12-16-2020 – Hebrews 9-10 (Class)

In Bible Classes Videos, Live Streams, The Book of Hebrews by Aaron Cozort

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<inaudible><inaudible><inaudible><inaudible> It’s about time for us to get started. Anybody thinks that based upon Sunday morning, how I made it to the end of chapter eight, that means that I’m going to make it to the end of chapter 10. Tonight you are sorely mistaken. It is not going to happen. All right, Let’s begin with, with a word of prayer.

So we get started our gracious father in heaven. We come before you so incredibly grateful for all of our many blessings, the blessings that we have had within this congregation, within our families and our homes within this city that we live in and this community that we’re a part of, we pray that you will be with those who have struggles, adversities, difficulties,

pray, especially for those who struggle at times with sin and all of us do in our own times in our own places, we pray that we might have willingness to open your word, to find the strength and the direction, the guidance that we need to correct our lives to live in accordance with your will. We pray that you will be with us as we go throughout this period of study,

may this time we spend be spent in a beneficial way and in accordance with your will and may all that we do and say, bring us closer to you. We ask that you forgive us when we sin and fall short of your glory and all this, we pray in Jesus name. Amen. We’ll go over the questions from Hebrews seven and eight. Yeah.

As we get started by way of review question number one, how much, and if anybody’s missing this, these set of questions, they’re over on the, on the side here. How much did Abraham give Mel kids a deck, a 10th or a tie? How much were the people to give the priests a 10th aura time, by the way, any commandment in the new Testament to Thai?

Nope. Number two. Yes or no. Was it necessary to change the law of Moses when the priesthood was changed?<inaudible> Yes, you could. We talked about that on Sunday. You could not separate the priesthood and the law. If you changed the priesthood, you had to change the law. If you change the law, you had to change the priesthood name,

the TRIBE from which Jesus descended Judah. Yes or no. Under the law of Moses. Were there priests among the tribe of Judah? No, there weren’t. By what power then did Jesus become a priest by the, the, Okay. Yeah. The, the, an interesting point in that, the text specifically in verse 16, he was, he was made a priest after the order of milk is that,

but by the power of an endless life, is there at the end of verse 16, which is part of the argumentation about, you know, with, with the priesthood of the Levi’s it’s every time you turned around, every generation one died. Okay. Versus Christ who was alive forever. What things did the law of Moses make? Perfect.<inaudible> Nothing.

That’s correct. Nothing. I’m just rereading it. Make sure I didn’t goober that one up. Number five. Why were there great numbers of priests under the law? Moses? Because they died. Why? Under the new covenant? Is there only one priest, one high priest? Sorry. All right. Because he continues forever. How often did the high priest under the law of Moses offer up sacrifices for sins There in verse 23,

24 and 27. All right. Daily is the reference here. And then also once for all, when, when he would go in on the day of atonement. All right. How often did Jesus offer sacrifice for sins? One time For all. Okay. So all of these, just laying forth, the contrast between the priesthood of Aaron and the priesthood of Christ who pitched the earthly tabernacle<inaudible> Okay.

Where is the true tabernacle heaven? The law of Moses was a blank and a blank of the heavenly things. All right. An example, and a shadow. And then Jesus is the blank of the new covenant<inaudible> Mediator and discuss the first covenant and the need for a second. What did the first one have that caused the need for the second?<inaudible> All right.

It had imperfections. Okay. Number one. It didn’t have a perfect sacrifice. Okay. Not to say that God somehow messed up. That’s not what we mean by imperfections. The Hebrew writer is saying it had deficiencies by the nature of its existence, without Christ, without Christ. It couldn’t do everything that it needed to do. Okay. So it could not be considered perfect because it wasn’t the end.

It was the picture of what was coming. Okay. So it did exactly what it was intended to do. The problem is they’re trying to use it for a use. It was never intended for, have you ever seen a novice in a trade pick up a tool and try to use it to do a job? It was never intended to do when you take a child and you hand them a screwdriver and they use it to pry up nails,

it might accomplish the goal, but it is not the right tool for the job. Okay. These Jewish Christians are in essence, as children doing that with the law, they are trying to make the law, the eternal covenant and full, full force and power of God to save mankind. And it never was. That was not the function of the law of Moses.

