Preaching Outline The Letter to the Hebrews Message Five

Letter to the Hebrews Message Five
We have presented the Introduction, stating the necessity of the letter to the Hebrews. In the second and third messages, we submitted the fact that God has revealed Himself and His will by His Word through the Prophets and then through His Son, Jesus of Nazareth.

Last week, we spoke to the revelation of God about His Son, setting forth His authority, proving that He is worthy of worship and obedience. God has –

B. Revealed Himself through His Son. We have seen this through His –

1. Word. Hebrews 1:2a The authority of the Word is proved through the Son. “…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”

And the Father is revealed through Jesus, which we learn through His –

2. Person. Hebrews 1:2b-3

“….whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

We learned that –

a. Jesus is appointed heir of all things. We dealt with the truth of the –

1). Guarantee. God will never change the administration of His will.

And the –

2). Power. “…the Father had given all things into his hands…”

We saw that Jesus not only has authority to command but also the power to equip us to carry out His commands.
As the All Powerful God, we see that –

b. Jesus is the Creator. “…All things were made by Him…”

He is the Creator of all things. What ministry is going to be too hard for Him to carry out through those that serve Him? We were encouraged by Jeremiah –
“Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:”

Not only is Jesus the Heir and the Creator –

c. Jesus is the manifestation of His Person. When you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father. Paul reminds us of His –
Everlasting existence. “Who being…” The One who eternally exists. As well as the “Express image…” exact revelation of the Father.

This morning we will learn of three more truths about the Lord from Paul –
Jesus is the Sustainer of all things, the Conqueror of sin and death, and He is now seated on His throne at the right hand of the Father.

We first see that –

d. Jesus is the Sustainer of all things. “…upholding all things by the word of his power.”

This means everything He created is being held together by Him!

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Psalm 33:9 For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

1). He has power over His creation –

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2). He has power over His creatures –

Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

3). He has power and will prove Himself – pray according to His will and see if He is working among us!

1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

e. Jesus is the Conqueror of Sin and Death, purging our sins. “…when He had by Himself purged our sins…”

The Lord has purchased us unto Himself –

1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

He bought us with a price –

1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

He bought us for a purpose – To bring glory to Him on earth

Titus 2:13-14 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

And to bring glory unto Him in eternity –

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

We see that He sustains all things through His power, He saved us and cleansed us, and we learn that –

f. Jesus is seated on His Throne, having satisfied the will of God.
“…sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

What did “maketh intercession for us” mean to them and what does it mean to us? Remember that Jesus is our Saviour. We are saved by Him and safe in Him. We, Christians, know that we do not need anyone to make us sin, do wrong things. Our greatest enemy to living a holy life is ourselves. We must realize though, that we do have an enemy besides ourselves, Satan, who is always trying to influence us to sin. As Satan tempts us to sin here on earth, he is also ready to tell God about our sin in Heaven –

Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We thank the Lord that while we have an accuser, we also have an Advocate defending us before His Father. We are forgiven because of His righteousness, not ours –

We may be accused “He sinned against you”! and our Advocate, Who is sitting on His Throne at the right hand of the Father, will say “He is mine, safe in Me”!

John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

We have a promise from God –

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The reply may come at times “but they did not confess their sin”! And the answer will be “He is my child, I will correct him”.

Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Praise His Holy Name!

1 John 2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

Paul prepared the Hebrews to read and know the message of the glory of the Lord through His Son, Jesus the Christ. He is better than all things. Have we learned this truth this morning?
Are you saved? Do you know that the Saviour has all power, He has conquered sin and death, He has provided salvation for you, He will cleanse you from all sin and keep you safe in Himself?

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Preaching Outline on the Letter to the Hebrews Message Four

Letter to the Hebrews Message Four

We have presented the Introduction, stating the necessity of the letter to the Hebrews. In the second and third messages, we submitted the fact that God has revealed Himself and His will by His Word through the Prophets and then through His Son, Jesus of Nazareth.

This morning we will speak to the revelation of God about His Son, setting forth His authority, proving that He is worthy of worship and obedience. God has –

B. Revealed Himself through His Son. We see this through His –

1. Word. Hebrews 1:2a The authority of the Word is proved through the Son.

Hebrews 1:2-3 “…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”

And the Father is revealed through Jesus, which we learn through His –

2. Person. Hebrews 1:2b-3

“….whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

Notice first that –

a. Jesus is appointed heir of all things.

