LESSON 6: THE PRINCIPLE OF LOVE
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This week's lesson is based on the 6th Commandment "You shall not murder."
Pastor Robert explains that there is a difference between murdering and killing.
Murder means to take a life when you don't have the authority to do so.
There are times when law enforcement, military, engagement in war, and the judicial system take a life and that is different than murder. Even the Bible implemented capital punishment.
We must understand that we are free today in America because men and women fought for our freedom. They were not breaking the 6th Commandment when they were fighting for our freedom because they were not murdering.
Pastor Robert titled this lesson "The Principle of Love" because love is the opposite of murder. He says the Bible likens murder to hate. He will show us in this lesson how hate links to murder.
15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
1 John 3:15
9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” [a]“You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
There are 5 points in this lesson.
Pastor Robert states that he is not worried about committing murder, but his concerned about the things that lead to murder, such as hate, and unforgiveness. He warns that there are things that Satan is trying to do. There is a path to murder. He will show us this path.
1. Hate precedes murder.
The story of Joseph is good example of this point because his brothers hated him.
4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him. 5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.
18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him.
They conspired to murder Joseph because they hated him.
11 “But if anyone hates his neighbor, lies in wait for him, rises against him and strikes him mortally, so that he dies, and he flees to one of these cities,
The above scripture in Deuteronomy gives another example of hate leading to murder. We know he murdered him because he hated him.
Here is a third example of this point in Joshua.
5 Then if the avenger of blood pursues him, they shall not deliver the slayer into his hand, because he struck his neighbor unintentionally, but did not hate him beforehand.
Pastor Robert asks if hate precedes murder, what then precedes hate?
2. Anger precedes hate.
Pastor Robert explains that before you hate someone, you get angry at them. He continues by stating that the first murder in the Bible was because of Cain's anger.
3 And [a]in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
8 Now Cain [a]talked with Abel his [b]brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
Pastor explains that anger is an emotion, but we can actually be angry and not sin. There is a verse that says to be angry, but do not sin. Anger is not a sin. It's what we do with the anger.
Have you ever know someone who has a tendency to blow up at others?
Have you ever blown up?
According to Pastor Robert, we blow up because we have anger that is unresolved!
It is unresolved anger that is just sitting in us that causes us to explode.
Think about it...
If you have water in a pot and turn the heat up, the water is going to boil over. But if there is no water in the pot, we can turn the heat up as much as we want but nothing will boil because there is no water.
If we get our anger out, even if we are going through a tough time, we won't blow up.
We have to resolve the anger.
What precedes anger?
3. An offense precedes anger.
Cain was offended at God and Abel. That is why he got angry. God accepted Abel's offering and not Cain's.
10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! 3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.
astonished - In this case, astonished doesn't have a good meaning. In this case, it means according to the Strong's Concordance, to strike, to expel by a blow.
When Jesus began to teach and have wisdom, the people got angry because they viewed Him as just a carpenter that grew up in their town. They were so offended by His popularity, and His wisdom that they wanted to strike Him!
We see the people offended by what happened in Luke 4 as well when Jesus went to His hometown and read a passage about the Messiah in Isaiah. The people were offended at Jesus because His did not meet their expectations. They viewed Him as a simple carpenter, not the Messiah. He was saying something that they did not understand!
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me [i]to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are [j]oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” 20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” 23 He said to them, “You will surely say this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done in Capernaum,[k] do also here in Your country.’ ” 24 Then He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. 25 But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; 26 but to none of them was Elijah sent except to [l]Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” 28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with [m]wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff. 30 Then passing through the midst of them, He went His way.
Luke 4: 16-30
What causes an offense?
4. Unfilled expectations precede offense.
Pastor Robert believes that Luke 7 contains the strongest passages in the Bible and one of the most enlightening.
LESSON 5: THE PRINCIPLE OF HONOR
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"And since God knew that mankind would fall and grew up in a fallen world and some people would have really bad parents, just to be honest about it, why would God put this in the Top 10? What is He trying to do?"
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1. Honor produces faith.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
"upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you" - means the Promise Land
Pastor Robert continues by stating that the Lord wanted them to learn the principle of honor at any early age because later the Lord became their authority.
(Their parents represented the Lord when they were young).
Pastor Robert concludes that if they wouldn't honor their parents,
they wouldn't honor Him.
These people did not enter the Promise Land (Honor produces faith)
because of their unbelief.
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
Pastor Robert shows us again in the following scripture how honor produces faith and unbelief is a result of not honoring.
Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
6 Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. 2 And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! 3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.
He - Jesus - to His own country
astonishment - not in a good way
"Isn't this just a carpenter?" - a prophet does have honor except in his own country, among his own relatives
his own country
his own relatives
As a result, Jesus could not do a mighty work there.
What caused unbelief?
They didn't honor Jesus, so they had unbelief.
Robert explains that because we know them, we know their faults. We've seen them angry, and upset. We've heard them say things that they shouldn't say. People don't honor people that they should honor if they are in their own family.
He continues by reminding us about the Roman Centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant. Jesus offered to come to his home to heal his servant, but the Centurion said He didn't need to come to his home. The Centurion explained that he too was a man of authority. He explained that he too had authority over him and had authority under him. He said when he told his servants to go and they went. He told Jesus that He just needed say the word and his servant would be healed.
