Great Apostasies of the Bible

Worship Egyptian Style

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript

Participants: Pr. Stephen Bohr


Series Code: GAB

Program Code: GAB000003

01:10 Shall we bow our heads for prayer?
01:13 Father in heaven, what a joyous privilege
01:16 it is to be in Your house of worship
01:18 on Your holy Sabbath.
01:21 We thank you Father, for the privilege
01:24 of belonging to Your people, to Your church.
01:28 But we know that Your church faces
01:30 great dangers in the future.
01:33 The only way that we can understand
01:35 those dangers in the future is by understanding
01:37 what has taken place in the past.
01:40 And so as we study this morning,
01:42 we ask for the guidance of Your Holy Spirit.
01:45 We ask Lord, that you'll speak
01:47 through each heart and each mind
01:49 and You'll give us the humility
01:52 to receive the message that You have for us.
01:55 We thank You for hearing our prayer
01:58 for we ask it in the precious name of Your Son Jesus, Amen.
02:04 I like to invite to open your Bibles with me,
02:06 to 1 Corinthians Chapter 10, 1 Corinthians Chapter 10.
02:13 This chapter is describing several events
02:19 in the history of Ancient Israel.
02:24 And after relating these events
02:28 in the first 10 verses of 1 Corinthians 10,
02:33 the Apostle Paul tells us why these things were written.
02:39 And I would like to read verse 11.
02:43 The Apostle Paul says there
02:45 "Now all these things happened to them as examples."
02:53 The Greek word is the word types.
02:57 "And they were written for our admonition,
03:01 on whom the ends of the ages have come."
03:07 So you will notice that the History of Israel
03:09 was written for our admonition
03:12 upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
03:18 Now, I am going to review very quickly,
03:22 the story of the exodus of Israel from Egypt
03:26 because it really is the story of our personal exodus
03:30 from the world of the sin.
03:33 You see, Egypt represents the world,
03:37 Canaan represents heaven
03:41 and the journey across the wilderness
03:43 represents the period between
03:45 when we left the world
03:47 and when we enter the heavenly kingdom.
03:52 Now, it's important to recognize
03:54 then that the history of Israel
03:56 is really a microcosm of our experience.
04:02 It is a model in miniature of the experience
04:05 that God's people go through that God's church
04:08 will go through as we approach the Promised Land.
04:13 Now if you remember Israel was in cruel bondage
04:17 and being in bondage
04:19 they cried out to God for deliverance.
04:22 They had no merit to offer God
04:24 they were living in idolatry, they were living in sin
04:28 but in their great need they cried out to God and it's--
04:32 we are told in Exodus 2 that God heard their cry.
04:37 And God began to work their deliverance.
04:41 He poured out plague after plague upon Egypt
04:44 telling Pharaoh let My people go,
04:48 free My people from bondage.
04:51 All of the work of deliverance was done by God.
04:55 None of it was done by Israel.
04:58 They had no merit to claim anything from God
05:01 because they were sinners
05:03 and they deserved the judgment of God.
05:06 But God in His mercy and grace delivered them
05:10 from bondage because they cried out to Him.
05:15 The sign of their deliverance
05:17 was the sacrifice of the Passover Lamb.
05:20 The blood was placed on the doorposts
05:22 and in the lintel of the door representing the fact
05:26 that their deliverance was done
05:30 or was performed by the Lamb of God
05:34 who takes away the sin of the world.
05:36 Then after sacrificing the lamb
05:38 they were led to the baptismal waters of the Red Sea.
05:42 And the Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians Chapter 10
05:45 that they were baptized in the cloud
05:48 and in the sea
05:50 and when they came out on the other sides of the waters
05:52 they were a free people.
05:54 God had worked out their deliverance.
05:56 He had buried their old life
05:59 and now they resurrected to newness of life.
06:03 And in Exodus 15 they sang the famous song of Moses
06:07 the song of their deliverance.
06:09 I can imagine what it must have been like
06:12 for them to sing that song
06:14 it was the song of their experience.
06:17 But baptism wasn't it.
06:20 Burying their old life and resurrecting to a new life
06:23 was not the end.
06:24 They still had a wilderness to cross
06:27 to arrive at the Promised Land.
06:29 And therefore, in Exodus 16 and 17
06:32 God gave them food manna from heaven
06:35 and he gave them water from the rock.
06:38 If you're gonna cross a desert you are going to need
06:41 both of those things urgently and desperately.
06:46 Now you have probably noticed
06:47 that the experience of the people of Israel
06:49 is actually our experience.
06:52 We also were in bondage in the world
06:55 or in Egypt so to speak.
06:57 We also cried out to God in desperation.
07:00 God heard our cry and God through Jesus
07:04 worked out our salvation.
07:07 He did it for us even though we didn't deserve it.
07:11 Free grace is what Jesus poured out upon us
07:15 and the sign of deliverance was the blood shed
07:18 on the cross of Cavalry.
07:20 We also came to the waters of baptism,
07:23 our old life was buried
07:25 and we resurrected to newness of life
07:27 as we came out of the waters.
07:29 And then we were able to sing
07:31 the song of our deliverance,
07:33 redeemed how I love to proclaim it.
07:36 But we still have a desert to cross
07:39 as individuals and as a church.
07:41 And therefore we need the manna
07:43 which represents the word of God
07:45 and we need the water which represents prayer
07:48 and the Holy Spirit in order for us to arrive
07:52 finally in the heavenly kingdom.
