A Prophet who dared to Speak the Truth

1 Kings 22:13-28

13. Then the messenger who went to summon Micaiah spoke to him saying, “Behold now, the words of the prophets are uniformly favorable to the king. Please let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.”
14. But Micaiah said, “As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I shall speak.”
15. When he came to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall we refrain?” And he answered him, “Go up and succeed, and the Lord will give it into the hand of the king.”
16. Then the king said to him, “How many times must I adjure you to speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord ?”
17. So he said, “I saw all Israel Scattered on the mountains, Like sheep which have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master. Let each of them return to his house in peace.’”
18. Then the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?”
19. Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right and on His left.
20. The Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said this while another said that.
21. Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’
22. The Lord said to him, ‘How?’ And he said, ‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ Then He said, ‘You are to entice him and also prevail. Go and do so.’
23. Now therefore, behold, the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouth of all these your prophets; and the Lord has proclaimed disaster against you.”
24. Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, “How did the Spirit of the Lord pass from me to speak to you?”
25. Micaiah said, “Behold, you shall see on that day when you enter an inner room to hide yourself.”
26. Then the king of Israel said, “Take Micaiah and return him to Amon the governor of the city and to Joash the king’s son;
27. and say, ‘Thus says the king, “Put this man in prison and feed him sparingly with bread and water until I return safely.”‘”
28. Micaiah said, “If you indeed return safely the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, “Listen, all you people.” (1 Kings 22:13-28 NASB)

Background to Text

N. T. Background

(1) John 1:1 In the beginning was the word.
(2) John 4:19 I perceive that thou art a prophet
(3) John 14:6 I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life
(4) Matthew 16:14-16 Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Had been called Elijah, John the Baptist, prophet.
(5) 2 Tim 4:1-5 v2, Preach the Word/truth. Are not enduring sound doctrine.

O.T. Background

(1) The kingdom is split. [921]
(2) The Baal Crisis. Fertility god. Thunder bolt, lightning
(3) Time of Elijah & Elishat
(4) Syria was a continual adversary
(5) The house of Omri
(6) Ahab, King of Israel & Jehosophat of Judah were in alliance
(7) Jehoshaphat ask an appropriate question. Require of The Lord. [5-22]

Theological Background

(1) There is only one God. Monotheism
(2) The Truth shall set you free. John 8:32
(3) Dt. 18:15-22 = a Prophet = Jesus
my words – in Jesus’ mouth

Exposition: A True Prophet Speaks Only God’s Word Irregardless of Circumstances

The True Prophet Micaiah was asked by Ahab’s messenger to speak in agreement to false prophets.
The True Prophet Micaiah declared only that which The Lord said he would speak. [14]
The True Prophet Micaiah answered ‘the fool’ = Ahab according to his folly. (Prov. 26:5) [15]
The True Prophet Micaiah answered ‘the fool’ = Ahab not according to his folly. (Prov 26:4) [16-17]
The True Prophet Micaiah was a free man who by faith stood before the king & all the army & told the king what he did not want to hear. [18]
The True Prophet Micaiah had access to the deliberations of the heavenly council. [19-23]
The True Prophet Micaiah was strongly opposed for his stand. [v. 24]
The True Prophet Micaiah prophesied against his opposition. [25]
The True Prophet Micaiah was imprisioned and afflicted. [26-27]
The True Prophet Micaiah said if the king, I am not a prophet. [28a]
The True Prophet Micaiah had spoken the truth for Ahab died that day.
The True Prophet Micaiah was not heard of again.

Where have all the prophets gone? Ahab still respected Micaiah for he tried to thwart the plan of God. Hebrews 11:36-38

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The Veil of Smiles

Sorrow comes and goes. It’s visitation all too frequent for most. To cope some indulge in over-eating, drinking intoxicating beverages, a draw or so on some green leafy substance, while others snort white powder, love-making and much more to include embracing a combination of coping mechanisms.

The ailment commonly called depression is no respecter of persons. The affluent or impoverished, the caucasian or person of color, the believer or the infidel are all affected.

The smile hides heartache and pain. Silence prevents discussion and the fear of more sorrow. The sadness of things said, of life’s hammering events that drive the nails into your soul to cause it’s deepest hurt.

So when someone wishes you happiness, it may mean more than a common expression to actually be a hearts desire for you.

The smile is a mask. It is just another tool from the box of coping mechanisms. He/she seem so happy. Always joking and cutting up. Wonder what’s behind that mask?

I don’t live alone but if I did; I wouldn’t.

Until Next time,

Hoss

P.S. I wish YOU much happiness

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The Passover Lamb

Exodus 12:1-14

Background to Text
1. N.T. Background
1). John 1:21ff = The Lamb of God
2). Matthew 26:26 = Blood of the New Covenant. “God asks no more of man than He is willing to pay.”
3). 1 Corinthians 11:27
4). 1 Peter 1:18-19 = a lamb without blemish. Precious blood of Christ!

