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II Corinthians, Part 14

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 17, 2017

  • II Corinthians 11:8-33
  • II Corinthians 11:8-9 – Notice that Paul’s example here shows churches sending money to him directly. This is an important pattern because it allows the church that is sending the money to maintain control of it. If other churches had sent money to the Corinthian church to support Paul, they would have ceded control of the money, which breeds all sorts of problems and breaks the autonomy that should exist between local churches.
  • II Corinthians 11:19 – Paul is being sarcastic here. Gladly tolerating the foolish certainly doesn’t make anyone wise!

Exodus, Part 9

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 14, 2017

  • Exodus 19-20
  • Sinai and the ten commandments:
    • Overview:
      • First 4: obligations to God
      • Last 6: obligations to other people
    • No other gods (Exodus 20:3)
    • No idols (Exodus 20:4-6)
      • All other religions used physical images.
      • See also Exodus 20:22-25.
    • Do not take God’s name in vain (Exodus 20:7)
      • See also Leviticus 19:12.
    • Observe the Sabbath day (Exodus 20:8-11)
      • Deuteronomy 5:15
      • Compare Hebrews 4:9. We work on Earth and at the end we receive rest.
      • Colossians 2:16-17 – the Sabbath is no longer commanded.
    • Honor your father and mother (Exodus 20:12)
      • Matthew 15:3-6
      • Ephesians 6:1
      • This is not just requiring obedience. You must obey and honor your parents.
    • You shall not murder (Exodus 20:13)
      • Exodus 21:12 – capital punishment
      • Numbers 35:15-34 – God distinguishes between accidental death, murder, and execution.
    • You shall not commit adultery (Exodus 20:14)
      • See also Leviticus 18, 20.
    • You shall not steal (Exodus 20:15)
    • You shall not bear false witness (Exodus 20:16)
    • You shall not covet (Exodus 20:17)
  • “You shall be my own possession” (Exodus 19:5-6)
    • Compare Galatians 3:7-14; Titus 2:14; I Peter 2:9
  • “The Lord came down on Mt. Sinai” (Exodus 19:20)
    • Compare Deuteronomy 5:22-29

II Corinthians, Part 13

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 10, 2017

  • II Corinthians 11:1-9
  • II Corinthians 11:6 – See Mark 16:20. The other apostles used miracles to confirm what they were saying and Paul did the same.
  • II Corinthians 11:4 – The Corinthians were happy to follow false teachers, but were not inclined to listen to Paul (see II Corinthians 11:1).

Exodus, Part 8

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 7, 2017

  • Exodus 14-18
  • Exodus 14:10-12 – Israel was trying to transition from slavery to freedom at the hands of God. They were now personally involved in the conflict with Pharaoh.
  • Colossians 3:1-4
  • Hebrews 11:29
  • I Peter 5:6-7
  • Exodus 15:4 – Red Sea or Sea of Reeds?
    • Hebrew word is yam-sûf (סוּף)
    • Whatever yam-sûf was, it was deep and vast enough to kill the Egyptian army!
    • I Kings 9:26

II Corinthians, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 3, 2017

  • II Corinthians 10:1-18
  • II Corinthians 10:3-4 – Compare Titus 2:15.
  • II Corinthians 10:5 – Compare Colossians 3:16-17.
  • II Corinthians 10:8-9 – In order to plant spiritual seed, you have to first root out the weeds and stumps. Some don’t like “negative” preaching, but it is often necessary in order to prepare for “positive” preaching.
  • II Corinthians 10:12 – The standard is the word of God – not other people. Christians are not to compare themselves even with other Christians because our standard is higher than that.

