SERMON SEEDS FOR WEEK OF 8/10/20
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S32 – WEEK OF AUGUST 10, 2020

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JEREMIAH 10:19, ESTHER 4 

WHAT IF THIS DOESN’T END SOON, OR AT ALL?

“What if this doesn’t end soon, or not at all?

What am I going to do?”

  • These are questions we are all asking in some form.
  • We live in challenging times. Doubt, fear, dread and uncertainty abouND.
  • Let me remind you that God is sovereign. Nothing happens unless He allows it.
  • Let me also remind you this is nothing new!

Jeremiah 10:19 - Woe is me for my hurt! My wound is grievous: but I said, Truly this is a grief, and I must bear it.

  • When Jeremiah said this Jerusalem was on the brink of destruction, and Jews would be murdered and the city, city walls, and temple destroyed. Jeremiah himself would witness the atrocities of war.

Psalm 143:10 - Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

  • In this very same Psalm, David said, (Read Psalm 143:1-4)

In the Esther 4, a man named Mordecai, was in sackcloth and ashes because the whole Jewish race was scheduled for annihilation by Haman, a wicked prime minister.

So what can we learn from these people so we can survive no matter what. Using Jeremiah 10:19

REGRET - Woe is me… – Esther 4:1

It’s okay to grieve over injustice, towards myself or others. It’s okay to have initial concern, fear and angst, but don’t live there! Each one of them cried out to God.

REASON - for my hurt! My wound is grievous (incurable): – Esther 4:1-3

Esther 3 gives the background.

REALITY - but I said, Truly this is a grief, – Esther 4:4-7

Esther, who became Queen through divine providence, was secretly Mordecai’s cousin. She was an orphan that had been raised by Mordecai. She needed to be made aware of this.

This current mess in our country and around the world is not our imagination!

RESPONSIBILTY - and I must bear it. – Esther 4:8-14

Esther 4:14 (KJV) - …who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

God has put you here at this time for a reason. What does he want you to do?

RESOURCES - Psalm 143:10, Esther 4:15-17 

 

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PSALM 4 – CONVERSATIONS

A CONVERSATION WITH THE WICKED

  • How Long? Vs. 2

O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.

  • How Different! – Vs. 3

But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him.

  • How Available! – Vss. 4-5

Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.

A CONVERSATION WITH GOD

  • You Hear Me – Vs. 1

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

  • You Help Me – Vs. 6

There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? Lord, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

  • You Humor Me – Vs. 7

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.

  • You Hold Me – Vs. 8

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

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AMOS 2:6-16 – THE PROBLEMS WITH ISRAELITES

THEY WERE UNKIND – Vss. 6-7a

Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek:

THEY WERE UNCLEAN – Vs. 7b

and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:

THEY WERE UNFAITHFUL – Vs. 8

And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.

THEY WERE UNAPPRECIATIVE – Vss. 9-11

9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the LORD.

THEY WERE UNINTERESTED – Vs. 12

But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.

THEY WERE UNDELIVERABLE – Vss. 13-16

13 Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
15 Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.

ARE WE GUILTY OF THE SAME SINS AS ISRAEL? LET’S REPENT!

Isaiah 1:16-18 –

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;
17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.
18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

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MATTHEW 10:36-38 – THE HARVEST

Our Lord shows his burden for the lost, and one of our responsibilities in bringing people to Christ.

COMPASSION Vs. 36

The Lord Jesus had compassion of the multitudes because they were

Susceptible - faint

Scattered

Shepherdless

COMMENTARY Vs. 37

The harvest is great but the workers are few.

COMMAND Vs 38

Pray for laborers. As we pray, don't be surprised that God calls some of us to be missionaries.

Matthew 28:18-20

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MARK 9:1-10 – ZEAL FOR GOD

LIFE OF CHRIST #32

It is good to have zeal or be zealous for God.  Of course there are right and wrong kinds of zeal.

True zeal comes from God and God alone.

