II Peter 2:1-22

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 9, 2017

  • II Peter 2:1-22
  • II Peter 2:4-10 – Jude mentions three categories of men who sinned (Jude 1:5-7). Peter here mentions a similar set of people who are reserved for judgment. This passage is talking about examples of men who are reserved for judgment.
    • Angels and messengers:
      • Matthew 1:24
      • Matthew 25:41
      • II Corinthians 12:7
      • II Corinthians 11:13-15
      • Matthew 11:10
      • Mark 1:1
      • Luke 7:24, 27 – John
      • Luke 9:52 – Jesus’ messengers
      • James 2:25 – two spies
    • Context must determine the meaning of the word “angels”
  • II Peter 2:9 – I Corinthians 10:13
  • II Peter 2:21 – We are not told exactly how it will be worse for those who have known God and then turned away. Will it be worse at Judgment? Worse while on Earth?

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, July 5, 2017

  • Last lesson
    • Men of action: the Maccabees
      • Revolt against Menelaus
      • Revolt against Seleucids
      • Purification and rededication of the temple
      • Establishment of Hasmonean Dynasty
  • This lesson
    • More on the Hasmonean Dynasty
      • Expansion of Judea
      • Doctrine of proselytizing
      • Position of Galilee
      • John Hyrcanus
      • Aristobulus
      • Jannaeus
      • Civil war
  • Hasmonean Dynasty established
    • Irony of change in philosophy
    • Outcropping of “schisms”
    • Motivation of priestly service corrupted – again
  • Simon ratified as high priest
    • Not a foreign appointment
    • Onias III, IV, etc.
    • Priests and elders agree
    • Hasmonean Dynasty begins in 140 BC
  • Hasmonean embassy in Rome – 159 BC
  • New king in Antioch – 158 BC
    • Demands Judea return to original borders
    • Simon refuses
    • Another war
  • Seleucid-instigated coup attempt
    • Simon and two sons assassinated
    • Third son (John Hyrcanus) escapes
  • John Hyrcanus new high priest
    • Offers troops to Antiochus VII
    • Antiochus VII besieges Jerusalem
    • Imposes new status on Judea
    • Antiochus VII killed in battle vs Parthians
  • Balance of John Hyrcanus’ rule
    • Seleucid empire in disarray
      • Multiple attempts at taking throne
      • All anti-Jewish actions interrupted
      • Empire shrinks
    • Judea again widens its borders
  • Effects of expansion
    • Observance of law vs proselytizing
      • Exodus 12:48
      • Leviticus 24:22
      • Isaiah 2:1-4; Micah 4:1-3 – Some thought these prophecies meant they should go out and make Jews of the people that were brought into Judea. Proselytizing was not permitted under the Old Law. These verses were talking about the coming of Jesus.
      • Acts 2:8-12
      • Acts 8:27 – The Ethiopian eunuch was probably a proselyte.
      • Matthew 23:15
    • Hellenized cities vs Easternized
    • Idumea
      • Mass forced conversion
      • Defections
      • Conversion not necessarily assimilation

Joshua

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 2, 2017

  • Exodus 17:9-15 – First introduction to Joshua.
  • He followed a great example
    • Exodus 24:12
    • Exodus 33:11 – Joshua was involved as the servant of Moses.
    • Numbers 11:27-30
    • Philippians 3:17 – Paul says, follow my example!
    • I Peter 2:21
  • He had the courage to be different
    • Numbers 13:30 – Caleb and Joshua say they can take Canaan.
    • Numbers 14:6-10 – The people are ready to stone Caleb and Joshua.
    • I Peter 1:14-16 – Be holy! Be set apart!
    • I Peter 4:3-4
    • Romans 12:2
    • II Corinthians 6:14-17
  • He caused others to serve God
    • Joshua 24:14-16, 24-28, 31

