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6. The Last Word from Moses

Michael Hasel

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Michael Hasel

Director of the Institute of Archaeology at Southern Adventist University

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  • January 2, 2016
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This message was presented at the Jew I see twenty fifteen come from the cold. Chosen in Louisville Kentucky for other resources like this visit us online at W W W G Y C Web dot org Our last presentation today is a weighty one. And really could deserve an entire seminar just on itself it is focusing on the sanctuary. And the Ten Commandments. Because everything that led up to this point as we've been going through this series on the and on Egypt the exodus and Moses quest for God's destiny we've been asking the question. First of all who am I the question that Moses had to ask himself and everyone of us. Asked to ask ourselves. Who am I am I going to be following the World in Moses case and my going to become the king of Egypt and have the power the pristine. Of the greatest empire of the history of the planet. On my shoulders or am I going to accept God's call at the burning bush and be his servant. Leading his people into the Promised Land we have that same. Same issue today don't way. We started out with the hat. And today I want to conclude with God with us. The presentation will focus on the law of God. The sanctuary. And God with us the pattern for a future witness God's plan of salvation. In Exodus twenty nine verse forty six. God says this. And they shall know that I am the LORD remember it was the I am. That told Moses to go to Egypt. The I AM who lived and breathed through that burning bush that. Called Moses back into Egypt. And that A I am says. I am the Lord their God who brought them up out of the land of Egypt that I may what did well among them. I am the Lord their God Notice how that's repeated at the end. What has God wanted to do. Since the very beginning of history. He has wanted to do well with his created people. He has wanted to dwell among us that is why. After creation God. Walked with Adam and Eve and talked with them and spent that first Sabbaths communing Sabbath communing with them it's why he created the Sabbath that's why we are your to day to commune and to learn about him. But as Moses was was coming back to that same. Mountain now with a huge following. Of former slaves that had just been redeemed by God. He comes to the mountain Mount Sinai the Bible says He comes to Mount Sinai and there at Mount Sinai God would reveal himself. Not only to Moses. But also to the people that he has just delivered through his salvific power from Egypt. And the Bible says that the Lord came down. The Lord came down we. The technical term for this in theological studies is Theo meaning God. God coming down to visit his people. And if you are a person who is a follower of God God coming down to meet his people. Is always a good thing because we want to commune with God. If you are not one of God's people God coming down is not always such a good thing because he is an all consuming fire. He is the God of heaven. He is awesome and powerful and holy. In the midst of our unholiness. The Lord came down. Now there is a very important aspect here to the Lord coming down when the Lord comes down. He can come down as often as he wants but if we do not go up to meet him. There is a part that we play in that as well isn't there. The Bible says in the at the end of those verses in Exodus one thousand nine hundred twenty five that Moses went up. Now before this there was a very a very a process involved in all of this. That Moses. There's a given order. Among those that are there are the people are to stand within the camp and not cross the boundaries. The Moses is called up to the mountain to speak with God in Aaron but the priests and the people are to stay within the boundaries there were boundaries that were set up. So there was order for the camp. Order and how this all was to take place in there or on Mount Sinai. God with his own finger. Writes on tablets of stone. Now it's hard to find good art for this. And you know Moses is not writing he's just putting his hand up like this because it's God's glory that is behind him remember he could not see God's glory you had to turn his back to God's glory the artist is remember he's hiding in a cave there's there's rocks behind him here. We don't know exactly how it might have happened is the Bible describes it. But. But God's finger. The Bible says. Wrote on these tabel. The tables of stone. His commandments. And these commandments are quite incredible when we think about it. They are founded within the firm context of the redeeming grace. That the Israelites had just experienced as they had been slaves for hundreds of years in Egypt and were now coming out of that experience. Under the miraculous. Intervention of God. Those ten plagues the crossing of the Red Sea. And finally they come to this place and. I want to just emphasize this a little bit because sometimes when we think about this aspect of the commandments when we think about the aspects of the commandments we often think about do this and don't and I'm speaking here particularly to the young people here in this room. And maybe those that are listening. Later. We think of do's and don'ts but the commandments are not only about do's and don'ts. They're set in the framework of a salvation pattern that has already taken place. There are set in the framework of the grace that God has already provided to each one of us. One to you to reflect on this a little bit in the passage in. And I didn't give the reference here in the passage it says. I am the Lord. This is the first part of Genesis Chapter twenty. I'm sorry. Exodus Chapter twenty. I am the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt and then it continues and it says. You know let's use the King James. Vouch shalt have no other gods before me. Right that shalt not. And we have a series of those that were shalt nots right. And then we have in the center of the commandments two positive commands. But those that were sheltered Nazzaro often seen in kind of a negative light. But I want to put it to you in a different context it could also be translated equally well in Hebrew. And let's modernize it a little bit because we don't go around speaking like this very often do it. I haven't talked to anybody today and said. How did vowel. Like. The presentation today. You know I don't speak we don't speak that way so let's let's speak it. The way we could understand it in the way we speak. It could also be translated. And I put here. A Because since I brought you out of the land of Egypt. You will have no other gods before me. Isn't that a little bit of a different perspective. In other words I have redeemed you with my