Signs and Wonders
I. Anyone desiring an encounter with signs and wonders should consider all of what Scripture says about them. MAT 4:4.
II. Scripture does declare the imparting of supernatural gifts to men. LUK 9:1; 10:1, 17-20.
A. LUK 10:20 shows that salvation is better than gifts.
1. Judas Iscariot was given such power yet he is the son of perdition and a devil.
JOH 6:70-71; 17:12.
2. Election into the Lamb's Book of Life from the foundation of the world
(REV 13:8; 17:8) trumps any sensational gift since the foundation of the world.
(John 10:22) And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
(1CO 10:9) Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
A. Not only was Israel not allowed to take the shortcut through Edom to the promised land, they then were beset upon by Arad (SRN H6166: fugitive, a wild ass).
1. Here was a Canaanite bad enough that he didn’t fit among Canaanites.
2. Wayward Christians may be captured by opposition that is not even acceptable among
carnal unbelievers. 1CO 5:1.
3. Satan has many agents, darts and snares: some religious, some carnal, some vile. Let none
I. For at least fifty years, there has been an increased emphasis on women’s rights and the terms women’s rights movement, feminist movement, women’s liberation, etc., have become part of our cultural jargon coincidental with an increased struggle between the sexes.
A. What is a Christian approach to feminism?
B. Does Scripture address the issue?
C. This study seeks to sort out the good and bad of the feminist movement.
A. feminism: Advocacy of the rights of women (based on the theory of equality of the sexes).
(Revelation 11:10) And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
(A warning against discouragement)
I. Israel's trials and failures are set forth for our benefit. 1CO 10:5-12.
II. Numbers 20 is a concentrated period of melancholy for the church and its leaders.
A. In this chapter Moses (and Aaron) are denied access into the promised land.
B. In this chapter Miriam dies.
C. In this chapter Aaron her brother and the High Priest of Israel dies.
D. These three siblings are all noted as leaders in Israel's exodus. MIC 6:4.
III. The events of these pages occurred in the last year of Israel's wanderings. NUM 33:38.
2Ch 3:15 Also he made before the house two pillars of thirty and five cubits high, and the chapiter that was on the top of each of them was five cubits.
2Ch 3:16 And he made chains, as in the oracle, and put them on the heads of the pillars; and made an hundred pomegranates, and put them on the chains.
2Ch 3:17 And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz.
I. There are one hundred references to baptism in its noun and verb forms in the New Testament (excluding references to the word “Baptist”). Only twenty-three of these references speak of something other than the baptism of believers in water.
A. Fourteen times the word refers to Christ’s sufferings.
MAT 20:20-23; MAR 10:38-39; LUK 12:50.
B. Two times the word refers to baptism with the Spirit and fire. MAT 3:11; LUK 3:16.
C. Four times it refers to baptism with the Spirit only. MAR 1:8; ACT 1:5; 11:16; JOH 1:33.