us is that He was born and that He entered this world in a miraculous way. The circumstances of His coming were not left to “chance” but were carefully orchestrated by God. The birth of Christ occurred according to God’s perfect timing. Paul told the Galatians that Christ was “sent forth” by the Father in “the fullness of the time.” Why was the early first century the optimum time for Jesus to come? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn why the timing was right prophetically, politically, culturally, and spiritually.
When the house of Saul fell, his 5-year old grandson was whisked away into exile. While fleeing the palace, his nursemaid dropped him and he was unable to ever walk again. He grew up in a bleak and barren country. Sometime after David’s administration came to power, the king remembered a promise he had made to his dearest friend many years before. David’s remembrance forever changed the life of the young exiled prince. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we learn how grace transformed the remaining days of Jonathan’s son and how they can transform yours as well.
Many Christians are fluent in the language of Ashdod. It may sound like some obscure, ancient tongue, but it is a contemporary, living language that many speak freely, having learned it from friends, reading various religious writings, and even from listening to some preachers. But speaking the language of Ashdod is not a virtue. It originated when God’s people sinned. In this broadcast, learn where this tongue came from and some examples of what it sounds like today.