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

By our understanding about being an heir, we expect to receive an inheritance from someone – usually our parents, but not necessarily only through immediate family. The Scripture speaks of this according to our understanding in –

Hebrews 9:16-17 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.

You may have ownership of some kind of wealth, no matter of what value the world puts on it. You are in control of that wealth and you have the right and responsibility to pass this control to someone who will appreciate and care for it as you have done – usually your children. They are your heirs and at some point in time they will inherit that which you have set aside for them.

God the Father has revealed to us that Jesus, His Son, is His heir, with rights to all that He is and has. Is there a difference between our being heirs of our parents and Jesus being the Heir of His Father? Yes, there are differences and we will just mention two this morning.

1). Guarantee.

a). Parents may change their minds as to the administration of their wealth.
b). God will never change His mind as to the administration of His will.

2). Power.

a). Parents may not give power to their children to control their wealth.
b). God has given His Son power to control all things.

The important issue that Paul is setting forth here to the Hebrews and to us is that Jesus has been given full authority over all things. For example, Jesus commanded “if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone”. We may complain and think “Why should I be the one to go speak to them. They should come to me”! We cannot go to the Father and question the authority of the Son. He has full authority being the Heir! We must simply obey – all of His will!

The following statement is a natural transition from having the authority to having the power to accomplish His purpose. He not only has authority to command but also the power to equip us to carry out this command –

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations….

As the All Powerful God, we see that –

b. Jesus is the Creator.

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

He is the Creator of all things. What ministry is going to be too hard for Him to carry out through those that serve Him? As Jeremiah said –

Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:

Not only is Jesus the Heir and the Creator –

c. Jesus is the manifestation of His Person. When you have seen the Son, you have seen the Father. Paul reminds us of His –

1). Everlasting existence. “Who being…” The word ‘oan’ means ‘I Am’ – ‘I exist’. Jesus is declared to be God!

And of His –

2). “Express image…” exact revelation of the Father.

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Refer also to –

John 14:8-9 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Knowing all of these things, that He is the Heir, the Creator, and the very image of the Father, will we submit and obey Him in all things?

When we are saved, we know the truth that Jesus loves us. Being born by Him into His family, we are babes in Christ. Over time we will grow and begin to know Him and love Him. It all begins with His love for us but should grow into our loving Him. As we learn of Him, we learn His will for our lives. We learn and love and in time are fully prepared to fulfill His will. “If ye love me, keep my commandments” Are you there yet?

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Introduction – Preaching Outline of the letter to the Hebrews.

This letter to the Hebrews glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ and exalts Him above all things as is proper –
Philippians 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Today we need to discover the necessity for writing this letter. When we are asked of the purpose of the letter, we would answer that the Lord is set forth as being better than anything – full stop! We would think that they, as well as we, would know this truth seeing that we have come to Him as Lord and Saviour, gladly admitting that which was testified of by John –

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

It seems from the evidence given in the letter that the people had lost their zeal, their energy in living their day to day lives for the Lord. Does this sound familiar. We also have the inclination to slow down in our service to the Lord. I trust that this exhortation will be our exhortation to prepare our hearts to keep the Lord as our first love!

We note three things today – The Passion was gone from their lives resulting in the Problem being discovered which led to the Prescription for recovery. We begin this morning with the description of –

I. The Passion faded from their lives.

A. They had ignored the power of the Lord. Hebrews 2:1 “drifting”

“…lest at any time we should let them slip.”

They began to believe that if they did not do the work of the Lord, someone else would. They were busy in the work of life and did not have time, but someday they would have the time to give unto the Lord.
How often we say “Where has the day gone”? Think about this – we talk about the day slipping by, what about the week, the month, the year, the life! “On my, where has my life gone”? I meant to do more, but I let it “slip” by.

B. They had ignored the purpose of the Lord. Hebrews 6:12

“…That ye be not slothful…” “sluggish” We are in danger of being quick starters for everything except our service to the Lord.

Have you visited a crocodile farm and watched them laze around the pool. You would think that they were asleep, or even dead. They seem to be so sluggish. It is all they can do just to change their position a bit. A serious change is noticed when a chicken carcass is thrown in though. Wham! The crocodile comes alive with desire to get the chicken first! This is how many Christians are – seeming to laze around saving our energy for something really important and when it comes along, we come alive! We might say of Christians “It would be great if they got that excited about the things of God”!

