Saturday, October 16, 2021

Matthew 5:1-16 Homiletics

In the last chapter, Jesus endured temptation in the wilderness and then He began preaching that the kingdom of heaven is near.  He started calling His disciples and embarked on His ministry of teaching, proclaiming the gospel, and healing to large crowds who begin to follow Him.

When He saw the crowds, He went up a mountainside and sat.  The disciples came and He taught them.  This collection of verses defining blessing (vv. 3-11) is called the Beatitudes.  They declare that the poor in spirit are blessed because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  So what does it mean to be poor in spirit?  If you’re inheriting the kingdom of heaven, it must mean you’re spiritually rich.  Right?  So being poor in spirit is a condition of humility and contrition, not trying to achieve on your own, but submitting to God and accepting His gifts.

Those who mourn are blessed because they will be comforted.  Hmmm.  I can see this from a human perspective.  Sort of.  But I think this verse really puts me in the mindset that I need to look at things from God’s perspective, not mine.  I mourn the loss of loved ones.  I mourn the sudden loss of a job, or other impact to my financial security.  I mourn not getting my way, if I’m honest with myself.  What I don’t mourn often enough is my own sin!  This got me thinking of the cross.  I’ve wept over the pain and humiliation Jesus suffered on my behalf.  But now I wonder if the whip’s sting, the invasion of thorns and nails through flesh, the spitting, the nakedness, the punching and ridicule were merely uncomfortable to the Savior in comparison to the torture and absolute darkness of taking the sin of humanity upon Himself!  Bearing our sin tore our Savior apart!  His 100% God part couldn’t be in the presence of sin!  His 100% human part was sinless until my sin (and yours) covered Him and separated Him from the Father for the first time!  The stress was so unbearable, His heart gave out.  There are fascinating articles about the medical views on Christ’s death.  Check them out.  But God promises comfort for mourning.  Is there a sin from your past, you simply cannot accept God’s forgiveness?  Stop right now and ask God to forgive you and let that forgiveness wash over you.  Ask Him to help you forgive yourself so the enemy can never use that sin as a taunt again.  Receive His comfort.

The meek are blessed because they will inherit the earth.  When I read this in the NASB version, the work used was “gentle.”  I LOVE that – the idea of being gentle.  I think of teaching my new puppy not to jump up on me.  I gently take her paws off of me and place them on the ground and say “down” – over and over and over and over again.  I think of wiping my Grandson’s tears.  I think of encouraging a friend or family member who is struggling.  That is all Jesus, by the way!!!  I can’t do any of that on my own with any regularity.  I might be able to muscle through things once in a while, but this is Jesus’ character.  And He will help me live out that character because His Spirit lives in me!!!  He will help you too, if you have accepted Him as your Savior!  His children will reign with Him for eternity!  That is quite an inheritance.

Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled.  God will fill you with His Word and Himself and His Spirit and His character.  I pray this for my loved ones (and myself) consistently.  My part is to pray and spend time with God and He will make the most of that.  May time with Him be the food you have that no one else knows about.

The merciful will receive mercy.  Don’t just read that quickly and move on.  Be merciful.  How can you be merciful?  What situations are you involved in right now that are affording you the opportunity to be merciful?  When have you received mercy?  When HAVEN’T you received mercy, but would’ve liked it?

The pure in heart will see God.  Oh, Lord, make me pure in heart.  I don’t care if people laugh at me because I don’t get the joke.  I don’t want to have an ulterior motive.  I want to constantly consider the impact to Your kingdom for everything I do, say and think!  I don’t always do that.  I’m sorry.  Would You help me give You one more minute of my contemplation time today?  And then one more tomorrow?  And 20 more seconds the day after that?

Peacemakers will be called children of God.  Are you a peacemaker?  Do you diffuse trouble?  Do you dread conflict but understand that caring means you confront in a loving way?  Are you practicing the art of turning a negative conversation into something more positive?  Are you bringing Jesus’ name and Biblical principles into your interactions with others?  If you are a light, people will be drawn to you.  Those who want to hear about Jesus and the Bible will keep coming back.  Those who don’t will find someone else to commiserate with.  They may come by now and then to taunt you, but they won’t make a practice of spending a lot of time in your company.

This is a natural segue into the kingdom of heaven belonging to those who are persecuted for righteousness.  If we are persecuted for wearing a cross, talking about Jesus, living a righteous life based on the Bible, we are instructed to rejoice.  We are in good company!  The prophets were persecuted, too.

Jesus goes on to teach that His people are the salt of the earth.  Salt enhances flavor, like making fruit sweeter.  Salt preserves food.  Salt melts ice.  But salt can lose saltiness when it contains impurities.  Then salt is useless and can be thrown out.

God’s people are also light.  I mentioned this earlier.  People are drawn to light.  Actually, the eye is naturally drawn to light in darkness.  So don’t hide your light.  Live out the character of the Holy Spirit.  Pursue righteousness.  Display integrity.  Be compassionate and loving.  In other words, be different than the world!  People will see and God will ultimately be glorified.

(the homiletics below led to the thoughts above)

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.J saw crowds, went mountainside, sat, disciples came(5:1)

2.He began teach them(6:2)

3.Blessed poor spirit, theirs koh(6:3)

4.Blessed mourn, comforted(6:4)

5.Blessed meek, inherit earth(6:5)

6.Blessed hunger thirst righteousness, filled(6:6)

7.Blessed merciful, shown mercy(6:7)

8.Blessed pure heart, see God(6:8)

9.Blessed peacemakers, called children God(6:9)

10.Blessed persecuted because righteousness, theirs koh(6:10)

11.Blessed when ppl insult, persecute, falsely say evil against you bec me(6:11)

12.Rejoice, great your reward heaven, for they persecuted proph before you(6:12)

 

13.You salt earth, if loses saltiness, how made salty again, no longer good, thrown out,trampled(5:13)

14.You light world, town on hill cannot be hidden(6:14)

15.Neither ppl light lamp put under bowl, put on stand gives light everyone house(6:15)

16.let light shine, they see good deeds, glorify Father heaven(6:16)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division – a truth about God, a truth about man, a truth about God’s relationship to man; a sin to avoid, promise to trust, example to follow, command to obey, truth to believe):

1.Jesus taught the disciples about being blessed(5:1-12)

Principle:  God’s blessings have eternal significance.

