Lessons from the Pandemic: Part 6

 
Lesson 6: Zechariah 9:9-10 …have dominion (rule) over Part 2

Review: Lesson 5 …have dominion (rule) over – We partner with God to joyfully exercise skilled mastery of life among those entrusted to us to fill the earth with the Glory of God. This is our work.

Looking Back: Matthew 7:24 – build your house on the rock

Pandemic – Parallel – Creation Building Blocks

Quarantine – Subdue – Dominion (rule)

Today: “How to” rule from Jesus’ example

Context – Jesus enters Jerusalem Matt. 21:1-5, John 12:12-16
SeeingJohn 12:16 His disciples did not understand at first, but when Jesus was glorified, they remembered.

Lessons in Ruling from Zechariah 9:9-10

  • Result of Good Ruling – JOY – Zech. 9:9a Rejoice greatlyshout
  • Where joyful ruling comes from – The King – Zech. 9:9b Your King comes to you
  • How to do “it” – good ruler
  1. He is just – righteous – legitimate – winner
  2. And having salvation – save unto – save from
  • His Power
  1. Humility – Luke 19:41-42 As Jesus drew near the city, He wept and said, “If you had known the things that belong to your peace.”
  2. Donkey (animal of work – peace) not stallion (warhorse)

The result – PEACE – Col. 1:20 Jesus…having made peace through the blood of His cross.

Lessons from the Pandemic: Part 5

 

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Lesson 5: Gen. 1:28 – …have dominion over fish, birds, every living thing on earth.

Define: Dominion Hebrew [Radah] to exercise skilled mastery (of life) among (with respect to); Hebrew word “radah” is the royal word for Kingship

Dominion in Unity: (All-Good Domain)

Application of Gen. 1:28 is Gen. 2:15 Lord God took man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend (care) & keep it (thorn – protect).

Dominion in Division: (Not-All-Good Dominion)

The Process:

We subdue (Gen. 1:2) so we can see the need to divide (Gen. 1:3) the Kingdom of Light from the Kingdom of Darkness. Then we Rule (Gen. 1:28) by caring and keeping from the throne of Jesus (Rev. 3:21; Eph. 1:22-23) until all enemies are under His feet (I Cor. 15:25) and the Earth is filled with the Glory of the Lord (Num. 14:21).

Lessons from the Pandemic: Part 4

 

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Lesson 4: Gen. 1:28 – …subdue it and have dominion over it

Background: Creation Process Gen. 1:26-30 – God created (in His image) – blessed and gave directives

  • Be fruitful
  • Fill the earth
  • Subdue it
  • Have dominion over it

Result: Gen. 1:31 – God saw all that He made and it was very good Why is man’s directive to subdue? 

God was planning ahead in case there comes a time when it’s not good

Events after Gen. 1:31: Pandemic #2

Source: Ezekiel 28:15 – you were blameless in all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you.

Action: Isolation – Ezekiel 28:16 So I banished you in disgrace from the Mountain of God.

Lesson learned by God: Man will need to be equipped to subdue if He is going to have dominion.

Application of the subdue principle:

Principle: Calming precedes ruling – domain having

Gen. 1:2 – Pandemic #1 – The Spirit of God hovered over chaos – hover over to calm down so He could create.

Take Away: As Believers we are created in God’s image and given this directive. You are authorized (Matt. 28:18) as God’s agent of calm to enter into relation with hostile forces to breathe the Breath of God’s Life in order to have dominion.

God-directed dominion results in a peace that passeth understanding.

Lessons from the Pandemic: Part 3

 

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Lesson 3: Quarantined – Gen. 2:18 – not good for man to be alone

A. Problem Gen. 2:18a – … not good for man to be alone.

B. Solution Gen. 2:18b – make him a helper

C. Result – end of aloneness – Gen. 2:24 …they became one

What:  The “very good” God saw in Gen. 2 – they became one flesh…both naked and not ashamed

Digging Deeper:

  • Became one–1+1=1(3)
  • Condition Gen. 2:16 Eat of any tree but….die
  • God saw Gen. 3:7 Eyes opened – saw naked – covered

Story of Shame

  • Birth place – sin
  • Who – painful emotion caused by distrust
  • Self-cure = self cover up – fig leaves
  • The Cure – God doing I Pet. 4:8 Most important of all, continue to
    show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
    I Cor. 13:5 Love….thinks no evil

App: picture of the relationship between Christ & The Church (bride)

Take Away:  How to avoid quarantine (being ashamed) aloneness

  1. Be perfect in a relationship
  2. Be in love (Agape) in a relationship
  3. The Agape Love in a relationship allows you to be imperfect but not fear you will be condemned or shamed.
  4. Live FREE – naked (exposed) & not ashamed (no fear of rejection)

THAT IS VERY GOOD!!

Lessons from the Pandemic: Part 2

 

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Lesson 2: The Creation of Adam & Eve

Gen. 1:1; 26-31, Gen. 2:4-25

A. Introduction

To better understand the lessons from the original pandemic it is important to understand each part. Exactly how did God create (set up) the creation, man/woman, serpent, etc. Today we will focus on the creation of Adam & Eve.

B. The Who of creation (Creator)

Genesis 1 – God – El (power) ohim (plural Trinity)

Genesis 2 – Lord God – Yahweh – Jehovah – Redeemer

C. The Sequence of creation

Created

Dust + Water = Clay

Clay + Hands of God = Formed man

Formed man + Breath of God = Man Alive

Man alive + woman = One (not ashamed)

Blessed Gen. 1:28

Abram’s blessing – Genesis 12:1-3

Blessing defined – Galatians 3: 13-14

Lessons from the Pandemic: Part 1

 

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A. Introduction

Lesson Process – Matthew 5 – 7

Who — Matthew 5:2 – He (Jesus) – teacher
How — Matthew 5:2 – opened His mouth & taught
What — Matthew 5:3 – Sermon on the Mount
Why — Matthew 7:24 – Whoever hears and does is like a man who builds his house on a rock so that when the storms come it will not fall

2020 Pandemic - WorldOriginal Pandemic - God's Creation
Before - "All good"Mankind: they were both naked w/o shame - Gen. 2:25
ChinaSerpent - Gen. 3:1
People/worldAdam/Eve - Gen. 2:25
Deadly virusForbidden fruit - Gen. 3:3
Virus entered humanEve took & ate - Gen 3:6
ContagiousEve gave to Adam - Gen 3:6
Symptoms - have no taste, fever, cough, etc.Symptom - eyes opened they knew they were naked - Gen. 3:7
Man's effort to solve pandemicSewed fig leaves - Gen. 3:7
God's solutionGod's solution - made garment of animal skin & clothed them - Gen. 3:21