Now, we are not crocodiles in a river or sloths in a jungle. God has not created us to laze around a pool of water or climb along vines in a jungle. He has created us to work steadfastly at that which He puts before us.

These believers were drifting along, they were spiritually sleeping.

Paul wrote to them and revealed –

II. The Problem evidenced in their lives.

A. They were preoccupied.

Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

Paul told them that it was very difficult for him to teach intelligently, to give them the interpretation of spiritual things, because they would not listen with the desire of understanding.
They were like these of our day that cannot be taught because they are like children, totally occupied with toys and games –

Hebrews 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

B. They were spiritually paralyzed.

Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

Can you imagine the man with the palsy who was carried by his friends to Jesus and wonderfully healed with the Lord commanding him “take up thy bed and walk” returning to his bed of affliction? What about the woman taken with the terrible disease of twelve years that He healed on the road as He went to the home of Jairus to heal his daughter. Or the lame man at the pool of Bethesda or the blind man in Jericho? Do you think any of them would throw away the life that Jesus gave them?

Paul knew of the problems. He warned them and then he gave them –

III. The Prescription for recovery.

A. Pay attention Hebrews 2:1

“…we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard…”

Paul is exhorting us to examine our motives in hearing and obeying the Word of God. We are challenged to go beyond our duty as we are instructed. We should desire to hear God and obey Him. We begin our life with God through dutiful obedience to Him. As we learn of Him we are to grow from duty to desire.

Paying attention to God’s will for us is more than just doing what we should do, as doing our duty. Paying attention to God’s will for us is necessary if we are going to be what God wants us to be!

Refer to the use of the word in –

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must (ought) not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

Paul tells us that a servant of the Lord should not quarrel, fight, with others. He should be gentle to all men. In order to understand our motives, we will illustrate simply using an employer/employee relationship.

One might say “That employer does not fight with his employees”, and go on to say – “Look, he is being kind to them. His actions show what he does. One might also say of another employer– “Look, he is kind to them.” His attitude shows what he is. You may say that it is a small thing, doing and being, as long as the work of God is done. But it makes all the difference in the world to the Lord. He is all of what He says He is and we are to be all that we say we are!

Paul wrote the Hebrews and told them that if they were going to glorify God on earth by their lives, they needed to begin by being what He wanted them to be and that could only be accomplished if they “gave earnest heed to the things which we have heard.” They need to pay attention to Gods will.

From here they would –

B. Pray assuredly Hebrews 4:14-16

They would be known as God’s children, a people who were in daily communion with Him. Their faith and trust would be evident through their reliance on the Lord which would be evidenced through their prayer life.

These people were in danger of growing cold to the things of God. They had become preoccupied and paralyzed. In order to recover they must pay attention to the Word of God, they must pray assuredly to the Lord and then they must –

C. Participate actively Hebrews 12:1,2

Action is a necessary part of our being as Christians. The Lord stated this in –

John 14:31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

We are to be witnesses unto the Lord and there is only one way to accomplish the purpose of God in our lives – “Arise, let us go…” Run the race that God has put us in!

The Letter to the Hebrews is a testimony to the infinite greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ. I challenge us today to prepare our hearts and minds to read, know, and do what we will be challenged with as we preach this Word in the coming weeks.

Have you been preoccupied, putting things of this world before the Lord? Have you been paralyzed, not walking according to the will of God? It is time for us to “…give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard” and the things that we will hear.

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Preaching Outline to the Hebrews Message Three

Hebrews 1:2 “…Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”

As I read these words “…spoken unto us by his Son…”, I thought about the ministry of Jesus, the many things that He did and said.

Luke recorded what the Lord spoke about the purpose of His coming –

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The last words spoken by Jesus as He died on the cross were –

John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

From His birth to His death on the cross, He carried out the will of God. The prophets had spoken of God’s will and the Lord Jesus fulfilled that will. His life ministry, preaching, and teaching was recorded that we might have the record of His purpose.

The Apostle John told us –

John 20:31 “…these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”

Let’s consider what the Lord has spoken to us. When I think about the prophecies made, the prophecies fulfilled, and the prophecies to be fulfilled, I think of that which was spoken by the Lord to a teacher in Israel. The man is Nicodemus, and he was called by the Lord a “Master in Israel.”
It is interesting to note that with his knowledge of the Word of God – the prophecies made, the prophecies fulfilled, and the prophecies to be fulfilled, the Lord only spoke to him about one thing.

