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Minor in Size, Major in Message- Part 2

Rahel Schafer
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  • June 12, 2016
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Lord I thank you so much for your mercy to us your blessings thank you for the chance we have to talk more deeply about your word and please just continue to. Refresh our hearts with your grace and your love. Thank you Lord in. So we spent some time yesterday talking about the personality of the prophets we read through variety of the different prophetic things I think one of the main thing there is that they are their close partners with God they experience what he experiences and so they have the same emotions as he does and the same struggles and and difficulties as he does we spent time talking about God's original plan which was for Israel to bless the world so that prophets were not really something that God planned it was something that came about later when he needed to warn his people and to warn other people of. Their sin and the judgment that was going to come if they didn't obey so these prophets were clustered right before. Israel fell to the Northern Kingdom and then right again before Judah fell so they were not a large period of time it's actually very small period of time. Their focus the ones we're focusing on was a more local national focus but through that they also saw application of what they were talking about to the Messiah to come and then also to the end of time so but they were looking at that slew the lens of their time and what they hoped would happen we talked about what poetry is like and how it's difficult all prophets are in poetry and I think it's one of the reason people don't read it because they get lost and confused in trying to understand it and it's difficult in English as well so we understand that. But a little bit of how to read it and then the themes of the of the different prophets and there's a lot more but these are some of my favorite ones that help me understand. Best who the prophets are and then we went through Jonah and he was there so that was kind of our thing so now we're going to go through actually six today. I think so what I have on there. Six yes Amos Micah's if an unnamed Obadiah and have AK and then tomorrow we'll finish up the last ones so. I can't count either I said five so you know but it's actually six. I put Naome and Obadiah together because they are speaking similarly about similar things in their shorts and be easier for us to deal with them together so. I want to again just say the there this is my favorite. Favorite stuff to talk about as I was reviewing these ones again that I'm doing today this morning just being reminded of the immense privilege of talking word and feeling inadequate so I feel that every time I talk about the prophets I think because they're so. They just they they speak cause heart and it's I never feel like I say it well so you know I spent a lot of time in prayer this morning and just so to ask for you to pray with me again now as we go into these because I think. It's talking it's sharing the hope of the Gospel but also God's love and hope for everyone in this world not just his chosen people and I think. My my words are inadequate but God is faithful and He can speak in spite of that so let's pray again. Lord Your word is rich and deep and we're just scratching the surface. When I ask your presence again here now with us as we very briefly but. Hopefully power. We dig into your word Lord please speak through your word speak through your prophets again to us today because you do speak to through them it wasn't just Israel we are Israel to through you through your sacrifice the supposed to hear their muscle and your message to us thank you in. Still. OK so. Let's go to Amos. We spent a little bit of time when we were reviewing the characteristics of the prophets in Amos But I want to go back there now that we are kind of focusing on him he was again this a prophet at the beginning that first cluster right before the Northern Kingdom fell so right before Israel thought he was speaking to the people and he starts off with this list of nations and that's actually be there in your thing but seven nations that he goes to the seven nations and if you look at the beginning of Amos he starts he says the Lord roars terms I and then he starts this listing of nations this is the Lord for three transgressions of Damascus and for for I will not turn away as punishment and then he listees transgressions then he goes on to Gaza for three transgressions of Gaza and for four I will not turn away from this man and then he lists the transgressions of Gaza so you think if you're really talking to Israel what you doing but he's actually zeroing in so he's doing this target thing so he starts with Damascus words Damascus in relationship to Israel. North there K. what's the next one Gaza where is that still of the Gaza Strip today right west of prices going north then west where is next. Were. East took a north west east he's honing in then he goes to. Amman which is again kind of east a little bit north more north than eat em is. But these are relatives so he starts off with far people away Damascus because then he's narrowing in eadem is even comes from who. Esau Alright so relative then Amman and Moab who are who. A lot of children right through incest with his daughters so closer and closer to home and then finally into verse for who does he go to. Do it out right so and this is the seventh nation so he's like one to be revised except in Israel's like Hollywood you know he's going to the US right he's only talking about Judah seventh nation perfect number but then he doesn't stop there what does he do he finally gets to Israel so it's this Miki way of getting to them they think they're off the hook and he says no actually you're the ones I really want to focus on so he hones in on Israel and he tells them that they have been completely unjust and terrible so let's read what he says to them at the very beginning here in two verse six Thus is the Lord for three transgressions of his own for for I will not turn away its punishment they sell the righteous for silver the poor for a pair of sandals they pant after the dust of the earth which is on the head of the poor and pervert the way of the humble a man and his father go into the same girl to defile my holy name they lie down by every altar on clothes taken in pledge and drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god these are God's people these are not this is like the worst stuff and this is what God's people are doing yet it was Ali who destroyed the M.R.I. before the moon was like the height of the cedars and he was a strong as the Oaks I just wrote his fruit above in his roots beneath it was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt I led you forty years to the wilderness to possess the land of the AM RIGHT cetera et cetera et cetera I was the one who blessed you and you turned on. I turned my blessings on their heads thank you and instead have become utterly the opposite of what I'm wanting you to be. But God is gracious and he doesn't stop there and he says. He wants restoration with them doesn't leave them there so in five in Chapter five verse four. You remember yesterday we read his ironic statement in chapter four which says come to Bethel and transgress right they're supposed to come to Bethel and worship and he says what you're doing is you're coming to Bethel and you're sinning. So instead now he's giving gods this clincher in the very middle of the book that says the Lord to the house of Israel five are S'pore seek me and live do not seek Buffel you're seeking the wrong thing when you're seeking these forms of worship and just doing things for the wrong reasons seek me and live do not seek Bethel nor Enter Google now nor pass over to Beersheba for Google surely going to get to the Bethel shall come to nothing seek the Lord and live. This is five for five six and seven. Lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph and devour it with no one to quench it in Bethel you who turned justice to wormwood and lay righteousness to rest in the earth he made the police and a riot he turns the shadow of death into morning he makes the day dark as night he calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the face of the earth the Lord is his name. Ways his name will you please seek me will you please give me your heart this is what I longed for doesn't want to bring destruction even though this is right before he's about to destroy them God is pleading for their hearts he's longing for them to turn back to him. The people hated Amos we've already read from Amos five the next few verses that talk