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111217 - Genesis 16 - A Human Solution
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November 13, 2017 03:38 PM PST
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Genesis 16:1-16, Pastor Scott Keller

Genesis chapter 16, is a four-part narrative using various techniques to make it easy to ____________________.

In it we have the great __________________ and his perfect wife actively engaged in slavery, polygamy, abuse of the powerless and familial strife.

GENESIS 16:1 ~ Now Sarai, Abram’s wife had borne him no children, and she had an Egyptian maid whose name was Hagar.

Sarah is still childless… Meaning Abraham was still without a son.

1) Then, the primary job of women was to be _____________________.

2) Then, childlessness was assumed to be due to the ________________.

3) Then, if a wife could not bear an heir, her husband could ____________.
GENESIS 2&3 ~ 2So Sarai said to Abram, “Now behold, the Lord has prevented me from bearing children. Please go in to my maid; perhaps I will obtain children through her.” And Abram listened to the voice of Sarai. 3After Abram had lived ten years in the land of Canaan, Abram’s wife Sarai took Hagar the Egyptian, her maid, and gave her to her husband Abram as his wife.

These 2 verses parallel, echo and ____________ from Genesis chapter 3.

Slaves belonged to the husband, except for _______________ slaves, or ________________. Hagar was such a girl, twice identified as an Egyptian.

GENESIS 16:4-6 ~ 4He went in to Hagar, and she conceived; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her sight. 5And Sarai said to Abram, “May the wrong done me be upon you. I gave my maid into your arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her sight. May the Lord judge between you and me.” 6But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your maid is in your power; do to her what is good in your sight.” So Sarai treated her harshly, and she fled from her presence.

Sarah was angry because she was ________, because she was _______. Sarah ______________________ _________________________ Hagar.

Isn’t it striking that Sarah’s plan worked perfectly… Yet.

Instead of patiently ____________ God, Sarah, like Eve before her, took matters into her own hands. Instead of ______________ what was right, Abraham, like Adam before him, stupidly went along for the ride.

GENESIS 16:7-14 ~ 7Now the angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, by the spring on the way to Shur. 8He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?” And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” 9Then the angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and submit yourself to her authority.” 10Moreover, the angel of the Lord said to her, “I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be too many to count.” 11The angel of the Lord said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name Ishmael, Because the Lord has given heed to your affliction. 12“He will be a wild donkey of a man, His hand will be against everyone, And everyone’s hand will be against him; And he will live to the east of all his brothers.” 13Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a God who sees”; for she said, “Have I even remained alive here after seeing Him?” 14Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi; behold, it is between Kadesh and Bered.

We are introduced to “The Angel of the Lord” for the first time in the Bible. It is, מַלְאַ֧ךְ (mäl-äĉḥ), meaning a __________________, combined with Yahweh. The early Christian belief was this was a Christophany.

The area of Shur is the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula.

He calls her by name for the first time - until now she was a ____________. God sees her as a ____________________.

God reveals Himself us both anthropically, meaning___________________ and analogically, meaning ______________________________________.

Exodus 33:11 & 20, John 4:24

A woman says, I’m running away from an abusive situation, and God says, go back and “__________________ yourself.”

GENESIS 16:15&16 ~ 15So Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. 16Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to him.

In the concluding remarks, ________________ is not mentioned at all.

110517 - Genesis 15b - A Unilateral Covenant
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November 09, 2017 09:50 AM PST
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Genesis 15:7-21, Pastor Scott Keller

God declared Abraham righteous because of his faith.

Some people see a contradiction between the works and faith…

Job 41:11, Acts 17:24&25, Genesis 14:22

Can someone have saving faith, when that faith produces no fruit?

James 2:17, Galatians 6:7-9
Jesus, and conformity to Him, must be the most important thing in your life.

GENESIS 15:7&8 ~ 7And He said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess it.” 8He said, “O Lord God, how may I know that I will possess it?”

