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S36 – WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2020

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NUMBERS 6:22-27 – TRULY BLESSED!

Numbers 6:24-26 (KJV)

The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:
The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

I pronounce this blessing at the end of almost every service

To bless in the OT means "to endue with power for success, prosperity, fecundity, longevity, etc."
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament.

Blessing is generally from the Greater to the lesser. When we bless God, we are praising Him because He is the blesser and the source of our blessings.

Numbers 6:22, 27 - The priest was to use this blessing on the people of God but notice it is God who ultimately truly blesses His people

This blessing is for God’s people. Does this apply to us today? Yes, it does apply if you are one of God’s children. Isaiah 59:1-2, Isaiah 53:3-6, John 1:12-13, Romans 8:14-17

If you are a child of God, this applies to you! This tells you what your true blessings are. Sometimes we are not experiencing the blessing although available, because we are not walking in obedience. Let’s examine our true blessings. 

There seem to be allusions to the Trinity with the 3-fold use of the “The Lord”

The Lord Blesses – Vs. 24 - The LORD bless thee,

Proverbs 10:22, James 1:17, Psalm 34:7-10, 18-20, 22

Ephesians 1:3, - THE LORD WANTS TO TRULY BLESS YOU! LET HIM!

The Lord KeepsVs. 24 - …and keep thee:

Psalm 121 – THE LORD WANTS TO TRULY KEEP YOU! LET HIM!

The Lord Approves – Vs. 25 - The LORD make his face shine upon thee

Ephesians 1:4-6, Isaiah 49:14-15,

I should always want my Father’s approval above all others.

Proverbs 29:25, Isaiah 51:7                                                  

THE LORD WANTS TO TRULY SHOW HIS APPROVAL OF YOU! LET HIM!

The Lord FavorsVs. 25 - …and be gracious unto thee:

Ephesians 2:8-10, 2 Peter 1:2, 3:18                                   

THE LORD WANTS TO TRULY SHOW HIS GRACE! LET HIM!

The Lord Communicates – Vs. 26 - The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee,

John 14:23 – “He pays attention.” 1 Peter 5:7, John 15:4-7

THE LORD WANTS TO TRULY COMMUNICATE WITH YOU! LET HIM!

The Lord Calms – Vs. 26 - …and give thee peace.

Isaiah 26:3-4, John 14:27, John 16:33

THE LORD WANTS TO TRULY CALM YOU, LET HIM!

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JUDGES 6 – THE RECRUIT

 

Israel was having a rough time.  God had a recruit or man to lead Israel to victory.

GOD’S DECIMATION OF ISRAEL – Vss. 1-10

GOD’S DIALOGUE WITH GIDEON – Vss. 11-18

GOD’S DISPLAY OF POWER – Vss. 19-21

GOD’S DISCLOSURE OF PEACE – Vss. 22-24

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PSALM 36 – TELLING IT LIKE IT IS

I call Psalm 36 God “tells it like it is”.  Indeed God always does tell it like it is, but especially in Psalm 36 I see David under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit being blunt. David’s bluntness was not just in a negative but also in a positive sense.  In this Psalm I find:

THE CONDITION OF THE WICKED, Vss. 1-4

We know nothing about when this Psalm was written.   There is an interesting line in the title however. David is called the servant of the Lord. The servant of the Lord should be the one who “tells it like it is”.  He should speak as God directs him to speak and not be bound by the opinions of others.

Vs. 1 – There was an “oracle” or a “word” within the heart concerning the wicked.  God was showing David the condition of the wicked.  He “tells it like it is” and shares it with us.

First, note that there is no fear of God before his eyes. Here the word would mean dread or terror.  It is not the same word usually used for “fear” which carries the thought of reverence.

I personally feel that the point is that if the wicked had any true dread of God, they would not do what they do.  Many times people have changed their behavior simply out of fear of an individual, such as a parent.  The wicked, however, do not even dread God.

Vs. 2he flattereth himself with his own eyes…

A wicked person is self-deceived and doesn’t think that he has done anything wrong.  He flatters himself to think that he’s okay.

