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The House on the Rock- Part 3

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It has stood the test of time with God's Book the Bible. Still relevant in today's complex world. It is with. Messages of. Around the world. You know dear friends one of the things I enjoy is I enjoy a good pen and recently I was given a gift of a pen that was made from the zero on the York Minster the York Minster of course in New York England there was a fire there many many years ago and from those timbers they've been able to turn pens and make nice fountain pens from them but you know this show is not about fountain pens it is about foundations and why is that important what you see when the York Minster a large cathedral was built. It was built with no foundation How did they find that out several years ago the ark attacks who care for the maintenance of the facility noticed that the walls on the side began to bow out slightly was happening. As they begin to research what they found was that the York Minster a large cathedral built out of stone had actually simply been built upon the fallen timber of the church that was there before there was no foundation now those architects were able to save the euro. Minster they dug under it and they did what architects and engineers do and they put foundations in after the fact but foundations are critical and just as they are critical in building structures. Foundations in the spiritual life are absolutely essential as we weather the storms of life and so to help talk about the foundations in the spiritual life I've guest with me he's been with us for several shows now Pastor coral So tell us C.D.'s Pastor Carl welcome back to it is written Canada always good to be here in Toronto you know Pastor Carl I am excited about what we've been studying you know this is an area of expertise for you you spent eighteen years of your life pastor in churches then sensed a call to go into the world of teaching you spent some time working on a Ph D. you're about to wrap up your dissertation for that P.H.D. spent five years teaching at the collegiate level and you're studying about the presence of God and that leads directly to the sanctuary We've spent four shows now looking at the sanctuary looking at what is happening with the sanctuary and now as we enter into that time we want to ask some questions because what we've seen is number one there is a sanctuary a real sanctuary in heaven number two God gave instructions for the building of an earthly sanctuary that we might learn about him through that earthly structure but when that earthly structure was destroyed. There was the encouragement to turn to the heavenly. We spent time with this last show knowing and. Danding that the sanctuary is really the lens and we use that illustration of going to the eye doctor when the eye doctor says number one number two that one that brings with clear crystal clear clarity the sanctuary clarifies not just the Bible not just a relationship with Jesus but really clarifies life itself. Where we ended as we talked about how as there's been a grand attack against the sanctuary Daniel eight Revelation thirteen predicts that the sanctuary would be trampled under foot through the rise of philosophy and where we end it is we were talking about historically. We just don't hear about the sanctuary so where I want to begin today because we want we want to talk about the hope because I asked you that question our last show is there any hope and he said yes the restoration of the sanctuary so here's the question I want to begin with today. How can we re store this sanctuary foundation in our own lives and I understand for us to understand how we restored in our own lives maybe we should look at scripture and see how when that paradigm when that lens has been lost how God has restored his people to have the foundation of the sanctuary to have any examples can we go somewhere to learn this yes sure we spent some time in the Book of Daniel and even in the Book of Daniel in Daniel Chapter one it starts with of course in the book and those are coming in and hauling off all the vessels of the saints right to the to to the house of his God well of the Chile you know Jeremiah had prophesied in the German Chapter twenty five that God's people would remain there seventy years and that afterwards they would they would come back and when they came back they end. Rebuilding that sanctuary which was the center of their life before all of the all of the books after the Babylonian exile like the might like the minor prophets there they all talked about it like a guy and Zachariah and Molokai especially and then you have the historical books of as around Nehemiah which talk about God's people leaving Babylon and coming back towards to towards Jerusalem because they realize that this was part of the plan of God and I think as we look back on that history that Biblical history it was a microcosm of what would happen to also to God's people like during the Dark Ages when the little horn would through its philosophical thinking obscure our vision of that heavenly sanctuary eclipse it if you will and there would also be a restoration on a much larger scale so we can look back to the immediate biblical history and say after the exile there are so many books especially high guy and Zachariah and Molokai which talk about the fact that this is the sanctuary needed to be restored and that's what gave them their hope that's what gave them their sense of belonging that's what gave them principles about worship and just about everything else and you know we see this early on with God's people God's people go into the day they are taken into captivity