In the first part of the chapter, Abraham asked God about his descendants… Here, he’s asking God about the _______________.

GENESIS 15:9-21 ~ 9So He said to him, “Bring Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds. 11The birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away. 12Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him. 13God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. 14“But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions. 15“As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. 16“Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.” 17It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces. 18On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your descendants I have given this land, From the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates: 19the Kenite and the Kenizzite and the Kadmonite 20and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim 21and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Girgashite and the Jebusite.”

To allay Abraham’s doubts about the land allotment, God reassured him through a _______________________________.

God is all about covenants. Unfortunately, we don’t really understand the concept… mostly because we don’t understand __________________.

For people of honor there really are things far worse than death - things you _________________ to live with.

Jesus said, “Let your yes, be yes, and your no, be no; anything beyond this is from evil” (Matthew 5:37). Socrates said, “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”

John 8:44-55

Be a Christian… Nothing less will do.

A covenant is a solemn (before God) vow (promise) where one is honor-bound to completely _________________________ their part.

Covenants are in force until one party _________________, or altered by mutual agreement, which means a new covenant is made that ______________________ the previous covenant.

Covenants always include a _________________ sacrifice that seals the deal and intimates that the party violating the covenant will suffer a penalty.

Here God made a unilateral covenant. While Abraham has no specific requirement, there is the implied requirement of his continued trust in God and by willingly accepting the covenant, Abraham was accepting the continuation of their mutual relationship. A relationship of a man trusting in his God and humbly, gratefully, walking before Him.

It is the same concept as God unilaterally making the New Covenant in Christ. There’s __________________ for anyone else to do, but enter in to the covenant promise provided. Trust and accepting continued relationship.

102217 - Genesis 15a - Abraham Believes
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November 04, 2017 12:10 PM PDT
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Genesis 15:1-6, Pastor Scott Keller

Jerusalem was a city originally inhabited by Canaanites. Canaan was the cursed son of ___________, who was the cursed son of ______________.

Salem is שָׁלֵם (shă-lĕm), related to ________________.

The other Old Testament passage concerning Melchizedek is __________.

Abraham honors him and gives him a tenth because Melchizedek is a 1) ___________ king acting as a 2) ________________ at the meeting between Abraham and the King of Sodom as well as the 3) ____________ providing for them, but mostly as a 4) ______________ blessing Abraham.

When the New Testament defines what was meant in the Old Testament then the _________________ is over.

Isaiah 7:14, example of “Virgin,” עַלְמָה, ăl-mäh.

The Psalm starts with, “The Lord says to my Lord”
From the Old Testament the “second” Lord, could be Shem or Abraham or David or the Holy Spirit or the preincarnate Jesus, or who knows. The answer is given in the _____________ Testament.

Matthew 22:41-46, Mark 12:35-37, Luke 20:41-44, Acts 2:32-36

Hebrews 1:13, quotes Psalm 110. Then for three chapters in Hebrews 5 through 7, we get a thorough explanation of the _____________________ of Messiah Jesus using Melchizedek as an ____________________.

Hebrews 5:5&6, 5:9&10, 7:1-3, 7:11, 7:18&19, 7:23&24

What’s most important about Melchizedek… Is Who he pointed to… Everything is about Him, the final, perfect priest _____________________.

GENESIS 15:1-3 ~ 1After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great.” 2Abram said, “O Lord God, what will You give me, since I am childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “Since You have given no offspring to me, one born in my house is my heir.”

Right after his actions reflecting Abraham’s faith in God, God speaks to him reminding him of their ___________________________________.

Abraham must not _________________… Anything, because God Himself, is with Abraham, as his protector and his provider.

God spent 100 plus years teaching Abraham to trust. It’s the same lesson He’s trying to teach ___________ and ___________. We don’t need as much time though, because we have two incredible advantages.

1) We have _______________________ of God’s faithfulness.

2) We have ____________________ as our Savior and the _____________________________dwelling inside of us!

