<inaudible><inaudible> why would that get turned off? I have no idea. That’s true. All right. We’re going live.<inaudible> good morning.<inaudible> It is on mornings like this, that I missed the Appalachian mountains, all that much more growing up in Eastern Kentucky, we didn’t have a lot of extreme weather. Like one of the things I liked about Eastern Kentucky is in the summer,
we had about three days of a hundred degrees or 98 degrees and above. And then we were done for the rest of the year, three days. And that’s my kind of summer right there. And then winter would come and we’d have this thing called winter. You know, it was, but we didn’t have it all year long. You know, it wasn’t like Alaska,
you didn’t have six months of winter. You had two or three months where it was cold. You get snow, you go sledding. And then it would all go back to spring again. And it was great. And we, we could grow grass, just, you know, just, just grass. It’s great, but I love y’all. So we’re here,
so it’s okay. But it’s sure is if I just stop every once in a while, look outside, that’s just what I’m doing. I’m just watching it snow. We had a, we had a guy in school who was one of my roommates who moved to tri cities, which was Elizabeth and Tennessee, just near Bristol, Virginia. So up in the Appalachian mountains.
And he moved there from Montgomery, Alabama, and our first winner in classes. We were there in class and we are, our class was in the fellowship hall because we had the largest class. So we had six people. We had to be in the fellowship hall. And the fellowship hall at that church building was lined with windows. So we were right there in the middle of class winners,
just starting to set in and we’re in class. Somebody looks over and says, Hey, it’s snowing my roommate from Montgomery, Alabama, where they never get snow. And in the winter, they never traveled to anywhere. They got snow, got up, walked out of class, went and stood for 15 minutes in front of the great big glass doors at the front of the church building and just watched the snow.
It’s just incredible. And we were all going, where do you go? You know, we thought maybe he just went up, went to the bathroom, that 15 minutes later, he finally came back. I was like, what are you doing? He’s like, I was watching it snow, no gay Mark chapter six. I’d love to say that was the weirdest thing he did while we were in school.
But Mark chapter six, let’s begin with a word of prayer. Our gracious father in heaven. We are so thankful for all that you do for us and all that you’ve done for us throughout this last week. We’re grateful for this day and for the health that we have to be able to come out and assembled together. We are mindful of those who are at home because of health or because of many other reasons.
We pray that your hand be upon them and that you watch over them and give them strength and comfort. We’re grateful for all of the many wonders that you have created to show your power and your glory to give to us things that we can enjoy. And we are so grateful that most, especially above all that you care for man, that you are mindful of him,
that you have provided an opportunity in the blood of Jesus Christ for salvation and hope in eternity. We pray that you will be with us as we go through this period of study, help us to learn the lessons that are here in this text for us, that we might be mindful of what it is that you have said, that we might be obedient to your word that we might in faith,
obey you. We ask that you forgive us when we sin and fall short of your glory and are willing to repent of those things. All this, we pray in Jesus name. Amen. Go through the questions from Wednesday briefly, Mark chapter six, verses one through four. How was Jesus received in his hometown? When he taught in the synagogue. All right.
Without honor, he was rejected. Mark chapter six, verse three. Did Jesus have any fleshly brothers and sisters? Yes. Mark chapter three, six, verse three, named them at least the ones we have names for James Joseph Judas assignment. Alright. What size groups of his apostles did Jesus send out teaching and performing miracles? All right. Two by two.
What items did he instruct them to carry a staff? All right. When Jesus sent the apostles in payer’s out teaching, what were his instructions for those who did not listen? Chapter six, verse 11. All right. They were to depart from them and shake the dust off their feet. Mark chapter six, verses 17 and 18, who had imprisoned John the Baptist Herod.
Why? All right, because John told him he was not of his brother Phillip’s wife. W yup. This would have been, I’m going to get it wrong if I try and say it off the top of my head, but I’m going to, I think it’s Herod Antipas is the one who beheaded John Phillip was his brother and they were, they were kind of co rulers at the time.
So, but Herod Antipas being the one over that area. So it is that’s off the top of my head. You can quote me if I’m wrong, but just do it behind my back. Okay. What were Harrod’s feelings toward John and his teachings? All right. He feared because he knew he was adjust and Holy man, and he heard him regularly,
even when he was in prison, chapter six, verses 21 through 28. Why did Herod have John the Baptist beheaded? All right. At the request of who? All right. The daughter of<inaudible>. So we are in the latter half of chapter six this morning, beginning, verse 30, going down through the end of the chapter. This does one of those accounts,
a very, one of the very few that is recorded in all four of the gospels. And that is the feeding of the 5,000. Now we know there’s another occasion where 4,000 more are fed, but this is the same account that is recorded in John chapter six and or John chapter five and six, and the events surrounding it are quite interesting. And it shows the significance of it by the fact that all of the gospel records do record it.
Each one, giving a kind of a different piece of information, different set of information in the grand scheme of things. But Mark actually gives us some interesting information from his record that I think will be valuable to us. As we understand the event beginning verse 30, then the apostles gathered to Jesus and hold him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught what’s going on.
Why, why are the disciples telling Jesus what they did? I thought they followed him around.<inaudible> All right. He had just sent them out. Okay. So, so this comes on the heels of, he has sent them out into all of these cities going throughout the region teaching. And now they’re returning and they’re giving an account of the things that occurred while they were traveling around teaching and preaching while they were traveling around.
Did they just teach and preach or was there another aspect to what they did? Okay. He gave them power to perform miracles. He gave them power to cast out demons. So what I want us to picture here is what would have happened as a result of this? Jesus, of course, could Only so far and only so fast on foot going from city to city.
What, the moment you take 12 people and you send them six different directions in teams of two news about Jesus begins to grow a whole lot faster. Remember this time we’re in the second year of Jesus’ ministry. The first year predominantly occurred down in Judea. It occurred in drew slum and in the, the outlying areas of Judea, but they’re not in Judea anymore.
The, there would have been people who may be at heard about Jesus at one of the fees who saw Jesus at one of the face, heard what he had taught during those times. But now they’re in Galilee, they’re in the Northern region of Israel. Raise your hand if you know the inner workings of what’s going on in Jackson, Mississippi this week.
