3ABN Sabbath School Panel

The Hard Way

Three Angels Broadcasting Network

Program transcript



Series Code: SSP

Program Code: SSP210004S

00:01 Hello, friends, welcome to 3ABN Sabbath School Panel.
00:03 I'm Pastor John Lomacang.
00:05 And we wanna thank you for taking the time to join us.
00:07 We enjoy your company.
00:09 We know that you are looking forward
00:11 to the Lord speaking to you through His Word.
00:14 And we take that seriously.
00:16 This lesson quarter is talking about
00:19 Comfort My people from the Book of Isaiah.
00:23 All you need is a Bible and a Sabbath school lesson.
00:25 If you'd like a copy of that,
00:27 go to a ABSG.Adventist.org and download a copy,
00:32 or you can go to your local Seventh-day Adventist Church
00:35 and join them.
00:36 And I know they will welcome you.
00:37 Today's lesson, lesson number four is entitled
00:40 "The Hard Way."
00:41 What is hard about the Book of Isaiah?
00:44 What is hard about God's Word?
00:45 Stay tuned and you'll find out.
00:48 Thank you so much for taking the time to join us.
00:50 Join us for this beginning excursion
00:52 through God's Word.
01:24 Hello, friends, welcome to 3ABN Sabbath School Panel
01:26 for the study of lesson number four
01:28 entitled The Hard Way.
01:30 We always appreciate you joining us.
01:32 We enjoy each other's company
01:34 and your company just adds little spice
01:37 to the ingredients.
01:39 Make sure you have your Bibles.
01:41 If you are joining us from your church,
01:42 gather together in a group, social distance that is,
01:46 if you are close together,
01:47 like we are here, we're wearing mask.
01:49 Each one of us,
01:51 you might notice that we have our mask.
01:52 That's not for any kind of makeup purposes,
01:56 but that is in fact to exercise caution and safety
01:58 in this unusual time in which we live.
02:00 The one thing
02:02 that's not unusual is God's Word.
02:03 And we would like to invite you to join us
02:05 as we study God's Word together.
02:07 The Book of Isaiah has been tremendous thus far.
02:10 Can we get a muted amen?
02:12 Amen.
02:13 That's a muted amen.
02:15 But the hard way
02:17 is what we're gonna be talking about today,
02:19 covering prophecy and its relevance
02:21 and other things.
02:23 And we are enjoying Tiglath-Pileser,
02:25 the I, II and III.
02:27 And you may have heard about him,
02:28 a character that some of you might say,
02:31 "Who is that?"
02:32 Before we go into further though,
02:33 we're gonna begin with prayer.
02:35 I'm gonna ask Jill.
02:36 Jill, would you start with prayer today for us?
02:37 Sure. Okay.
02:39 Holy Father, we come before You in the name of Jesus,
02:40 grateful for the gift of Your Word,
02:43 grateful for the gift of Your Spirit
02:45 that opens and illumines
02:46 our minds and hearts as we study.
02:48 So, would you come just now and teach us in Jesus' name.
02:53 Amen. Amen.
02:55 And to my immediate left is the lady with many hats
03:00 and hair that never stops growing.
03:02 I always appreciate Shelley's wonderful hair.
03:05 Shelley Quinn, good to have you here, Shelley.
03:07 Thank you.
03:08 It's hard to believe I've lost half of it
03:10 and this is still what's left.
03:11 It's going to be hard to convince me of that.
03:13 But, Pastor Kenny Shelton, good to have you here today.
03:16 Yeah. Always good to be here.
03:18 I won't go into how much hair we've lost,
03:19 but hey, the Lord is still good.
03:22 He sets on the throne.
03:23 Okay.
03:25 And, Jill, our vice president and COO.
03:27 And I'm not even gonna talk about hair,
03:29 but I am excited about today's study.
03:30 Okay.
03:32 Pastor Ryan Day, a young man
03:34 who is just continuing to grow on the Lord.
03:36 I appreciate having you here, Ryan.
03:37 Amen, and to that same note, praise God for hair,
03:40 but it's something about hair.
03:42 I'll figure out what to do.
03:43 Yeah.
03:44 Well, and only in the American vernacular
03:47 can hair mean, different things.
03:49 We are all here talking about hair.
03:51 And so, we hope you hear what we have to say.
03:53 Amen.
03:54 But that's the American,
03:57 that's the vernacular of the English language.
04:00 Let's go ahead and do an overview quickly
04:01 of the memory text of lesson number four,
04:07 the memory text is Isaiah 8:17.
04:10 Let's see.
04:12 I'll just go ahead and read that
04:13 since it's a very short one,
04:15 it says,
04:16 "And I will wait on the Lord
04:17 who hides His face from the house of Jacob.
04:22 And I will hope in Him."
04:25 What a text.
04:26 We've been discovering in the Book of Isaiah,
04:29 that the first part of it
04:30 is really expressing God's frustration
04:33 with the house of Jacob, with the house of Israel,
04:35 with the kings
04:36 that are called by His name to lead out
04:40 in showing the people who He is.
04:43 And we've already covered a number of lessons
04:44 that just show us that frustration.
04:46 But I wanna begin with a story here on Sunday.
04:49 It's a very interesting story.
04:51 And I'll just go ahead and read it for you.
04:53 It says, "At a burning building in New York City,
04:55 Harlem, that is,
04:56 a blind girl was perched on the fourth-floor window.
05:00 The fireman had become desperate.
05:03 They couldn't fit the ladder truck
05:04 between the building
05:06 and they couldn't get up to her to jump into the net,
05:09 which she, of course, couldn't see.
05:12 That's a difficult thing.
05:14 Finally, her father arrived
05:15 and shouted through the bullhorn
05:18 that there was a net
05:20 that she was to jump on his command.
05:22 Remember she cannot see.
05:25 The girl jumped,
05:26 it was so completely relaxed
05:28 that she did not break a bone or even strain of muscle
05:32 in the four storey fall.
05:33 Why?
05:35 Because she trusted her father completely.
05:38 When she heard her father's voice,
05:40 she did what he said was best."
05:43 That's so beautiful.
05:44 And we're living in a day and age,
05:46 and even in the climate that we are facing today,
05:48 we must hear our father's voice
05:51 because our day is not much different
05:53 than the days of Isaiah in many, many ways.
05:56 We have distorted religion.
05:58 We have people that claim to be followers of God's Word
06:01 that are teaching things
06:02 that are not in harmony with God's Word
06:03 as Ryan and I were talking about that.
06:05 We have people that have the garb of Christianity,
06:08 but what they're saying is
06:09 just not in harmony with Christ.
06:10 And in some cases,
06:12 many of them are probably unintentionally ignorant,
06:15 but on some levels,
06:17 many of them are very well-informed,
06:18 but choose to avoid God's Word.
06:21 That's why I liked the lesson about the hard way.
06:24 And mine is particularly prophecy fulfilled.
06:27 Now I've said this before
06:30 when we talk about prophecy
06:31 and we look at the Old and New Testament.
06:33 The Old Testament is prophecy concealed.
06:36 The New Testament is prophecy revealed.
06:39 Keep that in mind.
