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JANUARY, 2015

 

JANUARY 4, 2015

 

”THE POWER OF INTERCESSION”  

 

SCRIPTURE READING: EXODUS 32:30-33:4

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Exodus 32:30, 32

 

   And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin… Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

 

INTRO: Can Believers sin once they become a Christian?

 

   There are those who contend that a person can lead a sinless life following salvation

 

   Yet the Bible show us those who failed to reach a sinless life in this world

 

Ø  David

Ø  Jonah

Ø  Peter

Ø  Paul

 

Romans 7:18-19 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

 

I. THE CONSEQUENCE OF DISOBEDIENCE AND REBELLION

 

   A. ISRAEL HAD SINNED GREATLY AGAINST GOD

 

·         They had disobeyed and rebellion against God

·         They had worshiped the golden calf

 

Exodus 32:6 (GW) Early the next day the people sacrificed burnt offerings and brought fellowship offerings. Afterward, they sat down to a feast, which turned into an orgy.

 

NOTE: It was their lack of faith that led to their sin

 

Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

 

·         Those who were involved in their sin faced God’s judgment

 

Exodus 32:27-28 (KJV) And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.

 

·         Their sin was doing nothing about the sin of others

 

Ezekiel 3:18-19 (NIV) When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood. But if you do warn the wicked man and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his evil ways, he will die for his sin; but you will have saved yourself.

 

NOTE: There is no private sin, when we sin it affects others

 

Exodus 33:3 (NLT) Go up to this land that flows with milk and honey. But I will not travel among you, for you are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I did, I would surely destroy you along the way.”

 

      Sin will always separate us from God

 

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.  

 

NOTE: When they heard God’s judgment they cried out in repentance

 

Exodus 33:4-6 (NLT) When the people heard these stern words, they went into mourning and stopped wearing their jewelry and fine clothes. For the LORD had told Moses to tell them, “You are a stubborn and rebellious people. If I were to travel with you for even a moment, I would destroy you. Remove your jewelry and fine clothes while I decide what to do with you.” So from the time they left Mount Sinai, the Israelites wore no more jewelry or fine clothes.

 

   They humbled themselves with repentance

 

II. MOSES INTERCEDED FOR THE PEOPLE

 

NOTE: Moses showed us our responsibility towards those who are lost

 

Exodus 32:30, 32 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses said unto the people, Ye have sinned a great sin: and now I will go up unto the LORD; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin… Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

 

Deuteronomy 10:10 And I stayed in the mount, according to the first time, forty days and forty nights; and the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also, and the LORD would not destroy thee.

 

   A. MOSES ACKNOWLEDGED THE SIN OF THE PEOPLE

 

NOTE: We must be careful not to try and sugarcoat our sin and the sin of others

 

   Moses sought God’s forgiveness for the people

 

   B. MOSES USED GOD’S OWN WORDS TO PLEAD HIS CASE

 

Exodus 34:6-9 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped. And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

 

   C. MOSES WAS WILLING TO SUFFER THE SAME FATE IF GOD WOULD NOT FORGIVE

 

Exodus 32:32 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.

 

NOTE: Paul had the same desire

 

Romans 9:2-3 (NLT) My heart is filled with bitter sorrow and unending grief for my people, my Jewish brothers and sisters. I would be willing to be forever cursed—cut off from Christ!—if that would save them.

 

   D. GOD GRANTED MOSES INTERCESSION

 

Exodus 33:14, 16-17And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth. And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name

 

   Because of Moses’ intercession, God relented of the judgment of not going with them

 

CONCLUSION: If we will begin to practice intercessory prayer we will see a great move of God’s spirit in our lives and the lives of those for whom we are praying.

 

2 Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

 

JANUARY 11, 2015

 

“WHY THE ALTAR?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: EXODUS 38:1-7

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 43:4 (KJV)


   Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.

 

INTRO: We all face storms in life, where do you turn during these times?

 

   There is a place we can all go to find, peace, rest and deliverance.

 

   It is the place we meet with God.

 

   God had given Moses the plans of the Tabernacle and He promised to dwell in the Most Holy Place

 

   Before the priest could go into the Most Holy Place, he must first come to the Brazen Altar

 

   Today we do not come to the Brazen Altar but to the cross where the supreme sacrifice was made that allows us to come and have fellowship with God

 

v  Are you tired of the burden of sin and guilt?

v  Are you hungry for the presence of God in your life?

v  Are you faced with situations that seem to have no solution

v  Are you concerned for the needs of others

 

   Then come to the altar and allow God to minister to whatever you need

 

I. THE BRAZEN ALTAR, A SYMBOL OF THE CROSS

 

NOTE: It was at the Brazen Altar where all the blood sacrifices were made that allowed the priest to enter into the Tabernacle

 

Hebrews 9:11-14 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

 

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

 

   The Brazen Altar is no longer needed but it is a symbol of what Christ has done on the cross that allows us to enter into the presence of God

 

II. THE OFFERINGS OF THE BRAZEN ALTAR

 

1.       SIN OFFERING (the Altar of Salvation)

 

Leviticus 4:27-28 (BBE) And if any one of the common people does wrong in error, doing any of the things which the Lord has given orders are not to be done, causing sin to come on him; When the sin which he has done is made clear to him, then he is to give for his offering a goat, a female without any mark, for the sin which he has done.

 

   The first step in coming to God is that we acknowledge that we are a sinner and need forgiveness

 

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

 

2.       THE TRESPASS OFFERING (the Altar of Restoration)

 

Leviticus 6:6-7 And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest: And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the LORD: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.

 

   This is for the Christian who falls into sin and seeks forgiveness

 

1 John 1:9 (KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

3.       BURNT OFFERING (the Altar of Dedication)

 

Leviticus 1:3 If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD.

