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The Blessings of Springtime - Part 1 of 2

Baptist Bible Hour / Lasserre Bradley, Jr.
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March 12, 2022 7:00 pm

The Blessings of Springtime - Part 1 of 2

Baptist Bible Hour / Lasserre Bradley, Jr.

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The Baptist Bible lowered no comes to you under the direction of Elder Lucero Bradley Junior will and Bradley Junior inviting you to stay tuned for another message of God's sovereign grace will and in and in and in and in and in and in a and and and and and will and and and and a and will I'm sure many of you.

We are looking forward to spring truck. This year many of you did just to think about the warm breezes of springtime is a pleasant functional or so stocks have been in my mind. I recall the message that I brought several years ago entitled the blessings of springtime were going to use that on the broadcast today. The second part will be next Sunday. I would appreciate it so much if you will take time to write and let us know that you listened tell us the source radio station. The call letters on the website where were you when receiving the program and if you can help us with the expense. We certainly will be thankful for. We depend on our listeners for support. Our mailing address is Baptist Bible hour. Box 1737, Cincinnati, OH 45217. We would like to encourage a listers to take advantage of the Baptist Bible hour podcast on your smart phone or other mobile device.

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Our and the Baptist Bible. Our podcast to a beautiful spring day azaleas are blooming outside the building. Some of the flowering trees bloomed a little early this year enjoyed that beauty was a lovely day yesterday, another Wagoner took some of the man and horse in the church. The woods on his property over in Indiana to see how many wildflowers, beautiful trees are to be found in the woods is inspiring as we see a display of the handiwork of God. The buttercups in the to really check in the pulpit. The list was English of all of the interesting beautiful flowers which is there.

I may think of the passage in song of Solomon. I want to read to you. Song of Solomon chapter 2 verse 10 my beloved spake and set on the way rise up, my love, my Fairmont and come away from all the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of the singing of birds is come in the voice of the turtle is heard in our land the fig tree put forth her green things and the vines with tender grape give a good smell arrives my love, my fair one, and come away. This book depicts the intimacy of love between a husband and wife.

The special joys and blessings of marriage in olden times, at least Jewish rabbis saw this as a message regarding God's special love for his people, and it was read in its entirety at least once a year in many synagogue Christian expositors see it as a love relationship between Christ and his church. In the language is beautiful and we believe that there are lessons to be drawn from us would like to make some general observations with reference to springtime first, God's power is displayed winter gives the appearance of death. Think about wintertime you think of cold winds, freezing temperatures, ice, snow, short days, dreary day's cloudy day's you look at the forest in the dead of winter you can hardly imagine how life can ever return. Where are those flowers.

Where are those beautiful leaves can it all be enlivened at another season and then springtime comes back many times when I have talked about looking into the woods behind our house sit out this time.

We want to be able to pinpoint when it happens so often you look at their new.

You can tell, probably within a few days going to be some leaves on those bushes first and then didn't come out on the trees and no matter how closely attract absurd just to get a rain overnight. This remarkable from twinges. It appeared to have no life in them a short time before, is that new life bursting forth how beautiful when things come alive book of Matthew chapter 6 Jesus says in verse 28 and my pinky thought for raiment consider the lilies of the field, how they grow, they toil not, neither they spin.

Yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is tomorrow's cash for the oven, shall he not much more clothe you only eat a little faith is God himself clothes for you. God himself blesses the limits to growth. So God's power is displayed.

Solomon speaks of the birds singing. Is it remarkable that God has built into certain birds that instinct to go to a warmer climate in the wintertime and then they know how to come back when spring returns course according to the speculation. The man that's just one of those interesting things that and yet we see in it the power of God, a part of his marvelous creation, God's power is displayed God's covenant is being The very return of springtime says that God is a covenant keeping God in the book of Genesis chapter 8 verse 22 God promised Noah not on the basis of his conduct, but on the basis of a sacrifice that was offered that while the earth remain of seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not see when the dead of winter. It might seem that spring will never come. Sometimes it delayed using seems that the whole dreary days linger on, but ultimately springtime arrives and it arrived, because nonsense is going to arrive. And as long as there remains the be seedtime and harvest summer and winter, day and night, these things shall not cease with Jeremiah.

