3ABN Sabbath School Panel

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Program Code: SSP210050S

00:01 It is time for another Sabbath School Panel
00:03 and we're excited you are joining us.
00:05 This quarter we have been studying
00:07 Present Truth in Deuteronomy.
00:09 And I can't believe
00:10 we're already to lesson 11, but we are
00:13 and it is Deuteronomy in the Later Writings.
00:16 You know, Bible writers often alluded
00:18 to earlier Bible writers to make a point
00:21 and this day,
00:22 we're going to look at how they used the Book
00:25 of Deuteronomy in the later writings.
00:28 You know, it is not too late for you
00:31 to get an Adult Bible Study Guide.
00:35 You can go to absg.adventist.org
00:38 and download it.
00:39 Or we would prefer that you go by your local Seventh-day
00:43 Adventist Church, tell them we sent you
00:45 and study with them.
00:47 Join us in just a moment.
01:20 Oh, we're so glad you're joining us today
01:22 because you're the reason we do this
01:25 and we're so happy you're part of our 3ABN Family.
01:29 I'm Shelley Quinn, but let me introduce
01:31 the rest of the 3ABN Family that's here with me.
01:36 We have Ryan Day. Amen.
01:38 I'm excited to be here again.
01:40 Once more, lesson number 11,
01:42 on Monday's lesson going to be talking about
01:43 the Heaven of Heavens.
01:45 And then, of course, our dear brother,
01:48 Kenny Shelton.
01:49 Yeah. Always good to be here.
01:50 Study the Word of God together,
01:52 we're going to be looking at Deuteronomy
01:53 in Jeremiah, interesting.
01:55 Very. Sister Jill Morikone.
01:59 Thank you, Sister Shelley.
02:00 I'm looking at what does the Lord require?
02:02 Excited about the study.
02:03 It's going to be exciting study,
02:05 and Pastor James Rafferty.
02:07 Hi, Shelley and the panel.
02:08 We are going to be looking, in Thursday's lesson,
02:10 at the connection between Deuteronomy
02:12 and Daniel Chapter 9.
02:14 Ooh-ooh, that's going to be a good one.
02:17 Our memory text,
02:19 I'm going to read the memory text,
02:21 then we're going to pray.
02:22 The memory text is one of my favorites,
02:25 Deuteronomy 4:29,
02:27 "From there you will seek the Lord your God,
02:31 and you will find him if,
02:33 if you seek Him with all of your heart,
02:38 and with all of your soul."
02:40 We want to do that, just let's seek the Lord.
02:43 Jill, would you like to have our opening prayer?
02:46 Holy Father, we come before You in the name of Jesus,
02:48 grateful for the study in the Book of Deuteronomy,
02:51 grateful for the privilege we have of reading
02:53 and opening up Your Word.
02:55 And we ask just now for the anointing
02:57 of Your Holy Spirit that You would teach us what we need.
03:01 And we thank you in Jesus' name.
03:03 Amen. Amen.
03:04 Amen. Amen and amen.
03:06 I am just going to jump right into Sunday's lesson,
03:09 which is called The Book of the Law.
03:13 And we have to remember,
03:16 we get so confused
03:17 if we don't look in context at what the law is.
03:21 People refer to, and the Bible refers
03:24 to God's Ten Commandments as the law.
03:26 The Law of Moses,
03:29 when the Bible says Law of Moses,
03:31 it's talking about the first five books of the Bible,
03:34 when it is talking about the law and the prophets,
03:37 that's all of the Old Testament.
03:39 It gets most confusing, I think, in the New Testament,
03:42 when we're talking about the law.
03:43 You have to read in context
03:47 what law is being referred to.
03:50 But the Book of the Law,
03:53 and I'm going to quote
03:55 directly from our Sabbath School quarterly.
03:57 It says, "Scholars have long concluded
04:01 that the Book of the Law was Deuteronomy,
04:06 which apparently had been lost
04:09 to the people for many years."
04:13 The Book of the Law,
04:15 what Moses wrote,
04:17 as they were standing at the edge of promise
04:19 getting ready to go into the Promised Land,
04:23 what he spoke, the sermons that he spoke
04:25 to the second generation,
04:28 the children of the one that didn't make it
04:31 into the Promised Land.
04:34 This is a repeat and enlarge, if you will,
04:38 of the Book of the Covenant that God gave him
04:43 in Exodus on Sinai.
04:46 So let me give you the backstory
04:49 to how the book was lost and how it was found.
04:52 We're going to look at,
04:55 I'm going to choose, I've chosen a parallel account
04:58 to 2 Kings 22,
05:00 because if we go to 2 Chronicles 34,
05:03 there's just a few more details
05:05 as it introduces King Josiah.
05:10 2 Chronicles 34:1,
05:15 "Josiah was eight years old
05:18 when he became king and he reigned thirty-one years
05:21 in Jerusalem.
05:22 And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord.
05:26 He walked in the ways of his father David,
05:28 he did not turn aside
05:30 to the right hand or to the left.
05:33 For in the eighth year,"
05:35 that means he would have been 16 years old,
05:37 "the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young,
05:41 he began to seek the God of his father David."
05:45 And it's referring to David as his forefather, actually.
05:48 "In the twelfth year,
05:50 he would have been 20 years old,
05:51 he began to purge Judah, Jerusalem, high places,
05:55 these would have been the Canaanite worship centers
05:57 that Israel had taken over the wooden images,
06:00 the carved images, and the molded images."
06:04 And then, by his 12th year,
06:06 he initiated a purge of pagan religion,
06:10 and he tore down the high places,
06:12 he tore down the altars of veil,
06:15 the fertility god of Canaan,
06:18 and the Asherah, which were,
06:21 "objects that were associated with Baal worship."
06:24 So in 2 Kings 22,
06:27 it's talking about his 18th year.
06:30 He's 26 years old,
06:32 and Josiah has now ordered
06:36 repairs for the Temple of Yahweh God.
06:40 So let's look at 2 King 22:8.
06:45 You know what happens?
06:46 As they begin to repair the temple,
06:49 the high priest finds
06:52 the Book of the Law.
06:54 And this is what he says,
06:55 "I have found the Book of the Law."
06:59 Now, and this is a covenant document.
07:01 This is the Book of Deuteronomy that contained
07:03 the blessings for obedience,
07:05 and the curses for disobedience.
07:08 So as Clifford Goldstein has told us,
07:12 scholars have long concluded that the Book of the Law
07:15 was the Book of Deuteronomy.
07:17 And it's mentioned in a number of places in Deuteronomy,
07:21 but most specifically, Deuteronomy 31:26,
07:25 after Moses wrote down,
07:27 that he repeat and enlarge
07:29 of the Book of the Covenant from Exodus 24.
07:32 Moses says, "Take this Book of the Law
07:35 and put it beside the Ark of the Covenant
07:37 of the Lord your God,
07:39 that it may be there as a witness against you."
07:44 That's interesting.
07:46 Now, how could a scroll,
07:48 the Book of the Law would fit on the scroll rolled up,
07:51 put in the side pocket,
07:54 the Ten Commandment Law of God was inside the Ark,
07:57 written on stone by the finger of God to show permanency.
08:01 It was, the Ark was His throne.
08:04 So the Ten Commandments are,
08:07 you could say the foundation of God's government
08:10 and the mercy seat was over, wasn't it?
08:14 But how could a scroll so important be lost?
08:20 When you think about this, it's amazing. Yeah.
