* Psalms 33:12 - “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” * God blesses people individually when He blesses nations corporately. * If a nation makes God its Lord, the citizens will be blessed. * In America, look how many other religions can exist here in freedom because we were established as one nation under God. * What does it mean for a nation to make God Lord? * It means to operate under His authority. * America is “one nation under God.” * The founders put us under God’s authority - He gave us rights and the govt protects those rights. * This leads to freedom for everyone - even those who hate God.
Numbers 10:29 (2/28/17)
A Blessed Nation
February 28, 2017 • Benham Brothers
Numbers 22:12-22 (3/5/20)
Process Over Profit • March 5, 2020 • Benham Brothers
Our focus as business owners should be to honor God with our process, not just to honor Him with our profits. As Christians in business our focus should be on obedience over sacrifice – switching these around makes God an enemy not an ally. Balaam – Numbers 22 - Moab - Balaak (king) was afraid - Balaam was from Pethor, a city on the River, probably the Euphrates. Possibly Pethor was not far from the great city of Mari, discovered in 1933 in the Euphrates Valley. The discovery of a vast number of cuneiform tablets at Mari, beginning in 1933, revealed among other things the existence of a complex cult of prophets and seers whose activities precisely resemble those of Balaam. The fact that he undoubtedly represented the prophetic customs and practices of Mari and vicinity makes possible a better understanding of Balaam’s narrative in Numbers. One power attributed to these prophets was that of pronouncing curses on intended victims. These curses would of course be couched in such qualified language that they were bound to come to pass one way or the other Numbers 22:12 “God said to Balaam, ‘Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” NUMBERS 22 BALAAM blessed the people – but lost it all (Sin of Balaam – Numbers 23) Our focus as business owners should be to honor God with our process, not just to honor Him with our profits. As Christians in business our focus should be on obedience over sacrifice – switching these around makes God an enemy not an ally.
Numbers 1-4 (2/21/19)
Moving Forward • February 21, 2019 • Benham Brothers
* Chap 1 -God had already given the people the law and they had built the tabernacle. * Now it was time for them to move into the Promised Land. * What would they do? * How would they be able to go where God wanted them to go and keep His presence among them? * This is what the book of Numbers is all about. * It’s a book that counts the people and makes them accountable so they could be counted on to fight the battles that were coming! * Numbers is a book of organization! * An organism is something that’s alive because of proper organization. * The foundation is RELATIONSHIP - they were in relationship with God and with each other. * The first item of business was the Tabernacle, which represented God’s presence. * It was the fuel for battle. * Chap 2 - Here in these verses we see very clear separation among the people. They had to remain distinct from each other. But the ultimate goal wasn’t separation, it was oneness. They would come back together “as one” under the name of God to fight the enemy. * Chaps 3-4 - These chaps outline the roles and responsibilities of the Levites in dealing with the Tabernacle (the presence of God). * They erect the boundaries for relationship. * So long as they stayed inside these boundaries they would maintain fellowship with each other and with God.
Numbers 6:2 (2/23/17)
Nazarite Vow • February 23, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* A Nazarite vow was a special vow people could take if they wanted to go deeper with God and express deep devotion to Him. * It’s kindof like Hobby Lobby and Chic-Fil-A not being open on Sunday. * It consisted of three things that we can apply to our lives today if we want to go deeper with God: * 1) No wine to drink - even though wine was ok. * This symbolizes saying “no” to our senses and not indulging our appetites. * 2) No cutting of hair. * This symbolizes not being concerned about outward appearance. * A Nazarite was more concerned with what was going on inside than outside. * 3) Stay away from dead bodies. * This symbolizes staying away from places of death (bars, clubs, etc).