about they hate their hatred for him they're Walker of him. Their desire for him to stop speaking but he continues anyway and the very last chapter is what I'd like to focus on now Chapter nine. And this is a powerful chapter this is quoted you recognize a verse of this from X. fifteen do you remember what happened in Acts fifteen. Church Council over the circumcision What were the people saying. To the Gentiles had to be circumcised in order to become part of the Christian church right so what what were the reasons that they ended up saying they don't need to be. God Put no difference between them and surfaces. Are. OK good but they also they did all that but what did they founded on did they just. Are. OK I'm I'm not asking the right question your answer in good things but they say they made those reasons but why what was the foundational reason they quoted actually from Amos nine so we're going to say. Yes they went back they didn't just say in fact I wish we had time to go into that I think they actually went back to live Atticus because actually the requirements that they give the Gentiles are the same requirements that are given to the Gentiles and that it is seventeen eighteen and nineteen they're supposed to apply to everyone so they were not just coming up with these off the top of their head they were saying no we've known from the very beginning even the Gentiles who read this in the synagogues know what they're supposed to do circumcision is not among those so they went back to the Torah and then they said see the prophets agree with this too so they were founding what they believed on the Old Testament that I'd like to call the first Testament and no one does that but it's God's word too and if we didn't have been. That was this was their Bible. So Mike My concern is is that we are also able to found what we believe and what they did of course the New Testament gives us additional insights but if we can't get what they did out of there weren't trouble because I don't believe they were reading back in I believe that they recognized who Jesus was based on Scripture itself and they went back there so what do we see here in Amos nine that James quoted he starts off restart in verse seven all are you not like the people of Ethiopia to me Oh children of Israel says the Lord what I keep the Opiah What does that have to do with anything did I not bring Israel up from the land of Egypt the Phyllis turns from Castor and the Syrians from her you're not you're not special and you are special cause I love you I love everyone but I love everyone I've done the same thing for them Israel was a. Paradigm through which we are to see God's love and care for all the world and His blessings for all people just everyone else while they turned away from him to a God rescued other nations and blessed other nations as well. As on behold the eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful Kingdom I will destroy it from the face of the earth that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob says the Lord for surely I will command I will sift the house of Israel among all nations as grain is sifted in a sieve yet not the smallest grain to fall to the ground all the sinners of my people shall die by the sword who say the calamity shall not overtake or confront us what is going to be nothing will happen to us and he says no you're just as accountable just as I have brought other people out of slavery in bondage and held them accountable and also holding you accountable on that day and this is a specific and phrase for referring to the time of the end so. Again it can refer to if you remember the prophets the special the classical prophets are referring to the time of the end starting with really with the Messiah so the day of the Lord talk about that in a moment but it's it's got three phases just like a lot of other things here three three aspects of fulfillment It's when God comes again so Hebrews reiterates this the last days start with Jesus coming in the Messiah starts the time of the end but of course there's a final final time of the end so they're seeing this kind of three focuses so and on that day I will raise up the booth the tabernacle of David and this is the same word that's used for the Feast of Tabernacles that they would celebrate it's the same word that's used for Jesus the Word became flesh and Tabernacle the among us well to mung us so it's this booth it's coming this tabernacle is coming it's always meant to point to the Messiah and of course in heaven we'll have this final Feast of Tabernacles which will be celebrating together with God we're actually kind of doing one now to Ellen White compares can't meetings to Feast of Tabernacles which is kind of cool so happy Feast of Tabernacles. Anyway. So the tabernacle of David which is fallen down and prepare its damages I will raise up its ruins I will rebuild it is in the days of old that they may possess the dreamt of Edam and all those who. Gentiles who are called by my name OK there's a problem here right how can Gentiles be called by God's name if you're called by God's name what are you supposed to do become a jew right get circumcised. Started doing all the normal things that an ethnic Jew would do and Amos here is saying I think this is why James quotes this there's many other passages will look at a couple of them but where the prophets are clear and they're saying no there's going to be a time when there will be Gentiles who are followers of God and they're not going to become juice they're also going to be called by my name that's he's talking about us right. So God The days are coming he says another phrase that signifies the time of the end when the ploughman's overtake the reaper the treasure of great simmers so see the mountain dripless we want to his full flow with it I will bring back the captives of my people Israel they shall build the way cities and inhabit them they will plant vineyards and drink wine from the nation make gardens and eat fruit from them I will plant them in their land no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them so most of it again is talking in this lens of ethnic Israel ethnic national Israel but he sticks in there no that's not everyone God is also concerned and caring about every single one of his people. Let's read one other example of that Isaiah nineteen No we're not doing Isaiah but Isaiah spends a lot of time on discussing other nations you remember I'm sure the God's house will be called the House of Prayer for all nations OK That's in Isaiah so well the end of Isaiah of this is the beginning it's a passage you don't often read so as in one thousand starting in verse nineteen. In that day there will be an altar to the Lord in the midst of the land of. Egypt. I mean Egypt was where they came out of slavery but there's actually a lot of indication in the Bible that Egypt is also a place of refuge we talked about that a little bit yesterday with was there. A pillar to the Lord at its border and it will be for signing for a witness to the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt where they will cry to the Lord because of the oppressors he will send them a Savior and a mighty one so this is Egypt who out of whom God sent a savior for Israel now God's going to save them to he will deliver them then the Lord will be known to Egypt these are this is covenant language. And the Egyptians will know the Lord in that day and they will make sacrifice and offering if they will make a vow to perform it and the Lord will strike Egypt he will strike and heal it they will return to. The Lord and He will be entreated by them and he'll then so this is this is not an unusual thing we think well maybe a James was just quoting this one verse out of Amos but it's everywhere in the prophets we don't have time to look into a lot more of them but you at least get the idea I've written down some other passages there that you can look at this kind of world wide perspective of God's salvific power his point of of working through Israel was not just to save Israel it was to save the world but since is or wasn't faithful he had to use all sorts of other means to try to get to the world. All right we've got to move on to Micah. We're going to fly but we'll make it. So Micah since we just it's actually a good one to do next we just read from Isaiah Micah was during the time of Isaiah he actually probably knew Isaiah the act they have several passages that are the same almost identical so if you can read passages in Micah that are the same in Isaiah there's debate back and forth among scholars who wrote which one we don't know maybe one of them wrote it and the other one copied or they both wrote it together I have no idea but anyway they have similar themes and similar ideas