#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

#Genesis 22:1-19

GIVING OUR CHILDREN TO GOD

Genesis 22:1-19

INTRODUCTION

A great old hymn of the past sung by almost all denominations has these words:       Give of your best to the Master, Give Him first place in your life.

This song raises a question: do we give our best to our Master? Is God our Master, or the world? A sure fact: we are not our own masters of our destiny, and the destiny of our families. Either God will be, or the world will be.

There are great thermometers that give indications of our allegiance to God. Is God first, or our job? Is God first, or our material goods? Is God first, or our family.

In our study of Abraham today we see a man who has been blessed with everything. He had wealth, prestige, testimony of good character and the family he always had wanted. Now there comes the time in his life when he must ask, “Do I love God more than everything he has given me? Even my family?”

THEME: TO BE THE RIGHT KIND OF FATHER WE MUST:

I. BE WILLING TO LISTEN TO GOD    22:1-2

     A. After Abraham Had Been Successful In The Business World      21:22-34

          1. After these things   22:1

               a. Made a covenant with Abimelech       21:22-32

               b. Had the power to move among the Philistines without fear

NOTE: The entire nation of Israel feared them during the days of many of the kings of Israel

          2. After success in the business world we must still be successful with God

     B. When It May Not Be What We Want To Hear      vs. 1

          1. God puts fathers to the test (tempt)

               a. To put to the test

               b. To prove

               c. To assay

NOTE: Like determining the value of a precious mineral

          2. We never “arrive” and no longer need testing

          3. Abraham was willing to listen to God

               a. Behold

               b. Here I am

NOTE: Abraham had passed the test in the business world; now it was time to pass the spiritual test

     C. The Ultimate Test Of Abraham         22:2

          1. Take your beloved son Isaac

          2. Go to the land of Moriah

NOTE: “Moriah”         Chosen by God

          3. Offer him as a sacrifice to Me

T.S. TO BE THE RIGHT KIND OF FATHER WE MUST:

         I. BE WILLING TO LISTEN TO GOD

II. BE WILLING TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN TO GOD          22:3-10

     A. The Response Must Be Immediate            22:3

          1. Abraham rose up early

          2. Saddled his donkey to assure he would get there

NOTE: He made provision to get to the place where God wanted him to be

          3. He took two young men with them

               a. As a testimony

               b. So they could see the work of God

          4. He took Isaac

          5. He took the wood for the burnt offering

     B. The Response Trusted In God        22:4-5

          1. He saw the place afar off   22:4

NOTE: When we give our children to God, we can only see from a distance where God can use them

          2. We give a testimony         22:5

               a. To the young men

               b. I and the lad

                   1) Go there

                    2) Worship

                   3) Come again to you

NOTE: The faith of Abraham that God would resurrect his son

     B. The Response Of Faith To His Son            22:6-9

          1. The burdens           vs. 6

               a. Isaac carried the wood

NOTE: Jesus carried the cross

               b. Abraham carried the fire and knife

               c. They went both of them together

          2. The conversation of faith    vs. 7-8

               a. Father, where is the Lamb?     vs. 7

               b. God will provide Himself          vs. 8

     D. The Altar          vs. 9-10

           1. Where God told him          vs. 9

                a. Abraham built the altar

                b. Abraham put the wood in order

          2. Abraham bound Isaac       vs. 9

               a. Abraham was about 118 years old

               b. Isaac was about 18 years old

NOTE: Isaac said nothing but surrendered to the will of his father and God cf. Jesus opened not His mouth

     E. Abraham’s Act Of Faith          vs. 10

          1. In Abraham’s eyes Isaac was already dead to him

          2. He took the knife to kill Isaac

T.S. TO BE THE RIGHT KIND OF FATHER WE MUST:

         I. BE WILLING TO LISTEN TO GOD

         II. BE WILLING TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN TO GOD

III. BE WILLING DO WHAT GOD SAYS          22:11-14

     A. Abraham Was Responsive To God As He Was Faithful To God          22:11

          1. God spoke to him

         2. Abraham responded

     B. God Gave Abraham What He Wanted      22:12

          1. Don’t hurt the lad

NOTE: Giving our children to God does not hurt them; giving to the world will

          2. I know you fear (follow) God         22:12

               a. You withheld nothing

               b. You did not withhold your son from Me

     C. God Provided The Sacrifice  22:13

           1. Abraham had to do the looking

           2. Abraham had to go get the ram

           3. Abraham had to offer the ram

NOTE: Too many fathers are more willing to offer their families than their possessions cf. sacrificing the spiritual for the material

