#Exodus 2:1-10

WHAT’S A MOTHER TO DO?

Exodus 2:1-10

INTRODUCTION

Today is Mother’s Day. What a day for guilt trips!. Today there are more long distant phone calls made than even at Christmas. Father’s Day once did out – do Mother’s Day on one thing: back when there were land lines there were more collect calls made that day.

And probably every year some Mother says, “It’s so much harder to be a Mother today than ever before.” Not really, it’s just the hardest for that Mother. Don’t worry Mom, it will get harder!

This brings us to an interesting question: What is a Mother to do in rearing children? What is a Mother’s job description?

Maybe that is one of the great problems with being a mother, most people do not understand the job description of a mother.

God loves moms; He talks about them so much in the Bible. Moms play some of the most pivotal roles in all of history. Where would we be today without the mother of Abraham, Samuel, David, Solomon, Jesus or the Apostle Paul? This is not just a trite observation. We are not discussing the giving of birth. Not everyone of these women mentioned have their name recorded for history. But their children’s names are well recorded. To them, that is better. The influence they had on their children influenced the world, and eternity.

We now find ourselves asking a most important question: What is the absolute minimum for a mother to do to rear a child? And the answer found to this question is profound for every mother present.

THEME: WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF EACH MOTHER REGARDING HER CHILD?

I. GOD REQUIRES THAT EACH MOTHER PROVIDE PROTECTION vs. 1-2

     A. Even When She Feels Insignificant

          1. Our mother of the day today is Jochebed

          2. Her name is only given twice in the Bible

          3. Our passage begins by talking about a man

               a. But he is quickly forgotten

               b. She is the one who takes the action for her child

     B. She, Not Her Husband, Took The Leadership In Protecting Their Son

NOTE: By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.        Hebrews 11:23

          1. She saw him

          2. She hid him

          3. She made an ark

          4. She put him in the ark

          5. She closed the lid

          6. She left him to God

NOTE: Only his sister watched what was going to happen to him

T.S. WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF EACH MOTHER REGARDING HER CHILD?

          I. GOD REQUIRES THAT EACH MOTHER PROVIDE PROTECTION 

II. GOD REQUIRES THAT EACH MOTHER PROVIDE PROVISION    vs. 3-4

     A. Not All Provision Is What The Mother Plans           vs. 3

          1. The great issue of the day – death of all Hebrew boys

          2. Maybe she did not plan to have a child at this time

               a. Our plans are not God’s plans

NOTE: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.      Isaiah 55:8

               b. Our timing is not God’s timing

NOTE: But when the fulness of the time was tome, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman …     Galatians 4:4

          a. Mary could have said, “Not now God … “

          b. “Wait until I’m married to Joseph and won’t be embarrassed”

          c. “People won’t understand”

          3. ‘But God …‘

               a. This is found almost fifty times in the Bible

               b. We have a plan … but God …

               c. The world has a plan … but God …

     B. Not All Provision Is Within The Power Of The Mother       vs.4

          1. She has done what she could …     Mark 14:8

          2. Our job is not to do great things; our job is to be faithful

          3. Our task is to do what is before us; it is God’s task to make the greatness in His time

NOTE: The value of the ointment that the woman put on the head of Jesus was worth a year’s salary, three hundred pence

               a. Many mothers may feel that their role of motherhood is a waste of their talents and time

               b. And Jesus said, let her alone; why trouble you her? she has worked a good work on me.

For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.

Mark 14:6-7

     C. The Mother Is To Do What Is In Her Power           vs. 3

          1. She built the ark (floating basket)

          2. She did her best to make it waterproof

          3. She put her child in the ark

          4. She laid the ark in the water

NOTE: What is not said here

          a. No note of despair

          b. No note of great faith

          c. No note of being angry at:

               1) Pharaoh

               2) Her husband

               3) Her lot in life

               4) God

T. S. WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF EACH MOTHER REGARDING HER CHILD?

          I. GOD REQUIRES THAT EACH MOTHER PROVIDE PROTECTION

         II. GOD REQUIRES THAT EACH MOTHER PROVIDE PROVISION 

III. GOD REQUIRES THAT EACH MOTHER PROVIDE PREPARATION        vs.5-10

     A. The Power Of A Mother’s Preparation

          1. Nothing overcomes a mother’s love

NOTE: … but the greatest of these is love.  I Corinthians 13:13

          2. Nothing overcomes a mother’s determination

          3. Nothing overcomes a mother’s faithfulness

     B. The Power In The Formative Years Of A Child

NOTE: In the Middle Ages there was an educational war between the Catholics and the Protestants as to who would win the minds of the children. The Jesuits said, “Give us a child until he is six and then you can have him.”

          1. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.     Proverbs 22:6

          2. But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever. I Samuel 1:22

               a. Hannah prepared Samuel to serve the Lord

NOTE: Sewell’s Law # 1- Aim at nothing; hit it every time

               b. Hannah left Samuel at the Tabernacle at about age six or seven

               c. The priest, Eli, and his sons, was not faithful to God

               d. Samuel was faithful his whole life

     C. The Powerlessness Of Pharaoh

          1. Moses was named by Pharaoh’s daughter        vs. 10

          2. Moses was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter

NOTE: He was the only one; the other Jewish children were dead

          3. This child was immune to the death sentence of Pharaoh

          4. This child was taught the paganism of the Egyptians

          5. The decision of Moses

NOTE: By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,

choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

Hebrews 11:24-26 NKJV

NOTE: … I drew him out of the water. vs. God drew him out of the world to be used of God

     C. The Impossibility Of Preparing A Child For Every Detail

          1. Train up a child in the way he should go … Proverbs 22:6

          2. Not control everything that child will do from now on

          3. The wisdom of giving the child to God

               a. Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.    I Samuel 1:28

NOTE: The choices he faced

          a. What his mother wanted him to do

          b. What he wanted to do

          c. What God wanted: he worshipped the LORD there

NOTE: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom … Psalm 111:10

               b. The faith of the mother allows the child to grow as God chooses, not as she chooses

          4. He went beyond what his mother had planned

               a. He became a judge of Israel

               b. He anointed the first kings of Israel

               c. He was the first of the prophets

CONCLUSION

WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF EACH MOTHER REGARDING HER CHILD?

I. GOD REQUIRES THAT EACH MOTHER PROVIDE PROTECTION

II. GOD REQUIRES THAT EACH MOTHER PROVIDE PROVISION

III. GOD REQUIRES THAT EACH MOTHER PROVIDE PREPARATION

#Genesis 32:24-32

WE DON’T HAVE TO STAY THE SAME

Genesis 32:24-32

INTRODUCTION

The mission of this church is to change lives. We help people to change their lives now for today, tomorrow and all their tomorrows on this earth. But we also are here to change lives for eternity. When a life is changed for eternity, then that life is also changed for today. Noble Hill Baptist Church is not about money. We are not about buildings. We are not about bigness. We are about changing lives.

Now for the problem: We cannot change anyone’s life. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can do that. And He does that by working through us as individuals, as families and as a church. We are God’s instruments because He is in the business of changing lives.

All of us have met many people. Some of them have helped us change for the better. But some of them have influenced us to be worst than before we met them. But when we run with the godly, and when we walk with God, we will be changed for the better. There are some of us who eagerly desire to change our lives. We’re going to look at how God helps us change for the better, to make the changes we want to make in our lives and the changes He wants to make in our lives.

When God wants to change us He takes us through a series of steps. When we begin to understand that, life makes a whole lot more sense. By examining this segment of Jacob’s life we will setter understand how and when God changes us.

