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
INTRODUCTION: THE TRAGEDY OF THE SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA
BACKGROUND THOUGHT ON THE SUBJECT OF DEATH:
THE FACT OF DEATH â€“ EVERYONE WILL DIE (UNLESS JESUS RETURNS)
THE FACES OF DEATH â€“ PHYSICAL / SPIRITUAL / SECOND
THE FEAR OF DEATH â€“ REASONS NOT TO FEAR
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 23:4
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€â€™S: DYING
CTS: 3 ENCOURAGING TRUTHS IN THE FACE OF DEATH
HOW CAN MY FAITH BE REASSURED IN THE FACE OF DEATH?:
I. DEATH IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION (VS. 4A)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST IS GOING THROUGH THE VALLEY
o EVEN THOUGH â€“ THE PSALMIST HAS HOPE AND CONFIDENCE IN GOD
o THE PSALMIST IS WALKING, NOT STANDING STILL
o A VALLEY HAS A BEGINNING AND AN END (2 COR 5:8)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: OBSERVATIONS OF DEATH ( BELIEVERS AND UNBELIEVERS)
II. DEATH IS A SHADOW, NOT A REALITY (VS. 4B)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: DEATH FOR THE PSALMIST, IS BUT A SHADOW
o DEATH IS NOT A PHYSICAL BEING, BUT A PORTAL / DOORWAY
o SHADOWS CANNOT HARM ANYONE
III. DEATH IS LONELY, BUT YOUâ€™RE NEVER ALONE (VS. 4CD)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST DOESNâ€™T FEAR DEATH
o NOTE THE PSALMISTâ€™S CHANGE FROM â€œHEâ€ TO â€œYOUâ€
o GOD IS WITH HIM
o GOD IS PROTECTING HIM DURING HIS JOURNEY (1 PETER 1:5)
â€¢ THOUGH THE PSALMIST IS AWARE OF DEATH, HE DOES NOT FEAR
â€¢ THE ELIMINATION OF FEAR IS ROOTED IN GODâ€™S PRESENCE & PROTECTION
â€¢ WE DONâ€™T HAVE TO FEAR DEATH, IF WE KNOW JESUS AS SAVIOR
â€¢ GOD IS WITH US AND WILL PROTECT US IN THE VALLEYS WE TRAVEL
REFERENCES (page 1)
The tragedy of the Space Shuttle Columbia by Dr. Jeremiah
In the mid 1970s, high-tech workers in Los Angeles began constructing a new generation of spaceships. The first to be launched was the Space Shuttle Columbia, the flagship of NASAâ€™s new fleet.
Columbia blasted off April 12, 1981, and orbited the earth thirty-six times. Twenty-seven missions followed, but Columbiaâ€™s final trip was a flight to tragedy. While reentering earthâ€™s atmosphere at nine oâ€™clock (EST) on the morning of February 1, 2003, the shuttle broke apart. A piece of insulating foam the size of a small briefcase had peeled off during launch sixteen days earlier and punctured one of the vesselâ€™s wings. The intense of reentry caused gases to penetrate the wing, triggering the catastrophe that killed the seven astronauts. Debris fell across large parts of Texas and Louisiana as thousands of people gazed upward in horror.
As part of a report later released about the destruction of Columbia, the flight director on the ground had asked the question, â€œYou know, thereâ€™s nothing we can do about damage to the TPS (thermal protection system). If it has been damaged its probably better not to know. Donâ€™t you think it would be better for them to have a happy successful flight and die unexpectedly during entry than to stay on orbit, knowing there was nothing to be done, until the air ran out?â€
After a further analysis of the damage before Columbiaâ€™s destruction, it was determined that they could safely reenter the earthâ€™s atmosphere, but, as history revealed, the analysis was faulty.
The Faces of Death â€“ Physical / Spiritual / Second
â€¢ Physical face of death â€“ James 2:26
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also (A)faith without works is dead. (NASB)
â€¢ Spiritual Death â€“ Romans 5:12, 6:23
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinnedâ€” (NKJV)
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
â€¢ Second Death â€“ Revelation 20:13-15
13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[a] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Reasons not to Fear Death
â€¢ The Prince of Death has been Defeated â€“ Hebrews 2:14-15
Hebrews 2:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
â€¢ The Power of Death has been Destroyed â€“ 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
1 Corinthians 15:55-57 New King James Version (NKJV)
55 â€œO Death, where is your sting?[a]
O Hades, where is your victory?â€[b]
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks beto God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
â€¢ The Process of Death has been Described â€“ Luke 16:19-31
This passage is a parable about what happens after an individual dies. Dr Jeremiah points out that â€œIn this parable, the lesson is about the different destinations of Lazarus and the rich man. But one of the truths employed is that angels are sent from Heaven to escort Godâ€™s people to His presence when those people die. That should be a great comfort to every Christian, another reason to have no fear of the experience of death.â€
2 Corinthians 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.
1 Peter 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Psalm 23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Lord, the Psalmistâ€™s Shepherd.
23 The Lord is my (A)shepherd,
I [a]shall (B)not want.
2 He makes me lie down in (C)green pastures;
He (D)leads me beside [b](E)quiet waters.
3 He (F)restores my soul;
He (G)guides me in the [c](H)paths of righteousness
For His nameâ€™s sake.
4 Even though I (I)walk through the [d]valley of the shadow of death,
I (J)fear no [e]evil,
for (K)You are with me;
Your (L)rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You (M)prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You [f]have (N)anointed my head with oil;
My (O)cup overflows.
6 [g]Surely (P)goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will [h](Q)dwell in the house of the Lord [i]forever.
a. Psalm 23:1 Or do
b. Psalm 23:2 Lit waters of rest
c. Psalm 23:3 Lit tracks
d. Psalm 23:4 Or valley of deep darkness
e. Psalm 23:4 Or harm
f. Psalm 23:5 Or anoint
g. Psalm 23:6 Or Only
h. Psalm 23:6 Another reading is return to
i. Psalm 23:6 Lit for length of days
A. Psalm 23:1 : Ps 78:52; 80:1; Is 40:11; Jer 31:10; Ezek 34:11-13; John 10:11; 1 Pet 2:25
B. Psalm 23:1 : Ps 34:9, 10; Phil 4:19
C. Psalm 23:2 : Ps 65:11-13; Ezek 34:14
D. Psalm 23:2 : Rev 7:17
E. Psalm 23:2 : Ps 36:8; 46:4
F. Psalm 23:3 : Ps 19:7
G. Psalm 23:3 : Ps 5:8; 31:3
H. Psalm 23:3 : Ps 85:13; Prov 4:11; 8:20
I. Psalm 23:4 : Job 10:21, 22; Ps 107:14
J. Psalm 23:4 : Ps 3:6; 27:1
K. Psalm 23:4 : Ps 16:8; Is 43:2
L. Psalm 23:4 : Mic 7:14
M. Psalm 23:5 : Ps 78:19
N. Psalm 23:5 : Ps 92:10; Luke 7:46
O. Psalm 23:5 : Ps 16:5
P. Psalm 23:6 : Ps 25:7, 10
Q. Psalm 23:6 : Ps 27:4-6
INTRODUCTION: DEFINITION OF AND STATS ON DEPRESSION
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: AUTHOR: KING DAVID: POSSIBLY DURING EXILE
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 42:1-11
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€â€™S: DEPRESSION
CTS: 3 WAYS TO CONQUER THE FEAR OF DEPRESSION.
WHAT IS GODâ€™S WILL FOR MY DEPRESSION?:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE ITS PRESENCE (VV. 1-4A, 6A, 7, 10)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST ACKNOWLEDGES DEPRESSION WITHIN
o HE CRIES OUT FOR GODâ€™S PRESENCE (VV 1-2)
o HE IDENTIFIES THE CAUSE OF HIS DEPRESSION â€“ ENEMIES (3-4, 10)
o HE IS OVERWHELMED BY THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE (6A, 7)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: EXAMPLES OF DEPRESSION: MOSES & ELIJAH
II. ASK GOD FOR UNDERSTANDING (VS. 9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST QUESTIONS GOD ABOUT HIS STATE
o WHY HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN ME? (9A) (JESUS (MATT 27:46))
o WHY DO I GO ON MOURNING BECAUSE OF THE ENEMYâ€™S OPPRESSION? (9B)
III. ADDRESS THE FOCUS OF YOUR SOUL (VV. 4BCD, 5, 6B, 8, 11)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE PSALMIST SEPARATES FACT FROM FEELING
o HE REMEMBERS WHERE HE FOUND JOY (4BCD)
o HE CALLS FOR THE EMOTIONAL REPENTANCE OF HIS SOUL (5AB, 11AB)
o HE IS CONFIDENT IN GODâ€™S CARE (8)
o HE PROVIDES THE MEANS FOR REPENTANCE: HOPE IN GOD (5C, 11C)
ï‚§ GOD IS WITH HIM (5D), GOD IS THE HELP OF HIS COUNTENANCE (11D)
â€¢ THE PSALMIST:
o ACKNOWLEDGED HIS DEPRESSION
o CRIED OUT TO GOD FOR UNDERSTANDING
o SEPARATED FACT FROM FEELING; ACTED ON THE FACTS
â€¢ RESEARCH YOUR DEPRESSION
â€¢ REPLACE YOUR DEPRESSION
REFERENCES (page 1)
Merriamâ€”Webster Dictionary definition of â€œDepressionâ€
(1) : a state of feeling sad : dejection (2) : a psychoneurotic or psychotic disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness, and sometimes suicidal tendencies.
Statistical data on depression provided by Dr. Jeremiah
â€¢ The lifetime risk of developing major depression is about 17 percent.
â€¢ Nearly seventeen million American adults and two million teens report major depression in a given year.
â€¢ Depression is now the leading cause of disability in the United States.
â€¢ The disease costs $55 billion in lowered productivity and workplace absenteeism each year.
â€¢ Antidepressant use has soared nearly 400 percent since 1988. Antidepressants are now the most common medication for young adults.
The danger of depression in the United States
Is the United States the worldâ€™s saddest nation? The World Health Organization and Harvard Medical School suggest it could be true. They found that 9.6 percent of Americans experience bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, or chronic minor depression over the course of a yearâ€”the highest among fourteen major nations polled.
