The Fall Weekly Message by Crossing Barriers Ministry

The Picture by Kidd Rock & Sheryll Crow

How many of you have never heard the song?

How many of you feel there is nothing wrong with this song?

Those of you that have never heard this song might need to get out occasionally and live it up. Those of you feel there is nothing wrong with this song might want to dedicate some more time to the bible study. Today however we are going to touch on a topic called The Singing Commandments.

A simple thought here might be that some music is a strong suggestion that may not necessarily be the biblical way. Now I am not against music by any means. I grew up to country and like the oldies and DJed occasionally over the past decade or so.

Songs may suggest it could be implied that drugs and alcohol being more important than anything else; covetousness; adultery; thieving; or even murder.

This brings us to our scripture for today: Exodus 20:1-17.

Earlier this week, we learned in our Mid-Week Bible Study, the fall of man and the creation of sin. Adam and Eve had it all but they ruined that with one bite from the forbidden tree.

The term “Ten Commandments” generally applies to the list mentioned in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.

According to the scriptures, the book of Exodus says it happened on Mount Sinai although the book of Deuteronomy says that it was Mount Horeb. According to scholars they are basically the same place and they mean “Mountain of God” Deuteronomy 9:10

Of all the biblical laws and commandments, the Ten Commandments alone are said to have been “written with the finger of God” as pointed out in Exodus 31:18 above. The stone tablets were placed in the Ark of the Covenant: Exodus 25:21 Deuteronomy 10:5

Some scholars propose a date between the 16th and 13th centuries b.c. because Exodus and Deuteronomy connect the Ten Commandments with Moses and the Sinai Covenant between Yahweh and Israel.

There was a time that a national publication did a poll to see how many people knew the commandments. The results showed that 49 % of protestants and 44% of Catholics knew all the commandments.

Some philosophers have stated that life would be chaos without them. Others say that God’s commandments are the foundation for the laws we have today. Others say that God gave them to us, so we could live good, peaceful, happy productive lives.

God provided the rules to his people referring to those that He brought out of Egypt. God wanted them to have these rules for their well being and nowhere in this passage of the commandments does it guarantee anyone their redemption. Nowhere in the bible does it say we can earn eternal life by keeping the law.

We do the same for our children as they get old enough to understand. I think the very first one we teach them is to obey your parents or well there will be consequences. Then comes the lying or the stealing. Somewhere, hopefully, a parent or a pastor is teaching them the commandments. God also gave us law to remind us that we are sinners. Did he expect the Israelites or us to obey the law? The answer is no and that is why God created a forgiveness structure. James 1:23

So, the following is the solution to the problem.

We need to believe there is only one God;

Once we believe there is only one God, then we must do away with anything else that we may worship;

We shall watch our tongue, think before we speak, and never use God’s name unless its in a biblical way;

Sunday is our sabbath day for most. We need to come to church and worship and praise our Father. This is the day where we also rest as Monday generally starts a new week for most;

We all must honor thy mother and father; children you heard that, adults that means you as well. But we must also obey our Father and to do that we need to know the commandments to obey Him;

No matter how dire the circumstances, we must not kill, threaten to kill or for that matter joke about killing someone; Be careful around guns, knives and extra careful around machinery and moving vehicles motorized or not;

Plain and simple, no matter the urge if you not married then you better have a cold shower or two;

If it doesn’t belong to you then no matter of justification will work, it is still stealing. Think of this, when you don’t tithe properly you are stealing from God.

No matter the reason, don’t lie. Not only lying against your neighbor wrong but could cause the neighbor a whole lot of trouble that otherwise would not have been there;

We really should only have what we need which by a lot of definitions could take us back to the Little House on the Prairie days. Wanting something that your neighbor has is just plain wrong.

Read your bible, pray and worship your Father every day.

If you haven’t become a believer, you need to do this as well.

These dozen steps will make you a strong believer, but you will still be a sinner. However, you have a better chance of eternal life if you honestly do your best.

So, do you still believe there is nothing wrong with these songs?