I noticed that there's something even of greater significance than just the changing from one season to another in the 33rd chapter of the book of Jeremiah read in the 20th verse, thus saith the Lord. If he can break my covenant of the day and my company to the night and that there should not be day and night in their season then may also my comfortably broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to rain upon his throne, and with the Levites, the priest my ministers covenant that God made they ignite the cup that you made regarding the change of the seasons is as a sure and if that comfortably broken, you could write another covenant you could break the covenant that I made with David what's the significance of that our salvation is a part of that. Acts chapter 2 verse 29 minute brother, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried in a separate car is with us on this day. Therefore being a prophet, knowing that God had sworn to him that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on the snow he seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither did his flesh see corruption. Jesus Christ is on the throne today he rules and reigns as King of Kings and Lord of lords, and this is in keeping with the covenant that God made with David so even as we observe the changing of the seasons, the change from night to day were reminded that God is a covenant keeping God and he's keeping that covenant with his people and he fulfilled that covenant with David to raise up Christ to sit on the throne. So as we observe springtime, we see God's power is displayed.

We see his covenant is kept in God's grace is remembered God's grace is remembered because just as the wintertime is a whole dreary season, and we see that there is a need of renewal and transformation. We recognize that need in our own life. David prayed in Psalm 51 verse 10 create in me a clean heart of God, and renew a right spirit within me is that one of the know that God by his power, and by his grace is able to renew us, we may feel to be cold and barren and have suffered from the frigid times when we were away from the Lord in our own thinking and are walking in our attitude, but we pray restore me, renew me, and by his grace that prayers heard. Furthermore, as we think about springtime, we think of it, with reference to the first coming of Jesus Christ is coming to this earth when he was born of the virgin and came here to live among men that season when he came was indeed as a beautiful springtime in comparison. The law service you read to the Old Testament can't help but be struck with how many dark scenes there are. You read of multitudes and idolatry. God raising up his own people to destroy the Hittites and how much of the Jebusites because of their wickedness because their idolatry and then when his people departed. You raised up some of those heathen kings to come in and invade them and it seem like it's just one continuous story of failure.

The failure of his own people. The failure of most of the kings failure of many of their profits. Yes, there were bright days. There were happy seasons. David was continually calling upon God's people to sing and to rejoice because the goodness and mercy. The Lord, but there was much coldness and darkness. We look at Psalm 107 verse 10, such as sit in darkness and the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron because they rebelled against the words of God in contempt, the Council of the most high speed therefore brought down their heart with labor.

They fell down. There was none to help. Then they cried in the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and break the bands asunder. Lord need hear his people when they themselves and they repented when they cried to him, but he speaks of those that sat in darkness and the shadow of death. Psalm 106 verse 21. They forget God, their Savior, which had done great things in Egypt. What a cold dismal dark time it is when one forgets the God who has favored them.

Bless them and deliver them. Verse 24 yea they despise the pleasant land. They believed in God's word murmured in their tents and hearken not unto the voice of the Lord. Verse 29. Thus, they provoked him to anger with their inventions and the plane break in upon them. Verse 34.

They did not destroy the nations concerning whom the Lord commanded them, but were mingled among the heathen world works, and they served their idols which were a snare to them and they sacrifice their sons and their daughters on the devil is that not a dreary depressing scene would not think of that as the cold wintertime and then you go to look at Isaiah chapter 58 and the people suggests that God should have no complaint against them is in order not taken notice of the fact that we have faxed in many cities of the facts that I have chosen your concern about debate your concern about winning an argument is concerned about defending yourself. You haven't been humbled. You haven't been convicted of your sin whole time when religion and become a mere form not to do. That's not only true when we look at the history of God's people in olden times, but think of it today. If religion becomes nothing more than being engaged in some system or formality. No matter how basic and simple, it is if it's just a routine. Just go to church because it's time to go to church. We just pick up the hymnbook and was saying, but there's no real praise to God. There's no real song that comes from my heart formality is empty. Think about then what that religion had become, how I did deteriorated in the days of the Pharisees. They objected to Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath day were concerned about the plight of the man that needed to be healed.