There are conditions I feel that we must meet to have zeal for God, but ultimately God must be in it for it to be real.

In studying our Lord’s transfiguration I believe that I have found some guidelines for allowing God to develop true zeal for him in our lives.

The old time railroad crossings without any flashing lights or dropping gates gave this simple advice, and it is the advice I share with you for developing zeal for God. The advice is:

STOP!

LOOK!

LISTEN!

In Mark 9:1 we see a promise from our Lord. He announces that there were some who would not see death until they saw the Kingdom of God come with power.

This verse was fulfilled when three of the Apostles witnessed the transfiguration of Christ on the Mount.

Peter gave his testimony of seeing this when he states in 2 Peter 1:16-17.

Peter, James and John became zealous for God because they were eyewitnesses of His majesty!

To develop zeal for God we see that we must first

STOP! – Vs. 2  

In order for these men to be witnesses of what God was going to do, they had to be taken apart by themselves.

They left the majority of the disciples.

They left the busy ministry.

They left the multitudes.

It was when they were alone.

It was when they had stopped that God gave them an experience that would ultimately affect their zeal.

Isaiah 40:31 - But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

The ones who wait on the Lord will zealously soar for the Lord!

The ones who wait on the Lord will enthusiastically run for the Lord.

The ones who wait on the Lord will patiently walk with the Lord.

Take time each day with the Lord, and your enthusiasm or zeal just might build.

 

LOOK!

At the end of verse 2 it says that Jesus was transfigured before them.

Luke tells us that our Lord was praying and the disciples were sleeping.

The word transfigured here is related to our word “metamorphosis”.

According to Dwight Hiebert, the word “…denotes a visible change of the outward form as expressive of the true inner nature.” Dwight E. Hiebert, Mark, A Portrait of the Servant, (Chicago, Moody Press, 1974), p. 213  

In other words, what’s inside comes out so you can see it.

As we study this transfiguration, we find some things to look at that will help make us zealous for God!

  • LOOK AT HIS GLORY

Vs. 3 – While Matthew and Luke comment on the brilliance of the Lord’s face, Mark tells us about the brilliance of His garments.

His garments were so white that no fuller, who cleaned and dyed woolen garments could get them this white.

These clothes were so white no laundry on earth could have done it.

They were seeing Jesus in His glory as the Son of God.

My friend, we will not have visions of the glory of God but we can look intensely at His glory when we read His Word.

As we search the Scriptures, we can look at His glory as creator.

We can look at His glory as God in the flesh.

We can look at His glory as God’s master teacher.

We can look at His glory as the sinless Son of God.

We can look at His glory as the one who shed his blood for us.

We can look at His glory as the friend that sticks closer than a brother.

We can look at His glory as the resurrected Son of God.

We can look at His glory as the intercessor for the saints.

We can look at His glory as the Son of God, the messiah who coming to earth in power.

We can look at His glory as the ruler of the Millennium.

We can look at His glory as the judge of both the saved and the unsaved.

The more you look at his glory the more you will see his deity. Isaiah 6:1-8

The more you see His deity, the more you will be zealous for Him, because you are serving the living God.

  • LOOK AT HIS FULFILLMENT

Vs. 4 – Here we find Moses and Elijah appearing with Jesus in this remarkable scene.

Moses represents the Law which when Jesus came, He fulfilled.

Elijah represents the Prophets, and Jesus came to fulfill the words of the Prophets.

Luke 9:30-31 - And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: [31] Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

Luke tells us that they talked about the ultimate fulfillment that Jesus accomplished, His sacrificial death for our sins in Jerusalem.

If you want to be zealous for God, look at all that Jesus did on the cross for you!

He made it possible for you to be accepted by God.

He made it possible for you to be forgiven by God.

He made it possible for you to be cleansed by God.

He made it possible for your to have communion with God.

He made it possible for you to live eternally with God.

If you have been born again, all these things are not only possible, but true!