and he also was rejected by the people look at my current two starting in verse six Do not prattle you say to those who prophesies that again he's speaking about himself here so they shall not prophesied you they shall not return insult for insult you were named the House of Jacob is the spirit of the Lord restricted Are these his doings do not my words do good to him you walk separately lately my people have risen up as an enemy you pull off the robe with the garment from those who trust you as they pass by like men return from war the women of my people you cast out from their pleasant homes from their children you have taken away my glory forever arise and depart this is not your rest it is defiled it you'll destroy us with utter destruction if a man should walk in a false spirit and speak a lie say. I will prophesied you would want to drink even he would be the proud owner of this people so he's saying you would prefer someone who lies to you than the truth someone who's following God and that is indeed what they were doing at that time the Kings as you probably know were hiring prophets to say what they wanted to say lots of them so there might be one or two true prophets and they were hiring all these false prophets to say whatever they wanted them to say. To people we're a mess and God speaks against in this covenant lawsuit and we haven't spoken a lot of a covenant lawsuits yet I mentioned at the very beginning but really a covenant lawsuit is a it's a legal case against someone OK so a covenant was many things actually. It was a legal binding document it was also a treaty often between two groups of people it was also often the covenant that God wrote with his people were. For the saved so it wasn't in fact their modeled after the Hittite treaties which were some of the few ones at that time where it was not saying you do these things and then I'll say to you it was the opposite way around God's covenants were always I've saved you. And now here are the things that you're gonna just do because you love me so it's the opposite of what we usually think about Covenant what we usually think about people but if you actually go I encourage you go back and read the first eleven chapters of Deuteronomy if you haven't done that in a while and you'll be you will actually I think want to go and read the rest of the laws in the book because it's really not a book of lots of book of covenant it's a book of love it's a book of God saying I want your heart and I'm I your heart comes first and only out of that flows the commandments of Jesus I think was actually not saying anything new. He was saying when. I've been saying already to them they just forgotten and got it mixed up got it wrong so I'm God is always one of our hearts and so this is a covenant lawsuit God is not coming to them wanting to destroy them in fact most of the times this word is used in the Old Testament it is God making a covenant lawsuit for his people so he's saving them he's rescuing them he's making a case for them against their enemies but when they're on Faithful his last resort is to say I've got to take you to court you don't care anymore so I need to show you what's what's been happening so the first thing he does if you look at Micah six is he has witnesses and when there is no faithful people who does he have to turn to. The mountains nature for hate there is no one faithful often no call to the other nations sometimes to some of it doesn't even have that's always like our natures my only hope here now what the Lord says arise plead your case before the mountains let the hills hear your voice here oh you mountains the Lord's complaint and you strong foundations of the earth the Lord has a complaint that's the word for covenant lawsuit it's really there in Hebrew against his people and he will receive you will contend with his people so it's that the word content I don't think is a good word it's make a case again he's he's he's this is lost hope he doesn't want to take them to court this is not an option again god like we've seen already in all of these cases God is doing everything you can first and this is his last resort before the people are going to go completely away from him he's trying to wake them up what does he do next he tells them his provision so he doesn't come and say you horrible people that doesn't do that right he says look what I've done for you I want you to know my heart's look at what I've done all my people what have I done to you verse three How have I wearied you testify against me what have I done. I brought you up from the land of Egypt I redeemed you from the house of bondage I sent before you Moses Aaron and Miriam Oh my people remember now what Bella King and more counselled what veiling the son of your answered him from Acacia Grove to go God that you may know the righteous righteousness of the Lord God is saying I've done everything for you you don't care what recourse do I have left. And he continues in nine through twelve to go through all of the sins that they do wickedness short measures deceit violence lies and then the punishments that are going to come and this is where I think we often get mixed up also with the prophets as we read these horrible things that God is going to do to people right the play the wild beasts the famine the pestilence but these are covered in curses if you if you were steeped in Deuteronomy the Torah you'd be recognizing that you'd be like oh my goodness this means we've broken the covenant so God is not just arbitrarily choosing these horrible things and like these people are horrible I'm going to kill them no he's saying look this is the result of what you've done you knew I warned you I told you I told you these things were going to happen so this was this is not some surprise in fact all of it all the way through if you go through look at it it can court in some time for fun go through and look at the the punishments that God brings the covenant curses that people knew exactly what they were doing this was not a surprise to them so this is verses. Thirteen to sixteen These are all straight from Deuteronomy covenant curses striking desolate hunger sword sowing but not reaping the the crazy thing that happens and I wish we had time to do some of the major problems too but if so amazing to me to suppose my mind is have to tell you because it's so cool so in Isaiah God does the same thing in fact the start of the Covenant lawsuit in. And he goes through this entire thing the whole book is basically a covenant lawsuit against them. But the key is he brings in all these covenant curses in chapter one but then what happens in Chapter fifty three you know Isaiah fifty three This is the probably one of the most powerful gospel passages what happens there is that the Messiah takes all the covenant curses for them so it's these same words that are from Deuteronomy you can find them all and around me then you see them all as they are one and then they're all in Isaiah fifty three it's God is saying I don't want you to have to have these and you don't have to if you would just believe in me yes the nation will be destroyed but you as an individual please accept my. Taking of the curses for you do it for Hugh please and I think this is always God's heart because what does he say. Six through eight and then we'll go into seven right after that because God doesn't leave it saying all right you've done bad here are the consequences there's always a way out there's always redemption there's always grace if you're willing to accept it doesn't mean there are consequences for sin but there's always a grace God is a redemptive God So he says in verse six with what shall I come before the Lord and bow myself before the high actually come before him with burnt offerings with calves a year old do I need to do all these things to be saved. Probably Micah but it's probably I mean Mike is writing this down but it's speaking as if God is saying what the people are going to be saying so it's. Rise. Yes the prophets again poetry is crazy because you alternate back and forth between speakers and they don't tell you so there's a lot of other markers that aren't there too there's no definite article markers in poetry you don't know whether it's the or a you. After know by context there's no direct object marker so now NZ that are direct objects can come at the end of a cent at the beginning of the sentence the subjects and so it's it's written to make the meter flow and the repetition and parallelism flow so it's not always clear sometimes yes in fact as we go further towards the post exhibit prophets that come after the exile they're much more clear they keep saying they say over and over this is the Lord this is the Lord this is the world just as the Lord because people were