SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 1/4/21
January 6, 2021, 10:57 AM

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T1 – FOR WEEK OF 1/4/21

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MATTHEW 22:23-33 - ILLOGICAL LOGIC

Life of Christ #49

 

Think of logic as a system of reasoning.

Think of illogical as senseless.

Illogical logic is senseless reasoning.

That’s what the story about the carrots was – senseless reasoning.

That’s what the lack of common sense is – senseless reasoning.

That’s what some of Jesus’ enemies practiced – senseless reasoning or illogical logic.

 

The Sadducees were the smallest sect trying to have control in Israel. However they were the wealthiest and the most influential.  The high priest and his family were members of this party which made money off temple businesses and had their power enforced by Rome.

 

  • They did not believe in the eternal state of the soul or the resurrection. They thought that once you were dead, that was it.
  • They did not believe in angels.
  • They did not believe in the many interpretations of the law that were written like the Pharisees did.
  • They used the Pentateuch as their basis for religion, and took little stock in the rest of the Old Testament.
  • They saw Jesus as a threat to their authority and wanted to eliminate Him.

 

The Sadducees came to Jesus with a piece of logic designed to prove their point.  It was a way of thinking that justified their belief that there was no resurrection.  It turned out to be illogical logic or senseless reasoning.

 

There are times when Christians and non-Christians alike use illogical logic, senseless reasoning to justify their thinking.  We must be careful that we do not fall into that trap.

I’d like us to consider three things about illogical logic.

 

HOW WE FOOL – Vss. 23-28

 

First of all, let us establish an important fact.  The Old Testament does teach the resurrection from the dead. Daniel 12:2, Isaiah 26:19, Job 19:25-27

 

The Sadducees did not choose to believe in the resurrection, so they fooled themselves into thinking they were right by making up arguments against it.

 

Vss. 24-28 – The Sadducees tell of what was probably a hypothetical situation involving an Old Testament Law.

When a man was married and died without any children, a brother was to go into the man’s widow and father a child in the name of the brother.   This is called a levirate marriage. Deuteronomy 25:5-6

 

In this illustration the Sadducees are trying to point out the folly of resurrection.  Because there were seven who had been married to her, whose wife would she be in the resurrection?

 

The Sadducees didn’t like something, so they tried to make it look stupid.  And if you tried to answer them with the Scriptures about the resurrection that I quoted a few moments ago they would claim that they weren’t authoritative because they were not in the Pentateuch.

 

There are times when we are no different than the Sadducees.  God will clearly teach something in the Scriptures but we will discredit what is said, or reason it away, or claim it does not apply to us.

 

HOW WE FOOL

HOW WE FAIL – Vs. 29  

 

Matthew 22:29 - Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

 

As the great diagnostician Jesus analyzed why the Sadducees were in error.

 

First of all, they were in error because they did not “know” the Scriptures.

There are two ways to know the Scriptures.  First, you can know what Scripture says.  You can know the teaching of the Scriptures.

 

The second way you can know the Scriptures is by knowing what it says and believing it enough to accept what it says and obey it.

 

Some of the Sadducees may have known the Scriptures in that they knew what it said in theory.  But they did not know the Scriptures by believing them experientially.

 

Secondly they did not know the power of God.

Again, in theory they may have known that God was all-powerful, but in practice they did not believe that God was powerful enough to raise the dead.  

 

We fall into error for the same reasons.

We fail for the same reasons.

 

If you know this verse, say it with me,

John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

Many people know this verse in that they can quote or familiar with it when it is quoted.

 

And yet they don’t know this verse because they have not actually done what the verse says.

 

They have not acknowledged their total sinfulness before God.

They have not believed that Jesus gave His life on the cross for them to pay for their sins.

They have not put their full trust in Christ for salvation.

Hence, they really don’t know this Scripture, or the power of God to save them and to change them!

 

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

And we Christians run into failure as well.   

 

We know in theory that the Scriptures promise victory over sin.

Romans 6:14 - For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

 

We know in theory that the Scriptures teach us to abide in Christ.

John 15:4 - Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

 

And we know in theory that we are to pray continually.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 - Pray without ceasing.