2.Jesus taught the disciples about who they are(5:13-16)

Principle:  God’s people have eternal identity in Him.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Jesus taught the disciples about being blessed, salt and light.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Learn, Understand, etc.):

TCMATK God’s people are blessed and should rejoice, living as salt and light.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.How are your earthly circumstances transforming your thinking about eternal blessings?  How does learning about the suffering of (contemporary) saints encourage you?

2.What thinking or beliefs need to change for you to be salt and light?  Where has your salt lost its saltiness?  In what way are you hiding your light and how will you display it?

 

The Big Idea (author’s main purpose in writing; the one thing all the other things in the passage is about; if you couldn’t talk about it, you would still understand the passage is trying to convey this):

The blessed are salt and light.

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Matthew 4 Homiletics

In Matthew 4, the Holy Spirit led Jesus to the wilderness to be tempted.  Curious.  What the devil meant for evil, God the Father intended to use to refine.  After fasting 40 days, Jesus was hungry.  Of course He was.  So the tempter decided to capitalize on that and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”  On the surface, this seems to be about food.  But I believe the food is masking a deeper issue.  At second glance, this taunt begins with an enticement to pride.  The devil is almost challenging Jesus to prove He is the Son of God.  Something as simple as turning stones to bread would be easy for the Son of God.  Maybe so, but a misuse of power wouldn’t indicate a reliance on God the Father, which is Jesus’ strength in this temptation and a great example for those of us called to follow Him.  More on that in a sec.  And though Jesus acknowledges that food is a legitimate need, He states that every word of Scripture is necessary for life!  True life does not exist outside of the Scriptures.  Those not living by the Word of God are “dead men (and women) walking.”  Are you living according the Scriptures?  I recently bumped into Psalm 8, which speaks about wisdom.  We get wisdom from Scripture.  We see Jesus quote the wisdom of Scripture through all three temptations.

OK.  I said I’d get back to this.  Another nuance behind this first test is that it’s a temptation to take matters into your own hands rather than rely on God.  Jesus was fasting.  Fasting focuses us on God, hopefully.  The devil hoped that hunger or the challenge to Jesus’ authority might make Him act on His own behalf.  But Jesus’ dependence on the Father is solid!

In the second test, the devil took Jesus to the highest point of the temple and said, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down for it is written ‘He will command His angels concerning you, they will lift you up so you will not strike your foot on a stone.”  Jesus responds by saying, “Don’t put the Lord your God to the test.”  Hallelujah!  Don’t let people bait you into doing anything foolish or reckless.  Know God’s character.  Respect His ways. Don’t try to manipulate Him.

Finally, the devil takes Jesus to a very high mountain to show Him all the kingdoms of the world.  He promised to give them all to Jesus if He would bow down and worship the devil.  Jesus told the devil to get away from Him and quoted another Scripture, which said to worship the Lord and serve Him only.  How often are you tempted to take the easy way out?  Do you take shortcuts to avoid suffering?  Jesus, in effect, said He would rather have all the kingdoms WITH the cross than without it!  Without the cross, having all the kingdoms wouldn’t matter because fellowship with the Father wouldn’t be restored to any of the people in any of those kingdoms!  Jesus decided to do things God’s way, not the easy way!  Thank you, Jesus!!!

When all the testing was done, the angels did come and attend to Jesus.  Not exactly the way the devil said…  Isn’t that the way he works, though?  He makes promises that aren’t exactly what they seem to be.  The cost is higher.  The pleasure is less.  Don’t fall for his lies.

Continuing on, Jesus heard John the Baptist was imprisoned, and He withdrew to Galilee.  He lived in Capernaum by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali.  This fulfilled a prophecy from Isaiah.  Jesus, the Light of the world, brought light to that place and those people.  He entrusted the gospel message to those He would call, beginning with Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, who immediately dropped their nets and followed the Lord.  I want my response to God to be immediate.  But sometimes, I’m a little slow on the uptake.

Little by little, word about Jesus, His teaching and miracles spread and people flocked to Him.  His words, His actions, His very presence is a soothing balm.  Like parched earth receiving rain.  Only Jesus was pouring living water on these thirsty souls!  Do you know Him as your Savior?  If not, please comment so I can pray for you and answer any questions you may have.

(the Homiletics below led me to the thoughts above)

 

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.J led by Spirit wilderness tempted by devil; after fasting 40d/n, hungry(4:1-2)

2.tempter:if you SoG, tell stones become bread(4:3)

3.J:it written ’Man live bread alone but every word from mouth G’(4:4)

4.devil took Him holy city stand highest pt temple;if you SoG throw self down(4:5-6a)

5.it written ‘He cmd angels concerning you,lift you up, strike foot against stone’(4:6b)

6.J:also written ‘put L to test’(4:7)

7.devil took Him very high mt showed all kingdoms/splendor(4:8)

8.all this I give you if you bow/worship me;J:away Satan! It written ‘worship L serve Him only(4:9-10)

9.devil left, angels came attended Him(4:11)

 

10.J heard Jn prison withdrew Galilee; lived Capernaum by lake area Zebulun/Naphtali(4:12-13)

11.fulfill Isaiah:land Zeb/Naph,beyond Jordan,Galilee-ppl living dkness seen great light(4:14-16)

12.J began preach: Repent,koH near(4:17)

13.J walking beside Sea Galilee,saw Simon (Peter) Andrew,fishermen;come follow fish ppl(4:18-19)

14.at once followed;saw James John,boat fr Zebedee,J called them;immed left,followed(4:20-22)

15.J went Galilee teaching,proclaiming gd news,healing(4:23)

16.news spread,ppl brought ill/suffering/demon-possessed/seizures/paralyzed,He healed(4:24)

17.Lg crowds Galilee,Decapolis,Jerus,Judea,region across Jordan followed(4:25)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division – a truth about God, a truth about man, a truth about God’s relationship to man; a sin to avoid, promise to trust, example to follow, command to obey, truth to believe):

1.Jesus was tempted by the devil in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11)

Principle:  God’s Word helps people withstand temptation.

2.Jesus withdrew to Galilee and men began to follow Him (Matthew 4:12-25)

Principle:  God’s Word draws people to follow Jesus.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Jesus was tempted and men began to follow Him.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Learn, Understand, etc.):

TCMATL Jesus understands temptation because He was tempted and He is worthy of us following Him.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.What Scriptures are you clinging to right now to combat temptation?  What is your plan to withstand temptation before setting out to do God’s work?