grace I have delivered you under the auspices of these more. Miracles that also has brought judgment on Egypt. And because of this. Because I am the God of heaven. And all these other gods are false you will have no other gods before me. And he continues and that train can continue. You will not bear false witness later on because of what I've done for you. That makes sense. And to me when I when I this is the beauty about studying Hebrew. You. I mean it's there or even in the King James Version it's there. We just maybe haven't quite fought a bit quite that way before that's that it is the result of something. So now let's look at these ten commandments. And I want to go through each of them and comment to little bit on each of them. And again this could speak. We could do a whole seminar on this we could have ten days we could spend a day on each Commandment couldn't we so I always tell my students sometimes that we have to summarize very quickly. And as I mentioned in an earlier. Setting here this weekend I've recently written a commentary on The Book of Exodus so I'm going to gather some thoughts out of that but again it's much longer than what we can cover here. No other gods. Let's highlight again what that means for Israel in particular but again the ten commandments were not only written for Israel where they. They were written for all of us. No other gods were had Israel just come from Egypt. And we had just spent a great deal of time. In this seminar. Describing the gods of ancient Egypt in the religion of ancient Egypt the ideology in the in the mindset of ancient Egypt. It was not only polytheistic it was pantheistic. Everything was worshiped as God made sure was worshiped as God in every aspect of nature. Had a God associated with it. Some say there were as many as twenty two thousand gods in ancient Egypt. So. And if you think you know sometimes when we read this relate how does this apply to us today. I mean. No other gods. I mean we don't have that problem do we are we are we tempted to worship the sun today. In the western world anyway. Were we tempted. I mean I sometimes wonder when I go to the beach I grew up in a beach culture in Michigan Michigan. But do we do we worship. The moon or or a frog or the Nile River or we. You know we may not identify that much with this. But I want to remind us that there are billions of people in the world today. That still are worshipping other gods. I have a colleague at Southern who is an evangelist Dr Carlos Martine. And he has a museum in his office. I always walk by his office a little bit with trepidation. Not that I'm fearful of other gods because they're made of wood and stone right. But he has a collection of gods that he has that people have brought forward as they've come forward and given their hearts to Jesus Christ they have brought their gods to the altar. And so some of them he has broken and some of them he says all these are kind of nice I think I'll put them up in my office as a teaching lesson to some of my students later on. So yes this whole collection of God's there. In the School of Religion at Southern of some. Sometimes wonder about it but anyway. It's a good thing. They're not they're not powerful at all that's the point these people have given their hearts to Christ in these things are just are just sitting there in his office no other gods what kind of gods do we have today. Anything that occupies our time and takes our focus off of the God of heaven. Can become a god for us anything. OK. Degrees can become a god for us. Education can could become a god for us. Position can become a god for us when we think about the next commandment no other. Sorry. Going forward. No other graven images we may think all graven images What's that all about I am. I don't have any images in my house. Really. Sometimes I wonder what an archaeologist with think. If you dug up a house from the twenty first century and he came into that house the ruins of that house and he sees on a wall. A sixty inch L.C.D. high definition T.V. with all the furniture. Arranged around it goes in the bedroom. There's the bed. There's a forty two inch. Goes into another bedroom. There's a computer with a thirty inch. MAC monitor. What would they be thinking. And all the furniture the chairs. Aligned with these things. What do we spend our time with what do we do how do we do. What about the. The little handheld devices that we have I think I turned my NAAFA now. OK. No graven images. We are surrounded today by images. Images are everywhere. What kind of images are we watching are we looking at. We're surrounded by them everywhere no graven images. Well of course back then it had a different context perhaps but today. It is still the same. Paul spirit was provoked within him when he entered Athens and saw a city full full of idols. Let me just share this thought with you. We are not to make God's image. We are to be. God's image. Are you with me. The problem in our society today and around the world today. Is that we make images. And we worship those images but we are not to make images we are to be God's image we were created in the image of God that doesn't mean we worship ourselves that means we reflect God. To others because as we allow him to live through us. And in us. He can have an impact. All right. No name in vain. Well I won't say too much about this but have you noticed it. By the way let's let's just sometimes we limit this. Don't we. To saying. O.-M. G. or something right. On a voice. On a text message or something like that sometimes we limit it to something of that nature and that's all around us and it's pervasive in our culture. But what else does it. Could it be that those who enter into a covenant relationship with the Lord. Are also called by his name. And if they're known as followers of God but do not live as followers of God then their witness is in vain. And therefore they are carrying on their or message is is not. Is to not taking the Lord's name. The way it should be taken and their worship is in vain according to Matthew fifteen so as Christians we represent God not only in how we speak. But in how we act. And we are to be living in the image of God. Finally we come to the Sabbath and. I want to show you here. There is no no in front of the Sabbath this there. There is no no there. There is no no in front of the fifth commandment. This is a straightforward. Imperative. Command. Remember the Sabbath day. To keep it holy. Now it's interesting to me I'm in the job as an archaeologist to remember. I spent my life. Looking at things from the past and trying to reconstruct them and trying to remember or look at how things might have been back then remembering is the extremely important. The Bible has a huge emphasis on remembering. In fact the Exodus experience that we've been talking about this week is referred to again and again and again remember we said in one of our lectures. It is repeated one hundred twenty five times. Remember the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt. They were to remember that Passover experience. Every time they celebrated Passover. Because it pointed forward to the pascal lamb. That was to be slain in the person of Jesus Christ. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy Now when we think about the Sabbath. There are four aspects that I want to focus on. First God instructs us. What to do. I'm not going to present a whole list of what to do and what not to do on the Sabbath OK. But he does tell us what to do. We are to remember the Sabbath day. And there is a double meaning here. When he says we are to remember the Sabbath Day First of all. We are to be pointed back to creation week where we are to remember where God has done. What God has done in creating the Sabbath in that cycle of seven days at the beginning. We are to remember that we are to remember that he is our creator and what he has done in his creative activity but it also anticipates that we are to remember or to remind ourselves. Not to forget to keep the Sabbath. Jever think about that. It's not only pointing back but it's pointing to the present and to what we're doing on the sabbath that is important. Remember the Sabbath day. To what to keep it holy that's what we're doing now and that brings us to our second point. It tells us that it will come down a little bit further. We are also told when we are to remember the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. So the Bible is specific on when and. I'm speaking to the choir here but for those who might be listening later on the seventh day sabbath was instituted creation and it continues on throughout history throughout the entire framework of the Bible and it does not change it continues to be sorry for the seventh day sabbath. Because of that creation week. Thirdly the command that describes how we are to keep the Sabbath we are to do KNOW WHAT know work so there is something that we need to do in order to keep the Sabbath. Really. Yeah. We're to do nothing. Well not quite. We're to do no work on the Sabbath. We are to spend that day with God And finally the why. Of the Sabbath why do we keep the Sabbath. Because in six days God made the heavens and the earth the sea and all that is in them. But he rested on the seventh day the why of the Sabbath is because God chose that day to spend with us. It's an incredible thing to think that God chose a day out of everything in the universe all of his things that he needed to do to spend with us. Credible. So the Sabbath is extremely important. The Sabbath is a creation order. Institution. It was instituted in Genesis chapter one. And if we go to the next commandment. Honor your father and your mother we find that there's another a creation order institution that is stablished to your with God's own finger at Mount Sinai and that is the institution of marriage. It's right smack dab in the center of the Ten Commandments. The first four commandments of course outline what our relationship to God. We know this as Seventh Day Adventists second. Six second part of the deck a log. The seven. The six commandments that follow are our relationship to humanity and to each other and at the core of this bridge between the god relationship. And the humanity relationship is the importance of the family. And the honor and the glory. That parents are to receive. As part of that family. That's incredible when you think about it why because God is specifically pointing out that just as he. Sorry. Just as he is the foundation of who we are. And our relationship to him. So the family is the basis for who we are in our relationship to each other society culture everything begins with the family. Everything begins with the family just read through Adventist home sometime. Read through some of the councils that we have been given. And look at biblical history and see what happens when the family. Disintegrates. I don't think it's a coincidence that today in the world that we live the family is under such every attack. And it's not only the family. But it's the whole concept of marriage all together isn't it. Now I want to ask you a question. Is it coincidence that these two commandments are at the very center of the Ten Commandments. And is that any. Should there be any question in our minds the Seventh Day Adventists they're living at the end of time that Satan would want to undermine these very very creation. Order institutions that God has established from the very beginning. The Sabbath on the seventh day at the end of creation and on the sixth day before the Sabbath. Ever happened he created man in His image. Male and female. He created them. And he tells them to be fruitful and he tells them to multiply. We have a lot of confusion about that in our world today. And sometimes I wonder whether. If we are not willing to speak out in our culture and what's happening in our culture today on this issue of family whether we're going to be ready to stand up when the Sabbath test comes. Think about it. Could this be a test for us for the real test that. I mean are they both real test absolute. Are they both part of what God is instituted at creation Absolutely. And both of these together. Are going to be part of the defragmentation of our society at the end of time. Matthew twenty two versus thirty seven. I'm sorry. I'm going ahead here. Yeah. Let's go let's go on. So the others that happen. No murder. No adultery. No stealing. No bearing false witness. No coveting. We can go into a great deal of detail on each one of these. I'm not going to do that today of course no coveting. Pretty much covers all of these six because if you think about it. A lot of our relationships begin with this don't pay. Matthew twenty to thirty seven through forty says You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart. With all your soul and with all your mind. Jesus says this is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and you're like wait a minute we just talked about ten commandments what's going on here. This is a summary of what we just said. The first the first. In the great commandment is what. