Friday 9/13/19 Communion Fall Fellowship 2015 DVD 40563

– [Man] Welcome to the
Shepherd’s Chapel Network family Bible study hour with Pastor Dennis Murray. Wisdom is understanding
God’s Word. Pastor Murray’s unique
teaching approach brings God’s Word
alive with meaning as he takes you on
a chapter by chapter verse by verse study
of God’s letter to you, the Bible. And now here is
Pastor Dennis Murray. – Good day to you,
God bless you. Welcome to Shepherd’s Chapel, welcome to this family
Bible study hour. Ready to get back
into our Father’s word here at the Chapel. We’ve got a communion
special for you today. And if you didn’t notice
the crawl that we published on the program
proceeding this one in this same time slot
in our last lecture, if you don’t have the
sacraments together, please, we invite you
to get your sacraments together at this time. And any red wine will do
for the blood of Christ to symbolically, grape juice is fine. If you don’t have
either of those, water is okay, it’s symbolic. For the bread, a piece of
soda cracker will suffice. If you don’t have
a soda cracker, any type of bread. The bread also is symbolic
of the body of Jesus Christ. I do encourage you to take
communion with us today, even if you don’t have wine
or grape juice available. If all you have is water, use the water. You see, partaking
of the Lord’s table is the closest communion, and that’s the reason for
the title Communion Service, it brings you into
close communion with your heavenly Father. So with that we’re
gonna announcement, we’ll get into today’s message concerning the feast
of tabernacles. And I want to
start off by asking you a couple questions. Do you ever feel like
the ways of the world are closing in around you? Does it seem like
that the wicked and the evil in the world comes out, prevails
over those who try and do good for the most part? Do you have trouble
finding comfort and peace and a sense of wellbeing
with the national and world events
such as they are? You know, if we try and
live through this flesh life outside of the protection
of our heavenly Father, these feelings can
become overwhelming. Imagine how Israel felt when they first
came out of Egypt. They left behind their homes, they left behind
for the most part everything that they had known for the last 400 years, the length of their
captivity in Egypt. And you know, I believe
that God knew the feelings that the people of Israel had. Maybe feelings a little
bit of uncertainty, not knowing where they’re going although he had prepared
them and told them that the land that he had
promised their ancestors was a land that flowed
with milk and honey. But as they made
their way out of Egypt the first place of
encampment was called Succot, and it is a place
that is a very special place to our heavenly Father, and he instructed the children
of Israel to make booths. They were instructed to
take branches from trees and form a hut, if you will. Was it much? No, they weren’t much, but it was some protection
from the elements as well as wild beast
that might be passing by. I think as importantly
as the previous two, it was a visual
reality to the people that our heavenly
Father provided for them and that he was
going to be with them and protect them. That overcomes those
feelings of no peace, no sense of calm. It calms us down to be
able to have that place to go into. So with that introduction, I’d like to start today in
Exodus chapter 12 verse 18. We ask that word of wisdom
in Yeshua’s precious name, as always, Father, we ask you to open eyes, open ears this day. Let’s pick it up today,
Exodus chapter 12 verse 18. “In the first month.” The first month on
the Hebrew calendar, of course, Abib. “On the 14th day of
the month at even, “ye shall eat unleavened bread, “until the one and twentieth
day of the month at even.” That’s sundown. Now the 14th day of
the month at evening, sundown in other words, as you know was the
beginning of the Passover. And of course, that was
in the time of Moses, and up until the crucifixion
of Christ on the cross. But he became our Passover, First Corinthians chapter
five verses six and seven. These days following
the 14th day, actually the 15th day
on the Hebrew calender was the Passover, you had as seven day
feast in the Hebrew tongue called matzoh, which was the feast
of unleavened bread. Verse 19. “Seven days shall there be no
leaven found in your houses, “for whosesoever eateth
that which is leavened, “even that soul
shall be cut off.” That means destroyed
or consumed. “From the congregation
of Israel, “whether he be a stranger, “or born in the land.” The stranger meaning a
foreigner that was sojourning or residing with the
people of Israel, or one born of the
tribes of Israel, applied to everyone. Verse 20. “Ye shall eat nothing leavened, “in all your habitations shall
ye eat unleavened bread.” And of course bread today, our bread of life
