* Moses wrote the book of Genesis to prepare the Israelites for life outside Egypt inside the Promised Land. * They would experience some dark times, but their history proved God would be faithful. * Here in this story, a flood was coming, but Noah and his family were spared. Why? * Because he was 1) Righteous, 2) Blameless, and 3) Faithful. * Righteous is being in “right relationship” with God (make Him Lord). * Blameless is innocent of evil, forgiven. * Faithful is loyal and steadfast, no competing affections. * Matthew Henry - "Those that keep themselves pure in times of common iniquity God will keep safe in times of common calamity; those that partake not with others in their sins shall not partake with them in their plagues.” * Vs 11-13 - The earth was corrupt, and then violent. * Corruption is the process whereby something changes from good to bad, from its original purpose to a debased purpose. * * Like cutting an apple in half - it begins to corrupt. If you ate a corrupt (rotten) apple you’ll get sick. Eat a healthy apple and you get health. * In our lives, the removal of God is like the removing of the skin of an apple - it’s the protective covering against corruption. * Violence is the use of force to fulfill a selfish desire. * * A bully uses violence to gain control over people so they can get what they want. * When God is removed (corruption) violence always fills the void. * Vs 14 - God was going to save Noah from it. * Vs 17-18 - the first mention of covenant (but God didn’t explain it to him until he got off the ark, 120 years later!) * Noah’s whole family was saved because of his righteousness and obedience. * There’s nothing said up to this point about his family’s righteousness. * God blessed them because of Noah! * Vs 22 - Noah obeyed without explanation. * 120 years later he built the ark, and God told him to go into it, along with all the animals.
Genesis 6:11-14 (1/13/21)
The Result of Obedience
January 13, 2021 • Benham Brothers
Leviticus 25:18-22 (3/4/21)
Make God Your Work Partner • March 4, 2021 • Benham Brothers
* God wants to be your partner at work. * But you have to do things His way. * Backstory - God had given Israel some laws to obey in order to teach them how to trust Him. * Honoring the Sabbath was one of those laws. * They also had to take a a Sabbath year every 7th year - no working the land at all. * On top of that, they were required to take the 50th year off as well, which would be a double-Sabbath year rest (49th & 50th years in a row). Year of Jubilee. * We have no record of Israel ever honoring the 7th year or 50th year Sabbaths (this is one of the reasons the Babylonian captivity was necessary). * The principle is still powerful - honor God and He’ll honor you. * Vs 18-22 - God wants to bless your work!!! * The Israelites were farmers - that would be like telling a stock broker to pull out of the market and no longer trade, but then God says, “I’ll fill your portfolio with so many good stocks you can’t count the money!” * EX: Franchise story - don’t market! * God will provide, but only as you fully trust Him with the results.
Psalms 23:1-3 (3/4/21)
Controlling Your Desires • March 4, 2021 • Benham Brothers
* “Not wanting is as good as having” - Seneca. * When you want something, you can choose one of two things: * 1) Get it. * 2) Stop wanting it. * #1 requires ambition. * #2 requires contentment. * #1 meets the external “felt” need. * #2 meets the internal “true” need. * Contentment is the path that David takes us on in this Psalm. * Vs 1 - He essentially says, “With God as my guide, I am not in a state of continually wanting more and more stuff…” * Famous quote - “Desire is a contract you make with yourself to be unhappy until you get what you want.” * Vs 2-3 - a picture of contentment. * A professional shepherd, Phillip Keller, wrote a book on Psalms 23. He said that in order for a sheep to lie down four things are requires: * 1) They must be FULL. * 2) They much be UNAFRAID. * 3) They must be CONTENT. * 4) They must be in UNITY (those around him need the first three things). * Problem - if you don’t get vs 1 right, vs 2-3 aren’t possible. * Want is like the magnifying glass on a piece of paper on the sidewalk in the Texas summer heat. * It magnifies the sun’s light and intensifies its heat until the paper is burned up. * What you focus on magnetizes in your mind and your longing for it intensifies until you’re burned up. * EX: Jake w/every new thing - “dad, we need a boat!” * The result is always emptiness - you get the thing but it doesn’t satisfy you like you thought it would. * Here are three ideas on how you can want something less: * 1) Acknowledge the cost - you may want a Ferari, but getting it means you have to pay the bill… and never parking in a normal spot again. * You were free before you had it, but you give up your freedom to get it. * Imagine every time you formed a new want, you drew up a contract detailing what you would give up in exchange for the thing. * “I promise to be unhappy until I get _________.” * Don’t put on the “golden handcuffs.” * 2) Desire stacking - keep your bigger desire the focus, rather than the smaller desire. * EX: I’ve always wanted a lifted truck. But that short-term desire took a backseat to my long-term desire of independent wealth. * Prioritizing your desires helps you remain content. * 3) Delay until expiry - don’t let yourself get something until you’ve delayed for a period of time. * Purposeful delays often times makes the desire go away. * EX: Give yourself a 30 day buffer before you buy your thing… * Not wanting is as good as having.