Joseph, Ruler of Egypt

CHARACTER STUDY SERIES…
Joseph, Ruler of Egypt

Presented by Lucas Griffin July 4, 2018

KEY VERSES

  • Genesis 41.38 – So Pharaoh asked his officials, ‘Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?’ (NLT)
  • Genesis 50.20 – You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. (NLT)

CHARACTER OF JOSEPH

HARDWORKING / DILIGENT

  • Gen 37.1 – as a boy of 17, we see him working the sheep with his brothers
  • Gen 39.2-4 – He worked hard in Potiphar’s house, the Lord was with him, the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand
  • Gen 39.23 – The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand, because the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it to prosper.”
  • Gen 41.57 – all the countries came into Egypt go Joseph to buy corn. It would have been busy times to negotiate deals with each party that came.
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY

INTEGRITY

  • Gen 37.2 – Joseph brought an evil report about his brothers
  • Gen 39.8 – But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold my master has committed all that he has to my hand, there is none greater in this house than I; neither has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife.
  • Gen 39 – Joseph was faithful in Potiphar’s house and in prison, where he didn’t deserve to be
  • Gen 40 – he gave the proper meanings of BOTH dreams to the baker and butler in prison, even though the interpretation for baker was not good news
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • I know, my God, that you examine our hearts and rejoice when you find integrity there. (1 Chronicles 29.17, NLT).
    • Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. (Psalm 119.1)

 POSITIVE ATTITUDE

  • Gen 39 – As a slave, he worked hard and sought the best outcome for his master
  • Gen 39-40 – As a prisoner, he helped where he could. Gen 39.23 “The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand.”
  • Gen 40-50 – As Lord of Egypt, he cared for the people of Egypt and provided fairly for them.
  • Joseph stayed close to the Lord and was always ready to point people to his God. He had no preparation time with the butler’s and baker’s dreams in prison.  He had less time to prepare when commanded to speak with Pharaoh.  We need to stay close to the Lord, and “be ready to give an answer of the hope that lies within us.”
  • Joseph never complained. “His positive response transformed each setback into a step forward.  He didn’t spend much time asking why.” (Life Application Study Bible)
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thess 5.16-18)
    • Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Phil 4.8)

GODLY / MAN OF FAITH

  • Joseph trusted his God, and the God of his fathers through EVERYTHING
  • Gen 39.2 – The Lord was with Joseph (repeated over and over throughout the Joseph story)
  • Gen 39.9 – How can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?
  • Gen 41.16 – And Joseph answered “It is not in me; God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”
  • Gen 41.38 – Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?
  • Do our friends, neighbors, relatives, and coworkers see this in me? “Those who met Joseph were aware that wherever he went, and whatever he did, God was with him.” (Life Application)
  • Gen 42.18 – Joseph said… “This do, and live; for I fear God (Elohim, the Hebrew God)
  • Gen 43.23 – Perhaps Joseph had shared his God with his household. His steward said “Peace be to you, fear not; your God (Elohim) and God (Elohim) of your father, hath given you treasure.”
  • Gen 45.5,8 – God sent me before you to preserve life, it was not you that sent me, but God
  • Gen 50.20 – You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good.
  • Joseph pointed everyone to God even when he could have taken credit and glory.
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (Gal 5.16)
    • Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5.16)
    • Without faith it is impossible to please him. (Hebrews 11.6)

PERSEVERANCE

  • Joseph is an excellent example to follow when facing life’s disappointments
  • Joseph never felt sorry for himself, he never blamed others
  • Joseph took each situation as it came and made the best of it
  • Joseph did not wait for his circumstances to change. He served God in his circumstances.
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians 6.9)
    • Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrew 12.1-2)

 HUMILITY

  • Gen 39.8 – “Behold my master…” Though successful, he submitted to Potiphar, his master.
  • Gen 40.4 – And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them.
  • Gen 41.16 – It is not in me; God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace
  • It is this humility that made it possible for the Lord to entrust Joseph with tremendous responsibility without fear that it would corrupt him.
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2.3-11)
    • Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you (1 Peter 5.5-6)

WISDOM

  • Gen 37 – Joseph’s coat signified that he was earmarked to be the heir of the family business. As such, Jacob would have invested more in his education and business training than his brothers.
  • Gen 39 – He proved his wisdom in the house of Potiphar
  • Gen 41.39 – “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God has showed you all this, there is none so discreet and wise as you.”
  • Joseph’s plan for the seven years of plenty and seven years of famine was God-inspired, but was so full of wisdom
  • Gen 43-45 – It was very wise of Joseph to remain “hidden in plain sight”, in order to test his brother’s motives & attitudes the way that he did. He wanted to know that they had changed.
  • Gen 47 – During the famine, when Joseph bought all of Egypt for the Pharaoh, his wisdom and business acumen were very obvious
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1.5)
    • Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. (Prov 3.13-18)
    • But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. (James 3.17)

GRACIOUS & FORGIVING

  • Gen 42.25 – He returned the money to his brothers. He gave grain for free to the men who sold him as a slave 20 years earlier.
  • Gen 43.32 – He threw a feast for his brothers. 20 years earlier, they had eaten a meal while he languished alone in a pit.
  • Gen 45 – He revealed himself to his brothers, forgave them, told them God’s plan, and sends them away with blessing and provisions
  • Gen 50.19-20 – After the death of Jacob, Joseph reconfirms his full forgiveness to his brothers
  • CHALLENGE FOR US TODAY
    • Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4.32)
    • Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (Col. 3.13)
    • May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. (2 Peter 1.2)

KEY LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF JOSEPH

  1. With God’s help, any situation can be used for good, even when others intend it for evil.
  2. What matters is not so much the events or circumstances of life, but our response to them.
  3. God is sovereign. He is orchestrating our life for our good and His glory.  We simply must trust him, embrace His presence, and point others to Him.

 

2018 Copyright Lucas Griffin

Joseph, Picture of Christ

CHARACTER STUDY SERIES…
Joseph, Picture of Christ

Presented by Lucas Griffin July 4, 2018

 

PICTURE OF CHRIST

  • Joseph is one of the most beautiful pictures of Christ, although the Bible never directly references him as a picture or type of Christ
  • Arthur W. Pink, a great Bible teacher from 1886-1952, outlined 101 corresponding facts between Joseph, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Here are 25 for your consideration and enjoyment!