No, not anybody. Why? Cause it’s half stayed way don’t expect. And this is the way we deal with it. Sometimes we read about places and we don’t put them in proportion to their distance away from each other and add in the fact that you’re in ancient times and they didn’t have internet, they didn’t have phones. They didn’t have, you know,
go down the list. They didn’t have telegraphs. You know, they had people transferring information. And if you didn’t come into contact with one of those people that had the information, you probably didn’t hear about it. So all of these things are generating here in the Northern part of Israel, through Jesus, sending out his disciples, they’re generating the recognition and the popularity and the,
the view of Jesus that had previously existed in Judea, but not up in Galilee because they hadn’t heard about him. And so they’re beginning to hear concerning who he is. They’re beginning to hear about what he’s done. And if his disciples can cast out demons, if his disciples can heal people, then what do you assume about the one who they’re disciples of that?
He can do all that and more. Okay. So the reasoning from the lesser to the greater the expectation is, is they come into contact with these disciples coming into their town, their village, their community, that they’re someone, not only that they’re being taught about, but they can reason about has greater abilities, greater knowledge, greater teaching, greater instruction.
Then these disciples, these people would have been familiar with the position, the concept of the disciples, the disciples, a learner, not the teacher, they’re the servant, not the master. And so when you encountered A disciple, your brain immediately goes in that time. Oh, well, who’s the teacher, who’s the master. Let me go learn from him.
So they come to Jesus, the apostles come to Jesus and they gathered to him and tell him all that was done and what they had taught. And he said to them, actually, before I go past that, let me remind you of a statement. Jesus made, Jesus told them bilayer the leaven of the Pharisees. And he said, the leaven of the Pharisees was what hypocrisy.
All right. I knew y’all get to it. Alright. So the leaven of Harris of the Pharisees is hypocrisy. And in that cell, same context, he warns them. What you say in the closet will be shouted from the rooftop. What you say in private will be made known in public. So as he sends them out, having told them,
you don’t live like the Pharisees. You don’t go out and teach people one thing and then live something different. He is also allowing them to come back and tell them, tell him what they taught. And he can evaluate whether or not they’re living what they taught. Okay. So he said to them, come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest for a while for there were many coming and going,
and they did not even have time to eat as a result of the things that have transpired as a result of the teaching, that Jesus has done the miracles that he’s done. And now the sending out of the 12, there are so many people coming to Jesus that his disciples literally are. Aren’t even having time to eat their own food because it’s just one person right after another,
after another, after another. And part of their responsibility was to make sure that these people are taken care of, make sure that they come, you know, when they come to see Jesus, they’re able to see them, but then they move. You know, they’re in a very real sense, partially crowd control when they’re around Jesus and here they are,
they’re doing all this. And Jesus is saying, this isn’t good. This isn’t what you need to be doing right now. You need to come aside. You need to rest. There’s a, there’s an emphasis here that I think is valuable. And it’s a good reminder to preachers because preachers have a tendency to burn themselves out. But it’s also a good reminder to caregivers.
A good reminder to people who have others, that they take care of parents, mothers, that sometimes when you’ve got burden after burden, after burden, necessity, after necessity, after necessity, someone who always needs something that you’ve got to have time for you, you’ve got to have time to be able to pull away from that and say, no, we have a phrase at our house,
occasionally, where the children will say, Hey, mommy, and mommy will say, mommy’s not here right now. Or mommy is currently on vacation. Please talk to your father. Why? Because there’s comes a point. Just some meat. You need a break. My mother likes to say, when she had three young children, two of whom were in diapers.
And one of whom was barely out of diapers that occasionally my father would come home. She’d meet him at the door and say, here they’re yours. And that’s the reality that sometimes you have to take a break. And those people who think well, but, but I just got here. Well, sorry, you just got here. But that doesn’t mean that your moment of time is more important than the wellbeing of someone who needs to take that rest.
So he, they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves, but the multitudes saw them departing and many knew him and ran there on foot from all the cities. They arrived before them and came together to him. So their goal is to go out to a deserted place, to go out of the cities and, and out of the towns and out of the villages to wilderness area for rest.
But they get on what to go there about and seeing them on the boat. Somebody recognizes them. And pretty soon what’s following them crowd of people. And pretty soon they’re not only following them. They’re what they’re ahead of them. That they get there before the disciples do, before the boat lands, the people are already there. The crowd is already there,
but how does it Martin describes the people as doing what to reach, where they were getting to or where the disciples were going. They ran th th they were, they were coming from all the cities and they were, they were rushing that this wasn’t, Hey, we’re going to have a great big gathering. Tuesday night out at this location. Be ready,
show up. We’re going to be there for about 12 hours. Come be, you know, have everything prepared when you get there. No, it wasn’t. It wasn’t like that. The news was spreading and they, as it were dropped, everything and went and they went there in a hurry. So what did they not bring food provisions? They,
they, they didn’t take, fought for what they would need in four hours, five hours, 12 hours tomorrow. And instead they rushed out to see Jesus. Well then notice verse 34. And Jesus, when he came out, came out of where the boat, right as he came out, or when he came out, he saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep,
not having a shepherd. So he began to teach them many things. There are a number of old Testament passages, Zechariah, Hosea, Isaiah, numerous old Testament prophets that compare the teachers in Jesus’ day to shepherds, who instead of guarding the sheep and feeding the sheep and taking care of the sheep are instead profiting off the sheep and killing the sheep. They’re not being good shepherds.
And so the analogy that is made by a ZQ Elon by Hosea and by is, has a CA Hezekiah, Zachariah, and others is that God is going to judge those wicked shepherds and raise up his own shepherd. Of course we know Jesus is described as the good shepherd. He is the one that would be the shepherd to judge those evil shepherds. But he looks at these people and we’re,
we’re given this little glimpse into Jesus’s mind, this, this isn’t somebody’s opinion of what Jesus thought. This is what Jesus thought he saw them. He had compassion on them for they were as she, without a shepherd. Absolutely, absolutely. So the, the nature of sheep and in part of that analogy is the nature of sheep being without a shepherd,
they wander, they don’t pay attention. They have no defenses. And that’s one of the things about sheep is they are a defenseless creature. And so they’re easy prey when they’re not guarded actively by someone. And so here they are. They’re without provision, they’re without protection, they’re without instruction. They’re without direction. And they’re here and they’ve run here to see Jesus.