 

And we know in theory that we should be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 5:18 - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 

But we fail because we don’t know these verses experientially that is, in practice or reality. 

In other words, we do not know these truths by faith, actually trusting God to enable us to do these things!   

   

We know the Scriptures when we believe them enough to obey them.

We know the power of God when we trust God to empower us to obey His Word.

 

Like the Sadducees we fail because we do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

 

HOW WE FOOL

WHY FAIL

WHERE’S YOUR FAITH?– Vss. 30-32

 

Jesus points the Sadducees back to the Word of God.

Our faith is always to be based on what God has said.

We need to know the Scripture in theory – what it says.

We need to know the Scripture experientially – believing it and practicing it.

 

Romans 10:17 - So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

Could Jesus have quoted the verses the Old Testament Scriptures that I quoted earlier proving the resurrection?

Of course he could have.

He didn’t, because the Sadducees would not have accepted them.

So Jesus goes to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible to prove his point.

 

Vs. 30 – Jesus first clears up some misconceptions about the resurrection.   

 

The Jews that did believe in the resurrection thought that they would have bodies identical to the ones they had in this life.

Instead Jesus points out that their will be no husband and wife relationships.  There won’t be marriage, sexual intercourse, and having more children.

 

We will be like the angels in that we will remain single.

But we will also be above the angels, because, we as part of the church will be the Bride of Christ.

 

Will we know our loved ones in Heaven and be reunited with them?  I firmly believe that we will be. We will just not have the exact same relationship.

 

Vss. 31-32 – Jesus is quoting the Pentateuch here.

He is quoting God who made the statement quoted there many times. The first time He said it was in Exodus 3:6.

 

God said, “I AM the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

He does not say, “I was”, even though they were dead.     

 

God is not the God of the dead, but of the living Jesus said.

If God said “I am” their God he meant that they were still alive.

Their spirits are very much alive along with the spirits of all believers. 2 Corinthians 5:8

 

The God of the living souls of all believers will also give these living believers new bodies, as promised in other Scriptures outside the Pentateuch. 1 Corinthians 15:51-53  

 

So, where’s your faith?

Is it in the promises of the Word of God?

Are you trusting in God for your own resurrection?

Are you trusting in God for forgiveness and eternal life?

Will you believe God for the ability to be obedient in this life?

 

Have you been practicing illogical logic, senseless reasoning?

Turn from it today!

 

HOW WE FOOL

WHY WE FAIL

WHERE’S YOUR FAITH?

 

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1 SAMUEL 16 - FEELING ADEQUATE

David: A Man’s Man, God’s Man Lesson #1

 

(These are my complete notes for a men’s study.)

 

  • What are some areas in which men sometimes feel inadequate?
  • What do you think are some of the root causes for feelings of inadequacy?
  • When is it good to feel inadequate?
  • Why is feeling adequate in the ways listed below important?
  1. Feeling adequate as a husband
  2. Feeling adequate as a father
  3. Feeling adequate as a friend
  4. Feeling adequate as a Christian
  5. Feeling adequate as a church member
  • How do feelings of inadequacy go back to our younger days?
  • What events in the life of David would indicate that he had some healthy feelings of adequacy?

 

David was all man.  We might say that he was “A man’s man”.  And although David was by far not perfect, David had another quality that distinguished him.  David was God’s man.  He was chosen by God and he lived for God.

In this lesson we want to examine some qualities from David’s youth that helped build a feeling of adequacy within him.

1. DAVID WAS TENDER Vss. 1-12

 

  • King Saul had disqualified himself from being King.      

We must be careful not to disqualify ourselves from being useful to God.  1 Samuel 15:24-28

  • Vss. 1-5 – Samuel was sent to anoint a new king of God’s choosing from among the sons of Jesse.
  • Vss. 6-12 – Of Samuel’s 8 sons, only one passed the requirement God had for the next king. Verse 7 tells us that man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

     1 Samuel 13:14 - But now thy kingdom shall not

     continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own

     heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain

     over his people, because thou hast not kept that which

     the Lord commanded thee.

