Monday, February 2, 2009

The Presence of God. Ps 23:1 & 4

I am writing this because some friends asked me to blog about what’s happening at the lectures. The first lecture I got to today was the one at chapel. I forgot that when you stay in a college dorm it’s hard to get in bed before 1, mostly because of all the noise. That lecture was about the presence of God in our lives from Psalm 23:1 &4. It was done by a faculty member Jesse Robertson. He brought out many good points and thoughts about God being with his people. He basically began a study through Genesis about God promising to be with Abraham. Gen 12. That God told Abraham that he would show him a land and that to show him a land God had to be with Abraham. Then later in Genesis 15:1 God promises Abraham that he would be his shield.
Then he went on down to Isaac and in Genesis 26:24, God told Isaac that he was with him when Isaac was surrounded by men in that area that wanted him to leave. Then in Gen. 26:18, when Jacob had the dream about the latter ascending to heaven as he was fleeing Esau, God told him that he was with him.
Then in Exodus, God told Moses he was with Him. In Ex. 3:12 when Moses gives the excuse who am I, God told him He was with him. A great point was made that when we realize that God is with us we can do anything because it is not something special in us, it’s the power and support of God that helps us. Then in Ex. 33, when the people make the golden calf and Aaron says this is the god that delivered you. God wants to leave the people and allow an angel to guide them the rest of the way, but Moses calls to Him to remember the promise to Abraham and says that if God will not go with them then do not lead us up from here (14). Moses realized the importance of God’s presence with His people.
Also in the book of Deuteronomy, Moses says in the time of war the priests are to go up and remind the people that God is fighting with them and will give them the victory (20:3,4).
Next in the book of Joshua, Joshua is reminded by God himself that He is present with Joshua. He calls Joshua to be strong and courageous with that fact. Josh 1:5,9
Then in the book of Judges, God comes to Gideon when he is hiding in a wine press and calls him a great warrior. Gideon questions the message saying that if God si with us then why has He allowed this to happen to us? Then God tells Gideon that He is with him and that Gideon will be able to strike down the Midianites as one man. Judges 6:12-16
In 1 Samuel 17:37, as David is preparing to face Goliath, he states that God was with him when he faced lion and bear and God will deliver him also from the paw of this Philistine.
In 2 Kings 6, Elisha and his servant are surrounded by the armies of the king of Syria, and Elisha’s servant comes to Elisha wondering what they could do with such a great force ready to descend upon them. Elisha tells him not to worry because God is with them. Then Elisha prays that the servant’s eyes might be opened so that he can see God’s deliverance. Then the servant looks out and he sees the chariots of fire and the horses and the Servant realizes God’s presence there.
Then one last example was King Ahaz. When the neighboring Kings were against him he doubted the presence of God. Then God comes to him and tells him to make a request for God to prove himself. Ahaz refuses then God says he will give the sign of a virgin giving birth to a child and his name shall be Immanuel or “God with us.” Then we know in Matthew 1:23 that when Jesus was born he is called Immanuel. He is truly God with us. Then quickly looking at John 1:1-2, 14, how Jesus was the word and was with God and was God and he came to this earth and put on flesh. Then Matthew 28:20 after his death he gives the promise that he will always be with us. In John 14:18-23, he promises the spirit will come and be with the disciples and that he won’t leave them alone. In 1 Corinthians 6;19 we are told that our bodies are the temple of the spirit. Romans 8:15-16, when we cry “Father, Father” then the Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children. Then finally, in 1 John 3:24, we are told that if we keep His commandments we abide in Him and we know that he abides in us by the Spirit that he gave us.
What a wonderful thought to know that God cared about us so much that He has promised He would always be there and that He would always take care of us. Thus giving significant trust and faith into Ps 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

I hope you enjoyed this first installment. I will try to get some more up here soon, if I can find the time. Also if you have iTunes you can find the lectureships on their under the podcasts at Freed Hardeman University, Bible lectureships, and 2009. I encourage you to listen to the afore mentioned lecture it was Monday at 10:30. May God bless you all


Dave Brumley said...

Hey Matt. Glad you are having such a good time. I tried to find the podcasts you reported but can't find them. Can you help me out any?

Man 4 the Cross said...

Go to Freed's website, FHU.EDU then click on the listen Online button on bottom right of screen and go to iTunes U and it should open iTunes and give you some options from the university and one option is Bible Lectureships. I recommend the chapel services, the 1:30 services and the 7:30 services at the very least.

Man 4 the Cross said...

Also I will post other outlines I have either on Thursday or Friday, depending on if I get to come back to Freed for the lectureship another day.