Search for Truth - Lesson 2
As taught by Bob Morgans - (Click Here for Video)

Now we are going to look at the 3rd dispensation or the 3rd period of time.  The 1st period of time obviously was Innocence - Adam and Eve in the garden.  The 2nd period of time was that of Noah – Conscience. Conscience being your guide, from Adam and Eve until the time of Noah.  The 3rd period of time that God dealt with man in a different way is called human government.
  Now as I said earlier, there is not scripture that says this is called Human Government.  It’s just a time –a label that has been discussed to allow us to separate the different time periods of the Bible.  In the 3rd period of time or in the period of time that God dealt with man in a different way, we have Noah where he gets off the boat and we see that God makes a promise to Noah.  What was the promise?  The promise was that God would not destroy the earth again with a flood.  What was the sign?  I have told you that there’s a tangible sign of the promise of God. The tangible sign of the promise of God was a rainbow.  Every time God gives that sign or gives a promise there is a tangible sign.  Yet today we see rainbows in the sky - normally after a rain. God tells us that he’s not going to destroy the earth with a flood again because of that promise.  We know you’re pastors, you are church leaders, you know the story of Ham, Shem, and Japheth and so on.  I’m not here to discuss the stories in detail.  If you were a person who didn’t know the scriptures at all then obviously we would take some time and discuss those details, but Noah’s family’s job was to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.  That was their assignment.  That is what the teacher told them to do. But they failed to do that and they failed to trust God in what God had said. 

They began to become worried that God would destroy the earth again with a flood.  I mean because you know the 1st time again it rained again and after the boat they are thinking “Oh, my God, and they ran back to the boat and they jumped in.  Within a few days it stopped raining and they got off the boat again.  I am sure for the first few times it rained they ran back to the boat hoping God would shut the door.  But God had said “It’s the end of the 3rd grade.  It’s not going to rain again.  At least not to that level.  But they said well that is not good enough for us. They began to build a tower whose top may reach into the heavens.  They disobeyed what God asked them to do.  Now in dealing with the tower I want to discuss another principle that I’d like to teach you throughout the whole Old Testament,  we might say this is 4th grade.   I’m not going to assign a grade to every single thing, but in this particular principle God doesn’t hate any of the elements. I could have used it back at the flood.  God doesn’t hate water.  He doesn’t hate fire.  He doesn’t hate any of the things he created.  But if God uses one of those things in a judgment form, then you will see some place in the scripture where God turns around and uses it in a blessing.  And here in the Tower of Babel we see where God used tongues or a confusion of tongues where you didn’t understand the other man’s tongue this was a cursing.  We will see later on, where tongues is used as a blessing.  In Noah’s day water was used as a cursing.  At the same time it was used as a blessing for Noah although the rest of his world was destroyed.  Water all the way thru the Old Testament is used as a cursing and a blessing.  In that same principle it obviously applies in the New Testament where you are damned or saved by water all the way thru the Old Testament and on into the New Testament.  2+2 is still 4 no matter what grade you are in.  The Tower of Babel, God wanted them to do, they didn’t obey the teacher and God came down and he caused them to obey him.  He caused them to go and disburse and re-multiply the earth as he had asked them to do originally. That leads us to the next page