is Jesus Christ. Leaven, of course, in the New Testament, a type for sin. And Matthew chapter
16 verse 12 documents that leaven is a type for sin. You remember the teaching
in the New Testament also of Christ that the leaven, he warned his disciples of
the leaven of the Pharisees and the scribes, and of course that leaven
was their doctrine. And a little false doctrine
spreads through the church just like leaven spreads
through the loaf of bread. Verse 21. “Then Moses called for
all the elders of Israel, “and said unto them, “Draw out and take
you a lamb according “to your families, “and kill the Passover.” Not Easter, not Ishtar. The word Easter appears one
time in the book of Acts, and it’s a bad translation, it should have been
translated Passover. Now this draw out a lamb
according to your families, I think this has
reference to verse four in this same chapter. We didn’t cover that, but their instructions
were given for if a family were too small to
have a Passover lamb. By the way, a kid of the
goats was okay as well, if you didn’t have a
lamb for the Passover. But a family of 10
could consume one lamb or one kid of the goats. So if you had, in other words, two neighbors and there were
five members in one family and four member in
the other family, they could kill one goat
or a kid of the goats or one lamb, and
share the Passover. Verse 22. “And ye shall take
a bunch of hyssop.” Hyssop known for it’s cleansing and it’s detergent properties. “And dip it in the blood
that is in the basin.” The blood of the
Passover lamb of course is what we’re talking about. “And strike the lintel
and the two side post “with the blood that
is in the bason, “and none of you shall go
out at the door of his house “until the morning, “until the light
of the next day.” Now what the people of
Israel were doing was marking their door, their home with the blood of
the Passover lamb so that the Death
Angel would pass over. You see, the final plague, the death of the firstborn, was about to occur. And that’s why the reason
for the Passover was given, the instruction, the blood of the lamb
would protect the home from the Death Angel. Just as the blood
of the lamb today, and I’m referring
to Jesus Christ, protects us from the
Death Angel today. Verse 23. “For the Lord will pass
through to smite the Egyptians, “and when he seeth the
blood upon the lintel”, the door post, “and on the two side post, “the Lord will pass
over the door.” Then thus the name Passover. “And will not suffer
or allow the destroyer “to come in unto your
houses to smite you.” The intent was that the
firstborn of every Egyptian would die that night, not the people of Israel. Verse 24. “And ye shall observe this
thing for an ordinance to thee “and to thy sons forever.” Why? “And it shall come to pass
when you be come to the land “which the Lord will give you “according as he hath promised, “that you shall
keep this service.” And this was to be perpetual, ongoing generation
to generation. “And it shall come to
pass when your children “shall say unto you, “what mean ye by this service?” What does all this mean? And you know, it’s
important today for parents to teach their children, to teach their children
the truth about Passover. Not Ishtar, not Easter, which is a pagan spring orgy, festival, quick like a bunny, eggs, symbolic of fertility. Hide the eggs in the groves, rolling the eggs around, that has crept in to become one of the most religious
holidays in Christianity, and the origin of it
is a pagan spring orgy. No, Passover, you want to teach
your children not only how to celebrate Passover, but why we celebrate
the Passover, and that is the fact that
God brought our ancestors out of the land of Egypt, out of bondage. He loved his children
so much that he gave his only begotten Son, who paid the price on the
cross so that the blood protects us from the
Death Angel today. 27. “That ye shall say, “It is the sacrifice.” When your children ask you, “What does this mean,
what you’re doing?” “That ye shall say, “It is the sacrifice
of the Lord’s Passover, “who passed over the
houses of the children “of Israel in Egypt, “when he smote the Egyptians, “and delivered our houses. “And the people bowed
the head and worshiped” Teach your children
the truth of Passover and they will grow
to love the Lord and to revere him and
worship him as well. “And the children
of Israel went away, “and did as the Lord had
commanded Moses and Aaron, “so did they.” They followed God’s command, as we do our best to do today. 29. “And it came to pass,
that at midnight “the Lord smote
all the firstborn “in the land of Egypt, “from the firstborn of Pharaoh
that sat on his throne, “unto the firstborn
of the captive “that was in the dungeon, “and all the firstborn
of the cattle.” It applied to their
livestock as well. But from the highest
in the society, the Pharaoh, the king, to the lowest in their society, he who was in jail, the firstborn was struck dead. “And Pharaoh rose