06:40 So, if you're just a New Testament Christian,
06:42 you don't understand prophecy concealed.
06:45 It is important to understand what was concealed
06:48 to appreciate what was revealed.
06:52 And so, when we think about that,
06:53 when we go to Matthew
06:55 or when Jesus says
06:57 these are the fulfillment of what Jeremiah said
06:59 or what the Prophet Isaiah said,
07:02 you got to know what the Prophet Isaiah
07:03 or Jeremiah said
07:04 in order to know that it was fulfilled.
07:06 And when Jesus walked along the road to Emmaus,
07:09 He began at Moses and the prophets.
07:12 But if you're not reading Moses and the prophets,
07:14 and you're saying,
07:15 well, I'm just a New Testament Christian.
07:17 I don't wanna say this disrespectfully,
07:18 but you are four-faced in the dark,
07:21 because the New Testament is just the flashlights end,
07:24 but the batteries behind it is the Old Testament.
07:27 Without the batteries, you will never see the light.
07:30 And so, let's look at a passage in our Sunday's memory text,
07:34 how beautiful it is.
07:38 Isaiah 7:14-16.
07:43 It says, therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign.
07:47 And, Jill, you approached this on one of our passages
07:50 talking about its contemporary meaning
07:55 and its relevance today.
07:56 What it meant to those who were back in that day.
07:59 But I'm gonna talk about its modern-day approach
08:03 and what it means today.
08:05 Isaiah 7:14-16,
08:06 "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign:
08:10 Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son
08:12 and shall call His name Immanuel.
08:17 Curds and honey He shall eat,
08:19 that He may know to refuse the evil
08:22 and choose the good.
08:24 For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil
08:29 and choose the good,
08:30 the land that you dread
08:32 will be forsaken by both her kings."
08:35 And I appreciate the way you unpack that, Jill.
08:37 So, I'm not gonna, you want to see that
08:38 you need to go back to one of our prior lessons
08:41 how Jill really took the time to make that significant.
08:45 Now, why does Isaiah mention curds and honey
08:48 as the new King James Version talks about it?
08:52 The lesson is about signs.
08:54 Now we find that curds and honey
08:56 refer to the condition that Judah would return to.
08:59 So, this prophecy was saying,
09:01 I know you're in Southern Illinois now,
09:05 but in a few days you're gonna eating.
09:09 I'm gonna just use this terminology
09:10 that if you're from Jamaica,
09:12 you'll know where it associates with right away,
09:14 you'll be eating Ackee and saltfish.
09:16 And somebody might say, I'm from Southern Illinois.
09:19 There is no Ackee and saltfish in Southern Illinois,
09:23 but a person from Jamaica say,
09:24 "Oh, so, we must be going to Jamaica."
09:27 When the Lord mentioned curd and honey,
09:29 He was telling Judah where they're going to be,
09:32 not where they are.
09:33 He was in fact prognosticating the future of their habitation,
09:38 not their present condition.
09:40 So, curds and honey conditions refer to the diet
09:44 that they are going to be partaking of,
09:46 not the diet that they were subject to.
09:48 Last week, we also talked about the evil of nature.
09:51 The evil nature of those
09:53 that require a sign before obedience.
09:56 And you find that the Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign.
10:01 And He said to them,
10:03 "A wicked and adulterous generation
10:04 seeks after a sign."
10:06 The only sign they're going to get
10:07 is a sign of Jonah,
10:08 three days and three nights.
10:10 But let's talk about prophecy and signs.
10:13 Go with me to John Chapter 14.
10:15 Let's look at how significant signs are
10:18 and how relevant prophecy is.
10:21 The people of God are given signs to understand
10:23 how prophecy will be fulfilled,
10:26 but there can be no fulfillment
10:28 until there is first a prognostication
10:30 or a prediction.
10:31 John 14:29, look what Jesus said.
10:36 And He says,
10:37 "And now I have told you before it comes,
10:41 that when it does come to pass," what?
10:44 "You may believe." "You may believe."
10:46 The Book of John is predicated on two major words
10:50 to know, and to believe
10:52 all throughout the Book of John,
10:54 to know, and to,
10:55 and this is life eternal that you may know,
10:58 and also that you may believe.
11:00 When you know,
11:01 now I'm gonna go ahead
11:03 and put the application perfectly square.
11:04 When you know what the prophecy is,
11:08 when it comes to pass, you will believe.
11:10 Here's the importance
11:12 of understanding the Old Testament.
11:13 But if you don't know the prophecy,
11:15 you will think that the fulfillment is incidental.
11:17 You say, "Oh, I wonder why that happened."
11:20 But when you know the prophecy and then it comes to pass,
11:24 you will believe,
11:26 that's why Jesus says I've told you
11:28 so that when it does take place,
11:29 you will believe.
11:31 Look at Luke 4:21.
11:33 He used this very, very clearly.
11:36 Luke 4:21.
11:39 And once again, Jesus says,
11:40 "And He began to say to them
11:43 today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."
11:48 But once again,
11:50 if you don't know the scripture that He's referring to,
11:52 you'll never be able to appreciate the fulfillment.
11:55 So, don't applaud yourself
11:57 to be just a Matthew to Revelation.
11:59 And then the Book of Psalms,
12:01 because I've seen many Bibles, Shelley, being sold,
12:03 they're sort of very small ones.
12:05 They have the Book of Psalms
12:07 and they have Matthew to Revelation and people say,
12:09 "I've got all I need."
12:12 Well, in fact, tell that to the Lord,
12:15 because many of you don't understand that
12:16 when the Bible says
12:18 all scripture is given by inspiration of God,
12:20 there was not a single reference
12:21 being made to the New Testament.
12:23 It was the Old Testament, right, Pastor Kenny?
12:25 That's right. Right, Pastor Ryan?
12:26 There was not a single reference
12:27 being made to the Old Testament.
12:29 When the Apostle Paul was speaking about
12:32 the holy men of God speak
12:33 as they were moved by the Holy Spirit,
12:35 he was referring to the writing of the Old Testament.
12:38 He was making absolutely no reference at all
12:41 to the New Testament.
12:42 So, don't fall into the rabbit hole
12:45 Don't fall into the rabbit hole
12:46 of thinking that all I need is the New Testament.
12:48 Here's another one, Matthew 24:33.
12:52 It is not just a prognostication
12:54 that is important,
12:55 but also the fulfillment.
12:57 Matthew 24:33-34,
13:00 Jesus made it very clear.
13:01 That's why many people believe in things
13:03 like the rapture.
13:04 They say, "Jesus could come any day now."
13:06 You know why?
13:07 Because they don't know what signs to look for.
13:09 It's like we could get off any exit.
13:11 Not any exit on 57 Southeast is gonna lead you to 3ABN.
13:17 Any exit, now know, you've got to know the exit.
13:20 Here's the words of Jesus.
13:21 He says, "So you also,"
13:23 verse 33 of Matthew 24,
13:25 "when you see all these things
13:27 know that it is near at the doors.
13:29 Assuredly, I say to you,
13:32 this generation will by no means pass away
13:35 till all these things take place."
13:38 And what you may not understand is
13:40 out of the 404 verses in Revelation,
13:44 276 of those are found in the Old Testament.
