#Genesis 4:1-3

HOW TO FAIL BEFORE GOD

Genesis 4:1-8

INTRODUCTION

If a list were to be compiled of things that are common to mankind, probably very close to the top of the list would be failure. Everyone sometimes experiences failure, most of us more often than what we would like to admit. Nothing succeeds like success; nothing fails like failure.

Failure may not always be a bad thing. For some, failure simply makes them do a better, more determined job with an outcome that exceeds their original expectations. For others, failure is the end of the line. They refuse to progress because of their fear of failure.

But of all the failures of life there is one failure that has eternal consequence: Failure before God. We can overcome failure in interpersonal relationships or work but permanent failure before God has eternal consequences. Such is the case of our subject today, Cain.

THEME: HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO FAIL BEFORE GOD?

I. IT IS POSSIBLE TO FAIL BEFORE GOD WHEN WE BEGIN WITH A GOOD REPUTATION 4:1-2

     A. That Is Recognized By Those Closest To Us vs. 1

          1. Born of the first parents (prestige)

               a. Adam – Father of the race

               b. Eve his wife

          2. Named Cain

               a. ‘The acquired one’

               b. ‘Gain’

          3. “I have gotten the man from the Lord”

               a. The redeemer

               b. The seed of the woman

               c. The one who will get us back into the Garden

     B. That Is More Excellent Than Others Around Us

          1. Abel

               a. Vanity

               b. Loss

               c. Vapor

NOTE: Our life is a vapor

          2. Abel was a keeper of the sheep

               a. For clothing cf. 3:21

               b. For sacrifice

NOTE: After the Flood, used for food Genesis 9:30

          3. Cain was a tiller of the ground

               a. Nowhere does the Scripture suggest that one of these two occupations is inferior to the other

               b. Even in the Levitical offerings of Moses grain, flour is meal is offered to God

          4. A comparison of jobs

NOTE: It is God’s will that people should differ in their tastes, talents, and pursuits

               a. Abel was more nomadic

               b. Cain was a landowner; more stable

NOTE: A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses Luke 12:15

T.S. HOW CAN WE FAIL BEFORE GOD?

          I. IT IS POSSIBLE TO FAIL BEFORE GOD WHEN WE BEGIN WITH A GOOD REPUTATION

II. IT IS POSSIBLE TO FAIL BEFORE GOD WHEN WE OFFER TO GOD OFFERINGS FROM HONEST WORK 4:3-4

     A. At The Proper Time – “In Process Of Time”

          1. End of days of Sabbath

          2. A stated time or season of devotion

          3. The tenor of Scripture seems to indicate this is not the first time they had brought offerings to the Lord

     B. As A Leader

          1. Cain brought his offering first before Abel

          2. First does not prove devoutness

     C. Observe Who Is Successful Before God

          1. Abel brought the firstlings of his flock (first fruits)

               a. Gave the best – fat thereof

               b. Pure devout worship

          2. Cain simply brought fruits of the ground, not first fruits

               a. Because it was time to give

               b. Pure formalism

     D. Cain And Abel Worshipped Outwardly Alike

          1. At same time

          2. At the same place

          3. To same God

          4. Gave from the produce of their occupations

NOTE: The Hebrew word here for offering is used in the Levitical laws for the bloodless thank offering and peace offering of flour and oil or frankincense

     E. The Lord Had Respect Unto Abel And To His Offering

          1. Abel is the first in the ‘hall of faith’ in Hebrews 11

          2. Jesus called Abel:

               a. Righteous

NOTE: that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. Matthew 23:35 NKJV

               b. Prophet

NOTE: that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,

from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.

Luke 11:50-51 NKJV

NOTE: Free and joyful heart (Lord loves a cheerful giver) vs. a legal, reluctant state of the heart

T.S. HOW CAN WE FAIL BEFORE GOD?

          I. BEGIN WITH A GOOD REPUTATION

         II. OFFER TO GOD OFFERINGS FROM HONEST WORK

III. HAVE A WRONG ATTITUDE IN WORSHIP 4:5-7

     A. Demand Things Go Our Way

          1. The Lord had not respect unto Cain and his offering

NOTE: Cain offering to keep on good terms with God but God will reject the most perfect sacrifice offering by an apostate heart.

               a. An apostate heart – Cain first, offering second

               b. A clean, proper heart before God – God first, offering second, us last

          2. Cain brought his offering as one entitled, in his own name, to present it, as one seeking by means of it to satisfy his God

NOTE: Cold and calculating homage, self confidence

          3. Had Cain presented it by faith “he would have obtained witness that he was righteous”

NOTE: By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. Hebrews 11:4 NKJV

NOTE: We are accepted by faith, not works of righteousness

NOTE: By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5 NKJV

          4. Cain was very mad and his countenance fell

               a. ‘Mad’ – “It burned him up”

               b. Countenance – glance fell, he looked down instead up to God

     B. Ignore The Lord’s Love vs. 6-7

          1. Two ways Cain was dealt with

               a. His conscience vs. 5

               b. The Lord vs. 6-7

          2. As in the case of the first sin (Genesis 3:9), the Lord came to the sinner, not the sinner to God

          3. The three questions of the Lord

               a. Why are you mad (burning)?

               b. Why has thy countenance fallen?

               c. If you do well will you not be accepted?

NOTE: ‘Accepted’ (Hebrew – lifted up countenance)

NOTE: With ultimate tenderness and concern the Lord encouraged Cain to assess himself

          4. Sin lies at the door

               a. As a wild beast thirsting for your blood (unto you shall be his desire)

               b. You shall (can) rule over him

NOTE: Cain was the first man to let sin rule over him

NOTE: not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. I John 3:12 NKJV

          5. Cain’s silence

               a. No thanks to God for the warning

               b. No repentance of his jealousy

               c. No mending of his ways

               d. A stubborn silence seems to be all he had to offer

T.S. HOW CAN WE FAIL BEFORE GOD?

          I. BEGIN WITH A GOOD REPUTATION

         II. OFFER TO GOD OFFERINGS FROM HONEST WORK

        III. HAVE A WRONG ATTITUDE IN WORSHIP

IV. BLAME OTHERS FOR OUR FAILURE 4:8

     A. Talk With Them

          1. Cain saved his words for Abel

          2. Don’t know if friendship or controversy

               a. May be friendship on the part of Abel

               b. May be courtesy on the part of Cain

     B. Walk With Them At Work

          1. Abel had faith towards God

          2. He was ready to place confidence in his brother also

     C. Kill Them (cf. Destroy Character)

          1. As Cain’s wrath could not reach God he vents it on his brother

          2. Cain adds to his ungodliness

               a. Envy

               b. Hatred

               c. Murder

          3. He rose up against (in a hostile sense)

          4. ‘Abel his brother’ brings out the added horror of the sins

               a. vs. 8 – twice

               b. vs. 9

               c. vs. 10

               d. vs. 11

NOTE: Of all failure, the worse is failure toward God. The consequences are eternal. Some will fail regarding salvation. Some will fail in their Christian living. But there is a way out before it is too late.

