The Christian’s Joy

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 23, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Suicide rates in the United States
    • Psalm 51:12 – David’s prayer of repentance
  • God’s word should be received with joy.
    • Matthew 13:20 – Even the “stony ground” received the word with joy.
    • I Thessalonians 1:6
    • Acts 8:39
    • Have I lost the joy of my salvation?
  • Joy is the result of a spiritual mind.
    • Philippians 3:3
    • Romans 14:17
  • We are commanded to rejoice always.
    • Philippians 4:4
    • Romans 12:12
    • I Thessalonians 5:16
    • Psalms 32:11
    • Psalms 149:5
  • Christians are joyful people in all circumstances.
    • I Thessalonians 4:13
    • I John 1:4
    • I Peter 1:8
    • Psalms 35:9
    • III John 1:4
  • Christians rejoice when they see their brethren walking with God.
    • Philippians 4:1-3, 10
    • II Corinthians 8:2
    • Acts 13:50-52
    • Acts 5:41
    • Colossians 1:11
    • I Peter 4:12-13
  • When one rejoices in God’s salvation, he serves Him!

Christians at Work

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 23, 2017

  • Daniel 6:4 – Daniel’s detractors could find no accusation against him.
  • Character
    • Colossians 3:8-9
    • Luke 3:12-13 – Jesus’ commands to tax collectors.
    • Luke 19:8-10 – Zaccheus promises to work honestly.
    • II Thessalonians 3:6-13
  • Attitude
    • Colossians 3:22-25 – If God expected this from slaves, surely he expects this or more from employees who are in a more privileged position.
    • Ephesians 6:5-8 – When we work for our boss, we are working for God.
    • I Peter 2:18-20 – Your boss might be unreasonable, but we must still obey God and patiently endure.
  • Leadership
    • Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1 – Masters must answer to God!
    • James 5:1-6 – God is not pleased when masters mistreat their workers.
    • Leviticus 19:13 – God cares about the worker!
  • Spirituality
    • Titus 2:9-10
    • I Timothy 6:1-2 – Work well so that God’s name will not be spoken against.

Psalms, Part 1

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 23, 2017

  • Psalms 1-7
  • Psalms 1:1 – God has a law and He wants us to walk in it!
  • Psalms 1:6 – A godly man is one who respects God and His word. “Godly” is not the same as “god-like.”
  • Psalms 2:1-5, 8-10 – The rulers on earth generally rage against God.
  • Psalms 4:1 – We can have gladness even in times of persecution because we live in spiritual peace and safety.
  • Psalms 5:3 – This is the best and only right way to start our day!
  • Psalms 6:1 – Don’t let the hardships of life turn you against God.

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, July 19, 2017

  • Last lesson
    • Galilee
    • Samaritans
    • Temples
      • Gerizim
      • Elephantine
      • Heliopolis
    • End of rule for John Hyrcanus
    • Treacheries of Aristobulus
  • This lesson
    • Results of Aristobulus’ rule
    • Profane rule of Jannaeus
    • Last of the Hasmoneans
    • First of the Herodians
  • John Hyrcanus designates wife as heir
    • As ruler, not as priest
    • He dies in 104 BC
    • Son (Aristobulus) imprisons her and 3 brothers
  • Aristobulus now rules
    • Declares himself as both priest and king
    • Conquers the rest of Galilee and Iturea
    • Dies of illness after one year
  • Wife of Aristobulus nicer than husband
  • Jannaeus now high priest and king
    • Marries brother’s widow, Alexandra
      • Deuteronomy 25:5
      • Matthew 22:23-33
    • Spent younger years in Galilee
    • Vigorous military campaigns
      • Gained much territory
      • Lost same within several years
    • Persecuted Pharisees
    • Mocked the feasts
  • Civil war
    • Pharisees vs Sadducees, Hasmoneans
    • 50,000 killed in six years
    • Pharisees appeal to Seleucids for help
      • Eventually dump foreign tyrants for native tyrant
      • Jannaeus dies in 76 BC
      • Queen Salome Alexandra takes throne
  • Queen Alexandra
    • Establishes Sanhedrin
      • Rabbinical council
      • Religious legislative powers
      • Judicial authority
    • Strengthens Judean army
    • Appoints son, John Hyrcanus II, as high priest
    • She dies in 67 BC
    • Son takes throne
  • John Hyrcanus II takes the throne
    • Aristobulus II goes to war
      • “Fight” at Jericho
      • Siege at Jerusalem
      • Hyrcanus surrenders with terms
    • Antipater the Idumean
      • Well-heeled noble from Idumea
      • Skilled politician and diplomat
    • Veteran governor of Idumea under Hasmoneans
    • Sees Hyrcanus as weak and pliable
  • Plots to replace Aristobulus
    • Places Hyrcanus with Nabateans
    • Makes promises for support
  • Siege of Jerusalem
    • Nabateans take 50,000 troops
    • They commit two serious offenses
  • Race for Roman support
    • General Scaurus is completing conquest in Syria
    • Both brothers try to bribe him
    • Initial call is in favor of Aristobulus
  • Pompey comes to town
    • More bribes
    • Pompey ignores bribes
    • Considers annexation of Judea instead
  • Caesar and Pompey contend for rule
    • Caesar wins, Antipater supports him
    • Antipater appointed governor of Judea
    • Hyrcanus appointed high priest, tetrarch
  • Coming weeks
    • Herodian Dynasty
    • Role of women in Jewish society
    • Social strata of Jerusalem
    • Religious sects
    • Purification
    • Laws of the Sabbath

