#Genesis 1:1-2:3

CREATION – BECAUSE GOD CARES

Genesis 1:1-2:3

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THEME: BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

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

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

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

               a. “Created” – Hebrew – bara

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

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

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

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

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

               a. From an unused root meaning to lie waste

               b. Empty place

               c. Nothing of worth

              d. Wilderness

          3. He began with the Spirit of God

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

               b. Moved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. God saw the light, that it was good

               a. It was exactly as he designed it

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

          3. The evening and the morning were the first day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

               a. The clouds of water in the atmosphere

               b. The ice canopy model

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

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

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

          1. We use the oxygen

               a. They use our “waste air”

               b. We use their “waste air”

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

               a. The fruit of trees

               b. The vegetables of the plants

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

          1. We run our calendar by the sky

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

               a. Winter

               b. Summer

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

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

          1. The creation of consciousness      1:20

               a. The soul – Hebrew: Nephesh

               b. Definition of Nephesh: A breathing creature

         2. Do creatures have a ‘soul’?

               a. Yes

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

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

NOTE:The order of created life

          a. Life in the seas came first

          b. Life in the air came second

NOTE: This all happened on day five         vs.23

NOTE:This is totally contrary to the evolution model

          a. Life evolved in the oceans

          b. Life climbed out on land

          c. Life climbed into trees

          d. Life flew

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

          1. Cattle

               a. Animals that can be domesticated

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

               c. Clean and unclean animals

          2. Creeping things

               a. Smaller animals

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

          3. Beast of the earth

               a. The wild animals

               b. Not able to be domesticated

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

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

               a. Space

               b. Mass

               c. Seasons

          2. “Making”

               a. To make: asah

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

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

               b. To form: yatsar

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

               c. Both words mean:

                   1) To mold into a form as by a potter

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

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

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

        I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

         II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT

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

      A. Image

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

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

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

          4. In the New Testament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

C. Deliberate Progress In Creation

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

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

          3. The appearance of age

          4. Creation was “mature” from its beginning

          5. Everything was created and formed by God full grown

NOTE:God did not teach language to Adam

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

       I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

         II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT

       III. HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE

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

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

          1. The meaning of ‘finished’

               a. Accomplished

               b. Completed

               c. Done

               d. Ended

               e. Finished doing a thing

               f. Fulfilled

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

               a. Everything was completed

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

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

          1. His work alone

          2. What He made alone

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

C. God Rested On The Seventh Day2:1

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

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

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

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

          3. Rested

               a. Cease

               b. Celebrate

               c. Keep or observe the Sabbath

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

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

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

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

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

CONCLUSION

BECAUSE GOD CARES SO MUCH FOR US:

I. HE CREATED A PLACE FOR US

II. HE CREATED LIFE FOR OUR BENEFIT

III. HE CREATED US IN HIS IMAGE

IV. HE LEFT NOTHING UNDONE FOR US

#Genesis 3:1,9; 4:9

THE THREE GREATEST QUESTIONS WE MUST FACE

Genesis 3:1,9; 4:9

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THEME: HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?           Genesis 3:1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

               a. Our reasons

               b. Our excuses

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

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

T.S. HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

         I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?

II. TO WHERE WE ARE?  Genesis 3:9

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

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

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

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

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

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

          2. He saves unto the uttermost         Hebrews 7:25

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

T.S. HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

         I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?

         II. TO WHERE WE ARE?

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

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

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

NOTE:Keeper – Guardian

     C. The Great Commandment    Matthew 22: 37-40

          1. Love the Lord – Jesus

          2. Love thy neighbor as thyself

NOTE: Cain responded by killing his brother, Abel

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

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

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

NOTE:We are all brothers and sisters in Adam

CONCLUSION

HOW ARE WE TO RESPOND:

I. TO WHAT GOD SAYS?

II. TO WHERE WE ARE?

III. TO THE NEEDS OF OTHERS?

#Genesis 18-19

HOW NOT TO LOOK AT LIFE

Genesis 18-19

(Lot’s View Of Life)

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One was drawn to beauty; the other to bizarre.

