Friday, December 19, 2014

Homiletics Genesis 15

2 April 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Promised Land                                Who?  Abram, God

1
1
After rescuing Lot and meeting Melchizedek, God told Abram in a vision not to fear, God is his shield and his reward shall be very great.
2
2-4
Abram said he was childless so his servant would be his heir and the Lord said he would have an heir from his own body.
3
5-6
God said, count the stars – so shall your descendants be and Abram believed and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.
4
7-8
God said, I am the Lord Who brought you out of Ur to give you this land and Abram asked how he may know that he will possess it.
5
9
God said, bring a 3-y.o. heifer, female goat, ram, a turtledove and young pigeon.
6
10-11
Abram cut them in two and laid the pieces opposite each other except the birds and drove the birds of prey from the carcasses.
7
12
A deep sleep fell upon Abram as the sun was going down and terror and darkness fell upon him.
8
13-14
God said, your descendants will be strangers enslaved and oppressed 400 years, but I will judge the nation they serve and they will come out with many possessions.
9
15-16
You shall go to your fathers in peace at an old age then they will return here in the 4th generation for the iniquity (wickedness) of the Amorite isn’t complete.
10
17
When the sun set, it was very dark and a smoking oven and flaming torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
11
18-21
The Lord made a covenant with Abram giving the land (of the Kenite, Kenizzite, Kadmonite, Hittite, Perizzite, Rephaim, Amorite, Canaanite, Girgashite, Jebusite) from the river in Egypt to the river Euphrates to his descendants.

 


Divisions:

1
1-6
God appears to Abram in a vision and tells him that the descendants of his body will be numerous as the stars and Abram believed.
Principle:
The Lord is the shield of His people.
The Lord gives very great reward to His people.
God’s people can trust Him to keep His promises.
2
7-11
God has Abram bring and prepare the animals for the covenant He is about to make with him.
Principle:
The Lord brings His people to Himself.
The safest place to be is wherever the Lord is leading you.
Entering a covenant relationship with God involves sacrifice.
3
12-16
While Abram sleeps in terror-filled darkness, God prophesies about his long life, his descendants’ 400 year captivity and their return to this land.
Principle:
God’s prophecies for the future may seem terrifying, but if we are His, we need not fear those things.
4
17-21
When the sun set, a smoking oven appeared and a flaming torch passed between the animals, making the covenant between God and Abram for the land.
Principle:
God’s covenant promises to His people are for their benefit.

 

Subject Sentence:

God makes the covenant promising land to Abram’s blood descendants.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT know that God keeps His promises and that His Word is filled with promises for His people – including us today – and that this knowledge would encourage them to investigate what His promises to them are.

 


Application:

1
How has the Lord been your shield?
What very great rewards have you received from God’s hand?
How does God’s promise to Abram that he will have a son from his own body comfort you in something you are trusting God for?
What impact does Abram’s belief in God and it being reckoned to him as righteousness have on your personal relationship with God?
2
Where has the Lord brought you out of and where has He brought you to?
How do you know that this is where He brought you?
What have you had to sacrifice to enter into covenant relationship with God?
What have you had to protect to enter into covenant relationship with God?
3
What prophecies of God have sobered or terrified you and how are you responding to them?
What assurances have you received from God and His Word that bring you comfort and let you know that you’re traveling in the right direction?
4
What covenant promises has God made to you?
How have God’s covenant promises to you changed how you live?
How will God’s covenant promises continue to change you?

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Stronger by Angela Thomas – Week 4


God is Stronger than My Overwhelming Life

 I pray that you’re convinced of this fact!  I’m also praying that you’re living like you believe this.  If I’m completely honest with myself, I struggle with this one sometimes.  That’s why I can get stressed over my job, my family, my schedule, etc. and actually make myself sick with concern – I won’t say “worry” because it’s a sin to worry.  But, I suppose if we’re going to call a spade a “spade”, I should admit that I have control issues – when I’m not in control, I worry.

My schedule is overwhelming.  It’s funny that I’m saying this after two things that I’ve been doing regularly have ended.  I should be able to do all things through Christ Who gives me strength.  Right?  Then why is it so hard?  Maybe because I’m not asking if it’s His will I’m committing to?  Maybe because I’m doing these things in my own strength, not His.  Ouch!  Can you tell when you’re doing things through God’s strength or your own?  I’d love to hear your comments on this.  I think I see God work best when I feel less prepared.  For example, when I’m well prepared to teach Sunday school out of the overflow of what He’s taught me as I study the lesson material, I tend to “muscle” the conversation in the direction I’ve been led.  Whereas when I haven’t had much time to prepare the lesson, so I just do the essentials of the material, I find that the Holy Spirit leads the discussion in surprising directions.  He teaches me in the class along with everyone else.  What about you?

