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  • Dr. Ron Charles highlights the Egyptian tradition where the most beautiful lady is selected yearly, as ISIS. She chooses her Osiris and over a period of few days, is expected to conceive as a result. This would be a symbol of productivity for all plants and a good harvest would be expected, as Osiris was god of underworld and of new life. Isis that year was Potiphar’s wife, and Joseph was her selected Osiris. Joseph however, was absent during the period and when seduced on return, ran away. Both Potiphar’s wife and Joseph were held responsible by Egyptians for failure to bring their land productivity – more so, Joseph.
  • (perseverence in storms, purity in everything, patience in quietness in his highs, Presence of God in everything…in his lows – he could forget, he could forgive, he could keep his feet on the ground.
  • 1 Elohim: The plural form of EL, means “strong one.” It is used of false gods, but when used of the true God, it is a plural of majesty and intimates the trinity. It is especially used of God’s sovereignty, creative work, mighty work for Israel and in relation to His sovereignty (Isa. 54:5; Jer. 32:27; Gen. 1:1; Isa. 45:18; Deut. 5:23; 8:15; Ps. 68:7).

    El Shaddai:“God Almighty.” The derivation is uncertain. Some think it stresses God’s loving supply and comfort; others His power as the Almighty one standing on a mountain and who
    corrects and chastens (Gen. 17:1;
    28:3; 35:11; Ex. 6:1; Ps. 91:1, 2).
    El Elyon:“The Most High God.” Stresses
    God’s strength, sovereignty, and
    supremacy (Gen. 14:19;Ps. 9:2; 
    Dan. 7:18, 22, 25).
    El Olam:“The Everlasting God.”
    Emphasizes God’s unchangeableness
    and is connected with His
    inexhaustibleness (Gen. 16:13).
  • 2 Yahweh (YHWH): Comes from a verb which means “to exist, be.” This, plus its usage, shows that this name stresses God as the independent and self-existent God of revelation and redemption (Gen. 4:3; Ex. 6:3 (cf. 3:14); 3:12).
    Compounds of Yahweh: Strictly speaking, these compounds are designations or titles which reveal additional facts about God’s character.
    Yahweh Jireh (Yireh):“The Lord will provide.” Stresses God’s provision for His people (Gen. 22:14).
    Yahweh Nissi:“The Lord is my Banner.” Stresses that God is our rallying point and our means of victory; the one who fights for His people (Ex. 17:15).
    Yahweh Shalom:“The Lord is Peace.” Points to the Lord as the means of our peace and rest (Jud. 6:24).
    Yahweh Sabbaoth:“The Lord of Hosts.” A military figure portraying the Lord as the commander of the armies of heaven (1 Sam. 1:3; 17:45).
    Yahweh Maccaddeshcem: “The Lord your Sanctifier.” Portrays the Lord as our means of sanctification or as the one who sets believers apart for His purposes (Ex. 31:13).
    YahwehRo’i: “The Lord my Shepherd.” Portrays the Lord as the
    Shepherd who cares for His people as a shepherd cares for the
    sheep of his pasture (Ps. 23:1).
    Yahweh Tsidkenu: “The Lord our Righteousness.” Portrays the
    Lord as the means of our righteousness (Jer. 23:6).
    Yahweh Shammah: “The Lord is there.” Portrays the Lord’s
    personal presence in the millennial kingdom (Ezek. 48:35).
    Yahweh Elohim Israel:“The Lord, the God of Israel.” Identifies
    Yahweh as the God of Israel in contrast to the false gods of the
    nations (Jud. 5:3.; Isa. 17:6).
  • (3) Adonai: Like Elohim, this too is a plural of majesty. The singular form means “master, owner.” Stresses man’s relationship to God as his master, authority, and provider (Gen. 18:2; 40:1; 1 Sam. 1:15; Ex. 21:1-6; Josh. 5:14).
    (4) Theos: Greek word translated “God.” Primary name for God used in the New Testament. Its use teaches: (1) He is the only true God (Matt. 23:9; Rom. 3:30); (2) He is unique (1 Tim. 1:17; John 17:3; Rev. 15:4; 16:7); (3) He is transcendent (Acts 17:24; Heb. 3:4; Rev. 10:6); (4) He is the Savior (John 3:16; 1 Tim. 1:1; 2:3; 4:10). This name is used of Christ as God in John 1:1, 18; 20:28; 1 John 5:20; Tit. 2:13; Rom. 9:5; Heb. 1:8; 2 Pet. 1:1.
