â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD HONORS ABRAHAMâ€™S LEADERSHIP
o ISAAC WAS IN A STATE OF GRIEVING (62-63A)
o ISAAC LOOKED UP AND SAW GODâ€™S ANSWER TO HIS GRIEF (63B)
o REBEKAH SAW ISAAC & PREPARED TO MEET HER HUSBAND (64-65)
o THE SERVANT REPORTED HIS EVENTS TO ISAAC (66)
o ISAAC TOOK REBEKAH AS HIS WIFE; HE LOVED HER (67A)
o ISAAC WAS COMFORTED AFTER HIS MOTHERâ€™S DEATH (67B)
â€¢ GOD FAITHFULLY KEEPS HIS COVENANT PROMISES
â€¢ GOD KEPT HIS PROMISE TO ABRAHAM
â€¢ GOD IS AND WILL KEEP HIS PROMISES TO YOU AND YOUR CHILDREN
REFERENCES (page 1)
1 Kings 2:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 Now the days of David drew near that he should die, and he charged Solomon his son, saying: 2 â€œI go the way of all the earth; be strong, therefore, and prove yourself a man. 3 And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His judgments, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn; 4 that the Lord may fulfill His word which He spoke concerning me, saying, â€˜If your sons take heed to their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul,â€™ He said, â€˜you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.â€™
Genesis 24:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 Now (A)Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the Lord had(B)blessed Abraham in every way. 2 Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had (C)charge of all that he owned, â€œ(D)Please place your hand under my thigh, 3 and I will make you swear by the Lord,(E)the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you (F)shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of (G)the Canaanites, among whom I live, 4 but you will go to (H)my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.â€ 5 The servant said to him, â€œSuppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the land from where you came?â€ 6 Then Abraham said to him, â€œ(I)Beware that you do not take my son back there! 7 (J)The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my fatherâ€™s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, â€˜(K)To your [a]descendants I will give this land,â€™ He will send (L)His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there.
A. Genesis 24:1 : Gen 18:11
B. Genesis 24:1 : Gen 12:2; 13:2; 24:35; Gal 3:9
C. Genesis 24:2 : Gen 39:4-6
D. Genesis 24:2 : Gen 24:9; 47:29
E. Genesis 24:3 : Gen 14:19, 22
F. Genesis 24:3 : Deut 7:3; 2 Cor 6:14-17
G. Genesis 24:3 : Gen 10:15-19; 26:34, 35; 28:1, 8
H. Genesis 24:4 : Gen 12:1; Heb 11:15
I. Genesis 24:6 : Gen 24:8
J. Genesis 24:7 : Gen 24:3
K. Genesis 24:7 : Gen 12:7; 13:15; 15:18; Ex 32:13
L. Genesis 24:7 : Gen 16:7; 21:17; 22:11; Ex 23:20, 23
Genesis 24:62-67 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
62 Now Isaac had come from going to (A)Beer-lahai-roi; for he [a]was living in (B)the [b]Negev. 63 Isaac went Out (C)to [c]meditate in the field toward evening; and (D)he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, camels were coming. 64 Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac she dismounted from the camel. 65 She said to the servant, â€œWho is that man walking in the field to meet us?â€ And the servant said, â€œHe is my master.â€ Then she took her [d]veil and covered herself. 66 The servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. 67 Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarahâ€™s tent, and (E)he took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and (F)he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after (G)his motherâ€™s death.
3. ABRAHAMâ€™S CONCERN â€“ â€œI GIVE IT TO YOUâ€ (11)
4. ABRAHAMâ€™S TRANSACTION â€“ PUBLIC AND HONEST (13-16)
5. ABRAHAM RECEIVED A PIECE OF GODâ€™S PROMISED LAND (17-20)
o FUTURE OCCUPANTS: ABRAHAM, ISAAC, REBEKAH, LEAH, & JACOB
o GODâ€™S CARE FOR BELIEVERS TODAY â€“ SEE ROSS COMMENTS
â€¢ SARAH WAS THE FIRST TO REST IN GODâ€™S PROMISED LAND
â€¢ GOD GAVE PROMISED LAND TO ABRAHAM BEFORE DEATH: TOMB
â€¢ ABRAHAM HONORED ALL MEN WITH HIS LIFE, ESPECIALLY FAMILY
â€¢ ABRAHAM IS AN EXAMPLE FOR OUR CONDUCT IN DIFFICULTY
â€¢ OUR TRUST IN GOD WILL ENABLE US TO HONOR GOD IN DEATH
â€¢ GOD HAS PROMISED A LAND FOR YOU AND ME IN CHRIST. TRUST HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary
A Eulogy for Sarah
Sarah had been a good wife to Abraham and a good mother to Isaac. Yes, she had her faults, as we all do; but God called her a princess (Gen. 17:15) and listed her with the heroes and heroines of faith (Heb. 11:11). The Apostle Peter named her as a good example for Christian wives to follow (1 Peter 3:1â€“6), and Paul used her to illustrate the grace of God in the life of the believer (Gal. 4:21â€“31).
Sarah died in faith (Heb. 11:11, 13), so Abraham knew that she was in the Lordâ€™s care. In the Old Testament, very little was revealed about the afterlife; but Godâ€™s people knew that God would receive them when they died (Ps. 73:24).
Appropriate Weeping for Abraham
How often in my pastoral ministry I have heard well-meaning but ignorant people say to grieving friends or relatives, â€œNow, donâ€™t cry!â€ That is very poor counsel, for God made us with the ability to weep; and He expects us to cry. Even Jesus wept (John 11:35). Grieving is one of Godâ€™s gifts to help heal broken hearts when people we love are taken from us in death. Paul did not tell the Thessalonian Christians not to weep; he cautioned them not to sorrow â€œas others who have no hopeâ€ (1 Thes. 4:13â€“18). The grief of a believer should be different from that of an unbeliever.
Abraham loved his wife, and her death was a painful experience for him. He showed his love and his grief by his weeping. These are the first recorded tears in the Bible, and tears will not end until God wipes them away in glory (Rev. 21:4). Even though he was a man of faith, Abraham did not feel that his tears were an evidence of unbelief.
Philippians 1:22-26 The Message (MSG)
22-26 As long as Iâ€™m alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which Iâ€™d choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that itâ€™s better for me to stick it out here. So I plan to be around awhile, companion to you as your growth and joy in this life of trusting God continues. You can start looking forward to a great reunion when I come visit you again. Weâ€™ll be praising Christ, enjoying each other.
Allen P. Ross, The Bible Knowledge Commentary
The patriarchs and others died, not receiving the promises; yet they died in faith (Heb. 11:39â€“40). It was not Godâ€™s plan to give them the promised rest without the participation of New Testament believers. A Sabbath-rest yet remains; yet those who believe enter into it even now and will fully realize it in the future (Heb. 4:8â€“10). The point is that Godâ€™s promises to those in the faith are not exhausted in this life. As Abraham in hope bought a grave site in the land, so believers today have a hope beyond this life. The time of deathâ€”when oneâ€™s natural inclination is to mourn as the world mournsâ€”should be the time of a believerâ€™s greatest demonstration of faith, for the recipient of Godâ€™s promises has a hope beyond the grave. Jesus Himself referred to Abraham when discussing the resurrection with the Sadducees (Matt. 22:31â€“32). Godâ€™s promises demand resurrection!
Genesis 23:1-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Death and Burial of Sarah
23 Now [a]Sarah lived one hundred and twenty-seven years; these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 Sarah died in (A)Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan; and Abraham [b]went in to mourn for Sarah and to weep for her. 3 Then Abraham rose from before his dead, and spoke to the (B)sons of Heth, saying, 4 â€œI am (C)a stranger and a sojourner among you; (D)give me [c]a (E)burial site among you that I may bury my dead out of my sight.â€
5 The sons of Heth answered Abraham, saying to him, 6 â€œHear us, my lord, you are a [d](F)mighty prince among us; bury your dead in the choicest of our graves; none of us will refuse you his grave for burying your dead.â€ 7 So Abraham rose and bowed to the people of the land, the sons of Heth. 8 And he spoke with them, saying, â€œIf it is your [e]wish for me to bury my dead out of my sight, hear me, and approach (G)Ephron the son of Zohar for me, 9 that he may give me the cave of Machpelah which he owns, which is at the end of his field; for the full price let him give it to me in [f]your presence for [g]a burial site.â€ 10 Now Ephron was sitting among the sons of Heth; and Ephron the Hittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the sons of Heth;even (H)of all who went in at the gate of his city, saying, 11 â€œNo, my lord, hear me; (I)I give you the field, and I give you the cave that is in it. In the presence of the sons of my people I give it to you; bury your dead.â€12 And Abraham bowed before the people of the land. 13 He spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, â€œIf you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me that I may bury my dead there.â€ 14 Then Ephron answered Abraham, saying to him, 15 â€œMy lord, listen to me; a piece of land worth four hundred (J)shekels of silver, what is that between me and you? So bury your dead.â€ 16 Abraham listened to Ephron; and Abraham (K)weighed out for Ephron the silver which he had named in the [h]hearing of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, [i]commercial standard.
17 So (L)Ephronâ€™s field, which was in Machpelah, which faced Mamre, the field and cave which was in it, and all the trees which were in the field, that were [j]within all the confines of its border, [k]were deeded over 18 to Abraham for a possession (M)in the presence of the sons of Heth, before all who went in at the gate of his city. 19 After this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field at Machpelah facing Mamre (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan. 20 So the field and the cave that is in it, [l]were (N)deeded over to Abraham for [m]a burial site by the sons of Heth.
a. Genesis 23:1 Lit the life of Sarah was
b. Genesis 23:2 Or proceeded
c. Genesis 23:4 Lit possession of a grave
d. Genesis 23:6 Lit prince of God
e. Genesis 23:8 Lit soul
f. Genesis 23:9 Lit the midst of you
g. Genesis 23:9 Lit possession of a burial place
h. Genesis 23:16 Lit ears
i. Genesis 23:16 Lit current according to the merchant
j. Genesis 23:17 Lit in all its border around
k. Genesis 23:17 Or were ratified
l. Genesis 23:20 Or were ratified
m. Genesis 23:20 Lit possession of a burial place
A. Genesis 23:2 : Josh 14:15; 15:13; 21:11
B. Genesis 23:3 : Gen 10:15; 15:20
C. Genesis 23:4 : Gen 17:8; Lev 25:23; 1 Chr 29:15; Ps 39:12; 105:12; 119:19; Heb 11:9, 13
D. Genesis 23:4 : Acts 7:16
E. Genesis 23:4 : Gen 49:30
F. Genesis 23:6 : Gen 14:14; 20:7
G. Genesis 23:8 : Gen 25:9
H. Genesis 23:10 : Gen 23:18; 34:20, 24; Ruth 4:1, 11
I. Genesis 23:11 : 2 Sam 24:21-24
J. Genesis 23:15 : Ex 30:13; Ezek 45:12
K. Genesis 23:16 : 2 Sam 14:26; Jer 32:9, 10; Zech 11:12
L. Genesis 23:17 : Gen 25:9; 49:29, 30; 50:13
M. Genesis 23:18 : Gen 23:10
N. Genesis 23:20 : Jer 32:10-14
Precious In Godâ€™s Eyes
January 30, 2014 â€” by David C. McCasland
Read: Psalm 116
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. â€”Psalm 116:15
In response to the news that a mutual friend of ours had died, a wise brother who knew the Lord sent me these words, â€œPrecious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saintsâ€ (Ps. 116:15). Our friendâ€™s vibrant faith in Jesus Christ was the dominant characteristic of his life, and we knew he was home with God in heaven. His family had that assurance as well, but I had been focused only on their sorrow. And itâ€™s appropriate to consider others during their grief and loss.
But the verse from Psalms turned my thoughts to how the Lord saw the passing of our friend. Something â€œpreciousâ€ is something of great value. Yet, there is a larger meaning here. There is something in the death of a saint that transcends our grief over their absence.
â€œPrecious (important and no light matter) in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints (His loving ones)â€ (The Amplified Bible). Another paraphrase says, â€œHis loved ones are very precious to him and he does not lightly let them dieâ€ (The Living Bible). God is not flippant toward death. The marvel of His grace and power is that, as believers, our loss of life on earth also brings great gain.
Today we have only a glimpse. One day weâ€™ll understand it in the fullness of His light.
INTRODUCTION: THE GIVER OF LIFE (MARK 16:5-11, 1 COR 15:12-19)
SCRIPTURE: EPHESIANS 2:1-10
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LETTER OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO EPHESUS
TITLE OF MESSAGE: ARE YOU DEAD OR ALIVE?
CTS: 3 WAYS TO KNOW THAT GOD HAS RAISED YOU TO LIFE
HOW DOES THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS APPLY TO MY FAITH?:
I. THOSE WITHOUT CHRIST ARE DEAD (VV. 1-3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAUL REMINDS BELIEVERS OF WHO THEY WERE
o YOU WERE â€œDEADâ€ IN YOUR TRESPASSES AND SINS (1)
ï‚§ YOU USED TO WALK ACCORDING TO (X2) (2AB):
â€¢ THE COURSE OF THIS WORLD (2A)
â€¢ THE PRINCE OF THE POWER OF THE AIR (2B)
â€¢ THE SPIRIT NOW WORKING IN THE SONS OF DISOBEDIENCE (2C)
o WE FORMERLY LIVED IN THE LUSTS OF:
ï‚§ INDULGING OUR DESIRES IN THE FLESH (3B)
ï‚§ INDULGING OUR DESIRES IN OUR MIND (MIND) (3B)
ï‚§ BY NATURE CHILDREN OF WRATH (PRIDE) (3C) (1 JOHN 2:16) (ROM 5:8)
â€¢ JESUS BORE THE SINS OF THE WORLD AT HIS DEATH (1 PETER 2:24)
II. THOSE WHOM GOD RAISED ARE ALIVE (VV. 4-7)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAUL REMINDS THEM THAT SALVATION IS OF GOD ALONE
o â€œBUTâ€ GOD THROUGH HIS MERCY AND HIS GREAT LOVE (4)
o WHEN WE WERE DEAD IN OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, MADE US ALIVE (5A)
o â€œTOGETHERâ€ WITH CHRIST (5B)
o GOD RAISED US UP WITH CHRIST, SEATED US WITH CHRIST IN CHRIST (6)
o TO SHOW US THE SURPASSING RICHES OF HIS GRACE IN JESUS (5B, 7)
III. THOSE WHOM GOD RAISED LIVE FOR HIS GLORY (VV. 8-10)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAUL REMINDS THEM OF WHY GOD MADE THEM ALIVE
o WE ARE SAVED BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH, BOTH PROVIDED BY GOD (8)
o SALVATION IS NOT OF OURSELVES. ITâ€™S GODâ€™S GIFT (8B)
o SALVATION IS NOT OF WORKS. THEREFORE, WE CANNOT BOAST (9)
o WE ARE GODâ€™S WORKMANSHIP IN CHRIST TO DO GODâ€™S WORKS (10)
â€¢ WITHOUT A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, MAN IS DEAD
â€¢ GOD IS THE ONE WHO GIVES LIFE TO THE DEAD MAN
â€¢ THE LIFE GOD GIVES HAPPENS WITHOUT MANâ€™S INVOLVEMENT
â€¢ YOU CAN BE RAISED FROM THE DEAD. ALLOW GOD TO GIVE YOU FAITH
â€¢ IF YOU ARE ALIVE IN CHRIST, ALLOW GOD TO DO HIS GOOD WORKS IN YOU
â€¢ CELEBRATE: GOD HAS RAISED JESUS AND YOU TO NEW LIFE!
REFERENCES (page 1)
THE GIVER OF LIFE
Mark 16:5-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed.
6 But he said to them, â€œDo not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. 7 But go, tell His disciplesâ€”and Peterâ€”that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.â€
8 So they went out quickly[a] and fled from the tomb, for they trembled and were amazed. And they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.
Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord
9 Now when He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with Him, as they mourned and wept.11 And when they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.
1 Corinthians 15:12-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen. 14 And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty. 15 Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise upâ€”if in fact the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins! 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
1 John 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For all that is in the worldâ€”the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of lifeâ€”is not of the Father but is of the world.
Romans 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Peter 2:24 New King James Version (NKJV)
24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousnessâ€”by whose stripes you were healed.
Ephesians 2:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 And you [a]were (A)dead [b]in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you (B)formerly walked according to the[c]course of (C)this world, according to (D)the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in(E)the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all (F)formerly lived in (G)the lusts of our flesh, [d]indulging the desires of the flesh and of the [e]mind, and were (H)by nature (I)children of wrath, (J)even as the rest.
4 But God, being (K)rich in mercy, because of (L)His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were(M)dead [f]in our transgressions, made us alive together [g]with Christ ((N)by grace you have been saved),6 and (O)raised us up with Him, and (P)seated us with Him in (Q)the heavenly places in (R)Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing (S)riches of His grace in (T)kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8 For (U)by grace you have been saved (V)through faith; and [h]that not of yourselves, it is (W)the gift of God; 9 (X)not as a result of works, so that (Y)no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, (Z)created in(AA)Christ Jesus for (AB)good works, which God (AC)prepared beforehand so that we would (AD)walk in them.
INTRODUCTION: A PICTURE OF PALM SUNDAY (LUKE 19:29-40)
SCRIPTURE: ZECHARIAH 9:9-17
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: SHARING HOPE FOR ISRAELâ€™S FUTURE;
â€¢ PROPHECY IF CHRISTâ€™S COMING â€“ 500 YEARS BEFORE CHRISTâ€™S 1ST ADVENT
TITLE OF MESSAGE: EVIDENCE OF YOUR SAVIOR
CTS: 3 FACTS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST
WHY SHOULD PALM SUNDAY BE SIGNIFICANT TO ME?:
I. JESUS FULFILLED SCRIPTURE ON PALM SUNDAY (VS. 9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ZECHARIAH PROPHESIED OF JESUSâ€™ COMING
o GODâ€™S PEOPLE WERE TO REJOICE OVER GODâ€™S DELIVERANCE (9A)
o REASON FOR CELEBRATION: THEIR KING WAS COMING TO THEM (9B):
ï‚§ HE WOULD BE JUST (9C) (1 PETER 3:18)
ï‚§ HE WOULD BE ENDOWED WITH SALVATION (9D) (2 PETER 1:1-4)
ï‚§ HE WOULD COME IN HUMILITY (9E)
ï‚§ RIDING ON A DONKEY (9FG)
o REFLECTING ON THIS PROPHECY, JESUS WAS / IS THE MESSIAH
II. JESUS WILL RULE AS GODâ€™S APPOINTED KING (VS. 10)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ZECHARIAH SPOKE OF THE PEACE OF THE MESSIAH
o WAR WILL COME TO AN END (10A)
o HE WILL BRING PEACE TO THE NATIONS (10B) (ROMANS 5:1)
o HE WILL REIGN OVER ALL THE EARTH (10C) (PSALM 2:4-9)
III. JESUS WILL DELIVER HIS PEOPLE FROM EVIL (VV. 11-17)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ZECHARIAH SPOKE OF THE FUTURE FOR GODâ€™S PEOPLE
o BECAUSE OF THE BLOOD OF MY COVENANT WITH YOU (11A):
ï‚§ PRISONERS SET FREE (11B)
ï‚§ STRONGHOLD: PROTECTION FROM EVIL (12A)
ï‚§ A DOUBLE BLESSING OF PROSPERITY (12B)
ï‚§ POWER TO OVERCOME THE ENEMIES (13)
ï‚§ GOD WILL FIGHT THEIR BATTLES (14-15)
ï‚§ THEIR GOD WILL SAVE THEM AS HIS FLOCK (16)
ï‚§ THEIR FUTURE LIFE WILL BE THE GREATEST (17)
â€¢ JESUS â€˜ARRIVAL IN JERUSALEM GIVES PEOPLE HOPE
â€¢ JESUSâ€™ RETURN IN THE NEAR FUTURE SUSTAINS OUR HOPE
â€¢ JESUSâ€™ FUTURE RULE ON EARTH SECURES OUR HOPE
â€¢ SECURE YOUR HOPE IN THE FUTURE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST TODAY
REFERENCES (page 1)
Luke 19:29-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage[a] and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying,â€œGo into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, â€˜Why are you loosing it?â€™ thus you shall say to him, â€˜Because the Lord has need of it.â€™â€
32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. 33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, â€œWhy are you loosing the colt?â€
34 And they said, â€œThe Lord has need of him.â€ 35 Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. 36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road.
37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying:
â€œ â€˜Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!â€™[b]
Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!â€
39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, â€œTeacher, rebuke Your disciples.â€
40 But He answered and said to them, â€œI tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.â€
1 Peter 3:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[a] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
2 Peter 1:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things thatpertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Romans 5:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
Psalm 2:4-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
5 Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
6 â€œYet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.â€
7 â€œI will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
â€˜You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
8 Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break[a] them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potterâ€™s vessel.â€™â€
Zechariah 9:9-17New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 (A)Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your (B)king is coming to you;
He is [a](C)just and (D)endowed with salvation,
(E)Humble, and mounted on a donkey,
Even on a (F)colt, the [b]foal of a donkey.
10 I will (G)cut off the chariot from Ephraim
And the (H)horse from Jerusalem;
And the (I)bow of war will be cut off.
And He will speak (J)peace to the nations;
And His (K)dominion will be from sea to sea,
And from the [c]River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, because of the (L)blood of My covenant with you,
I have set your (M)prisoners free from the [d]waterless pit.
12 Return to the [e](N)stronghold, O prisoners [f]who have the (O)hope;
This very day I am declaring that I will restore (P)double to you.
13 For I will (Q)bend Judah [g]as My bow,
I will fill the bow with Ephraim.
And I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O (R)Greece;
And I will make you like a (S)warriorâ€™s sword.
14 Then the Lord will appear (T)over them,
And His (U)arrow will go forth like lightning;
And the Lord [h]God will blow the (V)trumpet,
And will march in the (W)storm winds of the south.