2. O.T. Background
1). Exodus 1 & 2 People were in bondage
2). Moses was called of God 3:1-4:17
3). Moses goes back to Egypt 4:18-7:14
4). Ten plagues 7:15-11:10
W/in these we see the sovereignty of God. He deals w/ pantheism. =
1 : a doctrine that equates God with the forces and laws of the universe
2 : the worship of all gods of different creeds, cults, or peoples indifferently; also : toleration of worship of all gods (as at certain periods of the Roman empire)

3. Theological Background
1) The Abrahamic Covenant has been abused. People had only emphasized God’s side.
2) God came down — to deliver them
3) The Passover in the Old Testament tells that God deems death not too high a price to pay for redemption.

Exposition of Exodus 12:1-14
Deliverance came by the blood of the Passover lamb

God’s people needed to know the importance of the Passover. [1-2]
The beginning month was established and began with the first month as the Passover month.
[1] The Passover was of great theological significance — it pointed to Christ!

[2] The Passover will mark the beginning of their religious calendar.
God’s people needed to identify w/ the lamb. [3-4]
a lamb for each house
14 days with the lamb {you come to love the lamb}
It became a family representative

God’s people needed a lamb that met God’s standard, ‘conditions.’ [5]
[1] without blemish —- Romans 3:25
[2] a male of the first year — {points to Jesus}
[3] from the sheep or goats

God’s people needed to kill the lamb. [6]

God’s people needed to strike the lamb’s blood upon the doorposts. [7]

God’s people needed to eat the lamb. [8-12]
[1] eat the flesh that night roasted by fire
[2] with bitter herbs
[3] not boiled or raw
[4] burn with fire all that is left
[5] eat it in haste, clothed…{ready to march}
[6] It is the Lord’s Passover. {See things as God sees them}

God’s people need to be obedient [12-13]
[1] God will smite all the firstborn
[2] When God sees the blood, He will poss over you.

God’s people needed to keep the Passover as a memorial forever.

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Genesis 22:1-14

A Heart of Worship

CIT = Worshipping God involves faithful obedience.

Purpose = Worshipping God, through the avenue of faith, involves sacrificial obedience in times of testing.

Introduction = Abraham gives us the manner in which we are to offer our individual sacrifices. The actions of Abraham in the offering of his son was an act of faithful worship. As Abraham relates to God in faith, so are we to build our worship to God on faith. This passage is a window reflecting a true response of faith.

1) Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2) He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” 3) So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4) On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. 5) Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you.” 6) Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. 7) Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” 8) Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. 9) Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10) Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11) But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12) He said, “Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” 13) Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. 14) Abraham called the name of that place The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:1-14 NASB)

I. Background to the text – Where is God going with this?

1. N.T Passages

(1) John 1:29-34, Behold the Lamb of God… takes away the sins of the world… the Son of God.
(2) Romans 1:17, The just shall live by faith.
(3) Romans 4: 13-25, righteousness of faith. It is of faith that it might be by grace. Abraham our father by faith. Be aware of the fulness of the message of the passage. **Faith accepts God’s ability to perform. Verse 21
(4) Heb. 9:22, Without shedding of blood is no remission…

2. O. T. Passages

(1) Gen. 6:5 Hearts of men were evil continually. The Flood – a redemptive act. Sin does not go unchecked.
(2) Gen. 12:1-3 The Abrahamic Covenant. [land & people]
(3) Gen. 15::1-6 Abraham believed in The Lord & God counted it to him for righteousness.
(4) Gen. 17 Covenant renewal. Circumcision: denotes relationship.
(5) Gen. 18:14, Is anything too hard for God? Our need is to live by faith. This is God’s will.
W/out faith it is impossible to please God.
(6) Gen. 21:1-8, Isaac Born
(7) 2 Chronicles 3:1, Temple built at Jerusalem in Mt. Moriah. [Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David, at the place that David had prepared on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. (2 Chronicles 3:1 NASB)]

3. Theological Background

(1) Man’s only hope is in God.
(2) If God does not act there is no hope.
(3) God takes sin seriously
(4) Just shall live by faith

II. Exposition: Faith is to be greater than Reason, Feeling, & Circumstances.

1. Faith does not hesitate. (1-3)

(1) Faith which is more precious than gold needs to be tried by fire. [v.1]
God tested Abraham concerning his faith
(2) No accident it was a burnt offering. [v. 2, see also Leviticus]
Burnt offerings symbolized total commitment.
(3) He rose up early. W/out hesitation. [3]

2. Faith prepares one for worship. [4-8]
God wants total faithful submission. Genuineness.

(1) Faith believes the impossible
(2) Faith attempts the impossible
(3) Faith knows God will provide

3. Faith holds nothing back [9-12]
God asks, Is your faith greater than that of the heathen/pagan?

(1) Abraham was to go all the way.
(2) Abraham feared {reverenced} The Lord. Fear of The Lord is the beginning…

4. Faith rejoices in Jehovah-Jireh. [13-14]

(1) God provided that ram as a substitute. Abraham & Isaac did not have to wonder what to do with the ram caught in the thicket.
(2) In the Mount of God it shall be seen. [Jehovah-Jireh! What? Christ!] Jehovah-Jireh = God will provide

Conclusion This event portrays the offering of Isaac by Abraham as a true account of the proper response to a gracious God who provides for our ness. Abraham is involved in an act of worship. It is worship to the max!

