“ I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.”
Ever wondered what that meant?
John Gill is helpful, ” [but] thy commandment [is] exceeding broad; the word of God is a large field to walk and meditate in; it is sufficient to instruct all men in all ages, both with respect to doctrine and duty, and to make every man of God perfect; it has such a height and depth of doctrine and mysteries in it as can never be fully reached and fathomed, and such a breadth as is not to be measured: the fullness of the Scripture can never be exhausted; the promises of it reach to this life, and that which is to come; and the precepts of it are so large, that no works of righteousness done by men are adequate and proportionate to them; no righteousness, but the righteousness of Christ, is as large and as broad as those commandments; wherefore no perfection of righteousness is to be found in men, only in Christ; who is the perfect fulfilling end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes, Romans 10:4.
” The Holy Spirit honours Paul’s method as love and employs it in his book on love: ‘As my beloved sons I warn you’ (I Cor.4:14). His motivation for all his warnings, sharpness, and rebuke was love. That is a testimony to the church that she may not buy into the thinking that a sharp rebuke and irony and sarcasm are out of harmony with love.”
Rev. Nathan Langerak in “Walking in the Way of Love” a Commentary on Corinthians available here:
Sung Psalm 118:20-29 (a Psalm traditionally sung at the feast AND sung by the crowds who welcomed Christ into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday).
Reading Ezekiel 45:17-25
Verse 25 refers to “the” feast i.e. the Feast of Tabernacles and dwells on the sacrifices which are different from those in Numbers 29:12-40. The burnt offerings have no lambs, no eighth day is mentioned, the meal offerings given with the sacrifices change and there is more oil (see Numbers 15, 1/10 deal=an ephah) and the prince/king offers them. So why is Ezekiel changing the ceremonial law as a prophet and priest in exile? The Jews had a problem accepting this book as being canonical but as we believe they are Spirit inspired i.e. God-breathed then they are authoritative and point to the fact that there will yet be a total, radical change in the ceremonial law in that it will be totally abrogated by Christ who is the fulfillment of it all. Note that Stephen was charged with this same “crime” in Acts 6:13-14. Note well Hebrews 7:12.
Read Zechariah 14:16. This is a difficult passage but to my mind, since Christ is THE FULFILLMENT OF TABERNACLES, all who do not worship him will be plagued and ultimately destroyed. Read John 1:14 where Christ, the Word incarnate pitches his tent (body) among us just as God dwelt in the wilderness tabernacle (Lev. 26:11-12). The ultimate fulfillment of the feast is the new heavens and new earth where God dwells with his people (Rev.21:3)
Because Scripture is the Word of God it partakes of the attributes of God whose word it is. This historical perspective defends the Bible’s infallible inspiration and perfection (see also Psalm 19:7). It is impossible for the all-perfect God to produce something imperfect. Scripture also possesses the authority of God. Scripture is the sole source of the knowledge of God, of how to love him and how to live for him. It contains all that is necessary for this life and our hope for that which is to come — the Sola Scriptura of the Reformation. As the source of truth and authority, we must add nothing to it, especially man-made traditions because then they supplant it’s truth as Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9). This is what Roman Catholicism does. Whether it’s creation, gender, relationships or church practice we need no supplementation to the Bible. It alone fully equips us (II Tim.3:15-17).
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“Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;” Luke 12:35 King James Version (KJV)
Let your loins be girded about,…. With the girdle of truth, Ephesians 6:14 keeping close to the doctrines of the Gospel, abiding faithfully by them, even unto death: the allusion is either to the eating of the first passover, Exodus 12:11 or rather to servants, who, in these eastern countries, wore long garments; and therefore, when in business, used to gather them up, and gird them about them, that they might perform their service with greater strength, more ease, quicker dispatch, and less hindrance: the phrase denotes readiness for business: and your lights burning (torches perhaps that were held in the hand-JK): and may design either the Scriptures of truth, which were to be a light or lamp unto them, guiding and directing them in the ministration of the Gospel; or the lamps of profession, which should be kept clear and bright, and good works, becoming them, that should so shine before men, that all may see them, and glorify God. The allusion is to persons waiting at a wedding in the night, with torches in their hands. John Gill
Sung Psalm 60:1-6 (ref. to Succoth)
Reading Hosea 9:1-10
Regarding the name Succoth which means booths we have two places named “booths”. The first was east of the Jordan so named by Jacob after he built booths there for his cattle (Gen.33:17). The tribe of Gad was given territory that included this town (Joshua 13:27). Gideon whipped the elders of this city after they refused to succour his hungry men (Judges 8:4-16). It was also where Solomon’s bronze temple furnishings were cast, presumably in the thick clay.The other was in Egypt (Ex.12:37).
Booths in the prophets.
Is.1:8 mentions a look-out booth in a vineyard or cucumber field to guard it. Is.4:6 has a booth for protection (God’s of us) in the context of a salvation oracle. Amos 9:11-12 quoted in Acts 15:14-18 is prophetic of the building of the N.T. church after 400 years of no Davidic dynasty, which would involve the gentiles.
Jonah 4:5 speaks of the huffing prophet in his flimsy booth by Nineveh.