2.What Scriptures are bringing light and comfort to your life and drawing you to Jesus?  What Scriptures are encouraging or challenging you to follow Jesus?

 

The Big Idea (author’s main purpose in writing; the one thing all the other things in the passage is about; if you couldn’t talk about it, you would still understand the passage is trying to convey this):

Scripture is key to Christian life.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Matthew 3 - Homiletics

So, enter John the Baptist.  Camel hair and leather belt wearing, locust and wild honey eating cousin of Jesus, preaching in the power and spirit of Elijah: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near!”  Matthew identifies that John is the one referred to by Isaiah as “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.’”  I found it fascinating that, when you look up Isaiah 40:3, the punctuation is different: “A voice of one calling: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”  So, yes John is the voice of one calling in the wilderness, a physical desert.  But Isaiah said John was a voice calling out to make a way for the Lord in the wilderness.  Still, a physical desert.  Perhaps alluding to the wilderness of our hearts, waiting so long for Messiah as to be on the brink of giving up hope that He would ever come.  Where is your heart right now?  Are you on the brink of giving up that Jesus will ever return for His people?

I LOVE the second part of the Isaiah verse: “…make a straight highway for our God.”  Israel hated Rome!  Rome was oppressive.  Rome occupied their land.  But Rome also brought a great blessing that, I believe, was orchestrated by God to break 400 years of silence and usher in the timing for the birth of the long-awaited Messiah!  As Romans conquered lands, they built roads.  The roads were used to bring siegeworks and supplies to the areas being conquered.  These same roads allowed the gospel to be spread “to the ends of the earth.”  Are you having trouble seeing the blessing in your trials?  Ask God to give you glimpses into the blessings.  Ask Him to change your heart and mind and turn your complaining to thankfulness, your doubt to faith, your covetousness to contentment, your rebellion to submission.

We are told that John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt.  He ate locusts and wild honey.  Huh, wild honey…  I suppose that means he collected it himself and probably received some bee stings for his efforts.  People came from everywhere to confess their sins and be baptized in the Jordan!  You know, people still travel to the Jordan to be baptized!  They come from all over the world!  It’s a popular stop on tours to the holy land.  But where do we stand on confessing our sins?  When was the last time you confessed your sins?  Is something coming to mind that you need to discuss with God?  Don’t delay.  Stop and do it right now.  I’ll wait…

Welcome back.  J  So, now the Pharisees and Sadducees stop by, not to repent, but to see what John is doing.  People are coming from all over.  Maybe John’s crowds are bigger than those gathering to hear the teaching of the Pharisees.  These groups were looking to find fault.  And John wasn’t fooled.  He called them out right there!  “You brood of vipers!”  Not a warm welcome, but tough love: “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”  Power certainly corrupted the members of the Pharisees and Sadducees!  They should’ve known the truth!  They should’ve been calling people to repent as John was doing.  So John warned them that the ax was ready to fall and those who weren’t fruitful would be thrown into the fire!  He told them that One was coming Who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire!  Should these religious leaders have recognized the forerunner to the Messiah?  Definitely.  Their hearts were hardened by the world and by the power they had.  John said the One who was coming was ready to separate the wheat from the chaff and that the chaff would be destroyed.  Which are you?

Now Jesus enters the picture.  Grown up Jesus coming to be baptized by cousin John.  John recognized that he was the one who should be baptized by Jesus!  But Jesus said it is proper for Him to be baptized by John to fulfill all righteousness and John consented.  When he lifted Jesus out of the water, heaven opened and John saw the Holy Spirit descend like a dove on Jesus.  And a voice came from heaven saying, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased.”  Can God say the same of you?  How are you pleasing Him?  Where does your thinking or activity need to change so you are more obedient or submissive to God?

 

(the homiletics below led to the thoughts above)

 

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.John Baptist preaching wilderness Judea:Repent, koh near(3:1-2)

2.Isaiah:voice calling:prepare way L(3:3)

3.clothes camel’s hair,leather belt,food locusts, wild honey(3:4)

4.people went from Jerus/Judea/Jordan;confessing sins, baptized Jordan River(3:5-6)

 

5.when he saw Phar/Sadd:brood vipers!  Produce fruit repentance(3:7-8)

6.think can say yourselves: Abraham our father. Out of stones G raise children Abraham(3:9)

7.ax at root trees, produce good fruit cut down thrown fire(3:10)

8.I baptize water repentance, after me comes one more powerful, baptize Holy Spirit, fire(3:11)

9.winnowing fork in hand, clear threshing floor, gathering wheat, burning chaff(3:12)

 

10.J came Jordan baptized by John;John tried deter:I need baptized by you(3:13-14)

11.J:proper do this fulfill righteousness. John consented(3:15)

12.J baptized, heaven opened, he saw Spirit descending like dove(3:16)

13.voice heaven: my Son, I love, I well pleased(3:17)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division – a truth about God, a truth about man, a truth about God’s relationship to man; a sin to avoid, promise to trust, example to follow, command to obey, truth to believe):

1.John the Baptist came to prepare the way for the Lord (Matthew 3:1-6)

Principle:  God sends His people to prepare the way for Jesus.

2.John the Baptist spoke to Pharisees and Sadducees about repentance (Matthew 3:7-12)

Principle:  God sends His people to encourage repentance.

3.John the Baptist baptized Jesus (Matthew 3:12-17)

Principle:  God sends His people to fulfill all righteousness.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

John the Baptist preached repentance and baptized Jesus.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Learn, Understand, etc.):

TCMATK God calls people to make Jesus and His righteousness known.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.How are you investing in people in your circle of influence in preparation for sharing the gospel with them?

2.What areas of your thinking could use some fresh repentance?

3.Where are you cooperating with the Holy Spirit to fulfill God’s righteousness as reflected in Jesus?

 

The Big Idea (author’s main purpose in writing; the one thing all the other things in the passage is about; if you couldn’t talk about it, you would still understand the passage is trying to convey this):

God’s people point to Jesus.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Matthew 2 - Homiletics

Matthew 2 is the tale of two kings and some wise men.  It begins with the birth of the King of kings.  After which the magi from the West came to Israel and inquired of king Herod about the birth of the King of the Jews.  This disturbed Herod since, technically, he was crowned “the king of the Jews” by the Roman Senate in 40 BCE.  It apparently disturbed all of Jerusalem as well.  But this got Herod thinking, and he went to the chief priests and teachers of the law and inquired about where the Messiah would be born.  They informed Herod that the Scriptures indicated the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem according to the prophet Micah (Mic 5:2).