caring to us and the prophets and words they were making sure they dated everything but before hand they didn't really do that so it's confusing it can be very confusing but often they write in this way as if it is God saying it and yet it's them saying it in the alternate back and forth so. I think. I think this six through eight is actually a a hypothetical conversation between what someone is asking what they should do and then God's response or Mike as a response to God. So with what show I come before the Lord I'm bound myself before the High God So this is right after God is said everything that they're that he's done for them and they are saying hypothetically right I've done all this stuff do you not care and he says you know will the Lord be pleased the thousands of Bramsen thousand rivers of wash away my firstborn from my transgression the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul he has shown you all man what is good what does the Lord require of you but to do justly love mercy walk humbly with your god so he sets forth the standard in this as you haven't done it at all done nothing but God doesn't leave them here this is what I love about this is so cool so what does he do he goes on into Chapter seven. When you read part of Chapter seven yesterday when we're talking about the connection with between Micah and God. But when Michael says this in chapter seven verse seven Therefore I will look to the Lord I will wait for the god of myself nation my God will hear me do not rejoice over. My enemy when I fall I will arise when I sit in darkness the Lord will be a light to me I will bear the indignation of the Lord five sin against him and tell he pleads my. Case this is receive this is the covenant lawsuit so we flip that on its head and once again he's saying if you are willing God will plead your case I think he's getting this and he and I say are saying basically the same thing yes you deserve death you deserve punishment you deserve these covenant curses but God in His grace and mercy is saying if you accept me I'm going to plead your case for you because I'm going to take it on myself and then he ends with this very famous passage which you know really well in the end of seven who is a God like you this is Mike as name Micah means who is like God who is a God like you pardoning iniquity and I wish you could see this in the Hebrew this the word for forgiveness in Hebrew is not pardon or let go of it's bear on yourself so when God says he pardons iniquity he's there in it on himself on his own shoulders. It's not just saying oh well it doesn't matter no it's infinitely costly this forgiveness it cost his life his death passing over the transgression of the remnant of his heritage he does not retain a single forever because he delights in mercy this is again straight out of Exodus thirty four just like Jonah was quoting he will again have compassion on us he will subdue our iniquities it's not our job to subdue our iniquities we try it it's like a whack a mole game you're working on this one you get that taken care of there's all these others popping up behind you in the know my goodness I got over here and you just it's a hopeless case but if we're looking to him he promises to do that for us. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea and I find this really significant God could go dig them up right are they gone. There in the depths of the sea. He could go down there I think this is this is where we get mixed up with with worldly conceptions of forgiveness we tend to think it's not condemning the sin the Go Forgive if we forgive someone we're just like oh whatever it doesn't matter what they did no forgiveness is infinitely cause the you bear the the penalty for that person and then we tend to say well it's gone you forget it just God Forget it no actually he never says he forgets he says he chooses not to remember to think is very different forgiveness he's not saying they're gone you saying I paid the price for them they're at the depths of the I could go drag dredge them up but I'm choosing not to because I'm for I have borne them on myself. In the very center of the book of Micah is this messianic this amazing messianic passage Micah five and I think this is the key to what's happening here in the rest of the book so why do they have this hope Why can they trust in God to remove their their iniquities and to. Make a case for them instead of against them is because of the Messiah who is to come so starting and five first to you know this probably well but you Bethlehem a frother though you were little among the thousands of Judah yet out of you shall come forth to me who's talking. Got a good but then the one to be ruler it Israel who is that. OK so. But it's God he's right so this ruler is going to be God because what does how does the Describe him who is going for there from all from everlasting OK this is the same descriptions as is given in Isaiah seven to eleven the book of a man you also all the prophecies about the Messiah there Micah is quoting So Mike I think is this shortened synopsis of the whole book of Isaiah actually just in pity form but. Yeah I mean he does some different focuses too but yes he there's so many connections with Isaiah having a lot of the same connections so it's here we're starting to get someone asked me a question about can could they know that this Messiah was to be divine and I believe that you will see that especially after tomorrow me finish up going through the crying Malik I think it makes it even more clear but here is beginning of it so come forth to me and yet there's me and yet there's another one who's also God How do you understand this right in the good goes on therefore he should give them up who's he it's not clear actually here because notice this is someone else talking now so who's the he it's actually really uncertain is this God I think it's actually God the Father here because he goes on saying and tell the time that she who was in labor has been has given birth so this I believe is also a reference back it's got a lot of the same language as Isaiah seven eight and nine where it talks about the virgin conceiving bearing a child we don't have to go time to go into all of that but then the remnant of his brother in who is that now. We are the remnant but who is the he his brother and. Probably the Messiah here right so so we turn to the children of Israel and he. Probably Messiah again here so stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord are you lost and confused yet right so it's goes back and forth is that God is a Jesus is a god is a Jesus it's both a and all. This is actually some of my favorite stuff yes going to them. He should give them up I think he's talking about Israel so he's sending Israel into exile and then he's bringing them back into exile back from exile before the Messiah comes. So he's actually giving a timeline here in very short form of what's going to happen. So he shows stand and feed his flock again a lot of language from Isaiah seven through eleven of the myth the messianic figure there in the strength of Yahweh in the majesty of the name of the Lord his gawd so this person is God and yet he's also doing everything for God and with God So you have a lot of just cool stuff here I wish we had time to dig into it deeper but it's a lot of fun and it finally ends with And this one shall be peace so not only does he bring peace he is peace he is peace enough himself. And this should be peace yes but this can refer to either and I think it's probably ambiguous here which I'm fine with it saying one because this can be referring to a thing or a person and Hebrew so it can it's probably referring to both he will bring peace and he will be peace yes similar to when Jesus says it is finished he's quoting from the end of Psalm twenty two which says this will be done. So and he's actually quoting that same words just translated differently unfortunately. So this amazing picture here of these connections with Isaiah this picture of who the Messiah is and I think it's very interesting that this passage is also again quoted in Matthew and of course many people are trying to say this this cannot refer to the Messiah but I think usually they're not reading again the context and seeing the flow of the passage here and what's happening what like what we just did so I encourage you don't be discouraged by reading about. People who are wanting to do away with Matthew especially I think the reason they get on Matthew is because Matthew was writing to the Jews and he was writing to people that. It knew all the stuff they knew the Torah most of them knew it by heart most of them knew the Old Testament by heart. And so he didn't have to give the massive majority of context so we