Saturday, February 28, 2015

Homiletics: Numbers 13-14


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

1
13:1-16
LtoM: scout Canaan, send 1 leader/tribe; M sent Shammua (son of Zaccur) of Reuben, Shaphat (Hori) of Simeon, Caleb (Jephunneh) of Judah, Igad (Joseph) of Issachar, Hoshea (Nun) of Ephraim, Palti (Raphu) of Benjamin, Gaddiel (Sodi) of Zebulun, Gaddi (Susi) of Manasseh, Ammiel (Gemali) of Dan, Sethur (Michael) of Asher, Nahbi (Vophsi) of Naphtali, Geuel (Machi) of Gad; M renamed Hoshea, Joshua.
2
17-20
M told them: go to Negev then hill country, what land like? Ppl strong or weak? Few or many? Land good or bad? Cities encampments or fortifications? Land fertile or unproductive? Trees? Be courageous, bring fruit – season for 1st grapes.
3
21-25
The scouted wilderness of Zin (Rehab) through Negev to Hebron where Ahiman, Sheshai, Talmai (descendants of Anak) living; valley of Eshcol cut single cluster grapes, carried on pole by 2 men; also pomegranates & figs; at 40 days, ret’d.
4
26-29
Brought report, showed fruit, to M: land flowing w/milk & honey, ppl strong, cities lg & fortified, descendants of Anak , Amalekites in Negev, Hittites-Jebusites-Amorites in hill ctry, Canaanites by sea & along Jordan.
5
30-33
Caleb: we must take land, we can certainly conquer; men who had gone w/him: we can’t, ppl stronger; they gave neg rpt: land devours inhabitants, we saw Nephilim, we like grasshoppers.
6
14:1-4
Ppl wept; complained about M&A: if only we died in Egypt or wilderness, why L bringing us into land to die by sword? Let’s appoint leader, go back Egypt.
7
5-9
M&A facedown in front of assembly, Joshua & Caleb (who explored land) tore clothes: land exceedingly good, if L pleased w/us, He lead us into land flowing w/milk & honey & give to us; do not rebel against L, do not be afraid of ppl of land, their protection gone, L w/us.
8
10-19
Assembly talked about stoning them, glory of L appeared at ToM; LtoM: how long ppl treat me w/contempt? Refuse to believe me in spite of signs?  I strike w/plague & destroy them/make you into nation greater/stronger; MtoL: Egyptians will hear & tell inhabitants of land; they heard You are w/ppl, You seen face-to-face, Your cloud stays over them, You go before in pillar of cloud/fire; if You put to death, nations will say L not able to bring ppl into land; Now may L’s strength be displayed: slow to anger, abounding in love, forgiving sin & rebellion, not leave guilty unpunished, punishes children for sin of parents to 3rd & 4th generation; in accordance w/Your great love, forgive ppl.
9
20-25
L: I forgiven as you asked; not one who saw glory & signs in Egy & wilderness but disobeyed will see land I promised; Caleb follows me, I bring him into land, his descendants inherit; since Amalekites & Canaanites in valleys, tomorrow set out along route to Red Sea.
10
26-35
LtoM&A: how long wicked grumble?  I heard complaints; tell them I do the thing you say  -in wilderness your bodies fall 20 y.o. or more who grumbled; not enter land except Caleb & Joshua; your children enjoy land, will be shepherds here 40 yrs, suffering for your unfaithfulness; 1 yr/day you explored land (40 days).
11
36-45
Men sent to explore land responsible for spreading bad rpt died of plague only Joshua & Caleb survived; M reported to Is, they mourned; next morn they set out for high cntry; M: why you disobeying?  Do not go up, L not w/you, Amalekites & Canaanites face you there, you fall by sword; they went, neither M nor ark moved; Amalekites & Canaanites came & attacked & beat them to Hormah.

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
 
Scouting the promised land and the report of the findings
Principle:
If we are looking for God in our circumstances, we will find Him.
If we are looking to find fault in our circumstances, we will find that.
If our hearts are pure and focused on God, we can find the blessing in any circumstance.
2
 
Israel complained, Joshua and Caleb encouraged, the Lord made a promise and the Canaanites and Amalekites attacked.
Principle:
When you stand up for truth and righteousness, it is good to be outnumbered.
Forgiveness does not eliminate consequences.
When we declare God’s attributes to Him, it is not so much for His benefit as it is for ours.
Obedience is a key component of a loving relationship with God.
God keeps His promises.
God will use even heathen people to accomplish His will.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

After scouting Canaan Israel is divided and God promises discipline.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT look for the Lord in their circumstances no matter how bleak they appear and to trust His provision and protection, leading them toward absolute obedience and away from a complaining spirit.

