ARCHIVES GENESIS-DEUTERONOMY
October 28, 2021, 7:46 PM

SERMON SEEDS ARCHIVES

GENESIS – DEUTERONOMY

Through no fault of our own, about 5 years of Sermon Seeds was deleted from the Website of the First Baptist Church.

We decided that it was time to begin archiving them in a different way.

Please be patient as we gradually archive these outlines.

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GENESIS 2:4-25 – INTRODUCING…MAN!

INTRODUCTION - Vss. 4-6

A LOWLY START - Vs. 7a - "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground,"

A LIVING SOUL - Vs. 7b - "...and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."

A LOVELY SPOT - Vss. 8-24

1. The Resources of Eden - Vss. 8-14

2. The Responsibilities in Eden - Vss. 15-16

3. The Restrictions of Eden - Vss. 17-18

4. The Rejoicing in Eden - Vss. 19-24 - Adam gets a bride!

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GENESIS 2:15-24 – FATHER KNOWS BEST

Does anyone remember who Jim Anderson was on television in the late 50's and early 60's? He was the wise father, played by Robert Young, on the show "Father Knows Best". On this show, it seems that the father always knew what was right.

He always made the right decisions. He always knew what was best.

Fathers and mothers are very often wise, very often right, and very often they know what is best.

I discovered over the years that my own dad and mom were very often wise, very often right, and very often knew what was best!  I am appreciative for the upbringing and the support that my parents gave me.

However, Jim Anderson on television was not perfect. Dad Peters was not perfect.

Your father wasn't or isn't perfect. As a father, or in any other way, I'm not perfect.

In reality, fathers do not always know what's best. That's because we all have a faulty human nature. Every one of us is a sinner! That means we are fallible.

I have good news! There is a father who always knows best. The father who always knows best is our Heavenly Father. Because He is God, He is always right, always accurate, always loving, and always knows best. He is far superior to any of us human fathers or mothers.

Isaiah 55:8-9

THE FATHER AND HIS CREATION

  • THE NEED FOR LABOR - Vs. 15 - Proverbs 18:9, Proverbs 13:4, Ephesians 4:28, Colossians 3:23
  • A NEED FOR LIBERTY -  Vss. 16, 19
  • A NEED FOR LIMITATIONS – Vs. 17
  • A NEED FOR LOVE – Vss. 18-24
  • A NEED FOR LIFE – Adam and Eve failed God, and thus entered into physical death in the future and Spiritual death immediately. Ezekiel 18:4

The provision for eternal life is promised in Genesis 3:15, and fulfilled in the Lord Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:21, John 14:6, Acts 4:12, John 3:36

THE FATHER AND HIS CHILDREN – John 1:12

Those who trust in the Lord Jesus as Savior become God’s Children. God still knows best and takes care of the following needs:

  • THE NEED FOR LABOR - Ephesians 2:10, Luke 9:23, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Peter 4:10-11
  • THE NEED FOR LIBERTY - Romans 6:14, Galatians 5:13
  • THE NEED FOR LIMITATIONS – Colossians 3:1-10
  • THE NEED FOR LOVE – Romans 8:35-39
  • THE NEED FOR LIFE - Romans 5:17

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GENESIS 4:1-16 – DIFFERENT!

TWO DIFFERENT PEOPLE - Vss. 1-2

  1. Cain was a farmer.
  2. Abel was a shepherd

TWO DIFFERENT OFFERINGS - Vss. 3-4

  1. Cain brought vegetables.
  2. Abel brought an offering from the flock - a blood sacrifice.

TWO DIFFERENT REPONSES (FROM GOD) - Vss. 4-5

  1. God accepted Abel's offering.
  2. God rejected Cain's offering.

TWO DIFFERENT REACTIONS (TO GOD'S REJECTION) - Vss. 6-8

1.  Cain could have repented and given the right offering.

2.  He chose to get angry and kill his brother.

TWO DIFFERENT FUTURES - Vss. 9-16

1.  Abel is in Heaven.

2.  Cain is in Hell because he was separated from God.

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GENESIS 5 – ALL AND ONLY

This genealogy shows us some interesting things:

ALL LIVED

ALL HAD CHILDREN

ALL DIED

ONLY ENOCH WALKED WITH GOD – Vss. 22, 24

ONLY ENOCH WAS NOT BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM – Vs. 24, Hebrews 11:5-6

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GENESIS 7 – THE ARK – A PICTURE OF SALVATION

SUMMONS TO THE ARK - Vss. 1-4

God summoned Noah into the ark.

Jesus summons us to salvation. Matthew 11:28, John 3:16, Revelation 22:17

 

SAFETY IN THE ARK - Vss. 5-16

Noah and all that were with him were safe.

Those who are saved are safe in Christ. We are not condemned. John 3:17-18a

 

SUFFERING OUTSIDE THE ARK - Vss. 17-24

What was not in the ark was destroyed.

Those without Christ are condemned. John 3:18b, John 3:36

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GENESIS 13 ETC. – TALE OF TWO FATHERS

Abraham and Lot were both saved men. The ways they conducted their lives, raised families and received results were in stark contrast. They lead us to ask ourselves four questions.