So he could have said, you know what? I came here for a completely different reason. My disciples are important to me. W we’re we don’t have time for you right now. W w they need to rest and he could have sent them away, but he didn’t. Instead, we read that he had compassion on them. When the day was now,
far spent verse 35, his disciples came to him and said, this is a deserted place. And already the hour is late. Send them away that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and buy themselves bread for, they have nothing to eat. The disciples. And the implication in here is that Jesus having compassion on them began to teach them.
Where would Jesus often teach from, from wilderness, from a mountain. If he was near sea of Galilee, where would he also often teach from, from, from the water, from a boat? So all of these are locations where he, he might have taught from the indication is he perhaps went up in the mountain. But the idea here is he’s teaching them.
They’re listening. The day goes on, it gets deeper and deeper into the day. And the disciples come to him and say, these people are going to have to eat, send them away, tell them to go fend for themselves. Yes. Now, what is it that the religious shepherds had done to Israel instead of feeding them, instead of protecting them,
instead of teaching them to know God, instead of telling them what the scriptures actually taught, what did they left them to do? Ben for themselves, they were as sheep without a shepherd. And the disciples come to Jesus and looking at the situation again, they don’t know what’s in Jesus’s mind. They don’t see what Jesus sees. They don’t know what Jesus knows.
They’re just being disciples. They’re trying to care for their master. They’re trying to provide for him, that’s their job. But in doing so, they become like those same teachers that Jesus is opposing in saying, send them away, let them do for themselves. And Jesus has a completely different idea, but it also is. We get in here as we get into this text and into this account,
one of the things that you’re seeing is you are seeing a type apology between Moses and Christ. When the children of Israel came out of Egypt. And when they went into the wilderness and they went to Mount Sinai, what was one of the first and immediate problems? They had water. What was the other one? Food they’re in the wilderness. There they’re no longer in Egypt.
They’re no longer near the gardens and near the, the, the cucumbers and the leaks and the, all the things that they used to have down in Egypt. They’re no longer in the prosperity of the land of the, of the Nile river. They’re in the wilderness. And while they have flocks and herds and things like that with them, the Frank fact of the matter is there’s nowhere near enough.
If they start consuming their flocks in their herds to feed them because they have no definitive time when they’ll be gone. So they tell Moses we’re hungry. You did, you bring us out here in the wilderness to kill us? Is that what this was all about? We, we left Egypt to die of starvation in the wilderness. And so God will provide for them.
What does God give Israel in there in the book of Exodus Manoj, which was what that’s right. The word in the Hebrew man, what is it? W we do know it was a light bread, like substance. It, it had the taste like honey and coriander seed. It was, it was a, something that could be ground. It could be,
it could be baked. It could be made into other things, but it was a bread. Where did it come from? Heaven. When did he show up morning time? How did they get it? They had to go out and gather it. How much were they allowed to have a day’s worth? And if there was, if it was the case that they went out and gathered too much,
how much did they have a day’s worth? And how much were they supposed to get on Friday, a double portion, two days worth. And it was the only day that if they gathered two days worth it wouldn’t spoil overnight. That was manna. Jesus. Now has this large group of people in the wilderness. And you’re going to see in this,
a picture of Moses drawn forward to Jesus. Okay? So verse 36 says, send them away that they may go into the surrounding countries and villages and buy themselves bread for, they have nothing to eat. And he answered and said to them, you give them something to eat. Have you ever had that look returned to you, either by a child,
a student, or an employee where you tell them to do something and they stare at you at, and you know, what’s going through your mind. You have got to be kidding me. How in the world are we going to do this? He says, you give them something to eat. Now, just remember, where did they just return from going into all these cities and doing what teaching and doing what performing miracles,
but here’s the limitation of, of human understanding. They have the faith to perform a miracle. They’ve seen Jesus perform, but they don’t have the faith to perform a miracle. They’ve never seen Jesus perform. They can cast out a demon, but they can’t turn one loaf of bread into two. Is that because they couldn’t do it, or because they didn’t believe they could do it.
That’s right. And, and we, we find this difficulty over and over and over again in our own lives where we don’t look at a situation and go, what can God do if we ask we instead, look at what can I do? And then we judge, what can I do based upon what I’ve always done? And this was something they never done.
So in their minds, it was what impossible watch. And he said to them, shall we go and, or excuse me. And they said to him, shall we go and buy 200, didn’t go and buy 200 denari worth of bread and give them something to eat 200 denari. Somebody gave me some idea how much money that is in their day in time.
All right. So one dinner is a day’s wage. So 200 is 200 days wage. Well, over half a year’s worth of, of, of work. And most people at that time lived from day today. And so they said, what are we supposed to do? Go, go spend 200 days wages, just, just to go buy the food.
And then he said, how many loaves do you have? Go and see. And when they found out, they said five and two fish, then he commanded them to make the, he commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks in hundreds and in fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fish,
he looked up to heaven, blessed and broke the loaves and gave them to his disciples to set before them. And the two fish, he divided among them all. So they all ate and were filled and they took up 12 baskets full of fragments and of the fish. Now, those who had eaten the loaves were about 5,000 men. Jesus takes what they have five loaves,
two fish. And what does he do with it? He prays, they saw what they could do and had always done. And he looked at the problem and said, what can God do? It is the difference between Abraham, Moses and the disciples at this time, when the people begin to complain because they have no water and they’re going as they describe it,
going to die of thirst in this wilderness, does Moses say, well, where’s the nearest stream? Where’s the nearest river. Where’s the nearest freshwater source. No. Does he say, I’m sorry, but I I’m just doing what God says. You’re out of luck. No, what’d he do. He goes to God and says, the people need water.