look at it they were like why he's reading it all wrong but he's he's reading the whole context of the Old Testament and we're just missing that as we don't know it so we often assume the Matthew is not doing good acts of Jesus when I actually think he's doing better X. a Jesus than we usually do because you know he's seeing the whole of scripture not just parts of it. Zephaniah. So that if an IRA nay whom they're writing and have back are writing now to Judah so we've passed the point of no return for Israel they are in exile they've been taken into exile by Assyria they are done and gone and over. And now Judah is in the same trouble so unfortunately they did not learn from their neighbors and they their relatives and they end up doing the same stuff so our rights during the time of Hezekiah and Josiah so he's writing probably before and after the worst time in his words history or in Judas history which was the time of Manassas remember he was one of the longest lived kings and he did some of the worst stuff of course he's Hezekiah son interestingly born after Hezekiah asked for more time to live which always makes me wonder you know maybe we just need to trust God with when we go you know not that not that he wants any of us to die but but that sometimes anyway I'll just leave it there but. Not so was a horrible of course he repents at the end of his life but it's not enough to bring the nation back so even after Josiah's reforms they're still just not complete turning back to God and the just go down towards oblivion. Without God's grace they would be totally done for so at this time they are. Worshipping every false god imaginable so if you read look to look with me at one chapter one starting a verse for I will stretch out my hand against Jude and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem I will cut every trace of bail from this place who is Bale. OK Was a fertility god of all of the Canaanite nations around them the names of the idolatrous Pete priest with the pagan priests those who worship the hosts of Heaven's on the housetops who are those. These were some of the Zorro ass tree an ism religions of the hosts of heaven this kind of this mystical stuff those who worship and swear owes by the Lord but who also swear by milk I'm. So yet another false god of the nations around them those who have turned back from following the Lord and have not sought the Lord or inquired of him and milk him was the one that wanted child sacrifices so these are the people who are they are who they are worshipping and so what does he say be silent in the presence of the Lord God for the day of young boys at hand Yahweh is prepared to sacrifice he is invited his guests So he's saying God is coming and I think the day of the Lord. Has become I don't know I hear it most often talked about badly like be scared judgment time the day of the Lord is coming and you know that is what is the main focus of all of a what of the prophets why though why is why is that a focus based on everything we've talked about why is the focus of God's coming on judgment. Yes because they weren't following him yes he had this redemptive purpose but his coming the day of the Lord is simply Yahweh Himself that's really all it is it's not a mystery it's not this time of craziness or when God wants to just destroy people it's just God coming it has different manifestations. So the day of the Lord is is when the Messiah comes. The first time and the second time that's also called the day of the Lord so it's it's just in general god coming and if you're with God Oh yeah it's a wonderful day and you're so happy and we'll read about that at the end of the Fanaa in a moment but if you're not with God or you don't care then it is a scary thing but not because God is scary God wants their hearts he wants that he again he's saying this stuff so strongly because it's a last ditch effort to get through to them he hasn't done this he's given them four hundred years of probation and they haven't cared at all he's been working with them gently speaking kindly. To this so now he's doing everything he can to get their attention so that's the first. You know you knows. Oh. Yes. Yes and they're trying to excuse themselves right you know we were doing all the right things we're still going to the temple and worshipping and just chill let me speak let me come right glad for my coming rather than running away. So it's this divine human collision that I have there this fee often that needs God vision OK So Theo God like the ology study of God Fine also is means vision seeing So it's simply seeing God That's what it is and I'm a recovering legal list. I grew up with parents who who were very much shared with me about salvation by faith and grace but I couldn't believe it for my own self I talk I was been a youth leader for many years and they taught it to my kids and kids and youth group I don't have kids of my own but and but I. I didn't believe it believe it in my heart that God would really love me in tell I had some very painful horrible things happen to me in the last well five six years ago and that it broke me and that's what God needed to Hughes to get through to me and show me that he loved me. Before that I was scared of the judgment I would talk about it you know like I'm just freaking out I remember thinking and God's going to look at my name today and I haven't spent enough time with him and I you know I on the outside I looked perfect he was doing everything right my life was all together. But inside I was a mess but I've been amazed to see what God has been doing in me as he's been teaching me about his grace and I'm I'm I can't wait for him to come and see him face to face you know and it changes you when you get get who God is and so it's become a great burden on my heart too to turn upside down our usual picture of God in our usual picture of the judgment because I think we've gotten it all wrong not intentionally Right I mean the Jews during Jesus' time most of them were not intentionally doing things wrong either but they mixed completely mixed up who Jesus was what he was about that he wanted their hearts so that's really what I think is key here is this is gawd himself coming and then he's coming to show his sovereignty over the whole world this again is not just about Israel three Verse eight therefore wait for me says the Lord until the day I will rise up for plunder my determination is to gather the nations I'm not just caring about you I care about everyone if they will listen to poor and then my indignation my fierce anger and all the earth to be devoured with the fire of my chalice see what is a jealousy for them for their hearts doesn't want them to turn away because he goes on I will restore to the peoples the nations the pure language that they may. All call on the name of the Lord this is his longing to serve him with one accord from beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my worshipers the daughter of my dispersed want to bring my offering this is everyone again just like Amos Sefanaia is saying God cares about everyone he wants everyone to be saved and I think I have it under three nine to thirteen so even the nations are involved there so God is wanting this restoration the salvation for everyone not just his covenant people well he makes company with everyone if they're willing so this day of covenant implication if you go back now is a fine and one. Starting in verse fourteen the great day of the Lord is near it is near and he says quickly the noise of the day of the Lord is bitter There are many men to quote that day is day of wrath of trouble and distress of devastation and does Aleisha these are all covenant curse words again darkness and gloominess clouds and thick darkness and then he is moving into Sinai works so he's mixing in words of covenant. Curses with his presence coming on Sinai so God saying I'm coming if you hear me and follow me it's a wonderful thing if not you're going to be destroyed just like with the Covenant curses Dave trumpet in alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers I will bring distress upon men they shall walk like by men because they have sinned against the Lord their blood should be poured out like dust in their flesh like refuse neither is their silver nor their goal to be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's route that the whole land should be devoured by the fire of his jealousy for he will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land. He has this complete reversal of creation I'm not going to read it but chapters verses two and three you can see this reversal space eclipse saying going backwards through creation and saying because you have chosen to walk away from me things get reversed and the world they