up in the night.” A sense of urgency, he didn’t wait ’til morning. “He and all his servants, “and all the Egyptians, “and there was a
great cry in Egypt, “for there was not a house where “there was not one dead.” Every family effected. Can you imagine how they felt? Verse 31. “And he”, this being
Pharaoh, the king, “called for Moses and
Aaron by night and said, “Rise up and get ye forth
from among my people, “both ye and the
children of Israel, “and go, serve the
Lord, as ye have said.” Verse 32. “Also take your
flocks and your herds, “as ye have said, “and be gone, and
bless me also.” No conditions placed
on their leaving. The first occurrence where Moses went to Pharaoh in Exodus
chapter five verse one, and he demanded of Pharaoh, “Let my people go.” And what was Pharaoh’s
response at that time? “I don’t believe I
know Yahaveh, your God, “get back to work.” Now he’s urging the
people of Israel to leave. Verse 33. “And the Egyptians were
urgent upon the people”, upon Israel, “that they might send them
out of the land in haste, “for they said, “We be all dead men. “We’ll all be dead if
Israel doesn’t leave.” Is what they were thinking. “And the people
took their dough”, the Israelites, “before it was leavened, “their kneadingtroughs
being bound up “in their clothes
upon their shoulders.” No time to wait on
the bread to rise after adding leaven to it. And besides that, it
was God’s instruction seven days after the Passover, “You’ll have no
leaven in your homes.” “And the children of
Israel did according to the word of Moses, and they borrowed”, or asked, “of the Egyptians
jewels of silver, “and jewels of
gold, and raiment.” And after 400 years
of forced labor, the Egyptians certainly
owed the people of Israel. “And the Lord gave
the people favor “in the sight of the Egyptians, “so that they lent
unto them such things “as they required. “And they spoiled
the Egyptians.” Verse 37. “And the children of Israel
journeyed from Rameses.” Rameses being Pharaoh’s
capital at this time. “To Succoth, “about six hundred thousand
on foot that were men, “beside children.” Succoth, again, if you translate it rather
than transliterate it, in the Hebrew into
English is booths. And again, they were
instructed to take branches and make a dwelling place
that they could go into. It was also a visual
sign or symbol of God’s protection. Six hundred thousand in
Numbers chapter one verse 46, after the first
numbering of Israel, they were numbered
603,550 fighting men. You add to that their wives, their children and the elderly, I estimate that the population
of Israel at this time neared 2.1 million people. Verse 38. “And a mixed multitude”, this being people who
had married Israelites who had married Egyptians is
what the mixed multitude is, “went up also with them, “and flocks and herds, “even very much cattle.” As promised they would
prosper even in captivity. 39. “And they baked unleavened
cakes of the dough “which they brought
forth out of Egypt. “For it was not leavened, “because they were thrust
out of Egypt”, in a hurry, “and could not tarry, “neither had they prepared
for themselves any victual.” And ultimately they
would be prepared food by our heavenly
Father, the manna. You know, this Succoth, very important to our Father. Turn with me to
Leviticus chapter 23. God instructed that a feast be held each year to commemorate Succoth. And it’s translated
into the English, feast of tabernacles, but it is indeed Succoth
in the Hebrew language. Turn with me again, Leviticus 23 verse 33, and it reads. “And the Lord spake
unto Moses, saying.” Verse 34. “Speak unto the children
of Israel, saying, “The fifteenth day
of this seventh month “shall be the feast
of tabernacles.” Succoth in the Hebrew language. “For seven days unto the Lord.” Now the seventh month
on the Hebrew calender, called Tishri. It was a very special month, it began, the first day
of Tishri was a feast, the feast of trumps. Then on the 10th of Tishri you had the day of atonement, that was the day
that the high priest took the blood of a bull and the blood of a goat, a lamb if you will, into the Holy of Holies and sought an atonement
for all the sins that had gone unatoned
for throughout the year. And then the 15th of Tishri, a seven day feast, the feast of tabernacles. And then the day following it, you had one last feast to
close out the festal cycle for the year. But at the feast of
tabernacles you see it was a time of harvest, and it was a time that
there was much joy in Israel because the people were, it was time to enjoy the
fruits of their labors. Verse 35. “On the first day shall
be an holy convocation, “ye shall do not
servile work therein.” This being a sabbath day. And of course, what did
they do on the sabbath? Well, God instructed them, the priest were to read
the law to the people. Verse 36. “Seven days ye shall