    (5) Kurios: Greek word translated “Lord.” Stresses authority and supremacy. While it can mean sir (John 4:11), owner (Luke 19:33), master (Col. 3:22), or even refer to idols (1 Cor. 8:5) or husbands (1 Pet. 3:6), it is used mostly as the equivalent of Yahweh of the Old Testament. It too is used of Jesus Christ meaning (1) Rabbi or Sir (Matt. 8:6); (2) God or Deity (John 20:28; Acts 2:36; Rom. 10:9; Phil. 2:11).
    (6) Despotes: Greek word translated “Master.” Carries
    the idea of ownership while kuriosstressed supreme authority
    (Luke 2:29; Acts 4:24; Rev. 6:10; 2 Pet. 2:1; Jude 4).
    (7) Father:A distinctive New Testament revelation is that through
    faith in Christ, God becomes our personal Father. Father is used
    of God in the Old Testament only 15 times while it is used of God
    245 times in the New Testament. As a name of God, it stresses God’s
    loving care, provision, discipline, and the way we are to address God
    in prayer (Matt. 7:11; Jam. 1:17; Heb. 12:5-11; John 15:16; 16:23; 
    Eph. 2:18; 3:15; 1 Thess. 3:11).
  • Let’s take a look at some of the characteristics of this “Angel” as given in the various passages.
    The “Angel” is referred to with masculine pronouns (Genesis 16:13; Judges 6:21).
    He is identified as God (Judges 6:11, 14; Zechariah 12:8).3
    He performed miracles (Judges 6:21; 13:20).
    Gideon and Manoah thought they would die because they saw the “Angel” face to face (Judges 6:22; 13:22).
    The “Angel” accurately foretold future events (Judges 13:3).
    His name is “wonderful” (Judges 13:18; cf., Isaiah 9:6).
    He destroyed 185,000 soldiers of the Assyrian army in one night (2 Kings 19:35).4
    “the Angel of the Lord” cannot be viewed as a normal angel. He is occasionally identified as God, accepted worship, and at least two people who saw Him thought they would die for seeing Him face to face. These same attributes and activities are clearly attributed to God elsewhere in Scripture.
    There are a few other statements to consider. In Zechariah 3:1–2, “the Angel of the Lord” is distinguished from Yahweh because He talks to Yahweh. John 1:18 states, “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” So man has only seen the Son of God, not the Father or the Holy Spirit. Also, the “Commander of the army of :8–9). Finally, “the Angel of the Lord” does not make any appearances after the birth of Christ in the New Testament, although the risen Jesus did appear to Saul on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1–6; 22:6–10; 26:14–19; 1 Corinthians 9:1; 15:8).
    These truths have led many students of Scripture to conclude that “the Angel of the Lord” in the Old Testament is none other than Christ Himself.
  • You will read in Hebrews 6:19-20 that Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, is High Priest "after the order of Melchizedek." The plainer English of the Moffatt translation words it: ". . with the rank of" that is, equal status with "Melchizedek."
    Melchizedek Was God's Priest
    First, notice from both Old and New Testaments that the man of mystery, Melchizedek, was a priest of the Most High God. Turn 'low to the account in Genesis 14. During the war between a number of ancient city-states in Canaan and Mesopotamia, Abraham's nephew Lot had been captured. He and his family and goods were carted off.
    One of their number escaped and brought the news to Abraham, who armed 318 of his own servants and pursued the invaders to what was later named Dan and beyond. Abraham rescued Lot and his family and returned them safely to the Canaanite cities.
    On Abraham's return a man of mystery bursts upon the scene. Abraham was ministered to by Melchizedek.
    Here is the account:
    "And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. And he [Melchizedek] blessed him [Abraham] and said, 'Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!' And Abram gave him [Melchizedek] a tenth of everything" that is, a tithe of all, for a tithe means a tenth (Genesis 14:18-20, RSV).
    Notice that Melchizedek was king of Salem. That is the city of Jerusalem. "Salem" comes from the Hebrew word meaning "peace." That would make Melchizedek the "King of Peace" (Hebrews 7:2). The Hebrew name Melchizedek itself means "King of Righteousness" (Hebrews 7:2). The same individual is mentioned in Psalm 110:4. Speaking prophetically of Christ, David stated: "The Eternal hath sworn, and will notrepent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek." This verse is quoted again in Hebrews 5:6, 10
    Before we turn to Hebrews for the identification of Melchizedek, remember that this mystery figure is a mystery only to us. Abraham and the King of wicked Sodom knew exactly who he was. They must have seen him before. He could not have been a Canaanite, for they were steeped in pagan customs. And furthermore Canaan was a descendant of Ham, whereas God basically chose the descendants of Shem to accomplish His work.