There are many things to Christianity, but if you would just ____________, it would be enough.

Why?

GENESIS 15:4-6 ~ 4Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This man will not be your heir; but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir.” 5And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6Then he believed in the Lord; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.

To believe in Him, means that you patiently wait for the promise to be fulfilled without ever losing _________________ that it will.

James 2:21-24, Romans 4:2-5,

When a person’s faith is real - it will be ______________________ in their words and actions.

101517 - Genesis 13-14 - Abraham Fights
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October 22, 2017 06:10 AM PDT
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Genesis chapters 13 and 14, Pastor Scott Keller

GENESIS 13:1-13 ~ 1So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him. 2Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold. 3He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, 4to the place of the altar which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the Lord. 5Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together. 7And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. Now the Canaanite and the Perizzite were dwelling then in the land. 8So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. 9“Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me; if to the left, then I will go to the right; or if to the right, then I will go to the left.” 10Lot lifted up his eyes and saw all the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere—this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah—like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go to Zoar. 11So Lot chose for himself all the valley of the Jordan, and Lot journeyed eastward. Thus they separated from each other. 12Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled in the cities of the valley, and moved his tents as far as Sodom. 13Now the men of Sodom were wicked exceedingly and sinners against the Lord.

1) Abraham took time out to __________________, _________________ and no doubt, __________________, worship God.

2) Worshipping God, is a __________________________.

3) Three quick principles:

A) Never make decisions, no matter how obvious and logical, without ___________________________ God.

B) It is always appropriate to be a _____________________ when possible and it is always right to ____________________ God to keep his promises.

C) Oftentimes, we miss the best God has for us, because we keep __________________________________ His direction.

4) Lot did what so many Christians do today… He went for the best opportunity to prosper and __________________________ that he’d be able to handle the evil that came with it.

I Corinthians 15:33

GENESIS 13:14-18 ~ 14The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; 15for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever. 16“I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered. 17“Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.” 18Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the Lord.

5) We all voluntarily laid down our life and were born again a new person _________________________ to the service of Christ.

GENESIS 14:1-12, ANCIENT SUSA, NIGHT ~ 1And it came about in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of Goiim, 2that they made war with Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar). 3All these came as allies to the valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). 4Twelve years they had served Chedorlaomer, but the thirteenth year they rebelled. 5In the fourteenth year Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him, came and defeated the Rephaim in Ashteroth-karnaim and the Zuzim in Ham and the Emim in Shaveh-kiriathaim, 6and the Horites in their Mount Seir, as far as El-paran, which is by the wilderness. 7Then they turned back and came to En-mishpat (that is, Kadesh), and conquered all the country of the Amalekites, and also the Amorites, who lived in Hazazon-tamar. 8And the king of Sodom and the king of Gomorrah and the king of Admah and the king of Zeboiim and the king of Bela (that is, Zoar) came out; and they arrayed for battle against them in the valley of Siddim, 9against Chedorlaomer king of Elam and Tidal king of Goiim and Amraphel king of Shinar and Arioch king of Ellasar—four kings against five.

10Now the valley of Siddim was full of tar pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled, and they fell into them. But those who survived fled to the hill country. 11Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food supply, and departed. 12They also took Lot, Abram’s nephew, and his possessions and departed, for he was living in Sodom.

GENESIS 14:13-16 ~ 13Then a fugitive came and told Abram the Hebrew. Now he was living by the oaks of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol and brother of Aner, and these were allies with Abram. 14When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15He divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them, and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16He brought back all the goods, and also brought back his relative Lot with his possessions, and also the women, and the people.

GENESIS 14:17-24 ~ 17Then after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High. 19He blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; 20And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” He gave him a tenth of all. 21The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give the people to me and take the goods for yourself.” 22Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have sworn to the Lord God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, 23that I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is yours, for fear you would say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ 24“I will take nothing except what the young men have eaten, and the share of the men who went with me, Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre; let them take their share.”