 

Application:

1
Why might the Lord want the people to scout the land?
What do you know from Scripture about Caleb’s ancestry?
What do you know from Scripture about Hoshea’s ancestry?
Why do you think Moses renamed Hoshea, Joshua?
What would you conclude after hearing these reports if you hadn’t seen the land for yourself?
How would you respond to these reports?
2
What are the people complaining about now?
If you were Moses or Aaron, how would you respond to the complaining?  How did they respond?
Describe a time when you have been outnumbered in your beliefs about a subject and how you handled it.  What life lessons can you draw from such a situation?
What does Joshua’s and Caleb’s trust in the Lord reveal about them?  About the other Israelites?
Where in Scripture do you find references to obedience linked with love?  What does this teach you about how to love God?

 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Homiletics Genesis 32-33

12 March 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Mahanaim, Succoth, Shechem                                 Who?  Jacob and caravan, Esau

1
32:1-5
Jacob names Mahanaim when he sees angels and sends messengers to meet Esau that Jacob might find favor in his sight.
2
32:6-8
Messengers tell Jacob Esau is coming and Jacob is afraid and divides caravan into 2 companies so one might escape if they’re attacked.
3
32:9-12
Jacob prayed God would deliver him from Esau and reminded God of promises to prosper him and make descendants numerous.
4
32:13-21
Jacob slept, selected a gift for Esau, instructed his servants about greeting Esau and slept again.
5
32:22-24
He rose, moved his family and possessions across the stream, then wrestled with a man until daybreak.
6
32:25-27
The man dislocated Jacob’s thigh but Jacob wouldn’t let go till the man blessed him.
7
32:28-32
The man changed Jacob’s name to Israel, Jacob realized he saw God and Jews don’t eat the sinew of the hip because of where Jacob was touched.
8
33:1-3
Jacob saw Esau and divided the family:  maids and children, Leah and children then Rachel and Joseph, and Jacob went ahead.
9
33:4-11
Esau embraced Jacob and met Jacob’s family, tried to refuse the gift but kept it when Jacob urged him.
10
33:12-14
Jacob made excuses then agreed to meet Esau in Seir when Esau asked Jacob to journey with him.
11
33:15-17
Jacob convinced Esau not to leave people with him then journeyed to and settled in Succoth.
12
33:18-20
Jacob camped before Shechem, buying land there and building an altar: El-Elohe-Israel.

 


Divisions:

1
32:1-21
Jacob fears meeting Esau and selects a gift for him.
Principle:
Prayer is the best way to deal with fear.
Reminding God of His promises to us also reminds us of those promises.
The Lord gives sleep to those He loves.
2
32:22-32
Jacob wrestles with the Lord and gets a dislocated hip and a new name.
Principle:
Intense interaction with God leads to great blessing.
Wrestling with God empowers us for frightening encounters.
3
33:1-20
Jacob meets Esau, introduces his family then settles in Succoth and Shechem.
Principle:
When we take our eyes off God and put them back on circumstances, fear returns.
Following the Lord is the surest and safest path.
God is the God of Stacey at all times, not just when I feel safe because perceived danger is out of sight.

 

Subject Sentence:

Jacob fears Esau, wrestles with God and settles in Shechem.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMCATK that God is always God, hears our prayers, is our Protector, our Savior and our Power, and His promises are valid for us today.

 

Application:

1
How do you deal with fear?
What part does prayer play in your daily life?
How do you rest in God?
2
In what way has your interaction with God been intense lately?
What great blessing have you recently received?
When did you last wrestle with God and what were the results?
3
What can you do to keep your focus on God and not on your circumstances?
What experience have you had with following God or following your own path and what have been the results in your life?
When have you followed God through a questionable situation but been absolutely safe because of His presence?
What was the moment when God became your God?

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The 7 Experiment by Jen Hatmaker – Week 7


Spending

This week’s group meeting was the most liberating time.  Several of us admitted that we are very frustrated with not being able to accomplish what we would like to in the one-week allotted time for each topic.  One of our participants suggested taking baby steps.  Change one thing.  Then change another thing.  Then another.  We don’t have to accomplish everything at once.  In fact, I don’t believe we CAN.  Hallellujah!  Jen Hatmaker took a month to do each of these things.  Habits can develop in a month, but generally not in a week.  Keep striving, sisters and brothers!

Now onto the subject of spending…  I didn’t engage in a fast.  In fact, I am trying to get other areas under control, so I’m spending more right now to get my garden in shape for summer.  The majority of my income is spent on mortgage, car payment, monthly bills like power, water, etc. and debt.  I don’t eat out much.  Usually once a month with my Sunday School class.  Not only can’t I afford to eat where I want, I find that I usually prepare what I want to eat as well as if not better than the restaurant.

