Hear The Word Of The Lord.
We first learned that we must “trust” in the Lord.
Without “faith” it is impossible to please the Lord!
Last week we learned that we must “cry out” to the Lord.
Without “prayer” we cannot obtain deliverance by the Lord!
This week our theme is we must”hear” what God has to say to us.
We can never understand the foundations of our “faith” if we do not do these things.
What are the two sources of the truth of Jehovah the Living God.
1) God’s creation, the physical world we live in.
2) God’s, Holy Ghost Inspired Word, the Scriptures which also contain the way of eternal life in our new home.
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made”, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
There will be no excuses acceptable when we come face to face with the true and Living God!
*****Psa 19:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Hear again we see another Psalm of David.
This is the Psalm of the two books given to us from God.
There is the Book of Nature, God’s created world, and there is the Book of Scriptures, the written Word of Truth.
The Book of Nature is not silent and speaks in every language known to man.
David spent many a day in the outdoors under the day time sky and under the night time sky.
Before David lived the life of a soldier, he was first a shepherd.
David realized the the heavens certainly do declare the glory of God.
And just as our Sun is never seen without it’s brightness, Our Father in Heaven is never seen without His Son!
Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
The world we live in may cling to the theory of evolution but it is a fact that the heavens declare the glory of God.
God spoke the heavens into existence.
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
There were signs established in the night time skies.
Job 38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
Job 38:32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
Job 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
There are also the phases of the Moon, the ever circling Comets, the glorious movement of Space itself.
Nature tells us that there is a God!
Isa 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
Nature tells us that this God is a glorious God.
Nature tells us that this God is full of knowledge and power.
But Nature also tells us of the mercy of God, God’s Grace!
Notice David wrote “the heavens”. David was not just teaching us about the celestial bodies but also the air, the clouds, the rain, the wind, everything above the ground which all display the infinite power and wisdom of our Creator.
The word firmament is all the expanse of God’s creation that is above us.
God tells us that all these things we see in Nature should be speaking to us all the things that we cannot see, that there is a God!
Isa 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
*****Psa 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
Psa 19:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Day after day the Sun rises just as the Lord has directed. Night after night we can see the wonders in the expanse of the night sky just as the Lord has directed.
There are no words that can explain the Lord’s creation, it speaks for itself.
What we see with our eyes is the great design of our Creator!
The existence of a creation implies the existence of a Creator!
The nature of our creation implies that our Creator was wise enough to plan it, powerful enough to make it happen and sincere enough to maintain it according to His own plans.
Many worry today with all the talk of “global warming” and the many other things that the evolutionists come up with but we have these assurances from God.
What did God tell Noah would happen after the flood?
Gen 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night “shall not cease”.
We know that this promise will hold to be true until the “day of the Lord”, which will be the day the Lord will return to judge this world.
2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
It is our same Creator that makes this promise and the Lord will never break His promises.
Deu 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
Deu 7:10 And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
This day of the Lord’s judgment will not seem as an accident to anyone, they will know it comes from the Lord because they will see Him face to face.
Just as our Creator promises to maintain His creation until the day of judgment, He also promises to repay those that have ignored what His creation teaches and what His written Word teaches.
The Lord will not be slack in His promises!
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
There is no place on Earth where God’s silent voice of creation cannot be heard with our eyes and our hearts!
The truth of God is plainly seen in His creation!
The theory of evolution is just that “a theory” punched full of lies!
Much of the world does not know the name of this wonderful Creator and that is the job God has given us to do once He saves us!
*****Psa 19:4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
That “line” refers to God’s entire physical creation, everything in space and time.
Time is a measurement of change that takes place in what we call space.
While we have the ability to control our experience of the first three dimensions (height, width and depth), we do not seem to have the ability to navigate, manipulate or control our experience of time.
It is God that controls all these things!
These are the words that God’s creation should be speaking to us!
It is our Lord that is in control of His own creation!
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
The glory of God’s creation is the standard by which all mankind is measured!
The Heavens declare the glory of God and by this measurement we all come up short!
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
In the midst of the night time sky, the Sun hides until it will marches out at daybreak.
*****Psa 19:5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
To us it is the Sun that is the most glorious heavenly body because without the Sun there would be no life on Earth.
The glory of the Sun is seen in it’s rays of light.
The strength of the Sun is is felt in it’s warmth and reliability 365 days each year and every year for a little more than 6000 years.