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Jesus remarked that He hadn't found this great faith in all of Israel! The Centurion was a Roman. Why did he understand about faith so much?
It was because he understood authority.
What's the principle of honor?
To honor those in authority.
Pastor Robert says that he believes that the reason that we are probably the most faithless generation since the book of Acts,
is because we are
a very dishonoring generation!
He states that the Lord is trying to help us understand that honoring our father and mother helps us learn to honor authority. That in return gives us faith. He asks us if we have ever heard someone say that no one is going to tell them what to do? Isn't it amazing that that person always ends up jail or in the army!
2. Honor produces blessings.
This 5th commandment is also found in the New Testament.
Children and Parents
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
"that it maybe well with us"
Quoting from Deuteronomy 5 - The 10 Commandments are found in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.
What's the difference?
Pastor Robert explains that you obey when you are growing up in your parent's home.
Then you honor them when you are grown up and have your own home.
He said that he always told his children that as long as he was paying the bills, they had to do what he said.
He continues by saying that as a parent, your hope is that they begin to honor you, so that you can give them more freedom. As a result, a teenager gets more freedom if he or she understands the principle of honor. If they don't and are not maturing, then as a parent you have to keep teaching the teenagers to obey.
He states that we have some 40 year olds that still haven't learned the principle of honor. They go from job to another because they have the attitude that no one is going to tell them what to do.
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Submit to Government
13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will [a]bring judgment on themselves.
subject- This word comes from a military background. It means to submit to, without any question as to the troop leader because your life and others' lives could depend on it. Subject means to be obedient without any questions.
2 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Let's look at the verse before 52.
51 Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was [a]subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart.
Jesus was subject to them.
This word subject, is the same word as in Romans 13.
Pastor Robert points out that if Jesus was subject to His parents, shouldn't we be also?
Notice it says in Romans 13:2 that "those who resist, bring judgment on themselves".
15 “And he who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
17 “And he who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.
20 Whoever curses his father or his mother,
His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.
Below are two references talking about people who are under the judgement of God. Those who resist authority bring judgements on themselves.
30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
2 Timothy 3:2
Pastor Robert points out that the passages in Proverbs 30 in the Old Testament talk about a generation that doesn't honor it's father and mother. It could be any generation that begins without honoring their fathers and mothers and end without honoring their fathers and mothers.
In these passages, Pastor Robert says that there are two verses in the middle that even commentators don't know why they are included. Pastor Robert says the reason that they are included are because it happens to people who don't honor their fathers and mothers.
11 There is a generation that curses its father,
And does not bless its mother.
12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes,
Yet is not washed from its filthiness.
13 There is a generation—oh, how lofty are their eyes!
And their eyelids are [a]lifted up.
14 There is a generation whose teeth are likeswords,
And whose fangs are like knives,
To devour the poor from off the earth,
And the needy from among men. 15 The leech has two daughters--
Give and Give! There are three things that are never satisfied,
Four never say, “Enough!”:
16 The grave,
The barren womb,
The earth that is not satisfied with water--
And the fire never says, “Enough!” 17 The eye that mocks his father,
And scorns obedience to his mother,
The ravens of the valley will pick it out,
And the young eagles will eat it.
This generation is a generation of entitlement.
They say give and give to me and are like leaches. They can never have enough because they did not grow up with the principle of honor.
There are consequences for not honoring parents and authorities.
We are supposed to honor a lot of people!
Honor one another.
That includes everybody!
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3. Honor produces destiny.
We have read this commandment in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. Now we read it again in Deuteronomy 5.
16 ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lordyour God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
"in the land which the Lord your God is giving you"
In this passage, the Lord is referring to a "promise land" for them. Pastor Robert adds that God has a "promise land" for us as well. The Lord has a calling and a destiny on our lives that things will not go well with us if we don't honor our fathers and our mothers. We must honor our fathers and mothers in the land the Lord God is giving us so that we will live long in the calling and the destiny He has upon our lives.
Pastor Robert clarifies that the Promise land is not heaven because the Promise Land still has enemies in it.
Heaven does not have any enemies in it!
Defilement Comes from Within
15 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” 3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ 5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”-- 6 then he need not honor his father [a]or mother.’ Thus you have made the [b]commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 8 ‘These people [c]draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
Pastor Robert states that the Children of Israel did not honor their parents in their old age.
Some things about honor:
Honor is not what you say. It is what you do and what you do in your heart.
Do we really honor our parents?
What if we had bad parents?
Some people had heathen parents. Some people grew up in a Christian home or had churched parents who were very bad. Pastor Robert stated that he has seen more abusive instances that difficult to get healed from church situations. This is because it is tough when your parents are quoting the Bible to you and acting a different way.
So how do we honor dishonorable people?
He continues by adding that you choose to understand that you were raised by humans and that you don't know how they were raised, or what they went through.
Most of them did not have the truth that we have now.
Many of them didn't know anything about the Holy Spirit and if they did it was a legalistic version which is not the Holy Spirit.
They did not know anything about inner healing, deliverance, baptism of the Holy Spirit, or delving into the Word. Their churches were form, tradition, and ritual.
Church was a cultural thing instead of a spiritual experience.
Pastor Robert said he had great parents, but they weren't perfect. He said he will never dishonor them. Things have gone well for him in the land that God has called him to and he believes it is because of this principle.