So, Herod gave that information to the magi and asked them to return to him after they found the Child and tell him where the Child was so Herod could worship Him, too.  We’ll learn Herod’s true intentions in just a moment.

Meanwhile, the magi travel on, following a star that guided them straight to Jesus and His mother at their house.  The overjoyed magi bowed and worshiped and presented the King with gifts of gold (a symbol of kingship) and frankincense (a symbol of deity) and myrrh (an embalming oil, symbolic of death).  After their visit, they are warned in a dream not to return to Herod, so they went back home by another route.

Meanwhile, an angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream and tells him to take his family to Egypt because Herod wants to kill Jesus!  So Joseph packs up and goes and moves to Egypt.  During this time, Herod became furious that he was tricked by the magi and issued an order to kill all the boys age 2 and under.  This event is called the slaughter of the innocents or the massacre of the innocents.  And there is no historical record of it from the first century outside of Scripture.  So I asked myself, “why not?”  What I discovered was interesting.

First of all, children were not valued in that culture at that time in history, so it possibly wasn’t really newsworthy.  Second, the population of that area wasn’t as large as it is today, so very few children were probably executed, possibly escaping notice of historians.  Also, Josephus Flavius, a first century AD historian, may not have chronicled the killing of the 2 year old boys in and around Bethlehem around 3 BCE, but he does record Herod’s wickedness including a number of murders in response to a perceived threat to his throne.  So such a response to a rumor about the birth of the “King of the Jews” was absolutely possible considering the character – or lack of character – attributed to Herod.

There is actually a testimony of the slaughter of the innocents from around 400 AD from Macrobius’ Saturnalia (2.f.11), which says, “when Augustus had heard, that among the children within two years of age, which Herod king of the Jews commanded to be slain in Syria, his own son had been killed, he said: ‘It is better to be Herod’s hog than his son.’”

There is a lesson in this for us today:  insecurity can cause really bad decisions.  We not only see this in Herod’s life.  Take a look at the Old Testament life of king Saul.  There was another dangerously insecure king!  And now, back to the Scriptures…

So Joseph’s family remained in Egypt until he received word again in a dream to return to Israel after Herod’s death.  But Joseph was afraid because Archelaus was reigning in Herod’s place.  He received another warning in a dream and settled in Galilee, in Nazareth.  I love Joseph’s sensitivity to God and his obedience to God’s instruction.  I love God’s care for Jesus and Mary and Joseph to warn the magi to avoid Herod and go home a different way.  I love that God warned Joseph in a dream to go to Egypt and told him when it was safe to come back and where to settle.  God is in the details!  How have you seen Him in the details of your life?  What keeps you motivated to seek God when He seems difficult to find?  Where are you fighting God rather than submitting to Him and what will lead you to repent and ultimately submit to His plan for your life?

 

(Below is the homiletics that led me to the thoughts above.)

 

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.after J born, magi came: where king of Jews?(2:1-2)

2.King Herod heard, was disturbed, and all Jerus(2:3)

3.called chief priests & teachers law, asked where Messiah born(2:4)

4.Bethlehem, prophet: Bethlehem, out you come ruler shepherd Israel(2:5-6)

5.Herod found out exact time star appeared; sent them Beth,find him, report me, I go worship(2:7-8)

6.they went, star went ahead, stopped where child was; they saw star, overjoyed(2:9-10)

7.they saw child w/mother, bowed & worshiped, presented gold, frankincense, myrrh(2:11)

8.warned dream go Herod,ret’d country by another route(2:12)

 

9.aoL appeared Joseph dream,escape Egypt, Herod search child to kill(2:13)

10.he took child, mother, left;stayed until death Herod, fulfilled proph:out of Egypt called son(2:14-15)

11.Herod realized outwitted, furious, gave orders kill boys 2y & under(2:16)

12.proph Jeremiah fulfilled: Rachel weeping for children(2:17-18)

13.after Herod died,aoL appeared dream Jos:go Israel;he got up, took child/mother, went Israel(2:19-21)

14.heard Archelaus reigning,afraid,warned dream, withdrew Galilee(2:22)

15.lived Naz, fulfilled prophets, he called Nazarene(2:23)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division – a truth about God, a truth about man, a truth about God’s relationship to man; a sin to avoid, promise to trust, example to follow, command to obey, truth to believe):

1.The magi seek and find the Messiah (Matt 2:1-12)

Principle:  Those who seek God with a pure heart, find Him.

2.Joseph obeys God and flees to Egypt, and later obediently settles in Nazareth (Matt 2:13-23)

Principle:  Obedience to God fulfills His plan.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Magi find and worship Messiah; Joseph flees and returns obediently.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Learn, Understand, etc.):

TCMATK God’s people seek and obey His will.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.What keeps you motivated to seek after God when He seems hard to find?

2.Where are you fighting God rather than obeying Him?  What will lead you to repent and submit?

 

The Big Idea (author’s main purpose in writing; the one thing all the other things in the passage is about; if you couldn’t talk about it, you would still understand the passage is trying to convey this):

Seek and obey God.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Matthew 1 - Homiletics

In Matthew chapter 1, Matthew records Jesus’ ancestry and the circumstances of His birth.  In the first 17 verses, the former tax collector presents the meticulous plan of God to bring His one and only Son, the Messiah, into the world to save it.  Each name in this list has significance.  The initial mentions of David and Abraham speak to the covenants given to these men promising the Messiah.

Many other names in this genealogy may be familiar to you, as well.  You’ve read their stories.  Isaac, Jacob and Judah.  Boaz, Jesse and Solomon.  Look up these names - and the less recognizable ones.  Read their stories.  It’s interesting that women are mentioned in Christ’s lineage, too!  Tamar, Judah’s daughter-in-law, who dressed as a prostitute and became pregnant with her father-in-law’s twins.  Rahab, an actual prostitute who hid the Israelite spies in Jericho.  Ruth, the Moabitess who returned to Israel with her mother-in-law Naomi.  Uriah’s wife, aka Bathsheba, who was summoned to King David after he saw her bathing.

