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WINDOWS FOUND IN THE BIBLE

An Introduction: Windows Let the Light In

Text – PROVERBS 7:6-7

Let’s take a walk through the Bible and look at the history of some events where windows are a central part of the story. God, or circumstances, uses windows to make a revelation of himself to man and ultimately to us today.

Proverbs 7:6-7  “For at the window of my house I looked down through the lattice. I saw among the young men a youth who had no sense. He was going down the street …”

Intro: Surely sometime shortly after the creation of the human race, mankind wanted to have some sort of shelter. People needed protection from large and even small wildlife. People needed to be warm and dry, or simply maybe even just wanted privacy. A cave would have been a simple solution, but perhaps not so readily available. It is said that “necessity is the mother of invention.” So, at some point, someone decided to build some kind of a shelter. Regardless of the material of the residence, surely even since early times people also would at least have to have a door for access. While you are at it, why not also an opening for light and air circulation? And so, along came the window.

Window: An opening in the wall of a building.When windows first came into being they were initially high off the ground and only consisting of narrow slits. The openings later became larger and were filled with slats of wood, stone, iron grilles, and eventually panes of glass. But, actually there is another kind of a window.

Window: An opening of opportunity. This second window, is one of far different nature, and one of a much larger consequence. This kind of windowoften speaks of wisdom and understanding, which then in turn makes place for development, productivity, and really an endless list of possibilities. One could even come to the conclusion that life can be lived to its fullest through the use of all of these windows.

We need to apply the benefits of windows to every area of our life:

  • A window of receiving light. (2 Tim 2:15) The Bible is a window given to be a light to our path (Psalm 119:105)
  • A window of enabling us to see what’s outside before we get there and be prepared.

Maybe what is outside needs to stay outside. (2 Cor. 6:17)

Maybe what is inside needs to stay inside. (2 Tim 2:21-22)

  • A window of receiving freshness and removing stagnancy. (2 Cor. 3:18)
  • A window of discerning the times. (1 Chron. 12:21)

SERMON SKETCHES: Listed below are twelve sketches/outlines of Bible stories where a window was involved.


Noah’s Window

A Picture of Salvation

Text– Genesis 6 & 7

  • God warned Noah in advance of a coming storm. (Gen 6:11-13
  • God prepared Noah by telling him to install a window. (Gen 6:14-16)
  • God provided for the future by telling Noah what to prepare for. (Gen 6:17-22)
  • Noah’s window let in light and air for the journey through the storm. This window was a sign of God’s care for His people. (Gen 7:1-5)
  • Noah’s window became a place to seek God for a sign of direction. (Gen 8:7)
  • Noah sent a raven and the raven went here and there. (Gen 8:7)
    (Apparently the raven settled for anything available – like some people)
  • Noah sent a dove because he knew the dove would not settle just anywhere. (Gen 8:8)
  • Noah’s window provided a place for the dove to return until the right time. (Gen 8:9)
  • Noah’s dove returned again for the sake of the others. (Gen 8:10-11)
  • Noah sent the dove the third time and it did not return. (Gen 8:12)
  • God gave Noah a rainbow of promise that it would not happen again (Gen 9:12-17)

Old song: The windows of Heaven are open.

The windows of heaven are open the blessings are falling tonight. There’s joy, joy, joy in my heart since Jesus made everything right. I gave him my old tattered garment He gave me a robe of pure white. I’m feasting on manna from heaven, since Jesus made everything right.


God’s Window from Heaven

A picture of judgment

Text – Gen 6 & 7

  • God’s window from above revealed the wickedness of man’s heart. (Gen 6:1-6)
  • From God’s window He poured out judgement on sin. (Gen 6:7, 7:21-22)
  • Those who obeyed God were cared for during the storm. (Gen 6:8-9, 7:23)

NOTE: Noah’s ark was built four hundred and fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet tall. The average naval destroyer today is around five hundred feet long. Cruise ships range from two hundred to one thousand feet long, with five to six hundred feet being the average length. With 3 levels, the habitable area of the ark would have been well over one hundred thousand square feet. There was room enough to carry pairs of every known member of the animal kingdom, as well as every one of the members of the human race alive at the time. (Hebrews 11:7, 2 Peter 3:9)

  • Once judgement had passed, God closed the window of judgment. (Gen 8:1)
  • God leaves this monumental occasion as a warning to all future generations. (Matthew 24:37-39, Luke 17:26-27)

