Jonah compared with Christ

The book of Jonah is a very interesting book in the Word of God. It is found in the Prophetical books, in a section that is referred to as the ‘minor prophets’. Many lessons can be learned from Jonah, who has been often called the disobedient prophet. However, what is our reaction to God calling us for a specific task? Do we not at times act like Jonah and not feel like doing what God tells us? Jonah is full of lessons for us and even Christ acknowledged the prophet Jonah when He was on earth (Matt 12:28-42).

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Feasts in the book of Esther

It is a wonder that even though the name of God, reading the Scriptures and prayer are absent from this wonderful little book, there are feasts recorded in this book. There are three feasts, each one with a significance in the historical aspect, but each feast comes with very important lessons to learn.

Following from the previous post on the book of Esther, this is the only book in the Bible without any mention of God, or His Word. However, we see God working behind the scenes in the events to bring out the deliverance of His people from their enemies. Today, we may forget God, yet He never forgets His people, those who belong to Him as a result of trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. God is behind the scenes in a world that does not like to mention Him, except for taking His name in vain.

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The Gospel in the book of Esther

There are two books in the Bible that bear the names of women. One is Esther, and the other book is Ruth. Both are short and both tell us a story of some point in the history of Israel, with very significant meanings. Ruth was a Moabitess (a gentile woman) who had faith to go back to Bethlehem with Naomi, and as a result, was one of the ancestors of King David, and the Lord Jesus Christ. The other, Esther, was a Jew who, at the instruction of Mordecai, hid her identity as a Jew in a time where the Persian Empire ruled the province. The book of Ruth is full of the mention of God, the Lord (Jehovah), but the book of Esther has no mention of God, or Jehovah, or reading the Word, or prayers, although fasting, renting the garments and sackcloth is mentioned in chapter 4.

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Thoughts on Enoch

There is not a lot mentioned in the Bible about Enoch, but what is mentioned in just a few parts of the Word of God is striking. Enoch did not have such a large biography like Abraham or Joseph, but what is mentioned about him is sufficient to say that he walked with God, pleased God, and was taken out of the world before the judgement of the flood. Is this not a striking type or picture of believers in this world today? The name Enoch means ‘dedicated’, and he sure was dedicated to God and the interests of God in a world that rejected God and any thought of God.

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Poem about the four Gospels

There is a poem that I would like to share, and we sing this with the children sometimes in our local place of gathering. Perhaps a challenge for you to think of the verses or sections in each gospel that corresponds with the lines of the poem. This is following on from the previous post on the four gospels. Feel free to comment and suggest passages from the gospels for each line.

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The Four Gospels in the Bible

Have you ever wondered about why we have four gospels, and why these are in the particular order as we have it, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John? In this article, a modest attempt will be given to show how and why the four gospels are placed in the order in our Bible, the Word of God.

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The gospel in Isaiah

Adapted from revised noted of meetings in New Zealand, from a family meeting in Masterton on 5 November 2008 by Greg Quail. I included some extra information that was not in the notes.

The central message is also the heart of the Word of God, the Bible.

How many books are there in the Bible? You can look this up.

There is only one book in the Bible with the same number of chapters as the number of books in the Bible. Which book is that? Click on continue reading to find out more.

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Epistle of James and the Sons of Jacob

Taken from a ministry by Greg Quail in April 2004, at Sydney, Australia, and developed with five addresses on this subject in Bhutan 2020, by Greg Quail. Full document is attached below.

The names James and Jacob have the same pronunciation in the Hebrew.

The epistle is divided into 12 sections, as the very first verse is addressed to the twelve tribes scattered, which correspond with the 12 sons of Jacob.

This is a summary of the ministries and the sections in James, corresponding with the blessings that Jacob gave his twelve sons in Genesis 49, and also corresponding with the events in Genesis 29 and 30 when Jacob’s sons were born.

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Nehemiah 12

“And the priests and the Levites purified themselves; and they purified the people, and the gates and the wall.” Nehemiah 12:30

We have here in Nehemiah 12 three words of great importance to us as believers. The first word is ‘dedication’, which is in verse 27. The second is ‘purified’, found in verse 30. The third word is ‘consecrated’ in verse 47.

What do all of the above words mean to us in our Christian lives? If these words meant a lot for the remnant in Nehemiah’s days, how much more should these words mean to us today?

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