  • How would you describe being “a man after God’s own heart”?
  • 2 Chronicles 16:9 (N.A.S.B.) - For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His...
  • What are some of the things we need to remove from our hearts in order that they may be “completely His”?
  • What are some of the positive attitudes found in a heart that is “completely His”?
  • There are at least two qualities found in the person whose heart belongs to God:

1. Salvation – 2 Corinthians 5:17

2. Consecration – Romans 12:1-2

  • Why does it take a real man to have a heart that’s tender towards God?

 

2. DAVID WAS TOUCHED Vs. 13

 

  • How did the presence of the Holy Spirit help David feel adequate?
  • How did the Holy Spirit help when David faced Goliath?
  • How is the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives superior to the Holy Spirit’s presence in the Old Testament?
  • John 14:16-18 - And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [17] Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. [18] I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
  • Romans 8:9 - But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
  • What do we lack when we do allow the Holy Spirit to control us? Ephesians 5:18-21, Galatians 5:22-23,    Acts 1:8

3. DAVID HAD A TESTIMONY Vss. 14-19

 

  • Vss. 14-16 - Because Saul had a sin problem he was open to the attacks of Satan.  I imagine that Saul knew that he had a problem and was open to the suggestion that he get someone who could soothe his “frazzled nerves” with music.
  • Vss. 17-19 – One of Saul’s servants had met David. What were the positive qualities on David’s resume?
  • Someone is always watching us. Our current testimony can affect our future usefulness. How?

4. DAVID WAS TRAINED – Vss. 11-12, 20-23

 

  • Why did David need training?
  • Why do we need training? 1 Timothy 3:6, 10

      1 Timothy 3:6 - Not a novice, lest being lifted up with

      pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

      1 Timothy 3:10 - And let these also first be proved;

      then let them use the office of a deacon, being found

     blameless.

  • Why should men desire training in the things of God?
  • Vss. 11-12 – What training came with being the youngest of eight sons?
  • What training came from being a shepherd?
  • Vss. 20-23 – What vital training did David receive in Saul’s court?
  • We should be open to training even when we aren’t even sure why we need to be trained. Why?

 

This week consider what God requires for us to feel adequate for whatever He will call us to do.  Ask Him to:

 

  • Give you a tender heart.
  • Touch you.
  • Give you a good testimony.
  • Train you.

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PSALM 130 – AN EXAMPLE OF GODLY LIVING

The Psalmist shows by example how to live a Godly life.

CALL TO GOD – Vss. 1-2

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.  Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

CONFESSION OF SIN – Vss. 3-4

If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?  But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

CONDUCT OF WAITING – Vss. 5-6

I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

CHALLENGE TO OTHERS – Vss. 7-8

Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.  And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

 

 

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MALACHI 1:2-14 – LOVE DOUBTED, LOVE WITHHELD

NOW AND THEN – STUDIES IN MALACHI – #2

Malachi was probably written during the times of Ezra and Nehemiah, or shortly thereafter. The Book addresses some of the same difficulties found in Nehemiah. The people were what Jesus would later call “lukewarm”.  His name means “my messenger”, and he immediately addressed two sins of the people. These sins were both rooted in their own lack of love.

LOVE DOUBTED – Vss. 2-5

  • Vs. 2 – God begins by expressing his ongoing love.
  1. God’s love for Israel is unconditional, not dependent on anything Israel had done. Deuteronomy 7:7-8, 10:15, 21:5
  2. God’s love for Israel was “sovereignly bestowed”, beginning with Abraham.  Genesis 12:1-3
  3. God’s love for Israel is everlasting. Jeremiah 31:3
  4. God’s love for Israel is like a husband’s love for his wife. Malachi 2:11
  5. God’s love for Israel is like a father’s love for his son. Exodus 4:22-23, Hosea 11:1

Copied from: David M. Levy, Malachi: Messenger of Rebuke and Renewal (Bellmawr NJ, Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry Inc. 1992), pp. 12-13

  • Notice the quick response from Israel, “How have you loved us?”  They quickly doubted the love of God.
  • Vss. 2-3 – Reference is made to Jacob’s twin brother, Esau. Jacob was loved by God, Esau was “hated”.
  • God’s hatred for Esau is relative. God’s love was so great for Israel, that any attitude towards Esau was equal to hatred. Genesis 29:30-33, Luke 14:26
  • Vss. 3-4 – Esau or Edom had been conquered on a couple of occasions, and thought they would rebuild. God assured them that rebuilding efforts would be futile.
  • Vs. 5 – Israel would witness the fall of Edom and glorify God.

