All right. It’s time for us to get started.<inaudible> We will begin. And Matthew chapter 12 with our review of the questions from Sunday, and then we will get into our text for this evening. We’ll blame all the rowdiness and people taking forever to get to their seats on to people who are here causing trouble. I won’t mention their names, but their last name is Richardson.
Yeah. For once it’s not Ava. All right. Let’s, let’s begin with a word of prayer. Our gracious and bountiful father in heaven. We bow before your throne grateful for this day that you’ve granted to us grateful for the life that we have and the opportunity that we have to serve you as we go through this day. And as we go through this night,
in this week, and this year, that is ahead of us, help us to, they li keep our mind on your word, keep our heart focused on obedience to you above everything else, help us to hold onto our faith, help us to speak the word of God and to speak it in sincerity and truth and love, help us to always strive to serve you.
Even when the world and the nation nation around us, doesn’t want to hear what the Bible has to say. We pray that you will forgive us when we sin and fall short of your glory and are willing to repent of those things. We pray that you will be with those of our number who have lost loved ones in recent days and months. Pray for those that are dealing with illness.
We pray for family members and Christians all over the globe that are dealing with COVID. We pray that if it be your will, they will be returned to their help. All this. We pray in Jesus name. Amen<inaudible> Questions from less than two 45. By what means did the Pharisees say Jesus had healed the demon possessed man who was blind, deaf and speechless power of Beelzebub question two.
Jesus said, a person cannot be a for Jesus. Be partially against Jesus or see against Jesus B. Okay. He cannot meet. Jesus said you’re either with me or against me. So you can be either one of those, but you can’t be partially with him or partially against him. What sin did Jesus say would not be forgiven? All right.
Well, ask me the Holy spirit, which by the way, that’s referenced both in Matthew 12 and again, in our text tonight, but given the size of these texts, I don’t feel like we could do justice to a real study of that, but we’re gonna, we’re gonna notice that in a sermon and a few weeks, so I’m just gonna kind of pass over it for now and we’ll look at it.
Then Jesus said that the mouth speaks what is contained by the blank. The heart at the end of our lives will the words we use matter. Yes, they will. Jesus said, we’ll be judged by them. Jesus said some something greater than blank and blank was here and the people didn’t hear it. Solomon and Jonah, Jonah, and Solomon, I guess in the correct order,
how long did Jesus say Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights? How long did he say he would be? That’s supposed to be in, not on in the earth saying, all right, three days and three nights, whom did Jesus say? Where his mother and brothers, those who do the will of his father name,
the new Testament book, rich, which resounds with the theme, the righteous will live by faith.<inaudible> Romans. Romans is what that’s looking for. Now. That was from a drill from another lesson, which you probably, you don’t have the drills or that anyway, but there’s only a few of the new Testament books that use that phrase. Hebrews uses it.
Romans uses it, but the, the answer there is Romans Paul uses it in Romans chapter one, verse 17. Okay. So our text for this evening is going to begin in Luke chapter 11<inaudible> We go through these texts. One of the things that you’re seeing, again, the majority of what we’re dealing with at this point in time in the passages that we’re in is the second year of Jesus’ ministry.
This is in a period of time where Jesus and the scribes, the Pharisees, the lawyers are at points of contention in the earlier first year of Jesus’s ministry. He’s beginning to do miracles. He’s beginning to do signs and wonders. People are beginning to know who he is now. As these things begin to occur, he’s beginning to be followed by the people.
The people come to hear him. Jesus gives the sermon on the Mount and the people are listening. The crowds are attentive. They’re seeing who he is. And they’re recognizing, as we saw at the end of Matthew chapter seven, this man speaks as one having authority and not like the scribes that they were used to. And so, as a result of these things,
you’re beginning to see a power struggle. You’re beginning to see the scribes, the Pharisees, the lawyers, the, the chief priests reaching to hold on to their power. And they’re going to begin making arguments against Jesus. They’re going to begin claiming things as they did in Matthew chapter 12, like Jesus is doing this healing by the power of the above.