What do these names teach us?  That God uses imperfect people!  That God’s plan cannot be thwarted.  That it’s not about what I do, but about what God does!  God specifically chose the bloodline for His Son.

Who is in your spiritual ancestry?  Who told you about Jesus?  Who brought you to church?  Who prayed with you to receive Jesus as your Savior?  Who taught you to navigate your Bible?  Whose Bible studies increased your Bible literacy?  Take a moment to assess your spiritual ancestry.

Now take a minute to think about who might be your spiritual descendant.

Into whom are you pouring the love and wisdom you have received from Jesus and the Scriptures?  Who are you telling about Jesus?  Who are you bringing to church?  Who are you praying for (or with) to receive Christ as Savior?  Who are you teaching to navigate their Bible?  With whom are you doing Bible study?  Who is watching the example you’re setting?  These are potentially your spiritual descendants.

One more thing about the genealogy before we move on.  In verse 16, the language changes.  Joseph is not listed as the father of Jesus.  He is listed as the husband of Mary, the mother of Jesus.  This verse jumps out like a neon sign that Joseph is not Jesus’ father!

Matthew, in detailed bookkeeper fashion wraps up the genealogy with three mentions of the number 14.  Fourteen generations between Abraham and King David, 14 between King David and the exile to Babylon and 14 between the exile and the Messiah!  Numerology is very important to the Jewish people.  And the use of the number 14 speaks of spiritual perfection twice (7 x 2)!  God’s plan is certainly perfect!  God specifically chose the timing and circumstances of His Son’s birth.

God’s choice of parents for His Son is displayed beautifully in the remaining verses.  We receive a glimpse of Mary’s willingness to be used of God and submissive to His plan in Luke 1:26-38.  Joseph’s story is told here at the end of Matthew 1.  What character attributes do you observe in Joseph at the end of this chapter?  Why do you think the King of the Universe would choose these people to raise His one and only Son?  What characteristics of Jesus’ earthly parents would you like to possess?

But the most incredible moment appears in verses 20 and 21 where an angel appears to Joseph in a dream and tells him to take Mary as his wife; what is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; that he should name the boy Jesus because He will save His people from their sins!  Mind-blowing!!!  What an encounter!  Joseph obeyed and raised the Messiah as his own son!

As we see in chapter one of Matthew, not everyone has a “once upon a time…happily ever after” story.  But our stories are our stories, and can be used to help others work through their stories.  How are you willing to allow God to use your pain to help someone else?  What are you willing to sacrifice or share to point someone else to salvation in Jesus?  What areas of your life could use a fresh infusion of Jesus?  What can you share that might be a fresh infusion of Jesus for someone else?

(Below is the homiletics that led me to the thoughts above.)

 

Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.genealogy Jesus Messiah son David/Abraham(1:1)

2.Abraham father Isaac – Jacob – Judah/brothers(1:2)

3.Judah – Perez/Zerah,mother Tamar,Perez – Hezron – Ram;-Amminadab – Nahshon – Salmon(1:3-4)

4.-Boaz,mother Rahab,-Obed,mother Ruth,-Jesse;King David – Solomon,mother Uriah’s wife(1:5-6)

5.-Rehoboam – Abijah – Asa;-Jehoshaphat – Jehoram – Uzziah;-Jotham – Ahaz – Hezekiah(1:7-9)

6.-Manasseh – Amon – Josiah;-Jeconiah/brothers exile Babylon(1:10-11)

7.after exile Jeconiah – Shealtiel – Zerubbabel;-Abihud – Eliakim – Azor;-Zadok – Akim – Elihud(1:12-14)

8.-Eleazar – Matthan – Jacob;-Joseph husband Mary, mother Jesus Messiah(1:15-16)

9.fourteen generations Abraham-David, fourteen David-Exile,fourteen exile-Messiah(1:17)

 

10.how birth Jesus came, Mary pledged Joseph, pregnant through HS(1:18)

11.Joseph faithful law, want public disgrace, in mind divorce quietly(1:19)

12.angel appeared dream: take Mary wife, conceived from HS(1:20)

13.son you name Jesus, he save his people from sins(1:21)

14.fulfill prophet: virgin conceive/birth son call Immanuel (God with us)(1:22-23)

15.Joseph woke, did what angel commanded; consummate until gave birth Jesus(1:24-25)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division – a truth about God, a truth about man, a truth about God’s relationship to man; a sin to avoid, promise to trust, example to follow, command to obey, truth to believe):

1.The Genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-17)

Principle:  God chose the bloodline for His Son.

2.The Birth of Jesus and Joseph’s Faithfulness (Matthew 1:18-25)

Principle:  God chose the timing and circumstances for the appearance of His Son.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Matthew records Jesus’ ancestry and the circumstances of His birth.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Learn, Understand, etc.):

TCMATK God perfectly planned and executed the physical and spiritual genealogy of the Messiah.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.What are you willing to sacrifice for (or give to) your spiritual children this year as a legacy pointing to Jesus?  (What will you pass on to your spiritual children as an “ancestor”?)

2.What areas of your life need a fresh infusion of knowledge that Jesus is the Messiah?

 

The Big Idea (author’s main purpose in writing; the one thing all the other things in the passage is about; if you couldn’t talk about it, you would still understand the passage is trying to convey this):

Jesus is the promised Messiah!

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Things I Learn About Myself from My Dogs!

Sometimes an epiphany comes at 4:45 in the morning while I’m walking my dogs.  My day hasn’t come under attack by everyone trying to accomplish the tasks on their plate who invariably interrupt me while I’m trying to accomplish the things on my plate!  It’s dark outside and although some lights glow through crack-like openings in closed drapes in the windows I pass in my neighborhood, the world still seems to be asleep.  Peace.  J

Then, our new puppy decides she wants to breakaway!  The leash rubs my hands raw, but I hold fast.  She gags as she pulls her collar tight on the front of her throat.  She stops and then tries again.  Stops again.  All three dogs see a cat!  Another breakaway attempt, but I’m braced for it.  Heel!