According to Pastor Robert, it is time that we stop thinking
the 10 Commandments are old fashioned
start thinking that they are
So, what do you do if you have dishonorable parents?
Pastor Robert states that you forgive them because if you don't forgive them, then you are the one who is going to bring evil upon yourself!
You forgive them and understand that they are human.
You don't have to honor their actions.
You just have to say you forgive them in your heart.
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In conclusion, Pastor Robert tells about a man named Todd White who has been attending his church for about 13 years.
Todd travels all over the world speaking. He moved to the Dallas area because God called him to Gateway Church. Pastor Robert said that he meets with him, ministers to him, and mentors him. He is so impressed with how Todd loves God. Todd came out of a horrible home, yet he never dishonored his parents. He grew up in a terrible home and is being used all over the world to bring people to Jesus!
Pastor Robert remarks that these 10 Commandments are principles that even if you don't understand, but respect that they are God's Word, and determine to obey them, there will be fruit on the other side!
He challenges us to ask the Holy Spirit what He is saying to us through this message. He says God can touch our hearts and change something in us!
LESSON 4: THE PRINCIPLE OF REST
8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
This commandment is the longest commandment.
holy - means set apart
Why set apart? Set apart from the other six days.
According to Pastor Robert, we don't keep the 10 Commandments to be saved .
We are saved by grace through Jesus.
But there are blessings if we keep the 10 Commandments and consequences if we don't.
Pastor Robert says that it seems like the believer today believes that we keep 9 of the 10 Commandments and that we don't need to keep this one about resting on the Sabbath. Why?
1. There are reasons that God said to rest.
a. It gives God the opportunity to provide for us supernaturally.
In the scripture below, Moses is talking to the people when God provided manna in the wilderness.
23 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’ ” 24 So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. 25 Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. 26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.” 27 Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. 28 And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? 29 See! For the Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” 30 So the people rested on the seventh day.
Pastor Roberts explains that the people gathered only the manna they would need for one day at a time. The people didn't believe the manna would be there the next day so they gathered extra. When they gathered and kept more manna than they needed for one day, that extra manna spoiled.
They weren't trusting God for provision.
On the sixth day, the Lord told them to gather enough for the Sabbath as well, and that that manna would not spoil. He was telling the people that they would not find the manna on the Sabbath.
God will not provide for you if you work on the 7th day. Pastor Robert continues by saying that the Lord will provide enough on the 6th day for the 7th day as well, but if you try to work on the 7th day, there will be no provision from the Lord on that day.
The 10 Commandments are also found in Deuteronomy 5.
Deuteronomy 5 uses the word observe.
The Lord reminds that people that they used to be slaves and He redeemed them!
Slaves don't get a day off. Only the wealthy, the elite, or royalty do.
God reminded the people that they didn't get a day off when they were in bondage.
Pastor Robert compares this to tithing.
He says that the Lord can do more with 90% than we can do with 100%!
In other words, God can do more in 6 days than we can in 7 days.
Pastor Robert says if we want to know how much He can do in 6 days to just look around!
Pastor Robert read a book that compared fast food restaurants.
b. It gives us the opportunity to rest and be refreshed.
14 You shall keep the Sabbath, therefore, for it is holy to you. Everyone who [a]profanes it shall surely be put to death; for whoever does any work on it, that person shall be cut off from among his people. 15 Work shall be done for six days, but the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death. 16 Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. 17 It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’ ”
Pastor Robert reminds us that we have been graphed into the nation of Israel.
perpetual - means forever
As Pastor Robert points out, we have to understand that the Sabbath was the greatest sign to the world for thousands of years, because no other nation other than Israel rested one day a week! Back then they would be doing business with Israel and be ready to work on the 7th day and Israel would explain that they didn't work on the Sabbath because it is the day the Lord rested after creating the world in 6 days.
They wondered, the Lord who?
It was a way to witness and share their faith.
Today as well, it's a sign that we as believers don't have to work 7 days a week!
It's a sign about what God did!
It's all through scripture!
Pastor Robert states that as a theologian it is hard to read that God rested. How could an omnipotent God need to be refreshed?
This is a God who never gets tired and never sleeps!
In the Hebrew, the word refreshed means "took breath."
God breathed in!
For 6 days, He had been creating (breathing out by speaking).
On the 7th day, He breathed in and He was refreshed!
"Ever heard the old the saying...just let me catch my breath?"
"The Sabbath is a day to breath and relax!"
Pastor Robert read about an average Sabbath for a Jewish person.
He says many prayers are spoken, but he gives us a condensed version of it.
Sabbath begins at sunset because in the story of creation,
there was evening and there was morning and that was one day.
Shabbat candles are lit and a blessing is recited no later that 18 minutes before sunset. Two candles are lit representing this commandment about rest
written in both Exodus and Deuteronomy. The family then has a brief evening service.
When they get home, they enjoy a festive, leisurely dinner. By then, it might be 9 p.m. The family then has an hour to talk, study Torah, and then go to sleep. The next morning Shabbat services start around 9 a.m. and go until about noon. After services, the family have another festive, leisurely meal. Then the family studies Torah for a while, talks, takes an afternoon walk, plays checkers, take naps, or engage in other leisurely activities. It is traditional to have a third meal before Shabbat is over.
Shabbat is over at night fall when there are three stars visible, approximately 40 minutes after sunset. At the conclusion of Shabbat, a blessing is recited regarding the division between the sacred and the secular, between Shabbat and the working days. Shabbat is a full day when properly observed and is very relaxing.