And yet they’re not going to be able to withstand what Jesus says. Jesus would say in Matthew chapter five, except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. You shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Now imagine being a scribe or a Pharisee one who considers yourself, not only a righteous person, not only a descendant of Abraham, but a leader of the righteous people in Israel.
I mean, you think about it in Israel, they had thieves, they had murderers. They had fornicators. They had people, but these scribes and these Pharisees, these were the synagogue going every week, study their old Testament scriptures and know the law quote, the law, memorize the law people. And Jesus tells the crowd, unless your righteousness exceeds theirs,
you’ll never step foot in the kingdom of heaven, Which means they won’t Step foot in the kingdom of heaven. That’s the, that’s the gauntlet being thrown down by Jesus. That’s Jesus saying there something fundamentally wrong with these people. It’s not just an issue of a matter of doctrine here, or a matter of doctrine there, or a teaching here, or a tradition there,
or, or, or, or a problem. There’s a fundamental foundational problem with these people. And yet they were the ones that were looked upon as being Righteous. All right. So when we get into Luke chapter 11, we begin with a series of woes against the Pharisees and the lawyers. Now, what was the lawyer’s job or responsibility in that day in time?
Are we talking about somebody who goes before a judge or some other kind of Okay. Interpreters of law, they were the teachers of the law in that sense. Okay. So chapter 11, we’re going to begin in verse 37 and go through chapter 12, verse 21. And as he spoke, Jesus, a certain Pharisee asked him to dine with him.
So he went in and sat down to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, he marveled that he did not forget that he had not first washed before dinner. Now, As we get into this text, first question is the washing here. One that is pertaining to cleanliness, I E germs and dirt. All right. It is not, it is a ceremonial washing.
Okay? If you go back to the traditions, you go back to the day, time, you go back to the history around this and the, and other passages dealing with similar things. This was not, you know what? I came in, I’ve been walking and I’m going to make sure that my feet get washed because they’re dirty. I would make sure my hands get washed because they’re filthy.
Before I sit down to eat, that’s not what this was. This was a tradition of the scribes, the Pharisees, the teachers of the law, the elders, that when you came in from a marketplace, from a public place, you washed ceremonially to cleanse yourself of being around Gentiles. Okay? And so they question, why is it that he or he seeing this?
And he marvels Jesus has just come in from being around all these people and, and being around Gentiles. And he’s not, he’s not Washing. Then the Lord said to him, now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and the dish clean. But your inward part is full of greed And wickedness Jesus. Knowing What this person has in his heart,
knowing what this Pharisee is thinking responds to him and says, you’ve washed the outside of the cup. And The inward part of the cup, you’ve left A few times. And my life, I have Put something somewhere that had food in It And then forgotten it was there. And when you come back later, Usually there, you know, when you,
You come back three or four or five days Later, mold, it’s corrupted. No don’t eat any of that. It’s not instant penicillin. You know, wash it, clean it, or throw it away. What, what have you, but don’t eat It. Now. The picture Jesus is painting is here comes a Pharisee and they come along and they look at that dish.
That’s got moldy, crusted, infested, maybe even a creature, an insect ridden food. And they go outside of the dishes Is filthy. Let’s wash it. They wash the outside of the dish And not the inside. They’ve cleansed. Only the part that people look at and nothing about the part that really matters. And so Jesus said, foolish ones,
verse 40 did not. He who made the outside, make the inside. Also Jesus said, you’re willing to wash your, your outward person. You’re willing to cleanse the outward body. But what about your inward man? Didn’t the same one who made your body also make your soul, your heart, your mind, your motivations. He goes on to say,
but rather give kinds of such things as you have. And then indeed all things are clean to you, but woe to you. So this is the first there’s going to be six woes, woe to you, Pharisees for you, tithe mint and Rue and all manner of herbs and pass by justice. And the love of God. First of all, what is a mint Ru or other herbs?
