October 25, 2015
First Baptist Church
What’s the number one thing?
The Glory of God!
1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of
October Memory Verse:
Colossians 3:14 NIV
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect
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How have you seen God at work during the week?
• Genesis Chapters 1-15, J. Vernon McGee
• Our Covenant God, Kay Arthur
• The Dennison Forum on Truth and Culture—Cultural Commentary, Jim
Terah Family Tree:
Terah begat Abram when Terah was 70
• He also begat Haran and Nahor
• Haran was Lot’s father and Haran died before his father Terah
Grand Canyon in Genesis
First 11 chapters—2000 years
Rest of Bible 2,000 years
350 years Genesis Chapters 12-50
Genesis Chapters 1-11
• Tower of Babel
Genesis Chapters 12-50
Famous—3 great religions of the world go back to Abraham
• God speaks to Abram for the 1st time (speaks to him 7 times) and tells him
to leave the land.
• Joshua 24:2 says “Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old
time, even Terah, the Father of Abraham, and the father of Nahor; and
they served other gods.”
3 Fold Promise
• Land—Occupied up to 30,000 square miles—was actually promised
300,000 square miles
• Blessing—thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee
and curse them that curse thee and in thee shall all families of the earth
• Abram departed Haran and entered Canaan.
• Abram was 75 years old.
• God appeared to Abram a second time in verse 7 and repeated promise
of the land.
• As a result of a famine Abram left Canaan and went to Egypt.
• Notice God did not tell Abram to leave.
• Abram lied about his relationship with his wife Sarai.
• God did not appear to Abram during this period.
• However as Chapter 13 begins and Abram returns to Canaan it is obvious
that God has blessed him because it says Abram was very rich.
Review—Genesis 13-Abram and Lot separate
In Genesis 13:14-17, God appears to Abram for a 3rd time and reaffirms promise
of land “and will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a
man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be
Review—Chapter 14-Abram saves Lot
• Amaraphel King of Shinar was Hamurabbi.
• Kings of East made war with Kings of Sodom and Gomorrah—this is a
• Abram refuses to take any of the booty—this was so that no one could say
they made Abram rich.
• Brought forth bread and wine.
• Blessed Abram.
• Abram gave him tithes.
• Melchizedek was mentioned 3 times (Gen. 14, Psalm 110:4, and Hebrews).
• God’s revelation of Himself as shield and reward.
• Abraham’s faith.
• God’s covenant with Abraham.
1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying,
Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
• God appears to Abram for the 4th time—I am thy shield and great reward
2 And Abram said, LORD God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and
the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? 3 And Abram said, Behold,
to me thou has given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.
• Abram replies that he is still childless—as if God needed reminding—
however Abram brought this to God’s attention—have you ever had that
thing that was bothering you? Did you take it to God? Lay it at His feet.
Cultural Commentary, Jim Dennison
4 And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be
thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine
• God told Abram he would have a child.
5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell
the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed
• God said Abram’s seed would outnumber the stars—Abraham actually
had 2 seeds.
1. The physical seed—the nation of Israel.
2. The spiritual seed—the Church established by Jesus.
6 And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness.
• This is one of the greatest statements in the Bible—Abram believed in the
LORD—that’s all he did—Believe.
• This should put to rest the argument over a works based faith.
• Abraham did nothing—no work, no effort, he just believed!!!
7 And He said unto him, “I am the LORD, who brought you out of Ur of the
Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”
8 And he said, “LORD God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?”
• God says He brought Abram out of Ur to give him this land and Abram
asks “how shall I know?”.
• This makes me a little nervous but remember Abram has just said I believe
and that settled the issue.
• The question is how will I know?
• A simple question.
9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female
goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 Then he
brought all these to Him and cut them in two, down the middle, and placed
each piece opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds in two.
• God tells Abram to get some specific animals which Abram did and he cut
the animals in two and placed the pieces opposite of each other.
11 And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them
• Abram chased away the buzzards.
