Good morning and welcome to today’s ministry. Sadly we are not meeting together in person today due to the high numbers of infections prevalent, but God willing we will be meeting back together in person next Sunday morning.
Instead there follows a recorded message from Andy from 1Kings 17, and before that a worship video of Karen Davis’s beautiful song from Psalm 90, From Everlasting to Everlasting. May the Lord bless you!
The Life and Times of Elijah and Elisha (part 1) by Andy King
Psalm 90:1-2 Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
1Kings 17: 1-7 And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.”
2 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 3 “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 4 And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.”
5 So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. 6 The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook. 7 And it happened after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.
Welcome to the recording from this morning’s service. We were very blessed to have guest speaker Charles Gardner with us speaking on the importance of us abiding in the vine, and of our relationship as wild branches to the natural branches of Israel.
Before the recording is a worship video from Maranatha Music on the Messianic Praise album, Planted by the Waters, with lyrics from Jeremiah 17:7-8.
Here is today’s message:
John 15: “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
Romans 11:17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.
Welcome to the recording of Sunday’s message from Nathan on Ruth chapter 4. In it he concludes this study into the Book of Ruth and identifies important parallels with the Gospel. Before that there are two videos, the first His Mercy is More from Keith and Kristyn Getty, and secondly The Song of Ruth (Wherever You Go).
Here is the message from Nathan Tremeer:
Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there; and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz had spoken came by. So Boaz said, “Come aside, [a]friend, sit down here.” So he came aside and sat down. 2 And he took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down. 3 Then he said to the close relative, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, sold the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech. 4 And I thought to [b]inform you, saying, ‘Buy it back in the presence of the inhabitants and the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if [c]you will not redeem it, then tell me, that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am next after you.’ ”
And he said, “I will redeem it.”
5 Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also buy it from Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to [d]perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance.”
6 And the close relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I ruin my own inheritance. You redeem my right of redemption for yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”
7 Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel.
8 Therefore the close relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” So he took off his sandal. 9 And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. 10 Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from [e]his position at the gate. You are witnesses this day.”
11 And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses. The Lord make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem. 12 May your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring which the Lord will give you from this young woman.”
Descendants of Boaz and Ruth
13 So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a [f]close relative; and may his name be famous in Israel! 15 And may he be to you a restorer of life and a [g]nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you, who is better to you than seven sons, has borne him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him. 17 Also the neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “There is a son born to Naomi.” And they called his name Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
18 Now this is the genealogy of Perez: Perez begot Hezron; 19 Hezron begot Ram, and Ram begot Amminadab; 20 Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon;[h] 21 Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed; 22 Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David.
- Ruth 4:1 Heb. peloni almoni, lit. so and so
- Ruth 4:4 Lit. uncover your ear
- Ruth 4:4 So with many Heb. mss., LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg.; MT he
- Ruth 4:5 Lit. raise up
- Ruth 4:10 Probably his civic office
- Ruth 4:14 redeemer, Heb. goel
- Ruth 4:15 sustainer
- Ruth 4:20 Heb. Salmah
Good evening. Here is the recording from this morning’s service, where Nathan brought us the introductory study in the Book of Ruth. Before that is a video of Endless Halleluyah by Matt Redman.
Every blessing, Andy.
The Book of Ruth, part 1, by Nathan Tremeer:
Listen to Andy’s message here:
Psalm 121: I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep.5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. 6 The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night.7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. 8 The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in, from this time forth, and even forevermore.
Psalm 19: 7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,
And in keeping them there is great reward.
Jeremiah 49: 34 The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet against Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying, 35 “Thus says the Lord of hosts:
‘Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, The foremost of their might. 36 Against Elam I will bring the four winds From the four quarters of heaven, And scatter them toward all those winds; There shall be no nations where the outcasts of Elam will not go. 37 For I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies And before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, My fierce anger,’ says the Lord; ‘And I will send the sword after them Until I have consumed them. 38 I will set My throne in Elam, And will destroy from there the king and the princes,’ says the Lord.39 ‘But it shall come to pass in the latter days: I will bring back the captives of Elam,’ says the Lord.”