100817 - Genesis 12 - Obedience is Worship
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October 09, 2017 12:08 PM PDT
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Genesis 11:27-12:20, Pastor Scott Keller

GENESIS 11:27-32 ~ 27Now these are the records of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became the father of Lot. 28Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah. 30Sarai was barren; she had no child. 31Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settled there. 32The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.

Ur, Haran & Canaan…

Sumerians & Akkadians…

GENESIS 12:1-3 ~ 1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; 2And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; 3And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Because of many factors many people think that _______________, rather than Ur, was the ancestral home of the family.

Abram has a call from God to leave everything he knows and to step out in _______________________, trusting in the Lord for his very survival.

Three-fold promise: Land, descendants and blessing. Most significantly, that through a ____________________ of Abram, “All the families of the earth will be blessed.”

The construction in the end of verse 2, along with the elaboration at the end of verse 3, indicate that this is God’s ultimate _____________________.

Galatians 3:8

To be a person blessed by God and be a blessing to others through God, requires obedience to God.

Notice that the required _____________________ is really about giving up connections to what hinders allegiance to God.

Matthew 19:29

What are we willing to give up to truly walk with God?

Matthew 10:37-39

“Yes, Lord, I’ll die for you, but don’t ask me to ______________ to my coworker about You.”

Philippians 3:7-9

GENESIS 12:4-8 ~ 4So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all their possessions which they had accumulated, and the persons which they had acquired in Haran, and they set out for the land of Canaan; thus they came to the land of Canaan. 6Abram passed through the land as far as the site of Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. Now the Canaanite was then in the land. 7The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord who had appeared to him. 8Then he proceeded from there to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.

We are told that he was 75… Genesis 11:26, 11:32, Acts 7:4, Genesis 5:32

Shechem, Bethel and Ai…

GENESIS 12:9-20 ~ 9Abram journeyed on, continuing toward the Negev. 10Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “See now, I know that you are a beautiful woman; 12and when the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13“Please say that you are my sister so that it may go well with me because of you, and that I may live on account of you.” 14It came about when Abram came into Egypt, the Egyptians saw that the woman was very beautiful. 15Pharaoh’s officials saw her and praised her to Pharaoh; and the woman was taken into Pharaoh’s house. 16Therefore he treated Abram well for her sake; and gave him sheep and oxen and donkeys and male and female servants and female donkeys and camels. 17But the Lord struck Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18Then Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19“Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her for my wife? Now then, here is your wife, take her and go.” 20Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they escorted him away, with his wife and all that belonged to him.

We won’t argue from silence, BUT I can tell you that I have often done what made sense and was logical in the face of adversity without talking to God about it first.

Proverbs 16:9, “The mind of man plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”

100117 - Genesis Review 3 - Chapters 3 through 11
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October 02, 2017 03:28 PM PDT
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Genesis chapters 3-11, Pastor Scott Keller

The Bible says in many places, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10, Job 28:28, Proverbs 1:7, 9:10, 15:33, etc. Eve was deceived into finding wisdom __________________________ of God.

Genesis 3:13, II Corinthians 11:3, I Timothy 2:13&14

We allow ourselves to be __________________________ when we want something we don’t believe we have.

Arrogance of Judgment

Arrogance of Dissatisfaction

Arrogance of Ingratitude

Arrogance of Entitlement

Arrogance of Control

Once the seeds of discontent are sown, it is difficult to ________________ the crop we reap.

If we push hard enough, long enough, we can usually get our way, but it certainly does not mean we _______________.

When we think the church is supposed to _________________ us we will always be disappointed.

Hebrews 13:17

Is your attitude one of 1) ___________________ for what God has given, 2) ____________________ with what He has withheld and 3) __________ in His character and timing? I Thessalonians 5:18, Philippians 4:11-13, Isaiah 40:27-31, etc. Is the person you are engaged with causing you to become _______________ dissatisfied with your situation or ___________ dissatisfied? Proverbs 26:21, Colossians 3:17, et al.

What, specifically, does Satan seek to divide and destroy?