WHERE AM I LOOKING?

Lot looked to Genesis 13:6-13

Abraham looked where God told him to look. Genesis 13:14-15

WHERE AM I LIVING?

Lot lived in the city of Sodom, in the middle of wickedness. Genesis 19:1

Abraham was living in the land God had promised him.

WHERE AM I LEADING?

When it was time to leave Sodom at God's command, Lot could not lead

his family the way he should have been able. Genesis 19:14

His wife turned around in disobedience and was judged. Genesis 19:17, 26

When Abraham had to lead his son Isaac, he was compliant. Genesis 22:6-14

WHAT IS MY LEGACY?

Lot's legacy was two nations as a result of immorality. Genesis 19:32-34

Abraham's legacy was a son who respected and loved his father, and

followed God.

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EXODUS 2 – GOD’S HAND ON A LIFE

Those who know the Lord can certainly see God’s "hand" of influence on their lives. We can see how God guided us to salvation, the right marriage partner, the right job, the right church, and the right friends. We've seen God's "hand" on us through good times and bad times. Moses also had the "hand" of God upon him.  We can see this in the earliest accounts of Moses' life found in our text.

A REFUGE - Vss. 1-3

Pharaoh had commanded that all newborn male children be killed (Exodus 1:22).

Moses' mother hid him, and then placed him in an ark and placed him in the reeds by the river. This was Moses' refuge from harm.

A RESCUE - Vss. 4-10

God touched the heart of Pharaoh's daughter. Moses grew up under her care. He was raised in the Egyptian court.

A REVOLT - Vss. 11-14

This was a dark time for Moses. In protecting a Hebrew slave he killed an Egyptian. He was forced to run.

A RETREAT - Vss. 15-22

Moses retreated to the wilderness, where he became a shepherd and where he met and married his wife.

A REMEMBRANCE - Vss. 23-25

God remembered his covenant with Israel and heard their cry from bondage.  Actually God never forgot!  God also remembered Moses and was preparing to use Moses in a mighty way to deliver God's people. Although Moses had been set aside, he was soon going to be at the head of God's plans. Sometimes God will set us aside for a while. This time should be a time of growth and learning for us.  We never know when God will say to us, "It's time to do my work."

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EXODUS 17:11 – HANDS UP!

Exodus 17:11 (KJV) - And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

Read Exodus 17:8-13

Hands may be raised in prayer. Psalm 28:2, Psalm 63:3-4, 1 Timothy 2:8

PRAYER IS PROPER – Vss. 8-9

  • MOSES WAS ASKING GOD FOR HELP. Jeremiah 33:3, Matthew 7:7-8
  • MOSES WAS DEPENDING ON GOD. Psalm 121:1-2
  • MOSES WAS INTERCEDING ON BEHALF OF OTHERS WHO WERE FIGHTING THE LORD'S BATTLES. Ephesians 6:18

PRAYER TAKES PERSISTENCE – Vss. 10-11

1 Thessalonians 5:17, Luke 18:1-8

PRAYER IS A PARTNERSHIP – Vs. 12

Aaron and Hur assisted. Acts 12:5

PRAYER IS POWERFUL – Vs. 13

Exodus 17:13, Matthew 7:9-11, John 14:12-14

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LEVITICUS 1:1-9 – A PICUTRE OF JESUS

Not all pictures are photographs.  There is such a thing as word pictures. 

The Bible is loaded with pictures.

Our Lord referred to himself as “the light of the world”, “the true vine”, “the bread of life”, and “the good shepherd”. He also taught using word pictures. He spoke of the Good Samaritan, The Sower and The Soils, having faith the size of a mustard seed, faith that could move a mountain, and many other word pictures.

The Old Testament is also full of word pictures, many of them of the Lord Jesus Himself.  In Leviticus 1, I see a picture of Jesus found in what was known as the burnt offering. 

The burnt offering is one of four animal sacrifices mentioned in Leviticus.  There is also the peace offering, guilt offering and sin offering.  They are all pictures of Christ.

Let us look at this burnt offering and see how it pictures what Christ has done for us. 

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS A COSTLY OFFERING

Vs. 2 – The offering that a person brought was to come from the domesticated animals.  Either a person had to give up something of value that was in his possession, or he had to purchase a domesticated animal from a farmer or shepherd.  The burnt offering could be cattle, sheep, goat, turtledove, or young pigeon, as described in the rest of Leviticus 1.

When God chose the ultimate offering for sin, He chose Himself.  He is the triune God. Each member of the Trinity is God.  It was God, the Son, who left Heaven to be that sacrifice.  It was a costly offering that Jesus gave.

  • It cost Jesus the limitation of His powers as He came to earth.
  • It cost Jesus to take on a human body instead of being totally a spirit being.
  • It cost Jesus to be born into a lower-class family, the Son of the village carpenter’s wife.
  • It cost Jesus to put up with the sins of His disciples as He trained them.
  • It cost Jesus when he suffered the humiliation of a mock trial, insults, slaps, beatings, and a crown of thorns.
  • It cost Jesus when He gave His life for your sins and mine on the cross. Philippians 2:5-8

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS A PERFECT OFFERING

Vs. 3 - If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish:

The offering from the herd was to be "without blemish".