15 (X)The Lord of hosts will defend them.
And they will (Y)devour and trample on the (Z)sling stones;
And they will drink and be (AA)boisterous as with wine;
And they will be filled like a sacrificial basin,
Drenched like the (AB)corners of the altar.
16 And the Lord their God will (AC)save them in that day
As the flock of His people;
For they are as the stones of a (AD)crown,
[i]Sparkling in His land.
17 For what [j](AE)comeliness and (AF)beauty will be [k]theirs!
Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.
a. Zechariah 9:9 Or vindicated and victorious
b. Zechariah 9:9 Lit son of a female donkey
c. Zechariah 9:10 I.e. Euphrates
d. Zechariah 9:11 Lit cistern in which there is no water
e. Zechariah 9:12 Or Stronghold
f. Zechariah 9:12 Lit of the hope
g. Zechariah 9:13 Lit for Me
h. Zechariah 9:14 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
i. Zechariah 9:16 Or Displayed over
j. Zechariah 9:17 Lit goodness
k. Zechariah 9:17 Lit his
A. Zechariah 9:9 : Zeph 3:14, 15; Zech 2:10
B. Zechariah 9:9 : Ps 110:1; Is 9:6, 7; Jer 23:5, 6; Matt 21:5; John 12:15
INTRODUCTION: HOW HAS GOD TESTED YOUR FAITH TO THE EXTREME?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD IS FULFILLING HIS PROMISES TO ABRAHAM
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 22:1-19
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: THE TESTING OF FAITH
CTS: 4 FACTORS INVOLVED WITH THE TESTING OF FAITH
HOW DOES TESTING INCREASE MY FAITH?:
I. TESTING IS PART OF OUR FAITH (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD PUTS ABRAHAMâ€™S FAITH TO THE TEST
o TESTING IS CONDUCTED BY GOD: GOD TESTED ABRAHAM (1)
o ABRAHAM WAS TO OFFER HIS SON AS A BURNT SACRIFICE (2)
II. TESTING DEMONSTRATES OUR CONFIDENCE IN GOD (VV. 3-8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAHAM, WITHOUT HESITATION, OBEYED GOD
o ABRAHAM ROSE EARLY, GATHERED SUPPLIES, AND WENT (3-4)
o ABRAHAMâ€™S CONFIDENCE IN GOD: HIS WORDS & ACTIONS (5-8)
o NOTE: PAY ATTENTION TO ISAACâ€™S WORDS AND ACTIONS
III. TESTING LEADS TO GREATER INTIMACY WITH GOD (VV. 9-14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD INTERVENED TO PRESERVE HIS PROMISE
o ABRAHAMâ€™S FAITH: TO GIVE WHAT HE LOVED MOST TO GOD (9-10)
â€¢ NOTE: SYMBOLISM OF FATHER & SON / GOD & JESUS
o GOD INTERVENED: I KNOW THAT YOU FEAR GOD (11-12)
o GOD PROVIDED THE SACRIFICE HE REQUIRED (13)
o ABRAHAM NAMED THE PLACE: THE LORD WILL PROVIDE (14)
IV. TESTING REVEALS UNTOLD BLESSINGS (VV. 15-19)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAHAM PASSED THE TEST: GOD GAVE REASSURANCE
o AN ANGEL APPEARED A SECOND TIME (15-16)
o BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT WITHELD YOUR SON FROM ME, I WILL:
â€¢ GREATLY BLESS YOU (17A)
â€¢ GREATLY MULTIPLY YOUR SEED (17B)
â€¢ YOUR SEED SHALL POSSESS THE GATES OF YOUR ENEMIES (17C)
â€¢ NATIONS WILL BE BLESSED BECAUSE OF YOUR OBEDIENCE (18)
â€¢ GOD DESIGNS THE TESTING OF FAITH TO INCREASE OUR TRUST IN HIM
â€¢ GOD ALLOWS TESTING TO INCREASE OUR OBEDIENCE
â€¢ ABRAHAMâ€™S TRUST AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD ENABLED HIS OBEDIENCE
â€¢ GOD REASSURED ABRAHAM, BECAUSE OF HIS OBEDIENCE
â€¢ AS WE FOLLOW ABRAHAMâ€™S EXAMPLE, GOD PROMISES US BLESSINGS
REFERENCES (page 1)
The Bible Exposition Commentary Warren Wiersbe (The School of faith)
In the â€œSchool of Faithâ€ we must have occasional tests, or we will never know where we are spiritually. Abraham had his share of tests right from the beginning. First was the â€œfamily test,â€ when he had to leave his loved ones and step out by faith to go to a new land (11:27â€“12:5). This was followed by the â€œfamine test,â€ which Abraham failed because he doubted God and went down to Egypt for help (12:10â€“13:4).
Once back in the land, Abraham passed the â€œfellowship testâ€ when he gave Lot first choice in using the pastureland (13:5â€“18). He also passed the â€œfight testâ€ when he defeated the kings (14:1â€“16) and the â€œfortune testâ€ when he said no to Sodomâ€™s wealth (14:17â€“24). But he failed the â€œfatherhood testâ€ when Sarah got impatient with God and suggested that Abraham have a child by Hagar (Gen. 16). When the time came to send Ishmael away, Abraham passed the â€œfarewell testâ€ even though it broke his heart (21:14â€“21).
Trials and Temptations Warren Wiersbe
Learn to distinguish between trials and temptations. Temptations come from our desires within us (James 1:12â€“16) while trials come from the Lord who has a special purpose to fulfill. Temptations are used by the devil to bring out the worst in us, but trials are used by the Holy Spirit to bring out the best in us (1:1â€“6). Temptations seem logical while trials seem very unreasonable. Why would God give Abraham a son and then ask Abraham to kill him?
The lessons about true worship are timeless: (1) Faith obeys completely the Word of God. (2) Faith surrenders the best to God, holding nothing back. (3) Faith waits on the Lord to provide all oneâ€™s needs. But God does not provide until personal sacrifice has been made. True worship is costly. This was always so for Israel when they brought sacrifices. Those offerings were supposed to be given in faith so God would provide all the needs of each willing worshiper.
Genesis 22:1-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Offering of Isaac
22 Now it came about after these things, that (A)God tested Abraham, and said to him, â€œ(B)Abraham!â€ And he said, â€œHere I am.â€ 2 He said, â€œTake now (C)your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of (D)Moriah, and offer him there as a (E)burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.â€
3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. 5 Abraham said to his young men, â€œStay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.â€
6 Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and (F)laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. 7 Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, â€œMy father!â€ And he said, â€œHere I am, my son.â€ And he said, â€œBehold, the fire and the wood, but where is the (G)lamb for the burnt offering?â€ 8 Abraham said, â€œGod will [a]provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.â€ So the two of them walked on together.
9 Then they came to (H)the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built (I)the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and (J)laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But (K)the angel of the Lordcalled to him from heaven and said, â€œAbraham, Abraham!â€ And he said, â€œHere I am.â€ 12 He said, â€œDo not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now (L)I know that you [b]fear God, since you have not withheld (M)your son, your only son, from Me.â€ 13 Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. 14 Abraham called the name of that place [c]The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, â€œIn the mount of the Lord (N)it will [d]be provided.â€
15 Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16 and said, â€œ(O)By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly (P)multiply your [e]seed as the stars of the heavens and as (Q)the sand which is on the seashore; and (R)your [f]seed shall possess the gate of [g]their enemies. 18 (S)In your [h]seed all the nations of the earth shall [i]be blessed, because you have (T)obeyed My voice.â€ 19 (U)So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived at Beersheba.
a. Genesis 22:8 Lit see
b. Genesis 22:12 Or reverence; lit are a fearer of God
c. Genesis 22:14 Heb YHWH-jireh
d. Genesis 22:14 Lit be seen
e. Genesis 22:17 Or descendants
f. Genesis 22:17 Or descendants
g. Genesis 22:17 Lit his
h. Genesis 22:18 Or descendants
i. Genesis 22:18 Or bless themselves
A. Genesis 22:1 : Deut 8:2, 16; Heb 11:17; James 1:12-14
B. Genesis 22:1 : Gen 22:11
C. Genesis 22:2 : Gen 22:12, 16; John 3:16; 1 John 4:9
D. Genesis 22:2 : 2 Chr 3:1
E. Genesis 22:2 : Gen 8:20
F. Genesis 22:6 : John 19:17
G. Genesis 22:7 : Ex 29:38-42; John 1:29, 36; Rev 13:8
H. Genesis 22:9 : Gen 22:2
I. Genesis 22:9 : Gen 12:7, 8; 13:18
J. Genesis 22:9 : Heb 11:17-19; James 2:21
K. Genesis 22:11 : Gen 16:7-11; 21:17, 18
L. Genesis 22:12 : James 2:21, 22
M. Genesis 22:12 : Gen 22:2, 16
N. Genesis 22:14 : Gen 22:8
O. Genesis 22:16 : Ps 105:9; Luke 1:73; Heb 6:13, 14
P. Genesis 22:17 : Gen 15:5; 26:4; Jer 33:22; Heb 11:12
Q. Genesis 22:17 : Gen 32:12
R. Genesis 22:17 : Gen 24:60
S. Genesis 22:18 : Gen 12:3; 18:18; Acts 3:25; Gal 3:8, 16
T. Genesis 22:18 : Gen 18:19; 22:3, 10; 26:5
U. Genesis 22:19 : Gen 22:5
INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS THE LIFESPAN OF A PROMISE?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ABRAHAMâ€™S SIN IN GERAR; GODâ€™S PROTECTION
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 21:1-14
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: TRUSTING GODâ€™S PROMISES
CTS: 3 REASONS YOU CAN TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD
WHY SHOULD I TRUST IN GODâ€™S PROMISES?:
I. GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD HONORED A 25 YEAR OLD PROMISE TO ABRAHAM
o THE LORD TOOK NOTE OF SARAH, JUST AS â€œHE SAIDâ€ (1A)
o THE LORD DID FOR SARAH JUST AS HE PROMISED (1B)
o SARAH BORE A CHILD TO ABRAHAM IN HIS OLD AGE (2)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: GOD WILL ACCOMPLISH HIS WORD (IS 55:10-11; JOSH 1:8-9)
II. GODâ€™S PROMISES CONQUER THE IMPOSSIBLE (VV. 3-8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAHAM HONORS GODâ€™S PROMISES WITH OBEDIENCE
o ABRAHAM NAMED HIS SON ISAAC, AS DIRECTED BY THE LORD (3) (17:19)
o ABRAHAM HONORED GOD THROUGH CIRCUMCISION OF ISAAC (4)
o ABRAHAM WAS 100 AT THE TIME OF ISAACâ€™S BIRTH (5-7)
o ABRAHAM CELEBRATED GODâ€™S UNBROKEN PROMISE (8)
III. GODâ€™S PROMISES ARE ENDURING (VV. 9-14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD KEPT HIS PROMISE CONCERNING ISHMAEL
o ISHMAEL WAS NOT PART OF GODâ€™S PROMISED LINEAGE (9-10)
o ABRAHAM BECAME DISTRESSED AT THE LOSS OF HIS FIRST SON (11)
o GOD ASSURED ABRAHAM OF HIS PROMISE AND COVENANT (12-13)
o ABRAHAM TOOK GOD AT HIS WORD & SENT ISHMAEL AWAY (14)
â€¢ GOD HONORED HIS PROMISE OF A CHILD TO ABRAHAM & SARAH
â€¢ ABRAHAM TOOK GOD AT HIS WORD & WORSHIPPED GOD: HE OBEYED
â€¢ GOD WILL HONOR HIS PROMISES TO YOU: SALVATION & ETERNAL LIFE
â€¢ WE MUST TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD & WORSHIP HIM THROUGH OBEDIENCE
REFERENCES (page 1)
Isaiah 55:10-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 â€œFor as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Joshua 1:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lordyour God is with you wherever you go.â€
Genesis 21:1-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Isaac Is Born
21 (A)Then the Lord took note of Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had [a]promised. 2 (B)So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at (C)the appointed time of which God had spoken to him.
3 Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, (D)Isaac. 4 Then Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was (E)eight days old, as God had commanded him.5 Now Abraham was (F)one hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. 6 Sarah said, â€œGod has made (G)laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh [b]with me.â€ 7 And she said, â€œ(H)Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.â€
8 The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned.
Sarah Turns against Hagar
9 Now Sarah saw (I)the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, [c](J)mocking. 10 Therefore she said to Abraham, â€œ(K)Drive out this maid and her son, for the son of this maid shall not be an heir with my son [d]Isaac.â€ 11 (L)The matter [e]distressed Abraham greatly because of his son. 12 But God said to Abraham, â€œ[f]Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for(M)through Isaac [g]your descendants shall be named. 13 And of (N)the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your [h]descendant.â€14 So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a [i]skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba.
a. Genesis 21:1 Lit spoken
b. Genesis 21:6 Lit for
c. Genesis 21:9 Or playing
d. Genesis 21:10 Lit with Isaac
e. Genesis 21:11 Lit was very grievous in Abrahamâ€™s sight
f. Genesis 21:12 Lit Do not let it be grievous in your sight
g. Genesis 21:12 Lit your seed will be called
h. Genesis 21:13 Lit seed
i. Genesis 21:14 I.e. a skin used as a bottle
A. Genesis 21:1 : Gen 17:16, 21; 18:10, 14; Gal 4:23
o ABRAHAM USES A DECEPTIVE TRUTH A 2ND TIME: SHE IS MY SISTER (2)
ï‚§ COST OF ABRAHAMâ€™S DECEPTION (SEE WIERSBE COMMENTS):
1. IT COST HIM CHARACTER
2. HE LOST HIS TESTIMONY
3. HE LOST HIS MINISTRY
II. GODâ€™S ACTING ON YOUR BEHALF (VV. 3-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD INTERVENED ON BEHALF OF ABRAHAM
o GOD TOLD ABIMELECH THAT HE WAS A DEAD MAN (3)
ï‚§ ABIMELECH HAD VIOLATED GODâ€™S COVENANT W/ ABRAHAM
o ABIMELECH DEFENDS HIS INNOCENCE (4-5)
o GOD GIVES GUIDANCE FOR REPENTANCE:
ï‚§ GOD PREVENTED ABIMELECH FROM VIOLATING HIS COVENANT (6)
ï‚§ ABIMELECH WAS TO RESTORE SARAH & ASK FOR PRAYER (7-8)
o ABIMELECH CONFRONTS ABRAHAM (9-13)
o ABIMELECH BLESSES ABRAHAM (14-16)
III. GODâ€™S USING YOU TO CARE FOR OTHERS (VV. 17-18)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD USED ABRAHAM TO BLESS ABIMELECH
o ABRAHAM PRAYED FOR ABIMELECH (17A)
o GOD HEALED ABIMELECHâ€™S HOUSEHOLD (OPENED THEIR WOMBS) (17B-18)
â€¢ ABRAHAM STILL STRUGGLED WITH THE SIN OF FEARING MAN
â€¢ GOD PROVIDENTIALLY PROTECTED HIS COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM
â€¢ GOD KEPT ABIMELECH FROM SINNING; ABIMELECH BLESSED ABRAHAM
â€¢ ABRAHAM PRAYED FOR ABIMELECH; GOD HEALED ABIMELECH
â€¢ GOD ULTIMATELY INCREASED ABRAHAMâ€™S ESTATE
â€¢ GOD WILL KEEP HIS PROMISES TO YOU IN THE MIDST OF YOUR SIN
â€¢ ABRAHAMâ€™S SITUATION IS AN EXAMPLE AND WARNING TO AVOID SIN
REFERENCES (page 1)
Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Obedient
Believers do sin. This chapter would be an embarrassment to us except for one thing: The Bible tells the truth about all people, and that includes Godâ€™s people. It does not hide the fact that Noah got drunk and exposed himself (Gen. 9:20â€“23), or that Moses lost his temper (Num. 20:1â€“13), or that David committed adultery and plotted the death of a valiant soldier (2 Sam. 11). Peter denied the Lord three times (Matt. 26:69â€“75), and Barnabas lapsed into false doctrine (Gal. 2:13).
These things are recorded, not to encourage us to sin, but to warn us to beware of sin. After all, if these great men of faith disobeyed the Lord, then we â€œordinary saintsâ€ had better be very careful! â€œTherefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fallâ€ (1 Cor. 10:12, NKJV).
Cost of Abrahamâ€™s Deception:
What did this one lie cost Abraham? To begin with, it cost him character. Phillips Brooks said, â€œThe purpose of life is the building of character through truth.â€ God is not just â€œsaving soulsâ€ and taking people to heaven. Through the trials and testing of life, He is making saved people more like Jesus Christ and thereby glorifying Himself. Abraham stopped asking â€œWhat is right?â€ and began asking â€œWhat is safe?â€ and this led to his downfall. Once the salt has lost its taste, how do you restore it?
He also lost his testimony. How could Abraham talk to his pagan neighbors about the God of truth when he himself had told a lie? Lot lost his witness in Sodom, and Abraham lost his witness in Gerar. â€œA bad manâ€™s example has little influence over good men,â€ wrote James Strahan in Hebrew Ideals (Kregel, 1982, p. 141). â€œBut the bad example of a good man, eminent in station and established in reputation, has an enormous power for evil.â€
Imagine how humiliated Abraham was when Abimelech called him in, confronted him, and rebuked him. It is hard enough to submit to the rebuke of a Christian brother or sister, but to accept rebuke from an unsaved person demands a great deal of honesty and humility. â€œYou have done things to me that should not be doneâ€ (Gen. 20:9, NIV). Those words cut deep! Christians must be careful how they relate to those who are â€œoutsideâ€ (Col. 4:5; 1 Thes. 4:12).
He lost his ministry; for instead of being a source of blessing (Gen. 12:1â€“3), he was the cause of judgment. No babies were born during Abrahamâ€™s sojourn in Gerar (12:17â€“18). When a child of God gets out of the will of God, the discipline of God usually follows. Jonah caused a storm that nearly wrecked the ship (Jonah 1); Achan brought defeat to the army (Josh. 7); and David brought sorrow to his family (2 Sam. 12:10).
Genesis 20:1-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 Now Abraham journeyed from (A)there toward the land of (B)the [a]Negev, and [b]settled between Kadesh and Shur; then he sojourned in (C)Gerar. 2 Abraham said of Sarah his wife, â€œ(D)She is my sister.â€ So (E)Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah.
3 (F)But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, â€œBehold, (G)you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is [c]married.â€ 4 Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, â€œLord,(H)will You slay a nation, even though [d]blameless? 5 Did he not himself say to me, â€˜She is my sisterâ€™? And she (I)herself said, â€˜He is my brother.â€™ In (J)the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my [e]hands I have done this.â€ 6 Then God said to him in the dream, â€œYes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also [f](K)kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. 7 Now therefore, restore the manâ€™s wife, for (L)he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.â€
8 So Abimelech arose early in the morning and called all his servants and told all these things in their hearing; and the men were greatly frightened. 9 (M)Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, â€œWhat have you done to us? And [g]how have I sinned against you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom (N)a great sin? You have done to me [h]things that ought not to be done.â€10 And Abimelech said to Abraham, â€œWhat have you [i]encountered, that you have done this thing?â€11 Abraham said, â€œBecause I thought, surely there is no (O)fear of God in this place, and (P)they will kill me because of my wife. 12 Besides, she actually is my sister, the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife; 13 and it came about, when (Q)God caused me to wander from my fatherâ€™s house, that I said to her, â€˜This is [j]the kindness which you will show to me: [k]everywhere we go, (R)say of me, â€œHe is my brother.â€â€™â€
14 (S)Abimelech then took sheep and oxen and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and restored his wife Sarah to him. 15 Abimelech said, â€œ(T)Behold, my land is before you; [l]settle wherever [m]you please.â€ 16 To Sarah he said, â€œBehold, I have given your (U)brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, it is [n]your vindication before all who are with you, and before all men you are cleared.â€ 17 (V)Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children. 18 (W)For the LORD had closed fast all the wombs of the household of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abrahamâ€™s wife.
INTRODUCTION: â€œWITHOUT POWERâ€ BY DAVID MCCASLAND (ODB)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LOT HAD SETTLED IN SODOM (RESCUED X 2)
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 19:15-18, 30-38
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: SELF ASSESSMENT
CTS: 2 REASONS TO STAY CONSCIOUS OF YOUR WALK WITH GOD
WHAT IS THE DANGER OF NOT ASSESSING MY FAITH?:
I. LOSS OF FOCUS ON GOD (VV. 15-18)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LOTâ€™S FAITH SUFFERED IN SODOM
o GODâ€™S MERCY TOWARD LOT WAS CLEAR:
ï‚§ GODâ€™S ANGELS TOLD LOT TO LEAVE SODOM (15)
ï‚§ LOT HESITATED (16A)
ï‚§ THE ANGELS DRAGGED HIS FAMILY OUTSIDE THE CITY (16B)
ï‚§ LOT WAS TOLD TO FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS (17)
ï‚§ LOT REBELLED AGAINST GODâ€™S COUNSEL (18)
II. ADOPTING THE BEHAVIOR OF THE WORLD (VV. 30-38)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: LOTâ€™S LEGACY, AS A RIGHTEOUS MAN, IS LOST
o LOT FLED IN FEAR FROM ZOAR TO A CAVE IN THE MOUNTAINS (30)
o LOTâ€™S DAUGHTERS HATCH AN IDEA FOR HAVING CHILDREN (31-36)
o DESCENDANTS OF LOT BECOME ENEMIES OF ISRAEL (37-38)
â€¢ LOTâ€™S FAITH SUFFERED BY WAY OF AFFILIATION: THE WRONG CROWD
â€¢ LOTâ€™S WEAKENED FAITH LED TO HESITATION TO OBEY GOD
â€¢ LOTâ€™S FAMILY SUFFERED FROM THE INFLUENCE OF SODOM: INCEST
â€¢ CONSEQUENCES OF LOTâ€™S CHOICES:
o ENEMIES OF ISRAEL (MOABITES AND AMMONITES)
o LOT DISAPPEARS FROM SCRIPTURE
â€¢ LACK OF REGULAR FAITH ASSESSMENT LEADS TO SIMILAR RESULTS
By David C. McCasland
Read: Isaiah 40:27-31; 41:10
He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. â€”Isaiah 40:29
In late October 2012, a hurricane-spawned superstorm struck the heavily populated northeastern US, leaving massive flooding and destruction in its wake. During the storm, more than 8 million customers lost electricity. Power outages alone caused shortages of food, fuel, and water, along with the chaos of gridlocked transportation. The howling winds and surging waters left many neighborhoods crushed, flooded, and choked with mountains of sand. Media coverage of the event reported: â€œMillions Without Power.â€
Like a storm of nature, a personal tragedy can often leave us feeling powerless and in the dark. During such times, Godâ€™s Word assures us of His help: â€œHe gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strengthâ€ (Isa. 40:29).
