Jacob, the wrestler

Genesis 32:24 It has been twenty years since Jacob made his covenant at Bethel with the God of all grace, “ When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.” (Ecc.5:4) Has God been faithful to His promise? Let…

Elisha, Accepts the mantle

I. Kings 19:19 While Elisha was out in the field ploughing “Elijah passed him and cast his mantle upon him” according to (1.Kings 19:19). Having been overshadowed with the prophetic mantle, is the sure evidence of being “Called of God. ” Elisha did not preach as a candidate. The “Call” of God is always accompanied…

Elijah, God’s man

II. King 1:1,16 Ahaziah, king of Israel, was the son of a wicked father, Ahab, in whose idolatrous ways he followed, but his reign was a short one, lasting only two years “But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his…

Lot, lose and gain

Genesis 19:27,28 The history of Lot is the history of a lukewarn Christian, (Prov.14:14 tells us “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways:” When Lot turned away from Abraham he turned aside from his faith. When Lot sought the well-watered plains he was seeking his own glory. Then came failure and…

Lazarus, Come forth

John11:1,14 The Hebrew form of the name of Lazarus means, My Helper. Surely a fitting name for one who was so mightily helped by God. There was a Lazarus who was a sick man according to (v.1) “A certain man was sick” “He whom Thou lovest is sick” (v.3). Lazarus was Loved by Jesus, but…

Isaiah, A man of God

Isaiah 1:1,18 Israel had fallen into degraded times and just as Moses was born in the time of national darkness and despair (Acts 7:19, 20), so did the “Vision” come to Isaiah, the Son of Amos (v.1). God has His own time and way of unveiling human guilt, and Divine mercy,“For the mystery of iniquity…

Balaam, a castaway

Joshua 13:22 “Balaam, the son of Beor, did the children of slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.” This is a very sad and brief statement about Balaam, but it is a true statement. Balaam, who once declared the Word and will of God is found slain among His enemies. Balaam…