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God’s Mindfulness of Man

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Paul’s Prophets

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Word of the Day, Part 13

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 12, 2015

  • Lesson 4, continued:
    • Preach or teach the Word (Acts 20:7; 5:42)
      • The teacher
        • Obligated to please God, not man (Galatians 1:6-10; II Timothy 4:2-4)
        • Must preach truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), so as to be understood (I Corinthians 14:19), and with authority (Titus 2:15)
      • The listener
        • Must listen discerningly (Acts 17:11; Luke 8:18)
        • Listen not to prove self right, or the other wrong, but to learn truth.
        • Must obey and uphold truth (James 1:22-25)
        • Must reject and expose untruth (I Thessalonians 5:22; Acts 18:24-26)
      • Sing (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19)
        • Singing must be from the heart, instructive to others (Colossians 3:16), and in praise to God (Hebrews 2:12)
        • Vocal, not mechanical music is authorized
          • All passages in the New Testament that mention music in praise of God specify vocal; thus, there is no authority for mechanical instruments of music in praise of God.
          • Wrong to add to or take from things written (Revelation 22:18-19)
            • Wrong to add mechanical instrument in praise of God.
            • Wrong to take away the vocal, i.e., refuse to sing in the assembly.

Our Earthly Tent

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 9, 2015

  • Philippians 1:21-24
  • Paul compared our earthly body to a tent – a temporary structure
    • II Corinthians 5:1
    • I Peter 2:11
    • John 1:14
  • A tent speaks of a pilgrim’s journey
    • Acts 7:2-5
    • Hebrews 11:8-10, 13-16
  • A tent speaks of brevity
    • James 4:14
    • I Peter 1:24
    • Job 14:1-2
    • Psalms 90:3, 10, 12
  • Brevity necessitates urgency
    • Matthew 6:32
    • Ephesians 6:4
    • I Timothy 5:14
    • Ecclesiastes 12:1, 13
    • I Corinthians 15:58
    • I Peter 5:4
    • Hebrews 13:17
    • II Corinthians 6:2
    • Ezekiel 3:17
    • Philippians 3:13-14
    • Ephesians 5:15-16
    • Luke 9:62
    • Hebrews 12:1-2
  • Each day we live moves us one day closer to the time when we must “break tent” – lay aside this earthly tent to never pitch it again and one day closer to our house which is eternal in the heavens if we are faithful. But each day moves us one day closer to eternal destruction if we do not use this earthly tent in the service of the Lord.

By David Watson

Benchley, August 9, 2015

  • Luke 16:1-14
  • Introduction
    • Jesus is not telling us to sin like the shrewd manager.
  • What it cannot mean
    • That you should lie, cheat, and steal
      • Luke 3:12-14
      • Proverbs 11:1
    • That you can buy your way into Heaven
      • II Corinthians 5:10
      • Proverbs 11:4
      • Luke 16:19, 25; 12:20-21
    • That you should make money your god
      • Luke 16:13-14
      • Matthew 6:19-21
    • The meaning that fits with context and harmony
      • God’s people ought to be wise stewards of material possessions, serving God and others so they can go to Heaven in the end.
      • Luke 16:8a – The master isn’t happy, but begrudgingly has to hand it to him – “You got me! Well played.”
      • Luke 16:8b – Worldly people know how to provide for the future. Isn’t it a shame that God’s people don’t do the same thing in a good way?  (Matthew 10:16)
      • Luke 16:9a – “wealth/mammon of unrighteousness” – carnal, temporary wealth
        • Use the resources you are blessed with to serve others.
      • Luke 16:9b – I suggest that “they” refers figuratively (by metonymy) to the works you have done for others.
        • Compare II Corinthians 3:1-2
        • Matthew 25:40
      • Luke 16:10-12 – God’s people should demonstrate their faithfulness with small blessings so that they can be trusted with bigger blessings. (Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27; I Timothy 3:5, 12)
      • Luke 16:13-14 – Earthly wealth is not the end goal, but a tool to serve God and others.
    • Make application!
      • I Timothy 6:17-19
      • Luke 10:25-37
      • II Corinthians 8:1-5; 9:12-14

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, August 9, 2015

  • Bless
    • Our English word
      • Middle English
        • Derived from pagan worship
        • Marked by blood from sacrifice
      • Gradually transitioned to the Catholic tradition.
    • Old Testament
      • בָּרַךְ (bārǎḵ)
        • To kneel
          • By implication, to bless God as an act of worship
          • To bless man or object as a statement of favor
        • Genesis 24:48; 1:21-23; 1:27-28; 2:1-3
      • אַשְׁרֵי (ʾǎšrê)
        • Happiness
        • Used as an interjection: How happy!
        • Blessed, happy
        • I Kings 10:6-9 (II Chronicles 9:5-8)
      • Two other words used twice
      • Only בָּרַךְ (bārǎḵ) is used toward God
    • New Testament
      • εὐλογέω (eulogeō) (verb)
        • To speak well of
        • To praise
        • To celebrate with praises
        • To acknowledge God’s goodness
        • To express desire for God’s Word – Luke 2:25-32
      • εὐλογητός (eulogētos) (noun)
        • The praised
        • Used only toward God – Mark 14:61
      • μακαρίζω (makarizō) (verb)
        • Luke 1:46-48; James 5:11
        • Root: mak – large, lengthy
      • μακαρισμός (makarismos)
        • Galatians 4:15
      • Eneulogeomai (passive verb) – Acts 3;25
    • Patriarchs blessed their descendants
      • Hebrews 11:17-22
      • Why? Genesis 12:3
    • Were they prophets?
      • Genesis 27:39-40 (II Chronicles 21:8-10)
      • Genesis 49:8-10 (Matthew 1:3; Revelation 5:5)
      • Genesis 49:27
        • Judges 5:14; 20:14-16
        • I Chronicles 8:40
        • II Chronicles 14:8; 17:17
      • Blessing God as worship
        • Psalms 145:1
        • Ephesians 1:3
      • Pronouncing God’s favor upon someone
        • Deuteronomy 2:7
        • Matthew 5:3ff
        • Happiness in a religious sense (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
      • Temporal happiness
        • I Kings 10:6-9
        • Matthew 24:45-47