CONCLUSION

HOW CAN WE FAIL BEFORE GOD?

I. BEGIN WITH A GOOD REPUTATION

II. OFFER TO GOD OFFERINGS FROM HONEST WORK

III. HAVE A WRONG ATTITUDE IN WORSHIP

IV. BLAME OTHERS FOR OUR FAILURE

#Genesis 15:1

9-11 2005

Genesis 15:1

INTRODUCTION

9-1-1 is a well known phone number. Even some of the youngest of our children know how to dial 9-1-1. But we also know 9-1-1 as an unforgettable date in American History. As a tragedy it rivals the Alamo. As a surprise it is up there with Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. As for the loss of American life on American soil it is only rivaled by Antietam and Hurricane Katrina.

Because of such days as these we have an excuse to fear life. We have evidence that we need protection. We have a desire for vengeance or compensation for the losses in our lives.

This is nothing unique to us. This is common in life. Every one of us live with the potential for destruction caused by others. Some destruction may be premeditated; some accidental.

But we are like Abraham. After all, every saved person is a spiritual child of Father Abraham. We are like Abraham because each of us are a friend of God. And that means we have special blessings, even when there is the potential for destruction all around us. In the life of Abraham, on a very normal day he was thrust into a series of circumstances over which he had no control. And how he responded to those circumstances was very limited.

THEME: WHEN OTHERS SHOW HATRED TO US:

I. WE DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR

     A. After These Things

          1. The war that was not Abraham’s war 14:1-11

          2. The need to rescue Lot 14:12

          3. The destruction of an army 14:14-16

          4. The blessings by Melchizedek 14:18-20

          5. The rejection of any reward or compensation from the king of Sodom 14:21-24

     B. The Revelation Of Jehovah – His Word 15:1

          1. This revelation differs with all messages Abraham had from Jehovah in the past

          2. This revelation differs with all understanding of Jehovah in the past

          3. This is a new turning point in the life of Abraham

               a. God changes us

               b. We change as we learn who He is

               c. We change as we learn new ways we can trust Him

     C. The Vision Of God

NOTE: Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint;
 But happy is he who keeps the law. Proverbs 29:18 NKJV

NOTE: When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild.
 But whoever obeys the law is joyful. Proverbs 29:18 NLT

          1. Without an understanding of Who God is we have no future – we perish

          2. With an understanding of Who God is we understand better how to live righteously

               a. We keep the laws of God

               b. We keep the rules, precepts of Christ

               c. The success, joy and happiness of our life is in relation to our understanding of God

          3. Everything that occurs in this chapter is a result of Abraham’s vision of God

               a. His fears are removed vs. 1

               b. His future is secure – a son vs. 2-6

               c. His relationship to God is strengthened vs. 7-16

NOTE: If we are not surrendered to God, we will be at war with others Thomas a Kempis

T.S. WHEN OTHERS SHOW HATRED TO US:

          I. WE DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR

II. WE HAVE THE BEST PROTECTION

NOTE: I am your shield

NOTE: A Chinese legend tells of a group of cultured elderly gentlemen who met often to exchange wisdom and drink tea. Each host tried to find the finest and most costly varieties of tea so as to create exotic blends that would arouse the admiration of his guests.

When the most venerable and respected of the group entertained, he served his tea with unprecedented ceremony, measuring the leaves from a gold box. The assembled gentlemen praised this exquisite tea. The host smiled and said, “The tea you have found so delightful is the same tea our peasants drink. I hope that it will be a reminder to us all that the good things in life are not necessarily the rarest or the most costly.”

     A. God Is Our Personal Shield

           1. This is the first time in the Bible God said this

NOTE: A very interesting use of this word

          2. Sixty times this Hebrew word “shield” is found in the Old Testament

               a. Twenty five times it refers to God as the shield

                b. Thirty five times it refers to the shield of men

          3. The majority of these times the “shield” is used in Scripture it refers to Abraham and David (in the Psalms)

               a. After David’s life almost every use is the shield of man

               b. And Israel went into sin, defeat and destruction

          4. The last time “shield” is found in the Bible – In every situation take the shield of faith,
and with it you will be able to extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 ESV

     B. When God Is Our Shield

NOTE: A shield is a defensive weapon

          1. God Himself receives the blows the enemy has for us

               a. We do not receive the force of the attack

               b. We feel the dispersed energy of the attack

          2. God is our defense

NOTE: My defense is of God,
Who saves the upright in heart. Psalm 7:1 NKJV

         3. God Himself shields us when we trust Him

              a. The God of my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation,
My stronghold and my refuge;
My Savior, You save me from violence. II Samuel 22:3 NKJV

               b. my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.
He is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence. II Samuel 22:3 NLT

               c. The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
Therefore my heart rejoices,
and I praise Him with my song. Psalm 28:7 HCSB

               d. Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Proverbs 30:5 KJV

          4. God protects our salvation – You have also given me the shield of Your salvation;
Your gentleness has made me great. II Samuel 22:36 NKJV

T.S. WHEN OTHERS SHOW HATRED TO US:

          I. WE DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR

         II. WE HAVE THE BEST PROTECTION

III. WE HAVE THE BEST REWARD

NOTE: This is also the first time “reward” is found in the Bible

     A. There Are Many Rewards In The Bible

          1. There are rewards that only last for this lifetime

               a. Cursed is the one who takes a bribe to slay an innocent person.’ “And all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ Deuteronomy 27:25 NKJV

               b. Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. Matthew 6:16 NKJV

          2. There are rewards, good and bad, in eternity

               a. The Lord shall repay the evildoer according to his wickedness. II Samuel 3:39 NKJV

               b. For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Matthew 16:27 KJV

          3. The godly rewards

               a. Reward for our confidence in God

               b. Reward our ready obedience to God

     B. The Greatest Reward – God Himself

          1. This is the only passage where God Himself is the reward

          2. This is the result of the obedient faithfulness of Abraham

               a. Abraham, with only 318 trained servants, defeated great kings and armies

               b. Not because of his great skill as a military leader; all because he trusted in God

               c. This is a foretaste that Israel will be able to possess the land some day

NOTE: … With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Mark 10:27 KJV

     C. The Fear Of Abraham

          1. He would now have to have a standing army

          2. The law of the Mideast – Eye for an eye

          3. He would now have to protect his flocks, possessions and people

     D. But God Says …

          1. Not what we say

          2. Not what others say

          3. The protection and promise of God

     E. So Much Of What We Do Seems Like We Never Receive Any Recognition Or Reward For It

NOTE: In the 1980 Boston Marathon a young unknown runner named Rosie Ruiz was initially declared the winner in the women’s division of the 26 mile race. An investigation followed and it was discovered that this was only the second marathon in which she had ever run. She had trained on an exercise bike while others did 120 miles of roadwork per week. She had no coach. She had not been seen by any of the other women runners in the race. It was speculated that she probably rode a subway for 16 miles to get near the finish line. Rosie was disqualified and lost the reward – not just the prize for finishing first, but the more lasting satisfaction of attaining a difficult goal.

