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The Courtyard: Better Than Genius

Cosmin Ritivoiu




  • June 27, 2008
    7:00 AM
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our gracious heavenly father we come to this morning thinking you for the silence that we have available here so we can spend time praying for our friends praying for each other and praying for ourselves Florida we often lose sympathy for others around us and we forget to pray for them this morning I ask that you would help us to regain the meaning of sympathy in our lives and I ask this in Jesus name in many of you are don't know me so for those of you that do not know me I want to begin by telling you a little bit about my name you probably saw the name cosmic written for you and you thought I can pronounce that so I'm not even enough worry about what exactly his name is my name exactly Romanian and my first name comes from the word cosmos meaning outer space and then my parents decided to give me a flower middle name the name the Aires and that was because I had two older sisters and the oldest sister she God of middle name that was a flower and in the middle sister got a middle name was a farce when I was born they wanted to keep the tradition going so they decided to go with the most masculine sounding flour in Romanian witches ease and man now my last name written for you they don't really know what it means but the closest thing that they can get to his beating stick so I get out of me not unlike outerspace flour beating stick your schedule says that I may be talking about the outer court but if I can put a title on my talk this morning it would be better than genius better than genius one with thinking about the outer court what is the main thing that happened in the outer court what was the main focus of the outer court sacrifice and what do the sacrifice two Jesus 's sacrifice now I want to talk about what's has caused us to lose a lot of the meaning of Jesus 's sacrifice in our culture today wisdom is very prized and especially genius and maybe I can put it in a different way and save actually information that is really really prized when you think about genius there's two different types of genius one type of genius is the type of person that is really really good at one thing they're just an expert at that one field and they can really pinpoint out one field and then on the other hand you have people that are good at everything they know a little bit about everything learning a lot about everything and those people are called polymath 's the dictionary calls that a person of encyclopedic learning that means you can ask them a question about anything and they know an example of this would be a Leonardo da Vinci he was really good at many many different things it seems like today we all need it to be polymath 's the reason I say this is because we're bombarded with so much information were surrounded with so much information that in order to be able to discern and to put every piece of information that we receive into its right place it seems like we all need to be polymath 's in fact the way that our culture is going it seems like will to information to solve all of our problems if we could just have enough information if they can just come to us quickly enough if we could just have better technology than maybe we can solve our problems but since the dawn of all this new technology and since we started getting information quickly a lot of problems still remain take for example poverty poverty in the world and yet so we can download a video of a starving child on YouTube we could put out we can watch a video of starving children in Africa on our high definition flat-panel TV here them crying as they die in our surroundsound and perhaps if we follow this line of reasoning we would need a hologram of a dying child in our living room floor before we did anything about it but that's not the only thing that comes into all this technology is not right isn't there a lot of other different information that we get I want to read the definition of confuse the verbal of confused is to make indistinct blur to mix indiscriminately to jumble to fail to differentiate from an often similar or related other the adjective of confused indistinguishable being disordered or mixed up so the side effect of all the technology that we have received is that we not only hear news of disasters but we also get other stuff we've been overflowed with information about anything and everything an example of this I was looking at the news the other they are thinking why do we really need to know that Kobe Bryant jumped over assuming pool full of snakes I mean it is not really something that's related to our lives how is I can help us today what are we to do because we know that and I was looking at a Yahoo! News page a few weeks ago and I saw the headline there was a picture of an American Idol and the headline was American Idol breaks the record for the most associates in the Digital songs chart I believe it was like seventeen hits and then four lines later no picture just headlines for lines later to commuter trains collide in Boston know what happens when you mix the serious and the trivial when you makes the series with the trivial you trivialize the serious all of a sudden it's not as important anymore soul what are we supposed to do what has gone offered us that is better than the genius of this world you know God was kind of going through the same thing and now Samuel 's time and I want to first talk about how the loss of meaning leads to a loss of sympathy this is the first point I want to make the loss of meaning leads to a loss of sympathy I want you to turn in your Bibles with me to first Samuel chapter fifteen and I want to first look at how meaning is lost first Samuel chapter fifteen M and a beginning reading in verse twenty first I'm a chapter fifteen and I'll begin reading in verse twenty and Saul said to Samuel but I have obeyed the voice of the Lord and gone on the mission on which the Lords we brought back a gag king of Amalek I have utterly destroyed the family types but the people took of the plundered sheep and oxen the best of the things which should have been utterly destroyed to sacrifice to the Lord your God in Juneau so Samuel said has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord in this conference were looking for something better behold to obey is better than sacrifice and take even the fat of rams for rebellion is the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry because you have rejected the word of the Lord he has he also has rejected you from being king so here's Saul and he's supposed to destroy the M1 eight he destroys them but he keeps some other things this is all on a sacrifice these things to the Lord and I want to read accords from paychecks and profits the messenger to the remnant explains this passage and she said something very interesting that I want you to think about in your own lives to obey is better than sacrifice the sacrificial offerings were in themselves of no value in the sight of God they were designed to express on the part