Good morning. We’re going to take a break today from the sessions we’ve been doing looking at some of the old testament records to talk about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And we call this resurrection Saturday, for two reasons: one, I have to travel tomorrow, so we could meet on what we often call “Resurrection Sunday” or Easter; and secondly, Jesus Christ, according to the best research we’ve seen actually died on a Wednesday and got up on a Saturday. So, we’re on track, having a Resurrection Saturday fellowship. So, let’s look here at the scriptures that talk about his resurrection: Matthew twenty-eight…
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Verse Listing and Notes
Matthew 28:5-6 He is risen
Luke 24:5-7 Why seek ye the living among the dead?
Acts 1:22 A witness of his resurrection
Cross – not used in Acts (tree: three times)
Resurrection – 10 times in Acts
Spirit – 68-70 times in Acts
Acts 4:1-4 Being grieved that they preached the resurrection
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and great grace was upon them all
Acts 17:16-21 He preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection
Acts 17:31-32 He hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked
I Thessalonians 4:13-18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words
Hebrews 2:14-15 Deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (He himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil – NASB, vs. 14)
Matthew 8:16-17 Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses
I Peter 2:24 By whose stripes ye were healed
I Corinthians 11:23-26 This do in remembrance of me
Good morning! Today, we’re going to continue the series we started with Joshua, Judges, Ruth, and now first Samuel. In our first time with first Samuel, obviously we started with Hanna, his wonderful mother, and the prayer she made, and her trusting God, which led to Samuel being born, and being dedicated to the Lord, and then how he grew up and began to lead and judge God’s people. He had that for two sessions and now we’re going to get into the topic of Saul, which is a very interesting topic. God did not want his people to have a king, He wanted to be their leader, but they saw the other nations around them having kings, and they wanted one. And they forget all about the fact that they had won many battles against many foes, starting with the Egyptians and all the way up through the Philistines and many others they had defeated and been very victorious without a king, but everybody still wanted to, you know like people often say: ”keeping up with the Jones’” do what the neighbor in doing or what the neighboring country is doing. And I thought about it today, we live in a very different administration today.
We don’t have judges and kings and prophets being the government. But we still need to trust God, and we don’t want to have anything coming in to replace God. And if you think about it, just looking at the news of talking to your neighbors, not everybody, but it seems like an awful lot of people want somebody to replace God in their lives. You know, they want a political leader that going to raise the human cry and go fix everything. And there is nothing wrong with voting for the political leader you want, and the political leader doing a good job leading the government. Nothing wrong with that. But, when you place all the confidence and expectation in the leader instead of God, it gets a little out of whack. Same thing with a religious leader. Some people think we’re going to have a big Pope-type person, that is going to, whether it’s the Pope in the Roman Catholic Church or a Bishop or leader in some other church that is going to be the one to lead the way. Or it could be a business leader, you know, I like so and so, because his business runs well, and I’m going to do whatever he says. And again, there is nothing wrong with learning from a good businessman, you know like one of the people I trust a lot is Warren Buffet, an investor in Omaha, Nebraska. But I don’t expect him to change my life and save the world. He’s just a good investor, so if he’s doing something, I pay attention, and I think about it, and if it makes sense, I do it. And if it doesn’t make sense to me, I don’t do it. But, it is not like I want him to replace God, he’s just a smart guy I listen to.
And there are other people, there are fitness coaches, there are motivational speakers, there are community leaders, and every one of these can contribute in positive ways to our lives and the lives of those around us, but none of them can take the place of God. So, its just very instructive to see how Israel – it wasn’t like they wanted a king to sort of assist God or work with God, and be their leader, they wanted a king to replace God. There is a big difference there. There is a very big difference between having somebody to help, you know like those in the medical field. And I have huge respect for those in the medical field, but obviously they don’t replace God. They didn’t make the human body, there are things they can’t cure and they know it, but God can cure them.
So, I never say a dang thing against the medical profession and I’ve benefited from it so dang much, I have respect for it. But at the same time I know that if I had to it, I would say that they are “assisting God” in our healing. Because healing ultimately comes from God. And good physicians do a wonderful job at assisting God. But, in my mind they don’t take the place of God. And Laura, I’ve probably not said this since you’ve on these calls, but sometimes people ask me: “should I pray and trust God for healing or should I listen to my doctor?” And I say: “Yes.” I always pray and trust God for help and do exactly what the doctor tells me. Plus all the corollary things: try to eat well, try to exercise, and all those other things that are important. And I’m convinced, and this is my life personally, I’m not speaking for the whole world, I am convinced that I’ve been healed because of what my doctor prescribed, and I’m convinced there have been times I’ve been healed by simply trusting God without the help of a doctor.