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind this is the summary of the first four commandment that culminates with the Sabbath. Maybe we can get this turned down a little bit. In a mine. So and the second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself that summary of the second six. On these two commandments are the summary of these two hang all the law and the prophets and when he says law he is referring here to the tour rot. He's not referring to the ten commandments he is referring to the first five books of Moses and the Prophets this is a capitulate or a a description of Scripture that he's talking about here that's what scripture is hanging on today. All right we've talked about the Sabbath already. We've talked about humanity. Look at this image. I think it may it's an image from Nathan green. And you can see here. Jesus. In the center of a man and a woman. Can you imagine what it would have been like to be in that position at the beginning. There with Adam and Eve or to be Adam and Eve at the beginning. There's some neat imagery here. When Jesus is at the center and higher. And we focus on him. Our marriages will be better marriages one thing. Jesus. Should be the focal point of everything that we do. And Jesus at the beginning with Adam and Eve walking with them in the garden. Going from place to place explaining to them. The background of his character. That was an incredible experience I'm sure for them to do well among them. To dwell among them so now we come back to Mount Sinai. How was God going to dwell among this motley crew of slaves and mixed multitudes that had come out of Egypt hundreds of thousands of them in their camp there at the base of Mount Sinai. I have never had this problem before it's a little lower doll bit. Can't they aren't Mount Sinai how is he going to dwell among them he instructs them to build a sanctuary. He says let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them. Isn't that interesting God wants to dwell among his people that is his whole goal is to dwell among his people. Q You wanted up. OK. Is there a problem at the battery then. Oh maybe that will work better right. Things. So the sanctuary What is the sanctuary then all about. It is to bring God's presence to his people but it is more than that it is to show the plan of salvation to God's people throughout history. The whole thing. And you know when I was writing this commentary I was amazed again and again. At the amount of detail and time. And chapters. Dedicated to the building. To the instructions on building and to the building of the sanctuary you have read through this before to have a new saying credible. Do you think for God This was important. You think for God worship was important and how we worship and the details of how we worship are important for the engine is real light. I mean meticulous details all the way through. By the way do you know that the first individuals to be in spot mention to be inspired and filled by the Holy Spirit. In the Bible was not Moses or Abraham. It were the. It was the artists on that built the sanctuary. OK OK These were the two individuals that were given the responsibility to construct the tabernacle. And to these individuals were given great great wonderful experiences. And it was it was so that God could well with his people. Now. I'm not going to go into the details of the plan of salvation as outlined in the century because there are other seminars you can listen to and other people you can hear about that you can later on read my commentary when it comes out but. But this is something that is is a huge huge blessing for God's people and it will be for many years to come but the sanctuary the sanctuary message is central to the message that we have as a church today. Because this message. This sanctuary that we see here was built after the pattern of that which is where in heaven. And so it is a huge aspect of what we believe today we know that it contained a holy place with the various articles of furniture all deep meaning and representation. The most holy place with the arc of the covenant with the two covering cherubs or. Some would say. Sarah theme that. When I say as describing the Sera FIM he's actually describing the covering Cherubim some people say these were two separate beings Others say these are two different descriptions of the same being at any rate. What we have here is something incredible and who is resting on the mercy seat. What is the mercy seat there. In the most holy. It's the Chicago in a glory. It is where the throne of God is located. So we have this this this sanctuary in and through that sanctuary we can see the plan of salvation laid out for the people. Sometimes people ask me. Do you think the Israelites understood that. Absolutely they understood it. Did they always understand it. Know the Bible makes clear that there were times where they didn't understand it very well. You read the book of Malikai. And you read the condemnation of the priests and Melaka and you understand. No they didn't quite get it there. At that period of history. They were just going through the rituals and just going through the stuff just because they've done it all the time and their heart was not in it is it possible for us to do that today. Do we understand the sanctuary today. We are to study that doctrine more than anything else in the time in which we live. And what Jesus is doing in the heavenly sanctuary. Today. Now. I want to just contrast with you for a moment. The sanctuary that was built as a moving sanctuary and later on Solomon's temple that was built in Jerusalem with the pagan temples of Egypt and Canaan. Here we have a model of a temple in Egypt. The temples in Egypt were ornate. They started with a court. But the that court was not open like the sanctuary that we have in the Bible that court was filled with columns we call them hyper style halls. If you go to current act and Egypt or you go to Luxor Temple you or the or met in that hobby to the temple of Ramses the third. You will see these equal distant huge huge columns. Made of huge amounts of stone and carved with the labrat hieroglyphic carvings and images of different gods you will see that as you enter the court there is nothing to be done really. In this court other than reading these different columns. And you go through various places. And you move through and you see. Towards the end the focal point is also sometimes were a deity is but it's very different now some people have tried to compare these ancient temples. Like this is met in it and Egypt this is the temple of Ramsay's the third. Here is another view of it from a different angle you can see the storehouses and the walls that were built. Around this temple you can still of course visit it today. Here is the plan of it with its magazines This is French of course but. But with its storage rooms and we talked about the storage rooms in another area. You can see that this is not the simplicity that the sanctuary or the Temple of Solomon had. It's very different concept. But what about these temples. I'm taking some reconstructions here from a very gifted artist who has tried to show what these temples might have looked like an end to quit. Thank the lord for computer graphics and all kinds of neat things. Look at this you know when you visit Egypt today you don't see much of the paint on these pier on these temples right. But they were beautifully and elaborately painted to reflect. Scenes. You see images look at the Gods these are the gods. You see images of the gods interacting with the king you see images of of different deities there are images everywhere. Does