Prologue, And God…Out of Patience—Genesis 7.1-24…Handout

Again and again the Bible reminds us how God is long-suffering but, what happens when God’s runs out of patience? 2 Peter 2:5~if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of ________________, and seven others; (NIV) This week, Out of Patience reveals three Biblical truths: Certain, __________ , Final.

1) God’s Judgment is Certain (7:1-11) For twelve long decades Noah has done ______ that God asked of him, and it could not have been easy. Genesis 7:1~ The Lord then said to Noah, “_____ into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. (ESV) Theology is the study of the ________ of God, and when it comes to some they hold a truly harsh view of God. What is your view of God _______? Noah and the ark is a story of God’s great love. The ark in this story is a _________ of Jesus Christ and how we are to be found ______ Him. John 15:4~Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. (NKJ) Noah was in the ark, just as we are in Jesus Christ. More than____times the New Testament believers are referred to as being in Jesus. Noah may have slipped and fallen in the ark, but he never fell out of the ark’s salvation. In the same way, when we slip, stumble, or even fall but we __________ in Christ. Our lives are not garbage in, garbage out. Remember the rule of three, God wants us to be holy, joyful, and _________. Anything that makes one of those things true in our lives, without violating one of the other two, is ok. Genesis 1:9~And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to _______ place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. (ESV)

2 )The Righteous are Secure (7:12-16) How is salvation possible? Because they are _____ the ark. Why is this important? Because Noah and his family did as _____ told them. Salvation is about being in Jesus Christ. Also, the animals find _________ because they are in the ark. I love how even here in the midst of great destruction God is saying to us that He is_______ over all. This is an affirmation for us, God is now and _______ has been present, He is the great I AM. This is echoed in the New Testament as Jesus shares the seven I Am sayings found John 6:35, 8:51, 10:9, 10:11, 11:25, 14:6, 15:1. Like Noah, we are ________ in the spiritual ark of Jesus Christ. He alone is the Ark to whom all must come to escape the coming judgment. There is but one door to __________, and that door is named Jesus. (John 10:9)

3) God’s Judgment is Final (7:17-24) Genesis 7:17~The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. (ESV) After the LORD shuts Noah and his family in the ark (7:16d), He is silent until chapter eight. Understand God____not go back on His Word in Noah’s day, and He will____go back on His word now. Take-A-Step: I will share faith this week with _______________. 2 Peter 3:11~…You ought to live holy and godly. (NIV)

Divided Kingdoms

Ever met someone who is completely unassuming? They are just salt of the earth people who blend in really well? Yet, there is something spectacularly exceptional about them and the way the Lord uses them. That is precisely Jesus Christ. Who came not for circumstances of celebration, nor was He here for the pomp of grandeur. Christ reminds in us Luke 2:49~And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” (NKJ) Meanwhile, the Pharisees are placed in a conundrum, for they cannot deny Jesus’ power, now what? So, they lie with a purpose. Matthew 12:24~But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons. (NIV) 

So many times when we don’t understand things, and we blame Satan. Mind you he doesn’t get credit enough and correctly blamed. Thus the Pharisees are attempting to place Jesus among Satans minions. They stand frayed at the fringe of the feverish crowd where Christ can’t hear them. However, Jesus knows, as He always does, and so He addresses them in, Matthew 12:25~Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. (ESV) Matthew 12:26~And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? (ESV) The point He is making is that any household, city, or kingdom experiencing internal conflict and strife will self-destruct. Their response is foolishness. Satan doesn’t cast out his cohorts.

Matthew 12:27~And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons (υἱός huios) cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. (ESV) The word (υἱός huios) sons seem to take aim at Pharisees disciples who practiced exorcism. Jesus says to them, how do your boys do this work? He has painted them into a corner, for the (υἱός huios) to judge. Matthew 12:28~But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. (ESV) Again Jesus is the King.

This means that He has brought the kingdom of God near to them. His power over Satan’s demons proves Jesus is the Messiah. To bolster the education, He offers an illustration asking who is powerful enough to enter, bind, and possess. Matthew 12:29~Or how can someone enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house. The implication here is only someone more powerful than Satan, can bind Satan and then ransack his house. Who can do that? Only Jesus.

Is there something in your house that needs to be released? It could be a vice that we need to let go of as we allow God the freedom needed to be loosed in our life. Whatever it may be, Jesus Christ is the victorious liberator! He tells in both the Old Testament and New Testaments that we are to take the burdens of our lives and roll them, to cast them, to give them to Him. The Message says in 1 Peter 5:6-7~So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you. (MSG) Why not let God have the weight of your life today?

Lord & Messiah

In the life of a believer, there is a time when the Lord births a desire to grow Closer. Mind you this is not a one-time occurrence. No, the Lord invites us to draw near and learn, to grow spiritually as we mature in our faith. Many of you probably grew up singing, “Just a closer walk with Thee, Grant it, Jesus, is my plea, Daily walking close to Thee, Let it be, dear Lord, let it be…” As we arrive at Matthew 12, Jesus Christ is confronted by Sabbatarians, who desire to lay burden not relief, as Christ reminds us serving the Lord is not work, rather an act of worship. 

Messiah’s intrigue has brought mixed emotions to the promised land. Some willingly leap in faith, clinging to Christ, while others who portray civility rejected Him, malfeasance hatched in schemes of subterfuge. Matthew 12:14~But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. (ESV) Their railing accusations all the more diabolical, as the search for an opportunity to set their evil in motion. Our Lord’s response to their raging protest and allegations reveals at least two actions required for us to draw Closer: Submit, Scrutinize.

Let’s begin by looking at how we submit to the Holy Spirit (Matthew      12:22-32) Now the Holy Spirit prompts us to follow after Jesus Christ. He says to us, here is evidence, follow the Way of Christ. As we follow we participate in doing good. In our pericope, we find that Ole Someone has returned. Ever had someone show up, lay an incident at your feet and force a response. Someone does just that to our Lord, only this incident is a person in need. An individual held bound under Satan’s power. He has been led in captivity his whole life. Eyes blind to the things of God, and dumb to the throne of grace; he sees nothing, says nothing, for Satan, has blinded the eyes of faith and sealed up the lips of prayer. Thus when Christ Jesus heals the man, he is able to see and speak. 

The crowd gawks, ogling the miraculous spectacle. Matthew 12:23~And all the people were amazed, and said, Can this be the Son of David? (ESV) Now the title Son of David is like saying this is the Messiah. Yet many gathered, are confused, for Messiah is to be a king, serving as a priest, who prophesies. Yet, Jesus was born in an everyman condition, so everyone would be able to relate to Him. Jesus simply does not fit the mold of many people’s minds. He is simply not, what they were expecting. 

As you reflect today on your relationship with the Lord? Perhaps you thought that life would have in some way, been different. This may mean that you thought Jesus was one thing when in fact He is someone different. I want to encourage you that Christ is the greatest gift we could ever receive from God. And His one true desire is to help us invest our whole lives in an eternity long relationship. This means from time to time we must lay aside our thought of God and His plan for our lives and the journey we are on and allow Him to reshape us. This is what He does for Jeremiah in Jeremiah 18:2~Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message. (NIV) Take some time this week and allow God to remake your mind, life, even the image you have of Him. And remember, you are the joy set before Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2)