By David Watson

Benchley, July 16, 2017

  • Acts 22:3, 28 – Paul identified himself as a Jew and a Roman citizen.
  • A former sinner
    • Acts 7:58 – Paul at Stephen’s stoning
    • Acts 9:3-6, 17-20 – Paul’s conversion
    • Acts 22
    • Acts 26:12-19
    • Galatians 1:13; Ephesians 3:8; I Corinthians 15:9; I Timothy 1:13-15 – Paul always viewed himself as a sinner first.
    • Romans 7:24
  • A convert
    • Philippians 3:1-12 – Paul was fully converted to his new life as a Christian.
  • A bold Christian
    • Ephesians 6:19-20
    • Galatians 1:11-24 – Paul’s teaching came straight from Christ.
    • Galatians 2:3-11 – Paul’s past did not prevent him from teaching boldly.

God’s Memorials

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 16, 2017

  • Introduction
    • We are admonished to remember God.
    • Deuteronomy 4:23
    • Psalms 9:17
    • II Peter 1:9
    • James 1:25
  • Rainbow: Genesis 9:8-15
  • Sabbath: Exodus 20:11; Deuteronomy 5:15
    • Deuteronomy 5:3 – Sabbath was for all the Hebrew nation at that time. It is not for us today.
  • Passover: Exodus 12:11, 14
    • II Thessalonians 1:8-9
  • Omer of manna: Exodus 16:32-36
  • Lord’s Supper: I Corinthians 11:24-25

Exodus, Part 15

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 16, 2017

  • The legacy of Exodus
    • Deliverance/freedom
      • God is able to deliver His people from slavery.
      • Leviticus 26:13; Judges 6:7-10; Leviticus 11:45; Isaiah 48:20-21; Jeremiah 16:14-15; Psalms 77:20
      • John 8:31-34 – Jesus delivers us from slavery to sin, just as God delivered the Israelites from physical slavery.
    • Provisions
      • God provides for the needs of His people.
      • Psalms 78:24-25; John 6:31-35
      • Nor reading your Bible is like failing to pick up manna from Heaven!
    • Lack of faith
      • Despite God’s blessings, His people tend to turn their backs on Him.
      • I Samuel 10:17-19
      • Psalm 78:42-53; 81:10-16; I Corinthians 10:1-7
      • Hebrews 10:28-29
    • Law
      • God’s law is a blessing for His people.
      • Romans 3:1-2
      • Jeremiah 31:31-34
    • Power and glory of God
      • God’s mighty hand in Egypt displayed His power and made a name for Himself.
      • I Samuel 6:6; Psalms 105:26-45; Isaiah 63:12; Romans 9:17
    • Tabernacle
      • The tabernacle Moses built is but a shadow of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched.
      • Hebrews 8:1-6; 9:1-12
      • Acts 7:35-44

