The Heritage of Jonadab

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By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 18, 2017

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  • 841 B.C. – II Kings 9-10 – King Jehu of the northern kingdom of Israel
    • Jehonadab son of Rechab
    • II Kings 10:15-28
  • Circa 609-598 B.C. – II Kings 23:34-24:6; II Chronicles 36:4-8 – King Jehoiakim of Judah
    • Jeremiah 35:2, 6-10 – This was over 200 years later and they were still faithful to Jonadab’s instructions.
    • Jeremiah 35:14 – God uses the Rechabites as an example of obedience.
    • Jeremiah 35:19 – God’s promise to Jonadab and his household
  • Our responsibility to our generations
    • The example of Abraham
      • Abram (“exalted father”), Abraham (“father of a multitude”)
      • Genesis 18:19
      • Physical descendants: Israel (and other nations)
      • Spiritual descendants: today’s Christians (Galatians 3:7, 29)
    • Generational fatherhood is carried out through the teaching of God’s words and wisdom.
      • Proverbs 4:1-5; Psalm 78:1-3; Deuteronomy 4:9
      • Joel 1:3
    • Our faithful teachings to our children and grandchildren may preserve our descendants long after we are gone.
  • Discern the signs of the times and respond.
    • Will Jesus not rebuke us for not opening our eyes to the world around us (Matthew 16:3)?
      • Humanism (the philosophy that rejects God and embraces human reason and experience as the only guides for human life) …
      • … materialism, greed, debt, waste, selfishness …
      • … fornication, adultery, homosexuality, pornography, immodesty, lasciviousness, divorce …
    • Jonadab saw the signs of his times, heard the words of the prophets, believed them, and commanded his descendants to live in a way to survive those times.
    • Are we separated and strange in this world (II Corinthians 6:14-18; I Peter 2:11-12; 4:3-5), or will we just “follow the masses in doing evil” (Exodus 23:2)?
  • Obey your father and live, or refuse and die.
    • Jeremiah 35:17
    • Hebrews 12:9
    • Deuteronomy 30:19-20
    • The choice is simple: obey God’s word and live, or reject him and die. Which do you choose?

By David Watson

Benchley, May 29, 2016

  • Job 2:1-10
  • First of all, don’t blame God.
    • John 9:1-3
    • Jesus came and lived here.
    • Earth is just a temporary stop for us.
    • I Peter 5:9
  • Make sure that your soul is saved.
    • Matthew 7:21
    • If you were to die today, are you confident that your soul would go to heaven?
      • God has done His part. Titus 2:11
      • John 8:24 – You must believe.
      • Acts 17:30 – All must repent!
      • Romans 10:9 – You must confess Jesus as Lord.
      • Acts 2:38 – You must be baptized.
    • Discover the Bible like never before.
      • Acts 17:11
      • James 4:13-15 – Comprehend the frailty of life.
      • Romans 1:20-21 – Find the purpose of life.
      • Genesis 12:2; 17:4, 18; 21:12; 22:2; II Timothy 4:6-8; James 1:12 – Live by faith in God’s promises.
    • Listen to what strong Christians are telling you.
      • Proverbs 1:8
      • Proverbs 12:5, 15
      • Proverbs 13:10

By David Watson

Benchley, April 8, 2015

  • Genesis 37-50
  • God fulfills His promises (on His terms)
    • Genesis 11:31-12:9
    • God fulfilled His promises in a way no one would expect.
    • Genesis 37:2-11 – Joseph’s dreams anger His brothers.
    • Genesis 39:20-23 – Joseph is falsely imprisoned.
    • Genesis 40:14, 23 – The chief cupbearer forgets about Joseph.
    • Genesis 41:41 – Joseph rises to power in Egypt.
    • Genesis 46:29 – Joseph’s family comes to Egypt.
    • I Corinthians 10:13 – God’s fulfillment of this verse may not be as direct as we expect! It may involve us training ourselves to avoid temptation.
  • Remember the 3 promises (Genesis 12)
    • “I will make you a great nation” – Genesis 46:1-4
    • “To your descendants I will give this land.” – Genesis 48:21-22
  • Israel’s final words to his sons (Genesis 48-49)
    • Ephraim and Manasseh become half-tribes in place of Joseph.
    • Israel blesses Ephraim over Manasseh, even though Manasseh was older.

By David Watson

Benchley, April 1, 2015

  • Genesis 12-36
  • Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the 3 promises
    • The 3 promises to Abraham (Genesis 12)
      • “I will make you a great nation”
        • Exodus 1:7
        • Deuteronomy 26:5; Galatians 3:28-29; 6:15-16; Romans 2:28-29
      • “To your descendants I will give this land”
        • Joshua 21:43
      • “In you, all the families of the earth will be blessed”
        • Acts 3:26
      • All three of these promises have already been fulfilled!
    • Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18-19)
      • Some try to argue that this is not about homosexuality. The context shows plainly that the men of the city were attempting to commit homosexual acts.
    • Abraham offering Isaac (Genesis 22)
    • The 12 tribes of Israel (Genesis 29-30; 35:18)
      • Jacob
        • By Zilpah:
          • Gad
          • Asher
        • By Leah:
          • Reuben
          • Simeon
          • Levi
          • Judah
          • Issachar
          • Zebulun
        • By Rachel:
          • Joseph
          • Benjamin
        • By Bilhah:
          • Dan
          • Naphtali

By Faith

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By Tim Stevens

Benchley, March 29, 2015

  • Hebrews 11
  • Hebrews 11:1 – This is faith defined.
  • Hebrews 11:3 – See Genesis 1.
  • Hebrews 11:7 – The faith of Noah.
  • Hebrews 11:8-10 – Abraham had faith in an outcome that he could not see. See Genesis 12:1-3.
  • Hebrews 11:11-12 – See Genesis 17:15-17.
  • Hebrews 11:27 – Moses endured because He looked to God.
  • Only the unseen things are eternal.
    • II Corinthians 4:16-18
    • Never forfeit the unseen for the seen.
  • We need to develop a faith that says, “God said it, I believe it!”
    • Luke 17:5
  • Trust in God in the dark!

