Prologue, And God…Who sees Genesis 9:1-29

Genesis 9:1~Then God _________ Noah and his sons, saying to them, Be _________ and increase in number and fill the earth. (ESV) If you have wondered about why God created, listen to His true purpose revealed in Isaiah 45:18~For this is what the LORD…who created the heavens, he is God…who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but to be inhabited…(NIV) God created earth as a place to display His mercy, love, and grace on the objects of His creation. __________ is the object of God’s unfailing love. And God…Who Sees: Revere, ________, Identify. 1) Revere Human _______ (9:2-7) The sanctity of life is of preeminent importance to God and ought to be so for humans as well. With only ______ humans on earth, the animals could have ended humanity. Therefore, God provides a means of protection, fear & dread. Genesis 9:3~God says…I now give you everything. With two caveats: Clean and Unclean, and don’t eat the blood. Genesis 9:4~But you must not eat meat that has its __________ still in it. (ESV) God says blood represents ____, and there will be an accounting. (Genesis 9:5) Lifeblood implies an important physical truth humanity won’t understand until the 1620s when William Harvey discovers the circulatory system. Leviticus 17:11~For the life of a creature is in the ______, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; _
Prologue, And God… Genesis
it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. (NIV) This is God sharing a _________ principal with us. God commands Noah to be good stewards. Genesis 9:7~As for you, be fruitful and ________ in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it. (ESV) Be a good steward.
2) Keep Your ___________ (9:8-17) The word covenant repeats ____ times over the next ____ verses. God’s _________ is not only for Noah and his family but also for all future generations. What was the sign of God’s covenant in Genesis 9:12-13? A__________God’s covenants provide us with salvation and protection. 1 Corinthians 11:25~In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my_______; do this in remembrance of me. (NIV)
3) Identify the ____________ of Personal Sin (9:18-29) We all must acknowledge that sin is human a problem. To this point, Noah’s been the Life University class leader. Especially in the stewardship series: Following __________, Evangelism 101, Caring for All, even during his internship program (life-a-float). Fresh off the boat Noah builds a new life. Genesis 9:20-21~Noah, a man of the _____, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its ______, he became drunk, lay uncovered inside his tent. (ESV) The Bible is filled with genuine people who _________, make poor choices, get angry, mess things up, even question God as they ask for signs. They are just like us. Does Noah know or not? Anyone who has drunk wine knows it does not take long to find out the effects. This another life lesson for Noah and his sons. Do you gossip? Do you overshare? Take-A-Step:__________________________________



Good Seed

I woke up today with a song on my heart, which is not uncommon for me, does that ever happen to you? The song was a modern classic from 1707 when Isaac Watts penned the words: When I survey the wondrous cross, On which the Prince of glory died, My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride. Pride is the one thing that has always kept me from the harvest. Here in Matthew 13, God calls us to consider the harvest. (13:27-30, 39b-43) When the workers discern they have weeds in the field, they don’t hide it, rather they share it.

Matthew 13:27-29~“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed? Where did the weeds come from?’ ‘An enemy did this,’ ‘Do you want us to go and pull…’‘No,’ ‘because while you are pulling weeds you may uproot the wheat. (ESV) Don’t you love to hear Godly wisdom? It’s practical, it’s applicable and more often it’s just down to earth. The landowner says we will let the harvest work this out. Jesus says don’t just leave, don’t forcibly remove yourselves from those who do not yet know me as the Lord and Savior of the world. Give it time and let them grow.

As a young Pastor in the mid-90s, I watched my mentor work one Sunday like Jesus. Pastor, you’ll never believe it but I caught so and so smoking behind the building. My first thought would have been why were you behind the building? But he just listened. After her diatribe fo mortification and melted in the passion of this moment. He said sister, do you know what he was doing six months ago? No, she replied. He was getting high, running dope, and girls. If he is just smoking, I would hope we could all change that much in six months. Talk about a multi-layered meaning. 

Jesus said to give it time. Isn’t that one of the hardest things to hear. Let’s test again in a couple of months, WHAT? That’s a great testimony, Lucille. Why not give the Lord a real chance to work, in our lives, in the lives of others? This means we will continue to live among weeds, sinful people, because this isn’t the age of judgment; we live in the age of evangelism. Jesus explains this in Matthew 13:39~…The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. (ESV) Jesus says I want you to understand that right now we need to be calling people to God. We need to be praying people into the Kingdom, we need to be on the mission field seeking a harvest. Consider what you are doing for the harvest. We don’t want anyone to go to hell. Jesus calls it the fiery furnace aka (γέεννα geenna) or hell, eight times in Matthew’s gospel (5:22, 5:29, 5:30, 10:28, 16:18, 18:9, 23:15, 23:33) Jesus references that this is a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. I bet you’re not booking a summer VaCa there. It is a place for Satan, for rebellious angels who fell, a place for weeds who won’t confess. 

