The daily offerings (Exodus 29:38) of two lambs and of incense burnt (Exodus 30:7) are Old Testament types pointing clearly to the need of every believer devoting themselves to God daily by taking time with him in the word and prayer (Bible time, quiet time etc). It was said of Moses, “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend ” (Exodus 3:11). That is our privilege even more-so (Heb.4:16). David was accustomed to more (Psalm 55:17). No reason we shouldn’t pray continually but we do need to set aside time to pray and read Scripture or listen to it being preached. A complete Bible reading plan helps.
Sermon read last Sunday (23/4/2017) at CERC Singapore. Originally preached by Rev. Carl Haak….a MUST if you are getting weary in prayer or any of the disciplines of the Christian life.
Sermon on Galatians 6:9
Psalm 77:13, 19.
13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
Can we synthesize these two verses? Deuteronomy 29:29, “ The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Who God is and what he does is revealed in his word and understood in his sanctuary—the instituted true church where the whole counsel of God is preached and taught. But having said this, much of his providential dealings in history and in the lives of his children is hidden “in the sea”—unknown or barely discernible like the tangled back of a tapestry, which is all that we see, instead of the beautiful finished work which is on the other side, planned and known by the artist, God himself.
Starting devotions from this book available here
Why the title?
Because according to I Tim.6:3 doctrine and godliness can’t be separated.
What you know and believe affects how you live. Just look at the lives of idolaters and those who follow false religions like Islam.
Doctrine means teaching. Biblical doctrine concerns teaching about God and how to live.
Why so important? Because truly knowing God is eternal life (John 17:3).
All of the Bible tells about Christ (John5:39). So Scripture confronts us with God and his truth.
Without God we would cease to exist (Acts 17:25).
Without eternal life we are orphans, bereft of a heavenly father and destined for a godless, dark, abysmally painful hell.