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

Moses

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 19, 2017

  • What if a man wrote a letter to the church wanting to fill a job as a preacher and listed these weaknesses?
  • Isaiah 55:8-9
  • God chose such a man – Moses
    • He did not consider himself a leader. Exodus 3:11; 4:1
    • He was not an eloquent speaker. Exodus 4:10
    • He did not have all the answers. Numbers 15:32-36
    • He sometimes lost his temper. Exodus 3:22
    • He sometimes got so provoked with the people that he disobeyed God. Numbers 21; Psalm 106
  • Moses, an example of a great leader
    • He was so great that God told him. Deuteronomy 18:18
      • Acts 3:22-23
      • Luke 16:29
      • John 6:26-40
      • Acts 15:21
    • His faith (Hebrews 11:24-26)
    • He knew where to get the answers (Numbers 15:35)
    • His love for his brethren (Exodus 32:30-32)
    • His tireless work (Exodus 18:13-18)
    • His humility (Exodus 32:9-13)
    • His faithfulness in proclaiming God’s Word to them (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 28-29)
    • His patience (Exodus 6:9; 16:2; 17:2)
    • His faithful submission (Deuteronomy 32:48-52)
  • Conclusion

Godly Families, Part 24

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By David Watson

Benchley, February 12, 2017

  • (Grand)parenting applications: training child to respect and obey authority (continued)
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Submit (in non-sinful matters) Romans 13:1-2; Ephesians 5:21-22, 25, 33 Show humility and good attitude toward authorities; enforce authority over kids. East to let things slide because they don’t bother me – but kids need the lesson. Disrespect, disobedience, bad attitudes (backtalk, eye rolling, etc.)
Lead well Deuteronomy 17:18-20; Matthew 20:25-28 Teach leadership by example, serving those led; giving small opportunities to lead. Use authority for selfishness; good, exemplary leaders hard to find. Exploiting opportunities for self.
Respect and obey God Isaiah 66:1-2; Acts 26:19 Fear God instead of just “going to church”; make a habit:  read Bible –> improve life Easy to just follow religious peers / traditions instead of God Himself. Rationalizing bad behaviors.
  • Train children to develop moral excellence
    • II Peter 1:5-11
      • Is it the job of public schools to teach these virtues?
      • How do we know when we have enough of these qualities?
      • Qualities:
        • Faith
        • Moral excellence (virtue)
        • Knowledge
        • Self-control (temperance) – Marshmallow Test
        • Perseverance (patience, steadfastness) – patience with our circumstances
        • Godliness
        • Brotherly kindness
        • Love – agape; affectionate goodwill
    • Teaching morals is unique
      • Teaching morals begins with the Word of God. II Timothy 3:16

 

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.

Godly Families, Part 9

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Godly Families, Part 8

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 11, 2016

  • Women: love your husbands, love your children (continued)
    • Discontentment with God’s arrangements is an affront to God Himself.
      • The rebellion of Korah – Numbers 16:3; Exodus 4:14-16; Numbers 16:28
      • The rebellion of Miriam and Aaron – Numbers 12
      • I Samuel 8:7
      • Romans 13:2
    • How should a wife submit?
      • In all things that harmonize with God’s Word
        • Ephesians 5:22-24; Colossians 3:18; Ephesians 6:1
        • I Peter 3:1-2 – Wives are obligated to submit even if their husband is not a Christian.
      • With sincere respect as a service to the Lord
        • Ephesians 5:22 – See Ephesians 6:5-8. Sincerity is key!
        • Colossians 3:22-24
        • I Peter 3:3-4 – Be more concerned about how your soul looks to God than about how your body looks to man. II Corinthians 4:16