JOSEPH, SON OF JACOB  – JESUS CHRIST, SON OF GOD

  • 37.2 – Spoke out against brothers’ sin
    Jesus spoke out against hypocrites
  • 37.3 – Greatly loved by his father
    Jesus loved by God with an everlasting love
  • Gen 37.4 – Joseph was hated by his brothers
    Jesus was despised and rejected by men
  • Gen 37.7 – Joseph’s brothers would bow to him
    Every knee shall bow and tongue confess
  • Gen 37.18 – His brothers conspired against him
    Priests, scribes, Pharisees sought to kill Him
  • Gen 37.23 – Brothers stripped him of his coat
    Soldiers divided garments, gambled for coat
  • Gen 37.28 – Sold as slave for 20 pieces of silver
    Jesus sold for 30 pieces – new price of slave
  • Gen 37.36 – Midianites sold him down into Egypt
    Jesus left heaven and came down to earth
  • Gen 39.1 – Joseph was sold as a slave in Egypt
    Took upon Himself the form of a servant
  • Gen 39.1-4 – Joseph was a faithful servant
    Behold, My servant, in Him my soul delights
  • Gen 39.7 – Overcame powerful temptation
    Jesus tempted by Satan and triumphed
  • Gen 40.14 – Butler, make mention of me
    Jesus said, this do in remembrance of Me
  • Gen 41.15 – He understood things others didn’t
    Jews marveled – He speaks with authority
  • Gen 41.42 – Arrayed in vestures of fine linen
    Garments of Christ are glorious & majestic
  • Gen 41.43 – Ruler over all the land of Egypt
    He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords
  • Gen 41.45 – Zaphnath-paaneah, Saviour of World
    Call His name Jesus, He will save His people
  • Gen 41.45 – Given a Gentile, earthly bride
    We are the Bride of Christ, saved sinners
  • Gen 41.46 – 30 years old when he began rule
    Christ 30 years old when ministry began
  • Gen 41.40 – Reigned at the right hand of Pharaoh
    He is at the right hand of the throne on high
  • Gen 42.8 – He knew his brothers, they didn’t know
    Came to His own, His own received Him not
  • Gen 42-45 – Joseph wept 6 times for brothers
    John 11.35 – Jesus wept over humanity
  • Gen 42 – He tests his brothers, looks for change
    Will seek to restore Jews in Tribulation
  • Gen 45 – Shows mercy, grace, forgiveness to bros.
    We are forgiven, saved by grace, by blood
  • Gen 47 – Brought family to Goshen, promised land
    I go to prepare a place for you, where I am…
  • Gen 50.26 – Human, but no sin mentioned in life
    He knew no sin, in Him was no sin, did none

I Need A Place

I NEED A PLACE

Written and Composed by Rhoda Griffin
June 2018

 

Words fail as I approach Your presence

Humbled by this awesome privilege

Worthy of my prayers of incense

Jesus, You’re my only refuge

Entering this holy place

I want to see Your face

 

Lord, show Yourself to me

I know I’m unworthy

But my desire is You

To sense Your Spirit here anew

 

I’m needing Jesus’s saving grace

I need a place to seek Your face

 

My days on earth are filled with worry

Cares and burdens, constant hurry

There are times amidst the flurry

I can only see You blurry

Lord I need a daily time

When You are only mine

 

I want to see Your face

Taste Your amazing grace

Be grounded in Your truth

Enjoy the love that comes from You

 

I’m needing Jesus’s saving grace

I need a place to seek Your face

 

Lord, show Yourself to me

I know I’m unworthy

But my desire is You

To sense Your Spirit here anew

 

I’m needing Jesus’s saving grace

I need a place to seek Your face

 

© Copyright 2018 by Rhoda Griffin.  Please do not copy or distribute this content without the express written permission of the copyright owner.

 

Barnabas The Encourager

CHARACTER STUDY SERIES…
Barnabas The Encourager

Presented by Mark Marton

What is a Character Study?
 Defined by the Moral Qualities, Ethical Standards, Principles followed or expressed.
 Recognized by Distinctive Qualities that differentiate one person from another.
 Impacts/Influences people by the expression of our Words, Actions and Motives.

Purpose (why I chose Barnabas):
 Testimony ‐ Christian life and character to emulate.
 Wisdom/Insight ‐ Unique situations he was involved in still have application for today.
 Legacy ‐ His impact on individuals and situations was significant.

Summary
 
For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith… Acts 11:24
 From Cyprus and a Levite
 Cousin to John Mark (author of Mark’s Gospel)
 Leader in the early Jerusalem church, later a missionary to the Gentiles with the Apostle Paul
 Book of Acts: First Mention Chapter 4 – Last Mention Chapter 15
 Incidental Mention: 1 Cor 9:6 / Gal. 2 / Col 4:10

Historical Highlights
Recognition ‐ Joses received from the apostles the surname of Barnabas, that is, son of prophetic
discourse or exhortation/encouragement. Acts 4:36
Apostle Paul ‐ Introduced a former persecutor named Saul of Tarsus to the apostles as a brother in the
Lord. Acts 9:27
Antioch Church ‐ Sent by the Jerusalem church to Antioch to lead and encourage its young church. After
observing their faith departs to seek Paul and recruits him from Tarsus for the work in Antioch. Acts 11:22-26
Trusted Emissary ‐ From the church in Antioch, Barnabas and Paul visit the church in Jerusalem with a
gift for those suffering from famine in Judea and then return to Antioch with John Mark. Acts 11:30, 12:25
Called to Missionary Work ‐ Spiritual gifts recognized at Antioch and then called by the Holy Spirit to go
with Paul on missionary journey. Barnabas’ cousin, John Mark served as their assistant. Acts 13
Gospel Preached to Gentiles ‐ Barnabas continued with Paul and was with him when Paul’s ministry was
redirected to reaching the Gentiles with the gospel. Acts 13:42-52
Exhort Believers in the Faith ‐ Returned to the cities they had previously preached in to confirm and
exhort the disciples to continue in the faith. Acts 14:2126
Eloquent Spokesman to Defend the Faith ‐ Prominent role in dealing with the circumcision controversy
and the Jerusalem conference convened to address this issue. Entrusted by the apostles and elders to
assist in delivering their response to the gentile churches and believers. Acts 15:1-31
Shepherd to Discouraged/Immature Believers ‐ During this time Paul and Barnabas disagree over John
Marks involvement in follow up missionary work due to Mark previously deserting them in Pamphylia.
They part company over this matter and Barnabas departs for Cyprus with Mark and is not mentioned
again in Acts. It is suggested Barnabas saw great potential in Mark and continued to disciple him. In
Paul’s later ministry work he asks for John Marks help and recognizes him as helpful to his ministry. Acts 15:36-39 / 2 Tim. 4:11