NOTE: And as people of God this is our response to 9-11, terrorism and the potential of all manner of evil we face in this life and world. We do not have to fear. God is our shield and our reward for our faithfulness.

CONCLUSION

WHEN OTHERS SHOW HATRED TO US:

I. WE DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR

II. WE HAVE THE BEST PROTECTION

III. WE HAVE THE BEST REWARD

#Genesis 22:1-19

WHY IS ABRAHAM CALLED THE FATHER OF THE FAITHFUL?

Genesis 22:1-19

INTRODUCTION

     1. Not because he left Ur of the Chaldees

     2. Not because he left his family

The reason is found in Genesis 22:1-19

I. THE TEST 22:1-2

     A. Tempt

          1. First time found in the Bible

          2. It means, to try or prove

NOTE: General Motors test tracks does not destroy cars, but puts them through tests to prove they can stand up

     B. Your Son, Your Only Son

          1. Ishmael

          2. Brother

     C. Whom You Love

NOTE: You don’t have the right to chew people out from the pulpit until you have earned the right by loving them

          1. First time found in the Bible

          2. Not love of:

               a. Wife

               b. Brother

               c. Country

          3. Love of Father and Son

NOTE: The Heavenly Father and the Son

Matthew 3:17

Mark 1:11

Luke 3:22

John 3:16

     D. Abraham Had Not Heard From God For Almost 20 Years

          1. Regarding Isaac’s birth

          2. Maybe Abraham had come to love Isaac too much

NOTE: Life is a succession of tests, for character is only possible through discipline.

     E. The Land Of Moriah vs. 2

          1. Hebrew meaning

               a. The place where God provides

               b. The place of the appearance of God

          2. Old Testament occurrences of Mount Moriah

               a. I Chronicles 21:15 cf. 22:1

               b. II Chronicles 3:1

          3. New Testament

               a. They cut a moat for a city wall

               b. Outside the wall was the face of a skull Matthew 27:33

II. THE TRIP 22:3-4

     A. Rose Up Early

          1. Did not delay

          2. Did not go on vacation first

     B. Task:

          1. Two young men (2 witnesses)

          2. Isaac

          3. Wood

     C. Third Day

          1. What to say for three days?

               2. Two nights

                    a. Sand of seashore

                    b. Stars of heaven Hebrews 11:17-19

III. THE TRIAL 22:5-9

     A. Testimony

          1. Abide

          2. We will go

          3. We will worship

               a. Definition – Bow to the will of God, recognizing and acknowledging that His will is best

               b. James 2:20-24

          4. We will come again

     B. Only The Father And Son Went To Sacrifice vs. 6

     C. Where Is The Lamb?

NOTE: John the Baptist – “Behold the Lamb of God”

          1. God will provide Himself a lamb vs. 8

          2. Verse 6 and verse 8 – So went both of them together

     D. Abraham’s Works

NOTE: James 2:20

          1. Built altar

          2. Laid wood

          3. Bound Isaac

          4. Laid him on the altar

NOTE: Abraham 118 years old

Isaac 18 years

IV. THE TESTIMONY 22:10-19

     A. Now I Know That You Fear God vs. 12

NOTE: The will is taken for the deed

Where is the hardest place to serve God?

     B. The Ram Instead Of His Son

     C. By Myself I Have Sworn

          1. Found only six times in the Bible

          2. Most solemn oath by God

     D. Because vs. 16

          1. You have done this

          2. To your only son

CONCLUSION

     A. The Sacrifices On Mount Moriah

          1. Isaac the son

          2. Jewish legal sacrifices

          3. Jesus the Son

     B. The Only Human Sacrifices Ever Required By God Were:

           1. Isaac

           2. Jesus

NOTE: God does not demand literal human sacrifice but spiritual sacrifice on an unconditional denial of the natural life, even to submission to death itself Romans 12:1-2

     C. The Source Of Abraham’s Faith Hebrews 11:17-19

     D. The Secret Of His Faith

          1. “Here am I” Genesis 22:1,11

          2. He staggered not through unbelief Romans 4:20

#Genesis 4:16-24

 

THE PROGRESSION OF SIN

Genesis 4:16-24

INTRODUCTION

There is a popular phrase going around today. There are variations but it goes something like this: “I’ve got a handle on things. I’m all right.” Roughly translated, it means this: “Things aren’t going completely the way I want, but I’m confident that things will work out eventually (I hope).” While this is popular it is not new. It is old as Cain.

First of all, it is so difficult for us to “confess up” to our sins and mistakes in life. So often, for so many people, we just don’t like to admit we blew it. And unless things are already in a melt-down status we just do the best we can, pray to ourselves (most often, not to God) and hope against hope that things will eventually get better.

In our passage today the Bible gives us a warning about that type of life style. Like Cain we may stumble through life, even semi-successful. Like Cain we may have heavy burdens. Like Cain we may not be on the best speaking terms with God. And like Cain we infect our children with a life style that leads them farther away from God than we ever dreamed. And that is the greatest failure a parent could ever experience.

THEME: HOW CAN WE MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD?

I. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY REFUSING TO DWELL IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD vs. 16

     A. Cain Went Out From The Presence Of The Lord

NOTE: Not God chased him out of His presence

          1. He went out

               a. He departed

               b. He went toward something

               c. He went forth with purpose

          2. He went out from the presence of the Lord

               a. From the face of the Lord

               b. From fellowship with the Lord

               c. From the sight of the Lord

          3. Cain refused to come to God by way of sacrifice that God provided

               a. He complained because the earth was not going to be as kind to him as before his sin vs. 14

               b. Also he complained because he would become a wanderer

NOTE: One of the clearest marks of sin is our almost innate desire to excuse ourselves and complain if we are judged in any way. “It’s not fair!”

NOTE: Resentment and self-pity

NOTE: What causes us to wander from God?

          a. Our own sense of deep guilt

          b. Our hardness of heart

          c. Our fear of what others may do to us in spite of God’s protection

          4. He went out of the presence of the Lord

               a. Lord – Hebrew: Jehovah

               b. God in His covenant relationship with us

NOTE: The Rich Man and Lazarus Luke 16

          a. Rich man – every meal a banquet

          b. Lazarus – longed to eat what fell from the rich man’s table

          c. Both died

         d. Rich man did not think what he had done to Lazarus was wrong

         e. He did not repent of any sin whatsoever

              1) He was still self-centered

              2) Send Lazarus

              3) Bring water Luke 16:24

     B. Cain Dwelt In The Land Of Nod, East Of Eden

          1. Land of Nod

               a. Important place for Cain

               b. Toward the rising sun; a new day!

               c. So insignificant today that no one remembers where it is

               d. “Nod” means wandering

          2. He left Eden

               a. Where everything could have been made right

               b. Where God would have provided for him

               c. “Eden” means pleasure

T.S. HOW CAN WE MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD?