     D. Abraham Was Willing To Testify Of God’s Provisions      22:14

          1. Jehovah-jireh:         The Lord Will Provide

          2. It is seen today

               a. The temple mount

               b. The place where all sacrifice was given

NOTE: Abraham was willing to give his son where God was willing to give His Son, Jesus

T.S. TO BE THE RIGHT KIND OF FATHER WE MUST:

         I. BE WILLING TO LISTEN TO GOD

         II. BE WILLING TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN TO GOD

       III. BE WILLING DO WHAT GOD SAYS

IV. BE WILLING TO LET GOD BLESS US     22:15-19

     A. God Rewards Us According To Our Faithfulness Regarding Our Family            22:15-18

NOTE: The gods in the lives of fathers

          a. Their jobs

          b. Their hobbies

          c. Their families

          d. Their God

          1. God gave special promises to Abraham            22:15-17a

               a. God would communicate with him

               b. God would bless him

          2. God gave special promises to Abraham’s children       17b-18

               a. They would multiply

               b. They would overcome their enemies

               c. They would be a blessing to all nations

     B. Abraham Continued To Serve God And Be Blessed      22:19

          1. He returned to the young men

                a. As a testimony

                b. As a mentor

          2. He dwelt at Beersheba

               a. An oasis

               b. A well-watered, fertile place

               c. His hometown

CONCLUSION

TO BE THE RIGHT KIND OF FATHER WE MUST

I. BE WILLING TO LISTEN TO GOD

II. BE WILLING TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN TO GOD

III. BE WILLING DO WHAT GOD SAYS

IV. BE WILLING TO LET GOD BLESS US

#Genesis 6:1-13

THE FAITH OF NOAH

Genesis 6:1-13

INTRODUCTION

When one thinks of Noah a number of descriptions and associations come to mind: The Flood, the Ark, our common ancestor. One word stands out above all others regarding Noah: Faith – Above all else Noah was a man of Faith. He is found in the great Chapter of Faith in Hebrews Eleven. Of all those mentioned only Noah’s account begins and ends with the phrase “by faith” (11:7).

Any one of us can have a like faith as Noah if we are willing to recognize certain conditions as he did.

THEME: IN ORDER TO HAVE NOAH’S FAITH WE MUST RECOGNIZE:

I. THE CONDITIONS IN NOAH’S DAY THAT DID NOT HELP HIS FAITH

     A. The Wickedness Of Man       Genesis 6:5

          1. The first three times in the Bible “God saw”

               a. God saw the Creation of GodGenesis 1:31

               b. God saw the wickedness of man        Genesis 6:5

               c. God looked upon the earth      Genesis 6:12

          2. The wickedness was great in the earth

NOTE: First time wickedness is called “great” in the Bible

          3. Imagination

               a. Every or, the whole imagination

               b. Imagination – Hebrew – a strong desire

               c. Only evil continually

               d. No restraint on what men thought

     B. The Earth Was Corrupt Before God            6:11-12

          1. The earth also was filled with violence

               a. The form of moral corruption prevalent

               b. Hebrew – chamas

                   1) High handed dealing

                   2) Violating the rights of others

                   3) People’s rights were being trampled upon

NOTE: But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be   Matthew 24:37

          2. All flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth

NOTE:  There is a way which seems right unto a man …Proverbs 14:12

T.S. IN ORDER TO HAVE NOAH’S FAITH      WE MUST RECOGNIZE:

         I. THE CONDITIONS IN NOAH’S DAY THAT DID NOT HELP HIS FAITH

II. THE CONDITIONS IN GOD’S MIND THAT SPURRED NOAH’S FAITH ON

     A. My Spirit Will Not Always Strive With Man            Genesis 6:3

          1. For that he also is flesh cf. vs. 12 (all flesh is corrupted)

          2. His days shall be 120 years

               a. The time until the flood

               b. God allotted time for repentance

                   1) Parable of the fig tree          Luke 13:6-9

                   2) Jezebel         Revelation 2:20-21

                    3) Jerusalem     Matthew 23:37-38

     B. God Repented That He Had Made Man    Genesis 6:6,7

NOTE: I Samuel 15:29 (as a man repents)