What are they by, by their very nature? Add flavor. But I mean, are these like the big crops? No. What are they? They’re the little ones. All right. They’re the, they’re the smallest of things. Okay. If your life, if your livelihood was farming, the likelihood is that the, the mint and the root or the,
those weren’t the ones you made your primary living off of. But the old Testament commandment, the old Testament law was that attends all of everything. When harvest time came, that was the time in which you took a 10th of everything and gave it to God. And that portion was the sustenance for the lean bites. And so here they are, they have a commandment about tithing and here they are,
and they’re tithing these small herbs. And Jesus says, you make sure and you sit there and you’re concerning yourself with the 10th being given of these small things. And yet you overlook The weightier matters, but he mentions two things specifically here. Love of God and justice. Here you are. You’re counting out the herbs, but you won’t give a person justice.
Now, You all, okay, well, let’s, let’s think Jesus doesn’t really provide us an example. How about this one? A man comes and finds an individual who cannot speak, who cannot hear and whose demon possessed and cast the demon out and heals the man and the Pharisees say he did it by the power of BLS above. Now is that justice,
Because if he’s doing it by the power of Beelzebub, what is he considered under the law? Under law, Moses, he would be considered, he would be considered one. Who’s utilizing the power of Satan or one like a witch or one like, like a false prophet and condemn livable by death. So They have seen someone use the power of God to heal a person.
And they said that man is worthy of death. Now is that justice? No. He said, not only have you foregone, overseen overlook justice, but you have overlooked the love of God. Now, one thing we must not do is we must not Take this To the opposite extreme and go. We need to be concerned about justice and the love of God.
And we don’t need to be concerned about any of that law, that rule, keeping law, keeping stuff. We don’t need to be concerned about the little details of the commandments of God. Just ignore that. We need to be concerned about the big stuff. No, no, no. That is not what Jesus says. Notice what he says. He says woe to you for you,
tithe mint and Rue and all manner of herbs and pass by justice. And the love of God. These you ought to have done Without leaving the others undone. You see the mindset of the Pharisee was because I do these deeds I’m righteous. And yet they had literally, as it were ripped the heart out of scripture, It ripped the love of God and justice and mercy and kindness right out of scripture.
And they weren’t doing that. They weren’t doing the spiritual matters. They were Doing the earthly matters, but Jesus said, You need to be worried about the weightier matters of the law without neglect, Ding, the other matters, the matters of keeping God’s commandments. So yeah, You know, someone might say, well, we need to be worried about loving God,
not be worried about the acts of worship or how a person’s saved or whether or not they worship on a regular basis or whether, you know, whether or not they stay their Bible or whether or not they, they, you know, cuss every once in a while, whether we don’t need to be worried about all that little stuff we need to be worried about.
Do that. Love God. No, that’s not what Jesus is saying. And if we take this passage to say that we have done the exact opposite Of what Jesus is saying, Jesus is saying, you keep God’s commandments, but you first Do it exactly the way God said. And what did God actually say? Thou shall love the Lord. Thy God,
with all thy heart, all my soul, all vies strengthen all by might. So they were to both keep the small matters of the law and the weightier matters of the law, but he goes on. And if I take this long, we’re never going to get done. All right. So woe to you, Pharisees verse 43 for you love the best sheets.
God’s in the greetings, in the marketplaces, woe to you, scribes and Pharisees hypocrites for you are like graves, which are not seen. And the men who walk over them are not aware of them. Let’s see mean, typically speaking, how do we treat grave sites As being sacred? As we show honor, we teach our children not to go skipping on the stones.
You know, not to go running through the graveyard, not to kick, kick over the two, you know, with honor. But what is a grave site where you don’t know anybody’s buried there. It’s not marked, It’s still a grave site, but it’s nothing special. All right, it has no visual recognition. Therefore, no honor is shown to it.