13:47 That's right.
13:48 See, John was not coming up with anything new,
13:50 but the Lord was taking all of what He told
13:53 Daniel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel,
13:56 the minor prophets, the major prophets.
13:58 He was conglomerating them into the Book of Revelation.
14:02 For example, the seal of God
14:03 is expanded in Ezekiel Chapter 9.
14:06 But John gives just a glimpse in Revelation Chapter 7.
14:09 Once again, if you don't know the prophecy,
14:12 you'll not know the fulfillment.
14:15 1 Peter 1:19-21 before I transition to Shelley.
14:20 Unchanging nature of God is revealed through prophecy.
14:23 He says,
14:25 "And so we have a prophetic word confirmed
14:27 or a more sure word of prophecy,"
14:29 as Pastor Kenny says in the King James version,
14:32 "which you do well to heed
14:34 as a light that shines in a dark place
14:37 until the day dawns
14:38 and the morning star rises in your hearts."
14:42 Verse 20,
14:44 "Knowing this first that no prophecy of scripture
14:46 is of any private interpretation
14:49 for prophecy never came by the will of man,
14:52 but holy men of God spoke
14:54 as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
14:57 Understand the prophecy to appreciate the fulfillment.
15:01 Amen and amen.
15:05 That's right.
15:06 Now, we're trying to be careful here.
15:09 You can breathe. All right.
15:12 You know, having grown up in a New Testament Church
15:16 only having read the New Testament.
15:18 I so appreciate what you said,
15:20 because I didn't even understand grace
15:23 until I studied in the Old Testament.
15:26 And that's where I really understood.
15:28 Okay.
15:29 My lesson is Monday,
15:32 "Foreseeing Consequences."
15:37 In other words,
15:39 you ought to know what's coming.
15:40 So, this lesson covers
15:42 Isaiah 17 through 25.
15:48 Let me just kind of set this up.
15:51 The kingdom of God's people was divided.
15:55 You had Israel,
15:57 which was also called Ephraim
15:59 in the Northern kingdom there's 10 tribes.
16:02 Then you had the two tribes of Judah,
16:04 which is down where Bethlehem and everything is.
16:07 Ahaz was the king of Judah.
16:09 He was an evil king and he reigned 16 years.
16:14 What his problem was,
16:16 Ahaz really gets a bee in his bonnet
16:19 because the Northern kingdom of Israel
16:23 is going to make an alliance
16:29 with Syria
16:30 and they're gonna come attack the Judah.
16:35 So, he's all concerned about this.
16:38 He goes to Isaiah, Isaiah tells him,
16:42 "Hey, don't do this because he wants to make...
16:48 Ahaz wants to make an alliance with the king of Assyria.
16:55 And so, Isaiah comes to him and says, don't do this.
17:00 This is not gonna end well.
17:02 The Assyrians had an insatiable thirst for power.
17:08 And so, he even asks Him, God tells him,
17:11 "Hey, if you want a sign, just ask me for a sign,
17:15 but Ahaz rejected that.
17:17 And you know, you might, when you first look at it,
17:19 when he says, "Oh, I don't wanna test God."
17:22 Well, actually he was being obstinate
17:25 because God is asking him to do this.
17:28 And Ahaz refused the prophet's advice.
17:32 So, he was ruled
17:34 more by his emotions of fear than faith.
17:37 So, what happens?
17:38 He turns down God's guarantee of deliverance
17:44 and he chooses an alliance with Tiglath-Pileser
17:50 who is the king of Assyria.
17:55 So, what happened was,
17:57 Ahaz put himself in a war against God.
18:00 And I love Isaiah 7:13.
18:02 Isaiah says to him,
18:04 "Hear now, O house of David, "
18:06 he's talking to the king in Judah,
18:09 "is it a small thing for you to weary men,
18:14 but will you weary my God also?"
18:17 So, now what happens is the story goes on.
18:20 He gets some good news.
18:22 All right, Syria and Israel are gonna be wiped out.
18:27 Assyria will take care of them.
18:29 They're gonna take care of them.
18:32 But here's the bad news.
18:34 After Assyria takes care of Syria
18:37 and the Northern kingdom,
18:39 they're coming after you bud.
18:42 So, He says in Isaiah 7:17,
18:46 God is gonna use the Assyrians to invade Judah.
18:50 The Lord will bring the king of Assyria upon you
18:52 and your people and your father's house,
18:56 days that have not come since the day that Ephraim,
19:00 that's the Northern Israel Ephraim,
19:03 departed from Judah.
19:05 So, as later events showed what happened.
19:11 King Ahaz had to pay as a vassal of Assyria.
19:15 He had to pay them,
19:18 what do you call it when they pay their?
19:20 Tribute.
19:21 What? Tribute.
19:22 Tribute.
19:24 That's a good word, heavy tributes.
19:25 That's the word I'm looking for.
19:28 But when you look down at verse 20,
19:31 it says that the land is gonna be laid bare as a razor.
19:36 Verse 21 and 22 says that
19:39 cultivation and agriculture would cease.
19:42 And there'd just be a few of the inhabitants
19:45 that are supporting themselves
19:47 by keeping a few cows and sheeps.
19:49 And the only nourishment they had would be dairy produce
19:53 and honey from wild bees.
19:55 Then verse 23 through 25, says that
19:57 thorns are gonna come up everywhere
20:00 after Assyria attacks you
20:02 and the hills that were once carefully cultivated
20:06 are just gonna, have a few cattle
20:09 roaming on them and wild beasts.
20:11 So, sorrows of every kind are gonna to come upon them
20:15 because they're rejecting God's salvation.
20:19 Isn't God amazing?
20:22 Basically, God is saying,
20:24 if you're gonna refuse My grace,
20:26 you're gonna be unfruitful.
20:28 So, here's something that we've got to remember,
20:32 the coming of the Assyrian king when he took over Judah,
20:38 guess what?
20:40 That was the beginning of the end for Judah.
20:42 It laid the foundation for the Babylonians
20:45 to come in and conquer.
20:47 Now, if we read, I've got just a few minutes.
20:50 If we read 2 Kings 16:10-18,
20:55 and what I love about Isaiah and the Kings and Chronicles is
21:00 we see Isaiah was the one
21:05 who wrote the biography of Hezekiah and everything.
21:07 So, we always see this line up
21:09 with what's going on in history.
21:11 So, in 2 Kings 16:10-18,
21:15 let me just kind of set this up.
21:18 Ahaz has willingly become the vassal
21:23 for the Assyrian king
21:25 in exchange for this military protection.
21:27 So, he pledges that
21:29 Judah is gonna serve Assyria from now on,
21:32 and not only did they have to pay tribute,
21:35 what happens is
21:37 it was basically in the pagan worldview is that,
21:43 if you were under their influence,
21:48 they believed that your God had to bow down to their gods.
21:52 So, they looked at Jehovah as Yahweh as just,
21:57 they treated him as a local god,
21:59 that should be in submission to their Assyrian God Ashur.
22:05 So, they route and captured Damascus
22:09 and then Ahaz travels to Damascus.
22:13 And guess what happens while he's there?
22:15 He is visiting King Tiglath-Pileser
22:20 and he sees the altar there,
22:25 a pagan altar.