          1. How a man may change his heart

               a. When he gets more light on the subject

               b. Because of immaturity or instability of character

          2. Hebrew – literally – “it grieved Him into His heart”

          3. Because of God’s unchangeable nature toward sin and man had changed his moral nature, God had to change his attitude and conduct in His dealings toward man

     C. I Will Destroy Them With The EarthGenesis 6:13

NOTE: … who worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator …      Romans 1:25

T.S. IN ORDER TO HAVE NOAH’S FAITH WE MUST RECOGNIZE:

         I. THE CONDITIONS IN NOAH’S DAY THAT DID NOT HELP HIS FAITH

         II. THE CONDITIONS IN GOD’S MIND THAT SPURRED NOAH’S FAITH ON

III. THE CONDITIONS IN NOAH’S HEART THAT BROUGHT FORTH HIS FAITH

A. Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord         Genesis 6:8

          1. Found

               a. Was no accident

              b. Signifies he sought

          2. Grace – (unmerited favor)

               a. The first time found in the Bible

               b. The foundations of every life that is well pleasing to God

NOTE: It was the grace of God and not the graces of Noah that saved Noah from a watery grave

               3. The eyes of the Lord

                    a. God saw creation and the wicked

                    b. Those in God’s grace will be led by His eyePsalm 32:8

     B. Noah Was Righteous            Genesis 6:9

          1. Noah was a just man

               a. The first man so called

               b. Righteous – conformed to a standard (God’s)

          2. Perfect in his generations

               a. Hebrew – tamin

                   1) Translated 44 times in the Old Testament as “without blemish”

                   2) Keeping separate from participating in the moral evil around him

NOTE: From which we get our word in English, “contamination”

               b. Noah before God and Man

                   1) He was just in his moral relation to God

                   2) He was blameless in his character and conduct before men

NOTE: Noah (Genesis 6:9) and Job (Job 12:4) were both just and righteous

     C. Noah Walked By Faith

          1. In his preaching.

               a. “A preacher of righteousness”II Peter 2:5

               b. Josephus says Noah preached and pleaded with them to change their actions until he was afraid they would kill him

          2. In his personal life

               a. He walked with God     Genesis 6:9

               b. He resembled his great grandfather Enoch    Genesis 5:22

NOTE: Though each walks with God, each walks a different path

          a. Enoch went to be with God

          b. Noah built an ark

          c. Job suffered

               c. Noah did all God commanded him

                   1) Genesis 6:22

                   2) Genesis 7:5

NOTE: Hebrews 11:7

CONCLUSION

IN ORDER TO HAVE NOAH’S FAITH WE MUST RECOGNIZE:

I. THE CONDITIONS IN NOAH’S DAY THAT DID NOT HELP HIS FAITH

II. THE CONDITIONS IN GOD’S MIND THAT SPURRED NOAH’S FAITH ON

III. THE CONDITIONS IN NOAH’S HEART THAT BROUGHT FORTH HIS FAITH

#Genesis 25:19-28

OUR NEED OF GOD

Genesis 25:19-28

INTRODUCTION

Every one of us has dreams. Every one of us has goals for our family. We dream that our children will have a better life than we had. Our greatest dream is that they have a better spiritual life than we have.

Not one of the four characters in this story flow through history on “flowery beds of ease.” Isaac never measured up to his Dad, Abraham. Rebekah had plans that blew up in her face. Esau’s plans of grandeur ended up in the trash bin of history because of his sin. Jacob only made it because God in His sovereignty overrode Jacob’s desires and made something out of Jacob.

In the lives of these four we see ourselves. We have plans. We have dreams. We experience failure. We experience success. But in the shadows of our life lurks the demon of failure. The only way we can even begin to successfully plan is to remember we are children of God.

THEME: WHEN WE PLAN OUR LIFE AS A CHILD OF GOD:

I. WE HAVE TO HAVE GOD’S HELP   vs. 19-21

     A. We Have A Past We Cannot Change            vs. 19

          1. We can continue living just like the past

          2. We can decide to build a new history of our family

NOTE:  Pastor James Ryle told his testimony in a 1994 Promise Keepers’ conference. When he was 2 years old, his father was sent to prison. When he was 7, he was placed in an orphanage. At 19, he had a car wreck that killed a friend. He sold drugs to raise money for his legal fee. He was arrested and sent to prison.

