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Previous article in this series: August 2013, p. 448. “But whose blood?” That was the question of Ophoff with which we ended our previous article. He asked the question from the perspective of the saints of old. Not, surely, from our perspective. In the clear light of the antitype, the saints of God in the new dispensa­tion not only know the answer to that question but glory in it. “But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). “…being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through...

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Previous article in this series: May 15, 2013, p. 377. As the above title suggests, we have still to conclude a short series of articles exploring why a false worship of God by Jews in the old dispensation can be characterized as a robbing Christ of His honor. In doing so, we continue to lean rather heavily, as we indicated before, on a series of articles by the late Rev. George M. Ophoff in the SB back in 1926 and 1927. Genesis 3:15, as we mentioned last time, was gospel to the ear of our first, fallen parents, while Genesis...

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Previous article in this series: May 1, 2013, p. 355. We left Adam and Eve, last time, clothed in the fig leaves they had sewed together to cover their nakedness—their nakedness, that is, before God. The deepest cause of their fear and of their shame (cf. Gen. 3:11) came from their awareness of their guilt and of the corruption of their natures. Yes, the corruption of their natures. They could feel it. They did not have to be told that by their disobedience and fall they had rendered themselves unfit for fellowship with the holy God. They did not have...

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Previous article in this series: April 1, 2013, p. 302. On the pages of the Old Testament Scriptures we find evidence aplenty that Christ’s shad­ow figured prominently in the history of the old dispensation (cf., for example, I Cor. 10:1-4). Implied, surely, is that the types would have failed in their purpose had the believer not, by them, been in fact led to Christ.

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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2013, p. 182. The Adult Bible Study Society in Southwest Church is studying the book of Genesis. A few weeks ago we came to chapter 4, Cain and Abel. An interesting question was raised by one of the members. He prefaced the question by giving a brief statement of the distinction between Abel’s of­fering of a bloody sacrifice, unto which the Lord had “respect” (v. 4), and Cain’s offering of a bloodless sacri­fice, unto which the Lord had not “respect” (v. 5). “We understand this well,” he said. (That is, we who live...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2013, p. 153.   Isaiah was a prophet in Jerusalem during the reigns of no fewer than four kings of Judah: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah (Is. 1:1). Uzziah and Jotham were good kings. Judah therefore enjoyed an extended period of prosperity. The great increase in worldly wealth and luxury was accompanied by a de­cline in spirituality among the people generally. When Jotham’s son Ahaz began to practice idolatry, first after the manner of “the kings of Israel” (II Chron. 28:2), and then “after the abominations of the heathen” (II Chron. 28:3), the...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2012, p. 136. Judah’s history demonstrates beyond a shadow of doubt that she hankered after idols no less than her sister Israel. Their histories nevertheless dif­fered, because the Lord graciously raised up in Judah a number of good kings, kings who brought reformation. Reformations, however, proved always to be short-lived. Think of good king Hezekiah. Hezekiah’s wicked fa­ther, Ahaz, had “cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the Lord, and he made altars in every corner of Jerusalem. And in every...

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Previous article in this series: February 1, 2012, p. 208.   Perhaps you will recall that a year ago we started in this rubric what we hope to be a series of ar­ticles on the very beginning of New Testament Bible history. We began, however, with a quick review of the end of Old Testament history—not for its own sake but, as we said at that time, “for the perspective that the Old gives to the New. For it is out of the scat­tering of the people of Israel and the ruins of the house of David that there comes...

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Previous article in this series: May 1, 2012, p. 343 “Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.” Ecclesiastes 4:13 The contrast in the text is introduced by the word “better.” This is an indication that Solomon is drawing another conclusion from what he has seen under the sun and drawing also from his own life and experience. He is giving expression to this “better,” not as a mere human opinion, but as the testimony of God’s Word. It is important that we keep this in mind. In this latter...

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So I returned and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun:. . . Ecclesiastes 4:1a. Oppression of a man by his neighbor is a vast subject with the many different forms of evil done under the sun. Solomon has pointed out that, in the place of judgment, evil is found among men. This works the oppression of the neighbor. He calls to mind all the oppression that he sees in its vari­ous forms, but rather than going into detail, he distills it down to one basic reality when he looks at it. There is the one who is...

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