So We’re going to get begin To get some context here. We’re going to begin reading in chapter eight, verse seven for if the first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second because finding fault with them. Now notice one of the attributes he lays forward of the fault of the first covenant Was the people in the first covenant.

Okay? The Israelites became part of the covenant By what, by birth. But what if you gave birth to a child to it, Israel, like they were part of the covenant and they never ever, ever in any way, shape or form attempted to obey God, God, you have a problem with the covenant, don’t you? Because they’re in violation of it.

Under the new covenant, you have a completely different arrangement. Don’t you? Is there anyone who is part of the new covenant who receives the promises of the covenant without being obedient To the covenant? Not, not a one. Nobody Going to go to heaven, having ignored, refused, and rebelled against the covenant of Christ and suddenly end up in heaven and go,

I made it. No, you didn’t. Okay. It’s not going to happen. So one of the attributes of the imperfection of the first covenant is those who were part of it. He says behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the days,

I took them out by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they did not notice, continue in my covenant. And I disregarded them, says the Lord for this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel. After those days says the Lord, I will put my laws in their mind and write them on their hearts.

I will be their God. And they shall be my people. None of them shall teach his neighbor. And none his brother saying know the Lord with now does, does Jeremiah. And the Hebrew writer mean by this, that under the new covenant, we have no obligation to go out and teach people, Pull the gospel of Christ, Exact opposite. Okay.

He’s saying, in order for someone to enter the covenant, they have to already know the Lord. So under the law of One of the things that they had to do on a regular basis is take Israelite who are part of the covenant and say, let me teach you who God is. But That happens before someone enters the covenant with the new covenant,

because God says, I’m going to write my laws, not on a table of stone, put away in some Ark of the covenant, not on some height or some skin that’s passed along from generation and copied and copied and copied. But most people never see no I’m going to write my laws on their hearts and in their minds, they’re going to know me.

And that Is what is going to make them a part of the covenant. Then he says, they, I shall be their God. And they shall be my people. None of them shall teach his neighbor. And none his brother saying know the Lord for all shall know me from the least of them to the greatest of them for I will be merciful to their unrighteousness and their sins and lawless deeds.

I will remember no more in that. He says a new covenant. All right. So now the Hebrew writers drawing the argument he wants to make about this in that he says a new covenant. He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. He’s looking at the Israelite nation. He’s looking at the law.

He’s looking at the priesthood. The likelihood is the book of Hebrews is written around 60, 61, 62, 80 And 87. These right on the right on the horizon, the things that Jesus prophesied in Matthew chapter 24 and in the book of Luke, they’re about to come to pass. He says, this nation is about to be finished as a nation.

This law, this priesthood, everything about this covenant and this worship is about to be gone. Okay. Their doom is on the horizon is the point here. So then indeed chapter nine, verse one, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. He is about to go into a discussion of the tabernacle. Now we’re going to put some slides up in a few minutes that show some of the attributes of the Tabernacles so that we can just kind of think of them.

And visually see them here in a minute for a tabernacle was prepared. Verse two, the first part in which was the lampstand, the table and the show bread, which is called the sanctuary. Okay. So with me go to the, this slide and this kind of shows it okay. Enough, maybe. So with the tabernacle, you see that the veil kind of the red thing,

number three, that’s separating the back part as we would call it from the front part. Well, this is the back part is what he’s calling the first part. Okay. It’s first because Of prominence, it held the, the lamp stand the table. I’m sorry. I’m reversing it. The lampstand, the table and the showbread are in the front part.

My brain had it backwards Of the sanctuary. So park Five, so four or five, six, seven. That’s where the lamp stand the table and the showbread work. W every priest, every priest could go into that portion of the tabernacle and conserve notice what he says and behind the second veil. So there was the veil that you entered into the tabernacle,

and then the veil that you went through into the most Holy place behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle was called the holiest of all, which had the golden censor, the Ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold in which were the golden pot that had the manna Aaron’s rod, that budded and the tablets of the tabernacle and above all or above it were the cherubim of glory,

overshadowing, the mercy seat of these things. We cannot now speak in detail. He’s describing The things that were in the tabernacle. Originally. I believe the reason why he says we can’t speak about these things, Detail, those things weren’t around anymore. As of the Babylonian captivity Before the Babylonian captivity is the last time we ever read about the articles that were inside the holiest of Holies,

where did they go? What happened to them? There’s lots of people who would love to speculate. Supposedly they’ve been found in a cave somewhere. Doesn’t matter. What matters is this either Then in the days of the Hebrew writer, those things weren’t in the tabernacle anymore. So he couldn’t speak about them in detail. He had as much detailed available to him as we do what was written In the law.

