Saturday, March 27, 2021

Homiletics Genesis 43-44

 

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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.Judah guarantees Benjamin’s safety on the trip to Egypt and Joseph is moved to see his brother (Gen 43:1-34)

Principle:  God’s plan and provision are rooted in eternity and will come to pass.

2.Judah begs to take Benjamin’s place in prison when Joseph accuses him of stealing (Gen 44:1-34)

Principle:  God is sovereign and raises up leaders in His perfect time.

 

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

Judah guarantees Benjamin’s safety and pleads to be Joseph’s slave.

 

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

TCMATK God and His plan are absolutely trustworthy.

 

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

1.How does knowing God is in control help you step out in faith rather than shrink back in fear (maybe even in the midst of suffering)?

2.Where are you stepping out in faith to help, encourage or protect someone else?

 

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 changes hearts

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Homiletics Genesis 41-42

 

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

1.2y passed Phar dream;7 cows sleek fat;after 7 cows ugly gaunt;gaunt ate fat,Phar woke(41:1-4)

2.2nd dream 7 grain healthy good;after 7 grain thin scorched;thin heads swallowed healthy(5-7)

3.troubled, magicians, no one interpret; chief CB reminded shortcomings; Phar impris me/bkr(8-10)

4.Each had dream;Hebrew interpr;turned out as interp;Phar sent for Jos;dream,heard you interp(11-15)

5.I cannot,G will;Phar:7 cows fat sleek;after 7 scrawny;ugly cows ate fat;just as ugly(16-21)

6.7 grain full good;after 7 withered;thin heads swallowed good;Jos:dreams same,G revealed(22-25)

7.7 good cows=7y,7 good heads=7y;7 lean cows=7y,7 worthless heads=7y famine;G shown Phar(26-28)

8.7y grt abundance cming;7y famine follow;abund remem,famine severe;matter firmly decided(29-32)

 

9.wise man in charge;take 1/5 harvest;store up;used during famine;plan good Phar/officials(33-37)

10.anyone lk this man, soG;no one wise as you;you in charge palace,ppl;Egypt;signet,robes,chain(38-42)

11.2nd in comm;gave name Zaphenath-Paneah, gave Asenath wife;Jos 30 entered service(43-46)

12.7y abund;Jos coll food;huge quantities;before famine 2 sons;Manasseh;Ephraim;7y abund end(47-53)

13.famine began;ppl cried food;Jos sold grain Egyptians;world came buy grain(54-57)

 

14.Jacob learned grain Egypt;go there buy some;10 bros went Egypt;did not send Ben(42:1-4)

15.Israel’s sons went buy grain;Jos bros bowed;Jos recognized,pretended stranger, spoke harshly(5-7)

16.they not recognize him;he remem dreams,you spies;no,come buy food;honest men not spies(8-12)

17.12 bros, youngest w/fr, 1 no more;you spies;you leave unless youngest comes;send 1 get bro(13-16)

18.put all custody 3d;3rd d;1 bro stay;bring youngest;we punished bec bro;Reub:didn’t I tell you(17-22)

19.realize Jos undstd;he weep,Simeon taken;Jos ordered fill bags grain,silver;loaded donkeys,left(23-26)

20.saw Ag;hearts sank;Jacob told;spying;lv 1;bring youngest;Ag frightnd:Reub:I bring bk;son go(27-38)

 

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 Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream (Gen 41:1-32)

Principle:  God gives gifts and abilities to put people where He wants them.

2.Joseph in Charge of Egypt (Gen 41:33-57)

Principle:  God is sovereign over every person He places in authority.

3.Joseph’s Brothers Buy Grain in Egypt and Simeon is Left Behind (Gen 42:1-38)

Principle:  God’s plan is to prosper, not harm, to give hope and a future.

 

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

Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream, serves Egypt and sells brothers grain.

 

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

TCMATK God places every person in every position of authority for His glory and purpose.

 

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

1.How has your faith grown as you’ve waited for God’s plan to be realized in your life?

2.How does knowing God is sovereign over every authority help you trust His plan (and the state of the world right now)?

3.How does knowing God’s plans are to prosper His people help you to endure painful or frightening circumstances?

 


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 raises (His) people up to fulfill His plan.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Homiletics Genesis 39-40

 

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

1.Jos Egypt Pot bought;L w/Jos,prosprd;master saw L gv success;Jos favor,entrusted everything(39:1-4)

2.L blessed Egyptian bec Jos;Jos well built handsome;wife notice:come bed;he refused(5-8)

3.How I do wicked, sin against G;she spoke day after day,he refused(9-10)

4.1 day duties house, none svts inside;she caught cloak,he ran;she said:Heb mk sport, I screamed(11-14)

5.he heard scream, ran;she kept cloak,master home;told:Heb slave make sport;I screamed he ran(15-18)

6.master burned anger;put him prison;L w/him,favor of prison warden;warden put Jos in charge(19-22)

7.L w/Jos, gave success(23)

 

