Exodus, Part 12

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 18, 2017

  • Exodus 32
  • Exodus 32:1-8 – The people and instant gratification
    • Moses was on the mountain for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18).
    • Exodus 32:6 – The word “play” may have a sexual connotation.
    • I Thessalonians 5:1-11; II Peter 3:10-11 – We aren’t told when Jesus is coming, but what is our job until that time?
  • Moses and strong, loving leadership
    • Great leadership in God’s eyes is taking a strong stand against sin.
    • Moses was willing to take the punishment for the people’s sin. Exodus 32:31-35
  • Aaron and weak leadership
    • Exodus 32:4 – Does “they” include Aaron?
    • Exodus 32:21-25 – Aaron just makes things worse with lies and excuses.
  • God’s compassion (Exodus 32:9-14)
    • The people took the blessings of God and used them wickedly. Isn’t that always what sin is?
    • Despite this great sin, God chose not to destroy them.
    • Nehemiah 9:17-21
    • I John 1:9
    • Romans 2:4

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

Satan’s Counterfeits

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 8, 2017

  • Introduction
    • II Corinthians 2:11
    • James 1:7-8
    • I Kings 12:32 – Jeroboam institutes a feast like the feast of tabernacles.
    • Genesis 3 – Satan deceives Eve.
    • If Satan broadcast his true plans, he would not be able to get as many people to follow his ways.
The true The counterfeit
God (Matthew 22:37) gods
Christ christs (II Corinthians 11:14-15)
Angels angels
Prophets prophets
Teachers teachers (II Peter 2:1)
Apostles apostles (II Corinthians 11:13)
Brethren (Matthew 23:8) brethren (II Corinthians 11:26)
Church (Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23) churches (I Kings 12:26-27; Revelation 2:9
Doctrine (Titus 2) doctrines (I Timothy 4:1; Ephesians 3:15)
Keep self pure (Ephesians 5:27; I Timothy 5:22; John 10:18) sins/pleasures (Hebrews 11:24)
  • Matthew 7:13 – The devil is a wise old dude! He has many clever devices to deceive us.
  • I Corinthians 10:12
  • Titus 3:5
  • Ephesians 3:10
  • I Peter 5:8
  • James 1:7
  • John 8:32

Christmas

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Acts 17:10
  • We should only engage in authorized worship.
    • John 4:24
    • II John 9
    • Genesis 4:3-5
      • Hebrews 11:4
      • Romans 10:17
    • Golden calf – Exodus 32:5
    • Leviticus 10:1-2
    • I Kings 12:28, 32
  • Christmas is not authorized as a religious observance in the Bible.
    • It wasn’t until the 4th century that the birth of Jesus became associated with December 25.
  • We may engage in cultural practices that do not involve unauthorized worship.
    • Circumcision
      • Galatians 5:1-6; 2:3-5
      • Acts 16:3; 15:1-2
      • Okay, but not as a religious practice.
    • If there is some practice rooted in religion, and which some people still practice religiously, I can observe it secularly.
    • Two people may observe the same basic practice, but one is right and one is not because of their intent.
    • Eating of meats
      • I Corinthians 8:1-8
      • I Corinthians 10:14-27
      • Okay, but not when connected to idols.
  • Some of us will disagree on how we should engage with customs of the world.
    • Can we say “Christmas” (Christ Mass)?
      • Baal could mean husband. Proverbs 31:11
      • “Twin Brothers” (Acts 28:11)
      • Hanukkah (John 10:22-23)
    • Can I rest on Saturday without observing the Sabbath as a religious practice as Seventh Day Adventists do?
    • Can I eat fish on Fridays without it being a religious practice?
  • Don’t do anything that would violate your conscience.
    • Romans 14:14, 22-23
  • Don’t put a stumbling block in front of others.
    • Romans 14:1-6, 13-15, 21
    • I Corinthians 8:9-13
    • I Corinthians 10:27-31
  • Specific questions:
    • Star on tree
    • Gifts
    • Songs/carols about Christ

Worship

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By Drew Nelson

Benchley, October 16, 2016

  • Reminders
    • The New Testament shows us the pattern of worship.
    • Hebrews 10:23-25 – You want to assemble to worship as much as possible.
    • Worship can be a much bigger concept than just assembling on Sunday.
  • A picture of heavenly worship
    • Revelation 4:1-5:14
    • Worship means to recognize the worth of something.
  • Pictures of vain worship
    • Having the wrong object of worship
      • Isaiah 44:9-20
    • Substituting worship for obedience
      • Isaiah 1:11-15
    • Flaunting God’s commands for worship
      • Leviticus 10:1-3 – Nadab and Abihu are killed for worshiping incorrectly
  • We need worship
    • Worship makes us look up from our navel.
    • You become like what you worship.

At the Bottom of Mt. Sinai

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 9, 2016

  • Exodus 19
  • People of Israel
    • Exodus 32:1-8
    • The people demanded instant gratification.
    • II Timothy 3:1
  • Moses and Aaron
    • Exodus 32:19-20, 26-29
      • Part of being a leader involves taking a strong stand against sin.
    • Exodus 32:31-35
      • Moses shows himself to also be a selfless and sacrificial leader.
    • Hebrews 12:6-8 – Is your leadership style more like Moses or Aaron?
    • Hebrews 13:17
    • Love God and love others like Moses did.
  • God
    • Exodus 32:9-14
    • Nehemiah 9:17-21
    • God showed great compassing and great love.

