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 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)

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 David Watson

Benchley, June 4, 2017

  • We can be humble and authoritative at the same time.
    • Deuteronomy 18:15
    • Numbers 12:1-13; 16:3-22 – God steps in to stop Aaron and Miriam’s rebellion against Moses. Moses shows humility in praying for them. Later, Moses addresses the rebellion of Korah while still showing humility.
    • Ephesians 6:4-9 – God instructs us to be humble in all our relationships. We can be humble and still exercise authority.
  • We should obey both general principles and specific commands.
    • Exodus 40:16-21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 32-33 – Everything was done just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
    • Exodus 25:9, 40; 26:30; 27:8 – Everything was to be done according to the pattern.
    • Hebrews 8:4-5 – God wants us to obey in the details and not just follow the main point.
    • Romans 13:8-10 – Not obeying in the details is disobedience!
    • Matthew 23:23-24
  • We should grow into greatness.
    • Exodus 2:14-15; 4:13; 5:22-23; 7:1; 11:3; 12:31-32; 14:13-14 – Moses had to grow into his faith and his role.
    • Hebrews 11:24-29
    • I Timothy 6:17
    • Proverbs 6:25
    • Mark 16:16

Exodus, Part 10

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 28, 2017

  • Exodus 21-24
  • The covenant is ratified (Exodus 24)
    • Ratifying the covenant
      • Moses recites all the laws; the people agree (Exodus 24:3)
      • Moses writes down all the laws – Exodus 20-23 (Exodus 24:3)
      • Offerings are made on a special altar (Exodus 24:4-5)
      • Moses uses the blood from the offerings
        • Half sprinkled on altar (Exodus 24:6)
        • Half sprinkled on people (Exodus 24:8)
      • Moses reads all the laws; they agree again (Exodus 24:7)
      • 74 representatives see God, then feast (Exodus 24:9-11)
    • The importance of blood in the process
      • Exodus 24:8
      • I Corinthians 11:25
      • Hebrews 9:18-23
      • The old covenant tabernacle is not a parallel to a modern church building. Instead the tabernacle is a parallel to the real temple that exists in heaven and was inaugurated by the blood of Jesus Himself.
    • The Promised Land (Exodus 23:20-33)
      • God was ready to bless them, but many lost faith in the promises. Let us not repeat their mistakes! Hebrews 3:16-19
    • Slavery (Exodus 21:2-11)
      • Slavery was a reality in Bible times. Sometimes, people found themselves destitute and their only option to repay debts was slavery.
      • Under the Old Covenant, God put a number of protections in place to protect slaves.
      • Leviticus 19:9-10
      • Deuteronomy 15:7-18
      • Slavery was to be a temporary condition that ended well for the slave.
      • Colossians 4:1
    • “A woman with child” (Exodus 21:22-25)
      • God’s laws here protect the life of the mother and unborn child.
      • God’s protection of the baby still in the womb shows that an unborn child was already considered a life.
    • Exodus 21:28 – Laws about a goring ox.
    • Exodus 23:19 – possibly an anti-Canaanite law?

Exodus, Part 3

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 26, 2017

  • The first opposition (Exodus 5-6)
    • “Who is the Lord?” (Exodus 5:2)
      • God repeatedly tells him. Exodus 7:17.  See also Exodus 7:5; 8:10, 22; 9:14, 29; 11:7; 14:4, 18.
      • God will trample Pharaoh’s pride. See Exodus 9:16, quoted in Romans 9:17.  Also compare II Chronicles 32:13-19.
      • Proverbs 30:9
    • God deals with a fledgling faith (Exodus 5:20-6:13)
      • Pharaoh forced the people to gather their own straw for the bricks. The people had seen the signs (Exodus 4:30-31), but this added burden was enough to cause the people to turn on Moses and Aaron (Exodus 5:20-25).
      • God’s response:
        • Patience: He does not punish Moses or the people at this point.
        • He provides His word as assurance. He explains (again) what the future holds.
      • “By my name, LORD” (Exodus 6:3)
        • God had appeared to the patriarchs as “God Almighty” (Hebrew: El Shaddai), but now emphasizes a new name: “LORD” (Hebrew:  Yahweh).
        • In Exodus, God repeatedly says, “I am the LORD” and refers to Israel as His people. Exodus marks a turning point in Israel’s relationship with God as He takes special care of them.
        • It’s remarkable that in comparison to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and Moses, God has provided “something better for us” (Hebrews 4:10).
        • I John 3:2