08:22 But you have to remember Josiah,
08:26 good King Josiah was the son of King Amon,
08:31 who was the son of King Manasseh.
08:36 So these were two
08:37 of the most wicked kings in Judah's history.
08:42 And they did grotesque pagan practices.
08:46 They had no interest in the Book of the Covenant,
08:49 the Book of the Law.
08:50 So it condemned their practices, right? Right.
08:54 So they ignored it, they set it aside,
08:59 perhaps it was even hidden until Josiah's time
09:04 when the high priest finds it.
09:06 He brings it to the scribe of Josiah
09:09 which would be the secretary of the king.
09:11 And, boy, a scribe reads it and he goes,
09:16 he takes it to Josiah,
09:19 he reads it to Josiah and Josiah,
09:23 his response, we see it in 2 Kings 22:11-14.
09:28 But what is his response?
09:30 He has a heart that is sensitive to the Lord.
09:33 He has never heard the words of the Book of the Law.
09:36 And he is mortified.
09:39 He's thinking about the condition of his kingdom.
09:42 He knows they've broken covenant with the Lord.
09:45 He tears his clothes,
09:47 which was a sign of grief and repentance.
09:51 He humbled himself before the Lord.
09:54 Josiah, though,
09:57 I think did something really smart.
09:59 He wanted confirmation of his understanding?
10:03 Have you ever studied something?
10:04 I know we do it, 'cause we'll study something,
10:07 and we'll come and say,
10:08 "Now this is what I'm seeing, what do you think?
10:11 Am I seeing this right?
10:13 "Josiah wanted confirmation.
10:15 So he gets this little delegation
10:17 of people together that he really trusted
10:19 his spiritual leaders,
10:21 and he sends them to a highly respected prophet as Huldah.
10:25 And when he goes to Huldah, they go to Huldah,
10:29 she confirms the bad news.
10:31 You are covenant breakers.
10:33 This is Josiah's worst fear,
10:35 hey, God is going to bring disaster on your nation.
10:40 You're guilty of idolatry and spiritual abandonment of God.
10:46 I mean, this was a bad nation.
10:48 And we know that the Bible says God opposes the proud,
10:52 but He gives grace to the humble.
10:54 And I just have to throw this scripture in 'cause I love it.
10:57 Isaiah 66:2 says,
11:00 God, this is who God esteems,
11:04 the humble and the contrite in spirit,
11:08 and the one who trembles at His word.
11:10 Amen.
11:12 And, you know, Josiah was trembling at God's word.
11:16 And so God esteemed him.
11:18 And you know what He says to Josiah?
11:20 I'm not going to bring all of this tragedy in your day.
11:23 You're going to go to your rest in peace.
11:27 But it is inevitable afterwards.
11:29 So we look at 2 Kings Chapter 23.
11:32 Josiah is determined
11:34 he's going to lead a reformation
11:36 and he vowed that he is going to honor God
11:40 with all of his heart,
11:41 that he's going to walk in God's ways,
11:43 and he's going to bring his nation
11:45 back into covenant compliance.
11:47 So he arranges a very solemn
11:52 covenant renewal ceremony.
11:54 He reads all the words of Book of the Law to the people.
11:57 And he then gets the people
12:02 to make this commitment.
12:05 As Moses had instigated this same type
12:07 of thing right at the edge of the promise,
12:10 so he cleanse the temple.
12:12 He's purging it of all the objects of paganism.
12:16 And I've got to let you know
12:18 a few of the things this is including.
12:20 In 2 Kings 23:7, this is appalling.
12:25 The living quarters
12:27 of the male shrine prostitutes for pagan gods
12:32 had been constructed right inside God's temple.
12:36 Can you imagine that?
12:38 2 Kings 23:10.
12:41 He destroys the shrine
12:43 where the people had been sacrificing by fire,
12:48 in the fire, their children to the pagan god Molech.
12:53 2 Kings 23:12.
12:55 The pagan altars had actually been erected in the two courts
13:01 of the Lord's temple.
13:03 So what does he do?
13:04 He destroys all of these pagan things.
13:08 And here's what I love, 2 Kings 23:21.
13:14 "Then the king commanded all the people saying,
13:17 'Keep the Passover to the Lord your God.'"
13:20 They're still under the ceremonial system
13:22 of the Old Covenant.
13:24 But listen to what he says,
13:25 "As it is written in this Book
13:29 of the Covenant."
13:32 See, so we see it's called the Book of the Law,
13:35 but it's also called the Book of Covenant.
13:39 Now have to read our Sabbath School quarterly quote,
13:42 says, "People strayed far from God's Covenant
13:45 of love and truth that He entrusted to them.
13:48 But instead of remaining
13:50 the holy people they were supposed to be,
13:52 they compromised with the world,
13:55 even though they often thought,
13:58 'Well, we're just fine with the Lord.
14:01 Thank you very much.'"
14:03 What a dangerous deception.
14:06 Let us all examine ourselves. Amen.
14:09 Take heed lest we think we stand we fall.
14:12 That's right. Amen.
14:13 Thank you so much. Beautiful lesson.
14:15 I'm Ryan Day,
14:17 and I have Monday's lesson entitled The Heaven of Heavens.
14:21 And we're going to be looking at a couple of verses.
14:22 This is based upon
14:24 the original sources in Deuteronomy Chapter 10.
14:27 And we're going to be reading verses 12
14:29 through 15 to start off.
14:30 But, of course, this is going to take us into a couple
14:32 of other passages
14:34 where we see this repeated not once, not twice,
14:36 but three other times in Scripture by three other
14:38 different Bible writers.
14:40 So obviously, we find its source here in Deuteronomy,
14:43 but you're going to see the Psalmists writes about it,
14:46 Nehemiah writes about it, and obviously,
14:48 Solomon is quoting this as well in his prayer in 1 Kings.
14:52 We'll get to that in a moment.
14:53 Let's go to Deuteronomy Chapter 10.
14:54 We're going to read verses 12 through 15.
14:56 This is what the Bible has to say.
14:59 It says, "Israel,
15:00 what does the Lord your God require of you,
15:03 but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways,
15:06 and to love Him,
15:08 to serve the Lord your God with all your heart,
15:10 and with all your soul,
15:12 and to keep the commandments of the Lord
15:14 and His statutes
15:15 which I command you today for your good."
15:19 Indeed, this is verses 14,
15:20 "Indeed heaven and the highest heavens
15:24 belong to the Lord your God,
15:26 also the earth with all that is in it.
15:29 The Lord delighted only in your father's,
15:32 to love them, and He chose their descendants after them,
15:36 you above all peoples, as it is this day."
15:40 I love that. Yeah.
15:41 Indeed, Heaven and the Highest of Heavens,
15:45 of course, the lesson brings out that you know,
15:47 this, you know, we're not quite sure
15:49 what this heaven of the highest heavens
15:50 or heaven of heavens means.
15:52 It's not absolutely clear,
15:54 and at least in this immediate context
15:55 of which we're reading it,
15:56 but Moses is pointing to the majesty,
15:59 or seems to be very clearly pointing to the majesty,
16:01 the power, the grandeur of God and who He is.
16:04 Obviously, this is not only, you know, heaven itself,
16:08 but the heaven of the heavens.
16:09 So when I read this, when I first read this,
16:11 I thought of, you know, heaven of heavens,
16:13 I'm thinking of God's kingdom, you know,
16:14 where the heavenly sanctuary is,
16:16 where God's very presence is,
16:17 where you find the Father seated on His throne,
16:19 and Jesus there as well, you know,
16:21 doing the work of our High Priest.
