Achan’s Sin And God’s Justice (Joshua 7-8)

 

  1. We’re ready for Joshua 7
  2. In our last study we saw that Israel took Jericho
    1. But everything in it was devoted to God:
      1. The city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent. 18And ye, in any wise keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it. 19But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, are consecrated unto the Lord: they shall come into the treasury of the Lord.” (Josh. 6:17-19)
    2. So Israel was forbidden from keeping any of the spoils
    3. And all the people of Canaan had to be executed
  3. The principle we saw is the total depravity that comes with sin
    1. We might think some sin is no big deal, but Scriptures show that even the slightest sin must be paid in blood
    2. Something as simple as eating fruit was enough to bring death into the world and make all men suffer from the curse
    3. So there’s no scale or hierarchy as far as repayment goes
  4. And God shows no favoritism in his justice
    1. That was the case with all the residents of Canaan
    2. And it’s the main point of tonight’s study
      1. We’re going to read about an Israelite from the tribe of Judah who ignores the ban
      2. How will God deal with him?
      3. How will he deal with sin in Israel’s camp? Will he show favoritism and turn a blind eye?

 

Let’s start in verse one:Read More »

Let There Be Darkness (Revelation 16)

 

  1. We’re in Revelation 16, and we’re almost to the finish line.
    1. There have been several plagues following seals and trumpets, and the earth is almost destroyed, but it’s not over yet.
    2. We read last time that these seven bowls are “the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.” (15:1)
    3. Later we’ll hear “a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.” (Rev. 16:17)
    4. So there’s a plan and an end in sight.
  2. This is a great comfort for the saints because:
    1. …their prayer is answered and their enemies are judged.
    2. …wickedness finally comes to an end and the curse is removed.
    3. …death no longer has any power.
    4. …they’re no longer foreigners in a strange land.
    5. So, whatever we see here, we see, primarily, a blessing.
  3. We’ve already covered the first four bowls of wrath.
    1. Men were covered in sores and scorched by the sun, and all the water turned to blood.
    2. Throughout all this, God was proven to be righteous in his judgment.
    3. These people deserved what they got and would not repent despite it.

 

Now we’ll finish the last three bowls, and these are aimed more at the powers that be in the world…Read More »

The Righteousness Of God’s Wrath (Revelation 15-16)

 

  1. We’re still at Revelation 15
    1. All of the judgments are coming to an end
    2. John saw “seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.” (15:1)
  2. There’s a parallel with the Exodus
    1. Believers are on their way out of this place and the wicked are judged with plagues
    2. Last time we saw something like what happened at the Red Sea (15:2-4)
      1. This is sort of a sneak-peek of the victory guaranteed to the saints

 

But it’s not finished yet. John saw the angels, and now it’s time for them to act…

5And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: Read More »

The Saints Around The Glassy Sea (Revelation 15)

 

  1. The Bible is the gospel
    1. It’s not a book of morals
    2. It’s not a self-help guide
    3. It’s not religious voodoo
  2. It’s the story of God’s work to save his people
    1. We see that through the promise in the Garden
    2. We see it through the promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
    3. It’s the story of Israel’s exodus from Egypt
    4. It’s the whole point of the Covenant at Sinai
    5. It’s temporarily fulfilled in the Promised Land
    6. And it’s permanently fulfilled in the New Covenant
  3. Revelation, a New Covenant book, shows us how that happens
    1. We see the end when all sin is judged and all righteousness is rewarded
    2. We see how and when the original promise is kept

 

That’s our focus as we study today…Read More »

The Fall Of Jericho (Joshua 6)

 

  1. Israel is ready to go into the Promised Land
  2. They sent two spies and prepared for battle
    1. The preparations included circumcision and Passover
    2. Which are both reminders of the Covenant
  3. Then they crossed over Jordan and met the Lord’s commander
  4. So now they’re ready, and you’ve heard this story many times before
    1. Maybe an interesting story
    2. Sort of a coloring book perspective of it
    3. But it’s so much more
      1. Speaks of Christ
      2. Preaches gospel

 

Look for those as the conquest begins…

Now Jericho was straitly shut up because of the children of Israel: none went out, and none came in.

  1. The gates were shut tightly
    1. Trying to save themselves
  2. But they know God has given them the land
    1. It’s an act of defiance
    2. Dependence on their walls
    3. Not coincidence that the battle is won when the walls fall from supernatural forces

 

So it’s not a problem for the promise…Read More »

Bless The Lord (Psalm 103)

 

  1. Break from Revelation
    1. Felt need to be reminded of sufficiency
    2. Worship in Psalm

 

Bless the Lord for His Benefits To Us :1-7

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:

  1. To bless the Lord means to praise or adore Him.
    1. Bless his holy name
      1. As one separate from all creation
    2. This is done through extolling him and his works
      1. Like a sunset: “Look at that”
  2. Oh my soul
    1. Let all that I am praise the Lord” (NLT)
    2. Praise him “with my whole heart” (NLT)
    3. “Let it come from the deepest parts of my heart”
    4. Genuine and personal
  3. Remember all his benefits
    1. Not like Israel
    2. Job = accept good and bad

 

There are so many reasons for us to bless Him…Read More »

The Woman, The Dragon, And The Lamb Pt. 3 (Revelation 14)

 

  1. We’re finally to the last part of this story of the Woman, the Dragon, and the Lamb.
    1. The dragon attacked the woman as she was about to give birth, but she and the baby were rescued.
      1. Of course, you’ll remember that the baby is the Messiah…
      2. …And he was taken up to God’s throne after his resurrection.
    2. After the Dragon failed to kill the woman and her baby, he went to fight the woman’s other children…
    3. …And he did that through a beast from the sea and another from the earth.
      1. These two deceived the whole world and caused them to worship the first beast…
      2. …And they caused a lot of suffering for Christians.
      3. Everyone who failed to submit to the beast was persecuted and killed.
  2. But God calls for patience and faith.
    1. Despite the miracles and power, the beasts are only men.
      1. That’s why their number is the number of a man.
    2. God will save his people just as he saved Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

 

So the stage is set for the Lamb to fight and win against the Dragon and the beasts…Read More »