By David Watson

Benchley, January 10, 2018

  • Context and harmony, continued:
    • Hebrews 13:4 – “Marriage is a holy institution. Any marriage is acceptable to God.”
      • Context – Hebrews 13:1-7 – The context itself forbids fornication and adultery.
      • Harmony – Matthew 19:5-9; Luke 16:18
      • Conclusion – It is possible for a marriage to not be approved by God. Adultery in particular is repeatedly denounced as sin. Marriage is always described as one man and one woman.
  • Figures of speech
    • What Jesus said (John 2:19-21) vs. what they heard (Mark 14:58; 15:29-30)
    • Exodus 5:22-23
    • Matthew 10:26 – “Take eat. This is my body.” Jesus was standing there with them, so it could not have been His actual body. Also, drinking blood was prohibited by the Law of Moses, so Jesus would have been encouraging them to break the law.
    • Dangers of figurative language
      • Taking figurative language literally.
      • Taking literal language figuratively.
    • Matthew 16:5-12
    • John 16:25
    • Psalms 23:4 – hyperbole
    • Mark 10:25
    • Understand a passage literally unless there is a good reason not to.
    • II Peter 2:22
    • When should we take a word or phrase figuratively?
      • When it is said to be figurative
        • Galatians 4:24
        • John 2:18-22
        • Revelation 1:20; 5:8
        • Acts 2:16-21; Matthew 4:12-17 – Old Testament figurative prophecy is often explained in the New Testament.
      • When a literal understanding contradicts another passage
        • Remember to harmonize!
        • Mark 1:5; Luke 7:29-30 – The lawyers and Pharisees had not been baptized by John, so we know that “all” in Mark 1:5 didn’t literally mean all, but “a lot” or “most.”
        • Luke 14:26; Ephesians 5:25; Matthew 5:44
      • When it matches a pattern of figurative language in other passages.
        • I Peter 3:33 – “not-but” passage
        • Genesis 17:1 – “walk” is figurative
        • Isaiah 9:2 – “light” is figurative

The Path of Folly and Death

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By Wayne Moody

Benchley, October 16, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Exodus 20:14
    • Isaiah 5:18
  • Sin is eventually disappointing (Proverbs 5)
    • Experience goes from sweetness to bitterness (Proverbs 5:1-6)
      • Three effects of sin:
        • Sin kills innocence
        • Sin kills ideals
        • Sin kills the will
    • Experience goes from gain to loss (Proverbs 5:7-14)
    • Experience goes from purity to pollution (Proverbs 5:15-20)
    • Experience goes from freedom to bondage (Proverbs 5:21-23)
  • Sin is gradually destructive (Proverbs 6)
    • They lose the word of God (Proverbs 6:20-24)
    • They lose wealth (Proverbs 6:25-26)
    • They lose enjoyment (Proverbs 6:27-31)
      • I Thessalonians 4:3-6
    • They lose their good sense (Proverbs 6:32)
    • They lose their peace (Proverbs 6:33-35)
  • Sin is ultimately deadly (Proverbs 7)
    • He tempts himself (Proverbs 7:6-9)
    • He is tempted by the woman (Proverbs 7:10-20)
    • He tempts the Lord (Proverbs 7:21-27)
      • Matthew 4:7
  • Our defense
    • Look up to the Lord and remember His Word – Proverbs 7:24
    • Look within and keep your heard focused on God’s truth – Proverbs 7:25
    • Look ahead to see the terrible consequences of sin – Proverbs 7:26-27
  • The gospel
    • Romans 1:16 – The power of God unto salvation
    • I Corinthians 6:9-11 – Christ can still change lives
    • Christ is the light of life
    • If more light, there would be less darkness.
    • If more salt, there would be less decay.
    • If more truth, there would be less deception.
  • We have a job to do!
    • II Corinthians 5:17 – Proclaim the good news so that sinners can become new creatures in Christ.

God Hates Putting Away

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 23, 2016

  • Malachi 2:10-17
  • The relationship between husband and wife is the most intimate, the most sharing, the most productive, the most glorious, the most loving, and should be the most revered of all physical relationships.
  • Matthew 19:9
  • When one divorces his wife and marries another without the cause of fornication, he:
    • Profanes the covenant of the fathers (Malachi 2:10)
    • Deals treacherously with his wife (Malachi 2:14)
    • Commits abomination before God (Malachi 2:11)
      • Is an alien sinner amenable to God’s marriage law?
        • Yes, God’s marriage law is for all – not just Christians. I Corinthians 5
      • But I’ve been baptized!
        • Your sins were forgiven, but you cannot continue living in the sin of an adulterous relationship.
      • Profanes the holiness of God (Malachi 2:11)
        • Ephesians 5:22-31 – The marriage relationship is patterned after the relationship of Christ to the church.
      • His children are not a “godly seed” (Malachi 2:15)
        • I Corinthians 7:14
      • Wearies the Lord by calling it good (Malachi 2:17)
      • Is cut off from the Lord (Malachi 2:13)

Mistakes Made by Great Men

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 28, 2016

  • Romans 15:4
  • Moses
    • Led the Israelites out of Egypt and through the desert towards Canaan.
    • Moses disobeyed God at Meribah. Numbers 20:12
      • He struck the rock instead of speaking to the rock as God commanded.
        • This seems like a small mistake, but it was enough to keep him out of the Promised Land.
      • He did not sanctify God when he spoke to the people.
        • He allowed the Israelites to provoke him to sin.
      • Saul
        • I Samuel 15 – Saul sins by not utterly destroying the Amalekites.
          • I Samuel 15:22 – Saul rejected as king.
          • When God tells us to do something, He means for us to do it just that way, whether we understand it or not. Jeremiah 10:23; Psalm 37:25
        • Saul also sinned by shifting responsibility for sins from himself to the people.
        • Saul allowed himself to be lifted up with pride.
        • Saul rebelled against God.
      • David
        • I Chronicles 13 – David tried to bring the ark of the covenant back from Kiriath-Jearim.
          • I Chronicles 13:10 – The ark was transported on a cart instead of by poles as God commanded and Uzza was struck dead when he reached out to steady it.
        • II Samuel 11 – David sins with Bathsheba.
      • Matthew 6:33 – Seek God first.