The 4th Dispensation or the 4th period of time. God began to deal with a man named Abraham.  Abraham was a man of faith or a man that we call this particular dispensation – Promise.  God spoke to Abraham, He said, “ I’m giving you a promise, I am going to do some things for you, I am going to say some things to you.”  And Abraham like Noah believed God.  I mean it is pretty unusual we read the circumstances of Abraham and we read those as if they are non-eventful. But when God said to Abraham “I want you to leave Ur of the Chaldees and I am going to show you a land”.  You know that was a major, major event for a man to just walk off, take a few family members and just leave.  What did he tell those he left behind?  “Well, God told me to just leave”.  And they are thinking who is this God that is going to tell you to leave your family and all the comforts of home?  I wonder what Abraham’s wife thought?  And then the covenant that God made with him and said I am going to give you children.  And your children are going to do this, this, and this.  And oftentimes God is trying to teach Abraham all you need to do is trust me.  It doesn’t matter what your ability to do what I’ve said is or is not.   Maybe we want to call this 5th grade.  Often times God gives us a promise.  And in the promise we are looking at our own abilities and we are saying it is not feasible; it’s not possible for me to be able to achieve said promise.  I recall in a particular church in Athens, Ohio, that I was in the back of the auditorium and God spoke to me.  Not in an audible, but in a real, real way and told me what was going to happen. I am looking at it and thinking about it, and meditating about it.  And when God made that promise to me or gave me that, I still remember the back of the church of Athens, Ohio.  I had my hands outstretched and God told me what was going to happen.  I began to almost laugh like Sarah.  I am thinking God that’s not in my ability to do.  I don’t know this many people and still yet when I think back to that particular place.  But it’s not about our ability. It’s about our availability.  God was teaching Abraham.  It wasn’t in Abraham’s ability or Sarah’s ability to have a child.  But it wasn’t about those 2 producing a child.  It was God’s promise and God always carries out his promise.  I might say here, the word of God is true whether we believe it or don’t believe it.  God said to Abraham “You’re going to have a child”.  Now we know the story how Abraham tried to manipulate the promise of God and Ishmael was born.  Even in our mistakes, (now here’s another lesson), if we truly have the mind of God at heart God takes our mistakes - sometimes our sins and turns them into good.  He turns them into something that is a blessing.

Think of David and Bathsheba, God turned David’s sin into a blessing.  God blessed Ishmael and the Arab race and continues to bless the Arab race even to today. I understand there is a conflict there, but God continues to bless them and perhaps will lead them more, and more, and more into the Apostolic truth.  Ultimately we know that Abraham had a very, very old age when his body was not capable producing anymore and Sarah’s body was not capable of producing anymore.  They had a son.  The lesson that God is trying to teach us is not so much about Abraham and Sarah having a son at 90 years of age.  It’s about when God says something to us, believe it!  Don’t try to make it happen.  Do what’s in your power to do, but then believe it and continue to do as God directs you to do.  I can see Abraham and Sarah, you know, kind of laughing and jesting and saying OK – here goes one more time.  Sarah conceives and the whole world is shocked that she conceives. When we see God as He speaks to Abraham and says “Go offer your son as a sacrifice”.  Abraham didn’t hesitate. The next day he goes up to the mountain and he says, “my son and I shall return, we’re going yonder to worship”.  I don’t know what was going thru Abraham’s mind, but Abraham trusted God.  He believed in God.  Let’s me talk a moment about righteousness. The righteousness here (as Romans 9 says) is added to us because of our faith, not because of action. 

Our faith causes us to take action, to step into action.  Abraham’s righteousness was accounted unto Abraham because of his action as God had spoken to him.  Had Abraham said, “Yeah, I believe God will take care of my son”, and never went to the mountain it wouldn’t have been accounted to him for righteousness. That wasn’t any easy act to carry out and Abraham didn’t discuss it with anyone else because he knew he would some problems if he had discussed it with others.  It was a very strange thing that God asked him to do.  Oftentimes God asks us to do strange things, yet we trust God and we do them to the best of our ability.  We leave it in God’s hands.  When we begin to study Algebra it seems like A + B = Z  is a very unusual formula.  What in the world is this?  Various calculations of math seem very foreign to us when we first start, but in time they begin to make sense when used.   Some of the things that God asks us to do and as God was teaching mankind in Abraham’s day - “If you will trust me, I’ll do what I promised”  and God did it anyway even when they trusted or not.  We know that Isaac was the perfect type of Christ laying down his life.  Isaac wasn’t some young  boy, Isaac was old enough to carry the wood up the mountain.  He was able to defend himself against an old, old man who wasn’t able to carry the wood up the mountain.  We see also that Lot, (the story of Lot call it 6th grade), there is a lesson that God intends for us not to pitch our tent towards Sodom and Gomorrah.  The closer we get to the world, the more chances of losing our family. 
It’s not possible for us to ride the fence, take our family into the world as much as we can and expect our family to survive.  Lot lost his sons, he ultimately lost his wife, and a story there.  God wants what He wants.  God said “Don’t look back!”, but she looked back and when she did there was judgment.  When we look back from what God has told us to do there is going to be a judgment.  All thru the Old Testament God is telling us as he takes us thru the various grades, I want what I want.  Back to Abraham, God is saying to Abraham “I am going to lead you, I’m going to guide you, I’m going to multiply, you’ve got to trust me Abraham”.  As he trusts him, we see what God did with Abraham.  We read in Hebrews where God said, “And it was accounted unto Abraham for righteousness” because of his acts of faith.  He believed God.  And if we are going to it still applies today , if we are going to have the righteousness of God applied to us, it’s going to be because we believed God in the manner that God speaks to us.  When God speaks to us then we must act upon that particular statement and that will be accounted unto us for righteousness.  Now I’m not talking about saying the statement “I believe Jesus Christ”. To say that I believe in Jesus Christ doesn’t count.  We know Jesus Christ is real. 