At our lowest point, drained of emotional resources, we can place our hope in the Lord and find our strength in Him. He promises us that, for each new day, â€œThose who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faintâ€ (v.31).
God is our spiritual power source in every storm of life.
O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home! â€”Watts
It takes the storm to prove the real shelter.
To say the least, coping with lifeâ€™s many demands can be fatiguing at times. But the reading for today uses wonderful poetic imagery to describe the buoyancy that faith can provide. The believer who depends upon the Lord can â€œmount up with wings like eaglesâ€ (40:31). The text also mentions the supernatural staying power and stamina that only God can provide. In contrast to the strength that youth and health provide, the person of faith can persevere long after others have given up on the race of life. Finally, Isaiah 41:10 extends a wonderful promise of protection and care through lifeâ€™s threats and troubles.
Genesis 19:15-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, â€œUp, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the [a]punishment of the city.â€ 16 But he hesitated. So the men (A)seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the [b]hands of his two daughters, for (B)the compassion of the LORD was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city.17 When they had brought them outside, [c]one said, â€œ(C)Escape for your life! (D)Do not look behind you, and do not stay [d]anywhere in the (E)valley; escape to (F)the [e]mountains, or you will be swept away.â€ 18 But Lot said to them, â€œOh no, my lords!
A. Genesis 19:16 : Deut 5:15; 6:21; 7:8; 2 Pet 2:7
B. Genesis 19:16 : Ex 34:7; Ps 32:10; 33:18, 19
C. Genesis 19:17 : Jer 48:6
D. Genesis 19:17 : Gen 19:26
E. Genesis 19:17 : Gen 13:10
F. Genesis 19:17 : Gen 14:10
Genesis 19:30-38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
30 Lot went up from Zoar, and [a](A)stayed in the [b]mountains, and his two daughters with him; for he was afraid to [c]stay in Zoar; and he [d]stayed in a cave, he and his two daughters. 31 Then the firstborn said to the younger, â€œOur father is old, and there is not a man [e]on earth to (B)come in to us after the manner of the earth. 32 Come, (C)let us make our father drink wine, and let us lie with him that we may preserve [f]our family through our father.â€ 33 So they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn went in and lay with her father; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. 34 On the following day, the firstborn said to the younger, â€œBehold, I lay last night with my father; let us make him drink wine tonight also; then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve [g]our family through our father.â€ 35 So they made their father drink wine that night also, and the younger arose and lay with him; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. 36 Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father. 37 The firstborn bore a son, and called his name (D)Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day. 38 As for the younger, she also bore a son, and called his name Ben-ammi; he is the father of the [h]sons of(E)Ammon to this day.
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAUL IS ADDRESSING CONCERN FOR OTHERS
SCRIPTURE: ROMANS 15:1-6
TITLE OF MESSAGE: ESSENTIALS OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: OTHERS FIRST
CTS: 3 REASONS GOD HAS CALLED US TO SERVE OTHERS
WHY IS PUTTING OTHERS FIRST IMPORTANT TO GOD?:
I. GOD EXPECTS US TO MINISTER TO OTHERS (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAUL ASSERTS THE CONCERN FOR VALUEING OTHERS
o WE MUST BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE BODY OF CHRIST (1)
ï‚§ SEE WUESTâ€™S & HOLMAN COMMENTARY COMMENTS
o EACH IS TO SEEK GROWING HIS NEIGHBOR (2) (SEE MSG VERSION)
II. GOD PROVIDED THE EXAMPLE IN JESUS CHRIST (VV. 3-4)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: JESUS PROVIDES OUR EXAMPLE TOWARD OTHERS
o HE DID NOT PLEASE HIMSELF (3A) (MARK 10:45: 2 COR 8:9)
o OUR SHORTCOMINGS FELL ON JESUS AT CALVARY (3B)
ï‚§ HOW CAN WE EMULATE JESUS â€“ ROM 12:1-2
o SCRIPTURES ARE:
ï‚§ WRITTEN FOR OUR INSTRUCTION (4A)
ï‚§ PROVIDE PERSEVERANCE & ENCOURAGEMENTâ€“â€“HOPE (4B)
III. GOD PROVIDES THE MEANS FOR YOU TO DO IT (VV. 5-6)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD PROVIDES THE ABILITY FOR UNITY
o THE SOURCE OF PERSEVERANCE & ENCOURAGEMENT = GOD (5A)
ï‚§ MEDITATE ON ROM 5:1-5
o GODâ€™S GIFT â€“ SAME MIND WITH ONE ANOTHER (5B)
ï‚§ JESUS SOUGHT UNITY WITH HIS FATHER & FOR US â€“ JOHN 17:1-5, 20-23
o RESULT OF BEING IN ONE ACCORD: GLORIFY GOD W/ ONE VOICE (6)
â€¢ PAUL CHALLENGED THE STRONG BELIEVERS TO LOOK OUT FOR THE WEAK
â€¢ PAUL POINTED TO CHRIST AS THE EXAMPLE OF SERVING OTHERS
â€¢ PAUL RECOGNIZED GODâ€™S PROVISION FOR SERVING OTHERS
â€¢ GOD HAS EQUIPPED US AND EXPECTS US TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER
REFERENCES (page 1)
Wuestâ€™s Word Studies from the Greek New Testament
â€œOughtâ€ is opheilÅ (á½€Ï†ÎµÎ¹Î»Ï‰), â€œto be a debtor, to be under obligation, bound by duty.â€ The word speaks of a moral obligation as contrasted to a necessity in the nature of the case as is dei (Î´ÎµÎ¹). â€œBearâ€ is bastazÅ (Î²Î±ÏƒÏ„Î±Î¶Ï‰) â€œto bearâ€ what is burdensome. When an informed believer foregoes an action which he knows is right, but which a weaker Christian thinks to be wrong, and does it for the sake of not offending that weaker Christian, he curtails his own freedom of action, denies himself something that is legitimately his, and this is a burden to him.
Holman New Testament Commentary
Carrying another personâ€™s weakness in the spiritual sense is the same as carrying their burden in the physical senseâ€”we help them get where they are going with what they have in their hand or heart. Instead of criticizing them, we encourage them in their desire to glorify and thank God for his provision and blessing (Rom. 14:6). Instead of tearing them down with theological explanations for why they are wrong, we build [them] up in the Lord.
Romans 15:1-2 The Message (MSG)
15 1-2 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, â€œHow can I help?â€
Mark 10:45 New King James Version (NKJV)
45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.â€
2 Corinthians 8:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
Romans 12:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 5:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
John 17:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: â€œFather, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should[a] give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.
John 17:20-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 â€œI do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[a] believe in Me through their word;21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Romans 15:1-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Self-denial on Behalf of Others
15 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of (A)those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2 Each of us is to (B)please his neighbor [a]for his good, to his (C)edification.
3 For even (D)Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, â€œ(E)The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.â€ 4 For (F)whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
5 Now may the(G)God [b]who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you (H)to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one accord you may with one [c]voice glorify (I)the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
a. Romans 15:2 Lit for what is good to edification
THOUGHT: THE PSALMIST IS GIVING A CHORUS OF PRAISE
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 100:1-5
TITLE OF MESSAGE: ACKNOWLEDGING THE CREATOR OF LIFE
CTS: 2 WAYS TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD AS THE CREATOR OF LIFE
WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD AS CREATOR?:
I. LIVE A LIFE OF EXPRESSIVE JOY (VV. 1-3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST EXPRESSES JOY OVER GOD BEING GOD
o PSALMIST PROVIDES THREE ACTIONS TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD
ï‚§ SHOUT JOYFULLY TO THE LORD, ALL THE EARTH?! (1)
ï‚§ SERVE THE LORD WITH GLADNESS (2A)
ï‚§ COME BEFORE GOD WITH JOYFUL SINGING (2B)
o THE REASON FOR JOY:
ï‚§ GOD IS GOD (REAL AND LIVING) (SEE PS 46:10; HEB 11:6)
ï‚§ GOD HAS MADE THE NATION OF ISRAEL / ALL CREATION (3B)
ï‚§ MAN HAS NOT MADE HIMSELF (3C)
ï‚§ WE ARE HIS PEOPLE / THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE(3D) (PS 23:1-3)
II. LIVE A LIFE OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE (VV. 4-5)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR APPROPRIATE WORSHIP
o ENTER HIS GATES WITH THANKSGIVING (4A)
o HIS COURTS WITH PRAISE (4B)
o THE REASON FOR SUCH AN ATTITUDE:
ï‚§ THE LORD IS GOOD (5A)
ï‚§ THE LORDâ€™S LOVINGKINDNESS LASTS FOREVER (5B)
ï‚§ THE LORD IS FAITHFUL TO ALL GENERATIONS (5C)
â€¢ THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR THE CONGREGATION TO SHOUT FOR JOY
â€¢ THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR THE CONGREGATION TO SERVE GLADLY
â€¢ THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR THE CONGREGATION TO JOYFULLY SING
â€¢ THE PSALMIST PROVIDES THREE REASONS:
o GOD IS GOD
o HE MADE US!
o WE ARE HIS PEOPLE
â€¢ THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR THE CONGREGATION TO GIVE THANKS
â€¢ THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR THE CONGREGATION TO GIVE PRAISE
â€¢ GOD CALLS FOR US TO RESPOND TO THE PSALMISTâ€™S CALL
REFERENCES (page 1)
This psalm is the grand finale of that wonderful little cluster of psalms that began with Psalm 94and closes with this psalm. In this section we have seen the Lord Jesus Christ as King. Jehovah is King. In Psalm 93 we saw that, â€œThe LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty â€¦â€ (Ps. 93:1). This phrase speaks of the future and the time that the Lord will come again to earth. The first time He came to earth He did not come in majesty. He came, as George Macdonald put it, â€œa little baby thing that made a woman cry.â€ He is coming to earth the next time, as we are told in this psalm, â€œclothed with majesty.â€ Psalm 94:1 begins, â€œO LORD God, to whom vengeance belongethâ€¦.â€ When the Lord comes to earth again, He will make things right. We could not do it because we would be vindictive; the Lord will not reign that way. He will vindicate, but He will not be vindictive. Then Psalm 95: â€œO come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.â€ Psalm 96: â€œO sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.â€ Psalm 97: â€œThe LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoiceâ€¦.â€ Psalm 98: â€œO sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvelous thingsâ€¦.â€ Psalm 99: â€œThe LORD reigneth; let the people trembleâ€¦.â€
Now we come to the great doxology, Psalm 100. This is the hallelujah chorus at the conclusion of this series. It is the glorious finale of this very precious cluster of psalms.
Psalm 139:13-16 The Message (MSG)
13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my motherâ€™s womb.
I thank you, High Godâ€”youâ€™re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adorationâ€”what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before Iâ€™d even lived one day.
Jeremiah 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 â€œBefore I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.â€
Luke 2:21 New King James Version (NKJV)
21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child,[a] His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
MODERN MEDICINE / SCIENCE (Princeton University)
"Development of the embryo begins at Stage 1 when a sperm fertilizes an oocyte and together they form a zygote." "Human development begins after the union of male and female gametes or germ cells during a process known as fertilization (conception).
Psalm 46:10 The Message (MSG)
8-10 Attention, all! See the marvels of GOD!
He plants flowers and trees all over the earth,
Bans war from pole to pole,
breaks all the weapons across his knee.
â€œStep out of the traffic! Take a long,
loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything.â€
Hebrews 11:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Psalm 23:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His nameâ€™s sake.
Psalm 100 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
100 (A)Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
2 (B)Serve the Lord with gladness;
(C)Come before Him with joyful singing.
3 Know that (D)the Lord [b]Himself is God;
It is He who has (E)made us, and [c]not we ourselves;
We are (F)His people and the sheep of His pasture.
4 Enter His gates (G)with [d]thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, (H)bless His name.
5 For (I)the Lord is good;
(J)His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His (K)faithfulness to all generations.
a. Psalm 100:1 Or thank offering
b. Psalm 100:3 Or He
c. Psalm 100:3 Some mss read His we are
d. Psalm 100:4 Or a thank offering
A. Psalm 100:1 : Ps 95:1; 98:4, 6
B. Psalm 100:2 : Deut 12:11, 12; 28:47
C. Psalm 100:2 : Ps 95:2
D. Psalm 100:3 : Deut 4:35; 1 Kin 18:39; Ps 46:10
E. Psalm 100:3 : Job 10:3, 8; Ps 95:6; 119:73
F. Psalm 100:3 : Ps 74:1, 2; 95:7; Is 40:11; Ezek 34:30, 31
G. Psalm 100:4 : Ps 95:2; 116:17
H. Psalm 100:4 : Ps 96:2
I. Psalm 100:5 : 1 Chr 16:34; 2 Chr 5:13; 7:3; Ezra 3:11; Ps 25:8; 86:5; 106:1; 107:1; 118:1;Jer 33:11; Nah 1:7
J. Psalm 100:5 : Ps 136:1
K. Psalm 100:5 : Ps 119:90
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAUL IS ADMONISHING & EXHORTING TIMOTHY
SCRIPTURE: 2 TIMOTHY 2:14-19
TITLE OF MESSAGE: ESSENTIALS OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: DISCIPLESHIP
CTS: 3 BENEFITS OF PURSUING DISCIPLESHIP IN GODâ€™S WORD
WHY SHOULD I BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED WITH DISCIPLESHIP?:
I. DISCIPLESHIP REDUCES DAMAGE TO FAITH (VS. 14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAUL WARNS TIMOTHY AGAINST ARGUING
o â€œREMIND THEMâ€ â€“ POSSIBLY THOSE MENTIONED IN 2:1-4
o THEY WERE TO BE REMINDED OF GODâ€™S FAITHFULNESS (13A) (SEE 11-13)
ï‚§ RETAIN THE STANDARD OF SOUND WORDS (SEE 2 TIM 1:13)
o THEY WERE NOT TO ARGUE WITH OTHERS OVER WORDS (14B)
â€¢ WRANGLING OVER WORDS IS DANGEROUS (14C) 1 TIM 6:3-4
â€¢ WRANGLING LEADS TO THE RUIN OF THE HEARERS (14D)
II. DISCIPLESHIP ENHANCES MATURITY IN THE FAITH (VS. 15)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAUL EXHORTS TIMOTHY TO STUDY GODâ€™S WORD
o TIMOTHY WAS TO BE DILIGENT IN PLEASING GOD (15A) (SEE MSG & KJV)
o RESULT OF DILIGENT STUDY: FLUENT KNOWLEDGE OF GODâ€™S WORD (15B)
III. DISCIPLESHIP PROTECTS GODâ€™S CHILDREN (VV. 16-19)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAUL ENCOURAGES TIMOTHY WITH GODâ€™S AWARENESS
o PAUL CONTRASTS KNOWING GODâ€™S WORD WITH EMPTY CHATTER (16A):
ï‚§ IT LEADS TO FURTHER UNGODLINESS (16B)
ï‚§ SUCH TALK SPREADS LIKE GANGRENE (17A)
â€¢ EXAMPLES: HYMENAEUS AND PHILETUS (17B)
â€¢ THEY HAVE WANDERED FROM THE TRUTH (18A)
â€¢ THEY HAVE UPSET THE FAITH OF SOME (18B)
o â€œNEVERTHELESSâ€ â€“ THE FIRM FOUNDATION OF GOD STANDS (19A)
o THE LORD KNOWS WHO ARE HIS (19B)
o EVERYONE WHO CONFESSES THE LORD: AVOID WICKEDNESS (19C)
â€¢ PAUL CAUTIONED TIMOTHY ABOUT ARGUING OVER USELESS WORDS
â€¢ PAUL CHALLENGED TIMOTHY TO BE DILIGENT IN KNOWING GODâ€™S WORD
â€¢ PAUL ENCOURAGED TIMOTHY: GOD KNOWS WHO ARE HIS
â€¢ THE DECIDING FACTOR: THOSE WHO KNOW GOD AVOID WICKEDNESS
â€¢ DISCIPLESHIP IN GODâ€™S WORD = STRONG FAITH + RESISTANCE TO EVIL
REFERENCES (page 1)
2 Timothy 2:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must endure[a] hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
2 Timothy 1:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
1 Timothy 6:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,
2 Timothy 2:14-15 The Message (MSG)
14-15 Repeat these basic essentials over and over to Godâ€™s people. Warn them before God against pious nitpicking, which chips away at the faith. It just wears everyone out. Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you wonâ€™t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple.
2 Timothy 2:15King James Version (KJV)
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:14-19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 Remind them of these things, and solemnly (A)charge them in the presence of God not to(B)wrangle about words, which is useless and leads to the ruin of the hearers.
15 Be diligent to(C)present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling (D)the word of truth.
16 But (E)avoid (F)worldly and empty chatter, for [a]it will lead to further ungodliness, 17 and their [b]talk will spread like [c]gangrene. Among them are (G)Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 men who have gone astray from the truth saying that (H)the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset (I)the faith of some.
19 Nevertheless, the (J)firm foundation of God stands, having this (K)seal, â€œ(L)The Lord knows those who are His,â€ and, â€œ(M)Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.â€
a. 2 Timothy 2:16 Lit they will make further progress in ungodliness
b. 2 Timothy 2:17 Lit word
c. 2 Timothy 2:17 Or cancer
A. 2 Timothy 2:14 : 1 Tim 5:21; 2 Tim 4:1
B. 2 Timothy 2:14 : 1 Tim 6:4; 2 Tim 2:23; Titus 3:9
INTRODUCTION: DO YOU BELIEVE? (MARK 9:23-25, JOHN 5:24, ACTS 16:29-33)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAULâ€™S FINAL LETTER TO TIMOTHY
SCRIPTURE: 2 TIMOTHY 3:10-17
TITLE OF MESSAGE: ESSENTIALS OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: BELIEF
CTS: 3 REASONS TO KNOW WHAT YOU BELIEVE
WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT I BELIEVE?:
I. IT FORMS YOUR MINDSET FOR LIFE (VV. 10-12)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAULâ€™S BELIEF CARRIED HIM THROUGH TOUGH TIMES
o PAUL PRAISED TIMOTHY FOR HIS CHOOSING TO FOLLOW PAUL: (10)
ï‚§ TEACHING, CONDUCT, FAITH, PATIENCE, LOVE, PERSEVERANCE (10B)
ï‚§ PERSECUTIONS AND SUFFERINGS PAUL ENDURED (11B)
ï‚§ GOD DELIVERED PAUL FROM ALL OF THEM (11C)
o PAUL NOTES THAT ALL BELIEVERS WILL EXPERIENCE THE SAME (12)
II. WRONG BELIEFS LEAD TO UNBELIEF IN CHRIST (VS. 13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABSENCE OF BELIEF RESULTS IN UNBELIEF
o EVIL MEN AND IMPOSTORS WILL PROCEED FROM â€œBADâ€ TO WORSE (13A)
ï‚§ JAMES 1:20-22
o THESE PEOPLE WILL BE DECEIVING AND BE DECEIVED (13B)
III. BELIEVING THE BIBLE LEADS TO LIFE AND PEACE (VV. 14-17)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PAUL CHARGES TIMOTHY TO LIVE WHAT HE BELIEVES
o â€œHOWEVERâ€ â€“ CONTRASTING WITH EVIL
o CONTINUE IN WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED AND HAVE BEEN CONVINCED OF
o KNOWING FROM WHOM YOU LEARNED THEM
o KNOWLEDGE OF SCRIPTURE FROM CHILDHOOD = SALVATION
ï‚§ FAITH THROUGH JESUS CHRIST (ACTS 4:12)
o ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED BY GOD
ï‚§ PROFITABLE FOR TEACHING, REPROOF, CORRECTION, TRAINING
o PURPOSE OF SUCH INSTRUCTION: MAN OF GOD IS EQUIPPED FOR LIFE (17)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: VALUE OF THE BIBLE â€“ PSALM 19:7-11
â€¢ PAUL MODELED HIS BELIEF IN GODâ€™S WORD TO TIMOTHY
â€¢ PAUL REMINDED TIMOTHY OF THE DANGER OF UNBELIEF
â€¢ PAUL EXHORTED TIMOTHY TO REMAIN STRONG IN HIS BELIEF
â€¢ WE MUST TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD AND BUILD OUR LIVES UPON IT
REFERENCES (page 1)
Mark 9:23-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Jesus said to him, â€œIf you can believe,[a] all things are possible to him who believes.â€
24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, â€œLord, I believe; help my unbelief!â€
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: â€œDeaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!â€
John 5:24 The Message (MSG)
24 â€œItâ€™s urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider. This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living.
Acts 16:29-33 New King James Version (NKJV)
29 Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 And he brought them out and said, â€œSirs, what must I do to be saved?â€
31 So they said, â€œBelieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.â€ 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33 And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
James 1:20-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Acts 4:12 New King James Version (NKJV)
12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.â€
Psalm 19:7-11New King James Version (NKJV)
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.
2 Timothy 3:10-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 Now you (A)followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, (B)love,[a]perseverance, 11 (C)persecutions, and (D)sufferings, such as happened to me at(E)Antioch, at (F)Iconium and at (G)Lystra; what (H)persecutions I endured, and out of them all (I)the Lord rescued me! 12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus (J)will be persecuted.