Okay? But he says, when These things verse six had thus prepared, the priest always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services right day in and day out. They would come into that front part of the tabernacle. They’d be there to prepare the showbread, to partake of the showbread, to offer sacrifices, to do other things,

to trim lamps, all of these things they would do on a daily basis. But into the second part, the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance. The Holy spirit indicating this, that the way of the holiest of all was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.

Interesting question. Why do you think he says that the sins committed Ignorance all throughout the year? What did they, I have a responsibility to do when they knew they had committed All for sacrifices, Then say, well, well, I guess there’s another one I got to wait for the day of atonement for hope. I don’t die for David Toman gets here.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. But what about the sin? They didn’t realize they committed. Well, that was part of what was rolled into, as it were the offering on the day of atonement. This was for the sins that the people made, not knowing they had committed sin. For instance, all of those years where they didn’t know they were supposed to be keeping the Passover because no one had the book of the law.

And then Josiah finds the book of the law and reads it and goes, We’ve been, we haven’t been doing this for generations. Okay. Those sins of ignorance were part of what was dealt with in the day. Great job job. So It’s just an interesting point that the Hebrew writer brings out here about one aspect, not saying that’s all of the David homos war,

but one aspect of the day of atonement was this recognition. They knew that he had done things wrong, that they didn’t even know they had done wrong. And So this sacrifice, but this aggravates happened once per year, the Holy spirit, verse eight, indicating this, that the way into the holiest of walls was not yet made manifest. While the first half vernacular was still staying.

He said, You need to understand what the Holy spirit is telling you here in the old Testament law, as he gives you as he gave Moses. And as he gave the Israelites, the pattern for the tabernacle, he’s telling you this, Ain’t the final thing. This is not the end all to be all. This is a picture of Something else.

And They were to understand that because all they were walking into, Was it 10? Okay. Now Notice what he says. It was symbolic verse nine for the present time, in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered, which cannot make him who performed the service. Perfect. In regard to the conscience, the priest could offer the sacrifice. He could offer a sacrifice for himself,

and then he could offer a sacrifice for the people, but the sacrifice was insufficient to make him or the people perfect. Concerning only are concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. But Christ here’s the contrast. The Holy spirit is indicating this was for a pattern of what was to come. Now, he’s going to talk about the thing that was to come,

but Christ came as high priest of the good things to come with the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands that is not of this creation. Jesus Christ entered tabernacle. That That wasn’t part of this earth. It wasn’t built On this earth. It’s not hewn out with, with stone. It’s not built with, with cloth. It’s not even built with wood.

It’s not overlaid with gold. It’s something else he says, but then not with the blood of goats And of calves With his own blood notice here that he’s entering this perfect tabernacle. And what he’s entering with or through is his own blood. But with his own blood, he entered the most Holy place once for all having obtained eternal redemption for if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh,

how much more shall the blood of Christ who through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living. God, he’s not saying that what was in the old Testament didn’t accomplish anything. Didn’t do what it was supposed to. He’s saying, if it did what it did, how much more does the blood of Christ accomplished?

Because it is so much greater than the blood of bulls and goats, then the ashes of a heifer, and that spoke concerning the Syria ceremonial cleansing. The Israelites had to go through if they touched a dead body. Okay. So there were cleansing, there were rituals things they had to do. And the ashes of a heifer were involved in that he says,

and for this reason, yeah. What reason? All right. So hold on to this. The priesthood of Aaron entered A tabernacle that wasn’t the real tabernacle. It was a picture of the real thing and their priesthood of priests. So that couldn’t be made perfect by the sacrifices that they offered still served God and did so faithfully. But Jesus Christ, a sinless high priest who didn’t first have to make sacrifices for himself.