    Then who is the mystery man Melchizedek?
    One other hint before we proceed. The land of Canaan from ancient time, before the days of Moses, was known among the Gentiles as "the divine land" the Holy land" the land of the place of worship!" Why? Was there someone in the Holy Land who was divine, holy, worthy of worship?
    The Mystery Clears
    Coming to Hebrews 7, we find Melchizedek identified:
    "For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace" (Hebrews 7:1-2).
    Since God names individuals what they are, that, then is what this man is.. "King of Righteousness."
    Think of it! King of Righteousness.
    Jesus Himself said: "There is none good but one, that is, God" (Matthew 19:17). Human self-righteousness is, before God, as filthy rags. None can be righteous but God—or one made righteous by God's power—Christ in a person! And certainly none but One of the Godhead the divine Kingdom of God would be King of Righteousness. Such an expression, applied to any but God, would be blasphemous. Why?
    Righteousness is obedience to God's Law. Since God made all laws (James 4:12), He is Supreme Ruler or King. He determines what righteousness is. "All thy commandments are righteousness" (Psalm 119:172). When speaking of one of the points of that Law, Jesus placed Himself superior to it. He is Lord of the Sabbath (Mark 2:28). No man is Lord or King over God's Law. Only God could be! All human beings have sinned and broken that Law of righteousness (Romans 3:23).
    To continue with Hebrews 7. Note, too, that this man was King of peace. "Salem" from which Jerusalem was named means "peace." And remember, Jesus is called the Prince of peace! No human being could be King of Peace. Men know not the way of peace. ReadRomans 3:10 and 17: "There is none righteous, no, not one.... And the way of peace have they not known."
    Observe further: Melchizedek was "without mother, without father, without descent," or as the Phillips translation renders it: "He had no father or mother and no family tree." He was not born as human beings are. He was without father and mother. This does not mean that Melchizedek's records of birth were lost. Without such records human priests could not serve (Ezra 2:62). But here Melchizedek had no genealogy. He must not have been an ordinary mortal. He had no descent or pedigree from another, but was self-existent. Notice Paul's own inspired interpretation of this fact: "Having neither beginning of days, nor end of life" (Hebrews 7:3). Therefore He has always existed from eternity! He was not even created, like angels. But He is now eternally self-existing. And that is true only of GOD deity, not humanity!
    Not the Father Nor the Holy Spirit
    Yet Melchizedek cannot be God the Father. He was the "priest of that Most High God." Scripture says no man has ever seen the Father (John 1:18, 5:37), but Abraham saw Melchizedek. He cannot be God the Father, but rather, "made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually" (Hebrews 7:3).
    And there it is! In the days of Abraham, He was not the Son of God, for He had not yet been born of the virgin Mary but He was made like unto the Son of God in His manifestation to the ancients.
    Notice again: Melchizedek, this scripture reveals, abides that is, remains permanently, continually, a priest. God the Father is not the Priest of God, but Christ the Son is! Yet, in the days when the Apostle Paul lived and wrote, shortly after Jesus ascended to heaven as High Priest, the scripture states that even then Melchizedek "abideth "—which means does now abide—"a priest continually." The Moffatt translation states it: "continues to be priest permanently" even while Jesus Christ is High Priest!
    And notice that the order of Christ's Priesthood is named after Melchizedek. It is the High Priest's name that is placed upon an order just as Aaron's name was upon the Aaronic priesthood. Thus Melchizedek was then High Priest, in Paul's day, and even now, and He will rule forever! And at the same time Christ was, is today, and shall be forever High Priest!
    Are there two High Priests'? No! Impossible! The conclusion is inescapable. Contrary to many cherished man-thought-out ideas, Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same! Some people have stumbled on the statement that Melchizedek has no "end of life." They contend that since Christ died, He had an end of life! If that be true then Christ is still dead! But Christ is not dead. He is alive. It was not possible for Christ to be held by death (Acts 2:24). Melchizedek would never have fulfilled His office of High Priest if He had not died for the sins of the people and risen again. It is the function of the High Priest to lead the way to salvation.
    Indeed, Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our salvation (Hebrews 5:9; 12:2). He is "called of God an high priest after the order of Melchizedek" (Hebrews 5:10).
    And no wonder. Melchizedek and Christ are one and the same Person!
