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“The Word Was God”
John 1:1-5

I. THE WORD OF GOD IN THE WORLD (1-5)

A. The Eternity Of The Word (1a) In the beginning was the Word,
B. The Environment Of The Word (1b) and the Word was with God,
C. The Essence Of The Word (1c) and the Word was God.
D. The Establishment Of The Word (2)
1. He Is Sure Of The Person (2a) The same
2. He Is Sure Of The Place (2b) was in the beginning
3. He Is Sure Of The Pre-eminence (2c) with God.
E. The Essentiality Of The Word (3)
1. The Word Is The Sovereign Source Of Creation (3a-3c)
a. All Creation (3a) All things
b. Active Creativity (3b) were made
c. Almighty Creator (3c) by him;
2. The Word Is The Sole Source Of Creation (3d-3e)
a. An Impossible Thought (3d) and without him
b. An Indisputable Truth (3e) as not any thing made that was made.
F. The Effulgence Of The Word (4-5)
1. The Life In The Word (4)
a. Where The Life First Resided (4a)  In him was life; [The Divine Person]
b. What The Life Faithfully Revealed (4b) and the life was the light of men. [The Distinct Purpose]
2. The Light Of The Word (5)
a. Where The Light Competed (5a)  And the light shineth in darkness; [The Dark Place]
b. What The Light Conquered (5b) and the darkness comprehended it not. [The Dominate Power]

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“PREPARING THE WAY OF THE LORD”
Mark 1:1-45

I. THE PREPARATORY MINISTRY OF JOHN (Vs. 1-8)
A. The Messenger (1-6)
1. The Predictive Announcement Of John The Baptist (1-3)
a. The Simple Basics Of Mark’s Gospel (1)
(1) Introduces The Start Of His Gospel (1a)  “The beginning of the gospel”
(2) Introduces The Subject Of His Gospel (1b) “…of Jesus Christ,…”
(3) Introduces The Son Of His God (1c) “the Son of God;”
b. The Scriptural Basis For Mark’s Gospel (2-3)
(1) The Sacred Writings Of The Prophets Promised The Ministry Of John (2a) “As it is written in the prophets,…”
(2) The Specific Witness Of The Prophets Pictured The Messenger As John (2b-3)
(a) A Personal Messenger Of Jesus (2b) “Behold, I send my messenger before thy face,”
(b) A Privileged Messenger Of Jesus (2c) “which shall prepare thy way before thee.”
(c) A Preparatory Mission For Jesus (3)
i) Shouted In Its Delivery (3a) “The voice of one crying in the wilderness,…”
ii) Simple In Its Demand (3b) “…Prepare ye the way of the Lord,”
iii) Spiritual In Its Duty (3c) “…make his paths straight.”
2. The Personal Arrival Of John The Baptist (4-6)
a. The Declaration Of John (4)
(1) His Public Practice Of Baptism (4a) “John did baptize…”
(2) His Private Pulpit In Barrenness (4b) “…in the wilderness…”
(3) His Personal Preaching With Boldness (4c) “…and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.”
b. The Draw Of John (5)
(1) The People (5a-5b)
(a) Those From The Country Of Judaea (5a) “And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea,…”
(b) Those From The Capital Of Jerusalem (5b) “and they of Jerusalem,”

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“Nineveh: A Dead Man Walking”
Nahum 1:1-15

I. The Doom Of Nineveh Is Foretold (1)

A. The Burden Concerns Nineveh’s Future (1a) The burden of Nineveh.
B. The Book Contains Nahaum’s Forecast (1b) The book of the vision of Nahum
C. The Background Confirms Nahaum’s Family (1c) the Elkoshite.

II. The Destroyer Of Nineveh Is Faithful (2-11)

A. The True Character Of God’s Wrath (2-3)
1. The Divine Reason For The Wrath Of God (2) [The Cause]
a. He Is An Eternally Jealous God (2a-2b)
(1) God Is Righteous In His Jealousy (2a) God is jealous,
(2) God Is Revenging In His Justice (2b) and the LORD revenged;
b. He Is An Eternally Judging God (2c-2d)
(1) His Revenging Is Ever Personal (2c) the LORD revengeth,
(2) His Revenging Is Eternally Powerfully (2d) and is furious;
c. He Is An Eternally Just God (2e-2f)
(1) He Releases Proper Revenge On His Foes Effectively (2e) the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries,
[
Correction]
(2) He Reserves Personal Ruin For His Faithless Enemies (2f) and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.
[Consumption]
2. The Divine Responsibility For The Wrath Of God (3) [The Course]
a. His Generous Patience (3a) The LORD is slow to anger, [Slow To His Anger]
b. His Great Power (3b) and great in power,  [Strong In His Ability]
c. His Guaranteed Purpose (3c) and will not at all acquit the wicked: [Settled In His Actions]

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“THE FOUR PROBLEMS OF THE PROPHET”
Jonah 4:1-11

I. JONAH HAD A PROBLEM WITH HIS PRIDE (Vs. 1-2)

A. The Strong Passion Of His Anger (1)
1. The Cause Of His Displeasure (1a) “But it…”
2. The Course Of His Displeasure (1b) “…displeased Jonah exceedingly,…”
3. The Conclusion Of His Displeasure (1c) “…and he was very angry.”