Exodus, Part 7

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 30, 2017

  • Exodus 11-13
  • The Passover (Exodus 12:27)
    • Hebrews 11:27
Passover Feast & Lamb Jesus
Observed night of Exodus (Exodus 12:11-12) Observed night of arrest (Luke 22:7, 54)
Old Covenant memorial (Luke 22:14-15) New Covenant memorial (Luke 22:19-20)
Israel’s Passover (Exodus 12:47) Our Passover (I Corinthians 5:7)
Unblemished (Exodus 12:5) Unblemished (I Peter 1:19)
No bones broken (Exodus 12:46) No bones broken (John 19:36)
Saved by its blood (Exodus 12:13) Saved by His blood (Romans 5:9)
Must apply the blood (Exodus 12:22) Must apply His blood (Romans 6:3-4)

 

  • Plague #10: Death of the firstborn (Exodus 12:28-32)
    • Egyptian gods:
      • Pharaoh – son of Ra, incarnation of Horus
      • Pharaoh’s son – born of the gods
      • Anubis – god of death/embalming
      • Min – god of procreation/reproduction
      • Isis – associated with reproduction
      • Hathor – one of 7 deities who attended births
      • Apis bull – sacred, firstborn animal
    • This plague was catastrophic, touching even Pharaoh’s own family. Notice the difference between Exodus 5:2 and 12:31-32. God sent an unforgettable message: You have enslaved my firstborn; I have killed your firstborn (Exodus 4:22-23).
  • The Exodus (Exodus 12:33-51)
    • Moses led 600,000 men (Exodus 12:37; perhaps 2,000,000 people total) out of Egypt.
    • God holds the future in His hands! II Peter 3:10-11
  • How long were they in Egypt?
    • Exodus 12:40-41
    • Genesis 15:13-14
    • Acts 7:6
  • 430 years in Egypt? But what about this?
    • Math from genealogies (Exodus 6:16-20; I Chronicles 23:6-13)
      • This allows a maximum of 350 years)
    • Galatians 3:16-17
      • Promises to Abraham à leave Egypt, get law = 430 years
    • Other ancient sources
      • Septuagint
      • Samaritan Pentateuch
    • Possibly God counted the years of Abraham and his family in Canaan, which was 215 years. This would allow 215 years to be in Egypt.

II Corinthians, Part 11

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 26, 2017

  • II Corinthians 9:8-15
  • II Corinthians 9:12 – Paul repeatedly states that the funds are specifically for relieving needy saints. There was a definite limit to the scope of the benevolence. It was directed only to the needy Christians in Jerusalem.
  • II Corinthians 9:13 – The benevolence served two purposes: relieving needy Christians and cementing the relationship between Jewish Christians and Gentile Christians.

Exodus, Part 6

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By David Watson

Benchley, April 23, 2017

[Due to technical difficulties, we only have audio for the last ten minutes of this class. Sorry about that! -MRW]

Let Go of Your Sins

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Bless the Lord, O My Soul

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 16, 2017

  • Psalm 103
  • Bless the Lord with all my being (Psalm 103:1)
    • No half-hearted effort will suffice.
    • How can I bless the Lord?
    • Hebrews 13:15
  • Do not forget His blessings (Psalms 103:2-5)
    • My soul “must forget none of His benefits.”
    • My soul should pause to count my blessings from God.
  • Observe the Lord’s compassion, lovingkindness, and grace in His forgiveness of our sins (Psalms 103:6-14)
    • God is righteous, and His righteousness is a matter of record.
    • His anger is slow and limited (Psalms 103:6-9).
    • I have not received what I deserved concerning my sins (Psalms 103:10)
      • Mercy: when I don’t get the punishment I deserve.
      • Grace: when I do get blessings I don’t deserve.
    • The Lord’s lovingkindness and compassion are unlimited to those who fear Him (Psalms 103:11-14).
  • The Lord’s lovingkindness is from everlasting to everlasting (Psalms 103:15-18).
    • Man’s days on earth are fleeting (Psalms 103:15-16).
      • Isaiah 40:6-7; James 4:14
    • However, God’s lovingkindness has no end for those who obey Him (Psalms 103:17-18).
  • Everyone under His rule shall bless the Lord (Psalms 103:19-22)
    • No one is exempt from the rule of God (Psalms 103:19).
    • Therefore, everyone should bless the Lord (Psalms 103:20-22).
      • The angels
      • The heavenly hosts
      • The work of God’s hands (Psalms 148:5-6)
      • My soul