offer an offering “made by fire unto the Lord, “on the eighth day”, the day following the
feast of tabernacles, “shall be an holy convocation”, a sabbath, “unto you, “and ye shall offer an offering
made by fire unto the Lord, “it is a solemn assembly, “and you shall do no
servile work therein.” A day of restraint. Verse 37. “These are the
feasts of the Lord.” And this is going all the
way back to the beginning of chapter 23, which of course began
with the Passover, being the first sabbath, followed by the feast
of unleavened bread. “These are the
feasts of the Lord, “which ye shall proclaim
to be holy convocations, “to offer an offering made
by fire unto the Lord, “a burnt offering
and a meat offering, “a sacrifice, and
drink offering, “everything upon his day.” And the seasons of the
feast I think to remind the people of Israel of their obligation to
sacrifice to the Lord. 38, “Beside”, or in addition to, “the sabbaths of the Lord.” The sacrifices assigned
to the sabbaths, in other words. “And besides your gifts, “and beside all your vows, “and beside all your
freewill offerings, “which ye give unto the Lord.” Dedicatory gifts, first fruits, tithes, the heave offerings, all of these, the sacrifices of the
feast were to be given in addition to the
ones I just mentioned. 39. “Also in the fifteenth
day of the seventh month, “when ye have gathered in
the fruit of the land.” The harvest has been completed. “Ye shall keep a feast
unto the Lord seven days. “On the first day
shall be a sabbath, “and on the eighth day
shall also be a sabbath.” Verse 40. “And ye shall take
you on the first day “the boughs of goodly trees, “branches of palm trees, “and the boughs of thick trees, “and willows of the brook, “and ye shall rejoice
before the Lord your God “seven days.” A time of joy among
the people of Israel. And the reason that God assigned
the feast of tabernacles, succoth, was for the
people to remember that they were
brought out of Egypt not by their own power, but by God’s power. And that he took care of
them through that time that they were in
the wilderness. He takes care of his children even unto this day. 41. “And you shall keep it
a feast unto the Lord “seven days in the year. “It shall be a statute
forever in your generations, “throughout your generations. “Ye shall celebrate it
in the seventh month.” The seventh month
again being Tishri on the Hebrew calendar. 42, “Ye shall dwell
in booths seven days, “all that are Israelites born “shall dwell in booths.” Again, to remind the people of God’s protecting
hand over them. And you know what? He has a protecting hand
over his children today, more on that as we work our
way through this lesson. Verse 43, “That your generations,”
that your children, “may know that I”,
the Lord speaking, “made the children on
Israel to dwell in booths, “when I brought them out
of the land of Egypt, “I am the Lord your God.” A cloud by day and a
pillar of fire by night, and the booths
protecting his children. 44. “And Moses declared unto
the children of Israel “the feasts of the Lord.” Well now you know, a lot has happened
since these times. Today, for example, are you going to wait around for the day of atonement to ask God for
forgiveness of your sins? Of course not. You should do that every
day if you sin every day, and of course it’s the
blood of Jesus Christ that we wash those
sins in today, not the blood of
a bull or a ram. Well, are we gonna
sacrifice a few animals to the Lord today? Of course not. He doesn’t want our offerings
or sacrifice of animals, blood ordinances were
nailed to the cross along with Jesus Christ. He became that sacrifice for one and all time. You know, the people
of Israel didn’t do a very good job of
following God’s instructions for the most part. Turn with me to
Nehemiah chapter eight. Didn’t do a very good job of
following his instructions, and that’s why they ended up going into captivity. And Nehemiah chapter eight, to kind of bring you up, there was a king of Persia
by the name of Cyrus, and he set the people
of Israel free, particularly the
people of Judah, to return to Jerusalem. And at this point in time where we’re gonna pick it up, they’ve returned to Jerusalem and they’ve rebuilt the
wall around the city. Now that wall around the city, what was the purpose of it? It was to protect
them from enemies. They realized, though, that there was another
wall that they were missing even though they had
rebuilt the physical wall, that wall of
protection, of course, our heavenly Father. With that let’s pick it up, chapter eight verse one. “And all the people
gathered themselves together “as one man into the street”, this being an open space, not literally a street, “that was before the water gate, “and they spake
unto Ezra the scribe “to bring the book
of the law of Moses.” Now Ezra was not only a scribe, we’re gonna learn that