And from a rock, God provides not enough water for them to all have sip, not enough water so that each person, or maybe the elderly can get some but enough water for them to quench the thirst and provide for all of the old people. All of the middle-aged people, all the young people, all the flocks, all the herds, all everybody.
And where did it come from? Oh, it came from this underground Fisher where Moses happened to find out there was water had been there water all the time. No. Is there water there today? Nope. It wasn’t an underground Fisher. It was God providing water in the wilderness here. Jesus prays. And God gives them what they need because God can.
And man can’t. So then they all eat. The number of the men was about 5,000. So there’s probably more than just men present. Therefore, the number’s probably more than that. Verse 45 immediately. He made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side to best say it. Now he instructs them. He tells them,
you go do this. You go without me a while. He sent the multitude away. And when he had sent them away, he departed to the mountain to pray. Now, when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea and he was alone on the land. Then he saw them straining at rowing for the wind was against them.
Now about the fourth watch of the night, he came to them, walking on the sea. And here’s an interesting tidbit. Martin gives us nobody else does and would have asked them by Mark’s the only one who tells us that Jesus was walking past them. When they observe him going by, Jesus would have beat them to the other side. Jesus would have walked on by because they were fine.
They were struggling. They were rolling, but Mark’s the only one that tells us. Jesus sent them on a head and Jesus was going to get there for, they did. When they saw him walking verse 49 on the sea, they supposed, it was a ghost and cried out for, they all saw him and were troubled, but immediately he talked with them and said to them,
be of good cheer. It is. I do not be afraid. They’re rowing it’s rough seas, winds blowing. It’s nighttime. Oh, they see the figure of a person walking on the sea and they don’t know what to think until they hear voice. And I’m going to just, sermonize here for a moment and say, sometimes we see things based upon our knowledge and our understanding.
All we can see is what we understand it to be. And if we would just stop and listen to God instead, I don’t mean listen to a still small voice in the night. I mean, pick up God’s word and go. What’s really true. We would get out of all the fantastical dreams and assumptions of humanity and get back into what really matters.
And that’s what God actually says. So Jesus says it is, I be of good cheer, do not be afraid. Then he went up into the boat to them and the wind ceased, and they were greatly amazed in themselves beyond measure and marveled for, they had not understood about the lows because their heart was hardened. What do you think? Hardened their heart.
I’ve got my own assumption. I think it was their attitude towards the things they had done while they were out preaching. You remember how many times the disciples would argue about who would be the greatest in the kingdom? How many times there would be disputes over position and prominence and power. And when they would come back from being sent out, they would tell Jesus about all the things that they did.
All the wonders they performed and Jesus would tell them what matters most is, is your name written in the King, in the book of life? Is your name written in the kingdom of God? I think their own success caused them to fail, to understand what Jesus did with the loaves. Oh, they had no doubt. It was a miracle. They knew what he had done in the physical sense,
but they missed the spiritual Jesus in John chapter six would begin preaching what I am the bread of life. And at the end of John chapter six, what would the multitude do? They depart with him and follow him no more. They would say these are hard sayings who can bear them. And Jesus would then turn to the disciples and say, will you go also Peter would reply Lord to whom should we go?
You have the words of life. They’ll get there. But at the moment in the boat at night, not there yet verse 53 through verse 56, when they had crossed over, they came to the land of Ganesha and anchored there. When they came out of the boat immediately, the people recognized him, ran through that whole surrounding region and began to carry about on beds.
Those who were sick to when, to wherever they heard, he was wherever he entered into villages, cities, and or the country. They laid the sick in the marketplaces and begged him that they might just touch the hem of his garment. And as many as touched him were made well, all right, we’re out of time for this morning, we will pick up with the questions Wednesday night.
Thank you for your attention.<inaudible><inaudible> Good morning. Welcome to the Collierville church. Christ’s Sunday morning worship service. It’s good to see each and every one of those of you that were able to make it out on this great snowy morning that the Lord gave us. And for those of you that decided not to venture out this morning, it’s great that we have the technology that you are able to participate with us in worshiping our Lord through modern technology.
If you did not pick up your Lord supper on the way in, please take the opportunity while I’m going through the announcements here to go to the tables in the back and pick that up. I do not see any visitors, but if I’m overlooking any visitors, glad that you chose to worship with us this morning. Other announcements, please continue to remember in your prayers are sick.
Ed Richardson, Barbara Dillard, Joan Springer, Donnie Flanagan, and Dorothy Wilson, Janie, Marlin, and update on her. She is at home, but she is basically back to where she started before her last hospital stay with her AFib problems again. So please continue to pray for Janie Marlin and Rudel. Wilson has a slight blockage. And right now the, the plan with that for him is just to keep an eye on it and monitor it to see if they’re going to need to go in and do anything with that slight blockage that they have found in Rudolf.
So please continue to pray for Rudel. Also continue to, to remember in your prayers and your thoughts, the simply through for the loss of loved ones recently for the Cozort family, the Sanderson’s and the stacks, the men’s business meeting that was scheduled for tomorrow, due to the weather forecast, we are going to cancel that meeting. And unless there’s something that absolutely has to be discussed,
the men who have decided will just not have a business meeting until the month of March. But if there is something that needs to be addressed, feel free to please bring it to one of the men of the congregation here. And we, men will get together one Sunday real quick after church and discuss what your concerns are. So we can act on it.
If there is something that has to be decided upon at this time, Potter’s children home. As far as we know right now, they plan on coming down Thursday. But there again, that is subject to the weather. So they might be here Thursday to pick up the commodities and they might not. But at any rate, if you have other things that you want them to get,
please get it here before Thursday, because they may show up Thursday to pick that stuff up. That was all the announcements I have this morning. Worship service song leader will be Michael Dale opening. Prayer Will be no Olson. Lord supper will be Jay Shafir. The sermon is going to be Aaron Cozort and the closing prayer will be Joe caisson. Thank you.