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The Ten Commandments Mid-Week Bible Study by Crossing Barriers Ministry

The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for three months and tested God in many ways. God told them His purpose for delivering from Egypt at the beginning of this story. Today’s bible study comes from the book of Exodus. Exodus 19:1 – 20:21.

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Doubting God by Crossing Barriers Ministry

Earlier this week in our midweek Bible study, we learn about Moses and the burning bush. At some point in this passage of Exodus 3, Moses doubted God. The question of the day is not do we doubt God but how many times do we doubt God?

If you say you don’t doubt God, you were a better man than me but let me give you an example that may remind you that everybody doubts God at some point in time. Do you pray to God every time you have a situation? Do you pray to God every time you have a decision to make? If you don’t pray to God in the situation, then you’re saying you doubt God. You are doubting God, because you feel he is not important enough take the decisions or situation to him every time.

But for those of us that do take our challenges to God or the bible, I read somewhere recently, the most popular passage in a survey by Amazon, the Kindle users call upon is this verse:

Philippians 4:6–7

Be careful with nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

It is industry acceptance that the Apostle Paul wrote this book of the bible while incarcerated in Philippians about AD 62. He was addressing a Christian congregation he had formed in Macedonia. Joy in the Christian life is all about perspective. True joy is not based on circumstances. The key to lasting contentment is found through a relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the divine perspective Paul wanted to communicate in his letter to the Philippians

So, when we have a decision or challenge, no matter how big or small, we need to take it to God. It says we take everything to prayer. The prayer should consist of adoration, confession, thanks, and supplication or intercession.

1 Timothy 2:1

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

Others feel that there are five types of prayers. These include blessing, praise, thanksgiving, petition, intercession.

Blessing is where we are asking for God’s power and protection, upon a person, a place, an object or activity. Prayers at mealtime to bless the food or prayer at the start of an activity for protection and at the end for the blessing.

Praise is a prayer in which we give glory to God because He is God. This us the same as adoration above.

Thanksgiving is a prayer where we offer thanksgiving to God for all the blessings, he has given us. I am sure we were all talk to say thank you when given something, so why not for all that God has given us. Petition is asking God for a favor.

Petition is asking God for requests on your behalf. These would be those situations or challenges that involve you.

Finally, Intercession is making requests on behalf of others. This is where you pray to God for others that are facing decisions or challenges.

Take this one step further, there are others that feel that there are seven types of prayer. These include communion, supplication, intercession, spiritual warfare, prayers of agreement, watch & pray, and prayers of thanksgiving.

Communion prayer is to be prayed all day – all time. This is a prayer to God for remembrance and reflection.

Supplication or intercession is again making requests on behalf of others. This is where you pray to God for others that are facing decisions or challenges.

Spiritual warfare has two types of prayers. The first you are dealing with yourself where your mind is the battlefield & asking for forgiveness and repentance. The second is you are dealing with Satin and demons.

Prayers of agreement is also known as corporate prayer. This is praying with other people in small groups or in larger bodies of people.

Church prayer may be considered a corporate prayer but when we send off a missionary, we have people lay hands on the missionary for prayer.

Watch & pray is a continual state of awareness as a watchman on the wall. This can only be describing as being awake and on guard all our waking hours so that we can see sin at our door.

The last one in this group is prayers of thanksgiving. It is stated that you are to list these one by one. God knows what you are thankful for but wants you to tell him one by one.

No matter which way you choose to pray, the one common denominator was God.

Psalm 55:22

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

So, take all your decisions and challenges to God. Remember He already knows what you are facing but wants to hear it from you.

The Burning Bush Mid-Week Bible Study by Crossing Barriers Ministry

Remember when I told you about Abraham? One part of the story that I did not tell you was that God told him his descendants would spend 400 years in another country and become slaves. A new Pharaoh, who did remember Joseph, made the Israelites slaves because he was afraid of their numbers and that they might side with his enemies. Today’s lesson comes from the book of Exodus 3.