he was a priest as well. And note the people requested that the book of Moses, of the law of Moses
be brought out. No doubt the people of Judah, feeling thankful that
the Lord had brought them out of captivity
to the Babylonians, and also thankful
for returning home and building the wall. But they asked him
to bring out the law, “The book of the law of Moses “which the Lord had
commanded to Israel.” And you know, it
was disobedience to the commands of the Lord that wound them up in
captivity to the Babylonians. I think they’re thinking, “You know, we need to
obey the law of God.” And of course, to
obey the law of God you have to know the law of God. Verse two. “And Ezra the priest
brought the law “before the congregation, “both of men and women, “and all that could
hear with understanding, “upon the first day
of the seventh month.” And the first day of
the seventh month is, I mentioned in the
previous scripture, was the feast of trumps. And it was the
duty of the priest, most on the holy convocations
of the Israelites, could not read. And again, it was the duty
of the priest and the Levites to read the law to the people and teach them. And notice that they that
could hear with understanding. You know, there’s a
big difference between hearing the Word of God and hearing the Word of
God with understanding. I think many people
today try and understand God’s Word, but they read it and
they become confused, and that’s the reason God
promised he would send teachers. Verse three. “And he read therein”, this being Ezra, “before the street that
was before the water gate “from the morning until midday.” From daylight ’til noon. “Before the men and the women, “and those that
could understand, “and the ears of all the people “were attentive unto
the book of the law.” And they weren’t
hearing anything about Easter eggs, Ishtar, or the traditions of men, they were getting
the Word of God straight up from Ezra. And you know, Moses
instructed in the law, Deuteronomy chapter 31 verses 11 and 12, 13, anytime that Israel
had an ingathering the law was to be read to the men and women of Israel, and to their children, so that their children
would learn to revere, to love the Lord
and worship him. Verse four. “And Ezra the scribe stood
upon a pulpit of wood.” This would be a
raised platform where the people could
see and hear him. “Which they had made
for the purpose, “and beside him
stood Mattithiah, “and Shema, “and Anaiah, “and Urijah, “and Hilkiah, “and Maaseiah, “on his right hand, “and on his left hand, “Pedaiah, “and Mishael, “and Malchiah, “and Hashum, “and Hashbadana, “Zechariah, “and Meshullam.” Let’s see, if we
count those priests that were listed there and added Ezra, who’s not listed there the number would be 14. Do you know your biblical math, your biblical numerics
well enough to know what the number 14 is? It’s deliverance and salvation. “And Ezra opened the book”, book of the law of Moses, “in the sight of all the people, “for he was above
all the people.” On this platform that they
had built for the purpose. “And when he opened it, “all the people stood up.” They all stood in
reverence to the Lord and to his word. Verse six. “And Ezra blessed the Lord, “the great God, “and all the people answered, “Amen, amen.” Which means that is truth, and it’s twice for emphasis
and great solemnity. “With lifting up their hands, “and they bowed their heads, “and worshiped the Lord with
their faces to the ground.” No doubt they kneeled, and then with their
faces to the ground. This is a sign of humility, humbling themself
before the Lord, worshiping Yahaveh, as we do this day. Verse seven. “Also Jeshua, “and Bani, “and Sherebiah, “Jamin, “Akkub, “Shabbethai, “Hodijah, “Maaseiah, “Kelita, “Azariah, “Jozabad, “Hanan, “Palaiah, “and the Levites, “caused the people to
understand the law, “and the people stood
in their place.” The people were paying attention and attentive to what
they were being taught. Don’t let this throw you, these listed here are Levites, they’re not priests, but that was also a
function of the Levites who weren’t priests, but those who were capable
of teaching the law did so. It was their work, and here they’re doing
their assigned work and doing it well, instructing the
people in the law. And note they caused the
people to understand the law. Again, very important
difference of hearing the word and
understanding the word. Verse eight. “So they read in the book in
the law of God distinctly.” Check this word distinctly out, it’s parash in the
Hebrew and it means separate and divide. And we are instructed in Second
Timothy chapter two verse 15 to rightly divide
the word of God so that we can understand it. “And gave the sense”, sakel in the Hebrew
or intelligence, “and caused them to
understand the reading.” Verse nine. “And Nehemiah, “which is the Tirshatha.” The Tirshatha was the governor of
Jerusalem at this time. Ezra, I believe it was, that led the first group