Hosea 12:9 in speaking to the Northern Kingdom the prophet mentions “tent” but does refer to the Feast of Tabernacles to be re-instituted (unlike Jeroboam’s idolatrous counterfeit) whereas 9:5 refers to it as “the feast” which can be proven from v1 joy, v2 agriculture and v4 wine and sacrifices, a feast they would not celebrate as they were under impending judgment.
Points: A tabernacle or booth is not a permanent but a temporary dwelling just like our earthly bodies, as we go through this wilderness pilgrimage, but God acts as our tabernacle of protection during this period as he leads us to the promised land.
Series of comprehensive messages on this central, sublimely comforting doctrine in all of Scripture: Speaker Rev. Martyn McGeown, Missionary pastor of Limerick Reformed Fellowship.
- The Meaning and Essential Nature of the Covenant.
CPRC Men’s Bible Study
- Scriptures referring to Christ’s ascension (in Bible order)
Psalm 68:18, 110:1, Mark 16:19, Luke 9:51, 24:51, John 3:13, 6:62, 7:33,8:14, 14:2-4,16:7,28, 20:17, Acts 3:21, Rom.8:34, Eph.1:20-22, 4:8-11, Phil.2:9, I Tim.3:16, Hebrews (10): 1:3-4, 13, 2:9, 4:14-16, 6:19-20, 8:1, 9:12,24, 10:12, 12:2, 1 Pet.3:22. Total 30. Why so many in Hebrews? Because the OT ministry of the tabernacle and high priest, especially on the day of atonement, are fulfilled in Christ’s ascension into the true tabernacle above where he as sacrifice and priest brings himself.
- The nature of Christ’s ascension was a bodily, miraculous ascension from earth to heaven in the final stage of his exaltation (Phil. 2:9) at the end of his earthly work. It signified his successful completion of all his work and his reward in taking his throne to reign (in grace over his church, his iron rod over the nations, and his providence over all things), entering the most holy place to intercede for us.
- In previous resurrection appearances he had appeared suddenly and also disappeared at will but in this one which was pre-arranged, he uniquely ascended bodily without change of state.
- Cloud(s) in Scripture have various significance. The cloud signified God’s presence in the wilderness, it hides a clear vision of God (Ex.13:21). Clouds and chariots signify God’s angels and it would be fitting if he was escorted into glory by those beings. He will come in the same way. We also have a cloud of witnesses (glorified saints) in heaven. See Matt.17:5, Luke 21:27, Heb.12:1, I Thess. 4:17, Rev.1:7, Ps.104:3, Ps.68:17, 2 Kings 2:11).
- In like manner meaning similarly, bodily, miraculously Christ will return but every eye will see him.
- Angels appear as at other times to bring a message to disciples to grant them understanding/interpretation c.f. Daniel, Zachariah, Mary, Joseph. White apparel signify their glory and holiness.
- The angels perhaps ask the question to encourage them to stop staring and get on with their business of witnessing.
- For himself the ascension of Christ meant his vindication, his glory, coronation and reward, joy (Heb.12:2), unlimited power, the Spirit without measure to pour out, the continuation of his work of intercession, his being out of reach of Satan and his demons, in fact Satan was permanently cast out of heaven at the ascension (Rev.12:10-12) and the prelude to his return.
- The significance of Jesus’ ascension for the church is the absolute confirmation of the effectiveness of his atonement (Lev.16:17), our future glory as we shall ascend likewise, the outpouring of the Spirit he earned, the fact he will come again, his reigning (and us in him) over self, sin and the world, his effective intercession for us and his preservation (by all his power) of us over all the power of Satan. We are seated with him even now (Eph.2:6).
- The disciples went to an upper room in Jerusalem after the ascension because Christ had instructed them to remain in Jerusalem until the Spirit was poured out (Luke 24:49, Matthew 28:16).
- A sabbath day’s journey was what the Jewish leaders had worked out was lawful to travel on the sabbath and about 1000 metres.
- The names plus the 120 in the room did not constitute the whole church at that time, but rather the closest disciples. There were other Jews and Gentiles e.g. Zacchaeus, Joseph of Arimathea, rich young ruler, Nicodemus, Bartimaeus, the man born blind, many Samaritans (John 4), the demoniac, the Syrophoenician woman and the centurion.
- The gathering were characterized by unity. They prayed in line with the Lord’s prayer and for the Spirit (Luke 11:13).
- There were ten days between the ascension and Pentecost because God works to a timetable and Pentecost, the time for the Spirit to be outpoured (in line with the wheat harvest and giving of the law) came 50 days after the waving of the sheaf of first-fruits (Resurrection) (Lev. 23:15,16) and was a time when Jerusalem was full of Jews and proselytes from all over the empire. Christ’s appearances lasted 40 days after the resurrection and then there were ten more till Pentecost. Ten is the number of completeness (10 commandments, ten plagues, ten virgins etc) and it meant they had to persevere in prayer.
Next study (DV) Saturday March 24th on Acts 1:15-26
“…yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.” Luke 11:8
Importunity means a persistent plea.
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