07:56 Now I gave you that background
07:58 because I want us go forward
08:00 to the arrival of Israel at Mount Sinai.
08:05 Turn with me in your Bibles to Exodus 19.
08:07 We will hovering around Exodus quite a bit in our talk today.
08:12 Exodus 19:3-6, God has delivered Israel
08:19 without any merit on their part.
08:21 They have not worked out their own salvation.
08:25 The blood of the lamb has delivered them from bondage
08:29 and now they come to Mount Sinai
08:31 and at Mount Sinai God wants to make them His people.
08:38 Notice, Exodus 19:3-6,
08:43 "And Moses went up to God,
08:46 and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying."
08:49 Now notice Moses goes up
08:51 to the top of the mountain to God
08:53 and God has a message to give him for the people.
08:58 "Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob,
09:00 and tell the children of Israel.
09:03 "You have seen what I did to the Egyptians,
09:07 and how I bore you on eagles' wings
09:10 and brought you to Myself."
09:13 In other words, I delivered you from bondage,
09:16 you saw what I did not what you did.
09:19 Now notice verse 5,
09:22 "Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice
09:28 and keep My covenant,
09:31 then you shall be a special treasure to Me
09:34 above all people for all the earth is Mine."
09:38 In other words, God wants to enter at Sinai
09:40 into a covenant relationship with Israel.
09:43 He wants to officially make them His people.
09:47 Verse 6, "And you shall be to Me
09:50 a kingdom of priests and a holy nation."
09:53 These are the words which you shall speak
09:56 to the children of Israel."
09:57 God is saying, I delivered you from bondage
09:59 without any effort on your part
10:01 it was free grace because you cried out to me,
10:04 He says but now I want you to be--
10:06 I want you to become my people,
10:08 I want you to form a covenant with Me.
10:10 And these are the conditions
10:12 hear My voice and obey My covenant.
10:16 And so God says to Moses,
10:18 I want you to relay that message
10:20 to the children of Israel.
10:22 I want you to notice
10:24 that Moses then comes down from the mountain
10:26 and he talks with the people
10:28 and he is gonna tell them folks,
10:30 this is what God has told me.
10:33 He has given me message to share with you.
10:35 And He wants to know if you accept
10:38 the deal that God is offering.
10:40 Notice, Exodus 19:7, 8,
10:45 "So Moses came and called for the elders of the people,
10:51 and laid before them all these words
10:55 which the Lord commanded him."
10:59 In other words, he is going to the elders
11:01 and he is saying this is what God wants from Israel.
11:07 Do you accept or do you not accept.
11:10 Notice verse. 8,
11:12 "Then all the people answered together and said,
11:15 'All that the Lord has spoken we will do.'"
11:23 Did they accept the terms of the covenant, yes or no?
11:26 They sure did.
11:27 God says this is My message I want to make you My people.
11:31 These are the conditions
11:32 if you obey My voice and keep My covenant do you accept.
11:36 Israel says yes, we do accept.
11:39 And then notice verses 8 and 9
11:42 Moses takes the message back to God.
11:46 We are told there
11:47 "So Moses brought back
11:50 the words of the people to the Lord."
11:53 And now Israel was officially God's people
11:57 incorporated by covenant with God.
12:00 I want you to notice that they were not made God's people
12:04 because of their obedience they were made God's people
12:08 because God delivered them from bondage
12:11 through His grace and God offered them
12:14 a covenant relationship with Him.
12:16 By the way in Jeremiah 31:32
12:20 this covenant at Mount Sinai is spoken of as a marriage.
12:26 God says that when He gave His law at Mount Sinai
12:30 He was a husband to Israel.
12:33 In other words this was a marriage covenant.
12:36 God says, I want to marry you.
12:39 Do you want to marry me? Israel says, I do.
12:43 And so now they enter this covenant relationship with God.
12:47 They have been delivered from bondage.
12:49 They accept the terms of the covenant.
12:52 Notice that the covenant is given to a redeemed people.
12:56 God doesn't say keep My covenant
12:58 and I will redeem you.
13:00 He says I will redeem you
13:02 so that you can then, out of love for Me,
13:05 keep My covenant.
13:07 And so then God comes
13:08 and he actually speaks the covenant.
13:10 See, Israel has accepted that everything
13:12 that God says they will do.
13:14 So now we find that God actually speaks the covenant to Israel.
13:19 Exodus 20:1, 2
13:23 "And God spoke all these words, saying."
13:28 Now I want you notice this is very important.
13:30 "I am the Lord your God,
13:34 who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
13:37 out of the house of bondage."
13:41 Whose people were the Israelites?
13:46 Who took them out of Egypt? God.
13:51 It says here I am the Lord your God
13:53 who brought you out of the land of Egypt
13:55 out of the house of bondage.
13:57 And then God proceeds to speak what?
14:01 The Ten Commandments.
14:03 The Ten Commandments are the terms of the covenant.
14:08 The Ten Commandments
14:10 are what Israel promised to do what?
14:12 To obey.
14:14 They should have obeyed God out of love
14:16 because God had delivered them from bondage.
14:19 So their loving response to God
14:21 should have been obedience to the commandments of God.
14:25 And then we are told of the God spoke
14:27 the Ten Commandments the terms of the covenant.
14:31 Then we are told in Exodus 31:18
14:33 that God gave the tables of the covenant to Moses.
14:38 It says there in Exodus 31:18
14:42 "And when He had made
14:43 an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai,
14:46 He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony,
14:49 tablets of stone, written with the finger of God."
