Saturday, November 29, 2014

Homiletics Exodus 32:1-33:6

Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                  Desert, Mt. Sinai            Who?  God, Moses, Joshua, Aaron, Israelites

When people saw M long in coming down mtn, they gathered around A: make us gods, as for M, we don’t know what happened to him; A: take off gold earrings, bring to me; people took off, brought them.
He took, made into idol in shape of calf, fashioning w/tool, they: these your gods who brought you out of E; when A saw, built altar in front of calf: tomorrow be festival to Lord; next day people rose early/sacrificed burnt off/presented fellowship off, afterward sat to eat/drink, got up to indulge in revelry.
LtoM: go, people corrupt, quick to turn away, made idol, bowed and sacrificed to it & said: these your gods, brought you out of E; they stiff-necked, now leave so my anger burn and I may destroy them then I make you great nation.
M sought favor of L: why your anger burn, why Egyptians say “…he brought them out, to kill them…”, turn from anger, do not bring disaster on people, remember AII you swore:  I make your descendants numerous as stars, give land, their inheritance forever; L relented.
M went down mtn w/2 tablets of cov law inscribed front & back; tablets were work of G, writing of G.
When J heard people shouting, to M: sound of war in camp; M: not sound of victory/defeat, sound of singing; M approached camp, saw calf & dancing, anger burned, threw tablets, breaking them; took calf, burned in fire, ground to powder, scattered on water, made people drink.
He to A: what people do that you led them into such great sin; A: don’t be angry, you know how prone they are to evil, they said, make us gods, as for M, we don’t know what happened to him; so I told them: any gold jewelry, take off, I threw in fire, out came calf.
M saw people running wild, A let them get out of control, so become laughingstock to enemies; @ entrance to camp: whoever for the L come to me; Levites rallied; he to them: this what L says: each man strap sword to side, go back and forth thru camp killing brother/friend/neighbor; Levites did as commanded, about 3000 died; M: you set apart to L today for you against own sons, brothers; He blessed you this day.
Next day, M to people: you committed great sin, now I go up to L, perhaps I can make atonemt; M went back to L: what great sin people committed, made gods of gold, please forgive, if not – blot me out of book; LtoM: whoever sinned I blot out, go lead people to place I spoke of, my angel go before you, when time to punish, I punish; L struck people w/plague bec of what they did w/A & calf.
LtoM: leave, you and people go to land I promised AIJ; I send angel before you, drive out “ites”; go but I not go w/you, you stiff-necked, I might destroy you; people heard distressing words, began to mourn, no one put on ornaments.
LtoM: tell Is “you stiff-necked, if I go w/you, I might destroy. Take off ornaments, I decide what to do w/you; Is stripped off ornaments @ Mt. Horeb.


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

A Golden Calf and Broken Tablets
Impatience can lead to sinful action and dire consequences.
Leaders should protect the crowd from themselves, not go along with them.
Worship and sacrifice belong to God alone.
Godly leaders protect the Lord’s reputation, not their own interests.
Moses Confronts Aaron and the Levites are Set Apart
Confessing half a sin in deceitful.
Strong leadership makes a strong nation.
Those who are for the Lord are set apart from others.
Obedience to God brings blessing from Him.
Moses Confronts Israel, Bringing Instruction from the Lord
Godly leaders take responsibility for their flocks.
We should mourn when we’ve sinned against God.


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

Moses breaks the Lord’s tablets when Israel worships a calf.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK God alone is deserving of our praise and worship, and our obedience and allegiance to Him bring blessing.



How have you experienced or observed impatience leading to sin and what consequences resulted?
How will you curb your impatience or that of those you love to avoid sin?
When have you protected someone from their own behavior?
How do you prepare yourself to avoid going along with the crowd?
What things other than God are you tempted to worship?
How have you protected the Lord’s interest?
How did Aaron’s confession to Moses in Exodus 32:21-24 about the creation of the calf differ from the account written in Exodus 32:1-6?
When have you observed a strong leader influencing a group to be strong?
Without naming names, under what circumstances have you observed a weak leader influencing a group to be weak?
What action might you take to increase the strength of a group?
How have you been set apart for the Lord?
In what way have you experienced God’s blessing as a direct result of your obedience?
In what way do you, as a leader, take responsibility for your flock?
How has the leadership over you taken responsibility for you?
How do you react when you’ve sinned against God?