What about distractions?  They can be overwhelming.  Especially when you know you should be spending your time doing one thing, but get stuck doing something else.  Are we having a problem prioritizing?  I think so.  And unrealistic expectations?  I place those firmly on myself – and others.  It makes me a perfectionist – which is impossible to achieve.  It also makes me unforgiving!  Ouch!  When others place them on me, it also makes me defensive.  And when I get hurt, I hurt others.

We can’t balance our own lives.  It’s like chaos theory mathematics.  Do you remember the lesson from “Jurassic Park”?  Dr. Rock Star conducts an experiment on Dr. Ellie’s hand with a drop of water, talking about variations in the hand and imperfections in the skin making a drop of water take a different path down the arm than a water droplet placed in the exact same spot a moment before.  But it’s Dr. Ellie who teaches the true nature of chaos theory:  control is an illusion!  We control NOTHING!  Ouch!  Ouch!  God is in control!  Hallelujah!  This truly is a comfort.  So why do I keep trying to snag the reins from my Savior?  Do you?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Homiletics: Exodus 39:32-40:38


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

1
39:32-41
Work on tabern completed just as L cmd M, (Is) brought tabern to M: tent, furnishings, clasps, frames, crossbars, posts, bases, coverings, curtains, ark, poles, atonemt cvr, table, articles, bread, lampstand, accessories, oil, altar, anoint oil, incense, bronze altar, poles, utensils, basin, stand, ropes, tent pegs, garments for ministering & priests.
2
39:42-43
Is did just as L cmd M; M inspected, saw they done just as L cmd, blessed them.
3
40:1-3
LtoM: set up tabern 1st d of 1st mo, place ark, shield w/curtain.
4
40:4-5
Bring table & what belongs on it; lampstand, set up; altar of incense in front of ark, curtain @ entrance.
5
40:6-8
altar of burnt off in front of entrance; basin betw ToM & altar, water in; set up courtyard around, curtain @ entrance.
6
40:9-11
Take anoint oil & anoint tabern & everything, consecrate it & furnishings & it be holy; anoint alter of burnt off, consecrate, it be most holy; anoint basin & stand & consecrate.
7
40:12-16
Bring A & sons to entrance ToM, wash, dress A, anoint/consecrate so he serve Me as priest; bring sons, dress, anoint so they serve Me as priests; their anointing to priesthood that continue for all generations; M did as L cmd.
8
40:17-19
Tabern set up 1st d of 1st mo 2nd yr; when M set up, put bases in place, erected frames, inserted crossbars, set up posts; spread tent over tabern, put covering over tent as L cmd.
9
40:20-21
Took Testimony, placed in ark, attached poles, atonemt cvr; brought ark into tabern, hung shielding curtain as L cmd.
10
40:22-25
M placed table in ToM on N, outside curtain, set out bread as L cmd; lampstand opposite table on S, set up lamps as L cmd.
11
40:26-28
M placed gold altar in Tom in front of curtain, burned incense as L cmd, put curtain @ entrance of tabern.
12
40:29-32
Set altar of burnt off @ entrance of tabern, ToM, offered burnt & grain off as L cmd; placed basin betw ToM & altar & put water for washing; M, A & sons used to wash hands & feet; washed when entered ToM or approached altar as L cmd.
13
40:33
M set up courtyd around tabern & altar, put up curtain@ entrance so M finished work.
14
40:34-38
Then cloud covered ToM; glory of L filled tabern; M couldn’t enter ToM bec cloud settled, glory filled tabern; in all travels of Is, when cloud lifted, they set out; so cloud over tabern by day, fire in cloud by night, in sight of all Is during travels.

 

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

1
39:32-40:11
Israel completes the tabernacle and the Lord gives assembly instructions.
Principle:
God is specific and detailed in how we must serve Him.
2
40:12-33
Moses sets up, anoints and consecrates the tabernacle and the priests.
Principle:
Obedience to God’s instruction is essential for serving Him.
3
40:34-38
God’s glory settles in the tabernacle.
Principle:
The appearance of God’s glory is a good indication of where He is.

 

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

Israel completes the tabernacle, Moses assembles and God settles there.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK God teaches His people how to do the work He plans for us, anoints and consecrates us as His priests and leads us with His glory.