Matthew 13:43~Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. (ESV) This suggests that when we receive our glorious bodies (Philippians 3:21), we will share in the Shekinah glory of God. The word Shekinah is not found in the Bible but occurs frequently in later Jewish writings. It refers to the splendor of God’s presence. After returning from the presence of the Lord on Mount Sinai for forty days, Moses frightens all Israel. Why? Exodus 34:30~When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. (NIV)

I am not sure where you are on your journey through life and faith today, but for me, I want to be with my Lord and be like Him. Saints, we must consider the good works the Lord has planned for our lives. (Ephesians 2:10) If our heart’s desire is to be a world-changer, then we must know that God has sown good seed in us, in our public schools as students carry the power of the Kingdom, as teachers and professors shine the light of Jesus. He’s sown you as the good seed in businesses, shops, restaurants all across our community to shine the Light of Jesus Christ into the spiritual darkness surrounding us every day. I want you to make room in your life today to consider the harvest that God wants you to participate in. Then go out and respond to the in-breaking of the Holy Spirit.



Your Garden

Ever walked out at the beginning of Spring and looked at the bushes or garden you have in your yard? There you noticed the tender young sprouts and wondered to yourself, is that what that plant looks like? Discerning the Weeds in our lives sometimes is not as easy as we may let on. (Matthew 13:24-26, 37-39a) This is true for our spiritual lives as well. So Jesus Christ begins His first parable in our pericope in Matthew 13:24, 37~The Kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.  He answered The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. (ESV) The Son of Man is Christ Jesus’s favorite term of self-reference. You might think of it as a better way of third-person reference. It’s kind of like me saying, “Pastor D says,” Christ Jesus uses this phrase “Son of Man” more than seventy times in the Gospels. Perhaps the most important time is found in Luke 19:10~For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. (NIV) Only Christ Jesus can do that.

In this first parable, there are two sowers. After the good seed is sown by Jesus Christ, and the owner’s workers are asleep, his enemy comes and sows Matthew 13:25, 39~But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away…and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. (ESV) So here’s the picture that was given to us by Christ. Jesus sends our people to sow seed into our lives and the enemy, our adversary the devil, comes behind him to sow confusion into our lives.

Thus, the field has two sowers and two different kinds of seeds. Listen as Jesus explains this for us in Matthew 13:38~The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the Kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, (ESV) The good seed are Christians who are planted right where the Lord wants us. We are not to be off in some monastery or an exclusive gated community of only Christian believers. That would take away our ability to be the enchasing flavor of salt and the wonderful light of Jesus Christ out in a world of darkness. (Matthew 5:13-16)

No, the world needs to see what the goodness of Christ is. Remember a parable is a compare and contrast illustration providing us a moral. Jesus said there are two seeds, there are two sowers and two different crops. So, don’t be a weed. Matthew 13:38~The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the Kingdom. The weeds (ζιζάνιον zizanion) are the people of the evil one, (ESV) (ζιζάνιον zizanion) rendered as weeds, or tares, is a kind of darnel, resembling wheat except its grains are black. 

Now that is interesting. The fake wheat has a black heart at its core. Sounds like all sinners. Because it is not until our hearts are made right by the precious blood of Jesus that our hearts become pure. Listen to the prophet Joel 2:13~Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. (ESV) God says give me your heart, and I will change your life. Do I have any witnesses who can testify to that? Since a darnel closely resembles wheat in the early stages of growth, darnel is difficult to distinguish from wheat until fully grown. 

As a student pastor, I once spoke about darnel. After service a mother came up and said, I want to thank you, pastor, for making it so clear to me. I said, thank you, which part became clear? She said that no good Darnel poisoning my daughter! I had to remind her that our Darnel was still growing up and perhaps she might not know what was in Darnel’s heart, just by hearing his name. As a dad I get it, part of parenting is weeding in our kid’s lives. However, don’t let weeds discourage you. Sometimes God wants them in our life so we can influence the sons of the Evil One to become good seed or believers. 

Why not spend some time surveying the garden around you. Take notice of some of the things that need to be weeded out and to whom the Lord may have placed in your life, that you might win to Christ. Pray and ask God for favor and opportunities to share His message of peace and joy.