go back to what they were but God is. Not going to leave them there he says I will not leave you there are some of the most beautiful verses I think I don't know everything whatever I whatever I'm reading I love but this this is just powerful stuff look at three Verse fourteen. It's actually everywhere we don't read these kinds of verses very often they're these are taken straight from Deuteronomy again we don't usually read it around and we think that the title is The Second Law which is a horrible title for the book is it's not law at all it's sermons and Covenant and instruction nothing really having to do with law anyway it's horrible title for Deuteronomy in Hebrew the title is these are the words these are the words of God so much better anyway but these are all straight out of Deuteronomy so see you know daughter of Zion shall do is REAL be glad to rejoice with all your heart a daughter of Jerusalem the Lord has taken away your judgments he has cast out your enemy the king of Israel the Lord is in your midst again the day of the Lord right he has come he's there with you this is also the day of the Lord the definition of it you shall see disaster no more in that day it should be said to Jerusalem don't fear to be freed Zion Let not your hands be weak the Lord your God in your midst the Mighty One He will save you he will rejoice over you with gladness you ever thought about that god rejoicing over you that's what the devil does about what he wants to come and rejoice over you if you let Him He will quiet you with His Love to that silent thing he will rejoice over you with singing so God's things over us that's his desire he's wanting to come with joy with thinking over us and we're just like. Us right it's because we don't get I don't think the East that's been my experience when I was feeling I was because I didn't really get his grace the law is for the saved not the other way around saves us and then he gives us the Torah. On the other we got a little wrong or at least in our minds at least in my mind it was wrong. Or right who time flying OK. I put them together because they are really. Polemics it's a polemic. Argument against something done in no maybe kind of atypical way so it's almost done in a sideways way it's not a direct straight out thing they do have some direct straight out things too but now whom is has a hymn at the very beginning kind of this divine warrior him that God writes against Nineveh OK so who did we have yesterday who went to Nineveh. Jonah right so now Nineveh is completely given to destruction and they they've totally turned back on what Jonah taught them and they're about to be destroyed and they whom is here to send them their last warning they don't listen and they are destroyed in six twelve D.C. So God here at the very beginning he tells them straight up he says God is jealous in verse two in God The Lord of vengeance the Lord is binges and furious he will take vengeance on his adversaries he reserves wrath for his enemies but the Lord is slow to anger and great in power he will not at all equip the wickets are that's now one two and three so he's saying straight up God wants you still to be saved still the same messages Jonah but they don't listen and instead they are destroyed. Edam Obadiah is talking to them same thing he says you were relatives of Israel you should have cared about them when they fell but instead you locked them and you laughed at them and you scoffed at them and you actually killed some of the stragglers the remnants the survivors. So these two prophets are. Speaking against speaking to nations other than Israel so I think I find it really significant that we often forget this but that's three of the twelve that are really not speaking at all in Israel and a lot of the prophecies in the my major prophets the bigger books are also not Israel so God has a passion for reaching everyone through His prophets through his spokespeople. So there's a lot of connections I want to spend a little bit of time on this because I think this is often misunderstood how can you have a song which is really what make room in a lot of Obadiah are rejoicing against about the destruction of these people how do we understand that there's actually a lot of connections with these of these two Psalms with someone thirty seven which is about babbling so I want you to turn there with me because in this really important it's called an impression Tory Psalm which is a cursing song this is a song you will probably not hear read in church although I think it should be because I think we misunderstand the point of it and we cringe at a new I've actually read and unfortunately in the textbook I'm required to use for my freshman religion class at Anders I the author I think is tending well but they say something about how you know these are just human emotions and so you know we can just kind of not worry about them because they're not what God God feels and I. Actually spend a whole class periods on that talking with them because I want them to understand that I don't think that's I think that's a very scary place to be at I don't think it's intended by the author but anyway they're trying to explain it away but I think we're into trouble when we do that so let's just read it briefly here by the bridges of Babel and someone thirty seven there we sat down here we wept when we remembered Zion So where are they. There in captivity right there in exile when we hung up our harps on the willows in the midst of it for there are the. Those who carried us away captive asked of us a song and those who plundered us requested mirth saying save us one of the songs of Zion ha we destroyed you you know we're going to make fun of you now how shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land if I forget you a drizzle and let my right hand forget its skill if I do not remember you let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy remember a Lord against the sons of Edam this is almost a straight similarity with Obadiah here the day of Jerusalem was said raise it raise it to its very foundation how they deserve it oh daughter of Babel and who are to be destroyed happy the one who repays you as you have served us happy the one who takes in dashes your little ones against the rock. Whoa right this is not what you expect to hear how do we understand this and again you can see why people just take this one verse and say This cannot be a Christian emotion how can this be in the Bible and I think we missed some stuff and I've got some stuff here I actually wrote it out because I wanted you to see it and have it and remember it so probation was given to all these people we don't have to cut time to go back through that but if you look through from Genesis all the way to the end of the prophets it's clear that God gives probation God gives warnings to all these nations they don't listen they don't care Israel Too right it was the same thing same warning same probation they don't care God has God is not a favorite player he doesn't play favorites treats everyone equally he gets probation and they don't listen this is actually lex talionis which means it is a just punishment for the crime and let's tell the onus doesn't mean that that punishment has to happen right so many times many times the punishment wouldn't happen if the person repented but it meant that you wouldn't go above that what is a just punishment for the crime many many of the other ancient Near East. Sed other nations around Israel they had horrible things so like if you stole something you'd have your hand cut off if you lied your tongue was cut off so God is saying you know let's be fair and equal that's what Lex Talionis says but it doesn't mean he asked to do it many times God doesn't in fact God is much more gracious always than people are so we we are quick to judge someone and get rid of them and goddesses know any chance possible that they repent Yes holy Louis I won't have to do what I when I need to do so if you look let's just look at one of the verses here Second Kings eight twelve. So this is describing what was done to nations at that time so it is is weeping right and he's real he's realizing what is going to happen to Israel and Hazel said this is verse twelve Why is my Lord weeping he said because I know the evil that you will do to the children of Israel their stronghold you will set on fire their young men you will kill with the sword and you will dash their children and rip open their women with child. So this is what happened to Israel and Isaiah says the same thing Babylon does the same thing to them so this is what happened so they are not saying oh yes we're going to just rejoice if your kids are killed. No they're saying Lord please please bring judgment and I think Intel. While