THEME: WHEN GOD WANTS TO CHANGE OUR LIFE HE MAY LEAD US THROUGH:

I. A CRISISGenesis 32:24

NOTE:We are never the same after a crisis

     A. Some Crisis We May Face

          1. There are physical battles (health)

          2. There are financial battles

          3. There are relational battles

               a. We have to deal with people

               b. We have to deal with our career

               c. We have to deal with our past

      B. Our Biggest Crisis In Life Is With God

          1. In reality we want to be God

               a. We want to be in control

               b. We want to make the God – decisions in 0ur life

          2. We end up wrestling with God

               a. It is night

               b. It is the darkness of our life

NOTE:This exceeds any World Wrestling Federation match every performed

          3. We cannot win against God          vs. 24-25

               a. This is the first time God is called a man in the Bible

               b. God does not want us to lose against Him

          4. God has a different view of winning than us

               a. God does not want to show off His power

               b. God does not want to ground us into the ground

               c. God wins when we win the right way

NOTE:A Dad wrestling with his smaller, weaker son. The Dad is not interested in winning. He wants his son to have a good experience and feel good about winning. This is a bonding time, a time of fellowship, a time of growing.

     C. Jacob Is Preparing To Wrestle With His Brother But Ends Up Wrestling With His God

           1. Jacob is left all alone

           2. He is getting ready to meet his brother whom he had swindled out of the birthright

                a. He was the crook

                b. Esau was the innocent one

                c. Jacob was scared

                d. The last words Jacob heard from Esau was that Esau planned to kill Jacob

     D. Jacob Is Afraid Of Confrontation

           1. Jacob’s life is a track record of running away

                a. He ran from Esau

                b. He ran from this father-in-law Laban

                c. He ran from responsibilities

                d. He ran from God

           2. Jacob is alone in the darkness of his life

           3. A man came and confronted Jacob

                a. A wrestling match started

                b. It lasted throughout the darkness of the night

     E. Jacob Had Been Wrestling Since Before He Was Born

          1. And the children struggled together within her …Genesis 25:22

          2. He took his brother by the heel in the womb …  Hosea 12:3

           3. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob …      Genesis 25:26

           4. All his life Jacob had been struggling

                 a. With his brother

                 b. With others

                 c. With himself

          5. But his greatest battle was with God

NOTE:All of us can bring to mind fairly quickly our most pressing conflict of our life. This problem boils down to two issues:

          a. Will I obey God in this situation and do what He says?

          b. Will I trust God to handle this situation?

NOTE: The root of all our problems is our struggle with God who is wrestling with us as He wrestled with Jacob. The goal of a wrestling match is to see who is number one. Are we number one or is God? Whoever we trust and obey is number one.

NOTE: God loves us just the way we are but He loves us too much to let us stay that way

T.S. WHEN GOD WANTS TO CHANGE OUR LIFE HE MAY LEAD US THROUGH:

         I. A CRISIS

II. A COMMITMENT                     Genesis 32:26

NOTE:The issue – “I refuse to change”

     A. When We Refuse To Stop We Have A Commitment

           1. We refuse to let go

           2. We say, “I’m sticking with this until I get something out of it!”

           3. If we give up we miss the blessing

      B. Commitment Is A Two Edged Sword

            1. We may chose to commit to sin

                 a. If a soul commit a trespass, and sin …         Leviticus 5:15

                 b. If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD …Leviticus 6:2

                 c. And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death …    Deuteronomy 21:22

          2. We may choose to commit to God

               a. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.    Psalm 37:5

               b. Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.   Proverbs 16:3

               c. …. I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  II Timothy 1:12

          3. God may choose to commit things to us

               a. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men …    John 2:24

               b. …. God has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.       II Corinthians 5:19

               c. According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.       I Timothy 1:11

     C. We Must Seek A Blessing From God

NOTE:Almost 500 hundred times ‘blessing’ is found in the Bible

          1. Some time during that night of Jacob’s life he recognized that God was there with him

          2. Why did God let the struggle go on?

                a. God could easily over powered him

                b. When God allows a crisis into our life He doesn’t solve it immediately

                c. He wants to see us mean business

NOTE:Is what we want:

          a. A sin?

          b. A whim?

          c. A deep desire from God?

NOTE:Why doesn’t God give us everything we want?

          a. We would get extremely spoiled

          b. We would get unthankful

          c. We would see God as a great vending machine in the sky (put in a prayer, pull out whatever we need)

          d. If God gave us everything instantly we would never learn any lesson and would commit the same mistakes over and over

          e. God wants to build character in us

           3. Jacob did not miss God’s best in his life because he did not give up too soon

NOTE:And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.      Galatians 6:9

NOTE:Sometimes it takes us a long time to wise up and give up to God

T.S. WHEN GOD WANTS TO CHANGE OUR LIFE HE MAY LEAD US THROUGH:

         I. A CRISIS

         II. A COMMITMENT

III. A CONFESSION         Genesis 32:27

     A. Jacob Had To Admit Who He Was

           1. Jacob had to quit blaming others

                a. He blamed Esau

                b. He blamed Abraham

                c. He blamed Laban

               d. He blamed God

NOTE:There was no major change in his life

          2. Here is the great life changing, spiritual breakthrough in his life

                a. “I am the problem … “

                b. We have to admit we are the problem

     B. The “Strange” Request Of God

           1. What is your name?

           2. Not because God needed to know

           3. Jacob needed to own up to who he was

     C. In The Mideast One’s Name Was One’s Character

            1. It was not a name that sounded nice

            2. One’s name represented one’s character

            3. ‘Jacob” means:

                 a. Deceiver

                 b. Manipulator

                 c. Liar

                 d. One who would cheat his grandmother out of her last shekel

          4. And Jacob had lived up to his name

                a. He ripped off everybody

                b. He lied to his blind Dad

                c. He cheated his brother out of his rightful inheritance

                d. He used his father – in law

                e. He used his wives and sons

                f. He was one big manipulator

    D. Jacob’s Confession

          1. He admitted who he was

          2. This is his self-revelation

          3. “I am a manipulator”

NOTE:Modern names for today

          a. Angry

          b. Bitter

           c. Depressed

           d. Fearful

           e. Gossip

            f. Greedy

            g. Lustful

             h. Uncontrollable Temper

     E. Jacob Could Not Change

          1. He had to let God do the changing

          2. He had to be honest

          3. He had to admit his sin

          4. He had to admit his fault

          5. He had to admit his character defect

NOTE:But he gives more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble.James 4:6

          a. What is grace

          b. It is the power to change

           c. It only comes from God

NOTE: No matter what we say God is not going to be surprised

          a. “How could I have missed that?”

          b. “I made you”

          c. “I watched you being born”

          d. “I have heard every breath you take”

          e. God is not surprised; He already knows

           f. The most difficult part is we have to own up to our sin before Him

T.S. WHEN GOD WANTS TO CHANGE OUR LIFE HE MAY LEAD US THROUGH:

         I. A CRISIS

         II. A COMMITMENT

       III. A CONFESSION

IV. A CONVERSION        Genesis 32:28

     A. The Beauty Of God’s Response To Our Confession

           1. We will now have a new name

           2. We are now a winner

           3. We are now blessed

           4. We are now forgiven

     B. Jacob Gets A Brand New Identity

          1. His old name is Jacob – manipulator

          2. His new name is Israel

                a. Prince with God

                b. Such an important name that a whole nation is named after him

NOTE:God saw in Jacob what even Jacob could not see

He sees in us what we cannot see – Prince; princess

He sees our great potential – Not what we are now but what He made us to be

    C. God Gave Jacob A Reminder Of His Blessing     vs. 25, 31

          1. God gives us something we will never forget the rest of our life

               a. A limp

               b. God left Jacob with a weakness so Jacob would be reminded to depend on God

          2. Jacob would never walk the same again

               a. If God changes a person, they never walk the same again

               b. If we have truly been saved then our walk is changed

                   1) We no longer walk in sin

                   2) We no longer walk in the attitudes of sin

                   3) We now walk as a child of God

          3. What is the significance of this limp?

               a. It stopped Jacob’s lifelong pattern of getting into trouble and running from it

               b. It stopped Jacob from being irresponsible

               c. It was a daily reminder to depend upon God

NOTE:The thigh muscle is said to be the largest and strongest muscle in our body

          a. God touched Jacob at his greatest point of strength

          b. God created a weakness out of it

          c. From that point on Jacob had to stand and walk in God’s power, not his own

          4. Jacob leaves this night both stronger and weaker

                a. He is not the same person any more

                b. He is now dependent on God strength, not his own strength

     D. God Does His Deepest Work In Our Lives When He Deals With Our Identity

          1. Our self-perception

               a. Who we are

               b. The way we see ourselves

          2. How we see ourselves is how we live

               a. If we see ourselves as a loser, we will be a loser

               b. If we see ourselves as a sinner, we will be a sinner

               c. If we see ourselves as God sees us, we see ourselves as the object of unconditional love