Hebrews, Part 16

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 4, 2015

  • Hebrews 11:17-31
  • Hebrews 11:17 – Isaac was not Abraham’s only son – there was also Ishmael. “Only begotten son” here is referring to the preeminent position.  Isaac was the only son Abraham had by Sarah, so in that sense he was the only son begotten of that relationship.
  • Hebrews 11:21 – See Genesis 48.
  • Hebrews 11:23 – See Exodus 2.

Hebrews, Part 15

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 28, 2014

  • Hebrews 11:5-16
  • Hebrews 11:12 – See Romans 4:19-21. Abraham did not allow his own age to weaken his faith.

Joseph of Arimathea

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 24, 2014

 

  • John 19:38-42
  • He used his money for good
    • Matthew 27:57-61
    • This is fulfillment of prophecy in Isaiah 53:9.
    • Mark 15:46
    • Joseph was a wealthy man.
    • Matthew 19:23-24 – Warnings about wealth.
    • Genesis 13:2,5-6 – Abram was wealthy, but a good man.
    • Ruth 2:1 – Boaz was wealthy.
    • II Samuel 19:31-32; II Samuel 17:27-29 – Barzillai
    • Job 1:1-3 – Job
    • I John 3:17
  • He struggled with enormous peer pressure
    • Mark 15:42-47
    • Somehow Joseph is able to have faith in Jesus while still being a member of the Sanhedrin.
    • John 3:1-2 – Nicodemus was in the same position.
    • John 19:38
    • John 12:42-43
    • Luke 23:51
    • Mark 15:43
    • I Peter 3:16-17; 4:3-5
  • His heart was on God’s agenda
    • Luke 23:50-52
    • Matthew 6:33 – This should be our agenda!
    • Matthew 22:37
    • I John 5:3

 

By David Watson

Benchley, July 13, 2014

 

  • Genesis 22:1-19
  • Consider every challenge as a step toward more complete faith.
    • Abraham had three days of riding with Isaac to think about what God had asked him to do.
    • James 2:20-24
    • James 1:2-4
    • Luke 16:18 – What if you read this and realized you were in an adulterous marriage? Wouldn’t that be a tough challenge like Abraham faced?
  • Trust that God has a good ending in mind
    • Leviticus 20:1-3
    • Genesis 17:17-21
    • Hebrews 11:17-19 – Abraham apparently thought God would raise Isaac from the dead. Abraham trusted that God would make it work out for the best in the end.
    • Matthew 5:39-42
    • Romans 12:19-21
    • Genesis 22:3 – Abraham rose early in the morning to fulfill God’s command. When we understand what God’s command is, we need to get up and do it!

 

Epitaphs

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By Robert Bond

Benchley, March 9, 2014

 

  • Epitaphs are an old custom.
  • Hebrews 11:4 – “Able being dead yet speaketh”
  • Let us consider some good and bad epitaphs
    • Good epitaphs
      • Dorcas – Acts 9:36-39 – “Full of good works and alms deeds”
      • Enoch – Genesis 5:22-24 – “Walked with God”
      • Noah – Genesis 6:9 – “A just man and upright in his generation … walked with God”
      • Abraham – James 2:23 – “The friend of God”
      • Apostle Paul – II Timothy 4:7 – “Fought the good fight, finished the course, kept the faith”
      • Jesus Christ
        • Hebrews 4:15 – “Was without sin”
        • Acts 10:38 – “Went about doing good”
      • Every New Testament Christian – Revelation 14:13 – “Blessed … died in the Lord … at rest from their labors.”
    • Bad epitaphs
      • Judas Iscariot – John 18:2 – “One that betrayed the Lord Jesus Christ”
      • Demas – II Timothy 4:10 – “Forsook Paul … a lower of this present world”
      • A certain rich man – Luke 12:20-21 – “Layed up treasure for self, not rich toward God”
      • Felix – Acts 24:24-25 – “A procrastinator”
      • Any unfaithful individual
        • I Timothy 1:19 – “Made shipwreck of the faith”
        • Revelation 2:4 – “Left first love”
        • I John 2:3; Revelation 22:14 – “Did not keep God’s commandments”
        • James 4:4 – “A friend of the world”
        • Matthew 10:22 – “Did not endure to the end”
        • II Peter 2:20 – “Last state worse than the first”
        • Hebrews 6:4-6 – “Impossible to renew them again unto repentance”
      • Every unbeliever – Luke 16:25 – “Son … remember”
    • Every epitaph might not be true. Acts 24:5-6; 17:6 but … Hebrews 9:27; I Corinthians 4:2-5