Mid Week Message

  NOTES: Download: Jeremiah_10   Jeremiah 10-14 • Chapter Study INTRODUCTION I want to share some historical background to our study tonight. Jeremiah began his ministry as a prophet as a young man – just 16years old. The king at that time was Josiah, a godly man& good king. Josiah’s grandfather was Manasseh, an exceedingly wicked man who filled the kingdom of Judah & the capital of Jerusalem w/idols – the worship of which involved hideous abominations; including human sacrifice. What made Manasseh’s reign even worse was that he reigned longer than any king in Israel’s history; 55 years! His son & Josiah’s father was just a brief ditto to Manasseh& was so corrupt he was assassinated. This left the 8 year old Josiah as king. Beign too young to rule, royal officials reigned for him until he turned 16, then he moved to assert his authority & immediately set about to cleanse the land of idolatry. He sent out the troops to dismantle the...

Reference: Jeremiah 6-9  Date: 31 October 2012    NOTES: Download: Jeremiah_06   Jeremiah 6-9 INTRO Ch. 6 is the last part of the young prophet Jer’s 1st msg – delivered when he was only about 16.   CHAPTER 6 1“O you children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee from the midst of Jerusalem! Because judgment was coming. Benjamin was 1 of the 2 tribes that made up the southern kingdom of Judah; the other of course was Judah. Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a signal-fire in Beth Haccerem; For disaster appears out of the north, and great destruction. Tekoa & Beth Haccerem were fortresses where signal fires were set to alert Jerusalem of an approaching army. Jer tells them to go ahead & send their signals now because judgment was certain. HE (Jer) was a spiritual signal fire – but the people ignored him. Maybe they’d pay more attention if they saw an actual beacon lit. We had a signal fire lit for us this week...

  Reference: Jeremiah 3-5 Date: 24 October 2012    NOTES Download: Jeremiah_03   Jeremiah 3-5 • Chapter Study INTRO Chs. 2-6 are the 16 year old prophet Jeremiah’s 1st message to the people of Judah. He preached this during the reign of good king Josiah. But it’s a scathing denunciation of Judah’s idolatry. He pleads w/ them to forsake their idols & return to the Lord. As we’ve seen over the last 3 Sundays, the imagery God uses in these chs. is that Israel was a stubbornly wayward, cheatin’ hussy of a wife while He’d been nothing but a marvelous, faithful, outstanding husband to her. Her idol worshipping was spiritual adultery. And while God had patiently waited & pleaded with her to come back to Him alone, she refused. So His long spoken warning of judgment was drawing near. CHAPTER 3 1 “They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife, And she goes from him And becomes another man’s, May he return to her again?’ Would not that...

  Reference: Jeremiah 1-2  Date: 03 October 2012   NOTES Download: Jeremiah_01   Jeremiah 1-2 • Chapter Study INTRODUCTION Background Sketch When starting a new book of the Bible, I like to do a quick background sketch. It’s important to know the historical setting & situation it was conceived in. So here’s a thumbnail survey of. Abraham, father of the Jewish people was called by God to leave his home in Ur/Mesopotamia & move to the  land that would one day be called Israel. His grandson Jacob’s family moved to Egypt during a time of famine where they were welcomed by the Egyptians. But when another dynasty arose, their descendants, which were many, were made slaves. After 400 yrs in Egypt, Moses led them out in the Exodus – & 40 yrs later Joshua led them into Canaan – the Promised Land. The land was divided up among the 12 tribes of Israel – & because they failed to conquer the utterly corrupt Canaanites who lived there before...

Reference: Hebrews 13  Date: 26 September 2012   NOTES Download: Hebrews_13   Mid Week • Hebrews 13 INTRODUCTION In a couple of previous studies, we’ve noted 1 of the great mysteries of the NT is who wrote Hebrews. So as we’ve marched thru the text, we’ve identified the hints that it was probably the Apostle Paul. One of those hints is the outline of Hebrews is the same as others of his letters. The first half is doctrine, then practice. Theology, then application. Belief à Behavior. Creed à Conduct. So in Hebrews we find first a masterful exposition of the superiority of Jesus & The Gospel to a Christ-less & Jesus-rejecting Judaism. And the reason for that powerful explanation of the supremacy of The Gospel is because the letter was written to Jewish followers of Jesus being pressured by their fellow Jews & hostile Roman officials, to go back to the Judaism of their past. The pressure was great, at times breaking out in violence – and had...

Reference: Hebrews 12:14-29  Date: 19 September 2012   NOTES DOWNLOAD: Hebrews_12b   INTRO We only covered vs. 1-13 of ch. 12 last week, so we’ll pick it up at v. 14 tonight. The writer turns to wrap up the letter, he moves to a practical application of all the doctrine he spelled out in Chs. 1-10. He’s brilliant shown the superiority of Jesus & The Gospel and bolstered the flagging faith of his readers who were being pressed to give up following Jesus to go back to the Judaism of their past. In chl. 11 he reminded them of their heroes & what it was that mayde them heroic – their steadfast faith in God when it was hard. He calls them to not just tell & enjoy their stories but to become a part of it – to step into it & embrace that same confidence in God. Now we turns to kind of bullet-list several ways the Faith can & ought...

Reference: Hebrews 11 Date: 03 September 2012 NOTES Download: Hebrews_11   Hebrews 11 •  Chapter Study   INTRODUCTION Throughout history, groups of people we call cultures, or societies, or civilizations have set up special people called heroes. These heroes are nearly always people who embody some great virtue that society wants to enshrine & encourage. So their stories are told from generation to generation, usually from parent to child, in the hope the young will also take on those virtues. Leaders & politicians mention them in their speeches as a kind of verbal shorthand, knowing just mention the heroes’ name will evoke a feeling of patriotism in the crowd he / she is talking to. So today, a politician will drop the name of George Washington, or Abraham Lincoln & people know, just by the mention of the name what’s being referred to. Of course there are anti-heroes as well; people who don’t demonstrate virtue by their lifestyle but some vice, some fatal moral flaw...