16:23 But obviously, the lesson brings out
16:25 that it's most likely an idiomatic expression
16:27 that points to God's complete sovereignty
16:29 over all of the creation, the heaven of heavens,
16:34 God is, in course, the leader, the ruler of all the heavens
16:38 and the earth, and even the heaven of heavens.
16:40 And so what a beautiful way to express that.
16:42 We find this mentioned in three other places of Scripture.
16:46 Let's go to 1 Kings Chapter 8.
16:48 And, of course, 1 Kings Chapter 8, this is Solomon.
16:50 He's in prayer, and he's praying to the Lord.
16:53 And notice what he says here in verse 27.
16:56 1 Kings 8:27,
16:58 this is the next mentioning of this.
17:00 It says, "But will God indeed dwell on the earth?
17:04 Behold," here it is,
17:06 "heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain you.
17:10 How much less this temple which I have built."
17:13 I love that.
17:15 He's acknowledging the fact of God's majesty,
17:17 God's grandeur, God's, you know,
17:20 complete power over all, and everyone,
17:23 the fact that he's built this temple,
17:25 and of course, biblically speaking,
17:27 historically speaking, Solomon's temple historically
17:30 is known as the greatest of all the temples
17:32 that was ever built.
17:33 And even Solomon who was the head
17:34 of building that building project,
17:36 he looks at it and he says, "Lord,
17:38 not even this great temple,
17:40 which I built can contain you because you are the God
17:42 of the heaven of all the heavens," right?
17:45 We also see this mentioned again in Nehemiah 9:6.
17:50 Nehemiah, again, is calling out to the Lord.
17:52 So Nehemiah 9:6 says, "You alone are the Lord.
17:56 You have made heaven," and here it is,
17:58 "the heaven of heavens, with all their hosts,
18:01 the earth and everything on it, the sea,
18:03 and all that is in them, and you preserve them all,
18:07 the host of heaven worships you."
18:09 So also pointing back to this reverential awe of God
18:13 as creator of the universe, creator of the cosmos,
18:17 even the heaven of heavens, as Nehemiah 9:6 says.
18:21 And then, of course, the Psalmist writes this
18:22 as well in Psalm 148:4,
18:25 if we go there, we'll see it again, very quick,
18:27 very simple, very short, but he says, "Praise Him."
18:30 I love that.
18:32 "Praise Him, you heavens of heavens,
18:35 and you waters above the heavens."
18:38 I love that, praise Him, you heavens of heavens
18:40 and water above the heavens.
18:41 So it's again acknowledging God
18:43 as the sovereign God that He is.
18:46 So this is, again, this lesson brings out
18:48 a very interesting expression
18:49 to communicate God's sovereignty, His glory,
18:53 who He is as creator of the universe,
18:55 but in the time remaining that I have,
18:57 because as I was going through,
18:58 oftentimes, we're preparing these Sabbath School lessons,
19:00 I'm just going to be candid with our viewers,
19:02 you know, oftentimes, you know,
19:03 when they're writing these lessons,
19:05 they make, they put maybe a scripture or two in there,
19:08 they make their quick point,
19:09 and then they move on to the next lesson.
19:10 There's no any way you can get 10 minutes
19:12 of content out of that.
19:13 So as I'm working through this, and I saw,
19:15 I could probably get about five minutes of content out of this,
19:17 what am I going to do with the remaining
19:19 five minutes of my time?
19:20 Well, you know what? I have to ask an important question.
19:23 We can talk about the heaven of heavens all day long,
19:25 and we know that God is indeed the ruler,
19:27 the sovereign ruler of all the cosmos,
19:29 even the heaven of heavens, but how can we make sure
19:32 that we will be with our Savior in that heaven of heavens?
19:35 That's what I want to ask, because actually,
19:37 it's implied in the verses we read at the very beginning.
19:40 Let's go back to Deuteronomy Chapter 10.
19:43 And I have to just, the reason why this was put in here,
19:45 and I believe it's worth mentioning that before Moses
19:50 writes about this again,
19:52 the heaven of the highest heavens belong
19:53 to the Lord your God.
19:55 In verses 12 and 13,
19:56 he sets the groundwork for how what is required of us
19:59 to be able inherent that.
20:00 And so notice verse 12, again, "And now, Israel,
20:02 what does the Lord God require of you,
20:05 but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways
20:07 and to love Him, to serve the Lord your God
20:09 with all your heart and with all your soul,
20:11 and to keep the commandments of the Lord and His statutes
20:13 which I command you today for your good?"
20:16 Now I want to go back here and I just want to add,
20:18 the two things that I pull from that
20:20 is just simply from those texts,
20:21 I'm not going to go there's a whole lot more
20:23 complexity we could web out from this.
20:25 But I'm just going to stick to those two main principles
20:27 that I find in those texts there.
20:29 In other words, the Lord is saying,
20:30 I need you to respect Me, I need you to fear Me.
20:33 Fear the Lord your God, Deuteronomy 10:12,
20:35 we just read it.
20:36 And now Israel,
20:38 what does the Lord God require of you,
20:39 but you fear the Lord your God.
20:41 That doesn't mean,
20:42 you know, we need to be tucking our tails
20:43 running in the opposite direction
20:45 and shaking in our boots because we're so terrified
20:48 of our Creator.
20:49 No, it's not that kind of fear,
20:50 because God is not pushing us away.
20:52 He's not running us away in fear.
20:54 He's drawing us to Him.
20:56 We should fear Him in the sense that we should respect Him.
20:58 Shelley did an entire section on this in a few weeks past.
21:02 Go back and watch that again
21:03 where it talks about fearing God,
21:04 a reverential, awe, respect, an honor,
21:07 an homage given to God that nobody else deserve
21:10 because only He truly deserves it.
21:12 Amen.
21:14 Proverbs 9:10,
21:15 I'm going to go faster through these,
21:16 so there's no way you're going to be able
21:18 to follow along with me.
21:19 I'm going to hit it quickly because I have two
21:20 and a half minutes.
21:22 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
21:23 and the knowledge of the Holy One
21:25 is understanding, Ecclesiastes 12:13,
21:28 that really could sum,
21:29 really that, both of those texts
21:31 that we just read in Deuteronomy 10:12-13.
21:33 Ecclesiastes 12 brings both of those together in one text.
21:37 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter,
21:39 fear God and keep His commandments
21:42 for this is man's all.
21:43 That's the New King James outline.
21:44 I just love the King James, though.
21:46 For this is the whole duty of man.
21:50 I love it, fear God,
21:51 and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty
21:54 of man.
21:56 Wisest man in the Bible penned those words.
21:57 And I'll tell you right now, my friends,
21:59 he knew a little bit of something about
22:00 what it means to be prepared and to prepare you,
22:03 if he juiced, I believe he juiced all
22:05 of his wisdom down in that one text.
22:07 This is all of man's all right here, this is,
22:09 the whole duty of man is to fear God
22:12 and to keep His commandments.
22:13 Psalm 33:8,
22:15 "Let all the earth fear the Lord,
22:16 let all the inhabitants of the world
22:18 stand in awe of Him.
22:21 Shouldn't we, when we stand in God's presence,
22:24 I don't believe we're just going to be,
22:25 you know, flailing around as if we're just,
22:26 you know, I believe we're going to be standing,
22:28 when I first see Jesus, I don't really know
22:29 how I'm going to act.
22:31 But I can imagine I'm just going to stand in awe like,
22:33 "Oh, well, it's Jesus,
22:35 the Creator, the God of the universe.