It was not to have any known defects.

It was to be perfect.

God was not to have second best for an offering for sins.

There are well meaning people today who think that their good deeds and/or their good moral behavior can pay for the fact that they are not perfect.

As payment for sin, God expects a perfect sacrifice.

Not one of us is perfect. Not one of us is sinless. Not one of us can do enough good to atone for our sins. Isaiah 64:6

Jesus was sinless, and therefore, the perfect offering for our sins. Jesus had no sins of His own, and could therefore atone for ours. 1 Peter 1:18-19

Giving of silver and gold could not redeem us, pay the price for our sins, only the blood of the sinless Christ could. 2 Corinthians 5:21  

To enter Heaven, we must be righteous in God’s eyes.

Jesus, who knew no sin, died for us.

Now, when we place our faith in the Lord Jesus, we are made the righteousness of God.  God sees us as righteous. Romans 5:1

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS A VOLUNTARY OFFERING

Vs. 3 – …he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.

The person making the offering did it voluntarily.

There are things we do voluntarily.

There are things we don’t do voluntarily. We must do them.

Jesus willingly and voluntarily gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins. John 10:17-18

Jesus didn’t die because men tried to kill Him.

Jesus died because He let men kill them.   

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS AN ASSOICIATED OFFERING

Vs. 4 - The one bringing the offering associated with the sacrifice by putting his hand on the offering. His sins were being associated with the innocent sacrifice. 

Jesus went to the cross in our place.

We associate with Jesus when we place our faith in His shed blood.

Just as the one bringing the offering realized that the animal was taking his place by paying for sin, we must realize by faith that Christ has taken our place. 1 Peter 3:18

The righteous Jesus suffered for unrighteous us!

But the death of Jesus for you does not count unless you put your hand on the sacrifice by saying something like this, “It was for my sins He died. He took my place. I trust Him as my Savior.” Ephesians 2:8-9

Leviticus 1:5 - And he shall kill the bullock before the Lord:

In most cases it was the person who brought the sacrifice that killed the animal.  This reminds me that it is my sins that nailed Jesus to the cross.

It wasn’t just the Jewish leaders,

It wasn’t just the Jewish Mob,

It wasn’t just Pilate,

It wasn’t just the Roman soldiers,

IT WAS ME! IT WAS MY SINS THAT NAILED JESUS TO THE CROSS! IT WAS YOU!  IT WAS YOUR SINS THAT NAILED JESUS TO THE CROSS! 

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS A SACRIFICIAL OFFERING 

Vss. 5-8 - The innocent animal sacrificed his life. The innocent Son of God sacrificed His life so that we might have eternal life. Hebrews 10:14, Romans 5:6-8

CHRIST’S OFFERING IS A COMPLETE OFFERING 

Vs. 9 – Everything was offered except the hide.

             It was complete.

Jesus gave His all completely that we might have life.

Nothing was held back.

All was sacrificed.

This is a challenge for us.

If the very Son of God gave His life for me, should I not give my whole life for Him? Should not my life be that living sacrifice that Romans 12:1 talks about?

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

  CHRIST’S OFFERING IS AN ACCEPTABLE OFFERING

Leviticus 1:9 - But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.

Sweet savour means ‘fragrant aroma’.

God was pleased with the offering that the Israelites made when it was done with the right heart attitude.

God was pleased with the offering that Jesus made for our sins.

God accepted Jesus’ offering for us.

He was pleased with what Jesus had done.

Ephesians 5:2 - And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

If God was pleased with Jesus’ offering for sin, we have no right to come to God any other way but through faith in His finished work on the cross.

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NUMBERS 13 – RECONNAISSANCE MISSION

OR, SPYING THE LAND

THE SPIES CHOSEN – Vss. 1-16

THE SPIES COMMISSIONED – Vss. 17-20

THE SPIES’ CONDUCT – Vss. 21-25

THE SPIES’ COMPLAINT – Vss. 26-29

THE SPIES’ CONFLICT – Vss. 30-33

Caleb didn’t agree with the other spies. He was ready to trust God for victory in a challenging land.

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NUMBERS 27:12-23 – CHANGING OF THE GUARD

There are always times when leadership changes. Sometimes it is because of age, or death, or resignation, or incompetence, or some other reason.  When leaders change we sometimes call it "The Changing of the Guard".  This alludes to an act of soldiers. In Israel there was a changing of the guard before they entered the Promised Land.  Joshua replaced Moses in leadership.

GOD'S CALL OF MOSES TO HEAVEN -Vss. 12-14

MOSES' CRY FOR A SUCCESSOR - Vss. 15-17

GOD'S CHOICE OF JOSHUA - Vss. 18-23

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DEUTERONOMY 16:18-20 – GOOD GOVERNMENT

Good Government:

APPOINTS JUDGES – Vs. 18

Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes:

APPROVES JUSTICE – Vs. 18

…and they shall judge the people with just judgment.

AVOIDS INJUSTICE – Vs. 19

Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

ABOUNDS RIGHTEOUSLY – Vs. 20

That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

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