I Corinthians, Part 12

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 17, 2016

  • 1 Corinthians 7:1-16
  • I Corinthians 7:1 – ESV, NRSV, and LEB put the second half of this verse in quotes, indicating that this is the question asked of Paul. This seems to match with the rest of I Corinthians 7:2-9, which is Paul’s answer to the question.
  • I Corinthians 7:3-5 – Husbands and wives are not to deprive each other sexually.
  • I Corinthians 7:10-11 – This is God’s basic marriage law, which has been the same since Creation – one man and one woman for life.
  • I Corinthians 7:15 – If an unbelieving spouse is determined to leave, there is nothing the remaining spouse can do but let them go. Nowhere in the Bible do we see that the remaining spouse can remarry with God’s approval.  The only exception is if one spouse was guilty of adultery.  In that case, the innocent spouse can remarry.  (Matthew 19:9; Mark 10:11; Matthew 5:32; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:3)
    • The word “bondage” here is not talking about being bound under the law. It is talking about servitude.  If an unbelieving spouse leaves, the remaining spouse is not required to continue to serve the spouse who left.

Mark, Part 11

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 27, 2014

 

  • Mark 10:1-27
  • Mark 10:1-12 – God’s marriage law
    • Luke 16:18; Matthew 19:3-12; Romans 7:2
    • Mark 10:11-12 – See Colossians 3:5-7. Some claim that is it not possible to live in sin, so only the first act in the new marriage is a sin but further life in that marriage is not sin. The passage in Colossians shows that it is possible to live in sin, invalidating this line of reasoning.
    • I Corinthians 6:15-16 – This passage illustrates how the Bible uses “one flesh.”
  • Mark 10:17-22 – Materialism
    • Mark 10:18 – Jesus could be deflecting praise to God or (as Jesse Jenkins believes), Jesus is asking the man if he really believes that Jesus is God.
    • Mark 10:22 – One does not have to have great possessions for them to be a god to him.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 30, 2014

 

  • Mark 6:14-28
  • A rash promise
    • James 1:19 – Think before you speak!
    • Colossians 4:6 – Select your words carefully.
    • This is especially important in the parent/child relationship.
    • A rash promise should be repented of.
      • There have been cases where someone divorced unscripturally and remarried, but was then afraid of breaking the second marriage on learning the truth about God’s marriage law because he would have to break his marriage promise. He had no right to make that promise and so should repent of it.
  • A spineless man (Mark 6:26)
  • A dancing daughter
    • This dancing was designed to inflame the passions and lusts of those in attendance.
  • An adulterous marriage
    • Leviticus 18:16; 20:21 – The marriage law of Herod’s day.
    • Matthew 19:9 – The marriage law of our day.
  • There was just one thing that led to John’s death.
    • He had courage to preach God’s truth without fear, even to Herod who had power to put him to death.

 

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 19, 2014

 

  • Moses
    • His great faith
      • Sacrifices wealth, position, and prestige to serve God (Hebrews 11:24-26)
      • The Red Sea (Exodus 14:15-22)
      • The rock in Horeb (Exodus 17:6-7)
      • The serpent on a pole (Numbers 21:4-9)
  • Nehemiah
    • His mind to work
      • Let us rise and build” (Nehemiah 2:18)
  • Abraham
    • Love for peace among brethren
      • Strife between Lot’s and Abraham’s herdsmen (Genesis 13:7)
  • Joseph
    • Purity of life
      • Refused to sin with Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39:7-12)
      • Would not retaliate against his brethren (Genesis 50:15-21)

 

Beyond Bethlehem

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 22, 2013

 

  • Luke 1:34ff
  • Luke 2:10-20
  • John 6:59,66
  • When Jesus grew up, what did He teach?
    • Jesus must come first in our lives – Matthew 10:34
      • Matthew 19:9 – Jesus’ teaching on adultery
    • Jesus commands denial of self – Luke 9:23
      • Matthew 5:43-45
      • Matthew 5:27-30 – Beware of lust!
      • Matthew 20:27 – We should be servants of others
    • Jesus expects us to remember Hid death every week – I Corinthians 11:24-26
      • Jesus expects obedience!

 

Study of Proverbs

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, October 2, 2013

 

  • Proverbs 1:1-4 – the purpose of proverbs
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 – See Jeremiah 10:23; II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:3. Compare Proverbs 14:12.
  • Proverbs 4:23
  • Proverbs 5:15-21 – A man should be satisfied with his own wife and control his lust.
  • Proverbs 6:32 – An adulterer destroys himself.
  • Proverbs 9:10 – Wisdom begins with fear of God. See Hebrews 5:14.
  • Proverbs 11:22 – The beauty of the woman is compared to the gold ring. The woman herself is compared to a swine because of her lack of discretion.
  • Proverbs 12:4 – A good wife is like a crown for her husband. She can give him great peace in this world.
  • Proverbs 14:12 – This is the other side of Proverbs 3:5-6.
  • Proverbs 16:18 – Pride brings destruction!
  • Proverbs 18:10 – There is nothing as strong as the Lord. Those who run to God will be saved.