13 But evil men and impostors (K)will proceed from bad to worse, (L)deceiving and being deceived.
14 You, however,(M)continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that (N)from childhood you have known (O)the sacred writings which are able to (P)give you the wisdom that leads to (Q)salvation through faith which is in (R)Christ Jesus. 16 (S)All Scripture is[b]inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for[c]training in righteousness; 17 so that (T)the man of God may be adequate,(U)equipped for every good work.
a. 2 Timothy 3:10 Or steadfastness
b. 2 Timothy 3:16 Lit God-breathed
c. 2 Timothy 3:16 Lit training which is in
A. 2 Timothy 3:10 : Phil 2:20, 22; 1 Tim 4:6
B. 2 Timothy 3:10 : 1 Tim 6:11
C. 2 Timothy 3:11 : 2 Cor 12:10
D. 2 Timothy 3:11 : 2 Cor 1:5, 7
E. 2 Timothy 3:11 : Acts 13:14, 45, 50
F. 2 Timothy 3:11 : Acts 14:1-7, 19
G. 2 Timothy 3:11 : Acts 14:8-20
H. 2 Timothy 3:11 : 2 Cor 11:23-27
I. 2 Timothy 3:11 : Rom 15:31
J. 2 Timothy 3:12 : John 15:20; Acts 14:22; 2 Cor 4:9f
K. 2 Timothy 3:13 : 2 Tim 2:16
L. 2 Timothy 3:13 : Titus 3:3
M. 2 Timothy 3:14 : 2 Tim 1:13; Titus 1:9
N. 2 Timothy 3:15 : 2 Tim 1:5
O. 2 Timothy 3:15 : John 5:47; Rom 2:27
P. 2 Timothy 3:15 : Ps 119:98f
Q. 2 Timothy 3:15 : 1 Cor 1:21
R. 2 Timothy 3:15 : 2 Tim 1:1
S. 2 Timothy 3:16 : Rom 4:23f; 15:4; 2 Pet 1:20f
T. 2 Timothy 3:17 : 1 Tim 6:11
U. 2 Timothy 3:17 : 2 Tim 2:21; Heb 13:21
INTRODUCTION: MEMBERSHIP MATTERS
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PURPOSE OF HEBREWS
SCRIPTURE: HEBREWS 10:19-26
TITLE OF MESSAGE: ESSENTIALS OF CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: FELLOWSHIP
CTS: 5 FACTS CONCERNING GODâ€™S VIEW ON CHURCH FELLOWSHIP.
â€œOF WHAT IMPORTANCE IS CHURCH FELLOWSHIP TO GOD?â€:
I. GOD INSPIRES FELLOWSHIP (VV. 19-21)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THINGS HAVE CHANGED UNDER A NEW COVENANT
o â€œTHEREFOREâ€ â€“ AS A RESULT OF CHRISTâ€™S WORK (19A)
o â€œBRETHRENâ€ â€“ THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST (19B)
o CONFIDENCE TO EXPERIENCE FELLOWSHIP: CHRISTâ€™S BLOOD (20)
o WE HAVE A GREAT PRIEST OVER THE HOUSE OF GOD (21)
II. GOD INVITES YOU TO FELLOWSHIP (VS. 22)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: COMPLETELY SUBMIT TO FELLOWSHIP
o LET US DRAW NEAR TO GOD (22A)
ï‚§ WITH A SINCERE HEART (22AB)
ï‚§ IN FULL ASSURANCE OF FAITH (22AC)
ï‚§ HAVING OURSELVES COMPLETELY CLEANSED (22B)
III. GOD ENABLES ENDURING FELLOWSHIP (VS. 23)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: WE ARE TO CLING TO OUR HOPE IN CHRIST
o WE ARE TO HOLD FAST TO THE CONFESSION OF OUR HOPE (23A)
ï‚§ SEE ROMANS 5:1-5
o GOD ENABLES US TO DO IT (23B) (PHIL 1:3-6)
IV. GOD GIVES PURPOSE TO FELLOWSHIP (VV. 24-25)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: FELLOWSHIP: LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS
o CONSIDER HOW TO STIMULATE ONE ANOTHER:
ï‚§ TO LOVE AND GOOD DEEDS (24)
o NOT FORSAKING ASSEMBLING TOGETHER (25A)
o ENCOURAGEMENT IS OF NECESSITY (25B)
V. GOD WARNS AGAINST AVOIDING FELLOWSHIP (VS. 26)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THERE IS NO SACRIFICE FOR WILLFUL ABSENCE
o â€œFORâ€ â€“ CONNECTION TO PREVIOUS THOUGHT (26A)
o WILLFULLY TURNING FROM FELLOWSHIP =
ï‚§ NO LONGER A SACRIFICE FOR SINS (26B)
â€¢ GODâ€™S DESIRE IS THAT WE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIM
â€¢ GODâ€™S DESIRE IS THAT WE FELLOWSHIP WITH HIS PEOPLE
â€¢ CHURCH FELLOWSHIP IS GODâ€™S PHYSICAL PRESENCE WITH US
â€¢ NEW HOPEâ€™S VIEW ON MEMBERSHIP
REFERENCES (page 1)
In regards to the name of the epistle, from observing its text, the letter seems to be full of thoughts concerning the Levitical priesthoodâ€™s role in offering sacrifices for the sins of the Israelites or Hebrews. The letter does not mention Gentiles or their pagan practices. Many theologians speculate about who wrote the letter, due to the letter not revealing who it is. Therefore, at the time of its inclusion in the New Testament canon, it was given the name â€œHebrews.â€ The text does much to contrast the covenant that God had established with the Israelites (animal sacrificial system) and the new covenant established through Jesus Christ, the great High Priest. Todayâ€™s text does much to motivate or inspire the believer in Christ to actively fellowship with God and other believers. Letâ€™s take a close look at our text together.
Romans 5:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Philippians 1:3-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
New Hopeâ€™s view on membership:
I. The Church is a Fellowship
II. The Church is a Family
III. The Church Is a Body
IV. The Church is a Flock
Hebrews 10:19-26 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
19 Therefore, brethren, since we (A)have confidence to (B)enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,20 by (C)a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through (D)the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and since we have (E)a great priest (F)over the house of God,
22 let us (G)draw near with a [a]sincere heart in (H)full assurance of faith, having our hearts (I)sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies (J)washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the (K)confession of our (L)hope without wavering, for (M)He who promised is faithful;
24 and let us consider how (N)to stimulate one another to love and (O)good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own (P)assembling together, as is the habit of some, but(Q)encouraging one another; and all the more as you see (R)the day drawing near.
26 For if we go on (S)sinning willfully after receiving (T)the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
a. Hebrews 10:22 Lit true
A. Hebrews 10:19 : Heb 3:6; 10:35
B. Hebrews 10:19 : Heb 9:25
C. Hebrews 10:20 : Heb 9:8
D. Hebrews 10:20 : Heb 6:19; 9:3
E. Hebrews 10:21 : Heb 2:17
F. Hebrews 10:21 : 1 Tim 3:15; Heb 3:6
G. Hebrews 10:22 : Heb 7:19; 10:1
H. Hebrews 10:22 : Heb 6:11
I. Hebrews 10:22 : Ezek 36:25; Heb 9:19; 12:24; 1 Pet 1:2
J. Hebrews 10:22 : Acts 22:16; 1 Cor 6:11; Eph 5:26; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet 3:21
K. Hebrews 10:23 : Heb 3:1
L. Hebrews 10:23 : Heb 3:6
M. Hebrews 10:23 : 1 Cor 1:9; 10:13; Heb 11:11
N. Hebrews 10:24 : Heb 13:1
O. Hebrews 10:24 : Titus 3:8
P. Hebrews 10:25 : Acts 2:42
Q. Hebrews 10:25 : Heb 3:13
R. Hebrews 10:25 : 1 Cor 3:13
S. Hebrews 10:26 : Num 15:30; Heb 6:4-8; 2 Pet 2:20f
T. Hebrews 10:26 : 1 Tim 2:4
INTRODUCTION: BE PREPARED BY DAVE BRANON (ODB MINISTRIES)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: THE CONNECTION OF JOSEPH WITH JESUS
SCRIPTURE: MATTHEW 1:18-25
TITLE OF MESSAGE: IS GOD WITH YOU?
CTS: 3 WAYS TO KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH YOU.
HOW CAN I KNOW THAT GOD IS WITH ME?:
I. YOUR DESIRE TO PLEASE GOD (VV. 18-19)
• EXPLANATION: JOSEPH WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN
o HE WAS BETROTHED TO MARY (LEGALLY MARRIED) (18A)
o MARY APPEARED TO VIOLATE THE BETROTHAL; PREGNANCY (18B)
? CONCEIVED OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (SEE LUKE 1:30-32)
o JOSEPH SOUGHT TO PRIVATELY DISMISS MARY
? JOSEPH SOUGHT TO HONOR GOD (19A)
? JOSEPH DID NOT WANT TO DISGRACE MARY (19B)
? JOSEPH PLANNED TO SEND HER AWAY SECRETLY (19C)
II. GOD’S DESIRE TO USE YOU FOR HIS GLORY (VV. 20-23)
• EXPLANATION: JOSEPH WAS TOLD TO TAKE MARY AS HIS WIFE
o AN ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED TO JOSEPH IN A DREAM (20A)
o JOSEPH WOULD GLORIFY GOD BY CARING FOR MARY (20BC)
? JOSEPH WAS TO TAKE MARY AS HIS WIFE (20B)
? MARY’S CHILD WAS CONCEIVED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT (20C)
? MARY WOULD BARE A SON (21A):
• HER SON WOULD BE NAMED JESUS (21B)
• JESUS WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS (21C)
• THE BIRTH OF JESUS WOULD FULFILL SCRIPTURE (22-23)
• A VIRGIN WOULD GIVE BIRTH TO A SON (23A)
• HE SHALL BE CALLED IMMANUEL: GOD WITH US (23B)
III. YOUR YIELDING TO GOD IN OBEDIENCE (VV. 24-25)
• EXPLANATION: JOSEPH IMMEDIATELY OBEYED THE ANGEL’S COUNSEL
o JOSEPH DID AS THE ANGEL COMMANDED (24A)
o JOSEPH TOOK MARY AS HIS WIFE (24B)
o JOSEPH PRESERVED MARY’S VIRGIN PURITY UNTIL JESUS’ BIRTH (25A)
o JOSEPH CALLED HIS NAME JESUS (25B)
• JOSEPH HAD A STRONG DESIRE TO PLEASE GOD IN ALL THINGS
• UPON DISCOVERING MARY’S PREGNANCY, JOSEPH SOUGHT DIVORCE
• AN ANGEL TOLD JOSEPH TO TAKE MARY AS HIS WIFE; HE OBEYED
• JOSEPH DEMONSTRATED GOD BEING WITH HIM (HEART & OBEDIENCE)
• THE PRESENCE OF JESUS IN YOU = GOD WITH YOU
REFERENCES (page 1)
Luke 1:30-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.
Matthew 1:18-25 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 Now the birth of Jesus [a]Christ was as follows: when His (A)mother Mary had been [b]betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was (B)found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned [c](C)to send her away secretly.
20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “(D)Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for [d]the Child who has been [e]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and (E)you shall call His name Jesus, for [f]He (F)will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this [g]took place to fulfill what was (G)spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “(H)BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH (I)CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME [h]IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “(J)GOD WITH US.”
24 And Joseph [i]awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 [j]but kept her a virgin until she (K)gave birth to a Son; and (L)he called His name Jesus.
a. Matthew 1:18 I.e. The Messiah
b. Matthew 1:18 The first stage of marriage in Jewish culture, usually lasting for a year before the wedding night, more legal than an engagement
c. Matthew 1:19 Or to divorce her
d. Matthew 1:20 Lit that which
e. Matthew 1:20 Lit begotten
f. Matthew 1:21 Lit He Himself
g. Matthew 1:22 Lit has happened
h. Matthew 1:23 Or Emmanuel
i. Matthew 1:24 Lit got up
j. Matthew 1:25 Lit and was not knowing her
A. Matthew 1:18 : Matt 12:46; Luke 1:27
B. Matthew 1:18 : Luke 1:35
C. Matthew 1:19 : Deut 22:20-24; 24:1-4; John 8:4, 5
D. Matthew 1:20 : Luke 2:4
E. Matthew 1:21 : Luke 1:31; 2:21
F. Matthew 1:21 : Luke 2:11; John 1:29; Acts 4:12; 5:31; 13:23, 38, 39; Col 1:20-23
G. Matthew 1:22 : Luke 24:44; Rom 1:2-4
H. Matthew 1:23 : Is 7:14
I. Matthew 1:23 : Is 9:6, 7
J. Matthew 1:23 : Is 8:10
K. Matthew 1:25 : Luke 2:7
L. Matthew 1:25 : Matt 1:21; Luke 2:21
March 31, 2012 — by Dave Branon
Read: Romans 5:1-11
Having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. —Romans 5:9
Just as her friends were doing, my daughter Melissa was busily preparing for adulthood. At school, she was getting ready for college by taking the right courses and had signed up for the ACT college entrance test.
Outside of class, Melissa was learning the socialization skills it takes to get along with people by spending time with friends, classmates, and teammates. At her job, she was learning the relational skills needed for a future career of work. At home, Mell was preparing for future family life by experiencing the way a Christian family would interact.
Getting ready for life as an adult takes work, and Melissa was making good progress.
But none of that preparation was what she would need. In 2002, when she died in a car accident at age 17, the only preparation that mattered was her readiness for heaven.
When the truest test of preparedness came so suddenly on that beautiful June evening—when eternity’s door opened for Melissa—she was prepared. She had put her faith in Jesus and trusted His sacrifice on the cross for her sins (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8-9).
When she faced the ultimate test of being prepared, Melissa was ready. Are you?
God’s time is now, for the days fly fast,
And swiftly the seasons roll;
Today is yours, it may be your last;
Choose life for your priceless soul! —Fithian
If death comes today, will you be prepared to meet God?
INTRODUCTION: CRYING OUT TO GOD DAVID ROPER ODB
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ABRAHAM INTERCEDES FOR LOT & THE LOST
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 19:27-29
TITLE OF MESSAGE:
THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: GODâ€™S AWARENESS OF PRAYER
CTS: 2 WAYS PRAYER CAN STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH
HOW CAN PRAYER ENHANCE MY FAITH?:
I. PRAY TO GOD WITH EXPECTATION (VV. 27-28)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAHAM AROSE EARLY: WOULD GOD SPARE SODOM?
o ABRAHAM ROSE EARLY; WENT TO WHERE HE STOOD WITH THE LORD (27)
o ABRAHAM LOOKED TOWARD SODOM AND GOMORRAH (28A)
o SMOKE ASCENDED FROM THE LAND (28B)
II. TRUST GOD TO ANSWER YOUR PRAYER (VS. 29)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD REMEMBERED ABRAHAMâ€™S PRAYER / PETITION
o BEFORE GOD DESTROYED SODOM, HE DELIVERED LOT
ï‚§ THE 2 ANGELS ENTERED LOTâ€™S HOME IN SODOM (2-4)
ï‚§ LOT WAS RESCUED FROM ATTACKING MEN OF SODOM (9-11)
â€¢ LOT EXPERIENCED MUCH DIFFICULTY IN SODOM â€“ 2 PETER 2:6-10
ï‚§ LOT WAS WARNED TO FLEE THE CITY WITH HIS FAMILY (12-15)
ï‚§ THE ANGELS PERSONALLY TOOK LOTâ€™S FAMILY OUT OF THE CITY (16)
ï‚§ THE ANGELS TELL LOTâ€™S FAMILY TO FLEE FOR THEIR LIVES (17)
ï‚§ LOT ASKS TO GO TO A TOWN CLOSE BY; THE ANGELS AGREE (18-22)
ï‚§ AS LOT ARRIVES IN ZOAR, BRIMSTONE & FIRE FALL FROM HEAVEN (23)
â€¢ ABRAHAM LOOKED TO SEE IF GOD WOULD HONOR HIS PRAYER FOR SODOM
â€¢ GOD DESTROYED SODOM (WICKED), BUT SPARED LOTâ€™S FAMILY(RIGHTEOUS)
â€¢ GOD EXPECTS US TO VERIFY HIS ANSWER TO PRAYERS: IT FUELS FAITH
â€¢ THOUGH WE MAY NOT SEE THE ANSWER TO PRAYER, WE MUST TRUST GOD
â€¢ MAKE A LIST OF PRAYERS; CROSS THEM OFF, AS GOD ANSWERS
REFERENCES (page 1)
2 Peter 2:6-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)â€” 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, 10 and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries,
Genesis 19:27-29 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 Now Abraham arose early in the morning and went to (A)the place where he had stood before theLORD; 28 and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the [a]valley, and he saw, and behold, (B)the smoke of the land ascended like the smoke of a [b]furnace.
29 Thus it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the [c]valley, that (C)God remembered Abraham, and (D)sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.
a. Genesis 19:28 Lit circle
b. Genesis 19:28 Lit kiln
c. Genesis 19:29 Lit circle
A. Genesis 19:27 : Gen 18:22
B. Genesis 19:28 : Rev 9:2; 18:9
C. Genesis 19:29 : Deut 7:8; 9:5, 27
D. Genesis 19:29 : 2 Pet 2:7
Crying Out To God Last used: 13 Dec 15
Type: Sermon Introduction
February 15, 2013â€” by David H. Roper
Read: Psalm 142
By prayer and supplication . . . let your requests be made known to God. â€”Philippians 4:6
After all these years, I still donâ€™t fully understand prayer. Itâ€™s something of a mystery to me. But one thing I know: When weâ€™re in desperate need, prayer springs naturally from our lips and from the deepest level of our hearts.
When weâ€™re frightened out of our wits, when weâ€™re pushed beyond our limits, when weâ€™re pulled out of our comfort zones, when our well-being is challenged and endangered, we reflexively and involuntarily resort to prayer. â€œHelp, Lord!â€ is our natural cry.
Author Eugene Peterson wrote: â€œThe language of prayer is forged in the crucible of trouble. When we canâ€™t help ourselves and call for help, when we donâ€™t like where we are and want out, when we donâ€™t like who we are and want a change, we use primal language, and this language becomes the root language of prayer.â€
Prayer begins in trouble, and it continues because weâ€™re always in trouble at some level. It requires no special preparation, no precise vocabulary, no appropriate posture. It springs from us in the face of necessity and, in time, becomes our habitual response to every issueâ€”good and badâ€”we face in this life (Phil. 4:6). What a privilege it is to carry everything to God in prayer!
What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer. â€”Scriven
Godâ€™s help is only a prayer away.