John 3:1-3 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

“God has spoken to us in these last days by His Son.” The question we want to answer today is what do these words mean? “Ye must be born again”.

Being born once, we are in this world, but we are incomplete. We know that we need more than we have and set out to fulfil ourselves. When Nicodemus met with Jesus, even he was seeking something, though he was a master of religion in Israel. He knew that God was working through this man, Jesus, in a way in which he did not understand. Jesus instructed Nicodemus in the simple truth of that which no other thing can fulfil – “Ye must be born again”.
Being born once leads us to question “Why am I here”?
We endeavor to find completion through –

Personal industry and accumulating material goods,
Education, accumulating knowledge,
Control of mind and body through physical exercise, (martial arts, yoga…)
Being one with nature through spiritual environmentalism,
The absolute atheist who seeks peace of mind through his belief in reality only,
And then there is Religion. People are seeking answers to the reason of life!

Being “Born Again” answers the questions of life and brings peace with God.

Again, Paul reminded us in Hebrews 1:2 that God “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son…”
Lets look this morning in John 3 what His Son, Jesus, said –

I. The Response to Nicodemus. John 3:3-7

A. The command given to Nicodemus. John 3:3,7
3:3 “…Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 3:7 “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.”

B. The confusion of Nicodemus. John 3:4

“How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?”

1. He understood as those of the world. Things have not changed throughout the ages –

Isaiah 6:9-10 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

2. He underestimated who he was talking to. He thought he was talking to a man of God instead of God the man, Jesus Christ!

C. The clarification given to Nicodemus. John 3:5-7

1. The explanation. John 3:5,6 The couplet
2. The exhortation. 3:7 No other plan for salvation exist. “…Ye must…”

Next we learn of –

II. The Requirement of God. John 3:14 Salvation comes with a price – paid in full by God!

Romans 5:8-10 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

Knowing what the Lord said to Nicodemus, we need to understand why He said it –

III. The Reason. John 3:15-18

A. God’s desire for all. John 3:15 “…should not perish, but have eternal life.”
B. God’s love for all. John 3:16 “For God so loved…”
C. God’s grace for all. John 3:17,18

“…but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

According to the Word of God, that which was spoken by the prophets and in the last times by His Son, all men are sinners in need of the Saviour! God has removed all confusion. We do not have to examine ourselves by our works to decide whether we are good enough to get into Heaven. None of us are good enough! “… for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Paul wrote in

Romans 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

We all need to be saved and when we call upon the Lord for that salvation, it is forever! We do not have to decide if we are good enough to get into Heaven and we do not have to decide whether we live good enough to make it into Heaven.

Both giving and keeping our salvation is the work of God! Praise His name!
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” This is the message that the Lord spoke – “Ye must be born again” Are you born again?

The prophets spoke –

Isaiah 49:7-8 Thus saith the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers, Kings shall see and arise, princes also shall worship, because of the LORD that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and he shall choose thee. Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages;

And the Lord led the New Testament writers –

2 Corinthians 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Believe, turning to God for salvation today!

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Fathers Day message outline June 17 2018

Text: I Kings 19:15,16 Jeremiah 35:1-10, 18,19

1 Kings 19:15-16 And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria: And Jehu the son of Nimshi shalt thou anoint to be king over Israel: and Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abel-meholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room.

In the Adult Bible Class taught by Brother Fidel, we have been learning of the Prophet Elijah and how the Lord blessed him and cared for him as he exhorted the people of Israel to repent and obey the Lord. We know from God’s Word that Elijah became discouraged when the Lord proved Himself to the people and yet the people refused to turn to Him. King Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, threatened to kill Elijah and he ran for his life into the wilderness. The Lord called Him to Himself and encouraged Elijah, giving him the responsibility to command Jehu, one of Ahab’s captains, to overthrow the wicked king and also to call Elisha to follow Elijah in the ministry as a prophet of God. Elijah obeyed God in these things. In the ministry of Elisha, Jehu was commanded to carry out his mission and take over the kingdom of Israel, destroying the false religious worship. Jehu called upon a friend of his to help –

I. Jonadab.

As we look at this man we see that –

A. He was zealous in the service of his country –

2 Kings 10:15-17 And when he (Jehu) was departed thence, he lighted on Jehonadab the son of Rechab coming to meet him: and he saluted him, and said to him, Is thine heart right, as my heart is with thy heart? And Jehonadab answered, It is. If it be, give me thine hand. And he gave him his hand; and he took him up to him into the chariot. …

Jehu, the anointed king of Israel called on Jonodab to assist him in service to his country.
(The country had been invaded and was occupied, not by military troops, but by false gods and their servants. The king, Ahab, had married Jezebel, a foreign queen who then established the worship of false gods.)