Vs. 3 - The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit:

Do you know why a wicked man’s words are iniquity and deceit?  It is because of the condition of his heart. Proverbs 12:5, Jeremiah 17:9, Luke 6:45, Psalm 36:3,

Vs. 3 - The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.

Ephesians 5:15-16 - See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, [16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

The Spirit-filled Christian will walk circumspectly.

The wicked will not. He will not regard wisdom and doing what is good important.   

Vs. 4 – A wicked person will lay in bed and make evil plans.  When he gets up he will be set or locked in to a way which is not good.

Another problem with the wicked is he abhorreth not evil.   

A righteous person will hate evil, but not necessarily evil people.  We are to “love sin and hate the sinner.” 1 Peter 3:10-11   

We need to be concerned for the wicked.  Without a change caused by trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, they are doomed!

THE COMPASSION OF GOD

Here we see how God is different from the wicked.

Verses 5-6 show us four great qualities of God.

  1. Mercy, love, or lovingkindness

Vs. 5 - In spite of our sinfulness, God loves us.

In spite of our failures, God loves us.

In spite of our humanity, God loves us.

God never stops loving you.

It reaches into the heavens, and the heavens continue on and on and on. Romans 8:35-39

  1. Faithfulness

Vs. 5 - The faithfulness being referred to is the faithfulness of God’s spoken word.  If God promises to do it. He will. Numbers 23:19, Isaiah 46:11

Righteousness

Vs. 6 - Thy righteousness is like the great mountains…

Great mountains are only moveable by God.

Our God is a righteous God.

He will only do what is right.

He will only stand for what is right. Psalm 119:142, 145:17

  1. Judgments or Justice

Psalm 36:6 - …thy judgments are a great deep:

Our righteous God carries out His justice.

When the Lord Jesus returns to earth to reign He will carry out His justice. Isaiah 11:4-5

The Lord Jesus will also judge the unsaved dead. Revelation 20:12

And the Lord will judge the saved dead. 2 Corinthians 5:10  

Psalm 36:6 - Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou preservest man and beast.

God in His keeping power takes care of men and animals.

We can rest in the fact that God is caring for us.   

 Vs. 7 – God doesn’t literally have wings. He is a Spirit.

But this, nonetheless is the picture of God protecting us in the security of being under His wings.  It is like a mother bird protecting her young from danger.

Vs. 8 – I believe that we can think of God’s Spiritual blessings as being abundantly satisfied “with the fatness” of His house.

Notice it says abundantly” satisfied.

God will give you satisfaction from His house!

Here are some verses that tell us this: Psalm 65:4, Psalm 16:11, Galatians 5:22-23, 1 John 5:11,

John 16:33

Vs. 8 – The word pleasures here as the same root as the word Eden.  God gave His pleasures to Adam in Eden.

God gives us His pleasures in Christ!   

Vs. 9 - For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.

Spiritual life, and eternal life are found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

If we have the Lord Jesus, we have these three kinds of life!   

 THE CRY OF THE RIGHTEOUS, Vss. 10-12

David, in his integrity, tells it like it is.

He tells God, and us, that he and us need God’s help.

Vs. 10 – David teaches us a lesson here.  We are not to take God’s lovingkindness or righteousness for granted. We are to ask God for help.

Notice who the recipients of lovingkindness are – they are the ones who know God. The ones who know God are the ones who know the Lord Jesus as their Savior.

We have every right to seek God’s lovingkindness because we know Him.

Also, it is the upright in heart who will experience God’s righteousness.   

Vs. 11 – David is asking for protection from the proud.

And you will notice that very often it is another’s person pride that causes us trouble.

When a person is proud, they want things their way and they want to laud it over you. Psalm 86:14

I believe it wise to not only seek God to protect us from the proud, but from our own pride.

It is our pride that will not admit a wrong.

It is our own pride that will not forgive.

It is our pride that makes us rude and arrogant.