 

Application:

1
What was the last thing you did “just as the Lord commanded”?
Why do you think the Lord’s instructions for the tabernacle are so specific?
List the different parts of the tabernacle and how they might appear in the New Testament.
If you are called to inspect someone else’s work for the Lord, how might you handle that responsibility?
In what way do you bless others in their ministries?
How does the Lord instruct you in what to do for Him?
Create a simple drawing of how God wanted the tabernacle laid out.
2
What are the steps to prepare Aaron and his sons to serve in the priesthood?
How does the Lord prepare us to serve as priests today?
What is the significance of the date when the tabernacle is first set up?
What might be the significance of how Moses erects the tabernacle?
What does the set up of the tabernacle teach you about teamwork?
3
Where do you find God’s glory?
How might you apply the picture of Israel remaining where they were until the cloud lifted from the tabernacle to your own decision-making processes?
What changes do you need to make to draw closer to God?

 
You'll notice a large chunk of the text has not been analyzed with homiletics.  The homiletics from the Pentateuch this year generally corresponds with the BSF assignment I am studying.  I plan to do and publish my homiletics even when there is no BSF assignment to do so, but otherwise, I usually stick to the verses they assign.  I believe chapters 35 through the beginning of 39 were omitted because they are details about the tabernacle furnishings.  Maybe during Christmas break I'll study those verses.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Homiletics Genesis 14

29 March 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Valley of Shaveh                            Who?  Abram, Kings, Lot, Melchizedek

1
1-2
During Amraphel’s reign in Shinar, Arioch (Ellasar), Chedorlaomer (Elam) and Tidal (Goiim) made war with Bera (Sodom), Birsha (Gomorrah), Shinab (Admah), Shemeber (Zeboiim) and the king of Bela.
2
3-4
Bera, Birsha, Shinab, Shemeber and the king of Bela, servants of Chedorlaomer 12 years, came to Siddim (Salt Sea) as allies, rebelling against Chedorlaomer in the 13th year.
3
5-7
In the 14th year, Chedorlaomer and the kings with him defeated the Rephaim, Zuzim, Emim, Horites, Amalekites and Amorites.
4
8-9
Kings of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Bela came out to valley of Siddim to battle Chedorlaomer, Tidal, Amraphel and Arioch – 4 against 5.
5
10-12
Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and fell into tarpits while survivors took goods, food, Lot and his possessions and fled to hill country.
6
13-14
A fugitive told Abram and he led out his 318 trained men and pursued as far as Dan.
7
15-16
He divided his forces against them by night and defeated them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, and brought back the goods, Lot, his possessions and the people.
8
17
After Abram returned from defeating Chedorlaomer, the king of Sodom met him in the valley of Saveh.
9
18-20
Priest-King Melchizedek of Salem brought bread and wine and blessed Abram and God and Abram gave him a tenth of all.
10
21-24
King of Sodom wanted the people and for Abram to take the goods but Abram refused so the king couldn’t say he made Abram rich but asked that the men with him (Aner, Eshcol, Mamre) get their share.

 


Divisions:

1
1-9
Chedorlaomer in his allies, Tidal, Amraphel and Arioch battle Bera, Birsha, Shinab, Shemeber and the king of Bela after defeating the Rephaim, Zuzim, Emim, Horites, Amalekites and Amorites.
Principle:
Choose your allies based on God’s will.
Choose your battles based on God’s will.
2
10-16
Lot was taken when the Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and Abram recovered him after defeating Chedorlaomer with 318 trained men and three allies (Aner, Eschol, Mamre).
Principle:
If you go into battle with the Lord, it doesn’t matter how many men are on your side or how many allies you have.
3
17-24
Melchizedek meets Abram with bread and wine and a blessing while the King of Sodom asks for the people and wants to share the goods with Abram who refuses but gives a tenth to Melchizedek.
Principle:
Celebrate with and support other believers.
Avoid taking aid from the ungodly.

 

Subject Sentence:

Abram battles kings, saves Lot, communes with and tithes to Melchizedek.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMAT see the importance of picking their battles based on God’s will, understanding the importance of who you celebrate communion with and from who you accept aid.

 

Application:

1
What allies has the Lord brought into your life?
What battles has the Lord led you to fight?
How has the Lord made you victorious in battle?
2
What has been the most miraculous victory that you’ve ever experienced and how was God’s involvement apparent?
3
With whom do you celebrate?
Who do you support?
With whom would avoid associating or accepting help?