that make sense a little bit as as as God is calling these people out of Egypt. Not to have any graven images. Not to have any other gods before me. Look at these reconstructions mill more as the artist here is fantastic work of art. And of course the king was paramount in the center point and by the way just for your observation these were the queens. OK. We don't live that way today and think that way today but remember as we talked before for those of you are with me. This these these kings were gods. And they were always shown as greater than life because they were they were the gods that were between the gods of the Pantheon and and humanity and served Egypt they're wearing the double crown but you can see all the different deities that are lined up here. The smiling scenes that we talk to the king going out in his chariot. This is I believe the entrance into one of the temples here you can see the great that were wrecked and outside of these temples and all of this. All of this was in the minds of the Israelites who didn't build them but who may have built store cities and other things around these temples and would have been exposed to them on a regular basis and would have seen these kinds of things as time went on. So just flipping through this quickly so how different than the sanctuary that God put in to place. How differently. Is this. Sanctuary. The same surely remains central as the basis for covenant. Worship throughout. Israel's history. And throughout our history. Today. The purpose of the sanctuary was to provide restored communion with God and. This came as a result of redemption and deliverance from Egypt. Now the sanctuary provides the means by which God would do well with the sin problem. And bring the people in. A proper relationship with him until finally Jesus would come and restore and be the final pascal lamb that would take away the sins of the world. The sanctuary. Was extended exceedingly important for that period of time. Now how does the seven. Heavenly sanctuary then relate to all of this. How does the heavenly sanctuary relate to all of this. Jesus today. Is our High Priest. He is there. Mediating in our behalf. Because of Jesus. We can lift up our prayers to heaven. And he as our prayers are mingled with his prayers come before the throne and. We can come boldly before the throne and ask God for direction. Who was one of the heavenly cherubs before that was cast out of heaven. Satan was. And we go back again to the imagery we saw in Egypt of the two serpents with wings. Surrounding the name of Pharaoh. So here we see this all coming around again. In the heavenly sanctuary as the High Priest is standing in that midst. And here in the mosaic sanctuary in the tabernacle we see how the priest would come in before the altar of incense and offer sprinkled the blood they are against the veil and so forth. Now. Worship. In this sense. Is extremely important. We talked about the mound of detail that is given to Sanctuary worship in the Book of Exodus. And the construction of the sanctuary and then you read through the book of Leviticus and you read through the Levitical laws and you look at the ceremonial law God spent a huge amount of time instructing the Israelites. On worship. It's not. And sometimes. We want to be careful here but I want to say this in a in a gentle way. Sometimes I have the feeling that we think. That simply because for a worshipping on Sabbath we're OK Well be careful here. But it's not just about worshipping on a day. It's about who we worship. Who we worship. There are so many different definitions of Jesus today. That you need to really be careful about who you worship. Which Jesus are you worshipping. Are you worshipping the Jesus. Of the New Testament and of the Old Testament because by the way. It was Jesus who was in that pillar of fire at night. And the cloud by day. It was Jesus who was the agent of creation. So if you throw creation. Out of your paradigm of Christianity and you say well you know. The a stick evolution. Progressive creation we can teach creation on to something that's evolutionary. Yeah that's fine and you you you take away from who Jesus is. So which Jesus are you worshipping there's a lot of different definitions about Jesus floating out there. There's a whole new definition of Jesus that's coming to the forefront today. A cosmic crisis that will be the Christ. For all the religions. So you can be a Hindu and be a Christian a Hindu Christian. Interesting. Which Jesus or we worship NG So it's about who we are worshipping that's why the Lord defines who he is. I am the I Am i am only one. It is about when we worship. Absolutely we know that the Sabbath will be the test. At the end of time. But we also know that the remnant people will be keeping the commandments of God and they will have the faith of Jesus those two things come together. So we have the commandments of God. ALL the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. And it is how we worship. That is important as well. The instructions to the Israelites in the sanctuary were very very now. I know what you're thinking right now but Dr Hans So we really don't have a lot of instructions about how to worship today. But we have the Bible. We have the Spirit of Prophecy. And we need to be very careful that we follow them carefully I remember some years ago. In being involved in a church plant. When I was pasturing in Michigan. And we decided as a church board. Very thankful for that church board in those faithful. Members of a larger church that decided to go out and start a new church there were only about thirty five of us that were doing that those church members decided that we were going to come together every Wednesday and we were going to study the Bible in the spirit of prophecy in order to figure out how we wanted to construct our worship service. There were other worship styles that were being pushed on us at that time. But we decided we were going to stick with that. And the Lord blessed. Tremendously. Let me tell you something. It is not only about who we worship. It is not only about when we worship it's about how we worship. And I'm afraid that sometimes Today we are caught up so much in emotion that we no longer are using our minds. And the God given gifts that he's given us to figure out what worship is all about. It's not only about emotionalism. And there's a great deal. That is happening out there today. So the sanctuary. Now I want to end my presentation today. With some other insights with you and I want to simply say before we start that. Next segment of the presentation. I know what I was happening I'm stepping on similar tricity maybe here. I will not walk that direction the more. I'll stay over here. Will fall off a stage and I won't get electrocuted. All right. So. So I will I will. Let's look at Jesus here. He's pointing. Use pointing to his father. He's pointing to the incense