Vs. 11 – David also saw that the wicked wanted to remove Him and he asked for protection.

When you see someone wanting to remove you, ask God for protection.

 Vs. 12 – By faith, David saw the answer to His prayer. His confidence reminds me of Mark 11:22-24.

David tells it like it is.

THE CONDITION OF THE WICKED, Vss. 1-4                                    

THE COMPASSION OF GOD, Vss. 5-9                                      

THE CRY OF THE RIGHTEOUS, Vss. 10-12

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MATTHEW 24:5-14 - WELCOME TO THE TRIBULATION!

Daniel the Prophet talked of 70 weeks in Daniel 9:24-27

These weeks were weeks of years.

69 weeks from the signing of the law to rebuild the temple (Nehemiah 2), the Messiah, the Lord Jesus, was cut off (crucified).

There is another week of years, yet to be fulfilled.

We know this period as The Tribulation.

The anti-Christ will sign a covenant with Israel for the first 3 1/2 years.

Then, after 3 1/2 years the he will break that covenant (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15).

In our text I believe that the Lord Jesus is telling us what it will be like during the first 3 1/2 years of the tribulation.

FALSE PROPHETS - Vss. 5,11

FIERCE WARS - Vss. 607a

FRIGHTFUL CATASTROPHES - Vss. 7b-8

FERVENT PERSECUTION - Vss. 9-10

FORSAKEN LOVE - Vs. 12

FAITHFUL SERVICE - Vss. 13-14

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JOHN 9 – THE LIGHT AT WORK

LIFE OF CHRIST #35

Jesus is the light of the world. John 8:12, John 1:1-5

It was after Jesus had shown mercy to the woman taken in adultery that Jesus was still in Jerusalem after the Feast of Tabernacles.  We are not certain where he was.  Perhaps he was near the temple.  

Vs. 1 – There was a man who was blind from birth.

Vs. 2 – Jesus’ disciples asked a theological question.  Based on what they had been taught, they felt that all illness was caused by someone’s sin.  So they wanted to know, whose sin was responsible for the blindness.  Was it something the blind man had done, or was it the sin of the parents.

What is the source of all illness in the world?

It is sin!  Death did not enter into the world until after Adam and Eve had sinned.  They were in a perfect environment.  Therefore, sickness did not enter into the world until after Adam and Eve had sinned.

So, all sickness is actually caused by sin.

And some sickness is caused by the sins of parents. For instance the suffering of baby with AIDS might be caused by the sin of the parents.

And some sickness is caused by our own sins.  A person who habitually overeats, smokes or abuses alcohol can bring about sickness to his body.

But as Jesus will indicate in the next verse, not all sickness is caused by some specific sin.

Vs. 3 – God had a purpose for this man’s suffering.  There was no specific sin that caused his blindness.  

The purpose of the sickness was that the works of God would be revealed in him.

Beloved there are times when we suffer illness or other problems so that the glory of God may be revealed in us! Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4

Vs. 4 – In the original language, the word “I” is “we”. Jesus is saying to His disciples, “We must work the works of him that sent me.”

I feel that that the word “We” is still in effect today.

We must work the works of the Father.  That’s what Jesus has given us to do. John 14:12-14

While we are alive it is “day”.

The night of death is coming when no man can work.   

Whatever good you are going to accomplish must be accomplished before you die.  And you don’t know when that will be.   

Vs. 5 – At this point Jesus was still physically in the world.

He was the light of the world.

And as light illumines, so did Jesus.

Question – Is Jesus still the light of the world?

Of course He is! How does He shine today?

He shines through His Word.

He shines through His Spirit.

He shines through us! Matthew 5:14-16

Now we are going to see Jesus at work in the life of this blind man.  We see the Light at work.

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S EYES - Vss. 6-12

Vs. 6-7 – Why did Jesus make mud, put it on the blind man’s eyes and tell him to go wash?  Couldn’t he have just spoken a word or touched Him and achieved the same?

Of course he could have!