Today is Israel’s 70th birthday, 70 years since the modern State of Israel was reborn in the land of their fathers and the land of the Biblical promises. It’s an amazing achievement! Just consider the likelihood of the fledging State that declared independence just after the Holocaust, surrounded by enemies on all sides vowing her imminent destruction, still surviving until today. Not only surviving but thriving in her historical homeland, according to the Biblical record.
It’s not due to Jewish ingenuity or ability, nor the benefaction of the USA, nor the amazing ability of the IDF to defend the nation, that Israel is still with us today. All those things have played their part, but primarily it’s the hand of God Himself, sovereignly intervening in history to restore and defend the nation according to all His promises to do so! He is doing this to show the world He is the God of the Bible and that He keeps His promises!
So today I praise God for Israel celebrating her 70th birthday! It is an amazing testimony that, not only do the people of Israel live, ‘Am Yisrael Hai’, but that the God of Israel is alive and well and keeps His promises. And one day the people of Israel will look upon their Messiah and so enjoy the fulness of all He has prepared for them!
Psalm 121 (NKJV)
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.
Zechariah 12:10 (NKJV)
“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
Romans 11:25 (NKJV)
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”
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Here is the audio of yesterday’s message. Israel is the fig tree Jesus told us to watch and understand in relation to His second coming. Israels restoration over the last seventy years is truly amazing, God at work in fulfilling His promises in Ezekiel 36 and 37. Events in the Middle East recently should awaken us to the subsequent prophecies of Ezekiel 38 and 39, events such as the recent alignment of Russia, Iran and Turkey, their presence in Syria and Iran’s continued threats to destroy Israel.
Here are some recommended links for further recent information and background study.
Middle East Update (with intel from IDF forces) Video from Major Amir Tsafati, (who served as Deputy Governor of Jericho and was part of the negotiating team which was tasked to turn over the area to the Palestinians. He is also an international speaker on terrorism.)
The Days of Ezekiel, Video. Amir Tsafati
A study of Ezekiel 38 and 39 by Derek Walker, Oxford Bible Church.
I saw this video this week, shared on Facebook by a congregational leader in Israel. It is of a former Muslim terrorist, the son of a Hamas leader & founder, speaking out at the UN on behalf of Israel, no less!
This amazingly courageous young man, Mosab Hassan Yousef, is now a believer in Jesus, and he recently spoke at the UN Human Rights Council on behalf of UN Watch, a non-governmental organisation. He speaks out from his own experience against the lies and atrocities perpetrated by the Palestinian Authority against the Palestinian population.
By doing so he will be clearly aware he is placing his own life in great danger of reprisal and murder, as he also is a Muslim who has converted to faith in Jesus as Lord and Saviour. It’s a fascinating video.
The article in which the video is linked cites a lack of Western media integrity in reporting such atrocities (as described by Mosab Yousef in the video), actually contributes to the ongoing political impasse in Middle Eastern politics.
Please pray for this young man, for the Lord’s protection on him, and for his message to receive widespread distribution.
I’m pleased to be able to report the UK refused to be a signatory to the Paris summit statement issued yesterday, January 15th.
Whilst we all want peace in the Middle East, we know from the Bible peace will not come as a result of a conference of 70 nations which did not even include Israel, a one day conference which had at best questionable motives and timing.
Read the brief article on Christians United For Israel website here.
Massive Dust Storm Forms ‘Hand of God’ Over Israeli Border to ‘Protect Nation From ISIS — Just Like in Old Testament’
A very interesting article with the above title appeared on the website of Christian Today recently. A weather phenomenon occurred recently on the Golan Heights, on the border of Israel with Syria, that it’s claimed helped to quell an ISIS attack on Israel.
It does indeed bring to mind events in the Old Testament where the God of Israel physically intervened on behalf of Israel against her enemies. The story of the pillar of cloud by the Red Sea is quoted in the article, but I’m also reminded of the time when Hezekiah pleaded with God against the attacking Babylonians in Isaiah 37. There are other examples too. There’s also the story from 1973, when a group of Israeli soldiers were caught in a Syrian minefield, dramatised here.
This all remind us that God still does intervene in human affairs, and that His promises in Psalm 121 still stand.
“Behold, He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps.”