|Series Theme: "Faith Sermons"|
Title: 9. Stepping into God's Will
1. God's Will a Place of Blessing
Col 1:13 he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves
2. The Stories of 3 Women
a) Tamar forced the issue and made sure she was part of the family line part of God's continuing community
b) Rahab helped the community of God and joined it
c) Ruth similarly joined it
We are marked out by:
3. The Choice is Ours
How this works:
Someone is unkind we choose to be nice back
When we do, God blesses us (God adds goodness to our lives)
People around us steal we choose not to
When we don't God blesses us
Other people major on self, we choose to bless others
God blesses us with love
Other people major on negatives, we choose to be positive in Him
God blesses with joy
Other people major on worry, we choose to trust Him
God blesses us with peace
Other people major fret impatiently, we choose to wait His timing
God blesses with patience
Other people major on hostility, we choose to be kind
God blesses us with kindness
Other people major on betrayal, we choose to be faithful
God blesses us with faithfulness
Other people major on harshness, we choose to be gentle
God blesses us with gentleness
Other people major on wrong, we choose to be good
God blesses us with goodness
Other people major on giving way to temptation, we choose to resist temptation
God blesses with self-control
Yes, these are the fruit of the Spirit' Gal 5:22 ,23 and they flourish when we determine to go God's way, to do God's will
Appendix: Note on the 3 women:
Reading : Matthew 1:3,5,6
Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse, 6 and Jesse the father of King David.
NOT the most exciting passage of Scripture,
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. (2 Tim 3:16)
This was part of Jesus' family tree'
This is the pedigree' of the Messiah, the long awaited One, sent by God to Israel . (One who is surely holy and special?)
The Jews focused on men in such trees but this includes 3 women! Why?
What do these women teach us? What do they tell us? Why are they included here?
Tamar was the daughter-in-law of Judah and her husband died leaving her a widow (Gen 38:6,7)
Custom required the next unmarried son to marry the daughter-in-law and carry on the family name.
This didn't happen because of unrighteous sons.
Judah 's wife died and he went to the sheep shearing where he used a prostitute except it happened to be Tamar in disguise.
She conceived and had twins, one of whom was Perez who became part of the family line down to King David.
Rahab was a prostitute or innkeeper in Jericho when Israel first invaded the land (Josh 2:1)
She hid the two Israeli spies and then lied to the king of Jericho
She believed that God had given the land to Israel (Josh 2:9)
She became part of Israel (Josh 6:25 )
Ruth was a Moabite (Ruth 1:4) who became married to an Israelite who subsequently died and left her a widow.
Her mother-in-law decided to return to Israel and tried to persuade Ruth to remain with her people.
Ruth replied, Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. (Ruth 1:16)
Thus Ruth went with her mother-in-law Naomi to Israel where eventually she married Boaz and became part of the family tree.