B. He was zealous in the service of his God.

2 Kings 10:23 And Jehu went, and Jehonadab the son of Rechab…..

Jehu called on Jonadab to assist him in serving the Lord – rid the country of the idolatry. We learn that he was an important man in the new government of Israel. He desired to serve God and do what was right.

Why is it important today that we look at the life of this man – Jonadab. We can learn much from him because of something that happened in his family 150 years later. We need to read of another time when God’s people had turned from obeying and serving Him. This was in the time of Jeremiah.

Read Jeremiah 35:1 “…go to the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them…”

It is interesting that this family was still in the land when all of the other tribes that had been in the north had been captured by the Assyrians.

II. The obedience of this family. Jeremiah 35:1-19

A. The test of obedience. Jeremiah 35:1-5
B. The witness of obedience. Jeremiah 35:6-10
C. The blessing of obedience. Jeremiah 35:18,19

This family is an example of honouring their father. They refused to disobey their father’s admonition. For over 150 years they had strictly adhered to Jonadab’s will. What is it that children see in a father that leads them to obey in such a manner?

We should learn a most important lesson –

III. The obedience of Jonadab was a pattern for his children.

He was zealous in the care of his children. He noticed when sin took over!

2 Kings 10:29-30 Howbeit from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, Jehu departed not from after them, to wit, the golden calves that were in Beth-el, and that were in Dan. And the LORD said unto Jehu, Because thou hast done well in executing that which is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart, thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.

A. Jonadab saw the danger of incomplete obedience. Jehu was filled with pride in his accomplishment (one may sin through pride even in serving!)

B. Jonadab determined a right course for his family.
1. Separate unto the Lord.
2. Separate from the world.

He put his family before the fame and fortune he could have if he continued to work with Jehu. He warned them of the danger of compromise with ungodly ways. We see that –

C. Jonadab delighted in the Lord and in his family.

He could have served at the side of King Jehu and given his family power and position for a while – as long as they were in favour with the king!

He chose to give his family an eternal position in the Kingdom of God! Earthly kings come and go but our God is forever! We should do all that we can to put them in the way with God. We should prepare them to know the conviction of God and call upon Him. Will we as fathers teach our children that when God calls, they will given Him their lives? Can you imagine how wonderful it will be that, if the Lord does not return soon, our children’s children – even 150 hundred years from now, will be trusting God through His Word because we set a good example for them teaching them that we believed God and were blessed of Him.

Fathers –
Be zealous in the service of the Lord.
Be zealous in the leadership of your family – separate them from ungodly influences!

Have you accepted the responsibility of leading your family?
How long will you be remembered and –
What will you be remembered for?
What kind of influence do you have in your family?

It is very interesting to remember the promise that Moses made to this family some 800 years before Jeremiah spoke to them. He was asking his brother in law for help –

Numbers 10:32 And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee.

God was faithful to fulfil this promise to them. They were more faithful to God than the Jews. We can trust the promises from the Lord.
Teach the love of God by word and by your life! Will you determine to do that today

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Preaching Outline of Hebrews Message Two

The Letter to the Hebrews is vitally important as the Lord helps people understand that trusting Him by faith does not change them from being who they are nationally. Being a Jew was the same as being an Israelite. How could one be one without the other? Many nationalities are identified by religion and do not understand how they can be faithful to their culture when they no longer follow the religion of their family. The family can put tremendous pressure on the believer, considering them a traitor to their heritage.

I. Establishment of authority. 1:1-3

The Jewish Christians needed to understand that Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled the prophecies given throughout their history by God. He is the prophesied Messiah.

Jesus stated that He was the one spoken of in the Law and the Prophets and that He had not come to destroy the Law but to fulfill it. All of the Law speaking of Him was fulfilled in Him. They needed to know that the Messiah came to them as promised by God, but the people rejected him. Paul stated this in –

Romans 10:1-4 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Through their rejection, the nation of Israel has been set aside –

Romans 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

The Law was in place for Israel, not for the church.

