Blessings and Curses

Lessons from George Washington

March 23, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* vs 1 - George Washington had the Bible open to this chapter when he placed his hand on it to be sworn in as our first president. * God is an “if / then” God - we have a part to play. * Whether we experience the blessings or curses is our choice. * vs 15 - God’s love is unconditional, but His favor is conditioned on our obedience. * He wants to shower us with blessings, but it’s our choice. * vs 20 & 63 - God Himself becomes our enemy. * I tell my kids I can be their best friend or their enemy, it depends on them. * vs 47-48 - Obedience requires more than just doing the right thing - you have to do it with the right heart. * vs 64-67 - Moses ends with a small list of things they would experience if they didn’t obey the Lord: * 1) They would constantly be out of place (vs 64) - never feeling “at home” anywhere. * 2) They’ll worship the wrong gods (vs 64) - other gods will replace the true God. * 3) They would have no rest (vs 65) - constantly be striving, exhausted in every way. * 4) They would be anxious (vs 65) - constantly stressed-out about everything. * 5) They would be filled with want (vs 65) - wanting stuff would be their way of life. * 6) They would be void of hope (vs 65) - always feeling hopeless. * 7) They would be fearful (vs 66) - always wondering what was going to happen and afraid of the results. * 8) They would lack certainty (vs 66) - never sure of themselves, always questioning. * 9) They would lack contentment (vs 67) - never satisfied with where they are or what they have.

Government Gone Bad

How environment can make a break a wealth creator • August 16, 2018 • Benham Brothers

* This verse shows the importance of good government. * A hardworking productive person can have their stuff taken away by a bad government. * The role of government is to praise the good and punish the wicked. * They do this so that we can have an environment that allows us to flourish. * As Christians we need to concern ourselves with discipling nations, not just people. * This means we have to be involved in shaping our environment so people can flourish. * Example - if you started a business in America you can make a lot of money. * But if you started the same business in North Korea there’s no chance.

God the Governor

How God gives us authority to govern • January 7, 2016 • Benham Brothers

• God forms and fills everything for man to govern the world we live in. • The world needed order first - then we could have dominion. • LIGHT has to come first - this is God’s presence. • Light did two things: • 1) SEPARATION - Holy means “set apart” - like a chocolate chip. • 2) GOVERN - the sun, moon, and stars are used to govern. • vs 22 - The first blessing - taking part in creation. • vs 28 - The difference in this blessing is that we have the authority to govern.

Justice and Covenant

How abusing the covenant leads to injustice • January 18, 2018 • Benham Brothers

* Gross sin demands justice. * Jacob’s sons were justified in their anger - justice needed to be served. * But they went about it in the wrong way. * When injustice happens we can rely on God or man. * You can go through God’s channel of justice or take matters into your own hands. * Jacob’s sons did the latter and it ended up badly for everyone. * The same is happening today - young kids demand justice but they’re going about it the wrong way. * They aren’t interested in justice according to God, but their own idea of what’s right. * So they’re looting cities and tearing down monuments. * vs 15-17 - ** when you are bent on your own form of justice it leads to the greatest injustice ** * Jacob’s sons used the sign of God’s covenant to kill innocent people. * Circumcision was God’s sign of peace with the Israelites, but it was now used selfishly to bully others. * Think about today - what’s the rainbow? * A sign of God’s covenant (peace with mankind). * How is it being used? To bully people. * God’s special covenant is being used wrongfully because of a cry for justice. * A cry for justice can only be quenched by a God who is just.