Pastor Robert says Shabbat sounds like having Thanksgiving once a week to him.
He asks what is wrong with that!
2. There are consequences then we don't rest.
Penalty for Violating the Sabbath
32 Now while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day. 33 And those who found him gathering sticks brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation. 34 They put him under guard, because it had not been explained what should be done to him. 35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp.” 36 So, as the Lordcommanded Moses, all the congregation brought him outside the camp and stoned him with stones, and he died.
gathering sticks: not murdering anyone
4 main things punished by death in the Old Testament:
-not keeping the Sabbath
Pastor Robert asks why not keeping the Sabbath would be right up there with murder and adultery?
He says to remember that there is a principle behind each commandment!
The scripture below occurred when Israel was taken out of the land for 70 years.
20 And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, 21 to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years.
2 Chronicles 36:20-21
"The land enjoyed her Sabbaths."
Pastor Robert warns that there are consequences and that some of us maybe dying quicker than we want to because we just won't receive a gift of a day off!
This is not a bad gift!
Pastor Robert tells about a time he was trying to schedule a time to have lunch with a pastor friend. They couldn't find an available date. Finally Pastor Robert suggested that they meet the next Thursday. The other pastor declined saying that he had nothing scheduled that day - that he was scheduled to do nothing. Pastor Robert was confused about it until his friend explained what had happened to him. When he was 40 years old, he was in the hospital dying. All of his internal organs were shutting down and the doctors didn't know why.
The Lord said ok and the pastor immediately felt strength come in his body. He got up from that hospital bed, unplugged himself, got dressed, walked out of the hospital, and has not been back since that day!
3. There are blessings when we rest.
Pastor Robert wants to show us a principle...
Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath
23 Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 But He said to them, “Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: 26 how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?” 27 And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”
Pastor Robert is trying to show us that this is not a legalistic matter with God. Jesus said that they hadn't made man to serve the Sabbath. They made the Sabbath to serve us!
Do we realize that God could have made a 6 day week?
The 7 day week came from God!
He could have worked 6 days and started the work all over again.
He is the one that created the 7 day week, with one day of it being for rest.
The Sabbath is a gift to us!
There is an old Jewish saying that says
"More that Israel has kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept Israel!"
Saturdays are Sabbaths for Pastor Robert because of his schedule.
Our Sabbath does not have to be on Sunday.
The number one question that Pastor Robert is asked about his Sabbath is what he does on his Sabbath.
Pastor Robert is still puzzled by why some believers think that this commandment is the only one that it is ok to break!
He asks why we would break this one and not the rest of them?
He said that he learned the principle of rest the hard way.
He said that years ago he was working non stop, not understanding this principle. He had just gotten back from a trip where he had been promoting getting help for starving children to get fed, and for water wells to be dug for them.
He was exhausted when he got home.
He said he was going to get dressed the next morning and when he opened up his underwear drawer, there was only one pair of underwear left. He was so exhausted that he couldn't think past wandering what he would wear the next day. Pastors should wear underwear. He couldn't problem solve and think about doing laundry or going shopping to get more pairs. Then he realized he was out of clean socks and that took him over the edge! He just sat on the floor and cried. He really thought that he was loosing it!
Later that day, he went to lunch with Pastor Tom and told Pastor Tom that he thought he was loosing his mind. Pastor Tom him that he wasn't loosing his mind. He wasn't feeling this way because he was loosing his mind. It was because he was exhausted. He told Robert that anyone would feel that way if they kept Robert's schedule. So Pastor Robert talked and prayed with the elders of the church. They began to get ridged about scheduling time off for Robert. That's when they came up with the sabbatical policy where pastors would get sabbatical every 5 to 7 years. That year was Robert's 5th year, so he took an eight week sabbatical to rest. That added up to 56 days of rest. On the 53rd day, Pastor Robert said he woke up feeling normal again. He told the Lord that he felt normal again. He hadn't felt that way in 5 years since they had started the church. The Lord asked Pastor Robert what day it was. Pastor Robert said that it was the 53rd day out of 56 days. The Lord told him that he had owed one year of Sabbaths (52 days). He asked the Lord if he had owed him 52 days and the Lord told him no, that he had owed himself the 52 days. He told Robert not to go into debt again with his time and his energy!
"Listen!" says Pastor Robert.
"The Lord has given us a day off!
If we don't take it,
it's because we don't trust Him!
That's the only reason we would work 7 days a week!"
Pastor Robert asks us to take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit what He is saying to us through this message.
LESSON 3: THE PRINCIPLE OF HUMILITY
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“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain."
Pastor Robert believes there is a principle behind each of the 10 Commandments that leads us to a deeper relationship with God and with others.
Why would God be so insistent about not using His name the wrong way?
Because His name is His character.
It is who He is!
The name used for God in the Old Testament nearly 7,000 times is Yahweh.
People have asked Pastor Robert the difference in the names Yahweh and Jehovah. They are the same. Yahweh comes from four Hebrew letters.
YHVH- Yod Hey Vav Hey
These are the letters of God's name.
There are no vowels in the Hebrew alphabet, only consonants.
It was around the 13th century before people began to say God's name. Catholic scholars took the four Hebrew letters and added vowels with them. They wrote it
YeHoVaH which meant "He will be," "He is," "He was."