8.later cupbearer baker offended king;Pharaoh angry;put them prison where Jos confined(40:1-3)

9.Jos attended;cb/bak dream same night;Jos saw they dejected;why look sad(4-7)

10.dreams,Jos:interp belong G, tell me;cb:vine;3 branches budded,blossomed,ripened(8-10)

11.squeezed into Phar cup,put hand;Jos:3 branches 3 days;Phar lift head,restore(11-13)

12.when goes well, remember me;done nothing deserving dungeon(14-15)

13.bak saw favorable interp:dream,head 3 baskets bread; birds eating them;Jos:3 baskets 3 days(16-18)

14.Phar lift off head,impale body,birds eat flesh(19)

15.3rd day Phar birthday, lifted heads cb/bak;restored chief cb;impaled chief bak;cb forgot him(20-23)

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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.Joseph goes from Potiphar to Prison (Gen 39:1-23)

Principle:  God is with His people wherever we go.

2.Joseph gives God’s interpretations of the cupbearer’s and baker’s dreams (Gen 40:1-23)

Principle:  God always keeps His promises, though people sometimes forget to keep theirs.

 

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

Potiphar imprisons Joseph where he interprets cupbearer’s and baker’s dreams.

 

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

TCMAT Wherever God’s people go, He is with them, bringing blessing in the midst of suffering.

 

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

1.How has your faith grown as you’ve experienced God’s presence and blessing during times of suffering?

2.How does knowing God is with you in your suffering help you to wait patiently on His timing for deliverance?

 

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 His people with His presence.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Talking With God: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer by Dick Eastman

 First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dick Eastman and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Talking With God: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer" 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.


Dick Eastman’s “Talking With God: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer” is a beautiful little gift book that will enhance anyone’s prayer life.  Whether your prayer life needs refreshing or you are just beginning to have a regular dialog with God, this book by the author of “The Hour That Changes the World” lays out a roadmap of various disciplines that can be incorporated into the practice of prayer.  These disciplines are valuable tools for building relationship with God and becoming the person He created you to be.


You may use this book to set up your outline of how to pray or to develop these skills independently of each other.  This book contains much of what is written in “The Hour That Changes the World” and is a great gift for a new believer along with their first Bible or for any occasion!  I highly recommend this book!

Saturday, March 06, 2021

Homiletics Genesis 37-38

 

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

1.Ja lived Canaan;Jos,17,tending flocks brothers,bad rpt;Is lvd Jos more,robe;bros hated him(37:1-4)

2.Jos dream told,bros hated more;my sheaf rose,yours bowed;bros hated more(5-8)

3.another dream, sun, moon, 11 stars bowing;fr rebuked;bros jealous,fr kept in mind(9-11)

4.bros graze flocks Shechem;Is2Jos:I send you;see if well,bring word bk(12-14)

5.man:what looking for;bros, where grazing flocks;moved Dothan,Jos found;they saw plotted kill(15-18)

6.here comes dreamer;let’s kill,say animal devoured;Reub tried rescue;don’t shed blood(19-22)

7.Jo came, they stripped robe;threw him cistern;sat eat, caravan Ish;Jud:let’s sell,bros agreed(23-27)

8.sold 20 sheckels Ag;Reub retd, Jos not there, tore clothes;slaughtered goat dipped robe blood(28-31)

9.took robe fr;recognized;tore clothes;refused be comforted;Midianites sold Jos Potiphar(32-36)

 

10.Jud left, went Adullam; dtr Canaanite married;pregnant son Er;son Onan;son Shelah at Kezib(38:1-5)

11.wife Er Tamar;Er wicked, L put to death;Jud2Onan:fulfill duty b-i-l;Onan spilled semen(6-9)

12.wicked L put to death;widow until Shelah grows up;Jud wife died,recovered grief,Timnah(10-12)

13.Tam told f-i-l on way Timnah;disguise,Shelah grown given as wife;Jud saw thought prostitute(13-15)

14.me sleep you, what give me;goat, pledge?;seal,cord staff, slept, pregnant;widow’s clothes(16-19)

15.Jud sent goat friend not find;where prostitute? Hasn’t been prost;let her keep,laughingstock(20-23)

16.3 mo later Jud told d-i-l pregnant,have her burned;she msg f-i-l:preg by man who owns these(24-25)

17.Jud recognized, she more righteous;birth twin boys;birth hand midwife tied thread(26-28)

18.drew back, bro came out, Perez; bro thread, Zerah(29-30)

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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.Joseph’s jealous brothers sold him into slavery (Genesis 37)

Principle:  The suffering God allows is purposeful.

2.Judah left his brothers, married, fathered three boys, then twins with his daughter-in-law (Genesis 38)

Principle:  God is a patient Judge, wanting all to repent.

 

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

Joseph’s brothers sell him into slavery and Judah fathers sons.

 

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

TCMATK God will redeem wrong done to you, through you and by you.

 

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

1.How does knowing God loves you help you endure unjust suffering?