B. The Strange Prayer In His Anger (2)
1. Jonah Revealed What He Feared About God While In Israel (2a)
“And he prayed unto the Lord, and said, I pray thee, O Lord, was not this my saying, when I was yet in my country?”
2. Jonah Revealed Why He Fled From God In Israel (2b) “Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish:”
3. Jonah Revealed What He Found Out About God In Israel (2c-2g)
a. He Knew He Was A God Of Pardon (2c) “for I knew that thou art a gracious God,”
b. He Knew He Was A God Of Pity (2d) “…and merciful,…”
c. He Knew He Was A God Of Patience (2e) “.low to anger,”
d. He Knew He Was A God Of Philantrophy (2f) “…and of great kindness,…”
e. He Knew He Was A God Of Principal (2g) “…and repentest thee of the evil.”

II. JONAH HAD A PROBLEM WITH HIS PITY (Vs. 3-4)

A. A Foolish Request For Death (3a-3c)
1. The Basis For Jonah’s Request (3a) “Therefore…”
2. The Boldness In His Request (3b) “…now, O Lord,
3. The Begging In His Request (3c) “…take, I beseech thee, my life from me;…”

B. A False Reasoning From Despair (3d) “…for it is better for me to die than to live.”

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“THE LION HATH ROARED”
Amos 3:1-15

I. AMOS DESCRIBES THE SOLE PRIVILEGE OF ISRAEL (1-2)

A. The Authority Of This Word (1a) “Hear this word…”

B. The Author Of This Word (1b) “…that the LORD hath spoken…”

C. The Anguish In This Word (1c-2a)
1. Amos Revealed The Painful Rebuke From God (1c) “against you, O children of Israel,”
2. Amos Revealed Their Privileged Redemption By God (1d)
“…against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,…”
3. Amos Revealed Their Personal Relationship With God (2a) “You only have I known of all the families of the earth:…”

D. The Assurance Of This Word (2b)  “therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”

II. AMOS DEFENDS HIS STRONG PREACHING TO ISRAEL (3-8)

A. His Simple Axioms Demand The Punishment Of God (3-6)
1. They Illustrate The Factual Reason For Israel’s Judgment (3) “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
2. They Illustrate The Full Reality Of Israel’s Judgment (4)
“Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?”
3. They Illustrate The Final Readiness Of Israel’s Judgment (5)
“Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have
taken nothing at all?”

4. They Illustrate The Fearful Response In Israel’s Judgment (6a-6b)
a. The Trumpet In Their City (6a) “Shall a trumpet be blown in the city,”
b. The Terror In Their Citizens (6b) “…and the people not be afraid?…”

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“THE PROPHET AND THE PROSTITUTE”
Hosea 1:1-11

I. INTRODUCTION TO HOSEA THE MESSENGER OF THE
LORD (1)

A. The Lord’s Word (1a) “The word of the Lord…”

B. The Lord’s Witness (1b-1i)
1. The Name Of The Holy Prophet To Israel (1b) “…that came unto Hosea…”
2. The Name Of Hosea’s Parent In Israel (1c) “…the son of Beeri…”
3. The Names Of The Highest Potentates In Israel (1d-1i)
a. Hosea Prophesied During The Reigns Of The Southern Kings Of The Two Tribes (1d-1g)
(1) Judah’s Great King — Uzziah (1d) “in the days of Uzziah…”
(2) Judah’s Good King — Jotham (1e) “…Jotham,…”
(3) Judah’s Godless King — Ahaz (1f) “Ahaz,…”
(4) Judah’s Godly King — Hezekiah(1g) “and Hezekiah, kings of Judah,”
b. Hosea Prophesied During The Reign Of A Sinful King Of The Ten Tribes (1h-1i)
(1) The Days Of Jeroboam (1h) “..and in the days of Jeroboam…”
(2) The Dad Of Jeroboam (1i) “…the son of Joash, king of Israel.”

II. INSTRUCTION FOR HOSEA’S MARRIAGE IS FROM THE LORD (2)

A. The Starting Of The Word Of The Lord By Hosea (2a) “The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea.”

B. The Subject Of The Word Of The Lord To Hosea (2b-2f)
1. Involved The Permission To Wed (2b) “…and the LORD said to Hosea, Go,…”
2. Involved The Partner Of Whoredoms (2c) “…take unto thee a wife of whoredoms…”
3. Involved The Product Of Whoredoms (2d) “…and children of whoredoms:…”
4 . Involved The Purpose For The Whoredoms (2e-2f)
a. Hosea’s Marriage Pictured The Great Whoredom In The Land Of Israel (2e)
“…for the land hath committed great whoredom,…”
b. Hosea’s Marriage Pictured The Godless Wandering From The Lord By Israel (2f)  “…departing from the LORD.”