So, I think God has got to be at the top in our lives in every way, and everybody else can help. Like even businessmen. I do, being retired, spend a little more time on investments than I used to and I listen to people that know about investments. But ultimately, I trust God to prosper what I do. So, both are important. But we’re going to read about a time in the history of Israel where they wanted to replace God with a king. They were basically turning away from God to get a king. And that hurt them, as we’ll see. So let’s go to first Samuel chapter seven…
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Good morning and God bless you! We’re going to continue the series we’ve been doing for a while. We started at the beginning of Joshua. And went through much of Joshua, much of Judges, all of Ruth, and last time we covered the first three chapters of the book on first Samuel, that talked about a wonderful woman named Hanna, who prayed for a son and gave birth to Samuel. Who went up at a young age and served in the house of the Lord, and became what we often say served as the last of the judges of Israel and the first of the prophets. And what people call the great prophets perhaps. So, a wonderful fella and we are going to continue with his life and ministry. And remember…well, let
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Verse Listing and Notes
I Samuel 4 – The Philistines invade, the ark is lost
I Samuel 5 – The Philistines are troubled with the ark
Good morning. We’re going to continue the series we started many weeks ago where we started going through Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, by getting into the book of Samuel. So please turn to I Samuel chapter one…
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God bless you. Welcome to another Sunday morning fellowship.
As you know, we’ve been going along through Joshua and Judges. There are several chapters left in Judges we won’t read, and you are welcome to read them. But they follow the same general pattern that we’ve seen: where when God’s people turn to Him for help, He helps them; when they turn-away from Him, the neighboring countries come in and put them in bondage, until they’ve had enough of the bondage and they finally cry unto the Lord for help, and God raises up another judge. So, although there are different people and slightly different circumstances, it is the same general pattern that they follow through the end of the book of Judges. We got as far as Samson and you’re welcome to keep reading.
So today we’ll go to the book of Ruth and there are a number of reasons why that is significant; one it is one of the two women in the Bible that are actually named in the Christ line, the other one is Rahab. Both of them were women who came from what we would call pagan backgrounds where they were raised worshiping false gods, but when they learned about the true God, they chose to turn to the true God and not only became wonderful women of God, did great amounts of things to help people in their time, but they ended up being in the Christ line. Ruth I think, and I can’t remember the exactly amount, but I think she is King David’s Great, Great, Great Grandmother. And it was all because she simply believed what she knew. She knew little of Gods word, but later she learned more and believed it.
That is also significant because today we’re having the memorial service today for my mother via Zoom for my mother Marion Campen Mahone, who as some of you know passed away quietly in her sleep two-weeks ago . And she also was a wonderful woman of God. She ran a fellowship like this for I think 15 years in Connecticut and then she went WOW to Phoenix Arizona area in Tempe where she obviously ran a fellowship with her WOW family and back to Connecticut and continue to run her fellowship, then for several years attended the fellowship of our brother Tom Louth and then started joining our fellowship here, and up until a few weeks ago she was a regular call in participant. So, she lived a wonderful life; got past her 94th birthday; died one year to the day exactly, within about a two hour window that my father died last year. So she just had a wonderful life and many wonderful grand children and great grandchildren.
So I think it is very fitting that the day we have her memorial service, as she was a wonderful woman of God, that we read about Ruth, another wonderful woman of God in the Bible. And of course there are many other wonderful women in the Bible and many other wonderful women of God we know in our daily lives. But Ruth is the one we’ll read about today. So, please turn in your Bibles to the book of Ruth…
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Verse Listing and Notes
Ruth 1-4 Great Deliverance – from disaster to victory.
Good morning. We’re going to continue our series, going through Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. We completed our review of Joshua as few weeks ago, and we’ve been going through Judges chapter by chapter. I keep thinking I’m going to skip some of the chapters, but we haven’t yet. We keep going. And today we’re going to ready Judges 13 to 16, which covers the remarkable record of Samson.
Each one of the Judges in the book of Judges has unique qualities, but Samson is very unique, nobody quite like him. He obviously had tremendous physical strength, I’m sure that was part of him physically, but also when the spirit of God came upon him, he put that physical strength to awesome use. As we’ll read when we get into it, he judged Israel for twenty year, he was able to protect them from the Philistines. A lot of the details on how he did that aren’t covered, the main things that are covered here in the book of Judges are his personal life, which was quite remarkable, he had tremendous challenges with the Philistines, obviously, with the women he loved, with the families of the women he loved, with his own parents. Yet, he walked mightily and powerfully for God, and judged and delivered Israel.
So, he’s a remarkable fellow, but I’m just so glad there are these people in the Bible, ’cause you talk to some Christians and they think they have this cookie-cutter idea what Christians are supposed to be, yet if we look at the people that walked with God through the centuries, they’re all very, very different. And God worked with them. But rather than being mad at ourselves or mad at somebody else because they fit into to our preconceived idea of what a believe should be like, I think it is much smarter just to prayer for everybody and encourage people to trust God and walk with God, no matter where they are or who they are. Samson was like nobody I’ve ever met, but neither was Gideon, like anybody I’ve ever met.