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

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

I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

     A. The View Of Lifestyles

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

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

     B. The View Of Failure

          1. Abram went to Egypt        Genesis 12:10

               a. During a famine

               b. He did not consult God

               c. He lied and called Sarah his sister

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

          2. Lot simply went with the flow

               a. He did not help Abram

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

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

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

          I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

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

          1. Physically watered land vs. spiritually watered life

          2. Wealth from the land vs. wealth from God

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

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

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

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

          a. Those who drag us down to sin

          b. Those who we draw up to righteousness

     C. Lot Chose Identification With Losers           Genesis 14

          1. They were not able to defend themselves

          2. They were slaves to others

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

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

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

     D. Lot Chose Exaltation From The Wrong People

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

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

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

          I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

         II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

III. AN AMORAL VIEW OF OUR CHILDREN

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

          1. No record of an altar build before them

          2. No record they ever received spiritual instruction

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

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

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

          1. He did not choose godly friends

          2. He chose the children of Sodom

     C. Lot Chose His Children’s Destiny

          1. Physical Destiny

          2. Spiritual Destiny

NOTE: Moabites and Ammonites

CONCLUSION

WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF LIFE WHEN WE HAVE:

I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

III. AN AMORAL VIEW OF OUR CHILDREN

#Genesis 37:1-4

THE HATRED OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

Genesis 37:1-4

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

     A. Abraham Knew That Canaan Was Not Permanent

          1. He lived in temporary dwellings   Hebrews 11:9

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

     B. Abraham Looked For A City            Hebrews 11:10

          1. A city – not farmland

               a. Not the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah

NOTE: Lot looked for Sodom

               b. Not the cities of Egypt

          2. He looked for a city that was built right

               a. By God

               b. Not by the world

                    1) Canaanites

                    2) Egyptians

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

     C. Jacob Looked To Dwell

          1. He sought permanence

          2. He sought roots where his grandfather sought passage

     D. Jacob Had Different Goals Than Abraham And Isaac

          1. Abraham’s goal was spiritual

               a. Obey God

               b. Follow God

               c. Seek a spiritual dwelling

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

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

          2. Jacob’s goal

               a. To exist

               b. To exist in sorrow

NOTE: Rachel, his favorite wife, was dead

     E. The Contrast Between Abraham And Jacob

          1. Abraham tried to encourage people to live righteously

               a. His servants were righteous

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

          2. Jacob made others miserable like himself

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

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

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

     A. The Battle Of Youth

          1. Joseph was the younger of the sons

NOTE: Benjamin was a baby

          2. Joseph had bad role models

               a. In his father

               b. In his step-mothers

               c. In his older brothers

     B. The Battles Because Of Parents’ Wrong Decisions

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

          1. The sons of broken families

          2. The sons of competing families

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

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

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

          1. Joseph was feeding the flock with his brethren

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

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

               c. Caring and providing for those dependent on him

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

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

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

               b. Jacob played favorites with Rachel

               c. Leah was frustration and disappointed

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

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

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

              g. The motley crowd of older brothers

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

          3. Joseph’s first temptation: to conform

               a. He was with:

                    1) Reuben, the adulterer

                    2) Dan the cunning

                    3) Naphtali the carefree sinner

                    4) Gad the coward and bully

                    5) Asher the connoisseur

               b. Joseph was alone and unwanted

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

          4. Joseph’s second temptation: to conceal

               a. They saw him as a tattle-tale

               b. He followed his father’s orders

               c. Joseph’s first duty was to his father

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

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

               a. Adversity did not harden him against God

               b. Prosperity did not ruin him

               c. Joseph never complained

               d. Joseph never compromised

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

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

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

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

     A. The Battle Of Sibling Rivalries          vs. 3

          1. Jacob came from a family that played favorites

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

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

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

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

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

          3. Coat of many colors

               a. Given to the heir

               b. Ruler-ship over the clan

               c. Responsibility to the clan

               d. Lion’s share of the property

     B. The Hatred Of Unrighteousness Against Righteousness  vs. 4

          1. Their father loved Joseph

               a. Act of being a friend

               b. He showed he liked Joseph

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

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

          2. They hated him

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

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

I Samuel 18:28-29

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

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

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

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

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

          2. Their lives stood for

               a. Murder

               b. Treachery

               c. Incest

          3. Joseph stood for truth

               a. His virtue exposed their vice

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

     D. They Could Not Speak Peaceably To Him

          1. There was no completeness

          2. They did not have a sound relationship

          3. There was no contentment in their relationship

          4. There was no friendship in the home

     E. Joseph Had Not Ordered The Coat

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONCLUSION

WHY MUST WE FIGHT TO KEEP RIGHTEOUSNESS IN OUR HOMES?