from Babylon into Jerusalem, and then Nehemiah
brought a later group. But he was the
governor of Jerusalem. “And Ezra the
priest, the scribe, “and the Levites that
taught the people, “said unto all the people, “This day is holy unto
the Lord your God.” The feast of trumpets, the first of Tishri. “Mourn not, “nor weep. “For all the people wept, “when they heard the
words of the law.” And different scholars have
different thoughts on why the people were weeping. You know, many of these people, if you weren’t older
than 70 years old, you weren’t born in
Jerusalem or Israel, you were born in
the land of Babylon because that’s how long
the captivity lasted. So many of the people
I think are hearing the Word of God
for the first time. I think many of them
are also understanding that we’re not doing
according to the Word of God. But the word should bring joy, it should build the people up, it should edify them. Again, perhaps
they were overcome, it had been awhile
since many of them had heard the word. Verse 10. “Then he said unto them, “Go your way, “eat the fat.” Eat the surplus, of course the fat
belongs to God. “And drink the sweet, “and send portions”, or gifts, “unto them whom
nothing is prepared.” In other words, to the poor. “For this day is
holy unto our Lord, “neither be ye sorry, “for the joy of the
Lord is your strength.” I want you to
remember that verse. When it seems like
the ways of the world are becoming closing
in around you and you’re overwhelmed
with a sense of distraction from the Lord, the joy of the Lord
is your strength. And when you see ungodly
decisions being made by our Supreme Court, for example, know that the joy of the
Lord is your strength. Verse 11. “So the Levites stilled
all the people.” They hushed the people. “Saying, “Hold your peace, “for the day is holy, “neither be you grieved.” Stop weeping, this is a joyous day. Verse 12. “And all the people
went their way to eat, “and to drink, “and to send portions, “and to make great mirth”, this means joy, “because they had
understood the words “that were declared unto them.” Understanding the Word
of God brings joy. I know many of you
tried for years to understand God’s Word, and maybe you became
frustrated even because it just didn’t make any sense. But then you found
a good teacher, one that could make you
understand the Word of God, and that brought great joy. Verse 13. “And on the second day
were gathered together “the chief of the fathers
of all the people, “the priests, and the Levites, “unto Ezra the scribe, “even to understand
the words of the law.” The people were hungry, just as people today
are hungry as well. They didn’t get
enough the first day, they wanted more. “And they found
written in the law “which the Lord had
commanded by Moses, “that the children of Israel
should dwell in booths “in the feast of
the seventh month.” The feast of tabernacles, succoth in the Hebrew tongue. “And that they should
publish and proclaim “in all their cities and
in Jerusalem, saying, “Go forth unto the mount, “and fetch olive branches, “and pine branches, “and myrtle branches, “and palm branches, “and branches of thick trees, “to make booths, “as it is written.” Those booths that
were a visual sign of God’s protection, and symbolically telling
the people of Israel it wasn’t by your power
that you came out of Egypt, it was by your heavenly
Father’s power. Verse 16. “So the people went forth and”, and note the repetition
of and in this verse, that’s called a polysyndenton, which adds emphasis to what is being said. “And brought them and
made themselves booths, “every one upon the
roof of his house, “and in their courts, “and in the courts
of the house of God, “and in the street
of the water gate, “and in the street of
the gate of Ephraim.” Verse 17. “And all the congregation
of them that were come again “out of the captivity “made booths and sat
under the booths. “For since the days of
Jeshua the son of Nun”, that’s Joshua, “unto that day had not the
children of Israel done so. “And there was a
very great gladness.” The word Jesus in the New
Testament comes from the same Hebrew word that Joshua
is translated from, you see it here, Jeshua, which you
hear us refer to Jesus by that name often
here at the Chapel. But the time of Joshua
was around 1443 BC. The time of Ezra and Nehemiah, 426 BC. So we’re talking 1,017
years had not the people. And this is not to say
that never did the people make booths, this is saying that to
the extent that they did at the time of Nehemiah, it had never been done
since the days of Joshua. Verse 18. “Also day by day from the
first day unto the last day”, the seven days of the feast, “he read the book
of the law of God. “And they kept the
feast seven days, “and on the eight day
was a solemn assembly, “according unto the manner.” And with that I want
to go to Psalm 73. Psalm 73. We’re talking about the sanctuary in Psalm 73. Psalm 73 through 89