You go on and on, everybody’s unique, everybody’s different, yet when they trust God and walk with the spirit of God, they can do great things for God and help Gods people. So, let’s get into Judges Chapter 13…
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Good morning! You may recall in our last session, we finished in the book of Judges everything about the sons of Gideon. Gideon, of course. was a great judge of Israel who led Israel to great victory against their foreign oppressors. And then he died. And, after he chased them out there was some argument among the various tribes of Israel about of who would fight the war and get the glory, but they worked that out. Then when Gideon died, one of his sons killed all the rest, except one, and there was a big brew-ha-ha there. So it just goes to show, you really can’t have that much control over your offspring. At any rate, then they all died, and we’re going to pick up the story in Judges chapter ten…
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Judges 8 and 9 (#1010) Good morning. Today, we’re going to continue our study in the book of Judges. In our last session, we read about Gideon. How God called him, and Gideon was very surprised to be called a mighty man of valor and be asked to lead God’s people against the Midianites and Amalekites, but God worked with Gideon — had the wet fleece and the dry fleece, had him go down and listen to the Midianite soldiers who were scared and convinced that Gideon would defeat them. And then of coarse he and only 300 men scared the Midianites and they ran and then a few of the tribes of Israel nearby came and fought and had a great defeat and were very successful. And now we’re going to look at Judges 8 and 9 where things get tougher… As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20201227. All rights reserved. Verse Listing and Notes
Judges 8 – Gideon postscript
Judges 9 – Gideon’s sons Teaching Judges 8 and 9 (#1010)
Judges 6 and 7 (#1009) Good morning! We’re going to continue our series today that we started several weeks ago on the books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. And, this particular section of Judges, chapters six through eight, to many people is perhaps the only thing they know know the book of Judges. So, it is a very significant section and it deals with a Judge named Gideon. And the record of Gideon is remarkable in many ways. In some ways its very predictable because it is one of the situations where the children of Israel have walked away from God, so a neighboring country had come in and enslaved the Israelites, until they finally realized they were in a mess, and prayed and asked God for help, and God sent a judge in to to deliver them. That is pretty typical that you see through entire book of Judges: that sort of roller coaster ride I told you about, that at the top of the roller coaster they’re praying and trusting God, then the Judge dies, they turn away from God and they go back to idolatry and get down to the bottom of the roller coaster. And God has to help them climb back up to the top of the roller coaster. So that is pretty typical, what is unique is the way God called Gideon and the way Gideon responded. Gideon was a fellow that had no leadership background that it talks about, had no background trusting God or walking with God, like you have with someone like Samuel that we’ll get to later on. Yet God called him and Gideon tried hard to do what God told him, but he had a hard time trusting God. So he kept asking God for signs and encouragement. And God kept giving it to him. And, every time God did a little more to encourage Gideon, Gideon would act a little more on God’s word, but then ask for more signs, and more support and then towards the end, without even being asked God is doing things to support Gideon. And in the end, God of course brings great victory to the Israelites through the leadership of Gideon. But if you read the record of Gideon, and then think about our own lives, what’s obvious is that if you have a heart to love God and serve God, and help His people, God will work with you and He’ll meet you right were you are. It is so common for people to get discouraged when they read about Jesus Christ, or the apostle Paul, or Moses, or any of the other wonderful leaders in the Bible and say: “Gee, I couldn’t possibly be like them.” And, it’s true it would be hard to rise up and be a King David or a Solomon, but when you read Gideon, he’s a little more relatable. Because he’s going through the type of challenges, and doubts and misunderstanding we all go through every day. And if God could work with a Gideon and bring deliverance, I think he can work with you and me. And, obviously we’re different people, in different situations, different countries, different administrations than Gideon was in, yet that there is still that need to know God and trust God and walk with God. And, that just takes time and patience to get there, and God will be there to help us. So, it is a wonderful record and I’m so delighted to be able to share it with you today. This is a record we’ve all read many times, but let’s just look at it from the particular point of view that here’s a guy that is trying to believe God, but he’s having a hard time, and his asked God to help him and He does. It reminds me of the book of James: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God who giveth to all men freely and upbraideth not and it shall be given him.” And, it reminds of verses in, I think Philippians where it said: “It’s God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” So, we can ask God for wisdom. We know He is working within us, He’s not possessing us, but He’s working within us to encourage us to walk with Him and trust Him. And then there are wonderful verses in Proverbs were “you trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” He’s going to direct your paths. And then, verses like: I think it is Psalms 37, maybe Psalms 34, where it says that if you turn all your concerns over to God, He’ll hear you. And, there are so many other wonderful ones like that, and they all are sort of exemplified, or become and example to us in the record of Gideon.
So, I know every record in the Bible is wonderful and I know everyone is unique, but here is one I can really relate to, and I think most people can. Because I think most people go through the kind of challenges Gideon did or does. And, the next time that happens to you, where you want to believe God, but you are having a hard time, instead of getting all down on yourself, or getting mad at God for not doing more for you, why not do what Gideon did? And, just ask for help. Now obviously God may just deal with you in a different way than He dealt with Gideon, but He’ll be just as faithful. To supply your needs, direct your paths, give you the desires of your heart, and give you great victory in all that you do. So, with that brief introduction, which wasn’t so brief, let’s go to Judges chapter six…
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Judges 6 – Gideon called
Judges 7 – Gideon triumphant Teaching Judges 6 and 7 (#1009)