They were concerned about the glory of God that would be illustrated when Jesus healing and concern about the interpretation. They gave to certain laws and the additions they had made to it. No compassion for those that were in need. I said this man receive the centers and Edith with them onto glad that he did. Jesus did not meet with centers and receive them because he approved of their sin excuse their sin condone their sins, but he did because he came to save sinners and so he received center without the Pharisees. I pointed an accusing finger. But Jesus ate in the house of Simon the Pharisee, rather than this self-righteous religious man, having compassion for the repentant woman that wept at Jesus feet. He had only words of criticism for the master himself and no fault of trying to minister this woman who went those self-righteous proud man that brought the woman that was taken of the very act of adultery only wanted to trap Jesus and condemn her like Jesus. It seems of a given effect on the highway and sin will with you. Look at the history of Israel on the page of the Old Testament, or see the local state to which that religion had some under the leadership of the Pharisees.

Much speaks of the darkness of wintertime all over the coming of Jesus like the ravens spring. Isaiah chapter 9 verse two said the people that walked in darkness have seen a great light, and they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death upon them. The light shine of the night was long though it indeed was terribly dark. It was a day coming a day coming when Jesus Christ the light of the world would arrive on the scene and that prophecy is quoted in Matthew chapter 4, the 14th verse that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet say in verse 16. The people which sat in darkness saw great light, and they would set in the region of the shadow of death light is sprung up a good to know what a difference it makes the dark clouds and overhead for a long time. Wins have chilled our bones. There has been no great joy. No blackness no uplift in the springtime comes over the springtime.

It was when Jesus arrived. Malachi chapter 4 says, but unto them that fear my name shall the son of righteousness arise with healing in his wings and he shall go forth and grow up as calves of the stall, the son of righteousness, arising with healing in his wings. All the maladies of the Old Testament times.

All of the vanity of the holding on to tradition and going for the formalities. Now things are going to hold new perspective light light has come in the midst of darkness beauty and joy prevail. Jesus himself is the letter that I is the Rose of Sharon, oh what a beautiful thing when God came to this earth as a man. Isaiah referred to this beautiful time in his prophecy in chapter 35 believe that these things were indeed fulfilled as the master walked here upon earth, the wilderness of the solitary play shall be glad for them. The desert shall rejoice and blossom as the room it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, even with joy and singing the glory of Lebanon shall be given to it. The excellency of Carmel and Sharon shall see the glory of the Lord of the excellence of our God strengthen ye the weak hands confirmed the fig leaves say to them that of a fearful heart.

Be strong, fear not, hold your God will come with vengeance. Even God with the recompense. He will come and save you and I the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped then to the lame man leaps in the heart of the tongue of the dumb shall sing for the winter to show waters breakout and screams of the desert sure then when spring arrives in the very presence of Jesus that wilderness in solitary place desert place was made to rejoice beautiful flowers of his grace were seen the blind or blessed to see the deaf to hear the lame to walk remarkable change in all the warmth that came with the gospel message. The Pharisees were always there to impose additional burdens upon those about. I would not lift one finger to assist anybody believing about what with all their many rules and regulations with their self-righteous attitude. They were constantly imposing burdens on others. But Jesus came to set the captive free. He came to lift the burdens he brought the joyful good news became with the word welcome, and the me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest is and suffer the little children to come on the me, and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of heaven on the season of warmth at Sinai, the children of Israel were driven back lightning flash the thunder role. I cannot bear even to hear the voice of God.

They trim them with fear coming to Mount Zion and there is joy as the gospel is proclaimed the good news is, declared that Jesus Christ came to save center yes springtime can well be seen in the coming of Jesus in comparison to the long winter of lost service warmth and joy of this gospel day and what a blessing to enjoy the beauties of springtime. What a joy to think about what is represented there. When we consider the springtime in our own soul comes from the outpouring of God's blessing his blessings upon us as individuals. His blessing in his church hope that you will write a seven until next week. At the same time with the Lord richly bless and say about this Bible hour is come to you under the direction of Elder Lucero Bradley Junior address all mail to the Baptist Bible lower Cincinnati, OH 45217. That's the Baptist Bible lower Cincinnati, OH 45217

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