Friday, November 28, 2014

Homiletics Genesis 12:1-13:4

21 March 2013

Contents:            Where?                  Haran, Canaan, Egypt                                   Who?  Abram, Lot, Sarai, Pharaoh

God told Abram to leave country, relatives, father’s house and go where I show you and I will make you great nation, bless you, make your name great & you’ll be a blessing.
I bless those who bless you, curse those who curse you, in you all families of earth be blessed.
At 75, Abram departed Haran with Lot, Sarai, possessions and people to Canaan.
God promised land to Abram’s descendants at oak of Moreh, Abram pitched tent between Bethel and Ai, built altar and called on God then went toward Negev.
Abram went to Egypt because of famine, saying Sarai was sister so Egyptians wouldn’t kill Abram.
Egyptians thought her beautiful, Pharaoh took her and treated Abram well, giving sheep, oxen, donkeys, servants, camels.
God plagued Pharaoh’s house because of her & Pharaoh confronted Abram about calling her sister, not wife, telling him to leave and escorted him away.
Abram left, very rich in livestock/silver/gold, and camped between Bethel and Ai like at the beginning and called on the Lord at the altar he’d built.



God told Abram to leave country and family and go where He would show him and He would bless him and all families of the earth through him.
Abram took Sarai, Lot, people and possessions to Canaan where God promised land to his descendants.
Famine sent Abram to Egypt where Pharaoh’s house was plagued for taking Abram’s “sister”, so Pharaoh sent them away.
Abram left very rich and returned to camp/altar between Bethel and Ai and called on God.


Subject Sentence:



Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):






Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Stronger by Angela Thomas – Week 1

God is Stronger than Everything

This first week was a great opportunity to get better acquainted with the ladies in this new Bible study group and discuss our thoughts about strength.

What are some examples of what you think it means to be strong?  I chose a couple of things.  First of all, the midwives in Egypt who were told to kill the Hebrew babies but instead they delivered the children and lied to Pharaoh.  Also, the men and women of the Underground Railroad who helped slaves escape from Southern plantations to the North.  These people all feared God more than they feared what men could do to them.

I want to fear God more than man.  What about you?  What is your definition of strength?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Homiletics Exodus 25-31

Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                  Mt. Sinai            Who?  Moses, God