Impact on Significant Events in Acts

Introduction of Paul
Fellowship with Believers
Speaking Boldly
Exercising His Gifts
Character Traits Displayed
 Discernment
 Boldness
 Faith

Represents the Apostles at Antioch
Recognized it as a Work of God
Exhorted the Gentile Believers
Seeks Paul help for Antioch
Character Traits Displayed
 Dependable/Trustworthy
 Wisdom/Insight
 Decisiveness/Humility

Committed to Full Acceptance of Gentile Believers
Gospel Preached to Gentiles
Gentile Churches Established
Confirm Paul’s Ministry as Valid
Character Traits Displayed
 Zealous/Bold
 Conviction/Faith
 Confidence

Assist in Addressing Circumcision False Teaching
Initially disputed with these men
Faithful witness to God’s Work
Faithful in Representing Council
Gentile believers greatly encouraged
Character Traits Displayed
 Tactful/Discreet
 Dependable
 Discernment

Shepherd John Mark
Believed in Second Chances
Cultivated future potential
Future Leader in the Faith
Authored Mark’s Gospel
Profitable in Paul’s Ministry
Character Traits Displayed
 Kindness/Gentleness
 Forgiving/Love
 Wisdom

His Faith/Motive/Obedience
Full of the Holy Spirit
Called to Preach/Witness Gospel
Leader & Shepherd
Character Traits Displayed
 Faithful/Virtue/Temperance
 Dependable/Committed
 Compassionate

Testimony
Holy Spirit ‐ For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith. Acts 11:24
Apostles & Elders ‐ It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men unto
you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul, Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ. Acts 15:25-26
Believers Lives – The character traits of Barnabas; his goodness, faith, big heartedness, courage,
generosity, humbleness, self‐sacrifice, open‐mindedness, boldness and the fact the he was full of the
Holy Spirit greatly encouraged and helped other believers. Acts 4:37, 9:27, 11:23/26/30, 13:48/52, 14:22/23, 15:30-32

Summary Thoughts
Encourager ‐ Barnabas was called to be an encourager, particularly of those who were weak in the faith
or struggling. He was delighted to see others exhibiting the grace of God in their lives, exhorting and
encouraging them to remain faithful.
Effective Leader ‐ Assisted in first leading the young church at Antioch and then leading the first
missionary journey from Antioch with the Apostle Paul.
Exhibited Insight & Humbleness ‐ Barnabas had the wisdom to know when Paul’s gifts and abilities had
exceeded his own in certain areas, and he allowed Paul to shine to the glory of God instead of keeping
him down to maintain his own prominence.
Committed & Bold in the Faith ‐ He sacrificed his wealth to help the needy and his comfort and safety to
travel and proclaim Christ in advancing the gospel.
Manifested the Spirit ‐ Barnabas is seen in the scriptures providing help, encouragement, comfort, and
wisdom to those around him. In many ways he acted like the Holy Spirit in the lives of the apostles.

 

Barnabas Character Traits List
Adaptability
Appreciation
Attentiveness
Availability
Commitment
Compassion
Concern
Confidence
Consideration
Consistency
Contentment
Cooperation
Courage
Creativity
Decisiveness
Deference
Dependability
Determination
Diligence
Discernment
Discretion
Efficiency
Equitableness
Fairness
Faithfulness
Fearlessness
Flexibility
Forgiveness
Friendliness
Generosity
Gentleness
Gratitude
Honesty
Humility
Integrity
Joyfulness
Kindness
Love
Loyalty
Meekness
Mercifulness
Observance
Optimism
Patience
Peacefulness
Perseverance
Persistence
Persuasiveness
Prudence
Punctuality
Purpose
Resourcefulness
Respect
Responsibility
Security
Self‐Control
Sincerity
Submissiveness
Tactfulness
Temperance
Thoroughness
Thriftiness
Tolerance
Trustworthiness
Truthfulness
Virtue

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David The Shepherd Boy

CHARACTER STUDY SERIES
David The Shepherd Boy

Presented by Jerry Sagstuen

ANCESTRY

From the Tribe of Judah – Mathew 1:1 – 6A

Born 1040 – 8th son of Jesse the Bethlehemite – 1Samuel 17:12

Lived in Bethlehem

Great Grandmother was Ruth of the Land of Moab – Ruth 4:21-22

Christ came from David’s line – Mathew 1:1-6A

 

EARLY YEARS

Age – about 23 years old – 1063-1048 – 2 Samuel 5:4. 30 years old

Keeper of the sheep – 1 Samuel 16:11 and 1 Samuel 17:34-37 ABOUT 15 YEARS OLD

Musician ( Played the Harp ) – 73 Psalms

Handsome man with red hair – 1 Samuel 16:12

 

1st ANNIONTING AS KING – 1 Samuel 16:13 – the spirit of the Lord came upon

Him from that time forward

Had a heart God was looking for – 1 Samuel 16:7

Spirit departed from Saul – 1 Samuel 16:14

 

QUALITIES – 1 Samuel 16:18

Joins Saul’s Court – 1 Samuel 16:14-23

Cunning in playing the harp – 1 Samuel 16:23

Mighty Man of Valor

Man of War

Prudent in Matters ( he was wise )

Comely Person ( Handsome )

The Lord was with him

Saul’s armourbearer – 1 Samuel 16:21

 

THE RISE OF DAVID OVER SAUL    ( 1 Samuel 17:18-30 )

1 Samuel 17:1-58   – Defeats Goliath – National Hero

1 Samuel 18:1-4     – Friendship with Jonathan (Saul’s son)

Verse 5,16                – David’s relation with Saul

Verse 5                      – David behaved himself wisely – captain over army

Verse 6-9                  – Woman praised David more than Saul

– Saul became angry – eyed David from that day forward

Verse 10-16              – Saul’s tries to kill David

Saul was afraid of David because the spirit was with David and (VERSE 12,14,15)