          I. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY REFUSING TO DWELL IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

II. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD IN OUR LIFE vs. 17

     A. Cain Lived The Normal Life – Without God

          1. He started a family

          2. His wife’s name is never given

               a. Women in the Bible who meant something to their husbands are named

               b. When we are away from God, priorities change

          3. Cain means “possession”

     B. Cain Built A City

          1. He attempted to settle down

          2. The first city ever

          3. Maybe he built the city to counteract God’s statement that he was to be a wanderer

NOTE: He was restless and rootless

          4. Cain’s act of building a city

               a. An attempt to provide security for himself

               b. So he would not have to depend on God

               c. There is no security without God

     C. Cain Built Monuments To His Family, Not To God

          1. Cain inaugurated an artificial paradise to compensate for the real one now lost

NOTE: The homemade heaven man builds on earth eventually resembles a homemade hell Wm. Penn

          2. He named the city after “Enoch” which means:

               a. Dedicated

               b. New beginning

               c. Memorial

              d. Monument

T.S. HOW CAN WE MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD?

          I. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY REFUSING TO DWELL IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

        II. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD IN OUR LIFE

III. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY IGNORING GOD IN OUR FAMILY vs. 18-22

     A. Enoch Lived His Life Like Daddy Did

          1. He built a family without God

          2. After Enoch, three generations who accomplished nothing note worthy

     B. Enoch’s Descendants Reflected His Life

          1. Irad

               a. ‘Fleet’

               b. ‘Fast’

               c. No spiritual connotation

          2. Mehujael

               a. ‘Smitten by God’

               b. Or, ‘blot out that Jehovah is God’

          3. Methusael

               a. ‘Who is of God’

               b. Tried to investigate about God and gave up

          4. Lamech

               a. ‘Powerful’

               b. ‘Conqueror’

               c. ‘Wild man’

     C. The Wrong Priorities Of Lamech

          1. Two Wives – the first polygamy of the Bible

               a. Adah

                    1) Ornament

                    2) Pleasure

                    3) Beauty

               b. Zillah

                    1) Shade

                    2) May refer to her beautiful hair

               c. The worship of beauty

                    1) He apparently chose wives for their physical attractions rather than for their moral stature or spiritual commitments

                    2) A culture committed to physical pleasure, beauty and charm

                    3) A culture not committed to the inner qualities of greatness

          2. His son – Jabal vs. 20

               a. ‘A stream of water’

               b. Father of tents

                    1) Symbolic of wilderness life

                    2) Transience

          3. His son – Jubal vs. 21

                a. Invented music instruments

                b. The father of music without God

NOTE: The music was for the pleasure of people, not to glorify God

          4. His son – Tubalcain

               a. Tubal – “smith”

               b. Precious metal craftsman

          5. His daughter – Naamah

               a. First named daughter in the Bible

               b. Her name means:

                    1) Loveliness

                    2) Graceful

                    3) Beautiful

NOTE: Mentioned for physical attractions, not spiritual attractions

NOTE: There is nothing wrong with cattle, music. Metals, beauty; If God is not omitted

T.S. HOW CAN WE MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD?

          I. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY REFUSING TO DWELL IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

        II. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD IN OUR LIFE

     III. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY IGNORING GOD IN OUR FAMILY

IV. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY ALLOWING OUR CHILDREN BE ARROGANT IN LIFE vs. 23-24

     A. Lamech Boasted To His Wives vs. 23

          1. Hear my voice

               a. Lightness of attitude

               b. Frivolous attitude

          2. My voice

               a. Same Hebrew word used of the Word of God and the Torah

               b. He attached great importance to what he was saying

NOTE: The last characteristic of Cain’s civilization is pride, culminating in an arrogant defense of murder

     B. Lamech Bragging Of Murder vs. 23

          1. I have slain

               a. Killed

               b. Murdered

          2. To my wounding

               a. More concerned with his hurts than another’s life

                b. He boasted that he killed a younger man who only wounded him

     C. I Am More Important Than Grandfather Cain vs. 24

          1. God protected old grandfather Cain, but I am perfectly able to take care of myself

          2. I am my own security

               a. Cain succumbed to sin; Lamech exults in it

               b. Cain sought protection; Lamech looks round for provocation

                    1) I back away from no one

                    2) I won’t hesitate to kill

NOTE: Three marks of living away from the presence of God

          a. Pride

          b. Hate

          c. Think poorly of others

NOTE: Hate possesses us, not we possess hate

NOTE: Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matthew 18:22

CONCLUSION

HOW CAN WE MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD?

I. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY REFUSING TO DWELL IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

II. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY REFUSING TO ACKNOWLEDGE GOD IN OUR LIFE

III. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY IGNORING GOD IN OUR FAMILY

IV. WE CAN MOVE OUR FAMILY AWAY FROM GOD BY ALLOWING OUR CHILDREN BE ARROGANT IN LIFE

#Genesis 6:1-8

THE GOOD LIFE WITHOUT GOD

Genesis 6:1-8

INTRODUCTION

We have all heard statements like these:

“Times are tough”

“In the good old days…”

“Why, I remember when…”

It seems we never can accept things as they are today. Instead we must compare them with the “good old days.” In the “good old days” everything was bigger, better, wiser and even more spiritual.

As we get older, it is often easy to forget all the pain of the “good old days” and remember only the better parts. Then we look at today and try to judge it by the good of the past.

Today is not the past. We feel now, the pain, agony, embarrassment of the present.

While we may have forgotten the pressures of the past, the pressures of today are ever present. Maybe we have put undue stress on life today with all its drudgery by comparing it only with the glories of the past.

Since we don’t seem to get ahead today as we did in the past we take shortcuts. And like King Saul who got tired of waiting for Samuel, we get tired of waiting on God. We then began to make decisions without God.

THEME:WHEN WE LEAVE GOD OUT OF OUR LIVES:

I. WE MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS Genesis 6:1-2

NOTE:Their “good old days” was separation from ungodliness

NOTE: Define ungodliness – Not necessarily anti-God; God just is not in the equation of life and decision making

          a.Seth 4:26

                1) Call upon the name of the Lord

                2) Tendency to increase in godliness

          b. Cain 4:16-24

               1) Building vs. 17

               2) Inventing vs. 21-22

               3) Moral problems vs. 23-24

               4) Tendency to increase in ungodliness

NOTE: Moral quagmire of society today

     A. Because We Are Busy Building Families

          1. The great hallmark of that age was a population explosion

NOTE: 1900 A. D.; 3/4 billion people live on this earth. Some estimate that many lived on the earth at the time of the Flood.

                a. Eyes on people, not God

                b. Apostasy comes with population

          2. No spiritual discernment in choosing mates

                a. They saw vs. 2

                b. Daughters were fair vs. 2

                     1) Good looking

                     2) Physical attraction

                     3) No spiritual attraction

                     4) No contribution to family

               c. They took – married

NOTE: We spend more time worrying about the pedigree of our dogs than we do our children