          3. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can make such changes in a person

               a. We do not have to stay the same

               b. We can have a better, new life

               c. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.   II Corinthians 5:17

     E. The Key Questions Of Our Life

          1. In what areas are we struggling with God?

          2. In what areas do we feel like giving up?

          3. In what areas do we need to first admit to ourselves we are sinning

          4. Is it not time to let the Lord Jesus Christ give a new identity in the place of the old, worn out one?

          5. Is it not time to seek a blessing from God?

CONCLUSION

WHEN GOD WANTS TO CHANGE OUR LIFE HE MAY LEAD US THROUGH:

I. A CRISIS

II. A COMMITMENT

III. A CONFESSION

IV. A CONVERSION

#Genesis 1:1-2:3

CREATION – BECAUSE GOD CARES

Genesis 1:1-2:3

INTRODUCTION

There comes a time in all of our lives when we have our own private pity-party and say something like this, “Nobody cares about me.” It fees so good to wallow in our self-pity and misery. For a while, that is. But as Christians we really cannot say that nobody cares about us or nobody understands what we are going through in our life. God does. And He cares more than we do, just like a parent really cares more than that young child going though a pity party.

In discussing Creation we must begin with some very important philosophical foundations. Some, even religious people, say that there is nothing personal about origins. Their view is that things just happened and suddenly, quite by accident, here we are. There are many varieties or spin-offs on this philosophy. We just should not get all hung up over origins. It does not matter one way or another.

But it does matter. In seminary in our systematic theology classes there was a statement that was used over and over because of its importance. “What is contained in the beginning is contained in the end. In light of creation, what God does in creation, His attitudes, His goals, etc., will be also the same in the end of all things.

Let’s apply this statement to our discussion. If we accept the humanistic philosophy of origins that states basically that God really did not have much to do with origins, then we must conclude that God will not have much to do with the end of all things. A reflection of this philosophy is found in the Robin Williams movie, “What Dreams May Come,” where the main character dies, goes to “heaven,” rescues his wife from “hell” and builds his own satisfying eternity. Furthermore, another philosophy says, since there is no God in origins, there will be no God in judgment.

But the Bible tells us that God is personally, judicially and completely involved in the end of all things. For the child of God Revelation 21 and 22 tells that we will dwell forever with Him in the New Jerusalem and the new heavens and the new earth. Logically, based upon this evidence, we must say that God was equally involved in Creation.

The one over – riding theme we find in the Bible is summarized in the children’s song, “Jesus Loves Me.” The entire Bible in a nutshell is encapsulated in John 3:16.

Therefore, origins are not randomness. Origins are the deliberating workings of the God Who loves us so much.

THEME: BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US     vs. 1-10

A. He Began By Forming The Earth     vs. 1-2

          1. He created the heavens and the earth     vs. 1

               a. “Created” – Hebrew – bara

               b. Definition of bara – To call into existence out of nothing

              c. The word ‘bara’ is found about fifty times in the Old Testament

NOTE: Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them         Ecclesiastes 12:1

NOTE: The only noun used with the verb ‘bara’ in the Bible is ‘God’

          2. He began with the earth ‘without form’     vs. 2

               a. From an unused root meaning to lie waste

               b. Empty place

               c. Nothing of worth

              d. Wilderness

          3. He began with the Spirit of God

               a. The power of the Spirit was necessary in order to sustain it

               b. Moved

                   1) The only other place used in Scripture – As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings      Deuteronomy 32:11

                   2) The word expresses that tremulous motion made by the hen while either hatching her eggs or fostering her young

               c. The creation could not exist without God’s control and intervention

               d. There is a Biblical parallel: as soon as the Lord takes away his Spirit, all things return to their dust and vanish away         Psalm 104:29

NOTE:When this collection of elementary principles was brought together, God was pleased to spend six days in assimilating, assorting, and arranging the materials, out of which he built up, not only the earth, but the whole of the solar system.          Clarke

B. He Began By Providing Light And Time     vs.3-5

          1. The first of all visible things which God …. created was light      vs. 3

NOTE:The sun is not created until day four         Genesis 1:14-18

2. God saw the light, that it was good

               a. It was exactly as he designed it

               b. It was fit to answer the end for which He designed it

          3. The evening and the morning were the first day

               a. The darkness of the evening was before the light of the morning

               b. The purpose of this contrast that it might set the day oft to make us appreciate it the better

NOTE:We begin in the darkness of our sin and God moves us to the light of His presence

NOTE:For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.    II Corinthians 4:6

     D. He Began By Building Our Atmosphere    vs. 6-8

          1. The Hebrew word means to spread out as the curtains of a tent or pavilion

          2. The two interpretations of the “waters above the firmament”

               a. The clouds of water in the atmosphere

               b. The ice canopy model

                   1) A layer of ice circled the earth above the atmosphere

                   2) This layer filtered out harmful radiation from space, making longer life spans for humans

               3) This layer of ice fell to the earth when “the windows of heaven” were open at the time of the Flood

      D. He Began By Separating Dry Land From Oceans            vs. 9-10

          1. God first prepared the upper realm of the physical earth

          2. He now works on the design of the earth for use by people

T.S.BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

        I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT    vs.11-25

     A. God Created The Plants For Our Benefit    vs. 11-13

          1. We use the oxygen

               a. They use our “waste air”

               b. We use their “waste air”

          2. The fruit was planned for mankind before we came on the scene        vs. 11

               a. The fruit of trees

               b. The vegetables of the plants

      B. God Created The Universe For Our Benefit           vs. 14-19

          1. We run our calendar by the sky

          2. Our seasons are dependent upon the circuit of the sun

               a. Winter

               b. Summer

          3. We receive our light from the heavens    vs. 15-18

      C. God Created The Life In The Seas And Air vs. 20-23

          1. The creation of consciousness      1:20

               a. The soul – Hebrew: Nephesh

               b. Definition of Nephesh: A breathing creature

         2. Do creatures have a ‘soul’?

               a. Yes

               b. …. the moving creature that hath life …         Genesis 1:20

               c. Only humans have a ‘living soul’          2:7

NOTE:The order of created life

          a. Life in the seas came first

          b. Life in the air came second

NOTE: This all happened on day five         vs.23

NOTE:This is totally contrary to the evolution model

          a. Life evolved in the oceans

          b. Life climbed out on land

          c. Life climbed into trees

          d. Life flew

     D. God Created All Living Creatures    vs. 24-25

          1. Cattle

               a. Animals that can be domesticated

               b. Those that are used on farms, as transportation, etc.

               c. Clean and unclean animals

          2. Creeping things

               a. Smaller animals

               b. Generally thought to be those about the size of a rabbit and smaller

          3. Beast of the earth

               a. The wild animals

               b. Not able to be domesticated

E. God’s Works Of “Creating” And “Making”

          1. The creation (bara) of the basic elements of the physical universe      Genesis 1:1

               a. Space

               b. Mass

               c. Seasons

          2. “Making”

               a. To make: asah

                   1) And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also.      Genesis 1:16

                   2) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.    Psalm 100:3

               b. To form: yatsar

NOTE: And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.     Genesis 2:7

               c. Both words mean:

                   1) To mold into a form as by a potter

                   2) To assemble more complex systems out of more simple components

               d. In “making” (asah & yatsar) something is always made from something else

T.S.BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

        I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

         II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT

III. HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE   vs. 26-31

      A. Image

          1. Four of the first five usages of this Hebrew word for ‘image’ refer to our being in the image of God

          2. Then Adam had a son (Seth) in Adam’s image

          3. The next twelve times the word is found it refers to images of idolatry and sinful people

          4. In the New Testament

               a. (Jesus) Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature      Colossians 1:15

               b. …. to be conformed to the image of his Son …       Romans 8:29

NOTE:“Christian” means “Little Christ”; or image of Christ, image of God

               c. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.    Revelation 13:15

B. “Man” Is A Term For Male And Female       vs. 27

          1. … male and female created he them        Genesis 1:27

          2. Hence, “mankind” or “man species”

C. Deliberate Progress In Creation

          1. The work of each day was an appropriate preparation for the next day

          2.Humanity was to be the caretaker of Creation    Genesis 1:28; 2:15

          3. The appearance of age

          4. Creation was “mature” from its beginning

          5. Everything was created and formed by God full grown

NOTE:God did not teach language to Adam

T.S.BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

       I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

         II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT

       III. HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE

IV. HE LEFT NOTHING UNDONE FOR US    2:1-3

     A. The Heavens And The Earth Were Finished          2:1

          1. The meaning of ‘finished’

               a. Accomplished

               b. Completed

               c. Done

               d. Ended

               e. Finished doing a thing

               f. Fulfilled

          2. There was no need for ‘touch – up’ work to be done

               a. Everything was completed

               b. God called everything ‘good’ seven times in Genesis one

B. God Ended His Work That He Had Made  vs. 2

          1. His work alone

          2. What He made alone

          3. The word ‘ended’ is the same Hebrew word as ‘finished’ in 2:1

C. God Rested On The Seventh Day2:1

          1. God rested from the completed work of “creating” and “making”          2:3

          2. This is not that God ‘worked up a sweat’ and was tired

               a. “Rested” is the Hebrew word for “Sabbath”

               b. It was a statement of completion; no more creation

          3. Rested

               a. Cease

               b. Celebrate

               c. Keep or observe the Sabbath

NOTE:For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.      Exodus 20:11

NOTE:And now we come full circle in our discussion on Creation. God was in complete control. We did not make ourselves. Nothing else made us, only God. The Sabbath is a weekly reminder for us that this is not all there is of life.

NOTE: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.            Hebrews 4:9

NOTE:And this rest is because of the complete work of redemption of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross for us. He is now building our place of rest. It is available for every person who receives His salvation call.

NOTE:Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us …    Titus 3:5

CONCLUSION

BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT

III. HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE

IV. HE LEFT NOTHING UNDONE FOR US

#Genesis 3:1,9; 4:9

THE THREE GREATEST QUESTIONS WE MUST FACE

Genesis 3:1,9; 4:9

INTRODUCTION

Ever since we were knee high to a grasshopper we have been asked questions. Some one would come up and ask us how old we were. With great eagerness and intensity we would put up three fingers. Mom would interrupt and say we were only two, almost three. When we were four we still held up three fingers. We learned questions could be hard to answer.

And then we started to school. The questions seemed to never stop.

The day finally came when we decided we were too old to have to answer questions by Mom and Dad. So we got married. The questions a husband or wife can ask! “Where did the money go?” “Why didn’t you take me with you?” etc., etc., etc.

Then we had children. Children ask the shortest question in the world: Why? Parents think this is the only word kids know.

In the midst of all the questions we face in life we are confronted with frivolous questions, silly questions, important questions and serious questions.

What is the most serious question anyone has ever asked us? When we stand in light of eternity, there are three questions that we not only must ask, we must also answer them correctly.

In all honesty, how we respond to these questions affects how we will spend our lives and our eternity.

THEME: HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?           Genesis 3:1

NOTE:There will always be someone around us who questions God

      A. How Long Will You Refuse To Humble Yourself Before Me?     Exodus 10:3

          1. Refusal to be humble before God is to declare war with the Almighty

          2. Before destruction the heart of man is haughty         Proverbs 16:18

NOTE:Definition of haughty: Satisfied with one’s condition, not willing to change

     B. Who Would Set Briars And Thorns Against Me In Battle?         Isaiah 27:4

          1. We don’t believe His word because of:

               a. Our reasons

               b. Our excuses

NOTE:Briars and thorns (strands of barbed wire) = reasons and excuses

          2. We set up briars and thorns to oppose His progress

T.S. HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

         I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?

II. TO WHERE WE ARE?  Genesis 3:9

     A. Can Any Hide Himself That I Shall Not See Him?    Jeremiah 23:24

NOTE:Small children playing hide and seek by covering their faces is like us hiding from God

     B. The Thick Clouds Cannot Hide Thee           Job 22:13-14

     C. The Eyes Of The Lord Are In Every Place, Beholding The Evil And The Good       Proverbs 15:3

     D. Is There Anything Too Hard For Me?          Jeremiah 32:27

          1. He can, and will, save as many as believe John 17: 2

          2. He saves unto the uttermost         Hebrews 7:25

          3. Anything too hard for us is easy for GodMatthew 19:26

T.S. HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

         I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?

         II. TO WHERE WE ARE?

III. TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS?       Genesis 4:7

     A. The First And Greatest Question: What Shall I Do Then With Jesus?     Matthew 27:22

     B. The Second Greatest Question: Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

NOTE:Keeper – Guardian

     C. The Great Commandment    Matthew 22: 37-40

          1. Love the Lord – Jesus

          2. Love thy neighbor as thyself

NOTE: Cain responded by killing his brother, Abel

Andrew responded by bringing his brother to Jesus    John 1:41- 42

      D. If We Believe, Then We Want Those Closest To Us To See Him Also

     E. Are We So Taken Up With Ourselves That We Have Forgotten We Have A Brother?

NOTE:We are all brothers and sisters in Adam

CONCLUSION

HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?

II. TO WHERE WE ARE?

III. TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS?

#Genesis 18-19

HOW NOT TO LOOK AT LIFE

Genesis 18-19

(Lot’s View Of Life)

INTRODUCTION

All of us have played a mental game sometime or other in our lives called “What If.” What if we had been born in a wealthy family? What if we had been born in another time or country? What if I had gone to that school or taken that job or … (fill in the blank).

The Bible is also filled with “what ifs.” For example in Genesis 11:28 The brother of Abram, Haran, died. Was it accident? Disease? We do not know. We do know that he had a brother, Nahor, whose descendants become Syrians and he had another brother, Abram. He also had a son, Lot. Haran’s wife, the mother of Lot is never mentioned. It indicates she died previously.  What if he had not died? How, if any would this have affected Lot?

Lot is the first orphan of the Bible of whom we have any detailed account. No one can fully take the place of a parent but Lot had one of the greatest substitutes to be found: The friend of God, Abram.

Lot stood to inherit the estate of Abraham and Sarah. They had no children, he was their closest relative. Lot stood to inherit the spiritual legacy of Abram as well.

But there are some things that blood cannot transfer. Blood transfers family traits and characteristics. But it takes something deeper than blood to transfer spiritual traits and characteristics. Lot was a kindred blood relative but he was not a kindred spiritual relative.

There is a story of two men who lived their whole life in a valley surrounded by mountains. One day the decided to climb on of the mountains and watch the sun rise over the valley. They arrive at the top of the mountain just as the sun began to approach the horizon. As it climbed into the sky on of the men kept commenting on the rising fog from the valley, how green everything was, the beauty of the river running through the valley.

Presently the other man laughed and said, “Do you know this is the first time I have ever seen the back of a buzzard while he was flying?”

One was drawn to beauty; the other to bizarre.

Abram saw the beauty of God in life and nature. Lot saw the disadvantages of the wrong position in life. Abram saw the right view of life; Lot saw the wrong view of life. Our view of life will make us or break us in spite of our physical, social or mental status in life.