14:55 And so you might think they got married
14:58 and they lived happily ever after.
15:01 Once married always married,
15:05 well, that's what you would hope.
15:08 But it didn't quite work out that way.
15:11 You see, folks Israel was not delivered
15:14 because they obeyed but once they were delivered
15:17 God expected them to obey.
15:20 Not because they had to but because they loved the Lord
15:24 because of what He has had done
15:26 to deliver them from Egypt.
15:28 In other words, obedience was to be
15:30 the consequence of redemption,
15:32 it was not the cause of redemption.
15:35 But they had to live like God's people.
15:38 God said I redeemed you from Egypt,
15:40 I have made you My people, now live like you're My people.
15:47 And Exodus tells us that Moses stayed up
15:50 in the mountain a very longtime
15:54 and the people got restless
15:56 because Moses did not returned
16:00 when they expected.
16:03 Notice Exodus 32:1, 2.
16:06 There was a delay in the return of Moses.
16:08 Here we have symbolized a delay in the return of whom,
16:13 the return of Jesus.
16:16 It says there in Exodus 32:1, 2,
16:20 "Now when the people saw that Moses
16:22 delayed coming down from the mountain,
16:25 the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him,
16:28 'Come, make us gods.'"
16:32 That's not a good translation.
16:34 The word is Halloween.
16:36 What they are saying is make us God.
16:40 Because we are gonna notice
16:41 that they were professing to worship the true God.
16:46 This worship service was offered to the true God.
16:50 But in Egyptian style,
16:54 and so they said to Aaron,
16:58 "Come make us gods that shall go before us,"
17:03 and now notice "for as for this Moses."
17:08 You see the despective comment.
17:10 As for this Moses.
17:14 Now listen to this "As for this Moses,
17:18 the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt."
17:23 According, to them who brought them out of Egypt?
17:26 Moses and God is listening.
17:30 "For as for this Moses,
17:32 the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt,
17:36 we do not know what has become of him."
17:40 So when there is a delay in the coming of Moses
17:44 the people become complacent
17:46 and they ask for the special worship service
17:50 where Aaron will make God for them to worship.
17:58 Now it's important to realize that those ringleaders
18:02 in the apostasy that we are gonna study about
18:05 was a group which is known as the mixed multitude.
18:10 Have you ever heard of the mixed multitude?
18:12 They were people who joined Israel in the Exodus from Egypt
18:16 not because their heart with the Lord
18:19 but because they are one who has escaped from the plagues.
18:23 And they saw that God was blessing Israel.
18:26 And so they left Egypt
18:28 but Egypt was very much in their hearts still.
18:33 The Spirit of Prophecy tells us that every time
18:35 that there was discord and problems and Israel
18:38 the mixed multitude was the group
18:40 that originated the problems.
18:43 I'd like to read you a statement that we find
18:45 in Patriarchs and Prophets, page 408,
18:48 where Ellen White comments on this mixed multitude.
18:50 She says this.
18:52 "The mixed multitude that came up
18:54 with the Israelites from Egypt
18:57 were a source of continual temptation and trouble."
19:01 Is there such thing as mixed multitude
19:03 in the Seventh-day Adventist church today?
19:06 People have joined the church
19:08 whose heart is not with the church,
19:11 who perhaps want to practice a different worship style
19:16 than the style that is contemplated in Holy Scripture.
19:20 She continues saying
19:22 "They professed to have renounced idolatry
19:25 and to worship the true God,
19:28 but their early education and training
19:31 had molded their habits and character,
19:34 and they were more or less corrupted with idolatry
19:38 and with irreverence for God."
19:42 They did not look at God as the awesome God
19:45 before whom you should fall as a creature and worship.
19:50 They treated Him with irreverence.
19:53 She continues to saying,
19:54 "They were oftenest the ones to stir up strife
19:59 and were the first to complain,
20:01 and they leavened the camp with their idolatrous practices
20:06 and their murmurings against God."
20:11 And so they said to Aaron we want you to make God for us
20:15 and we want to have this worship service.
20:18 And of course, Aaron instead of standing for what was right
20:23 and little later on we're gonna talk about
20:25 Aaron a little bit more.
20:27 He gives in to the will of the people.
20:29 Notice Exodus 32:2-4
20:32 this is the case of the sheep leading the shepherd.
20:36 This is the case of those who are led leading the leader.
20:42 Notice Exodus 32:2-4.
20:45 "And Aaron said to them, 'Break off the golden earrings
20:50 which are in the ears of your wives,
20:52 your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.'"
20:56 So they took off in other words all of their earrings.
20:59 But we are going to see before the end of the sermon today
21:01 that they were a lot more from where those came from
21:05 because they took some off but they put some others on.
21:10 The Bible continues saying
21:12 "So all the people broke off the golden earrings
21:15 which were in their ears,
21:17 and brought them to Aaron."
21:20 Let's continue verses 4 and 5
21:23 "And he received the gold from their hand,
21:27 and he fashioned it with an engraving tool,
21:31 and made a molded calf.
21:35 Then they said, 'This is your god, O Israel,
21:40 that brought you out of the land of Egypt'"
21:44 I like to read a very incisive statement
21:46 that we find in the Review and Herald September 6, 1906.
21:50 Here Ellen White is commenting on this experience
21:53 and she has a very interesting way of expressing
21:57 what happened there with the people at Mount Sinai.
22:00 She says this.
22:01 "The result of their murmuring
22:04 and unbelief was that Aaron made them
22:09 a golden calf to represent God."
