Friday, November 23, 2012

The Will Of Sacrifice - Psalm 106, Study 17

The Will Of Sacrifice - Psalm 106, Study 17


Psalm 106:24


Gill's Exposition

They believed not his word; his word of promise, that he would be with them, and lead
them into the pleasant land, and put them into the possession of it: which disbelief
of his word was highly provoking to him; and therefore he swore they should not enter
into his rest; and because of their unbelief they did not, Numbers 14:11. This is a
very heinous sin, to disbelieve God that is true, and cannot lie; it is to make him
a liar; nothing can more dishonour him


Here we come to Psalm 106:24-39

Where the people despised the pleasant land;they did not believe his promise


Did they believe in God ? well of course, He was there with them

Did they have a relationship with God ? yes

But they did not believe what he said

   
I - Christian

Its all very well aiming scirpture at the unsaved, but a lot of scripture actually points at the
"Saved"

Luke 12:48

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one
who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.


Just read the letters to "The Churches" as one example amongst the entire bible

The problem comes when we choose the "easyway" and when things get difficult we dig
a hole and trench oursleves in

Matthew 7:13

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to
destruction, and many enter through it.


The people "Chosen" and "Saved" wanted an easy way, they wanted the road and highway
that was ready made smooth and prepared where the mountains and the valleys were already
lowered and raised and where the giants of the land , those mountains were already gone

They wanted the superhighway, the fast lane, the high speed locomotive

They did not want the "Narrow Gate" where they have to go through trials and testings

And to follow Him which meant scorn and hardship

This is not a humaninistic Christianity where it is all done for us but rather we have too also
lay down things and in this is the cost

Mark 1:3

"a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"


Prapare a way for HIM, Its not prepare a way for US

And in this is the "Cost" of following Jesus, for how can you make a sacrifice in your life without a "cost" ?

And in this we look at : The Will Of Sacrifice

And the reversal of this as in "the poeple sacrifices to other gods"

Gills exposition says:



And yet this pleasant land may be said to be despised by such who do not care to go through any difficulty to it; to perform the duties of religion; to bear reproach for Christ's sake; to go through tribulation; to walk in the narrow and afflicted way, which leads unto it: and by all such who do not care to part with their sinful lusts and pleasure; but prefer them and the things of this world to the heavenly state.


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BELIEVE

And so we look at the point where the "Chosen Ones" that is "Gods People" are looking to
enter Gods Rest, that is the Promised Land

Hebrews 3:11

11 So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’


Go To " Lesson 1" - Self Willed, In His Will, Psalm 106 - Study 13


Hebrews 4:7

Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through
David, as was said before: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts."


Tell me why God cannot put eternity into a Day ? is He not in a day ?

Why O why do we keep thinking within our own limitations and mindsets ?

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DISBELIEF

Now we are at Psalm 106:24 which relates to Numbers 13:32

This is where the people are preparing to "enter"

To enter a place that was prepared for them, which they did not have to build, a place flowing
with milk and honey

But here the same disbelief entered the hearts of the people as entered them when they left egypt

As the people stood at the edge of the waters of the "sea of Reeds" Psalm 106:7 which is a
reflection of Exodus 14:11 disbelief entered them

They saw things through their own strength and did not belief that God could deliever them

Now here as they are about to enter the promised land (rest) once more disbelief entered in

Now don't take my word for it : read
Psalm 106:24 "Then they despised the pleasant land;
they did not believe his promise."


OR

"They would'nt believe His promise to care for them"

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I DON'T BELIEVE IT

Mark 6:5

He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them.


Before I knew The Lord In my life and became a "Christian"

That is if a Christian is identified by their conversion experience and not before that time,
(In that God might have seen me as His, before I prayed the sinners prayer)

Again ....Before I became a Christian, I knew nothing of Christianity or Church

If you had said to me at the age of 20 that in a years time I would be a "Christian" I would have
said "I am a Christian - I'm in a Christian country"

If you had told me that I'd be working along side a bunch of other Christians that I'd marry
a ministers daughter, that I'd have kids and morgage and run my own bussiness !!

I'd have said "GET LOST , NO WAY"

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WHAT ?

So what made these things happen ?

Why did they happen ?

Was it because of my belief in God ?

Was it because I believed in what God said to me ?

I'd have said "Noooo, God speaking to me ? what you talking about ? don't talk rubbish"

So how did these things happen without my believing they would happen ?

Was it my faith in God maybe ? was it my relationship with God ?

Nope !

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NON CONVERTED

Once as a new believer I prayed for God to provide a car , now at the time I think I'd read a
book about "Gods provision" and the thing that jumped out at me was "how God could provide"

Now being a very new Christian I did'nt actually believe that God would do this, I mean I could'nt
even drive and had no money

Anyway ten years later and two days after passing my driving test , God did provide a car, being from
a person (Christian fellow) who I never knew, who had died and left it in his will

Now what made thast happen ? was it my belief ? faith ? relationship with God ?

