THE TWO OLIVE TREES

Text: Romans 11:15-36 INTRODUCTION Olive is mentioned in several interesting contexts in the Holy Bible.             A sign of peace—The first mention of “olive” in the Holy Bible is when “…the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth.” (Genesis 8:11)

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

Text: John 8:12-19

The circumstance—Early one morning as Jesus taught the people in the temple, the scribes and Pharisees interrupted him by setting a woman taken in adultery in the midst of them. After seeing and hearing the response of Jesus they, “being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last” (John 8:9) When no man condemned the woman, Jesus said unto her, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” (John 8:10-11) After his masterful and merciful response to this interruption Jesus continued to teach many things to the people in the temple.

ABRAHAM AND ISAAC

Text: Genesis 22:1-18

HISTORICAL SIMILITUDE

The LORD said, “I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets” (Hosea 12:10). The event recorded in this passage is not only historically true and faithful, but it is also a wonderful similitude [likeness] of “Jesus Christ the Son of God” (Mark 1:1) being offered by God the Father on the cross “for the sins of the whole world” (1John 2:2), by far the greatest of all historical events!

ABIDING IN THE VINE

Text: John 15:1-17

SETTING AND CONTEXT

            This passage contains only a of part of the words of Jesus to his apostles in the upper room on the evening of his arrest in the garden, the night before his death on the cross. These words were spoken to the eleven apostles after Judas Iscariot went out into the night to betray him (John 13:11-30). In this text the Lord uses the vine and branches to illustrate how believers are enabled to bear good fruit to the glory of the Father during their lives in this world.

SERVANTS OF THE LORD

Text: Colossians 3:22-25 [See also Ephesians 6:5-8]

Definitions—A servant is, ‘A person, male or female, that attends another for the purpose of performing menial offices for him, or who is employed by another for such offices or for other labor, and is subject to his command. The word is correlative to master. Servant differs from slave, as the servant's subjection to a master is voluntary, the slave's is not. Every slave is a servant, but every servant is not a slave…A person who voluntarily serves another or acts as his minister…One who [voluntarily] yields obedience to another.’ A slave is, ‘A person who is wholly subject to the will of another; one who has no will of his own, but whose person and services are wholly under the control of another.’ A bondman is, ‘A man slave, or one bound to service without wages.’ (Noah Webster, 1828)

FAITHFUL AND TRUE

INTRODUCTION

Holy borders—The written word of God and the incarnate Word of God are like holy borders for all the paths of God (Psalm 16:11; 17:4; 23:3; 25:10; 119:35; Proverbs 2:8, 20). These borders are inseparable (John 3:34), “For he [the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God] whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.” (John 3:34)

LAST OF FOUR VIEWS OF GOD – FROWARD

Text: Psalm 18:21-26

Psalm 18:26…and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.” (Psalm 18:26)

Your choice: everlasting life or everlasting torment!—The apostle Paul wrote of “the goodness and severity of God” (Romans 11:22). He also wrote: “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men…” (2Corinthians 5:11)! The previous studies on the three of the four views of God demonstrated God’s goodness and blessings and his desire to show great mercy and kindness to all men. In great contrast to the first three views of God, the fourth view warns of God’s everlasting curse to all men who refuse to “repent and turn to God” (Acts 26:20). Moses warned Israel: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

THIRD OF FOUR VIEWS OF GOD – PURE

Text: Psalm 18:21-26

Psalm 18:26With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure…”

PURE: ‘…clear; free from mixture; as pure water; pure clay; pure sand; pure air; pure silver of gold. Free from moral defilement; without spot; not sullied or tarnished; incorrupt; undebased by moral turpitude; holy…Genuine; real; true; incorrupt; unadulterated; as pure religion. James 1…Chaste; as a pure virgin. 2Corinthians 11:2…Applied to the Supreme Being, holy signifies perfectly pure’ (Noah Webster, 1828)’ (Noah Webster, 1828).

SECOND OF FOUR VIEWS OF GOD – UPRIGHT

Text: Psalm 18:21-26

Psalm 18:25  “...with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright…”

            DEFINITIONS

     UPRIGHT: Physically: ‘Erect; perpendicular to the plane of the horizon; as an upright tree; an upright post. Among mechanics, plumb (Genesis 37:7)’ Spiritually: ‘…Honest; just; adhering to rectitude in all social intercourse; not deviating from correct moral principles; as an upright man…Conformable to moral rectitude…Conscience rewards upright conduct with pleasure.’ (Noah Webster, 1828)

     UPRIGHTNESS: ‘Honesty; integrity in principle or practice; conformity to rectitude and justice in social dealings. The truly upright man is inflexible in his uprightness.’ (Noah Webster, 1828)

     JUST: ‘In a moral sense, upright; honest; having principles of rectitude; or conforming exactly to the laws, and to principles of rectitude in social conduct; equitable in the distribution of justice; as a just judge…In an evangelical sense, righteous…living in exact conformity to the divine will.’ (Noah Webster, 1828) Also, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary, JUST means: ‘morally upright, righteous  in the eyes of God…fitting, proper, conforming to standards…just, righteous; sincere…equitable; in accordance with law, lawful; true, proper; perfect, complete.’

FIRST OF FOUR VIEWS OF GOD – MERCIFUL

Text: Psalm 18:21-26

Psalm 18:25With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful…”

GOD’S UNIVERSAL LAW

An allegory of men’s lives on earth—“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Galatians 6:7-8) Many times the LORD uses allegories to signify men and nations, their principal actions, and the results of those actions. For example God refers to the nation of Israel as a “flock” (Jeremiah 23:2; 31:10), as “sheep” (Micah 2:12), and as a “vine” (Psalm 80:8; Isaiah 5:2; Jeremiah 6:9). In the law of sowing and reaping God uses the allegory of a man sowing [planting] seed in a garden or a field, and reaping [gathering or receiving] the suitable crop. The law of sowing and reaping relates to the many actions of men and the inevitable results of those actions in their lives. God reacts to a man’s actions according to this law.