    © 1972 Worldwide Church of God
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  • 1. GOD’S TOUCHPOINTS Old Testament Summary The Patriarchal Ages The Judges The Reign of Royalty The Prophetic Era A walk thru’ the Old Testament (OT).. Lesson 10: Joseph – Unwavering Faith
  • 2. OT WALKTHRU- THE PATRIARCHAL AGES 1. OT Summary 2. Adam – A Fallen Faith 3. From Fall to Flood 4. Noah – Surviving Faith 5. The World in Confusion – Babel 6. Job – Faith under Fire 7. Abraham – Soaring Faith 8. Isaac – Winging Faith 9. Jacob – Clinging Faith 10. Joseph – Unwavering Faith 11. God’s Direct Interventions in Genesis 12. God’s Special Interventions in Genesis 13. Moses – Humbled Faith 14. Israel – Leanness of Soul 15. God’s Commandments
  • 3. THE PATRIARCHS OF ISRAEL  Abraham - Soaring faith  Isaac - Winging faith  Jacob - Clinging faith  Joseph – Unwavering faith
  • 4. JOSEPH – UNWAVERING FAITH OBJECTIVES To  Understand God’s training ground for top leaders  Learn from the qualities of Joseph on how to win in adversity
  • 5. JOSEPH – UNWAVERING FAITH  From Pet  To Pit  To Potiphar  To Prison  To Palace Note: Reference Material is available in the notes section of this presentation
  • 6. THE PET  Joseph was clearly the beloved of his parents.  The youngest brother (barring Benjamin), his father honored him with a special long sleeved coat signifying that his would be the birthright  To add insult to injury, Joseph shared his dreams of his leadership to his brothers  He also wore his coat on a daily basis rather than the traditional yearly occasion of his birthday. All the above triggered strong jealousy
  • 7. VIDEO CLIP Joseph’s amazing technicoloured coat - The dreamer has to go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ_SslOe N4o&index=5&list=PLF3DC1DBD98FB69BE
  • 8. THE PIT  Joseph was then thrown into a pit.  He pleas for mercy went unheard  Reuben planned to rescue him but he was sold to slave traders  His trademark coat was torn to pieces, dipped in blood and shown to his father.  The family considered him as good as dead.
  • 10. DISCUSSION  What kind of person was Joseph as a kid?  How did Joseph feel when suddenly torn from love, admiration to hostility and uncertainty?  From spoilt kid to slavery! What struggles would Joseph have gone through?  What was the end result? …James 1:2-4
  • 11. POTIPHAR’S HOUSE  Joseph was faithful to his duties as a slave  God blessed Joseph who soon rose to position of head of all servants  Potiphar entrusted everything to him (except wife)  Potiphar’s wife seduces him. (Isis and Osiris)  Joseph thrown to prison
  • 12. ISIS AND OSIRIS That year as per Egyptian tradition:  Potiphar’s wife, as the most beautiful woman in Egypt was chosen to be Isis  She chose Joseph to be her Osiris  Joseph instead of giving in to a legitimate temptation in Egyptian tradition, chooses God. Isis and Osiris
  • 13. THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH – IN POTIPHAR’S HOUSE  Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him there.  2 The LORD was with Joseph so that he prospered, and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 When his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD gave him success in everything he did, 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household, and he entrusted to his care everything he owned. 5 From the time he put him in charge of his household and of all that he owned, the LORD blessed the household of the Egyptian because of Joseph. The blessing of the LORD was on everything Potiphar had, both in the house and in the field. 6 So Potiphar left everything he had in Joseph’s care; with Joseph in charge, he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. (Gen 39)
  • 14. ADAM VS. JOSEPH’S TEMPTATION Adam was given everything Joseph was stripped of everything The fundamental temptation was same Lust of flesh, lust of eyes, pride of life. Adam enjoyed God’s presence So did Joseph Adam lingered Joseph ran Adam would lose everything by giving in Joseph could lose everything by not giving in Adam avoided God Joseph accounted to God Adam lost from a position of strength Joseph temporarily appeared to have lost but eventually won from a position of weakness
  • 15. THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH – IN PRISON But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. (Genesis 39)
  • 16. IN PRISON  God continues to be with Joseph  Joseph is favoured and runs prison  Interprets dreams  Left for years  Called by pharoah –Dr. Ron Charles highlights that every year, one of the king’s prisoners would be selected as a human sacrifice, dressed (as joseph was) and sent to pharoah prior to be sacrificed. The journey to Pharoah could have been a long, uncertain one for Joseph. Joseph has no idea what he is called for – could have been as a human sacrifice.