22:28 He sends a sketch up
22:29 to the high priest back in Judah.
22:32 The high priest becomes complicit in this
22:34 because Ahaz is like,
22:36 okay, we're gonna build this pagan altar
22:38 and we'll show them how we're following them.
22:41 So, they build this pagan altar.
22:43 They totally remove things that were in the sanctuary.
22:49 They move everything around to give this the dominance.
22:52 And then Ahaz serves this pagan.
22:57 He serves at this pagan altar instead of serving God.
23:02 So, what happens,
23:04 he's dedicating the new altar offering sacrifices.
23:08 And on behalf of Israel,
23:11 he's now introduced idolatry in a big way.
23:17 So, when you get to 2 Chronicles 28,
23:21 it powerfully sums up
23:23 what results from Ahaz's reliance on Assyria.
23:30 And listen to this, we just have a minute left.
23:33 Says, 2 Chronicles 28:19,
23:36 "The Lord brought Judah low
23:38 because of Ahaz king of Israel,
23:40 for he had encouraged moral decline in Judah
23:43 had been continually unfaithful to the Lord.
23:47 Also, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came to him
23:52 and distressed him, and did not assist him."
23:56 So, that was just a precursor of the great invasions
24:00 that are gonna come under Sargon
24:02 and Sennacherib
24:04 who were some of the famous Assyrian kings later.
24:08 And it says,
24:09 "Ahaz took part of the treasures
24:11 from the house of the Lord, from the house of the king,
24:12 and from the leaders,
24:14 he gave it to the king of Assyria,
24:16 but he didn't help him."
24:17 And then it says,
24:18 "Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz
24:21 became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord
24:26 and served the gods of Damascus."
24:30 And I'm out of time, but here's the bottom line.
24:34 We're gonna reap a bitter fruit if you trust in princes,
24:38 rather than trusting in God.
24:41 That's the bottom line.
24:43 That's what happened to Ahaz.
24:46 And the same thing, 2 Corinthians 4:18 says that
24:51 we look at things which are seen
24:54 or we do not look at the things which are seen,
24:56 but we look at the things which are unseen,
25:00 not the temporary, but the eternal.
25:03 Keep your eyes on Jesus.
25:04 Praise God. Amen.
25:06 Thank you, Shelley, foreseeing consequences.
25:10 As she said it, you reap what you sow.
25:12 There is no getting away from that.
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25:54 Hello, friends.
25:56 Welcome back to Sabbath School Panel.
25:57 We're gonna continue on Tuesday with Pastor Kenny Shelton
26:00 and the lesson is entitled,
26:01 "What's in a Name?"
26:03 Pastor Kenny?
26:04 Tuesday's lesson certainly is what's in the name.
26:06 And I found out there's a whole lot
26:08 in this name
26:09 that I will try to pronounce a few moments
26:12 and I'll just make this statement.
26:13 Now, I'll go out at one time and then I will refer to him
26:17 as Isaiah's second son.
26:20 So, we've got that right, isn't that good?
26:22 All right. Praise the Lord for that.
26:25 We're encouraged in Tuesday's lesson
26:27 to read Isaiah 8:1-10,
26:29 and most of us up here sometime we're kind of in a hurry.
26:32 There's so much to cover.
26:33 And you'd like to say so many things.
26:35 We just rely on the Holy Spirit
26:36 to try to put our hearts and our minds
26:38 and certainly can work through ears
26:39 the things that are important
26:41 that will help you in your growth.
26:43 We're gonna give an overview of the verses first.
26:46 Now, remember Isaiah 8:1-10, an overview,
26:49 and then kind of go back and we say unpack,
26:51 and go back and look at the kind of verse at a time.
26:55 So, let's go back to that.
26:56 But I circled something I thought in my lesson,
26:58 I thought it was very good.
26:59 Isaiah 8:1-10, now again, this is all in a nutshell here,
27:04 shows the destruction that would come quickly
27:07 upon the kingdom of Israel and Syria
27:10 by the king of Assyria.
27:12 For what? For Israel's sins.
27:15 Now, this part of the lesson, what we're doing here?
27:17 It's showing that
27:18 you both brought it out really well
27:20 some good foundational things
27:22 that there was gonna be some destruction.
27:24 There's going to be some battles that went on
27:26 and God is saying right quick, it's gonna be in a hurry.
27:28 It's gonna come very quickly.
27:30 And you know, kind of like
27:31 where we're at in the end of time,
27:33 things are gonna happen rather quickly,
27:34 and we need to be ready.
27:35 I'm looking at Isaiah
27:37 and pastor mentioned while ago too.
27:38 To make an application to today is so wonderful
27:41 that we can do that,
27:42 you know, and keep it in the context of scripture,
27:44 we need to do that.
27:45 Now, if there's destruction coming.
27:48 I love it again, Isaiah,
27:49 God makes provisions for those who love
27:53 and respect Him and to follow Him.
27:55 It's not just destruction is coming,
27:56 that's all she wrote.
27:58 He said, destruction is coming, it's going rather quickly,
28:00 but provision is going to be made
28:02 for those who are willing to listen
28:03 and those who are willing to follow Him.
28:06 That's despite all of Israel's mistakes
28:09 over and over and over, we look at it and we say,
28:11 surely, they can't be God's people,
28:12 surely this can't happen here.
28:14 Praise God by His grace reaches out.
28:17 The arm of love reaches out and gives them one more time.
28:20 Because it was in Hebrew 7:25,
28:22 He's willing to save to the utmost, right?
28:25 And so, to the utmost, He's reaching out.
28:27 And if they repent and turn back to Him,
28:29 so, you know, we're looking to promises,
28:31 same God, same promises.
28:33 We can claim those promises like never before.
28:36 And it seems clear.
28:37 And I think it was brought out
28:39 in the first two parts of our lesson
28:40 that you can see too,
28:41 that there's some similarities here in Chapter 8.
28:44 Chapter 8 is actually a continuation of Chapter 7,
28:48 kind of interesting here.
28:49 So, eight is considered to be a sequel to seven.
28:54 It gets where it goes on here, right.
28:55 And also, it helps to explain it more too.
28:58 So, the prophecy itself
29:00 is also closely related to that
29:02 of their proceeding chapter.
29:04 So, there's awful lot here that we can all study
29:06 and certainly come up with a lot of good things.
29:08 In verse 1, Isaiah 8 simply says here,
29:12 God says to the prophet, take a great role and do"
29:15 what with it?
29:16 And write this prophecy
29:17 concerning Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
29:20 That's it. Okay. That's the name.
29:25 Meaning make speed the spoil, isn't that right?
29:28 Hasten to the prey.
29:30 Now, again, this was Isaiah's second son
29:33 and that's where we relate to him
29:35 as a second son.
29:36 So, something was going on here in the name of this son
29:40 said, get a scroll, told Isaiah.
29:42 Now this is interesting to me at least as I studied it,
29:46 this was to be done
29:48 before his second son was conceived.
29:52 Did everybody get that out of this lesson?
29:55 Before, so you talk about had to be a man of faith
29:59 and the prophecy was going to be sure.