This morning, it felt like Jesus was whispering to me, “Heel.”  Oy!  Massive realization:  I’m just like my dogs!  Maybe not often like the puppy that runs off at every opportunity, but certainly like the older dogs that see the cat and want to chase!  What pulls me off the path with Jesus?  What makes me want to take off running away from Him rather than keep a nice, slow, enjoyable pace with Him?  What makes me choke myself when I should just enjoy the walk?  Accumulating stuff?  Competing for kudos at work?  Saying “yes” to every activity I’m asked to participate in?  Saying “yes” to every ministry opportunity?  Someone else’s emergency?  What shiny thing distracts me from my purpose of fellowship with Jesus?

Wanting to be with Jesus has to be a priority.  It has to be the most important thing I do all day.  It has to be the first appointment I set.  And the appointment I never skip or put off.  How do you prioritize your time with Jesus?


Thursday, September 02, 2021

Something Wonderful This Way Comes...

 


Fall is here.  I can feel that little chill in the early morning air.  BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) is starting back up, which means I will be posting homiletics more regularly.  And I am actually planning to coming up with more creative content to share here on the blog.  This change has been inspired by a brother in Christ I’ve had the privilege to get to know a little better over the last few weeks.

I’ve been part of the launch team to promote J. Warner Wallace’s latest book “Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World that Rejects the Bible”, and he has challenged the launch team to become Content Creators, not just content consumers.  I am taking that challenge to heart, and God is flooding my mind with ideas right now.  So be on the lookout for new things happening on the blog.  And check out J. Warner Wallace’s book “Person of Interest” (http://personofinterestbook.com).  Preorders are available right now.  The book releases 21 September.  It shows Jesus’ impact on several aspects of life and culture to the extent that His life and ministry and teaching can be recreated completely from sources outside of the New Testament Scriptures!  Check out Wallace’s other books, too, if you haven’t already.  They bring the perspective of a Detective to the investigation of Jesus and God!

I’d like to issue the same challenge to you to become a Content Creator.  What’s your unique niche?  What do you love to do?  How can you leverage what you know into a platform for sharing, honoring and glorifying Christ?  How can you use who He made you to be to make Him known?  Maybe not on a blog or on YouTube, but in the workplace or in the home or at church or where you volunteer…  What interests and talents do you have that can build a bridge to someone else’s heart for Jesus to walk across and into the life of another person?  Think about it.  Then put it into practice.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Person of Interest by J. Warner Wallace

*** Consider Pre-Ordering Now!!!  (http://personofinterestbook.com)  It's a wonderful, enlightening and inspiring read!!!

Description

Can the truth about Jesus be uncovered--even without a body or a crime scene? Join cold-case detective and bestselling author J. Warner Wallace as he investigates Jesus using an innovative and unique approach he employs to solve real missing person murder cases.

In Person of Interest, Wallace carefully sifts through the evidence from history alone, without relying on the New Testament. You'll understand like never before how Jesus, the most significant person in history, changed the world.

Features:

Join a cold-case detective as he uncovers the truth about Jesus using the same approach he employs to solve real murder cases.  Marvel at the way Jesus changed the world as you investigate why Jesus still matters today.  Learn how to use an innovative and unique "fuse and fallout" investigative strategy that you can also use to examine other claims of history.  Explore and learn how to respond to common objections to Christianity

Detective J. Warner Wallace listened to a pastor talk about Jesus and wondered why anyone would think Jesus was a person of interest.

Wallace was skeptical of the Bible, but he’d investigated several no-body homicide cases in which there was no crime scene, no physical evidence, and no victim's body. Could the historical life and actions of Jesus be investigated in the same way?

In Person of Interest, Wallace describes his own personal investigative journey from atheism to Christianity as he carefully considers the evidence. Creative, compelling, and fully illustrated, Person of Interest will strengthen the faith of believers while engaging those who are skeptical and distrusting of the New Testament.

"Wallace has an uncanny ability to discover clues where no one else sees them. Now he tackles perhaps his toughest case ever: solving a deeply personal mystery involving his own religious faith."

—ROBERT DEAN, producer of NBC News Dateline

"A creative and eye-opening work. You'll be captivated as Wallace takes you on a thrilling journey of discovery."

—LEE STROBEL, bestselling author of The Case for Christ

"If you read this book, you will have to reckon with Jesus, not just as a historical person but as Lord and Savior. This is not your typical apologetics book!"

—ALISA CHILDERS, author of Another Gospel

"Bring your doubts, bring your skepticism--but if you bring them in open-minded honesty . . . be prepared to render a shocking verdict."

—SCOTT HANSON, host of NFL RedZone


“Person of Interest:  Why Jesus Still Matters in a World that Rejects the Bible” is a feast for the mind and the soul!  J. Warner Wallace has penned a doozy of a book and created first-rate artwork!  I really enjoy books that start off at a run, and I clicked with this book right away.  Wallace parallels “a past case” with his own investigation of the truth about Jesus Christ.  The way he presents Tammy’s disappearance case put me in the exact headspace to examine the clues from history, science, music, literature, education, science and art to make the case for the importance and impact of Jesus Christ.  The author skillfully bounces back and forth between these two cases as he moves forward in presenting the evidence gathered in each investigation.

My mind was frequently blown as I was drawn to moments of worship of a meticulous God Who perfectly wove the fabric of time and circumstances to usher in the very moment the Messiah would appear!  In the first couple of chapters, the author lays out how language and writing and transportation advanced through history to the point of Jesus’ time on earth with such precision to allow the message of the Gospel to be spread to the ends of the earth!

As the book progressed, I became grateful that, in this time of “cancel culture,” the Savior of the world can never be canceled because of His influence on so many different aspects of culture!  Even if every Christian Bible were destroyed, we would be able to re-create the life of Jesus, His miracles, His death and His resurrection through His influence.  “Person of Interest” has grown my faith and equipped me to support my beliefs using resources other than Scripture!

But wait, there’s more!  After devouring this book, although I am inspired to go back and re-read Wallace’s other books to see if I glean more from them the second time around, I don’t think I’ll have time to do that!  There are so many other things to read!  The collection of resources in the Case Notes at the end of this book is (almost) worth the entire cost of this surprisingly small work and earns the book prime real estate on my keeper shelf!  The Case Notes are meaty and point the reader to the author’s sources so you can verify what he’s written!  Don’t take his word for it.  Look it up for yourself!


Friday, July 30, 2021

Mysteries of the Messiah by Rabbi Jason Sobel

 


Are you settling for half the story? Highlighting connections that have been hidden from non-Jewish eyes, Rabbi Jason Sobel will connect the dots between the Old and New Testament, helping you see the Bible with clarity as God intended.