Illustration of depression and recovery (Moses and Elijah)
Numbers 11:14-15 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 I am not able to bear all these people alone, because the burden is too heavy for me. 15 If You treat me like this, please kill me here and nowâ€”if I have found favor in Your sightâ€”and do not let me see my wretchedness!â€
1 Kings 19:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 But he himself went a dayâ€™s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, â€œIt is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!â€
Matthew 17:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
17 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
Matthew 27:46 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, â€œEli, Eli, lama sabachthani?â€ that is, â€œMy God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?â€
DEALING WITH YOUR DEPRESSION:
RESEARCH YOUR DEPRESSION Dr. Karl Menninger (quoted by Dr Jeremiah)
When you are in a depressed place in life, donâ€™t do what you naturally feel like doing. Donâ€™t withdraw, donâ€™t isolate, donâ€™t hunker down, and be â€œsick.â€ Instead, do the opposite. As best as you are able, with Christâ€™s help, donâ€™t let the way you feel control you. If you donâ€™t feel the presence of God, then pursue your Christian life by faith. Pray, give, worship, study, serve, encourage, minster and all the rest. We Christians walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). And that applies even whenâ€”especially whenâ€”we donâ€™t feel like it. Its not how we feel that counts; its whom we trust. When you trust Him, at times you may feel down, but you wonâ€™t be let down.
Other valuable kinds of research include counseling, medical checkups, and evaluation of your circumstances. â€œResearchâ€ your Christian life and see if you have slowly, imperceptibly, stopped doing the things that healthy Christians do. And begin doing them againâ€”by faith.
Replace your depression
When your emotions are low or muted, the important question is not â€œWhat have I done wrong?,â€ but â€œWhom should I turn to?â€ Some turn inward; others to friends; the wisest turn to God. It has been my experience that as we tell God what we want, He gives us what we need. We frequently donâ€™t know what to pray for, but He is gracious and kind, holding higher standards for us than we have for ourselves.
Psalm 42 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
For the choir director. A [a]Maskil of the sons of Korah.
42 As the deer [b]pants for the water brooks,
So my soul [c](A)pants for You, O God.
2 My soul (B)thirsts for God, for the (C)living God;
When shall I come and [d](D)appear before God?
3 My (E)tears have been my food day and night,
While they (F)say to me all day long, â€œWhere is your God?â€
4 These things I remember and I (G)pour out my soul within me.
For I (H)used to go along with the throng and [e]lead them in procession to the house of God,
With the voice of (I)joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.
5 (J)Why are you [f](K)in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become (L)disturbed within me?
[g](M)Hope in God, for I shall [h]again praise [i]Him
For the [j](N)help of His presence.
6 O my God, my soul is [k]in despair within me;
Therefore I (O)remember You from (P)the land of the Jordan
And the [l]peaks of (Q)Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your (R)breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
8 The LORD will (S)command His loving kindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me (T)in the night,
A prayer to (U)the God of my life.
9 I will say to God (V)my rock, â€œWhy have You forgotten me?
Why do I go (W)mourning [m]because of the (X)oppression of the enemy?â€
10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,
While they (Y)say to me all day long, â€œWhere is your God?â€
11 (Z)Why are you [n]in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
[o]Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The [p]help of my countenance and my God.
a. Psalm 42:1 Possibly Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
b. Psalm 42:1 Lit longs for
c. Psalm 42:1 Lit longs for
d. Psalm 42:2 Some mss read see the face of God
e. Psalm 42:4 Or move slowly with them
f. Psalm 42:5 Or sunk down
g. Psalm 42:5 Or Wait for
h. Psalm 42:5 Or still
i. Psalm 42:5 Some ancient versions read Him, the help of my countenance and my God
j. Psalm 42:5 Or saving acts of
k. Psalm 42:6 Or sunk down
l. Psalm 42:6 Lit Hermons
m. Psalm 42:9 Or while the enemy oppresses
n. Psalm 42:11 Or sunk down
o. Psalm 42:11 Or Wait for
p. Psalm 42:11 Or saving acts of
A. Psalm 42:1 : Ps 119:131
B. Psalm 42:2 : Ps 63:1; 84:2; 143:6
C. Psalm 42:2 : Josh 3:10; Ps 84:2; Jer 10:10; Dan 6:26; Matt 26:63; Rom 9:26; 1 Thess 1:9
D. Psalm 42:2 : Ex 23:17; Ps 43:4; 84:7
E. Psalm 42:3 : Ps 80:5; 102:9
F. Psalm 42:3 : Ps 79:10; 115:2; Joel 2:17; Mic 7:10
G. Psalm 42:4 : 1 Sam 1:15; Job 30:16; Ps 62:8; Lam 2:19
H. Psalm 42:4 : Ps 55:14; 122:1; Is 30:29
I. Psalm 42:4 : Ps 100:4
J. Psalm 42:5 : Ps 42:11; 43:5
K. Psalm 42:5 : Ps 38:6; Matt 26:38
L. Psalm 42:5 : Ps 77:3
M. Psalm 42:5 : Ps 71:14; Lam 3:24
N. Psalm 42:5 : Ps 44:3
O. Psalm 42:6 : Ps 61:2
P. Psalm 42:6 : 2 Sam 17:22
Q. Psalm 42:6 : Deut 3:8
R. Psalm 42:7 : Ps 69:1, 2; 88:7; Jon 2:3
S. Psalm 42:8 : Ps 57:3; 133:3
T. Psalm 42:8 : Job 35:10; Ps 16:7; 63:6; 77:6; 149:5
U. Psalm 42:8 : Eccl 5:18; 8:15
V. Psalm 42:9 : Ps 18:2
W. Psalm 42:9 : Ps 38:6
X. Psalm 42:9 : Ps 17:9
Y. Psalm 42:10 : Ps 42:3; Joel 2:17
Z. Psalm 42:11 : Ps 42:5; 43:5
INTRODUCTION: THE PERFECT STORM
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS HAS JUST CALLED HIS DISCIPLES (3:14-15)
SCRIPTURE: MARK 4:35-39
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€â€™S: DANGER
CTS: 3 TRUTHS THAT ENABLE CONTROL OF FEAR IN LIFEâ€™S STORMS
HOW CAN FEAR BE MIMIMIZED IN THE MIDST OF DANGER?:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP (VV. 35-37)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES ENCOUNTERED A DANGEROUS SITUATION
o JESUS HAD TOLD HIS DISCIPLES TO CROSS THE LAKE (35) (SEE 5:1)
o THE PROFESSIONAL FISHERMEN TOOK CARE OF JESUS (36A)
ï‚§ OTHER BOATS WENT ALONG (36B)
o THEY ENCOUNTERED A STORM; THE LIVES OF ALL WERE IN DANGER (37)
II. ADMIT YOUR FAITH IN THE CAPTAIN (VV. 38-39)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: FEARING FOR THEIR LIVES; THEY SOUGHT JESUS
o JESUS WAS ASLEEP IN THE STERN OF THE BOAT (38A)
o THE DISCIPLES WOKE JESUS; DONâ€™T YOU CARE IF WE PERISH? (38B)
o JESUS REBUKED THE STORM AND CALMED THE SEA (39)
III. ACCEPT THE CAPTAINâ€™S LEADERSHIP BY FAITH (VV. 40-41)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: THE DISCIPLES HAVE A NEW REVERENCE FOR JESUS
o JESUS QUESTIONED THE REALITY OF THE DISCIPLESâ€™ FAITH (40)
o THE DISCIPLES BECAME VERY FEARFUL (41A)
o THE DISCIPLES BEGAN TO REALIZE THE TRUE POWER OF CHRIST (41B)
â€¢ JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES TO GO (38); THEY WENT TO THE OTHER SIDE (5:1)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD ALERTS US TO STORMY SEAS (JAMES 1:2)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD ANNOUNCES THAT THE SAVIOR IS WITH US (JOHN 14:23)
â€¢ GODâ€™S WORD AFFIRMS THAT GOD DRIVES OUT FEAR (PSALM 118:6)
REFERENCES (page 1)
David Jeremiah. What are You Afraid of?
Hurricane Grace decimated the eastern seaboard of the United States in October 1991, causing more than a billion dollars worth of damage. Nine people lost their lives, six of whom were the crew of a fishing boat named Andrea Gail that sank in a â€œperfect stormâ€ off the New England sea coast. In fact, The Perfect Storm was the title of a book and movie about the Andrea Gail and her crew.
Weather-wise, a perfect storm happens when several weather events converge on the same spot. Individually, none of the events would be catastrophic. But when those separate weather events collide, the effect can be devastating.
Sometimes, â€œperfect stormsâ€ happen in our lives. Financial events, relationship events, emotional events, family eventsâ€”they all happen at the same time; and before we know it, we are overwhelmed by one of lifeâ€™s perfect storms.
James 1:2-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
John 14:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 Jesus answered and said to him, â€œIf anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
Psalm 118:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 The Lord is on my side;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
Mark 4:35-41 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Jesus Stills the Sea
35 (A)On that day, when evening came, He *said to them, â€œLet us go over to the other side.â€ 36 [a]Leaving the crowd, they *took Him along with them (B)in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. 37 And there *arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.
38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they *woke Him and *said to Him, â€œTeacher, do You not care that we are perishing?â€ 39 And He got up and (C)rebuked the wind and said to the sea, â€œHush, be still.â€ And the wind died down and [b]it became perfectly calm.