22:39 He's really here standing before me."
22:41 I can't wait for that day, right?
22:42 Amen. Amen.
22:43 First angel's message, Revelation 14:7,
22:46 "Fear God and give glory to Him,
22:48 for the hour of His judgment has come and worship Him
22:51 who made the heaven and the earth, and the sea,
22:53 and the springs of waters."
22:54 Why is He Creator?
22:56 He deserves worship, because He is Creator.
22:59 Revelation 4:11, hey, the 24 elders get it.
23:02 They got it.
23:03 And Revelation 4:11, it says, "You are worthy,
23:05 oh, God, to receive glory and honor and power,
23:07 for You created all things, and by Your will they were,
23:10 they exist and were created."
23:13 My friends, we have to fear the Lord.
23:14 And, of course, we know this as well,
23:16 as a second component to that we need to obey Him,
23:18 because we respect Him, because we honor Him,
23:21 because we give Him that reverential awe
23:23 that He deserves, the fear of the Lord,
23:25 we want to obey Him that should be the response of that.
23:27 Deuteronomy 10:12-13.
23:29 We just read it earlier, "To walk in the ways
23:31 and to love Him."
23:33 Notice we obey Him, why?
23:34 Because we love Him. Amen.
23:35 Because we love Him, because He first loved us, right?
23:38 To serve the Lord your God with all your heart,
23:40 with all your soul, and to keep the commandments of the Lord.
23:43 That's what it says.
23:44 And again, I can, there's a whole lot
23:46 more scripture, but I got to go back to Ecclesiastes 12:13.
23:49 Because not only does it say to fear the Lord, notice,
23:52 let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter,
23:53 fear God and keep His commandments,
23:56 for this is the whole duty of man.
23:59 My friends, if we're going to be in the heaven
24:01 of heavens with our Creator, may we learn to fear God,
24:04 keep His commandments and serve Him.
24:07 We serve the God of the universe.
24:08 He's not just any mealy-nealy, little God,
24:10 like all of these other false pagan gods of the world.
24:13 Yes.
24:14 He is the God of the universe, and He deserves our awe.
24:18 Amen. Well done.
24:19 Glory to God. Praise the Lord.
24:20 We have a lot more wonderful study coming.
24:24 We're going to take just a quick break
24:25 and we'll be right back.
24:27 Amen. Amen.
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25:02 Now we're going to continue our study with our dear pastor,
25:07 Pastor Kenny Shelton.
25:09 Thank you.
25:11 Well, Tuesday's lesson talking about Deuteronomy in Jeremiah.
25:13 So you know what a blessing that is.
25:15 And we'll see, I'm gonna use in our lesson guide
25:18 that we have here is couple of paragraphs,
25:20 'cause it tells a story about a young man said,
25:23 an agnostic and with passionate secret for truth.
25:25 And we love passionate seekers for truth.
25:29 Just to find them, you got to go out and beat
25:31 the bushes sometime, but praise God, they're there.
25:34 The truth that led him you know,
25:36 let him actually to Jesus Christ.
25:38 Eventually he came, notice this,
25:39 not only to believe in God, the Father, the Son, Jesus,
25:43 but also accepted
25:45 the Seventh-day Adventist message.
25:47 Notice as it goes on.
25:48 His favorite verse in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:13.
25:51 We've read that several times in this study,
25:53 this quarter, praise God.
25:54 It's always good. It gets better every time we read it.
25:57 It says, "And you will seek Me and find Me
25:59 when you search for Me with," what?
26:01 Oh, I like that, "With all your heart."
26:04 Years later, however, studying his Bible,
26:06 he found the verse again.
26:08 But way back in the Book of Deuteronomy,
26:11 that is, Jeremiah got it from Moses.
26:15 I mean, that to me, that's just powerful when you look at it.
26:18 And then our lesson guide, you know, our study says,
26:20 go back to Deuteronomy 4.
26:22 Well, bless our hearts.
26:23 We've been there a lot of times, but you know,
26:24 is maybe the first time that you've joined us,
26:26 and so you don't know about it.
26:27 And so I think it's good we go back to Deuteronomy 4,
26:31 sorry, and then read verses 23 through 29.
26:34 We could probably go over
26:36 and just hit some high points on it,
26:38 but somebody might miss them.
26:39 I'm always afraid somebody is going, misses it,
26:42 but somebody is going to miss something here
26:43 if we don't read it.
26:45 So I just pray by the grace
26:47 of God that we'll have our ears open and listen to this.
26:50 I'll start with verse 23, shall we?
26:52 Go through verse 29.
26:55 It says here, "Take heed unto yourselves,
26:57 lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God,
27:00 which he made with you, and made you a graven image,
27:03 or the likeness of anything,
27:04 which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee.
27:07 For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even," what?
27:11 It says, "Even a jealous God.
27:13 And when thou shalt beget children,
27:15 and children's children, ye shall have," notice this,
27:18 may remembered, "remained long in the land,
27:21 and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image,
27:24 or the likeness of anything,
27:25 and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy God,
27:27 to provoke him to anger:
27:29 I call heaven and earth
27:31 to witness against you this day,
27:32 that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land
27:36 whereunto you go for over Jordan to possess it,
27:39 ye shall not prolong your days upon it,
27:41 but shall utterly be destroyed."
27:44 Verse 27, "And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations,
27:47 and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen,
27:50 whither the Lord shall," notice, "lead you."
27:53 Verse 28, "And there ye shall serve gods,
27:56 the work of men's hands, wood and stone,
27:59 which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell."
28:01 Verse 29,
28:02 "But if from thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God,
28:06 thou shalt find him,
28:08 if you seek with him with all your heart,
28:10 and with all your soul."
28:12 After I read these verses,
28:13 and I read them this morning, again,
28:15 we've read them several different times,
28:16 it really touched my heart afresh.
28:19 You know, that's the way it should be.
28:20 It was, it's fresh every morning
28:22 if we really get into it.
28:23 And I was reading this, especially verses 28 and 29,
28:28 that God is saying, "I know what you're going to do.
28:31 I know what you're going to do in advance."
28:33 And He said, "How could this,"
28:36 I'm trying to put my mind like,
28:38 above what I'm thinking that God love a universe.
28:42 Yeah.
28:43 He looks down, and He says,
28:44 "You're going to be worshiping these things of wood,
28:48 things that men make with their hands that they can't see,
28:50 they can't eat, they can't hear,
28:51 they can't do anything for you.
28:54 There's nothing, they can't eat,
28:55 they can't smell, they can't do anything."
28:58 And basically, He's telling He could do everything for us,
29:01 and yet we exchange these things that can't smell,
29:04 that can't do, that can't work any miracle,
29:06 we exchange them for the God of the universe.
29:09 And then He says, "Kenny,
29:12 when you get done playing with those little wooden gods,
29:17 those little strange gods that can't do you
29:19 any good at all, when you get tired of that,
29:23 when you're ready to give it up."
29:26 He said, oh, verse 29, He said,
29:29 "And then if you seek me, call."
29:32 Before you call, I like that before you call, right?
29:34 Yes. Amen.
29:36 When you call, He said,
29:37 "I'm going to be there for you."
29:39 Yes. Wow.
29:40 Just kind of mentioned in our thought as humans.
29:43 I tell most people, "No, I won't be there for you
29:45 because of what you've done.
29:46 That's not the godly way to handle it."
29:49 We're given an example here.
29:52 If you call, so pause it,
29:53 if you call you're going to find me.