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

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

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

Comparisons Of #Joseph And #Jesus

COMPARISONS OF JOSEPH AND JESUS

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

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

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

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

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

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

G. Went Into, And Came Out Of

Egypt                                                        Genesis 37:36    Matthew 27:15

H. Two Others Were Bound With Him,

One Whom Was Saved, One

Destroyed                                                 Genesis 40          Luke 23:32-43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

P. Made Known Through An

Interpreter                                                Genesis 49:23    John 16:13,14

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

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

#How Not To #Look At Life

HOW NOT TO LOOK AT LIFE

(Lot’s View Of Life)

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

One was drawn to beauty; the other to bizarre.

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

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

I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

     A. The View Of Lifestyles

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

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

     B. The View Of Failure

          1. Abram went to Egypt        Genesis 12:10

               a. During a famine

               b. He did not consult God

               c. He lied and called Sarah his sister

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

          2. Lot simply went with the flow

               a. He did not help Abram

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

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

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

          I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

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

          1. Physically watered land vs. spiritually watered life

          2. Wealth from the land vs. wealth from God

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

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

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

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

          a. Those who drag us down to sin

          b. Those who we draw up to righteousness

     C. Lot Chose Identification With Losers           Genesis 14

          1. They were not able to defend themselves

          2. They were slaves to others

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

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

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

     D. Lot Chose Exaltation From The Wrong People

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

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

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

          I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

         II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

III. AN AMORAL VIEW OF OUR CHILDREN

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

          1. No record of an altar build before them

          2. No record they ever received spiritual instruction

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

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

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

          1. He did not choose godly friends

          2. He chose the children of Sodom

     C. Lot Chose His Children’s Destiny

          1. Physical Destiny

          2. Spiritual Destiny

NOTE: Moabites and Ammonites

CONCLUSION

WE HAVE A WRONG VIEW OF LIFE WHEN WE HAVE:

I. A NEGATIVE VIEW OF OUR ELDERS

II. A POSITIVE VIEW OF THE WRONG PEOPLE

III. AN AMORAL VIEW OF OUR CHILDREN

#Exodus 1:7-14

WHEN LIFE CHANGES

Exodus 1:7-14

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

THEME: WHAT CYCLES OF LIFE ARE WE TO EXPECT?