2.What are you clinging to out of fear that you should be releasing (Judah-Shuah)?  And how will you pry your fingers off?

Where is God pushing you out of your comfort zone to help someone else (Tamar – more righteous than Judah)?

 

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 plan uses our pain, suffering, disappointment and poor choices.

Friday, March 05, 2021

Genesis Character Study - Judah and Joseph

Character Study – Joseph and Judah

 

1.      Choose a person from the Bible, making a list of desirable traits; select a trait study.  Look in a concordance or topical bible research the person in scripture, and others, with that trait.  See how it was developed, demonstrated, benefited others, glorified God.  Look in the Gospels to see how Jesus demonstrated that trait.  Remember to ask how you could develop and demonstrate the same trait; begin to do so. 

 

·         Joseph’s Desirable Traits

o   Obedience (to his father’s instructions)

o   Using his God-given gift (dreams)

·         Others with trait

o   Abraham (to sacrifice Isaac)

o   Isaac (to let Abraham sacrifice him)

o   Daniel and friends (didn’t eat defiled food, wouldn’t bow to an idol, wouldn’t stop praying to God)

o   Jesus (to carry out the will of the Father to the death)

·         How Jesus demonstrated the trait

o   Jesus demonstrated obedience by walking steadily toward the cross and loving, teaching and demonstrating for His disciples the message and the mission to carry on for all generations to come, which would be their responsibility when He was no longer with them physically. 

·         How can I develop that trait?

o   I develop that trait by living my life according to God’s Word, praying for strength and discipline and ability.  By getting right back to it when I stumble.  By relying on God to accomplish His will in me and through me.

 

·         Judah’s Desirable Traits

o   Leaving a sinful situation (left brothers after selling Joseph)

o   Teachable (recognizing Tamar was more righteous than he)

·         Others with trait

o   Moses (listened to f-i-l’s advice to delegate responsibility) – developed through stress/failure

o   Esther (listened to Mordecai’s advice about rescuing her people) – dev through prayer, fasting, reliance on God

o   The women who went to the tomb and were told Jesus was raised in Lk 24:1-12 and they ran to remind the Apostles of what Jesus taught them: that He would be raised from the dead – dev through Jesus telling them what must happen to Him and it coming true

·         How Jesus demonstrated the trait

o   Jesus demonstrated teachability in how He taught others and obeyed His Father’s will.  Jesus is God, so I don’t think His deity could be taught anything.  Yet, He was also fully human and His humanity asked God to take the cup of suffering from Him but also declared resolve to carry out God’s will.  He prophetically taught the disciples what was coming – accountability for the flesh?

·         How can I develop that trait?

o   Pray I would learn from Bible studies, discussions, sermons, etc. and ask God to help me APPLY what I learn to my life instead of walking away and forgetting what I learned.  I also want to be open to lessons that sting a little, not just embracing the warm and fuzzy ones.

 


 

2.       Study God’s leaders and how they were trained.  Choose a leader.  Note the specific mission he/she had and ways God prepared him/her to fulfill it.  What lessons can you learn about leadership from that person? What difference did this person make for eternity?  Seek to know God’s call for you and how He has been preparing you to fulfill it. 

·         Choose a Leader –

·         What was his/her mission?

·         How did God prepare him/her for that mission?

o   He was a disciple who learned directly from Jesus

o   He made mistakes but grew from his discipline

o   He was persistent in his desire to make Jesus known as the Christ/Messiah after His death

§  The Holy Spirit did much to prepare him as did his time with Jesus Himself

§  His failures taught him a tremendous amount too

·         What lessons do I learn about Leadership from him/her?

o   Leadership has its costs

o   Obedience is challenging

o   There is no place for pride in the life of a Christian unless it’s boasting in Christ

o   Failure has a purpose with God’s forgiveness

o   God’s strength is apparent when we let Him lead

·         What Eternal Difference did this person make?

o   Amazing example of God’s grace and mercy, and what happens when we keep on working in God’s strength and for His purpose

o   Also an example of how when we put aside our agenda, etc. God not only blesses us and gives us the desires of our heart but accomplishes His will too

·         What has God called me to do?

·         How is He preparing me to fulfill it?

o   Every single experience in my life has been made purposeful for His use

o   God has used hills and valleys, triumphs and failures to teach and prepare me for His leadership

o   BSF- huge training ground- as a leader, parent, wife, friend, professional

 

3.      Study those who tried to oppose God.  What are their character traits?  How could you personally avoid them and replace them instead with positive traits?

·         Laban

o   He knew of God but didn’t follow Him or have a personal relationship

·         Character Traits

o   Manipulative

o   Deceitful

o   Shrewd business man

o   Opportunistic

·         How to avoid them and replace them

o   Be in prayer and relationship with God

o   Give permission to trusted others to hold you accountable

o   Listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit in daily decisions

o   Know what the Word says

o   Focus on what God calls me to do and ask in confession how I can replace my ugly traits with those that glorify Him