Speaking of the
creation, Genesis 1:1-3 states, "In the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness
was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over
the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was
light." While John 1:1-3 states, "In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the
beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made
that has been made." The only thing man knows about the beginning
is what God has chosen to reveal to him. Theories of "learned men"
are unproven and often contrary to what has been revealed.
The last day of creation as recorded in Genesis 1:26-27 is "Then
God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them
rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock,
over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them." This creation was different from
all His other creations as man was made in God's likeness, in his image.
Man is not an exact copy of God. Man was created flesh and blood while
God is spirit.
God put man in the midst of the rest of creation to rule over and have
dominion over it. He told the man, Adam, to work it and take care of it.
"And the LORD God commanded the man, 'You are free to eat from any
tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die'." (Genesis
The Devil took on the form of a serpent to tempt Eve, lying to her. "When
the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing
to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate
it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it."
(Genesis 3:6). James defines the temptation process: "but each one
is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when
it is full-grown, gives birth to death." (James 1:14-15)
To Eve the fruit was pleasing to the eye and desirable to make her wise
but disobedience has consequences. In this case the consequence was immediate.
However, in some situations sin may not be found out until the judgment
when one faces God. They were removed from paradise to a land of toil
and pain. God said to the serpent "
'Because you have done this, Cursed are you above all the livestock and
all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust
all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and
between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head,and you will
strike his heel.' To the woman he said, 'I will greatly increase your
pains in child bearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire
will be for your husband,and he will rule over you.' To Adam he said,
'Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I
commanded you, 'You must not eat of it', 'Cursed is the ground because
of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,and you will eat the plants
of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you
return to the ground,since from it you were taken; for dust you are and
to dust you will return'." (Genesis 3:14-19).
With this sin both Adam and Eve were separated from God and in need of
being reunited with Him. This reconciliation would require a perfect sacrifice
for their sin of disobedience.
1. The Word existed before the creation.
2. The only instruction God gave to Adam was not to eat of the tree knowledge
of good and evil.
3. Adam and consequently all mankind were created
Exactly like God.
Like all other animals that breathed air.
In the likeness of God.
4. Eve did not understand that she should not eat of the fruit of the
tree of knowledge of good and evil.
5. Adam and Eve sinned because
They ate the forbidden fruit because they were starving.
The devil in the form of a serpent forced them to eat the forbidden fruit.
They disobeyed God by yielding to temptation and decided to eat the forbidden
6. Since Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, Adam had no choice as God had
made Eve for him.
Noah was a righteous man who obeyed God. By faith he built an ark
saving mankind from annihilation. After the ark was completed Noah
and his family entered the ark and God caused the animals that breathed
air to come into the ark. After God closed the door He opened the
fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven to flood the earth.
After days and months the waters abated. Then Noah, his family and
the animals came out of the ark.
Noah immediately built an alter, offered a sacrifice and worshipped
God. This offering pleased God "The LORD smelled the pleasing
aroma and said in his heart: 'Never again will I curse the ground
because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil
from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures,
as I have done. As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease'."
(Genesis 8:21-22). God also gave some instructions or commands (Genesis
• Everything that lives and moves will
be food for you
•Just as I gave you the green plants,
I now give you everything,
• But you must not eat meat that has
its lifeblood still in it.
• And for your lifeblood I will surely
demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal.
And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of
his fellow man.
•Whoever sheds the blood of man, by
man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made
•As for you, be fruitful and increase
in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.
God then established a covenant with Noah and every living creature.
Sin knocked at the door again as Ham showed disrespect for his father
whereupon he was cursed to become a slave to his brothers. In Romans
1:28-32 "Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile
to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind,
to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every
kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy,
murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters,
insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they
disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
Although they know God's righteous decree that those who do such things
deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but
also approve of those who practice them." Note the parallel in Noah's time and our situation:
a. The people were sinful and we are sinners - Romans 3:23 "for
all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
b. They were about to die and we may also - John 8:24a "I told
you that you would die in your sins;"
c. Noah was told what to do to save the righteous and so have we -
John 8:24b "if you do not believe that I am [the one I claim
to be], you will indeed die in your sins."
d. All the people of Noah's time had a choice to make and we also
have a choice - 2 Corinthians 6:2b "I tell you, now is the time of God's
favor, now is the day of salvation."
