The Divided Kingdom

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By David Watson

Benchley, September 10, 2017

  • I Kings 12 – II Kings 25; II Chronicles 10-36
  • The kingdom divides
    • Southern kingdom: Judah, Benjamin, Levites, and others
      • II Chronicles 11:1-4, 13, 16; 15:9
    • Northern kingdom: Israel (other 10 tribes)
    • Jeroboam was afraid of losing people to Judah when they went to Jerusalem to worship, so he set up places to worship in Israel with non-Levite priests.
    • Israel: 20 kings, all bad
    • Judah: 20 kings, three that were pretty good (Jehoshaphat, Hezekiah, Josiah), and a few other that were good for part of their reign. All were descendants of David.
    • God sent dozens of prophets to both kingdoms. They were mostly ignored.
    • Israel was conquered in 722 B.C. by Assyrians.
    • Judah was conquered in 586 B.C. by Babylonians.
  • You must choose righteousness, regardless of your parents.
    • II Kings 125:25-33 – Jeroboam sets up his own places and idols to worship.
    • It is possible to break a cycle!
      • II Kings 16:3 – Ahaz – sacrificed a son to an idol!
      • II Kings 18:1-6 – Hezekiah – broke down idols and served God
      • II Kings 21:1-3 – Manasseh – did evil until the end of his life – rebuilt the idols! He was a bad influence on his son Amon, who ruled after him.
      • II Kings 21:19-21 – Amon – served the idols of Manasseh
      • II Kings 22:1-2 – Josiah – served God with all his heart
      • II Kings 23:32 – Jehoahaz – did evil before God, despite the good influence of his father Josiah
      • II Kings 23:37 – Jehoiakim – did evil before God
    • Ezekiel 18:14-17 – God judges us based on our actions – not our parents.
  • Listen to God’s word.
    • II Kings 17:7, 12-16, 22-23, 19 – Why Israel fell.
    • God tried many different strategies to reach His people.
    • When we ignore God’s word, we are making the same mistake.
      • Galatians 5:19-21 – sins to avoid
      • Galatians 5:22-24 – The good side!

Mistakes of a Successful Man

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Psalms, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 13, 2017

  • Psalms 19-22
  • Psalms 19:12-13 – Compare Leviticus 16:21-22, 30, 34 and Hebrews 5:1-3. Our hidden faults are sins we have committed unknowingly. Under the Old Covenant, the scapegoat took on all the sins of the congregation – not just those they were aware of.
  • Psalms 21 – The king rejoices in God’s salvation.
  • Psalms 22 – We know this is a Messianic psalm because it is quoted in the New Testament and applied to Jesus.
  • Psalms 22:1
    • John 8:28-29 – God has never forsaken someone for doing that which pleased Him.
    • John 16:31-32
    • When Jesus quoted this psalm on the cross, He was bringing the entire contents of the psalm to the crowd’s attention.
    • Luke 23:48
    • Jesus did not become a sinner on the cross – He became a scapegoat to carry our sins away.
    • I Peter 1:19

Psalms, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, August 6, 2017

  • Psalms 14-19
  • Psalms 14:1 – Compare Psalms 53.
  • Psalms 16:10-11 – This indicates there would be a resurrection. Compare Acts 2:25-31. Peter applies this to Christ.
  • Psalms 17 – A prayer of David for God’s help.
  • Psalms 19:1 – See Romans 1:20.
  • Psalms 19:12-13 – Presumptuous sins are those that are committed knowingly. Secret sins are those that are committed unknowingly. These two verses are a contrast. Compare the contrast that is made in Acts 17:30.

Sin’s Blinding Touch

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, July 30, 2017

  • Introduction
    • Romans 7:11
    • II Corinthians 11:13
    • Isaiah 59:1-2
    • I Peter 5:8
  • Pride blinds and makes man revolt at God’s commands.
    • Jeremiah 10:23
    • Matthew 7:13-14
    • Christians are special targets of Satan.
    • II Kings 5:1-13 – Naaman the leper
    • Proverbs 16:18; 18:12
    • Psalms 37:25
    • I Peter 5:5-6
  • Self-righteousness blinds from one’s own sinfulness.
    • Luke 18:10-13
    • Romans 2:1-2, 21; 3:9-18
    • I Samuel 15:10-22
    • Deuteronomy 18:20
    • Psalms 19:13
  • Self-will blinds to the sin of prejudice.
    • John 7:41-47
      • Matthew 12; Mark 3 – Even the Pharisees had to admit that Jesus was working miracles.
  • Doctrines of men blind from the service to Christ.
    • Mark 7:7; Matthew 15:6
  • I John 1:7; Philippians 3:14
  • We can’t ever be lulled into thinking the devil will just leave us alone!
  • I Corinthians 5:8-9; James 1:7-8