While in prison he accepted Christ, served his time and went into the ministry. Years later he sought out his father to reconcile with him. Eventually their conversation turned to prison life.

Both were shocked to find that Ryle’s father was a welder that built penitentiaries. His father also built the penitentiary where Ryle served his time.

“I was in the prison my father built.”

A father’s example builds a place to live for his children. Will it be a prison or a home?

NOTE: This genealogy is the beginning of a new history

          3. Ishmael died in the presence of his relatives     Genesis 25:18

               a. No mention of the Lord

               b. No mention of righteousness

          4. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people.  Genesis 25:8

     B. We Chose Those Who Can Make Or Break Us        vs. 20

          1. The story of Abraham’s servant going to Haran to find a wife for Isaac

               a. Both Abraham and the servant honored God

               b. Every test or fleece the servant placed before God turned to Rebekah

              c. There could be no room for doubt;Rebekah was the one for Isaac

          2. Now everything is called into question

               a. She is sterile

               b. An act of God brought Isaac and Rebekah together

               c. Another act of God is now needed to overcome her barrenness

     C. We Have To Go To God For The Impossible Things Of Life          vs. 21

          1. Sometimes when we are unhappy over what seems to be happening in our lives, we complain to God

               a. The essence of our complaint is that God owes us more than we are getting

               b. We feel He is not treating us fairly

NOTE: God does not fulfill His promises according to human plans and expectations

          2. When Isaac’s faith was tested

               a. He found refuge in prayer

               b. His prayer was answered

NOTE: Isaac is the only patriarch till now whose intercession is recorded

          3. The three most important women in Genesis all experienced problems in producing children

               a. Sarah

               b. Rebekah

               c. Rachel

NOTE: Rebekah is a type of may Christians

          a. They are truly saved, truly linked in saving faith to the Lord Jesus Christ

          b. They remain spiritually barren

          c. They never bring forth any lasting fruit for God

          4. The barrenness is not in Isaac

               a. Isaac did not blame Rebekah

               b. He prayed for her

NOTE: Neither is the cause of our barrenness in Jesus. Like Isaac, Jesus intercedes for us.

T.S. WHEN WE PLAN OUR LIFE AS A CHILD OF GOD:

          I. WE HAVE TO HAVE GOD’S HELP

II. WE HAVE TO GET ANSWERS THAT ONLY GOD CAN ANSWER    vs. 22-23

     A. Often We Only See The Struggles Of Life     vs. 22

          1. In her anxiety Rebekah turned to the Lord

               a. For what then I?

               b. Why am I thus?

               c. Wherefore do I live?

               d. Why has God allowed me to live to see this?

          2. Why does God allow us to go through such agony?

     B. Only God Can Tell Us “Why” In Life    vs. 23

          1. Two nations would come from her

               a. The order will be changed

               b. The older will serve the younger

              c. In contrast to the normal and natural expectation

          2. God’s plans for our lives are not based on our actions or position but on God’s grace

          3. She sought to be the mother of a child, she becomes the mother of two nations

               a. Mary pondered things in her heart

               b. Apparently Rebekah told everyone

               c. Created problems between the bothers

NOTE: The sinning elder brothers

          a. Cain and Abel

          b. Ishmael and Isaac

          c. Esau and Jacob

NOTE: The results

          a. In each case the older brother came in second

          b. In each case the older brother turned from God

          c. In each case the younger brother turned to God

T.S. WHEN WE PLAN OUR LIFE AS A CHILD OF GOD:

          I. WE HAVE TO HAVE GOD’S HELP

         II. WE HAVE TO GET ANSWERS THAT ONLY GOD CAN ANSWER

III. WE HAVE TO BUILD ORDER IN OUR HOME     vs. 24-28

     A. Our Life Is Controlled By Outside Forces        vs. 24

          1. Isaac is 60 when the boys are born

         2. He and Rebekah waited 20 years for this

     B. We Do Not Decide Our Children’s Destiny     vs. 25

          1. Esau was the more vigorous of the two boys

               a. He was the first born

               b. Like a hairy garment

               c. Medical term – hypertrichosis

              d. Gave him a reddish brown color

              e. “Esau” does mean hairy

NOTE: For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.         Mark 8:35