But when God asks you to walk over to your neighbor and say “You’re going to be healed if you come to my church” – that’s an act or righteousness or act of faith because if God doesn’t show up, then you are going to look like a fool.  You are going to look like you don’t know what you are doing.  When God speaks to us Abraham looked like a fool.  He began to call himself Abraham when he didn’t have a son by Sarah.  He had a child by a bondswoman and it was called the father of many.  But he didn’t have many.  But Abraham’s promise – God is going to bless me – God is going to do this – Abraham was a great man of faith. Obviously he had some mistakes or what would appear to be mistakes. Ishmael would appear to be a mistake but obviously that mistake was in the plan of God or God wouldn’t have allowed it to happen.  And it continues to be in the plan of God in the Arab race dealing with Israel now - and so on. 

Isaac – a type of Christ – had twin sons – Esau and Jacob.  You know those stories.  Jacob chose – he loved God.  Our lesson here be it 6th grade, 7th grade, is that we might have some character flaws.  All of us probably do.  But if we really, genuinely are loving God, God is going to see to it that we get what we want from him.  All of us have some flaws in our character that we are not happy with and certainly God is not happy with.  God designed us.  Maybe we are a cheat.  Maybe we are a liar.  Whatever it is, even David had some character flaws.  In this lesson God picked Jacob and he was teaching mankind that even though Jacob had some character flaws, Jacob wanted God.  He wanted God in a real, real way, because of his desire for God he found God.  God rewarded him.  He paid for his character flaws when he was dealing with his father-in-law and so on. 

Genesis 32 – it’s on the chart

Another thing I would like to point out here in this particular series is that in Genesis 32: 24-32 you see Jacob wrestling with what often times people call an angel.  But it is not an angel.  Angels in the scriptures don’t wrestle with you over the message.  They bring you the message – they’re either warring angels or messenger angels.  They didn’t wrestle with Mary about the Christ Child or with Joseph or any other thing so this is not an angel.  This is a theophany. Jacob said “I’ve seen God face to face and my life is preserved”.  Well the Bible says that no man could see God.  But all through the Old Testament when God needed to deal with man – what did he do? – God created himself some kind of form to show himself to man.  This is yet another lesson in the school that God is teaching man.  God wanted to see how much Jacob –name changed to Israel – how much did he want the blessing? God created a man form that wrestled with Jacob all night long and Jacob wouldn’t let him go.  He said “I’m not letting you go until you bless me”.  Now here we see another sign.  What is the sign of Jacob’s blessing?  The sinew shrank in Jacob’s leg and now as Jacob is walking along he is limping.  Try to picture this in your mind.  He is limping and he sees a man who says “How’d you hurt yourself.  What gave you limp?” He said “Oh no, this is not hurtful, God blessed me!”  This is a sign of God’s blessing as he is limping along. People are thinking I don’t want to be blessed by that kind of a god.  You know our God is humorous; our God has some very unusual ways.  But our God says that if you seek me with your whole heart I’ll find you.  Here is a theophany of God just like the burning bush and many other ways.  We don’t describe this as a separate God.  We don’t say God the angel or the man that wrestled with Jacob.  We know that this is almighty God who for a night at least put himself in a fleshly form and wrestled with Jacob and then when that need for that form was no longer needed that form was done away with.  All of God’s presence wasn’t wrapped up in that one form.  You can’t wrap up all of God in one human form, but it was God in this form.  It was God in this instance that used, wrestled, and blessed Jacob and here we have yet another lesson that if we proceed or if we have that characteristic to want God and want him no matter what – even though Jacob went through some deceitful means to try to receive the birthright – God still blessed him and gave him what he sought after.