He says, woe to you for you are like graves, which are not seen. And the man who walk over them are not aware of them. What about the other side? The other side of this is a grave site what’s inside. What’s inside is decay was inside. Is that, which is the filed. According to law with you touched a dead body.
You were unclean what’s inside the grave though. The outside has given honor. The inside is unclean. Jesus said you are unclean, but people don’t realize it as they go by you on the inside are decayed and defiled and corrupted, but you don’t look that way on the outside. And so this is a warning to the people. Then one of the lawyers answered and said to him,
teacher, by saying these things, you reproach us. Also, you might be saying Pharisee over and over again, but you know, you, you shooting with a shotgun and it scattering a little bit. Okay? We’re over here on the edge is we’re getting hit. He goes on to say, Whoa, to you also lawyers, if you would like to get Jesus’s attention and draw his AME on you just do what the lawyer did.
So he gets his own fair share. Whoa, do you also lawyers for you load men with burdens, hard to bear and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. Here are these men whose responsibility it is to interpret the law. And he says, Here you are, you’re taking the law and you interpret it for someone else.
Someone comes to comes to you. They come to you and they ask, this is what the law says. This is what Moses wrote. What does it mean for me? Can you interpret this for me? Help me understand how I apply this. And they’ll expound it to him and make sure that every aspect of the law is the full weight of the laws put on this individual.
Who’s asked him about interpreting the law and then they’ll turn around and they won’t do the same Themselves. They will put Heavy burdens to be born on those who asked them, what does the law mean? But they won’t lift those birds Themselves. So then he says, Whoa to you for you build the tombs of the prophets and your fathers Killed them. In fact,
You bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers for, they indeed killed them and you build their tombs. This is an interesting analogy. Jesus said your fathers, all right. So we’re going back into old Testament history here. He’s drawing in the prophets. He’s drawing in the Israelites of the old Testament. He said, your fathers Build the profits.
And yet you build them up liquors. If you go to or have had the occasion to go Some capitals, most, most capitals, but especially if you’ve gone to Washington DC, you will stride your way through the capital area and that part of Washington and all over the place, you’ll see a monument to this and a monument to that. And there,
there, I love going there. I love seeing those things, seeing the history of our country, but they’re monuments to honor people, Right? Well, here’s The lawyers. And they would build the monuments to honor the profits. They would literally erect sculptures and structures to honor the profits of old Zechariah and, and Jonah. And, and they would praise these men.
But Jesus says, it’s your fathers who killed them. And then he turns around and says, yeah, But you’re just like your fathers. And as a matter of fact, your fathers killed them and Where you buried him. But notice what he says. He says, therefore, the wisdom of God also said, I will send them prophets and apostles.
And some of them, they will kill and persecute that the blood of all the profits, which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation from the blood of Abel, to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation. Jesus draws forward.
Not only the fact that they would do what their fathers did now. They didn’t know it yet. They didn’t know that they were going to cry out, crucify him, crucify him and put the very son of God on the cross, but they would. And then they do the same thing to his apostles and to his disciples. And they would take the profits of God.
Those who’d been given the gifts of the Holy spirit by Jesus and by the laying on of the apostles hands, they’d take them and they’re going to kill them. He says, you’re doing, you’re going to do the same thing your fathers did. And yet you are the one who are erecting these structures to honor the prophets. But he said, all Of this has happened because what God said in the old Testament is going to come upon this generation.
Now Jesus will make this same basic statement over in Matthew, chapter 24. When John chapter 23, as he gives the woes to the Pharisees, they’re in the last week of his ministry, he will, This city is going to come down. All of these things, Jesus is saying to point out, they’re hypocrites. They’re not living what they teach.