1. Noah was considered righteous because he built an ark and saved
2. When is an acceptable time for one's salvation.
After one has sown their wild oats.
When the time pressures are not so great from family and work.
There is no time like the present.
3. What happens when people refuse to retain God in their knowledge?
It is never too late to accept God's call.
Time will mellow the heart creating a desire for knowledge of
God gives them over to their desires.
4. Following Noah's worship to God, God promised to never agan destroy all living creatures by water.
5. Those who do not believe Jesus is the Christ will die in their sins
Years following the
temptation of Adam and Eve and their yielding to
their desires rather than obeying God, two hundred
ninety years following the flood and hundreds of
years before God gave Moses the Commandments on
Stone, Terah became the father of Abram. After
becoming an adult, God made a promise to Abram.
"The LORD had said to Abram, 'Leave your country,
your people and your father's household and go to
the land I will show you. I will make you into a
great nation and I will bless you; I will make your
name great, and you will be a blessing. I will
bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I
will curse; all peoples on earth will be blessed
through you'." (Genesis 12:1-3) God changed Abram's
name to Abraham when He established His covenant
with him. So Abraham left his home and went to
In Hebrews 11 we read, "By faith he made his home
in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign
country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob,
who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he
was looking forward to the city with foundations,
whose architect and builder is God." (Vs. 8-10) It
should be clear that God's promise to Abraham was
to all mankind rather than to one nation.
Abraham and Sarah, his wife, were childless even
though God had promised they would have many
descendants. They became impatient for God to
fulfill his promise of a son. Using human reason,
they took matters into their own hands. Their
impatient action caused great conflicts later
between Ishmael's descendants, Abraham's first born
by Sarah's handmaid, and those of Isaac, Abraham's
and Sarah's son of promise. God waited until it was
physically impossible for Abraham and Sarah to have
a child so when they did have one there would be no
doubt that it was a direct result of God's promise
and their faith. (Hebrews 11:11-12)
Abraham became the father of many nations and known
as the father of the faithful, but he was not
without sin. He lied on more than one occasion.
When confronted by God he repented and put his
faith and trust in Him. It is through descendants
of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that a savior would
come into the world to redeem the obedient
"When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD
appeared to him and said, 'I am God Almighty; walk
before me and be blameless. I will confirm my
covenant between me and you and will greatly
increase your numbers'." (Genesis 17:1-2) The
covenant was sealed by Abraham's obedience to God's
command to circumcise all males. This was before
they had any children and hundreds of years before
the Law was given to Moses. About a year later
Isaac was born and Abraham circumcised him on the
eighth day according to the covenant.
Later, when Isaac was older, God commanded Abraham
to offer Isaac as a burnt offering sacrifice. This
was a test of Abraham's faith. Abraham reasoned
that since God gave him Isaac when it was
physically impossible for him and Sarah to have a
son then He could bring Isaac back from the dead in
order to fulfill his promise.
What is so significant about this relationship
between God and Abraham? First and foremost God
requires obedient faithfulness. Through Abraham's
faith God's promise to provide a way for man to be
reconciled to Him was initiated. It would not be
realized until years later when Jesus of Nazareth,
through complete obedient faithfulness, would offer
himself as the atoning sacrifice for man's sins. It
was through Isaac, the son of promise, not Ishmael
his first born, that the covenant would be
continued as Jesus was a descendant of Isaac
It was God's promise that through Abraham all
peoples of the earth would be blessed. Therefore,
there is no way mankind can earn his
reconciliation. It is a promise and matter of
attitude, faith and obedience to Jesus, the Christ,
His Word, the Message of Reconciliation.
It should not be so amazing that God blesses the
faithful obedient and disinherits the rebellious
1. God's promise to Abraham that his descendant
would bless all mankind was given
following the giving of
the Ten Commandants.
at the time Abraham offered
Isaac as a sacrifice to God.
while with his father, Terah, and prior to
going to Canaan.
2. God's covenant with Abraham was based upon
Abraham's willingness to put his trust in God.
3. God spared Isaac's physical life because of
Abraham's faith and obedience.
4. Abraham was referred to as the father of the
faithful because he trusted God.
