Mar 9-15 Gods Word Is Not A Mystery


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Our little Church is using a Chronological Bible Reading Schedule by Skip Andrews. It can be found here:
Each Sunday a lesson is given from some of that week's reading. This lesson covers Mar. 9-15.

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Mar 9-15 Gods Word Is Not A Mystery

  1. 1. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>Today’s lesson is taken from </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Word In Life ” </li></ul><ul><li>Study Bible </li></ul>
  2. 2. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>For many people today, the Bible remains a closed book. One reason is that some people have the mistaken idea that the Bible is a mysterious collection of encoded teachings that only a few wise or holy people can interpret. </li></ul>
  3. 3. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>But God's Word is not a mystery. It never has been. From the beginning of time. God has spoken clearly, in terms that humans can understand. </li></ul>
  4. 4. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>Hebrews 1:1 NET After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, </li></ul>
  5. 5. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>2 in these last days he has spoken to us in a son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he created the world. </li></ul>
  6. 6. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>Moses reminded the Israelites of this fact as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. God had given them His Law at Sinai ( Deuteronomy 5:4-5, 22 ), </li></ul>
  7. 7. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>so there was no need to go searching to find out what He wanted ( Deuteronomy 30:11-14 ). </li></ul><ul><li>He had already made plain what His will was. </li></ul>
  8. 8. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>He even wrote down His Law on stone tablets so </li></ul><ul><li>that the people would have a permanent record of it. </li></ul>
  9. 9. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>Believers today also have a permanent, written record of God's Word—the Bible. And though a few parts of Scripture may be hard to understand, ( 2 Pet. 3:15-16 ) it is generally not a mystery. </li></ul>
  10. 10. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>We need not resort to subjective revelations or any other strange practices to interpret its meaning. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bible's message becomes evident when we read it according to normal principles of reading. </li></ul>
  11. 11. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>However, the most important thing about Scripture is not just that we read it or study it, but that we live it, that we obey the Lord. God did not give us His Word merely to inform us, but to change our lives. </li></ul>
  12. 12. God’s Word Is Not A Mystery <ul><li>James 1:22 NET But be sure you live out the message and do not merely listen to it and so deceive yourselves. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>When an executive retires, it is common for the person to meet with the various lieutenants and others that have been of support to offer final words and instructions. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>Deuteronomy 31:28 NET Gather to me all your tribal elders and officials so I can speak to them directly of these things and call the heavens and the earth to witness against them. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>29 For I know that after I die you will totally corrupt yourselves and turn away from the path I have commanded you to walk. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>Disaster will confront you in the days to come because you will act wickedly before the Lord, inciting him to anger because of your actions.&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>Apparently Moses had real doubts as to whether the people would remain faithful to God after he was gone. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>His concern raises the question of how leaders can have confidence that the values and vision they have tried to honor will be maintained by the organization after their departure. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>Solomon puzzled over that issue and felt even greater doubts than Moses ( Eccl. 2:18-21 ): </li></ul>
  20. 20. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>As he pointed out ultimately there is no way to guarantee that one's successors will act wisely or pass along worthy convictions to future generations. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>Still, there are some things that leaders can do to help prolong their impact: </li></ul>
  22. 22. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>(1) Articulate values and dreams frequently. Moses spelled out the Law twice—once in Exodus and again in Deuteronomy. He also caused it to be written on a memorial for all to see. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>Likewise, wise leaders know how easy it is for their followers to become lost in the tasks at hand, so that they forget the fundamental purposes and perspectives behind the work. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>(2) Mentor people. Moses mentored Joshua so that he left behind a highly trained, qualified leader. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>Mentoring involves working transparently before others in a way that allows them to see not only what one does and how, also why—the underlying motivations and passions that sustain the leader's energy. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>(3) Delegate to others. Delegation doesn't mean just passing off work to someone else. Rather, it involves assigning them tasks for which they are qualified, </li></ul>