that is going up in our behalf. He is pointing to the. To that which we need to be focused upon and. Jesus also had a specific plan God had a specific plan to place his people in a place where they could be a light to the nations. Look at the geography of the ancient near East with me. Do you see were Canaan is located in the middle. Smack dab in the middle of the biggest empires that would come for the next. Hundreds of years. And it was there. That God sent his people as they entered into the Promised Land. It was there where the Temple would be built. And where it would be standing for hundreds of years. Proclaiming the power. And the plan of salvation that God had for the nations. The same sure he was to be place they are now I know some of you may think well what about China and what about other nations. The Bible focuses on this period in this place. Because this is where the cradle of civilization is located that's where it all began and from there it spread out. And from here you have connections. You know the Mesopotamia nations they extended in the Persian Period all the way to India. We have probably. We have traditions that some of the early apostles went to India. At least maybe Thomas did. We have traditions that they went down to Egypt and to Africa and of course they spread in the New Testament period even into Europe and different places so the sanctuary being in that place in the crossroads. By the way nobody was traveling through this region over here this is Saudi Arabia this is desert this is enough. The caravan routes between the great empires of Egypt and Mesopotamia. Came all through here that's why Jerusalem was destroyed so many times. That's why there were so many battles that took place there that's why there were so many conflicts there that's why that city is still being fought over today because of all the traditions and all the things that happened around that Temple Mount area. But this is the focal point it is here that Israel was supposed to be a light to the nations. And Jesus came to that place. I didn't touch at this time. It's that I write. Now I want to talk here a little bit with you in conclusion about the lifestyles of the Egyptians. I had a question. Yesterday from someone that came and asked me a few questions about what about the diseases of the ancient Egyptians have you ever asked that question before God makes a promise in Exodus Chapter fifteen. Let me read it to you. There he made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there he tested them and said. If you diligently he had the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight. Give either to his commandments and keep all his statutes I will put. None of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians for I am a lord god. In this case not who brought you out of the Egypt but who. What heals you. Now that's a very profound statement. And many people have wondered what. What these diseases of the ancient Egyptians were. And I'm not going to profess to have all the answers today. To this but I want to give you some perspective because in modern medical research today. On ancient Egypt. We have new material that has come up in recent years. And I thought that would be interesting to share with you in conclusion here because we also as a Seventh Day Adventist Church. Have something very unique and it's called the health message isn't it. And you know it's something that is a blessing. Is that not it not only helps us to live longer it helps us to have a better quality of life. It helps us to think more clearly so that we can present the gospel message in a more fervent and longer. Way to the people around us. And I know that there are many environmental issues today that still cause people to get sick and to have disease. But what a blessing it is to have our health message and to be able to present that to the world I was so excited going door to door. This last. When was it yesterday wasn't it was kind of cold out there wasn't. I left my down jacket in my hotel room. Bad idea. I had just a windbreaker on I have a sweater underneath. It was a shell you know and I was out there with my with my daughters and my wife and some of their friends and. Wow. But we knocked on a lot of doors. And I remember. You know. Sometimes I'm a I'm a coal porter You know I used to do call portering and. And you'd check out homes before you get there right. You check out these homes and you check out the drive. I saw a guy getting in his car when you see a guy getting his car that's an opportunity you sprint to get to that car before he starts the engine. Right. So I get to the car he's has he's fiddling around looking for something on the passenger side. And I'm running across the street to get him before he he takes off in his for tourists. And I get there just in time and he's just about to reach over to the key to the engine I say sir. Very nice to meet you happy new year. How's it going good word you come from. You know. I said well I was just across the street my daughter is still over there my name is Michael you know and I you know we have that little script to follow right. Sometimes you don't follow the script. Happy New Year How you doing great. Hey listen. We're here with a group of five to seven thousand young people in Louisville. By the way. I think I pronounced that right right. It's not Louisville it's not Lewisville. The locals call it Lou ville So you've got a kind of go with the flow. So I said Louisville he says all that's awesome I said listen. And I started. Sensing a distinct smell coming out of the car. You know. A smoker's car has a distinct smell doesn't it. I said look I went straight to the heart of the matter. And I said listen we've got a bunch of health programs here you know you guys did it. You know what I'm talking about. And he immediately says. I need to stop smoking. I says Well it's New Year's you know this is the time you know. You know what you did. And he says yeah he says. Let me sign up for that right now. Praise the Lord praise the Lord. The Lord has given us. These things to share and we are invited to share them so I am the LORD your God who heals you let's look at let's look at the diseases of the Egyptians from own because there's some brand new research that's come out. Had Shep's its mummy. Did you know that had chaps it's mummy has only recently been discovered for those of you have been in the seminar at Shep's that we have this size is the princess perhaps because the Bible does not mention her name. But perhaps as the princess who rescued Moses. From the Nile and became his adoptive mother. That's what many commentators believe in what many Egyptologist believe. And so here we have had shepherds Mummy I know it's not a very pleasant picture to look at for many of you but it's very exciting from a forensic an archaeological standpoint. How do we know it's her mummy. Well. It's a long