          2. Each is given by God certain characteristics

          3. Jacob is said to mean “he who grabs the heal”            vs. 26

NOTE: Heal-gripper

          4. Each is given a lifestyle by Godvs. 27

          5. They manifested great differences in temperament and character

          6. Esau

               a. An outdoors man and a skilled hunter

               b. It is said that he grew up with an undisciplined character

          7. Jacob

              a. Plain man

                   1) Cultured

                   2) Pious

                   3) Wholesome

                   4) Content

               b. A disciplined character

                    1) “Dwelling in tents”

                    2) Nomadic life

               c. He was intent upon filling well the place in life prepared for him

          8. Two boys

               a. Born at the same time

               b. Born in the same place

              c. Born of the same parents

              d. Born to the same advantages and opportunities

          9. From the outset

               a. One set out in his own stumbling, erring way to please God (Esau)

               b. The other set out to please himself (Jacob)

               c. One was ruled by worldly and carnal things

               d. One was finally ruled by the heavenly vision

     C. We Can Hurt The Development Of Our Children      vs. 28

          1. Esau

               a. The firstborn

               b. The natural choice

               c. Isaac’s choice

               d. Not God’s choice

NOTE: “Love me for what I can do”

          2. Jacob

               a. God chose him

               b. This eliminates boasting

              c. This encourages love for God

NOTE: We love him, because he first loved us.     I John 4:19

          3. Instead yielding to God’s will they tried to manipulate each other

CONCLUSION

WHEN WE PLAN OUR LIFE AS A CHILD OF GOD:

I. WE HAVE TO HAVE GOD’S HELP

II. WE HAVE TO GET ANSWERS THAT ONLY GOD CAN ANSWER

III. WE HAVE BUILD ORDER IN OUR HOME

#Genesis 25:29-34

WRONG PRIORITIES

Genesis 25:29-34

INTRODUCTION

We are a generation of busy people. And as we are trying to find ways to give up responsibilities we continually ask, “What can I afford to give up?” “What is negotiable and what is not negotiable?” There is a sorrow to this story. So many people give up the important things and pursue what is less important or worthless.

We have new words and phrases in our vocabulary that were not used in our culture fifty years ago. “Burn out.” “Drop out.” “Reprogram.”

As children of God we also fight a battle of trying to determine what to drop and what to continue. The discussion of the continuing on, or failing to continue on, relates to this Old Testament passage. Here is a warning that those who despise God’s grace are in danger of forever forfeiting the privilege of experiencing his blessing.

NOTE: Hebrews 12:15-17

THEME: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE?

I. WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE WE FAIL TO MAKE THE PROVISIONS IN OUR LIFE  vs. 29-30

     A. The Provision When We Are In Need        vs. 29

          1. Jacob was preparing his strength

NOTE: ‘Sod’ (KJV)

          a. To boil

          b. To seethe

          c. Be arrogant

          d. Be rebelliously proud

          e. To defy proudly

               a. Pottage

                   1) Boiled food

                   2) Soup

               b. The ingredients of this pot of stew

                   1) Lentils

                   2) Onions

                   3) Rice

                   4) Olive oil

                   5) Meat

NOTE: Nothing in this meal was worth the amount Esau was willing to pay

          2. Esau failed in preparation (was faint)

               a. The character of each

                  1) Jacob – Heel grabber

                   2) Esau – Hairy

               b. Esau’s condition (faint)

                   1) Exhausted

                   2) Weary

                   3) Tired and hungry

NOTE: The Law Of Temptation: The greater our weakness, the greater the temptation

NOTE: A three-year-old was caught in the kitchen, standing on a chair eating cookies. “I just climbed up to smell them and my tooth got caught.”

     B. The Provision Of Greed        vs. 30a

NOTE: Esau was not interested in a gourmet meal

          1. Feed me

               a. To swallow greedily

               b. Devour

              c. Famished

          2. His words are expressive of his uncontrolled hunger

         3. He does not say

               a. A mild, “Feed me”

               b. Let me taste

          4. He does say

               a. Let me gulp

               b. He does not ask to eat but to gulp (inhale)

              c. An uncouth glutton

          5. His haste

               a. His haste does not let him try to name the pottage under preparation

               b. He just designates it: “Of the red, that red”

              c. We might say, “Some of that red stuff there”

     C. The Provision Of Testimony    vs. 30b

NOTE: His eagerness to “gulp down” some of “the” red

          1. Edom

               a. Hebrew – “adam” means “red”

               b. Even his descendants were known by the decision that day

          2. His descendants were called Edom because of the value he placed on “red” that day

NOTE: How we face temptation in our life will determine even the testimony of our descendants

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE?