INTRODUCTION: CHRIST'S UNFINISHED WORK HENRY G. BOSCH (ODB)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ABRAHAMâ€™S BLESSING / GODâ€™S BLESSING
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 18:16-33
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: MERCIFUL INTERCESSION
CTS: 2 WAYS TO INCREASE MERCIFUL INTERCESSION IN YOUR FAITH
HOW CAN MERCIFUL INTERCESSION INCREASE MY FAITH?:
I. DEVELOP A CLOSE WALK WITH GOD (VV. 16-21)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD CONSIDERED SHARING PROPHECY WITH ABRAHAM
o ABRAHAM BEGAN ESCORTING HIS VISITORS ON THEIR WAY (16)
o GOD CONSIDERS TELLING ABRAHAM WHAT GOD WAS ABOUT TO DO (17)
o GOD HIGHLIGHTS HIS PURPOSE IN CALLING ABRAHAM:
ï‚§ GOD WOULD MAKE A GREAT NATION OUT OF ABRAHAM (18A)
ï‚§ OTHER NATIONS WOULD BE BLESSED THROUGH ABRAHAM (18B)
ï‚§ GOD CHOSE ABRAHAM TO BE AN EXAMPLE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (19A)
ï‚§ RIGHTEOUSNESS = GOD DOING WHAT HE SAID HE WOULD DO (19B)
o GOD TELLS ABRAHAM WHAT HE IS ABOUT TO DO:
ï‚§ JUDGE THE SINFULNESS OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH (20-21)
II. DEVOTE YOURSELF TO INTERCESSION (VV. 22-33)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAHAM SPOKE TO GOD ON BEHALF OF SODOM
o THE TWO MEN / ANGELS HEADED FOR SODOM (22A)
o ABRAHAM WAS LEFT STANDING WITH THE LORD (22B)
o ABRAHAM BEGAN INTERCEDING FOR THE CITY WITH GOD (23-33)
ï‚§ THOUGHT: ABRAHAM KNEW LOT WAS THERE
ï‚§ ABRAHAM ASKS ABOUT GODâ€™S JUSTICE IN THE CITYâ€™S DESTRUCTION
â€¢ WILL YOU SWEEP AWAY THE WICKED WITH THE RIGHTEOUS? (23B)
â€¢ ABRAHAM BEGINS TO ASK FOR GODâ€™S MERCY FOR THE CITY (24)
â€¢ FAR BE IT FROM GOD TO DO SUCH A THING (X2) (25)
o ABRAHAM IS INTERCEDING FOR BOTH (WICKED & RIGHTEOUS)
â€¢ NOTE ABRAHAMâ€™S HUMILITY IN THE PROCESS (27, 30, 32)
â€¢ NOTE ABRAHAMâ€™S CONCERN FOR THE LOST / OTHER BELIEVERS(25)
â€¢ GOD ACKNOWLEDGES & AGREES WITH ABRAHAMâ€™S REQUEST(26-33)
â€¢ ABRAHAMâ€™S HUMILITY RESULTED IN PERSONAL TIME WITH GOD
â€¢ ABRAHAMâ€™S CLOSENESS TO GOD RESULTED IN INTERCESSION FOR OTHERS
â€¢ HUMILITY + CLOSENESS TO GOD = CONCERN FOR OTHERS
Genesis 18:16-33 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 Then (A)the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off. 17 (B)The LORD said, â€œShall I hide from Abraham (C)what I am about to do, 18 since Abraham will surely become a great and [a]mighty nation, and in him (D)all the nations of the earth will be blessed? 19 For I have [b](E)chosen him, so that he may (F)command his children and his household after him to (G)keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham (H)what He has spoken about him.â€ 20 And the LORD said, â€œ(I)The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21 I will (J)go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.â€
22 Then (K)the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before (L)the LORD. 23 Abraham came near and said, â€œ(M)Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not[c]spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from You to do [d]such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not (N)the Judge of all the earth [e]deal justly?â€ 26 So the LORD said, â€œ(O)If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will [f]spare the whole place on their account.â€ 27 And Abraham replied, â€œNow behold, I have [g]ventured to speak to the Lord, although I am but (P)dust and ashes. 28 Suppose the fifty righteous are lacking five, will You destroy the whole city because of five?â€ And He said, â€œI will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.â€ 29 He spoke to Him yet again and said, â€œSuppose forty are found there?â€ And He said, â€œI will not do it on account of the forty.â€ 30 Then he said, â€œOh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak; suppose thirty are found there?â€ And He said, â€œI will not do it if I find thirty there.â€ 31 And he said, â€œNow behold, I have [h]ventured to speak to the Lord; suppose twenty are found there?â€ And He said, â€œI will not destroy it on account of the twenty.â€ 32 Then he said, â€œ(Q)Oh may the Lord not be angry, and I shall speak only this once; suppose ten are found there?â€ And He said, â€œI will not destroy it on account of the ten.â€ 33 As soon as He had finished speaking to Abraham (R)the LORD departed, and Abraham returned to his place.
a. Genesis 18:18 Or populous
b. Genesis 18:19 Lit known
c. Genesis 18:24 Or forgive
d. Genesis 18:25 Lit after this manner
e. Genesis 18:25 Lit do justice
f. Genesis 18:26 Or forgive
g. Genesis 18:27 Lit undertaken
h. Genesis 18:31 Lit undertaken
A. Genesis 18:16 : Gen 18:2, 22; 19:1
B. Genesis 18:17 : Gen 18:22, 26, 33; Amos 3:7
C. Genesis 18:17 : Gen 18:21; 19:24
D. Genesis 18:18 : Gen 12:3; 22:18; Acts 3:25; Gal 3:8
E. Genesis 18:19 : Neh 9:7; Amos 3:2
F. Genesis 18:19 : Deut 6:6, 7
G. Genesis 18:19 : Gen 17:9
H. Genesis 18:19 : Gen 12:2, 3
I. Genesis 18:20 : Gen 19:13; Ezek 16:49, 50
J. Genesis 18:21 : Gen 11:5; Ex 3:8; Ps 14:2
K. Genesis 18:22 : Gen 18:16; 19:1
L. Genesis 18:22 : Gen 18:1, 17
M. Genesis 18:23 : Ex 23:7; Num 16:22; 2 Sam 24:17; Ps 11:4-7
N. Genesis 18:25 : Deut 1:16, 17; 32:4; Job 8:3, 20; Ps 58:11; 94:2; Is 3:10, 11; Rom 3:5, 6
O. Genesis 18:26 : Jer 5:1
P. Genesis 18:27 : Gen 3:19; Job 30:19; 42:6
Q. Genesis 18:32 : Judg 6:39
R. Genesis 18:33 : Gen 17:22; 35:13
Christ's Unfinished Work Last used: 6 Dec 2015
April 17, 2005 â€” by Henry G. Bosch
Read: Hebrews 7:23-8:2
He always lives to make intercession for them. â€”Hebrews 7:25
We often hear of the salvation Christ provided at Calvary when He died for our sins. But little is said of His continuing ministry of prayer for our spiritual growth. Just as Jesus prayed for Peter in a time of severe temptation (Luke 22:31-32), so also He intercedes before the Fatherâ€™s throne on our behalf. This vital work of the Savior will go on as long as we are in need of His help, comfort, and blessing.
Robert Murray McCheyne, the beloved Scottish minister of the 19th century, wrote, â€œIf I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet the distance makes no difference. He is praying for me!â€
During a deep personal crisis, I realized the truth of Hebrews 7 in a new and wonderful way. Satan seemed to be attacking me on every side. So I asked the Lord to plead for me. The next day the problem was solved, and I knew it was the Lordâ€™s special intervention. Never before had I been so conscious of the Saviorâ€™s high-priestly ministry (8:1).
If you are having great difficulty, tell Jesus about it. He will present your needs to the Father. Through His intercessory work, youâ€™ll experience the remarkable results that only His prayers can accomplish.
In the hour of trial, Jesus, plead for me,
Lest, by base denial, I depart from Thee;
When Thou seest me waver, with a look recall;
Nor for fear or favor suffer me to fall. â€”Montgomery
Satan is powerless against the power of Christ's prayer.
The Life of the Called: Trusting God with the Impossible
INTRODUCTION:THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF SALVATION (MATT 19:23-26, HEB 11:6)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD RECENTLY APPEARED TO ABRAHAM
â€¢ NEW NAMES FOR ABRAM AND SARAI: ABRAHAM & SARAH (17:5, 15)
â€¢ PROMISE OF A SON: ISAAC (ABRAHAM LAUGHED)(17:17-19)
â€¢ REASSURANCES OF PROMISES TO BE FULFILLED
o LAND & DESCENDANTS (17:6-8)
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 18:1-15
TITLE OF MESSAGE:
THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: TRUSTING GOD WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE
CTS: 2 REASONS TO FAITHFULLY SERVE GOD IN THE FACE OF IMPOSSIBILITY
HOW CAN I TRUST GOD WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE?:
I. SERVING OTHERS IN HUMILITY (VV. 1-8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAHAM & SARAH: INDUSTRIOUS SERVANTS
o GOD APPEARED TO ABRAHAM IN THE HEAT OF THE DAY (1)
ï‚§ APPLICATION: MINISTERING TO ANGELS (HEB 13:1-2)
o WHEN ABRAHAM SAW THREE MEN APPROACHING, HE ACTED (2-8)
ï‚§ HE MOVED INTO ACTION QUICKLY (SEE WIERSBE NOTES)
II. BELIEVING THAT GOD CAN DO ANYTHING (VV. 9-15)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD CLARIFIED HIS PROMISE OF A SON (WHEN)
o GOD REMINDED ABRAHAM OF SARAH HAVING A SON (9-10A) (17:19)
o SARAH WAS LISTENING IN ON THE CONVERSATION (10B)
o CHILD BEARING WAS IMPOSSIBLE DUE TO AGE (11)
o SARAH LAUGHED IN DISBELIEF; HAVING A CHILD: IMPOSSIBLE (12)
o GOD QUESTIONED SARAHâ€™S LAUGHTER / DISBELIEF (13)
o GOD ASKS IF ANYTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE LORD (14A)
o GOD REAFFIRMS THE PROMISE OF A SON AND WHEN (14B)
o OUT OF FEAR, SARAH DENIES HER LAUGHING DISBELIEF (15A)
o GOD REVEALED HER HEART: YES, YOU DID LAUGH (15B)
â€¢ TRUSTING GOD WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE = FAITHFUL HUMBLE SERVICE
â€¢ TRUSTING GOD WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE = NO FEAR OF THE FUTURE
â€¢ TRUSTING GOD WITH THE IMPOSSIBLE = GOD WILL DO WHAT HE SAYS
REFERENCES (page 1)
Matthew 19:23-26 The Message (MSG)
23-24 As he watched him go, Jesus told his disciples, â€œDo you have any idea how difficult it is for the rich to enter Godâ€™s kingdom? Let me tell you, itâ€™s easier to gallop a camel through a needleâ€™s eye than for the rich to enter Godâ€™s kingdom.â€
25 The disciples were staggered. â€œThen who has any chance at all?â€
26 Jesus looked hard at them and said, â€œNo chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.â€
Hebrews 11:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Hebrews 13:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series
He ministered to the Lord (Gen. 18:1â€“8). All ministry must first be to the Lord; for if we fail to be a blessing to the Lord, we will never be a blessing to others. This was true of the Jewish priests (Ex. 28:1, 3â€“4, 41; 29:1) and of Godâ€™s servants in the early church (Acts 13:1â€“2). â€œAnd whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men â€¦ for you serve the Lord Christâ€ (Col. 3:23â€“24, NKJV).
Abraham was taking his daily rest during the heat of the day when he saw three strangers approaching. Few people ever traveled when the sun was so hot, so Abraham was immediately both curious and courteous. Hospitality is the first law of the East, and Abraham faithfully obeyed it.
The three strangers were the Lord Jesus Christ and two of His angels (Gen. 18:1, 22; 19:1). There was nothing about their appearance that told Abraham who they were; but as he fellowshipped with them, he learned that he was entertaining royal visitors. His ministry to the Lord was so acceptable that we ought to follow his example today.
To begin with, he served the Lord personally. Remember, Abraham was ninety-nine years old and a wealthy sheikh, and he could have entrusted this task to his chief steward or one of his more than 300 servants (14:14). Instead, he decided to minister to his Lord personally.
He also ministered immediately. Abraham could have ignored them by pretending to be asleep, or he could have asked them to sit down and wait until he had finished his siesta. But Abraham was a man of faith, and faith does not delay when it comes to serving the Lord.
This chapter emphasizes that Abraham ministered to the Lord speedily. He ran to meet the visitors (18:2) and hastened to tell Sarah to bake some bread (18:6). He ran to get a tender calf and saw to it that the young man hastened to dress the meat (18:7). Keep in mind that this is an old man running around in the heat of the day! Only after he had served his guests did Abraham stand still (18:8).
Abraham served the Lord generously and gave Him the best that he had. Sarah baked bread from â€œfine mealâ€ (18:6), and the meat was â€œtender and goodâ€ (18:7). No leftovers or second-rate fare for such important guests! What a contrast to the priests in Malachiâ€™s day, who did not give God their best (Mal. 1:6â€“14).
Abrahamâ€™s service was marked with humility. He bowed to his guests (Gen. 18:2), called himself a servant (18:3, 5), and called the feast only â€œa morsel of bread.â€ He served the three visitors and then stood near to be available if needed. He interrupted a comfortable afternoon nap to become a servant to three strangers; but because of that service, he received tremendous blessings for himself and his wife.
Finally, he served the Lord cooperatively and involved the ministries of others. Sarah baked the bread; a young man dressed the meat; and no doubt other servants brought Abraham the butter and milk. â€œI would rather put ten men to work than do the work of ten men,â€ said evangelist D.L. Moody; and he was right.
Genesis 18:1-15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 Now (A)the LORD appeared to him by the [a](B)oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day. 2 When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three (C)men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth, 3 and said, â€œ[b]My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, please do not [c]pass Your servant by. 4 Please let a little water be brought and (D)wash your feet, and [d]rest yourselves under the tree; 5 and I will [e](E)bring a piece of bread, that you may [f]refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have [g]visited your servant.â€ And they said, â€œSo do, as you have said.â€ 6 So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah, and said, â€œ[h]Quickly, prepare three [i]measures of fine flour, knead it and make bread cakes.â€ 7 Abraham also ran to the herd, and took a tender and [j]choice calf and gave it to the servant, and he hurried to prepare it. 8 He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree [k]as they ate.
9 Then they said to him, â€œWhere is Sarah your wife?â€ And he said, â€œThere, in the tent.â€ 10 He said, â€œ(F)I will surely return to you [l]at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.â€ And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. 11 Now (G)Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was (H)past [m]childbearing. 12 Sarah laughed [n]to herself, saying, â€œ(I)After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my (J)lord being old also?â€ 13 And the LORD said to Abraham, â€œWhy did Sarah laugh, saying, â€˜Shall I indeed [o]bear a child, when I am so old?â€™ 14 (K)Is anything too [p]difficult for the LORD? At the (L)appointed time I will return to you, [q]at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.â€ 15 Sarah denied it however, saying, â€œI did not laughâ€; for she was afraid. And He said, â€œNo, but you did laugh.â€
a. Genesis 18:1 Or terebinths
b. Genesis 18:3 Or O Lord
c. Genesis 18:3 Lit pass away from Your servant
d. Genesis 18:4 Lit support
e. Genesis 18:5 Lit take
f. Genesis 18:5 Lit sustain your heart
g. Genesis 18:5 Lit come to
h. Genesis 18:6 Lit Hasten three measures
i. Genesis 18:6 Heb seah; i.e. one seah equals approx eleven qts
j. Genesis 18:7 Lit good
k. Genesis 18:8 Lit and
l. Genesis 18:10 Lit when the time revives
m. Genesis 18:11 Lit the manner of women
n. Genesis 18:12 Lit within
o. Genesis 18:13 Lit surely bear
p. Genesis 18:14 Or wonderful
q. Genesis 18:14 Lit when the time revives
A. Genesis 18:1 : Gen 12:7; 17:1
B. Genesis 18:1 : Gen 13:18; 14:13
C. Genesis 18:2 : Gen 18:16, 22; 32:24; Josh 5:13; Judg 13:6-11; Heb 13:2
D. Genesis 18:4 : Gen 19:2; 24:32; 43:24
E. Genesis 18:5 : Judg 6:18, 19; 13:15, 16
F. Genesis 18:10 : Gen 21:2; Rom 9:9
G. Genesis 18:11 : Gen 17:17; Rom 4:19
H. Genesis 18:11 : Heb 11:11
I. Genesis 18:12 : Gen 17:17; Luke 1:18
J. Genesis 18:12 : 1 Pet 3:6
K. Genesis 18:14 : Jer 32:17, 27; Zech 8:6; Matt 19:26; Luke 1:37; Rom 4:21
L. Genesis 18:14 : Gen 17:21; 18:10
INTRODUCTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF SAYING â€œTHANK YOUâ€
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: A PSALM OF MEDITATION (D.A. CARSON)
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 107:1-16
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THANKSLIVING
CTS: 3 REASONS TO LIVE WITH AN ATTITUDE OF THANKSGIVING
WHY SHOULD I LIVE WITH AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE?:
I. BECAUSE OF GODâ€™S LOVE (VV. 1-3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: PART OF GODâ€™S LOVE INCLUDES GATHERING HIS OWN
o THE PSALMIST BECKONS GODâ€™S PEOPLE TO GIVE GOD PRAISE:
ï‚§ GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD (1A)
ï‚§ GODâ€™S LOVING KINDNESS LASTS FOREVER (1B)
ï‚§ GODâ€™S REDEEMED ARE TO SAY SO (2A)
â€¢ GOD HAS REDEEMED THEM FROM THE AVDERSARY (2B)
ï‚§ GOD HAS (WILL) GATHERED FROM ALL LANDS (3) (SEE MSG TRANS.)
o NOTES: D. A. CARSON (REDEEMING LOVE)
o WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE: EZEKIEL 11:16-21
II. BECAUSE OF GODâ€™S GUIDANCE (VV. 4-9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD GAVE / GIVES GUIDANCE TO THE REPENTANT
o THEY WANDERED IN THE WILDERNESS IN A DESERT REGION (4A)
o THEY DID NOT FIND AN INHABITED CITY (4B)
o THEY WERE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY; THEIR SOUL FAINTED (5)
o THEY CRIED OUT TO GOD IN THEIR TROUBLE (6A)
o GOD DELIVERED THEM OUT OF THEIR DISTRESS (6B)
o HE LED THEM ALSO BY A STRAIGHT WAY (7)
o LET THEM GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HIS LOVING KINDNESS (8)
ï‚§ GOD HAS SATISIFIED THE THIRSTY AND HUNGRY SOUL WITH GOOD (9)
III. BECAUSE OF GODâ€™S DELIVERANCE (VV. 10-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD SETS THE REPENTANT PRISONER FREE
o REBELLION AGAINST GOD PUTS GODâ€™S PEOPLE IN PRISON (10-11)
o GOD DISCIPLINED HIS PEOPLE TO HUMBLE THEM (12)
o THEY CRIED OUT TO GOD; GOD SAVED / DELIVERED THEM (13-14)
o LET THEM GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HIS LOVING KINDNESS (15)
ï‚§ GOD HAS SHATTERED THE PRISONS (16)
â€¢ GOD LOVES US AND WILL GATHER HIS OWN TO HIMSELF
â€¢ GOD GIVES GUIDANCE TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM
â€¢ GOD DELIVERS THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN HIM FROM THE PRISON OF SIN
â€¢ GIVE YOUR LIFE TO GOD; HE WILL ENABLE THANKSLIVING!
REFERENCES (page 1)
D. A. Carson, New Bible Commentary (Background)
The psalmist is meditating upon one of the great â€˜pilgrimâ€™ feasts of the pre-exilic church (Ex. 23:14â€“19). He sees people come together from scattered locations and remembers that the promises to Abraham (Gn. 12:1â€“3; 18:18; 22:18; 28:14; Ps. 47:9), now focused in the house of David (Ps. 72:8â€“11), pledged a gathering from the whole world. Though for himâ€”as for us (Rev. 7:9â€“17)â€”the realization is still future, yet every individual and every generation of the people of God can enjoy the reality of belonging to the gathered people, adoring the love which redeemed (1â€“2) and rescues (8, 15, 21, 31) and must ever be the focus of our thoughts (43).
Psalm 107:1-3 The Message (MSG)
107 1-3 Oh, thank Godâ€”heâ€™s so good!
His love never runs out.
All of you set free by God, tell the world!
Tell how he freed you from oppression,
Then rounded you up from all over the place,
from the four winds, from the seven seas.
D. A. Carson, New Bible Commentary (REDEEMING LOVE)
Throughout the psalm the love referred to is the committed, un-changing, loving determination of the Lord who will never give up those whom he has chosen for himself. This love expressed itself in redemption (2)â€”the work of the â€˜next-of-kinâ€™ who took as his own all the needs of his threatened kinsfolk, himself bearing their burdens and rescuing them from their dangers.
Ezekiel 11:14-21New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 15 â€œSon of man, your brothers, your [a]relatives, [b]your fellow exiles and the whole house of Israel, all of them, are those to whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said, â€˜Go far from the Lord; this land has been given (A)us as a possession.â€™ 16 Therefore say, â€˜Thus says the Lord God, â€œThough I had removed them far away among the nations and though I had scattered them among the countries, yet I was a (B)sanctuary for them a little while in the countries where they had gone.â€â€™ 17 Therefore say, â€˜Thus says the Lord God, â€œI will (C)gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.â€â€™ 18 When they come there, they will (D)remove all its (E)detestable things and all its abominations from it. 19 And I will (F)give them one heart, and put a new spirit within [c]them. And I will take the (G)heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a (H)heart of flesh, 20 that they may (I)walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances and do them. Then they will be (J)My people, and I shall be their God. 21 [d]But as for those whose hearts go after their (K)detestable things and abominations, I will(L)bring their conduct down on their heads,â€ declares the Lord God.
Psalm 107:1-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
107 Oh (A)give thanks to the LORD, for (B)He is good,
For His loving kindness is everlasting.
2 Let (C)the redeemed of the LORD say so,
Whom He has (D)redeemed from the hand of the adversary
3 And (E)gathered from the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the [a]south.
4 They (F)wandered in the wilderness in a [b]desert region;
They did not find a way to [c]an inhabited (G)city.
5 They were hungry [d]and thirsty;
Their (H)soul fainted within them.
6 Then they (I)cried out to the LORD in their trouble;
He delivered them out of their distresses.
7 He led them also by a [e](J)straight way,
To go to [f](K)an inhabited city.
8 (L)Let them give thanks to the LORD for His loving kindness,
And for His [g]wonders to the sons of men!
9 For He has (M)satisfied the [h]thirsty soul,
And the (N)hungry soul He has filled with what is good.
10 There were those who (O)dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death,
(P)Prisoners in [i]misery and [j]chains,
11 Because they had (Q)rebelled against the words of God
And (R)spurned the (S)counsel of the Most High.
12 Therefore He humbled their heart with labor;
They stumbled and there was (T)none to help.
13 Then they (U)cried out to the LORD in their trouble;
He saved them out of their distresses.
14 He (V)brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death
And (W)broke their bands apart.
15 (X)Let them give thanks to the LORD for His loving kindness,
And for His [k]wonders to the sons of men!
