Summary: exposing of sin, preservation of dignity, Revealing of character
THEME: exposing of sin, preservation of dignity, Revealing of character
1. Good morning! Happy New Year to everyone. Last year we took almost a whole year to go through one book. This year we are going to try to go through the whole bible in a matter of speaking.
a. We will not be going through an exhaustive study, but what we will be doing is touching on portions as we travel through the Bible together.
b. I’m encouraging everyone to challenge themselves to read through the Bible this year. I am going to try share a message out of the scripture reading for that week. One of the positives of this is that if you are doing the readings, you will already be familiar with the reading for the week.
c. Another thing to be aware of is that God will speak to you through your readings. You may read through the same passage and something may stick out that is different then what I preach on. That is okay.
i. One of the hardest things about preaching through the Bible like this is not being able to find anything to preach on, but having to much. Just in this last week, I found probably a dozen topics that I could have touch on. All important, all valid – but I had to pick one.
d. I’m going to encourage each of you to keep a reading journal. Everyday that you read it would be helpful to choose a portion of the scripture you read, make observations about that passage, and then make some kind of biblical application. You may look for other supporting passages of scripture that back up your application; finally you should take a moment and pray to God. Ask Him for wisdom, maybe even strength in how to use that application in your life.
2. Remember the passage from last week.
Mark 4:26-29 (NIV)
26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
a. What is going to happen is seed, Godly seed is going to be planted in your life. It will grow, you may not now how, but it will grow. Producing theat bountiful harvest I talked about last week.
a. Genesis 9:18-29 (NIV)
18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth. 20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s nakedness. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father’s nakedness. 24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said, “Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers.” 26 He also said, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem. 27 May God extend the territory of Japheth; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave.” 28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Altogether, Noah lived 950 years, and then he died.
a. Ham was pointed out to be the father of Canaan, Why?
i. Usually in scripture when there are additional details – that is a good indication that one should dig deeper into the scripture.
ii. I will tell you more about Canaan in just a moment
b. Noah was drunk, and uncovered in his tent
i. Genesis 6:9 (NIV)
9 This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.
Genesis 6:8 (NIV)
8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.
ii. Even though Noah was a righteous man, He was still a man that lived in a fallen world and had the stain of sin upon his life from the fall of man. When we allow other things, alcohol, drugs, money, even other people – to have more control then God, we are prone to walking in the flesh.