Most people—even people of faith—do not understand how the Bible fits together. Too many Christians accept half an inheritance, content to embrace merely the New Testament, while Jewish people may often experience the same by embracing only the Old Testament. But God has an intricate plan and purpose for both the Old and the New.

In Mysteries of the Messiah, Rabbi Jason Sobel reveals the many connections in Scripture hidden in plain sight. Known for his emphatic declaration “but there’s more!” he guides us in seeing the passion and purpose of the Messiah. Mysteries of the Messiah:

  • Uncovers connections between the Old and New Testaments
  • Connects the dots for readers with details about Jesus, the Torah, and biblical characters
  • Written with the unique perspective of a rabbi with an evangelical theological degree

No matter how many times you have read the Bible, Mysteries of the Messiah will bring fresh perspective and insight. God’s Word, written by many people over thousands of years, is not a random selection of people and stories. Rabbi Jason Sobel connects the dots and helps us see with clarity what God intended.

About the Author

Raised in a Jewish home in New Jersey, Rabbi Jason Sobel dedicated much of his life in pursuit of a spiritual connection with God. After years of seeking and studying, he encountered God and found his true destiny as a Jewish follower of Yeshua (Jesus). Suddenly, all the traditions Rabbi Jason grew up with took on new depth and meaning as God connected the ancient wisdom of the Torah with the teachings of the Messiah.

Rabbi Jason received his rabbinic ordination from the UMJC (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations) in 2005. He has a B.A. in Jewish Studies (Moody) and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies (Southeastern Seminary). He is a sought-after speaker and has made multiple appearances on national television, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Daystar Network, and the Dr. Oz Show. Rabbi Jason is the author of Breakthrough: Living a Life That OverflowsAligning with God's Appointed Times, and Mysteries of the Messiah and he is also the coauthor of New York Times bestseller The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi with Kathie Lee Gifford.

You can learn more at www.rabbisobel.com.



First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Rabbi Jason Sobel and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Mysteries of the Messiah" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Mysteries of the Messiah” by Rabbi Jason Sobel is an amazing book that opens the truth of the Old Testament to New Testament Christians!  It also connects the dots from the Old Testament to the New for Jewish eyes!  This book is an exciting read that has added so much meaning to my Old Testament Bible study.  And it has made the New Testament come to life in beautiful, new ways.

Rabbi Jason Sobel sets the stage for the Messiah promised to the world through the Jewish nation!  This book is so packed with interesting facts that I will keep on my reference shelf for reference and monthly revisiting.  Since there are twelve chapters, I plan to incorporate a reading from it each month.  I could read these chapters over and over again for years and not glean everything packed into its pages!

The opening pages make reference to a loving a mystery.  With that, I was hooked!  That is one of the things I love about the Word of God – that I will never discover all the things hidden within the Scriptures in my lifetime.  I noticed a high concentration of information on numerology at first, which I find fascinating.  Also, I love studying language, so the insights into Hebrew words and letters was truly enlightening.

This is an exciting read that has inspired me to read and study the Old Testament with different eyes.  I highly recommend this book.  Don’t read it at bedtime.  It will totally wake you up and get your mind racing!


Lead Like Christ by A.W. Tozer

 


Lead Like Christ

What Does Christ-Centered Leadership Look Like?

As a Christian, does your leadership approach look any different from that of those who don't follow Christ? Throughout the Bible, God shows us what leadership looks in His kingdom, and sometimes it can seem upside-down. The first shall be last. The master shall be the servant. But how can we apply these counterintuitive truths in our world today?

Rather than focusing on the nuts and bolts of management, Lead like Christ uses the book of Titus to take a close look at what biblical leadership entails. Using Paul's instructions to his young ministry partner as a guide, Tozer takes us through themes of grace, servanthood, spiritual boldness, and humility toward the Word of God. This foundation will lead to powerful, long-lasting change in both your own leadership role today as well as in God's eternal kingdom.

 

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963) was a self-taught theologian, pastor, and writer whose powerful words continue to grip the intellect and stir the soul of today's believer. He authored more than forty books. The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy are considered modern devotional classics. Get Tozer information and quotes at www.twitter.com/TozerAW.


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to James L. Snyder, who complied and edited A.W. Tozer's work and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Lead Like Christ" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Lead Like Christ” by A.W. Tozer is an incredible read for every Christian!  As Christians, we are called to make disciples and spread the Gospel.  That makes every Christian a leader!  This book provides great encouragement, training and wisdom from the Scriptures to enlighten the Christian regarding our role in leadership.

Nineteen chapters on different aspects of leadership are available to read straight through or jump around to different topics.  My suggestion would be to read the work straight through, then keep it on your reference shelf to refer back to specific chapters as you need to.  This book is a great gift to give to others and yourself.


Saturday, July 17, 2021

The Essential Andrew Murray Collection

 

The Essential Andrew Murray Collection

Three Classic Andrew Murray Books in One Wisdom-Filled Volume

The powerful writings of Andrew Murray, the nineteenth-century minister and author, still inspire today.

· In Humility, Murray calls all Christians to turn from pride, empty themselves, and study the character of Christ, who will then fill them with His grace. It is often called the best work ever written on the topic.
· Abiding in Christ invites you to listen to words from Scripture, read a daily meditation, pray, and surrender yourself anew to Christ. This thirty-one-day devotional is as timely now as it was in 1895 when it was first published.
· Living a Prayerful Life outlines the way to overcome prayerlessness, which Murray believed was the greatest roadblock to spiritual growth. He offers inspiring and practical guidelines for becoming a prayer warrior, including examples from the prayer lives of the apostle Paul, George Müller, and Hudson Taylor.

The wisdom in these pages will encourage and equip you to live a life of humility, surrender, and prayer, bringing you closer to the One who created you and longs to be with you.

Each title in this collection has been edited for today's reader.

 

Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was born in South Africa. After receiving his education in Scotland and Holland, he returned to South Africa and spent his life there as a pastor, missionary, and author of many devotional books. He and his wife, Emma, raised eight children.


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to the late Andrew Murray and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Essential Andrew Murray Collection" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

No one writes like this anymore!  “The Essential Andrew Murray Collection” by Andrew Murray is a beautifully penned compilation of three of Andrew Murray’s well-known works: “Humility”, “Abiding in Christ” and “Living a Prayerful Life”, all in one volume!  This is one book for the keeper shelf that you will refer back to again and again.