30:02 And so, he told him, he said, you know,
30:03 the prophet was to write the prophecy down it said here,
30:07 because remember the boy's name, second son,
30:10 his name was going to be make speed the spoil
30:13 hasten to the prey.
30:14 Other words,
30:15 this disaster was coming upon God's people so quick,
30:19 it would make your head swim.
30:21 And God said right now to the prophet,
30:22 he said, look, Isaiah,
30:24 get here, get in, write the prophecy down.
30:26 And then I want you to publish it.
30:28 Other words, put it down and publish it.
30:29 And then I want you to be left on record
30:32 so people can come and start reading it quickly.
30:35 And they will see what this name really means.
30:38 And they'll see to the extent
30:39 that something disastrous is going to happen.
30:41 And then everybody will begin to tell her
30:43 about disaster is coming.
30:46 Now why? Because God loves us.
30:48 Isn't that right?
30:49 He says he would do what before,
30:51 he would warn His people before anything happens.
30:53 Praise God for that.
30:55 So, here's what we know for sure.
30:57 Pastor John, you mentioned it
31:00 where it says there that and I've told you before,
31:03 you remember that I told you before.
31:05 So, when these things what?
31:06 Come to pass,
31:08 then you will know, you will believe.
31:10 And I think that's very interesting here.
31:12 Write it down,
31:13 tell them it's going to happen, publish it,
31:15 get some witnesses in there
31:17 because you're gonna have to sign.
31:18 Somebody is gonna say he did that before,
31:20 he said this before ever took place.
31:22 I would say before the wife was ever gonna have the child.
31:24 So, that's the lot of stuff to put down.
31:27 So, He's telling her, He said right here,
31:28 the title of the prophecy
31:30 got the attention of the people concerning
31:32 know what was going to take place.
31:34 And, of course, they too were to pass on the information.
31:37 Just like when you hear things,
31:39 when you go to church, you hear Bible,
31:40 you hear a truth, what do we do with it?
31:42 Keep it to ourself.
31:44 No. We'd pass it on, right?
31:45 Continue to pass it on.
31:47 Verse 2, the prophet had two witnesses with him.
31:50 Bare record of what was taking place.
31:53 Now, again, what does a witness do?
31:54 They attest to what has happened?
31:56 Notice this, that they had watched him
31:59 as he was writing it down,
32:01 then they had to sign their names.
32:03 Make sure it was true.
32:05 And to me, that's in harmony with scripture
32:07 in Matthew 18:16,
32:09 the Bible says, under two or three witnesses,
32:12 when you do something, have a witness.
32:14 And we're told that we need to do that sometime
32:16 when we deal with church issues, right?
32:19 We need to make sure we take some witnesses along
32:21 because sometime
32:22 things can be a little bit out of order.
32:24 But if you have the witnesses, praise God for that.
32:26 Verse 3, hurrying right along, speaks of Isaiah's wife,
32:30 as one who may have been a prophet or prophetess of God,
32:34 had the gift there.
32:36 But Judges 4:4 talks about using the word prophetess here
32:39 or maybe she was, you know, referred to as,
32:42 because she was the wife of Isaiah.
32:44 So, we just kind of a little more study on that
32:46 if person wants to do that.
32:47 Verse 4, the prophecy.
32:49 Remember prophecy is death destruction that was coming
32:53 before the child, now notice this,
32:55 here's how fast,
32:56 before the child could say my father or my mother.
33:03 Before I was just talking about here
33:04 before there was like one,
33:06 when your one year of age,
33:08 you know, the kids usually time,
33:10 dada, mama, is that right?
33:14 What time they're one or two years old.
33:16 So, they're saying this disaster,
33:18 this is what's gonna happen to Israel,
33:20 what's gonna happen?
33:21 Because of their idol worship,
33:23 because of their refusing to follow God,
33:25 it's going to happen within one to two years.
33:27 I mean, this really boils it right down in Judah.
33:31 So, you read a little more of that.
33:32 And we read, I'll take Samuel 7:4-7.
33:35 Verse 7,
33:36 it's talking about the waters of the river of Assyria.
33:38 So, it's even telling how it was going to take place.
33:41 Now, I've got a lot more right here,
33:43 but I just had something this morning that struck me as
33:45 I was praying about it and reading about it.
33:47 And the Lord led me to this and I'm just gonna read it,
33:48 share it with you if it'd be all right,
33:50 because I think as Pastor John was mentioning,
33:52 the things that's happened here is for us too today,
33:55 if we can take it
33:57 and get some principle out of it.
33:59 And so here in the story of Prophets and Kings,
34:02 page 330.
34:04 It says, "As the apostate king near the end of his reign, "
34:08 something you were talking about,
34:09 notice what happened.
34:11 "He caused the doors of the temple to be closed.
34:14 The sacred services were interrupted.
34:17 Lord, have mercy.
34:19 No longer were the candlesticks kept burning in the altar."
34:22 Notice this.
34:23 "No longer were the offerings made
34:25 for the sins of the people,
34:27 no longer did the sweet incense ascend on high
34:31 at the time of the morning and evening sacrifice.
34:34 Deserting the courts of the house of God,
34:38 locking fast its doors and the inhabitants,
34:43 notice, of the godless city boldly set up their altars
34:47 for the worship of heathen deities
34:50 on the street corners."
34:52 Throughout where?
34:53 You wouldn't imagine it, where?
34:55 "Jerusalem."
34:56 They set up on the street corners,
34:58 the pagans and heathens because the church doors were closed.
35:02 Something was going on here.
35:04 You know, where was God's people with this?
35:07 "Heathenism had seemingly triumphed.
35:10 The powers of darkness had well-nigh prevailed.
35:14 But in Judah,
35:15 there dwelt some
35:17 who maintained their allegiance to Jehovah,
35:19 steadfastly refusing to be led into idolatry.
35:23 I mean, we're seeing something was coming on devastation
35:26 because the people turned their back on God.
35:28 And you wonder today,
35:30 some of the things that are going on,
35:31 not trying to criticize condemn,
35:33 just look at it.
35:34 In reality, it seems like
35:36 the enemy is trying to close the doors.
35:37 He's trying to shut it down where God's people can't come
35:40 and, you know, into the temple and into fellowship with God
35:44 and with others.
35:45 And we're saying, well, we have reasons for that
35:47 and all so on and so forth now,
35:49 but this is kind of interesting
35:50 because sometimes when, when this thing happens,
35:53 people find something else to do.
35:55 The mind is taken away from God
35:57 and they begin to find other things to do.
35:58 And as leaders of the church,
35:59 we just try to bring it back together,
36:01 keep a spiritual insight to it and to realize,
36:04 you know what, disaster is on its way.
36:06 We need to be ready.
36:07 Amen:
36:09 Thank you so much, Pastor Kenny and Shelley and Pastor John.
36:12 What an incredible lesson,
36:13 the children of Judah were in a bad place.
36:16 Could you say that?
36:17 Apostasy is rampant,
36:19 they have the Assyrians over them.
36:23 And this is a time of fear.
36:25 That's why Wednesday's lesson I love.
36:27 It says, "Nothing to Fear When We Fear God Himself."
36:33 My passages,
36:34 the next few verses in Isaiah 8:11-15.