 

Leviticus 1:8-9 And the priests, Aaron's sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

 

   This is when we make a total commitment before God.

 

   It was the only sacrifice that was completely consumed.

 

4.       PEACE OFFERING (the Altar of Fellowship)

 

Leviticus 7:11-17 (NKJV) 'This is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings which he shall offer to the LORD: If he offers it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer, with the sacrifice of thanksgiving, unleavened cakes mixed with oil, unleavened wafers anointed with oil, or cakes of blended flour mixed with oil. Besides the cakes, as his offering he shall offer leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offering. And from it he shall offer one cake from each offering as a heave offering to the LORD. It shall belong to the priest who sprinkles the blood of the peace offering. 'The flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day it is offered. He shall not leave any of it until morning. But if the sacrifice of his offering is a vow or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offers his sacrifice; but on the next day the remainder of it also may be eaten; the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day must be burned with fire.

 

III. THE GOLDEN ALTAR (THE ALTAR OF PRAYER)

 

Revelation 8:3-4 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.

 

   This altar is located just outside of the Most Holy Place and it is where we can commune with God through prayer.

 

·         Praise God for Who He is

·         Thank God for what He has done

·         Seek God on the behalf of others

·         Make requests for your needs

·         Tell God of your love for Him

·         Listen to what God has to say

 

CONCLUSION: Let us make use of the altar in our hearts and in our church

 

JANUARY 25, 2015

 

“THE DANGER OF FALSE WORSHIP”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: LEVITICUS 10:1-5

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Leviticus 10:1 (NLT)

 

   Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over them. In this way, they disobeyed the LORD by burning before him the wrong kind of fire, different than he had commanded.

 

INTRO: “I Did It My Way”

 

   We live in a society that believes that we don’t have to follow the rules

 

   Today many deny, reject and ignore the thought of God bringing judgment

 

   This is not new it began in the Garden of Eden

 

   The story of Nadab and Abihu

 

   The plan God gave for worship was not a suggestion, it was a commandment

 

   In many churches today the teaching of God’s judgment are not mentioned

 

   They want to speak of God’s love and forgiveness but refuse to speak of His holiness and judgment

 

   In the story of Nadab and Abihu we can clearly see that God will being judgment on those who offer false worship

 

I. THE FALSE WORSHIP OF NADAB & ABIHU

 

   Who were Nadab & Abihu?

 

   They were the elder sons of Aaron

 

   Aaron was anointed the High Priest and his sons were anointed as priest to assist Aaron 

 

Leviticus 8:1-13 (NKJV) And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: "Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, the anointing oil, a bull as the sin offering, two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread; and gather all the congregation together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting." So Moses did as the LORD commanded him. And the congregation was gathered together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. And Moses said to the congregation, "This is what the LORD commanded to be done." Then Moses brought Aaron and his sons and washed them with water. And he put the tunic on him, girded him with the sash, clothed him with the robe, and put the ephod on him; and he girded him with the intricately woven band of the ephod, and with it tied the ephod on him. Then he put the breastplate on him, and he put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate. And he put the turban on his head. Also on the turban, on its front, he put the golden plate, the holy crown, as the LORD had commanded Moses. Also Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was in it, and consecrated them. He sprinkled some of it on the altar seven times, anointed the altar and all its utensils, and the laver and its base, to consecrate them. And he poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head and anointed him, to consecrate him. Then Moses brought Aaron's sons and put tunics on them, girded them with sashes, and put hats on them, as the LORD had commanded Moses.

 

   A. THEY VIOLATED GOD’S COMMANDMENT ON HOW WORSHIP WAS TO BE DONE

 

Leviticus 10:1 (NLT) Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu put coals of fire in their incense burners and sprinkled incense over them. In this way, they disobeyed the LORD by burning before him the wrong kind of fire, different than he had commanded.

 

NOTE: God had given the outline on how worship was to be done (Leviticus 9) they sought to worship their own way

 

·         They sought to perform an office that was not theirs

·         They took fire from some other place than the Brazen Altar

·         They entered into the Holy of Holies that was to be entered only once a year and only by the High Priest Leviticus 16

 

   B. THEIR SIN BROUGHT THEM GOD’S JUDGMENT

 

Leviticus 10:2 And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

 

NOTE: The final judgment of sin is death

 

   Throughout the Scriptures we are told that sin brings death

 

Genesis 2:17 (BBE) But of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you may not take; for on the day when you take of it, death will certainly come to you.

 

Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

NOTE: Because we are all sinners we face the pentaly of sin which is death and then face God’s judgment.

 

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

 

II. HOW ARE WE IN DANGER OF THE JUDGMENT OF FALSE WORSHIP?

 

NOTE: God has provided the one and only way into His presence

 

   Jesus is our High Priest that brings us into the presence of God through the atoning work of the cross

 

Hebrews 9:11-12 (NLT) So Christ has now become the High Priest over all the good things that have come. He has entered that greater, more perfect Tabernacle in heaven, which was not made by human hands and is not part of this created world. With his own blood—not the blood of goats and calves—he entered the Most Holy Place once for all time and secured our redemption forever.

 

   Jesus is the only way we can enter into worshiping God

 

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

   A. THERE ARE THOSE WHO DON’T LIKE JESUS BEING THE ONLY WAY

 

·         They seek to use some other religion

·         They seek to worship through good works

·         They seek to worship through church membership

·         They seek to worship through baptism without salvation

·         They want some other way without the blood of Christ

 

NOTE: Any other way of worship without coming through Jesus Christ will bring us death.

 

John 10:1 (KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

 

CONCLUSION: The only worship God accepts is when we come through the cross that cleanses us from sin.

 

   Any other kind of worship will only bring death

 

1 Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

 

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