Today’s Bible Teaching and the song is about our “Strong Tower”.  Proverbs 18:10 says “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.” Notice that Proverbs 18:10 says the name of the “LORD”, “LORD” in Hebrew is Yod Hey Vav HEY (YHVH) or more commonly in english Yahweh or Yehovah.

 

Jesus (Yeshua) is the “Lord” spoken of in Proverbs 18:10 (for further study ) and because He is the Lord, He is also the Strong Tower that as followers of Jesus have for our refuge and salvation, 2 Samuel 22:3 perfectly describes who our Lord is “My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; My savior, You save me from violence.”

The very name of our Lord and King Yeshua (Jesus) means “salvation”, Acts 4:12 “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” 2 Timothy 2:10 “This is why I endure all things for the elect: so that they also may obtain salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.”  2 Timothy 3:15 “and you know that from infancy you have known the sacred Scriptures (Hebrew Bible or the Old testament because there was no greek or new testament yet), which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”  Romans 10:9 “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”  There is no other way to SALVATION but by Jesus (Yeshua), who is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6)

YESHUA (JESUS) IS OUR STRONG TOWER of SALVATION

The Battle Belongs To The Lord – (Maranatha)

In heavenly armour we’ll enter the land
The battle belongs to the Lord
No weapon that’s fashioned against us shall stand
The battle belongs to the Lord

We sing glory and honor
Power and strength to the Lord

(repeat)

The power of darkness comes in like a flood
The battle belongs to the Lord

He’s raised up a standard, the power of His blood
The battle belongs to the Lord

we sing glory and honor
power in strength to the lord

(repeat)

When your enemy presses in hard do not fear
The battle belongs to the Lord
Take courage my friend, your redemption is near
The battle belongs to the Lord

we sing glory and honor
power in strength to the lord

(repeat)

the battle belongs to the lord
battle belongs to the lord…

Then Comes The End
By Ray Stedman

Read: 1 Corinthians 15:20-58

Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:24-26

Notice that the reign of Christ does not begin after he subdues his enemies, although we often think of it that way. The Biblical truth is he does reign, and he shall continue to reign until his enemies are made his footstool. I do not know anything that has more power to steady us in times of pressure, and undergird us in times of discouragement, defeat, and oppression than the realization that Jesus now reigns. He is in control now. When we run up against oppressive governments and severe limitations to our freedom and outright, violent persecution of Christian faith, we are to remember that all this takes place under the overall authority of Jesus Christ who said, when he rose from the dead, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth, (Matthew 28:18 KJV). He permits this kind of thing to happen to accomplish his purposes, just as, in the Old Testament, God raised up the Babylonians and the Assyrians and brought them against Israel. He allowed Jerusalem to be taken; he allowed the Israelites to be taken into captivity, not because that was the way he wanted things to happen on earth, but because that was necessary to teach his people the lessons they needed to know. God brings these things to pass for our sake, and it is part of the authority of Christ that allows them to happen.

Now the apostle says, The last enemy to be destroyed is death. This can be seen to be true in both an individual and a universal sense. Universally, death is never going to disappear from this earth until we come to that moment, described in the book of Revelation, when a new heaven and a new earth come into existence.

But there is a sense in which this is individually true of us right now. What is going on in your life and mine now? Well, we are experiencing a continual reciprocation of death, out of which comes life. We are all fighting battles, struggles in which at times we fail, falter, and are overcome. We give way to worry, give way to impatience, anger, malice, and lust. Sometimes we struggle against these things with great effort; other times we give in quickly. But we are all engaged in a great battle in which we are assaulted continually with temptations to yield and to fall into death. Yet, even out of those times of failure, by the grace of God’s forgiveness we are restored. Life is handed back to us, in a sense, and we go on to walk for a longer time without failure, until gradually we gain victory over evil habits and evil attitudes. Life, therefore, is a continual experience of life coming out of death, of pain leading to joy, and that will never end as long as we are in this present life.

But there is coming a time when this body will die, and death then is destroyed for us. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. Once we pass through the experience of death into resurrection, like our Lord himself, we shall never die again. Christ having once died, Paul says in Romans, never dies again, and we share his existence. He is the first fruits of the great harvest of which we are a part.

Thank you, Lord, that the day will come when there will be no more death, no more mourning and no more pain.

Life Application

Are we daily claiming the privilege of the Lord Jesus’ sovereign reign, both personal and worldwide? Are we living in the power and wisdom of Christ’s indwelling Presence, trusting Him to resolve the tension between death and life in daily experience?