of the offer penitence for same and faith in Christ and to pledge future obedience to the law of God but without penitence faith and obedience heart the offerings were worthless when in direct violation of God 's commands Saul propose to present a sacrifice of God which listen to this line God had devoted to destruction open contempt was shown for the vine for the find authority the service would have been an insult to heaven yet when the sin of Saul and its results before us how many are pursuing a similar course while they refuse to believe and obey some requirement of the Lord they persevere in offering up to God their formal services of religion there is no response of the Spirit of God to such service no matter how is Allison and men may be in their observance of religious ceremonies the Lord cannot accept them if they persist in willful violation of one of his commands not want to think about is there something in your life is there something in my life that God has devoted to destruction perhaps it is music perhaps it is a job they are hanging onto a hobby and you're trying to worship God with it here Lord hears something that you don't want what I meant to give it to you anyways this is not what you ask for now notice the next step here comes Saul and he doesn't want to let go he doesn't want to let go of his sin he nearly dozen one hatchery repentance and so he gives a kind of a false whiny repentance look at verse twenty four the givers twenty four then Saul said to Samuel I have sinned forever transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words and she would just stop there then perhaps we could sail may be sincere because I feared the people and obeyed their voice so you can kind of see that he's not really repenting because he's blaming the people it's because of them know I have to do what they wanted so the Lord turns away from Saul the kingdom is taken from him in the very next chapter David is anointed as the new King and look at how this loss of meaning Saul 's misunderstanding of what it meant to sacrifice his miss a standing of what Jesus would do look a lot in life to later on while he's chasing David look at how it affected his sympathy turn with me to chapter twenty three of first Samuel I think we should begin on reading and verse nineteen for Samuel chapter twenty three and verse nineteen so this is David running away then as if I came up to Saul and today I'm saying is David not hiding with us and strongholds in the woods in the hill of the chillout which is on the south of just human now therefore O king come down according to all the desire of your soul to come down in our parts shall be to deliver him into the king 's hand so there it they are kind of running him out there saying okay this is what David is hiding we know he's hiding a seat near here when I given to you if you come down here and look at how distorted Saul 's mind has become the next verse verse twenty one and Saul said Blessed are you of the Lord for you have compassion on me this is his understanding of sympathy all of all I understand you're trying to kill this little this is new king on really I understand how you feel all help you kill him this is what his idea of compassion had become when we lose the meaning of a sacrificial service and we lose the meaning of what Christ has done we lose sympathy as well and there was no repentance for hit for it to save the meaning what we looked at what Samuel Lisette said and he's he said to obey his you sacrifice put tool Baywatch wealth Saul had a specific case what is it in general that God wants us to obey were looking at the idea of how sacrifice is related to sympathy turn with me that Micah chapter six Mike is after Jonah before Nam Micah chapter six is the well-known passage but it may knew could look at the verses before it to see the context like a chapter six and I'm than opinion rating in verse six with what shall I come before the Lord and bow myself before the high God shall I come before him with burnt offerings with calves a year old will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams ten thousand rivers of oil shall I give my firstborn for my transgression the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul and verse eight is the answer he has shown your man what is good and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God can you can you do justly without sympathy can you do justly continue can you sympathize and not have mercy not that these things are all connected you have to be able to sympathize in order to have mercy so I want to ask this if there is something that God has devoted to destruction and were trying to worship God what is the thing will be destroyed what is the alternative something that will not be destroyed and these are these are the relationships that God wants us to build sympathetic relationships that will not be destroyed that's what you offer up to God I want to go back to how this is related to our culture today we watch television hopefully not no one here does but a lot of us watch television and there was a book written called amusing ourselves to death by Neil postman is that he's a scholar non- Adventist he's actually passed away now I highly recommend this book if you can get it and he explains how this bombardment of information can really lead to us being desensitized this is what he says there is no martyr so brutal no earthquake so devastating no political blunder so costly for that matter no ball score so tantalizing or weather report so threatening that it cannot be erased from our minds my newscaster saying now all of this the newscaster means that you have thought long enough on the previous matter approximately forty five seconds that you must not be morbidly preoccupied with it let us say for ninety seconds and that you must now give your attention to another fragment of the news or a commercial to see how this bombardment of information loss of meaning leads to loss of sympathy but praise God he has something better better than genius it is repentance that restore sympathy test restore sympathy repentance first of all restorers meaning look at the one of the most famous cases of repentance Psalms chapter fifty one David is repenting of his same and he realizes in his repentance the true meaning of the sacrifice that God requires Psalms fifty one and him and read verses sixteen and seventeen Psalms chapter fifty one versus sixteen and seventeen for you do not desire sacrifice orals I would give it you do not delight in burnt offering the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit a broken and a contrite heart these oh God you will not despise I came up with the title for this talk from a quote from this day with God page one eighty seven and I think it's such a powerful quote it's just one sentence it says learning is not essential genius is not necessary eloquence may be lacking but the prayer of the lowly and contrite hearts God hears and when he hears no obstacles on earth can hinder look at Isaiah chapter one it also has a similar meaning in Isaiah chapter one a minute begin reading verse eleven of Isaiah chapter one