We start this story off with Moses watching the flock of his father-in-law. He comes across a bush that was on fire but was not burning. As he ventured closer. God called Moses and he responded, “Here I am”. God told him not to come any closer and to take off his sandals for he was standing on holy ground. He says, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (Exodus 3:1-6)

The LORD continued, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt”. God claims he has heard them crying out and was concerned about their suffering. God wants to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and deliver them to a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. (Exodus 3:6-9)

Now God proceeds to instruct Moses to go Pharaoh to bring his people the Israelites out of Egypt. But Moses doubted his ability by saying to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” God motivated Moses by saying, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” Finally, Moses was told if he received any resistance he was supposed to tell them, “I AM WHO I AM. I AM has sent me to you. The LORD, the God of your fathers — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob — has sent me to you. (Exodus 3:10-15)

Then God instructs Moses “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob — appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites — a land flowing with milk and honey”. Moses was told to go to the King of Egypt and tell him that the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us.

Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’ God informed Moses that the King may not allow this command but Go will stretch out his hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders and after that he will let you go. (Exodus 3:16-20)

Review

1. How did God appeared to Moses and what did God say?

2. What did Moses say after God instructed him to go to Pharaoh in Egypt?

3. What did God say to Moses after Moses doubted God?

4. What did God instruct Moses and the elders to say to the king of Egypt?

5. What did God say he would do to the Egyptians?

Questions to be answered:

1. What did we learn about God in this story?

2. What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?

3. What did you learn new in this story?

4. What should I do differently because of this story?

Abraham & Isaac Mid-Week Bible Study by Crossing Barriers Ministry

25 years had passed from the time God gave his promise until Isaac was born to people too old to have a child. One day when Isaac was a boy, God tested Abraham’s faith. Today’s message: Genesis 22:1-19.

God came to Abraham, and told Abraham to take his son, Abraham’s only son and go to the land of Moriah. Here you will offer a burnt offering upon one of the mountains that I designate. (Genesis 22:1-2)

The next morning, Abraham arose and took with him two men, his son, and the wood for the burnt offering. They set off in the direction that God had told him. On the third day, he looked up and saw the location that God had indicated far-off. He told the two young men to stay with the donkeys while he and his son would go yonder worship. (Genesis 22:3-5)

Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering, his son, a knife, and the fire starter. Isaac asked his father, where is the lamb for the burnt offering? Abraham responded that God would provide a lamb for the burnt offering. (Genesis 22:6-8)

They traveled to the place God had indicated and Abraham built an altar there. He then placed the wood on the altar and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar upon the wood. Just as Abraham was ready to kill his son with the knife he had brought, and Angel came and told Abraham not to hurt the child. The angel said that they now know that Abraham feared God by willing to sacrifice his son. (Genesis 22:9-12)

Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught in a bush by his horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered the ram and the burnt offering is that it was only son. (Genesis 22:13)

Abraham called this place Jehovah-jireh. The angel from heaven called upon Abraham the second time and said that because you have done what you were asked of by God, all nations of the earth will be blessed because you obeyed God’s voice. Abraham, his son, and the two young men return to reside in Beer-sheba. (Genesis 22:14-19)

Review Questions

1. What did God asked Abraham to do?

2. What was Abraham’s response?

3. What did Abraham take with Isaac to the Mt. Moriah?

4. What did Isaac ask Abraham?

5. What did Abraham say to Isaac?

6. How did Abraham respond to God’s test?

7. What did God provide as a substitute offering?

8. What did Abraham call that place?

9. What did the Lord say to Abraham to the angel?

Questions to be answered:

1. What did we learn about God in this story?

2. What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?

3. What did you learn new in this story?

4. What should I do differently because of this story?

Noah & the Ark: The Flood Today Message from the Word by Crossing Barriers Ministry

Earlier this week in our midweek Bible study we learned about the flood, Noah and the ark. What did you learn from this lesson?

• We learned that God was unhappy with what was happening here on earth;

• We learn that God had Noah build an ark;

• We learned that God told Noah to take his family to the cannibals one male one female into the ark;

• We learn that God made it rain for 40 days and 40 nights;

• We learned because of this rain it completely cleared the earth of all living things;

• At the end of the story we learn that God made a covenant with Noah that he would never cause another flood to end earth.

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