Departed from Saul. Saul try’s to kill David

Respected – all Israel Loved David

1 Samuel 18:17-29    – Purposed marriage

Dowry                          – 100 Foreskins of the Philistines, hoping they would kill David, but he succeeded

-SAUL HOPING THAT DAVID WOULD BE KILLED

– Saul more afraid of David

Verse 29                        – Saul, David’s enemy continually

Verse 30                       – David behaved wisely and his popularity grew

 

LIFE AS A FUGITIVE – 1 Samuel -19 :1 -26:25

Someone always informs Saul where David is

1 Samuel 19

Verse 1 – 8   – Jonathan protects David from Saul

Verse 8         – David wars successfully with the Philistines – made captain

Verse 9,10    – Evil spirits upon Saul, David plays harp to soothe Saul, but Saul tries to kill David with                         A javelin, David escapes (2 times)

Verse 11-17   Michal protects David, let down through window

Psalms 59:11   (David’s House)

Verse 18-24 – David escapes to Ramah to Samuel

Verse 18        – Then to Naioth near Ramah to school of prophets and Samuel

Verse 20-21   – Twice sent messengers to take David – they Prophesied

Verse 22 –       – Saul goes to Ramah to take David – He prophesied

  • Spirit of God intervenes 3 times to protect David

 

DAVID PROTECTED BY JONATHAN – 1 SAMUEL 20:1- 42

RAMAH   1 Samuel 20

Verse 14-16 – David makes a covenant with Jonathan to show kindness to Jonathans house (family line) Psalms 26

 

DAVID CAME TO NOB,PROTECTED AHIMELECH      1 Samuel 21:1-9

  • Lies to obtain food and goliath’s sword

Verse 7            – Doeg see David , (Doeg-Chief of Saul’s Herdmen)

Verse 10-15 – Flees to Achish King of Gath.    Psalms 56

Verse 13          – Pretends to be mad to escape Philistines      Psalms 34

 

DAVID AND HIS BAND OF MEN     1 SAMUEL 22:1-26:25

Verse 22:5   – Escapes to the cave of Adullam      Psalms 57,64,142. (16 km SE of Gath)

Verse 2        – All his father’s house joined him  (400 PEOPLE)

Verse 3,4         – David seeks protection for his parents at Mizpah in Moab, East side of Dead Sea – David escapes to the forest of Hareth – A few miles east of Adullam

Verse 18          – Doeg kills Ahimelech and the Priests (85)      Psalms 52,140,141   verse 19-Psalms 35

Verse 20           –  Abiathar escapes and fled to David

Verse 21           – David assumes responsibilities for deaths of priests

 

KEILAH-5 KM SOUTH OF ADULLAM   1SAMUEL 23:1-12

-Philistine rob the threshing floors

Verse 2,4          Enquires of the Lord if he should fight the Philistines

Verse 5                 – David and his men safe inhabitants of Keilah    Psalms 140

Verse 6                 – Abiathar (priest) fled to David at Keilah with Ephod in hand

Verse 11,12         – David enquires of the Lord, will Saul come down?

Verse 12               – Will men of Keilah deliver me and my men into Saul’s hand?

 

DAVID AND HIS MEN,flees to the wilderness of Ziph in Judah,

1 Samuel 23:13-29

Verse 13                  – 600 men in the woods of Horesh       Psalms 140

Verse 16                – Jonathan joins David in the woods of Horesh

Verse 18                – Jonathan and David covenant before the Lord

– Last time David sees Jonathan alive

Verse 19                 – Ziphites informs Saul, David at Hachilah in the hills of the wilderness SE of Hebron

Psalm 54

David flees to the  wilderness of Maon -8km south of Ziph

1 Samuel 23:24

Verse 26              – Saul’s men had David surrounded

Verse 27-28           – Messenger informs Saul, that the Philistines had invaded the land, so he left off

-pursuing David

Verse 28                  – Place was called “SELAHAMMAHLEKOTH” ROCK OF ESCAPE, Division    Psalm 17

 

DAVID AT ENGEDI SPARES SAUL (Rock of wild goats) 1Sam.24:1-22

Verse 1-4               – Saul enters cave where David and his men are, David cuts off a piece of Saul’s robe,

buts spares his life    Psalm 7

Verse 8                    – David bows to Saul (Lord’s anointed) claims his innocence 1 Peter 2:13,17

Verse 17-22   – Saul’s remorse, David makes a covenant not to destroy Sauls seed (20-22)

 

1060 BC   WILDERNESS OF MAON     1 SAMUEL 25

Verse 1    -Samuel dies, buried in his house of Ramah, David goes to the wilderness of Maon,Carmel (V2)

Verse 2-44   – David and Abigail (3)

Verse 4-12   – David’s young men tell Nabal how they protected his shepherds

Verse 10,11 –  and asks for provisions which Nabal refuses to give

Verse 13       – David was angry and told his men to arm themselves to wipe out Nabal’s family

Verse 21-22, Psalms 109:5

Verse 14-35  – Abagail brings provisions to David and his men, preventing David from killing her and

her household (the Lords intervention)

Verse 36-44 – Nabal suffers a stroke and is paralyzed, and dies

Verse 42-43 – David takes Abagail and Ahinoam for wives

Verse 44      – Saul gives David’s first wife Michal to another man

 

AGAIN IN THE WILDERNESS OF ZIPH  1SAMUEL 26

Verse 1-25     – David spares Saul’s life a second time and takes a spear and a cruse of water

Verse 8           – (verse7) David and Abishai

Verse 9-10      – Leaves Saul’s judgement with the Lord

Verse 13-20    – Confronts Abner and Saul

Verse 21-25    – Saul admits his sin, recognizes David’s mercy (23) and the Lord’s protection and

leaves chasing David

 

THE REFUGE OF DAVID IN PHILISTINE TERRITORY

1 SAMUEL 27

Verse 1-4     – Escapes to Gath, dwells with Achish. (14 months)