The Sun is our source of light, which is the the source of life, and the source of fruitfulness and the prominent witness of life in God’s creation.
In this sense the Sun is a type of Christ who is the true light!
Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
The Lord Jesus is that “Bridegroom” who will be coming forth one day soon to claim His bride.
Because The Lord is truly the Son of Righteousness!
Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
*****Psa 19:6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
To understand Christ as the “Sun of righteousness”, we must consider the three main qualities of the sun.
are light, warmth and gravitation.
From these things we get the Laws of Thermodynamics which states that energy can be changed from one form to another, but it cannot be created or destroyed.
The total amount of energy and matter in the universe remains constant, merely changing from one form to another.
It has been established scientifically that the sun’s gravitation holds the planets in their paths.
This is the force that holds the universe together. If gravitation could be turned off, the universe would come apart.
The righteousness of Christ is the gravitation that draws the spiritual universe together.
Many who reject the truth of the Bible use this verse as one of their proofs. They say the Sun cannot rotate around the Earth which is true.
BUT, Since all motion is relative motion, no one knows where the center of our universe is located nor can they.
We do know that our planetary system does truly revolve around our Sun and our own solar system is constantly in motion around the Milky Way which itself is in motion with respect to other galaxies.
The most scientific way to deal with motion is to assume a spot that is motionless!
We live on the only place, Earth, that can be treated as a reference point.
All surveyors, all navigators, and most astronomers use Earth as a reference point and this is what David did as he was influenced by the Holy Spirit!
All of us know the beauty of the Sunset but truly the most impressive is the Sunrise.
The Sun rises in the East and sets in the West and it has been like this since God first place the Sun in orbit.
Just as the Sun is the light of our world and brings light and heat.
Just as the Sun is the source of gravity that keeps our solar system in place.
So is the Lord Jesus Christ!
What the Sun is to our Earth, The Son of God is as the light of our world.
The Bible states that there is an actual circuit in the heavens for the entire Solar System.
Job 22:14 Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and “he walketh in the circuit of heaven”.
And it is the Sun that provides the energy for the things on this Earth.
The first law of thermodynamics teaches us that since the time of Creation the energy that was first created, remains constant, it just changes from one form to another.
The second law of thermodynamics teaches us if no energy enters or leaves the system, the potential energy of the state will always be less than that of the initial state.
When energy changes from one form to another the energy at the source will depreciate.
In other words when you run out of gas your car will not move until you get more gas but that energy from that gas just changed to another form as it powered your engine.
David also wrote that there is nothing that can be hidden from the heat of the Sun because the Sun is the source for all energy on our planet!
And therefore there is nothing that can be hidden from God who is the source of all things!
Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Since we know that God’s creation is an open book for the world to read let’s now see the written Word of God.
*****Psa 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
Psa 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
The physical world gives a mighty testimony to the existence of God and His power in creation but only His written Word can give testimony to the power of God in salvation!
God’s Word is perfect! God’s Word can convert the soul because it contains the saving truth!
At least 3800 times the Bible says “God said” or “thus saith the Lord”.
If the Word of God was not inspired it would have disappeared long ago.
If it’s God’s Word then it must be perfect because God is perfect!
The Scriptures are God’s witness to us of who He is, what He has said, what He has already done and what He will do!
It is God’s Word that will make us wise unto salvation and our salvation can only come through Jesus Christ.
Paul told a young Timothy:
2Ti 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, “which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”.
It is also the Word of God that teaches us the principles of successful living!
Pro 8:33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
Once we have felt the power of the Lord’s truth, we should demand the truth in our own lives!
The Word of God is the right medicine for the lost soul!
The Word of God is the right counselor for the best advice!
Once our soul has been converted God can then make us wise and this wisdom will cause us to rejoice.
**There are no errors in the Word of God!
Once our eyes are open to the truth we will see how truly foolish is the wisdom of this world.
**The fear of the Lord is clean.
We will never decay or deteriorate if we walk in the fear of the Lord. We have an eternal salvation!
We are made white by the “Blood of the Lamb”!
And no one need to explain the judgment of God, He explains that fully Himself.
God is just as righteous in His judgment as He is in His salvation!
Once we are saved God has sealed us with His Spirit and if we walk in His Spirit, we will live and learn the truth.
Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
When we have seen God in His creation, we should desire God’s plan in His Written Word.
*****Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
The way we treat the Bible also reflects the way we treat the Lord!
Wealth can be described as prosperity and external happiness but only by obeying the Word of God can true wealth be obtained!