Our first song this morning, we’ll be number 47. Holy Holy, Holy number 47. Holy, Holy, Holy<inaudible><inaudible> to the Holy. Holy Holy<inaudible>. Holy, Holy Holy.<inaudible> the casting down their golden crowns crest or C<inaudible> falling down.<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> Oh, the Holy<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible>. Holy, Holy<inaudible><inaudible> name and then sky and see,
Holy, Holy Holy<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> song. Before our opening prayer will be For 790 Lord take control seven, nine zero. My<inaudible> my body.<inaudible> give it to you to<inaudible><inaudible> my buddy.<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> You pray with me or heavenly father. We come to you now, once again, so thankful for a day that you’ve given this father a day that we can come to worship you.
We pray that everything is done in accordance with your will and in spirit and in truth. How do we ask for forgiveness of sins? Every time that we do come back to repentance father, we pray that we can look faithfully and you father, we pray for all those on the prayer list, those suffering physically, that they could get back to their natural state of health,
but also those that are spiritually lost, that they could come back to you through your word for it is eternally too late. And we pray that we as Christians can help them along along that path. Father, we love you. And we thank you so much for your son and his sacrifice. We pray all these things in his, in his name,
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help us to do so, you know, worthy manner. So in Jesus’ name that we pray amen. As we continue this Memorial heavenly father, we’re so very grateful that he was willing to shed his blood for the forgiveness of our sins. As we partake of this fruit of the vine blesses each, with being able to partake in a worthy manner, it’s in Jesus name that we pray,
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Anyway, take your Bibles if you will, and open them to the book of Hebrews, the Hebrew writer, as he is writing to these Jewish Christians, warning them about falling away, warning them about drifting away, warning them about turning away. He tells them about Jesus. He tells them about how Jesus is better than where they came from better than Moses.
And in Hebrews chapter three, he says, therefore, Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling consider the apostle and high priest of our confession Christ. Jesus, who was notice this word faithful to him who appointed him as Moses also was faithful in all his house. The Hebrew writer identifies for these Christians that a singular attribute of Jesus Christ is his faithfulness,
but that’s not our discussion for this morning. Instead, it’s the latter half of the verse that I want us to focus on. I mentioned in the first Sunday in January, that we were going to take this entire year and one Sunday a month. And hopefully most months it’s going to be the first Sunday of the month. That just didn’t work out this month,
but we’re going to take one Sunday a month, one sermon per month. And we’re going to notice this idea of what God expects when he describes his servants as being faithful. We noticed in January God’s definition of a faithful man, and we noticed that predominantly from the old Testament, we’re continuing that this morning with one primary example, that God looks at this man in a specific time in a specific situation and says,
this man was faithful, Is faithful in all my house. Let’s go on to the remainder of the text. Verse three for this one has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses. That is Christ Jesus counting of more glory than Moses it as much as he who built the house has more honor than the house for every house is built by someone, but he who built all things.
God and Moses indeed was faithful in all his house as a servant. The, his, by the way, here, it’s not as easily identified as it will be in the original text, but that is that his, there is God’s house. Moses wasn’t faithful in his own house. That’s not under discussion here. The discussion is Moses was faithful in God’s house As a servant for a Testimony of those things,
which would be spoken afterward, but Christ as a son over his own house, whose house we are, if we hold fast, the confidence and rejoicing of hope from to the end, the Hebrew writer identifies for these individuals a comparison, and yet a contrast, a comparison of Jesus to Moses. Moses described as faithful in God’s house. Jesus described as faithful over his own house,
but the Hebrew writer doesn’t leave it ambiguous as to what he’s talking about. He says, Jesus Christ is faithful over his own house, who we are. He’s not talking about some, some mansion on a Hill. He’s not talking about some estate where Jesus sits as steward or head of this estate. And this tells all these servants where to go and how to cut the grass and what the trees are to look like and how to keep everything clean.
No, The House of Jesus Christ is his Church over which he is head. He alone is head of his church. The body of Christ, the church of Christ. He says, we are his house is we hold fast. The confidence and the rejoicing of hope from to the end. What is he saying there? He’s saying if we too will be Faithful as he is faithful,
as Moses was faithful. So what we’re going Do is we’re going to go back to the original text, which is numbers chapter 12. When the Hebrew writer says Moses was faithful in all his house, he is not just conjuring that up. He’s not even just extrapolating that out of the history of Moses. That is a direct quotation from numbers chapter 12.
And so our time this morning will be spent here in this text, noticing Moses, a faithful man in view of God’s definition of what a faithful man is, numbers chapter 12. And in verse one, we find disagreement going on. The background of this is that Moses has married a woman. Now keep in mind. Moses at this time is probably around 80 plus years old.
We know he’s 80 plus years old. How much plus that is, we don’t know exactly, but Moses marries a woman. Is this a second wife? Or did his wife die? We don’t know. The text seems to indicate that his wife died, that he has is now marrying another wife after his wife has passed away. But some of that is his surmising.
Some of that is, is implication here, but he marries a woman. The problem was not that he married a woman. The problem was, as we see in verse one that he married any Thiel, Bian woman. Notice what the text says, chapter 12, verse one, then Merriam and Aaron, for those who may or may not know that his Moses’s older sister a and Moses’s older brother Mo Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married for.
He had married an Ethiopian woman here. We have Merriam and Erin who generally are on Moses’s side, generally are in agreement with Moses. Sometimes it was Moses and Aaron standing all by themselves against all the men of the people. But in this occasion, Merriam and Aaron, see what Moses did in marrying this Ethiopian woman. And they are upset. Couple of things to know,
first and foremost, the first wife that we know of of Moses was not an Israel. She was a descendant of Abraham for, she was Midianite and the Midianites were the descendants of Abraham through Midian. One of the sons of guitarra, but she wasn’t an Israelite. And that’s seems to be the rub here. And I think if we were honest, we might go and look at the law and we might be rubbed the same way Miriam and Aaron were rubbed.
They’re not happy because he’s married a woman from Ethiopia. And yet, if you turn to Exodus, chapter 34, God has said to Israel that they needed to marry within those who were Israelites turned next. There’s 34. Let’s look at a few of these passages here, Exodus 34 beginning in verse 11, God says to Israel, observe what I command you this day.