The way to defeat Satan is to resist his manipulation to be grumpy.

James 4:1-12, Philippians 4:8
The seeds of the Gospel are evident throughout Genesis. The representative of the Godly line of descendants is Enoch - a man saved by God because of his _____________________________.

Hebrews 11:5&6

GENESIS 6:1-5 ~ 1Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

What does the “Sons of God” mean?

Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:4-7

Their children are Nephilim נְפִלִים (nə-phĭ-lēm). The LXX translated it into Greek as γίγαντες (gē-gän-tĕs), i.e. “Giants.”

GENESIS 6:6-11:32 ~ 6:6The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 6:7The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” 6:8But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord… 6:13Then God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. 14“Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood... 7:11In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. 7:12The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights… 9:1And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth… 11:1Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. 11:2It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 11:3They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. 11:4They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 11:5The LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 11:6The LORD said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. 11:7“Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 11:8So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. 11:9Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.

091717 - Genesis Review 2 - Chapters 1 and 2
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September 18, 2017 08:10 AM PDT
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Genesis Chapters 1 and 2, Pastor Scott Keller

GENESIS 2:2&3 ~ 2By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.

God “Declared it holy,” וַיְקַדֵּ֖שׁ (vī-qä-dĕsh). A day set aside for God’s purposes.

“Rested,” is שָׁבַת (shä-văt), in English, __________________________.

Exodus 20:8-11, John 5:17

In verse four, we have the first use of God’s covenantal name, יַהְוֶה (yăh-wĕh). Yahweh meaning pure _____________________ and therefore the source of everything else… “Life-giver,” or “Creator.”
Whenever Jews saw the name Yahweh, they would say, אֲדֹנָי (ă-dō-nī), meaning Lord, instead. Following the Jewish lead, English translators use the word “LORD” (small caps), instead of Yahweh.

GENESIS 2:7 ~ Then the LORD God (Yahweh Elohim) formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

The word “Formed,” is, יָצַר (yä-tsăȑ), itself a word indicating intimate personal artistic attention. The Hebrew word for _____________________, יוֹצֵר (yō-tsĕȑ), derives from it…

God breathed His Breath, His Spirit, into the man.

Job 34:14&15

GENESIS 2:18-25 ~ 18Then the Lord God said, “It is NOT GOOD for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” …
21So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. 22The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” 24For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

The idea of “Helper” is misunderstood. She was to be a counterpart that ___________________________ him in every way.

God does not fashion woman from the dust… Why?

Adam proclaimed… this is אִשָּׁה (ē-shä), taken from אִישׁ (ēsh).

Jesus quoted this passage in his ______________________ of marriage. He added the injunction, “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Mark 10:6-9 & Matthew 19:3-9).

Hebrews 13:4, Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18&19, etc.

Jesus told the people to count the _____________ (Luke 14:25-35). Jesus said, “If anyone wants to follow me, he must say no to himself. He must pick up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).

Every issue comes down to a simple concept… Will you submit to the __________________________ of Jesus Christ?

If we will accept the Truth that God made us male and female, completely equal in value and different in function… then, while it may not be easy, we have a _____________ basis for right relationship in marriage and beyond.

GENESIS 2:16&17 ~ 16The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.”

Satan knew precisely what God said, but in talking with Eve in chapter 3, he mischaracterized God by carefully ___________________ His Words.

1) Eve subtracted from God’s Word…

2) Eve added to God’s Word…

Deuteronomy 4:2

Eve said Elohim, not Yahweh, or even Adonai.

GENESIS 3:4-6 ~ 4The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! 5“For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.

None of us is completely satisfied with everything around us. We wish things were different and if we had the power, we would change things.
That ____________________ is the seed that births rebellion against God.

091017 - Genesis Review 1 - Chapter 1
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Genesis Chapter 1, Pastor Scott Keller

1) The Old Testament must be ______________________ Christologically.

2) The Bible was established and has been __________________ by God.

