Pastor Wrinkle’s Corner- The Abraham Label (Answers)

Let’s review what we have learned so far:

1. Noah Cursed Canaan

2.Canaan’s people built Babylon

3.Tower of Babel

4.God confused languages

We move forward from the tower of Babel about ___200___________ years.

Shem’s family has moved to a place called ___Ur_________ of the Chaldeans. Here the people begin to worship the false gods __Nergis_______ and ___Ningal______. They are gods of the moon and are worshipped by ____human_______    ___sacrifice__________.

 One of Shem’s grandsons Terah  grows up in this culture. but indications are that his family did not worship the false gods but down through the years refused to follow the way of Ham and worshipped the true God of Heaven.

    Terah is told by God to go to ___Canaan____________. He takes his son Abram and his daughter-in-law ___Sarai_________ and goes but settles instead in the land of Haran.

     Terah dies and God chooses to speak to Abram

     When Abraham is _______75____________ God visits him.

 and says “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you.  will cause you to become the father of a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and I will make you a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.”Ge. 12: 1-3 NLT

 Abraham __obeys_______ and __leaves________.

He has a series of adventures along the way.

1.Abram travels to Egypt: Sarai is taken captive

2.Abram grows to large. He and Lot separate

3. Abram goes to war against 4 kings

Finally though he settles in the land. But he is concerned because God has given him no children and he is __old_________.

God responds by making a covenant with Abraham.

“But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since I don’t have a son, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth You have given me no children, so one of my servants will have to be my heir.” Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own to inherit everything I am giving you.” Then the LORD brought Abram outside beneath the night sky and told him, “Look up into the heavens and count the stars if you can. Your descendants will be like that–too many to count!” And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD declared him righteous because of his faith. Then the LORD told him, “I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land.” But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, how can I be sure that you will give it to me?” Then the LORD told him, “Bring me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtle dove, and a young pigeon Abram took all these and killed them. He cut each one down the middle and laid the halves side by side. He did not, however, divide the birds in half. Some vultures came down to eat the carcasses, but Abram chased them away. That evening, as the sun was going down, Abram fell into a deep sleep. He saw a terrifying vision of darkness and horror. Then the LORD told Abram, “You can be sure that your descendants will be strangers in a foreign land, and they will be oppressed as slaves for four hundred years. But I will punish the nation that enslaves them, and in the end they will come away with great wealth. But you will die in peace, at a ripe old age.) After four generations your descendants will return here to this land, when the sin of the Amorites has run its course.” As the sun went down and it became dark, Abram saw a smoking fire-pot and a flaming torch pass between the halves of the carcasses. So the LORD made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I have given this land to your descendants, all the way from the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River–” Ge. 15:2-18

This is called the Abrahamic covenant. God offers Abram a __bargain___________. And Abram takes it by faith. God seals the covenant with a ___sign_________.

The bargain is that ______Abraham_______ will have a __son_______ and through that ____line___________ a great nation will be birthed.

The sign is a _sacrifice___________ and a __dream__________.

Almost 15 years later Abraham has a son whose name is Issac. Issac has a son Jacob who earns a second name late in life. That name is _Israel___________. Abraham is the father of the __Jewish_________ people.

Who?

I possess two purposes firmly in my head as I write tonight: First to relate to you the story of the prophets of the divided kingdom. For in understanding how God worked in their time we can better understand how God is working in our time; Second to relate to you the foretellings of these men so that you might understand what predictions they made about our days and the ones to come.

   In order to begin I want to tell you first who these men were. In knowing them perhaps you will understand better why they said the things they did.

     First a prophet is a man or a woman to whom a spiritual being reveals a plan. In this case the Spiritual Being we are speaking about is the One True God.

     Now the prophets of the divided kingdom rose to their work during the time of Israel’s decline as a world power. After Solomon’s death the Kingdom of Israel was divided into northern and southern states. The North was called Israel and the South was called Judah. Each of the prophets was sent to one or the other states of this divided nation or to one of the surrounding nations.

     Here are the characters of our play in sort of synchronous order:

Amos- Lived sometime between 800 and 750 B.C./ Was a prophet to northern kingdom Israel/ Was born in Southern kingdom of Judah/ By trade a shepherd and fig farmer.

Jonah-Lived sometime between 800 and 750 B.C./ Was a prophet to Assyria/ Was born in southern kingdom of Judah/ Seems to be a professional prophet by trade

Hosea- Lived sometime between 800 and 725 B.C./ Was a prophet to northern kingdom of Israel/Was born in Israel/ Occupation unknown but possibly a professional prophet

Note the ministries of Amos Jonah and Hosea all overlap.

Isaiah- Lived sometime between 750 and 650 B.C./ Was a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah/ Was probably born in Jerusalem/ Was a member of the royal family

Micah- Lived in the same time frame as Isaiah/ Prophet to both Israel and Judah/Was born in Moresheth in southern kingdom of Judah/ Occupation unknown but may have been a professional prophet

Note that the ministries of Hosea, Isaiah, and Micah overlapped

Nahum- Lived sometime between 650 and 600 B.C./ Was a prophet in southern kingdom of Judah prophesying against Assyria/ Occupation unknown but a very graphic writer

Zephaniah- Lived sometime between 650 and 600 B.C./ Was a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah/ Birthplace unknown/ Was a member of the royal family of Judah

Habakkuk-Lived sometime between 650 and 600 B.C./ Was a prophet to the southern kingdom of Judah/ Birthplace unknown/ Occupation unknown may have been a professional prophet

Jeremiah-Lived sometime between 650 and 550 B.C./ Was a prophet to southern kingdom of Judah/ Born in Anathoth in Judah/ Was a member of the priestly sect

Ezekiel- Lived sometime between 650 and 550 B.C./ Prophesies to Israelites in exile in Babylon/Born in Judah/ Was a professional prophet

Daniel- Lived sometime between 600 B.C. and 500 B.C./ Prophesied to Israelites in exile in Babylon/ Born in Jerusalem/ Professional magi in the court of King Nebuchadnezzar

Obadiah- Lived sometime between 600 and 500 B.C./ Prophet to Edom Judah and Israel’s neighboring country/ Not known where he came from/ Profession unknown may have been a professional prophet

Note that the ministries Nahum and Zephaniah overlapped.

Note that the ministries of Habakkuk, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Daniel, and Obadiah overlap.

Haggai- Lived between 550 and 500 B.C./ Prophet to Israel after they were released from captivity/ Most likely born in Babylon/ Professional prophet

Zechariah- Lived sometime between 550 and 500 B.C./ Prophet to Israel after they were released from captivity/ Most likely born in Babylon/ Professional prophet

Joel- It is unknown when he lived/ He was a prophet to Judah/Place of birth is unknown/ Professional prophet

Malachi- Lived sometime between 500 and 400 B.C./A prophet to Israel after they were released from Judah/ A professional prophet

     Something to note about these men is that they did not live their lives in prophetic bubbles. Many of them probably knew each other at least by reputation and may have actually spoken to one another about the things they were receiving from God.

     They also all had the common bonds of loving God and country. They prophesied with the hope of getting some of their loved ones to turn back to God.

     Tomorrow We will discuss the culture in which these men lived.

Tell me what kind of personality did these prophets need to do their jobs?