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1 LESSONS FROM THE ETERNAL MEDICINE CLINIC Dale A. Matthews, MD Teammates January 30, 2011

2 TODAYS PATIENT SCHEDULE 11:00: Noah 11:20: Jacob 11:40: Miriam

3 NOAH: Background ( Gen 5-9) Of Adams lineage through Seth: made… in the likeness of God (5:1); created and blessed by God Great grandson of Enoch, who walked with God (for 300 years); then he was no more, because God took him away (5:23); Grandson of Methusaleh, the oldest man who ever lived (969 years) Son of Lamech (who lived 777 years); born when Lamech was 182 years old Noah means comforter: He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed (5:29)

4 NOAH: Calling Three sons: – Shem (precursor of the Israelites and Arabs) – Japheth (precursor of the Indo-Europeans) – Ham (father of Canaan and precursor of the Africans) He was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God (6:9) in a corrupt era When he was 600 years old, God called on him to build an ark and cover it with pitch; he did all that the Lord commanded him (7:5)

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6 NOAH: Response (Gen 8:20-9:17) After leaving the ark, Noah built an altar and sacrificed burnt offerings of animals and birds God made the covenant of the rainbow with Noah by promising to never again destroy the world by flood God told Noah to be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth and everything that lives and moves will be food for you (except meat with its lifeblood still in it)

7 NOAH: Fall Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered beside his tent. (9:20-21) Ham saw his fathers nakedness and notified Shem and Japheth, who covered their father Upon awakening, Noah cursed Canaan, the son of Ham, and promised blessings to Shem and Japheth

8 NOAH: Aftermath After the flood Noah lived 350 years. Altogether, Noah lived 950 years, and then he died (9:28-29) There is no mention of any of Noahs accomplishments after the flood His initial greatness was not reflected in how he finished his days

9 THE PERILS OF ALCOHOL (Prov 23:29-35) 29 Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? 30 Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine. 31 Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly! 32 In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper. 33 Your eyes will see strange sights, and your mind will imagine confusing things. 34 You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging. 35 They hit me, you will say, but Im not hurt! They beat me, but I dont feel it! When will I wake up so I can find another drink?

10 THE ROOT OF ALCOHOLISM Spiritus contra spiritum -Carl Jung

11 GODS PRESCRIPTION FOR ALCOHOLISM: Fulfillment (Y)our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit…You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body. ( 1 Cor 6:19-20 )

12 GODS PRESCRIPTION FOR ALCOHOLISM: Fulfillment Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God…as instruments of righteousness. (Rom 6:13)

13 LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF NOAH The value of faithful obedience Dont be drunk with wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the spirit. (Eph. 5:18) Be careful: one night of sin can wreak havoc upon a otherwise righteous life Finish strong: dont rest upon your laurels Be a model for your children

14 "If I knew I'd live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. – Mickey Mantle

15 Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) Chappaquiddick Bridge


17 JACOB: Background (Gen 25, 27-36, 38) Son of Isaac and Rebekah and grandson of Abraham and Sarah Younger, twin brother of Esau (hairy), also known as Edom (red) Jacob means he grasps the heel or he deceives Jacob was a quiet man, favored by Rebekah Esau, the hunter, was favored by Isaac

18 JACOB: The Deceiver Jacob steals Esaus birthright for bread and red lentil stew (25:27-34) Rebekah urges Jacob (the deceiver) to dress up as Esau and he obtains the fraudulent blessing of the firstborn from Isaac (27:6-29) To escape the vengeful Esau, Jacob flees to his uncle Laban in Haran

19 JACOB MEETS GOD AT BETHEL (Gen 28:1-22) At Bethel, Jacob dreams of a stairway to heaven and hears the Lord confirming His covenant with Abraham and his descendants He prays, If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my fathers household, then the LORD [f] will be my God…f

20 THE DECEIVER IS DECEIVED (Gen 29-31) In Haran, Jacob meets Rachel at a well; he promises her father Laban that he will work seven years for the right to marry her On his wedding night, Laban deceives Jacob, giving him his eldest daughter, Leah, instead Jacob then works another seven years for Rachel, followed by another six years in Labans service, during which he fathers 13 children and accumulates great wealth at Labans expense Finally, Jacob flees suddenly and returns to Israel

21 JACOB MEETS GOD AT PENIEL (Gen 32:24-32) After leaving Laban and before meeting Esau, Jacob wrestles an angel The angel dislocates Jacobs hip, but Jacob does not let go until he is blessed by the angel and given a new name: Israel Jacob calls the place Peniel because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared

22 OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT AND ADVERSITY God uses the hardships and setbacks of our life to comfort and strengthen us Our ways are not His ways and our timing is not His timing God ultimately rewards our faith in Him

23 GODS PRESCRIPTION FOR DISCOURAGEMENT: Joy We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. (Rom 5:2-5) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! (Phil 4:4)

24 GODS PRESCRIPTION FOR ADVERSITY:Perseverance Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (Heb 12:1-2)

25 LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF JACOB We are the product of our ancestors; we carry their burdens and face their same issues We are a work in progress: God is not finished with us yet God wants us to persevere, to keep our eyes on the prize God can speak to us and embrace us in our brokenness

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28 MIRIAM AND MOSES (Ex 2:1-10) 7 Then his sister asked Pharaohs daughter, Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you? 8 Yes, go, she answered. So the girl went and got the babys mother.

29 MIRIAM THE PROPHETESS (Ex 15:20-21) Then Miriam the prophetess, Aarons sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them: Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.

30 THE JEALOUSY OF MIRIAM (Num 12:1-6a) 1 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 Has the LORD spoken only through Moses? they asked. Hasnt he also spoken through us? And the LORD heard this. 3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.) 4 At once the LORD said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam, Come out to the tent of meeting, all three of you. So the three of them went out. 5 Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud; he stood at the entrance to the tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam. When the two of them stepped forward, 6 he said, Listen to my words:

31 THE REBUKE OF MIRIAM (Num 12:6b-12) When there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, reveal myself to them in visions, I speak to them in dreams. 7 But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. 8 With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

32 MIRIAMs PUNISHMENT (Num 12:9-10) 9 The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them. 10 When the cloud lifted from above the tent, Miriams skin was leprous [a] it became as white as snow.a

33 DISEASE AND THE NATURE OF GOD God intended us to be eternally healthy Disease and death came through sin and disobedience Gods very nature is healing: – Jehovah-Rapha (Exodus 15:26) – Jesus, the healer, is the very image of God (Hebrews 1:1-4; Colossians 1:15, 2:9)

34 WHY ARE WE SICK? The fallen creation (Luke 13:1-5) Personal sin (Numbers 12:1-15) Satans work (Mark 9:14-29) To teach us perseverance (2 Cor 12:7-10) To demonstrate Gods glory through healing (John 9:1-41; 11:1-44)

35 GODS PRESCRIPTION FOR DISEASE: Wholeness My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ( 2 Cor 12:9 )

36 LESSONS FROM THE LIFE OF MIRIAM Each of us has been given gifts from God; employ the gifts you have and recognize the gifts you dont have Support other believers; we are all on the same team Repentance leads to healing

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