A sinless high priest enters into not the imperfect tabernacle, not the physical tabernacle, but the eternal tabernacle with a sacrifice that’s actually perfect with blood that can actually forgive sins. And then he says, and for this reason, he Is the mediator of a New covenant by means of death Or the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Okay. This is by the way, one of those passages that informs us That without The death of Christ, the people in the old Testament wouldn’t have been saved. Either notice what it said for this reason. He is the mediator of a new covenant by means of death for the redemption of the transgressions. The transgressions were Under the first covenant, The first covenant,

isn’t the new covenant. It’s the covenant that was replaced by the new covenant Jesus Christ, D blood. And this is, this is a non biblical text way of describing what this is saying. The blood of Christ flowed forward when he died. In other words, into the future, you and I, when we sin, we can have salvation by the blood of Christ.

It flowed forward, and it also flowed backwards. It also Went and covered the sins that were under the first covenant. So Aaron, are you saying that the Israelite who live, I lived under the first covenant and never had forgiveness under the first couple. And I know somebody, some people who teach that, I know people who well-intentioned say those people live their lives and they never had forgiveness until Christ came.

And that is not what the old Testament teaches. And it’s not what the new Testament. Okay. They had forgiveness. How long Can you explain Psalm 51 turn to Psalm 51, David, right. Have mercy upon me. Oh God. According to your loving kindness, according to the multitude of your tender mercies and watch this phrase, this is an interesting one.

If they didn’t have forgiveness under the old law, blot out, my transgressions wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Now, either they could, or they couldn’t Be cleansed from their sin under the old law. But if they couldn’t the prophet, David didn’t know it Well then, because somebody’s going gonna say, well, wait a minute,

Aaron, just read a few more verses in Hebrews. And you’re going to get the answer to that. All right. We’re going to, but just, I’m just saying you cannot read Hebrews and make it contradict 1500 years of old Testament text. Add on top of it. This Were there sacrifices for sin before There was a law of Moses. Yes.

We’ve just re we just referenced job, Joe, Who offered sacrifices for the sins Of his children. Well, What about going all the way back to the days of Cain and Abel, were there sacrifices for sin? Yes. Did they take away sin? Yes. All right. So stay with me here. The Hebrew writer has just said that the blood of Christ Went forward and backward to make Atonement for transgressions.

Okay. For Verse 16, where there is a Testament, there is also of necessity. The death of a test dater for a Testament is enforced after men are dead, since it has no power at all. While the test dater lives there for not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood for when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people, according to the law,

he took the blood of the calves and goats with water sprinkle or Scarlet wool and hyssop and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people. And he’s talking about the, the institution and the consecration of the tabernacle and people and the covenant after the giving of the law at Mount Sinai, all right, went through this ceremony and involved blood. Something had to die to Institute the covenant.

Okay. That’s his point in this sprinkling of blood, something had to die. Jesus Christ and his covenant became into effect when he died, Not before he died. Okay. One preacher illustrated this way. He said it was called on the phone. One day. One of the members of the congregation said, brother, could you come down here? We’re down headed to,

to the lawyer’s office. And, and w we, we’re redoing our will. Could you come down and witness for us? And is there somebody else at the church that could come down to, and we, we just, we just need to get that. Sure. So they went down, they went Witnessed, and they signed their names and the people signed their names.

And Great little time later, another phone call the church building. Rather, we hate to ask this, but we’ve made a change to our will Come down again. And is there anybody there who could go with you to witness our will? So they went down again and they witnessed the will, and they sign their names. Now, which one, the first or the second was in force after they sign their names.

No, neither of them were in forest. People weren’t dead yet Until the person’s dead. The will has no power Or, or force. That was a trick question. That’s why I liked It. When he told it, I thought I got to hang on to that One. Jesus will, his Testament Did not come into force until he died. There’s a great,

big, long discussion about the Thief on the cross that needs To be had, and should be had at some point. And we don’t have time for it tonight because of this very statement right here, the thief lived and died before the new Testament, the new covenant was ever in place, Which Means he lived and died under a different covenant than you and I live and die under,

which means everyone who wants to be saved like the thief on the cross. Can’t be, unless they live 2000 Years ago, if you live 2000 Years ago, you go right ahead and be saved like the thief on the cross. But you can’t do that. Now. You don’t live under the same covenant. He did. You’re under a covenant that has a different law.

Okay. All we can say about that. All right. So No Power at all. While the test dater lives, therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood for when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people. According to the law, he took the blood of calves and goats with water, Scarlet wool, and his up and sprinkled both the book in itself.