 

LOVE WITHHELD – Vss. 6-14

  • Vs. 6 – Although God loved Israel, Israel was not returning that love.
  • If we love God, let us honor Him as “Father”.
  • If we consider God to be our master, we are to fear Him.
  • God takes aim at the religious leaders, the priests. They despised the name of God. To despise God’s name is to despise who He is.
  • Vss. 6-7 – The priests wanted to know how they despised His name. It was in the sacrifices that they were offering.
  • Vs. 8 – Instead of offerings being without blemish, they were offering God the leftovers.
  • They wouldn’t dare offer these to their governor.
  • Share some ways many Christians offer God the leftovers.
  • When we do not give God our best, we are withholding love from Him. Deuteronomy 6:4-7
  • Vs. 9 – The priests made faulty offerings, and yet expected God’s favor.  God basically tells them that they’re dreaming. Psalm 66:18
  • Vs. 10 – God would rather have “the doors closed” and receive no offering, than to have a halfhearted offering from His people.
  • Vs. 11 – This promise will have its ultimate fulfillment during the Millennium. See Isaiah 11.
  • Vs. 12 – The priests were showing disrespect for the offerings that were being made to God. They were taking their responsibilities lightly.
  • Vs. 13 – Instead of treating their service to the Lord as a privilege, they were treating it as weariness.
  • Vs. 14 – People were cheating God by not offering their best. God promised retribution. 

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MARK 4:35-41 – WHAT TO TAKE ON THE VOYAGE OF LIFE

 

TAKE CHRIST – Vss. 35-36 – Make sure Jesus is in your life as Savior, and you are following his will. John 1:12-13, Ephesians 5:15-27

 

TAKE CONSIDERATION – Vs. 37 – There will be storms.

 

TAKE COUNSEL – Vs. 38 – Ask Jesus for help.

 

TAKE COMFORT – Vs. 39 – Jesus will calm the storm.

 

TAKE CONFIDENCE – Vs. 40 – Have faith!

 

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ROMANS 12:14-18 - PRACTICAL CHRISTIANITY

Here are some simple commands for living out the Christian life in a practical way.

 

BE GRACIOUS - Vs. 14 - "Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not."

 

BE SENSITIVE - Vs. 15 - "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."

 

BE AGREEABLE - Vs. 16 - "Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits."

 

BE KIND - Vs. 17 - "Recompense to no man evil for evil."

 

BE HONEST - Vs. 17 - "Provide things honest in the sight of all men."

 

BE PEACEFUL - "If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men."

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2 PETER 2:1-10 - BE PREPARED

 

There are all sorts of false teaching around today. We must be prepared to counter them, and prepared for God's judgment of the wicked and preservation for the just.

 

REBELLION BY FALSE TEACHERS Vss. 1-3

 

REMINDER OF GOD'S JUDGMENT Vss. 4-6

  • The angels Vs. 4
  • The world in Noah's day Vs 5
  • Sodom and Gomorrah Vs. 6

 

REASSURANCE OF GOD'S JUSTICE Vss. 7-10

  • God will preserve the righteous. Vss. 7-9a
  • God will reserve the unjust for punishment. Vss. 9b-10

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DAY AND NIGHT

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

Genesis 8:22 - While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

GOD’S GUIDANCE

Exodus 13:21-22 - And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: [22] He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

Exodus 40:38 - For the cloud of the Lord was upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

OUR MEDITATION

Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

OUR PRAISE

1 Chronicles 9:33 - And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free: for they were employed in that work day and night.

OUR PRAYERS

Nehemiah 1:6 - Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father's house have sinned.

Luke 18:7 - And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

OUR TEARS

Psalm 42:3 - My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

Acts 20:31 - Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

OUR LABOR

1 Thessalonians 2:9 - For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

GOD’S SERVICE (IN HEAVEN)   

Revelation 4:8 - And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Revelation 7:15 - Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

SATAN’S TORMENT

Revelation 20:10 - And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

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