40 And He said to them, â€œWhy are you [c]afraid? (D)Do you still have no faith?â€ 41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, â€œWho then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?â€
a. Mark 4:36 Or Sending away
b. Mark 4:39 Lit a great calm occurred
c. Mark 4:40 Or cowardly
A. Mark 4:35 : Mark 4:35-41: Matt 8:18, 23-27; Luke 8:22, 25
B. Mark 4:36 : Mark 3:9; 4:1; 5:2, 21
C. Mark 4:39 : Ps 65:7; 89:9; 107:29; Matt 8:26; Luke 8:24
D. Mark 4:40 : Matt 14:31; Luke 8:25
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU AFRAID OF DISAPPROVAL?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: JESUS HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND IS ON TRIAL
SCRIPTURE: JOHN 18:15-17, 25-27
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€™Sâ€: DISAPPROVAL
CTS: 3 TRUTHS TO HELP CONQUER THE FEAR OF OTHERS
HOW CAN I OVERCOME THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL?:
I. BE AWARE OF THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL (VV. 15-17, 25-27)
o FEAR OF INDIVIDUALS (15-17)
o FEAR IN A CROWD (25)
o FEAR OF CONFRONTATION (26-27)
o OBSERVATION: WALK, SIT, STAND (PSALM 1)
II. BE ASSESSING FOR THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL
â€¢ REASONS WE FEAR DISAPPROVAL
o PRIDE â€“ FULL OF IT
o PRAYER â€“ LACK OF IT
o POWER â€“ ATTEMPT TO DO ALL ON OUR OWN
o PROTECTION â€“ UNDERCOVER CHRISTIAN
o PEOPLE â€“ TIME WITH THE ENEMIES OF GOD
III. BE ASSERTIVE TO REPLACE THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL
â€¢ REPLACE THE FEAR OF OTHERS WITH:
o HIS APPROVAL OF US
o LOVE FOR HIM
o LOVE FOR OTHERS
o FAITH IN HIM
o GLORIFYING GOD IN ALL THINGS (1 COR 10:31)
â€¢ PETER FAILED IN FOLLOWING CHRIST DUE TO HIS FEAR OF OTHERS
â€¢ PETERâ€™S FEAR OF REJECTION BY OTHERS INFLUENCED HIS DENIAL OF CHRIST
â€¢ THOUGH PETER DENIED CHRIST, CHRIST WOULD RESTORE PETER
â€¢ WHAT ABOUT BELIEVERS TODAY?
o WE WILL, AT TIMES, BE OVERCOME WITH THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL
o WE SHOULD ASSESS OUR WALK OFTEN FOR THE FEAR OF DISAPPROVAL
o AS WE RESOLVE TO FOLLOW CHRIST, THE FEAR OF MAN WILL FADE
REFERENCES (page 1)
Are You Afraid of Disapproval? (The plight of Marlene Dietrich)
In the 1930s-1950s Marlene Dietrich was a cinema superstar. She began acting in her native Berlin, then came to the US as her fame rose. At the peak of popularity, she commanded a huge salary; and in 1999 the American Film Institute named her the ninth-greatest female movie star of all time.
Dietrich spent her whole life searching for approval and adoration from othersâ€”her friends as well as her fans. When guests were invited to her home, she would play them recordings of the applause she received at her stage and film performances. No music, no dialogueâ€”just the wild applause of her fans around the world.
Dietrichâ€™s search for acceptance and approval was amplified by her public status, b u there was nothing unique about her desire for approvalâ€”or her fear of rejection. Whether we recognize it or understand it, deep I the human psyche there is the realization that we are not what we were created to be because of our separation from God. This dissatisfaction causes many to seek affirmationâ€”often in the wrong placesâ€”as in the case of Marlene Dietrich.
Teenagers as well as adults sacrifice their values and priorities as they yield to pressure in their search for acceptance. The Bible calls it â€œfear of manâ€â€”our need for approval leads to the opposite: the fear of disapproval. We long for othersâ€™ approval and live with the fear of their disapproval. Instead of fearing God alone, we fear people whose approval we deem to be important. But the fear of man has bad results. King Solomon sums it up pretty well in his proverb: â€œThe fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safeâ€ (Proverbs 29:25).
In biblical times, a snare (trap) for animals became a metaphor for anything that could trap a personâ€”moral failure, temptation, compromise, or the fear of man. The fear of man became a snare to King Saul (1 Samuel 15:24), the nation of Israel (Isaiah 51:12), and some followers of Jesus (John 12:42-43).
PRIDE â€“ FULL OF IT
Probably more than any other disciple, Peter was full of himself. He once rebuked Jesus (Matthew 16:21-22), jumped out of a boat to walk on water like Jesus (Matthew 14:25-31), boasted he would never deny Jesus, and cut off a manâ€™s ear to defend Jesus. Peter was impulsive and prideful and it showed.
PRAYER â€“ LACK OF IT
Peter had the opportunity to pray prior to these moments of denial. He had spent time with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus had even encouraged him to pray, lest he enter temptation (Matthew 26:41). Unfortunately, Peter and the others with him in the garden were too tired to pray.
POWER â€“ ATTEMPT TO DO ALL ON OUR OWN
Peterâ€™s sword attack on the man in the garden is evidence that Peter was functioning in the fleshâ€”his own carnal, human reasoning.
So important it is for believers to be aware that without the power of Christ, we cannot do anything (John 15:1-5). We cannot carry out the will of God in our lives without His power leading the way.
PROTECTION â€“ UNDERCOVER CHRISTIAN
Peter followed Jesus, but at a distance (Luke 22:54). He wanted to be a faithful follower of Jesus, but not follow so close that it got him into trouble.
Many believers today, unfortunately, donâ€™t live for Christ as they should. They want to know Christ personally, but donâ€™t want to get too close due to the fear of being rejected by the people in their sphere of influence (family, friends, co-workers). Often times, we choose to live as under cover Christians to escape rejection by the world.
PEOPLE â€“ TIME WITH THE ENEMIES OF GOD
Peter went from drawing a sword on these people to standing around their fire. We can give peter the benefit of the doubt, thinking he was trying to get information about Jesusâ€™ well-being. But was that the right way to get informationâ€”acting like he was part of their group?
Replace our fear of others with:
Godâ€™s Approval of us
When Jesus met Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee (John 21), His goal was to replace Peterâ€™s fear of disapproval with His own approval. He wanted to show Peter that He still accepted him even though Peter momentarily rejected Him in Jerusalem.
Our love for Him
Peter denied Jesus three times and Jesus asked Peter three times, â€œDo you love Me?â€ (John 21:15-17). This time Peter answered correctly: â€œYes.â€ Jesus then gave Peter a new commission: â€œFeed My lambsâ€¦Tend My sheepâ€¦Feed My sheep.â€
Our ability to do Godâ€™s work begins with our love for Jesus.
Our love for others
Before this encounter with Jesus in Galilee, Peterâ€™s life had been all about Peter. Now, in light of his new commission, Peterâ€™s life was to become all about serving others. Instead of fearing others, Peter was to focus on loving others. Fear drains us; love empowers us. If all our energy is focused on protecting ourselves, we will have nothing with which to protect and love others. When we love others (including our enemies), life is no longer about us; and fear of disapproval is driven away.
Our faith in Him
Peterâ€™s new commission didnâ€™t mean he would never experience fear. To the contrary, Jesus told him he would one day â€œstretch out [his] handsâ€ (be crucified) and be killed (John 21:18-19a).
Our goal to glorify Him
With this new perspective, Peter would begin to live a life and willingly suffer death for the purpose of glorifying God. With the same mindset, we, as believers are able to glorify God with our lives and be Godâ€™s inspiration for others to place their faith in Christ.
John 18:15-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 (A)Simon Peter was following Jesus, and so was another disciple. Now that disciple was known to the high priest, and entered with Jesus into (B)the court of the high priest, 16 (C)but Peter was standing at the door outside. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out and spoke to the doorkeeper, and brought Peter in. 17 (D)Then the slave-girl who kept the door *said to Peter, â€œ(E)You are not also one of this manâ€™s disciples, are you?â€ He *said, â€œI am not.â€
A. John 18:15 : Matt 26:58; Mark 14:54; Luke 22:54
B. John 18:15 : Matt 26:3; John 18:24, 28
C. John 18:16 : John 18:16-18: Matt 26:69f; Mark 14:66-68; Luke 22:55-57
D. John 18:17 : Acts 12:13
E. John 18:17 : John 18:25
John 18:25-27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Peterâ€™s Denial of Jesus
25 (A)Now (B)Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, â€œ(C)You are not also one of His disciples, are you?â€ He denied it, and said, â€œI am not.â€ 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one (D)whose ear Peter cut off, *said, â€œDid I not see you in (E)the garden with Him?â€ 27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately (F)a rooster crowed.
A. John 18:25 : John 18:25-27: Matt 26:71-75; Mark 14:69-72; Luke 22:58-62
B. John 18:25 : John 18:18
C. John 18:25 : John 18:17
D. John 18:26 : John 18:10
E. John 18:26 : John 18:1
F. John 18:27 : John 13:38
INTRODUCTION: ARE YOU EXPERIENCING DISCONNECTION OR ISOLATION?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAUL IS NEAR THE END OF HIS LIFE (2 TIM 4:6-8)
SCRIPTURE: 2 TIMOTHY 4:9-18
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAROF THE “D”S: DISCONNECTION
CTS: 3 WAYS TO BUILD CONNECTIONS THAT WON’T BREAK
HOW CAN I OVERCOME THE FEAR OF DISCONNECTION OR ISOLATION?:
I. INTENTIONAL FELLOWSHIP WITH THE CHURCH (VV.9-12,14,15,16)
• EXPLANATION: PAUL RELATES HIS NEED FOR FELLOWSHIP
o “MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO COME SOON” – PAUL LOVED TIMOTHY (9)
? 1 COR 4:16-17, PHIL 2:19-20, 2 TIM 1:3-4
o FAITHFUL FELLOWSHIP – LUKE FAITHFULLY SERVED PAUL (11A)
o OTHERS HAD LEFT PAUL ALONE IN ROME:
? DEMAS, CRESCENS, & TITUS (10), BUT TYCHICUS WAS SENT(12)
o PAUL HAD HIS ENEMIES IN ROME – ALEXANDER (14-15)
o PAUL WAS DESERTED BY ALL FOLLOWERS AT HIS INITIAL TRIAL (16)
II. INTENTIONAL SERVICE IN THE CHURCH (VS. 11B, 13)
• EXPLANATION: PAUL ASKS TIMOTHY FOR MINISTRY
o BRING MARK WITH YOU; PAUL’S VIEW OF MARK HAD CHANGED (11B)
o BRING THE CLOAK & PAUL’S BOOKS (SCROLLS) / PARCHMENTS (LTRS) (13)
III. INTENTIONAL DEPENDENCE ON GOD (VV. 17-18)
• EXPLANATION: THOUGH PHYSICALLY ALONE, PAUL WAS NOT ALONE
o GOD WAS WITH PAUL AT HIS TRIAL (17)
? PAUL WAS STRENGTHENED TO PROCLAIM THE GOSPEL (17ABC)
? PAUL WAS RESCUED OUT OF THE LION’S MOUTH:
• NERO?, SATAN? – 1 PET 5:8, DEATH
o GOD WOULD RESCUE PAUL FROM ALL EVIL, BRINGING HIM TO GLORY (18)
• PAUL’S WAY OF HANDLING DISCONNECTION AND ISOLATION:
o HE SOUGHT FELLOWSHIP WITH THOSE CLOSEST TO HIM
o HE SOUGHT SUPPORT FROM THE BODY OF CHRIST
o HE REMAINED CONSCIOUSLY AWARE OF HIS CONNECTION WITH GOD
• BELIEVERS TODAY CAN MINIMIZE DISCONNECTION AND ISOLATION BY:
o SEEKING CONSTANT FELLOWSHIP WITH THE BODY OF CHRIST
o SEEK SUPPORT OF THE BODY OF CHRIST IN DIFFICULTY / JOY
o SEEKING THE CLOSENESS OF GOD THROUGH PRAYER & BIBLE STUDY
REFERENCES (page 1)
Connection or Disconnection (Comments by Dr. David Jeremiah)
In his book, What Are You Afraid of?, Dr. Jeremiah offers evidence supporting the growing problem with “disconnection and isolation” Let me share with you a few of his thoughts.