Because of problems between herdsmen of Abraham and
Lot, his nephew, Abraham allowed Lot to choose his
land and Abraham would take another area. Lot chose
the better area near the city of Sodom.
the LORD said, 'Because the outcry against Sodom
and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is
very grave, I will go down now and see whether they
have done altogether according to the outcry
against it that has come to Me; and if not, I will
know' ". (Genesis 18:20-21). Before God
sent angels to destroy Sodom He revealed His plans
to Abraham who pleaded with God to save Sodom
because of righteous people living there. But there
were so few. So God's angels in the form of men
appeared at evening entering the city of Sodom.
When Lot saw these visitors he insisted they enter
his house under his protection.
The wickedness of Sodom is clearly seen in the
following; "Now before they lay down, the men
of the city, the men of Sodom, both old and young,
all the people from every quarter, surrounded the
house. And they called to Lot and said to him,
'Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring
them out to us that we may know them carnally.' So
Lot went out to them through the doorway, shut the
door behind him, and said, "Please, my
brethren, do not do so wickedly! 'See now, I have
two daughters who have not known a man; please, let
me bring them out to you, and you may do to them as
you wish; only do nothing to these men, since this
is the reason they have come under the shadow of my
roof.' And they said, 'Stand back!' Then they said,
'This one came in to stay here, and he keeps acting
as a judge; now we will deal worse with you than
with them.' So they pressed hard against the man
Lot, and came near to break down the door. But the
angels reached out their hands and pulled Lot into
the house with them, and shut the door."
The angels explained to Lot the purpose of their
mission so "When the morning dawned, the
angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, ‘Arise,
take your wife and your two daughters who are here,
lest you be consumed in the punishment of the
city.’" ... " ‘Hurry, escape
there. For I cannot do anything until you arrive
there.’ The sun had risen upon the earth when
Lot entered Zoar. Then the LORD rained brimstone
and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah from the LORD out of
the heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the
plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what
grew on the ground" (Genesis 19:15, 23-25)
God removed Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden
because of disobedience. He destroyed by
water all people because of the wickedness of man
and the evil intent of his heart (mind) except
Noah, his family and selected animals. Now He
destroyed Sodom by fire because of grievous
wickedness. It should be evident that
disobedience and wickedness is not tolerated by God
and those who practice such will also be destroyed
unless they turn from their wickedness and obey the
will of God.
1. What sin was so great that God decided to
2. Lot chose the land east of Jordan because
He desired the
city life offered by Sodom and Gomorrah.
He wanted to get
away from Abraham as they constantly argued.
The land appeared
to be the better land.
The Bible does not
3. Disobedience to God caused problems
In the Garden of
With the people in
In the cities of
Sodom and Gomorrah
All the above.
4. The destruction of the area around
Sodom and Gomorrah only affected the men who
attempted to defile the men [angels] visiting
5. Abraham pleaded with God to save the cities of
Sodom and Gomorrah because of righteous people
living in these cities.
God called Abraham while he was living in Ur of the Chaldees to
go to a far country. He had no place to call home; only a promise
that his descendants would one day have a home. Abraham's descendants
would ultimately become Egyptian slaves. God through Moses delivered
them from slavery to go to the land of their inheritance, the land
where Abraham wandered. This is very similar to our short stay here
on earth amid wickedness being slaves to sin. God through Christ
will deliver us from slavery of sin to a home in Heaven.
Their journey into that far country, Egypt, began with a cowardly
act by Jacob's sons to a younger brother, Joseph, when they sold
him to a band of Ishmaelites, descendants of Abraham's first born son.
They sold him as a common slave and then deceived Jacob into believing
Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. Remember, Jacob had also
deceived his father in order to receive a blessing. Joseph remained
faithful to God and God used him in his plan to create a mighty
nation from Abraham's descendants. This would occur after years
of slavery among a people who worshipped created things rather than
After four hundred years in Egypt Moses was born. His parents defied
Pharaoh's edicts to kill the baby and they hid him. They
acted righteously by their willingness to disobey Pharaoh's command
rather than disobey God's." By faith Moses' parents hid him
for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary
child, and they were not afraid of the king's edict." (Hebrews
11:23). Moses was found by Pharaoh's daughter who had compassion
on him. Moses’ sister summoned her mother and "Pharaoh's
daughter said to her, 'Take this baby and nurse him for me, and
I will pay you.' So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When
the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh's daughter and he
became her son. She named him Moses, saying, 'I drew him out of
the water'." (Exodus 2:9-10).