NOTE: Marrying, giving in marriage at the coming of the Son of Man

               d. Which they chose

                    1) Whoever they liked best

                    2) Not who God liked

NOTE: “Men had finally, no longer cared about having their homes centers of godly instruction where divine truth prevailed, being taught by father and mother, but instead chose any woman whatsoever, as the fancy of the moment moved them, to rear their offspring” Albert Barnes

NOTE: History shows that the common result of marriages between godly and ungodly people is the deterioration of the godly to be like the ungodly

T.S.WHEN WE LEAVE GOD OUT OF OUR LIVES:

          I.WE MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS

II.GOD JUDGES THE SIN IN OUR LIVES Genesis 6:3

     A. God Will Not Always Put Up With Our Actions

NOTE: Sin of presumption

     B. My Spirit Will Not Always Strive With Man

          1. Abide with us

          2. Contend with us

          3. Maintain a people who follow Him

NOTE: At what point does God cease to strive with a people?

          a. Not how big a sin cf. David

          b. No home teaching of God

     C. He Also Is Flesh

          1. Mankind, who had walked with God, had sunk to the level of “flesh”

          2. Just plain, ordinary, weak and sinful stock, abandoned to a life of sin

NOTE: Just living to feed the flesh; forget spiritual examples and lessons

     D. His Days – 120 Years

          1. A grace period for the unrighteous, even in judgment

NOTE: From our vantage point we see sin; From God’s – grace and judgment

          2. Noah’s time of preaching

               a. II Peter 2:5

               b. I Peter 3:20

T.S.WHEN WE LEAVE GOD OUT OF OUR LIVES:

          I. WE MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS

         II. GOD JUDGES THE SIN IN OUR LIVES

III. WE SEE OUR CHILDREN SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT GOD 6:4-5

     A. The Giants Of The Land Are The Role Models vs. 4

          1. Nephilim

               a. Fallen ones

               b. Violent ones

               c. Tyrants

               d. Ego centered

          2. If children are not taught the fear of the Lord, they will either be tyrants or victims of tyrants.

     B. The Children Of Godly / Ungodly Become Mighty, Of Renown

          1. Mighty

               a. Strong in battle

               b. Not God’s battle

          2. Renown

               a. Known for their talents

               b. Abilities misapplied for the corruption of home family, society, self

     C. Reputation

          1. By violence

          2. Ruthless

     D. God Saw The Wickedness

NOTE: But people didn’t

          1. Was great in the earth

               a. Full grown sinful lifestyles

               b. Definition of Sin: Self improvement without God

          2. Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart

               a. Imagination

                    1) Hebrew root – relates to pottery

                    2) To fashion as a potter

                    3) Purpose or design

               b. The heart is the worship altar of mankind

                   1) Self contained

NOTE: As a man thinks in his heart …

                   2) Occupied with their own personal pursuits

          3. Evil continually

               a. The whole day; day in, day out

               b. No restraint

NOTE: You can’t stop birds from flying over your head, but your can stop them from building a nest in your hair Martin Luther

T.S.WHEN WE LEAVE GOD OUT OF OUR LIVES:

          I. WE MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS

         II. GOD JUDGES THE SIN IN OUR LIVES

       III. WE SEE OUR CHILDREN SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT GOD

IV. GOD CHANGES HIS DEALINGS WITH US 6:6-8

     A. It Repented The Lord vs. 6

          1. God’s disappointment

          2. A change in God’s actions

     B. It Grieved Him At His Heart vs. 6

          1. Hebrew – Naham – to be sorry

          2. A love word

               a. We do not grieve for those we do not love

NOTE: For God so loved the world …

               b. Heart filled with pain

NOTE: God is hurt no less by godless actions than by spears

     C. I Will Destroy

          1. God’s decisions

               a. Did not confer with angels

               b. Did not confer with men

          2. Destroy

NOTE: God’s right – “whom I have created” cf. evolution – I did it my way

               a. Hebrew

               b. The figure of washing a dish, wiping it clean and turning it over

               c. Blot out

     D. Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord

          1. Noah

               a. Not his wife

               b. Not his sons

          2. Noah found – had to be sought

          3. Grace – something not deserved

NOTE: God meets sin with two extremes

          a. Judgment

          b. Grace

 

NOTE: Others share our judgment and our grace

          4. In the eyes of the Lord

               a. Not in the ears of the Lord

                    1) No amount of talking

                    2) Prayer is not enough

               b. The eyes of the Lord

                    1) What God sees

                    2) Our walk, testimony before God

NOTE: What a strong character is needed to resist the pull of the whole race

NOTE: A principle with God – The more dark the times, the more bright the testimony

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE LEAVE GOD OUT OF OUR LIVES:

I. WE MAKE OUR OWN DECISIONS

II. GOD JUDGES THE SIN IN OUR LIVES

III. WE SEE OUR CHILDREN SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT GOD

IV. GOD CHANGES HIS DEALINGS WITH US

#Genesis 21

HAGAR: WHEN LIFE DOESN’T WORK

Genesis 21

INTRODUCTION

Possibly no one lives life with less control of life than mothers. So often their husbands are controlled by their jobs and their bills. The children are controlled by sicknesses and schools and peer pressures. And all mothers can do is fight keep the home together and pray. Many mothers spend their lives simply reacting to problems of live that are constantly coming in. Someone has rightly said, “A mother’s job is never done.”

Its not easy being a mother.

Of all the mothers in the Bible Hagar represents every mother. There are mothers in the Bible who have their beauty extolled. Or their virtue. Or their husbands are praised. Or their children are praised. So many of them stand in the shadows content to bask in the glories of their families.

Hagar was a mother in real life. She really had no control over the events in her life. Her life is effectively controlled by the “other woman,” Sarah. The decisions of her life are made not by her but by Abraham. She wasn’t even in the loop in the decisions that affected her son’s future and her future.

Yes, there were down-sides to her life as there are down-sides to the lives of mothers today. But there is a great up-side: God. While others were making not-so-good decisions for Hagar, God was making good decisions for her.

THEME: WE ARE AFFECTED IN LIFE WHEN:

I. THE SINS OF OTHERS INFLUENCE US

     A. When Others Get Ahead Of God

          1. God promised that Abraham would have a son

          2. Sarah could not have a child

          3. God did not say that Sarah would be the mother, at first

     B. When Others Use Us To “Accomplish God’s Will” 16:1-3

          1. Sarah got out of God’s will

          2. Sarah got ahead of God’s will

          3. Things Sarah didn’t do

               a. She didn’t pray about it

               b. She didn’t ask for Abraham’s opinion

               c. She didn’t ask what Hagar thought

                    1) She took Hagar

                    2) Hebrew, lay hold of, seize

               d. After Abraham had been faithful waiting for God for ten years 16:3

NOTE: A “mature” thought: Maybe Sarah the problem of child bearing was with Abraham, not her

     C. When Others Are Jealous Of Us 16:4-6

          1. Hagar conceived

          2. Sarah was jealous

NOTE: Hagar “despised” Sarah or thought her not be a complete woman

T.S. WE ARE AFFECTED IN LIFE WHEN:

          I. THE SINS OF OTHERS INFLUENCE US

II. WHEN WE RUN FROM OUR PROBLEMS

     A. When It Seems We Have Nowhere To Turn 16:6-7

          1. Sarai dealt hardly with her vs. 6

NOTE: Sarah was not only cruel but irrational. She alone instigated Hagar’s condition.

               a. Afflicted her

               b. Humbled her

               c. Troubled her

               d. Weakened her

               e. To be busied with

          2. The silence of Abraham

               a. No rebuke

               b. No protection

     B. When It Seems There Is No Solution To Our Problems 16:6b-7

          1. No one cared she ran away

          2. But God cared: The Angel of the Lord

     C. When Life Deals Us A Bad Hand 16:8-10

          1. God spoke to her; not to Sarah

          2. God’s will: To submit to Sarah

NOTE: Sarah had wronged her but she had no right to retaliate by doing wrong herself by running away

          3. In the midst of a hard life God had a plan for her

NOTE: The Divine purpose of our lives no matter how obscure or friendless be may feel

T.S. WE ARE AFFECTED IN LIFE WHEN:

          I. THE SINS OF OTHERS INFLUENCE US

        II. WHEN WE RUN FROM OUR PROBLEMS

III. WHEN OUR CHILDREN ARE OVERWHELMED

     A. By Rejection By The One They Loved

NOTE: Sarai was named by God “Sarah” meaning, noblewoman

          1. Isaac was born 21:1-2

          2. “Isaac” means: “He laughs”

               a. Abraham laughed

               b. Sarah laughed 21:6

          3. Fourteen year old Ishmael was left out of the loop

     B. By Circumstances They Did Not Create

          1. Sarah demanded Ishmael leave the camp

NOTE: Most unfortunately Sarah did not behave as a noblewoman

NOTE: In fact verse 11 speaks eloquently of the affection of Abraham for Isaac. Nowhere does the Scripture speak of Abraham’s affection for his wife.

          2. Neither Hagar or Ishmael were consulted in the matter

     C. By God Providing For Them

NOTE: “Hagar” means “fugitive” or “immigrant”

          1. Abraham did not provide for them

               a. It is true God said for Abraham to move them out of the camp 21:12

               b. He gave them bread and water 21:14

NOTE: Most likely they also had money. The emphasis of the story is on running out of water

          2. She had no place to go; she wandered 21:14

          3. She had no way to provide for the lad 21:15

          4. She gave up hope 21:16

               a. She could not bare to watch him die

NOTE: One of the first recorded prayers in the Bible: Don’t let me see the child die

               b. She wept

          5. God heard the lad, not the mother 21:17

          6. God gave her a vision to survive

NOTE: It was only after her eyes were opened that she realized how blind she was

NOTE: The God who fed the nation of Israel for forty years can also feed a mother and her child

          7. God is active and in control of the most difficult circumstances

CONCLUSION

WE ARE AFFECTED IN LIFE WHEN:

I. THE SINS OF OTHERS INFLUENCE US

II. WHEN WE RUN FROM OUR PROBLEMS

III. WHEN OUR CHILDREN ARE OVERWHELMED

#Rahab’s Faith

RAHAB’S FAITH

Hebrews 11:31

INTRODUCTION

How many of us have lost faith in someone we know? Maybe they promised to do something for us and never did. Maybe it was a close friend or a relative who let us down. Is their someone in our lives who we no longer have faith or confidence in?

The Bible gives us an example of a person who exercised faith. We can look at the life of Rahab. She is mentioned in the book of Hebrews specifically for her faith. Let us take a look at the kind of faith Rahab possessed and what events transpired because of her faith.

THEME: WHEN WE POSSESS RAHAB’S FAITH WE WILL:

I. REALIZE WHO GOD IS Joshua 2:9-11

     A. We Will See God’s Working vs. 10

          1. Rahab and Jericho heard of the miracles God had done for His children

          2. They heard of the Red Sea crossing and the destruction of the outer cities of Canaan

          3. Their heart did melt vs. 11

     B. We Will Realize Our Fate vs. 9

          1. Rahab knew of the coming doom upon the city of Jericho

         2. The judgment of the Lord is coming

NOTE: For the wages of sin is death Romans 3:23

     C. We Will Realize The Power and Glory Of God vs. 11

          1. God in heaven – refers to His immeasurable power and Glory as Creator

          2. God in earth – refers to his active working in the lives of His children

T.S. WHEN WE POSSESS RAHAB’S FAITH WE WILL:

          I. REALIZE WHO GOD IS

II. DESIRE DELIVERANCE vs. 12-13

     A. Deliverance For Our Own Self

          1. Rahab asked to be saved from the destruction of the city

NOTE: Jericho did not look like it could be destroyed; two chariots could ride abreast on its walls. Before this time no city so fortified had ever fell to nomads.

          2. When she realized the future she desired no part of it

NOTE: Lot’s wife wanted Sodom even as it wasbeing destroyed

               a. Our future is that of destruction Proverbs 10:29

               b. Our future is that of death Romans 5:12

               c. Our future is that of torment Luke 16:23

          3. She asked to be saved

     B. Deliverance For Our Loved Ones

          1. Rahab not only desired for herself to be saved, but for her family as well

          2. When she realized the way to life she shared that way with her family as well

T.S. WHEN WE POSSESS RAHAB’S FAITH WE WILL:

          I. REALIZE WHO GOD IS

        II. DESIRE DELIVERANCE

III. POSSESS A SIGN OF DELIVERANCE vs. 18

     A. We Are Given a Sign of Life

          1. The scarlet cord which she used to let the spies down the window vs. 15

          2. That same cord would be used to notify Israel of her faith in God vs. 15

          3. She had faith in the spies that they would remain true to their promise vs. 16

     B. We Must Have Faith in The Promise

          1. Promise is salvation by a faith in Christ Ephesians 2:8; John 3:16

               a. The grace of God provides salvation to us

               b. We can only accept this salvation by faith in Christ to deliver us

          2. The sign of the promise is the Spirit entering our hearts in the name of Christ

T.S. WHEN WE POSSESS RAHAB’S FAITH WE WILL:

          I. REALIZE WHO GOD IS

        II. DESIRE DELIVERANCE

      III. POSSESS A SIGN OF DELIVERANCE

IV. BE DELIVERED Joshua 6:21-23

     A. We Will Not Face The Same Destruction Of Those Who Do Not Believe

          1. The city was utterly destroyed vs. 21

               a. Every man

               b. Every woman

               c. Every young child or old person

               d. Every animal

          2. Rahab and her house was spared vs. 22-23

               a. The spies that promised her deliverance were the ones who brought her out of the city

               b. Christ is the one who promises us deliverance I Thessalonians 4:16-17

     B. We Will Enter A New Life

           1. Rahab lived in Israel vs. 25

           2. Because of her faith she was not only spared, but a new life was given to her as a follower of God

                a. Married the son of an elder of Israel

                b. Married Salmon Matthew 1:5

                c. Gave birth to a son, Boaz

WHEN WE POSSESS RAHAB’S FAITH WE WILL:

I. REALIZE WHO GOD IS

II. DESIRE DELIVERANCE

III. POSSESS A SIGN OF DELIVERANCE

IV. BE DELIVERED

#Joshua 7:1-26

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIN IS HID IN A LIFE

Joshua 7:1-26

INTRODUCTION

Few chapters of the Bible are as well known as Joshua chapter six. Never had anything quite like this ever happened to Israel. We might call this the “Impossible Sunday” in Israel’s history.