29:55 Please get that, if we get nothing else out of this,
29:57 these the less than the whole quarter,
30:00 if we've strayed, if we've got other gods before Him,
30:02 and we decide to put them away and God,
30:04 can you come back in my life?
30:06 Oh, I definitely will.
30:08 You seek me, you'll find me,
30:10 but you've got to do with all your heart,
30:11 Kenny, because part of that heart
30:13 and that mind has been contaminated by the junk
30:16 that you've been taking in by some
30:17 of these other things.
30:19 So there's needs to be a cleansing,
30:20 need to put the Word of God in heart that I might not sin
30:23 against Him.
30:24 And so, you know, I read then I thought,
30:26 "Man, that's just so good that He's going
30:28 to always be there for you
30:30 if you call and you seek Him with all your heart."
30:32 I think some time with my mind,
30:35 you may think everybody's mind is different.
30:38 That sometimes we say, "Boy, I just don't know,
30:41 I forget things too easy."
30:43 We say sometime we forget.
30:45 And you know what our lesson brings this out
30:46 if we had time to go into a lot more into this here,
30:50 that if you talk about a memory problem,
30:52 we're talking about a bad memory,
30:54 I've noticed for bad memory, if someone says to me
30:58 and pulls me aside, four things we can go into
31:01 and think we have time to do it.
31:02 But if somebody pulls you aside and says,
31:05 "I'm going to tell you something,
31:06 I don't tell anybody."
31:09 All of sudden my memory becomes real good.
31:12 I think about it.
31:14 When I was younger and growing up
31:17 and somebody would say something, something dirty.
31:20 Right.
31:22 Something that wasn't right. That's true.
31:23 That's true Why? This world did it, just stay in there.
31:26 Right.
31:27 You know, 40, 50 years later, I still remember I know,
31:30 we're supposed to cleanse it all out, but I'm saying,
31:32 why a bad memory turns into,
31:37 we can remember these things.
31:39 He's telling us here
31:40 we need to be concerned about getting those things out
31:43 to watch for those things that come our way
31:46 that take our mind off of Christ.
31:49 You know, whatever it might be, put it aside.
31:51 And when somebody comes to say,
31:52 "I've heard, did you hear?"
31:55 You ought to say, "Get behind me, Satan.
31:56 I don't want to hear that." Ain't that right?
31:58 And some people will say, "Well, you know,
32:00 let's use some caution here,
32:02 when it's opened needs to be dealt with."
32:04 The enemy could be speaking,
32:06 you know, we have a work to do for God.
32:08 Make sure and watch, you know, let's be careful.
32:10 People have you to watch things you shouldn't be watching
32:12 and doing what you shouldn't be.
32:14 And those are the things you just,
32:16 the enemy just tries to keep them in your mind.
32:18 Moses said to the people just turn it, flip it over.
32:22 He said, "Let's examine the greatness of God,
32:24 let's examine the goodness of God.
32:27 These things will help us to reevaluate."
32:31 And now we've kind of discussed that a little bit
32:33 about evaluate or reevaluate ourselves in our relationship
32:37 with Christ.
32:38 Reevaluate His greatness, His goodness,
32:41 His longsuffering, His glory, and His willingness to forgive.
32:44 And when I seek Him with all my heart,
32:46 soul and mind, He will be found,
32:48 we can find Him.
32:49 Yes. You know, we're dealing with...
32:50 Yeah, we're dealing with the only true God.
32:53 I think you brought that out beautifully a while ago.
32:55 A living God, an infinite God, an eternal God,
32:58 a God that's there,
32:59 and why would we want to trade Him for some little...
33:01 Well, would carve things,
33:04 right little idols in which we do.
33:05 All powerful, yet if we reach out,
33:08 this just simply says here, we call upon Him, He says,
33:11 "I'm going to be there."
33:12 Amen.
33:14 And He reminds the children of Israel over
33:15 and over and over, "Let's be careful,
33:17 we don't offend God, He's a consuming fire.
33:20 He's a jealous God.
33:23 "And I read that as a child younger and I still,
33:25 you know, somebody saying I look at,
33:27 it's not the kind of jealousy that we think about.
33:29 When we say jealous here in human,
33:31 we're envious of somebody else,
33:33 we could do blah-blah, you know,
33:35 God says I'm jealous, He wants us to come to Him.
33:38 He wants to save us in His kingdom
33:41 when He comes.
33:42 And I've often said this,
33:43 and I mean it with my whole heart,
33:45 "If I miss heaven,
33:46 number one it will be my choice.
33:49 It will be my own choice.
33:50 But if I miss heaven,
33:51 I've missed my purpose for being here."
33:53 What other purpose could there possibly be to endure
33:56 the mess that we're in and going
33:58 to endure other than prepare for heaven?
34:01 That's good. Right.
34:02 My brother said, yes, we did a little program,
34:04 he used the word, he said,
34:05 "This is what we need to do to get ready for Jesus."
34:07 And we know what he said, prepare, prepare.
34:10 And it kept coming out, prepare.
34:12 I thought, man, he's right. Yeah.
34:14 Prepare for the coming of Jesus. That's right.
34:16 And that is reevaluate ourselves
34:18 and our relationship with Him.
34:21 Hebrews 10:27, but a fearful,
34:23 now a certain fearful looking for a judgment
34:26 and fiery indignation,
34:28 which shall devour the adversaries.
34:31 Those that go against God, I like this here,
34:34 fire consumes, notice this, only that which is fuel for it.
34:40 I don't want to be fuel for that, that fire, do you?
34:44 So it behooves us to get ready for the coming of Jesus.
34:48 It behooves us to call upon Him.
34:50 It behooves us right now to get rid
34:53 of anything that would cause division
34:55 or separation right now that separate us from God.
34:58 If we ever need to be close to Him,
34:59 I really believe it's right now.
35:02 The judgments are falling in the land.
35:03 He says, "Get ready, get ready, because I'm coming back
35:05 and I just beg you, by the grace God,
35:07 get ready, He's coming back."
35:10 Amen. Thank you so much, Pastor Kenny, each one of you.
35:13 I feel like I'm having church. Glory.
35:15 Don't you feel like church? Yes.
35:16 That's right.
35:18 Opening up the Word of God,
35:19 and the Holy Spirit is convicting my heart,
35:21 I know that.
35:22 So I'm so grateful for the Holy Spirit's work in our lives.
35:25 I'm Jill Morikone, and I have Wednesday's lesson,
35:28 which is, What Does the Lord Require?
35:31 We're going to the Book of Micah.
35:34 Pastor Kenny had Jeremiah and Deuteronomy, Pastor Ryan,
35:38 Nehemiah and Deuteronomy,
35:40 and I have Micah and Deuteronomy.
35:43 You know, Deuteronomy if we look at it
35:45 as you're turning to Micah, 'cause Micah
35:46 is a hard book to find as you're turning them.
35:49 Deuteronomy is the reaffirmation,
35:51 you could say, of the covenant.
35:53 The people are standing on the borders
35:55 of the Promised Land, and God reaffirms His end
35:58 of the covenant with the people.
36:00 And the people are clearly reminded,
36:03 they need to keep their end, their portion of the covenant.
36:08 When we get to the Book of Micah,
36:09 of course, he's a prophet to Judah,
36:11 and he prophesied under Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah.
36:14 The message of the book is that God hates
36:17 and condemn sin, whether it's religious,
36:20 economic, social, and how we treat other people.
36:25 And because of that sin, judgment is coming.
