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Jesus Paid it All! March 8

The laws of inheritance are still in effect today.  It’s pretty amazing that the world wants to reject the Bible, yet so many of the principles laid down in the Word are still active and present in our society.  Can you even imagine what would happen to our culture, and our world if the laws and rules laid down in the Bible were not enforced in today’s world?  Murder and theft would run rampant, as would sexual lust and dishonoring parents.  In fact when I think about it, isn’t this what is happening in the world right now?  Something to think about, isn’t it? 

Joshua is chosen as the next leader and Moses is told he is going to die without entering the promised land. He did one little thing wrong, and his punishment is pretty severe, if you ask me.  And Moses knows that he is going to die once he goes up that mountain to see the land.  I don’t think I would like to know the time and place I was going to die.  I would do everything I can to avoid going to that place.  I would complain to God that I wasn’t ready to die yet.  But we see none of this with Moses.  He does what God asks humbly and meekly.  This is how we should obey, no matter what comes our way!Endless sacrifices, all without blemish.  This is the theme of our reading this morning.  I always thought of the wilderness as a desert-like ecosystem, with sparse vegetation and a lot of sand.  But how could they possibly raise this many sheep and cattle to fulfill all the sacrificial requirements. If it was that bad.  Think about it with me.  2 rams a day, first year rams without blemish.  That’s 730 a year.  For 40 years in the wilderness, that’s 29,200 rams, of the first year, without blemish.  That’s just the daily offerings.  It does not include any burnt offerings, sin offerings, or trespass offerings that might be due.  It does not include the offerings for all the feasts,  The Sabbath offerings would have totaled 4,160 lambs.  The monthly offerings totalled 960 bulls, 480 rams, 3,360 lambs and 480 goats.  The offerings for all the feasts combined, for 40 years, would be the same 2,720 bulls, 760 rams, 6,000 lambs and 400 goats.  Plus all the grain offerings to go with each sacrifice.  Can you tell I like numbers? That’s a total of 3,680 bulls, 30,740 rams, 13,520 lambs and 980 goats.  All the first year, all without blemish.  This did not include any other offerings that were due because of sins, or trespasses.

Aren’t you glad Jesus paid it all?  All these offerings and sacrifices are no longer due to the Lord.  Jesus was our perfect lamb, sacrificed without sin in His life. He took the punishment for our sin.  The stripes on His back from a whip laced with stones so that each lash sunk deep into his flesh and ripped it open.  A crown of thorns placed on his head, thorns long enough and sharp enough to pierce the skin right to the skull, and make blood flow from each embedded thorn.  The nails in His hands and feet went right through His limbs, causing intense pain.  The cross on which he hung slowly was strangling Him to death as He tried to pull himself up by the nail-pierced hands, or push His body upo using the nail-pierced feet as leverage.  He suffered the agony of a brutal death so that we would no longer have to offer all these sacrifices to make atonement for our sin, or to appease almighty God.  If we have accepted His sacrifice in place of our own offerings that would be due, He saves us from all that.  I am so glad Jesus did this for me.  I can’t even imagine the blood required for all of my sins!

Have you made a decision to make Jesus your sacrifice, and allow Him to be Lord over your life?  You have a debt to God that is enormous.  You need a sacrifice that would cover it all.  Jesus is that sacrifice.  Won’t you accept Him today?

Beside Me

Beside Me

Here you are right beside me
Through the trial, through the storm
Never leaving, always with me
Even when I feel alone

When I'm walking through the valley
Or climbing up a mountain 
Or drowning in the deepest sea
You are always right there with me
You are always beside me

Lord of heaven, God of wonders 
You have made the stars above 
On your throne in royal splendor 
You pour out to me your live

Help me, Lord, to see your mercy 
Help me recognize your grace 
When I hear your voice within me
Help me see your loving face

Help me know you're here beside me
Through the wind and through the rain 
Help me see your arms wide open
Holding me close once again

When I'm walking through the valley
Or climbing up a mountain 
Or drowning in the deepest sea
You are always right there with me
You are always beside me
The Overcomer

Jesus, Only Jesus

My eyes have seen His glory in the colors of the dawn
My ears have heard Him whisper in my ear
My spirit knows His presence when He walks with me each day
Every single moment He is near

My life has turned around since I met Him on that day
My future has a hope that is secure
My way is not important but it’s His I follow now
Only good will come from Him, of this I’m sure