36:37 You know, Franklin D Roosevelt.
36:39 This was his first inaugural address.
36:41 The country is struggling with the Great Depression
36:43 and there's a lot of difficulty.
36:46 He said,
36:47 "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
36:50 Now, Isaiah, this message that we're gonna read here.
36:53 This is his message to the depressed people.
36:56 The people who are struggling under oppression,
36:58 his messages,
37:00 we have nothing to fear when we fear God Himself.
37:05 Oswald Chambers put it this way.
37:07 When you fear God, you fear nothing else,
37:10 whereas if you do not fear God, you fear everything else.
37:16 That's what we look at on today's lesson,
37:17 Wednesday's lesson.
37:19 Let's read verse 11,
37:20 "For the Lord spoke thus to me with a strong hand
37:23 and instructed me that
37:25 I should not walk in the way of this people."
37:28 So what's God saying?
37:29 Take a stand,
37:31 don't do it because everybody else is doing it.
37:34 Don't trust in the military might
37:36 of surrounding nations
37:38 or of Assyria or Egypt or Babylon.
37:41 Don't trust in that.
37:42 Trust in me.
37:45 It's interesting that He said, speak thus with a strong hand,
37:50 because the hand is often used metaphorically
37:53 in the Word of God.
37:54 Hands are used as a metaphor for revelation.
37:56 We see that here in Isaiah 8:11,
37:58 it's a metaphor for deliverance from Egypt.
38:01 We see that in Exodus Chapter 3,
38:03 it's a metaphor for oath or judgment.
38:06 We see that in Zechariah 2.
38:08 Hands are also used as a metaphor for creation.
38:11 We see that in Isaiah Chapter 19.
38:14 So, what does God saying?
38:15 This is verses 12 through 15,
38:17 we'll read it and then we'll unpack it.
38:20 "Do not say, 'A conspiracy,'
38:22 concerning all that this people call a conspiracy,
38:25 and be afraid of their threats nor be troubled.' "
38:28 Verse 13,
38:30 "The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow.
38:35 Let him be your fear.
38:37 Let him be your dread.
38:39 He will be as the sanctuary,
38:41 but a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense
38:43 to both the houses of Israel
38:45 as a trap and a snare
38:47 to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
38:49 And many among them shall stumble.
38:51 They shall fall and be broken, be snared and be taken."
38:55 So, look at the contrast here.
38:57 If you fear God, you won't have to fear others.
39:02 On the flip side, if you fear others,
39:04 that means you probably do not fear God.
39:08 The next verse,
39:09 verse 14 talks about
39:11 He would be a sanctuary, but to others,
39:12 a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.
39:15 If God is a sanctuary to you, if He dwells with you,
39:21 He won't be a stone of stumbling
39:22 or a rock of offense.
39:24 But, if God is a stone of stumbling
39:27 or a rock of offense to you,
39:30 then He has not tabernacled with you.
39:32 He has not set up residence with you.
39:35 And finally, if you refuse
39:37 to fall on the rock Christ Jesus and be broken,
39:40 that rock will fall on you and crush you to powder.
39:44 We see that in Matthew 21.
39:46 So, we are called to fear God and not others.
39:49 The lesson title,
39:51 we have nothing to fear when we fear God Himself
39:54 reminds me of the three angels' messages.
39:56 Remember, Revelation Chapter 14 begins with what?
39:59 Verse 6,
40:00 "Fear God and give glory to Him,
40:03 for the hour of His judgment has come."
40:06 You see if we fear God, we won't fear the beast.
40:10 But if we don't fear God in Revelation 14,
40:14 we will fear the beast in Revelation 13.
40:16 And we will give glory to that beast.
40:21 Fear, there's a lot of things that we're afraid of today.
40:24 I'm just gonna list a few.
40:26 I think a lot of times we're afraid of other people.
40:29 Isaiah talks about that in Isaiah 51:12-13,
40:35 "I even, I am He who comforts you,
40:38 who are you
40:39 that you should be afraid of a man who will die.
40:42 And of the son of a man who will be made like grass.
40:45 And you forget the Lord, your maker."
40:48 Why are you afraid of other people?
40:49 Because we forget God.
40:51 We forget He is our maker who stretched out the heavens
40:55 and laid the foundations of the earth.
40:57 You have feared continually every day
40:59 because of the fear of fury of the oppressor.
41:02 And where is the fury of the oppressor?
41:05 Sometimes we're afraid of others
41:06 because we have forgotten God, our maker.
41:09 Sometimes people are afraid of being alone.
41:11 Maybe you mask it
41:13 by an over obsessive use of social media,
41:16 or it's the reason people stay in relationships
41:20 because they're afraid of being alone.
41:22 But God has told us in Hebrews 13:5,
41:25 He Himself has said,
41:27 I will never leave you.
41:29 I will never forsake you.
41:31 So, we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper.
41:34 I will not fear.
41:36 What can man do unto me?
41:37 God is our helper.
41:39 Sometimes we're afraid of change.
41:41 We don't like change.
41:43 We don't like the uncertainty of the future,
41:46 but God says in Malachi 3:6,
41:48 "I am the Lord, I do not change."
41:51 God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
41:55 Sometimes we're afraid of dying.
41:58 Hebrews talks about that.
42:00 Hebrews 2:14-15,
42:03 "Inasmuch then as the children
42:04 have partaken of flesh and blood,
42:06 He Himself likewise shared in the same,
42:09 that through death
42:11 He might release him who had the power of death,"
42:13 that is the devil,
42:15 "and release those who through fear of death
42:17 were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
42:21 Why do we spend time being afraid of that?
42:23 Because we never developed that fear of God.
42:26 So, what does it mean to fear God?
42:28 Isaiah 8:13, we already read it.
42:31 Let's read it one more time.
42:33 The Lord of hosts,
42:34 Him you shall hallow or set apart,
42:37 be consecrated, holy, God is holy.
42:41 Let Him be your fear.
42:44 Regard Him with reverence.
42:46 Let Him be your dread.
42:49 In this context,
42:50 the fear of the Lord
42:52 is to consider the Lord as holy.
42:55 It's a recognition of the holiness of our God
43:00 and a respect and reverence for who He is.
43:05 I have five takeaways
43:07 from this concept of fearing the Lord.
43:11 Take away number one,
43:12 Godly fear recognizes the holiness of God
43:16 and walks in obedience to what He commands us.
43:20 We just read that in Isaiah 8:13.
43:23 If we fear Him,
43:24 we will walk in that obedience to His commands.
43:28 Number two, Godly fear leads to knowledge.
43:32 Proverbs 1:7,
43:34 The fear of the Lord, what is that?
43:36 It is the beginning of knowledge,
43:38 but fools, they despise wisdom and instruction.
43:43 The fear of the Lord that is that admiration,
43:46 reverence represented in obedience to Him.
43:52 Godly fear, it leads to knowledge.
43:54 Number three,
43:56 Godly fear is not afraid of death.
43:59 Rather it's afraid of losing God.
44:04 Matthew Chapter 10,
44:06 Jesus speaking here, Matthew 10:28.
44:09 This is just the first part of that verse.
44:12 "Do not fear those who kill the body,
44:15 but cannot kill the soul.