         I. WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE WE FAIL TO MAKE THE PROVISIONS IN OUR LIFE

II. WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE WE ARE PRESSURED TO GIVE UP WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US           vs. 31-33

     A. The Temptation To Sell The Testimony We Have In The New Birth      vs. 31

          1. The consideration to sell

               a. To sell oneself

               b. To be given over until death

NOTE: The birthright involved both material and spiritual blessings

          2. The right of the firstborn

               a. The firstborn received twice as much property as each of the other sons

               b. He became the head of his family and the spiritual leader of his people

     B. Jacob Had The Right To Desire The Birthright

          1. He sought a good thing in a bad way

          2. He needed only to wait on God

          3. God had said the rights of the firstborn was his

          4. Jacob tried to help the good Lord along occasionally

          5. He was not fully confident of God’s methods for arriving at the goal

          6. An attitude of mistrust toward God

          7. Confidence in human ingenuity rather than in divine dependability, in one word – unbelief

          8. He had spiritual aggressiveness but from a wrong perspective

     C. The Rationale We Use To Yield To Temptation    vs. 32

          1. Esau’s answer seems a bit puzzling

               a. I am at the point to die

               b. I am walking into death

          2. He exaggerates not only his hunger but the imminence of his death as well

               a. Sin makes us see things out of proportion

               b. If he believes that he is dying, then does he think a bowl of stew can arrest the inevitable?

          3. Profit

               a. Not everything in our life has to be used for profit

               b. We can let God use our life without worrying about profit

          4. Esau thought so little of the spiritual advantages that he virtually threw the birthright away

               a. He had no appreciation of, or desire for, spiritual advantages or values

               b. In this sense he is a profane person   Hebrews 12:6

NOTE: Profane – It is alright to walk all over godly people and godly things

          5. Given the choice of retaining his special status or getting something to eat, he opts for the latter

               a. He wanted everything here and now

               b. His carnal appetite superseded his spiritual appetite

          6. Fulfilling these physical desires in this present life meant more to him than the blessing of God in the future

               a. He attached no value to the rich promises of God that would go to his descendants

               b. He thought only of satisfying his own immediate physical desires

      D. The Extent We Will Go To Sin         vs. 33

          1. Swear

               a. Take an oath

               b. The seriousness of the oath does not deter Esau

              c. He promptly gives the oath

          2. Esau makes a final determination without the possibility of any recall

          3. Esau considered his responsibilities and honors unimportant

NOTE: … For one morsel of meat Esau despised his birthright         Hebrews 12:16

NOTE: The trading of eternal glory for present passion

T.S. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE?

          I. WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE WE FAIL TO MAKE THE PROVISIONS IN OUR LIFE

         II. WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE WE ARE PRESSURED TO GIVE UP WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US

III. WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE WE ARE STRENGTHENED IN THE WRONG THINGS          vs. 34

NOTE: Esau capitulates and Jacob capitalizes

     A. Esau Consumed Temporary Things

          1. Bread

          2. Drink

          3. Stew

NOTE: How long is it after a meal and we are hungry again?

     B. Esau Rose Up In His Own Power

          1. To arise (hostile sense)

         2. Become powerful

         3. Come on the scene

         4. To stand

         5. He seems to be wholly indifferent to the enormous loss he had sustained in selling his birthright

     C. Esau Went His Way

          1. Not God’s way

         2. There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.         Proverbs 16:25

     D. Esau Despised His Spiritual Standing

          1. He held it as worthless

          2. He held it in contempt

NOTE: In the Bible

          a. God is despised

          b. Others are despised

          c. Things are despised

NOTE: Esau is the patron saint of those who have a deep and prolonged exposure to Christianity and sell their spiritual life for a bowl of food

NOTE: In training a dog, the master will lay a piece of meat on the floor. The dog will head for it. The master will say, “No.!” Almost every time the dog will take his eyes off the morsel and look at his master. So should we.

NOTE: For which world are we living

CONCLUSION

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE?

I. WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE WE FAIL TO MAKE THE PROVISIONS IN OUR LIFE

II. WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE WE ARE PRESSURED TO GIVE UP WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN TO US

III. WHEN WE HAVE THE WRONG PRIORITIES IN OUR LIFE WE ARE STRENGTHENED IN THE WRONG THINGS

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