Exodus, Part 14

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 2, 2017

  • Exodus 35-40
  • Constructing the tabernacle
    • Construction timeline
Year 1, Month 1, Day 14 Ate first passover Exodus 12:6
Year 1, Month 1, Day 15 Firstborn die at midnight; Israel ordered to leave Exodus 12:29-32
Year 1, Month 3 Came into wilderness of Sinai Exodus 19:1
God on Mt. Sinai, making covenant Exodus 19-23
Moses on Mt. Sinai 40 days Exodus 24:18
Golden calf Exodus 32
Moses on Mt. Sinai 40 days (again) Exodus 34:28
Tabernacles/priestly garments made Exodus 36-39
Year 2, Month 1, Day 1 Tabernacle erected Exodus 40:2, 17

 

  • Contribution for the tabernacle
    • Exodus 35
    • More than enough material was collected (Exodus 36:6-7)
    • I Timothy 6:17-19 – Don’t trust in riches, but use them properly.
  • “Just as the Lord had commanded” (Exodus 39:43)
    • Exodus 39:32-43
  • The cloud covered the tent of meeting (Exodus 40:34-38)
    • Exodus 40:1-15 – God tells Moses how to set everything up.
    • Exodus 40:17-33 – Moses sets everything up.
    • Exodus 40:34-38 – God’s presence fills the tabernacle.

 

II Peter 1:1-21

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 28, 2017

  • II Peter 1:1-21
  • II Peter 1:5 – Faith is the starting point! All of these attributes mean nothing as far as salvation is concerned if they are not built on faith.
  • II Peter 1:6 – Self-control (temperance): abstinence from things that are sinful, excellence in things that are right, and moderation in things that are indifferent.
  • II Peter 1:8 – If we are barren or unfruitful in the service of God, it is because we have not added these things.
  • II Peter 1:11 – No one will get into heaven by the skin of their teeth. If we get in at all, it will be an abundant entrance.
  • II Peter 1:12 – We must do the same: continue to encourage and remind others of these things.
  • II Peter 1:19 – The phrase “when the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts) could mean when people come to believe and obey Jesus.
  • II Peter 1:20 – Many confuse this verse and think it says that no scripture is a matter of personal interpretation. Instead, it says that prophecy is not of personal interpretation, i.e., the giving of the gospel. Prophecy comes from God and we look to Him for interpretation.

Curing Arrogance

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 25, 2017

  • Acts 8:1-3
  • Understanding the word church
    • Ekklesia – called out group (Acts 19:32)
    • Universal (all saved people everywhere)
      • Ephesians 5:23; 4:4
      • Matthew 16:18
      • Hebrews 12:23 (Luke 10:20)
      • I Thessalonians 4:16
    • Local (saved people working together as a congregation)
      • Romans 16:16
      • I Corinthians 1:2
  • I answer to Christ first!
    • Acts 11:19-26
    • Romans 6:3 (I Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:27)
    • I Corinthians 5:1-2
    • Not: I am church of Christ
      • Better: I am a Christian
    • Not: A church of Christ preacher
      • Better: A gospel preaching
  • I am on a team!
    • Philippians 1:1, 27; 4:15
    • I Timothy 5:16
    • Matthew 18:17
    • (Acts 12:5; I Corinthians 14; 16:1-2; Acts 6:1)

Exodus, Part 13

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 25, 2017

  • Exodus 33-34
  • Exodus 34:6-7 – God is loving and just.
  • Exodus 33:3-6, 12-17; 34:8-9 – God refuses to be present with the people. Moses intercedes and God relents.
  • I Peter 2:9-12
  • I Thessalonians 4:17-18
  • Exodus 34:29-35 – Moses’ face shone after speaking with God. The New Covenant is even more glorious! II Corinthians 3:7-18
Old Covenant New Covenant
Ministry of death Ministry of the Spirit
Ministry of condemnation Ministry of righteousness
Fades away Remains
Glory: Moses’ shining face Even more glory!