in Egypt. They're there for four hundred years and through that four hundred years undoubtedly they lost sight of their relationship with God how they relate to God How does God restore and I'm going to introduce and you may want to expand on this how does God restore his image and his people when that image that character has been lost Yes that's that's a very good question how does he restore that as we begin to be whole. Him that's how it begins that's how it begins to happen but what is often happened is that tradition and philosophy have been obscuring our view of him and so we're beholding him through not the right lenses through maybe lens one instead of lens two you know when you go to optometrist and because of that our our estimate of his character is not what it should be and so we the century helps us then to refocus our vision as though as to who God is and I believe we're going to spend more time on this in the future regarding the character of God Yes in the great controversy but. I'm going to go to a text in Romans Chapter twelve OK verses one and two here where I think you can see some sanctuary language being applied in a personal way all right and some were just words you and I. You know at the center of that sanctuary was the in the most holy place was the presence of God and the presence of God is where the throne is located in heaven and where you and there you have the Ark of the Covenant and the Ten Commandments would sit underneath that So God is God in the Commandments there are in that heaven the are in that heavenly scene and they were duplicated also in the in the earthly and in Romans Chapter twelve along with that image in your mind is the whole image of the sacrificial system OK and how the lambs were off offered and they had to be without spot and without blemish and in Romans Chapter twelve verse one it says I beseech you therefore brother and by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice holy acceptable and to God which is your reasonable service actually that phrase your reasonable service could better be translated as an act of worship in the Greek word is law three which means an act of service or an act of worship OK And so here we are it's boring from the sanctuary imagery about us being a living sacrifice. Which is which was what Christ was and so the sanctuary points us to Christ he is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world and it also actually helps us to calibrate our view of him especially on the cross when he blended together justice and mercy I mean what a problem that God had how was he going to be just in the end and yet forgive us at the same time while it took it took the Son of God in order to be able to do that when we when we behold his character when we behold him through those lenses then we begin to emulate that character and. This is a very powerful because what we're seeing here and again it stands in direct opposition to the philosophical influences that have pervaded frankly have pervaded many churches and has pervaded society in general and that is this idea that God doesn't want to interact with us that God is out to get us but rather the biblical view through the lens the framework the foundation of the sanctuary is that God wants personal interaction. And what we see is and we've already read Exodus twenty five eight let them build me a sanctuary that I might do well among them and it's actually very interesting for those that are watching for those that are listening that have not studied the sanctuary the sanctuary was set up the wilderness century was set up at the very center of the the encampment of Israel and so the sanctuary was set up at center and then all of the different tribes of Israel were set up around it demonstrating Gaunts desire to be central in our lives his desire to be right in the midst of us. The temple itself the temple the the the permanent structure built in Jerusalem was built right at the center of the town but here's what what we're. Seeing is that the sanctuary shows us a lens shows us a foundation a framework of where God where heaven and earth are integrated where there is this. Too often when I hear people talk I talk about heaven out there where here and it's really a. A deist point of view that God kind of created the earth. Like a little top send it on a spin and he's off there somewhere and we're down here but the sanctuary changes that changes that that lens that understanding entirely and we see this intimate integration between heaven and earth what kind of Bible verses do we have to help see this integration where God actually not only wants to be a part of our lives but is in fact a part of our lives and how does this actually teaches that Chris let's go back to Exodus Chapter twenty OK and I'm not going to that's the chapter on the Ten Commandments of course and most of us will read that and say well OK this is God spoke all these words. And it was surprising to me when I was doing a little digging a little deeper I should say that the scriptures actually point out that God's voice came not just from Earth but from heaven and after having read the chapter so many times I was incredulous and wondering how I could have missed it and so as you look at Exodus Chapter twenty Obviously it wraps up in verse seventeen and then you have the people's reaction and then in verse twenty two of Exodus twenty it says and the Lord said unto Moses thus shalt thou say under the Children of Israel you have seen that I have talked with you from heaven. Very surprising in Deuteronomy Chapter four verse thirty six It also makes it clear there now Deuteronomy chapter. Deuteronomy Chapter five is the ten commandments given again in Deuteronomy four is