These believers were saved by the grace of God (all men) through faith and were to be faithful to His Word in the building of His church, not by becoming a Jew through birth and religious rites, living according to the Law.

Paul was able to establish credibility among the people through the Lord’s working in his life.

He was a Jew that was well versed in the Law and the Prophets as well as the traditions of the nation.

Philippians 3:3-4 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

Ga 1:14-16 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen…

Paul understood what he believed. He learned the truth of the Gospel through debate and reasoning with believers –

Acts 6:9-10 Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.

Paul had argued with Stephen and the other Christians and was not able to prove them wrong. The Jews tried every argument and well understood what the doctrine of the Christians. They became angry and decided that the people must be destroyed. Paul became the leader of this war against believers, the first death being that of Stephen the deacon –

Acts 7:58-59 (KJV) And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

Paul continued to carry out the persecution –

Acts 8:3 (KJV) As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

And through his own words of speaks of the hatred that drove him –

Acts 26:10-11 (KJV) Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

He learned everything he could about those that trusted in Jesus of Nazareth as the Saviour. It is interesting to see how that as he used this information to persecute them, the Lord was using the same information to convict Paul of his sin and need of the Saviour –

Acts 26:12-19 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

Many Jews were confused and they needed instruction in the commandments of God. Paul began to instruct them by first establishing the authority of Jesus of Nazareth.

At this time, Paul was a vessel in the hand of God to be used to share the Word of God to the Jews and to the Gentiles. God led him to write this letter to explain to the believing Jews about their position in the Lord.

A. The Father – Jehovah Hebrews 1:1,2a

Paul began this letter with facts believed by all Jews – that God revealed Himself to their forefathers by the prophets. This statement would not be contested by any Jew.

1. Acknowledged prophets that were in the lineage of Jesus.

a. Enoch. Jude 14
b. Noah. “…preacher of righteousness…”

2. Acknowledged prophets in the general history of Israel.

Prophets such as –

a. Isaiah. 700 bc Prophesied of the virgin birth, 7:14, and the rejected life –

Isaiah 53:5-12 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

b. Micah. Prophesied about the same time as Isaiah. He told of the place of the Saviour’s birth, 5:2
c. Daniel. 600 – 500 bc. Presented the time of the Saviour’s birth.
d. Jeremiah. 600 bc Prophesied of the one who would be King, The Righteous Branch. An everlasting King.
e. Zechariah. 500 bc The coming King

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

f. Malachi 400 bc. The messenger is coming and the Judge is following soon.

Malachi 3:1-2 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

Notice that the focus of the Lord is truth through His Word. They were to trust and grow in faith according to His revealed will. The same is true today!
We come to the Lord through faith. The question is presented “How do we have faith”? The question is answered in

Romans 10:9-14 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

The question to the Jews is the same as the question to you today. Have you believed in God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? Millions of people are in church today but, sad to say, they will not be in Heaven. They have put their trust, their faith, in the wrong thing. They have not come to God by faith in His Son through the hearing of truth.
We have heard so many reasons from people as to why they go to church that have nothing to do with faith in Him.
The Lord has told us very clearly that

“No man cometh to the Father but by Him”. This is a truth of God in His Word, the Bible. This is why we are a Bible believing church. The Bible is the center of the service. We do not worship the Bible – we worship the God whose Word is given in the Bible. Do you believe Him today?

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Proverbs 24:3,4 Application of Principles of God from Leviticus 19

Text: Proverbs 24:3,4

We have learned some of the principles of God that He has blessed us with to be able to live in peace with one another. We have noted principles as recorded in Leviticus 19 and how they were applied by Ruth, and recorded in the New Testament by Paul and James.
Today we will read and be challenged to act upon what we know. As we have learned through the Word of God, the will of God has not been followed by most people. Why is this? To know and do the will of God is hard work and we must be committed to building our lives God’s way.
The Lord is speaking of building a house in these verses and we shall equate the house for our lives. Today you will have the opportunity to make one of the most important decisions you will ever make – building your life the right way.

I. Wisdom builds. 24:3 “Through wisdom is a house builded…”

As we consider this Word from God, we should say “I want to build that house.” When I think of family, I want to build a family that is blessed of God and a blessing to others. I want them to do the will of God for their lives.
In order to do this, I must follow His plan – “through wisdom is a house builded…”
If the house is to be built through wisdom, I should know what wisdom is.