THEME: WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF LIFE WHEN WE HAVE:

I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

     A. The View Of Lifestyles

          1. Abram chose to follow God by living in tents     Hebrews 11:8-10

          2. Lot chose to live in a house without God Genesis 19:3

     B. The View Of Failure

          1. Abram went to Egypt        Genesis 12:10

               a. During a famine

               b. He did not consult God

               c. He lied and called Sarah his sister

               d. Abram went to his personal altar (repentance)          Genesis 13:3-4

          2. Lot simply went with the flow

               a. He did not help Abram

               b. He did not console Abram when his sin was found out

               c. He did not participate spiritually with Abram at the altar cf. Genesis 13:4c

T.S: WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF LIFE WHEN WE HAVE:

          I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

     A. Lot Chose Opportunity Over Spiritual Guidance And Fellowship           Genesis 13:10-11

          1. Physically watered land vs. spiritually watered life

          2. Wealth from the land vs. wealth from God

NOTE: Abraham chose household peace; Lot chose well watered pastures

     B. Lot Chose Fellowship With The World’s People Over Fellowship With God’s People          Genesis 12c

NOTE: Definition of fellowship:      Two fellows in a ship rowing in the same direction

NOTE: But wasn’t Jesus a friend of publicans and sinners? Two types of friends:

          a. Those who drag us down to sin

          b. Those who we draw up to righteousness

     C. Lot Chose Identification With Losers           Genesis 14

          1. They were not able to defend themselves

          2. They were slaves to others

          3. Only the people of God (Abram) have the tools to deliver them

NOTE: There is no record that Lot even thanked Abram for saving him and his family and friends (embarrassed, ungrateful, expected?)

NOTE: This is the last time Abram saw Lot (Loss of fellowship cf. but the righteous [Abram] stilled cared)

     D. Lot Chose Exaltation From The Wrong People

          1. Lot sat in the gate of Sodom        Genesis 19:1

          2. Lot craved to be recognized by them     Genesis 19:9

T.S: WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF LIFE WHEN WE HAVE:

          I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

         II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

III. AN AMORAL VIEW OF OUR CHILDREN

     A. Lot Chose Not To Take A Spiritual Stand With His Children (Amoral)

          1. No record of an altar build before them

          2. No record they ever received spiritual instruction

NOTE: Isaac and Jacob had problems, but the Lord was with them through the problems

NOTE: Lot offered no prayer for Sodom and manifested no desire for the salvation of its people. His only concern was for his personal safety.

     B. Lot Chose His Children’s Friends By Where He Chose To Live

          1. He did not choose godly friends

          2. He chose the children of Sodom

     C. Lot Chose His Children’s Destiny

          1. Physical Destiny

          2. Spiritual Destiny

NOTE: Moabites and Ammonites

CONCLUSION

WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF LIFE WHEN WE HAVE:

I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

III. AN AMORAL VIEW OF OUR CHILDREN

#Genesis 37:1-4

THE HATRED OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Genesis 37:1-4

INTRODUCTION

Family fights are not uncommon in any of our clans. They have been around since Cain and Abel. For the child of God family feuds are another story. There are records within families of individuals who refuse to speak to other members, or all other members, for years on end.

Family feuds are even found in the best of families. Sometimes they last for years; sometimes they last for generations. But as a child of God we must realize an important fact: while there may be family feuds we must not start them and we must not continue them. Other members may refuse to forgive but we must forgive. It is a requirement of being Christ-like. When He was on the cross, He forgave His enemies when they did not even want forgiveness. Because they would not receive His forgiveness, He directed his forgiveness to God.

Most Christians know Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

As children of God there is only one continual fight we must continue in our homes: the battle to keep righteousness in our homes.

THEME: WHY MUST WE FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES?

I. WE MUST FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES BECAUSE IT IS TOO EASY TO ADJUST TO SIN      vs. 1

     A. Abraham Knew That Canaan Was Not Permanent

          1. He lived in temporary dwellings   Hebrews 11:9

          2. He sojourned in a strange land     Hebrews 11:9

     B. Abraham Looked For A City            Hebrews 11:10

          1. A city – not farmland

               a. Not the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah

NOTE: Lot looked for Sodom

               b. Not the cities of Egypt

          2. He looked for a city that was built right

               a. By God

               b. Not by the world

                    1) Canaanites

                    2) Egyptians

NOTE: Isaac did basically nothing but exist; no great sins, no great steps for God

     C. Jacob Looked To Dwell

          1. He sought permanence

          2. He sought roots where his grandfather sought passage

     D. Jacob Had Different Goals Than Abraham And Isaac

          1. Abraham’s goal was spiritual

               a. Obey God

               b. Follow God

               c. Seek a spiritual dwelling

NOTE: For Abraham and Isaac Canaan was a land of sojourning

For Jacob Canaan was a land of settlement. But that was not God’s plan

          2. Jacob’s goal

               a. To exist

               b. To exist in sorrow

NOTE: Rachel, his favorite wife, was dead

     E. The Contrast Between Abraham And Jacob

          1. Abraham tried to encourage people to live righteously

               a. His servants were righteous

NOTE: The servant who went to find a wife for Isaac personally prayed for guidance

          2. Jacob made others miserable like himself

T.S. WHY MUST WE FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES?

          I. WE MUST FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES BECAUSE IT IS TOO EASY TO ADJUST TO SIN

II. WE MUST FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES BECAUSE IT IS TOO EASY TO BE ON THE DEFENSIVE            vs. 2

     A. The Battle Of Youth

          1. Joseph was the younger of the sons

NOTE: Benjamin was a baby

          2. Joseph had bad role models

               a. In his father

               b. In his step-mothers

               c. In his older brothers

     B. The Battles Because Of Parents’ Wrong Decisions

NOTE: … and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives

          1. The sons of broken families

          2. The sons of competing families

NOTE: Jacob abandoned his responsibility of bringing spiritual order in his family

     C. The Battle To Live Right In The Midst Of Sinful Living

NOTE: … and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.

          1. Joseph was feeding the flock with his brethren

               a. The Hebrew allows the translation: Joseph was shepherding his brothers

               b. What Joseph was doing in his teen life he will be doing in his adult life

               c. Caring and providing for those dependent on him

NOTE: cf. vs. 8 The brothers wonder if Joseph intended to rule over them and be master over them. Joseph was ministering to them.

          2. Joseph must have been one of the loneliest boys in history

               a. The family into which he was born was in almost total disarray

               b. Jacob played favorites with Rachel

               c. Leah was frustration and disappointed

               d. The other two wives nagged about their inferior status in the family

               e. Grandfather Laban was noted for his tricks he pulled even on his own family

               f. Uncle Esau had a bad temperament and resentments of the past

              g. The motley crowd of older brothers

              h. Joseph must have felt he was more ambushed than born

          3. Joseph’s first temptation: to conform

               a. He was with:

                    1) Reuben, the adulterer

                    2) Dan the cunning

                    3) Naphtali the carefree sinner

                    4) Gad the coward and bully

                    5) Asher the connoisseur

               b. Joseph was alone and unwanted

               c. They wanted him to conform to their practices and comply with their misdeeds

          4. Joseph’s second temptation: to conceal

               a. They saw him as a tattle-tale

               b. He followed his father’s orders

               c. Joseph’s first duty was to his father

NOTE: At no point in the 110 year life of Joseph did he ever seem to get his eyes off God. His brothers seem to never have their eyes on God.

          5. The greatest single characteristic of Joseph – his absolute faithfulness to God

               a. Adversity did not harden him against God

               b. Prosperity did not ruin him

               c. Joseph never complained

               d. Joseph never compromised

T.S. WHY MUST WE FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES?

          I. WE MUST FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES BECAUSE IT IS TOO EASY TO ADJUST TO SIN

         II. WE MUST FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES BECAUSE IT IS TOO EASY TO BE ON THE DEFENSIVE

III. WE MUST FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES BECAUSE IT IS TOO EASY TO BE HATED IN OUR HOME           vs. 3-4

     A. The Battle Of Sibling Rivalries          vs. 3

          1. Jacob came from a family that played favorites

               a. His did not learn so he could save his own family from these errors

               b. In his family would there be a greater crop of hatred and deceit that developed in his youth

          2. Not one of the sons came close to Joseph in righteousness and integrity

               a. Not one of the other sons came close to the spiritual stature of Joseph

                b. Not one of the sons showed any spirituality, ever

          3. Coat of many colors

               a. Given to the heir

               b. Ruler-ship over the clan

               c. Responsibility to the clan

               d. Lion’s share of the property

     B. The Hatred Of Unrighteousness Against Righteousness  vs. 4

          1. Their father loved Joseph

               a. Act of being a friend

               b. He showed he liked Joseph

               c. Joseph loved Joseph more that all the brothers put together

NOTE: A portrait of the love of righteousness vs. the love of unrighteousness

          2. They hated him

NOTE: And Saul saw and knew that the LORD was with David …

And Saul was yet the more afraid of David; and Saul became David’s enemy continually.

