The festive occasion known as Halloween is now taken for granted. It is a time of curious, rather morbid activities for children and adults alike when some of the darkest themes of a sin-burdened creation are exhumed from history's graveyard for public display and for the profit of carnal merchants who promote the entire affair. Yet how many people (especially Bible-believers) have given honest, serious consideration to the nature of this seasonal celebration?
(2CO 10:3-5) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
1. The devil is waging war on our minds. 2CO 10:3-5; EPH 6:11-12
a. The devil wants you to believe lies, because he’s the father of them and he uses them to draw your worship. JOH 8:44; JOH 4:24 c/w 1CO 10:20
The Plan of Salvation: the Basic Gospel
*All scriptures taken from the King James Version 1611.
Someone professes Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. Why do we need a saviour? What do we need saving from?
I Our problem: sin and death.
A. All have sinned.
(Romans 3:23) - For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
B. The penalty of sin is death.
(Romans 6:23a) - For the wages of sin is death;
C. Adam's sin brought sin and death to all mankind.
The Lifting Up of the Lord Jesus Christ
I. Three times in the Gospel of John Christ prophesied of the manner of His death as being lifted up.
A. In JOH 3:14, Christ drew a parallel to Moses’ lifting up of the serpent in the wilderness.
c/w NUM 21:8-9.
1. The lifted up serpent was by the order of God, as was the death of Christ.
2. Inasmuch as the serpent speaks of the curse of death from sin, so Christ would die
under the curse of sin. 2CO 5:21.
B. In JOH 8:28, Christ said to the Pharisees, “...When ye have lifted up the Son of man...”
The Church Meeting at Mizpeh
(1 Samuel 7:3-12)
I. The ark of the covenant which was the token of God’s presence had been taken by the Philistines as a judgment of God on Israel. 1SAM 4:10-11.
A. The ark housed the written law of God which was Israel’s chief advantage.
HEB 9:4; ROM 3:1-2.
B. Well was it said of that tragedy, “...The glory is departed from Israel...” (1SAM 4:21-22).
C. The Philistines suffered a plague of emerods for demeaning the ark of God with
heathenism (1SAM 5 c/w PSA 78:66). So they sent it back to Israel with superstitious
golden images. 1SAM 6:4-5.
(Leviticus 16:14) And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times.
(Leviticus 16:15) Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat:
Christ’s Better Rest
I. The Book of Hebrews sets forth the superiority of Christ over angels, Moses, Levi and Joshua, etc.
A. Joshua of old did what Moses could not do: he brought a redeemed people into their God-
given inheritance. c/w ROM 8:3-4; GAL 3:10-13.
B. Joshua is spelled “Jesus” in ACT 7:45; HEB 4:8. Both names mean, “Jehovah saves” or
“Jehovah is salvation.” ISA 43:11 c/w MAT 1:21; 1JO 3:5.
C. As good and great as Joshua was, Paul shows the Hebrew Christians that Jesus is greater.
David: A Man After God’s Own Heart
I. David was many good things: prophet, psalmist, first king of the Judaic royal line, temple planner, ancestor of Jesus Christ, example of mercy, champion of faith, etc.
II. Scripture notes twice that David was a man after God’s own heart. 1SAM 13:14; ACT 13:22.
A. ACT 13:22 appears to be a hybrid of 1SAM 13:14, PSA 89:20-21 et. al.
B. 1SAM 13:14 was uttered when Saul “...had reigned two years over Israel” (1SAM 13:1).
1. Saul appears to have reigned forty years. ACT 13:21.
fast: To abstain from food, or to restrict oneself to a meagre diet, either as a religious observance or as a ceremonial expression of grief. To go without food and also (contextually) to go without drink.
I. Israel had only one fast by divine appointment that was pegged to a calendar. LEV 16:29-31.
A. Occasional other fasts were ordered by prophecy. JOEL 1:14; 2:15-16.
B. The Jews appointed other fasts by their own authority for various reasons.
JDG 20:26; 1SAM 7:6; 2CH 20:3; EZR 8:21; EST 4:3, 16; ZEC 8:19.
C. Individuals might opt to fast. DAN 9:3.
I. faith: Belief, trust, confidence. Confidence, reliance, trust (in the ability, goodness, etc. of a person; in the efficacy or worth of a thing; or in the truth of a statement or doctrine.
A. (HEB 11:1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
B. Faith is a present experience with what we hope to see and receive.
II. Consider the source of faith.
A. Our faith comes through the righteousness of God. 2PE 1:1.
B. Our faith is born of God. 1JO 5:4.
C. Our faith evidences sovereign resurrection power unto life in us. EPH 1:19-20.