While we recognize that tests of faith originate with God., the opportunity to faithfully respond to Him without hesitation becomes our proper act of faithful worship.

Optional Outline

I. The test for faithful obedience originated with God. (1-2)
II. Sacrificial and faithful obedience is offered to God. (3-10)
III. The divine provision is given in response to Abraham’s faith. (11-14)

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God’s Not Dead: A Review

Yesterday evening {4/4/14}, Christy and I went to see the movie ‘God’s Not Dead.’ Too often when when I go to one of these movies about God and/or The Holy Bible, I place an invisible wall of caution because I anticipate flaws. Granted this, guarded approach, can take away from what could be a more blessed event.

Last nights viewing of ‘God’s Not Dead’ was a rarity. The value of this movie is the rare experience of entering into worship in a secular setting. My approach to most religious movies is having to defend the movie’s account versus the Biblical account.

Without hesitation, I will put this movie among the top productions of religious motion pictures. It is scales above the recent “Son of God” movie recently released. The movie ‘Noah’ is not of much value to the public for Biblical truth.

The only movie I can say, in my opinion, is a better production of Biblical truth is Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of Christ.’

However, I do have two observations. First is the three lectures of argument for God are on an educational level where most viewers could not keep up with the flow of the arguments. The first argument takes up the creation of Earth with the Big Bang Theory vs. Creationism as found in Genesis 1. A lot of names are thrown out to substantiate arguments. The second argument/lecture took on the Evolution vs. Intelligent Design debate. The last lecture brought the argument to it’s natural or perhaps logical conclusion. It is a matter of Choice. You can exercise your freedom of “Will” or choice and make your own decision. Knowing this before going to see the movie will not take away from it’s effect.

Now for my second observation. It has everything to do with effect. You see, there were a couple of times the audience clapped. Most assuredly the crowd viewing the movie were pro-God. It was a worship experience which excited the spectators and who, like myself, probably left the theater renewed in their faith. Why? What made this happen when seldom do you see people experience the same renewed faith after Sunday morning worship?

It is because of what we saw. Our faith was renewed because we saw what happened to the characters. We saw God at work in the lives of several characters. We all waited to see what was going to happen. Our faith is not renewed after the Sunday morning worship because we do not see. This my friend is not faith. Faith does not gain strength because of seeing. It gains strength because of believing. To use an illustration in the movie: we don’t bring our luggage to the car. That is why the sense of renewed faith harnessed from the movie will be short-lived by most.

For this movie to have the impact on our lives would require a re-affirmation of our faith in God. This is my prayer. Sunday morning worship ought to see groves of people who watched this movie visit the altar to re-affirm their faith, not because of seeing the outcome but because of believing in the knowledge: God’s Not Dead regardless of the outcome.

Newsboys: God’s Not Dead

Until next time,

Hoss

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What Hell has that We should have

The following is the message shared Sunday night 3/30/14

The Two Figures
1. Rich Man: clothed in purple, signifies royalty and wealth, having a good time,
2. Lazarus: clothed in sores, signifies poverty, hungry, humility. Not having a good time.

The Two Destinies
1. Rich man dies and enters Hell. Not having a good time! Place of intense torture, heat, and desire.
2. Lazarus dies and enters heaven. Having a good time! Place of comfort, happiness and contentment. carried by angels
When it comes to death we are not ‘on our ownnnnnn’ – alone.

What Hell has that we should have.

I. Uplifted Eyes. verse 23
Rich man lifted up his eyes. Take heed to the wicked man’s example Look up. Just don’t wait till its too late!
Stop looking to world, drugs, liquor, beer, sex….

Psalm 121:1 – Look unto the hills…
When you look up, look to Jesus. He’s the One that died for you, saves you, saves your soul, No one else can.

II. On Fire. verse 24
Rich man is in torment. Friends there ought to be some sort of excitement, some sort of joy coming from the lives of God’s redeemed!!

III. Prayers. verse 24
The rich man cried out. 24
The rich man begged. verse 27
Too late to pray. Now is the time to pray. Here is the place. On earth the rich man wealthy and the beggar waspoor, but the beggar was wealthier. His inheritance was Heaven.

