November 15, 2009

My Notes On The Guest Speaker- Part 1

I finally finished this half of my notes. The introduction was written the day after Bill Cloud came, but the rest of it took a little longer to produce than I had anticipated. Anyway, it's done. :-) Now I can get started on the other! Enjoy!

P.S. I'll add the photos of the words in later. First I have to take the pictures. :-) You can still get what it's talking about, I think. There's just no illustration yet.

Two weeks ago, Bill Cloud came to teach and share fellowship with our congregation.

It was really neat because... It was like... A lot of the things that he said was confirmation to my family of many things that we been learning and studying in Scripture. Some of it was almost word-for-word what we had been saying. Like I said, it was really neat.

I didn't get to take as many notes as I usually do- like, every word he said- because I was trying very hard to make it readable for others.

Some of the things may not make as much sense on here as they do on paper, because it's written in Hebrew and I don't know the names of all the letters. But maybe I can take some pictures of the words so it'll work out. I don't know, we'll see. Anyway, enough rambling- here's some of what I wrote.

Bill Cloud Notes

Genesis 47

We tend to judge things as “good” or “bad” according to how things appeal to our flesh. But Yahweh says, “Your ways are not my ways, and your thoughts are not my thoughts.”
He uses “adverse” circumstances to bring about His will.

All of the “terrible” things that happened to Joseph happened to him because the favor of Yahweh was upon him. The things that Ha’Satan meant for evil Yahweh used for good. It was all part of His plan.

If these so-called “bad things” didn’t happen, Israel wouldn’t be able to exist. Through Joseph’s faith and perseverance, Israel was saved.

If Joseph hadn’t been taken to Egypt, he wouldn’t have become Potifar’s foreman. If he hadn’t been falsely accused by Potifar’s wife, he wouldn’t have gone to prison, or then interpret the wine bearer’s dream. Which means that Joseph wouldn’t be recognized by Pharaoh or then coordinate the harvest and storage of all the grain used to feed the people for the next seven years. He wouldn’t have the grain to feed his family when they came to Egypt.

So while it seems awful to us that Joseph’s brothers hated him, we see that Yahweh had a purpose in it. “All things work for good for them that love Yahweh.”

When they came to live in Egypt, Joseph told his family to call themselves shepherds. In Egyptian culture, shepherds are an abomination. Joseph was trying to keep his family set-apart for Yahweh. They would be living in Egypt, but Egypt wouldn’t be living in them. “Be not conformed to this world.”

Egypt is the only country with grain stored up. They weren’t having good crops; they just had food stored up. This was a famine affecting the entire known world, or at least the Middle Eastern area. Egypt was languishing along with the rest of them.

Does this make a little more sense of the act that Jacob sent his sons to Egypt… as opposed to… say, Syria?

Inflation and Supply and Demand pushed the Egyptians to sell themselves and everything they have to the government in order to get a days meal. So Joseph came up with “Pharaoh’s Bailout Plan.” …Sound familiar? It was a very fortunate thing for the Egyptians that Joseph was a man of integrity and a servant of Yahweh. Otherwise they would be in a really bad situation. Like, worse than they already were. Anyway…They were looking to Capitol Hill for their provision.

The only people not subject to this payment plan were the Egyptian priests and the Israelites. The priests because they were Pharaoh’s backscratchers –they convinced the people that he was a god- (anyone particular come to mind?) and the Israelites because they were related to Joseph. He was providing for his family.

Egyptians saw that these people owned their own land- in the best area of Egypt- and didn’t have to pay out the way they did. Do you think that maybe they formed some bitterness and resentment towards these people? Maybe they didn’t like seeing them free from the burdens that the Egyptians had laid on themselves?

Exodus 1

1:6, “The land was filled with them.” The Israelites had lived in Egypt long enough to multiply and spread out within Egypt. Now they were interspersed throughout the land of Egypt. They were not only living in Egypt, but now Egypt was living in them. They were desensitized to it. It had become a part of them and vise-versa.

[Reference Ezekiel 20]

They were enjoying the blessing, prosperity, and benefit that came from obeying Yahweh. They let their guard down, and eventually, through time, they were assimilated in Egypt.

To get their attention and make them obey Him again, Yahweh had to take this all away.

