Opening Reading – Psalm 50: 1 - 5
Why a lesson like this is required – One of the greatest threats to the anyone saying they are serving the God of this bible is self-deception and worse when we convince ourselves that no matter what anyone says I’m holding fast to what I think, feel and believe even when pointed out in the scriptures that we are in error.
Galatians 6: 3
For if a man thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
1 Samuel 15: 13 – 23, 34 – 35
King Saul convinced himself that he was walking in obedience and doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord. The Lord gave him the chance to straighten himself out, but he went from bad to worse.
1 Samuel 16: 1
Samuel knew when the Lord washes his hands of someone, your fate is sealed so he was in mourning and came no more to see Saul until he died. Let us see how God had prepared Saul to become King.
1 Samuel 10: 1 - 9, 26
When we enter into a covenant (an agreement between two or more parties) with our God, our mindset must change. God gave Saul the mind to think and act like a king and raised up the men around him to help him govern wisely.
Amos 3: 7
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets to his servants the prophets. (Israel is the prophet of God, all the prophets of the bible are Israelites) anyone coming today telling you they are a prophet ask them what book in the bible they wrote.
It is written man shall not live by bread alone but by every word which proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Where is it written?
Confirmed, so how do we have ministers teaching their people we are new testament Christians?
1 Samuel 13: 8 – 14
Samuels instructions had been to wait seven days until he came to him. The Lord will always test our obedience, He held Samuel back slightly to test Saul’s obedience. Saul started leaning upon his own understanding and what he saw with his physical eyes and acted accordingly. Saul had no business offering up sacrifices, he is a Benjamite not a Levite. His instructions were to await Samuels arrival.
Proverbs 3: 5 - 6
Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not on thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct thy paths.
Amos 3: 3
Can two walk together unless they are in agreement? No, they can’t.
1 Kings 18: 21
Israel had the true and living God as their head who had proven He is the only God by the signs and wonders which he had done for Israel but they continuously rebelled and kept whoring after other gods while claiming they were following the God of Israel. The Lord raised up Elijah the prophet to challenge Israel, if the Lord be God follow him, and if Baal (the sun god worshipped on Sunday) be god then follow him.
Joshua 24: 14 – 15
Israel had a long-standing problem with false gods, here Joshua addresses Israel telling them to put away all these false gods and in sincerity serve the Lord but if it seems evil to them to serve the Lord then know that he and his household were going to remain faithful. (Idols called excuses)
Israel wouldn’t listen to the Lord under the first covenant based upon the law of animal sacrifice, let us see if there is any change when Christ Jesus came to establish the new covenant where he would sacrifice himself.
Mark 7: 6
No change! Jesus said Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites as it is written. Let us go and read it.
Isaiah 29: 13
Confirmed – Let us see if we prolong this practice of hypocrisy what will happen to us.
Romans 1: 28
God hands us over to a reprobate (worthless mindset) let us look at a case.
1 Samuel 2: 22 - 25
The two sons of Eli, Phinehas and Hophni were sinning terribly against the Lord to the point the Lord hardened their hearts that they wouldn’t yield to correction because he was going to kill them. Let us look at the two chief reasons why we get in trouble with our God.
Hosea 4: 6
Number one reason, lack of knowledge caused by refusing to hear and obey the law of God. Under the first covenant, Israel heard the laws but wouldn’t obey them. Today we throw away the laws totally and claim we are under grace. Serious case of lack of knowledge.
James 1: 22
If we hear the word of God and don’t do what it says we deceive ourselves.
Deuteronomy 4: 1 – 2, 10
The Lord hammers home the message HEAR OBEY!
Matthew 22: 36 – 40
Jesus clears it up simply for us, he didn’t tell this lawyer I’m going to do away with the law and put you under grace, so you won’t need to keep the laws anymore. He told him and us the great commandment is to LOVE thy God with all our being. When we love God, we obey him and love our neighbor as ourselves. On these two laws hang all the other laws.
1 John 3: 4
Sin is the transgression of the law – if we don’t keep the laws of God and claim we love him let us see what his word says.
1 John 2: 3 – 4
We don’t even know him and are lying.
Isaiah 6: 9 – 10
The Lord tells the priest to tell those who won’t listen their state. Hear and understand not because you choose not to hear. See and understand not because you refuse to believe what you are reading. Make the heart/mind of this people fat like a greasy bowl being washed in cold water. Their ears heavy, they refuse to listen to reason from the word of God. All this condition is making us sick unto death when the Lord has prepared the way for us to be healed and save ourselves.
2 Chronicles 34: 8, 14 – 15, 18 – 21, 31 – 33
Josiah was a good king and purged the land of all the idolatry. He charged some of those who served in his court to repair the house of the Lord which had fallen into disrepair. While doing this Hilkiah the priest found the book of the law and read it to the king. When the king heard the law, he ripped his clothing with grief and went into mourning. He understood the wrath of God upon his people who though claiming to be the people of God were not obeying him nor serving him.
Isaiah 8: 16, 20
Bind up the testimony, seal the law amongst my disciples. To the law and the testimony if they speak not according to this word there is no light in them. No truth or understanding. The dictionary describes a disciple as a follower of Jesus Christ.
Joshua 1: 8
This book of the law shall not depart out of they mouth but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Lee Scratch Perry)
Isaiah 62: 6 – 10
We are the watchmen upon the walls, who can’t hold our peace day or night, keep putting the word of God on the table for all who have ears to hear. The Lord tells us not to be silent and give him no rest till he established, and till he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. We are told to go through, go through the gate, prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones (the stumbling blocks of lies destroying our people) lift up a standard (level of quality or attainment what the Lord requires) WHAT GATE ARE WE TO GO THROUGH?
Matthew 7: 13 – 14
The strait (narrow passage) and narrow gate that leads to eternal life which few find. Where can we find this narrow and strait gate?
Jeremiah 6: 16 - 19
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths (THE LAWS) where is the good way, and walk therein and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, we will not walk therein. We are new testament Christians and we don’t keep the law. Then we have the other side of Israel who keep the feast days and the Sabbath but always kicking or complaining about something or someone and serving God their own way. They are easily recognized; their condition doesn’t change. The same thing they were on four years ago is still the same today, but they swear they are serving God. Therefore, the gate is narrow, and few find it! What is the job of the Israel of God today?
Isaiah 58: 11 - 12
We shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shall be called The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
Breach – meaning: An act of breaking or failure to observe a law, agreement or code of conduct. A gap in a wall, barrier or defense, especially one made by an attacking army.
Acts 2: 21
Does this mean we just say I believe in you Lord Jesus and we are saved and guaranteed a place in the kingdom of God?
Luke 9: 57 – 62
There is a cost for serving God and once we make that commitment in entering a covenant with him there can be no turning back.
Ecclesiastes 5: 1, 4 – 7
When we congregate together, hold ourselves in check. Don’t be swift in opening our mouths being full of opinions about what we feel or think. Rather be more ready to hear what thus says the Lord lest we open our mouths uttering foolishness which is evil before God. It is better not to vow (make a solemn promise to God) than to vow and not keep it, telling God I made a mistake. Watch what comes out of our mouths when dealing with God lest we sin by not holding steadfast to what we promised. Neither say thou before the angel (holy spirit also known as the angel of his presence) that it was an error. God will get angry and we end up being destroyed.
Ecclesiastes 12: 13
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.