1. Jesus in Prophecy

TITLE: Jesus purpose in prohecy

DATE: 3.19.2020

Introduction: We are picking this lesson up at the after math of Adam and Eve’s Fall. We know that at the time the disobeyed God sin entered into the world and everything changed. Did God have a plan in place to meet this change? Did Satan have a plan to increase his gains? Let's dive into our study and find out! The first thing we are going to look at is being...

I. Barred from the Tree of Life.

Read Genesis 3:22.

1. What does Genesis 3:22 suggest was the secret to long life? (Use separate paper to write answers)

2. Adam and Eve were barred from the tree of life because they had sinned. They now had the same kind of knowledge as God had so why did they have to die? 

 

Read Genesis 3:23-24.

3. What does the posting of the guard say about the new relationship between God and humans? 

4. How do you think Adam and Eve reacted to the guard? 

 

II. The Boys

Read Genesis 4:1-2.

5. Which one profession was better than the other? Which one? 

 

Read Genesis 4:3-5.

6. What do we learn about God's unstated worship requirements?

7. What type of offering was this? 

8. So why was Abel’s offering accepted and Cain’s rejected? 

 

Read Genesis 4:6-7.

9. Considering what God said to Cain, how would you characterize God's attitude? 

10. What is that standard? 

 

Read Genesis 4:8.

Put yourself in the place of Adam and Eve.

11. How do you think Adam and Eve felt about this? 

Did they blame themselves for this murder?  Should they have? 

 

Read 1 John 3:11-13.

12. What answer does this text give to our murderer in one generation question? 

Sin has now shown its true colors. Satan, the serpent, has shown the ultimate result of his way of life. Since God had His plan for dealing with sin in place, why didn't God call an end to sin right then? Why wait 2,000 years to fulfill the plan? Why not send Jesus right now? Isn't the error of Satan's way and his plan for conquest now clear to all observers?

 

III. Abraham and Isaac

Read Genesis 22:1-2.

13. Would Abraham's reaction to this instruction from God be the same as ours? 

 

Read Genesis 21:12.

14. What other saying did Abraham have to sort out? 

 

Read Genesis 22:6-8.

15. What do you think Abraham meant here? 

16. What do you think he believed would happen?

17. Knowing God's promise for Isaac's future, given the love of a father who has a son late in life, was

anything more important to Abraham than his son, Isaac? 

 

Read Genesis 22:9-13.

18. Why did God put Abraham through this?

Genesis 22:1 & 12 indicate that God was testing Abraham. I think there is a larger explanation that is  revealed in Genesis 22:8. God provided the Lamb for our sins. This test of Abraham is intended to forcibly bring home the point to fathers and mothers the extent of God's love for us. It is intended to bring home the point that while giving up our children will not cure the sin problem, God is looking for our unselfish obedience in response to His sacrificial love towards us.

 

IV. The Snake

Read Numbers 21:4-5.

19. How did Israel act?

 

Read Numbers 21:6-7.

20. Why is this an appropriate response to complaining?

 

Read Numbers 21:8-9.

The story seems to get more bizarre.

Bronze Snake: the bronze snake is a picture of unbelief and of Christ the Savior. Marching out in the wilderness was hard and difficult. At the end of each day, the people were bound to be tired, exhausted, and bone-weary. This passage shows how fatigue and exhaustion got to the people, how they had become so bone-weary that they lapsed back into their grumbling and unbelief. They began once again to attack God and His dear servant. The Scripture and outline clearly paint the picture.

1. Note the tragic situation: the people had to bypass or detour around Edom. This was a long distance out of the way (Numbers 21:4-5). Remember, Moses had sent two diplomatic letters to the king of Edom asking permission to pass through their land. The king had rejected the appeal and had even gone so far as to threaten attack against the Israelite's. Therefore, Moses had to lead the people on a detour around the land of Edom. As stated, this was a long distance out of the way for the people to travel. Fatigue and exhaustion set in, and they grew impatient. They began to grumble and murmur against God and against Moses:⇒ They asked why they had been led out of Egypt into the desert wilderness to die: there was no bread and no water in the desert wilderness. ⇒ They stated that they detested the "worthless manna." Remember that the manna was the bread from heaven, the bread that God Himself had provided to feed the people through their wilderness wanderings. The word the people used to describe the "manna" was ballehem haqqeloqel. This means "contemptible, worthless bread"; it means miserable, wretched, despicable, cheap bread. It even has the idea of cursing the heavenly bread, the bread that had been provided by God Himself. The people had constantly grumbled about God's gracious provision during their 40 year wilderness wandering, but this time it was different. They actually stated that they detested the manna, and they cursed it. It was despicable, worthless, at best junk food. This time, the people had gone too far. God had no choice but to judge and chastise them and to do so severely.

2. Note the judgment, the chastisement of the Lord: He sent snakes among them, and many of them died (Numbers 21:6). They were "fiery serpents," that is, poisonous snakes. The poison was obviously strong, very potent—the kind of venom that causes a horrible, agonizing death. This is indicated by the fact that many of the people subsequently died.

3. Note the confession and repentance of the people: they confessed their sin and asked Moses to pray for them, asking God to take away the snakes (Numbers 21:7). This Moses did. He was the servant of God, so he once again forgave them for their attacks against him and the Lord. As their minister, he loved them, so he again became their intercessor and mediator before God. No doubt, he begged God to forgive the sin of the people and to have mercy upon them.

4. Note the surprising answer of the Lord (Numbers 21:8): the Lord told Moses to make a replica of a snake and hang it on a high pole. Then God spelled out a condition for deliverance and healing: a person had to look at the snake hanging upon the pole. If he looked, he would be healed and would live.