  • 17. IN THE PALACE  Interprets dreams  Made 2nd to pharoah  Saves Egypt  Saves his family  Forgives his family  Starts a new life  Gives his family a new life
  • 18. THE LORD WAS WITH JOSEPH – IN THE PALACE 38 So Pharaoh asked them, “Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.” (Genesis 39)
  • 19. DISCUSSION  What stages did Joseph go through in God’s crucible of leadership before he was ready to be the second most powerful person in the world?  What lessons do we learn from Joseph’s life?
  • 20. JOSEPH IN GOD’S CRUCIBLE In tough times:  Perseverance thru trials  Patience in stagnation  Purity in everything  Presence of God in everything  Pride cleansed
  • 21. JOSEPH IN GOD’S CRUCIBLE In good times Joseph:  Forgot: Joseph named his firstborn Manasseh and said, "It is because God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household.“ (Genesis 41:51)  Was Fruitful:The second son he named Ephraim and said, "It is because God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.“ (Genesis 41:52)  Forgave:..You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” (Genesis 50:20)  Had his Feet on the ground: The once proud dreamer, becomes the practical ruler of Egypt
  • 22. VIDEO CLIP Story of Arthur Ashe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9BOq5Ko H3s
  • 23. ROLE PLAY Enact scenarios of Joseph in today’s scenario. What are various cultural traps a youngster can fall into and how to avoid them.
  • 24. APPENDIX: LESSON PLAN  Slides 1-6 10 mins  Slide 7: Video clip - 5 mins  Slide 8-21 – 25 mins  Slide 22: Video clip (Arthur Ashe) 5 mins  Slide 23: Role play 15 mins
  • 25. GOD’S TOUCHPOINTS Old Testament Summary The Patriarchal Ages The Judges The Reign of Royalty The Prophetec Era A walk thru’ the Old Testament.. Lesson 11: God’s Direct interventions - Genesis
  • 26. GOD’S DIRECT INTERVENTIONS – OBJECTIVES To  Get a glimpse of God’s attributes  Connect with God in a deeper manner
  • 27. GOD’S DIRECT INTERVENTIONS – PRESENTATION OVERVIEW  Summary of God’s interventions  Our Role  Names of God  References  Discuss Note: Reference Material is available in the notes section of this presentation
  • 28. GOD’S DIRECT INTERVENTIONS Incident Reason God walked and talked with Adam Fellowship Punishes Adam and Eve, curses serpent, soil Judgment Enoch walked with God Fellowship Noah walked with God Fellowship God informs Noah and brings on the flood.. Judgment God’s covenant with a rainbow Promise God scatters people at Babel Judgment God appears to Abraham several times Guidance King of Salem appears to Abraham Prophecy, victory God discusses with Abraham destruction of Sodom and G. Judgment God appears to Abimelech Judgment The angel of the Lord appears to Hagar Distress God is with Ishmael as he grows Loneliness God renames Abram as Abraham Blessing God renames Sara Blessing
  • 29. GOD’S DIRECT INTERVENTIONS (CONT’D…) Incident Reason God promises him a son (via a man whom Abraham referred to as Lord) New birth God asks Abraham to sacrifice his son Prophecy, Testing The angel of God appears and stops Abraham’s hand Atonement God appears to Isaac Guidance God opens Rebekah’s womb New birth God tells Rebekah that Jacob will rule Esau Prophecy God appears to Jacob Distress God closes Rachel’s womb Fairness God opens Rachel’s womb New birth The angel of the Lord wrestles with Jacob Striving God gives Joseph dreams Prophecy God is with Joseph in slavery, prison. Loneliness God gives butler, baker, dreams Prophecy God gives pharoah dreams Prophecy God blesses Joseph and everyone recognizes it Blessing
  • 30. GOD’S ACTIVITIES FROM GENESIS  God provides  God protects  God judges  God guides  God perseveres/strives/wrestles  God’s ultimate objective is fellowship  God is with us in loneliness, despair  God discusses his future plans with those close to him  God blesses those who trust him for generations  He answers specific prayers eg Abraham for Ishmael, Sodom.  God tests our faith  God makes us fruitful  God helps us forget hurts, suffering  God surprises  God cares  God loves
  • 31. OUR ROLE  Faith - Abraham  Obedience – Abraham  Right fundamentals - Jacob  Release - Jacob  Remain in touch with God - Isaac  Purity - Joseph  Patience - Joseph  Perseverance – Joseph  Legacy - All
  • 32. NAMES OF GOD 1 Elohim: The plural form of EL, means “strong one Compounds of El:  El Shaddai:“God Almighty.”  El Elyon:“The Most High God.” Stresses  El Olam:“The Everlasting God.”