 

  • Exodus 33:7-11 – God spoke to Moses as a man speaks to a friend.
  • Exodus 33:18-23 – Moses asks to see the glory of God. God allows him to see His glory but not His face.
    • John 1:18
    • I Timothy 1:17
    • I Timothy 6:16
    • I John 4:12
    • Exodus 33:11
    • Numbers 12:8
    • Deuteronomy 34:10
    • When Jesus comes, we will be changed and be like Him! I John 3:2
  • The covenant renewed (Exodus 34:10-28)
  • He wrote on the tablets (Exodus 34:28)
    • First two tablets: God provided tablets (Exodus 24:12), God wrote on tablets (Exodus 31:18)
    • Second two tablets: Moses cut tablets (Exodus 34:1), God wrote on tablets (Exodus 34:28; Deuteronomy 10:4)

By Ed Whitt

Benchley, June 21, 2017

  • Last lesson: rule of the Seleucids
    • Who was Antiochus IV?
    • Meddling with the priesthood
    • Ambition in Egypt
    • Roman intervention
    • Zadokite revolt – Ezekiel 44:15; 40:46; 43:19; 48:19
    • Antiochus’ revenge
    • Abomination of desolation
  • This lesson
    • Men of action: the Maccabees
    • Revolt against Menelaus
    • Revolt against Seleucids
    • Establishment of Hasmonean Dynasty
    • Purification and rededication of the temple
    • Enter Rome
    • Herodian Dynasty emerges
  • Taking action: Mattathias
    • Daniel 11:28
    • Priestly descent
    • “New order” spreads to villages
    • Ordered by Seleucid officer to sacrifice to Jupiter
    • By actions, started a revolt
    • Became known as Maccabees – “Hammer”
  • Judas begins guerilla campaign
    • Light, maneuverable
    • Use of terrain to advantage
  • Antiochus fails to take seriously
    • Sends “practice” generals to get experience
    • Users better generals on major campaigns
  • Maccabees regain Jerusalem 165 BC
  • Purified and rededicated temple
    • Not enough kosher oil for menorah
      • Leviticus 24:1
    • Single day’s vial said to have lasted nine days
  • Hasmonean woes not over
    • Antiochus IV dies in Parthia in 164 BC
    • Demetrius (rightful heir) hostage in Rome
    • Antiochus V Eupator takes throne at age 9
  • Maccabeans allow Menelaus to stay
    • Continues as high priest
    • Runs temple, Judea, and collects taxes for Syria
  • Lysias rules Syria for Antiochus V
    • Returns to Jerusalem in 163 BC
    • Executes Menelaus
    • Appoints Alcimus as high priest
    • Learns of trouble in Antioch
  • Lysias makes hasty treaty
    • Grants status under Antiochus III
    • Immediately violates terms of treaty
  • Judas Maccabees consolidates gains
    • Institutes internal reforms
    • Makes alliance with Rome
    • Tried to remove Alcimus from high priesthood
  • Lysias returns
    • Judah and John killed in battles in 160 BC
    • Jonathon takes command of Hasmoneans
    • Alcimus still high priest
  • Demetrius escapes Rome
    • Accepted in Antioch as true king
    • Has Antiochus V and Lysias executed
    • Does not replace Alcimus when he dies in 159
  • New general in town
    • Bacchides replaces Lysias
    • Remembers previous three generals
    • Makes treaty with Jonathon
  • Jonathon appointed high priest – 153 BC
  • Enter Alexander Balas
    • Claimed to be heir to the throne
    • Jonathon allied with him
    • Alexander Balas wins
  • Hasmonean expansion
    • Edom
    • Samaria
    • Moab
    • Galilee
  • Trouble in Antioch
    • Battle for throne
    • Impact on Judea

The Love of God

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, June 18, 2017

  • Matthew 13:44
  • Romans 8:31-39
  • I John 2:1-6
  • I John 5:1-12
  • Jude 1:17-25
  • The love of God is a never-ending blessing. The more we share it, the more there is to share.
  • Luke 12:34