12 Now when the sun was going down a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and
behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then He said to Abram:
“Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not
theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.” 14 “And
also the nation whom they serve I will judge; afterward they shall come out with
great possessions. 15 Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you
shall be buried at a good old age.” 16 “But in the fourth generation they shall
return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.”
• As the sun was going down a deep sleep fell upon Abram and God told
Abram about the time of the Israelites in Egypt and their deliverance.
17 And it came to pass that when the sun went down and it was dark, that
behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a burning torch that passed
between those pieces.
• When the sun went down a smoking oven and a flaming torch passed
between the pieces of cut animals.
18 On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: “To your
descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the
River Euphrates— 19 the Kenites, the Kenezzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the
Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the
In Scripture we see two different types of covenants that God makes with men.
Some are unconditional covenants, which God will keep regardless of man’s
actions. Others are conditional in that man must obey the terms of the covenant
in order to receive the promises related to it.
• The Adamic Covenant can be thought of in two parts: the Edenic
Covenant (innocence) and the Adamic Covenant (grace) (Genesis 3:16-
19). The Edenic Covenant is found in Genesis 1:26-30; 2:16-17. The Edenic
Covenant outlined man’s responsibility toward creation and God’s
directive regarding the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The
Adamic Covenant included the curses pronounced against mankind for
the sin of Adam and Eve, as well as God’s provision for that sin (Genesis
• The Noahic Covenant was an unconditional covenant between God and
Noah (specifically) and humanity (generally). After the Flood, God
promised humanity that He would never again destroy all life on earth with
a Flood (see Genesis chapter 9). God gave the rainbow as the sign of the
covenant, a promise that the entire earth would never again flood and a
reminder that God can and will judge sin (2 Peter 2:5).
• Abrahamic Covenant (Genesis 12:1-3, 6-7; 13:14-17; 15; 17:1-14; 22:15-18).
In this covenant, God promised many things to Abraham. He personally
promised that He would make Abraham’s name great (Genesis 12:2), that
Abraham would have numerous physical descendants (Genesis 13:16),
and that he would be the father of a multitude of nations (Genesis 17:4-5).
God also made promises regarding a nation called Israel. In fact, the
geographical boundaries of the Abrahamic Covenant are laid out on
more than one occasion in the book of Genesis (12:7; 13:14-15; 15:18-21).
Another provision in the Abrahamic Covenant is that the families of the
world will be blessed through the physical line of Abraham (Genesis
12:3; 22:18). This is a reference to the Messiah, who would come from the
line of Abraham.
• Palestinian Covenant (Deuteronomy 30:1-10). The Palestinian Covenant, or
Land Covenant, amplifies the land aspect that was detailed in the
Abrahamic Covenant. According to the terms of this covenant, if the
people disobeyed, God would cause them to be scattered around the
world (Deuteronomy 30:3-4), but He would eventually restore the nation
(verse 5). When the nation is restored, then they will obey Him perfectly
(verse 8), and God will cause them to prosper (verse 9).
• Mosaic Covenant (Deuteronomy 11; et al.). The Mosaic Covenant was a
conditional covenant that either brought God's direct blessing for
obedience or God's direct cursing for disobedience upon the nation of
Israel. Part of the Mosaic Covenant was the Ten Commandments (Exodus
20) and the rest of the Law, which contained over 600 commands—
roughly 300 positive and 300 negative. The history books of the Old
Testament (Joshua–Esther) detail how Israel succeeded at obeying the
Law or how Israel failed miserably at obeying the Law. Deuteronomy
11:26-28 details the blessing/cursing motif.
• Davidic Covenant (2 Samuel 7:8-16). The Davidic Covenant amplifies the
“seed” aspect of the Abrahamic Covenant. The promises to David in this
passage are significant. God promised that David's lineage would last
forever and that his kingdom would never pass away permanently (verse
16). Obviously, the Davidic throne has not been in place at all times. There
will be a time, however, when someone from the line of David will again sit
on the throne and rule as king. This future king is Jesus (Luke 1:32-33).