Dr. Jeremiah describes the story of a Hal Niedzviecki, a man who decided to build relationships through establishing an account on Facebook. After a short time on Facebook, Niedzviecki discovered that he had 700 friends. He was amazed at his status of having so many friends. Niedzviecki decided he’d like to test the idea of traditional friendships, so he invited his 700 friends to meet him at a local establishment to share a few drinks and get to know each other. After sorting through the various responses to his invitation, Niedzviecki determined that 20 would possibly meet with him. The evening of his event came and went, leaving him with only one lady, who was a friend of a friend, showing up. She did not stay long. Most of his evening was spent alone.
Hal Niedzviecki’s experience summarizes something many of us are beginning to feel. We’ve invented so many new ways to connect with others, yet we feel more disconnected than ever. Paradoxically, our world is filled with bustling crowds of isolated people.
Disconnectedness has spread like a disease in our world, where most people live without the support of a community, where internet replaces face-to-face conversation, where the average job lasts only two years, where people often move from state to state and from marriage to marriage. In this age of technology, the possibilities of being alone have increased exponentially.
A 2008 survey found that adults were spending 30 percent of their leisure time online. By 2009, the average jumped to twelve hours a week––double the average in 2005. Today most Americans spend between eight and nine hours per day staring at some kind of glowing screen, be it a TV, a computer, or a phone.
Jeremiah’s concluding thought to this situation is that, “We need less Facebook and more “face time”––and I’m not talking about the iPhone app by that name; I mean old-school, face-to-face, eyeball-to-eyeball connection. We need closeness, and there’s no app for that.”
Speaking of isolation, Jeremiah quotes, “An article in Psychology Today called isolation a “potent killer.” It continued, ‘There is no more destructive influence on physical and mental health than the isolation of you from me and of us from them. [Isolation] has been shown to be the central agent in the etiology (study of causes) of depression, paranoia, schizophrenia, rape, suicide, mass murder, and a wide variety of disease states.”
Isolation and disconnection hurt us so severely because we were created with a built-in desire for social interaction.
If we are to remain spiritually and emotionally healthy, we cannot succumb to the temptation of depending on electronic interaction as the basis for our social connections.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
1 Corinthians 4:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 Therefore I urge you, imitate me. 17 For this reason I have sent Timothy to you, who is my beloved and faithful son in the Lord, who will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach everywhere in every church.
Philippians 2:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be encouraged when I know your state. 20 For I have no one like-minded, who will sincerely care for your state.
2 Timothy 1:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy,
1 Peter 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because[a] your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
2 Timothy 4:9-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 (A)Make every effort to come to me soon; 10 for (B)Demas, having loved (C)this present[a]world, has deserted me and gone to (D)Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to [b](E)Galatia,(F)Titus to Dalmatia.
11 (G)Only (H)Luke is with me. Pick up (I)Mark and bring him with you,(J)for he is useful to me for service. 12 But (K)Tychicus I have sent to (L)Ephesus.
13 When you come bring the cloak which I left at (M)Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.
14 (N)Alexander the coppersmith did me much harm; (O)the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. 15 Be on guard against him yourself, for he vigorously opposed our[c]teaching.
16 At my first defense no one supported me, but all deserted me; (P)may it not be counted against them. 17 But the Lord stood with me and (Q)strengthened me, so that through me(R)the proclamation might [d]be (S)fully accomplished, and that all (T)the Gentiles might hear; and I was (U)rescued out of (V)the lion’s mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will [e](W)bring me safely to His (X)heavenly kingdom; (Y)to [f]Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
a. 2 Timothy 4:10 Or age
b. 2 Timothy 4:10 One early ms reads Gaul
c. 2 Timothy 4:15 Lit words
d. 2 Timothy 4:17 Or be fulfilled
e. 2 Timothy 4:18 Or save me for
f. 2 Timothy 4:18 Lit Whom
A. 2 Timothy 4:9 : 2 Tim 1:4; 4:21; Titus 3:12
B. 2 Timothy 4:10 : Col 4:14
C. 2 Timothy 4:10 : 1 Tim 6:17
D. 2 Timothy 4:10 : Acts 17:1
E. 2 Timothy 4:10 : Acts 16:6
F. 2 Timothy 4:10 : 2 Cor 2:13; 8:23; Gal 2:3; Titus 1:4
G. 2 Timothy 4:11 : 2 Tim 1:15
H. 2 Timothy 4:11 : Col 4:14; Philem 24
I. 2 Timothy 4:11 : Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37-39; Col 4:10
J. 2 Timothy 4:11 : 2 Tim 2:21
K. 2 Timothy 4:12 : Acts 20:4; Eph 6:21, 22; Col 4:7f
L. 2 Timothy 4:12 : Acts 18:19
M. 2 Timothy 4:13 : Acts 16:8
N. 2 Timothy 4:14 : Acts 19:33; 1 Tim 1:20
O. 2 Timothy 4:14 : Ps 62:12; Rom 2:6; 12:19
P. 2 Timothy 4:16 : Acts 7:60; 1 Cor 13:5
Q. 2 Timothy 4:17 : 1 Tim 1:12; 2 Tim 2:1
R. 2 Timothy 4:17 : Titus 1:3
S. 2 Timothy 4:17 : 2 Tim 4:5
T. 2 Timothy 4:17 : Acts 9:15; Phil 1:12ff
U. 2 Timothy 4:17 : Rom 15:31; 2 Tim 3:11
V. 2 Timothy 4:17 : 1 Sam 17:37; Ps 22:21
W. 2 Timothy 4:18 : 1 Cor 1:21
X. 2 Timothy 4:18 : 1 Cor 15:50; 2 Tim 4:1; Heb 11:16; 12:22
Y. 2 Timothy 4:18 : Rom 11:36; 2 Pet 3:18
INTRODUCTION: ABRAHAM LINCOLN DIDN’T QUIT
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: MOSES HAD DIED; JOSHUA’S IN CHARGE (NOTES)
SCRIPTURE: JOSHUA 1:1-9
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE “D”S: DEFEAT
CTS: 4 WAYS TO FACE DEFEAT THROUGH GOD’S POWER
HOW CAN I BEST GLORIFY GOD IN THE FACE OF DEFEAT?:
I. REST UPON GOD’S PROMISES (VV. 1-5)
• EXPLANATION: GOD GIVES JOSHUA THE LEADERSHIP MANTLE
o EVERYTHING THAT GOD HAD PROMISED WOULD BE CARRIED OUT (1-2)
o GOD PROVIDED THE DEED; HIS PEOPLE NEEDED TO OCCUPY (3-4)
o GOD WOULD BE WITH JOSHUA AS WITH MOSES (5)
II. RELY ON GOD’S STRENGTH AND COURAGE (VV. 6-7A)
• EXPLANATION: GOD’S PROVIDES CONFIDENCE FOR THE JOURNEY
o BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS (6, 7, 9): YOU WILL GIVE WHAT I SWORE (6)
o HONORING GOD’S PROMISES:BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS (7A)
III. REMEMBER THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD (VV. 7B-8)
• EXPLANATION: GOD GIVES THE SECRET TO STRENGTH AND COURAGE
o OBEYING GOD’S LAW IS KEY (7B)
o THE KEY TO OBEDIENCE: MEDITATE DAY AND NIGHT; TALK ABOUT IT (8A)
? PSALM 1:1-2
? DEUTERONOMY 6:4-9
o MEDITATION + CONVERSATION = PROSPEROUS WAY / SUCCESS (8B)
IV. REFUSE TO FEAR DEFEAT; GOD IS WITH YOU (VS. 9)
• EXPLANATION: GOD WILL BE WITH JOSHUA WHEREVER HE GOES
o GOD’S COMMANDS TO JOSHUA (9A):
o BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS (9B) (JOHN 14:1-3, 26) (MATT 28:19-20)
o DO NOT TREMBLE OR BE DISMAYED: GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS (9CD)
• GOD’S COMMISSION TO JOSHUA:
o CARRY OUT GOD’S PROMISES: GOD WOULD BE WITH JOSHUA
o CHOOSE TO BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS: GOD’S POWER IS YOURS
o CONFIDENCE TO DO GOD’S WORK: HIS WORD
o MEDITATION ON AND ACTIVE DISCUSSION OF THE BIBLE = SUCCESS
o GOD WOULD ALWAYS BE WITH JOSHUA
• GOD’S EXHORTATION FOR YOU AND ME
o GOD’S WITH YOU AND ME AS HE WAS WITH JOSHUA
o MEDITATE AND TALK ABOUT GOD’S WORD WITH ALL MEN
o FACE YOUR DEFEATS WITH COURAGE: GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU
REFERENCES (page 1)
Background thought on Moses and Joshua:
1. Led god’s people out of Egypt
2. More humble than any man on the earth in his day (numbers 12:3)
3. Spoke with God face to face as with a friend (Exodus 33:11)
4. God buried Moses (Deuteronomy 34:5-6)
1. Servant to Moses
2. Experienced the Israelites rebellion to enter the promised land
a. 1 of 2 spies that spied out the land and recommended entry (Numbers 14:6-9)
b. Possible candidate for stoning (Numbers 14:10)
c. Conceivable doubts about entering the promise land?
3. Was filled with the Spirit of wisdom (Deuteronomy 34:9)
Psalm 1:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.