Abimelech’s Window

A picture of a good marriage

Text – Genesis 26:8

  • Isaac claimed his wife was his sister out of fear for his life. (Gen 26:1-7)
  • Isaac was the miracle child of Abraham & Sarah. (Gen chapters 16-18, 21)
  • Isaac’s wife, and everything he had, was from his Father Abraham. (Gen chapter 24)
    (Abraham inherited all he had from his obedience to God)
  • Isaac was doing what husbands and wives are supposed to do. (Gen 26:8)
  • God said it is not good for man to be alone, I will make him a help-mate. (Gen 1:27, 2:18, 2:21-25, Pro 5:15-20 & 18:22, Eph. 5:21-33)
  • God honored and restored Isaac & Rebekah’s marriage. (Gen 26:9-14)

Joshua’s Window

A picture of redemption

Text– Joshua 2:15

  • God called Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the Promise Land. (Josh 1)
  • God has a plan and a place of victory for all of us. (Jeremiah 29:11)
  • God often uses people to help us in our journey. (Josh 2:1-11)
  • Rahab asked to be spared and to join in on the battle for victory. (Josh 2:12-13)
  • When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies be at peace with him. (Proverbs 16:7)
  • Rahab’s place & position provided a window of opportunity. (Josh 2:1 & 15)
  • Rahab provided a plan and a route of implementation. (Josh 2:16)
  • In return Joshua brought Rahab into God’s plan of redemption. (Josh 2:17-21)
  • Rahab’s courage assisted the Israelites. (Josh 2:22-24)
  • Joshua succeeded when he remained faithful to follow in the ways of God.
  • Joshua chapters 3 – 6
    • Circumcision= cut off the past, Provisional Faith = no more manna, Prayer & Worship= Seeking counsel of the Heavenly Host, God’s Word6 days of the ark & the silence, The 7thday shout, The safety of Rahab.
  • Being unfaithful to God led to defeat. (Josh chapter 7)
    (See Deuteronomy chapter 8)

Sisera’s mother’s window

A picture of deliverance

Text – Judges 5:28

  • The book of Judges is a period of some four hundred years where, “Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Because of their sins, Israel was allowed to be taken into captivity over and over. (Jud 1-21)
  • Periodically the Israelites repented and God raised up a deliverer to set them free.
  • Captain Sisera placed the children of Israel under severe captivity. (Jud 4:1-3)
  • God raised up Deborah, a prophetess, to deliver Israel. (Jud 4:4-5)
  • Deborah chose Barak to lead the army but he was afraid. (Jud 4:6-8)
  • Deborah promised she would go with them, but that there would be consequences for his lack of faith. (Jud 4:9)
  • God Himself defeated the army of Sisera (who himself fled). (Jud 4:15)
  • God used a woman named Jael to put Sisera to death. (Jud 4:17-22)
  • Sisera’s mother did not see her son return home. (Jud 5:28)

Michal’s 1stWindow

A picture of conversion

Text – 1 Samuel 19:12

  • Michal loved David enough to disallow the plans of her own father as well as her own position in life. (1 Sam 19:10-11)
  • A simple plan of the steps of salvation:
    • All have sinned (Romans 3:23); and the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23)We must be born again (John 3:3)
    • We must believe in Jesus (John 3:15-18)
    • We must confess our sins (John 1:7-9)
    • We must receive Jesus (John 1:12)
    • We must invite Jesus into our heart (Rev 3:20)
    • We must put God first in our lives. (Matthew 6:33 & 26:41, Romans12:1-2)
  • Michal went so far as to assist in David’s escape. (1 Sam 19:13-17)
  • We should also believe for our whole family’s salvation. (John 1:37-42, Acts 16:31)

Michal’s 2nd Window

A picture of jealousy

Text – 2 Samuel 6:16, 1 Chronicles 15:29

  • David has become king of all of Israel. (2 Sam 5:1-5)
  • David’s first official act is to have the spiritual zeal to bring the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem. (2 Sam 6:1-5)
  • David’s first attempt is met with failure. (2 Sam 6:6-10)
    (Psalm 34:19, 1 Peter 4:12-19)
  • David’s second attempt is successful. (2 Sam 6:11-15)
  • David’s wife Michal sees him celebrating and becomes jealous. (2 Sam 6:16 & 20-23)
    • Sometimes our greatest victories can result in such trials.
  • Be careful of what you set your affections on, for the eyes are the window to the soul. (Matthew 6:22-23)