  • 33. NAMES OF GOD (CONT’D…)  2 Yahweh (YHWH): “to exist, be.” -the independent and self-existent God Compounds of Yahweh: revealing additional facts about God’s character.  Yahweh Jireh (Yireh):“The Lord will provide.”  Yahweh Nissi:“The Lord is my Banner.” - our rallying point and our means of victory;  Yahweh Shalom:“The Lord is Peace.”  Yahweh Sabbaoth:“The Lord of Hosts.”- military figure -commander of the armies of heaven  Yahweh Maccaddeshcem: “The Lord your Sanctifier.”  Yahweh Ro’i: “The Lord my Shepherd.”  Yahweh Tsidkenu: “The Lord our Righteousness.”  Yahweh Shammah: “The Lord is there.” - personal presence in the millennial kingdom  Yahweh Elohim Israel: “The Lord, the God of Israel.”
  • 34. NAMES OF GOD (CONT’D…) 3 Adonai: Majesty, master, owner. 4 Theos: Primary name for God used in the New Testament. 5 Kurios: Authority and supremacy. 6 Despotes: Master, owner 7 Father: Distinctive New Testament revelation is that through faith in Christ, God becomes our personal Father. Used of God: 15 times in the Old Testament 245 times in the New Testament.
  • 35. VIDEO CLIP – WHEN GOD’S LOVE TAKES OVER  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLsBAoe ZxFI
  • 36. DISCUSSION  Which characteristic of God touches you the most?  How will that transform your life?
  • 37. INTERVENTIONS – BIBLE REFERENCES  Genesis 5:24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.  Genesis 6:12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.  Genesis 6:13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.  Genesis 6:22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.  Genesis 7:9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, as God had commanded Noah.  Genesis 7:16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.
  • 38. INTERVENTIONS – BIBLE REFERENCES  Genesis 16:13She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”  Genesis 17:1[ The Covenant of Circumcision ] When Abram was ninety-nine years old, theLORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.  Genesis 17:3Abram fell facedown, and God said to him,  Genesis 17:5  No longer will your name be Abram, but Abraham, for I have made you the father of a number of nations.  Genesis 17:7I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your Godand the God of your descendants after you.  Genesis 17:8The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”  Genesis 17:9Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come.
  • 39. INTERVENTIONS – BIBLE REFERENCES  Genesis 17:15God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah.  Genesis 17:18And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!”  Genesis 17:19Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him.  Genesis 17:22When he had finished speaking with Abraham, God went up from him.  Genesis 17:23On that very day Abraham took his son Ishmael and all those born in his household or bought with his money, every male in his household, and circumcised them, as God told him.  Genesis 19:29So when God destroyed the cities of the plain, he remembered Abraham, and he brought Lot out of the catastrophe that overthrew the cities where Lot had lived.  Genesis 19:28-30 (in Context) Genesis 19 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations  Genesis 20:3But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”  Genesis 20:6Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her.
  • 40. INTERVENTIONS – BIBLE REFERENCES  Genesis 20:11Abraham replied, “I said to myself, ‘There is surely no fear of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife.’  Genesis 20:13And when God had me wander from my father’s household, I said to her, ‘This is how you can show your love to me: Everywhere we go, say of me, “He is my brother.”’”  Genesis 20:17Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelek, his wife and his female slaves so they could have children again,  Genesis 21:12But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.  Genesis 21:17God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there.  Genesis 21:19Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.  Genesis 21:20God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer.
  • 41. INTERVENTIONS – BIBLE REFERENCES  Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.  Genesis 22:2Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”  Genesis 22:3Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.  Genesis 22:8Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
  • 42. INTERVENTIONS – BIBLE REFERENCES  Genesis 25:11After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi.  Genesis 26:24That night the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”
  • 43. INTERVENTIONS – BIBLE REFERENCES  Genesis 28:12He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.  Genesis 28:13There above it stood the LORD, and he said: “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.  Genesis 28:17He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”  Genesis 28:20Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear
  • 44. INTERVENTIONS – BIBLE REFERENCES  Genesis 32:1[ Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau ] Jacob also went on his way, and the angels of God met him.  Genesis 32:2When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.  Genesis 32:9Then Jacob prayed, “O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac,LORD, you who said to me, ‘Go back to your country and your relatives, and I will make you prosper,’  Genesis 32:22[ Jacob Wrestles With God ] That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two female servants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok.  Genesis 32:28Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”  Genesis 32:30So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.”