Then he says, verse 52, Whoa, to you, lawyers for you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves. And those who were entering in you hindered. So this third woe that he gives to the lawyers. He said, you, the ones who were supposed to interpret the law, the ones who were supposed to be teachers of the law,
you actually withhold the law. You actually withhold the instruction. You teach in such a way so that you remain in power. You teach in such a way so that people have to keep coming back to you. But then when someone begins to Excel, when someone begins to become knowledgeable, but they’re not from among you, you actually hold them back. You actually pull them down.
You keep them from knowing what God would have them to do and obeying it. As he said, these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to a sale. Him, the humanly, and to cross examine him about many things, lying in, wait for him and seeking the, catch him in something. He might say that they might accuse him.
They’ve Had enough. They’re not, They’re not going to be spoken to this way. They’re, they’re gonna launch a defensive attack. They’re going to try and defend themselves and they’re not going to succeed. But they’re also going to look now for opportunities to catch him in some sort of misdeed. They’re going to look for opportunities for him to disagree with Moses,
try and put these situations. And this will continue all the way up until the week of his betrayal. Chapter 12, verse one. In the meantime, when an innumerable, multitude of people had gathered together so that they trampled one another. He began to say to his disciples, first of all, bilayer of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Why do you think Luke begins with When an innumerable number of people gathered together so much that they’re trampling one another. Why do you think Luke inserts that One? Is it in all of the previous woes that Jesus has just given that Jesus is really getting to at the heart of the issue with the Pharisees and with the lawyers what’s behind it. Y’all say what prophecy,
but what sin Hypocrisy. Okay. Sorry. I thought you were saying prophecy hypocrisy, which is an indicator of Pride. And self-interest, let’s think about it this way for someone who’s humble. Okay. And recognizes their own faults and is honest with others. Are they motivated to be a hypocrite? I I’m not saying, are they ever attempted, I’m saying,
are those actions, those, those mindsets that, that ag attitude of heart, is that a motivator for hypocrisy? No honesty, Mercy. Lowliness humility. Love of God. More than love of Self Is your defense against hypocrisy. But what happens when popularity, It comes to most people in life, all of a sudden lay it very Easy to make all about me.
All about self. Look at all these people. Can you imagine here’s a, let’s just pick out a few. Here’s four fishermen whose daily task it is to go out, catch fish, gather fish in a net, pull them or clean them and sell them in a market. I don’t know how much you know about fish. Few people here know a little bit about fish when you’re all done with that process.
How’s the smell. Good fishing. Yeah. All right. You think You got multitudes gathered around to hear what you have. You, you, You, you are a, you are a cog in the machinery of the marketplace and the world of food. You have no influence insignificance. And now those four men look out at a multitude that is so large coming to hear their teacher,
That these people are trampling. One another to get closer to Jesus and Jesus ELLs, not the crowds. The disciples beware of the leaven of The Pharisees, which is hypocrisy for there is nothing covered that will not be revealed nor hidden. Then that will not being known. Therefore, whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light. And what you have spoken in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed on the house,
stops Jesus, warns. His disciples. Don’t think that you’re going to become those type of people. Like the scribes, the Pharisees and Sadducees are who they say one thing in. And they say something else in public, not my disciples. You bill ware of the temptation to do that. Because being popular is a motivator is a tempter to do that,
to say one thing to the crowd, because it’s what the crowd wants to hear when you don’t believe it, when you don’t actually think it’s true, when you certainly don’t live by it, but it makes You stay popular. Then he goes To say, and I say to you, my friends do not be afraid of those who kill the body. And after that have no more that they can do a interesting point about crowds is they’re great when they’re for you and there’s crucifixions,
they’re against you. But Jesus said at the same time, you neither play into a crowd to appease them, nor do Do you fear the crowd instead of hearing God, He goes on to say, my friends do not be afraid of those who kill the body. And after that have no more than they can do, but I will show you whom you should fear.