I Samuel 18:28-29

NOTE: Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.      I John 2:12

               a. It seems they hated him because he would not go along with them

               b. Their ways were condemned by their father’s actions

     C. They Did Not Ask The Most Important Question: Did He Deserve It?

          1. They did not like him because he was not like them

          2. Their lives stood for

               a. Murder

               b. Treachery

               c. Incest

          3. Joseph stood for truth

               a. His virtue exposed their vice

               b. He was faithful to his father before he was faithful to them

     D. They Could Not Speak Peaceably To Him

          1. There was no completeness

          2. They did not have a sound relationship

          3. There was no contentment in their relationship

          4. There was no friendship in the home

     E. Joseph Had Not Ordered The Coat

          1. Reuben. the first born, saw his own second-rate future in it

          2. The promised seed should have come through him by right of birth

          3. Within the year Reuben would forever disgrace himself in one night’s lustful passion

NOTE: In 1991, a judge fined two brothers who owned a wrecking company, nearly $900,000 for operating an illegal dump. On empty lots around their facility the brothers began dumping debris from building they tore down. Eventually the rubble covered two acres and reached a height of a three-story building.

The brothers spent $330,000 to haul away debris and they barely dented the pile. According to one of the brothers, “It was never supposed to get this high.”

Like garbage, the effects of sinful habits, attitude and actions have a way of accumulating beyond our plans and beyond our control.

CONCLUSION

WHY MUST WE FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES?

I. WE MUST FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES BECAUSE IT IS TOO EASY TO ADJUST TO SIN

II. WE MUST FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES BECAUSE IT IS TOO EASY TO BE ON THE DEFENSIVE

III. WE MUST FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES BECAUSE IT IS TOO EASY TO BE HATED IN OUR HOME

Comparisons Of #Joseph And #Jesus

COMPARISONS OF JOSEPH AND JESUS

A. The Beloved Son                             Genesis 37:3      Matthew 3:17

B. Hated By His Brethren                     Genesis 37:4-5   John 15:25

C. His Kingship Rejected                      Genesis 37:8      Luke 19:4

D. Conspired Against                            Genesis 37:18    Matthew 27:1

E. He Was Stripped                              Genesis 37:23    Matthew 27:28

F. Sold For Silver                                  Genesis 37:28    Matthew 27:15

G. Went Into, And Came Out Of

Egypt                                                        Genesis 37:36    Matthew 27:15

H. Two Others Were Bound With Him,

One Whom Was Saved, One

Destroyed                                                 Genesis 40          Luke 23:32-43

I. Without Sin In His Conduct            Genesis 40:15    John 8:46

J. Released By The King                      Psalm 105:20      Acts 2:24

K. Perfect Wisdom                                 Genesis 41:31    Colossians 2:3

L. All Power Given To Him                   Genesis 41:55    Matthew 28:18

M. To Be Obeyed                                     Genesis 41:55    John 2:5

N. Served All Nations                            Genesis 41:57    Isaiah 49:6

O. Not Known By His Brethren           Genesis 42:8      John 1:10,11

P. Made Known Through An

Interpreter                                                Genesis 49:23    John 16:13,14

Q. A Fruitful Vine                                   Genesis 49:22    John 15:5

R. All Of God                                          Genesis 45:8      Acts 2:23

#How Not To #Look At Life

HOW NOT TO LOOK AT LIFE

(Lot’s View Of Life)

INTRODUCTION

All of us have played a mental game sometime or other in our lives called “What If.” What if we had been born in a wealthy family? What if we had been born in another time or country? What if I had gone to that school or taken that job or … (fill in the blank).

The Bible is also filled with “what ifs.” For example in Genesis 11:28 The brother of Abram, Haran, died. Was it accident? Disease? We do not know. We do know that he had a brother, Nahor, whose descendants become Syrians and he had another brother, Abram. He also had a son, Lot. Haran’s wife, the mother of Lot is never mentioned. It indicates she died previously.  What if he had not died? How, if any would this have affected Lot?

Lot is the first orphan of the Bible of whom we have any detailed account. No one can fully take the place of a parent but Lot had one of the greatest substitutes to be found: The friend of God, Abram.

Lot stood to inherit the estate of Abraham and Sarah. They had no children, he was their closest relative. Lot stood to inherit the spiritual legacy of Abram as well.

But there are some things that blood cannot transfer. Blood transfers family traits and characteristics. But it takes something deeper than blood to transfer spiritual traits and characteristics. Lot was a kindred blood relative but he was not a kindred spiritual relative.

There is a story of two men who lived their whole life in a valley surrounded by mountains. One day the decided to climb on of the mountains and watch the sun rise over the valley. They arrive at the top of the mountain just as the sun began to approach the horizon. As it climbed into the sky on of the men kept commenting on the rising fog from the valley, how green everything was, the beauty of the river running through the valley. Presently the other man laughed and said, “Do you know this is the first time I have ever seen the back of a buzzard while he was flying?”

One was drawn to beauty; the other to bizarre.

Abram saw the beauty of God in life and nature. Lot saw the disadvantages of the wrong position in life. Abram saw the right view of life; Lot saw the wrong view of life. Our view of life will make us or break us in spite of our physical, social or mental status in life.

THEME: WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF LIFE WHEN WE HAVE:

I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

     A. The View Of Lifestyles

          1. Abram chose to follow God by living in tents     Hebrews 11:8-10

          2. Lot chose to live in a house without God Genesis 19:3

     B. The View Of Failure

          1. Abram went to Egypt        Genesis 12:10

               a. During a famine

               b. He did not consult God

               c. He lied and called Sarah his sister

               d. Abram went to his personal altar (repentance)          Genesis 13:3-4

          2. Lot simply went with the flow

               a. He did not help Abram

               b. He did not console Abram when his sin was found out

               c. He did not participate spiritually with Abram at the altar cf. Genesis 13:4c

T.S: WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF LIFE WHEN WE HAVE:

          I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

     A. Lot Chose Opportunity Over Spiritual Guidance And Fellowship           Genesis 13:10-11

          1. Physically watered land vs. spiritually watered life

          2. Wealth from the land vs. wealth from God

NOTE: Abraham chose household peace; Lot chose well watered pastures

     B. Lot Chose Fellowship With The World’s People Over Fellowship With God’s People          Genesis 12c

NOTE: Definition of fellowship:      Two fellows in a ship rowing in the same direction

NOTE: But wasn’t Jesus a friend of publicans and sinners? Two types of friends:

          a. Those who drag us down to sin

          b. Those who we draw up to righteousness

     C. Lot Chose Identification With Losers           Genesis 14

          1. They were not able to defend themselves

          2. They were slaves to others

          3. Only the people of God (Abram) have the tools to deliver them

NOTE: There is no record that Lot even thanked Abram for saving him and his family and friends (embarrassed, ungrateful, expected?)

NOTE: This is the last time Abram saw Lot (Loss of fellowship cf. but the righteous [Abram] stilled cared)

     D. Lot Chose Exaltation From The Wrong People

          1. Lot sat in the gate of Sodom        Genesis 19:1

          2. Lot craved to be recognized by them     Genesis 19:9

T.S: WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF LIFE WHEN WE HAVE:

          I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

         II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

III. AN AMORAL VIEW OF OUR CHILDREN

     A. Lot Chose Not To Take A Spiritual Stand With His Children (Amoral)

          1. No record of an altar build before them

          2. No record they ever received spiritual instruction

NOTE: Isaac and Jacob had problems, but the Lord was with them through the problems

NOTE: Lot offered no prayer for Sodom and manifested no desire for the salvation of its people. His only concern was for his personal safety.