Elisha’s window

A picture of spiritual discernment

Text – 2 Kings 7:2 & 19

  • There was a time of war where Syria was attacking Israel. (2 Kings 6:8)
  • Elisha kept revealing where the enemy was hiding.
  • God give us His Holy Spirit to do the same. (Romans 8:26-27)
    (Matthew 4:1-11, John 8:44, Ephesians 6:10-18, James 4:7-10, 1 Peter 5:8-9)
  • There was a horrendous famine taking place in Samaria. (2 Kings 6:25)
  • The enemy stepped up the game of attack. (Matthew 17:21)
    (Matthew 24 – the deception of the last days.)
  • Elisha prophesied the famine would end within 24 hours. (2 Kings 7:1)
  • God used 4 lepers (outcasts) to discover where the provision was. (2 Kings 7:3-11)
  • The king of Israel was able to lead his army to victory because of the God-given spiritual revelations of Elisha. (2 Kings 3:12-20)

Isaiah’s window

A picture of the future

Text – Isaiah 24:18

  • The name Isaiah means “salvation of God”
  • The book of Isaiah is a mini Bible:
    • 66 chapters – Bible has 66 books
    • Two divisions – 39 chapters like the O.T. = God’s case against sin. (Isa 1:18)  & 27 chapters like the N.T. = Coming of the King. (Isa 40:1-5)  Isaiah 53 (middle of 2nddivision) a perfect picture of Jesus.
  • Isaiah has more profound prophecies of Jesus than any other book of the O.T. (Isa 7:14, 9:6-7, 11:1-5, 14:12-13, 25:26-27, 40:1-5, 40:12-31, 41:21-24,42:1-2 & 6-7, 44:12-20, 45:1-25, 46:8-11, 53:1-12, 55:1-13, 58:1-14, 61:1-3, 62:1-12, 65:17, & 66:18-24)

Daniel’s Window

A picture of prayer

Text – Daniel 6:10

  • Daniel and his three friends to serve in a place of leadership. (Dan chapter 1)
  • Daniel is despised by the other leaders. (Dan 6:4)
  • The world find’s fault because right-living brings conviction. (Dan 6:5)
  • The enemy makes a plan to attack in the area of righteousness. (Dan 6:6-9)
  • Daniel remained faithful in his righteous living. (Dan 6:10)
  • Notice Daniel did not close the window!
  • Daniel prays towards Jerusalem = Remember our source
  • Daniel prays on his knees = Humble ourselves before God
  • Daniel prays three times a day = Pray with consistency
  • Daniel gives God thanks = faith in advance of the answer
  • Daniel does not let up = Ask, Seek, Knock (Matt 7:7)
  • The King prays for Daniel and he is delivered. (Dan 6:16-28)

Joel’s Window

A picture of a warning

Text – Joel 2:9

  • Joel’s prophecies speak of God’s coming judgment. (Joel 2:1)
  • There will be an eating away of people’s faith. Joel 1:4 says…
    • Palmer worm- eats the fruit = destroys the gifts of the SpiritLocus– eats the leaves = destroys spiritual renewalCankerworm– eats tender new shoots = stops new growthCaterpillar– eats the bark = destroys doctrine
  • Joel speaks of coming in the windows like a thief = entering as false light, replacing truth with error, (1 Tim 4:1-7, 2 Tim 3:1-17)
  • Joel challenges the people to fast and pray for restoration. (Joel 2:15-18)
  • Joel promises that God will again pour out His spirit. (Joel 2:25-32)
  • Peter quotes from Joel on the day of the outpouring of Pentecost. (Acts 2:16-18)

God’s window of blessing

A picture of financial blessing

Text – Malachi 3:10

  • Malachi sets the record straight concerning financial blessings.
  • Malachi states that we owe a tithe to God. (Mal 3:7-9)
  • Malachi promises if we provide for God’s work, God will open the windows of heaven and pour a blessing beyond our ability to receive. (Mal 3:10)
  • Malachi promises God will rebuke the devourer and bless your fruit. (Mal 3:11)
  • Tithing has nothing to do with the law, it predates the law of Moses.
  • Abraham was the first thankful tither (Gen 14:18-20)
  • Jacob vowed to tithe (10%) due to God blessing him. (Gen 28:20-22)
  • Moses instructed the children of Israel to tithe. (Numbers 18:23-28)
  • Jesus encouraged his followers to tithe. (Matt 23:23, Luke 11:42)
  • Give and it shall be given back to you. (Luke 6:38)
  • Bring your giving to God’s house. (2 Cor. 9:6-7)