In the Greek, God's name is called the Tetragrammaton which means the four letters.
Israel went into bondage in around 594 BC because they profaned God' name. As a result, the Jewish people stopped pronouncing the name of God around 600 BC because they did not want to take the chance of profaning His name.
What we need to understand according to Pastor Robert is that they were not profaning God's name by saying it out loud, but rather by the way they lived!
They had the name of God on them, but they were worshipping idols.
The people of the land could not tell the difference between the people of God and the people who did not know God!
He warns that one of greatest ways to profane the name of the Lord is when we call ourselves Christlike and yet we don't live like Christ!
Jonathan Cohen is a Messianic Jew. When he texts Pastor Robert, the message will look like this:
May G-d bless you!
Pastor Robert thinks this principle of not writing God's name might be a good idea because we need to be cautious, careful and reverent when we use the name of God! That way, we won't mix His name - the holy with the profane. It is a holy name!
Ezekiel 36 is talking about when the people went into exile.
20 When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and yet they have gone out of His land.’ 21 But I had concern for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went. 22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went. 23 And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord,” says the Lord God, “when I am hallowed in you before their eyes.
Profane means to treat as common.
We get the word profanity from profane.
In other words, the people treated God's name as common.
His name is not common because it represents Him!
hallowed - means set apart, referred to as holy.
"You shall not take the Lord's name in vain.
take - means to lift up or carry
You shall not carry the Lord's name in a vain, empty, or prideful way.
This is the principle of humility.
All through scripture, we have to know that the name of the Lord is interchangeable for the Lord.
In the scriptures below, you would think they would say the Lord, but instead they say the name of the Lord.
The scripture doesn't say the Lord is a strong tower.
He is, but the name of the Lord means the same.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses;
But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
The prayer of Jesus in John 17 occurs when He is in the garden before He is crucified. He is praying for us. Pastor Robert points out that there are three phrases that we have probably never seen even though we've probably read John 17 many times.
“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.
Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.
While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Jesus kept the people and God's character.
For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Whoever calls on the name of the Lord is the same as whoever calls on the Lord!
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
This is a very important verse to the Jewish people
because in the Old Testament, it said "the Name."
The God who is, is called by the Name. Every place in the New Testament when it says "the Name" is referring to Jesus.
Pastor Robert explains that what it is saying is you've called on Yahweh meaning the Name of God and now Yahweh is here!
This is because God the Father has given Jesus the name that is above every name!
Pastor Robert tells of a time when he was in college. There was a student who was a charismatic, or a Pentecostal. Pastor Robert said he and his friends thought this guy was a little weird and they all made fun of him. One night, at an all night grocery store though, changed all that. The Pentecostal was at that store getting some groceries when a guy with a gun came in the door and told everyone not to move or he would kill them.
The Pentecostal told the guy with the gun that he was not going to kill anyone
in the name of Jesus
and to put the gun down and go turn himself in at the police station!
The gun did put the gun down
and about 15 minutes later turned himself in at the police station!
Pastor Robert said that he and his friends
did not make fun of the Pentecostal guy after that!
So God says not to carry or take the name of the Lord in a vain way.
Here are 3 ways not to carry the name of the Lord in a vain way, but instead in a humble way!
Pastor Robert says to remember that the people were entering a land filled with heathens, idolatry, and witchcraft.
The way that they called on their idols was to call the name of the idol.
Pastor Robert reminds us that we have to put the 10 Commandments in context.
What the Lord was saying was that His name is not a magical incantation. We don't use His name like they use the name of their idols because His name is who He is!
Even in the New Testament, people used the Lord's name incorrectly.
Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, [a]“We [b]exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” 16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, [c]overpowered them, and prevailed against [d]them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known both to all Jews and Greeks dwelling in Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
"That will teach us to use the Lord's name wrong!" says Pastor Robert.
He continues by stating that when we use His name the wrong way by praying selfishly, we are using His name in a prideful manner.
You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
amis - means sick, miserable
This is because what we are asking for would make us sick and miserable if the Lord gave it to us. We don't even know what we are asking.
Pastor Robert continues by saying the right way is to pray for the Lord's will. Then we will know for sure we are praying the right way. We do use His name when we pray.
Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
We must pray the way Jesus prayed. We must not pray our will, but the Lord's will be done.
Pastor Robert tells of time when he and his wife Debbie were praying about a house to buy. Pastor Robert was really praying for the Lord to give them a particular house. Their kids were small. Pastor Robert remembers having a prompting to pray "if it is Your will." He said he didn't want to say that though because he didn't want to give the Lord an out.
The Lord told Robert that He hadn't saved his finances. He had saved his family! The water had risen three feet in 20 minutes. How would his wife been able to get their three small children out of the house in time! So Pastor Robert reminds us that when we pray, we use His name, but for His will not for our vain purposes!
“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’
Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar,seeing false visions, and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord had not spoken.
Pastor Robert says we have seen this in the church today. We have people sharing their opinions and saying thus says the Lord. They are taking the Lord's name in vain.
We need to know the second part of the commandment.
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
guiltless - means unpunished
The Lord will not let him go unpunished.
13 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, the prophets say to them, ‘You shall not see the sword, nor shall you have famine, but I will give you [a]assured peace in this place.’ ” 14 And the Lord said to me, “The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, [b]divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart. 15 Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, and who say, ‘Sword and famine shall not be in this land’—‘By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed!