And all the people saying this is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you. Then likewise, he sprinkled the blood, both with blood, both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to law, almost all things are purified with blood. And without the shedding of blood, there is no The remission. Therefore it was necessary that the Copies of the things in the heavens,

all right, What are the copies? So we’re clear that those are the copies. The tabernacle of old, the covenant of old are the copies of the things in heaven, in the heavens. Okay. He says, therefore, it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified with these, the blood of bulls and goats,

but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these, why they’re better things they’re of greater significance. So they need a more significant sack. Okay. For Christ does not enter the Holy places Made with hands, which are the copies of the true, but into the heaven itself now to appear in the presence of God, for us, when Jesus Christ died and he made a Toman for all mankind,

did he enter into the temple in Jerusalem, All for that sacrifice? Did he go back into the days of Moses and offer it on in the tabernacle? And the, Now he took it to heaven. That’s where our atonement was made. Okay. For Christ is not entered. The Holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself now to appear in the presence of God,

for us, not that he should offer himself often as the high priest enters the most Holy place every year with blood of another, that is the high priest goes in year after year after year, taking the blood that belongs to something else, a blood of bulls and goats and offers it. He would then have to suffer often since the foundation of the world.

But now once at the end of the ages, he has appeared to put away sin By the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this, the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly wait for him, he will appear a second time apart from sin,

for salvation, for the law, having a shadow of the good things to come and not the very image of the things can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect for them. They would not have ceased to be, or would they for then would they not have ceased to be offered for the worshipers?

Once purified would have had no more consciousness of sins, but in those sacrifices, there is a reminder of sins every year for it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. All right. So is it a paradox or a contradiction? The old Testament, Psalm 51, David says, God, you can take away my sins.

You can wash me and make me clean here. Writer says it is impossible. It is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. So how can both things be true? And it all comes back to context. Okay, don’t forget the context. Okay. The context of the discussion in the book of Hebrews is The Old Testament system was never intended to be the ultimate solution.

It was never intended to be God’s final answer. It’s sacrifice was imperfect. It’s priesthood was imperfect. Its place was imperfect. Its revelation was imperfect. Its leadership was imperfect. It’s covenant. People were imperfect. All of these things were imperfect. They were pointing to some things Greater. So what happens if the person who’s living, Living under the greater covenant,

greater priesthood, greater law, greater salvation Turns back to the old covenant, Those sacrifices by themselves, separate and apart from the blood of Christ. That’s your key here. He’s already told you before we ever got here, the blood of Christ flowed backwards and forwards Could The blood of bulls and goats separate, independent, and on their own. Totally separated from the blood of Christ.

Could the blood of bulls and goats take away sin. And the answer is not a single time. So then In the East Terminal plan of God, when the blood of bulls and goats, by their very nature, imperfect looked forward to a sacrifice That the book of revelation describes as being offered from the foundation of the world. Revelation chapter 13, verse eight,

the lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Now, when was he actually slain 2000 years ago, but when was he as good as slain and the mind of God, the moment the world was created, because God didn’t create the world and then go, oops, it didn’t plan on sin. He created the world and knew What would be needed.

Okay? So in the eternal mind of God, every time there was a sin at every time, beginning, all the way back there at the beginning that there was a sacrifice Sacrifice. And that sin was dealt with In the blood of Christ. And because in India, God’s eternal plan. Those sacrifices were never separated from the blood of Christ. They had the power to take away sin,

but that’s not the argument here. The argument Is not could the blood of bulls and goats in view of the eternal sacrifice of Christ. The sacrifice that’s talked about in Isaiah chapter 53, still under the old law in which God says I will have my servant carry the iniquity of us all. Could those Sacrifices by themselves, standing alone, totally separated from the blood of Christ.

Could they help you? Not at all. And if you walk away from Christ, You have nothing left, but the blood of bulls and goats and they can’t save. Yeah, that’s right. The argument from Hebrews chapters nine and 10. So when you read four, it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. You must Read it in its context.