John 14:1-3 , 26 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions;[a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.[b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
Joshua 1:1-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ [a]servant, saying, 2 “Moses (A)My servant is dead; now therefore arise, (B)cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. 3 (C)Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. 4 (D)From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. 5 (E)No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; (F)I will not fail you or forsake you.
6 (G)Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous;
[b](H)be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may[c]have success wherever you go. 8 (I)This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may [d]be careful to do according to all that is written in it; (J)for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will[e]have success.
9 Have I not commanded you? (K)Be strong and courageous! (L)Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
a. Joshua 1:1 Or minister
b. Joshua 1:7 Lit observe
c. Joshua 1:7 Or act wisely
d. Joshua 1:8 Lit observe
e. Joshua 1:8 Or act wisely
A. Joshua 1:2 : Num 12:7; Deut 34:5
B. Joshua 1:2 : Josh 1:11
C. Joshua 1:3 : Deut 11:24
D. Joshua 1:4 : Gen 15:18; Num 34:3
E. Joshua 1:5 : Deut 7:24
F. Joshua 1:5 : Deut 31:6, 7; Heb 13:5
G. Joshua 1:6 : Deut 31:6, 7, 23
H. Joshua 1:7 : Deut 5:32
I. Joshua 1:8 : Deut 31:24; Josh 8:34
J. Joshua 1:8 : Deut 29:9; Ps 1:1-3
K. Joshua 1:9 : Josh 1:7
L. Joshua 1:9 : Deut 31:8
Abraham Lincoln Didn't Quit
Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about somebody who didn't quit, look no further.
Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.
He could have quit many times - but he didn't and because he didn't quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country.
Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln's road to the White House:
• 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
• 1818 His mother died.
• 1831 Failed in business.
• 1832 Ran for state legislature - lost.
• l832 Also lost his job - wanted to go to law school but couldn't get in.
• 1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
• 1834 Ran for state legislature again - won.
• 1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
• 1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
• 1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature - defeated.
• 1840 Sought to become elector - defeated.
• 1843 Ran for Congress - lost.
• 1846 Ran for Congress again - this time he won - went to Washington and did a good job.
• 1848 Ran for re-election to Congress - lost.
• 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state - rejected.
• 1854 Ran for Senate of the United States - lost.
• 1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party's national convention - get less than 100 votes.
• 1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again - again he lost.
• 1860 Elected president of the United States.
INTRODUCTION: CATCH AND RELEASE BY DAVID ROPER (ODB MINISTRIES)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: PAUL’S REMIDER OF THEIR FREEDOM
SCRIPTURE: GALATIANS 5:7-14
TITLE OF MESSAGE: PROTECTING YOUR FREEDOM
CTS: 3 WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR FREEDOM IN CHRIST.
HOW CAN I PRESERVE THE FREEDOM GOD HAS GIVEN ME IN CHRIST?:
I. COMPLETE TRUST IN GOD’S TRUTH (VV. 7-9)
• EXPLANATION: THE GALATIANS WERE BEING LED ASTRAY
o YOU WERE RUNNING WELL: THEY HAD BELIEVED AND OBEYED (7A)
o THE JUDAIZERS WERE LEADING THEM BACK TO A WORKS FAITH (7B-9)
? PAUL HAD ALREADY ADMONISHED THEM FOR RECEIVING A DIFFERENT GOSPEL (GAL 1:6-10, 3:1-3)
II. CONFIDENCE IN THE CROSS (VV. 10-12)
• EXPLANATION: JUDGMENT AWAITS THOSE WHO SPREAD A FALSE GOSPEL
o PAUL ASSURES THEM OF HIS CONFIDENCE IN THEIR FAITH (10A)
o THOSE TEACHING A FALSE GOSPEL WILL BE JUDGED (10B)
o PAUL’S GOSPEL: THE CROSS, NOT CIRCUMCISION (11)
o PAUL’S WISH FOR FALSE TEACHERS: MUTILATE THEMSELVES (12)
? FALSE TEACHERS ARE DANGEROUS – 2 PETER 2:1, 1 TIM 1:3-4
III. COMMIT TO SERVING AND LOVING OTHERS (VV. 13-14)
• EXPLANATION: THEY WERE TO PROTECT THEIR FREEDOM:
o SERVING ONE ANOTHER THROUGH LOVE (13)
o LOVING ONE ANOTHER FULFILLS THE LAW (14)
? JESUS SPOKE TO THIS MATTER - MATT 22:36-40
• THE GALATIANS WERE TO:
o CLING TO THEIR FREEDOM IN CHRIST
o PROTECT THEIR FREEDOM THROUGH:
? REJECTING FALSE TEACHING (KNOW THE TRUTH)
? CHOOSING TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE
• PROTECTION OF OUR FREEDOM REQUIRES THAT WE DO THE SAME
REFERENCES (page 1)
Galatians 1:6-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
Only One Gospel
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.
Galatians 3:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?
2 Peter 2:1New King James Version (NKJV)
2 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
1 Timothy 1:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
Matthew 22:36-40 New King James Version (NKJV)
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Galatians 5:7-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
7 You were (A)running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion did not come from (B)Him who calls you. 9 (C)A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.
10 (D)I have confidence [a]in you in the Lord that you (E)will adopt no other view; but the one who is (F)disturbing you will bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11 But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still (G)persecuted? Then (H)the stumbling block of the cross has been abolished. 12 I wish that (I)those who are troubling you would even [b](J)mutilate themselves.
13 For you were called to (K)freedom, brethren; (L)only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love (M)serve one another. 14 For (N)the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “(O)YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
a. Galatians 5:10 Lit toward
b. Galatians 5:12 Or cut themselves off
A. Galatians 5:7 : Gal 2:2
B. Galatians 5:8 : Rom 8:28; Gal 1:6
C. Galatians 5:9 : 1 Cor 5:6
D. Galatians 5:10 : 2 Cor 2:3
E. Galatians 5:10 : Gal 5:7; Phil 3:15
F. Galatians 5:10 : Gal 1:7; 5:12
G. Galatians 5:11 : Gal 4:29; 6:12
H. Galatians 5:11 : Rom 9:33; 1 Cor 1:23
I. Galatians 5:12 : Gal 2:4; 5:10
J. Galatians 5:12 : Deut 23:1
K. Galatians 5:13 : Gal 5:1
L. Galatians 5:13 : 1 Cor 8:9; 1 Pet 2:16
M. Galatians 5:13 : 1 Cor 9:19; Eph 5:21
N. Galatians 5:14 : Matt 7:12; 22:40; Rom 13:8, 10; Gal 6:2
O. Galatians 5:14 : Lev 19:18; Matt 19:19; John 13:34
November 26, 2008
Catch and Release
READ: Romans 6:15-23
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.” —John 8:34
I’m a “catch and release” fisherman, which means I don’t kill the trout I catch, but net and handle them gently and set them free. It’s a technique that ensures “sustainability,” as conservation officers like to say, and keeps trout and other target species from disappearing in heavily fished waters.
I rarely release a trout without recalling Paul’s words about those who have been “taken captive” by Satan to do his will (2 Tim. 2:26), for I know that our adversary the devil does not catch and release but captures to consume and destroy.
We may think we can deliberately sin in a limited way for a short period of time and then get ourselves free. But as Jesus teaches us, “Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34). Even “little” sins lead to greater and greater unrighteousness. Sin becomes the consequence of sin. We find ourselves entrapped and enslaved, and like a luckless trout, we cannot wriggle free.
Sin enslaves us. But when we yield ourselves in obedience to Christ and call upon Him for the strength to do His will, we are “released.” The result is increasing righteousness (Rom. 6:16).
Jesus assures us, “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). — David H. Roper
Christ broke the bonds of sin, that I
Might know His strong eternal tie;
This blood-bought liberty I bring
To be Your bond-slave, Master-King. —F. Hess
Christ releases us from sin’s slavery into salvation’s liberty.
INTRODUCTION: LOSING IT ALL!? (STORY OF ETHELDA LOPEZ)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: DAVID’S REFLECTION ON LIFE (PS 37:25)
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 37:1-11
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE “D”S: DEBT
CTS: 3 WAYS OF ENCOURAGEMENT DURING FINANCIAL RUIN
HOW CAN FAITH ENABLE ME TO FACE FINANCIAL RUIN?:
I. CHOOSE NOT TO FRET (VV. 1-2, 7B-9A)
• EXPLANATION: DAVID SAW THE DANGER IN FRETTING
o DECIDE NOT TO FRET OVER YOUR LOSS (1-2, 7B, 8B-9A)
? SEE DR. JEREMIAH NOTES ON FRETTING
? CEASE FROM ANGER AND WRATH (8A)
? FRETTING ONLY LEADS TO EVIL DOING (8B)
? EVIL DOERS WILL BE CUT OFF (9A)
II. COMMIT TO DEMONSTRATING TRUST IN GOD (VV. 3-6)
• EXPLANATION: DAVID EXPRESSED THE VALUE IN TRUSTING GOD
o TRUST IN THE LORD & DO GOOD (3)
o DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD / HE WILL GRANT YOUR DESIRES (4)
o COMMIT YOUR WAY TO THE LORD / TRUST HIM / HE’LL DO IT (5)
o GOD’S RESPONSE: GOD WILL HONOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO HIM (6)
III. COVENANT TO WAIT ON GOD’S HELP (VV. 7A, 9B-11)
• EXPLANATION: DAVID’S CONFIDENCE WAS IN WAITING ON GOD
o REST IN THE LORD & WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM (7A) (IS 40:27-31)
o THOSE WHO WAIT ON THE LORD WILL INHERIT THE LAND (9B)
o GOD WILL REMOVE THE WICKED (10)
o THE HUMBLE WILL INHERIT THE LAND & ENJOY PROSPERITY (11)
• GOD’S PEOPLE MAY LOSE THE TEMPORAL, BUT GOD GUARANTEES ETERNAL
• PRACTICAL APPLICATION IN FACING POTENTIAL RUIN:
o DO NOT FRET OVER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES
o COMMIT THROUGH WORD AND ACTION TO TRUST IN GOD
o MEDITATE UPON GOD’S PROMISES: HE WILL NOT ABANDON YOU
o DON’T TAKE YOUR SITUATION OUT OF GOD’S HANDS. WAIT ON HIM.