The Promise Continues

It shows that Jacob’s 12 sons - Judah being the blood lineage of Jesus Christ and the lesson here call it 7th grade whatever you want to call it is Joseph – I don’t know which grade we are on, but Joseph here had some dreams.  And why did God pick Joseph?  I don’t know exactly but God chooses various individuals to prove himself strong.  Why did God pick you?  Why did God pick me?  I don’t know why he picked me, but he has at this particular point to work out his ultimate plan.  I just hope I am faithful to do so.  But Joseph has some dreams and his brothers become jealous and they throw him in a pit and they sell him into bondage.  You know the story.  Every place that Joseph landed, Joseph does it with all that he can do.  He works his very best.  He comes up in Potiphar’s house as the Head and he is blessed.   He ends up in jail – in prison and he rises to the top in the prison.  He is blessed there as well.  Every place that we see Joseph he excels.  When he ends up ruling the country, ruling the nation with Pharaoh he is obviously blessed again and he does it right.  No matter where he was at, he did it to the best of his ability.  Look at the circumstances that you are in.  Don’t try to pray your way out of the circumstance that you are in.  Pray that God will help you go to the top and be your best in the circumstance that you are in.  When that occurs, God will change you when he gets ready.  He may not want to change you.   When I am speaking in Africa I say don’t try to be Americans.  Be Africans!  Be the very best African you can be.  If God wants you to come to America fine he will make those arrangements.  Be the very best pastor – win Africa for Jesus!  Win America; win your city for Jesus.  If God wishes to put you somewhere else then he will do so.  Now did Joseph want to be in the prison?  Probably not.  What other choices did he have outside of doing the very best job in the prison that he could be?  When opportunity came in the prison for him to interpret some dreams he did that.  He used God, he worshipped God, he praised God in all the circumstances that he ended up in and God is trying to teach us in the 7th grade (whatever grade you want to assign to this) that if we obey the teacher, if we trust the teacher, if we know that the teacher knows best then ultimately God will show himself strong and when we graduate with what God is trying to do with us we will end up in a far better place then where we are now.  Hallelujah! There are many lessons in this particular lesson as to Joseph and  how he forgave his brothers.  He didn’t hold a grudge against them.  Oh he toyed with them like a cat and mouse and I think that is kind of fun to watch.  Time passed   but it wasn’t God’s design after Joseph died for them to stay in Egypt.  It was there for them to be there for a particular time and them go back to the Promised Land.  Egypt has been a type of sin throughout the scriptures.  People -when they find some comfortable place in God – God doesn’t want you to stay where you are.  God doesn’t want you to stay in the 7th grade forever.  You are supposed to go - so what if you like the teacher- so what the teacher is kind – but you are supposed to move to the 8th grade, 9th, and so on.  But what happens is people find a place where they are comfortable in God and they want to stay there.  Here God comes along and he brings up a Pharaoh who didn’t know Joseph.  He begins to put pressure on these people to want to get out of Egypt.  He brings the whip down upon them.  He brings slavery down upon them.  He brings some uncomfortableness to them that forces them to begin pray and say “God, get me out of here, get me out of here!” - Before that they were not doing it.  They were enjoying their life in what they thought God wanted there with that preacher.  If you are in a dead end church and it’s been dead end for years God probably wants you somewhere else.  Get out of it!  What is it God is trying to tell you?  How much more do you have to go through before you allow God to take you where you want to be?  Now many people died in Egypt because they did not want to leave.  They died in the wilderness because they did not want to leave. 