IV. Souls
People who by their own choosing go to Hell.
Where are you today? Rich man headed for Hell. Beggar headed for Heaven.

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The Fall of Man

Genesis 3:1-24
God is Gracious 3:8-24
God takes sin seriously 3:14-24

Background of text
1. N. T. background – will tell us where we are going.
(1). John 3:16: The beginning. Forerunner of evangelism. [Gen. 3 is messianic.{: relating to or having the qualities of a messiah: supporting a social, political, or religious cause or set of beliefs with great enthusiasm and energy}]
God is one who shows His love and grace; not just say it.

(2). Romans 5:12-21 – ‘sin’ is singular but is all-inclusive. Death has come. Have Son, have life. Have not Son, have not life. Be concerned about spiritual death. Proclaim the word. Spiritual death is serious.
Adam serves as our representative. Death by sin upon all men. Jesus referred in verse 14 as one who had not sinned, who is figure of him that is to come. Note the significance of “one” in vs. 12-21.

2. O. T. Background
(1). God is infinite & Sovereign. Infinite = having no limits: extremely large or great. This is deep doctrine. Problem is there is more doctrine in our head than in our practice. Lordship underpins {= to strengthen or support (something) from below} the doctrine of O. T.
[1] God was before all things. v.1 {Not of God but God created.}
[2] God created all things. {Sin is a secondary cause}
Secondary = caused by or coming from something else
[3] God sustains all things. {Col. 1:17}
[4] God approved all things.

(2). Man is finite and dependent. Finite = having limits : having a limited nature, grammar : of or relating to a verb form that shows action that takes place at a particular time (such as the past)
[1] Man is a creature. Made from dust. In this sense we have kinship w/ others.
[2] Man is kin to God, made in His image. The Godhead @ creation consist of a physical Christ. God predetermined man to have image of Christ.

3. Theological Background. God makes man redeemable!
Genesis 1 is God’s introduction.
Of all of creation only man was created redeemable.

II. Exposition of Text
God is gracious and man is sinful. Genesis 3

1. 3:1-7 = Man is Sinful
(1) The Tempter = Serpent, v.1
Cunning. Satan spoke through the serpent. There is no truth in him. The question was stated in such a way as to take authority away from God & place it on man.
(2) The Temptation
Eve ‘cannot eat or touch’
Satan’s lie – ‘you shall not die’

The issue is authority. Where is it? Who has it? Pride is a sin. Satan did know the full force of death.
Three crisis’ in Church History.
Christological Crisis = relating to Christ
Soteriological Crisis = relating to salvation
Episteological Crisis = relating to knowledge

Authority is the issue today. Using the analogy of faith, where is the authority? ‘Final and absolute authority is God. The communication of God is delegated authority. This delegated authority is the Word {logos/communication} of God.’ All Adam & Eve had to say was, “God said…”

(3) The Thrust of Pride. v. 6 (1 John 2:16-17)
Faith is our response. Focus on God, His actions and words.

(4) The Tragedy ofDeath. v. 7
Spiritual death began. People more concerned about physical death.

2. God is Gracious. 3:8-24
(1) God came down. ‘If God doesn’t come down, we are not going up!’ This is amazing grace! Verse 8 is a Christophany? “Hell is the only place we can go where God will not seek you.” Prof. Galeotti

(2) God confronted them.
God knew where Adam and Eve were. “Where are you?” This is God’s way of saying He doesn’t accept excuses.

(3) God proclaimed the Curse(s) vs. 14- 19
A. God cursed the serpent [14]
B. God cursed the woman [15-16] This curse is not to be used to make woman second rate & unequal! With the birthing of a child comes the reminder of the ‘fall.’
C. God cursed nature. [17-19] This was done for the sake of man.
D. God cursed Satan [15] Enmity= tension, friction, hostility between her seed and him. Enmity is another reminder of the ‘fall.’ God takes sin seriously. Shouldn’t we?
It = he = seed= Christ. It is Christ who will bring the victorious death blow!
E. God cursed Himself with the greatest curse. [15] Upon the seed = Christ: {the cross is foreshadowed} God went all the way for us. We are to go all the way with Him. It is a Covenant.

(4) God clothed them. Animal skin. This is the first animal sacrifice.

(5) God cast them out of the Garden. This was an act of Grace. Eat of life in unredeemed state equals life of alienation.

Central Idea of Text [CIT] = The Sovereign God Redeeming Sinful Man. Sub-CIT: Because man is dead in sin, death is inevitable.
Purpose: Man needs God’s redemption

Suggested outlines
Reason for Redemption 1-7
Revelation of Redemption 8-13
Results of Redemption 14-24

or

How man sins against God. 1-7
How God perceives man’s sin. 8-13
How God reconciles man’s sin. 14-24

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