22:15 Whom were they claiming to worship?
22:19 Not pagan Gods but whom, God.
22:23 By the way Ellen White uses the capital 'G'
22:25 with that reference to God.
22:28 "He proclaimed this idol to be God."
22:31 Once again, capital 'G.'
22:34 "And a great deal of enthusiasm
22:37 was created over this false god."
22:42 with a little 'g.'
22:44 In other words they claim to be worshipping the true God
22:48 but they were actually worshipping
22:51 a false or a counterfeit God.
22:56 Now I want you to notice that this was a worship service
22:59 this was not a social occasion.
23:01 This wasn't the time where they all got together to party.
23:05 This was a worship service that they were celebrating
23:08 and they claimed to be doing in honor of the true God.
23:11 Notice Exodus 32:5, 6 it says "So when Aaron saw it,
23:19 he built an altar before it."
23:22 That is before the golden calf.
23:23 Let me ask you,
23:25 would building an altar be a religious endeavor?
23:28 Most certainly.
23:30 "And Aaron made a proclamation and said,"
23:33 notice this "'Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.'"
23:38 Is this worship purportedly to the Lord?
23:41 Yes.
23:42 "Then they rose early on the next day,
23:44 offered burnt offerings,"
23:47 see there you have religious activities.
23:50 "And brought peace offerings."
23:53 There you have also offerings that were,
23:56 that were made at sanctuary.
23:58 "And the people sat down to eat and drink,
24:03 and rose up to play."
24:06 In other words, during this worship service
24:10 they wanted to have what?
24:12 They wanted to have fun,
24:17 nothing of the reverent worship to God.
24:21 It says that they sat down to eat and drink
24:25 and rose up to play.
24:28 And Moses is at the top of the mountain
24:30 when this worship service is going on.
24:33 And God says to Moses,
24:35 Moses the people are celebrating
24:40 an apostate worship service down there at Mount Sinai,
24:44 they made a golden calf purportedly to worship me.
24:49 And I want you to notice what God says in Exodus 32:7.
24:54 And this is very incisive.
24:57 "And the Lord said to Moses, 'Go, get down!
25:02 For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
25:07 have corrupted themselves.'"
25:10 Now what had God said?
25:12 These are My people that took, I took out of Egypt.
25:15 But the people had said what?
25:18 This Moses who took us out of Egypt
25:20 we don't know what happened to him.
25:22 So God what listening and God says, oh, yeah.
25:25 Okay, go get down for your people
25:30 whom you brought out of the land of Egypt
25:32 have corrupted themselves.
25:35 Do you know what happened at Mount Sinai
25:37 with this counterfeit worship service?
25:39 Israel disannulled their covenant with God.
25:46 They were no longer God's people.
25:50 Now wait a minute pastor, can that be true?
25:53 Allow me to read you several statements here
25:56 and then I'm gonna give you biblical proof,
25:58 several statements from Spirit of Prophecy.
26:01 Patriarchs and Prophets, page 318, Ellen White says,
26:05 "God's covenant with his people
26:09 had been disannulled."
26:14 Also on page 318 she says,
26:17 "God had signified that he disowned his people."
26:22 In other words, disowned means they are no longer what?
26:26 They are no longer mine.
26:29 On page 320 she says this,
26:31 "To show his abhorrence of their crime,"
26:36 speaking about Moses "he threw down the tables of stone."
26:40 The tables of the covenant,
26:41 see this is the biblical proof
26:43 that what Ellen White has to say is true.
26:46 "To show his abhorrence of their crime,
26:49 he threw down the tables of stone,
26:51 and they were broken in the sight of all the people,
26:55 thus signifying that as they had broken their covenant with God,
27:00 so God had broken his covenant with them."
27:05 Wow, on page 324, Ellen White adds this.
27:11 "The Israelites had been guilty of treason."
27:15 Wow, that's strong isn't it?
27:17 Had been guilty of treason.
27:20 "And that against the king
27:22 who had loaded them with benefits and whose authority
27:26 they had voluntarily pledged themselves to obey."
27:29 And by the way treason against the king,
27:31 they claimed to be worshipping the king.
27:34 They claimed to be worshiping the true God.
27:36 If you told them that they were worshiping a false God
27:39 they would say no, no, this golden calf
27:41 represents the true God, we are worshipping the true God.
27:46 And so now God says I disown these people.
27:49 I have disannulled my covenant with this people
27:54 and finished with them.
27:56 And so Moses goes and he intercedes with God.
27:59 Notice Exodus 32:11, 12.
28:04 "Then Moses pleaded with Lord his God, and said," now notice.
28:11 "'Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against your people
28:17 whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt
28:21 with great power and with mighty hand?'"
28:23 He is saying don't throw all of the responsibility
28:25 of this people on me.
28:27 They are your people and you delivered them from Egypt.
28:31 He is saying Lord, you made the covenant with them.
28:34 They have made covenant with you.
28:36 And yes they were apostatized from You
28:38 by having this counterfeit worship service
28:41 but they are still your people
28:44 and You are the one who took them out of the land of Egypt.
28:49 Interestingly enough when Moses comes down from the mountain
28:53 you get a little glimpse of what this worship service was like.
28:59 Let's notice what the Bible has to say
29:01 about Moses come down from the mount.
29:03 You know Moses is coming
29:05 with the Ten Commandments in his hands,
29:07 the Ten Commandments that speak about
29:09 worshipping the true God with the reverence,
29:13 the Ten Commandments that speak about obeying God as father.