The argument is separate. And apart from the blood of Christ, therefore, when he came into the world, he said, sacrifice an offering. You did not desire. By the way, this old Testament passage is a prophetic quotation of Jesus Christ. The God speaking to God, the father, the God saying sacrifices and offerings. You God, the father did not desire,

but a body, you, God, the father have prepared for me. Jesus Christ in burn offerings and sacrifices for sin. You had no pleasure. Then I said, Jesus Christ, behold, I, Jesus Christ have come in the volume of the book. It is written of me. Jesus Christ, to do your God. The father’s will, Oh God,

what will did he come to do The father’s will to do what? Offer him self? The whole point of the passage is you gave me a body to do one thing die. Could Jesus Christ before he took on flesh have ever died. Can you, can you kill God? No. Previously saying sacrifice and offering burnt offerings and offering for sin. You did not desire nor had pleasure in them,

which are offered according to the law. Then he said, behold, I have come to do your Willow God. He takes away the first that he may establish the second. Okay. All of this discussion has been to say the first covenant was not perfect. That’s all the way back in chapter eight, verse seven. If the first covenant had been faultless,

then no place would have been sought for the second. He, his whole point has been, you make the first covenant stand by itself and be the solution for all eternity and it can’t do it. So then Jesus Christ came to establish the second. Alright. That is all the time we have. And, and the good, good spot to stop.

So we’re going to pick up in verse 10 on Sunday and go. We will spend the majority of our time in chapter, chapter 10. I’ll just tell you that we will summarize chapter 11 on Sunday and then Wednesday night I will be gone, but I will be leaving a video to cover the review of Jesus, because we’re about to switch back into a study of Jesus.

And then the next Sunday, Michael will be teaching while I’m out of town and beginning with the sermon on the Mount. All right. Thank you for your attention.<inaudible><inaudible>, It’s good to see everyone the same evening. We do have some visitors with us. Some of the young man from the school to preaching are with us, and we’re glad to have you out tonight.

Good to see, have a few announcements. And then, then we’ll have our devotional continue to remember Rodale and Dorothy, Dorothy is waiting her test results on her stress test. So I don’t think she’s gotten those back yet along that same line, Ru Dell’s sister-in-law Demple. That was O’Dell’s his brother’s wife. She passed away today from the COVID virus. So remember Rudy,

I meant, Oh, Dale had passed away last week. I believe it was. We announced. And then she fi she died herself. So remember them in your prayers also remember Jones Springer. My guess is she might not be feeling well tonight. Cause murder did not make it to scene. And so I haven’t talked to them. So I can’t really tell you for sure what’s going on there,

but possibly she didn’t have a good day today. Remember Jessica still having issues with her? I guess it’s stomach problems or seems like that’s what is generally the problem. They’re not with us this evening. So we’re missing them. Robin woods. Remember Robin, and then also Tory Heinz Lee and Leah bank leave has COVID not all of these others have COVID but Leah van Cleve has COVID Janie.

Marlon is doing well after her knee surgery. So we want to continue to remember Janie check on her and also remember Gladys Lau. She’s been having some trouble with the back, I believe. So might want to call her and see how she’s doing Jenny Sanderson’s dad. Vincent. I don’t know how to pronounce his last name. Anyway, let me just say Jenny’s dad is back at home now under hospice care.

So remember him, he just had a stroke and they released him from the hospital and he’s back at home. I’m not sure when they will be returning. I talked, we talked to Terry, I guess it was Monday night and they were down there then. So keep them in your prayers and then had Richardson that Sherry’s dad is in the hospital after falling and fracturing his,

his spine. Got Sherry’s Cheryl’s no one. I said, who is that? That Cheryl’s dead. So I, I just misread that apologize for that. So he did fall and fractured his spine then. Okay. But we, sorry to hear about that. And then Tammy Knox, that’s Becky Posner’s niece has the shingles. And we want to remember that.

That can be a very painful thing to go through. Is that then I think that’s all the announcements I have right now for that I had on this. I do have one, you know, people are getting older these days and I understand that Aaron is getting that way now today’s his birthday. So wish him a happy birthday. And he can be thankful that it’s not as old as some of us.

Some of us are twice as old as he is, are older. So yeah. Anyway, you can be thankful. You’re not that old. Well, we just, we just keep going ahead of you though. Anyway, Aaron’s going to be leading our song service tonight. Noah Olson is going to offer the invitation and then Terry Whitley is going to lead us in a closing prayer number 71,

Number 71 as the deer, As the deer pants for water. So my soul longs after you, you alone know my heart’s desire and I long to ship you.<inaudible> she<inaudible>, you<inaudible>. And I long to ship you. I won you more than gold or silver only you can. That is fuck you alone are the real joy giver. And the,

my<inaudible> my she<inaudible> you alone. I Steans I and I long to ship you. Song of invitation will be number 922 Nine two two. Good evening. I want to share with you something that I heard at a lectureship in Missouri, an illustration I’ve come to love and it’s going to illustrate our points for this evening. It happened at a college supposedly,

supposedly affiliated with the church. And there were two boys throwing Coke bottles down the hallway. They were throwing them down the hallway just to see how far they could get, throw them just to competition. And these were the Coke bottles that are really thick. You throw them on the ground. They’re not going to break. And they kept going back and forth and it was a competition.