Verse 4       – Saul stops pursuing David

Verse 6       – Was given Ziklag for his base and performs raids near the border of Judah

as you go to Shur even unto Egypt

Verse 8-10   – Invades the Geshurites, Girzites, Amalekites, Jerahmeelites, and Kenites, but did not

invade Judah as Achish though

Verse 11      – Killed man and women to prevent any news getting back to Achish

Verse 12      – Achish believed David’s reports

 

SAULS CONSULTS A MEDIUM       1 SAMUEL 28:1-25

Verse 14      – Samuel who was dead appears and tells Saul he and his sons will die the next day (v19)

because of disobedience (18)

Chap 29:1-11 – David leaves Achish and Philistines

Chap 30        – Returns to Ziklag, to find it burned with fire, family gone by the Amalekites

Verse 6         – Encouraged himself in the Lord

Verse 8         – David enquired at the Lord to pursue the Amalekites (600) men

– Lord answer pursue (400) men and (200) men stayed behind Brook Besor

Verse 19      – David defeats Amalekites, rescued family and goods

Verse 24      – Principal sharing in battle

Chap 31 – Saul and Jonathan and his son’s died in battle in Mount Gilboa

Bodies of Saul and his 3 sons hung on wall at Beth-Shan

Men of Jabesh – Gilead retrieved the bodies and buried them              under a tree at Jabesh.

 

 LAMENTS SAUL AND JONATHAN’S DEATHS  2 Sam1:1-27

Verse 19 – The beauty of Israel, mighty has fallen (25-27)

 

DAVID ENQUIRES OF THE LORD, LORD SAYS GO TO HEBRON IN JUDAH

2 Samuel 2:12 (1056 BC)

Verse 4      – David anointed King over Judah ( 2nd anointing) (1055 BC)

–  Reigned 7 years 6 months

 

CIVIL WAR- ABNER (SAUL) JOAB (DAVID)  2 Samuel 2:12-4:12

Verse 30     – War ends – 5 years (1053-1048)

HEBRON     2 Samuel 3

Verse 2-5     – 6 more wives and sons, marriage helped form alliances with other territories (8 wives)

Verse 12-21 – Abner (Saul) makes peace with David (1048 BC)

Verse 22-27   – Joab kills Abner for the death of his brother, Asahel ( 2 Sam 2:19,22,23)

Verse 31-39   – David mourns over Abner, curses Joab (v29) and leaves judgement with the Lord

– Hebron was a city of refuge, Joab could not kill Abner without a trial (numbers 35:22-35)

2 Sam 4:1-12 – Death of Ishbosheth, acting King after Saul’s death

– David had the murderers, Rechab and Baanah put to death

Chap 5:1-6     – Reign of David over all Israel at Jerusalem

Chap 5:3-5     – Elders of Israel anoint David King (3rd anointing)

– Reign 40 years, 7.5 years in Judah,33 years over Israel and Judah

Verse 10                     – David grew great and the Lord was with him

Verse 11                     – David builds a house  (1043 BC)

Verse 13-16               – David took more concubines, in Jerusalem, had 11 sons (Solomon) also

Verse 18-25      – Two battles with the Philistines

Verse 19,23                  David enquires of the Lord to go – the Lord said go

Verse 23:2                  – Battle, Lord said not to go, circle around instead, when you hear the sound

Of the mulberry trees, attack, so David did

 

THE ARK BROUGHT TO JERUSALEM (1042) 2 Sam 6:1-23   Psalms 132

Verse 1-8                     – wrong method transporting Ark (Levites) Numbers 4:15

– Uzzah dies for touching the Ark

– Ark left 3 months with Obed-Edom – He was a Levite (I Chron 13:13)

Verse 12                       – David brings Ark to the City of David with gladness

Verse 13           – The Levites bare the Ark

Verse17                       – Ark rested in the tabernacle. David had pitched and offered burnt offerings

and peace offerings

Verse 18                       – Blessed the people

Verse 19                       – Gave food portions to all the people

Verse 20-22                 – Michal disproves of David’s dancing before the Lord

– David refuses Michal. She bore no children unto the day of her death

 

THE LORD ESTABLISHES A COVENANT WITH DAVID-

AN ETERNAL HOUSE (1042BC) 2 Samuel 7:1-29

Verse 1-3       -David desires to build the Lord a house for the Ark

Verse 11-17 – The Lord will build David an eternal house

– The Lord through Solomon would establish a kingdom and build a house

– Kingdom established forever, mercy would not depart from Solomon

– The Lord will establish David throne for ever

Verse 18-29    – David’s praise, Psalms 86,96,135,139,145,147)

 

DAVID’S CONQUESTS FOR THE KINGDOM 2 Sam8:1-10:19

(1040 BC)

Defeats Philista, Moab, Zobah, Syria, Edom and built garrisons      Psalms 60

Verse 6,14   – The Lord was with David and preserved him, where ever he went

 

DAVID SHOWS KINDNESS TO MEPHIBOSHETH(1040bc)

Son of Jonathan

2 Samuel 9:1-13

Verse 7              – Restores Saul’s land (his grandfather) to him

– Sits at David’s table continually

– Zeba and his servants will till the land

 

DAVID DEFEATS AMMON   1st CAMPAIGN(1037 BC)

2 Sam 10:1-19

Verse 2               – David wanted to show kindness to Hanun

Verse 4               – Hanun (son of Nahash) disgraces David’s men

Verse 7               – Joab and David’s mighty men defeat Ammon

Verse 15-19       – 2nd Campaign-David  defeats the Syrians

 

DAVID’S CRIME-ADULTERY WITH BATHSHEBA

2 Sam 11:1-13 (1035 BC)

Verse 5                -Bathsheba was with child

Verse 14-27        – David has Uriah murdered in battle

Verse 27              – Displease the Lord

 

GOD’S JUDGEMENTS FOR DAVID’S SIN, 2 Sam 12:1-31

(1034 BC)

Verse 7     – Thou art the man-Nathan the Profhet

Verse 10-14    – 1) The sword shall never depart from David’s house   psalms 51,32

Verse 11          -2) God will raise up evil from thine own house

Verse 11          – 3) Take away David’s wives and give to another

Verse 12          – 4) God will do this openly

Verse 14          – 5) Child will die

Verse 24          – “Solomon” is born – peaceable

Verse 25          – Nathan calls him “Jedidiah” Beloved of Jehovah

Verse 28:30    – Joah/David defeats Ammonites

 