16 For He has (Y)shattered gates of bronze
And cut bars of iron asunder.
a. Psalm 107:3 Lit sea
b. Psalm 107:4 Lit waste
c. Psalm 107:4 Or a habitable city; lit a city of habitation
d. Psalm 107:5 Lit also
e. Psalm 107:7 Or level
f. Psalm 107:7 Or a habitable city; lit a city of habitation
g. Psalm 107:8 I.e. wonderful acts
h. Psalm 107:9 Or parched
i. Psalm 107:10 Lit affliction
j. Psalm 107:10 Lit irons
k. Psalm 107:15 I.e. wonderful acts
A. Psalm 107:1 : 1 Chr 16:34; Ps 106:1; 118:1; 136:1; Jer 33:11
B. Psalm 107:1 : 2 Chr 5:13; 7:3; Ezra 3:11; Ps 100:5
C. Psalm 107:2 : Is 35:9, 10; 62:12; 63:4
D. Psalm 107:2 : Ps 78:42; 106:10
E. Psalm 107:3 : Deut 30:3; Neh 1:9; Ps 106:47; Is 11:12; 43:5; 56:8; Ezek 11:17; 20:34
F. Psalm 107:4 : Num 14:33; 32:13; Deut 2:7; 32:10; Josh 5:6; 14:10
G. Psalm 107:4 : Ps 107:7, 36
H. Psalm 107:5 : Ps 77:3
I. Psalm 107:6 : Ps 50:15; 107:13, 19, 28
J. Psalm 107:7 : Ezra 8:21; Ps 5:8; Jer 31:9
K. Psalm 107:7 : Ps 107:4, 36
L. Psalm 107:8 : Ps 107:15, 21, 31
M. Psalm 107:9 : Ps 22:26; 34:10; 63:5; 103:5
N. Psalm 107:9 : Ps 146:7; Matt 5:6; Luke 1:53
O. Psalm 107:10 : Ps 143:3; Is 42:7; Mic 7:8; Luke 1:79
P. Psalm 107:10 : Job 36:8; Ps 102:20
Q. Psalm 107:11 : Ps 78:40; 106:7; Lam 3:42
R. Psalm 107:11 : Num 15:31; 2 Chr 36:16; Prov 1:25; Is 5:24
S. Psalm 107:11 : Ps 73:24
T. Psalm 107:12 : Ps 22:11; 72:12
U. Psalm 107:13 : Ps 107:6
V. Psalm 107:14 : Ps 86:13; 107:10
W. Psalm 107:14 : Ps 116:16; Jer 2:20; 30:8; Nah 1:13; Luke 13:16; Acts 12:7
X. Psalm 107:15 : Ps 107:8, 21, 31
Y. Psalm 107:16 : Is 45:1, 2
INTRODUCTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF REPETITION
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD REITERATES HIS PROMISES TO ABRAHAM
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 17:9-22
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: A DEEPER ROOTED FAITH
CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT LEAD TO DEEPER FAITH IN CHRIST
HOW WILL GOD LEAD ME TO A DEEPER FAITH?:
I. REMEMBER HIS COVENANT WITH YOU (VS. 9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD CALLS FOR ABRAHAM TO KEEP HIS COVENANT
o â€œNOW AS FOR YOUâ€ (9A); NOTE: GOD SAID â€œAS FOR MEâ€ (4) (â€œI WILLâ€ X 6)
o YOU AND YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL KEEP MY COVENANT (9BC)
II. HONOR HIS COVENANT WITH YOUR LIFE (VV. 10-14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD PROVIDED A PHYSICAL SIGN OF HIS COVENANT
o ALL MALES CONNECTED WITH ABRAHAM WERE TO BE CIRCUMCISED (10)
o CIRCUMCISION: A SIGN OF GODâ€™S COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM (11)
o EVERYONE WAS TO BE CIRCUMCISED (12-13) (ABRAHAM OBEYED (23-27))
o THOSE WHO REFUSED CIRCUMCISION WOULD BE CUT OFF (14)
o NOTES ON CIRCUMCISION: WIERSBE
III. TRUST HIS COVENANT FOR YOUR FUTURE (VV. 15-22)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD CLARIFIES ABRAHAMâ€™S FUTURE
o SARAI WOULD BECOME SARAH (15)
o GOD WOULD BLESS SARAH (X2 (16AC)):
ï‚§ SHE WOULD BEAR ABRAHAM A SON (16B)
ï‚§ SHE SHALL BE A MOTHER OF NATIONS (16D)
ï‚§ KINGS OF PEOPLES WILL COME FORTH FROM HER (16E)
o ABRAHAM LAUGHED AT GODâ€™S PROPHECY (17)
o ABRAHAM SHOWS HIS IGNORANCE OF GODâ€™S PLAN (18)
o GOD CLARIFIES HIS COVENANT PLAN: SARAH WOULD BEAR ISAAC (19A)
o GOD WOULD ESTABLISH HIS COVENANT WITH ISAAC (19B)
o GOD WOULD BLESS ISHMAEL (20)
o BUT GODâ€™S COVENANT WOULD BE WITH ISAAC (21A)
o ISAAC WOULD BE BORN IN ONE YEAR (21B)
o GOD WENT UP FROM ABRAHAM (22)
â€¢ GOD FURTHER CLARIFIES HIS COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM
â€¢ HE GIVES ABRAM AND SARAI NEW NAMES: ABRAHAM AND SARAH
â€¢ THEY WOULD BE A FATHER AND MOTHER OF NATIONS
â€¢ GOD KEPT HIS COVENANT PROMISE TO ABTAHAM: ISAAC WOULD BE BORN
â€¢ GOD WAS DEEPENING THEIR FAITH THROUGH TIME
â€¢ REMEMBRANCE, HONOR, AND TRUST IN GODâ€™S COVENANT = DEEPER FAITH
REFERENCES (page 1)
Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Circumcision)
Romans 4:9â€“12 makes it clear that the physical operation had nothing to do with Abrahamâ€™s eternal salvation. Abraham had believed God and received Godâ€™s righteousness before he ever was circumcised (Gen. 15:6). Circumcision was not the means of his salvation but the mark of his separation as a man in covenant relationship with God. The legalistic element in the early church tried to make circumcision and obedience to the Law a requirement for salvation for the Gentiles, but this heresy was refuted (Acts 15:1â€“35). In his Galatian Epistle, Paul argues convincingly for salvation by grace alone.
What does all of this mean to Christian believers today? The seal of our salvation is not an external rite but the presence of an internal witness in the person of the Holy Spirit of God (Eph. 1:13; 4:30; Rom. 8:9, 16). We have experienced a â€œspiritual circumcisionâ€ (Col. 2:9â€“12) that makes us part of the â€œtrue circumcisionâ€ (Phil. 3:1â€“3). When we trusted Christ to save us, the Spirit of God performed â€œspiritual surgeryâ€ that enables us to have victory over the desires of the old nature and the old life. Circumcision removes only a part of the body, but the true â€œspiritual circumcisionâ€ puts off â€œthe body of the sins of the fleshâ€ (Col. 2:11) and deals radically with the sin nature.
This â€œspiritual circumcisionâ€ is accomplished at conversion when the sinner believes in Christ and is baptized by the Spirit into the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). This baptism identifies the believer with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, and also in His circumcision (Col. 2:11â€“12; Luke 2:21). It is not â€œthe circumcision of Mosesâ€ but â€œthe circumcision of Christâ€ that is important to the Christian believer.
Genesis 17:9-22 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 God said further to Abraham, â€œNow as for you, (A)you shall keep My covenant, you and your[a]descendants after you throughout their generations.
10 (B)This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your [b]descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised.11 And (C)you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you. 12 And every male among you who is (D)eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, a servant who is born in the house or who is bought with money from any foreigner, who is not of your [c]descendants. 13 A servant who is born in your house or (E)who is bought with your money shall surely be circumcised; thus shall My covenant be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant. 14 But an uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be (F)cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant.â€
15 Then God said to Abraham, â€œAs for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but [d]Sarah shall be her name. 16 I will bless her, and indeed I will give you (G)a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; (H)kings of peoples will [e]come from her.â€ 17 Then Abraham (I)fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, â€œWill a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And (J)will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?â€ 18 And Abraham said to God, â€œOh that Ishmael might live before You!â€ 19 But God said, â€œNo, but Sarah your wife will bear you (K)a son, and you shall call his name [f]Isaac; and (L)I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant for his[g]descendants after him. 20 As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I will bless him, and (M)will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly. (N)He shall [h]become the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a (O)great nation. 21 But My covenant I will establish with (P)Isaac, whom (Q)Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.â€ 22 When He finished talking with him, (R)God went up from Abraham.
a. Genesis 17:9 Lit seed
b. Genesis 17:10 Lit seed
c. Genesis 17:12 Lit seed
d. Genesis 17:15 I.e. princess
e. Genesis 17:16 Lit be
f. Genesis 17:19 I.e. he laughs
g. Genesis 17:19 Lit seed
h. Genesis 17:20 Lit beget twelve princes
A. Genesis 17:9 : Ex 19:5
B. Genesis 17:10 : John 7:22; Acts 7:8; Rom 4:11
C. Genesis 17:11 : Ex 12:48; Deut 10:16; Acts 7:8; Rom 4:11
D. Genesis 17:12 : Lev 12:3
E. Genesis 17:13 : Ex 12:44
F. Genesis 17:14 : Ex 4:24-26
G. Genesis 17:16 : Gen 18:10
H. Genesis 17:16 : Gen 17:6; 36:31
I. Genesis 17:17 : Gen 17:3; 18:12; 21:6
J. Genesis 17:17 : Gen 21:7
K. Genesis 17:19 : Gen 17:16; 18:10; 21:2
L. Genesis 17:19 : Gen 26:2-5
M. Genesis 17:20 : Gen 16:10
N. Genesis 17:20 : Gen 25:12-16
O. Genesis 17:20 : Gen 21:18
P. Genesis 17:21 : Gen 17:19; 18:10, 14
Q. Genesis 17:21 : Gen 21:2
R. Genesis 17:22 : Gen 18:33; 35:13
INTRODUCTION: A STORY OF IMPATIENCE
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD HAS REASSURED ABRAM OF HIS PROMISES
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 16:1-16
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: GETTING AHEAD OF GOD
CTS: 2 TRUTHS CONCERNING IMPATIENCE WITH GOD
HOW DOES IMPATIENCE EFFECT MY FAITH?:
I. IT DISMISSES GODâ€™S WILL (VV. 1-3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAM AND SARAI BECAME IMPATIENT WITH GOD
o SARAI WAS BARREN AT THE AGE OF 75 (1)
o SARAI ASSESSED HER SITUATION AND ACTED (2):
ï‚§ THE LORD HAS PREVENTED ME FROM HAVING CHILDREN (2A)
ï‚§ MAYBE I WILL HAVE CHILDREN THROUGH MY MAID (2B)
ï‚§ ABRAM LISTENED TO SARAI & TOOK HAGAR AS HIS WIFE (2C - 3)
II. IT DOESNâ€™T HINDER GODâ€™S LOVING CARE (VV. 4-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SARAIâ€™S & ABRAMâ€™S IMPATIENCE = FAMILY HOSTILITY
o HAGAR BECAME PREGNANT; HAGAR LOST RESPECT FOR SARAI (4)
o SARAI BLAMES ABRAM FOR THE PROBLEM (5)
o ABRAM TAKES A PASSIVE POSITION (6A)
o SARAI TREATS HAGAR WITH CONTEMPT; HAGAR FLEES (6B)
o GOD INTERVENES IN AN IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION
ï‚§ THE ANGEL OF THE LORD SPEAKS TO HAGAR
â€¢ HE FINDS HER AT A SPRING IN THE WILDERNESS (7A)
â€¢ HAGAR WAS ON HER WAY HOME TO EGYPT (7B)
â€¢ HE ASKED HAGAR ABOUT HER SITUATION; SHE EXPLAINS (8)
â€¢ THE ANGEL TELLS HER TO RETURN & SUBMIT TO SARAI (9)
â€¢ THE ANGEL TELLS HAGAR OF GODâ€™S PLANS FOR HER (10-12)
o HAGAR RESPONDS TO THE ANGEL OF THE LORD IN HUMILITY (13-14)
o HAGAR BEARS A SON (ISHMAEL) TO ABRAM (86 YEARS OLD) (15-16)
â€¢ ABRAM AND SARAI DECIDED TO PURSUE GODâ€™S PROMISED CHILD
â€¢ ABRAMâ€™S TAKING HAGAR AS HIS WIFE PRODUCED PROBLEMS
â€¢ THOUGH HAGAR HAD LEFT THE FAMILY, GOD CAME TO HER
â€¢ GOD TOLD HAGAR TO RETURN TO THE FAMILY AND BLESSED HER
â€¢ OUR PLANS MAY GET AHEAD OF GOD, BUT HIS PLAN WILL PREVAIL
â€¢ REMEMBER: OUR WAYS ARE NOT GODâ€™S WAYS (ISAIAH 55:8-9)
Genesis 16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 Now (A)Sarai, Abramâ€™s wife had borne him no children, and she had (B)an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar. 2 So Sarai said to Abram, â€œNow behold, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children.(C)Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will [a]obtain children through her.â€ And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. 3 After Abram had [b]lived (D)ten years in the land of Canaan, Abramâ€™s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.
4 He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight.5 And Sarai said to Abram, â€œ(E)May the wrong done me be upon you. I gave my maid into your [c]arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her [d]sight. (F)May the LORD judge between[e]you and me.â€ 6 But Abram said to Sarai, â€œBehold, your maid is in your [f]power; do to her what is good in your [g]sight.â€ So Sarai treated her harshly, and (G)she fled from her presence.
7 Now (H)the angel of the LORD found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to (I)Shur. 8 He said, â€œHagar, Saraiâ€™s maid, (J)where have you come from and where are you going?â€ And she said, â€œI am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.â€ 9 Then the angel of the LORD said to her, â€œReturn to your mistress, and submit yourself [h]to her authority.â€ 10 Moreover, the (K)angel of the LORD said to her, â€œ(L)I will greatly multiply your [i]descendants so that [j]they will be too many to count.â€ 11 The angel of the LORD said to her further,
â€œBehold, you are with child,
And you will bear a son;
And you shall call his name [k]Ishmael,
Because (M)the LORD [l]has given heed to your affliction.
12 â€œHe will be a (N)wild donkey of a man,
His hand will be against everyone,
And everyoneâ€™s hand will be against him;
And he will [m]live [n](O)to the east of all his brothers.â€
13 Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, â€œ[o]You are [p]a God who seesâ€; for she said, â€œ(P)Have I even [q]remained alive here after seeing Him?â€ 14 Therefore the well was called [r]Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between (Q)Kadesh and Bered.
15 So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael.16 Abram was (R)eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to [s]him.
a. Genesis 16:2 Lit be built from her
b. Genesis 16:3 Lit dwelt
c. Genesis 16:5 Lit bosom
d. Genesis 16:5 Lit eyes
e. Genesis 16:5 Lit me and you
f. Genesis 16:6 Lit hand
g. Genesis 16:6 Lit eyes
h. Genesis 16:9 Lit under her hands
i. Genesis 16:10 Lit seed
j. Genesis 16:10 Or it shall not be counted for multitude
k. Genesis 16:11 I.e. God hears
l. Genesis 16:11 Lit has heard
m. Genesis 16:12 Lit dwell
n. Genesis 16:12 Lit before the face of; or in defiance of
o. Genesis 16:13 Or You, God, see me
p. Genesis 16:13 Heb Elroi
q. Genesis 16:13 Lit seen here after the one who saw me
r. Genesis 16:14 I.e. the well of the living one who sees me
s. Genesis 16:16 Lit Abram
A. Genesis 16:1 : Gen 11:30
B. Genesis 16:1 : Gen 12:16
C. Genesis 16:2 : Gen 30:3, 4, 9, 10
D. Genesis 16:3 : Gen 12:4
E. Genesis 16:5 : Jer 51:35
F. Genesis 16:5 : Gen 31:53; Ex 5:21
G. Genesis 16:6 : Gen 16:9
H. Genesis 16:7 : Gen 21:17, 18; 22:11, 15; 31:11
I. Genesis 16:7 : Gen 20:1; 25:18
J. Genesis 16:8 : Gen 3:9; 1 Kin 19:9, 13
K. Genesis 16:10 : Gen 22:15-18
L. Genesis 16:10 : Gen 17:20
M. Genesis 16:11 : Ex 2:23, 24; 3:7, 9
N. Genesis 16:12 : Job 24:5; 39:5-8
O. Genesis 16:12 : Gen 25:18
P. Genesis 16:13 : Gen 32:30; Ps 139:1-12
Q. Genesis 16:14 : Gen 14:7
R. Genesis 16:16 : Gen 12:4; 16:3
1 Samuel 13:7-14
Samuel said to Saul, â€œYou have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lordyour God, which He commanded you.â€ â€”1 Samuel 13:13
In an act of impatience, a man in San Francisco, California, tried to beat traffic by swerving around a lane of cars that had come to a stop. However, the lane he pulled into had just been laid with fresh cement, and his Porsche 911 got stuck. This driver paid a high price for his impatience.
The Scriptures tell of a king who also paid a high price for his impatience. Eager for God to bless the Israelites in their battle against the Philistines, Saul acted impatiently. When Samuel did not arrive at the appointed time to offer a sacrifice for Godâ€™s favor, Saul became impatient and disobeyed Godâ€™s command (1 Sam. 13:8-9,13). Impatience led Saul to think he was above the law and to take on an unauthorized position of priest. He thought he could disobey God without serious consequences. He was wrong.
When Samuel arrived, he rebuked Saul for his disobedience and prophesied that Saul would lose the kingdom (vv.13-14). Saulâ€™s refusal to wait for the development of Godâ€™s plan caused him to act in haste, and in his haste he lost his way (see Prov. 19:2). His impatience was the ultimate display of a lack of faith.
The Lord will provide His guiding presence as we wait patiently for Him to bring about His will.
Tune your anxious heart to patience,
Walk by faith where sight is dim;
Loving God, be calm and trustful
And leave everything to Him. â€”Chambers
Patience means awaiting Godâ€™s time and trusting Godâ€™s love.
INTRODUCTION: THE COWARDLY LION (THE WIZARD OF OZ)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: LOT AND HIS FAMILY HAD BEEN CAPTURED
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 14:13-24
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: BEING COURAGEOUS
CTS: 3 WAYS TO ADAPT GODâ€™S COURAGE TO YOUR CHARACTER
WHAT CAN I DO TO FUEL BEING COURAGEOUS FOR GOD?:
I. DEVOTED CARE FOR OTHERS (VV. 13-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: HEARING OF LOTâ€™S CAPTIVITY, ABRAM TOOK ACTION
o A FUGITIVE CAME AND TOLD ABRAM OF LOTâ€™S DIFFICULTY (13)
o HEARING OF LOTâ€™S DIFFICULTY, ABRAM SPRUNG INTO ACTION (14)
o ABRAM STRATEGIZED AND CONQUERED THE ENEMY (15)
ï‚§ 150 MILES OF TRAVEL
o ABRAM BROUGHT BACK EVERYTHNG THAT HAD BEEN TAKEN (16)
II. DEPENDING ON GODâ€™S BLESSING OF OBEDIENCE (VV. 17-20)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: AFTER HIS VICTORY, ABRAM IS MET WITH TEMPTATION
o AS HE RETURNED IN VICTORY, THE KING OF SODOM MEETS ABRAM (17)
o ABRAM WAS ALSO MET BY GODâ€™S REP, MELCHIZEDEK (18)
ï‚§ SEE HEB 7:1-4
ï‚§ BLESSES ABRAM (19)
ï‚§ BLESSES GOD (20A)
ï‚§ GIVES GOD GLORY FOR THE VICTORY (20B)
o ABRAM GIVES MELCHIZEDEK A TENTH OF ALL HE HAD (20C)
III. DEFENDING THE CONVICTIONS OF YOUR FAITH (VV. 21-24)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE KING OF SODOM OFFERED ABRAM A REWARD
o THE KING OFFERED ALL OF THE SPOILS OF WAR, EXCEPT THE PEOPLE (21)
o ABRAM HAD MADE A COVENANT WITH GOD: (22)
ï‚§ HE WOULD NOT TAKE THE SPOILS OF WAR (23-24)
â€¢ ABRAMâ€™S COURAGE BECAME APPARENT IN HIS RESPONSE TO SAVE LOT
â€¢ ABRAMâ€™S STRATEGY ENABLED HIM TO WIN THE BATTLE AND SAVE LOT
â€¢ ABRAM RETURNED FROM THE BATTLE WITH ALL THAT WAS TAKEN
â€¢ ABRAMâ€™S COURAGE AND VICTORY WAS ENABLED BY GOD
â€¢ ABRAMâ€™S GROWTH IN FAITH ENABLED HIM TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT REWARD
â€¢ ABRAM GAVE A TENTH OF ALL THE SPOILS TO GOD
â€¢ OUR COURAGE IS REALIZED AND GROWS AS WE TRUST GOD AND HONOR HIM
REFERENCES (page 1)
Hebrews 7:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated â€œking of righteousness,â€ and then also king of Salem, meaning â€œking of peace,â€ 3 without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.
4 Now consider how great this man was, to whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils.
Genesis 14:13-24 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
13 Then [a]a fugitive came and told Abram the (A)Hebrew. Now he was [b]living by the [c](B)oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were [d](C)allies with Abram. 14 When Abram heard that (D)his [e]relative had been taken captive, he [f]led out his trained men, (E)born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as (F)Dan. 15 (G)He divided [g]his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and [h]defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is [i]north of (H)Damascus. 16 He (I)brought back all the goods, and also brought back (J)his[j]relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.
Godâ€™s Promise to Abram
17 Then after his return from the [k]defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, (K)the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, (L)the Kingâ€™s Valley). 18 And(M)Melchizedek king of Salem brought out (N)bread and wine; now he was a (O)priest of [l]God Most High.19 He blessed him and said,
â€œBlessed be Abram of [m]God Most High,
[n](P)Possessor of heaven and earth;
20 And blessed be [o]God Most High,
Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.â€
(Q)He gave him a tenth of all.
