Thursday, January 31, 2008

The significance of Golgotha

Nothing in the Bible is incidental. So what is the significance of Jesus being crucified "at Golgotha (the place of the Skull) " according to Mark 15v22?
Rev 12 tells us that the serpent in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3 is that great dragon Satan.
God's promise to Eve in Gen 3v15 that her seed will strike this beast's head and he will only bruise his heel sounds far from impressive if we think of it only as a tiny snake. Eve could have crushed it's head herself. But if it is a mighty beast then bruising its unreachable head sounds far more impressive. How will mankind ever conquer Satan, sin and death?
When David, God's great king, encounters the mighty beast of a man Goliath in 1 Sam 17 we learn some important things. Goliath is about 10 feet tall and he is from Gath. A beast of a man.
How does David kill him? By bruising his unreachable head with a stone and then chopping off his head and bringing it back to Jerusalem 1 Sam 17v54. Because Jerusalem was the holy city this would have been hung outside the city, not inside. Where?
Gol-Gath-a. A contraction of Goliath of Gath. The place of his giant skull.
So Jesus, the Son of David, comes along and dies at Golgotha, there defeating and disarming the mighty Leviathan Satan Col 2v13-15 and putting him to shame. How? By his feet being BRUISED and pierced on the tree as he dies for our sins winning forgiveness and redemption and new life for sinful mankind.
Joshua 10v24 says that defeated kings were humiliated by the victors placing their feet on the losing Kings' necks. Jesus, the victorious King's feet at the cross rest on The Place of the Skull. Death has been defeated by Jesus!
Hallelujah!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Amazing Bible teaching - Jim Jordan & Biblical Horizons

I have just been introduced to an American Bible teacher called James Jordan and whilst I’ve only listened to a dozen talks or so I must say it is the most electrifying Bible teaching I have ever heard in my life. Despite going to Bible college for several years listening to Jordan makes me realise how narrow my understanding of the Bible has been previously and how much more seriously I must take every word – especially Old Testament imagery and themes. It feels like the blinkers have fallen off my eyes and I’ve seen the vistas of how rich God’s word truly is. Get hold of this stuff – there’s nuggets every 5 seconds!
The website is www.wordmp3.com and his section is under “Biblical Horizons”. Start with his teaching on Biblical worldview – the Garden of God. There is a free sample of talk 1 of this set at
http://www.wordmp3.com/ministry/?id=bh
I truly believe God’s word has the power to transform this world and so we must get this rich teaching into as many hands/ears as possible.
His website is http://www.biblicalhorizons.com/