Analogy- When a parent gives their child a gift they want the child to enjoy it. However, if the gift comes in the way of obedience to the parent, it gets taken away. Why? Because it is more important for them to obey than to have their new toy. This is what Yahweh did to the Hebrews living in Egypt. He had to take their new toy away.

Joseph ruled for 80 years. He was the very reason why Egypt was the #1 country in the world at the time. It would be impossible for a king of that country not to know who Joseph was. The word translated as “know” in this case, really means more ‘to respect, or honor.’

The Pharaoh who didn’t “know” Joseph knew Joseph or at least knew of him. He simply didn’t respect him or the policies Joseph set up. Nor did Pharaoh respect Joseph’s people. –Sound familiar?

The Israelites were considered “domestic terrorists” by the government leaders, and thus were “a threat to national security.” –Does any of this sound familiar?

The Hebrew word meaning “Pharaoh” is Nachash, which literally means “shining.”
This word is used many times as a reference to Ha’Satan in Scripture. Satan works with his mouth. His strength is in his mouth, in the words that he speaks. He subtly seduces people away from the truth.
In the garden, Ha’Satan is called a serpent. The object on the front of Pharaoh’s shiny crown was a serpent. Hmm… interesting.

“Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” In Hebrew writing, there are four letters in the word spelling Nachash (translated as Pharaoh, remember?). The outer two letters put together mean “mouth.” The middle two letters together mean “wicked.” The heart of the word- and Pharaoh- is wicked. Fitting, right? (TAKE PHOTO OF WORD IN NOTES)

Ha’Satan appeals to the flesh. He works covertly, subtly, in secret. He always comes to steal, kill, and destroy- in that order. If he can’t steal everything from you, he’ll kill you. After that he’ll attempt to destroy your very name and memory.

When Hitler began the mission which ended up in the holocaust, he used words to entice the Nazis into believing that what he said was right. He convinced others that the Jews, among others, were an inferior people. He convinced others that it was their duty to rid the world of these “vermin”. He simply stirred up bitterness and prejudices that were already there for his purpose. He didn’t personally kill or harm a single Jew. He simply convinced others to do it for him. Pharaoh did this same thing with the Egyptians. He stirred up bitterness and prejudices that were already there for his purpose.

The word translated as “Taskmaster” doesn’t mean what we would normally think of being a taskmaster. It doesn’t refer to people being whipped and beaten into working the mud-pits. While this may have been an end result, it is not the “task” which was originally placed on the Hebrew people. This same scenario is also found in Hitler’s Holocaust. The European Jews were first burdened monetarily. The physical burden came later.

The word “taskmaster” really means “burden” referring to what we would call levies, tariffs, or taxes. (TAKE PHOTO OF WORD IN NOTES)

The word is pronounced something like this: Missim-Massas-Sari (miss-eem-massass-sorry). The first three letters (or shapes) from the right make up the “Sari” part. This part by itself means “prince” or “ruler.” Let’s see if any of these sound familiar…Caesar, Kaiser, Czar. All of these words originate in this Hebrew word “Sari.”

You’ll notice in reading this that Pharaoh didn’t want the Hebrew people to be superior in living quality, but neither did he want them to leave the country. He was okay with them being rich because he was the one who profited from it. The taxes, remember? Eventually they weren’t so rich, of course, but they sure created some beautiful cities out of their wealth and work ethic.

Again, it was the people of Egypt who forced the Hebrews to work as slaves. The Pharaoh was responsible for stirring up this response, but he didn’t personally do it.

Acts 7

When the time came to come away was drawing near, the Pharaoh who did not respect Joseph had to come to the throne for the process to start. Yahweh had to purify His people, so that 1) they would leave the gods of the Egyptians, and 2) want to follow Him. People rarely make a life changing decision that they really don’t want to make. Yahweh wanted His people to WANT to come out of Egypt, otherwise there wasn’t any point in bringing them away in the first place.

When He did bring them out of Egypt, Yahweh told them to turn from their own path to go through the Wadi (a gorge or canyon.) In walking through this they wouldn’t be able to turn to the right or to the left. Yahweh was trying to make a point. From here on out, it’s MY way- there is no highway.

Once you decide to allow Yahweh to lead you, and to obey His commands, there should be no turning back. This is a one way path. You can decide to walk off of the path, or to a different path, but there is only one path which leads to life- true life and life more abundantly.


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