In Hebrews 11: 24-27 we read " By faith Moses, when he had
grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter.
He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace
for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of
Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left
Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw
him who is invisible." After being trained in all the ways
of the Egyptians for forty years, God trained Moses another forty
years as a herdsman before calling him to lead Abraham's descendants
from the bondage of slavery to the land promised long ago to Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob.
Because of these former slaves' lack of faith and obedience, it
took forty years before they were ready to obey and claim their
promised land. Even though this land was given to them by God’s
grace they had to fight God's enemies to inhabit it.
Today mankind is under the bondage of sin. We are freed from the
bondage of sin by the blood of Christ. It takes continued obedience and faithfulness for us to reach Heaven,
our promised land, while always fighting the enemies of God.
1. Moses was born a slave but became grandson of Pharaoh, ruler
of all Egypt.
2. Moses chose not to continue being Pharaoh's grandson.
Because Pharaoh was partial to his other grandchildren
Because Pharaoh mistreated Moses birth family
By his faith in Jehovah God
3. Since God gave Canaan to former Egyptian slaves, they were not
required to do anything to receive their Land of Promise.
4. People who are slaves to sin today are not required to do anything
to inherit Heaven, the spiritual Promised Land.
5. God trained Moses 40 years in Egypt and 40 years as a herdsman
before appointing him to lead the Children of Israel out of Egyptian
At the appropriate time Moses’ mother took Moses to
Pharaoh's daughter. "Moses was educated in all
the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and
action. When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit
his fellow Israelites. He saw one of them being mistreated
by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him
by killing the Egyptian. Moses thought that his own people
would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but
they did not." (Acts 7:22-26)
In fear resulting from his rash action he fled from
Pharaoh, going to the land of Midian. He humbled himself as
a shepherd for forty years, after which God was ready for
him to deliver the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
from the bondage of physical slavery, a symbol of our
slavery to sin. God gave Pharaoh and the Egyptians ten
opportunities to choose obedience over destruction. Pharaoh
appeared to recognize God's power but with each passing
opportunity it was easier for him to refuse. After the
death of his first born he told the Israelites to leave.
But he changed his mind and pursued them to bring them back
It was at the Red Sea that the Israelites had to make a
choice to obey God or return to slavery. It was also there
that Pharaoh and his army were buried in the waters of the
sea. A new nation, freed from slavery, arose on the other
side. This is also like our flight from sin. At the cross
of Christ we must make a decision and bury our sinful
master in the waters of baptism in order to arise as a new
creation. Paul stated in Romans 6:3-7 "Or don't you
know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus
were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with
him through baptism into death in order that, just as
Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the
Father, we too may live a new life. If we have been united
with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be
united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our
old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin
might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves
to sin- because anyone who has died has been freed from
They did not enter into Canaan immediately as their faith
was weak. They rejected the report of Joshua and Caleb who
trusted in God.
Consequently, they wandered in the wilderness, near their
promised land, for forty years, never entering the Promised
Land. It wasn't until all males over twenty died (except
Joshua and Caleb) that they would be allowed to enter the
Promised Land. Moses was prohibited, by God from leading
them into Canaan. Instead it was Joshua, Moses's faithful
aide. Once they put their faith in God and obeyed him,
they were allowed to enter their Promised Land. We too must
have obedient faith and be reconciled to God to enter our
Promised Land, Heaven.
1. In attempting to deliver Israel from oppression, Moses
attempted to take matters into his own hands rather than
waiting upon God.
2. God did not give Pharaoh any choice to escape death and
3. Faith in God allowed the Children of Israel to pass
through the waters of the Red Sea to become free from
bondage and arrive upon the other shore a new nation.
4. Upon first reaching the Land of Promise, the children of
Israel put their faith in
The report of Joshua and Caleb
with God's guidance.
Their own ability
5. Moses was permitted to
Lead the Israelites into
the Land of Promise
Enter the promised land
but told Joshua to lead
See but not enter the Land
God performed many miracles of blessing upon the Israelites, the
most prominent being the leading of millions of slaves toward
a land promised years before to Abraham.