We do not know for sure why Jesus did it this way.  Perhaps he was testing the blind man’s faith as God did with a certain leper named Naaman. Naaman was told to wash himself in the Jordan River 7 times. He did and He was healed.

Whatever the reason, Jesus is God, and can go about the healing process anyway He sees fit!

The blind man went to the Pool of Siloam and washed.

It wasn’t long before he was back and seeing.

Vss. 8-9 – The man caused an immediate stir. People who are blind often look blind. They look different.  He looked different because he was no longer blind.

Some asked if this was the man who used to sit and beg.

Some said, “Yep, that’s him!”

Others said, “Nope, he just looks like him.”

The former blind man left no doubts.

He said, “I’m him!”

Vss. 10-12 – Of course, the people asked the obvious question, “What happened!”

The man answered them by telling of the man named Jesus who had made clay, put it on his eyes and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam.

They wanted to know where Jesus was.  The blind man didn’t know. Jesus had left. And remember that the blind man hadn’t seen Jesus as yet.

Jesus still gives light to the blind today.

When a sinner comes to the point of being convicted of his sin and of his need for help, Jesus is opening blind eyes through His Spirit. John 16:8-10

When you and I as Christians see things which we hadn’t seen before, we are being given Jesus’ light through the Holy Spirit.   

When you and I as Christians walk in His light, we will deal with sin in our lives. 1 John 1:5-7

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S MIND – Vss. 13-34   

Vs. 13 – Evidently some Pharisees had been appointed to have jurisdiction over certain religious matters.  The man was taken to them.

Vs. 14 – Here is the issue. Jesus had done this healing on the Sabbath day.  The Pharisees considered it a violation of the Sabbath to heal someone who is sick.

Many rules and regulations concerning the Sabbath had been added to God’s law.  It was man’s law, not God’s that Jesus had violated.

Vss. 15-16 – The former blind man told what happened and there was an immediate debate over the Lord Jesus.

Some said, “This man is not from God.  He broke the Sabbath!”

Others said, “How can a sinner do miracles like this?”

Vs. 17 – They asked the opinion of the blind man.  His eyes were opened enough for him to see that Jesus was at least a prophet.

Vss. 18-22 – The Jews were not ready to concede that Jesus had worked a miracle.  They were thinking that maybe it was a hoax.

So they brought in the man’s parents. They asked questions.

“Is this your son?”

“Was he born blind?”

“How is it that he now sees?”

The parents answered.

“Yes, this is our son.”

“Yes, he can now see.”

“But we don’t know how it happened.”

(They lied because they did not want to be excommunicated from the synagogue.)

“Our son is of legal age. Ask him!”

Vs. 24 – They brought the man who had been blind back into the proceedings.

They told him to give God the praise for the healing. “Don’t give credit to Jesus because we know that He’s a sinner!”

Vs. 25 – The man was not about to debate whether Jesus was a sinner was not. 

But no matter what they said about Jesus, the man knew one thing, “Once I was blind, but now I see.”

Vs. 26 – They were still looking for a way to discredit Jesus, so they asked him again what happened.

Vs. 27 – I think the man was being sarcastic. “You’re asking me so much about Him.  Do you want to be his disciples?”

Vs. 28-29 – That set the Pharisees off.

“You’re his disciple. We’re the disciples of Moses. We know that God spoke to Moses, but we don’t where this guy came from.”

Vss. 30-33 – Now we see how completely Jesus had opened this man’s mind.

“This man’s opened my eyes, and you don’t know where He came from! That’s amazing.”

“We know that God doesn’t hear sinners.”  He was right, according to Psalm 66:18.

“Since the beginning of the world, such a miracle hasn’t been performed.  If this man wasn’t from God, He couldn’t do this or anything else.”

Jesus had given light to this man’s mind.

And let me tell you, when our minds grasp the things of God as this man did, it is because Jesus, the light of the world, has given light to our minds through his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:15-16

Vs. 34 – The Pharisees were so incensed at the man that they excommunicated him from the synagogue.

Remember, when we have light from Christ in our minds, we are not always going to be accepted or popular.