REFERENCES (page 1)
The Plight of Ethelda Lopez by Dr. David Jeremiah
Ethelda Lopez was ready to let go and enjoy the golden days of her time on earth. She’d been a hard worker her whole adult life, and she had planned well for retirement. Now, when that pension check arrived each month, she felt a nice sense of security.
Then one month, the check didn’t come.
It had to be a mistake. After Eltheda made a few phone calls, her discomfort increased. A Sacramento accounting firm had managed her investments, but the company was no longer to be found. Every time she phoned she got a repeated recording: “This number is no longer in service.”
Eltheda had worked for AT&T for three decades. Her benefits should have been rock solid. She’d paid into her investment plan all those years, and now she was cut off and cast adrift like a boat from its moorings. Her ultimate worst case scenario was looming: she couldn’t make her mortgage payment.
Elthelda fired off more phone calls––to mortgage companies, to her political representatives, to bank managers––to anyone at all who might be able to shed light on this craziness. But it was all to no avail. Her money was all gone––lost, embezzled, stolen. What difference did it make how it had happened? She was suddenly, unexpectedly destitute. Every night she cried herself to sleep.
Loss is an inevitable part of life. Nothing that’s visible is lasting, and one of the first harsh realities we face is the moment we first learn that truth. We lose a friend or we lose a job or we lose our fortune, yet life goes on.
Encouraging words from the Psalmist King David
Psalm 37:25 New King James Version (NKJV)
25 I have been young, and now am old;
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken,
Nor his descendants begging bread.
Dr. Jeremiah’s comments on “fretting”
The English word for fret comes from the Old English fretan, meaning “to devour, to eat, to gnaw into something.” The Hebrew word David used was charah, which has at its root the idea of growing warm” and “blazing up.”
Here we have a mix of two metaphors illustrating the same idea––a word picture of gnawing and a word picture of fire. In the first metaphor, fretting is seen as a rat inside your soul, gnawing away at your joy and peace. (I didn’t say it was a pretty picture. But it’s a true one.)
The fire metaphor pictures Satan as the arsonist of hellfire, setting blazes of distress inside your heart. Both pictures illustrate the destructiveness of fretting. In psalm 37 David tells us not to put up with fretting: kill the rats and douse the fire, because fretting will kill you from the inside out.
Isaiah 40:27-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
27 Why do you say, O Jacob,
And speak, O Israel:
“My way is hidden from the LORD,
And my just claim is passed over by my God”?
28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the LORD,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those 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 faint.
Psalm 37:1-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Security of Those Who Trust in the LORD, and Insecurity of the Wicked.
A Psalm of David.
37 (A)Do not fret because of evildoers,
Be not (B)envious toward wrongdoers.
2 For they will (C)wither quickly like the grass
And (D)fade like the green herb.
3 (E)Trust in the LORD and do good;
(F)Dwell in the land and [a](G)cultivate faithfulness.
4 (H)Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will (I)give you the desires of your heart.
5 (J)Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
6 He will bring forth (K)your righteousness as the light
And your judgment (L)as the noonday.
7 [b]Rest in the LORD and (M)wait [c]patiently for Him;
(N)Do not fret because of him who (O)prospers in his way,
Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.
8 Cease from anger and (P)forsake wrath;
Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
9 For (Q)evildoers will be cut off,
But those who wait for the LORD, they will (R)inherit the land.
10 Yet (S)a little while and the wicked man will be no more;
And you will look carefully for (T)his place and he will not be there.
11 But (U)the humble will inherit the land
And will delight themselves in (V)abundant prosperity.
a. Psalm 37:3 Or feed securely or feed on His faithfulness
b. Psalm 37:7 Or Be still
c. Psalm 37:7 Or longingly
A. Psalm 37:1 : Prov 23:17; 24:19
B. Psalm 37:1 : Ps 73:3; Prov 3:31
C. Psalm 37:2 : Job 14:2; Ps 90:6; 92:7; James 1:11
D. Psalm 37:2 : Ps 129:6
E. Psalm 37:3 : Ps 62:8
F. Psalm 37:3 : Deut 30:20
G. Psalm 37:3 : Is 40:11; Ezek 34:13, 14
H. Psalm 37:4 : Job 22:26; Ps 94:19; Is 58:14
I. Psalm 37:4 : Ps 21:2; 145:19; Matt 7:7, 8
J. Psalm 37:5 : Ps 55:22; Prov 16:3; 1 Pet 5:7
K. Psalm 37:6 : Ps 97:11; Is 58:8, 10; Mic 7:9
L. Psalm 37:6 : Job 11:17
M. Psalm 37:7 : Ps 40:1; 62:5; Lam 3:26
N. Psalm 37:7 : Ps 37:1, 8
O. Psalm 37:7 : Jer 12:1
P. Psalm 37:8 : Eph 4:31; Col 3:8
Q. Psalm 37:9 : Ps 37:2, 22
R. Psalm 37:9 : Ps 25:13; Prov 2:21; Is 57:13; 60:21; Matt 5:5
S. Psalm 37:10 : Job 24:24
T. Psalm 37:10 : Job 7:10; Ps 37:35, 36
U. Psalm 37:11 : Matt 5:5
V. Psalm 37:11 : Ps 72:7
INTRODUCTION: DELIVERANCE FROM DISEASE TODAY?
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: HEZEKIAH’S DISEASE AND HEALING
SCRIPTURE: 1SAIAH 38:17-20
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE “D”S: DISEASE
CTS: 4 WAYS TO FACE DISEASE WITH GOD’S REASSURANCE
HOW CAN MY FAITH BE STRENGTHENED WITH THE NEWS OF DISEASE?:
I. CONFESS YOUR FRAILTY (VS. 17A)
• EXPLANATION: HEZEKIAH WAS BITTER OVER HIS DEATH SENTENCE
o HEZEKIAH ACKNOWLDGED HIS FINITE ABILITIES WITHOUT GOD
? HEZEKIAH WAS TOLD THAT HE WOULD DIE (38:1-2)
II. CONSIDER GOD’S FAITHFULNESS TO YOU (VS. 17BC)
• EXPLANATION: HEZEKIAH CONSIDERED GOD’S FAITHFULNESS
o GOD HAD KEPT HIS SOUL FROM THE PIT OF NOTHINGNESS (17B)
o GOD HAD FORGAVE HIS SINS (17C)
III. COUNT THE COST OF UNBELIEF (VS. 18)
• EXPLANATION: HEZEKIAH ACKNOWLEDGES THE EMPTINESS OF DEATH
o WITHOUT FAITH IN GOD, LIFE AFTER DEATH IS LONELY / TORMENT
IV. CRY OUT TO GOD IN PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING (VV. 19-20)
• EXPLANATION: HEZEKIAH RECOGNIZES THE VALUE OF HIS LIFE
o WHILE HE IS ALIVE, MAN HAS THE OPPORTUNITY WORSHIP GOD
OBSERVATIONS OF GOD’S INVOLVEMENT WITH DISEASE
• HEZEKIAH TOOK HIS ILLNESS TO GOD; HE WAS HEALED
• IN THE FACE OF DISEASE, BELIEVERS NEED TO:
o CONTROL YOUR MIND
o COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
o CONTINUE YOUR WORK
o CLAIM YOUR PROMISE
o CONSIDER YOUR FUTURE
REFERENCES (page 1)
OBSERVATIONS OF GOD’S INVOLVEMENT WITH DISEASE
Dr. Jeremiah’s thoughts:
• PAINFUL EMOTIONS OF DISEASE
o The Prayer
“Here is what Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight” (Is 38:3). And he wept bitterly.
We can understand Hezekiah’s feeling of panic and grief. What he heard from Isaiah was the equivalent of what some people today hear in their doctor’s office: “I’m sorry. There’s nothing we can do. Its time to set your affairs in order.”
Tears and prayers are a normal, human response to a disease that appears to be life-threatening or life-ending. Even if we don’t fear the end of life, we are frustrated by an enemy invading our body and disrupting our life. Hezekiah did the right thing. He turned to God in his grief.”
What a powerful example for the believer in Christ to follow!
o The Promise
“God granted Hezekiah’s request (38:4-5). God seems to have changed His mind for reasons it is hard for us to understand. God responded to Hezekiah’s prayer and added 15 years to the king’s life. Whether we understand God’s reasoning or not, the fact that Hezekiah had a great need, prayed, and received an answer from God encourages us to do the same thing––to pray about everything (1 Thessalonians 5:17).”
o The Prescription
God’s prescription for Hezekiah’s illness was a lump of figs (38:21). God could have spoke and healed Hezekiah, but chose to use the appropriate medicine of the day to heal the king. God may miraculously heal in response to prayers today, but utilizes modern medicine He has given to man to bring healing to the body of man. Our place is to pray, accept the prescription given to us by physicians, and trust that God will work through them, Christian or not, to bring healing to our bodies.
o The Praise
“Not only did Hezekiah do the right thing by praying, he did the right thing when God answered his prayer––He praised God: “But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption.” (38:17).”
Psalm 103:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
103 (A)Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is within me, bless His (B)holy name.
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And (C)forget none of His benefits;
3 Who (D)pardons all your iniquities,
Who (E)heals all your diseases;
o The Problem
“Unfortunately, Hezekiah’s story does not have the happy ending we would like. Instead of continuing to walk in complete obedience to the Lord out of gratitude for God’s grace in his life, Hezekiah allowed pride and fear of his enemies to lead him down a carnal path.”
Do we, during times of healing, take God’s grace for granted? Hezekiah serves as an example of what could happen in the lives of those who forget the healing power of salvation and physical deliverance.
• IN THE FACE OF DISEASE, BELIEVERS NEED TO:
o CONTROL YOUR MIND – Proverbs 18:4 asserts that “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness.” Many times, the attitude and mental perspective of those battling a disease is as determining a factor as is their medical treatment. I have seen many illustrations of the difference a “sound” mind can make in times of crisis––especially in keeping fear at bay when a disease is diagnosed.
Prayer and meditation on God’s word are critical in facing disease with God’s power.
o COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – “The Bible says “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
o CONTINUE YOUR WORK – (Ephesians 2:10) – tells us that God created us for “good works . . . that we should walk in them.”