     B. Lot Chose His Children’s Friends By Where He Chose To Live

          1. He did not choose godly friends

          2. He chose the children of Sodom

     C. Lot Chose His Children’s Destiny

          1. Physical Destiny

          2. Spiritual Destiny

NOTE: Moabites and Ammonites

CONCLUSION

WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF LIFE WHEN WE HAVE:

I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

III. AN AMORAL VIEW OF OUR CHILDREN

#Exodus 1:7-14

WHEN LIFE CHANGES

Exodus 1:7-14

INTRODUCTION

Most of us are not creatures of change. Most of us would not want to pull up our roots and move to a new state and a new town. Most of us would not even want to change houses. Some of us don’t even want to change the furniture around in the house, much less buy new furniture.

It is a part of our nature to want to have order in our life. We eat the same things for breakfast each morning. We drive the same routes to work each day. We shop in the same stores every week. We are creatures of habit.

In the spiritual realm this is not usually a good thing. When we become spiritually complacent we stagnate. When we don’t grow we automatically began to decay. In the spiritual realm there is no neutral gear. Either we are in forward or we are in reverse.

As the book of Exodus opens Israel is in reverse spiritually. In this time in Israel’s history they had no personal knowledge of Jehovah. They did not worship Him. They did not desire anything at His hand. They were enjoying the good life in Egypt (the world). They were satisfied and complacent.

Though they were contented without God, they were not free. They turned from God and became the property of Pharaoh. He had the power of death over them. They could not resist his will. The Jews were not Egyptian citizens. They were sojourners or resident aliens. They were personally free but often victims of injustice and oppression.

Because they are in their spiritual reverse gear they are about to reap what they have sown. They sowed self reliance, they reap dependence on Egypt. They sowed worldly allegiances, they reap worldly requirements. They cycled out of keeping their eyes on God and growing in Him and cycled into serving the world.

THEME: WHAT CYCLES OF LIFE ARE WE TO EXPECT?

I. WE CAN EXPECT THE BLESSINGS OF GOD     vs .7

     A. God Makes Us Fruitful

          1. Increased abundantly

               a. Multiply

               b. To swarm

               c. To teem

          2. Could mean two million souls

               a. A result of God’s promised blessings

               b. Sometimes God’s blessings can be numbered

          3. They multiplied

               a. Abundance

               b. Become great

               c. Become many or numerous

               d. Exceedingly

     B. God Even Can Make Us Fruitful In The World

          1. It is said that Egypt is the strangest country on earth

               a. A long, narrow strip of green vegetation, stretching from south to north

               b. Outside the green belt is the most dry desert on earth

          2. The Nile controls the land

               a. Egypt is dependent upon higher ground for its water

               b. Dependent on a source above itself

               c. Beyond its reach

               d. Beyond its control

               e. It rains in Central Africa

               f. The waters bring rich silt to spread over the Egyptian fields

NOTE: We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic       Numbers 1:5

     C. God Is Willing To Let Us Fill The Land

          1. Complete

          2. Full

          3. Overflow

          4. Satisfy

NOTE: Pharaoh had given Israel the “best of the land” in Joseph’s day

     D. When We Are Filled We Can Forget God

          1. Israel relaxed spiritually in Egypt

          2. Israel worshipped the golden calf of Goshen

          3. At Mt. Sinai many chose the golden calf over God

          4. Each time Israel sinned in the Wilderness they reflected something they had in Egypt

               a. The food of Egypt

               b. The gods of Egypt

               c. The attitudes of Egypt

NOTE: They listened to the mixed multitude

     E. With Godly Fruitfulness Comes Also The Potential For Worldly Prosperity

          1. Egypt was somewhat isolated from the rest of the Middle East

NOTE: Nineveh and Babylon lived among other peoples

          2. Egypt could live and die by herself

          3. Filled with seed – germs of nobility

               a. Great buildings

               b. Pyramids

                    1) Eighty pyramids have been identified

                    2) Shaped like the sun’s rays

                    3) The staircase on which the pharaoh was to ascend to the sun god in heaven

               c. Great statutes

               d. Makers of valuable jewelry out of gold

               e. Valley of the Kings

          4. They ignored God

               a. Lived for gratification of the flesh

               b. Sought to preserve for the next life

T.S. WHAT CYCLES OF LIFE ARE WE TO EXPECT?

          I. WE CAN EXPECT THE BLESSINGS OF GOD

II. WE CAN EXPECT THE FEAR OF UNBELIEVERS         vs.8-10

     A. Because They Don’t Know Our Past           vs. 8

          1. Everyone faced extinction before God worked through Joseph

NOTE: We faced hell before someone came to us

          2. ‘Joseph’ means, God has added

          3. God uses us for others

     B. Because They Don’t Know Our Purpose    vs. 9

          1. They don’t discuss it with us

               a. In this time period the pharaoh was law

               b. He could do no wrong

               c. No laws for himself, only for others

NOTE: Pepi II ruled for ninety years, the longest reign in history

          2. They don’t like our success

               a. The native Egyptians felt outnumbered by the unwelcome immigrants

               b. Prosperity invites disaster

                    1) From the world

                    2) From the spirit world

          3. The goals of the god of this world

               a. To hinder us from increasing

               b. To weaken us

               c. To destroy us

     C. Because They Don’t Know What To Do With Us  vs. 1

NOTE: They Use Their Worldly Wisdom

          1. Deal wisely

               a. To show oneself wise

               b. Deceive

NOTE: One of the secrets of their strength was the introduction of the horse and chariot into warfare cf. the spiritual strength of the people of God

          2. They see us as different than them

               a. The people of God

               b. Not a military people

               c. A pastoral people

          3. They don’t want us around and free

               a. Our blessings become their problem

               b. They did not fear the Israel would escape

               c. They feared that Israel would take the side of their enemies

NOTE: Satan has the same anxiety

          a. He only wants us to have a traditional knowledge of God

          b. He fears that we will be called to choose between him and the Savior

T.S. WHAT CYCLES OF LIFE ARE WE TO EXPECT?

          I. WE CAN EXPECT THE BLESSINGS OF GOD

         II. WE CAN EXPECT THE FEAR OF UNBELIEVERS

III. WE CAN EXPECT OPPOSITION  vs.11-14

     A. They Try To Get Us To Do Tasks God Never Expected Us To Do       vs. 11

NOTE: The first appearance in history of anti-Semitism

          1. Make the people of God weak

          2. Work them in service of Egypt

          3. Spent their strength in saving the wealth of this world

          4. Add wealth and glory to the world by means of burdens on the people of God

          5. Not service pleasing to God

          6. Service pleasing to pharaoh

     B. They Give Us Worldly Leaders And Goals

          1. Taskmaster

               a. Moved from a ‘leader of tasks’ to a slave driver

               b. A hated Egyptian official

          2. The building of treasure cities for the world, not for us

NOTE: Storage cities, supply depots vs. “our daily bread”

               a. Pithom

                    1) City of justice

                    2) Not God’s justice

                    3) The world’s justice

               b. Raamses

                    1) Child of the sun

                    2) Ra – the sun god

     C. We Must Keep Multiplying  vs. 12

NOTE: And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly …        Acts 6:7

