Character, Part 3

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By Ara Casada

Benchley, April 20, 2016

  • Lesson 3: The rebellion against Moses and Aaron
    • Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and the 250 men who stood with them
      • They were rebellious, ego-driven, and selfish. They did not respect the position God had put them in.
      • Numbers 3:5-10
    • Moses and Aaron
      • They were meek and humble and always pointed back to God.
      • Leviticus 19:18
      • Romans 12:19-21
      • James 1:19-20
    • The people of Israel as a collective group
      • They were fickle and easily swayed by their leaders.
      • God punished those who sympathized with the offenders the same as the offenders.
    • God
      • He is loving and just. He is powerful and will punish those who do not obey.

Moses and Six Verbs

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By David Watson

Benchley, November 29, 2015

  • Hebrews 11:23-29
  • Refusing
    • Hebrews 11:24
    • We have to develop our own faith, regardless of the faith or actions of our parents.
    • Galatians 1:14 – Paul was very zealous for his ancestral traditions, but gave them up to serve God.
  • Choosing, considering, and looking
    • Hebrews 11:25-26
    • “reproach of Christ” – reproach suffered for the sake of Christ.
    • As Christians, we should not pine for the life we used to have before we were Christians.
    • Colossians 3:1
    • Philippians 3:4-11
  • Leaving and enduring
    • Hebrews 11:27
    • We must leave the path of sin, even if we cannot fully see the path ahead.
    • Once we are following God, we must endure.
    • Hebrews 10:35-39

By David Watson

Benchley, April 22, 2015

  • Receiving the Law and Wilderness Wandering (Exodus 16 – Deuteronomy)
    • Summary:
      • Second half of Exodus – The Israelites travel through the wilderness. God reveals His law for the Israelites.  The tabernacle is constructed.
      • Leviticus – Continues the recording of the law.
      • Numbers – Census of the people. 12 spies spy out the land of Canaan.  Israelites punished for unbelief with wandering in the wilderness for 40 years.
      • Deuteronomy – Moses speaks to the people and repeats God’s commands to them.
    • Moses as a leader (Deuteronomy 34:10-12)
      • God spoke to Moses directly. Deuteronomy 34:10-12
      • He was a strong and humble leader at the same time.
        • Numbers 12:3, and yet …
        • Exodus 5:1
        • Exodus 32:19-20
        • Numbers 16:3
      • He was self-sacrificing
        • Exodus 32:31-32
      • God
        • Strict
          • The detailed nature of His laws.
          • The severity of His punishments when His laws were broken.
            • Leviticus 10:1-3
            • Numbers 20:8-12
          • Loving
            • Delivered from Egypt
            • Sustaining 1 million people
            • Longsuffering
            • Special written set of laws – Deuteronomy 6:24
            • Fix for the sin problem
          • Numbers 14:18-23
          • Romans 11:22

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?

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!

Building Foundations, Part 3

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By Scott L. Lasater

Benchley, February 22, 2015

  • II Thessalonians 3:5
  • Lesson 3: Miracles
    • Exodus 4:21 – The power for the miracles that Moses did came from God.
    • Exodus 14:18-31
    • John 2:1-11 – Jesus turns water into wine.
    • John 3:1-2 – Nicodemus confesses the power of Jesus.
    • John 4:47-53 – Jesus heals a nobleman’s son.
    • John 9:1-34 – Jesus heals a blind man.
    • Mark 16:14-18
    • Acts 8:5-24 – Simon the sorcerer seeks the power of miracles.

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.

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!

Hebrews, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, September 28, 2014

  • Hebrews 2:15-3:15
  • Hebrews 3:3 – Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses. This statement would have made quite an impact on Jews in days of the early church.
  • Hebrews 3:15-19 – Let the Jews of the Old Covenant be an example. If you hear the word, don’t harden your heart and provoke God to wrath!

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)