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)

A Question About Dancing

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By David Watson

Benchley, May 28, 2017

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  • Not all dancing is necessarily sinful
    • Exodus 15:20-21
    • Judges 11:34
    • II Samuel 6:4 (I Chronicles 15:27, 29)
    • Psalms 149:3; 150:4
  • The real problem is lust
    • I John 2:15-17
    • Matthew 5:27-28
    • Mark 6:21-22
    • Galatians 5:19-21
    • Ephesians 5:5-6
    • Colossians 3:5-6
    • I Peter 2:11-12; 4:1-4
  • Why am I not going to the dance?
    • Because it will help me train my eyes and heart to be pure.
  • Take-aways for parents
    • We must use the Bible as our guide (Mark 7:1-8)
    • Beware of hypocrisy!
  • Take-aways for young people
    • Please be patient with us – we’re trying to make wise decisions (Hebrews 12:9-11)
    • Your job is to obey and honor us (Ephesians 6:1-3)

Leprosy

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By Jady Stevens

Benchley, May 14, 2017

  • Numbers 12:1-15
  • II Samuel 3:29
  • II Chronicles 26:16-21
The horrors of leprosy The horrors of sin
Symptoms can take a long time to show up. Hebrews 3:13
Contagious if untreated, but requires long term sustained contact I Corinthians 5:6; 15:33; II Corinthians 6:17
Lose the ability to sense pain I Timothy 4:2; Hebrews 3:13
Injuries due to lack of sensation Ephesians 4:19
Paralysis Romans 3:10-12; II Peter 1:8; Luke 14:34-35
Blindness II Peter 1:9; I John 2:9-11; II Corinthians 4:3-4
Irreversible nerve damage II Samuel 12:13-14
Terminal James 1:15
  • Prognosis
    • Early diagnoses and treatment usually prevent disability – Ecclesiastes 12:1; James 5:19-20; Hebrews 12:13
    • Important to finish the entire course of treatment – Philippians 3:12-14
  • The cure
    • Comes from God – II Kings 5:1-3, 7; Matthew 11:5
    • Through baptism – II Kings 5:10-14; Acts 22:16
    • Life after leprosy – II Kings 5:15; Mark 1:40-42; Acts 22:15

By Stacey Durham

Benchley, April 19, 2017

  • I Corinthians 10:13 – God has given you power greater than the temptation!
  • Be prepared with the scriptures.
    • Psalms 119:9, 11, 101, 104, 133
  • Understand temptation.
    • James 1:13-15 – Don’t desire evil things – they are forbidden for good reason.
  • Be on guard and avoid danger.
    • I Peter 5:8
    • Proverbs 4:14-15
    • Proverbs 7:6-27 – an example of one who failed to avoid danger
  • Pray to avoid temptation.
    • Matthew 6:13
    • Matthew 26:41
  • Pray at the moment of temptation.
    • Jesus prayed in Gethsemane when His “soul was grieved to the point of death” (Matthew 26:36-46)
      • Mark 14:35
    • Luke 21:36
  • Use the scriptures.
    • When Satan tempted Jesus at the beginning of His ministry, Jesus quoted scripture three times, saying, “it is written” (Matthew 4:1-11)
    • Jesus resisted temptation because He was resolved to fulfill the Scripture. Matthew 26:53-54
  • Flee from temptation.
    • I Corinthians 6:18
    • II Timothy 2:22
    • Genesis 39:1-12 – Joseph’s example
  • Final thoughts
    • Hebrews 4:15
    • Genesis 4:7 – God’s message to Cain about sin: “you must master it”

II Corinthians, Part 6

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 15, 2017

  • II Corinthians 5:10-21
  • II Corinthians 5:10 – “All” here is all who are of an accountable mind.
  • II Corinthians 5:14 – All people of an accountable mind sin and die spiritually. This verse is talking about that spiritual death.  Calvinists have a problem with this verse because they do not believe Christ died for all.
  • II Corinthians 5:16 – We no longer recognize people according to their sins once they are in Christ.
  • II Corinthians 5:17-19 – See Romans 4:6-7. This explains how God comes to not impute sins to a man.
  • II Corinthians 5:21 – Jesus did not become a sinner. He was made to be the sin sacrifice for us.  He was the sacrifice for us so that we could be righteous before God.