Fear him, who after he is killed, has power to cast into hell. Yes. I say fear him. Who is that? God Christ. Okay. He says, and excuse me, verse, verse six are not five sparrows sold for two copper Coins. What, what what’s that in, in Jewish terms? I mean, is that a significant amount Of money?
No, it’s, It’s an inconsequential amount of money. This is just a very low, low price transaction here. He says they’re not five sparrows sold for two copper coins. And not one of them is for gotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear there for are. You have more value than many.
Jesus said, God cares For even the least cared for creatures. God knows and is aware of every one. God Knows how many hairs are on your head. Now that’s fewer for Terry than it is for some, but he still knows. So if God is that, Which by the way, it’s interesting to me how anybody could be a deist and read some of these things.
Passages, believe that God is just a God. Who’s kind of spun up the world and it’s hands off. Does that make any sense with what Jesus is saying Here? No. Jesus is saying you have someone on your side who cares for you because you’re of so much more value than the sparrows. And he cares for the sparrows. He then says,
also, I say to you, verse eight, whoever Confesses me before men, him, the son of man will also confess before the angels of God. But he who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God and anyone who speaks a word against the son of man, he will be forgiven him. But to him who blasts, Femes against the Holy spirit.
It will not be forgiven. Now when they bring you, by the way, it’s interesting. He doesn’t say it Does he Here or this past, you could say, and now if they bring you to the magistrates, if they haul you before the courts, he doesn’t say, he says, when, okay, when they bring you to the synagogues and the magistrates and authorities do not worry about how or what you should answer or what you should say for the Holy spirit will teach you in that very hour.
What you ought to say. Now I’m going to speak for myself as a teacher and as a preacher. And I’ll let Eric speak for his own self and Noah and Michael speak for the mom’s house. But I wish this was still true. I wish if I were pulled in, in court or in front of a judge or something else for pre to the gospel,
that the Holy spirit would immediately give me what I needed to say, but that this promise wasn’t made to us. Was it okay? This has made to the disciples. W who was he speaking to? By the way, way back there in verse One, the disciples. Okay. We need to be careful when we go into a context, not to just assume that,
because this is being said, therefore it applies to me. This isn’t a promise made to me. This is a promise made to his apostles who would have the gift of the Holy spirit. Jesus said, I’m sending a comforter who will guide you into all truth and teach you what you are to say, okay, this isn’t a problem For us. But then he said,
Or excuse me, then verse 13, we read. Then one of the crowns shed to him, teacher, my brother, or excuse me, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me as someone who has brothers, I can relate to this. Occasionally it was a requested that mom or dad tell one of the brothers to split that piece of cake evenly.
Okay? Because they had cut half for me and half for them. And their half looked like all of it. And my half looked like nothing. And so, you know, Hey, get, get, get a third party involved here. There needs to be some regulation on what half is This man Comes to Jesus though. And I think sometimes we miss what’s going on here.
He comes to Jesus and he says, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me Under this day in time. Typically speaking, which son received a double portion, the eldest son, The indication seems to be that This son Doesn’t want the eldest son to have the double portion. He wants a Down the middle split notice Jesus’s response. He said to him,
man, who made me a judge or an arbiter over you. And he said, take heed and beware of covetousness for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of things. He possesses. Then he spoke a parable to them saying the ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself saying, what shall I do since I have no room to store my crops?
So he said, I will do this. I will pull down my barns and build greater. And there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul soul, you have many goods laid up for many years, take your ease, eat, drink, and be Merry. But God said to him, fool, this night,
your soul will be required of you. Then whose will those things be? Which you have provided. So is he who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich Toward God now? Yeah. In this context, I’d love to actually go a little bit further. We won’t for the sake of time, but this principle that’s been driven around and, and driven into over and over and over again in this passage,
in the previous one over and over and over and even back into the sermon on the Mount is this, This Jesus said, you better prepare for heaven and serving God and not just prepare for here and yourself. This man Wants Jesus to become a judge and arbiter between him and his brother. And Jesus tells this man, you Have a heart problem and You better be careful because in your striving for possession,
Since you can lose everything and we too need to be careful Because that’s the same thing, Pharisees and the lawyers and the Sadducees and the scribes and the chief priests did out of self-interest. They put the son of God on a cross. We need to be careful about selfishness and pride and a desire for this life instead of the next, okay. That’s In our class for this evening.