21 The king of Sodom said to Abram, â€œGive the [p]people to me and take the goods for yourself.â€ 22 Abram said to the king of Sodom, â€œI have [q]sworn to the LORD [r](R)God Most High,[s](S)possessor of heaven and earth, 23 that (T)I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, â€˜I have made Abram rich.â€™ 24 [t]I will take nothing except what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, (U)Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share.â€
a. Genesis 14:13 Lit the
b. Genesis 14:13 Lit abiding
c. Genesis 14:13 Or terebinths
d. Genesis 14:13 Lit possessors of the covenant
e. Genesis 14:14 Lit brother
f. Genesis 14:14 Or mustered
g. Genesis 14:15 Lit himself
h. Genesis 14:15 Lit smote
i. Genesis 14:15 Lit on the left
j. Genesis 14:16 Lit brother
k. Genesis 14:17 Lit smiting
l. Genesis 14:18 Heb El Elyon
m. Genesis 14:19 Heb El Elyon
n. Genesis 14:19 Or Creator
o. Genesis 14:20 Heb El Elyon
p. Genesis 14:21 Lit soul
q. Genesis 14:22 Lit lifted up my hand
r. Genesis 14:22 Heb El Elyon
s. Genesis 14:22 Or Creator
t. Genesis 14:24 Lit Not to me except
A. Genesis 14:13 : Gen 40:15; Ex 3:18
B. Genesis 14:13 : Gen 13:18; 14:24
C. Genesis 14:13 : Gen 21:27, 32
D. Genesis 14:14 : Gen 14:12
E. Genesis 14:14 : Gen 12:5; 15:3; 17:27; Eccl 2:7
F. Genesis 14:14 : Deut 34:1; Judg 18:29; 1 Kin 15:20
INTRODUCTION: THE FAMILY TREE / DEFINITION OF DESCENDANTS
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ABRAM HAD GIVEN A GREAT BLESSING TO LOT
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 13:14-18
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: THE BLESSING OF BLESSING
CTS: 3 REASONS FOR YOU TO BE GODâ€™S BLESSING TO OTHERS
WHAT DOES IT MATTER THAT I AM GODâ€™S BLESSING TO OTHERS?:
I. ITâ€™S GODâ€™S WILL AND YOUR PRIVILEGE (VV. 14-15)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: AFTER BLESSING LOT, ABRAM RECEIVES GODâ€™S BLESSING
o LOT LIFTED HIS EYES (10-11) . . . GOD TOLD ABRAM TO LIFT HIS EYES (14)
o GODâ€™S BLESSING: ALL THAT ABRAM COULD SEE FOREVER (15A)
ï‚§ LOOK TO THE NORTH / SOUTH / EAST / WEST
â€¢ INCLUDED THE LAND ABRAM HAD GIVEN LOT
ï‚§ NOT ONLY FOR ABRAM, BUT FOR ALL HIS DESCENDANTS (15B)
II. YOU ARE A BLESSING TO ABRAMâ€™S DESCENDANTS (VS. 16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAMâ€™S DESCENDANTS WOULD BE INFINITE
o WHO ARE THE DESCENDANTS OF ABRAM? (JOHN 8:34-47)
III. YOU WILL INHERIT GODâ€™S ETERNAL BLESSING (VV. 17-18)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S BLESSING TO ABRAM: PRESENT AND FUTURE
o GOD TOLD ABRAM TO OCCUPY WHAT WOULD BE ETERNAL (15b, 17)
ï‚§ A NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH FOR YOU â€“ 2 PET 3:10-13 (MSG)
ï‚§ A PICTURE OF THE FUTURE â€“ MICAH 4:1-5
o ABRAM TOOK GOD AT HIS WORD AND MOVED TO HEBRON (18)
ï‚§ HISTORICAL NOTE: HEBRON: DAVID BECAME KING
â€¢ AFTER BLESSING LOT, ABRAM RECEIVED A GREATER BLESSING FROM GOD
â€¢ GOD WOULD EVEN RESTORE WHAT ABRAM GAVE AWAY
â€¢ GOD WOULD MULTIPLY THE KINGDOM IN WHICH ABRAM HAD ENTERED
â€¢ GODâ€™S INHERITANCE FOR ABRAMâ€™S DESCENDANTS IS ETERNAL
â€¢ THE GREATEST BLESSING REQUIRES BECOMING A DESCENDANT
REFERENCES (page 1)
Definition of â€œdescendantsâ€ (noun)
: someone who is related to a person or group of people who lived in the past
: a plant or animal that is related to a particular plant or animal that lived long ago
: something that developed from another thing that was made or existed earlier
John 8:34-47 New King James Version (NKJV)
34 Jesus answered them, â€œMost assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.
Abrahamâ€™s Seed and Satanâ€™s
37 â€œI know that you are Abrahamâ€™s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. 38 I speak what I have seen with My Father, and you do what you have seen with[a] your father.â€
39 They answered and said to Him, â€œAbraham is our father.â€
Jesus said to them, â€œIf you were Abrahamâ€™s children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You do the deeds of your father.â€
Then they said to Him, â€œWe were not born of fornication; we have one Fatherâ€”God.â€
42 Jesus said to them, â€œIf God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me. 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears Godâ€™s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.â€
2 Peter 3:10-13 The Message (MSG)
10 But when the Day of Godâ€™s Judgment does come, it will be unannounced, like a thief. The sky will collapse with a thunderous bang, everything disintegrating in a huge conflagration, earth and all its works exposed to the scrutiny of Judgment.
11-13 Since everything here today might well be gone tomorrow, do you see how essential it is to live a holy life? Daily expect the Day of God, eager for its arrival. The galaxies will burn up and the elements melt down that dayâ€”but weâ€™ll hardly notice. Weâ€™ll be looking the other way, ready for the promised new heavens and the promised new earth, all landscaped with righteousness.
Micah 4:1-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the LORDâ€™s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.
2 Many nations shall come and say,
â€œCome, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
To the house of the God of Jacob;
He will teach us His ways,
And we shall walk in His paths.â€
For out of Zion the law shall go forth,
And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
3 He shall judge between many peoples,
And rebuke strong nations afar off;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore.[a]
4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
And no one shall make them afraid;
For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
5 For all people walk each in the name of his god,
But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God
Forever and ever.
Genesis 13:14-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, â€œ(A)Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, (B)northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15 (C)for all the land which you see, (D)I will give it to you and to your [a]descendants forever.
16 I will make your[b]descendants (E)as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your[c]descendants can also be numbered.
17 Arise, (F)walk about the land through its length and breadth; for(G)I will give it to you.â€ 18 Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the [d](H)oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built (I)an altar to the LORD.
a. Genesis 13:15 Lit seed
b. Genesis 13:16 Lit seed
c. Genesis 13:16 Lit seed
d. Genesis 13:18 Or terebinths
A. Genesis 13:14 : Deut 3:27; 34:1-4; Is 49:18
B. Genesis 13:14 : Gen 28:14
C. Genesis 13:15 : Gen 12:7
D. Genesis 13:15 : Gen 13:17; 15:7; 17:8; 2 Chr 20:7; Acts 7:5
E. Genesis 13:16 : Gen 16:10; 28:14; Num 23:10
F. Genesis 13:17 : Num 13:17-24
G. Genesis 13:17 : Gen 13:15
H. Genesis 13:18 : Gen 14:13
I. Genesis 13:18 : Gen 8:20; 12:7, 8
INTRODUCTION: THE IMPORTANCE OF PEACEMAKING (MATT 5:8-10)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: CHARACTER OF ABRAM
ABRAM: CALLED/RESPONDED/FAILED/MERCY/ NEXT? (NEH 9:6-8)
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 13:2-13
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: BEING A PEACEMAKER
CTS: 3 STEPS TO ENABLE YOUR BEING GODâ€™S PEACEMAKER
HOW CAN GOD ENABLE ME TO BE A PEACEMAKER?:
I. BEGIN BY STAYING CLOSE TO GOD (VV. 2-4)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: OUT OF SINFUL DIFFICULTY, ABRAM RETURNS TO GOD
o GOD HAS BLESSED ABRAM WITH WEALTH (2)
o ABRAM, WITHOUT PROMPTING, RETURNED TO BETHEL (3)
â€¢ BETHEL â€“ HOUSE OF GOD
o ABRAM RETURNED TO THE PLACE OF THE ALTAR (4A)
o ABRAM RETURNED TO WORSHIPPING GOD (4B)
II. BE AWARE THAT CONFLICTS ARE FOR OUR GOOD (VV. 5-7)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: DISUNITY GROWS BETWEEN LOT AND ABRAM
o BOTH MEN WERE BLESSED WITH WEALTH (5-6)
o THE WEALTH BEGAN TO CAUSE PROBLEMS BETWEEN LOT AND ABRAM (7)
ï‚§ THE HERDSMEN OF LOT AND ABRAM FOUGHT (7A)
ï‚§ THE ENEMIES OF GOD WERE IN THE LAND (7B)
III. BE GODâ€™S BLESSING TO OTHERS (VV. 8-13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAMâ€™S FAITH RESOLVED THE PROBLEM
o HE SOUGHT CONTINUED UNITY WITH LOT (8)
o ABRAM OFFERED ANY OF WHAT GOD HAD GIVEN HIM TO LOT (9)
ï‚§ SEE SWINDOLLâ€™S COMMENTS ON ABRAM
ï‚§ SEE SWINDOLLâ€™S MODERN DAY ILLUSTRATION NOTES
o LOT RESPONDED THROUGH THE LUST OF HIS EYES / HEART (10-11)
ï‚§ SEE SWINDOLLâ€™S COMMENTS ON LOT
o ABRAM SETTLED IN THE LAND OF CANAAN (PROMISED LAND) (12A)
o LOT CHOSE TO SETTLE IN THE CITIES OF THE VALLEY (SODOM) (12B)
o AS HE WOULD SOON FIND OUT, LOTâ€™S CHOICE WAS A FOOLISH ONE (13)
â€¢ AFTER ALMOST LOSING HIS WIFE, ABRAM RETURNED TO WORSHIP GOD
â€¢ GOD CONTINUED HIS FAITHFUL BLESSING OF ABRAM
â€¢ LOT WAS BLESSED BY BEING WITH ABRAM, THOUGH HIS HEART WAS NOT
â€¢ ABRAM DEMONSTRATED A GROWING FAITH: PLACING LOT BEFORE SELF
â€¢ LOT WAS LED ASTRAY THROUGH THE LUST OF HIS EYES
â€¢ CONSIDER THE WORDS â€œALWAYS, NEVER, FORGET, AND REMEMBERâ€
REFERENCES (page 1)
Matthew 5:8-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousnessâ€™ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Nehemiah 9:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 You alone are the Lord;
You have made heaven,
The heaven of heavens, with all their host,
The earth and everything on it,
The seas and all that is in them,
And You preserve them all.
The host of heaven worships You.
7 â€œYou are the Lord God,
Who chose Abram,
And brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans,
And gave him the name Abraham;
8 You found his heart faithful before You,
And made a covenant with him
To give the land of the Canaanites,
The Hittites, the Amorites,
The Perizzites, the Jebusites,
And the Girgashitesâ€”
To give it to his descendants.
You have performed Your words,
For You are righteous.
Swindollâ€™s comments on Abram
Abram could have called Lot to his tent and said, â€œLook, Iâ€™m the adult here and youâ€™re the nephew. Itâ€™s been great, but youâ€™ve got to go young man. Besides, God gave this land to me, not you. So, take your flocks and herds and tents, and find your own land somewhere else!â€ But Abram didnâ€™t do that. We canâ€™t help but be impressed with his response. He chose his words carefully to acknowledge the building tension and to seek a peaceful solution while affirming his love.
Think about this for a moment. By giving Lot his choice of territory and accepting whatever was left, Abram gave up control of his future. In giving Lot first choice of the land, Abram trusted that God would take care of him regardless of what happened.
Modern day example:
Lets say you and a member of your familyâ€“â€“a nephew or a cousinâ€“â€“own a business together. You own 60 percent; he owns 40 percent. Orders are rolling in and youâ€™re operating the black, but its taking a toll on your relationship. Your not as close as you once were, and now your families are beginning to quarrel. Itâ€™s time to separate.
You invite your business partner to breakfast and suggest that the best way to ensure growth is to divide the company. The eastern and western divisions would become independent companies. When you roll out a map of the country and examine the sales figures, itâ€™s clear that one division performs far better than the other. As the majority stake holder, you have the right of first choice, which presents you with an intriguing question: In what or whom do you trust for provision? Do you trust our own business sense, or God, who invites you to trust in Him?
Thereâ€™s nothing inherently wrong with choosing the better territory. Itâ€™s your right as the senior partner. But your choice reveals what you value and whom you trust.
Swindollâ€™s comments on Lot
Lotâ€™s selection of the most fertile territory reveals his true character. He should have said, â€œUncle Abram, I owe you a great debt of gratitude. In fact, I owe you everything! You brought me on this journey when you should have left me in Ur, and today I am a wealthy man because of you. Since you have been so gracious to me, I insist that you take the best land. God will take care of me either way.â€
But Lot chose greed over gratitude. He chose wealth over family. He chose to trust himself rather than God. Truth be told, most of us are more like Lot than Abram.
CONSIDER THE WORDS â€œALWAYS, NEVER, FORGET, AND REMEMBERâ€
ALWAYS â€“ always look beyond the immediate positive benefits of a decision. The positive is usually obvious and can be grasped immediately. We live in a culture driven by a desire for instant gratification. . . . We want what we want now, and our preoccupation with instant gratification is deadly.
Itâ€™s time for us to slow down. Instead of asking, â€œWhatâ€™s in it for me?â€ or â€œHow happy will she make me?â€ or â€œWhat benefits will I get from this?â€ we need to think about long term consequences.
NEVER â€“ never underestimate the impact of negative consequences. Take a few moments to reflect on your decisions. Take a few moments to reflect on your recent decisions. If youâ€™re honest with yourself, youâ€™ll discover that the positive benefits were not as good as what you anticipated, and the negative impact was usually worse than expected.
FORGET â€“ Forget about pleasing yourself. I knowâ€“â€“it seems like right now that decision would lead to great happiness, prosperity, safety or contentment. Let me warn you. Iâ€™ve regretted every decision Iâ€™ve made in which I focused only on what benefited me. Self-interested decisions have always resulted in more pain than pleasure.
REMEMBER â€“ remember that with greater independence and freedom comes the need for stronger personal discipline. If your decision is likely to compromise your walk with God, itâ€™s a bad decision, regardless of the apparent positives.
Genesis 13:2-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
2 Now Abram was (A)very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. 3 He went [a]on his journeys from the[b]Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, (B)between Bethel and Ai, 4 to the place of the (C)altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
5 Now (D)Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 And (E)the land could not [c]sustain them [d]while dwelling together, (F)for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together. 7 (G)And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abramâ€™s livestock and the herdsmen of Lotâ€™s livestock. Now (H)the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land.
8 (I)So Abram said to Lot, â€œPlease let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.â€ 10 Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the [e](J)valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhereâ€”this was before the LORD(K)destroyed Sodom and Gomorrahâ€”like (L)the garden of the LORD, (M)like the land of Egypt as you go to(N)Zoar. 11 So Lot chose for himself all the [f]valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other. 12 Abram [g]settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot [h]settled in (O)the cities of the [i]valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. 13 Now (P)the men of Sodom were wicked[j]exceedingly and (Q)sinners against the LORD.
a. Genesis 13:3 Lit by his stages
b. Genesis 13:3 I.e. South country
c. Genesis 13:6 Lit bear
d. Genesis 13:6 Lit to dwell
e. Genesis 13:10 Lit circle
f. Genesis 13:11 Lit circle
g. Genesis 13:12 Lit dwelt
h. Genesis 13:12 Lit dwelt
i. Genesis 13:12 Lit circle
j. Genesis 13:13 Lit wicked and sinners exceedingly
A. Genesis 13:2 : Gen 24:35
B. Genesis 13:3 : Gen 12:8
C. Genesis 13:4 : Gen 12:7, 8
D. Genesis 13:5 : Gen 12:5
E. Genesis 13:6 : Gen 36:7
F. Genesis 13:6 : Gen 12:5, 16; 13:2
G. Genesis 13:7 : Gen 26:20
H. Genesis 13:7 : Gen 12:6; 15:20, 21
I. Genesis 13:8 : Prov 15:18; 20:3
J. Genesis 13:10 : Gen 19:17-29; Deut 34:3
K. Genesis 13:10 : Gen 19:24
L. Genesis 13:10 : Gen 2:8, 10
M. Genesis 13:10 : Gen 47:6
N. Genesis 13:10 : Gen 14:2, 8; 19:22; Deut 34:3
O. Genesis 13:12 : Gen 14:2; 19:24, 25, 29
P. Genesis 13:13 : Gen 18:20; Ezek 16:49
Q. Genesis 13:13 : Gen 39:9; Num 32:23; 2 Pet 2:7, 8
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU AFRAID OF FAILURE?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: ABRAM WAS BEING BLESSED, AS GOD PROMISED
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 12:10 â€“ 13:1
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: FAILURE AND MERCY
CTS: 3 WAYS TO BELIEVE IN GODâ€™S FAITHFULNESS IN YOUR FAILURES
HOW CAN I HONOR GOD, KNOWING I WILL FAIL HIM?:
I. DONâ€™T PLACE YOUR TRUST IN CIRCUMSTANCES (VV. 10-13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: TEMPTED WITH DIFFICULTY, ABRAM HEADS FOR SECURITY
o GOD LED ABRAM TO THE NEJEV; SHOULD GOD NOT PROVIDE?
ï‚§ SEE SWINDOLL COMMENTS ON FAMINE & ALLIANCE
o AS HE WENT DOWN TO EGYPT, ABRAM BECAME FEARFUL OF MAN (10-12)
o ABRAM ESTABLISHED A PLAN OF DECEPTION TO SAVE HIS LIFE (13)
II. DONâ€™T PLACE YOUR TRUST IN PEOPLE (VV. 14-16)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAMâ€™S DECEPTION WORKED, BUT WAS SHORT LIVED
o AS ABRAM EXPECTED, SARAIâ€™S BEAUTY WAS NOTED BY ALL (14)
o UNEXPECTED BY ABRAM, PHAROAH TOOK SARAI INTO HIS HAREM (15)
o ABIDING BY ABRAMâ€™S DECEPTION, PHAROAH GAVE MUCH TO ABRAM (16)
III. DONâ€™T DOUBT GODâ€™S CARE FOR YOU (VV. 17-13:1)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD STEPPED INTO ABRAMâ€™S IMPOSSIBLE SITUATION
o TO KEEP HIS COVENANT WITH ABRAM, GOD PLAGUED PHAROAH (17)
o PHAROAH BECAME AWARE OF ABRAMâ€™S DECEPTION:
â€¢ PHAROAH REPRIMANDED ABRAM FOR HIS DECEIPT (18-19)
â€¢ PHAROAH COMMANDED HIS MEN TO ESCORT ABRAM & FAMILY OUT OF EGYPT (20)
â€¢ ABRAM AND ALL THAT HE HAD WENT UP FROM EGYPT (13:1)
â€¢ ABRAM ALLOWED HIS CIRCUMSTANCES TO DICTATE HIS FAITH
â€¢ ABRAM BECAME FEARFUL OF THE PEOPLE IN EGYPT
â€¢ ABRAM RELIED ON TRADITION, FORMING A DECEPTIVE SCHEME
â€¢ THOUGH ABRAM DISOBEYED GOD, GOD DELIVERED HIM
â€¢ WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES AND / OR FEAR OVERWHELM US, WE HAVE THE SAME CHOICE TO MAKE: TRUST IN GOD OR OUSELVES
â€¢ EVEN IF WE CHOOSE TO TRUST IN SELF, GODâ€™S CARE REMAINS FAITHFUL
REFERENCES (page 1)
Comments on Abramâ€™s failure in faith by Charles Swindoll
For Abram, this season of hunger represented a major test. The famine carried a sobering unspoken message from the Lord: â€œIn all your praying and altar building, Abram, let Me reveal the true depth of your faith. This difficulty will show how little you trust me to provide for your needs now that circumstances have turned against you and the only thing you find in abundance is hunger. While God didnâ€™t cause the famine, He certainly used it as an instrument in the development of Abramâ€™s faith.
You can expect more than one divine test in your own faith journey, but God doesnâ€™t use difficult circumstances to find out what weâ€™ll do. He doesnâ€™t test us to observe our response of faith. He already knows us better than we know ourselves, and He already knows what the future holds. He uses tests to reveal us to ourselves.
A divine test usually exposes what might be called our default response to crisis. Everyone has a default response when confronted with a challenge to his or her faith. It starts as a self-preservation reflex. We then learn to cultivate this natural reflex into a strength. In time, we learn to respond to stress with expert agility without even thinking. And before we know it, we have a full-blown coping mechanism that takes over, keeping us from trusting God.
Swindoll quoting F. B. Meyers on forming â€œalliancesâ€ with the world.
In the figurative language of scripture, Egypt stands for an alliance with the world. . . . [Abraham] acted simply on his own judgment. He looked at his difficulties and became paralyzed with fear. He grasped at the first means of deliverance that suggested itself, much as a drowning man will catch a straw. And thus, without taking counsel of his Heavenly Protector, Abraham went down into Egypt.
Ah, fatal mistake! But how many make it still. They may be true children of God, and yet, in a moment of panic, they will adopt methods of delivering themselves that, to say the least, are questionable, sowing seeds of sorrow and disaster to save themselves from minor embarrassment.
Genesis 12:10-13:1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
10 Now there was (A)a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was (B)severe in the land. 11 It came about when he [a]came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, â€œSee now, I know that you are a [b](C)beautiful woman; 12 (D)and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, â€˜This is his wifeâ€™; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say that you are (E)my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that [c](F)I may live on account of you.â€
14 It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians [d]saw that the woman was very beautiful.15 Pharaohâ€™s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and (G)the woman was taken into Pharaohâ€™s house. 16 Therefore (H)he treated Abram well for her sake; and [e](I)gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels.
17 But the Lord (J)struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abramâ€™s wife. 18 Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, â€œ(K)What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, â€˜She is my sister,â€™ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, [f]here is your wife, take her and go.â€ 20 Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they [g]escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.
13 So Abram went up from Egypt to (L)the [h]Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.
a. Genesis 12:11 Lit drew near to enter
b. Genesis 12:11 Lit woman of beautiful appearance
c. Genesis 12:13 Lit my soul
d. Genesis 12:14 Lit saw the woman that she was
e. Genesis 12:16 Lit he had
f. Genesis 12:19 Or behold
g. Genesis 12:20 Lit sent
h. Genesis 13:1 I.e. South country
A. Genesis 12:10 : Gen 26:1
B. Genesis 12:10 : Gen 43:1
C. Genesis 12:11 : Gen 26:7; 29:17
D. Genesis 12:12 : Gen 20:11
E. Genesis 12:13 : Gen 20:2, 5, 12; 26:7
F. Genesis 12:13 : Jer 38:17, 20
G. Genesis 12:15 : Gen 20:2
H. Genesis 12:16 : Gen 20:14
I. Genesis 12:16 : Gen 13:2
J. Genesis 12:17 : Gen 20:18; 1 Chr 16:21; Ps 105:14
K. Genesis 12:18 : Gen 20:9, 10; 26:10
L. Genesis 13:1 : Gen 12:9
David and Deb Barton are missionaries to Papua, New Guinea, working with Wycliffe Bible Translators, taking the Bible (in the native languages of the villages they visit) to the bible-less peoples of Papua, New Guinea. They gave the church an update on their ministry, as well as David presenting a message from Exodus 4.