The end of lesson 2.

We are getting ready to head into the 5th Dispensation.  Look at Joseph’s life.    Learn the lessons. It’s not about the conditions of the prison; it’s not about the slavery or the bondage. You can go back and study how the golden cup was hidden but it’s about the principles and the lessons that God was trying to teach them and the promise here ends in judgment.  It ends in bondage.  It ends in various things but God ultimately gives them a promise if they will get out of it, if they will leave it, he will do better by them. 


Study Sheet

Lesson # 2:  Human Government Dispensation to Egyptian Bondage
Third Dispensation - Human Government
       1.  God makes a covenant with Noah - GEN 8:20-22; 9:8-17
      2.  The earth to be destroyed by fire the next time - 2 PET 3:6-7
      3.  Noah's sons told to replenish the earth - GEN 9:1
      4.  Ham is cursed; Shem and Japheth are blessed - GEN 9:20-27
      5.  The whole world had one language - GEN 11:1
      6.  Noah's descendants begin to build a tower - GEN 11:2-4
Human Government Ends in Judgement - The Dispersion
       1.  Nimrod was the founder of Babel - GEN 10:8-10
      2.  God confounds their language and scatters them - GEN 11:5-9
      3.  The beginning of nations and languages
      4.  Human Government ends in judgement by the dispersion
Fourth Dispensation - Promise
       1.  The scattered races turn to idol worship - ROM 1:21-28
      2.  The call of Abram - GEN 12:1
      3.  "The Promise" given to Abram - GEN 12:2-3
      4.  The covenant and its seal between God and Abram - GEN 17:1-14
      5.  Abram and his wife's names are changed - GEN 17:5,15
      6.  Abraham called "the Father of the Faithful" - ROM 4:17-21
      7.  Abraham and Lot separate - GEN 13:8-13
      8.  Ishmael is born, the father of the Arabs - GEN 16:15
      9.  Sodom and Gomorrah are destroyed by fire - GEN 19:1-28
     10.  Isaac is born, the promised son - GEN 21:1-3
     11.  Abraham's faith is tested - Gen 22:1-14; HEB 11:17-19
    *12.  Abraham's sons represent two covenants - GAL 4:22-24
          Isaac   = Son of Promise  / Covenant of Grace
          Ishmael = Son of Doubt    / Covenant of the Law
Jacob and Esau
       1.  Esau and Jacob are born to Isaac and Rebecca - GEN 25:21-26
      2.  Esau sells his birthright to Jacob - GEN 25:29-34
      3.  Jacob deceives his father and receives his birthright - GEN 27:1-40
      4.  Jacob's dream and his vow to God - GEN 28:10-22; JN 1:45-51
      5.  Jacob spends 20 years working for his wives and for his cattle
          - GEN 29 and 30
      6.  Jacob wrestles with an angel and his name is changed to Israel 
          (he has prevailed) - GEN 32:1-32
Promise Ends in Judgement
       1.  Jacob has twelve sons
      2.  Joseph is the most loved of Jacob - GEN 37:3-4
      3.  Joseph is sold by his brothers - GEN 37:12-28
      4.  Joseph is cast into prison - GEN 39
      5.  Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dream and is promoted - GEN 41:1-44
      6.  Joseph forgives his brothers - GEN 45:1-8
      7.  Jacob and all his family moves to Egypt - GEN 46:1-7,26
      8.  Promise ends in Egyptian bondage - EX 1:8-14; GEN 15:13-14
     *9.  The Children of Israel - GEN 29:32-35; 30:1-24
          By Leah:            Rueben
          By Bilhah:          Dan
          By Zilpah:          Gad
          By Rachel:          Joseph  (begat Manasseh and Ephraim - GEN 48:15-22)

The end of lesson 2.  God bless you!

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