We’ll go over the questions Sunday morning For lesson two 46. Thank you for your attention. Welcome to our devotional period of our Sunday, our correction, our Wednesday evening Bible study. It’s good to see so many people here. I think this is a record Wednesday attendance since the COVID started almost a year ago now, but so good to see so many of you out.
I have a very few announcements and I want to welcome our guest here tonight. It’s so good to have Eric and Holly back the Richardson’s. I understand everything is going well back up in North Missouri. And it’s also good to have Clyde green here with us. Clyde used to worship here occasionally years ago, and sure, good to see our, some of our old acquaintance acquaintances back.
We need to remember our sick, keep Joan Springer in your prayers. She still suffers from migraine headaches and is desperately in need of gaining some weight. Dorothy Wilson, still struggling with her blood pressure problems. Ed Richardson, that’s Cheryl’s dad. He still has his own boring problems. Barbara Diller had had a procedure done on her rotator cuff. And I think she probably has a little bit of time yet with the immobilization of that Elaina sharp Shelly Stack’s mother is still,
I think she’s in very serious condition. I don’t know where they put her on hospice care or not, but they were considering that at one time, does anyone know? Okay. Okay. Last Sunday, she was announced that and Ken Phillips is suffering from COVID that’s Michael’s friend, and he has a series of what his wife has it as well. And he’s still suffering for the pulmonary emboli that they got up and got his blood clots taken care of.
Well, great. These are the people we need to keep in our prayers. And remember Francis Redmond with the loss of her daughter Sonder Sandra, she is doing well. I think considering the severity of what happened, Eric gave me a piece of paper at the last business meeting. We had opted Dubai, a defibrillator to keep here in the building and the little sheet of paper he is passed out.
It looks like this half sheet, but it has the internet address for the training that we need to receive to use that it’s about 38 minutes long. And if you would get a copy of that, those of you that would be interested in knowing how to use it, we all should. And at least we can kind of, if we have a need for it,
we can kind of help one another. Get through that. So pick up one of these little sheets of paper and listen to that training video. And this is not only for our own number, but with the voting being here. Oftentimes I think that is a very, very appropriate thing to have on site. Anyway, that’s all the announcements I have.
Erin Cozort will be our song leader and our devotional will be North Olson and our closing prayer. Marie sprinter. Thank you for your attendance. Just a minute. I had my finger where the invitation, so I was just it. So Give me just a second. Invitation song will be number 807 37, 837. I need the every hour Song before the,
or the song before the devotional will be number 346, 346. He lives seeing the first and last person. I serve a risen savior. He’s in the world today. Eh, I know that he is of a man may say I see his hand. He, I hear his voice up to you. And just the time I need him, he’s always<inaudible> he<inaudible> Christ Jesus lives,
dude. Eh, he walks with me and talks with me a long, nice NA roll away.<inaudible> you asked me how I know he<inaudible> rejoin rejoin. So Chris, John, lift up your voice and see<inaudible> to Jesus Christ, the King, the hope of all who seek him a help of all who’ve none. There is so loving, so good.<inaudible> he lives,
he lives grace, Jesus lives, dude. Hey, he walks with me and talks with me. Oh, long lives. NA roll away.<inaudible> you asked me<inaudible><inaudible> Good evening. It was a privilege to Be able to give you a portion of God’s word. I want you to think about the worst thing that someone could say to you, not in a cursing way,
but perhaps that is someone has died. A spouse, a child, a close family member, or perhaps it’s yourself. Perhaps the no status words that you could hear were I have a terminal illness that I’m not going to be able to live long on this earth. I guarantee you that that is not the most detrimental thing, the most saddest words that one will ever hear.