29:18 He is coming down with the Ten Commandments
29:20 and the people at the same time
29:22 are having this counterfeit worship service.
29:25 Notice Exodus 32:15, 16
29:29 "And Moses turned and went down from the mountain,
29:32 and the two tablets of the Testimony were in his hand.
29:36 The tablets were written on both sides,
29:39 on the one side and on the other they were written.
29:43 Now the tablets were the work of God,
29:46 and the writing was the writing of God engraved on tablets."
29:50 And as Moses is descending with the terms of the covenant
29:54 and the people are breaking the terms of the covenant
29:57 and God has said "I have disowned this people,
29:59 I disannulled my covenant"
30:02 when they near the encampment,
30:04 you can catch a glimpse of what that worship service was like.
30:09 Exodus 32:17-19,
30:11 Moses is descending from the mountain with Joshua.
30:16 "And when Joshua heard the noise of the people
30:19 as they shouted, he said to Moses,
30:23 'There is a noise of war in the camp.'"
30:27 Wow, there must have been
30:29 some shouting in this worship service.
30:32 "But he said," that is Moses
30:36 "'It is not the noise of the shout of victory,
30:40 nor the noise of the cry of defeat,
30:43 but the sound of singing I hear.'
30:48 So it was, as soon as he came near the camp,
30:53 that he saw the calf and the dancing."
30:57 Dancing, shouting, singing at the top of their lungs.
31:04 Notice how Ellen White comments on this experience.
31:09 She says, "As they drew near the encampment,
31:12 they beheld the people shouting
31:17 and dancing around their idol."
31:20 Notice what an interesting worship style.
31:23 "It was a scene of heathen riot,
31:25 an imitation of the idolatrous feasts of Egypt."
31:29 And then she says this.
31:31 "But how unlike the solemn
31:35 and reverent worship of God!"
31:40 Did you catch that?
31:41 The solemn and reverent worship of God.
31:46 And so when Moses arrives at the bottom of the mountain
31:50 notice what he does.
31:51 Exodus 32:19, 20, "So it was,
31:57 as soon as he came near the camp,
32:01 that he saw the calf and the dancing.
32:03 So Moses' anger became hot,
32:07 and he cast the tablets out of his hands
32:09 and broke them at the foot of the mountain."
32:14 Moses would have nothing of this worship service.
32:18 He would have nothing of this counterfeit worship.
32:21 And by the way the Book of Revelation
32:23 makes it very clear
32:25 that the big issues at the end of time
32:27 are going to have to do with worship,
32:30 true worship and counterfeit worship.
32:32 And listen to what I am gonna say,
32:34 the counterfeit worship is offered by people
32:37 who claimed to be Christians.
32:40 The Book of Revelation is not talking about pagans
32:43 worshipping pagan God's its talking about people
32:46 who claim to serve God
32:47 worshipping God in a false way.
32:51 In other words, they are worshipping a false God.
32:55 Now the question is how could Israel fall into this?
32:59 How in the world could Israel apostatize
33:02 so close to the time
33:05 when God had made His covenant with them?
33:07 The answer is, Aaron.
33:12 The wishy-washy leader who had a character like putty.
33:18 Notice Exodus 32:21-24 "And Moses said to Aaron,
33:26 'What did this people do to you
33:30 that you have brought so great a sin upon them?'"
33:35 Now I don't know well you got something interesting there--
33:39 by consenting Aaron brought this great sin upon Israel.
33:46 In other words, by consenting to allow them
33:49 to practice this counterfeit worship service
33:52 he was leading Israel into sin.
33:56 It continues saying, "So Aaron said,
33:59 'Do not let the anger of my lord become hot.
34:03 You know the people, that they are set on evil.'"
34:09 Well, if they are set on evil
34:10 the leader has to take a stand for the good.
34:15 You know, this morning at the Sabbath school class
34:17 somebody was asking me pastor would you--
34:19 and she mentioned I am not gonna mention that the topic.
34:21 She says, would you preach a sermon
34:22 on this controversial subject
34:25 if you were at risk of getting sued?
34:30 I said sure, not a problem.
34:32 If it's in the Bible I preach it.
34:36 I am not afraid
34:38 because God will take care of gossip withers.
34:43 So Aaron says, "You know the people,
34:44 that they are set on evil.
34:47 For they said to me, 'Make us Gods.'"
34:50 Better translation is make us God.
34:52 "'That shall go before us, as for this Moses,
34:55 the man who brought us out of the land of Egypt,
34:57 we do not know what has become of him.'
35:01 And I said to them, 'Whoever has any gold,
35:05 let them break it off.'
35:06 So they gave it to me."
35:07 And now notice he adds to his wishy-washy character a lie.
35:14 "So they gave it to me,
35:15 and I cast it into the fire, and this calf came out."
35:23 Better translation is I put the gold in the fire
35:26 and the calf jumped out.
35:31 Moses would have none of the explanations
35:34 of this weak-kneed leader.
35:40 Volume 4 of the Testimonies page 514 and 515,
35:45 we find a very profound statement
35:48 by Ellen White on this experience of Aaron.
35:51 She says "The fellow laborer of Moses,
35:54 who was left with the solemn
35:56 charge of the people in his absence,
35:59 heard them uttering complaints that Moses had left them
36:03 and expressing a desire to return to Egypt."
36:08 Now notice this.
36:09 "Yet, through fear of offending the people,
36:14 he was silent."
36:18 Why was he silent? He was afraid of what?