INTRODUCTION: A CONVERSATION WITH ABRAM (CHUCK SWINDOLL)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: GOD ISSUED A CALL TO ABRAM WITH PROMISES
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 12:4-9
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: RESPONDING TO GODâ€™S CALL
CTS: 3 WAYS FAITH ENABLES THE BELIEVER TO ANSWER GODâ€™S CALL
HOW DOES MY FAITH RELATE TO GODâ€™S CALL?:
I. FAITH BRINGS US OUT OF IDOL WORSHIP (VV. 4-5)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAM PHYSICALLY RESPONDED TO GODâ€™S CALL
o HE WENT FORTH (4A) (WIERSBE COMMENTS)
o LOT WENT WITH HIM (4B)
o ABRAM TOOK SARAI & ALL HE HAD (POSSESSIONS & SERVANTS) (5ABC)
o ABRAM SET OUT AND ULTIMATELY REACHED CANAAN (5DE)
II. FAITH BRINGS US INTO ETERNAL LIFE (VV. 6-8)
o EXPLANATION: ABRAM ENTERED A HOSTILE LAND; GOD ENCOURAGED HIM
o ABRAM PASSED THROUGH THE LAND TO SHECHEM (6A) (WIERSBE NOTES)
o THE CANAANITE WAS IN THE LAND (6B) (NEW IDOL TEMPTATION?)
o THE LORD APPEARED TO ABRAM: REASSURANCE OF GODâ€™S PROMISE (7A)
o ABRAM BUILT AN ALTAR TO GOD (7B)
o AFTER MOVING TO BETHEL, ABRAM BUILT ANOTHER ALTAR (8A)
ï‚§ SIGNIFICANCE OF BETHEL & AI â€“ JOSHUAâ€™S FUTURE AMBUSH ON AI
o ABRAM CALLED (PUBLICKLY) UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD (8B)
III. FAITH BRINGS US ON TO GLORIFY GOD (VS. 9)
o EXPLANATION: ABRAM CONTINUED TO FOLLOW GOD: THE DESERT
o ABRAMâ€™S FINAL DESTINATION WASNâ€™T GIVEN BY GOD (HEB 11:13-16)
o ABRAM CONTINUED TO TRAVEL, EVEN IF IT MEANT INTO DIFFICULTY
ï‚§ GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF NEGEV: THE DESERT (THE SOUTH LAND)
o WIERSBE COMMENTS ON ABRAMâ€™S ACTIVE FAITH (SEE NOTES)
â€¢ GOD APPEARED TO ABRAM, CALLING HIM TO A LAND OF PROMISE
â€¢ ABRAM RESPONDED AND HEADED FOR CANAAN (FAMILY & POSSESSIONS)
â€¢ ABRAM SOUGHT TO BE PURE BEFORE GOD (TENT & ALTARS)
â€¢ ABRAM FOLLOWED GOD, EVEN INTO DIFFICULTY
â€¢ WE HAVE A CHALLENGE BY GOD TO PURSUE ETERNITY WITH HIM
â€¢ WE, AS ABRAM, MUST SEEK TO BE PURE BEFORE GOD ALONG THE WAY
REFERENCES (page 1)
A Dialogue with Abram (Chuck Swindoll)
â€œCan you imagine Abramâ€™s conversations with friends and neighbors?
â€˜Oh, I see youâ€™re packing up, Abram.â€™
â€˜Really? Youâ€™re leaving town?â€™
â€˜Yes, we leave in a few days.â€™
â€˜You know, youâ€™re not getting any younger. Are you ready to start all over somewhere?â€™
â€˜Yep, Sarai and I are moving.â€™
â€˜Reallyâ€ So, where are you going?â€™
â€˜I donâ€™t know.â€™
â€˜Youâ€™re packing up everything you have, leaving everything familiar, and you have no idea where youâ€™re headed? Are you out of your mind?â€™â€
â€œEverything within us recoils from making big changes without thorough planning. Most of us need to see where weâ€™re jumping before committing to a leap. But God called Abram to obey His call without complete information. Abram didnâ€™t know where he was going, so he couldnâ€™t trust a well-thought-out long-range plan. Nevertheless, the Lord gave Abram sufficient information to make a reasonable decision.â€
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Wiersbe on commitment)
I sometimes get the impression that commitment is a vanishing commodity in todayâ€™s world. Many people donâ€™t want to be committed to their jobs, their marriage vows, or to one another. â€œIâ€™m going to do my thing my way!â€ is the essence of todayâ€™s philosophy, and this attitude has invaded the church. Many believers will not commit themselves to ministering in one church but move from church to church when pastors and music programs change. â€œTemporaryâ€ is a key word today: temporary Sunday School teachers and youth sponsors, temporary choir members, temporary church members, and even temporary pastors.
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Facing the challenges of faith)
Most of us are not commanded to pull up stakes and go to a strange country, but the challenges to our faith are just as real. Sometimes there are serious problems in the home, on the job, or in the church; and we wonder why God has permitted these things to happen. If you are to claim your spiritual inheritance in Christ, you must display faith in Godâ€™s Word and obedience to Godâ€™s will.
Wherever Abraham went in the land of Canaan, he was marked by his tent and his altar (Gen. 12:7â€“8; 13:3â€“4, 18). The tent marked him as a â€œstranger and pilgrimâ€ who did not belong to this world (Heb. 11:9â€“16; 1 Peter 2:11), and the altar marked him as a citizen of heaven who worshiped the true and living God. He gave witness to all that he was separated from this world (the tent) and devoted to the Lord (the altar). Whenever Abraham abandoned his tent and his altar, he got into trouble.
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Faith must be active)
The life of faith must never stand still; for if your feet are going, your faith is growing. Note the verbs used to describe Abrahamâ€™s life: he departed (12:4), went forth (12:5), passed through (12:6), removed (12:8) and journeyed (12:9). God kept Abraham moving so that he would meet new challenges and be forced to trust God for new â€œgrace to help in time of needâ€ (Heb. 4:16). Comfortable Christianity is opposite the life of faith, for â€œpilgrims and strangersâ€ must face new circumstances if they are to gain new insights about themselves and their Lord. â€œLet us press on to maturityâ€ is the challenge (6:1, NASB).
Genesis 12:4-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and (A)Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their (B)possessions which they had accumulated, and (C)the [a]persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they [b]set out for the land of Canaan; (D)thus they came to the land of Canaan. 6 Abram passed through the land as far as the site of (E)Shechem, to the [c]oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land. 7 The Lord (F)appeared to Abram and said, â€œ(G)To your [d]descendants I will give this land.â€ So he built (H)an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. 8 Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with (I)Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and (J)called upon the name of the Lord. 9 Abram journeyed on, continuing toward (K)the [e]Negev.
a. Genesis 12:5 Lit souls
b. Genesis 12:5 Lit went forth to go to
c. Genesis 12:6 Or terebinth
d. Genesis 12:7 Lit seed
e. Genesis 12:9 I.e. South country
A. Genesis 12:4 : Gen 11:27, 31
B. Genesis 12:5 : Gen 13:6
C. Genesis 12:5 : Gen 14:14; Lev 22:11
D. Genesis 12:5 : Gen 11:31; Heb 11:8
E. Genesis 12:6 : Gen 35:4; Deut 11:30
F. Genesis 12:7 : Gen 17:1; 18:1
G. Genesis 12:7 : Gen 13:15; 15:18; Deut 34:4; Ps 105: 9-12; Acts 7:5; Gal 3:16
H. Genesis 12:7 : Gen 13:4, 18; 22:9
I. Genesis 12:8 : Josh 8:9, 12
J. Genesis 12:8 : Gen 4:26; 21:33
K. Genesis 12:9 : Gen 13:1, 3; 20:1; 24:62
INTRODUCTION: GOOD OUT OF EVIL?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: A PAGAN IS CALLED TO FORM GODâ€™S NATION
â€¢ THE NEED FOR GODâ€™S CALL (WIERSBE COMMENTS)
â€¢ WHY STUDY THE CHARACTER OF ABRAHAM?
SCRIPTURE: GENESIS 12:1-3
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE LIFE OF THE CALLED: GODâ€™S CALL AND PROMISES
CTS: 3 WAYS TO RELATE GODâ€™S CALL AND PROMISES TO YOUR FAITH
WHAT MEANING DOES THE CALL OF ABRAM HAVE TO MY LIFE?:
I. GODâ€™S CALL ON YOUR LIFE IS UNCONDITIONAL (VS. 1)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD TOLD ABRAM TO GO
o GO FORTH FROM:
ï‚§ YOUR COUNTRY
ï‚§ YOUR RELATIVES
ï‚§ YOUR FATHERâ€™S HOUSE (JOSHUA 24:2)
o NOTES: NELSONâ€™S COMMENTARY; WIERSBE (WHY GOD CALLED)
II. GODâ€™S CALL ON YOUR LIFE IS PERSONAL (VS. 2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD PROMISES 7 BLESSINGS TO ABRAM (2-3)
o GOD WOULD:
ï‚§ MAKE A GREAT NATION THROUGH ABRAM
ï‚§ BLESS THE LIFE OF ABRAM
ï‚§ MAKE ABRAMâ€™S NAME GREAT
ï‚§ MAKE ABRAM A BLESSING TO OTHERS
III. GODâ€™S CALL ON YOUR LIFE IMPACTS OTHERS (VS. 3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: ABRAMâ€™S ALLEGIANCE TO GOD WOULD EFFECT OTHERS
o OTHERS WOULD:
ï‚§ BE BLESSED FOR BLESSING ABRAM
ï‚§ BE CURSED FOR CURSING ABRAM
ï‚§ BE BLESSED WORLD-WIDE THROUGH ABRAM
â€¢ GOD CALLED A PAGAN IDOL WORSHIPPER TO BECOME THE FIRST JEW
â€¢ GOD SHOWED HIMSELF TO ABRAM AND TOLD HIM TO GO
â€¢ IN RESPONSE TO GODâ€™S CALL, ABRAM WOULD BE BLESSED 7 FOLD
â€¢ GOD CALLED US, WHO WERE HIS ENEMIES, TO BECOME HIS CHILDREN
â€¢ GOD SHOWED HIMSELF TO US THROUGH THE BODY OF CHRIST
â€¢ AS WE CHOOSE TO RESPOND TO GODâ€™S CALL, GOD CONTINUALLY BLESSES US
REFERENCES (page 1)
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Warren Wiersbe)
If the other planets are inhabited,â€ quipped George Bernard Shaw, â€œthen they must be using the earth for their insane asylum.â€
We may chuckle at that statement, but it reminds us of a sad fact: The world is in a mess, and it does not seem to be getting any better. What is wrong?
It all goes back to events recorded in the Book of Genesis. Except for the account in chapters 1 and 2, the first eleven chapters of Genesis record one failure of man after another, failures that are being repeated today. The first man and woman disobeyed God and were cast out of the Garden (chap. 3). Cain murdered his brother Abel and lied about it (chap. 4). Humanity became so corrupt that God cleansed the earth with a flood (chaps. 6â€“8). Noah got drunk and exposed himself to his son Ham (chap. 9). In their defiance of God, men built a city and a tower; and God had to send confusion to end the rebellion (chap. 10).
Disobedience, murder, deception, drunkenness, nudity, and rebellion sound pretty up-to-date, donâ€™t they? If you were God, what would you do with these sinners, men and women you had created in your own image? â€œIâ€™d probably destroy them!â€ you might reply; but thatâ€™s not what God did. Instead, God called a man and his wife to leave their home and go to a new land, so that He might give humanity a new beginning. Because of Godâ€™s call and their obedient faith, Abraham and Sarah* ultimately gave to the world the Jewish nation, the Bible, and the Savior. Where would we be today if Abraham and Sarah had not trusted God?
â€œAbrahamâ€ by Charles R. Swindoll: Why study the Character of Abraham?
â€œIn recent years, we have witnessed the rise of what some have called â€˜radical atheism,â€™ led by authors like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and the late Christopher Hitchens. They donâ€™t simply reject the existence of God; they aggressively attack belief in God as an evil that must be eradicated. Some worry about where this trend will take our twenty-first century Western civilization. I donâ€™t worry. While the movement might be radical, its certainly nothing new.â€
â€œToday this man is revered by the majority of the world as the â€˜father of faith.â€ His story is preserved in Genesis, and it tells us much of what we need to know about faith. While each personâ€™s faith journey is unique, Abraham blazed a trail for the rest of us; his faith journey tells us about our own. The biography of Abraham has much to teach anyoneâ€”even an atheistâ€”who wants to know the true Creator.â€
Joshua 24:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 And Joshua said to all the people, â€œThus says the Lord God of Israel: â€˜Your fathers, including Terah, the father of Abraham and the father of Nahor, dwelt on the other side of the River in old times; and they served other gods.
Nelsonâ€™s New Illustrated Bible Commentary
Here are three levels of ever-increasing demands on the life of Abram and Sarai. The country was the region of his dwelling, the family was his clan, and his fatherâ€™s house was where he had responsibility and leadership.
Be Obedient, â€œBeâ€ Commentary Series (Warren Wiersbe)
Why God called. There are at least three reasons why God called Abraham and Sarah. In His love, God was concerned about their salvation; so He revealed His glory and shared His gracious promises. But even beyond their personal salvation was Godâ€™s purpose in blessing the whole world. This was accomplished when God sent His Son into the world through the Jewish nation. Christ died for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2; 4:14) and wants His church to tell the good news to the whole world (Mark 16:15).
But there is a third reason: The life of Abraham is an example for all Christians who want to walk by faith. Abraham was saved by faith (Gen. 15:6; Rom. 4:1â€“5; Gal. 3:6â€“14) and lived by faith (Heb. 11:8â€“19), and his obedience was the evidence of his faith (James 2:14â€“26). Abraham obeyed when he did not know where (Heb. 11:8â€“10), how (vv. 11â€“12), when (vv. 13â€“16), or why (vv. 17â€“19); and so should we.
Genesis 12:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
12 Now (A)the LORD said to Abram,
â€œ[a]Go forth from your country,
And from your relatives
And from your fatherâ€™s house,
To the land which I will show you;
2 And (B)I will make you a great nation,
And (C)I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so [b](D)you shall be a blessing;
3 And (E)I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who [c]curses you I will [d]curse.
(F)And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.â€
a. Genesis 12:1 Lit Go for yourself
b. Genesis 12:2 Lit be a blessing
c. Genesis 12:3 Or reviles
d. Genesis 12:3 Or bind under a curse
A. Genesis 12:1 : Gen 15:7; Acts 7:3; Heb 11:8
B. Genesis 12:2 : Gen 17:4-6; 18:18; 46:3; Deut 26:5
C. Genesis 12:2 : Gen 22:17
D. Genesis 12:2 : Zech 8:13
E. Genesis 12:3 : Gen 24:35; 27:29; Num 24:9
F. Genesis 12:3 : Gen 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; Acts 3:25; Gal 3:8
INTRODUCTION: THE ABSENCE OF THE FEAR OF GOD; ARE WE TO FEAR?
EXAMPLES OF FEAR TOWARD GOD
IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOVE AND FEAR GOD?
PROMISES TO THOSE WHO FEAR GOD
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 96:1-13
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€â€™S: DEITY
CTS: 4 WAYS TO DEMONSTRATE PROPER FEAR TOWARDS GOD
HOW DOES ONE DEMONSTRATE THE FEAR OF GOD?:
I. REJOICE IN HIS SALVATION DAILY (VV. 1-2)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST HIGHLIGHTS THE IMPORTANCE OF WORSHIP
o SING TO THE LORD: A NEW SONG; ALL THE EARTH; BLESS HIS NAME
o PROCLAIM GOOD TIDINGS OF HIS SALVATION DAILY
II. REPORT HIS GREATNESS TO OTHERS (VV. 3-6)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST TELLS OF GODâ€™S GLORIOUS ATTRIBUTES
o TELL: OF HIS GLORY; HIS GREATNESS; HE IS TO BE FEARED (3-4)
o GOD IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER GOD: HEâ€™S REAL! (5)
o SPLENDOR AND MAJESTY; STRENGTH AND BEAUTY (6)
III. REVERE HIM THROUGH PERSONAL HUMILITY (VV. 7-10)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR THE HUMILITY OF MANKIND
o ASCRIBE TO GOD: GLORY, STRENGTH, BRING HIM AN OFFERING (7-8)
o BOW BEFORE HIS HOLINESS (9)
o SAY AMONG THE NATIONS: THE LORD REIGNS & WILL JUDGE (10)
IV. REMEMBER HIS SOON RETURN IN JUDGMENT (VV. 11-13)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR CEASELESS CELEBRATION
o LET: THE HEAVENS BE GLAD, THE EARTH REJOICE, THE SEA ROAR (11)
o LET: THE FIELD EXULT & ALL THAT IS IN IT (12A)
o THE LORD IS COMING TO JUDGE THE EARTH (12B-13)
â€¢ THE PSALMIST CALLS FOR ALL TO FEAR THE LORD THROUGH:
o WORSHIP IN SONG
o TELLING OTHERS ABOUT THE GREATNESS OF GOD
o LIVING A LIFE OF REVERENT HUMILITY
o REMEMBERING THAT THE LORD IS COMING TO JUDGE ALL MEN
â€¢ WE MUST DO THE SAME
REFERENCES (page 1)
THE ABSENCE OF THE FEAR OF GOD; ARE WE TO FEAR?
Dr. David Jeremiah speaks to the concern of a proper reverential fear for God. Presenting a quote from Harold S. Kushnerâ€™s book Conquering Fear: Living Boldly in an Uncertain World, Jeremiah points to the slowly eroding fear of God in cultural life today. Citing Kushner, He reports, â€œIf there is one phrase I would like to see banished from theological discourse, it is the four words â€˜the fear of God.â€™ I donâ€™t think much of a religion that tries to control its adherents by frightening them. . . . Where the phrase â€˜the fear of Godâ€™ occurs in the Bible, I donâ€™t believe it refers to being a afraid of God. I take it to refer to the sense of awe that overwhelms us when we contemplate the greatness and majesty of God.â€ Needless to say, Dr Jeremiah disagrees with Kushner.
Quoting A. W. Towzer concerning the absence of the fear of God in our nation, Jeremiah reports, â€œThe self assurance of modern Christians, the basic levity present in so many of our religious gatherings, the shocking disrespect shown for the Person of God, are evidence enough of deep blindness of heart. Many call themselves by the name of Christ, talk much about God, and pray to Him sometimes, but evidently do not know who He is. â€œThe fear of God is a fountain of life,â€ but this healing fear is today hardly found among Christian men.â€
The same God who invites us to come boldly into His presence (Hebrews 4:16; 10:19) also expects us to â€œserve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fireâ€ (Hebrews 12:28-29; emphasis added).
Hebrews 10:26-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has rejected Mosesâ€™ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know Him who said, â€œVengeance is Mine, I will repay,â€[e] says the Lord.[f] And again, â€œThe Lord will judge His people.â€[g] 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Examples of Fear toward God
â€¢ Abraham fell on his face before God (Genesis 17:3)
â€¢ Moses â€œhid his face, for he was afraid to look upon Godâ€ (Exodus 3:6)
â€¢ Joshua â€œfell on his face to the earth and worshipedâ€ (Joshua 5:14)
â€¢ The three disciples who saw Jesusâ€™ face shining like the sun â€œfell on their faces and were greatly afraidâ€ (Matthew 17:6)
â€¢ Saul of Tarsus fell to the ground and was left blind (Acts 9:4-9; 22:11)
Is it possible to Love and Fear God? Dr David Jeremiah
Is it possible to love God and fear Him at the same time? The Bible says it is. In several places, the Old Testament commands us to both love God and fear Him. For instance: â€œNow Israel, what does the Lord require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul?â€ (Deuteronomy 10:12).
Promises to those who fear God:
â€¢ The Promise of Provision (Psalm 34:9-10)
Psalm 34:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints!
There is no want to those who fear Him.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger;
But those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.
â€¢ The Promise of Protection (Psalm 33:18-19)
Psalm 33:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
19 To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.
â€¢ The Promise of Purity (2 Corinthians 7:1)
2 Corinthians 7:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
â€¢ The Promise of Prosperity (Psalm 128:1-4)
Psalm 128:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
128 Blessed is every one who fears the LORD,
Who walks in His ways.
2 When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the LORD.
â€¢ The Promise of Prolonged days (Proverbs 10:27)
Proverbs 10:27 New King James Version (NKJV)
27 The fear of the LORD prolongs days,
But the years of the wicked will be shortened.
â€¢ The Promise of Privilege (Malachi 3:16)
Malachi 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another,
And the LORD listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the LORD
And who meditate on His name.
â€¢ The Promise of Perpetuity (Psalm 103:17)
Psalm 103:17 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to childrenâ€™s children,
Psalm 96 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
96 (A)Sing to the Lord a (B)new song;
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, bless His name;
(C)Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
3 Tell of (D)His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
4 For (E)great is the Lord and (F)greatly to be praised;
He is to be (G)feared (H)above all gods.
5 For (I)all the gods of the peoples are [a]idols,
But (J)the Lord made the heavens.
6 (K)Splendor and majesty are before Him,
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
7 [b]Ascribe to the Lord, O (L)families of the peoples,
[c](M)Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
8 [d]Ascribe to the Lord the (N)glory of His name;
Bring an [e](O)offering and come into His courts.
9 (P)Worship the Lord in [f]holy attire;
(Q)Tremble before Him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, â€œ(R)The Lord reigns;
Indeed, the (S)world is firmly established, it will not be moved;
He will (T)judge the peoples with [g]equity.â€
11 Let the (U)heavens be glad, and let the (V)earth rejoice;
Let (W)the sea [h]roar, and [i]all it contains;
12 Let the (X)field exult, and all that is in it.
Then all the (Y)trees of the forest will sing for joy