LtoM: tell Israel bring offering: gold, silver, bronze, blue, purple, scarlet yarn, fine linen, goat hair, ram skins dyed red, another durable leather, acacia wood, olive oil, spices, onyx, other gems.
Have them make sanctuary for me, make exactly like pattern I show you; make ark of acacia wood overlay w/gold, cast 4 gold rings, fasten to feet; make poles of acacia overlay w/gold, insert into rings of ark to carry, pole remain, not removed; put in tablets I give you; make atonement cover of gold, 2 cherubim of hammered gold at ends, one piece w/cover, wings spread up, facing each other looking toward cover; place cover on ark, put in tablets of covenant law; above cover, between cherubim I meet w/you, give you commands.
Make table of acacia overlay w/gold, make four gold rings fasten to corners close to rim, make poles of acacia overlay w/gold to carry table; make plates/dishes of gold, pitchers and bowls; put bread of Presence on table before me at all times; make lampstand of gold, flowerlike cups, buds, blossoms; 6 branches extend from lampstand; 3 cups like almond flowers w/buds and blossoms on all six branches;  4 cups like almond flowers w/buds and blossoms on lampstand; 1 bud under each pair of branches; buds and branches all 1 pc w/lampstand; make 7 lamps, set up on it, light space; wick trimmers/trays of gold; a talent of gold to be used for lampstand and all accessories; make according to pattern shown you on mt.
Make tabernacle w/10 curtains finely twisted linen, blue/purple/scarlet yarn w/ cherubim woven in; all curtains same size, join 5 together; make loops of blue mat’l along edge of end curtain in each set; make 50 loops on one curtain & on end of other set opposite each other; make 50 gold clasps to fasten curtains together; make 11 curtains of goat hair for tent over tabernacle, same size; join 5 into one set, 6 into other, fold 6th double at front of tent; make 50 loops along edge of end curtain in each set; make 50 bronze clasps to fasten tent together; ½ curtain left over to hang down at rear of tabernacle; tent curtains 1 cubit longer both sides hang over sides of tabernacle to cover; make tent covering ram skins dyed red, over that covering of durable leather.
Make upright frames of acacia, 20 frames for south; make 40 silver bases to go under; 20 frames for north, 40 silver bases; 6 frames for west, 2 frames for corners, 16 silver bases; make crossbars of acacia, 5 for frames on each side, center crossbar from end to end overlay frames w/gold, make gold rings to hold crossbars; overlay crossbars w/gold; set up according to plan shown you; make curtain of blue/purple/scarlet yarn & finely twisted linen w/cherubim woven in, hang w/gold hooks on 4 posts acacia overlaid w/gold standing on 4 silver bases; hang curtain from clasps, place ark behind curtain, curtain will separate HP from MHP, put atonement cover on ark in MHP; place table outside curtain on N, lampstand on S; for entrance, make curtain blue/purple/scarlet yarn & finely twisted linen, make gold hooks for curtain & 5 posts acacia overlaid w/gold, cast 5 bronze bases for them.
Build altar acacia, make horn at 4 corners, overlay w/bronze; make all utensils of bronze: pots to rem ashes, shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks, firepans; make grating, a bronze network, make bronze ring at each corner of network, put under ledge halfway up altar; make poles of acacia overlay w/bronze; poles inserted into rings on 2 sides of altar when carried; make altar hollow out of boards as shown on mt; make courtyard, S&N have curtains of finely twisted linen w/20 posts, 20 brz bases w/silver hooks, bands on posts; W have curtains w/10 posts & bases; E have curtains w/3 posts/bases on each side of entrance; entrance to courtyard, curtain blue/purple/scarlet yarn & linen w/4 posts & bases; all posts to have silver bands & hooks & brz bases; courtyard curtains linen w/brz bases; all other articles used in svc of tabernacle incl tent pegs bronze; cmd IS bring clear olive oil so lamps kept burning; in tent of mtg outside curtain the shields ark, A & sons keep lamps burning eve to morn, lasting ordinance for generations.
A, sons Nadab & Abihu, Eleazar & Ithamar serve as priests; make sacred garments for A: breastpiece, ephod, robe, woven tunic, turban, sash; use gold, blue/purple/scarlet yarn, fine linen; ephod have 2 shoulder pieces attached to 2 corners for fastening;2 onyx stones engrave names of sons of Is in order of birth 6 names on ea stone, mount in gold filigree & fasten on shoulder pieces of ephod as memorial stones; make god filigree settings and 2 braided chains of gold like rope attach to settings.
Fashion breastpiece for making decisions like ephod (gold, blue/purple/scarlet yarn, linen), square, folded double, mount 4 rows of precious stones: 1st carnelian, chrysolite, beryl, 2nd turquoise, lapis lazuli, emerald, 3rd jacinth, agate, amethyst; 4th topaz, onyx, jasper; mount in gold filigree settings; 1 stone for each name of son of Is, engraved like seal; for breastpiece, make braided chains of gold like rope; make 2 gold rings, fasten to 2 corners; fasten 2 gold chains to rings at corners; attaché chains to shoulder pieces at front; make 2 gold rings, attach to 2 corners of breastpiece on inside edge next to ephod; make 2 gold rings attach to bottom of shoulder pieces on front of ephod close to seam just above waistband; tie rings of breastpiece to rings of ephod w/blue cord, connect to waistband so breastpiece not swing out from ephod; When A enters HP, he bear names of sons of Is over heart; put urim and thummim in breastpiece so they over A’s heart when he enters presence of L, A always bear means of making decision.
Make robe of blue cloth, opening for head at center, woven edge like collar; make pomegranates of blue/purple/scarlet yarn around hem w/gold bells between; A must wear, sound of bells heard when he enters HP so he not die; make plate of gold, engrave HOLY TO THE LORD, fasten blue cord to attach to turban on front; he bear guilt; weave tunic of linen, make turban of linen, sash work of embroiderer; make tunics, sashes, caps for A’s sons, put on clothes/anoint & ordain them; make linen undergarments (waist to thigh), must wear whenever enter tent of mtg/approach altar, lasting ordinance.
To consecrate: young bull, 2 rams w/o defect, from finest wheat flour, make round loaves w/o yeast, present w/bull & rams; bring A & sons to entrance, wash them w/water, dress A (tunic, robe, ephod, breastpiece, turban, emblem), anoint him, dress sons in tunics & caps, tie sashes, ordain; bring bull, A&sons lay hands on head, slaughter, put blood on horns of altar pour rest at base, take fat on organs, liver & kidneys burn on altar; burn flesh, hide, intestines outside camp (sin offering); take 1 ram, A&sons lay hands, slaughter, splash blood against sides of altar, cut into pieces, wash internal organs & legs, burn entire ram on altar, take other ram, A&sons lay hands, slaughter, put blood on rt ear lobes of A&sons, thumbs of rt hands, big toes of rt feet, splash blood against sides of altar; take some blood from altar and anointing oil, sprinkle on A&sons & garments.
Take from this ram fat, fat tail, fat on organs, liver, kidney, rt thigh (ram for ordination); take 1 thick loaf & 1 thin loaf of bread, put in A&sons hands, have them wave before L, burn them, take breast of ram (A’s ordination) wave before L, your share; breast and thigh perpetual share for  A&sons Is make from fellowship offerings; A’s sacred garments belong to descendants they anointed/ordained in them; son who succeeds to wear them 7 days; take ram for ordination, cook meat in sacred place; at entrance to tent of mtg A&sons eat meat and bread in basket, no one else eat, any left over burn, sacred; take 7 days to ordain, sacrifice bull each day as sin offering; offer on altar regularly each day 2 lambs 1 yr old, 1 morning, 1 twilight, w/ea 1/10 ephah finest flour  & ¼ hin olive oil & ¼ hin wine, for generations this offering made at entrance, there I meet/speak to you & meet w/Is; so I consecrate tent of mtg, altar, A&sons to serve as priests, then I dwell among Is/be their God; they know I L who brought out of E.
Make altar of acacia for burning incense, square, horns, overlay w/gold, make 2 gold rings on opposite sides to hold poles to carry; make poles of acacia overlay w/gold; put altar in front of curtain that shields ark; A burn incense every morning when he tends lamps; burn again when he lights lamps at twilight so incense burn regularly; do not offer any other incense, burnt or grain offering or pour drink offering on altar; once a year A make atonement on horns w/blood of sin offering.
LtoM: when you take census, each one pay ransom, no plague come on them, each give a half shekel, 20 yrs or more give offering; rich not give more, poor not give less; receive money, use for service of tent of mtg.
LtoM: make bronze basin w/bronze stand for washing, place betw tent of mtg and altar, put water in it, A&sons wash hands and feet w/water from it; whenever they enter tent they wash so they not die; when they approach altar by presenting food offering they wash hands/feet so they not die,, lasting ordinance.
LtoM: take myrrh, cinnamon, calamus, cassia, olive oil, make into sacred anointing oil, use to anoint tent, ark, table/articles, lampstand/accessories, altar of incense, altar of burnt offering/utensils, basin/stand; consecrate them, whatever touches them be holy; anoint A&sons; do not pour on anyone else, do not make another oil using formula, sacred, whoever makes perfume like it cut off; take gum resin, onycha, galbanum, frankincense and make incense; grind some, place in front of ark, do not make this formula for yourselves, holy, whoever makes cut off.
LtoM: I chosen Bezalel (son of Uri – Hur – Judah), I filled w/Spirit/wisdom/understanding, knowledge/skills to make designs in gold, silver, bronze, to cut/set stones, to work wood, to engage in crafts; I appointed Oholiab (son of Ahisamak – Dan) to help; I given ability to all skilled workers to make everything: tent, ark, atonement cvr, furnishings, table and articles, lampstand, accessories, altar of incense, altar of burnt offering, utensils, basin, stand, woven garments, anointing oil, fragrant incense for HP.
LtoM: say to Is – you must observe Sabbaths, it holy, anyone who desecrates put to death, those who work cut off, 6 days work, 7th Sabbath rest, lasting covenant, sign between me & Is forever, in 6 days L made heavens/earth, 7th day He rested was refreshed; when L finished speaking, gave 2 tablets of covenant law inscribed by finger of God.