36:20 Of offending the people.
36:23 "He did not stand up boldly for God,
36:27 but to please the people he made a golden calf.
36:32 He seemed to be asleep to the beginning of the evil.
36:36 When the first rebellious word was spoken,
36:39 Aaron might have checked it,
36:42 but so fearful was he of offending the people
36:46 that he apparently united with them
36:48 and was finally persuaded to make
36:50 a golden calf for them to worship."
36:53 Who leads who?
36:57 Is it the leader that leads the sheep?
37:00 Is it the shepherd that leads the sheep
37:02 or is the sheep that leads the shepherd?
37:05 Apparently, this was a case of the sheep
37:07 leading the shepherd.
37:09 And you know that sheep have
37:10 a very bad sense of direction.
37:13 And so there we're gonna leave the leader
37:14 down the wrong road, right.
37:18 Several times in this statement Ellen White says,
37:20 that Aaron was afraid of what the people would do
37:26 if he took a stand, a principle stand for the truth.
37:31 Gonna reminds me when I came
37:32 to Fresno Central Church,
37:36 I had saw a handful of people say pastor
37:41 when you preach from the pulpit
37:42 we don't want you to mention the name of Ellen White.
37:48 I said, oh, really.
37:52 I guess I have to read a lot of quotations.
37:56 I didn't say it that way but the Spirit of Prophecy
38:00 is one of our fundamental beliefs.
38:04 There is nothing wrong with reading
38:05 for the Spirit of Prophecy as long as it collaborates
38:08 and supports Holy Scripture.
38:12 Another group said we want contemporary Christian music,
38:15 we want drums and guitars.
38:19 I said, it's not going to happen while I am here.
38:24 Another group said some of the same group
38:27 and I know where you stand on this,
38:29 said we want to ordain women elders.
38:32 Now I am going into a hot topic.
38:35 And I said sorry, its not gonna happen
38:36 as long as I am here.
38:39 And I have got in a lot of flock.
38:42 And there's better lot of exoduses from the church.
38:47 So what shall I do?
38:49 Not use the Spirit of Prophecy, introduce contemporary music
38:54 into the church in order to hang on to the people
38:56 who are offended
38:58 and might go some other place if we say no?
39:01 I don't think so.
39:03 Because God has called me to be a guardian of the flock
39:07 as well as Pastor Fin and Pastor Jensen
39:11 and Phil we're all on the same page on this.
39:16 Praise the Lord, you know, it's difficult to find a staff
39:18 that's all on the same page on these issues,
39:21 these very hard issues.
39:23 Patriarchs and Prophets, pages 316 and 317,
39:27 Ellen White says this,
39:29 "Aaron feebly remonstrated with the people,
39:34 but his wavering and timidity at the critical moment
39:40 only rendered them the more determined."
39:44 In other words he wavers says,
39:45 well I don't know where I stand on this.
39:47 You know, may be yes, may be no.
39:48 I don't whether we should do it or not.
39:52 And when he waiver the people got more bold.
39:55 She continues saying "Aaron feared for his own safety
40:00 and instead of nobly standing up for the honor of God,
40:04 he yielded to the demands of the multitude."
40:09 But do you know that everybody
40:10 did not want to practice this worship style.
40:14 There was a remnant who reviews.
40:16 And I want to read to you what happened to that group.
40:19 Patriarchs and Prophets same pages 316 and 17.
40:23 It says "There were some who remained true
40:27 to their covenant with God,
40:29 but the greater part of the people
40:31 joined in the apostasy."
40:33 Who joined in the apostasy, the what?
40:36 The greater number.
40:37 And some people will say, "pastor, how do you know"
40:40 and you have heard this before
40:41 "how do you know
40:43 that the Sabbath is the right day to keep
40:45 if the whole world keeps Sunday?"
40:48 I mean you're just a little group of people.
40:51 There's a billion catholic's
40:53 and there is millions and millions of Protestants
40:55 who keep Sunday.
40:56 What makes you Adventist think that you are on the right track
40:59 because you keep the Sabbath?
41:01 Listen, in the Bible
41:02 the majority has never been with God.
41:08 If you went by numbers
41:10 then the devils kingdom would be the true kingdom
41:12 because he has most everybody on planet earth on his side.
41:17 She continue saying a few listen to this.
41:21 "A few who ventured to denounce
41:23 the proposed image making as idolatry,
41:29 were set upon and roughly treated,
41:32 and in the confusion and excitement
41:35 they finally lost their lives."
41:40 There were people who died at the foot of Mount Sinai
41:43 to be faithful to God,
41:45 to practice a reverent worship style.
41:51 And yet I want you to notice something very important.
41:55 You know, today there is many people
41:56 in the Adventist church
41:59 who like to be critical of the church.
42:01 They stand outside and they will say
42:02 "oh I am holy and look at the church is in apostasy."
42:08 The church this and the church that
42:10 and you know and it's like they hate the church.
42:16 But you know what Moses did when he saw this apostasy.
42:22 This is the marvelous thing.
42:23 He revealed, he actually revealed the character of Jesus,
42:26 the intercessory power of Jesus.
42:29 You see, he did not want Israel his people to be destroyed.
42:33 He wanted them to be forgiven
42:35 and that's what Jesus wants for His remnant church.
42:39 It says in Exodus 32:31-33
42:43 "Then Moses returned to the Lord and said,
42:46 'Oh, these people have committed a great sin,
42:50 and have made for themselves a god of gold!