36:29 And yet, in this book,
36:31 we see that God still is merciful.
36:34 God still is longsuffering. Yes, He is.
36:38 God still is extending hope to the people of Judah,
36:42 and by extension to you and I today.
36:44 So we're in Micah 6,
36:46 we're going to read the first eight verses of Micah 6:1-8.
36:51 This is, we talked about this a couple lessons ago.
36:55 This is a reeb, Pastor Kenny, it's a Hebrew word,
36:59 but it means a covenant lawsuit.
37:01 This is God's covenant lawsuit against the people of Judah.
37:07 God's taking legal action,
37:09 because they failed to keep their end of the covenant.
37:13 Our lesson talks about it being reeb,
37:15 but also if you study Deuteronomy 26,
37:17 we see a reeb there, Deuteronomy 4,
37:19 I'm sorry, 4:26, God calls heaven and earth
37:23 as witnesses against the people.
37:26 If you read Isaiah Chapter 1, we find another reeb,
37:31 another covenant lawsuit.
37:33 In that case, God calls heaven and earth to listen.
37:37 If you read Acts Chapter 7, we find another reeb.
37:41 This is Stephen, of course, he recounts the history
37:45 of the children of Israel, and then what does he say,
37:47 "You stiff necked people."
37:50 And here comes the judgment
37:52 against the nation of Israel.
37:56 So in this case, in Micah Chapter 6,
37:58 it's not heaven and earth called as witnesses,
38:01 it's the mountains and the hills
38:03 called as witnesses.
38:06 So let's look at it, we'll look at the reeb,
38:08 this is the first couple of verses,
38:09 then we look at the appeal, and finally we get the answer.
38:13 So let's look at the reeb, this is verses 1 and 2.
38:16 Here, now what the Lord says,
38:19 "Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
38:22 and let the hills hear your voice.
38:25 Hear, O you mountains, the Lord's complaint."
38:28 That word in Hebrew is reeb, the Lord's complaint.
38:32 And you foundations of the earth,
38:34 for the Lord has a complaint," there's reeb again,
38:37 "against His people,
38:40 and He will contend with Israel."
38:42 Now the name Israel, one of its meanings is what?
38:45 One who contends with God.
38:47 But in this case,
38:48 they're not contending with God,
38:50 God is contending with them.
38:53 Good. All right.
38:54 This time of the children of Judah was a time
38:57 of upheaval and crisis.
38:58 If you look at Ahaz's leadership,
39:01 it's probably one of the most evil kings of Judah,
39:03 He sacrificed His own children in the fire,
39:07 and he placed idol worship within the precincts
39:11 of the temple.
39:13 The people had clearly violated the covenant.
39:16 They were in apostasy, they were in lethargy,
39:19 they were in hypocrisy, and their treatment
39:22 of their fellow Israelites violated
39:25 the covenant pre-principles that they had
39:28 promised to uphold.
39:29 There's idolatry taking place. There's perversion of justice.
39:34 Let's look at the appeal.
39:35 This is verses 3 through 5, we're in Micah 6:3-5.
39:39 Oh, my people, God's talking to the people.
39:41 "O My people, what have I done to you?
39:45 How have I wearied you?"
39:50 I don't know about you, but that gets me.
39:52 How have I wearied you?
39:56 Do you not think we've wearied God?
39:58 Do you not think the children of Judah,
40:00 the children of Israel had wearied God by breaking
40:03 the covenant, and yet God comes to them and says,
40:06 "My people, how have I wearied you?"
40:10 I remember when I was young,
40:12 the strongest discipline
40:13 I ever received was not a spanking.
40:16 And I got more than my fair share of spanking.
40:19 I deserved them clearly.
40:21 But the strongest discipline I ever received,
40:23 I'll never forget it. I was probably 10 years old.
40:25 My mom came in the bedroom and I was standing by the bed,
40:28 and I knew I was keeping my backside away
40:30 'cause I knew I was about ready to get it.
40:32 And she said, she knelt down, and she began to cry.
40:35 And she said, "God, Jill is rebellious.
40:39 I don't know how to get through to her.
40:42 I want her to follow You, but she's not following You."
40:46 That was the best discipline I ever got.
40:48 Absolutely.
40:49 How have I wearied you?
40:52 God says, "What have I done?" Right.
40:55 And then He says, "Testify against me."
40:58 And He goes on to proclaim how He has kept His side
41:01 of the covenant, even though the people they broke theirs.
41:04 He says, "I brought you up from the land of Egypt.
41:08 I redeemed you from the house of bondage."
41:10 He reminds them what He did to them.
41:14 "I sent before you Moses, Aaron and Miriam,
41:17 I gave you good leadership My people."
41:20 Remember now what Balak, King of Moab counseled?
41:23 And what Balaam, the son of Beor answered him.
41:26 What is he saying?
41:27 That Balaam was supposed to curse the children of Israel.
41:32 And what does God say?
41:33 "I turned it into a blessing.
41:35 I would not lay him curse
41:36 when I protected you from that."
41:38 It says, "And from Acacia Grove to Gilgal,"
41:41 those were two cities on either side of the Jordan.
41:44 So what is He saying?
41:45 "I'm the one who brought you over the River Jordan.
41:48 I'm the one who brought you into the Promised Land."
41:51 Why did He do all this?
41:52 That you may know the righteousness of the Lord.
41:57 Awesome. God wanted them to know Him.
41:59 God wanted to reveal His righteousness to them.
42:01 He reminds them that He kept His portion of the covenant.
42:06 And now we see the answer, in verses 6 and 7
42:08 the people answer, and then God answers.
42:11 It says, "What shall I come with
42:13 what shall I come before the Lord,
42:15 and bow myself before the High God?
42:17 Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
42:19 with calves a year old?
42:21 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
42:24 ten thousand rivers of oil?
42:26 Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
42:30 the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
42:33 What's going on?
42:34 The people are saying, "God, what do you want?
42:36 Do you want more sacrifice?
42:38 Do you want more rams?
42:40 Do you want child sacrifices like Ahaz had engaged in?
42:44 What are you looking for?"
42:45 God is not interested in religious ritual.
42:48 God is not interested in your hypocrisy.
42:52 God wants worship that is not centered on outward show.
42:57 Amen.
42:58 It's time that we were done as a people with legalism.
43:01 It's time that we were done as a people with hypocrisy.
43:04 It's time that we were done as a people with outward show,
43:09 and we get to the heart of the matter.
43:11 And what is the heart of the matter?
43:13 It's in verse 8.
43:14 He is showing you, oh man, what is good.
43:18 What does the Lord require of you?
43:20 Three things, but to do justly, to love mercy,
43:26 to walk humbly with your God.
43:30 What is God's answer?
43:31 He just says, "I want you in covenant.
43:33 I want you to walk in covenant obedience with Me
43:38 as My children."
43:39 We are to respond to God's forgiveness,
43:42 respond to His deliverance, respond to His love,
43:46 respond to His grace.
43:48 It's the same verse.
43:49 This is similar, this verse,
43:51 to what Pastor Ryan had talked about in Deuteronomy
43:54 Chapter 10.
43:55 Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you?
43:57 It's the same thing coming back here again in Micah 6:8.
44:03 That threefold answer to do justly.
44:05 We are to act with justice toward other people.
44:09 This is how we treat people.
44:11 This is our, you could say horizontal relationship
44:14 with how we treat our brothers and sisters,
44:17 whether they know God or don't,
44:19 whether they're in the church or not,
44:20 whether we like them or not, we're to treat people justly.