44:17 Rather fear Him
44:19 who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
44:24 Godly fear, it's not afraid of death,
44:26 but it is afraid of losing God
44:28 or losing our connection with God
44:30 or losing our eternal salvation and that security with God.
44:37 Now, let's look at Godly love for just a moment.
44:39 This is number four.
44:41 Takeaway number four,
44:42 Godly love does not exhibit fear.
44:46 1 John 4:18,
44:49 There is no fear in love
44:51 because perfect love or Godly love
44:55 casts out fear
44:56 because fear, it involves torment.
44:59 He that fears
45:00 has not been made perfect in love.
45:03 Now we're not discussing Godly fear here.
45:06 That's not the type of fear that John is talking about.
45:08 He's talking about a worldly type of fear.
45:11 Remember, Godly fear is that respect
45:13 and admiration for God, reverence for God.
45:17 But if we have Godly love, that type of worldly fear,
45:22 that's going to be pushed aside.
45:25 Last takeaway.
45:26 Number five,
45:27 Godly love does not love the things of the world.
45:32 1 John 2:15,
45:35 do not love the world or the things in the world.
45:38 If anyone loves the world,
45:40 the love of the Father is not in him.
45:44 So, five takeaways,
45:45 Godly fear recognizes the holiness of God
45:47 and walks in obedience to His command.
45:50 Number two, Godly fear leads to knowledge.
45:53 Number three,
45:54 Godly fear is not afraid of death,
45:56 rather it's afraid of losing God.
45:59 Number four,
46:00 Godly love does not exhibit fear.
46:02 And that would be a worldly fear
46:04 and Godly love
46:06 does not love the things of the world.
46:08 We have nothing to fear when we fear God Himself.
46:13 Amen. Praise the Lord.
46:15 I got to put my specs on.
46:18 Thank you, Jill, so much,
46:20 that was beautiful and wonderful setup
46:21 for the next few verses of Isaiah Chapter 8,
46:25 a couple of which many of us are very familiar with,
46:28 and we get to study them
46:29 within the context of what it is
46:31 that is being said here
46:33 in these latter verses of Isaiah Chapter 8.
46:36 I have Thursday's lesson and man, what a...
46:38 While I was studying for this lesson,
46:40 all I could think about of this title
46:43 is it just sounds like
46:44 one of those horror movie film titles,
46:47 you know, you could just imagine it,
46:49 you know, coming to a theater near you,
46:52 Gloom of the Ungrateful Living Dead, right?
46:56 That's the title of Thursday's lesson,
46:58 "Gloom of the Ungrateful Living Dead."
47:01 So, we're gonna pick up in Isaiah 8:16-22.
47:08 And I'm gonna get right into this.
47:09 Notice what the Bible says.
47:11 I like we have, I like this first verse.
47:14 This is will be the foundation
47:16 on everything that's about to say
47:18 or everything that's about to be said.
47:19 If people would just bind up the testimony
47:22 and seal the law among God's disciples,
47:25 just accept the law of God
47:28 and be a disciple who follows the law of God,
47:30 then none of this other stuff would have had to happen.
47:33 But it goes on to say,
47:35 based on that statement, verse 17,
47:37 it says, "And I will wait on the Lord
47:39 who hides his face from the house of Jacob,
47:41 and I will hope in Him."
47:43 That's our memory verse for today.
47:45 Beautiful.
47:46 "Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me,
47:50 we are for signs and for wonders in Israel
47:52 for the Lord of hosts,
47:54 who dwells in Mount Zion."
47:57 But here comes that ungrateful living dead part.
48:01 "And when they say to you,
48:03 seek those who are mediums and wizards,
48:06 who whisper and mutter,
48:07 should not a people seek their God?
48:11 Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living?"
48:15 Verse 20,
48:16 "To the law and the testimony,
48:19 if they do not speak according to this word,
48:23 it is because there was no light in them."
48:26 Verse 21,
48:28 "They will pass through it, hard-pressed and hungry.
48:30 And it shall happen when they are hungry,
48:33 that they will be enraged in curse.
48:35 They will curse their King and their God
48:38 and look upward.
48:39 Then they will look to the earth
48:41 and see trouble in darkness,
48:42 gloom of anguish,
48:44 and they will be driven into darkness.
48:48 Now you have to understand these verses
48:50 within the context of what has happened
48:52 in the previous chapters involving Ahaz,
48:55 because the reason why God is bringing this up,
48:58 the reason why he's asking the question,
49:00 you know, seek those who are mediums and wizards,
49:03 who whisper and mutter
49:04 should not a people seek their God?
49:06 Because Ahaz, the king of Israel.
49:08 Of course, we know he was a pitiful king.
49:10 He wasn't a good king at all.
49:12 He was the main leader
49:14 in leading out in bringing Israel
49:16 into the occultic practices
49:19 and the spiritualistic practices
49:20 that is being described here in these verses.
49:23 And that's why we have those two foundational texts
49:25 that we often read,
49:26 you know, bind up the testimony,
49:28 seal the law,
49:29 because if you find yourself in harmony with God's law,
49:31 that means you find yourself only worshiping God,
49:34 only seeking God,
49:35 only looking to God for your answers.
49:37 Same thing in verse 20,
49:39 to the law and to the testimony,
49:40 notice how that law keeps coming back up,
49:42 because the law of God
49:43 will not allow you to seek the dead.
49:45 You can't communicate.
49:46 Why in the world would you wanna communicate with the dead
49:48 when you can communicate with the Lord of the law,
49:50 the Lord of the Bible?
49:52 And so, to the law and to the testimony,
49:54 if they do not speak according to this word,
49:56 and we're gonna see what it is that Ahaz did,
49:59 that was not according to the Word of God
50:02 in just a moment, speaking of Ahaz.
50:04 Let's look at this, 2 Kings 16:3-4.
50:07 And then we're also going to go to 2 Chronicles 28:22-25.
50:12 This is gonna kind of give us an understanding
50:13 of why God is challenging this
50:15 and why He's speaking on this occultic practice
50:19 of seeking mediums and wizards and, you know,
50:22 talking and communicating with the dead.
50:24 Notice what the Bible says in 2 Kings 16:3-4,
50:27 speaking about King Ahaz.
50:29 It says, "But he walked in the way
50:31 of the kings of Israel,
50:32 indeed he made his son pass through the fire."
50:35 Now don't be confused about what those are saying.
50:38 Many people have interpreted this
50:40 to be that the passing through the fire is,
50:42 you know, those old like pagan rituals
50:44 where you have to walk on the hot coals,
50:46 or you have to somehow pass through
50:47 some type of ritualistic fire,
50:49 you know, to be made a man.
50:51 They often would do this in some of the pagan,
50:52 heathen nations, but yet this passing through the fire,
50:55 this was a ritualistic occultic practice
50:58 in which he would literally sacrifice his son
51:01 to the pagan gods in fire,
51:03 burn them alive.
51:05 And so, it goes on to say here,
51:06 "After he made a son pass through the fire,
51:09 according to the abominations of the nations,
51:11 whom the Lord had cast out
51:13 from before the children of Israel
51:14 and he sacrificed
51:16 and burned incense on the high places on the hills
51:19 and under every green tree."
