Sunday, November 30

AM Worship Service

Matthew 1:1-17

How is a genealogy useful to equip believers for every good work?

1. Verifies Christ’s identity and fulfillment of God’s promises – Promises on which we stake our eternal destiny

2. Teaches us specific truths about God

  • God patiently and purposefully carries out His plan (1:1)
    • God made promises to Abraham and David centuries before Christ arrived – and fulfilled them in Christ
    • Equips you to patiently wait on the Lord (cf. Psalm 27:14)
  • God employs sinful people to carry out His plan (1:2-11)
    • God uses men and women – women in an ancient genealogy is an anomaly
    • Note the women God used and listed in Christ’s origins: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathseba
    • Equips you to never count someone as useless to the Lord (cf. Titus 3)
    • Equips you to rejoice in God’s abundant grace
  • God often carries out His plan in obscurity (1:12-15)
    • Most of these names cannot be found outside this list
    • Being unknown to man does not render one unknown to God
    • Equips you to believe even when you cannot see

Bible Overview: Numbers

Key Themes

  • God’s Revelation
    • First word of the book: “and-he-spoke”
    • Yahweh says something in 160 references
  • God’s Plan
    • Implicit in organization at the beginning of the book
    • Explicit in 23:21-23
    • Plan of blessing – 6:22-27
    • Plan of guidance – 10:34-36 (including provision – 11:31-32; 20:11)
    • Plan for the daily lives of his people – Implicit in sacrifices
    • Plan of victory over enemies – 21:3, 21-35; 31:1-12
    • Plan of inheritance – Preparatory in the book of Numbers, realized in Joshua
  • God’s Man
    • Moses’ name appears 233 times (only excluded in the Balaam section)
    • Aaron’s name appears 101 times
    • Mediators of God’s Word
    • Intercession for the people (11:2, 12:13, 14:13-20, 16:22, 21:7, cf. Ps. 106:23)
  • Israel’s Obedience
    • Noted early in the book – 1:54
    • Following the Lord – 9:18-23
  • Israel’s Rebellion
    • Nine instances of the people – Murmuring (11:1-3); Murmuring (11:4-35); Jealousy (12:1-16); Disbelief (13:1-14:45); Clans (15-21); Entire nation (16:41-50); Murmuring (20:1-13); Impatience (21:4-9); Fornication (25:1-18)
    • Two additional instances – Leadership (20:12); False prophet (22:12)
  • Israel’s Punishment
    • Principle: God’s holiness demands that He justly punish sin – the people frequently “kindle” the Lord’s anger – 11:1, 10, 33; 12:9; 22:22; 25:3; 32:10, 13
    • God uses fire to judge the people – 11:1; 16:35
    • God uses plagues to judge the people – 11:33, 14:37, 16:46-49, 25:9
    • Root word for “death” occurs 88 times
  • God’s Grace
    • Compassion of God – 14:18a
    • Eight appearances of root word for forgiveness or pardon – 14:19-20, 15:25-26, 28; 30:6, 9, 13
    • Red heifer picture of God’s willingness to forgive – 19
    • God’s determination to bless Israel revealed in Balaam’s oracles – 22-24

Instructive Stories         

  • Dramatic climax: Story of the spies – 13-14
  • Impatience with God: Story of the serpents – 21:1-9
  • God’s Words my way: Story of Balaam’s subtlety – 22-24

Current Applications

  • God reveals Himself to His people – Hebrews 1:2
  • God declares a plan for our lives – Acts 17:30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3
  • God uses mediation to deal with us, specifically Jesus Christ – 1 Timothy 2:5
  • Those coming to God through Christ demonstrate obedience – 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 2:13
  • Christians need warned about the potential to stray into rebellion – 1 Corinthians 10:5-11
About the Author
Nathaniel Pringle serves as the pastor of Eastside Community Bible Church, Milford, Ohio. His goal is to fulfill the commission in Titus 2:1, "But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine." (ESV)

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