44:24 Number two, we are to love mercy.
44:26 This word mercy hesed, Shelley,
44:29 I love that God's covenant to loyalty,
44:31 His loving-kindness.
44:34 We're not just to treat people fairly and honestly
44:36 with justice, we're to love other people.
44:39 This is horizontal.
44:40 We are to extend mercy to our brothers and sisters.
44:44 And number three,
44:46 we are to walk humbly with our God.
44:49 This is vertical.
44:50 This is our relationship with God to walk in humility.
44:55 You see, true biblical faith,
44:58 it affects every aspect of our lives.
45:01 Faith is not just something we proclaim,
45:03 I'm a Seventh-day Adventist Christian
45:05 or I'm whatever denomination, no.
45:07 It is lifestyle, it enters into every fiber of our being,
45:13 and it changes who we are.
45:15 Amen. Amen.
45:17 Praise the Lord.
45:18 That was really powerful, Jill,
45:20 and every one of you guys have all just knocked it
45:21 out of the park.
45:23 I'm James Rafferty, and I have Thursday's lesson,
45:26 which is Daniel's Prayer.
45:29 You know, Christian experience is based on God's Word.
45:33 And Daniel's Christian experience was stellar,
45:37 especially in Daniel Chapter 9.
45:39 And that's because Daniel's experience
45:42 was based on the Word of God, specifically,
45:45 it was based on Deuteronomy 4:30-31.
45:50 And we just want to look at those two verses
45:52 as we open up our lesson study here on Daniel.
45:55 I don't know if you realize,
45:57 I didn't realize
45:58 how significant of a connection there was
46:00 between Daniel Chapter 9, and the Book of Deuteronomy.
46:03 But here it is, Daniel's in captivity,
46:05 his whole nation has been in apostasy,
46:08 they've been taken captive by Babylon,
46:10 all the promises have failed, and Daniel is beside himself.
46:14 He doesn't know what to do, what to think.
46:16 He's just been given this 2300 day prophecy,
46:19 the 70 years are over, he's thinking,
46:20 "We've got to go back.
46:22 What's going on?" He's confused.
46:24 And what does he do?
46:25 He turns to the Book of the Law.
46:27 He turns to Deuteronomy Chapter 4.
46:30 Look at these two verses and tell me they don't describe
46:32 Daniel's experience in Daniel Chapter 9.
46:35 Deuteronomy 4:30, "When thou art in tribulation,"
46:38 oh, yeah, they were in tribulation,
46:40 "when these things are come upon thee,"
46:42 oh, they've really come upon them,
46:43 "in the latter days after all these kings rose and fell,
46:47 if thou turn to the Lord thy God,
46:51 and shall be obedient unto His voice."
46:52 That's what Daniel is doing.
46:54 He's turning to Lord, he's been obedient unto his voice.
46:56 Verse 31, "For the Lord thy God is a merciful God.
47:00 He will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee,
47:03 nor forget the covenant of thy fathers,
47:06 which he swear unto them."
47:08 This is what Daniel is doing.
47:09 Daniel has this amazing experience in Daniel Chapter 9.
47:13 I'm just going to summarize Daniel 9:1-19.
47:16 And by the way, this happened in the first year of Darius.
47:19 The first year of Darius is also
47:21 when Daniel got thrown into the lions' den
47:22 because he refused to stop praying.
47:24 Guess what he's doing right now.
47:26 He's praying and who knows?
47:28 Maybe in lions' den when he was praying,
47:30 we don't know.
47:31 But we know prayer is important.
47:32 It's vital for us to be in prayer.
47:35 Daniel realizes this.
47:36 So he's willing to put his life on the line as he prays.
47:39 Now, the reason Daniel is praying
47:40 is because he's just been given this prophecy,
47:42 this 2300 day prophecy in Daniel Chapter 8,
47:45 specifically verse 14,
47:47 and he doesn't know what it means.
47:48 So Daniel goes to prayer,
47:51 and he goes to the Book of Jeremiah.
47:54 He goes to the Bible, and he goes to the Lord
47:56 and he prays, and he says, "Lord, I don't get it."
47:59 I mean, if you read Daniel 8:27,
48:00 he admits that.
48:02 You know, sometimes, as preachers,
48:03 I've been in ministry for 37 years,
48:05 and I don't want to admit
48:06 so readily that there's something I don't know.
48:09 Daniel is an old statesman at this time,
48:11 a politician and a man of God,
48:13 and he's ready to admit he doesn't know something.
48:15 He doesn't know something about
48:17 what we all know something about, right?
48:18 We all know about the 2300 day prophecy,
48:20 you know what I mean.
48:21 He doesn't know it. He doesn't understand.
48:22 He says, "Lord, I don't get it.
48:24 I don't understand it."
48:25 Daniel has intellectual humility.
48:29 Yes. Intellectual humility.
48:30 Amen.
48:31 And then we see Daniel, he fasts and he prays,
48:35 he humbles himself before the Lord.
48:38 He's following an outline that we find
48:40 all through the Old Testament.
48:41 Daniel has behavioral,
48:44 behavioral humility.
48:47 And then we see Daniel, he has this attitude,
48:50 and it begins in verse 5,
48:51 he has this attitude that so often
48:53 is missing in the Christian experience.
48:55 Has this attitude of confession that involves
48:58 a corporate confession.
48:59 Right.
49:00 He doesn't say they, those guys, that church,
49:02 those people, he says we, we have sinned.
49:05 Now, he's including himself with the apostasy
49:07 of his entire nation here.
49:09 He's doing something that Jesus does.
49:12 It's a corporate relationship,
49:14 a corporate responsibility that Daniel
49:16 is taking on for everyone else, we have sinned.
49:18 And He says this over and over again, once, twice,
49:21 three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine,
49:23 all the way through Daniel 9:5-11.
49:26 All the way through there,
49:28 he has this relational humility.
49:31 Relational humility, the way he relates to people,
49:34 relational humility,
49:35 so he has intellectual humility,
49:37 behavioral humility, and relational humility.
49:40 And then, as he gets down to the last verses,
49:43 verses 17 to 19, he tells God
49:46 why it is this he's asking all these things.
49:47 You know why he's asking all these things?
49:50 Not so we can have this big name and glory and fame,
49:53 and look what we're doing, and look
49:55 what we've accomplished,
49:56 and look at all the things that...
49:57 He is praying this for God's name's sake,
50:00 for God's glory,
50:02 that His name would not be reproached
50:03 among the Gentiles.
50:05 He is more concerned about
50:06 God's glory than he is about his own glory,
50:08 and we could call that motivational.
50:12 That's good.
50:14 He's motivated by the glory of God.
50:15 He's motivated by the love of God.
50:16 What a prayer?
50:18 What a corporate prayer?
50:20 What a powerful prayer?
50:21 And this powerful corporate prayer brings
50:23 a corporate answer.
50:25 That's what it does, it brings a corporate answer.
50:26 And we're going to get to that in just a second.
50:28 But I want us to read the quarterly here,
50:30 the lesson quarterly says,
50:31 "Daniel's prayer is a summary of exactly
50:33 what the nation had been warned about in Deuteronomy
50:36 regarding the fruits of not keeping their end
50:38 of the covenant."
50:39 Twice, Daniel referred back to the Law of Moses,
50:41 Daniel 9:11-13,
50:42 which certainly included Deuteronomy,
50:44 in this case, might have been specifically
50:47 referring to it as Shelley mentioned.