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

The Tabernacle
The tabernacle is where God dwelled with the people of Israel in the desert and each article has significance in the life of Christ and our lives today.
The Priests
We are a kingdom of priests, set apart for what God wills.
The Remaining Articles, The Census, The Sacred Oil and Incense
We should not take what God has proclaimed holy and make it common.
The People
We are all given gifts to serve the Lord.


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

God gives the pattern for the tabernacle, articles and priesthood.


Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK that the patterns established by God with Moses on the mountain are representative of Christ and pertinent to our identity as kingdom priests.



What materials did the Lord tell Moses to have the Israelites bring?
What significance do these materials have in other parts of the Bible?
What offerings has the Lord requested of you and what offerings have you brought Him?
What sort of sanctuary does the Lord desire now?
What might the articles of the OT tabernacle be representative of in the NT?
What might the tabernacle articles represent in your life?
Which article of the tabernacle has the greatest significance to you now, and why?
Why do you think the instructions for creating the tabernacle were so specific?
Draw a representation of the tabernacle.
What are the differences between the garments worn by the High Priest and those of the Priest?
What might these garments be representative of in the NT?
As a priest of God’s kingdom, what might these garments represent for you today?
Why might the instructions for clothing the priests have been so detailed?
Draw a representation of the High Priest’s clothes and those of the Priest.
Describe the consecration of the priests.  As a spectator, what might you see, hear, smell, feel, taste?  What would be your observations from the priests’ point of view?  Moses’?
Describe the ordination of the priests.  As a spectator, what might you see, hear, smell, feel, taste?  What would be your observations from the priests’ point of view?  Moses’?
Why might Moses have been reminded that sacred items (like the anointing oil and incense) were not to be made for common use?
What holy aspect of your life are you treating as common and how will you change your behavior?
What does it mean that each of the articles was to be anointed?  How does this affect how you see your own service to God?
What instructions were given to the people?  If they are still valid today, how do you follow them?
What gifts has God given you and how are you using those gifts to serve Him?
Describe your Sabbath.
How might you have treated an item given to you by God that He made?
What has God made and given to you?