is the Leviticus book and concerns the sanctuary. And I want you to think
about the sanctuary of God not necessarily as a building, but as a relationship
that you have with your heavenly Father. No matter how bad things get, no matter how tough things
become in the world, that place you can go
and find peace and calm. The psalmist starts
out discussing that he almost messed up, and then he discovered
the error of his ways. Psalm 73. “Truly God is good to Israel, “even to such as are
of a clean heart.” Verse two. “But as for me, my
feet were almost gone, “my steps had well
nigh slipped.” Occupation of the
heart with others causes my error. I was about to
make a big mistake, is what the psalmist was saying, outside the sanctuary. “For I was envious
at the foolish”, the arrogant and the boasters, “when I saw the
prosperity of the wicked.” And it seems like
that the wicked always prevail over those who try to do good. I’m almost envious
of what they have, their prosperity. And in verses four to
12 we have the wicked and their prosperity. “For there are no
bands in their death, “but their strength is firm.” They’re healthy and
fat is their belly, as you could translate this. “They are not in
trouble as other men.” It seems like the
wicked never have any problems in life. “Neither are they
plagued like other men.” Outside the sanctuary. This world today is
a good example of outside of God’s sanctuary. Take drug pushers for example. They’ve always got a nice car, they’ve always got nice clothes, lots of money. I’m almost envious of them. That’s the error of being influenced by the wicked. Verse six. “Therefore pride compasseth
them about as a chain.” They wear their pride
almost as an ornament, like a necklace. “Violence cover
them as a garment. “Their eyes stand
out with fatness.” Their eyes protrude or bulge with prosperity. “They have more than
heart could wish.” Verse eight. “They are corrupt
and speak wickedly “concerning oppression, “they speak loftily.” They imagine themselves on high speaking down to everyone else. “They set their mouth
against the heavens.” And that’s for God
who dwells there. “And their tongue walketh
thought the earth. “Therefore his
people”, God’s people, “return hither, “and waters of a full cup
are wrung out to them.” Verse 11. “And they”, these are the apostates, the wicked say, “How doth God know? “And is there knowledge
in the most High?” For the most part
they don’t even believe in God today. Verse 12, “Behold, these are the ungodly “who prosper in the world, “they increase in riches.” Verses 13 through
16 we see the result of this distraction. “Verily I have cleansed
my heart in vain”, the wicked say this, “and wash may hands
in innocency.” This is the result
of occupation with others distraction. “For all the day long
have I been plagued “and chastened every morning “outside of the sanctuary.” Things don’t change there, everything remains
the same day to day. Verse 15. “If I say I will speak thus, “behold, I should offend against “the generation
of thy children.” Verse 16, “Went I
thought to know this “it was too painful for me.” Affliction and
vexation in my eyes. It was too difficult
for my eyes, is what this is saying. Now the psalmist realizes
the error of his way. If you are messing
around with the wicked and evil of the world, I hope you realize the
error of your way as well. Verse 17. “Until I went into
the sanctuary of God, “then understood I their end. I understood, and you know, life
didn’t make sense until I went into the sanctuary, is what the psalmist is saying. And that place that
you can go into and you realize there
that it’s not prosperity that comes to the
wicked and evil, it’s ruin that awaits them. Verse 18, “Surely
thou didst set them “in slippery places.” Not on the rock, and don’t forget
who our rock is, Jesus Christ. “Thou castedst them
down into destruction.” It’s ruin that awaits them, not prosperity. “How are they brought
into desolation, “as in a moment, “they are utterly
consumed with terrors.” And if you ever think
that the wicked get ahead, don’t ever forget Psalm 37 where you have verse seven, 20 and 34, which I’m summarizing
but it says, “Wait on the Lord.” If you just read
those three verses. The wicked are going
to go up in fat, like the fat of the lamb
on a barbecue grill. (spitting) It goes up forever and ever. Verse 34, the righteous have a
front row seat to see it, the wicked destroyed. Verse 20. “As a dream when one awaketh, “so, O Lord, “when thou awakest, “thou shalt despise
their image.” And we’re gonna stop there
and go to Acts chapter, excuse me, Hebrews chapter four. You know, we’ve been talking
about a place to go, a sanctuary when
things are tough. And of course, all of this in the
Old Testament is good and worthy of study, but I want you to understand where you should go in and rest every day, and that of course