King Asa

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 26, 2015

  • II Chronicles 14:1-2
  • Seek God in times of peace
    • II Chronicles 14:1, 6-7
    • Jeremiah 5:7
    • Ephesians 5:15-16 – Make time for God!
    • I Timothy 6:17-18 – Use your money as a resource to do good!
  • Seek God in times of distress
    • II Chronicles 14:8-15 – Asa sought God and God won the battle for him.
    • James 5:13-16
    • I Peter 5:6-7 – Cast your cares on God.
  • Destroy your family’s idols
    • II Chronicles 14:1-5; 15:8-13; I Kings 15:11-13
    • Colossians 3:5
    • Ephesians 5:5
  • Never stop strengthening your faith
    • II Chronicles 16:1-10, 12-13 – Asa stopped seeking God near the end of his life.
    • I Corinthians 9:26-27 – Paul continually strengthened himself.
    • I Corinthians 10:12
    • Titus 2:2-10

 

True Worship of God

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By John Lasater

Benchley, May 24, 2015

  • I Kings 12:24-33 – Jeroboam devises his own way of worshiping by leads the people into idolatry.
    • Many Israelites believed they could worship the one true God through the golden calf. Many people still believe God can be worshipped this way through bowing down to images of the cross or other things.
  • I Corinthians 10:11
  • Genesis 4:3-7
  • Hebrews 11:4 – Abel offered worship by faith – not by guess!
  • Leviticus 10:1 – Nadab and Abihu sinned in how they worshipped.
  • John 4:20-22 – The Samaritans were still practicing Jeroboam’s sins.
  • It matters how we worship God!
  • I Corinthians 14:14-15 – Our worship must be with spirit and understanding.
  • Ephesians 5:19
  • Colossians 3:16

By David Watson

Benchley, April 15, 2015

[Sorry, no audio available for this lesson.  For a related lesson covering the false gods of Egypt, please see Egypt’s Gods and Our Gods.]

  • Exodus 1-15
  • Plagues against Egyptian gods
    • Numbers 33:4 – The plagues were directly targeted at the various Egyptian gods.
    • The first plague: water to blood – Exodus 7:20-21
      • Khnum – guardian of the Nile sources
      • Hapi
      • Osiris
      • Neith
      • Hathor
    • The second plague: frogs – Exodus 8:3
    • The third plague: gnats – Exodus 8:16
    • The fourth plague: flies – Exodus 8:21-23
    • The fifth plague: death of livestock – Exodus 9:6
      • Ptah: sacred bull Apis
      • Hathor: represented by cow
      • Ra: sacred bull Mnevis
    • The sixth plague: boils – Exodus 9:10-11
      • Sekhmet
      • Serapis
      • Imhotep
    • The seventh plague: hail and fire – Exodus 9:23
      • Nut – sky goddess
      • Isis and Seth
    • The eighth plague: locusts – Exodus 10:4-5
      • Isis and Seth
    • The ninth plague: darkness – Exodus 10:22
      • Ra: sun god; one of the greatest deities
      • Amon-Re and Horus
      • Aten
      • Atum
      • Hathor and Nut
      • Thoth
      • Pharaoh
    • The tenth plague: death of the firstborn – Exodus 12:29-30
      • Firstborn of Pharaoh
      • Min
      • Isis
      • Hathor
      • New Apis bull? – dead
      • Pharaoh: considered a god himself, but can’t protect his own family
    • Hardening of Pharaoh’s heart (Exodus 3-14)
      • Romans 9:17-18???
      • Pharaoh has a slave labor force of over 1 million people. God wants him to give them up.
      • God gave Pharaoh a command that Pharaoh didn’t want to obey and Pharaoh himself hardened his heart.
    • Remember! (Exodus 12-13)
      • Exodus 22:21
      • Leviticus 19:36
      • Numbers 15:37-41
      • Deuteronomy 4:20
      • Deuteronomy 5:15
      • Micah 6:4
      • Haggai 2:5
      • If the Exodus was this important for them to remember, how much more important is it for us to remember the death of Jesus?

Egypt’s Gods and Our Gods

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By David Watson

Benchley, October 19, 2014

  • Numbers 33:3-4; Exodus 10:2; 12:12; 18:11
  • The gods of Egypt
    • The Egyptians were polytheistic
    • 1st Plague – Water to blood – Exodus 7:19-22 – The Egyptians idolized the Nile River. Many of their gods related somehow to the Nile.
    • 2nd Plague – Frogs – Exodus 8:3-7 – Egyptians deified frogs as a sign of prosperity.
    • 3rd Plague – Gnats – Exodus 8:16-19 – Physical cleanliness and purity was important to the Egyptians.
    • 4th Plague – Flies – Exodus 8:21-23
    • 5th Plague – Death of livestock – Exodus 9:2-7 – Now physical property is being affected. This would be a huge economic problem. There were several sacred bulls and cows that were revered for worship.
    • 6th Plague – Boils – Exodus 9:10-11 – Where were all the gods of healing?
    • 7th Plague – Hail – Exodus 9:22 – Where are the sky gods?
    • 8th Plague – Locusts – Exodus 10:4-6 – Why couldn’t the gods protect the crops?
    • 9th Plague – Darkness – Exodus 10:21-23 – What about the sun god Ra?
    • 10th Plague – Death of firstborn – Exodus 11:4-8 – The firstborn of Pharaoh was supposed to have a divine property.
    • Exodus 5:2 vs 12:31-32 – Pharaoh himself was counted as a god.
    • Exodus 9:20-21; 10:7; 11:3
  • Our god
    • The god of wisdom
      • I Timothy 6:20-21
      • There have always been claims that Christians are just ignorant, but the more science uncovers, the more God’s wisdom is revealed in creation.
      • Acts 17:3
    • The god of pleasure
      • I Peter 4:1-5
      • Hebrews 11:24-27
    • The god of worldly agendas
      • II Timothy 3:7-9
      • Romans 14:11-12
      • Romans 1:26-28,32
  • Don’t put your trust, hope, and faith in anything but the ONE TRUE GOD!