The Exodus from Egypt would be likened to a Christians salvation. The Wilderness Wanderings could be liken to the maturing process of the babe in Christ. Jericho was the impossible goal of Israel. Jericho was the largest and richest city in all of ancient Canaan. Some have said that except for Joshua’s curse on the city, Jericho may have been Israel’s capital rather than Jerusalem.

Humanly speaking it was impossible for Israel to take Jericho. Yet with God all things are possible. And so, history records that the walls supernaturally came tumbling down. Though there were to be greater days in Israel, those standing there that day probably thought, No day will ever exceed this “impossible” miracle.

Everything had gone so smoothly and blessedly for Israel. Strict obedience to Divine commands had marked their every move.

But as there was a serpent in Eden, a Judas among the apostles, there was an Achan in the midst of obedient Israel.

When we step from the heights of chapter six to the valley of chapter seven we can learn some important lessons.

          1. We are never in greater danger of yielding to the pride of our hearts than when the Lord’s power has been displayed on our behalf.

          2. If we are to continue in God’s blessings and power we must remain steadfast in His Holy Will.

          3. God will not condone sin in His own people.

          4. No sin can be concealed from Him.

NOTE: The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. Proverbs 15:3

THEME: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIN IS HID IN A LIFE?

I. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO MISJUDGE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY 7:1-5

     A. Joshua Sent Spies To Spy Out Ai

          1. Same form of godliness

               a. As spies of 40 years before in Canaan

               b. As spies at Jericho

          2. They only viewed Ai (7:2) cf. previous spies who entered Canaan and Jericho

     B. The Way The Story Is Presented We Cannot Be Certain Whether The People Were Motivated By Faith Or Pride

          1. In faith – God can do it with a small number

          2. In pride – It’s a small city, we can do it

NOTE: No record of their seeking God’s leadership

     C. The Tragedy Of Hidden Sin Of Pride

          1. Israel “waxed fat….then forsook the Lord.” Deuteronomy 32:15

          2. Samson knew not that the Spirit had departed from him Judges 6:20

          3. The sin of Nebuchadnezzar Daniel 4:30-31

NOTE: Unless there is the keeping of oneself little in one’s own sight (cf. Saul, I Samuel 15:17), the experience of some Jericho will be followed by the ignominious defeat of an Ai

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIN IS HID IN A LIFE?

          I. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO MISJUDGE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY

II. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO QUESTION GOD’S DIRECTION

7:6-9

     A. How Could There Be Defeat?

          1. Don’t we have the Book?

          2. Wasn’t the power of God exhibited at Jericho?

          3. Don’t we have God’s leader?

          4. Aren’t we doing God’s will?

NOTE: Doing God’s work is not a sufficient guarantee of having God’s help. He will not honor sin infested work.

     B. Why Weren’t We Content To Dwell On The Other Side Of Jordan?

           1. Before the impossible victory of Jericho

           2. Before the man of God got us in this mess

     C. Joshua Was Not Worried About Himself But God’s Honor vs. 8-9

          1. The Canaanites will destroy your people

         2. What will you do unto thy great name?

NOTE: Meaning, their God couldn’t protect them

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIN IS HIDDEN IN A LIFE?

          I. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO MISJUDGE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY

        II. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO QUESTION GOD’S DIRECTION

III. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO LET THE LORD GOD REVEAL SIN 7:10-18

NOTE: While it is wonderful to have an infinite God, this means we must take into account His omniscience in our daily lives

NOTE: He that covereth his sins will not prosper Proverbs 28:13

     A. God Is Blunt Even With Joshua vs. 11

          1. Israel has sinned

NOTE: Achan sinned cf.I Corinthians 12:26 – if one member suffers, all suffer

          2. Israel has transgressed My covenant

          3. They have taken, stolen, dissembled

          4. They have put is among their own stuff

     B. The Two Kinds Of Things Stolen

          1. Silver and gold

          2. Goodly Babylonish garment

               a. Anything from Babylon was in style

               b. It marked the wearer as “in”; “a man of the world”

NOTE: Notice how sin wrecks reason: Where could he have worn it? (The Lord gave it to me at Ai.)

     C. Only God Could Reveal This Sin vs. 18

NOTE: ….be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIN IS HID IN A LIFE?

          I. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO MISJUDGE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY

        II. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO QUESTION GOD’S DIRECTION

      III. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO LET THE LORD GOD REVEAL SIN

IV. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO BE DESTROYED 7:19-26

     A. The Steps In Achan’s Sin vs. 21

          1. I saw

         2. I coveted

         3. I took

         4. I hid

NOTE: Thomas `a Kempes described the steps of a successful temptation.

          a. The bare thought of the sin

          b. A picture of the sin is hung up on the screen of the imagination

          c. As a strange sweetness the picture is slowing let down into the heart

          d. That secret sweetness controls the whole heart

     B. The Immediate Result Of Achan’s Sin

          1. 36 men killed

          2. The people of God lose courage 7:5

              a. Hearts of the people melted

              b. Their hearts become as water

NOTE: No record Achan went to fight at Ai

     C. The Final Results Of Achan’s Sin

          1. Sin worked shame

               a. Israel was humbled before the enemies of the Lord

               b. Joshua was humbled before his brethren

               c. Achan’s tribe and family was humbled

NOTE: Judah led the march around Jericho

               d. Achan and his family was humbled in death

NOTE: We can imagine that last night in Achan’s tent as he attempted to bury his sins deeper and deeper to no avail

          2. The final acts of Achan

               a. He made a clean breast of his sin after he was found

               b. He walked into the valley of Achan without a murmur to his death, with his family, his possessions, his name

CONCLUSION

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SIN IS HID IN A LIFE?

I. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO MISJUDGE THEIR RESPONSIBILITY

II. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO QUESTION GOD’S DIRECTION

III. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO LET THE LORD GOD REVEAL SIN

IV. HIDDEN SIN CAUSES PEOPLE TO BE DESTROYED

Joshua 24:14-15

GODS WE HAVE KNOWN

Joshua 24:14-15

INTRODUCTION

We live in a world of choices. We choose our toothpaste, deodorant, cars, houses, jobs, life style, friends, church. The list goes on. Everyday we are confronted with choices.

Some choices are major, others are minor but they must be made. Someone has already said, “To make no choice is a choice.”

The greatest choice we can ever make is to choose the God of our life.

What Joshua is saying here, in his last public presentation, is what Elijah says centuries later.

And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. I Kings 18:21

The elderly Joshua informs us that we have a choice of one of four types of gods. This was Israel’s choice and the principle is still with us today.

