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Pastor Steve’s current series is a look at OT narrative read through 1 Corinthians 10:11.
- Instruction about God and life,
- Admonition, a rebuke for our decisions and actions against God, and
- A warning, advising us of the consequences of wrong actions we might take.
1. The creation of man by God is the perfect and best world ever known. God designed the world to support human life. God’s loving heart wanted the best for His creation, those made in His image and likeness. Key verse: Genesis 1:31
2. The Fall of man, the murder of Abel by Cain, the downward trek of mankind to Genesis 6 where every thought of man was only evil continually and God regretted that He had made man. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Key verses: Romans 3:21-26, Genesis 6:5-8
a. Sin is never neutral, it is always decaying and taking more and more.
b. Sin cannot be contained in one area; it always follows those who practice it. Sin is the ultimate pandemic, the virus that cannot be stopped.
c. Sin does have a cure, God killed a lamb and shed its blood as he pointed to the Lamb of God whose blood was shed on the cross.
d. Even with the option of God’s forgiveness, mankind continued in their sinful path until only one man and his family were left who sought the Lord.
e. There is predicted another coming day when Satan will reign through His anti-Christ and all the world will go after him. Jesus will come a second time and will again bring deliverance from sin once and for all. Satan will be bound forever and we who have trusted Christ will be with him, without sin, forever.
3. The story of Job, God-designed suffering for His eternal purposes. Who is in control of suffering? Is God fair? Is God just? Is God kind? How do we see the goodness of God in the life of Job? Key verses: Job 42:1-6
a. God lifts people up according the abilities that He puts in them.
b. God is in control of all of Satan’s attacks on His people.
c. God knows the limitations of His people.
d. Satan is only allowed to act with God’s permission, he is not his own boss.
e. Man does not understand what God is doing.
f. Man will misunderstand the ways of God.
g. God will do His will in the temporal and eternal care of His children.
h. Man may or may not understand what God is doing but can trust Him throughout.
4. The call of Abraham – a unique call to one who would become the Father of the faithful. Yet, Abraham did not fully obey God’s voice nor did he protect his wife from would-be abusers. Abraham did build altars, he did worship God, and God did make an agreement, a covenant with Abraham that we are still enjoying today. Key verses: Acts 7:31-32 God identifies himself as the God of Abraham. Romans 4:3 cf: Genesis 15:6, Gal 3:6, James 2:23. Romans 4:13
a. Abraham heard the call of God when God chose him from among his people.
b. Abraham moved slowly at first.
c. Abraham did not wholly follow the Lord at first.
d. Abraham did not wait on the Lord for the son of the promise.
e. Abraham worshipped God throughout his life.
f. Abraham remained faithful to God throughout his life
i. He did not take gifts from the king of Sodom
ii. He did pay tithes to the Priest of Salem, Melchizedek
g. Abraham was willing to sacrifice the son of the promise
h. Abraham taught his son the promises of God.
i. Abraham enjoyed a covenant relationship with God.
5. Jacob was an interesting guy.
a. He sowed seeds of deception into his life and lived as one deceived by his father-in-law.
b. Through Laban’s deception Jacob ends up marrying sisters and one of the most dysfunctional families in history was begun.
c. Before the dust settles, Jacob wrestles with God and receives the promise of Abraham and the name Israel.
d. Before Jacob dies, he is reunited with his lost son, Joseph, and is honored by Pharaoh of Egypt.
6. Joseph is favored and then sold as God prepares a place for the growth and development of his people, His new nation. Key verses: Acts 7:9-16
a. Jacob endures temptation, prison, and forgetfulness while God is preparing him for the greatest job of his day.
b. In time, Jacob becomes Vizier of Egypt and saves his whole family.
c. When Jacob dies the brothers are convinced Jacob will get his revenge, but Jacob knows that God was at work accomplishing His plan.
d. Jacob was at peace with God’s plans and brought peace to his brothers.
7. Moses: Key verses: Numbers 12:3-8
a. brings Egypt through ten plagues and Israel out of Egypt
b. and to the great Mt Sinai where God meets with Moses and gives him the Law for His people to live by.
c. The people were one disappointment after another as God brought them the first time to the border of the Promised Land.
d. After 40 years of death, God brought them back to the Promised Land, kills Moses and lifts up Joshua.