50:49 As Deuteronomy has said,
50:51 they were driven from the land,
50:53 see Deuteronomy 4:27-31, and Deuteronomy 28,
50:56 because they didn't obey exactly
50:59 what Moses had been told would happen.
51:02 They didn't obey, and that's what Moses said
51:03 was going to happen in Deuteronomy 31:29.
51:06 How tragic too that instead of the gnash nations
51:09 around them, saying, "Surely, this is a great nation
51:12 and a wise and understanding people,
51:14 Israel became a reproach to those same nations," pause.
51:20 God's promises never fail.
51:23 And even if the entire nation says no,
51:28 if one person says yes, and that would be Daniel,
51:32 God's promises are sure. That's right.
51:34 They became an...
51:37 What does it say here?
51:40 An amazement, an astonishment to the nations
51:43 around them through Daniel and his friends
51:47 who stayed faithful to God.
51:48 Amen.
51:49 We don't have to worry about the apostasy of others,
51:51 because Jesus is our Savior and His Word is true.
51:54 We need to be faithful in what God has given us
51:57 to be faithful in and God's promises will be fulfilled.
52:00 So we can see Daniel, in a sense,
52:03 as a type of Christ, because Daniel Chapter 9
52:07 is what covenant faithfulness looks like in the life
52:10 of a believer.
52:12 Now Daniel Chapter 9 doesn't end there.
52:13 We close out here in the last few minutes
52:16 that we have together in verses 24 to 27.
52:19 Here is the prophecy of Jesus,
52:20 its prophecy was death upon the cross,
52:22 but it's not just the prophecy of His death upon the cross.
52:24 Look at these verses with me
52:26 and recognize that this is also a prophecy
52:30 of what Jesus Christ would accomplish
52:32 as the covenant giver.
52:36 Jesus Christ is the covenant giver.
52:38 Jesus Christ is on the upside of the covenant.
52:40 But Daniel Chapter 9 is telling us that Jesus Christ
52:43 is also on the downside of the covenant.
52:46 Jesus Christ is a covenant giver,
52:47 and Jesus Christ is a covenant fulfiller.
52:51 He's on both sides.
52:52 And because He's a giver, and because He's a fulfiller
52:55 of the covenant as God and as man,
52:57 we have Daniel's.
52:59 We have people in the Bible,
53:02 who accept the righteousness of Jesus Christ,
53:04 they actually live out the very principles of the covenant,
53:07 because they scratch that Old Testament effort
53:10 which led to apostasy
53:11 and they scratch that New Testament effort
53:13 which led to legalism,
53:14 and they put their trust totally in the righteousness
53:17 of Jesus Christ.
53:19 Now look at this in Daniel Chapter 9,
53:20 beginning with verse 24.
53:22 It's so powerful.
53:24 Daniel 9:24,
53:26 we have a covenant prayer that's going to get
53:27 a covenant answer and that covenant answer
53:29 is Jesus and Jesus is coming, excuse me,
53:31 a corporate prayer that's going to get a corporate answer,
53:34 Jesus is coming to do what only He can do.
53:36 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people
53:38 and upon thy holy city, to finish transgression,
53:40 and to make an end of sins,
53:41 make reconciliation for iniquity,
53:43 bring in everlasting righteousness,
53:44 seal up the vision and prophecy,
53:46 and anoint the most Holy."
53:47 That's seven tasks.
53:48 Seven tasks that had to be accomplished.
53:50 Did Israel accomplish these tasks?
53:52 That's a trick question. Yes.
53:55 Because Jesus Christ was Israel,
53:57 and Jesus Christ came to fulfill these tasks.
53:59 In fact, in verse 25, God makes it very clear,
54:02 Gabriel says to Daniel, "Know therefore and understand,
54:06 that from the going forth of the commandment
54:07 to restore and build Jerusalem unto Messiah
54:09 the Prince shall be..."
54:11 Seven weeks.
54:12 "Three score, seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks."
54:14 That's 69 weeks.
54:16 "Daniel, you and your people have 70 weeks
54:18 to get your act together."
54:19 Yes. "But don't be worried.
54:21 This is New Covenant now,
54:22 get your New Covenant glasses on," right?
54:24 Right.
54:25 The Messiah is coming in 69. Right.
54:27 Wow.
54:28 After 69 weeks of failure,
54:30 you're going to get one last resurrection hope
54:34 and it's going to be Jesus.
54:35 And He is going to make an end of sins,
54:36 and He's going to bring in all righteousness
54:38 and He's going to finish transgression.
54:40 He's going to make reconciliation for iniquity.
54:42 He's going to anoint the Most Holy.
54:44 Jesus Christ is the fulfillment.
54:46 Jesus is the giver of the covenant
54:49 and Jesus is the fulfiller of the covenant.
54:51 Jesus is on the upside of the covenant
54:53 and Jesus is on the downside of the covenant.
54:55 And because of that, we have Daniel's.
54:58 Because of that, we have hope.
55:00 Because of that we too can in our
55:03 lives be stellar examples of the love
55:08 of Jesus Christ because that's what Daniel did.
55:11 Daniel prayed for his miserable,
55:14 apostate fellow Christians.
55:19 And that's what God is calling us to.
55:21 That's the ultimate end of the law, is it not?
55:23 To love God with all heart, mind and soul,
55:24 to love your neighbors.
55:25 Amen. Amen. Beautiful.
55:27 That was great.
55:28 If you want to hear some more of this teaching on Daniel,
55:31 you can watch Salvation in Symbols
55:35 and Signs on 3ABN,
55:37 where our dear brother James is going verse by verse
55:40 through Daniel.
55:42 Well, we have had church, Jill, we have.
55:46 Let's just take each of you a few seconds
55:49 and give us a little point from you today.
55:52 You know, Jeremiah 29:11, God says,
55:55 "Don't tell me what to think about you.
55:58 I already know what I think about you."
56:00 He says, "For I know the thoughts
56:02 that I think toward you," says the Lord,
56:03 "thoughts of peace
56:05 and not of evil to give you a future and a hope."
56:07 God has a plan for you.
56:09 Don't tell Him what to think about you.
56:10 He already knows what He thinks about you.
56:12 He loves you, He died for you, and He wants to save you.
56:15 Amen. Praise the Lord.
56:16 You know, reading the Bible is like
56:18 me speaking right dropping ideas into the brain.
56:21 And when you do that, there should be a reaction.
56:25 And if there's not a reaction, then there's no brain.
56:28 Well, let's leave that food for thought.
56:32 Micah 7:18,
56:34 "Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity,
56:37 passing over transgression of the remnant of His heritage?
56:40 He does not retain His anger forever,
56:42 for He delights in mercy."
56:44 God delights in you. Yes, He does.
56:46 Amen. Amen.
56:47 Daniel Chapter 9
56:50 is what covenant faithful looks like in the life of a believer
56:53 who trusts in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
56:55 Amen and amen.
56:56 We, in my day, we were looking at King Josiah
56:59 who followed the Lord with all of his heart,
57:01 soul, mind and strength.
57:03 And 2 Kings 23:25 says,
57:07 "There's never been another king like him not before him
57:10 or not after him."
57:12 God considered him
57:14 the greatest king that ever ruled
57:18 until King Jesus.
57:20 Oh, thank you so much for joining us.
57:23 We, I should have looked,
57:24 we're going to be coming back for lesson 12 next week,
57:29 Deuteronomy in the New Testament.
57:32 It's one of Jesus' most favorite books
57:34 because He quoted it most often.
57:36 Join us then. Amen.


Revised 2021-12-09