THEME: WE CAN CHOOSE TO SERVE:

I. THE GODS BEFORE GOD DEALT WITH US 24:2

     A. They Were Gods According To Need

          1. Did not usually go to them until trouble was on the horizon

          2. We were doing things our way

NOTE: Don’t call us, we’ll call you

     B. They Were Gods We Controlled

          1. Usually no real fear in them

          2. Usually no reverence of them

THEME: WE CAN CHOOSE TO SERVE:

          I. THE GODS BEFORE GOD DEALT WITH US

II. THE GODS OF EGYPT 24:14

     A. This Represents The Time When God Began To Deal With Our Soul

NOTE: Passover, salvation; Red Sea, baptism, etc.

          1. As God began to deal with us, we began to realize our need

          2. As God began to deal with us, we began to realize we had to have help outside our own self

     B. The Gods Of Egypt Demanded Full – Time Control

          1. The temptation to yield to their influence

          2. The temptation to yield to slavery and their Pharaoh

               a. Pharaoh was deity

               b. Pharaoh cf. god of this world

THEME:WE CAN CHOOSE TO SERVE:

          I.THE GODS BEFORE GOD DEALT WITH US

         II.THE GODS OF EGYPT

III. THE GODS AROUND US TODAY 24:15

NOTE: In whose land ye dwell cf.“This world is not my home …”

NOTE: All three classes of gods have water in reference to them

          a. Euphrates: inconvenience

          b. Red Sea: death

          c. Jordan River: commitment

     A. These Gods Of The Amorites Represent Distraction

NOTE:The gods of the enemies of Christ, anti-Christs

          1.The cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful Matthew 13:22

          2. The tares of life Matthew 13:24-30

     B. These Gods Represent Excitement

          1.Demas, having loved this present world II Timothy 4:10

          2. The excitement beyond God’s way I John 2:16

               a. Lust of the eyes

               b. Lust of the flesh

               c. Pride of life

THEME:WE CAN CHOOSE TO SERVE:

          I.THE GODS BEFORE GOD DEALT WITH US

         II. THE GODS OF EGYPT

        III.THE GODS AROUND US TODAY

IV. THE GOD OF GODS: THE LORD 24:15

     A. The Grammatical Construction

          1. Me and my house

          2. Emphasis:

               a. Me

               b. As a result of me, my house

     B. Choose You This Day Whom Ye Will Serve

          1. Hebrew verb:

               a. Continuous action

               b. I have chosen; I will in the future choose

NOTE: If you live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit Galatians 5:16

          2. Serve:

               a. Not worship

               b. Be subject to

     C. The Impact Of This Choice On Joshua

          1. No moral blemish on his record

          2. His only “sin” was giving others the benefit of the doubt

               a. Ai and Achan

               b. Covenant with the Gibeonites

     D. So Joshua Let The People Depart, Every Man Unto His Inheritance 24:28

          1. The influence of Joshua lasted for a generation after him Judges 2:7

          2. The inheritance 24:28

               a. One of the gods of this world or,

               b. The Lord

CONCLUSION

WE CAN CHOOSE TO SERVE:

I.THE GODS BEFORE GOD DEALT WITH US

II. THE GODS OF EGYPT

III.THE GODS AROUND US TODAY

IV. THE GOD OF GODS: THE LORD

#Genesis 22:1-19a

WHY IS ABRAHAM CALLED THE FATHER OF THE FAITHFUL?

Genesis 22:1-19

INTRODUCTION

     1. Not because he left Ur of the Chaldees

     2. Not because he left his family

The reason is found in Genesis 22:1-19

I. THE TEST            22:1-2

     A. Tempt

          1. First time found in the Bible

          2. It means, to try or prove

NOTE: Companies who build cars put them on test tracks, not to destroy them, but puts them through tests to prove they can stand up

     B. Your Son, Your Only Son

          1. Not Ishmael

          2. A brother

     C. Whom You Love

NOTE: You don’t have the right to chew people out from the pulpit until you have earned the right by loving them

          1. First time found in the Bible

          2. Not love of:

               a. Wife

               b. Brother

               c. Country

          3. Love of Father and Son

NOTE: The Heavenly Father and the Son

Matthew 3:17

Mark 1:11

Luke 3:22

John 3:16

     D. Abraham Had Not Heard From God For Almost 20 Years

          1. Regarding Isaac’s birth

          2. Maybe Abraham had come to love Isaac too much

NOTE: Life is a succession of tests, for character is only possible through discipline.

     E. The Land Of Moriah    vs. 2

          1. Hebrew meaning

               a. The place where God provides

               b. The place of the appearance of God

          2. Old Testament occurrences of Mount Moriah

               a. I Chronicles 21:15 cf. 22:1

               b. II Chronicles 3:1

         3. New Testament

              a. They cut a moat for a city wall

              b. Outside the wall was the face of a skull           Matthew 27:33

II. THE TRIP            22:3-4

     A. Rose Up Early

           1. Did not delay

           2. Did not go on vacation first

     B. Task:

          1. Two young men (2 witnesses)

          2. Isaac

          3. Wood

     C. Third Day

          1. What to say for three days?

          2. Two nights

               a. Laying on the ground, fingers running through the desert sand and thinking of the sand of seashore

              b. Laying on his back, looking at the stars of heaven    Hebrews 11:17-19

III. THE TRIAL        22:5-9

     A. Testimony

          1. Abide

          2. We will go

          3. We will worship

               a. Definition – Bow to the will of God, recognizing and acknowledging that His will is best

               b. James 2:20-24

          4. We will come again

     B. Only The Father And Son Went To Sacrifice          vs. 6

     C. Where Is The Lamb?

NOTE: John the Baptist – Behold the Lamb of God

          1. God will provide Himself a lamb  vs. 8

          2. Verse 6 and verse 8 – So went both of them together

     D. Abraham’s Works

NOTE: James 2:20

          1. Built altar

          2. Laid wood

          3. Bound Isaac

          4. Laid him on the altar

NOTE: Abraham        118 years old

Isaac   18 years

IV. THE TESTIMONY       22:10-19

     A. Now I Know That You Fear God      vs. 12

NOTE: The will is taken for the deed

Where is the hardest place to serve God?

     B. The Ram Instead Of His Son

     C. By Myself I Have Sworn

          1. Found only six times in the Bible

          2. Most solemn oath by God

     D. Because          vs. 16

          1. You have done this

          2. To your only son

CONCLUSION

     A. The Sacrifices On Mount Moriah

          1. Isaac the son

          2. Jewish legal sacrifices

          3. Jesus the Son

     B. The Only Human Sacrifices Ever Required By God Were:

          1. Isaac

          2. Jesus

NOTE: God does not demand literal human sacrifice but spiritual sacrifice on an unconditional denial of the natural life, even to submission to death itself   Romans 12:1-2

     C. The Source Of Abraham’s Faith       Hebrews 11:17-19

     D. The Secret Of His Faith

          1. “Here am I”  Genesis 22:1,11

           2. He staggered not through unbelief    Romans 4:20

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