Our constant perspective while on this earth is to serve Christ as a good steward of the grace of God. If illness changes the kind of work we can do, so be it. But maintaining a servant’s heart and attitude is the same regardless of our physical condition.
o CLAIM YOUR PROMISE – (John 11:4) – Speaking to the death of Lazarus Jesus didn’t say Lazarus’ illness would include death; He said it wouldn’t end in death. And neither will our illness end in eternal death. Even if our body stops working in this life (and all our bodies will if Jesus doesn’t return first), we know that life continues on the other side of death. And as long as we are here, we know Christ can be glorified even through our illness.
o CONSIDER YOUR FUTURE – (John 14:2-3) - “Finally, we should do this every single day: Consider our future. Jesus told His disciples that He was leaving to prepare a place for them and that He would return to take them to that place. With such a promise to depend on, why would we fear anything, including disease, that might happen to us in this life.
Isaiah 38:17-20 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
17 “Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness;
It is You who has [a](A)kept my soul from the pit of [b]nothingness,
For You have (B)cast all my sins behind Your back.
18 “For (C)Sheol cannot thank You,
Death cannot praise You;
Those who go down (D)to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
19 “It is the (E)living who give thanks to You, as I do today;
A (F)father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.
20 “The LORD will surely save me;
So we will (G)play my songs on stringed instruments
(H)All the days of our life (I)at the house of the LORD.”
a. Isaiah 38:17 So some versions; Heb loved
b. Isaiah 38:17 Or destruction
A. Isaiah 38:17 : Ps 30:3; 86:13; Jon 2:6
B. Isaiah 38:17 : Is 43:25; Jer 31:34; Mic 7:19
C. Isaiah 38:18 : Ps 6:5; 30:9; 88:11; Eccl 9:10
D. Isaiah 38:18 : Num 16:33; Ps 28:1
E. Isaiah 38:19 : Ps 118:17; 119:175
F. Isaiah 38:19 : Deut 6:7; 11:19; Ps 78:5-7
G. Isaiah 38:20 : Ps 33:1-3; 68:24-26
H. Isaiah 38:20 : Ps 104:33; 116:2; 146:2
I. Isaiah 38:20 : Ps 116:17-19
INTRODUCTION: THE EXPERIENCE OF A NATURAL DISASTER
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: A SONG OF TRIUMPH (MACARTHUR NOTES)
SCRIPTURE: PSALM 46:1-11
TITLE OF MESSAGE: FEAR OF THE â€œDâ€S: DISASTER
CTS: 3 REASSURING TRUTHS OF GODâ€™S INVOLVEMENT WITH DISASTERS
HOW SHOULD GODâ€™S PEOPLE RESPOND TO DISASTER?:
I. FACE DISASTERS WITH COURAGE (VV. 1-3)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD IS THE REFUGE AND STRENGTH OF HIS PEOPLE
o GOD IS THE SOURCE OF REFUGE AND STRENGTH FOR HIS PEOPLE (1A)
o GOD IS A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TIMES OF TROUBLE (1B):
o THEREFORE, WE WILL NOT FEAR (2-3)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JOB WORSHIPPED GOD; LOST ALL (JOB 1)
II. FACE DISASTERS WITH HOPE (VV.4-7)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GODâ€™S PRESENCE GIVES HOPE IN ADVERSITY
o THERE IS A RIVER. . . (4A)â€“â€“ CONTRAST WITH TORRENTIAL STORMS (3A)
o (GODâ€™S PRESENCE)â€“â€“MAKES THE CITY OF GOD GLAD (4B-5-6)
o THE PSALMISTâ€™S AFFIRMATION: GOD IS WITH US; OUR STRONGHOLD (7)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JOBâ€™S RESPONSE TO HIS CALAMITY / HIS FUTURE (1:20-21; 42)
III. FACE DISASTERS WITH TRUST (VV. 8-11)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: GOD BECKONS ALL TO SEE HIS POWER OVER ALL
o NOT ONLY NATURAL, BUT ALSO KINGDOMS ON THE EARTH
o GODS MAKES WARS TO CEASE TO THE END OF THE EARTH (9):
o CEASE STRIVING: KNOW THAT I AM GOD (10) (SEE PSALM 2)
o THE PSALMISTâ€™S AFFIRMATION: GOD IS WITH US; OUR STRONGHOLD (11)
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: JOBâ€™S TRUST IN GOD (JOB 13:15)
NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE REALITY OF GOD (SEE NOTES)
â€¢ PSALMLISTâ€™S ASSERTION: GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRONGHOLD FOR LIFE
â€¢ DISASTERS TEACH US TO:
o REPENT OF OUR SIN
o REFLECT ON GODâ€™S GOODNESS
o RESPOND TO THE HURTING
o REMEMBER GODâ€™S PROMISE
o RELY ON GODâ€™S PRESENCE AND POWER
REFERENCES (page 1)
The MacArthur Study Bible (Background)
Psalm 46 was the scriptural catalyst for Martin Lutherâ€™s great hymn, â€œA Mighty Fortress Is Our God.â€ This psalm also launches a trilogy of psalms (i.e., 46, 47, 48); they are all songs of triumph. Furthermore, it has also been grouped among the so-called â€œsongs of Zionâ€ (cf. Pss 48, 76, 84, 87, 122). Psalm 46 extols the adequacy of God in facing threats from nature and the nations.
Job 1:20-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said:
â€œNaked I came from my motherâ€™s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.â€
Job 13:15 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.
NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE REALITY OF GOD (DAVID JEREMIAH)
â€¢ GOD CANNOT BE:
o DIVORCED FROM DISASTERS
Some people divorce God from disasters through a view called Deismâ€“â€“the theology that God created the world but then left it to run on its own. Therefore, He neither causes nor allows disasters; the world is simply taking its natural course. . . Other try to blame all disasters on Satan. But Satan would needs God permission as seen in Job. Neither of these views is the biblical view. We must take into account two biblical realities to explain Godâ€™s relationship to disasters.
1. God Employs the Elements of Nature in the Operation of the World
Psalm 135:6-7 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Whatever the LORD pleases He does,
In heaven and in earth,
In the seas and in all deep places.
7 He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightning for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.
Other similar passages include Job 37:6, 10-13; Psalm 115:3; Isaiah 45:6-7; Matthew 5:45. These and other verses show God to be actively involved, especially in the natural processes we call weather, all over our planet.
2. God Employs the Elements of Nature in His Opposition to Evil
God brought a flood upon the earth to judge the sinfulness of earthly humanity (Genesis 6-8). And He used what we might call today a â€œsinkholeâ€â€“â€“a giant opening in the earthâ€“â€“to swallow up Korah and those associated with him when they rebelled against the Lord (Numbers 16:30-33).
o DISCREDITED BY DISASTERS
â€œIf God sees evil but cannot prevent it, He is not all powerful and therefore not God. If He sees evil but chooses not to prevent it, He is not all-good and therefore not God.â€
Such thinking is not truth, but man making judgments based upon the wisdom of men.
o DEFINED BY DISASTERS
â€œA third misconception that must be corrected goes like this: â€˜I could never believe in a God who would allow such awful things to happen to those He created.â€™ That is people defining God in their own image. They imagine who God is or isnâ€™t, then choose to believe or not believe in Him.
What many who raise this argument fail to consider is just the opposite: Why do so many good things continue to happen in the world? And who is responsible for them?â€
o DEFEATED BY DISASTERS
â€œSometimes we wonder if natural disasters are circumventing Godâ€™s purposes, whether events outside His control have defeated His plans.â€
We only see a tiny, limited part of what God is doing in the universe, so our judgments about Him and what happens in the word are presumptuous at best unless clearly stated in scripture. Romans 8:28 says that God causes everything that happens to work together for good (whether we understand it, or agree with it, or not). That doesnâ€™t mean that bad things are good, or that everything ultimately turns into something good. Rather, it means God is ceaselessly active in working out good things in the lives of those who love Him.â€
NATURAL DISASTERS AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF MAN
â€¢ DISASTERS TEACH US TO:
o REPENT OF OUR SIN
â€œ. . .God is free to judge sin, and man needs to live a repentant life in order to avoid such judgment. Every disaster, whether it touches our life or not, should be a reminder to examine our own life and repent of sin where necessary.â€
o REFLECT ON GODâ€™S GOODNESS
â€œOur hearts go out to those who are touched by disasters. But when we escape such events, do we pause and thank God for our safety and protectionâ€“â€“not just from that event but from all the occasions in life which we might have suffered harm? Disasters are the exception in life, not the rule. And we should daily thank God that the â€œruleâ€ is safety and provision.
o RESPOND TO THE HURTING
â€œDisaster reminds us to reach out in love to those who are hurting.â€
o REMEMBER GODâ€™S PROMISE
Revelation 21:4 reminds believers that there is coming a day when disasters will be over. God will wipe away every tear from they eyes of His children.
o RELY ON GODâ€™S PRESENCE AND POWER
When we consider the end of Jobâ€™s trials, we see that he received something better than answers for the disasters he experiencedâ€“â€“a deeper and fuller revelation of the person of God and His sovereign rule over the affairs of mankind. By the end of the book, Job had humbled himself before God and put his questions to rest in the knowledge that God is God.
Psalm 46 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
God the Refuge of His People.
46 God is our (A)refuge and strength,
[b]A very (B)present help (C)in [c]trouble.
2 Therefore we will (D)not fear, though (E)the earth should change
And though (F)the mountains slip into the heart of the [d]sea;
3 Though its (G)waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. [e]Selah.
4 There is a (H)river whose streams make glad the (I)city of God,
The holy (J)dwelling places of the Most High.
5 God is (K)in the midst of her, she will not be moved;
God will (L)help her [f]when morning dawns.
6 The [g]nations (M)made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered;
He [h](N)raised His voice, the earth (O)melted.
7 The LORD of hosts (P)is with us;
The God of Jacob is (Q)our stronghold. Selah.
8 Come, (R)behold the works of the LORD,
[i]Who has wrought (S)desolations in the earth.
9 He (T)makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He (U)breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He (V)burns the chariots with fire.