I used to be an avid moviegoer, but no more.  My husband doesn’t really like the movie theater experience.  So, I borrow them from the library or watch them on Netflix.  Sometimes we’ll go to the drive-in, but that’s pretty rare.  Every now and then, I’ll go see something in the theater with my daughter or by myself.

There was no shock related to my bank accounts or expenditures.  I balance my accounts online at least once a month, so I usually know precisely where I stand.  I don’t use my debit card for purchases – I think that’s where lots of people get into trouble.

My tithing and giving could definitely be better.  We have a couple of organizations we support regularly and my tithe is the first bit of money I set aside every week.  I would like my giving to be more, though.

I have no idea what to choose as a battle strategy for this week.  I want to do the most damage for the kingdom of God that I can!  How can I do that with spending.  I suppose I have to give to the right causes.  But which ones?  There are so many that are beneficial and need help.  I guess that’s something I need to be praying about.

My take away from this week was that I was raised right by my Italian Grandmother!  You don’t need to go out and spend to be social.  Just put on a pot of coffee or tea and serve some pastries and sit in the kitchen or dining room and talk.  Or visit while you play cards or a board game.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Homiletics: Numbers 11-12


Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

1
11:1-3
Ppl complained, L heard, anger aroused, fire burned among them, ppl cried to M, he prayed, fire died.
2
4-9
Rabble crave meat, remember fish, cukes,melons, leeks, garlic; now we see manna, like coriander, ppl gather/cook, when dew settled manna came.
3
10-15
M heard wailing, L bec angry, MtoL: why you burden ppl on me? Where I get meat? Burden too heavy, kill me.
4
16-17
LtoM: bring 70 elders ToM, I take some pwr of Spirit on you & put on them, they share burden.
5
18-20
Tell ppl: consecrate selves, tomorrow you eat meat, not for 1, 2, 5, 10 or 20 days, but whole mo until it comes out nostrils & you loathe bec you rejected L.
6
21-25
M: 600,000 men on foot you give food for mo? L: is L’s arm too short? M told ppl, brought 70 elders, L took pwr, put on elders, when Spirit rested, the prophesied.
7
26-30
Eldad & Medad, elders, did not go ToM, Spirit rested, they prophesied in camp; Joshua to M: stop them; M: jealous for my sake? I wish all L’s ppl prophets; M & elders ret’d to camp.
8
31-35
Wind from L drove quail in, 2 cubits deep around camp a day’s walk in any dir; that day, night, next day ppl gathered, no one <10 anger="" bec="" before="" buried="" burned="" consumed="" craved="" font="" food="" hattaavah="" hazeroth="" homers="" kibroth="" l="" named="" of="" other="" place="" plague="" ppl="" severe="" stayed.="" struck="" there="" they="" to="" traveled="" w="" who="">
9
12:1-2
Miriam & A began talk vs. M bec of Cushite wife: has L spoken only thru M?  Also thru us? L heard.
10
3-8
M more humble than anyone; LtoM&A& Miriam: come out ToM, they went; L came in pillar of cloud @ entrance, summoned A& Miriam: Listen, when prophet among you, I reveal myself, speak to them, not true of my servant M, w/him I speak face-to-face, clearly; why you not afraid speak vs. my servant M?
11
9-12
Anger of L burned vs. them; when cloud lifted, Miriam leprous, A saw, to M: pls not hold vs. us sin, don’t let her be like stillborn – flesh ½ eaten.
12
13-16
MtoL: pls heal; LtoM: confine her outside camp 7 days, after she can be brought back; Miriam confined 7 days, ppl not move on; after, left Hazeroth & encamped Des of Paran.

 


Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
11
The Lord provides help for Moses and meat for the people.
Principle:
The Lord provides all of our needs and many of our wants.
2
12
The Lord disciplines Miriam for speaking against Moses.
Principle:
The Lord disciplines those He loves.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

The Lord delegates for Moses, provides meat and disciplines Miriam.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK God provides all we need and gives us many of our wants and disciplines those He loves, treating us tenderly in our confinement.

 

Application:

1
How has the Lord dealt with you when you’ve complained about what He has provided for you?
Under what circumstances have you approached God to relieve a burden?
How might delegating responsibility to someone else relieve a burden you’re experiencing now?
What is the greatest achievement of the Lord you’ve experienced recently?
How do you feel (and react) when you receive too much of a good thing?
2
What evidence do you find in Scripture for Moses’ humility?
What might the Lord say to someone who speaks against you in your defense?
How do you respond to God’s discipline?
What does Scripture say about God’s discipline?
In what way have you approached God on behalf of someone being disciplined?
How does the camp’s delay to move reveal God’s love and grace?