51:21 And, of course, if you continue reading
51:23 on to 2 Chronicles 28: 22-25,
51:27 it gives us a little bit more insight
51:28 as to how Ahaz led out
51:31 and what he brought about in Israel
51:34 as a negative influence upon the people of God.
51:36 2 Chronicles 28:22-25.
51:40 It says, "Now in the time of his distress,
51:43 King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord."
51:46 Have mercy. This is that King Ahaz.
51:50 I like how the writer of Chronicles here.
51:52 He had to make that clear.
51:53 This is that King Ahaz,
51:55 you know, that one you heard about, right?
51:57 "Where he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus,
52:00 which had defeated him saying,
52:02 because the gods of the kings of Syria help them,
52:04 I will sacrifice to them that may help me,
52:07 but they were the ruin of him in all of Israel."
52:11 So, Ahaz gathered the articles, notice this,
52:13 he gathered the articles of the house of God.
52:16 What other way can you disrespect God
52:20 and His holiness
52:21 than to go into His house
52:23 and take those things which were meant to be holy
52:25 and only used for the Lord
52:26 and use them for pagan practices
52:29 and the worship of other gods.
52:30 So, that's why it says here.
52:32 So, Ahaz gathered
52:33 the article of the house of God,
52:34 cut it in pieces
52:36 or cut in pieces the articles of the house of God,
52:39 shut up the doors of the house of the Lord
52:41 and made for himself altars in every corner of Jerusalem
52:45 and in every single city of Judah.
52:47 He made high places to burn incense to other gods
52:51 and provoked to anger the Lord God of his fathers.
52:55 And so, again, why would God have such a major issue
53:00 with these occultic practices,
53:01 you know, seeking wizards and witches and sorcerers
53:03 and all these other things,
53:05 talking and communicating with the dead,
53:06 which brought about Ahaz, brought about into Israel.
53:11 Well, notice this, in Deuteronomy 32:17,
53:13 when you are practicing.
53:15 If you know of someone who is doing this,
53:17 or you yourself have heard of this,
53:18 or maybe you have participated in such a practice in the past,
53:22 let me inform you
53:24 about what the Bible teaches that you are doing
53:27 when you are doing this.
53:28 Deuteronomy 32:17,
53:31 the Bible says they sacrifice to what?
53:35 Demons, not to God.
53:38 It says, "To gods they did not know, to new gods,
53:42 new arrivals
53:43 that your fathers did not fear."
53:46 And if you couple that with 1 Corinthians 10:20,
53:50 notice what Paul writes here, again,
53:52 emphasizing and re-mentioning what was mentioned here
53:56 in Deuteronomy 32.
53:57 Paul writes rather
53:59 that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice,
54:03 they sacrifice to demons and not to God.
54:06 And I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.
54:10 This was a big deal back in the day, my friends.
54:14 And so ultimately what is revealed in this,
54:18 in this study is that because
54:19 Ahaz had led the people into these occultic practices,
54:22 you know, they would end up cursing him.
54:25 In fact, when Ahaz died,
54:27 an exception was made regarding his burial
54:29 due to the lack of respect for him.
54:32 And then, of course, it goes on
54:33 to say there in 2 Chronicles 28:26-27,
54:36 it says, "They did not bring him
54:37 into the tombs of the kings of Israel."
54:40 He wasn't even given a proper royal burial
54:42 because of the things that he had done.
54:44 He was a curse because of those things.
54:46 Absolutely.
54:48 What does the Bible teach about these occultic practices?
54:50 We know that they're communicating
54:52 and offering these sacrifices, not to these random gods,
54:56 not to the gods of gold and silver,
54:57 and the air and the wind, and the grass
54:59 and all the other things that they worship,
55:00 they're worshiping demons.
55:02 They're communicating with demons.
55:04 In Leviticus 20:7,
55:05 God's language was very strong on this,
55:07 and He was very clear.
55:09 He said, "A man or a woman who is a medium,
55:11 or who has a familiar spirit, shall surely be put to death.
55:16 They shall stone them with stones,
55:18 their blood shall be upon them.
55:20 God takes this situation very, very serious.
55:23 And, you know, we can learn a lot of things
55:25 if we study what the Bible has to say
55:27 on this practice.
55:29 I'm going to, I can't read it for sake of time,
55:30 but Deuteronomy 18:19-14, go read it.
55:35 Go read those verses where God specifically,
55:37 very strongly declares that this is not His plan,
55:40 and this is not what He wants for His people.
55:42 And I think of King Saul, his ultimate demise,
55:46 according to the Bible,
55:48 according to 1 Chronicles 10:13-14,
55:50 the Bible says that he lost his life
55:52 because what did he do?
55:53 He did exactly what the Lord told him not to do.
55:55 He goes and he seeks a witch. A witch conjures up a spirit.
56:00 And the Bible says that he perceived
56:03 that it was Samuel.
56:04 But, my friends, it was not Samuel.
56:05 It was a demon.
56:07 And so, again, what we can learn from this
56:09 is to trust in the Lord, bind up the testimony,
56:13 seal the law among my disciples.
56:15 Jesus says, if they don't speak according to this word
56:17 is because there is no light in them.
56:20 Good. Thanks, Ryan.
56:22 Thank you so much. Thank you, all panelists.
56:23 Shelley, give me some summary
56:25 of what your lesson was all about?
56:27 Well, Ahaz trusted in princess rather than trusting in God.
56:32 He refused God's grace in the land then was desolated.
56:37 But I just have to say this for us.
56:39 If we refuse God's grace, even if you're in the church,
56:43 if you're refusing God's grace, you will remain unfruitful.
56:47 Pastor Kenny? Amen.
56:48 Five Testimonies 2:24,
56:50 "When the time fully comes
56:51 that inequity shall have reached
56:53 its stated boundary of God's mercy.
56:55 His forbearance will cease,
56:57 but then it will be seen
56:58 what a tremendous thing it is
57:00 to have worn out divine patience."
57:04 Jill?
57:05 Psalm 56:3,
57:07 "When I'm afraid, I will trust in You.
57:10 And God, I will put my trust.
57:13 I will not fear, what can flesh do unto me."
57:16 We can put our trust in the Lord Jesus.
57:19 Amen. Ryan?
57:22 To the law and to the testimony
57:24 they speak not according to this Word.
57:26 My friends, the Word of God is sure.
57:28 And we need to make sure
57:29 we're grounded in His Word today.
57:31 So, that we don't worship or communicate with demons,
57:34 but only with the one true God.
57:35 Amen. Right.
57:37 And we've been talking about prophecy fulfilled.
57:39 Prophecy is the connection between the past and the future
57:42 of the old and the new,
57:43 the unknown and the understood,
57:45 the concealed and the revealed,
57:47 what was said and what is being done,
57:49 the forecast and the fulfillment.
57:51 And to the student of prophecy,
57:53 the future is not a forward-looking experience
57:54 to the revelation of knowledge,
57:56 but a backward-looking experience
57:58 to the revelation of Jesus.
58:00 Join us next time for the lesson,
58:02 "Nobel Princess of Peace."
58:05 God bless you.


Revised 2021-01-27