Talks for Growing Christians
Proving the Birthright
Lesson Number 22
- There must be proof of the birthright.
- Are you sure of your birthright?
- We should emphasize the gospel in our ministry.
- List the three phases of the Exile.
- List the three phases of the Return.
- How is the 70-year captivity reckoned?
- Why did the Jews of Nehemiah’s day have to prove their birthright?
- What happened to the Jews who could not prove their birthright?
- What does it mean to be “a partaker of the divine birthright”?
- Phase 1: Daniel and others were taken into captivity (605BC)
Phase 2: Ezekiel taken into captivity (597BC)
Phase 3: Temple destroyed (587-586BC).
- Phase 1: 50,000 Jews returned under Zerubbabel(538BC), Temple rebuilt (516BC)
Phase 2: Ezra returned with 2,000 more Jews (458BC)
Phase 3: Nehemiah returned and the city walls were rebuilt (445BC).
- In 2 ways:
a. 605-535BC (in 605BC the first phase of the captivity began; in 535BC the rebuilding of the temple began)
b. 586-516BC (the Temple was destroyed in 586BC, and rebuilding was completed in 516BC).
- Because non-Jewish enemies were infiltrating the ranks.
- They were excluded from the genealogy list.
- When a person repents and confesses his sin, and asks Jesus Christ to be his Savior, God forgives his sins. The believer receives divine life, becoming a partaker of the life of Christ (1 Peter 1:4), and is assured of a home in heaven.
- Why do some people rely on good deeds, tithing, being a church member, or “being good” as their ticket to heaven? Do these things impress God? Review Matthew 7:22-23.
- What happens to professing believers who are not true possessors of the birthright? Does this concern you enough to share the above verses with them?
- Do you have proof of your birthright as a believer? Read 2 Corinthians 13:5 and Romans 8:1, 5-6, 9, 14.
- “He has given us new birth…and an inheritance that can never perish.” 1 Peter 1:3-4