Now it’s Jesus, only Jesus
Who satisfies the longings of my heart
Jesus, only Jesus
Who leads me on this journey through the dark
Jesus, only Jesus
He knows what I will face along the way
Jesus, only Jesus
Can bring me through the storms with joy and grace

What can I say if I should start to wander off the path? 
What can I do if pride gets in my way?
What poor excuse will I make up when I don’t follow Him?
All I can do is call upon His grace

When I call He’ll be there. He’ll answer in His time
I can trust His wisdom in all things
I don’t have to worry or think He will not guide me
So, trusting Him I’ll walk through what life brings

Jesus, only Jesus
Who else can guide me through the trials I face?
Jesus, only Jesus
Who only can bring me glory through disgrace?
Jesus, only Jesus
Who else can satisfy my longing soul?
Jesus, only Jesus
Will take my broken life and make me whole

So, I will trust in Jesus, only Jesus every day
I will follow Jesus, only Jesus is the way
I will hope in Jesus, only Jesus is my guide
I will love my Jesus, only Jesus guards my heart
He Wants No Less

Jesus You’re Amazing

Jesus you’re amazing
You’re everything to me
I was dying in my sin
And then you rescued me

Jesus you’re amazing
You’re more than life to me
When I gave my life to you
You met my deepest need

My need was not for riches
Or for power or for fame
My need was not possessions
Or for fleshly gain

My desperate need was cleansing
Deep down into my soul
And when I gave my life to you
You made me whole

You gave me peace I’d never known
And joy unspeakable
You gave me faith that truly works
And grace unmatchable

You gave forgiveness for my sin
And mercy not deserved
You gave your life so I could live
You taught me how to serve

Jesus you’re amazing
You’re everything to me
I was dying in my sin
And then you rescued me

Jesus you’re amazing
You’re more than life to me
When I gave my life to you
You met my deepest need

Sermon on the Mount

How Do You want to be Treated?

Matthew 7:12

7 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this fulfills the law and the prophets

We all know it.  The “Golden Rule” it is called.  It is known by cultures around the world, by Christian and non-Christian, by rich and poor, by big and small, by any race, sex or creed.  This rule has been heard over and over again.  Why is it that we have so much trouble understanding it?

Well, I can think of several reasons which I will share in this post.  I’ll bet you can some up with a few more on your own.  As I look at my own life and what I have witnessed and done myself, I can see so many ways that I fall flat on my face when it comes to this simple statement.  It’s not on purpose, mind you.  It’s a slip of the mental capacities, or it’s human nature, to just do what is best for me, not necessarily what is best for the other.  I challenge you to see if you fit any of these patterns I am going to share.

The first is the “me first” or privileged society we live in today.  It’s what I want ahead of all else.  It’s my morality that matters.  It’s my needs that trump yours.  I must do what I have set out to do, and I’m not concerned whether you can fit into my plans or not.  Have you heard that?  I just heard it yesterday from one of my daughters!  I hear it a lot.  Once we have set course in a certain direction, we are not going to turn back and try and help someone else.  This rule says to do what you would want someone to do for you, not what you want to do for them, or not for them.

We have one of our granddaughters living with us right now.  Her cousins came down for Christmas this weekend.  They spent the first night with us and had a blast.  The last night they were staying in another city about 40 miles away so they could swim and head home in the morning.  Our granddaughter wanted to go up swimming with them and needed a ride home if she did because I am not able to drive right now and my wife was working at a restaurant that night.  But they had made their plans ahead and were not willing to drive her home.  My lovely wife, who will do anything for her grandkids, drove up after work and picked her up.  I rode with her and as always was amazed with her grace.

Would my daughter have liked us to bring her daughter home if a similar situation arose?  We would have gladly done it.  We would have figured out a way or altered our plans slightly to make it happen.  But we would have done it, not because we would want the same, but because it is the right thing to do.  Help someone else out if they ask, even if I have to go out of my way.  Isn’t that what this rule says?

In our world today, we see this often.  People will not go out of their way to help someone else out.  They are stuck in their own little routines and heaven forbid someone should ask them to go out of their way to help.  They forget that they might need that favor returned someday.  When that day comes, they get mad because the other person won’t do what they would not do earlier.