In the above scripture, the Lord was telling Jeremiah that sword and famine was coming, but Jeremiah disagreed because of what the prophets had been saying.
vain - means worthless
In other words, the Lord said the very thing the prophets said was not coming would come upon them.
Pastor Robert is not trying to scare us but in our society, we have so unvalued the name of the Lord.
We must remember how holy and reverent it is and that it is Him that we are taking about when we use His name.
We are calling into question His character.
Pastor Robert tells a story of a time when he was speaking at another church. The pastor there told him about a man in his congregation that had gotten mad at him and stood up in church and prophesied that God was going to kill him! That week, the man who had prophesied against the preacher died! Pastor Robert remarked that he was not saying that God had killed that man because he spoke against the pastor, but the man had used the name of the Lord in a vain way.
Pastor Robert reminds us that there is a commandment the Lord will not let him go unpunished for using the name of the Lord to achieve his own agenda in the church. We ought to be careful.
Profaning is speaking the name of the Lord in a wrong manner. We can pray, prophesize, and proclaim the name of the Lord in the wrong way.
12 And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.
6 They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God, for they offer the offerings of the Lordmade by fire, and the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy.
Remember, Jewish people won't even speak the Lord's name out loud and we use "omg" like "lol."
Pastor Robert warns that we need to think about this!
We can proclaim the Lord's name in the right way.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
The best way to proclaim the name of the Lord is with praise and gratitude!
In reflecting on the second part of the commandment about the Lord not letting him go unpunished who has profaned His name, Pastor Robert began to think that he, himself, was in serious trouble. He said that he had probably prayed the Lord's name in the wrong way, said somethings that he thought the Lord had said to him that He had probably not said, and had proclaimed the Lord's name wrong even it had been by using the expression omg.
He had considered the Lord's name common. So what would that mean? Would Pastor Robert go unpunished?
Pastor Robert wants us to realize that the 10 Commandments were given by grace!
He continues by explaining that this shocks so many people because they talk about the Mosaic covenant.
Pastor Robert reminds us though, that before the Lord made the Mosaic covenant, He made the Abrahamic covenant - that Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteous. Righteousness was put into his account!
"Why did God give us the 10 Commandments?" asks Pastor Robert.
Because it's about grace according to Pastor Robert.
He states that he wants to show us grace even in the 10 Commandments. He says that God did not give the 10 Commandments to Israel while they were in Egypt. In other words, God didn't tell the Israelites to straighten up and act right and then He would deliver them from their enemies by burying them in the Red Sea.
Instead the Lord saved them by grace and then gave them some principles to help them have a better relationship with Him! That's the 10 Commandments given all by grace!
It's grace through faith because when Israel walked through the Red Sea, they had to believe that the walls would not crash down on them!
In review, Pastor Robert states:
1. The 10 Commandments are not to tell us to straighten up and live right.
2. Jesus took our punishment.
3. Keeping the 10 Commandments will give us a deeper relationship with God and other people.
Pastor Robert challenges us to ask the Holy Spirit what He is saying to us through this message.
He says he personally felt like he needed to ask the Lord to forgive him for considering His name common and not using His name like he ought to.
Pastor Robert encourages us to ask the Lord for forgiveness too, if we feel like we need to. He reminds us that Christ has already provided forgiveness through the cross.
We receive it by faith.
LESSON 2: THE PRINCIPLE OF PURITY
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Pastor Robert also reminds us that the Children of Israel were leaving a pagan land, Egypt, and were entering a pagan country, Canaan. Canaan was a land of many idols.
They even sacrificed their sons
And their daughters to demons,
According to Pastor Robert, Deuteronomy 18:9-11 sets up the second commandment.
Avoid Wicked Customs
9 “When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the [a]abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass[b] through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.
For Moses truly said to the fathers, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.
The Canaanites made their children walk into the fire alive.
has not appointed: God has not prepared this things for His children
Prophet: talking about Jesus
Him: talking about Jesus
1. The Danger of Impurity
The 2nd Commandment is written in three verses. Pastor Robert uses one of each verse for his three points in this message.
“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that isin the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
Pastor Robert points out that the Canaanites worshipped idols more than any other people on the face of the earth.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
Colossians 1:15 is referring to Jesus.
Israel was the only nation that had an invisible God. So when they went to Canaan, the Canaanites began to talk to them about their gods.
The Canaanites had
a personal god,
a family god,
and a national god.
The Canaanites tricked the Israelites by telling them that they understood the Israelites had a national God, Jehovah, but that they needed a family god (Asherah) and a personal god (Baal). That is why throughout the Old Testament, you will see the Israelites built Asherah poles and Baal idols. God warned them that when they went into Canaan, the Canaanites would try to deceive them and they did.
So the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord. They forgot the Lord their God, and served the Baals and Asherahs.
Elijah is talking in 1 Kings 18:19 below:
Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”
1 Kings 18:19
Pastor Robert challenges us to think about this:
The Canaanites believed that the gods lived in heaven and when they carved an image of any of one of these gods in heaven, the god would put its spirit into the image. The Canaanites would then take the image, for instance to the field to bless their crops. They would make an image of their fertility god and put it in their bedroom so they would conceive. They even went as far as to have temple prostitutes. If they couldn't conceive, then the men would pay for a temple prostitute, have sex with her, and think the goddess of fertility would bless their wives. It was both immoral and inhumane as then they would sacrifice their children by making them walk into fire alive.
