SERMON SEEDS
August 5, 2017, 7:14 PM

SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 7/31/17

SERMON SEEDS

P28 – THE WEEK OF JULY 31, 2017

 

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THE FORGOTTEN FACE OF A CHALLENGED WOMAN

FORGOTTEN FACES - #1 OF 8

 

(The title of this series, “Forgotten Faces” comes from a book with the same name by George Clarke Peck. It was published by the Methodist Book Concern with a copyright of 1919. I only borrowed the title, not the material in the book.)

 

We begin a new series of studies that will examine the live of Bible Characters that we might just have forgotten, but who have much to teach us.  Our first study is on a woman who was married to Abraham, “the father of faith”.  Her name was Sarah. We want to view Sarah as “The Forgotten Face of a Challenged Woman”.

Sarah’s life was challenged in several different ways:

 

SARAH WAS CHALLENGED BY CHANGE

 

We first find the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 11.

Abraham, the Son of Terah, lived with his family in Ur of the Chaldees. This was probably in Northern Mesopotamia.

 

Abraham took Sarah to be his wife.

 

It wasn’t long after that, that they moved to a place called Haran. In Genesis 12 we see that God called Abraham out of his homeland to sojourn in what is today the Promised Land. Genesis 12:1-4

 

This meant to Sarah that she would have to change where she lived.  And because Abraham just sojourned in the land, but never owned it, Sarah would have always been moving.

 

Another change that was made had to do with religion.

Although it does not say directly in the Bible that Abraham had been an idol worshiper, there’s a good chance that he was until he received God’s call.  Sarah, therefore, was also probably involved in idolatry.  When Abraham’s faith changed, the whole family’s faith would have changed.

 

Like Sarah, you and I will also have to deal with change.

Many of us have had to experience the change caused by a move as Sarah did.   

 

When a person becomes a Christian, or tries to live the Christian life change is also involved. Like with Abraham and Sarah, it is a change of religion. We will not always understand why things that were once right now are wrong, and why things that were once unimportant are now important.

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

And change is something that God expects from us as Christians until we get to Heaven.  We are to be constantly growing in the things of Christ.  If we do that, change is inevitable. 2 Peter 3:18

 

How should we handle changes that we have no control over, such as moves, illness, or the death of a loved one?  Proverbs 3:5-6, 1 Peter 5:7, Romans 12:1 

   

SARAH WAS CHALLENGED BY CONSPIRACY

   

Twice in their married lives Abraham asked Sarah to lie about their relationship.

The first time occurs in Genesis 12. There was a famine in the land and Abraham moved down to Egypt.

Sarah was still a good looker in her early 70’s, so Abraham was afraid if the Egyptians knew that Sarah was his wife, that they would kill him. Genesis 12:11-19

This happened a second time with Abimelech. Genesis 20

 

In both cases Sarah was protected by God.

You have to wonder about the strength of Abraham’s faith in those particular times.

You also have to wonder how this might have influenced Sarah.  She was placed in a position of potential adultery because of her husband’s lies.

 

I think there are two lessons to be learned here.

First of all, let’s not expect our husbands or wives to lie for us.

The second lesson we learn is that we should not give in when someone wants us to do what is wrong in order to protect them.

 

We should stand for what is right even though it will hurt.

When we cover up for another person’s sins, we are become part and parcel of the wrong.

 

SARAH WAS CHALLENGED BY CONCEPTION

 

Genesis 11:30But Sarai was barren; she had no child.

 

What strikes me here is that Abraham and Sarah are being confronted by that which seems absolutely impossible. There seemed to be no way that they would have their own children.

 

However, God intervenes.

What Abraham thought to be impossible, God would resolve. Genesis 15:1-6

We need to realize something that God told Abraham in Genesis 18.

There is nothing that is impossible with God. Luke 1:37

 

One of our big problems is that we do not trust God to do what is impossible with man. If we would but ask God and believe Him to do the impossible, we would see it happen. Psalm 81:10

 

Genesis 16:1-2 - Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. [2] And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

 

Sarah told Abraham to go into her slave girl and have a child by her. That would have solved the problem humanly speaking.  This was perfectly in line with the customs of the day.   

 

The trouble was Sarah was getting ahead of God.

Sarah was trying to help God solve the problem.

 

We need to be careful of that as well. Sometimes we will try to solve our own problems without waiting on God to solve them.  Like this particular case, we often find ourselves making matters worse instead of better.

 

Because Sarah didn’t wait for God she added another challenge to her life.

 

SARAH WAS CHALLENGED BY COMPETITION   

 

Genesis 16:3-4 - And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. [4] And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

 

Hagar had no alternative as a slave than to do what she was told.

It was Abraham and Sarah who created the situation through unbelief.

However when Hagar become pregnant she began to despise and look down at her mistress.  After all, Hagar was able to get pregnant and Sarah wasn’t.  That made Sarah inferior.   

 

Genesis 16:5-6 - And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee. [6] But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in thy hand; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled from her face.

 

Isn’t this interesting?

Sarah got what she wanted, a pregnant slave girl.

Abraham had done what Sarah had asked.

But when there resentment arose on Hagar’s part, it was all Abraham’s fault.

Sarah was permitted to deal harshly with Hagar, and Hagar ran away.   

 

As far as Hagar was concerned, the Angel of the Lord, the Lord Jesus, appeared to her in the dessert and promised her many descendents.  She was required to go back and submit to her mistress.