You are accepted by God.

You are forgiven by God.

You are cleansed by God.

You do have communion with God.

You will live eternally with God.

Look at Christ’s fulfillment, and be zealous for the one who has loved you so.   

  • LOOK AT CHRIST ALONE

Vss. 5-6 – Peter is awakened from sleep.

He is afraid, but felt that he needed to say something.

And he didn’t even know what he was talking about.

He suggested that three tabernacles or booths be made by him and the others. Perhaps he was thinking of prolonging the experience.

I see Peter’s primary mistake as trying to put the men Moses and Elijah on the same level as the Lord. Jesus.

Vs. 7 – The glory of God appears in a cloud, and God attests to the deity of His Son.

Vs. 8 – When the experience was over, and it ended suddenly, there was no one more to look at by Jesus only.

They were back to just being able to see Jesus!

And, that’s just what zeal for the Lord should be, being able to see Jesus only!

H.A. Irsonside – “Moses and Elijah disappeared and Jesus Christ alone remained to be worshipped and adored.” H.A. Ironside, Expository Notes on Mark, (Neptune, New Jersey, Loizeaux Brothers, 1975), p. 135

LISTEN! – Vs. 7

Have you ever been told, “You should hear this guy preach”?

Or, “You should read this book”?

Or, “You should listen to so and so’s advice”?

What if God gave you a recommendation of someone to listen to?

Going back to our story, right after Peter puts his foot in his mouth, there is the cloud representing the Shekinah glory of God.

This cloud symbolized God’s presence.

God speaks to the three disciples and says, “This is my beloved Son, hear ye him!”

God attests to the deity of Jesus Christ and is saying, “Because this is my Son, hear Him!”

I think of hearing here as having two parts.

The first part is hearing with a desire and a mind to understand what is said.

This is not the type of hearing which lets something “to in one ear and out the other with nothing to stop it in between.”

This is hearing which grasps, which catches on, which learns, which understands. 

This is active hearing.

And when you truly hear someone, you do what they say!

You are obedient to the teaching!

So God is saying secondly, “Hear by obeying!”

It is the Christian who hears and obeys who becomes zealous for God.

It is the Christian who hears and obeys who is also a wise Christian.

Matthew 7:24-27 - Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: [25] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. [26] And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: [27] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Would you like to have zeal for God?

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2 TIMOTHY 3:12-17 – WHEN BEING A CHRISTIAN IS NOT EASY

We all have times when living for the Lord seems to be especially hard.

We need to remember the following principles:

THE FACT OF PERSECUTION.  Vss. 12-13

All Christians will be harassed because of their faith. They live in a world that is full of wickedness.

THE FAITHFULNESS OF GOD'S SERVANT. Vs. 14

Like Timothy, we are to continue in the faith which we have been taught.

THE FOCUS ON GOD'S WORD Vss. 15-17

We are to concentrate on knowing God's word.  The Word makes us wise, comes from God, and provides us with "doctrine, reproof,  correction, and instruction in righteousness.".

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HEBREWS 13:1-17 – PRACTICAL POINTERS (ADVICE)

Hebrews 13 is full of practical advice for living the Christian Life.

Note: This may be too much material for one sermon. You may want to break this down into 2-4 sermons.

LOVE - Vss. 1-4

Love your brother - Vs. 1

Love the stranger - Vs. 2

Love the prisoner - Vs. 3

Love your mate - Vs. 4

LEAN - Vss. 5-6

Lean without covetousness - Vs. 5a

Lean contentedly - Vs. 5b

Lean confidently - Vss. 5c-6

LEARN - Vss. 7-9

Learn from Godly Leaders - Vs. 7

Learn from the Lord Jesus Christ - Vs. 8

Learn to avoid false teaching - Vs. 9

LIVE - Vss. 10-16

Live a separated life - Vss. 10-14

Live a sacrificial life - Vss. 15-16

Live a submissive life - Vs. 17

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