GENESIS 1:1-3a ~ 1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3aAnd God said…

“In the beginning,” is really, “In beginning,” without the word “__________.”

“God created.” The Hebrew word בָּרָא (bä-ȑä), is used exclusively for the activity of God. It is creation from __________________.

Colossians 1:16&17

E=MC2 is really about a matter-energy equivalence. Imagine the ____________________ required to speak the universe into existence. And we question God?”

Isaiah 45:9, Romans 9:20

Why would God expend the energy necessary for creation? The only possible explanation is to offer __________________________ to others.

God is existent. It is impossible for Him to be other than what He is and that means that God ______________________. He is pure being. As He, Himself, said, I AM, that which I AM.

The Bible is a Theocentric revelation (__________________), told as a geocentric story (____________________), because it is an anthropocentric message (____________________).

PSALM 19:1 ~ The heavens proclaim the glory of God; and their expanse declares the work of His hands. ROMANS 1:20 ~ Since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that humans are without excuse.”

Every person is completely without any defense on judgment day, because the _________________________ for God is obvious.

We see God’s creative Will, His _____________ Word and the Spirit of God – all three referenced in the first three verses.

Psalm 33:6

There is a _____________ starting in verse 3 and ending in verse 31. It is six elements, each starting with וַיֹּ֥אמֶר אֱלֹהִ֖ים (vī-yō-mĕȑ ĕ-lō-hēm), “God said.” Each of the six segments finish with the refrain… “There was evening and there was morning, day 1, day 2, day 3, etc.”

GENESIS 1:26&27 ~ 26God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

God specially created humankind in _______ _______ image… The Imago Dei, צֶלֶם אֱלֹהִ֖ים (tsĕ-lĕm, ĕ-lō-hēm).

1) Image has to do with authority…

2) Image is tied to procreation and specifically sonship…

Genesis 5:1-3

3) Image goes back to that internal dialogue within the Godhead…

God, a relational Being, specially created us to be _____________ beings.

Real relationship requires choice – without freedom to reject, relationship is artificial.

090317 - Romans 15e-16 - A Final Word
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Romans 15:29-16:27, Pastor Scott Keller

ROMANS 15:29-33 ~ 29I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ. 30Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, 31that I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints; 32so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company. 33Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

The translation ignores the Greek word, δέ (dĕ), usually, “But,” “And,” or “Now.” The next two verses make his _______________________ clear.

First, there are zealous ____________ trying to kill him.

Second, the Christian Jews might either _________________ the offering or accept it without any _____________________.

Paul opens verse 30 with, παρακαλέω (pä-ȑä-kä-lĕ-ō)… Because of our submission to the Lordship of ________________________, and because of the _________________ Agapê in each one of us… Join in my fight. It is συναγωνίζομαι (sü-nä-gō-nē-dzŏ-mī)… A military term for an __________.

Note the Trinity in verse 30.

Verse 32, confirms that while Paul was hoping for a unifying outcome and an uplifting visit with the Romans, it was always, God’s ________ be done.

Note the blessing in verse 33, is God’s attribute of ___________________.

ROMANS 16:1&2 ~ 1I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; 2that you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; for she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.

We start with an untranslated, δέ, again. It means this is ______________.

Paul “Commends” Phoebe to the Romans and calls her “Our sister.” That means that she was a Christian woman who was the _________________ of a delegation delivering this original Letter to the Roman Church.

He also calls her a “Servant of the church which is at Cenchrea.” “Servant” is διάκονος (dē-ä-kŏ-nŏs), from which we derive our word Deacon. She was __________ than a “Servant,” but ___________ than a, “Deaconess.”

ROMANS 16:3-16 ~ 3Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles; 5also greet the church that is in their house. Greet Epaenetus, my beloved, who is the first convert to Christ from Asia. 6Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. 7Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. 8Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. 9Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. 10Greet Apelles, the approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. 11Greet Herodion, my kinsman. Greet those of the household of Narcissus, who are in the Lord. 12Greet Tryphaena and Tryphosa, workers in the Lord. Greet Persis the beloved, who has worked hard in the Lord. 13Greet Rufus, a choice man in the Lord, also his mother and mine. 14Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the brethren with them. 15Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.

