PSA234 God’s Various Times mp3

In this message, we consider the various times of God’s plans for this world. From the Garden of Eden in Genesis and the start of God’s work, God worked with various men until He chose the man Abraham and his descendants, the nation of Israel. In the Gospel period, Israel continued to be at the center of God’s plans and work. In the Acts period, God continued to work with Israel. Yet in the dispensation of grace, all nations are now equal in God’s current work. In the kingdom of God yet future, Israel will again be at the center, but all nations will be blessed through them.

PA264 Song of Solomon 6:4-8:14 mp3

In this message, the country girl has her final showdown with King Solomon. He praises her beauty, and hints at exalting her above all his other wives and concubines. The girl is not tempted by this, however. She informs him that she had come upon him originally quite by accident, and that she would prefer to never have met him or drawn his attention. When she tries to leave, however, he calls her back. This time, he tries to seduce her and stir up her passions. Now, she must play her trump card, and informs Solomon that she already belongs to her shepherd. He has no choice, then. We learn the lessons of the book: that the desire for marital exclusivity is a fire kindled by the Lord, and love is so great that many waters cannot quench it and the entire substance of one’s house cannot buy it. Have we learned the lessons of this great book of the Song of songs?

PA263 Song of Solomon 4:1-6:3 mp3

In this message, the country girl taken by force by Solomon back to Jerusalem in hopes that he can marry her has an interview in Jerusalem with her shepherd betrothed. He praises her for her faithfulness and constancy. Then, they concoct a desperate plan to try to free her from Solomon’s clutches. The girl recalls a dream to her Jerusalem maids wherein her love came to her and she was too tired to receive him, only later with horror to realize what she had done. These women doubt that her shepherd love can really be so great, and she, provoked, pours out praise upon him. They claim to want to see this one she has described so wonderfully, but she doubts their motives and speaks only vaguely of his location.

PA262 Song of Solomon 2:1-3:11 mp3

In this message, the country girl and her betrothed shepherd love continue their interview while Solomon is at his table. They praise each other and belittle their own qualities. Then, the girl relates a story that happened earlier in their relationship. He came to see her when the winter rains were over, eager to spend the day with her in the fields. Her brothers, who were in charge of the family, refused to allow her to do this, forcing her to work in their vineyards instead. That night she made a date with her shepherd, but he did not show up. She went out and found him, and brought him to her mother’s chambers for their time together. The scene changes, and Solomon’s cavalcade arrives at Jerusalem. The inhabitants notice many wonderful things about the parade, like his crown, his sedan-chair, and his honor guard, but no one pays any attention to the new bride he is bringing home to his palace.

PA261 Song of Solomon 1:1-17 mp3

In this message, we begin to consider the interesting book of the Song of Solomon. Discussing the way this book is usually interpreted, and why that interpretation makes no sense and destroys the message of the book. What this book is really about, why it was written, and who its author was. Then, completing the intro, we begin to consider the book itself. The country girl heroine is taken into his train by Solomon, who is taken by her beauty and plans to marry her. The girl, however, is in love with a country boy, and is not at all excited about the prospect of marrying the king.

PA260 Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14 mp3

In this message, Solomon urges us to be generous to others, since such kindness will come back to us eventually. You do not know all the ways of God. Always remember that the dark days of death are coming. Let the young rejoice in their youth, for it will not last forever. They should enjoy themselves, but remember that God will bring them into judgment for all their actions. They should remember their Creator now, for soon enough the days of old age will come when the body is weak and does not work right, and then following will be death. Thus all in this world is emptiness. The conclusion the Koheleth comes to: fear God and keep His commandments. He will bring every work into judgment. Thus it is the life to come that will not be empty!

PA259 Ecclesiastes 9:7-10:20 mp3

In this message, Solomon continues to access what is valuable under the sun. He advises his readers to live joyfully with the wife they love and to do their work with their strength. The race is not always to the swift or the battle to the strong, since time and chance happen to all. A poor but wise man saved a little city with his wisdom, but the city later forgot him. Thus wisdom proves better than strength, but no one remembers the wise poor man. Even a little folly spoils a man. It is worse when a ruler is foolish, and sets foolish men in charge. A fool is most destructive. A land is sad when its rulers are fools. Yet one should not curse the king, for word of such things has a way of getting around.

PA258 Ecclesiastes 7:21-9:6 mp3

In this message, the Qoheleth encourages us not to take to heart everything we overhear others say about us. He ponders women, and says he has not found one among a thousand. What did he mean by this? He speaks of the power of the king. Though a righteous man dies for being righteous and a wicked man lives longer because of his wickedness, still he insists that it will be well with the righteous man. The best thing in life is to enjoy the good things you have and take pleasure in your labor. It is better to be a live dog than a dead lion, since the dead know nothing. This passage provokes the hatred of most traditionalists, but is it right to reject the truth of Ecclesiastes because one does not like this passage?

PA257 Ecclesiastes 6:7-7:20 mp3

In this message, Solomon continues to discuss the emptiness of life. A man labors constantly for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied. What is good for a man in all his empty life? And no one can tell what will happen on earth after this short life is over. Mourning is better than celebrating, because it leads to wisdom. Many wise sayings follow. Interesting advise: it is good not to be either too righteous or too wicked, or too wise or too foolish, for either one can get you into trouble. Does the Bible really mean this, or are we to learn another lesson by it?

PA256 Ecclesiastes 5:1-6:6 mp3

In this message, Solomon warns not to make rash vows to God and then fail to pay them, since He has no pleasure in fools. Do not be surprised when you find people being oppressed in a land. The rich are not made happy by their riches, and man dies taking nothing with him, just as he was born with nothing. It is good to enjoy what you have, whether it is little or much. It is a calamity when a man has riches, yet has no power to enjoy them. One who sees no goodness in his life would have been better off being stillborn.