• New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34). The New Covenant is a covenant
made first with the nation of Israel and, ultimately, with all mankind. In the
New Covenant, God promises to forgive sin, and there will be a universal
knowledge of the Lord. Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Law of Moses
(Matthew 5:17) and create a new covenant between God and His people.
Now that we are under the New Covenant, both Jews and Gentiles can be
free from the penalty of the Law. We are now given the opportunity to
receive salvation as a free gift (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Our Covenant God, Kay Arthur
• In Genesis 15:18 when it says the LORD “made a covenant,” the phrase in
Hebrew is karath beriyth.
• In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for covenant is beriyth
• The word beriyth…is a compact (…made by passing between pieces of
• A beriyth between God and man it is a covenant accompanied by signs,
sacrifices, and a solemn oath that sealed the relationship with promises of
blessing for keeping the covenant and curses for breaking it.
• The history of this Hebrew word beriyth (as scholars piece it together)
offers further insight.
• The general opinion is that the word is derived from the Hebrew verb
barah, “to cut,” and therefore contains a reminder of the ceremony we
just looked at in Genesis 15.
• Let’s look at a word combination that illumines the meaning of making a
• Usually when we read in our English translations of the Old Testament
about someone “making a covenant,” the phrase includes the two
Hebrew words karath and beriyth.
• The verb karath in this expression literally means “to cut off, cut down, fell,
cut or make.”
• So to “make a covenant” is literally to “cut covenant.”
Our Covenant God, Kay Arthur
• Every time you read through the Word and see the phrase “made a
covenant,” remember that a covenant was cut; there was shedding of
• “In such a covenant the one passing through the pieces pledged his
faithfulness to the covenant. If that faithfulness was broken, he called
death upon himself, or the same fate which befell the animals.”
• God the Father obligated Himself unconditionally to cut a covenant on
behalf of you and me that would be sealed by the indwelling of the Holy
• Abram does nothing but observe the commitment of God to His promise.
• Everything God does is based on covenant.
• Covenant was a pledge to death. A pledge born of love. A pledge cut in
blood. This is the root of covenant.
• “When God enters into a covenantal relationship with men, he sovereignly
institutes a life-and-death bond. A covenant is a bond in blood, or a bond
of life and death, sovereignly administered.”
• To make a covenant is to take a walk into death.
• Covenant is serious business and not to be taken lightly.
• What is man’s response to God’s gift of a covenant relationship?
• When you enter into this covenant relationship you will be a changed
• We should continually seek to grow to be more like Jesus.
Cultural Commentary, Jim Dennison
• First, admit that you need to be made more holy. Face the fact that the
timbers of your house are termite-infested with sin, that your walls are
stained with the mold of disobedience to God's word and will.
• Second, ask the Master Carpenter to remove what you cannot. Invite the
Holy Spirit to bring to your mind anything in your life that displeases God,
and confess all that comes to your thoughts. Do this at the start of every
• Third, invite the Spirit to take control of your attitudes, thoughts, words and
actions (Ephesians 5:18). Ask him to manifest the character of Christ in
you. Then stay submitted to him all through the day. When you face a
decision, pray for his guidance. When you are tempted, pray for his
strength. When you fail, pray for his forgiveness and restoration. Stay
connected to the Source of your sanctification.
• Fourth, believe that God is answering your prayer. You may not be able to
see him at work, but he is. Sanctification is a lifelong process. Moment by
moment and day by day, God is transforming your life "to be conformed
to the image of his Son" (Romans 8:29).
The Plan of Hope & Salvation
John 3:16 NKJV
16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 14:6 NKJV
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me.”
Romans 3:23 NKJV
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23a NKJV
23a For the wages of sin is death,
Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.
Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to
pay the penalty for our sins.
The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
8 “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral,
sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with
fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
Romans 5:8 NKJV
8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
Romans 6:23b NKJV
23b but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Revelation 21:7 NKJV
7 “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be
Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior.
Romans 10:9-10 NKJV
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that
God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one
believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto
Romans 10:13 NKJV
13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
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