God was trying to warn them that if they allowed a mixture into their lives, it would bring impurity into their lives. As a result there is danger and consequences of such a mixture.
Satan had this idea because God fashioned an image of Himself on the earth and put His spirit in it.
That is why there doesn't need to be another image of God on the earth. We are the image of God on the earth! God puts His spirit in us!
If you imagine yourself with another person sexually other than your spouse.
If you image yourself in another job or in another house because you can't be content with what you have.
If you can't be happy until you get a raise, or promotion, or title, or position, or a certain amount of money in the bank.
When you begin to imagine yourself doing something or having something other than what God has provided for you, then you have an idol.
2. Consequences of Impurity
Point two is based on the second verse of the 2nd Commandment.
you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me
The word visiting is misunderstood in Exodus 20:5.
Pastor Robert says that you can not image how this verse has been misapplied in the body of Christ.
He points out that in Exodus 20:5, this happens to people who hate God. The next part of the scripture tells what God does for those people who love Him.
Pastor Robert wants people to understand the grace of God in the Old Testament. He states that visit is a great word because God does not say that He is going to cause the iniquities to inhabit the next generation. God will only let them visit the iniquities and for a good reason.
Why would God even allow this visiting to occur?
The answer is that God is a jealous God for our affection so He will do something to get our affections.
Jealousy is a work of the flesh but can be good or bad. The bad type of jealousy is when you are jealous for another person because of selfish reason. Good jealousy is when you jealous for another person for godly reasons, because you love that person and don't want anything to happen to them.
Pastor Robert points it says in the Old Testament that God is jealous for Israel. He however, is not angry at Israel. He's angry at the ones trying to take them captive.
Again, why would the Lord visit the iniquity?
Even in Israel, they misinterpreted this commandment.
They stated that a son shall die for the sins of his father.
It is like our modern day saying - Like father, like son."
“If, however, he begets a son
Who sees all the sins which his father has done,
And considers but does not do likewise;
Who has withdrawn his hand from the poor
And not received usury or increase,
But has executed My judgments
And walked in My statutes--
He shall not die for the iniquity of his father;
He shall surely live!
3. Blessings of Purity
but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Deuteronomy 7:9 backs up Exodus 20:6.
Exodus is the law.
Deuteronomy is the second law, the repeated law.
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
The word showing is a Hebrew word translated in several words. Some of them include, fashion, accomplish, prepare, appoint, ordain, institute, bring about, produce, press, and squeeze.
Pastor Robert shares about a time his daughter walked away from God for a while.
Elaine lived a double life late in her teenage years for about two years with wrong attitudes and wrong actions.
He and his wife knew something was wrong but didn't know what all was going on. They continued to pray and seek God for wisdom. She repented and came back to the Lord and truly got saved at 19 years old.
One night she confessed to her parents what had been going on. Pastor Robert had grabbed a couple of Tootsie Rolls before their conversation. He ended up only eating one of the pieces of candy because his heart began to break for his daughter. Later he started to throw the second piece of candy away but He heard the Lord say to keep it. Pastor Robert said some of the reasons she rebelled was because he was traveling a lot during that time and wasn't home as much as he needed to be during those formable teenage years. He asked Elaine if there was a way he could make it up to her. She remembered when she was very young and he had promised to take her on a date at Reunion Tower when she was older. He had never done that, so she asked if they could go now. Pastor Robert took her on that date. As he was getting ready to go to dinner with her, the Lord told him to take that piece of candy that he had saved and to share it with her as a way of closing chapter in their lives when she walked away from the Lord and embarking on her new future walking in a pure relationship with the Lord.
Pastor Robert asks us all to take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit what He is saying to us personally.
He urges us not to have imaginations about things in our lives. He says not to build up those things up in our minds that are something for us to fall to, or to claim as our weakness.
Pastor Robert said that during this message, the Lord put His finger on two areas in his life that the Lord wanted to get out of his life.
What idol will the Holy Spirit reveal that He wants to deliver us from?
This message is very strong in Pastor Robert's heart. He believes that God is going to deliver everyone from something.
LESSON 1: THE PRINCIPLE OF PRIORITY
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Did you notice the #10 in the spelling of this study?
28 So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant,
the Ten Commandments.
As Pastor Robert delved into this study , he began to see the Ten Commandments differently than he had ever heard anyone preach or teach on them. He said he got books and videos to study, but none of them fit the burden he felt that the Lord had given him for this study of the Ten Commandments.
As a result, Pastor Robert does not believe that God was giving us
a list of rules
- of do's and don'ts.
Pastor Robert has a one word principle for all Ten Commandments.
The first Commandment word is priority.
Pastor Robert has 3 points in the message. He says the first point will help us understand the whole series, while his other two will focus on priority.
1. It's about relationship.
When the Lord first told the Children of Israel about the Ten Commandments, He actually reminded them that He was their God and that He had a relationship with them! Then in verse 3, He gave them the first commandment.
The Ten Commandments
1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
In the above scripture, before the Lord gave the Ten Commandments, He reminded the Children of Israel that He brought them back. He redeemed them out of bondage and slavery so that they could have a relationship with Him.