Three months after they departed Egypt and around four hundred
years after God's promise to Abraham they camped at Sinai. Here
God appeared, delivering to Moses his commandments. Exodus 24:12
"The LORD said to Moses, "Come up to me on the mountain
and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with
the law and commands I have written for their instruction '."
We refer to them as the Ten Commandments and they are listed below
as recorded in Exodus 20:3-17.
° "You shall have no other gods before me. "
° "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form
of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the
waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them;
for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children
for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation
of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [ generations]
of those who love me and keep my commandments."
° "You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God,
for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
° "Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days
you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a
Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work,
neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or
maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea,
and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore
the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."
° "Honor your father and your mother, so that you may
live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you."
° "You shall not murder."
° "You shall not commit adultery."
° "You shall not steal."
° "You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor."
° "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall
not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant,
his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
Read them again and notice that they are laws, rules, regulations,
things to do and things not to do. Did you find any statement
of forgiveness or faith? Did you notice that only one or two dealt
with man's heart, mind or attitude? This covenant was designed
to bring us to Christ, and as stated in Hebrews, is replaced by
a new one, a covenant that forgives wickedness. "For if there
had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would
have been sought for another.But God found fault with the people
and said: 'The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will
make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house
of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers
when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because
they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away
from them, declares the Lord'." (Hebrews 8:7-9 quoting from Jeremiah 31:31)
" 'This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their
minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and
they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor,
or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will
all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will
forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more'."
" By calling this covenant 'new,' he has made the first one
obsolete; and what is obsolete and aging will soon disappear."
When Jesus came he preached a message of repentance, a message
of God's grace and of faith, love and reconciliation. His mission
was "to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his
work." (John 4:34). HE opened the way for forgiveness of
sin by willingly giving his life as the atoning sacrifice for
OUR sins, to all who believe on Him and who "wholeheartedly
obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted."
"Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law,
locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in
charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.
Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision
of the law." (Galatians 3:23-25)
"When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision
of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave
us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations,
that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away,
nailing it to the cross." (Colossians 2:13-14)
and mercy, provided the perfect blood sacrifice in His Son. Christ's
death established the “new covenant", providing for forgiveness of sins
and freedom from sin to all who obey the call to repentance and obedience.
(Read Hebrews 9:16-28)
So "Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by
the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will
be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over
judgment!" (James 2:12-13)
1. God called Moses upon the mountain to give him the Ten Commandments
Gentiles and Israelites [Jews].
Children of Israel forever.
Israelites until replaced by another and better covenant.
2. The Ten Commandments, the Law, was a tutor or custodian to
bring mankind unto faith.
3. Some of the Ten Commandments could be kept outwardly even though they
were not kept inwardly in the mind and heart.
4. The Law of Moses provided for salvation, the forgiveness of
5. God removed the Law of Moses, “the handwriting of requirements”,
by nailing it to the cross by the death of Jesus.
1 Samuel 16 – 2
After being delivered from Egyptian slavery and
receiving a land flowing with milk and honey, Israel
was governed by judges whom God selected. But the
Israelites wanted to be like all the nations around
them. They rejected God and wanted a king. So God gave
them a king - Saul. He ruled by what the people wanted
- rule by opinion rather than as an obedient servant of
God. Therefore, Samuel, at God's direction, anointed
David as king, one who would obey him. Many times David
had to flee from Saul because Saul was hunting him down
like a common criminal desiring to kill him. Yet, in
spite of this David refused to do anything
"against God's anointed".
After Saul's death David became king. God said of
David: "After removing Saul, he made David their
king. He testified concerning him: 'I have found David
son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do
everything I want him to do.' From this man's
descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus,
as he promised." (Acts 13:22-23).
On one occasion David's men were among the flocks of a
very wealthy man and while there they dealt honorably
with him protecting him, not mistreating his herdsmen
or taking anything of his. Later David was nearby, his
men were hungry and in need of food so David requested
assistance, but Nabal, a surly man known for his mean
dealings, refused David's request in a harsh and
disrespectful manner. David became very angry,
intending to kill him, but he repented, allowing God to
exercise his judgment.