But those are in fact, those are found in Matthew chapter seven in verse number 23. I hope that you will never hear this, but yet sadly many will. I want to start at verse 21, but Matthew chapter seven 21 through 23, not everyone that says to me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he didn’t do it.
The will of my father, which is in heaven, many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in nine name in the name of cast out devils, and then the name done many wonderful works. And then will I profess into them? I noticed this for words. I never knew you. I never knew you depart from me that work inequity.
These are the most saddest words that one could ever hear to look at Jesus. And to see him turn away, not just for a year, not just for a little amount of time, but for forever and your soul being lost forever in the fires of hell to be away from God, to burn forever in torment, we need to understand and make sure that our lives as Christians,
our faith one to God, and we need to make sure that we are prepared. I want to give you an analogy in Matthew chapter 25, where the parable of the virgins. I want to us to look at this just for a bit, a moment notice verse one, then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto 10 virgins, which took their lamps and went forward for us to meet the bridegroom notice.
Verse three, they, that were foolish, took their lamps and took no oil with them. Notice verses five through eight, while the bridegroom Terri, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made behold the bridegroom cometh go, you out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps notice this and the foolish set into the wise,
give us of your oil for our land or gone out. And then notice finally 10 through 13. Yeah. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came and they, that were ready, went in with him to the marriage. And the door was shut. Afterward came also the other Virgin saying Lord Lord into us. But he answered and said barely Iceland to you notice again,
I know you not watch therefore for, you know, neither the day, nor the hour in the son of man cometh, of course, this is an analogy to, to help us understand judgment day. Jesus has not come yet. We are waiting. Are we going to be like, who are foolish or not preparing to, to meet our God?
I love the song. Careless. Olivia. It’s such a sad song at the same time, careless soul. Why will you linger wondering from the fold of God here you not the invitation or prepare to meet thy God and the song continues with the chorus. Oh, careless. So heed the warning for your life. Wilson be gone. Oh, how sad to face the judgment unprepared to meet the high.
God is such a sad statement. And we as Christians need to be ready to make sure that we are prepared and that the door will not be shut on us. And perhaps there is one here tonight who has never obeyed the gospel. Perhaps you hearing the word now, are you willing to believe that Jesus is the son of God by doing so you must be willing to,
to repent of your sins, confess Christ before man, and then be willing to submit to baptism for the remission of sins. And you can be added to the church, the body of Christ and continue to walk or start your walk as a Christian. But perhaps you’re here tonight and you’ve already obeyed the gospel, but you have not been, been doing the things that God would have you to do.
You’ve strayed from the faith. You haven’t been living faithfully as a Christian. I like to imagine. And Luke chapter 15 with the prodigal son who went away, I like to imagine the father every day waiting for his son to come home with open arms. And when he sees his son, he runs out to me. And I imagine that w with us,
with God, he’s waiting for us to return. We just have to take the step to repent. If anyone is subject, why don’t you come as we stand? And as we see<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> I<inaudible><inaudible> when I<inaudible><inaudible> to the<inaudible>. So the<inaudible> I<inaudible> Would you bow with me please? Our God and our father in heaven.
We’re thankful for Jesus Christ, his suffering on the cross of calorie father. We thankful that through his suffering, through him, shedding his blood for us, our sins can be blotted out from before that sight. And we can sit together with he in heavenly places with fellowship, with God fell asleep with G father and fellowship with Jesus fellowship. With those of light precious faith,
ask it, you would be with those that are sick father night and pray that you would touch them with your healing hand and store them to their health. We asked that you would read the world of this pen, debunk. That is a bonus it’s taken so many lives, be with their families and, and be comfortable conference them father. They give us the virus,
sins, these things we asked in Christ name, and he meant.