42:54 Yet now, if You will forgive their sin but if not,
43:00 I pray, blot me out of Your book
43:04 which You have written."
43:06 I don't see very many of those people
43:08 who become offshoots of the Adventist church saying,
43:13 we would be willing to die in order for the church to live.
43:18 When we see apostasy
43:19 we shouldn't say, oh all those apostasy,
43:21 it's not that church is in apostasy
43:22 all the leaders are apostate.
43:24 You know, what we should do in love
43:28 is be willing to offer our own life
43:31 for God to save the church.
43:34 In order words it has to be a deep
43:36 and intense love for the church.
43:41 God accepted the prayer of Moses
43:46 and He accepted the repentance of Israel.
43:50 And I want you to notice now
43:52 how Israel showed their penitence and their repentance.
43:58 They did something to show that they were now humble
44:04 that their lives had changed
44:06 and now they were going to follow the Lord.
44:08 They did something very significant.
44:10 Notice Exodus 33:1-6, Exodus 33:1-6
44:17 "Then the Lord said to Moses,
44:20 'Depart and go up from here, you and the people
44:23 whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt,
44:26 to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac,
44:28 and Jacob, saying,
44:29 "To your descendants I will give it."
44:32 And I will send My Angel before you,
44:33 and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite
44:36 and the Hittite and the Perizzite
44:38 and the Hivite and the Jebusite.
44:40 Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey.'"
44:44 Now notice what God says.
44:45 "For I will not go up in your midst,
44:48 lest I consume you on the way,
44:50 for you are a stiff-necked people."
44:55 So God is still saying,
44:57 I don't know if I am gonna go with these people or not.
45:01 Notice what the people do in response.
45:02 Verse 4 "And when the people heard this bad news,
45:07 they mourned, and no one put on his ornaments."
45:13 They mourned.
45:15 Is that a sign of repentance?
45:17 What do they take off?
45:20 Their ornaments, their jewelry if you please.
45:25 Now what did they take it off?
45:27 Just on the split of the moment decision of theirs? No.
45:30 It says, "For the Lord had said to Moses,
45:34 'Say to the children of Israel, "You are a stiff-necked people.
45:37 I could come up into your midst in one moment and consume you.
45:41 Now therefore"'" God's said this.
45:43 "Now therefore, take off your ornaments,
45:45 that I may know what to do to you."
45:50 So the children of Israel stripped themselves
45:53 of their ornaments by Mount Horeb."
45:58 They never put them on again
45:59 until they arrived in the land of Canaan.
46:03 Because God said so.
46:04 Sign of humility sign of repentance.
46:10 You know, if you looked at the church
46:14 at the Christian church in general,
46:17 forty or fifty years ago you would go into the church
46:22 and you would tell that there was the difference
46:24 between church members and world things
46:28 by the way the people dressed
46:31 and by the Christian attire
46:36 even in non-Adventist churches jewelry was rare.
46:42 But you go today and you watch many of these
46:47 worship services on television,
46:50 I mean not only do you have shouting,
46:53 not only do you have drums, not only do you have dancing,
46:58 supposedly in the name of Lord
47:00 worshipping the Lord
47:01 but the people who are living in the worship
47:04 look like a Christmas tree.
47:06 They're so decked out.
47:10 It's a sign of pride according to scripture.
47:13 You see God is a God of simplicity.
47:16 Some people will say, well, the Bible says that
47:18 some people wear jewelry that God put jewelry on people.
47:22 And that's true.
47:23 But you know what, if you examine the Bible
47:25 you will discover very clearly that
47:27 when God puts the jewelry on people
47:31 it's a sign of holiness.
47:33 When people put it on themselves it's a sign of apostasy.
47:37 So you better pray that
47:38 the Lord sends you a lot of them from heaven.
47:43 See that's one point that people don't notice.
47:45 They will say, oh, you know look,
47:46 God says that I have to deck you with ruby's
47:49 and with all these precious stones.
47:51 True, but that's after sin.
47:56 That's not during this earthly trek
47:58 when we become prideful and send it on ourselves
48:02 when we use and wear these things.
48:05 Now you might be saying well, Pastor Bohr
48:08 why you preach the sermon that happened to Israel.
48:12 The reason why is because this experience
48:15 is gonna be repeated by God's people
48:17 at the end of time.
48:19 The Apostle Paul says these things were written
48:21 for our admonition
48:22 upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
48:25 Is it just possible at end of time
48:27 in the Christian world there's going to be
48:30 this claim of worshipping the true God.
48:34 And by the styles of worship it becomes very clear
48:38 that it is not God at all who's been worshipped
48:41 reverently and solemnly bowing before Him as creatures
48:46 and seen Him as the great Creator.
48:52 It's gonna happen folks, and it is happening.
48:56 Just a little bit of history.
49:00 Around the year 1900 in the Indiana Conference
49:06 there was, there were some severe problems.
49:12 You see a man by the name of S.S. Davis
49:14 and the evangelist of the conference
49:17 in 1898 and 1899 began teaching
49:21 what is known as the holy flesh doctrine.
49:24 The idea of that when you accept Christ
49:26 you have holy flesh and you can't sin.
49:28 So if you do sin really it's not sin
49:33 because you have holy flesh.
49:37 The conference president was soon swept away
49:40 with evangelist.
49:42 R. S. Donnell was his name.
49:45 News arrived at the headquarters of the Adventist church
49:48 and so they decided to send two delegates
49:51 to the Indiana camp meeting in 1900.
49:53 One of them was Stephen Haskell
49:55 and the other one was A.J. Breed.