A. Wisdom, according to Webster’s Dictionary is – “the right use or exercise of knowledge”. Also –
Harris, Archer, and Waltke define God’s use of wisdom as being different from the world view –“… Hebrew wisdom was not theoretical or speculative. It was practical, based on revealed principles of right and wrong, to be lived out in daily life.” With this in mind, we must consider –

B. Wisdom and its source.

Men have promoted their wisdom from the very beginning which brings into conflict the wisdom of men and the wisdom of God. Men become wise in their own ways because they are trying to promote their own beliefs or agendas.
This is seen through the discovery by Duboise in 1891 of the ‘Java Man’. He found a skullcap and a thigh bone and through these two pieces, constructed an entire man who he declared was an ancestor of modern man – a link between apes and humans.

The Word of God settles the matter without argument –

Romans 3:4 “…let God be true, but every man a liar…”
The source of all wisdom is God.

1. He is a personal Being and has revealed Himself to man – His Word.
2. He is omniscient and omnipotent; setting the standard for knowledge and power.
3. He is holy, righteous, and just; setting the standard for wisdom and conduct.

Wisdom comes from God! We are wise when we know the truth and live according to it. We then see –

C. Wisdom makes a difference in our lives.

1. Jesus spoke of a wise man and a foolish man in Matthew 7:24-27

a. The wise man built a house that stood through the storms. We learned through the message on faith or foolishness that to build something that is for the glory of God takes planning, patience, preparation in the unseen things, and persistent labour.

b. The foolish man built a house that collapsed when the storms came. “Easy to build, easy to fall”.

If you are wise, you will build on that which is true and right. You will dedicate yourself to the task of building on the rock. It is hard work, but it will hold out in the hard times.

2. Note the example of the feeding of the 5,000.

a. By sight there was no provision for the people – the world’s standard operates by sight
b. By faith, they were all filled – this is the Lord’s standard.
c. The wise people stayed and ate. Do you think there may have been those that departed because they did not think He could or would provide for them?

3. Compare two men that were with Jesus throughout His ministry.

a. Peter gave up his business and followed Christ.
b. Judas gave up Christ for a business deal – 30 pieces of silver.
c. Which one, Peter or Judas, was wise?

3. Jim Elliot said “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep and gains that which he cannot lose.”

II. Understanding establishes. Proverbs 24:3 “…and by understanding it is established.”

You have built a house on the Rock. Now, what about the next generation? How will your household be established? Understanding will establish your house. The months of May and June have days that are set aside to honour Mothers and Fathers. I ask you this morning – do you want to be worthy of honour? If so, we will understand and live accordingly!

A. Men, do you know what God expects of you?
B. Ladies, do you know what God expects of you?
C. Understanding begins with having the right role models as a child.

1. Fathers teach sons how to be men, husband and fathers. They teach daughters what to look for in a husband.
2. Mothers teach daughters how to be women, wives and mothers. They teach sons what to look for in a wife.

Note: This is becoming more difficult as time goes on because the world’s wisdom is breaking down the distinction between male and female.

3. Understanding guides when the young people begin to seek that one that it is God’s will that they be joined with, becoming one in the Lord. Parents need to teach their children to join with that one who will complete them.

III. Knowledge fills. Proverbs 24:4 “And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches”

A. What is precious?

1. Gold, silver, jewels, houses, cars. Products that God has supplied through creation for the just and the unjust to be blessed with.
2. Peace, joy, love. The attributes of God Himself and only come from Him unto His children.

B. What makes a place pleasant?

1. Flowers, gentle music, friends, a magnificent sunset?
2. Read –

Psalm 133:1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

3. We have an account of two friends in unity, praying together and singing together.

Acts 16:23-29 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

a. When the gates opened in the prison, did they try and escape?
b. No! Why leave in the middle of the meeting? They had not finished preaching and praising yet!
Even in the prison –

C. It is the knowledge of God that fills the place with that which is precious and pleasant. Whatever the place is, if God is there it is blessed!

1 Peter 2:6-8 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

Wisdom builds. Do you know the truth? Do you know what is right? Are you building based on what is right or are you building by sight?

Understanding establishes. Do you understand what God expects of you? If you do not yet understand, are you willing to learn and to do?

Knowledge fills. Do you have the knowledge of the presence of God where you are at now.
God knows where you are – He will be that which is precious and that which is pleasant.

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