Rather than simply being the reluctant prophet, his common persona, Jonah was given one of the most amazing missions in all of Old Testament history, a mission which foreshadowed the enlargement of God's Kingdom in New Testament times. There is certainly more to this ancient prophet than meets the eye.
THE REMAINING BURDEN For some readers it seems surprising that after passing through the Wicket Gate, with the assistance of Good-Will, Christian’s burden remains. We should not necessarily assume, however, that assurance is a blessing that every converted soul instantly receives. Some struggle with the burden of assurance longing to be free of their horrible... Continue Reading →
Obadiah: The Kingdom Belongs to the Lord Key Text: Verse 21 “And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.” This study embraces one of the lesser known and neglected books of the Bible. Nevertheless there is a message in Obadiah, which fits... Continue Reading →
Amos: The Herdman of Tekoa Key Text: Chapter 4:12 “Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.” Amos' Biography The name Amos, according to the Jewish expert, John Gill, means “burdened”. A most suitable name for one called to... Continue Reading →
Faith as a word, brings us into the heart and core of Christianity. Indeed, it is the word which defines the followers of Jesus, our belonging to the Christian Faith. With faith as a word, being loosely employed, to describe all religions, however, it is important that we are biblically precise in our understanding of... Continue Reading →
There is a message of hope here, which must be transmitted from one generation to the next: “Tell ye your children...and let their children tell their children, and their children another generation” (1:3).
Bunyan is the master of the Christian allegory. An allegory is a metaphor, a means of communicating a message by the means of symbols, like our Saviour’s parables. The author begins by presenting himself as falling asleep while walking “through the wilderness of this world” and in his dream, he sees a man, the pilgrim called “Christian”, who as he reveals later was initially known as “Graceless”.
Intriguingly Hosea's prophecy begins with an account of a marriage that while commanded by God was at variance with our understanding of Biblical principles...It is clear from 1:2, however, that Hosea's marriage to this woman was intended to be a picture lesson to the nation of their apostasy.