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him,that the body of sin might be [a]done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
Pastor Robert explains that we were all slaves of sin and God redeemed us out of slavery and bondage to sin. When we look back at the Ten Commandments, here's what we see:
The Ten principles that will deepen our relationship with God.
Pastor Robert says most people see the Ten Commandments as a list of rules telling them what to do and what not to do. But it is not something to do and something not to do.
God redeemed us for a relationship with Him!
Exodus 20:3-17 are the Ten Commandments.
Exodus 20:18-22 tells what happened immediately after the Ten Commandments were given.
The People Afraid of God’s Presence
18 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. 19 Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” 20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” 21 So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.
test you: means to prove you in fire - make you better
His fear: means God's honor may go before you so you won't sin
God is giving us some principles to help us get us out of the bondage of sin that we are in.
The choice is ours like it was Moses' and the Children of Israel.
In Exodus 20:21, Moses drew near to God. He determined that He wanted to have a deeper relationship with God!
The Children of Israel determined that they wanted to have a relationship with God through Moses. They told Moses to speak to God and then come and tell them what He said.
Why would we do that?
The reason is lest we die.
According to Pastor Robert, what that means is the flesh always dies in the presence of God. He explains that we do die when we go into the presence of God, but that is great because then Jesus can live through us!
He says the more we enter into God's presence, the more we can reckon the man dead and the new man can be raised to walk a new life in Christ Jesus.
The Peoples' Determination
The Children of Israel wanted Moses to have a personal relationship with God
and they wanted their relationship with God to be through Moses.
The next verse sums up their decision.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
Do you see the difference?
According to the verse, the Children of Israel knew what God did,
but Moses knew why He did it!
Moses understood the ways of God. He didn't just see the acts of God.
Pastor Robert asks us if we want to have a relationship with God based on rules
(thou shalt not....)
do we want to have a relationship based on principles that allow us to go deeper with God in order to get to know Him better?
2. Worship God only.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
In the above verse, God is not saying that we can have other gods as long as they are not in front of Him!
The word before in Hebrew is used in the Old Testament over 1,000 times. It is only translated to actually mean before a few times.
Other translations of before are:
You shall have no other gods besides Me,
in front of Me,
because of Me,
in My face,
inside of Me,
other than Me
Pastor Robert explains that we have to take every scripture and have it be congruent with the rest of scripture.
Isaiah 45:5 does just that with Exodus 20:3.
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
There is no God besides Me.
Since the Children of Israel had just come out of a culture that had more gods than any other culture,
the Lord wanted to make it clear to them that they shall have NO other gods at all!
When you have other gods in your life, it will not work!
One day during his quiet time, the Lord asked him to write down his priorities. He wrote
The Lord said to him that He did not tell Robert to write that.
Robert argued and told the Lord he knew what He was going to say because he knew about this and taught about it. It should be
The Lord said no. So Pastor Robert tore up the paper and listened to God.
The Lord told him that 1. should be his wife Debbie.
Pastor Robert said what the Lord told him next changed his life. The Lord told him that if he would put his wife first, then he would be putting the Lord first. He told Robert if he couldn't serve his wife, the he couldn't serve Him!
3. Another way to say the Principle of Priority is to put God first.
God is saying to put Him first place in our lives above everything else.
So what is really first place in our lives?
This Principle of Priority runs all through scripture.
When they went into the Promised Land, God told them to bring all the silver and the gold from Jericho into the House of God.
Because Jericho was the first city.
When your first born has offspring, sacrifice it to God.
The first born belongs to God. It's the Principle of First.
Pastor Robert reminds us that God didn't say when your sheep have lambs, you can wait until you have 10 lambs and then give him the one you don't like. The one that gets into your garden. No, the Lord says to give Him the first lamb before you have the others.
The principle with God is the first born and the first fruits belong to Him.
Many people don't understand and why God accepted Abel's offering but it clear in Genesis 4:3-5.
3 And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his offering, 5 but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
In the above scripture, the words "in the process of time" and "came to pass" are very important.
Cain's offering just kind of happened. The scripture never said Cain offered first fruits.
The Lord respected (received) Abel and his offering because Abel put Him first.
Pastor Robert reminds us that the Lord says it only works when we put Him first.
Jesus comes and reiterates the same thing.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Put God first.
In 1 Kings 17, there was a famine in the land. God was providing for Elijah beside a brook. He sent ravens to bring him food every morning and evening. When the brook dried up, the Lord told Elijah to go to Zarehath where a widow would provide for him.
10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 So she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’ ” 15 So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for manydays. 16 The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.
1 Kings 17:10-16
In verse 13, Elijah tells the widow to make him a small cake first.
(We must put God's kingdom first in our lives!)
Pastor Robert says that many people believe that God has dual purposes for His children. While He commanded the widow to provide for Elijah, He also sent Elijah to Zarephath to provide for the widow! The widow had one meal left and she and her son were about to die, yet God sent Elijah, a man of God. Elijah to told her to make a cake first for him and then for she and her son.
Gateway Church has a Stewardship Ministry. The purpose of the ministry is to help people learn to manage their finances. Pastor Robert said that they also have a giving program called Heart for the Kingdom. The purpose is not about raising money but for allowing the Lord to do something in participates' lives. Pastor Robert asks everyone at Gateway Church to make a financial commitment for the Heart for the Kingdom.