I don't know this was my experience and tell you have someone brutally wronged you. You think oh justice it's you know you know but but just as longs to be served upon evil. Does that mean that God sends that person to hell forever No there's always a chance for their soul but there are consequences for what we do and when you have someone wrong you like this this is the response they're saying Lord please. Judge please bring righteousness back please please answer this horrible atrocities that has happened these are also covenant curses so many of the impression Tory Psalms and again Obadiah in a home full of covenant curses So once again this is not just God's covenant with his people Israel but with all people and they would recognize that there's never any personal vengeance here taken so they don't take personal vengeance it's always calling on God to do it it's never a personal vendetta never saying Oh you did this to me how I'm going to go do this to you know what saying Lord please judge rightly bring justice back righteousness back on this law number five they're God's victory is evils destruction I think maybe as I don't know what a good analogy is for that but if you are I use this with my students a lot so maybe some of you will relate to it if your theory if you are really wanting your team to win what are you also wanting for the other team them to loose right it's automatic and we don't often think of it that way but that's the same thing you're wanting God to win one in God's God's truth to win means wanting evil to lose and those who are associated with out so it doesn't mean you hate those people it just means that you want God to win. And then of course lastly there Jesus takes all of the Covenant curses on himself if we are willing so it's never something that individual people have to endure if they are willing to accept the savior so Messiah they don't have to face these things but I'm fortunately most of them were not very few ever except. The punishment fits the crime we don't have to time to read this because I want to get to her back Rick but because I wanted to spend a couple minutes here many struggle with these books because there seem to have similar issues to the Canaanite genocide so the same idea of God. God asking his people to kill whole nations I've already mentioned some of the reasons why I don't think that's an accurate picture but there are a couple more that I think you should know one of them I don't believe that God actually intended Israel to kill the Canaanites at all I think God intended to do it himself God intended to take care of them so just look with me one passage quickly don't have time for more but maybe what your appetite about this. Exodus twenty three. And maybe we reach you. At least one. So much so we will spend a whole day on this issue too so anyway we're just giving you giving you tidbits So Exodus twenty three verse twenty behold this is God God's telling them now is there just about to go into the. Well they're not about to go to the Promised Land they think they are of course they then disobey him but this is what he's wanting them to do behold I send an angel before you to keep you in the way to bring you into the place which I have prepared the aware of him obey his voice do not provoke him he will not part in your transgressions for my name is in Him Who is this. Probably Jesus here right so it's and it's Gawd himself and yet he's an angel and will go see this movie talk more in tomorrow it's even more more clear be aware of him OK so twenty two but if you indeed obey his voice and do all that I speak I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to adversaries this is not your job your job is not to go and kill them it's my job I know their hearts I know what needs to be done my angel will go before you and bring you into the Emerson had ties the bearers at the Canaanites leave us in the sights and you will cut them off no I will cut them off that's my job let me do it so useful serve Sorry Skip the verse you shall not bow down to their gods nor serve them nor do according to their works but you show utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars and this actually goes back to Deuteronomy seven which. I'm not going to read but you can read it beginning of Deuteronomy seven this is exactly what God says destroy them but then in the next verse is like actually what I mean is to destroy their sacred pillars because I don't want you to enter Mary with them I don't want you to make a comment with them so they're still there so what happens you will serve the Lord and your God and He will bless you brought in water will take with sickness and will suffer miscarriage blah blah first twenty seven I will send my fear before you I will cause confusion among the people to whom you come I will make your enemies turn their backs to you this is what happens in fact if you read the beginning of Joshua to when Rahab is telling the spies they're like she's like we're freaked out we're terrified of you everyone's running away and then to Deuteronomy ten when Moses is saying you're about to enter the lands tells them you know you're going to have all during the six and are only ten he says you can have all these lands all these cities you can have houses which you didn't build cities which you didn't build vineyards in orchards and why was that happening because the people they were running away right so most of the people left there were very few left at that time in fact this is why Scott many scholars today who don't really want to see the Bible being true they say See there's actually no evidence of Israel conquering Canaan because there's just no evidence of even changing people there's no cities being where there's only actually three which are this revival says are burned. So Jericho AI and heartsore are announcer once they weren't supposed to do that to Anyway it's just it's crazy to me how we we misinterpret this whole thing we say Israel had this huge conquest destroyed everyone well they did do some destruction but that was no one God one of them to do God's purpose was for them to just rest and let him do it and a few times they had faith God was able to do that Jericho Joshua fats. A few other places but not very many most of the time they were like OK God's given a strict we're going to kill them and God blesses them anyway but it's not his intent. Verse twenty eight I will send Hornets before you which will drive out there by the candidate before you I will not drive them out from you in one year or less the land become dust live in the beasts of the field become too numerous for you little by little I will drive them out for you until you have increased and you inherit the land so and he goes on I mean it's just it's just powerful to me and I think we've often completely misinterpreted this issue God gave the Canaanites probation just like he gave Israel he actually gave the Canaanites the land initially in Leviticus he makes it very clear he's like the reason I drove out the Canaanites is because they did the same crazy sins that you're starting to do you know I gave them the land initially they messed it up so I took the land from them and giving it to you now you're messing it up and I'm going to take the land from you and give it to someone else so God is is doing the same thing over and over again and on and working with us and in his kindness OK Habakkuk. How do I pick a favorite book I still this one is still probably one of my tops. Just because it's been so personally meaningful to me I have found such hope in this book because he wrestles with God He asks questions of God He is confused about what God is doing and he he is willing to speak truthfully to guard kind of like Joe he's a mini Joe He's not many but the book is made but if you read it it's sounds a lot like Joe So he starts off in verse two oh lord how long shall I cry you will not hear even crowd to violence and you will not save Why do you show me iniquity and cause me to see trouble plundering and violence are before me there's strife and contention arises Therefore the law is powerless and actually this is the Torah is useless essentially in their society basically no one's paying attention to it it's completely done away with he's talking about today here he's speaking to Judah right again before they go into captivity. And he's saying justice never goes forth the wickets around there are just there for perverse judgment proceeds so God's responses are right that's fine I'll take care of it don't worry all. Answer you I'm going to send Babylon and Babel will take care of Judah for you I'll destroy them you know I'm I'm I'm doing exactly what you need there's no justice in your land so I'm going to send Babylon and that's what