The next thing is a simple thing called getting even.  Well, they did this to me, so I’m going to do it right back!  They gossiped about me, so I’m telling about them!  They didn’t help me out at work, so I won’t help them!  They didn’t wave at me so I’m going to snub my nose at them.  How many times have we heard this, or been guilty of this?  This is actually the exact opposite of the Golden Rule.  It is saying they did it to me, so I’m going to do it to them because I did not like it!  How backwards can it get?  Yet our society seems to run on this sentiment.

This was me just the other day.  I confess – I am guilty.  I had ordered some things from a local gal who does a masterful job at couponing.  She sells stuff out of her home that she has bought for pennies on the dollar and she is well below store prices.  She was out of town when I sent in my order and hadn’t seen it, so I sent it again.  She said she would get back with a price so I could write a check.  She did not, so I prompted her.  I got the price and asked her when I could come pick them up  or could she deliver them.  No response, for days.  I asked again, three weeks after the order was placed, I still did not have the goods so I bought them at a local store. 

My wife works with this gal at night, and she came home after I had bought them and said the gal was going to bring some stuff over because she felt bad.  I told her that I had already bought it and didn’t need it.  Then I said I would not order from her again.  Yes, this is poor customer service, and in the eyes of the world, I would be justified in not purchasing from her again.  But is this right?  Is this the way I would want to be treated, or am I working the reverse of the rule?

According to this verse, the right thing to do is forgive her and give her another chance.  I would want another chance if I messed up this bad!  I have been in sales for over 30 years and know what it is to make mistakes and be given another chance.  To be honest, it’s rare.  But it’s the right thing to do.  Remember our lesson on forgiveness?  That applies so strongly in this verse.  I would want to be forgiven my negligence.  I should certainly forgive hers.

Then there is revenge.  Christians should never take revenge into their own hands, but so often we want it so badly that we forget God told us vengeance was His, He would repay (Deuteronomy 32:3).  We forget that God says to not avenge ourselves but leave room for God’s wrath (Romans 12:19).  We want an immediate judgment!  We want that matter settled now, and we will do it ourselves.  After all, we are the ones who were wronged!

I can’t say I can give a good example of this one right off the top of my head, but you can all relate, I am sure. Someone does something bad to us, so we repay by doing something bad back.  Or someone says something hurtful and we fire right back.  My wife and I used to get into some of those types of arguments and no one ever wins.  One party or the other gets deeply hurt and in our case it was always my wife.  I can’t tell you how many times I fired back some off the cuff remark that I did not intend to say because she stirred my pot a bit.  I’ve become a  lot better at avoiding this, but it still creeps up every so often.  I just don’t want to hurt her with my words anymore, so I am so careful.  Revenge is never a good thing when we take it into our own hands.  My wife always says “They will reap what they sow” and this is so true!

The last thing that I will mention is pride,  I know I mention this a lot, but it is the major fault that keeps us going against the principles of God.  Pride will want to make us stay on top, stay ahead, get even, get revenge and get our way.  Pride will keep us from yielding to someone else’s need or to acknowledge someone made a mistake.  Pride will keep us from forgiving someone and give them another chance.  Pride needs to go and humility needs to rule and reign in our lives.

One last thought on this verse.  Have you ever thought about the fact that you can take this verse and turn it a little around to show how powerful it really is?  Do you realize that when you are gossiping about your neighbor, you are saying in effect it is alright if they gossip about you, according to this rule?  After all, whatever I want done for me, I do for them, right? If I don’t give them a ride when they need one, I am telling them they don’t need to give me a ride when I need one, right?  If I don’t help them, I don’t expect they should help me!  What we do for or to others is what we want done for or to us is another way of looking at this verse.

Do you want others to take revenge on you?  Take revenge on them!  Do you want others to not help you out?  Don’t help them out!  Do you want others to put you down behind your back?  Put them down behind their back!  Do you want others to steal your joy?  Steal their joy!  Do you want others to be angry with you?  Be angry with them!

Or, Do you want others to forgive you?  Forgive them!  Do you want others to be at peace with you?  Be at peace with them!  Do you want others to speak gently to you?  Speak gently to them!  Do you want others to help you?  Help them!  Do you want others to love you?  Love them!  Love them even if they don’t love you back.  Forgive them even if they don’t forgive you back.  Be at peace with them even if that peace is not returned.

Do to them as you want them to do to you.  So simple, yet so profound!

This is a repost from my God’s Maintenance Man Blog. If you would like to check out the rest of the study, please click HERE