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

Exodus, Part 2

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 19, 2017

  • Exodus 3-4
  • John 9:28 – Moses had an amazing legacy by the time of the New Testament.
  • Acts 7:29-34 – Stephen summarizes Moses’ life.
  • The reluctance of Moses (Exodus 3:11-4:17)
    • Exodus 3:11 – “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?”
    • Exodus 3:13 – They may say, “What is His name?”
    • Exodus 4:1 – They may say, “The Lord has not appeared to you.”
    • Exodus 4:10 – “I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.”
    • Exodus 4:13 – “Send the message by whomever you will.”
    • Do we have the same hurdles of reluctance when it comes to serving God today? What might be running through our heads:
      • Why me? I’m a nobody.
      • I don’t know what to say about God.
      • How do I prove any of this? What if people start asking about the reliability of Bible manuscripts and evidence for God and stuff like that?
      • I’m not good at this. I never think of the right way to say things.
      • Somebody else could do this better.
  • Consider the personal growth of Moses through the book of Exodus.
    • Exodus 2:14-15; Acts 7:25 – first time leaving Egypt
    • Exodus 14:13; Hebrews 11:27 – confidently leading Israel out
  • “I AM has sent me to you” (Exodus 3:14)
    • Hebrew הָיָה (hayah) means “to exist in the absolute sense.” Compare Hosea 1:9.  See also Hebrews 13:8; Revelation 1:4, 9.  Jesus made “I AM” statements in John 8:24, 25, 58; 13:19; 18:5.
    • Exodus 10:2
    • Exodus 20:2
    • Leviticus 19:2
  • God’s concern for His people: “Let my son go” (Exodus 4:23)
    • Exodus 4:21-23 – God says Israel is His firstborn.

 

Exodus, Part 1

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By David Watson

Benchley, March 12, 2017

  • Exodus beings with Israel multiplying in Egypt. The Egyptians put the Israelites under hard labor.
  • Moses is born in Egypt. His life is divided into three 40-year sections:
    • 1st 40 years – raised as an Egyptian (Exodus 2:11; Acts 7:23)
    • 2nd 40 years – shepherd in Midian (Exodus 2:15; 7:7; Acts 7:29-30)
    • 3rd 40 years – leader of Israel (Deuteronomy 34:7)
  • The book of Exodus can also be divided into 3 sections:
    • Egypt and the ten plagues (Exodus 1:1-12:32)
    • The Exodus! (Exodus 12:33-18:27)
    • Mount Sinai, the law, and the tabernacle (Exodus 19-40)
  • God is faithful!
    • Genesis 12:2, 7; Exodus 1:5, 7. Notice how many Israelites there were later!  Exodus 12:37; 38:26
    • Exodus begins to fulfill the land promise. Acts 7:17.
    • II Peter 3:8-11
  • “But the midwives feared God” (Exodus 1:15-22)
    • Are the midwives lying in Exodus 1:19? Did God reward them for lying in Exodus 1:20?  Consider also Joshua 2:3-6 and Hebrews 11:31.
    • It’s possible that God was rewarding them for their fear and reverence without specifically approving of their lies (if they were indeed lying).
  • “He became her son” (Exodus 2:10)
    • Moses understood his identity as a Hebrews and a deliverer. (Exodus 2:11-14; Acts 7:23-28)
    • Hebrews 11:23-29 – Moses acted by faith!
  • “Who made you a prince or a judge over us?” (Exodus 2:14)
    • Acts 7:35-39, 51-53 – The people in Stephen’s day rejected Jesus just like the Hebrews rejected Moses. We must be careful not to make the same mistake!

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.