INCEST OF AMMON WITH SISTER TAMAR

2 Sam 13:1-22 (1032 BC)

Verse 22          – David did not execute Ammon as he should have

Verse 23          – Absalom and King’s sons slay Ammon – Flees to Geshur           1030 BC

 

REBELLION OF ABSALOM 2 Sam 14:1-18 (1027 BC)

ABSALOM ROUTES DAVID AND FAMILY

2 Sam 15:13-16:14, Ps 3,43 (1023BC)

Verse 15:23      – David and family pass over Brook Kidron with the Ark towards the wilderness,

between Jerusalem and the Jordon River

Verse 29            – Zadok and Abiathar bring the Ark back to Jerusalem

Verse 30            – David ascends to the Mount of Olives weeping   Psalms 126:6

Verse 31            – Ahithophel (David’s counselor) defects. Psalms 41:9,55:12-14, 3:1-2

Verse 32-37      – At Mount Olives Hushai (David’s friend) sent back to Jerusalem to obtain information

on Absalom’s movements, then to tell it to the priests Zadok and Abiathar

 

ABSALOM RULES IN JERUSALEM 2 Sam 16:15-17-23 (1023 BC)

Chap 16:1-4    – Ziba (Mephibosheth servant) lies to take his master’s land

Verse 5-14        – Shimei, son of Gera, cursed David, but David does not have him killed by Abishai

Verse 18-19      – Hushai accepted by Absalom

Verse 20-23      – Absalom lies with David’s concubines-God’s judgement-chapter 12:11

 

AHITHOPHEL COUNCIL DEFEATED BY HUSHAI

2 Sam 17:1-23  (1023 BC)

Verse 23   – Ahithophel hangs himself

ABSALOM DEFEATED BY JOAB AND KILLED

2 Sam17:24-18:23   (1023 BC)

 

DISORDER IN THE KINGDOM  2 Sam 19:1-39 (1023 BC)

Verse 1-8      – David mourns Absalom’s death

Verse 9-15   – King’s efforts to be reinstated in Jerusalem replaces Joab

with Amasa the commander of Absalom’s army

Verse 16-39  – Parties who come to meet the King

Shimei which cursed David; men of Judah; men of Benjamin

Verse 40-43    – Enmity between Judah and Israel

 

REVOLUTION IN THE KINGDOM   2 Sam 20   (1022BC)

Verse 1-7      – Sheba’s rebellion (Saul’s lineage)

Verse 8-13   – Joab kills Amasa who had replaced him as captain of David’s army

Verse 15       – At Beth Maachah Sheba killed by the inhabitants

 

DAVID’S CONCULSION IN THE KINGDOM 2 Sam 21:1-24:25

 

THE FAMINE   (1021 BC)    2 Samuel 21:1-14

Verse 1-2      Because Saul had slain the Gibeonites, which had a covenant with Israel (Josh 9:3-27)

Verse 3-14    Penalty against Saul’s family

Verse 7          Seven men of Saul’s sons, delivered to Gibeonites to be hanged in Gibeah of Saul

(Israel) where Saul was crowned King, so David did (these sons helped slay Gibeonites)

Verse 14     – Saul and his sons buried in Zelah in country of Benjamin in the sepulchre of Kish,

(Saul’s father)

Verse 15-22 – Exploits – in a battle with Philistine

Verse 15-17 – David’s life saved by Abishai by killing Ishbi-Benob

– David’s last battle

THE SONG OF DAVID 2 Sam 22:1-51 Psalms 18

  • Because the Lord had delivered him from all his enemies

 

THE CENSUS AND THE PLAGUE 2 Sam 24:1-25 (1017 BC)

1 Chron 21:1 -Satan

Verse 1          – The Lord angry with Israel, caused David to number his soldiers

Verse 3          – Joab warns David that the Lord will add men as needed

Verse 4          – David’s order prevails

Verse 10        – David realises his sin

Verse 11-17  – David chose 3 days of pestilences , 70,000 died

Verse 17        – David speaks to the Lord. Asks why! Confesses sin.

Tells the angel to choose his house and his father’s

2 Sam 24:18-25 –  David builds an altar and offered burnt and peace offering altar at the

– David bought threshing floor of Araunah on Mount Moriah                                                                                  o                           ( outside North wall of Jerusalem)

– same place that Abraham offered Isaac (Gen 22)

– Same place where Solomon built the temple

 

DAVID’S PREPARATIONS FOR THE TEMPLE   1Chron 22:1-23:1

1 Chron 22:1-6,14-14 – Materials gathered

Verse 7-13 – David’s words to Solomon

Verse 17-19 – Commands to Princes of Israel

1015 BC

1 Chron 23:2-32 – David organizes the Levities (30 years and up)

1 Chron 24:1-31 – Numbering and duties of Levities

1 Chron 25:1-31 – Assigns the musicians

1 Chron 26:1-19 – Appoints porters

1 Chron 26:20-28 – Assigns the treasures (Revenues) of the House of God

1 Chron 26:29-32 – Delegates Magistrates

1 Chron 27:1-34   – David’s civil leaders

1 Chron 27:32-34 – The King’s closet counselors

 

DAVID’S LAST INSTRUCTIONS TO THE PEOPLE AND SOLOMON     1 CHRON 28:1-21

1 Chron 29:1-22 – David’s offerings and worship (1015 BC)

2 Sam 23:1-7       – Last formal utterance of David (985BC)

1 Chron 29:23-30  – Solomon’s accession and David’s death

 

Joshua, Leader of Israel

CHARACTER STUDY SERIES…
Joshua, A Man for all Generations

Notes by Doug McKillop

 

  1. First mention – Exodus 17:8 – Leading Israel against Amalek
  2. Moses’ confidante – Exodus 24:13 – Joshua went to the mount with Moses
  3. The initial survey of the land – Numbers 13:1-2, 23
  4. The bad report – Numbers 13:27-28 – Fear of Man
  5. The final decision – Numbers 14:6-10 – Heartbreak
  6. The promise to Joshua and Caleb only – Numbers 14:30
  7. Moses handing off to Joshua’s control – Deuteronomy 31:7-8
  8. God’s promise to Joshua – Joshua 1:5
  9. The passage of Jordan and Gilgal – Joshua 3-5
  10. Joshua’s contact with the “man” outside Jericho – Joshua 5:13-15
  11. He remained leader until the land was subdued and inherited – Joshua 23:1-8
  12. His final challenge – Joshua 24:15

 

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C.V. of Simon Peter

If Simon Peter had a resume, perhaps it would look something like this…

Contributed by Jeremy Griffin, May 2018

Simon Peter

City – Capernaum, Province – Galilee, Country – Israel | cephas@cuintheglory.com

Life Objective

As an apostle of Jesus Christ to faithfully spread His gospel to every nation and every tongue through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit and for the Glory of the risen Lord.

