08.23.15 Sermon: "What does the Bible say about ... casting lots?"

"What Does the Bible Say About ... CASTING LOTS?" 

Q:  What is a “lot?”
A:  Originally the Hebrew word referred to small stones or pebbles or sticks, but later the word came to mean “destiny” or “fate” (i.e. “your lot in life”)

Q:  How do you “cast” a lot?
A:  It can be thrown, shaken, or cast down, like dice; it’s a physical, human act used to make a decision

Q:  Why did people cast lots in the Bible?
A:   Objects like sticks or stones were cast to determine an answer beyond human comprehension or to make a decision requiring divine guidance

à The sailors cast lots to see who was caused the storm that was rocking their boat (Jonah 1:2-7)

à The disciples cast lots to see who should replace Judas as an apostle, Joseph or Matthias (Acts 1:12-26)

à “The lot is cast in the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:33) 

à The soldiers cast lots to divide up Jesus’ clothes after he was crucified. (Matthew 27:35)

So ... they did it in the Bible.  Should WE resurrect casting lots in the church today?

Is casting lots a viable method for us when it comes to discerning God’s will for our lives?

Why cast lots, when we have something (Someone!) even better?!

What ELSE does the Bible say about casting lots?
-dividing the land: Joshua 18:6; 19:51
-distribution of goods: Nahum 3:10;  Psalm 22:18
-identity of guilty party: Joshua 7:10-26; 1 Samuel 14:41-42
-selection of a king: 1 Samuel 10:20
-choosing offices and functions in the temple: 1 Chronicles 24:5, 31; 25:8-9

Leviticus 16
Proverbs 18:18

In the New Testament, “lot” also came to mean “portion” or “inheritance”
Acts 1:17
Acts 8:21
Colossians 1:12

1 Peter 5:3

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08.16.15 Sermon: "What does the Bible say about ... Asking God the Impossible?"

SCRIPTURE  Joshua 10:6-9, 12-14
6 The Gibeonites then sent word to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal: “Do not abandon your servants. Come up to us quickly and save us! Help us, because all the Amorite kings from the hill country have joined forces against us.”

7 So Joshua marched up from Gilgal with his entire army, including all the best fighting men. 8 The Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”

9 After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise. 

12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel:

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” 13 So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. 14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord listened to a human being. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel!" 


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