49:58 The camp meeting was held in Muncie, Indiana,
50:01 September 13 through 23 of the year 1900.
50:06 After Haskell and Breed attended this meeting
50:13 that was held by those who were cherishing this view
50:20 they sent a report back to Ellen White.
50:22 And Ellen White wrote them a letter dated October 10, 1900
50:29 explaining how God looked upon
50:32 what had happened at Indiana camp meeting
50:35 and what had been witnessed by pastors Haskell's and Breed.
50:40 That letter you can read in volume 2
50:43 of Selected Messages, pages 35 to 45.
50:47 I am gonna read a few excerpts from this.
50:53 She says this, "The things you have described
50:57 as taking place in Indiana,
51:00 the Lord has shown me would take place
51:03 just before the close of probation."
51:07 That along this time.
51:09 Yes, she says "Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated."
51:15 Listen to this.
51:16 "There will be shouting, with drums, music, dancing."
51:23 That sound like Mount Sinai,
51:26 shouting, music, dancing, drums.
51:34 She continues saying "The senses of rational beings
51:38 will become so confused
51:40 that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions.
51:43 And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit."
51:51 She continues saying on page 30-- that was page 36.
51:53 On page 36 she continue saying.
51:56 Listen to this, "The Holy Spirit
51:58 never reveals itself in such methods."
52:02 Because some people will say what was wrong about that.
52:04 The move it was on doctrine the only flesh doctrine.
52:06 But Ellen White is saying "The Holy Spirit
52:09 never reveals itself in such methods,
52:11 in such a bedlam of noise."
52:16 See when you're in a bedlam of noise
52:17 you can't hear the voice of Lord speaking.
52:20 It's deafening.
52:23 The purpose of the worship service
52:24 is to come into the presence of God
52:26 with reverence and be able to hear
52:28 the still small voice of God.
52:33 She says "This is an invention of Satan
52:36 to cover up his ingenious methods
52:38 for making of none effect
52:40 the pure, sincere, elevating, ennobling,
52:43 sanctifying truth for this time."
52:45 In other words, it is a substitute
52:47 so that people cannot see the importance
52:49 of the truth for this time.
52:53 She has she says "Better never have
52:56 the worship of God blended with music
52:59 then to use musical instruments to do the work
53:03 which last January was represented to me
53:05 would be brought into our camp meetings."
53:09 See, she's dealing not with the holy flesh doctrine
53:12 she is dealing with the music.
53:15 And back then there was not rock or disco or rap.
53:21 So I imagine that what she heard was tame
53:25 compared to what you hear in many churches today.
53:29 She continued saying "The truth for this time
53:33 needs nothing got this kind in its work of converting souls.
53:38 A bedlam of noise shocks the senses
53:42 and perverts that which if conducted
53:45 aright might be a blessing."
53:48 So she is dealing not with the doctrine of holy flesh
53:52 she is dealing with the style of worship.
53:56 She says "The powers of satanic agencies"
53:59 listen to this "The powers of satanic agencies
54:02 blend with the din and noise,
54:05 to have carnival and this is termed
54:10 the Holy Spirits working."
54:13 And then she says "No encouragement
54:17 should be given to this kind of worship."
54:21 Categorical, she continues to saying on page 37,
54:28 "The Holy Spirit has nothing to do
54:30 with such a confusion of noise and multitude of sounds
54:34 as passed before me last January."
54:36 See because what some people say they read this--
54:39 this chapter and they will say,
54:40 well, she is just she just criticizing
54:42 the theology that the holy flesh people have.
54:44 She is not criticizing the theology only
54:47 she is criticizing the style of worship.
54:51 The Holy Spirit has nothing to do
54:53 with such a confusion of noise and multitude of sounds
54:56 as passed before last January.
54:58 "Satan works amid the din and confusion of such music
55:04 which properly conducted will be praise and glory to God.
55:08 He makes its effect like the poisonous sting of the serpent."
55:14 One closing comment on page 38 she says,
55:17 "Those thing which have been in the past will be in the future.
55:22 Satan will make music a snare
55:26 by the way in which it is conducted."
55:33 So Ellen White is talking about counterfeit worship styles
55:37 entering into the Adventist church
55:39 in our camp meetings near the close of probation.
55:47 I believe that we are living in that time.
55:50 And I believe that the battle lines
55:52 are being drawn even as I speak.
55:55 Whether we are going to emphasize the ennobling
56:00 and sanctifying truth for this time the Three Angels Messages
56:04 which sanctify the life and prepare for the coming of Jesus
56:09 or whether we will emphasize the true means of worship
56:12 and forget through these true means
56:15 that God has a special message for His church at this time.
56:21 And folks worship styles have a lot to do
56:24 with the way in which we see Jesus.
56:29 Our worship style can degrade Jesus,
56:32 can degrade our view of Jesus,
56:35 can degrade our respect for Jesus.
56:39 Truly sanctifying and ennobling worship
56:41 can make us more like Jesus can elevate us to Jesus
56:45 and can make us reflect more closely
56:48 the image of Jesus in our lives.
56:51 And once again the issue will be the same as at Mount Sinai
56:56 and that is the issue of worship.
57:02 How we worship, when we worship,
57:06 not so much who we worship
57:09 because everybody in the end
57:11 will be claiming to worship the true God.
57:16 So brothers and sisters, let's the raise the God
57:18 and let's stand for truth till the heavens fall.
57:23 How about it?


Revised 2014-12-17