history but to make it short. It came from a certain cache of tombs and it. It. It. We thought that it could be. You see how the. The arms are crossed like this that is usually a royal Mummy when they're crossed like this because they're usually horse holding the crook and the flail. In that position and. She is definitely a female. Individual had chaps that was the first female pharaoh of Egypt the first of possibly ten and. And they did. Sophisticated D.N.A. analysis. Comparing her with the mummy. Of of some of the other mummies of that dynasty Tut most of the first Ho-Tep of the third and so forth. And notice. Well let me just go forward here she is going into a physicians tell me is this a C.T. scanners the M.R.I. anyway. M.R.I.. Somebody saying. C T O B I've got a big conflict here. I'll have to get it over with that. Anyway. She's going in and they did all this imaging and guess what they discovered. Had probably died. Of bone cancer. At around the age of fifty or so they discovered that had chaps it was obese. They discovered that she probably suffered from diabetes. And that she also had heart disease. And that they discovered you know in her in her arteries and you know harder in of the already they had they discovered plaque in anyway all that all that kind of stuff I won't get into all the details here but it's quite incredible. It's quite incredible. How they have now concluded this. And. Thank you for the tie. All right we'll try that thank you sir he is my he's my audio guy and he's been taking good care of us. Well that's a lot better but he took it all on you all do like that that's good that better. That to go like this all right. Right we'll try to. We'll try it this way. Get a crook in my neck before I leave here. All right so here is such absolute going in so. Diseases of Egypt studies of the reconstructed skin folds of some of the royal mummies suggest that some were all right we're not supposed to use that word. Obese let's say obese. That we're quoting here so let's go back. Some were fat. Including queen and happy. Had chaps it and Ramsay's the third. This is from the handbook of obesity a piece of P.T. melody at the physio half ology which was just published in two thousand and fourteen. OK so Obama the way you see this image here. That's not how chaps it. That is the queen of punt. Which is what is probably modern. If modern IF the opiate today. Had chaps it takes an expedition down to punt and brings back all kinds of wonderful. Plants and animals from from Africa. She brings them back there's a big scene in her temple of her going down here. And she shows the queen of pond visiting. So this is not only endemic to Egyptians but other individuals at that time in the higher ranking society. Were having having issues. We can see with obesity. So diet. This is heads up that again diabetes and heart disease and again we believe now based on these latest forensic studies that she also died. Of bone cancer Do those sound like diseases that we still have a round today. And that are growing by leaps and bounds in our society. I went to visit my dermatologist recently and he said that when he first started practicing. Some years ago he said. He said I saw two or three cases of melanoma. A month. He says today in my practice. I see twenty to thirty cases. A month. Thank you for that a month I hope I have that right it's going all over the place. Oh man I hope I have that right that was just a month ago. Or a couple months ago when I went to see him. And anyway. I said I said why is that. Why is that. And he said. I thought he was going to say you know the son. But he says no he says I think the quality of our food is deteriorating. In this country. And then he told me the top three. Cancer fighting foods to eat. This is an Adventist dermatologist by the way. And I said What is that while he made me guess in his office. And I was very happy that I already knew because I'd been to his home. A couple months earlier and he had asked me the same question he had forgotten because he probably asked tells us all a tell of his patients. So I knew them right off the bat. And he was like that's impressive I says Well John you told me you months ago in your house. So if you want to know what they are number one is garlic. That's this from him anyway. Number one is garlic number two what you think. Now. Well. Yeah those are what those are all the guess as I made. Number two number two beats beet root. And number three he said his spinach. And I'm sure broccoli and all those other things. Kayla you mentioned are good too. Anyway let's move on heart disease it's fifty two mommies were recently studied in the Egyptian museum by an international team. An international medical team these publications have just been published in in major peer reviewed. Medical journals in just the last few years this one was published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology cardiology imaging I believe that stands for two thousand and eleven. This was published and. There are other publications coming out of the Horace study that are in other journals from two thousand and nine and two thousand and ten and so forth so what were the conclusions of these studies. We'll read them in a moment. Hard disease in ancient Egyptian mummies. There was quite a bit of of various time periods that they looked at here you can see they went all the way back to two thousand one hundred B.C.E. or B.C. and they are studying different individuals from different periods. This is from the Journal. You can download from online. Here they're showing from the scans that they did. Some of the evidence of the arteries. And how they have. Plaque in them or. Yes. Calcifications is the technical term I guess along the course of the superficial femoral artery is in the mummy of a man who lived during the eighteenth dynasty guess what. That's the period of Moses and had chaps it. And what we're talking about here. And here you can see. I think this is a long be a order. I'm not mistaken. This is from the skull. Going down you can see also some of the calcification taking place this is their conclusion. And I excuse me if I don't pronounce all of these medical terms correctly I'm not a medical doctor I'm a archaeologist ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics pyrite texts mention symptoms consistent with and Jain a cute. Cardio infarction. I think that is a heart attack and congestive heart failure and twenty nine is the reference for that. For example an ancient Egyptian two pirates for physicians comments if that example. Oh they talked in the back then too and that interesting. If that were examine this demand for illness that is Cardia and he has pains in his arms and in is breasts and on one side of his Cardia. It is deaf threatening him. So they knew that they base that on observation right those are symptoms of a heart attack. Those of you on the medical field are findings dot dot dot dot I skipped a bunch of stuff. Our findings of frequent arterial calcification suggest that. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease was present and commonplace in ancient Egypt. Raising intriguing questions regarding the nature and extent of human predisposition to the development of through sclerosis. So astonishing discoveries in Egypt. Unlock mysteries. Centuries old. Let me tell you something focus. God gave us these guidelines. They're not guidelines they're their commands. You know when the Bible says. You will not. The not that is use their the know the low low in Hebrew LOL that is use there. Has durative of fact. It is a prescription that is something that is condemned or of something that is told for us not to do. That has a lasting lasting effect there's two different negatives in Hebrew. And that one means that when lo is used. It is something that is binding. And it is there so these are not suggestions. These are his commandments written with his own fingers. But they suggest to us. Something that is important now the health laws that we have are also important. We have them in Genesis chapter one. We have them. Rearticulated in other places in Scripture as well those health laws are important. And our studies are our studies coming out of Loma Linda. Medical school and university our studies and other studies that have been conducted by many others are corroborating that fact. Again and again and again. So why is it that more and more of us in our communities are leaving that lifestyle. This is intriguing to me. You know when my kids come back from school and they're concerned that they are among the minority who are vegetarians in their class. Why is that we need to think about those things. And we had to wonder whether what God has expressed in the past. It is really true today. Isn't it true today. Absolutely it is. Let's live as God has called us to live. Not because it's going to save us in my it from a heart attack. But because. But because it is the best way to live. So that we can live fully in his service. Isn't that what we've been called to do so as we look back at ancient Egypt we find that among the upper classes. This. This kind of thing was was common. As it is today. And what is interesting to me is that as we look prophetically what happened to Egypt's culture. What happened to this culture that lasted. If we look back at the ancient Egyptians and we look back at all of their. All of their achievements and we look at the. The vast amount of history that Egypt had it doesn't compare to the other empires. It doesn't compare to the length of Babylon or the length of of media Persia or Greece or Rome. Egypt lasted. Hundreds of more years than any of those cultures did. It was there it was the founding principles as we saw earlier. It was the founding of all of those different religious systems. It all traces back to Egypt yes they came up with some new things here and there. But as we know there is nothing new under the sun today those same things are really. Formulated and are retired again. Memphis the capital of ancient Egypt. This is a picture of some of the ruins there. And many years ago Emilia be Edwards. Wrote a book a thousand miles up the Nile kind of a travelogue by this lady who traveled through Egypt this was long before modern transportation and this is what she wrote. And this is all that remains of Memphis. Oldest of cities. A few rubbish sheeps a dozen or so broken statues. And a name. Where are the stately ruins which even in the Middle Ages. Extended over the space of half a day's journey in each direction. Where are they today. One can hardly believe that a great city flourished on the spot or understand how it should have been if faced. So completely is the keel says. By the swords of the mighty warriors all of them the most terrible of the nations I will cause your multitude to fall. They shall plunder the pomp of Egypt and all its multitude shall be destroyed. I make the land of Egypt desolate. Has this come to pass. Today. When I go to Egypt so I visit ruins. Some of those ruins are being excavated by my colleagues when I go to Israel. When I go to different countries in the Middle East we see ruins everywhere because the nations that were established under principles sometimes. Or deviating from principles that God called people to those nations. Disappear. And today. We travel to these places we visit them. They are confirmations of what the Bible has given us their confirmations of what the but little history tells us but as we go back to these places. We see that in the end. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of our God stands forever. As I say of forty. Puts it. Verse eight. So as we conclude this. And we think about Moses and the destiny that God called him to. I want to ask you what destiny is God calling you to. We are living at. The end of time. And we're almost entering into the Promised Land. What is it that. I need to do. What is it that you need to do to make sure that we can live life. In its fullest. Anticipating what God is doing in our lives now and what he will do in the future. May we have faith in the grace of God that can bring us out of the slavery of sin as well and allow us through his power to enter into the Promised Land. Let's be our heads for prayer. Heavenly Father. These six days of journeys through are six presentations through the life of Moses and the Israelites. Have given us some insights that we have only scratched the surface here. Your words can be studied for generations and can be studied. AGAIN And AGAIN and AGAIN and always new insights can be gleaned because it is the Word of God. And spine lead as is but inspired. Divinely by a power that is beyond this world. Lord sometimes we live in this my opaque. World and we get involved in our own lives so much that we forget that in this word. As Moses said at the end of his life in the book of Deuteronomy. It is our life. It is your life. The word is your life. Teach it to your children generation to generation may we do that Lord I pray. May we study your word and live. The word and may Jesus Christ the Living Word give us the power to do that day by day. So that when he comes again in the clouds of heaven. And he calls us home. He may say Well done my good and faithful servant well Don. You may now enter into the joy of my presence in the place that I prepared for you. We thank you in Jesus name. Let us all safely gather a man. This message was recorded at the Jew I see twenty fifteen conference called chosen. Faithful in Louisville Kentucky. Do I see a supporting Ministry of a Seventh Day Adventist Church. Seeks to inspire young people to be bible based Christ centered and soul winning Christians. To download or purchase other resources like this visit us online at W W W G Y C web or G.

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