Education

MASTER’S IN MARINE Operations | 20 AD | Hard Knock Academy

  • Major: Land Locked Nautical Navigation
  • Minor: Fisheries and Aquaculture

Degree in Discipleship | 33 AD | In the Company of Jesus Christ

  • Major: Keys of the Kingdom
  • Minor: Fisher of Men

Skills & Abilities

Faith

  • Conviction of things not seen based on word of God. “If it’s You…bid me come” He said “Come” à I walked on water!

Worship

  • An ability given by supernatural means. “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” à “Flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you but my Father who is in heaven”.

Communication

  • Preached the gospel to a large multitude of Jews on the Day of Pentecost – “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit” (3000 added)
  • Preached the gospel to Gentiles in house of Cornelius – “God made choice among us that the gentiles by my mouth should hear the word of the gospel and believe” (many that were come together were saved)

Leadership

  • Husband – “house-band”, connecting and keeping together the whole family
  • Disciple – to be a great leader you must first learn to follow
  • Apostle – messenger and manager of Kingdom Keys
  • Elder / Shepherd / Writer – pillar in the early church

Experience

2nd Mate | Sons of Zebedee & Jonas Bros. Fish Sales | 10 Ad – 30 AD

  • Progressed from swabbing decks and scrubbing livewells to full partnership in family business.

1st of 12 Disciples | Disciple of Jesus Christ | 30 AD – 68 AD

  • Recruited by the Master Jesus Christ while casting a net with my brother Andrew. His clarion call could not be resisted “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men”. We left our nets…and followed Him.

 

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Moses the Man of God

Moses the Man of God

Presented By Glenn Griffin

April 25, 2018

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scrptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4

Moses the Man of God

Moses the Servant of the Lord

Moses a Prophet (inspired man – face to face communication)

“And this is the blessing, wherewith Moses, the man of God blessed the children of Israel before his death.” Deuteronomy 33:1

“So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 34:5

“And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” Deuteronomy 34:10

“The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken.” Deuteronomy 18:15 (Speaking prophetically of the Lord Jesus Christ)

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.” Hebrews 11:23

(Faith will affect your family)

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of reward.” Hebrews 11:24-26

(Faith will change the focus of your life and give you direction and purpose)

By faith, he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.” Hebrews 11:27

(Faith will give you boldness in the things of God)

Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest He that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” Hebrews 11:28

(Faith will result in obedience)

By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.” Hebrews 11:29

(Faith will give you victory)

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6

(Faith will please God)

 

Moses’ FamilyExodus 2, Numbers 26:59

  • Father – Amram and Mother – Jochebed of the tribe of Levi (characterized by faith)
  • Brother – Aaron (high priest in things pertaining to God)
  • Sister – Miriam the prophetess (inspired woman – by dream or vision)
  • Wife – Zipporah
  • Sons – Gershom & Eliezer

“Train up your child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

“Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

 

Moses’ Call to ServiceExodus 3

  • “God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, “Moses, Moses”” – prepared servant – 40 years in the palace – 40 years in the desert for 40 years of service
  • “Here am I” – willing servant
  • “Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.” – reverent servant
  • “Come now therefore and I will send thee” – sent servant
  • “Who am I” – humble servant
  • “Bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt” – the servant’s work

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

 

Moses’ IntercessionExodus 32-33

  • “And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, “Lord, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people.”” 32:11
  • “Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the Lord; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin.” 32:30
  • “And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, “Oh this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin —-: and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.” 32:31-32

(Moses’ willingness to take the place of the guilty – a beautiful picture of our Lord Jesus Christ)

“If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.” 33:16

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.” 1 Timothy 2:1

 

Moses’ Spoken AgainstNumbers 12 and 16

  • “And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married. And they said “Hath the Lord spoken by only by Moses? Hath he not spoken by us? And the Lord heard it.
  • “Wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against My servant Moses?”
  • “And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them…and behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow.” (There will be consequences in evil speaking against the servant of the Lord)
  • “And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, “Heal her now, O God, I beseech Thee.”
  • “Dathan and Abiram…rose up before Moses, with certain of the princes of Israel…and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them: “Ye take too much upon youwherefore lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?””
  • “And Moses said, “Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me…the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up.” (God honours his servant)
  • “On the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, “Ye have killed the people of the Lord.”
  • “They that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred.”

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, will all malice.” Ephesians 4:31

“Speak not evil one of another, brethren.” James 4:11

 

Moses’ Strength yet FailureNumbers 12 and 20

  • “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.”
  • “The Lord spake unto Moses, saying, …speak ye unto the rock before their eyes and it shall bring forth water abundantly.”
  • ““Hear now ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?” And Moses lifted up his hand and smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly”
  • “The Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, “Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.”

“Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15

 

Moses’ Faithfulness in God’s House

  • “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and all the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it. And look that thou make them after their pattern, which was shewed thee in the mount.” Exodus 25:8,9,40
  • Moses verily was faithful in all His (God’s) house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after.” Hebrews 3:5
  • “Who serve after the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for “See saith He, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.”” Hebrews 8:5

“These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly; but if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:14-15

 

Moses’ Writings

  • Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy
  • Psalm 90

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:20-21

 

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Mordecai, Man of Influence

Mordecai, Man of Influence

Outline by Matthew Scott

April 11, 2018

 

Mordecai’s Character

  • Character is what I am
  • Reputation is what you think I am
  • Conduct is how my Character Controls Me
  • Influence is how my Character Affects Others

 

Mordecai’s Compassion

  • Care for Esther
    • A Father to the Fatherless, a defender of Widows, is God in His holy habitation – Psalm 68:5
  • Care for Jews in Danger
    • Defend the poor and the fatherless; Do justice to the afflicted and needy – Psalm 82:3

 

Mordecai’s Fear

  • Does Not Return to the Land
  • Hides his Identity
  • Do not be deceived “Evil company corrupts good habits”
    1 Corinthians 15:33

 

Mordecai’s Fear Turned to Courage

  • Would not Bow to Haman
  • Sackcloth and Ashes and Fasting
  • What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Mark 8:36

 

Mordecai’s Focus

  • Continually at the Gate
  • Not Distracted by Promotion
  • The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore if your eye is good, your whole body shall be full of light.  Matthew 6:22

 

Mordecai’s Influence for Good

  • Exhorts Esther to Act
  • Unites Jews to Fast
  • You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost his flavour, how shall it be seasoned?… …You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid – Matthew 5

 

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Joseph The Carpenter

JOSEPH THE CARPENTER

By Marvin Griffin at Highway Gospel Hall
March 28, 2018

Scripture Readings:
Matthew 1:16, 18-25; Matthew 2:11-15
Luke 2:3-7, 16, 21-22, 39, 41-51

JOSEPH:  means “may he add”

  • chosen of God to “add” to God’s kingdom
  • chosen of God to be the stepfather of Jesus
  • the OT Joseph, son of Jacob, was a dreamer of prophetic dreams
  • the NT Joseph, son of Jacob, was a dreamer of instructive dreams

TRADITIONAL  young man:  The time-honoured tradition was that parents of a young male would approach the parents of a young female about the possibility of their daughter becoming the wife of their son when they reached adulthood.

This was not a random thing but God was in it when a NT Jacob and his wife would pay such a visit to the parents of a maiden named Mary.

Thus the special young Joseph was betrothed to wed a special young Mary when the time was right. Of course, this would be dependent on physical health and moral uprightness on the part of both.

LESSON: Traditions are usually good and should be changed only for a good reason.

JUST  young man:  Joseph would have prepared a home to bring his bride to in the flower of her youth.  However his eager anticipation would be dealt a severe blow as a covert communication would come from the young woman’s parents. Our dear daughter Mary is with child.  She has a story how this came about but it is so extraordinary, can we believe it?  The just in Joseph demanded divorce.  Fornication must not taint his marriage.

LESSON:  Do we do the right thing no matter the cost?

KIND & GENTLE young man: Joseph’s justness is well balanced by his kindness and gentleness.   Joseph could not understand how his Mary could be with child by honorable means.  It would be undreamed of that his betrothed would be THE virgin, the one among millions who would be the Messiah’s mother.  So yes, Joseph thought about putting her away before they had ever come together.  Had something happened in the hill country of Judea?  Just a sample thought of many that Joseph may have had.  Hurt, but not vengeful, Joseph wants to spare Mary from additional pain by divorcing her quietly, privately.  He sought to keep the circle of shame as small as possible.

LESSON:  Do we try to keep the circle of shame small?  The Lord teaches us how it’s done in Matt. 18:15-17 verse 15 you & him alone, verse 16 one or two more, verse 17 the church.

THOUGHTFUL young man: (the 1st dream) Joseph didn’t act rashly or quickly but thought on these things and I think, slept on these things, giving time for the Lord’s input.  Thus a most instructive dream is given to Joseph.  The dark is made bright.  The will of the Lord is made clear.

LESSON:  Do we look before we leap?  Do we think before we thump?  We are the most blessed when we inquire of the Lord.

OBEDIENT young man:  To my understanding the angel ended his instruction to Joseph at verse 21. It would have been helpful if Joseph remembered Isaiah 7:14 as Matthew quotes it in verse 23.  Whether he did or not, Joseph was obedient.  We read he did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him and took unto him his wife. This obedience would change the rest of his earthly life.  (Not always to be desired)  His eternal reward would be great (always to be desired!)

LESSON:  Obedient – am I?

SELF-CONTROLLED young man:  God-given, the sex drive is strong in young men. Joseph controlled his when it wouldn’t have been appropriate, before he had brought her home to be his wife. Joseph was equally self-controlled when it normally would have been right to consummate the marriage. The Scripture is concise and precise “and knew her not until she had brought forth her first-born son: and he called his name Jesus”. (More obedience!)

LESSON:  God wants us to be self-controlled. It is part of the fruit of the Spirit. Does what I do with my body bring glory to God and further his kingdom?

LAW-KEEPING young man:  Joseph saw to it that Jesus was circumcised on the 8th day. He made sure that Mary’s purification days were finished, then they brought Jesus to the temple to present him to the Lord and to offer the required sacrifice. In Luke 2:41, we read that Joseph and Mary went to Jerusalem annually to keep the Passover feast. Fast forward a few years, on such an occasion, Joseph was very active and anxious to find his “lost” step-son of 12 years. God had chosen Joseph to be a provider and protector for Mary and Joseph, a life-long commission.

LESSON:  Are we as eager to please the Lord as Joseph was?

PROTECTIVE young man:  (the 2nd dream) Joseph, upon the instruction of the angel to take the young child and his mother and flee to Egypt, did not hesitate. No doubt, the night departure was extra protection in that there would be no witnesses as to the direction they went. We are beginning to see that Joseph’s obedience to God and protection of his charges was at quite a cost. He must leave his native land and go into exile in Egypt.

After an unspecified time,(the 3rd dream) instructs him to take the young child and his mother back to Israel. Herod is dead. Joseph would be happy to obey only to find to his dismay that Herod’s son was on the throne. Then (the 4th dream) came as a result of this continued danger. The angel warns Joseph and he takes the young family to live in Nazareth.

LESSON:  Our children and God’s people need protection. Love bears (to roof over, cover) all things.

PROVIDING family man:  Joseph worked hard to provide for his family. His trade was carpentry. Matthew 13:55 “Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother called Mary? And his brethren, James and Joses, and Simon and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us?” Some scholars read into this verse that Joseph was still alive until the early days of Christ’s ministry but passed away before His crucifixion. We really aren’t able to be conclusive as to the time of Joseph’s passing. He also took the time to teach Jesus the same trade.  Mark 6:3 “Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary”.

LESSON:  May we too take it seriously to provide for our own and serve the Lord in our generation.

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