  • 45. INTERVENTIONS – BIBLE REFERENCES  Genesis 35:3Then come, let us go up to Bethel, where I will build an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and who has been with me wherever I have gone.”  Genesis 35:4So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods they had and the rings in their ears, and Jacob buried them under the oak at Shechem.  Genesis 35:5Then they set out, and the terror of God fell on the towns all around them so that no one pursued them.  Genesis 35:7There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.  Genesis 35:9After Jacob returned from Paddan Aram, God appeared to him again and blessed him.  Genesis 35:10God said to him, “Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel.  Genesis 35:11And God said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants.  Genesis 35:13Then God went up from him at the place where he had talked with him.
  • 46. INTERVENTIONS – BIBLE REFERENCES  Genesis 14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, Exodus 15:17 You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance-- the place, LORD, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established. Psalm 9:11 Sing the praises of the LORD, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. Psalm 27:5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. Psalm 132:13 For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,  Psalm 135:21 Praise be to the LORD from Zion, to him who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the LORD. Lamentations 2:6 He has laid waste his dwelling like a garden; he has destroyed his place of meeting. The LORD has made Zion forget her appointed festivals and her Sabbaths; in his fierce anger he has spurned both king and priest.
  • 47. GOD’S TOUCHPOINTS Old Testament Summary The Patriarchal Ages The Judges The Reign of Royalty The Prophetic Era A walk thru’ the Old Testament.. Lesson 12: God’s Special interventions - Genesis
  • 48. GOD’S SPECIAL INTERVENTIONS – OBJECTIVES To:  Understand the significance of Christ’s special appearances in Genesis  Learn from what he is saying to us today through those special appearances  Continue to be sensitive to His voice and leading
  • 49. GOD’S SPECIAL INTERVENTIONS – PRESENTATION OVERVIEW  Role of Christ in Genesis  Study Christ’s communications to God’s touchpoints in Genesis  Analyse what Christ communicates to us today
  • 50. WHO WALKED WITH ADAM? How could God walk and talk with Adam when “no one has ever seen God”? No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (John 1:18)
  • 51. GOD’S SPECIAL INTERVENTIONS - ADAM  Genesis 3:8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.  Genesis 3:9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?  Genesis 3:22 And the LORD God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”  Genesis 3:23 So the LORD God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.
  • 52. WHO WALKED WITH ADAM?  If Adam encountered a visible form of God, that form points to Jesus, the “one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known”. (John 1:18b)  God’s special interventions refer to a physical form of God visible to humans – pointing to the appearances of Jesus in the Old Testament  We see more examples below…
  • 53. GOD’S SPECIAL INTERVENTIONS 13 Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” 15 Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, “I did not laugh.” But he said, “Yes, you did laugh.” Abraham Pleads for Sodom 16When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the LORD said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[c] 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” 20 Then the LORD said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”(Genesis 18:13-20)
  • 54. MELCHIZEDEK? 17 After Abram returned from defeating Kedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet Abram in the Valley of Shaveh (known as the King’s Valley). 18 Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. (Now he was the priest of the Most High God.) 19 He blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by the Most High God, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 Worthy of praise is the Most High God, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything. 21 (Genesis 14:17-20).
  • 55. MELCHIZEDEK?  19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19,20)  1 Now this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, met Abraham as he was returning from defeating the kings and blessed him. 2 To him also Abraham apportioned a tithe of everything. His name first means king of righteousness, then king of Salem, that is, king of peace. 3 Without father, without mother, without genealogy, he has neither beginning of days nor end of life but is like the son of God, and he remains a priest for all time. 4 But see how great he must be, if Abraham the patriarch gave him a tithe of his plunder. 5 And those of the sons of Levi who receive the priestly office have authorization according to the law to collect a tithe from the people, that is, from their fellow countrymen, although they too are descendants of Abraham. 6 But Melchizedek who does not share their ancestry collected a tithe from Abraham and blessed the one who possessed the promise. 7 Now without dispute the inferior is blessed by the superior, 8 and in one case tithes are received by mortal men, while in the other by him who is affirmed to be alive. 9 And it could be said that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid a tithe through Abraham. 10 For he was still in his ancestor Abraham’s loins when Melchizedek met him (Hebrews 7:1- 10).