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S HEART – Vss. 35-39  

Vs. 35 – I’m sure the man was hurting and confused.  He had received a great miracle, and instead of the religious leaders rejoicing with him, they persecuted him and excommunicated Him.

When Jesus heard what had happened, He found him.

And when we hurt Jesus will find us.

The man was ready for a heart decision.

Jesus had given light to his eyes.

Jesus had given light to his mind.

Now it was the heart’s turn.

When we come to Christ for salvation:

Jesus opens our eyes to see our sin.

Jesus opens our minds to understand what Christ has done for us in His death, burial, and resurrection.

Jesus opens our hearts to faith.

Jesus asked him:

“Do you believe on the “Son of God”.

Vs. 36 – “Show me who it is Lord, that I may believe on Him.”

Vs. 37 – “The one talking to you is this person.”

Vs. 38 – He believed and worshipped.

Whenever a person believes it is because Jesus, through His Spirit, has opened His heart.

We have no capacity to believe except by God’s help. Ephesians 2:1, John 3:3, 6-7,

My friend, perhaps Jesus is talking to you this morning.

Perhaps he is showing you that you need to place your faith in Christ alone as your Savior. Perhaps he is giving light to your heart!  If so place your faith and trust in Him right now.

And Christian anytime you are at a point of making a right decision to do the right thing, I believe that Jesus, through his Spirit is giving light to your heart. John 16:13

Make sure that when the Lord gives light to your heart that you are obedient.

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S EYES

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S MIND

JESUS GAVE LIGHT TO THE MAN’S HEART   

He will give you light as well if you ask.   

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1 CORINTHIANS 2:1-5  –  THE EXAMPLE OF PAUL

DETERMINATION – Vss. 1-2

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. [2] For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

TREPIDATION – Vs. 3

And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

DEMONSTRATION – Vss. 4-5

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: [5] That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

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JAMES 1:9-12 – HANG IN THERE

LET’S GET PRACTICAL # 3 (BOOK OF JAMES)

  • Tell us about someone you know or knew who “Hung in there”.
  • Name some Bible Characters who “Hung in there”.
  • James’ advice to all who will read our text is, “No matter who you are, hang in there!”

THE POOR MAN EXALTED – Vs. 9

  • Have you ever noticed how often finances are involved in our trials? Give some examples of financial trials.

Most of us can relate to the “lowly brother”. How would you describe him?

  • Please bear in mind that James is viewing this “brother of low degree” from a human standpoint. Before God, every born-again Christian is well loved and thought of!

1 Peter 2:9-10, Deuteronomy 7:8-10

  • Some things we can rejoice and be proud over:
  1. Our names are written in Heaven! – Luke 10:20
  2. We are the children of God! – John 1:12
  3. God is our Father!
  4. We are joint heirs with Christ! – Romans 8:16-17

THE RICH MAN HUMBLED – Vss. 10-11

  • James understood that wealth comes with problems. What are some of those problems?
  • Is being wealthy a sin?
  • Vs. 10 – The rich brother is to rejoice because he is made low.
  • How does the rich brother get into Heaven? Matthew 18:3-4, Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Vs. 11 shows how temporary wealth is.

THE FAITHFUL MAN REWARDED – Vs. 12

  • God wants us to be happy (joyful), even in trials. Romans 5:1-5 (ESV)
  • So, here we find that the man who is enduring, that is, successfully handling trials, bearing under them without giving in, or giving up, is the one who can be happy.
  • There will be a day when the saved faithful man is tried and rewarded. Matthew 16:27,                                               1 Corinthians 3:10-15, 1 Corinthians 4:5, 9:25, 2 Corinthians 5:10-11,

1Thessalonians 2:19-20, 2 Timothy 4:8, 1 Peter 5:4, Revelation 2:20, Revelation 22:12

  • Unsaved people will be tried at the Great White Throne Judgment. Revelation 20:11-15
  • According to James 1:12, what am I saying to the Lord when I successfully endure trials?

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