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

     A. God Makes Us Fruitful

          1. Increased abundantly

               a. Multiply

               b. To swarm

               c. To teem

          2. Could mean two million souls

               a. A result of God’s promised blessings

               b. Sometimes God’s blessings can be numbered

          3. They multiplied

               a. Abundance

               b. Become great

               c. Become many or numerous

               d. Exceedingly

     B. God Even Can Make Us Fruitful In The World

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

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

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

          2. The Nile controls the land

               a. Egypt is dependent upon higher ground for its water

               b. Dependent on a source above itself

               c. Beyond its reach

               d. Beyond its control

               e. It rains in Central Africa

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

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

     C. God Is Willing To Let Us Fill The Land

          1. Complete

          2. Full

          3. Overflow

          4. Satisfy

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

     D. When We Are Filled We Can Forget God

          1. Israel relaxed spiritually in Egypt

          2. Israel worshipped the golden calf of Goshen

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

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

               a. The food of Egypt

               b. The gods of Egypt

               c. The attitudes of Egypt

NOTE: They listened to the mixed multitude

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

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

NOTE: Nineveh and Babylon lived among other peoples

          2. Egypt could live and die by herself

          3. Filled with seed – germs of nobility

               a. Great buildings

               b. Pyramids

                    1) Eighty pyramids have been identified

                    2) Shaped like the sun’s rays

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

               c. Great statutes

               d. Makers of valuable jewelry out of gold

               e. Valley of the Kings

          4. They ignored God

               a. Lived for gratification of the flesh

               b. Sought to preserve for the next life

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

          I. WE CAN EXPECT THE BLESSINGS OF GOD

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

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

          1. Everyone faced extinction before God worked through Joseph

NOTE: We faced hell before someone came to us

          2. ‘Joseph’ means, God has added

          3. God uses us for others

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

          1. They don’t discuss it with us

               a. In this time period the pharaoh was law

               b. He could do no wrong

               c. No laws for himself, only for others

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

          2. They don’t like our success

               a. The native Egyptians felt outnumbered by the unwelcome immigrants

               b. Prosperity invites disaster

                    1) From the world

                    2) From the spirit world

          3. The goals of the god of this world

               a. To hinder us from increasing

               b. To weaken us

               c. To destroy us

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

NOTE: They Use Their Worldly Wisdom

          1. Deal wisely

               a. To show oneself wise

               b. Deceive

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

          2. They see us as different than them

               a. The people of God

               b. Not a military people

               c. A pastoral people

          3. They don’t want us around and free

               a. Our blessings become their problem

               b. They did not fear the Israel would escape

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

NOTE: Satan has the same anxiety

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

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

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

          I. WE CAN EXPECT THE BLESSINGS OF GOD

         II. WE CAN EXPECT THE FEAR OF UNBELIEVERS

III. WE CAN EXPECT OPPOSITION  vs.11-14

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

NOTE: The first appearance in history of anti-Semitism

          1. Make the people of God weak

          2. Work them in service of Egypt

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

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

          5. Not service pleasing to God

          6. Service pleasing to pharaoh

     B. They Give Us Worldly Leaders And Goals

          1. Taskmaster

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

               b. A hated Egyptian official

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

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

               a. Pithom

                    1) City of justice

                    2) Not God’s justice

                    3) The world’s justice

               b. Raamses

                    1) Child of the sun

                    2) Ra – the sun god

     C. We Must Keep Multiplying  vs. 12

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

          1. In spite of affliction

               a. The idea of looking down or browbeating

               b. Humble

               c. Troubling

               d. Weakening

               e. Be busied with other things than God

               f. To be put down

               g. To depress

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

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

               h. A life of unrelieved drudgery

          2. In order to grow spiritually and numerically

          3. In spite of displeasing others

NOTE: Our job is to please God

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

          4. Even though it grieves the Egypt crowd

               a. The world has a different agenda from God

               b. Grieves

                    1) Abhor

                    2) Distressed

                    3) Sickening dread

                    4) Vex

                    5) Weary

     D. We Must Endure Hardness  vs. 13-14

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

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

               a. Cruelty

               b. Harshness

               c. Severity

               d. The Hebrew word – rigor

                    1) To break the stem of a plant

                    2) To crush small

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

          1. Bitter

               a. Be enraged

               b. Grieved

               c. Show bitterness

               d. Vexed

          2. By hard bondage

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

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

     F. How The World Tries To Control Us

          1. By putting us in bondage

               a. Labour for temporal things

               b. Service not to God

               c. Servitude to the flesh

               d. Work that gets our mind off God

          2. Mortar

               a. The mud of this world

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

NOTE: God did not create us to live in mud

               c. Filthiness of this world

          3. By service in the field

               a. To work as beasts of the field

               b. Drawing buckets of water for irrigation

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

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

               a. Pithom

                    1) City of justice

                    2) Justice of this world

               b. Raamses

                   1) Child of the sun vs. child of God

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

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

CONCLUSION

WHAT CYCLES OF LIFE ARE WE TO EXPECT?