  27. 27. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>providing the resources necessary to accomplish those tasks (including authority), monitoring progress, and providing feedback and evaluation both during and after the assignment. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>Thus delegation is an investment, not an assignment. Moses would have worn himself out had he not delegated authority to qualified leaders among the people. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Moses' Swan Song <ul><li>Scripture mentions a number of transitions from one leader to the next. Not all of them went as smoothly as the transfer of power from Moses to Joshua. </li></ul>
  30. 30. The Consequences Of Sin <ul><li>God never delights in sin, but He does delight in forgiving sin. </li></ul><ul><li>( John 3:16-18; 1 John 1:9 ) He has promised to remove the believer's guilt &quot;as far as the east is from the west.&quot; ( Ps. 103:12 ) </li></ul>
  31. 31. The Consequences Of Sin <ul><li>Yet even though God deals with the wages of sin, ( Rom. 6:23 ) He often leaves us to face the tragic consequences of sin. Moses and Aaron committed acts that cost them participation in the &quot;land of milk and honey.&quot; </li></ul>
  32. 32. The Consequences Of Sin <ul><li>Even though they doubtless confessed their sins and offered the required sacrifices to atone for them, they still had to face the consequences of their disobedience. </li></ul>
  33. 33. The Consequences Of Sin <ul><li>This is a sobering lesson for us all. Like Moses and Aaron, we can find forgiveness of sin from God. But we are not immune to the practical effects of our sin. </li></ul>
  34. 34. The Consequences Of Sin <ul><li>For example, to recover from some sins we may have to live under strong disciplines to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past. Some sins produce indelible physical or emotional marks. </li></ul>
  35. 35. The Consequences Of Sin <ul><li>Or, like Zacchaeus, we may need to make costly restitution to those we have wronged. In some cases, we may have to let go of certain relationships that are permanently broken, at least in this world, as a result of what we have done. </li></ul>
  36. 36. The Consequences Of Sin <ul><li>Sin does have a price. Christ paid the ultimate penalty for sin on the Cross. But when it comes to the practical consequences of our actions, we can often expect to pay for those ourselves. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Stand Strong And Hang On! <ul><li>Was Joshua hard of hearing? The Lord reminded him three times to be &quot;strong&quot; and &quot;courageous.&quot; There must have been an important message in those words. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Stand Strong And Hang On! <ul><li>Joshua 1:6 NET Be strong and brave! You must lead these people in the conquest of this land that I solemnly promised their ancestors I would hand over to them. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Stand Strong And Hang On! <ul><li>7a,b Make sure you are very strong and brave! Carefully obey all the law my servant Moses charged you to keep! </li></ul>
  40. 40. Stand Strong And Hang On! <ul><li>9 I repeat, be strong and brave! Don't be afraid and don't panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do.&quot; </li></ul>
  41. 41. Stand Strong And Hang On! <ul><li>The Hebrew word for &quot;strong&quot; refers to &quot;sound legs,&quot; while the one for &quot;courage&quot; refers to &quot;having a secure grasp.&quot; The point is clear: God was telling Joshua that his success as a leader depended on whether he could stand strong and hold on tightly! </li></ul>
  42. 42. Stand Strong And Hang On! <ul><li>Joshua had already experienced situations in which he was forced to take a strong stand in the face of opposition. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Stand Strong And Hang On! <ul><li>For instance, when the Israelites were poised to enter Canaan 40 years earlier, Joshua had been one of only two men who insisted that the nation should move forward under God's power. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Stand Strong And Hang On! <ul><li>What was Joshua to keep a &quot;secure grasp&quot; on? </li></ul><ul><li>God's plans, purposes, and values as found in the &quot;Book of the Law&quot; </li></ul>
  45. 45. Stand Strong And Hang On! <ul><li>Joshua 1:8 NET This law scroll must not leave your lips! You must memorize it day and night so you can carefully obey all that is written in it. Then you will prosper and be successful. </li></ul>
  46. 46. Stand Strong And Hang On! <ul><li>Joshua's example urges believers to consider: What do we stand for—and on? What are we holding onto with a secure grasp? </li></ul>
  47. 47. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>Who among us does not want to succeed in life and prosper in performing tasks? Joshua certainty did. As he prepared to lead his people into Canaan, </li></ul>
  48. 48. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>God told him of a way to have success and prosperity. </li></ul><ul><li>( Joshua 1:8 ) Is there a secret to success here for all of us? </li></ul>
  49. 49. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>Some believe that God wants His children to prosper, especially materially and financially, and they turn to Bible verses such as Josh. 1:8 to support their claim. </li></ul>