This is one of the great symbols of Jesus Christ in the Scripture—His being hung upon the cross for the sins of the world. This is exactly what Christ Himself said: (John 3:14-16)

5. Now, note the obedience of Moses: he hung a bronze snake on a pole just as instructed by God (Numbers 21:9).

6. The people were delivered, but only some. Only those who looked at the snake and believed the promise of God lived (Numbers 21:9). Keep in mind, this is a picture of deliverance by looking at (believing in) the cross of Jesus Christ (John 3:14-15).

Thought 1. There are three significant lessons in this point for us.

1) Jesus Christ is the manna, the bread from heaven. God has given Jesus Christ to feed the souls of people. People hunger and crave for the food of purpose, meaning, and significance in life. Christ and Christ alone can meet the hunger of the human soul. Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life.

(Matthew 6:33).(John 6:32-35).(John 6:48-51).(Rev. 2:7).(Isaiah 55:2).

2) The Israelites cursed the bread of God which was a symbol of Jesus Christ. Any person who curses Jesus Christ will be judged by God, severely judged. Any person who looks upon Jesus Christ as contemptible, worthless, wretched—as being useless—is going to face the wrath of God, a judgment beyond comprehension.

(John 3:36).(Romans 1:18).(Romans 2:8).(Ephes. 5:1-6).(2 Thes. 1:7-8).(2 Peter 2:9).(2 Peter 3:7). (Jude 14-15).(Rev. 1:7).(Psalm 2:12).

3) Jesus Christ has been lifted up as the Savior of the world. God lifted up Christ just as the serpent was lifted up, as a symbol of deliverance. Any person who looks upon Christ and believes in Him will be delivered, that is, saved.

(John 3:14-16).(John 5:24).(John 11:25).(John 20:31).(Romans 10:9-10).

21. If you are dying from snake bite, why would looking at a model of a snake be the logical cure?

From the Creation, God had in place a plan for your salvation. That plan was fulfilled in Jesus sinless life and death on our behalf. Will you face your sins by confessing them and accepting Jesus' sacrifice on your behalf? The alternative is a life where "the plan" is to hate those who choose Jesus.

 

 

ANSWERS and COMMENTARY

 

SECTION ONE: BARRED FROM THE TREE OF LIFE

1. The tree of life.

2. A. Life is a gift from God. By sinning, humans had forfeited the right to this gift.

    B. God did not want to perpetuate sin.

    C. God had warned them of the penalty. Genesis 2:15-17.

    D. God's warning had become the major point of the controversy. Genesis 3:4.)

3. God could not trust them.

4. Terrified! Eternal life was a gift from God they had forfeited, but God continued to give them gifts to

aid them in their life.

SECTION 2: THE BOYS

5. Cain seemed to be doing exactly what God had commanded. Genesis 3:17-19 Abel, on the other hand,

    had that "no sweat" job of watching animals.

6. This was before the law came into being. The Bible does not directly state what God told them about

    worship, forgiveness of sin, etc. Later we know that God had instituted the sacrificial system among

    humans. When you sinned, you sacrificed an animal. But here was there any mention of a sin offering

    here? (NO!)

7. This was a free will offering in all likelihood taught to them by the Father Adam.

8. Unlike many who teach it was not accepted because it was a grain offering and not a blood offering this has

    nothing to do with that. v. 3 states Cain brought only some of the first fruit. He held back from God so his

    attitude was not pleasing to God. Remember Annanias and Saphira brought only a portion of their offering

    to God and they were stuck down dead, but they also lied about it. Abel was probably reasoning to himself

    that he was sweating with "earth work" - which was precisely what God had commanded. Second, he was

    bringing the results of his own work. It was a diverse world, each one brought his own talents to the table,

    each one understood God's requirements in his own, unique way. No one had any right to judge him. He

    applied God's word to his own distinct background - which was gardening instead of shepherding.

9. God is trying to reason with Cain. God is being sympathetic. God is counseling Cain. At the same time,

    God stands firm on what is required. God has a standard that does not vary based on our diversity of views

    and talents.

10. God wants our motives to be pure, our hearts right.

11. Like every parent they would be sad. They may have blamed themselves we don’t really know. They

     should have taken responsibility for the fall into sin.

12. Humans choose sides. Those who choose evil hate those who choose right. This is what sin does. It

     separates us from God. We do our will not God’s will.

SECTION 3: ABRAHAM AND ISSAC

13. Pagan "gods" sanctioned child-sacrifice and Abraham knew about this practice. There are at least five

     references in the Bible (see Jeremiah 32:35) which specifically state that child sacrifice is "detestable"

     to God. In our case then, the oral word would contradict the written word. That was not true for Abraham.

14. That Isaac was the fulfillment of God's promise for many descendants.

15. That God would provide a lamb for the sacrifice.

16. Even if he killed his son God would raise him from the dead and fulfill his promise to Abraham.

17. Nothing but God was more important to Abraham.

18. Genesis 22:1 & 12 indicate that God was testing Abraham. I think there is a larger explanation that is

      revealed in Genesis 22:8. God provided the Lamb for our sins. This test of Abraham is intended to forcibly

      bring home the point to fathers and mothers the extent of God's love for us. It is intended to bring home the

      point that while giving up our children will not cure the sin problem, God is looking for our unselfish

      obedience in response to His sacrificial love towards us.

19. Like a bunch of whinny brats!

20. The complainers were rejecting God's provision for their life.

21. The theological point for us is that we must face our sins to be forgiven. The serpent represented sin.      God wanted the Israelite's to face their sins. In the plan of salvation which God had in place, we must face and confess our sins as a condition to taking advantage of God's provision (the death of His Son) for our salvation.

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