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CONVERTED

I prayed for my mothers conversion for many years , that she would come to know Jesus
herself and I would always end a prayer with "Lord pray that my Mother comes to know you"

Well some ten years later she began coming to Church with me and one day she came to Jesus
and was converted

Now on that actual day I did'nt go to Church, I had spent the night wallpapering the kitchen
actually and being exhausted I slept in that day

So when someone told me that she had been converted ...."what ? I could'nt believe it"

"Nooo,, really ? it happened ?"

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It is not my believing or unbelieving but rather my disbelief once I have the knowledge of what
God can do

In other words "Once I know and God tells me, then my unbelief comes in and quenches what God has said" ?

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TRUST

So difficult to trust is'nt it ?

But when we have the evidence of God there and speaking to us and yet we still do not believe ?

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?


And so back to the study where the people of God are about to enter the promised land....

And the hardships and persecutions and difficulties were not really wanted and by following Jesus they had also taken on the life that goes with Him

Now they had spent much longer wondering the wilderness because of their "unbelief"

Were they saved initially because having been in Egypt and in slavery they had faith and belief that God could save them ?

Did God rescue them in His mighty strength through the sea of reeds because of their belief ?

And shall we go on ?

Yet having the knowledge of "what God could do and hearing Him speak ...."

They did not have the "Faith" again they looked at their numbers and their strength..

The giants were so big, (they did not level the mountains for Jesus or make His paths straight)

Mark 1:3

"a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"


O that means sacrifice ? the laying down of my life to Know Him

O that means walking a similiar path maybe ?

I wonder what Jesus sacrificed ?

to lay down His life that many Sons would come to glory, being the firstborn of a multitude who walk in His way

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GOD WITHOUT ME

And So It may seems that God can do things without my believing He can

Woo He can do things without me ?

Does that mean its not about me or what I can do or believe

Makes me wonder if I can loose my Faith when by saying that I can be saying "I'm loosing my Jesus"

But His Word says" He will never leave me" so am I saying that I feel like am am leaving Jesus ?"

I am not doubting His Word but rather doubting my own self and in that I am looking to my own strength maybe !

ME WITHOUT GOD

Woo Jesus can do things without me , without my belief,

Yet that very free will of believing can be the very thing that can nullify the Word Of God in MY life, (not that it makes any difference to Gods Will and purposes in general but for Gods will in my own life)

Mark 7:13

Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that."


Does this mean my own humanistic approach denies Gods working in my life ?

Surely God loves me and cares about every apsect of my life ? He wants me to prosper and to gain ?

   
GODS PROMISE

The Lords purpose and Will was to save the people from their slavery and already prepared and predestined, the purposes of God had come to be.

Ephesians 1:5

he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will


I wonder if all predestination, that is predetermined acts of God are from the foundation of the world ?

Acts 13:48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed.


Ephesians 1:5 Romans 8:29-30


It was certainly Gods Will that His people be saved and the promise remained, but He again cannot force His love on us and force us against Our Will

So Although God saved the Hebrew people and in His foreknowledge He knew what the end result would be , even so He led them and saved them from one trial to another and continued to save them right up until the time to enter the "Rest" and they looked to the giants of the land and did not believe or have the faith to see that God had promised them the land

And they REFUSED TO ENTER

God knowing that this generation would not enter beforehand gave them the chance anyway

Now they died and God resuscitated a new generation from the dead seed that had perished

Therefore they were scattered like seed in the wilderness and died in the wilderness so that the new generation that sprung forth should then receive the promise

Now we go back to the differences between "eternal and perishing"

The Lords Will,Psalm 106 - Study 16

THE PROMISE REMAINS

Now lets look at 2 Peter a letter to the Church in general :entitled "a hope for growing Christians"

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.


Those predestined have His promise and He is patient wanting everyone to repent

If I were to predetermine that my child is to be and do a certain thing on the 'CONDITION' that he does not touch "The Fire" and he touches the fire, then there is still a way out and that way is for him to say "sorry" and his words then become an action that he turns around and repents, therefore the "My will" still remains for Him"

Hebrews 4:1-2

Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.


Matthew 10:22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Matthew 24:12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,

Luke 21:19 By standing firm you will gain life.

THEREFORE THE PROMISE REMAINS

AGAIN

Mark 1:3

"a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"


I make a straight path for Him that His will be done in my life that I may enter into what He prepared for me, If I do not allow that straight path by the sacrifice of laying down my own desires and wants, then I deny His working in me and my path in this I will not grow and also may reject His ways thus coming to the end I may not enter His "promise" for me by my own doing and disbelief

Hebrews 3:11

So I declared on oath in my anger, 'They shall never enter my rest.'"


and so we consider "Once saved always saved"

And so we finish this study at "Psalm 106:26

Barnes' Notes

It is called "my rest" here, meaning that it was such rest as God had provided, or such as he enjoyed. The particular "rest" referred to here was that of the land of Canaan, but which was undoubtedly regarded as emblematic of the "rest" in heaven. Into that rest God solemnly said they should never enter. They had been rebellious.


MAKE STRAIGHT PATHS FOR HIM


Now "This was "The Will Of Sacrifice"