Godly Families, Part 7

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 4, 2016

  • Men: lead and sacrifice with love (continued)
    • A father must lead his children (continued)
      • Fathers are specifically warned about exasperating their children. Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21; Ephesians 4:26; James 3:9
      • Beware of hypocrisy. Matthew 23:3
        • If you don’t want your child to do something, don’t do it yourself.
        • Lead by example. The best way to raise children who are atheists and agnostics is to be a hypocrite.
      • Don’t be preoccupied with money or a career. Luke 12:15-23; 16:13; I Timothy 6:10-11
      • Don’t expect surrogates to fulfill your responsibilities.
        • Fathers must do more than just earn a paycheck. I Timothy 3:4-5
          • Consider the work an elder would be doing. Titus 1:9; Hebrews 13:17; I Peter 5:2-3
        • Women: love your husbands, love your children
          • A wife is responsible for subjecting herself to her husband.
            • Genesis 3:16; Ephesians 5:22-33; Titus 2:4-5
          • Submitting to a leader does not mean one is inferior in value.
            • Woman was created to be man’s “helper.” Genesis 2:18-20
              • Who is called a helper in Psalms 115:9-11 and John 14:26?
            • Likewise, man being called her “head” does not mean she is less valuable, either.
              • I Corinthians 11:3; Philippians 2:5-8
            • A wife is of equal value but must fill her role as a helper, letting her husband fill his role as the head.

Godly Families, Part 6

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 28, 2016

  • Men: lead and sacrifice with love
    • With understanding and honor
      • I Peter 3:7 – God holds wives in high regard. See Matthew 27:9; Genesis 1:27; 2:22; Malachi 2:14-16.  If husbands do not properly treat their wives with understanding and honor, it hinders their relationship with God.
    • A father must lead his children.
      • Ephesians 6:4; Hebrews 12:4-11 – Children should be disciplined with their best interests in mind.
      • Job 1:5
      • Sadly, 71% of all high school dropouts, 85% of all youth in prison, and 90% of all homeless and runaway children come from fatherless homes. (Daly)
      • Fathers must be careful not to provoke or exasperate their children. Ephesians 6:4; Colossians 3:21

Godly Families, Part 5

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By David Watson

Benchley, August 21, 2016

  • Center your family around God
    • Deuteronomy 6:4
    • Family Bible reading
    • Family devotions
    • Family reactions – the way we always act and react to life
    • What could get us on the wrong track as a family?
      • TV
      • Social media
      • Sports
      • John 12:42-43
    • Men: lead and sacrifice with love
      • A husband is responsible for serving his wife as a leader.
        • Genesis 3:16; I Corinthians 11:3, 7-9
      • Anyone with God-given authority must use it as God requires.
        • I Samuel 15:17-19, 26 – Saul did not lead as God commanded.
        • Husbands are to fulfill their role as God has described it.
        • Colossians 3:19
      • Bad leadership leads to unhappiness
        • I Samuel 8 – Samuel’s sons were bad leaders and Israel rejected them.
      • How should a husband lead?
        • By sacrificing himself for the spiritual well-being of his wife.
          • Ephesians 5:22-23
        • By developing Christ-like love for his wife.
          • See Matthew 20:26-28; John 13:5-14. The way to be great is to serve.  There is no task that is below us.
          • I Corinthians 2:11

Husband – Head of Wife

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, May 15, 2016

  • Introduction
    • Genesis 2 – the institution of marriage
    • I Corinthians 11:9
    • Ephesians 5:22, 25
    • Genesis 16 – Sarah tried to take the lead.
  • What characteristics and attitudes should a husband have exercising his role as head?
    • Ephesians 5 – Be more concerned about his wife’s welfare than his own.
  • What types of decisions should a husband make (financial, spiritual, discipline, etc.)?
    • The husband should take the lead in all decisions. It is more a question of how he leads in making those decisions.
    • I Timothy 3:5
    • As long as the wife’s wishes are in accordance with God’s will, the husband should give them due consideration. The same goes for the wife with regard to the husband’s wishes.
  • What about a situation where the wife is a stronger personality than the husband?
    • The husband should try to shore up his personality and take the lead.
    • The wife should submit to him and encourage him to take the lead.
    • If the husband still won’t take the lead, the marriage is in trouble. She will have to take the lead in some things for the good of the family, but that will be his sin and not hers.
  • What about a situation where the husband takes the wrong lead?
    • In this case she must obey God rather than her husband. Acts 4:19; 5:29
  • Considering the things that were specifically mentioned:
    • Financial: Husband must take the lead to keep the family solvent.
    • Spiritual: Husband must take the lead in encouraging the family to serve the Lord.
    • Discipline: Husband must take the lead in disciplining children the proper way.  The husband and wife should both be consistent in this, but if one won’t discipline, the other must for the good of the children.