he says in verses five through eleven God's responding is like a raise of the cold these They're going to come and take care of your issue. And about because what this is and right how do you think they're worse than us what are you crazy God what are you thinking and he says in verse twelve are you not remember last in the Lord my God my Holy One we shall not die oh lord you have appointed then judgment then for correction correction you were of pure rising to be holy Will you cannot look on wickedness Why do you look on those who deal treacherously and hold your tongue when the wicked devours a person more righteous than he and cetera et cetera et cetera and he finally says you know I'm just going to watch and see what you say frustrated with you God why are you not answering in the ways that I think you should answer. So God's response is really three fold and that's in C. there one C. on the handout God's answer the first starts Well the first starts with two verse four but we'll come back to that in a moment this is actually a in this whole book many of them have been that we've been talking about today I just haven't focused on it but the very center of it is to verse four says that the center focus of this whole book the proudest soul is not upright in him but the just shall live by his faith so come back to that in a moment but he goes on five to twenty is this whole against the other nations and woes against Babylon and he says don't worry I'm going to take care of them too my my justice covers everyone so you don't have to worry about that and then he gives him though this first of all he gives him this righteousness by faith and I think we have limited this concept too much because what happens is in in the Septuagint which is the translation of the Hebrew Bible into Greek that Paul would have known that as well as the he. And it says The just shall live by my faithfulness God talking so Paul I think on purpose doesn't give a pronoun because what does he say when he quotes this always. The just shall live by faith right so whose face folks it's God's faithfulness because that word faith can be either faith or faithfulness translated either one so it's God's faithfulness to us our faith in God's faithfulness actually think it's three fold and then that leads to all our faithfulness to God. So all of that isn't capsulated there in this one phrase and I think that's why Paul doesn't quote the pronoun because he's saying I really think it's all of these things. God is the faithful one to us the law is for the saved God saves us for God is faithful to us we then have faith in his faithfulness to us and that's what saves us as well and then that results in our good works results in our faithfulness back to him so all of those are there if you look for fun if you have time at some point go look through all the passages in Paul that he talks about righteousness by faith and I think you'll find all three of those elements there in all of them it's always God who first loved us who first saved us and then we respond in faith to him and then that leads to good works not because we have to do them but because we want to do them because we're in love with him because we're just blown away by what he has done for us with all three of those elements and this is what gives him back to cope so got by God doesn't stop there he comes to a back in the thing often E So chapter three is just God appearing to him and it's also a him minutes a song and he's bringing together all of the elements if you want to have some fun for your worship some time go through the back of three I have my students do this and look for all the elements that apply to these different things of God's faithfulness to his creation flood Exodus Sinai a bunch of different songs he's read. It all together in amazing ways he pulls it all together and says God is amazing he's done all this stuff for us and so therefore I can trust him. He also completely reverses there's about ten or twelve things that he said in chapter one he's upset with God is like you're not saving you're not hearing you're not listening you're not caring and in chapter three he's like wow God saves God listens God cares God hears I get it really and does he get it because God has done all those things yet you know he gets it because he he gets righteousness by faith that's my sense he finally gets the picture that he can trust God and his final response is so powerful to me because it it's this he's for Started with God he's impatient with God he's like you don't care you don't listen and it turns into this amazing statement of faith that convicts me every time I read it because I'm blown away by it three the end of chapter three. Starting a verse sixteen when I heard my body trembled my lips quivered at the Voice rottenness entered my bones and I trembled in myself that I might rest in the day of trouble when he comes up to the people he will invade them with his troops so he's just broken he realizes what God has done and what will God will do and then he says though the fig tree may not last and more fruit be on the vine so the labor of the olive may fail in the field you'll no food the flock may be cut off from the fold and there be no hurt in the stalls and we read this in like OK that's terrible but this was everything this is like losing your house and your car and all your savings and all your retirement and all your clothes and all your friends and and everything so gone all of that if all of that was gone if God didn't answer any of my prayers the way I think you should answer them yet I will rejoice in the Lord not in my circumstances I think we often get this mixed up and we think i need to just be happy that all these terrible things have happened to me you know why are we happy not because of the terrible things we're happy because those terrible things point us to Jesus and they say Lord you are you you are the one who. Is me joy and I think Joy Joy transcends happiness it's like a deeper and higher and broader than than happiness is that of course incorporates that but it's much bigger I will joy in the God not just the God of Israel the God of my salvation I know God save me and therefore I can rejoice the Lord God is my strength he will make my feet like deer's feet he will make me walk on my high hills so he starts off being angry with God for the state of the world and all the problems that are in it in the state of his church and the state of his country and he's like This is a mess or what are you doing and he ends up by saying I don't know what you're doing or but I trust you because I know you've saved me and you're in my heart and that's enough for me and I can trust that you're going to do well with everything else. I want to end with reading This is from prophets and kings page three eighty six I don't have it on their publisher to put it on there it's running on a room. And this SAYS SHE SAYS THE FACE prophets and Kings three hundred six. The face it strengthens about Kirk and all the holy and just in those days of deep trial was the same faith that sustains God's people today. No difference in the darkest hours under circumstances most for bidding the Christian believer may keep his soul state upon the source of all Light and Power day by day through faith in God His hope and courage may be renewed the just shall live by his faith notice she doesn't really qualify that either Whose is that all of them in the service of God There need be no despondency no wavering no fear the Lord will more than fulfill the highest expectations of those who put their trust in Him He will give them the wisdom their very necessities demand just powerful to me the faith that her back a cad and it's a personal faith and many of the other prophets don't get down to that personal stuff that's why I wanted to end with him today because. That faith is what enables us to I think read the prophets well because if we really get God's grace and salvation we can read them with the perspective of that and which is I think the way God was speaking now so hold onto that in your hearts let God's grace fill you specially today. Blessings to you let's let's close with prayer. Lord thank you for your Grace thank you that we can rejoice in you that your joy transcends the many crazy circumstances and difficult circumstances that we probably are all facing right now Lord help us to hold on to you like. And trust you. And to spread that hope to others thank you so much in. This media was brought to you by audio force a website dedicated to spreading God's word through sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about the universe or if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit W W W dot. Org.

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