5 Lasting Lessons from the Lands of the Bible

How God teaches His people to walk by faith.

Biblical geography offers more for us than the maps in the back of our Bibles might imply. I recently shared a talk on how valuable the lands of the Bible can be to our understanding and application of Scripture.

5 Lasting Lessons from the Lands of the Bible

(Photo: Sea of Galilee. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

This land served as God’s testing ground of faith. It was here, in this land where both personal and national existence were threatened, that Israel’s leaders and people were called upon to learn the true meaning of security and well-being, of trust in the Lord their God. —James M. Monson

If I could boil down the essence of how God used the lands of the Bible to shape the lives of the people of the Bible, this message would come close.

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Good News about the Bad News You Hear

Nahum’s words offer encouragement and an invitation.

It seems the news isn’t news unless it’s bad news. You know, apart from a context of truth, the daily news feels like a wet blanket on our flame. But remember, the news chases ratings and clicks—not the whole truth.

Good News about the Bad News We Hear

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As I read the news each day, I have to remember it isn’t reporting the progress of God’s kingdom. In fact, headlines tend to hide the other half of the truth and focus only on the negative.

The prophet Nahum pulls back the curtain and shows us what God is doing in a world where it seems like the wheels have fallen off.

In the midst of the bad news you’ll hear today, there’s also some good news you need to hear.

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“Learning to Wait on God with Joseph”
by Wayne Stiles

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I had the privilege to teach at the Marathon Fellowship class at Stonebriar Community Church this past Sunday.

The subject covers part of my new book, Waiting on God.

I hope the message encourages you.

Tell me what you think: What has God taught you as you’ve waited on Him? To leave a comment, just click here.

#001: Wisdom Isn’t Enough [Podcast]

1 Kings 3:5-13

God gave Solomon a reminder not to substitute wisdom or activity for a relationship with Him. Solomon’s priorities reveal a man with good intentions who forsook his own advice through compromise. Solomon literally wrote the book on wisdom but still blew it.

Why? Because wisdom isn’t enough. It also takes obedience.

The Influence One Person Can Have in Christ [Podcast]

Sometimes it feels like we make no difference at all.

Esther found herself in a place of incredible influence, providentially placed to do what was right in a wrong-headed culture.

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Like Esther, we must realize that God has placed us where we are for such a time as this, and we must say and do what is right . . . even if we stand all alone.

Esther 4

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Pagans, Prayers, and Promises

Part 15 – “Route 66” (A message from each of the 66 books of the Bible)
Ezra 1; 1 Timothy 2:1-8
The Book of Ezra reveals that the Lord, being sovereign over all kingdoms, moved the heart of unbelieving Cyrus to fulfill God’s will. God also stirred the hearts of His people to respond and return to the Promised Land. Today, we should pray to God on behalf of unbelieving rulers so that political circumstances may become favorable for the message of the gospel . . . and the living of its commands.

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The Problems with God’s Grace [Podcast]

Sometimes good news seems just too good to be true.

The leper Naaman initially felt insulted that all he must do to be healed was dip in the Jordan River. God’s grace often comes off as offensive to unbelievers.

Gehazi, on the other hand, felt shocked that his master Elisha took no money from Naaman for his healing. So Gehazi took some money in secret and thus later suffered discipline.

God’s grace has problems, as it were—offensive to unbelievers and abused by believers.

But it’s our only hope.

2 Kings 5

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I’m Free!

Part 2 – “Route 66” (a series with a message from each of the 66 books of the Bible)
Exodus 12

The Exodus of Israel through the blood of the Passover lamb displays God’s gracious provision of redemption. The Exodus is the most important event of the Old Testament–just as the cross is for the New Testament.

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How It All Started

Part 1 – “Route 66” (a series with a message from each of the 66 books of the Bible)
Genesis 3; 12:1-3; 15:1-6

Genesis demonstrates how God’s right to rule through man is challenged by the sin of man. So God, in His grace, chose to bless the whole of mankind through one man’s descendants. The problem of sin is met with the promise of gracious redemption.

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Anger with God

God controls everything.

So our frustration with Him reaches the boiling point when He seems to do nothing with our requests. Here’s a biblical way to think through that tension.

(I recommend The Anger Workbook by Les Carter, an essential resource used in this series.)

Part 4 – “Good and Angry” – Psalm 13 

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