 

As far as Sarah was concerned it was her unbelief that caused the resentment on Hagar’s part.  She chose to handle her competition harshly.

 

There are a couple of lessons here that we can learn.

  • Don’t blame others for what is your own fault.
  • Don’t deal harshly with those who resent you. Romans 12:14,18,21

 

SHE WAS CHALLENGED BY COMMUNICATION

 

The communication that challenged Sarah came from God.

Abraham had three visitors, the Lord Himself and two angels.

Abraham showed them traditional hospitality. Genesis 18:6-15

 

God said that Sarah would have a son.

Sarah in unbelief actually laughed at what she saw as something absolutely ridiculous.

 

There will be times when you will read the Bible or hear a message from God’s Word and God will challenge you with what appears to be impossible.

 

Don’t laugh.

Don’t think God of incapable of doing what you think is impossible.

 

In the end Sarah did have her child.

 

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ESTHER 5 – COURAGE

GOD WAS THERE PART 3 (STUDIES IN ESTHER)

 

One of the qualities which is shown by both Mordecai and Esther is courage.  In this passage, we see them making a stand for what is right, and for God. God's name is not mentioned in the Book of Esther, but it appears obvious that Esther, Mordecai, and the Jews were making a stand for, and being helped by Him.

 

COURAGE TO TAKE RISKS Vss. 1-3

Even as queen, Esther was not allowed into the king's presence unless she were summoned. To appear without being requested was to risk one's life. If the king did not extend his golden scepter, she would be executed.  Esther took the risk because wicked Haman had passed a law that would have all Jews killed. The king did extend the scepter.

 

COURAGE TO FOLLOW GOD'S PLAN Vss. 4-8

We do not know what human reason caused Esther to have two banquets for the king and Haman before telling the king about Haman's wickedness.  We do know that God had a reason. In chapter 5, Haman is humbled and Mordecai is honored as a hero who saved the king's life. Esther obviously did things God's way and not her own.

 

COURAGE TO HONOR GOD Vss. 9-14

As usual Mordecai would not bow down to Haman.

He did what was right, in spite of possible consequences.

Haman's plan was to execute Mordecai.

Do we do what was in right in spite of possible negative consequences?

 

 

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PSALM 7 – WHEN FALSELY ACCUSED

 

There will be times when people will say things about us which just aren't true.

We can learn how to handle these situations by following the example of David in Psalm 7.

The theme of Psalm 7 is a false accusation that was spoken against David.

In the heading, reference is made to the "words of Cush".  We're not sure who he was, but here is David's reaction to his words of slander.

 

CRY TO GOD Vss. 1-9

Vs. 1 - When slandered, we need to first realize where are help is coming from.

Our Lord God, the God of the universe, our creator, our Savior, our strength, is the one to whom we should come.

As we are facing slander, we must take the burden to the Lord and leave it at his feet.

Vss. 3-5 - David was not claiming to be free from all sin, but innocent of the specific charges being leveled against him.

Vss. 6-9 - David is asking for vindication.

 

CONFIDENCE IN GOD Vss. 10

It is so important, not just to say that we are trusting the Lord, but to actually trust Him.  Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 26:4

 

COUNSEL ABOUT THE WICKED Vss. 11-16

It is good to remember that the wicked answer to God.

 

CONCLUSION WITH PRAISE Vs. 17

David ends his appeal with a time of praise. May we remember to do the same!

 

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MATTHEW 8:23-27 – DISCIPLES IN DANGER

 

WISE DISCIPLES - Vs. 23

The wisest thing any disciple can do is follow Him wherever He leads. Luke 14:26-27, John 12:26

 

WAVERING DISCIPLES - Vss. 24-25

When storms come we tend to waver in our faith.  We tend to panic

 

WONDERING DISCIPLES - Vss. 26-27

Jesus calmed the storm and the sea.  He rebuked them for their faith. They couldn't help but wonder at his awesome power.

 

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MARK 1:14-34 – JESUS!

 

JESUS, THE PREACHER – Vss. 14-15

JESUS, THE RECRUITER – Vss. 16-20

JESUS, THE TEACHER – Vss. 21-22

JESUS, THE DELIVERER – Vss. 23-28

JESUS, THE HEALER – Vss. 29-34

 

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2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-10 – MESSAGES BEFORE EMAIL

 

Today those of us with computers benefit from a phenomenon called "e-mail", or electronic mail.  Through it, we can get lots of messages, especially if we are on mailing lists.

 

Before e-mail, there was "snail mail" and good, old fashioned, messenger service (Someone physically goes and delivers a message.)

 

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, we find 3 messages delivered.

 

A MESSAGE FROM SATAN - HURT! - Vs. 7

A MESSAGE FROM PAUL - HELP! - Vs. 8

A MESSAGE FROM GOD - HOPE! - Vss. 9-10

 

 

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2 Timothy 4:9-12 – WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

 

Timothy was greatly needed by the Apostle Paul who was in jail.  To encourage his coming, Paul gives an account of Paul’s other associates and their whereabouts.

 

DEMAS DESERTED – Vs. 10

 

CRESCENS AND TITUS DEPARTED – Vs. 10 – Probably with Paul’s blessing and to do ministry work.

 

LUKE WAS DEPENDABLE – Vs. 11

 

MARK WAS DESIRABLE – Vs. 11

 

TYCHUS WAS DISPATCHED – Vs. 12 – He was sent on a mission by Paul.

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