The Greeting contains names that are Latin, Greek and Hebrew… There are both _________ and Gentile, __________ and female, ___________ and free.

Paul commands them to “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” It was the ultimate expression of acceptance, trust & solidarity. A sign of __________.

ROMANS 16:17-27 ~ 17Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. 18For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting. 19For the report of your obedience has reached to all; therefore I am rejoicing over you, but I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. 20The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. 21Timothy my fellow worker greets you, and so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen. 22I, Tertius, who write this letter, greet you in the Lord. 23Gaius, host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer greets you, and Quartus, the brother. 24The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 25Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, 26but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; 27to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.

Paul starts verse 17, with παρακαλέω again. I’m begging you to carefully avoid people who are negative. “Accepting one another” is more than actively striving for ___________ - it is also keeping yourself from disunity.

082716 - Romans 15d - Please Your Neighbor 4
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Romans 15:14-28, Pastor Scott Keller

ROMANS 15:14-21 ~ 14And concerning you, my brethren, I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able also to admonish one another. 15But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God, 16to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. 17Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God. 18For I will not presume to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me, resulting in the obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed, 19in the power of signs and wonders, in the power of the Spirit; so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20And thus I aspired to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; 21but as it is written, “They who had no news of Him shall see, And they who have not heard shall understand.”

The passage has two basic parts… First, ___________________________ ________________________________________________________.
Second, _____________________________________________________
________________________________________________________.
Paul is affectionate and puts himself in the _______________ category with the Romans by once again calling them, “My brethren.”

“I myself also am convinced that you yourselves are…” What Paul was saying is, “I am fully convinced that you folks, as a ______________, are…

Paul’s confidence was really in God to effect what was necessary to unify the church. 1) Bring it ________________, 2) guide it through various ____________________ and 3) get everyone who remains connected to the _______________ line.

1) “Full of goodness.” Biblical Goodness is ___ human goodness.

2) “All knowledge.” It’s ___ just knowledge, it is “All knowledge.”

3) “Admonish.” The _________ has the capacity to admonish νουθετέω (nü-thĕ-tĕ-ō), in the power of the Holy Spirit.

“But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again.” Paul wrote them boldly… Period. They may have been familiar with _______________ of his points.

He was apologizing in the sense of ἀπολογία (ä-pŏ-lŏ-gē-ä), to ________________ or ______________ one’s position.

With that understanding, it’s easy to see what Paul does next when he says, “Because of the grace that was given me from God…” This is his _______________, explaining why he felt it appropriate to write to them.

1) He was an _______________ of Christ Jesus, specifically sent to the Gentile world of Asia minor and _________________.

2) His mission is ___________________, which sets up part two of this passage.

Paul could not have made it __________________ that it was God, not him, who was behind his ministry.

His ministry can be ___________________ up as, “The obedience of the Gentiles by word and deed.”

James 2:18-20, II Timothy 3:4&5, Galatians 5:19-21, Revelation 21:8

The power of the Holy Spirit, is the power to transform human beings into ________________ of God.

“From Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” Paul established church _______ of _____________.

ROMANS 15:22-28 ~ 22For this reason I have often been prevented from coming to you; 23but now, with no further place for me in these regions, and since I have had for many years a longing to come to you 24whenever I go to Spain—for I hope to see you in passing, and to be helped on my way there by you, when I have first enjoyed your company for a while— 25but now, I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints. 26For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem. 27Yes, they were pleased to do so, and they are indebted to them. For if the Gentiles have shared in their spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in material things. 28Therefore, when I have finished this, and have put my seal on this fruit of theirs, I will go on by way of you to Spain.

For the reason, that he just gave in the preceding verses.

I Corinthians 3:1-3

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