          1. In spite of affliction

               a. The idea of looking down or browbeating

               b. Humble

               c. Troubling

               d. Weakening

               e. Be busied with other things than God

               f. To be put down

               g. To depress

NOTE: And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring … Acts 6:1

NOTE: God did not create us to build treasure cities for the world

               h. A life of unrelieved drudgery

          2. In order to grow spiritually and numerically

          3. In spite of displeasing others

NOTE: Our job is to please God

NOTE: And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.       Luke 14:23

          4. Even though it grieves the Egypt crowd

               a. The world has a different agenda from God

               b. Grieves

                    1) Abhor

                    2) Distressed

                    3) Sickening dread

                    4) Vex

                    5) Weary

     D. We Must Endure Hardness  vs. 13-14

          1. They will try to force us to serve their goals         vs. 13

          2. They will try to get us to serve with rigor

               a. Cruelty

               b. Harshness

               c. Severity

               d. The Hebrew word – rigor

                    1) To break the stem of a plant

                    2) To crush small

     E. We Must Not Allow Them To Make Us Bitter        vs. 14

          1. Bitter

               a. Be enraged

               b. Grieved

               c. Show bitterness

               d. Vexed

          2. By hard bondage

          3. To break down their will to become independent of the world

          4. To use the people of God for purposes of the world

     F. How The World Tries To Control Us

          1. By putting us in bondage

               a. Labour for temporal things

               b. Service not to God

               c. Servitude to the flesh

               d. Work that gets our mind off God

          2. Mortar

               a. The mud of this world

               b. Though we came from the earth, we are not to go back to it

NOTE: God did not create us to live in mud

               c. Filthiness of this world

          3. By service in the field

               a. To work as beasts of the field

               b. Drawing buckets of water for irrigation

               c. The goal – to break down our strength to serve God

          4. By making us serve so we forget our purpose in this life and the life to come

               a. Pithom

                    1) City of justice

                    2) Justice of this world

               b. Raamses

                   1) Child of the sun vs. child of God

                   2) Ra – the sun god vs. the God of the sun

NOTE: Such attempts to control the growth of the people of God will depend on how we respond

CONCLUSION

WHAT CYCLES OF LIFE ARE WE TO EXPECT?

I. WE CAN EXPECT THE BLESSINGS OF GOD

II. WE CAN EXPECT THE FEAR OF UNBELIEVERS

III. WE CAN EXPECT OPPOSITION

#Exodus 20:3

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

Exodus 20:3

INTRODUCTION

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.         Exodus 20:3

The battleground of our Christian life is not over the good works vs. not-so-good works of the Christian life. So many times people think they are okay because their lives have been cleaned up compared to their past. They see how others live and compare their life to those who are “less than perfect.”

The only battleground that counts is our relationship with God personally. The reason why we backslide, we sin we grow cold spiritually is because of our relationship to God, or the lack thereof. The same is true in our fellowship with Christians, or lack thereof. The same is true regarding our faithfulness in our Christian life. Our witnessing, our church attendance, our tithing and faith promise, our prayer life (and the list goes on and on) … is based on our relationship with God.

Do we really know Who God is? We can know enough of Him to be saved and not know enough of Him to be accepted as a servant of God. It is possible to know Him but have no fellowship with Him. There is an old saying, To know Him is to love Him.

THEME: IF WE ARE TO BE ACCEPTED OF GOD, WE MUST:

I. HAVE GOD AS OUR GOD

NOTE: For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God? I Samuel 22:32

     A. Why This Commandment In The Second Person Singular ‘You’

          1. It is because this commandment concerns everyone

          2. God would have each person to take it as though it was spoken directly to him / her

          3. This commandment is the foundation of all that we believe

     B. We Must Acknowledge Him As God

          1. The gods of the heathen are idols

               a. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. Psalm 96:5

               b. As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.    I Corinthians 8:4

          2. God is our God

               a. Elijah demanded Israel to choose between Jehovah and Baal

               b. And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.      I Kings 18:3

          3. He is the only God

NOTE: And Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. II Kings 19:15

          4. There is no God like Him

               a. … LORD God of Israel, there is no God like thee, in heaven above, or on earth beneath …       I Kings 8:23

NOTE: I Kings 8:22-28

               b. For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?    Psalms 89:6

     C. We Must Choose Him

NOTE: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.         Joshua 24:15

          1. Knowledge may approve God – but the will must choose Him

          2. To choose, there must be knowledge

NOTE: And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the LORD searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.   I Chronicles 28:9

          3. After knowledge – the choosing

               a. So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God     Genesis 28:21

               b. To choose God is to devote oneself to God

               c. Stablish thy word unto thy  servant, who is devoted to thy fear.        Psalm 119:38

     D. We Enter Into A Solemn Covenant With Him

          1. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.         Isaiah 55:3

          2. And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul   II Chronicles 15:12

     E. We Must Reverence And Adore Him         Psalms 89:7

          1. The example of reverence of the seraphim

NOTE:  In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

Isaiah 6:1-2

NOTE: Reverence shows the high esteem we have of God’s majesty

          2. Adoration is worshipping Him

               a. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Psalms 29:2

               b. And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.     Nehemiah 8:6

               c. Divine worship is the peculiar honor belonging to the Godhead

               d. He will have no creature share in it

NOTE: I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.         Isaiah 42:8

     F. We Must Fear Him

NOTE: If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, The Lord Thy God     Deuteronomy 28:58

          1. We must have Him always before us

               a. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalm 16:8

               b. Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.    Psalm 25:15

               c. God looks on, judges, and weighs our actions

          2. We must have such a holy awe of God we dare not sin

               a. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.   Psalm 4:4

               b. … how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?      Genesis 39:9

          3. Our fear of God destroys the fear of others        Daniel 3:16-18

     G. We Must Trust In Him

NOTE: But mine eyes are unto thee, O God the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute.      Psalm 141:8

NOTE: The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.      II Samuel 22:3

          1. God only is a sufficient foundation to build our trust on

               a. When we trust Him, we make Him God to us

               b. When we do not trust Him, we make Him an idol

          2. To trust His means:

               a. We rely on His power as Creator

               b. We rely on His love as Father

          3. We commit to Him our chief treasure, our soul

NOTE:  Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.      Psalm 31:5

          4. We trust Him at all times

NOTE:  Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.        Psalm 62:8

     H. We Must Love Him

NOTE: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Matthew 22:37

I. We Must Obey Him

NOTE: Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.    Acts 5:29

II. WE MUST HAVE NO OTHER GOD

NOTE: Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the Lord, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.         Deuteronomy 27:15

     A. There Is Really No Other God

          1. Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.        Deuteronomy 4:39

          2. They lavish gold out of the bag, and weigh silver in the balance, and hire a goldsmith; and he maketh it a god: they fall down, yea, they worship.     Isaiah 46:6

     B. This Commandment Forbids:

          1. Serving a false god

NOTE: Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.        Jeremiah 2:27

          2. Joining a false god with the True God

NOTE: They feared the LORD, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.        II Kings 17:33

               a. God is jealous

NOTE: For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God         Exodus 34:14

b. Sorrow is sure to the disobedient

NOTE: Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips.        Psalms 16:4

               c. False gods not to be mentioned

NOTE: And in all things that I have said unto you be circumspect: and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.    Exodus 23:13

               d. False gods corrupt

NOTE: And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves   Exodus 32:7

               e. God’s anger

NOTE: If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;

Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him:

But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.

Deuteronomy 13:6,8,9

     C. What Is It To Have Other Gods?

          1. To trust anything more than God, is to make it a god

               a. Such as riches

NOTE: But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand.    Ecclesiastes 5:14

               b. Such as the arm of the flesh

NOTE: Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.        Jeremiah 17:5

               c. Such as our own wisdom

NOTE: Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches   Jeremiah 9:23

               d. Such as our nature refined and cultivated

               e. Such as trusting our duties to save us

NOTE: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.    Isaiah 64:6

          2. To love anything more than God is to make it a god

               a. Such as material possessions

NOTE: But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions        Matthew 19:22

NOTE: The covetous person is called an idolater

NOTE: For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.         Ephesians 5:5

               b. Such as our love for pleasure

                    1) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;      II Timothy 3:4

                    2) … the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.     Ecclesiastes 7:4

               c. Such as loving our belly more than God

NOTE: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.         Philippians 3:19

               d. Such as loving our family more than God

     D. No Other Gods Before Me

          1. In front of

          2. In the presence of

          3. In the face of

NOTE: The expression: ‘In your face’

CONCLUSION

IF WE ARE TO BE ACCEPTED OF GOD, WE MUST:

I.   HAVE GOD AS OUR GOD

II.  WE MUST HAVE NO OTHER GOD

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