If you haven’t been following along, here is Part 1, and here is Part 2.

Review – This week started with a review of some of the important things leading up to Mt Sinai. I reminded Hoax that Abraham was not chosen because of his own merit, nor was Israel. Rather, God chose Israel as a vehicle to display his own glory. We read a few passages from Deuteronomy to emphasize these points.

The Law – Though this took a while, it’s pretty easy to summarize. We went through the ten commandments applying them to ourselves to see how we stack up. Considering the results, I explained that both of us fall short of God’s standard and deserve punishment. I also drilled home the points that 1. this law was given to Israel, not us and 2. the ten commandments are only part of the law. This is always true of course, but particularly important for Hoax who has asked no less than five separate times what I think about the Seventh Day Adventists here who tell him he will go to hell if he goes to church on Sunday instead of Saturday.

Tabernacle – I showed Hoax a diagram of the Tabernacle and explained the different parts and purposes. We talked about the importance of perfection when being in God’s presence (as the high priest would be) and related this to Adam and Eve and their consequence for corrupting their own perfection.

Sacrifices – I read a few passages from Leviticus describing different sacrifices as well as the annual sacrifice for the atonement of all Israel. I highlighted the following points:

  • There was death as a result of  sin.
  • The sacrifices were a substitute.
  • The sacrifices were repeated showing that not one of them was final.
  • The animals sacrificed had to be unblemished.
  • Israel’s faith expressed in their obedience made them clean in God’s eyes.

I related what we talked about here back to Abraham showing Hoax that in both cases it is God who is the one making people righteous or clean. Abraham and Israel had to come to God in faith and rely on him to do the fixing.

Hoax’s Response – As we talked about these lessons, Hoax was clear that he understood his own position with God. He knows that he has not lived a perfect life and has saved up guilt and punishment for himself. One of the last things he said this week was something like “Now I see that straightening a man is not the work of a man, but the work of God.”


  1. The Glover Family

    Awesome. Thanks for the summaries – it’s educational for me as well. 🙂

  2. buck

    Last line is…wow…

  3. momO

    Oh, Joseph! How blessed we are that God is using you in such a mighty way for Hoax and those around him! I hope you can imagine my response as I read your summaries. You are making my heart happy!

  4. Denise

    Hoax seems to be a very intelligent man. You are covering a lot in each session which could be overwhelming to many. He seems to be drinking it all in, staying right with you, and responding not just appropriately but with much insight. He will be a valuable part of God’s ministry in PNG one day. Does the crown system in heaven work off a pyramid? 🙂

  5. Andrea

    Thank you for sharing this with us! We are praying for Hoax, that God continues to give him ears to hear, eyes to see, and a tender heart to accept and plant His words.

  6. Mollie

    ok so again with the tears. I was thinking the same thing as Denise when I read this… Hoax is being given great insight and is apparently very hungry. I love his last comment. I think often we who are redeemed ever need to be reminded of this, too.

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