I. WE CAN EXPECT THE BLESSINGS OF GOD

II. WE CAN EXPECT THE FEAR OF UNBELIEVERS

III. WE CAN EXPECT OPPOSITION

#Exodus 20:3

THE FIRST COMMANDMENT

Exodus 20:3

INTRODUCTION

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

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

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

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

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

I. HAVE GOD AS OUR GOD

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

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

          1. It is because this commandment concerns everyone

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

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

     B. We Must Acknowledge Him As God

          1. The gods of the heathen are idols

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

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

          2. God is our God

               a. Elijah demanded Israel to choose between Jehovah and Baal

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

          3. He is the only God

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

          4. There is no God like Him

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

NOTE: I Kings 8:22-28

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

     C. We Must Choose Him

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

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

          2. To choose, there must be knowledge

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

          3. After knowledge – the choosing

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

               b. To choose God is to devote oneself to God

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

     D. We Enter Into A Solemn Covenant With Him

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

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

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

          1. The example of reverence of the seraphim

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

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

Isaiah 6:1-2

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

          2. Adoration is worshipping Him

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

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

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

               d. He will have no creature share in it

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

     F. We Must Fear Him

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

          1. We must have Him always before us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     G. We Must Trust In Him

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

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

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

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

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

          2. To trust His means:

               a. We rely on His power as Creator

               b. We rely on His love as Father

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

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

          4. We trust Him at all times

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

     H. We Must Love Him

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

I. We Must Obey Him

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

II. WE MUST HAVE NO OTHER GOD

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

     A. There Is Really No Other God

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

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

     B. This Commandment Forbids:

          1. Serving a false god

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

          2. Joining a false god with the True God

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

               a. God is jealous

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

b. Sorrow is sure to the disobedient

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

               c. False gods not to be mentioned

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

               d. False gods corrupt

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

               e. God’s anger

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

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

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

Deuteronomy 13:6,8,9

     C. What Is It To Have Other Gods?

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

               a. Such as riches

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

               b. Such as the arm of the flesh

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

               c. Such as our own wisdom

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

               d. Such as our nature refined and cultivated

               e. Such as trusting our duties to save us

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

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

               a. Such as material possessions

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

NOTE: The covetous person is called an idolater

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

               b. Such as our love for pleasure

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

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

               c. Such as loving our belly more than God

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

               d. Such as loving our family more than God

     D. No Other Gods Before Me

          1. In front of

          2. In the presence of

          3. In the face of

NOTE: The expression: ‘In your face’

CONCLUSION

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

I.   HAVE GOD AS OUR GOD

II.  WE MUST HAVE NO OTHER GOD

#Death Penalty In The Bible

DEATH PENALTY IN THE BIBLE

Adultery

Leviticus 20:10-21

Deuteronomy 22:22

Blasphemy

Leviticus 24:11-16,23

Breaking, Profaning The Sabbath

Exodus 35:2

Numbers 15:32-36

False Prophet

Deuteronomy 13:1-10

Fornication

Deuteronomy 22:20-21

Homosexuality

Leviticus 20:13

Human Sacrifice

Leviticus 20:2

Incest

Leviticus 20:11-12,14

Kidnapping

Exodus 21:16

Deuteronomy 24:7

Murder

Genesis 9:6

Exodus 21:12-14

Rape of A Virgin

Deuteronomy 22:23-27

Sacrificing to False Gods

Exodus 22:20

Sex With An Animal

Exodus 22:19

Leviticus 20:15-16

Shameless Rebelliousness

Deuteronomy 17:12

Deuteronomy 21:18-21

Striking / Cursing Parents

Exodus 21:15

Leviticus 20:9

Proverbs 20:20

Matthew 15:4

Mark 7:10

Witchcraft

Exodus 22:18

#Exodus 20:13

THOU SHALT NOT KILL

Exodus 20:13

INTRODUCTION

In this commandment we are confronted with great truths concerning human life. We are not evolved animals. We were created in the image of God. The Lord Jesus Christ on the cross died for each person. Therefore there is a sacredness of human life. This commandment makes a statement and implies another statement.

We are forbidden to murder

We are to preserve life

This is a command that has generated a lot of controversy among Christians. Christians lead the battle in many areas against capital punishment by quoting this command. Likewise, other Christians lead the battle for capital punishment and they also quote this passage for their support.

In both of these positions there is a common thread: both sides are trying to be their brother’s keeper. The first group is brother to the murderer; the second group is brother to the victim.

THEME: WE ARE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER BECAUSE:

I. INJURY OF OTHERS IS FORBIDDEN

     A. We Can Injure Others By Slandering Their Name

NOTE: False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.         Psalm 35:11 KJV

          1. False witnesses

               a. Cruel in their motive

               b. Damaging in their words

               c. Unjust in their attitude

               d. Unrighteous in their acts

               e. Violent in their intentions

               f. Wrong in their morals

          2. No physician can heal the wounds of the tongue

     B. We Can Injure Others By Injuring Them Physically

          1. God views our physical life as a precious thing

          2. God has set this commandment as a fence about our lives

          3. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.         Genesis 9:6 KJV

          4. But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him from mine altar, that he may die.   Exodus 21:6 KJV

     C. All Sins That Lead Up To Murder Are Forbidden

NOTE: God’s roadblocks to murder

          1. Sinful anger

NOTE: O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall.      Genesis 49:6 LKV

          2. Envy

               a. Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy?   Proverbs 27:4

               b. For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.  Matthew 27:18

               c. Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.         Galatians 5:21 KJV

          3. Hatred

NOTE: “Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end,

therefore, as I live,” says the Lord God, “I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you; since you have not hated blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.

Ezekiel 35:5-6 NKJV

T.S. WE ARE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER BECAUSE:

          I. INJURY OF OTHERS IS FORBIDDEN

II. OF THE WAYS WE CAN COMMIT MURDER

     A. With The Mind

          1. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. I John 3:15 KJV

          2. Malice is mental murder

          3. We must keep murder out of our hearts

NOTE: “You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment.