“Humility” shares the attitude and action of the attribute, pointing to the Savior and His character and providing encouragement to live out the attribute for the believer.  Twelve chapters can be read straight through or one per month for twelve months as a refresher.

“Abiding in Christ” is 31 chapters – enough for one month of daily quiet time reading – that talks about the life of the Christian as well as who Jesus is to the Christian.  This encouraging book will enlighten the Christian about the process of God transforming us from day to day.

“Living a Prayerful Life” talks about many aspects of prayer.  Arranged in 31 chapters, this is another great, daily quiet time read.  It is also a great reference for prayer.


Saturday, April 24, 2021

Homiletics Genesis 49-50

 

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Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division – a truth about God, a truth about man, a truth about God’s relationship to man):

1.Jacob blesses his sons and dies (Gen 49)

Principle:  God blesses to point people to Himself.

2.Joseph buries Israel in Canaan and dies at 110 years old (Gen 50)

Principle:  God keeps His promises.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Jacob blesses his sons, dies; Joseph buries him and dies.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Learn, Understand, etc.):

TCMATK The end of the story for God’s people means being gathered back to Him.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.How will you bless those around you?  How are you blessing others in unconventional ways?  How might you bless your enemies and point them to Jesus?

2.Where are you sacrificing to keep a promise to someone?  How are you experiencing God keeping His promises to you?

 

The Big Idea (author’s main purpose in writing; the one thing all the other things in the passage is about; if you couldn’t talk about it, you would still understand the passage is trying to convey this):

God blesses through promises.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Homiletics Genesis 47:13-48:22

 

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Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division – a truth about God, a truth about man, a truth about God’s relationship to man):

1.The Egyptian people are reduced to servitude to buy food from Joseph during the severe famine (47:13-26)

Principle:  People enslave themselves to what they submit.

2.The Israelites flourish and Joseph and his sons are blessed by Israel before his death (47:27-48:22)

Principle:  People flourish and bless when they are in God’s will.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Joseph distributes food in famine and is blessed by Israel.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Learn, Understand, etc.):

TCMATK God’s people bless and are blessed.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.Where do you need to remove your trust from men and place it in God?

2.Who is God bringing into your life to bless and how will you help them flourish?

 

The Big Idea (author’s main purpose in writing; the one thing all the other things in the passage is about; if you couldn’t talk about it, you would still understand the passage is trying to convey this):

God blesses people.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Homiletics Genesis 45:1-47:12

 Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.Jos:have every1 leave;wept loudly;”I Jos”, bros terrified;”come close”;distressed4selling(Gen 45:1-5)

2.2y famine;G sent me ahead deliverance;not you sent me;hurry fr say Jos lord Egypt,come(6-9)

3.live Goshen;I provide,5y famine still;tell fr everything,bring fr quickly;arms around Ben wept(10-14)

4.kissed bros;news reached palace;Phar:tell bros;bring fr/families;take carts;nvrmind belongings(15-20)

5.Jos gave carts;clothing, Ben +silver;sent 10 donkey things,10 f donkeys provisions; dont quarrel (21-24)

6.came to fr;Jos alive! Ruler Egypt;Jac stunned;spirit revived;I’m convinced(25-28)

 

7.set out, Beersheba sacrifices;G spoke;afraid go Egypt;I go w/you,Jos close eyes;left Beersheba(46:1-5)

8.went Egypt livestock, possessions, all offspring;Reuben,Hanok,Pallu,Hezron,Karmi(6-9)

9.Simeon,Jemuel,Jamin,Ohad,Jakin,Zohar,Shaul;Levi,Gershon,Kohath,Merari;Judah,Shelah,Perez(10-12a)

10.Zerah,(Hezron,Hamul);Issachr,Tola,Puah,Jashub,Shimron;Zebuln,Sered,Elon,Jaheel;Dinah,33(12b-15)

11.Gad,Zephon,Haggi,Shuni,Ezbon,Eri,Arodi,Areli;Asher,Imnah,Ishvah,Ishvi,Beriah,Serah(16-17a)

12(Heber,Malkiel);children Zilpah 16;Jos Ben;Manasseh,Ephraim;Bela,Beker,Ashbel,Gera(17b-21a)

12.Naaman,Ehi,Rosh,Muppim,Huppim,Ard;sons Rachel 14;Dan,Hushim;Naphtali,Jahziel,Guni(21b-24a)

13.Jezer,Shillem; sons Bilhah 7;went Egypt 66 persons;2 sons Jos 70 in all(24b-27)

14.sent Judah ahead directions;Jos Goshen meet fr,arms wept;I go Phar fr’s household come(28-31)

15.men shepherds;Phar asks occupation;you answer livestock(32-34)

 

16.Jos told Phar fr/bros/flocks/herds come;chose 5 bros presented;Phar:occupation? Shepherds(47:1-3)

17.please servants settle Goshen;Phar:settle fr/bros Goshen,any special ability charge my livestock(4-6)

18.Jos fr presented Phar;Phar:how old?;130 few difficult years;Jacob blessed Phar(7-10)

19.Jos settled fr/bros;provided food(11-12)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division – a truth about God, a truth about man, a truth about God’s relationship to man):

1.Joseph reveals himself to his brothers and makes provision for Jacob to come to Egypt(45)

Principle:  God puts His people in positions to help others.

2.Joseph is reunited with his father after God tells Jacob He will be with him and 70 go to Egypt(46)

Principle:  God knits His people together with Himself and each other.

3.Joseph presents brothers and Jacob to Pharaoh and settles them in Goshen(47:1-12)

Principle:  God brings non-believers into the lives of His people to bless them and make Him known.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Joseph reveals himself, reunites with family, settling them in Goshen.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, Learn, Understand, etc.):

TCMATK God is all about relationship!

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about heart change):

1.How are you motivated by God’s relational nature to use your gifts and resources to help others and build relationships?

2.In what areas are you challenged to cling more closely to your Christian friends and family?  How will you accomplish this?

3.How are you blessing the non-believers in your sphere of influence?

 

The Big Idea (author’s main purpose in writing; the one thing all the other things in the passage is about; if you couldn’t talk about it, you would still understand the passage is trying to convey this):

God brings people together.