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, July 12, 2017

  • Last lesson:
    • Simon
    • John Hyrcanus
    • Expansion of Judea
    • Doctrine of proselytizing
  • Effects of expansion
    • Observance of law vs. proselytizing
    • Hellenized cities vs. Easternized
    • Idumea
      • Mass forced conversion
      • Defections
      • Conversion not necessarily assimilation
    • Galilee
      • Hick town north of Samaria
      • Barriers to interaction
  • Who were the Samaritans?
    • Occupiers of northern kingdom of Israel
      • Other nations that had been deported
      • Deported yet again – to Samaria ~ 700 BC
    • Perplexed at problems
      • Attacked by wild animals
      • Wanted to appease “god of this land”
  • The fix
    • Assyrian king sends a priest
      • Good choice?
      • Did he teach them well?
    • Initial results
      • “Feared God”
      • Kept high places
      • Jehovah treated as just another god
  • Samaria often refuge for renegades
    • Priest named Manasseh (409 BC – Nehemiah 13:28)
    • Builds temple
  • Samaritans begin abandoning other gods
  • Doctor scripture to reflect their “reality”
  • Progress of Samaritan “Jewishness”
  • Destruction of temple at Mt. Gerizim
  • Continued use of Mt. Gerizim
  • Speaking of temples
    • Temple at Elephantine
    • Temple at Heliopolis
  • Justification
    • Isaiah 19:19
    • Does this work?
    • Highlights problems of interpretation
  • What happened to them?
  • John Hyrcanus designates wife as heir
    • As ruler, not as priest
    • He dies in 104, son imprisons her
  • Aristobulus now rules
    • Declares himself as both priest and king
    • Conquers the rest of Galilee and Iturea
    • Imprisons his three brothers
    • Dies of illness after one year
  • Wife of Aristobulus nicer than husband
  • Jannaeus now high priest and king
    • Marries brother’s widow, Alexandra
    • Spent younger years in Galilee
    • Vigorous military campaigns
      • Gained much territory
      • Lost same within several years
    • Persecuted Pharisees
    • Mocked the feasts
  • Civil war
    • Pharisees vs. Sadducees, Hasmoneans
    • 50,000 killed in six years
    • Pharisees appeal to Seleucids for help
      • Jannaeus dies in 76 BC
      • Queen Salome Alexandra takes throne
      • She sides with Pharisees
      • Pharisees dump foreign tyrants for native tyrant
  • Queen Alexandra
    • Establishes Sanhedrin
      • Rabbinical council
      • Religious legislative powers
      • Judicial authority
    • Strengthens Judean army
    • Appoints son, John Hurcanus II, as high priest
    • She dies in 67 BC
    • Son takes throne
  • Coming weeks
    • Fall of Hasmonean Dynasty
    • Roman intrigue, dominance
    • Beginning of the Herodian Dynasty
    • The role of women in Jewish society
    • The social strata of Jerusalem
    • Unclean, unwhole
    • The Sabbath and its laws
  • Homework!
    • Read:
      • Matthew 2:1-22
      • Mark 3:6
      • Luke 3:1, 19-20; 8:1-2; 9:1-9; 13:31-32; 23:6-12
      • Mark 6:7-29; 8:15; 12:13
      • Acts 12:1-23

Bible Class Teachers

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 9, 2017

  • I Timothy 4:16
  • John 6:44-45
  • Hebrews 5:12
  • Qualities of a good Bible class teacher
    • Be a genuine Christian
      • This requires the right information and the right disposition (“spirit and truth”).
        • Philippians 1:18 – teaching with wrong disposition
      • I Corinthians 9:27
      • I John 2:15-16
      • Those who practice sin should not teach classes.
      • Those who are careless with their attendance should not teach classes.
    • Be sound in doctrine
      • Titus 2:1, 8
      • II Timothy 1:3
    • Be honest and open
      • Acts 15:21
      • Psalm 119:128 – The teacher must love truth and hate error.
    • Be diligent in study
    • Be dependable
    • Pray about it
      • I Thessalonians 5:17

By Ara Casada

Benchley, July 9, 2017

  • Acts 3:1-10 – Peter heals the lame man
  • Our hardships can be an opportunity for God to display His power.
    • II Corinthians 12:7-10 – Paul’s thorn in the flesh
    • Genesis 45:3-8; 50:19-21 – God used Joseph to achieve His plans.
    • James 5:13-15
  • How we handle a hardship can draw people to (or drive them away from) God.
    • Acts 3:11-26
    • Acts 4:8-22 – Peter and John use their arrest as an opportunity to teach.
    • Acts 16:16-34 – Paul and Silas use their imprisonment to teach the jailer and the other prisoners.
    • Job 2:9 – Job’s wife did not handle the suffering well. She turned away from God and encouraged Job to do the same.
  • Tell others how God has helped us and what He has accomplished in us because of our hardship.
    • Deuteronomy 6:20-25
    • If we genuinely appreciate what God has done for us, it is much easier to be motivated to talk to others about God!