Behold, I am driving out from before you the Amorite the Canaanite the Hittite, the parasite, the Hivite and the JB site take heed to yourself. Lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, where you are going less. It’d be a snare in your midst, but you shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars and cut down their wooden images for you shall worship no other God for the Lord,
whose name is jealous is a jealous God lets you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land. And they play the harlot with their gods and make sacrifices with their God on. And one of them invites you and you eat of his sacrifice and you take notice his daughters for your sons and his daughters play the harlot with their gods and make your sons play the harlot with their gods.
You shall make no molded gods for yourselves. God says, do not make a covenant with these people. The Hittites, the parasites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the JV sites, the Hivites. He says you don’t make a covenant with them and you don’t marry their daughters or give their daughters to your sons because they’ll draw away your heart after idolatry.
But where in the list are Ethiopians while they’re not in the list, but the principle, maybe we’ll we’ll just go with the principle is true. But one note I want to make, as we go through this, what was true about Moses’s wife? Who was a Midianite one of the things that we know to be true is that her family worshiped the Lord.
How do we know that? Well, when Moses departs out of Egypt and Moses comes into contact with Ruelle. When Moses comes into contact with the man who will become his father-in-law, we are finding in that text, he is identified as priest of the most high God. This man though, a Midianite is a priest of the Lord. Now he’s not from the tribe of Levi.
He’s not from the house of Aaron, but Aaron’s not a priest yet. Under the patriarchal age, it was the fathers who served as the heads of the household. As the priests of God, not a specific, TRIBE not as specific lineage, but there were those who we have identify like male kids, a deck before him in the days of Abraham.
And Ruelle in this day in time who are described as priests. So we know that Moses, his first wife knows who Jehovah is and worships Jehovah. We know nothing about this wife except she’s Ethiopian. But if we know Moses, what would you surmise? Do you think Moses went out and said, you know what, not Marian is any of these Israelites.
And there might’ve been good reason for that, by the way. But what do you think would have happened to the family of the woman who Moses Mary, they were saying, Oh, we’re now family of the leader. We’re now family and the man in charge. It w w w we’re we got, we have special rank. Maybe that was part of the thinking of Moses.
I don’t know, but Moses as one, who’s a servant of God by all indications is not going to marry someone who isn’t the argument isn’t this woman is idolatrous. The argument is this woman’s Ethiopian, but then consider as well, maybe part of something else. Deuteronomy chapter seven, Deuteronomy chapter seven. I should make note of the fact that this statement comes later after these events.
Ju just for context, just for clarity, but it’s a rehashing of what God had already given in the law. It’s the second giving of the law. But chapter seven of Deuteronomy, verse one, when the Lord, your God brings you into the land, which you go to possess and cast out many nations before you, the Hittites, the Gerber science,
they Amorites the Canaanites and the parasites and the Hivites and the Jebusites seven nations greater and mightier than you. And when the Lord, your God delivers them over from over you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them, nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son nor take their daughter for your son for,
they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods. So the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly, But Thus, you shall deal with them. You shall destroy their altars, break down their sacred pillars, cut down their wooden images and burn their carved images with fire for you. Holy people, God tells Israel,
you are unique, but most Miriam and Aaron seem Moses and his decision and they think Moses chose wrong. One other thing that may be a part of this may come from errands side of things and Leviticus chapter 21, Leviticus chapter 21, The laws concerning the priests and their marriages Are actually Different than the laws for the rest Of Israel, Leviticus Chapter 21 beginning in verse 10,
we read he who is the high priest among his brethren on whose head the anointing oil was poured and who is consecrated to wear the garments shall not cover his head nor tear his clothes nor shall go, nor shall he go near any dead body nor defile himself with his father or his mother, nor shall he go out of the sanctuary nor profane the sanctuary of his God for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him.
I am the Lord and he shall take a wife in her virginity, a widow or a divorced woman, or a defiled woman, or a harlot. These, he shall not marry, but he shall take a Virgin of his own people. As a wife, God, God put a whole different set of laws on the high priest. Then he even did the rest of the piece Bull and who’s high priest.
Aaron is So Moses declares from God chapter 21 verse one. And the Lord said to Moses, speak to the priests. Moses declares from God, Aaron, you have to marry from the descendants of Israel and you can’t marry a widow and you have to marry a Virgin and all of these other things. And Moses goes and marries And Ethiopian, but Moses wasn’t high priest.
So all of the, These things come to a head in numbers, chapter 12 and Merriam and yeah, Aaron spake against Moses. But in verse two, they said, Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses, has he not spoken through us also as they’re murmuring and complaining against Moses, which all Israel was forward to do. They, they, they loved complaining against Moses,
but usually his own family at least was on his side. Now Merriam and Aaron start in and they’re murmuring against Moses and speaking against Moses. And they’re saying, hasn’t the Lord spoken to us. You remember Marianne was one who spoke on behalf of the Lord at different times. She proclaimed the word of the Lord at different times. Aaron spoke on behalf of the Lord.
He was even the mouthpiece of Moses. It hasn’t the Lord spoken through us. But that statement there at the end of verse two and the Lord heard it, It wasn’t as though the Lord happened to be passing by the tent where they were at the time and happened over here through those thin 10 walls. What they said, no, just a little reminder in scripture,
you don’t say anything. The Lord doesn’t he Here. And we might be, He reminded from Jesus’s encounters with the scribes and the Pharisees and the Sadducees and the lawyers. You don’t even think anything. The Lord doesn’t it. But they said it and the Lord heard it. And then we have a paranthetically statement. One of those times where God drops in his testimony about someone.
And yet it’s interesting because who’s right, Egging it. Moses is mother. Moses is the one who’s writing the book of numbers. And yet it is a statement by God about Moses Verse three. Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who are on the face of the earth. Now the King James uses the Term meek. Moses was a man who was meek.