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“HAMAN THE HATER: OR HOW HATRED KILLED THE HATER”
Esther 3:1-15

I. THE RESOLUTE RESENTMENT IN HAMAN (1-6)

A. The Advancement Of Haman (1)
1. His Enviable Promotion Provided His Earthly Fame (1a) “After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman…”
2. His Evil Past Programmed His Eternal Future (1b) “the son of Hammedatha the Agagite,”
3. His Elevated Position Preceded His Eminent Fall (1c)
“…and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him.”

B. The Anger Of Haman (2-5)
1. A Hollow Courtesy (2a) “And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman:…”
2. A High Command (2b) “for the king had no command concerning him.”
3. A Holy Conviction (2c) “…But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence.”
4. A Hostile Challenge (3-4)
a. They Resented His Courage (3)
“Then the king’s servants, which were in the king’s gate, said unto Mordecai, Why trangressest thou the king’s commandment?”
b. They Realized His Conviction (4a)
“Now it came to pass, when they spake daily unto him, and he hearkened not unto them,…”
c. They Reported His Conduct (4b-4d)
(1) Their Pride Was Rebuked (4b) “…that they told Haman,…”
(2) Their Purpose Was Revenge (4c) “…to see whether Mordecai’s matters would stand:…”
(3) Their Prejudice Was Revealed (4d) “for he had told them that he was a Jew.”
5. A Hateful Contempt (5)
a.The Perception Of Haman(5a) “And when Haman saw that Mordecai bowed not,”
b. The Pride Of Haman (5b) “…nor did him reverence,…”
c. The Pouting Of Haman (5c) “…then was Haman full of wrath.”

C. The Anti-Semitism Of Haman (6)
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“For Whither Thou Goest, I Will Go”
Ruth 1:1-22

I. Deprivation Led Naomi To Journey To Moab With Her Husband And Unsuspecting Family (1-5)
[A Time Of Dreadful Insufficiency]

A. The Father’s Decision For Moab (1-2)
1. The Period Of The Famine(1a) “Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled,”
2. The Place Of The Famine (1b) “that there was a famine in the land.”
3. The People In The Famine (1c-2)
a. Where The Family First Settled (1c) And a certain man of Bethlehemjudah [The Promised Land]
b. Where The Family Foolishly Sojourned (1d-2) [The Pagan Land]
(1) The Place Was Moab (1d) went to sojourn in the country of Moab,
(2) The People In Moab (1e-2c)
(a) Their Number (1e) he, and his wife, and his two sons.
(b) Their Names (2a-2b)
(1a) The Father And His Spouse (2a)
And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi,
(1b) The Father And His Sons (2b) and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion,
(c) Their Nationality (2c) Ephrathites of Bethlehemjudah.
(3) Their Persistence In Moab (2d-2e)
(a) They Stopped There In Moab (2d) And they came into the country of Moab,
(b) They Stayed There In Moab (2e) and continued there.

B. The Father’s Death In Moab (3) And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died;

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“TROUBLE IN PARADISE”
Genesis 3:1-24
I. THE STRATEGY OF SATAN (1-7)

A. The Manner Of Satan’s Appearing (1a-1b)
1. The Serpent Was A Crafty Beast (1a) “Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field…”
2. The Serpent Was A Created Beast (1b) “…which the Lord God had made….”

B. The Manner Of Satan’s Attack (1b-7)
1. To Doubt God’s Word Is The Cause Of Sin (1b-3)
a. The Suggestion Of Doubt (1b)
“…And he said unto the woman, yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
b. The Statement Of Doubt (2-3)
“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:” “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”
2. To Disobey God’s Warning Is The Contempt Of Sin (4) “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:”
3. To Distort God’s Will Is The Conduct Of Sin (5)
“For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
4. To Deceive God’s Worshippers Is The Commitment Of Sin (6)
a. Satan’s Threefold Attack On Eve (6a-6c)
(1) He Met Her With A Physical Desire (6a) “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,…”
(2) He Met Her With A Pleasant Desire (6b) “and that it was pleasant to the eyes,”
(3) He Met Her With A Prideful Desire (6c) “…and a tree to be desired to make one wise,…”
b. Satan Tempts Adam By Eve (6d-6f)
(1) She Touched The Forbidden Fruit (6d) “she took of the fruit thereof,”
(2) She Tasted The Forbidden Fruit (6e) “…and did eat,…”
(3) She Tempted With The Forbidden Fruit (6f) “…and gave also unto her husband with her: and he did eat.”

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