two one purpose in the multitude of your sacrifices to me says the Lord I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle I do not delight in the blood of bulls or of lambs and goats when you come to appear before me cool has acquired this from your hand to trample my courts bring no more futile sacrifices incense is an abomination to me the new moons the Sabbath and the calling of assemblies I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meaning your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates they are troubled to me I am weary of bearing them when you spread out your hands I will hide my eyes from you even though you make many prayers I will not hear your hands are full of blood wash yourselves make yourselves clean put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes cease to do evil learn to do good okay now what is it that God calls good think about this in terms of sympathy seek justice review the oppressor defend the fatherless plead for the widow this is true meaning now and let us reason together in the midst of a culture full of confusion God wants us to understand he wants us to reason though your sins are like scarlet they shall be as white as snow though they are red like crimson they shall be as wool without repentance we hang on to our same and we create our own reality there's nothing wrong with rave music it's okay to serve God with my own carnal hobbies I can be God 's hip-hop artists I can be God 's swimsuit a lot of I can God race car driver I can be God 's fill in the blank do see that you're in that it's creating a reality that's not really there when we repent that's when we begin to regain meaning because that's true reality were saying we've been doing it wrong repentance as I was saying before also leads back to sympathy look with me at Jesus 's own statement in Matthew chapter nine in verse thirteen Jesus actually commands people who have lost the meaning of true service he gives them a command in Matthew chapter nine in verse thirteen it says but go and learn what this means I desire mercy and not sacrifice Friday not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance when we look at Jesus he is the ultimate example of sympathy I want to read this passage from welfare ministry page thirty six it says true sympathy between man and his fellow man is to be the sign distinguishing those who love and fear God from those who are unmindful of his law out grades the sympathy that Christ expressed in coming to this world to give his life a sacrifice for a dying world his religion led to the doing of genuine medical missionary work now there's a note in here that says the reader should bear in mind that the term medical missionary work is often employed by Mrs. White stretched far beyond the bounds of professional medical service to embody all acts of mercy and disinterested kindness he was a healing power I will him mercy not sacrifice and he said this is a test that the great author of truth used to distinguish between true religion and false how do we know when this world of confusion what is true sympathy mercy but how is it that we can get that sympathy how is this related to repentance the answers found in Hebrews chapter five Hebrews chapter five once again looking at Jesus as our example he was chapter five and I'm going to reverse to it says she can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray why can't we do it since he himself is also subject to weakness it is one we let our weaknesses and draw us closer to other people that we can have true sympathy not now think about this you cannot have true sympathy if you have unrepentant because he'll say there's nothing wrong with me haven't seen if you haven't seen how can you draw close to somebody else that's struggling you cannot day we like yeah I'm I'm fine there's nothing wrong with me all it's too bad that you're struggling with this sin it's too bad that you can get over the same I can really relate because I want that problem you might both you and the other person you might both ignore the reality and being in your own little world where God accepts your lifestyle now this is very popular culture since called existentialism really isolates us it states that once true for me it is not true for you to realize how much this isolates us from each other we can believe whatever we want to believe but if it's not reality we're just isolating ourselves to someone else's reality it is up to our own reality it's like okay your realities oversteer my realities over here so there's no another no interaction because we completely believe different things it is for this reason that God has given to us the ministry of reconciliation is because he knows that week airing human beings can draw close to all their week airing human beings on the close by reading this quote from the desire of ages page two ninety seven it says we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves second printing four seven this is why the preaching of the gospel was committed to airing man rather than to Angels it is manifest that the power which works through the weakness of humanity is the power of God and thus we are encouraged to believe that the power which can help others as needed as ourselves can help us and those who are themselves Congress with infirmity should be able to have compassion on the ignorant among them that are out of the way Hebrews five two having been imperiled themselves they are acquainted with the dangers and difficulties of the way and for this reason are called to reach out for others in like peril there are souls perplexed with doubt burdened with infirmities we can faith and unable to grasp the unseen but a friend whom they can see coming to them in Christ's stead can be a connecting link to fasten their from the faith of Christ I'd like us to sing a song that talks about many different metaphors in life the song is as water to the thirsty I want you to think about how God wants us to have meaning in our lives meaning and every single thing that we see and do and how we should always be relating it to the ultimate reality of what God has done for us in his sacrifice the number is four hundred and sixty as water to the thirsty I is a as all as soon as he is by wrong name place of him hi for me saying almost believed her many of you are willing to put aside the false genius of this world the confusion of our culture and begin meaningful sympathetic relationships please raise your hands let's pray my dear heavenly father we thank you so much that you are not a God of confusion that you are a God that offer something better than the genius of this world and Lord we ask that we would have true repentance the women have true meaning in our lives and that ultimately it would lead to sympathy for others Lord we recognize that we have been so cold as we have often been so distant from other people we just ask that you would bind our hearts together help us to allow ourselves to draw close to each other through our weaknesses that we might bring others to Christ we pray this in his name in


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