And here’s where I want us to get Our first lesson from Moses about faithfulness. Number one, One, Moses was faithful In position or Stated another way. Moses was faithful in Self. When it came to God, God, God describes Moses as one, who was the meekest in all the earth. If you were to be standing here and you were to say,
you know what? I’ve evaluated this friend of mine and, and I’ve weighed his abilities and I’ve weighed his, his ability to function. And I believe he is the most talented at fill in the blank of anybody In the world. Here’s one thing I know. If that gets spread far enough around, there’s going to be a herd of people in line to prove you wrong.
Every Time the Olympics roll around, what are we all sitting around watching, waiting to happen. Another world record to be broken. And it happens. We think that’s the fastest that race is ever going to be run. And then somebody proves This wrong. Michael, Jordan’s the best basketball player to have ever lived until somebody becomes better than him. The fact Of the matter is anytime we lay a test against what we know,
the limits of our knowledge are the standards of the team Fast, but God is different. God, God looks at literally every person alive and Says, Moses is the meekest man in all the earth. That’s quite a testimony. That’s quite a statement. Meekness is Strength under control. Humbleness Is a lowering of self. Not in fear, not in doubt,
but in recognition of Who is greater. Moses is described as, and who is meek. He has himself under control. Now he’s not perfect. We’ll get into that in a moment. But he is meek. He is controlling himself. Moses will know that Miriam and Aaron said this And Moses, his reaction Then was to do nothing. Not in the sense that Moses said,
you know what? I’m just going to let it slip as siblings. They’ll they’ll say things and no Moses chose not to defend Himself. Moses Chose not to defend his reputation. Moses chose not to defend his position. Moses chose to Act as a servant. Here’s one of the things about a servant. A servant recognizes as the very nature of the servant,
that he is, that there is someone greater than him that has given him His position. Serving doesn’t earn his position. He wouldn’t be a servant. If he earned his position, Servant is given his position by A master, by Whoever his master is. And Moses is here in the position of the one who speaks on behalf of God. And he wasn’t the one who put himself there.
As a matter of fact, Moses tried multiple times to get out of the position And yet God put him there. And Moses reaction to me, Barium and Aaron speaking against him is too Say nothing. He’s not going to defend his position or his right to speak on behalf of God. God is good. Moses is going to be humble and meek in recognizing his position.
In other words, Words, Moses did not insists On self Moses Did not emphasize Self. He emphasized service. But secondly, we see that God is going to confront Miriam and Aaron versus five, Five. Suddenly the Lord said to Mary, to Moses, Aaron and Miriam. So God speaks to all three of them And stood calm out. He’s is you three,
two Tabernacle of meeting. So the three came out. Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. God hears what Miriam and Aaron have said, God calls Moses, Aaron and Merriam to the tabernacle, the pillar of cloud descends upon the tabernacle as it would do during the daytime.
You remember at this point in time, when the pillar of cloud moved during the day, the whole host of Israel would gather their things up and they’d move and they’d follow the cloud by day. And the pillar of fire by night, this cloud comes descends over the tabernacle and God’s presence is there. They are, God begins to speak to Aaron and Miriam.
And we read in verse six. Then he, the Lord said, hear, now my words, if there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord make myself known to him in a vision. He says, if there’s somebody, because remember they said, has the Lord not spoken through us? Has the Lord not spoken to us? Why is it Moses?
The one who’s the mouthpiece of God. And God says, if I speak to a prophet, if I give him a vision or I speak to him in a dream, not so with my servant, Moses, God puts a separation between Moses and every prophet. Every person he spoke to, they said, Moses is just like us. God says, no worries.
He’s not. And I don’t treat him like I treat the rest of you. No, As he said not. So with my servant, Moses, he is faithful All my house. I speak with him face to face, even plainly and not in dark sayings. And he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my son,
Servant, Moses, God confronts aerium and Merriam, Aaron and Miriam. And he says, You think I speak to you? Like I speak to him, Him, but I don’t. You might hear my voice. You might see a vision, but which one of you sees me? Face-to-face do you remember when Moses went on the mountain God’s presence was there on Mount Sinai and all the people heard the voice of the Lord and all the people were afraid.
And all the people told Moses, you go up on the mountain and you hear what the Lord has to say. And then you come down and tell us all. While Moses is on the mountain, Aaron is down building the golden gate Staff While Moses is on the mountain, passes in front of Moses. And Moses sees a manifestation of the presence. God Mariam didn’t see it.
Aaron. Didn’t see, God said, my relationship with Moses is not like mine. A relationship with you. We also see in verses six through eight, this second Lesson about Moses as God, God declares Moses to be faithful in all his house. He declares him faithful. Aren’t just in position, But in message. He says, I speak with him.
Face-to-face even plainly and not in dark sayings. And he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak about against my servant? Moses, God leaves here. The implication, do you not think I know what’s going on as if to say, do you nothing? Moses talked to me first before he married, married, Ethiopian his relationship.
Isn’t like my relationship with you. We speak base. Gone says that Moses was faithful in his house. And he was faithful with his message. Everything that Moses said to the children Of Israel from the mouth of the Lord Was what the Lord told him to say, Moses, They didn’t hold out his little instruction where God said, now, Moses don’t you marry anyone.
Who’s not an Israelite. Moses didn’t hold that in his back pocket. Why not tell the people he was faithful in message. He was faithful in position, but it is important to note as we apply this lesson, that faithful is not the same as perfect. Moses was faithful. And yet Just one chapter over in chapter 11 in the midst of the people complaining about not having meat and not having the things that they had in the days of,
of Egypt that Moses heard the people verse 10 weeping throughout their families, everyone at the door of his tent and the anger of the Lord was greatly aroused. Moses also was displeased. So Moses said to the Lord, why have you afflicted your servant? And why have I not found favor in your sight that you have laid the burden of all these people on me?
Did I conceive all these people? Did I beget them? That you should say to me, carry them in your bosom. As a guardian carries a nursing child to the land, which you swore to their fathers, where am I going to get meat to give to all these people for they weep all over me saying, give us meat that We may eat.
I am Not able to bear all these people alone because the burden is too heavy for me. If you treat me like this, please kill me here. And now If I have found favor In your sight and do not, let me See my wretchedness there And who God describes as the meekest in all the earth, the man who God describes as faithful in all his house is not perfect.