10 â€œ[j]Cease striving and (W)know that I am God;
I will be (X)exalted among the [k]nations, I will be exalted in the earth.â€
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
a. Psalm 46:1 Possibly for soprano voices
b. Psalm 46:1 Or Abundantly available for help
c. Psalm 46:1 Or tight places
d. Psalm 46:2 Lit seas
e. Psalm 46:3 Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
f. Psalm 46:5 Lit at the turning of the morning
g. Psalm 46:6 Or Gentiles
h. Psalm 46:6 Lit gave forth
i. Psalm 46:8 Or Which He has wrought as desolations
j. Psalm 46:10 Or Let go, relax
k. Psalm 46:10 Or Gentiles
A. Psalm 46:1 : Ps 14:6; 62:7, 8
B. Psalm 46:1 : Deut 4:7; Ps 145:18
C. Psalm 46:1 : Ps 9:9
D. Psalm 46:2 : Ps 23:4; 27:1
E. Psalm 46:2 : Ps 82:5
F. Psalm 46:2 : Ps 18:7
G. Psalm 46:3 : Ps 93:3, 4; Jer 5:22
H. Psalm 46:4 : Ps 36:8; 65:9; Is 8:6; Rev 22:1
I. Psalm 46:4 : Ps 48:1; 87:3; 101:8; Is 60:14; Rev 3:12
J. Psalm 46:4 : Ps 43:3
K. Psalm 46:5 : Deut 23:14; Is 12:6; Ezek 43:7, 9; Hos 11:9; Joel 2:27; Zech 2:5
L. Psalm 46:5 : Ps 37:40; Is 41:14; Luke 1:54
M. Psalm 46:6 : Ps 2:1, 2
N. Psalm 46:6 : Ps 18:13; 68:33; Jer 25:30; Joel 2:11; Amos 1:2
O. Psalm 46:6 : Amos 9:5; Mic 1:4; Nah 1:5
P. Psalm 46:7 : Num 14:9; 2 Chr 13:12
Q. Psalm 46:7 : Ps 9:9; 48:3
R. Psalm 46:8 : Ps 66:5
S. Psalm 46:8 : Is 61:4; Jer 51:43
T. Psalm 46:9 : Is 2:4; Mic 4:3
U. Psalm 46:9 : 1 Sam 2:4; Ps 76:3
V. Psalm 46:9 : Is 9:5; Ezek 39:9
W. Psalm 46:10 : Ps 100:3
X. Psalm 46:10 : Is 2:11, 17
INTRODUCTION: A FINAL WORD TO BE STRONG IN FAITH (JOHN 14:1-6)
BACKGROUND THOUGHT: REMINDERS OF THE FIRMNESS OF FAITH
SCRIPTURE: 1 PETER 5:8-14
TITLE OF MESSAGE: THE POWER TO CRUSH SUFFERING: GODâ€™S GRACE
CTS: 4 WAYS TO HONOR GOD WITH YOUR FUTURE
HOW CAN I BEST HONOR GOD WITH MY FUTURE?:
I. ACKNOWLEDGE THE POWER OF YOUR ADVERSARY (VS. 8)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: STAY ALERT: SATAN IS AFTER YOU
o SATANâ€™S POWER - SEE COMMENTS BY C.S. LEWIS (EPH 2:1-7)
o THE ROAR OF A LION CANNOT HURT YOU, UNLESS YOU YIELD TO IT
â€¢ ILLUSTRATION: RESPECT FOR SATANâ€™S POWER (SEE WIERSBE COMMENTS)
II. ASSERTIVELY STAND STRONG IN YOUR FAITH (VS. 9)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: RESIST SATAN (9A); FIRM IN FAITH (9B) OTHERS HAVE (9C)
o THE POWER TO RESIST SATAN (SOBER & ALERT(8AB), FIRM IN FAITH (9B))
ï‚§ SEE HOLMAN COMMENTARY COMMENTS & 1 PETER 1:5
o SAME SUFFERINGS BEING ACCOMPLISHED â€“ VICTORY (9C) (HEBREWS 11)
III. ACCEPT GODâ€™S PROMISE FOR YOUR FUTURE (VV. 10-11)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: SUFFERING LEADS TO GODâ€™S GLORY IN YOU
o SUFFERING IN THIS WORLD IS TEMPORAL (10A)
o THE GOD OF ALL GRACE â€“ NO OTHER RESOURCE FOR GRACE (10B)
o WHO CALLED YOU TO HIS GLORY (10C) (SEE 1:3)
o GOD WILL PERFECT, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN AND ESTABLISH YOU (10D)
o HE ALONE HAS THE POWER (11)
IV. ABSORB YOURSELF INTO GODâ€™S GRACE (VV. 12-14)
â€¢ EXPLANATION: FINAL SALUTATION OR CHARGE
o EXAMPLES OF GODâ€™S GRACE:
ï‚§ SILVANUS, PETER, OTHER BELIEVERS, AND MARK (12AB, 13)
o EXHORTATION TO STAND FIRM IN GODâ€™S GRACE (12C) (HEB 4:15-16)
o GREET ONE ANOTHER WITH A KISS OF LOVE (14A)
o PEACE BE TO ALL WHO ARE IN CHRIST (14B)
â€¢ PETERâ€™S FINAL CHALLENGE TO GODâ€™S PEOPLE
o SATAN â€“ BE AWARE OF HIS POWER AND RESPECT IT
o POWER TO RESIST SATAN â€“ BE SOBER, ALERT, AND FIRM IN FAITH
o OTHERS HAVE SUFFERED AND SUCCEEDED â€“ YOU CAN AND WILL
o GODâ€™S GRACE IS YOUR POWER TO SUCCEED
o ENDURANCE IS WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF GODâ€™S LOVE AND PEACE
â€¢ OUR CHALLENGE TODAY â€“ TAKE PETERâ€™S WORDS TO HEART â€“ ACT ON THEM
REFERENCES (page 1)
John 14:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 â€œLet not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.2 In My Fatherâ€™s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.â€
5 Thomas said to Him, â€œLord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?â€
6 Jesus said to him, â€œI am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
Holman New Testament Commentary (Background)
First Peter overflows with reminders of the firmness of the faith of believers. We have been chosen by God the Father (1:2), given a new birth into a living hope (1:3), and provided with an inheritance that can never perish (1:4) because we are shielded by Godâ€™s power (1:5). Furthermore, we have been called out of darkness into Godâ€™s wonderful light (2:9). God himself is building up individual believers into a spiritual house (2:5). He views his followers as a holy and royal priesthood, a holy nation and a people belonging to [him] (2:5, 9).
Holman New Testament Commentary (C.S. Lewis on Satan)
C. S. Lewis once suggested that the two mistakes Christians make in talking about Satan are that we either joke about him or we ignore him. According to this verse, neither of these is an option. In essence, this verse says, â€œWake up! Pay attention! We are involved in a spiritual battle. You need to know the enemy and his characteristics. You need to understand that we are in a life-and-death battle.â€
Biblically, Satan or the devil (diabolos, the slanderer) is described as the prince of this world. His residence is on this earth, and he moves from place to place. Because this earth is the devilâ€™s territory, believers are constantly under attack. Additionally, the Bible speaks of the devil as a personal spiritual being in active rebellion against God. He leads many demons like himself. Peter envisions the devil as a cunning and evil personal being who has the ability to attack Christians and to disrupt the life and unity of the church.
The Bible Exposition Commentary
Since I have no mechanical ability, I admire people who can build and repair things. During a church building program, I was watching an electrician install a complex control panel. I said to the man, â€œIt just amazes me how you fellows can calmly work on those lines with all of that power there. How do you do it?â€ The electrician smiled and said, â€œWell, the first thing you have to do is respect it. Then you can handle it.â€
Satan is a dangerous enemy. He is a serpent who can bite us when we least expect it. He is a destroyer (Rev. 12:11; Abaddon and Apollyon both mean â€œdestructionâ€) and an accuser (Zech. 3:1â€“5; Rev. 12:9â€“11). He has great power and intelligence, and a host of demons who assist him in his attacks against Godâ€™s people (Eph. 6:10ff). He is a formidable enemy; we must never joke about him, ignore him, or underestimate his ability. We must â€œbe soberâ€ and have our minds under control when it comes to our conflict with Satan.
Holman New Testament Commentary (Power to resist Satan)
To resist the devil effectively, we must draw on the power of Christ and not yield to Satan in our lives. Furthermore, to resist the devil, the believer must be standing firm in the faith. We should draw strength from what we believe.
1 Peter 1:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Hebrews 4:15-16 New King James Version (NKJV)
15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
1 Peter 5:8-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
8 (A)Be of sober spirit, (B)be on the alert. Your adversary, (C)the devil, prowls around like a roaring (D)lion, seeking someone to devour.
9 [a](E)But resist him, (F)firm in your faith, knowing that (G)the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your [b]brethren who are in the world.
10 After you have suffered (H)for a little while, the (I)God of all grace, who (J)called you to His (K)eternal glory in Christ, will Himself (L)perfect, (M)confirm, strengthen and establish you. 11 (N)To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 Through (O)Silvanus, our faithful brother [c](for so I regard him), (P)I have written to you briefly, exhorting and testifying that this is (Q)the true grace of God. (R)Stand firm in it!
13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you greetings, and so does my son, (S)Mark. 14 (T)Greet one another with a kiss of love.
(U)Peace be to you all who are in Christ.
a. 1 Peter 5:9 Lit whom resist
b. 1 Peter 5:9 Lit brotherhood
c. 1 Peter 5:12 Lit (as I consider)
A. 1 Peter 5:8 : 1 Pet 1:13
B. 1 Peter 5:8 : Matt 24:42
C. 1 Peter 5:8 : James 4:7
D. 1 Peter 5:8 : 2 Tim 4:17
E. 1 Peter 5:9 : James 4:7
F. 1 Peter 5:9 : Col 2:5
G. 1 Peter 5:9 : Acts 14:22
H. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Pet 1:6
I. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Pet 4:10
J. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Cor 1:9; 1 Thess 2:12
K. 1 Peter 5:10 : 2 Cor 4:17; 2 Tim 2:10
L. 1 Peter 5:10 : 1 Cor 1:10; Heb 13:21
M. 1 Peter 5:10 : Rom 16:25; 2 Thess 2:17; 3:3
N. 1 Peter 5:11 : Rom 11:36; 1 Pet 4:11
O. 1 Peter 5:12 : 2 Cor 1:19
P. 1 Peter 5:12 : Heb 13:22
Q. 1 Peter 5:12 : Acts 11:23; 1 Pet 1:13; 4:10
R. 1 Peter 5:12 : 1 Cor 15:1
S. 1 Peter 5:13 : Acts 12:12, 25; 15:37, 39; Col 4:10; Philem 24
T. 1 Peter 5:14 : Rom 16:16
U. 1 Peter 5:14 : Eph 6:23