8. Joshua leads the people. Key verses: Joshua 1:5-9
a. into a new obedience as they defeat Jericho, get defeated at Ai, learn the importance of obeying God, go back to Ai and
b. then throughout the new land defeating every enemy they encounter as God gives them His promised land.
c. The people followed the Lord as long as Joshua and his elders lived, then they forsook the Lord and followed the gods of the land.
d. God sent judges to lead the people back to freedom.
9. The Judges of Israel were many and were a mixed crowd, at best. Key verses: Judges 1:16-19
a. From Samson to Gideon to Deborah and more there are many lessons to be learned as these were established by God for a specific purpose of bringing freedom back to the nation.
b. Why was the book of Judges given to us?
10. Ruth is a testimony of God’s grace in preparing a Moabite woman to be placed in the line of David and Christ. Key verses: Ruth 1:15-21, 4:14-15
a. God uses the plight of Naomi
b. The commitment of Ruth
c. The protection of Boaz
d. And the love of Boaz to define His hesed love for all time.
11. Hannah, Zechariah, Eli, and Samuel. Key verses: 1 Samuel 1:9-11,20,27-28, 2:21, 26, 3:19-21
a. God used the pain of a closed womb to bring a mother to the point of dedicating her son to the Lord.
b. She took a drastic step to get God’s attention to her need of a child.
c. Eli, just a few years before his sons died in battle, took in a little boy to mentor and bring up in the Tabernacle.
d. Samuel hears God’s voice, becomes God’s prophet, and we have suffering Hannah to thank.
12. The people raised up Saul to be king.
a. He fitted what they wanted but was a great disappointment to them all.
b. Saul knew God’s blessings but refused to fully obey God and God rejected Saul from being king.
c. Saul wanted to hold on to the throne for his sons to rule after him even after God had rejected him. Key verse: 1 Samuel 15:22-23
13. God raised up David to be king.
a. David killed Goliath and tens of thousands of the Philistines but
b. Saul’s jealousy sent David into the wilderness running from Saul for years.
c. David continued to respect Saul as God’s anointed until God put Saul to death in battle along with his three sons.
d. David, the man after God’s own heart, Key verse: 1 Samuel 13:14
a. while God’s king,
b. David is also an example of failures of epic proportions and yet through repentance and brokenness before God found grace sufficient for his sin. Key verses: Psalm 51
c. God maintained His promise to keep a son of David on the throne leading ultimately to Christ and to His eternal throne.
15. Solomon choses wisdom over wealth and fame and leads the nation to the greatest power and wealth ever known to man. Key verses: 1 Kings 3:3-14
a. He builds the Temple for God that his father planned and makes it magnificent.
b. God’s glory falls on the Temple and His peace and joy fill the land of Israel while bringing peace to the known world.
c. The greatest and most wise king of all time is drawn away from God’s wisdom by beauty and passion. He ends up worshipping idols, forsaking the Lord, and bringing shame to his great life.
d. The greatest kingdom ever known was divided in one generation. In 930 BC the kingdom was divided. In 721 BC, 209 years later, the northern kingdom is taken into slavery; in 586 BC, 340 years later, Jerusalem is captured and destroyed.
Again, and again God warned His people of the day when His patience would end, and they would no longer have a kingdom. Again, and again the people rejected the prophet’s message, ignoring some, killing some, rejecting God’s warning. So great was their rejection that God told Jeremiah that no one would listen to his preaching. In great compassion and with continual longsuffering, God kept giving warnings to His people. Up until the end of the kingdom, Jeremiah plead with Zedekiah to repent and to seek the Lord. This is the nature of God’s compassion. Judgment is coming, repentance is still an option.
Jesus weeping over Jerusalem, recalls sending them prophets and calling them to Himself. They were left desolate because they rejected God’s message and continued in their sin. They had great religion but did not have the God of their fathers.
Today, we have a great history to read and study. We can learn from the history of God and His people or we can miss the lessons and repeat the sins. God gave us examples for our instruction, our correction, and our warning.
April 28th, 2019 - Ps. Steve Schroeder - Assurance, Confidence, Answered Prayer, Assurance of God's Love, Keeping Commandments, Believing in Christ, and Loving One Another (Transcript)