Perfect. We can think of another time in numbers, chapter 20, just a few chapters over the considerably, separated in time where Israel wants water a second time, and God tells you go speak to the rock and water will fourth. And instead of going and speaking to the rock, Moses lifts himself up and smites the rock like he did the first time and water still comes out.
But God says, because of this, you will not enter the promised land, faithful, but not perfect. And perfection isn’t required for faithfulness, but faithfulness is required for salvation. But thirdly, I guess it’s fourthly officially or less than we see is in numbers. Chapter 12, Moses is faithful toward those who sought him harm in chapter 12, verse nine,
the anger of the Lord was aroused against them, Merriam and Aaron and he departed. And when the cloud departed from the above, the tabernacle, suddenly Miriam became leprous as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Merriam and there she was a leper. And we know the laws concerning what Israel was told. When it came to one who had leprosy, they were to be cast out.
They weren’t to be among the people. They couldn’t come amongst the people. If anyone came near them, they had to cover themselves and cry out that they were a leper. They could not associated in any way, shape or form with the children of Israel. They couldn’t come in the tabernacle. They couldn’t come to worship. They couldn’t do any of those things.
They were leprous. Aaron turns toward Merriam and she has become a leper. The indication is from head to toe. She is covered in leprosy. So Aaron said to Moses, verse 11, Oh my Lord. Please do not lay this sin on us in which we have done foolishly. And in which we have sinned, he readily admits we’ve done wrong.
We’ve been foolish, we’ve sinned, but he wants the consequences removed. He says, verse 12, please do not let her be as one dead. Whose flesh is half consumed when he comes out of his mother’s womb. So Moses cried out unto the Lord saying, please heal her. Oh God, I pray. Wait a minute. Wasn’t it Moses that she was speaking against.
Wasn’t it Moses that Merriam and Aaron were saying he doesn’t deserve the position he’s got. Yes. And yet it is Moses who pleads with God on her behalf. Then the Lord said, verse 14 to Moses. If her father had buss spit in her face, would she not be shamed? Even seven days, let her be shut out of the camp seven days and afterwards she may be received again.
So Mariam was shut out of the camp seven days and the people did not journey till Miriam was brought in. Again, God uses an analogy from the ceremonial unclean laws. If her father had sneezed on her, she would have been ceremonially unclean for a period of time, as it offensive as it could possibly be just something occurring in daily life. God says there still would have been consequences for that.
For this. She can have the thing. Moses was faithful toward those who sought to do him harm. Jesus would tell his disciples, Matthew chapter five, he would tell them beginning in verse 38 of that sermon on the Mount, you have heard that it was said, and I four and I, and a tooth for tooth. But I tell you not to resist an evil person,
but whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him. Also, what did Moses do when they spoke against him? Nothing. Just the same way Jesus taught. If anyone wants to Sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him to give to him who asked you and from him who wants to borrow from you,
do not turn away. You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you love your enemies. Bless those who curse. You do good to those who hate you. Pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your father in heaven for. He makes his son rise on the evil and on the goods sends rain on the Justin on the unjust for if you love those who love you,
what reward have you do? Not even the tax collectors do the same. And if you greet your brethren only what do you more than the than others, if do not even the tax collectors do so, therefore you shall be perfect just as your father in heaven is perfect. Jesus describes perfection in the sense of completeness and Maturity, as One who will be like God,
even when those around him use his very actions as a reason to accuse him, Moses, a faithful man in position in self, a faithful man, in message in God’s house and of faith, Full man towards even those who sought to do him Harm. And the Hebrew writer says, that’s a faithful man. We need to be like Moses. We need to be faithful in God’s house.
We need Be faithful in pudding ourself Second before God, not first, but Always in everything behind Our master. We need to be faithful and not seeking our own, but seeking what belongs to the Lord. We need to always be faithful in declaring the message of God. And we need to remember when we are mistreated, when we are done wrong. When we are persecuted,
when we are spoken against, when we, We are acute, that it is Our time not to defend ourselves, not to argue our own position, not to return as it has been done to us, but to, To do good to those that would do evil to us. If that’s a description of faithfulness, then that’s what we are to be Outside the body of Christ.
You are outside of the house of God. You are outside of the place where Christ is head. You are outside of the place where his faithfulness has influence on your feet, Eternal destiny. And I beg you don’t stay there because As, as Moses was faithful in bringing the children of Israel to the promised land so that they might receive their reward, no one got to go in that God didn’t say was allowed to go in.
And that includes Do Moses God Put stipulations on entrance to His promised rest. And he still does. Part of his stipulation is how you become part of that house. You enter into that house by hearing the word of God and believing that Jesus Christ is the son of God. Without it is impossible To please him. Hebrews 11 says, but you also have to repent of your sins.
You have to confess the name of Christ and be immersed in water for the remission of those sins. Being born, a child of God, dying to all the old self, dying to sin, rising to walk in newness of life and then living faithful unto death revelation chapter two, verse 10. If you’re here this morning and your life, isn’t faithful.
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Lord bind us together or bind us together with There. God, our father in heaven, we truly are grateful for the privilege that we’ve had to come here today to study from your word and be enlightened by those things that you have given to us to help make our lives right with you to help us be more productive citizens in the kingdom, and to be able to conduct ourselves in a way that you would be pleased with us,
help us father to be more like Moses, that we were meek and gentle, help us to be servants. Dear father, we realize we answer to the, and that we did not answer to others when they want to ridicule us and make fun of us. Father help us to love you with a deeper love, help us to love one another with a greater love that we truly have compassion upon each other and respect and care truly about each other.
With, with a deep love, the same love that you have for us. Father, we’re mindful that we do fail the at times and we pray for, for forgiveness. We pray father that you be with those that were mentioned that are ill or those that are still grieving over loss of loved ones, help us to be of comfort to all of these and have,
and be an encouragement to one another. We pray that we not forget about those that have fallen on a way that we might encourage them to come back and, and be faithful to you. Let us always be about trying to lead others to you through the gospel, strengthen us as we go through life that we live in a way that we might have that home in him with a in Jesus name.
We pray amen.