But not everything was godly in David's life. Instead
of going to battle with his army he remained at home.
There he saw a lovely woman, lusted for her and sent
for her to commit adultery. Learning she was pregnant
by him, he ordered the murder of her husband to cover
up his sin. Terrible? Yes! Pleasing to God? No! David
desired fleshly satisfaction and yielded to the
temptation. He suffered much for this sin. But when
confronted by Nathan, the messenger from God, he
admitted his wickedness, repented and pleaded for
forgiveness. Although forgiven, he still suffered the
consequences of his sinful actions.
No doubt his
attitude of heart, his remorse and desire for
forgiveness in order to be reconciled to God is why God
would say "I have found David the son of Jesse, a
man after My own heart, who will do all My will."
This is everyone's situation today. We have all sinned,
need the proper attitude toward our sin and need to be
reconciled to God.
God promised David that one of his descendants would
sit on his throne forever, referring to Jesus, the
Christ, whose kingdom will have no end. It was Christ,
without sin, totally obeying God, willingly giving his
life as an atoning sacrifice for us, thus fulfilling
God's promise to David and Abraham.
1. David refused to harm Saul, King of Israel, as Saul
had been appointed king by God and to do harm to him
would not be respecting God.
2. A person after God’s own heart means
One who teaches God
laws and commandments.
One who is powerful in
leading God’s people.
One who desires to do
what is right and desires to correct sinful acts he may
3. David is an example for us in that he
Was a powerful King.
Did not sin therefore
Jesus who had no sin could be the Son of David.
Was quick to repent
and plead for God’s mercy upon becoming aware of
4. God was always pleased with David’s
5. Jesus, a descendant of David, gave His life as the
atoning sacrifice for forgiveness of sins
God spoke directly to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob during the era many refer to as the Patriarchal Age. During the establishment of the nation of Israel He spoke to Moses, Joshua and then their judges . While Samuel was judge the people rebelled demanding a king. During the reign of the kings God delivered His message through men we refer to as prophets. All prophets delivered God's message to the Children of Israel but not all delivered prophecies about the coming Messiah. Over hundreds of years and by many different prophets more than 50 prophecies are recorded, all of which were fulfilled in Jesus. A few prophesies are listed below followed by their New Testament fulfillment.
Malachi 3:1 - "Watch out! I'm sending my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the LORD you are looking for will come to his Temple. He is the messenger of the covenant whom you desire. Watch out! He is coming!" says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies.
Matthew 2:2 - After Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived in Jerusalem and asked, "Where is the one who was born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."
Genesis 49:10 - The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Luke 3:23-38 - The genealogy of Jesus is tracing His linage back through David all the way to Adam.
Jeremiah 23:5 - "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
Matthew 1:1 - This is a record of the life of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Isaiah 7:13-14 - And he said, "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Matthew 1:18 - Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah happened in this way. When his mother Mary was engaged to Joseph, before they lived together she was discovered to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
Micah 5:2 - But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Matthew 1:1 - This is a record of the life of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, [Bethlehem] the son of Abraham.
Zechariah 9:9 - Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Matthew 21:6-7 - And the disciples went, and did even as Jesus appointed them, and brought the ass, and the colt, and put on them their garments; and he sat thereon.
Isaiah 53:5 - 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
Matthew 27:26 - Then released he unto them Barabbas; but Jesus he scourged and delivered to be crucified.
Isaiah 53:7 - He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.
Matthew 27:12-4 - While Jesus was being accused by the high priests and elders, he made no reply. Then Pilate asked him, "Don't you hear how many charges they're bringing against you?" But Jesus did not reply at all, so that the governor was very surprised.
Isaiah 53:9 - And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Matthew 27:57-9 - Later that evening, a rich man arrived from Arimathea. His name was Joseph, and he had become a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus, and Pilate ordered it to be done. So Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth. Then he placed it in his own new tomb, which he had cut out of the rock. After rolling a large stone across the door of the tomb, he left.
1. God spoke directly with Adam, Noah, Abraham, and David.
2. There are no prophecies about a redeemer
3. Isaiah was the only prophet to prophecy about a Mesiah.
4. There were over 50 prophecies by many prophets all of which were fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ.
5. God delivered his message through the kings of Israel to His prophets.