  50. 50. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>But a careful reading of the text shows us </li></ul><ul><li>some important qualifications: </li></ul>
  51. 51. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>God made a conditional promise to Joshua and Israel. Imagine opening someone else's birthday presents and claiming them. </li></ul>
  52. 52. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>That's exactly what we would be doing with the promises that God made to His people Israel if we were to claim those gifts for ourselves. </li></ul>
  53. 53. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>God's words to Joshua are a case in point. The Lord was commissioning General Joshua to take the Promised Land. </li></ul>
  54. 54. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>As part of His instructions, He gave Joshua a condition followed by a promise: If you hold unswervingly to the Law, then you will succeed- </li></ul>
  55. 55. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>-succeed in terms of conquering Canaan and settling the land. It was a specific promise for a certain occasion. </li></ul>
  56. 56. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>The emphasis was on the blessing that comes from obedience. Still we might be tempted to use Joshua 1:8 in a general way to claim that God blesses people who obey Him. </li></ul>
  57. 57. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>Thus success and prosperity would be claimed as rewards for good behavior. </li></ul>
  58. 58. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>But the emphasis of the passage is not on the blessing but on the doing of the Law. That is, following God's ways are inherently good for us. They are themselves the reward. </li></ul>
  59. 59. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>Deuteronomy 29:9 NET “ Therefore, keep the terms of this covenant and obey them so that you may be successful in everything you do. </li></ul>
  60. 60. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>For example, loving one's neighbor as oneself ( Lev 19:18 ) means having a neighbor to love. </li></ul><ul><li>Not committing adultery ( Ex. 20:14 ) means stability and trust in one's home life. </li></ul>
  61. 61. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>The benefits come in the doing itself, not in some &quot;payoff&quot; that God gives for good behavior. </li></ul>
  62. 62. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>The Bible does not promise earthly riches. When we consider what the Bible has to say about success and prosperity in general, we find no support for the idea that God has promised them to His children. </li></ul>
  63. 63. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>Actually, we are discouraged from seeking material prosperity as an end in itself. God may allow us to have health and wealth, but we ought not to expect them. </li></ul>
  64. 64. Success And Prosperity <ul><li>If there is any &quot;secret to success&quot; in Josh. 1:8 , it is this: True success means faithfully following God in the places where we find ourselves. Joshua's responsibility was to lead Israel into the land. What responsibilities has God given you? </li></ul>
  65. 65. Survival, Success, And Salvation <ul><li>Perhaps two million or more people left Egypt at the start of the Exodus. Of the grown men who began, only two made it to Canaan. Joshua was one of those men; the other was Caleb. </li></ul>
  66. 66. Survival, Success, And Salvation <ul><li>Their minority report after spying out Canaan showed a trust in God that resulted in exemption from the sentence passed on the other Hebrews age 20 and older: 40 years in the wilderness until death took them before they could enter the Promised Land. </li></ul>
  67. 67. Survival, Success, And Salvation <ul><li>Even Moses was not to reach Canaan. ( Deut. 34:1-6 ) Shortly before his death, he passed the mantle of military, political, and spiritual leadership to Joshua, who was &quot;full of the spirit of wisdom.&quot; </li></ul>
  68. 68. Survival, Success, And Salvation <ul><li>In that role, Joshua continued to model the faithfulness he had shown 40 years earlier. He readily submitted to God's authority and put worship before war and conquest. </li></ul>
  69. 69. Survival, Success, And Salvation <ul><li>As a result, the Lord was with him, and he enjoyed success in carrying out God's purposes. </li></ul>
  70. 70. Survival, Success, And Salvation <ul><li>Joshua </li></ul><ul><li>a savior; a deliverer </li></ul><ul><li>(same as Jehoshua, Jeshua, Oshea) </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus </li></ul><ul><li>savior; deliverer (Hitchcock) </li></ul>
  71. 71. Survival, Success, And Salvation <ul><li>Je'sus. (saviour). </li></ul><ul><li>The Greek form of the name, Joshua or Jeshua , </li></ul><ul><li>a contraction of Jehoshua, that is, &quot;help of Jehovah&quot; or &quot;saviour&quot;. (Smith) </li></ul>
  72. 72. Survival, Success, And Salvation <ul><li>It was appropriate that Joshua's name was the same as Jesus'. Just as Jesus completed the work of salvation, so Joshua completed the work that Moses had started by leading God's people into the Promised Land. </li></ul>
  73. 73. Survival, Success, And Salvation <ul><li>By his name and by his life, Joshua demonstrated the salvation that comes from God. Jesus likewise demonstrated salvation from death when He rose from the grave. He provides redemption from eternal death for all who obey Him. </li></ul>