And as one of the kids lined up to throw his Coke bottle, another student came out of the dorms, not knowing that this missile would hit him straight in the head. It did. He fell immediately to the floor and they took him to the emergency room. They actually sent him home that night and that night he started hammering and he died. Well,

I didn’t mean to kill anyone. The student said, I didn’t mean to do that. Well, you can see he’s devastated. And of course the school doesn’t know what to do. So they put them aside. And the parents, the student finds out that this was there only child, their only child. And so the parents meet with the child or the student and the father is,

starts talking. He says, son, we, we know you didn’t mean to kill our son. We know it was an accident. The father continues talking. He says, the son, since you’ve came to this school, we we’ve learned that you voted the gospel. You’re a Christian now. And since, because of your decision, your family has disowned.

You. They say you don’t have a home here, father then says this statement, son, can we adopt you? Would you like to be called our son? I want to ask you tonight who has done that for us in Romans chapter five. I want you to notice verse number eight, but God commendeth his love toward us. And that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.

The love of the father is something that is amazing to understand. I love the song, how deep the father’s love for us. How vast beyond all measure that he would give his only son to make us so we could have a home and an eternity with him. You know, we can’t, it’d be called the sons of God. We can have the most powerful beam in the universe is our father.

We get to call him father that’s, that’s a blessing. We should be thankful for that. And we get to talk to him. He’s given us so many blessings that we should enjoy. Physical. Cool. More importantly, spiritual. I want you to notice also first John chapter three and verse number one, the whole or of love the father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.

Therefore, the world know what this not because it knew him not. We are the children of God. We get to be called the sons of the father because of the father’s love. And also Christ’s love for us, John 15, verse 13, greater love hath. No man than this, the man would lay down his life for his friends. That’s a blessing for us to understand that we can be called the children of God because of our obedience,

but we must obey. We have to obey his word or else we will be lost. Yes. God loves us. He gave his son for the whole world. John three years. We’re 16, but we have to do our part number. There’s one here tonight who has never obeyed the gospel. Perhaps you hearing the word now, are you willing to believe that Jesus is right?

God, are you willing to repent of your sins? Confess Christ before man be baptized for the remission of sin. So you can be called a child of God, but perhaps you’ve already done. You’ve already done. So you are a child of God that you’ve strayed away from the faith you have not done as God would want you to do. I love second Peter,

three universe. Number nine. The Lord is not Slack concerning his promise as some men count slackness, but as long suffering to us, we’re not willing to notice this any should perish, but that all should come back to repentance. He loves you and he wants you to come back. He’s ready with open arms, but you have to make that decision.

And if anyone is subject, why don’t you come as we stand? And as we say,<inaudible>, it is small child.<inaudible> find in me all in all Jesus paid it all to him. I owe<inaudible>. He was eh, wide as no<inaudible><inaudible> I know long<inaudible> heart of stone. So Jesus paid it all to him. I owe<inaudible> had left.

Crimson’s dang.<inaudible> no,<inaudible> him complete. Hey, my trophies. Oh,<inaudible> jeez paid<inaudible> to him. I owe<inaudible>. He wash, eh, wide as no Before we pray, I would like to thank everybody for the calls and cards and even flowers. You it’s. I appreciate it. And I want the church to know that I just wanna let y’all know that this COVID is,

is pretty serious stuff. I mean, it’s, it hit me pretty hard and I appreciate your prayers. Most, especially now let’s be dismissed our heavenly father. We thank you Lord, for the privilege to be in your house tonight. We thank you for Noah Lord that brought the devotional tonight and it was a so touching Lord. It was your true word.

Lord, we ask that you bring the sick back to us Lord and bring them back into the worship and be with ones that have lost loved ones, Lord, and just comfort them as only you can Lord be with the ones that are going to be traveling, just keep them safe and bring them back safely. For these things we ask in your precious and Holy name.