is in Jesus Christ. Hebrews, I should say, chapter four verse one. “Let us therefore
fear”, or revere, “the Lord, “lest a promise being left
us of entering into his rest, “any of you should seem
to come short of it.” Now the word rest
here is a Greek word I want you to learn today. (speaking Greek) And by Hebraism, it means an abode. Much like other Greek words
that you’re familiar with, mone and meno, which in the book of
John are mansions. So what does abide mean? It means to live with, and that’s what you do in
these times of trouble, when it seems like the
wicked always get ahead, when it seems like
there is no peace, when it seems like
the wicked prevail over those who try to do right. You live with Christ and
the Holy Spirit within you, that is how you survive. Verse two. “For unto us was
the gospel preached, “as well as unto them, “but the word preached
did not profit them.” Why? Because they didn’t
believe the word. “Not being mixed with faith
in them that heard it.” Verse three. “For we which have believed.” Note the difference, the unbelief and believers. “Do enter into rest, as he said, “As I have sworn in my wrath, “if they shall
enter into my rest, “my abode, “although the
works were finished “from the foundation
of the world.” This quoting Psalm 95 verse 11, the foundations of the world, a Greek word many of
you are familiar with, katabole. “For he spake in a certain
place of the seventh day “on this wise, “and God did rest the seventh
day from all his works.” Verse five. “And in this place again, “if they shall
enter into my rest.” The choice is yours. You can flounder
around in the world, the ways of the world, the ways of the wicked, or you can enter
into Christ’s rest. “Seeing therefore it
remaineth that some “must enter therein, “and they to whom it
was first preached “entered not in
because of unbelief.” Again, he limiteth
a certain day, “saying in David, “Today after so long a time, “as it is said, “Today ye shall hear his voice, “harden not your hearts.” So it’s at this time
then we’re going to bring the sacraments before you. I hope you have them prepared. And I want you to realize that this communion is given to us by our heavenly Father freely. Now don’t misunderstand me, it was not free, it was an awesome price
that Jesus Christ paid on the cross. Do you need a strengthening? Do you need a healing? That’s what this
communion can do. Do you know someone
who needs strengthening and needs a healing? Well, you can do
it just as Christ paid the price on the cross, in proxy, in intercession for us, you can do the same for
a friend or loved one. And you know, and with
that we’re gonna take the communion together. On the night that
Christ was betrayed he took the bread. And if you would at
this time take the bread and hold it. And he said, “This is my body “which is broken for you. “Take ye and eat ye all of it.” Oh, heavenly Father. We thank you, Father, for taking the stripes, Father, on that cross and
prior to the cross, knowing that we get
the healing, Father. We thank you for that. In Jesus’ precious name, amen. Soon after, Christ took the cup and he blessed it and he said, “This is my blood
which is shed for many. “Take ye and drink
ye all of it.” Oh heavenly Father, we thank you, Father, for that blood, that precious blood. We know that it was not free, that it was an awesome
price paid on that cross, Father. And we thank you
that at this time in taking this
communion we can receive a strengthening and
a healing, Father. Be with us, Father, always. We’re careful to
give you the praise. In Yeshua Jesus precious name. Amen. And I hope that you were able
to take communion with us on this broadcast today. And I know that the
Father is with you in that communion, that special time, time that you have with
your heavenly Father. You know, he loves
you a great deal. Why? Because you enjoy
studying his word. He wants his children
to understand his word, that’s why the law was read at the sabbath days
by the priests. You know, there are so many
in this world today that don’t take time
to study his word. And those of you who
do study his word, you’re very special to him. I want you to know that. And you know, why again? Because you take time each
day to study his word. And not only study his word, but understand his word and be a doer of his word. It makes his day. And believe me, blessings are going to follow. We are brought to you by
your tithes and offerings. If we’ve helped you, help us keep coming to you. Won’t you do that? And to reach out to
others who are lost in this world of darkness, others who need
to find a teacher so they can understand his word. Most important this, though, you stay in his word everyday. Every day in Father’s
word is a good day. Do you know why? It’s because Jesus, Yeshua, he is the living Word. (bagpipe music) – [Man] Hearing God’s
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