  • 56. GOD’S SPECIAL INTERVENTIONS - ABRAHAM 22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”“Here I am,” he replied.2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” 3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.” 6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.9When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar here and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”“Here I am,” he replied.12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”13Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” 15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have n t withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore.Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”
  • 57. THE SACRIFICE Do you see a connection between Abraham’s sacrifice and Christ’s? Refer Gen 22.
  • 58. ABRAHAM’S SACRIFICE VS CHRIST’S The Offering of Isaac points to the Crucifixion of Jesus www.spiritandtruth.org Type (Model) Antitype (Fulfillment) Abraham offered his only son (Gen. 22:2,12). God offered his only Son (John 3:16). Isaac carried the wood for the sacrifice (Gen. 22:5). Jesus carried the cross for the sacrifice (John 19:17). Isaac cried out to his father (Gen. 22:7). Jesus cried out to His Father (Mat. 27:46; Mark 15:34). Isaac escaped death after three days (Gen.22:4). Jesus rose from the dead on the third day (Mat. 16:21; Mark 16:2-4; Luke 9:22). Abraham indicated God will provide a lamb for the sacrifice (Gen. 22:8). God provided Jesus as The Lamb for the sacrifice (Isa. 53:7; John 1:29, 36; Rev. 5:6+; 7:17+). God provided a ram, a male sheep, as a substitutionary sacrifice (Gen. 22:13). God provided a male, Jesus, as a substitutionary sacrifice. The ram was caught by its horns (head) in a thicket (thorns) (Gen. 22:13). Jesus wore a crown of thorns on his head (Mat. 27:29), a symbol of the sin He bore (Gen. 3:18). Sacrifice offered at specific location on Mount Moriah (Gen. 22:2, 9). For hundreds of years, sacrifices would be offered from the same spot inside Solomon’s Temple and the Second Temple (2Chr. 3:1). When Jesus is crucified outside the city walls on the same mountain, the veil within the Temple is rent in two (Mark 15:38). The ram was God’s provision (Gen. 22:13-14). Abraham prophetically named the place pointing to the crucifixion where God made the ultimate provision: the sacrifice of His Son for sin (Heb.9:26-28).
  • 59. GOD’S SPECIAL INTERVENTIONS Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. . . . And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.” And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” (Genesis 32:24–25, 28–30)
  • 60. JACOB AND GOD  Who initiated the fight between man and Jacob? Why?  Why did God dislocate Jacob’s thigh?
  • 61. GOD’S SPECIAL INTERVENTIONS  7 The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered. 9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.”10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.” 11 The angel of the LORD also said to her: “You are now pregnant and you will give birth to a son. You shall name him Ishmael,[a] for the LORD has heard of your misery.12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward[b] all his brothers.” 13 She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen[c] the One who sees me.” 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi[d]; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered  Gen 21. 4 Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders and then sent her off with the boy. She went on her way and wandered in the desert of Beersheba. 15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down nearby, about a bowshot away, for she thought, "I cannot watch the boy die." And as she sat there nearby, she began to sob. 17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heavenand said to her, "What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation." 19Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink. 20 God was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer. 21 While he was living in the Desert of Paran, his mother got a wife for him from Egypt.
  • 62. HAGAR AND ISHMAEL Why did God protect and provide for Hagar and Ishmael?
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  • 64. GOD’S SPECIAL INTERVENTIONS - HIGHLIGHTS In Genesis we see the promise of:  A seed who would defeat Satan (God’s judgement to Adam after the fall) Gen 3  A Saviour who provides alternate sacrifice – prelude of Calvary (Gen 22 The Angel of the Lord stops Abraham’s hand from striking Isaac)  A Son who enables joint-sonship into God’s kingdom (14:17-20) – Abraham’s encounter with Melchizedek – The first Eucharist  A Spirit who comforts and perseveres with the lost world  A Spirit is wrestling with us to draw us to submission to God  Similar powers to God Receives tithes, judges, wins battles, blesses, saves, etc.
  • 65. GOD (JESUS) INTERVENES…. While man fails, God prevails What man kills, God rebuilds  God battles with us while we constantly veer towards Satan’s clutches  God never lets his knowledge of the future or the past interfere with his present dealings with an individual  God provides opportunities for recovery in the most hopeless of situations and people  While God judges, and his perfect plans may be jeorpadized, he continues to work his plans through the current circumstances.  Sometimes God has to hurt and weaken us (like he did Jacob) to bring us to greater dependance on him and greater humility.
  • 66. DISCUSSION God is an unchanging God. Share thoughts on how you have personally experienced God’s interventions in your life in the context of a seed, a Saviour, a Son or a Spirit?