But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Fool!’ will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You moron!’ will be subject to hellfire.

Matthew 5:21-22 HCSB

     B. With The Tongue

NOTE: They answered him, “If this man weren’t a criminal, we wouldn’t have handed Him over to you.”    John 18:30 HCSB

     C. With The Pen

NOTE: And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.”        II Samuel 11:15 NKJV

NOTE: Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.           II Samuel 12:9 NKJV

          1. It was the Ammonite’s sword that killed Uriah

          2. Actually David’s pen slew Uriah

          3. Jezebel killed Naboth by the pen           I Kings 21:9-14

NOTE: This was the ‘final straw’ for God to bring down the house of Ahab

     D. By Religious Acts Of Witchcraft

NOTE: There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer

or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead

Deuteronomy 18:10-11 ESV

     E. By Consenting To Another’s Death

NOTE: And when the blood of Your martyr Stephen was shed, I also was standing by consenting to his death, and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him. Acts 22:20 NKJV

T. S. WE ARE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER BECAUSE:

          I. INJURY OF OTHERS IS FORBIDDEN

         II. OF THE WAYS WE CAN COMMIT MURDER

III. WE SHOULD DO ALL THE GOOD WE CAN TO HELP OTHERS

     A. We Should Endeavor To Preserve The Life Of Others

          1. Comfort them in their sorrows

          2. Help them in their needs

NOTE: I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Job 29:15-16 KJV

     B. Our Lives Should Be Works Of Love, Not Death

          1. Works of love evidence grace

NOTE: But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.         James 2:18 NKJV

          2. Works of love are not left to our choice

NOTE: Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

I Timothy 6:17-19 KJV

          3. God supplies our needs, should we not be concerned for others

NOTE: You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.    Psalm 145:16 NKJV

               a. Herein we resemble God

NOTE You are good, and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.   Psalm 119:68 NKJV

               b. God remembers our sacrifices for others

NOTE: For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.  Hebrews 6:10 KJV

          4. Hard-heartiness is a reproach to the Gospel

NOTE: This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.     Titus 3:8 NKJV

          5. Nothing is lost in helping others

NOTE: The generous soul will be made rich,
And he who waters will also be watered himself.         Proverbs 11:25 NKJV

          6. It brings honor to God

NOTE: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.         Matthew 5:16 KJV

          7. We will account to God if we do not consider others

NOTE: There is one who scatters, yet increases more;
And there is one who withholds more than is right,
But it leads to poverty.      Proverbs 11:24 NKJV

NOTE: Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor
Will also cry himself and not be heard.         Proverbs 21:13 NKJV

T.S. WE ARE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER BECAUSE:

          I. INJURY OF OTHERS IS FORBIDDEN

         II. OF THE WAYS WE CAN COMMIT MURDER

        III. WE SHOULD DO ALL THE GOOD WE CAN TO HELP OTHERS 

IV. WE MUST LET GOVERNMENT EXECUTE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

NOTE: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

Romans 13:1-5 KJV

NOTE: A private person sins if he draws the sword; a public person sins if he puts up the sword.            Quote

     A. The Just Punishment Of Those Who Murder

          1. Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. Genesis 9:6 KJV

          2. Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.        Matthew 26:52 KJV

          3. He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.         Revelation 13:10 KJV

NOTE: ‘The murderer shall surely be put to death.’ Found six times in Numbers 35.

     B. A Nation Is Defiled If Capital Punishment Is Not Enforced

          1. This will ensure that the land where you live will not be polluted, for murder pollutes the land. And no sacrifice except the execution of the murderer can purify the land from murder.     Numbers 35:33 NLT

          2. Three sins are called ‘crying sins’

NOTE: Crying for justice

               a. Oppression

NOTE: “For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,
Now I will arise,” says the Lord;
“I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”    Psalm 12:5 NKJV

               b. Bloodshed

NOTE: And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.        Genesis 4:10 NKJV

CONCLUSION

ARE OUR BROTHER’S KEEPER BECAUSE: 

I. INJURY OF OTHERS IS FORBIDDEN

II. OF THE WAYS WE CAN COMMIT MURDER

III. WE SHOULD DO ALL THE GOOD WE CAN TO OTHERS

IV. WE MUST LET GOVERNMENT EXECUTE CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

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