There is a feeling of wealth when you have more than that person beside you but there will always be some one who has more than you do so your own feeling will fade.
Gold is the richest and most valuable of most all metals but Bible truth is truly the most valuable commodity on this Earth!
Many people base their wealth on the amount of Gold that they own but true wealth is found in the Word of God.
The entire Word of God is Holy Ghost inspired so Spiritual treasure is much more noble than any mere material wealth.
Men may speak of solid gold but nothing is more solid than the truth of God’s Word!
How can we obtain true wealth?
Deu 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: “for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth”, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
It is God who gives humans the power and the ability to obtain wealth.
But where great pleasure is great instruction has been and that can only come from God’s Word.
Honey directly from the honeycomb has a sweetness that cannot be found in refined honey.
The Word of God is the purest of all words and and the sweetest of all words because they come directly from the Lord.
Gold must be refined, Honey must be processed but the Word of God does not need need man for either of these things!
To have an appetite for the Word of God is the sign of a healthy Christian.
But God’s Word has many more benefits than these.
*****Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Do we accept the warnings that are in the Word of God?
We should remember our study of the Book of James.
Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, “to him it is sin”.
It is sin not to accept the warnings that God gives us!
The Bible warns us of our duties.
The Bible warns us of our danger.
Then Bible warns us to accept God’s remedy for all these things.
If we walk in the Spirit, we will live and learn from God’s truth and there will be rewards not only in Heaven but also while we remain here on this Earth.
Notice that there is no debt that can come from obeying the Word of God, there are only rewards.
Pro 13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
Those that despise the Word of God will bring ruin upon themselves!
We should never forget these words:
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
**To deny the Word of God is to deny God!
**To obey the Word of God brings a guaranteed reward!
Pro 11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a “sure” reward.
That word “sure” means a reward is certain, that reward is guaranteed!
It is the Word of God that points out the sin in our lives.
*****Psa 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.
How can we be so foolish to not realize our sins and confess them?
No one can be so blind to themselves without sooner or later having to pay a serious penalty for such blindness!
It is a fact that society has become so tolerant of sin that all those in the world just look the other way!
It is also a fact that those that sit in the judges seat are so full of sin themselves that they cannot properly judge and sentence those that come before them!
Sin creates a false standard by which we judge ourselves!
Why is the Word of God so rejected?
Because the more we know of God the more we will realize the wickedness of sin.
But even still there is only one sin that cannot be forgiven and that is the sin of rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ!
Joh 16:7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Joh 16:9 Of sin, because they believe not on me;
For us to understand our errors we must first know the Lord who only can forgive us our sin!
Only the One we sin against has the power to forgive us our sin!
And we must not be fooled there are no sins that can be hidden from the eyes of God.
And every sin will be judged by the standards of Jesus Christ and according to His “Gospel”.
Rom 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
*****Psa 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
Presumptuous means we know we live in the time of God’s “Grace” and we believe that we can go ahead with our sin believing that we can go to God afterwards for forgiveness.
This means we are arrogant enough to test God and this is a most terrible sin!
Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
God forbids presumptuous sin!
Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Rebellion was and is Israel’s greatest sin for they know the commandments of God and still reject the prophecies that lead to Jesus Christ!
God provided a means of atonement for every sin under the Jewish law but one:
Num 15:29 Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.
Num 15:30 But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; “and that soul shall be cut off from among his people”.
Num 15:31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.
Israel will learn this lesson during the 7 years of tribulation.
It is only then that those who repent will be innocent from that great transgression.
Those that presume such things in the time of “Grace” need to question their salvation and repent today.
Repenting is not just feeling sorrow and regret. True repenting is a complete change of mind and a change of ways!
Mat 21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.
Mat 21:29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.
Notice it was the one son who completely changed his mind and his direction that was said he repented.
Understanding the Word of God will lead us to our Redeemer.
*****Psa 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
The words of our mouth are mockery unless we have Holy Ghost conviction in our hearts!
But even then our prayer must be accepted!
That prayer can only be accepted when we are certain that the One we are praying to has the strength and power to answer than prayer and is truly our Redeemer!
To be redeemed is to be bought with a price!
We have been redeemed by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
1Pe 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Every redeemed child of God is very special to Him!
Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
We need to hear what God’s creation says but more important we need to hear what God wrote down for us!
If you are not peculiar by the worlds standards then you need to go back to the altar of God and repent!