is the brief context before that there is some really excellent morning there in verse fourteen and fifteen he says you know what take heed lest you make any image because on that day when I spoke the ten commandments you didn't see anything you only heard a voice and that's very significant Yes and will begin to capitalize on that later but in verse thirty six says out of heaven he made V. to hear his voice that he might instruct the minimum on earth he showed the his great fire and now heard his words out of the midst of the fire and basically Nehemiah nine thirteenth's as the saying is very very similar and recounting the Ten Commandments that God's voice actually came from heaven and so here we have God's voice coming from heaven and from earth at the same time is what the text is revealing now I need to go back to Greek thinking in here and platonic philosophy for a moment because this absolutely shatters that framework OK because in employed tonic thinking there is no past present and future you know when you and I are talking right now talking assumes time. Right can't talk without a past the present and a future right but to them when God speaks. There is no time he speaks with outside of time well that obviously changes the content of what God is speaking and they readily admit that and they say things like well the sanctuary we're god wanted to dwell among this is just an allegory not really real it's just designed to show us that there's an interaction between God and us that's it and so they'll begin to allegorize that So there's a there's a timeless content and then there is an earthly content but the Bible here is saying no the content that God speaks from heaven is exactly the same content that he's speaking on earth here as well and this bridges the gap then between heaven and earth that has been so eclipse to. By by the Little Horn we mentioned First Kings Chapter eight as well and when Solomon was praying his dedicate Tory prayer as the Temple was set up he said Here is the hour in heaven and when thou hear asst forgive now here he is he's speaking to his people he's speaking to God up in heaven but he's addressing God as if he's in heaven and he's expecting God to hear from heaven and to help him out when his people are in trouble you know there may be many of us today that are in trouble and Solomon knowing the heart of man and knowing that we're so quick to stray from God brings up so many scenarios and he says hey if your people are caught sinning and doing this and that then remember the Lord when they come back and confess their sins to hear from heaven and to forgive. I want to go to the Book of Revelation just a kind of time in this this close communication OK heaven and earth as well it sounds good so let's let's go to Revelation and in Revelation Chapter one. Verse thirteen John sees Jesus as the Son of Man in verse twelve he sees him in the context of the seven golden candlesticks Yes And then he's the high priest in verse thirteen now in verse sixteen it says he had in his right hand seven stars and out of his mouth want to sharp sword and his countenance was as the sun shining in its strength and actually I'm going to skip to verse twenty it says the mystery of the Seven Stars which you saw on my right hand and the seven golden candlesticks the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches in Revelation chapters two and three there are seven messages that Jesus speaks and they all begin introducing him in some way and he is the one that is speaking and so it but it says in tempted to verse one to the angel of the church at Ephesus write these things if he that hold of the seven stars in his right hand who walks in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. That's of course identifying Jesus as the speaker that's right so this message is actually coming from Christ. And the context here isn't that having the sanctuary where is it where he is among the seven golden candlesticks Yes when you get to the end of that message and this happens to the end of every single message like in verse seven it says He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches to him that overcome of will I give to eat of the Tree of Life which is in the midst of the paradise of God So the so the message that Jesus originated he sends to the angel to the leader perhaps to the elder of the church and ethicists and Smyrna and the other churches and as they begin to relate that message to the congregation the end result is that the Holy Spirit is speaking not just to that individual church but to all the churches and so you have this dynamic interaction of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary originating the message he is the Word of God himself he is sending that message through John John is sending it then to the angel the representative of all the seven churches they are speaking the message of the end result is that that's what the Holy Spirit is saying to all the churches and I could go also and talk about the fact that many times throughout the book of Revelation you have these angelic voices that are speaking and the angelic voices are not just speaking by themselves they are using human instruments in order to declare their message like in Revelation Chapter four T.V. OK. And so it says in Revelation fourteen verse six I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven having the everlasting Gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth every kindred tongue and nation and people well it's phrased as if angels are speaking but again when you look at the pattern of the seven churches the message is given to the leaders of the churches they are the ones that are speaking it yet and here in Revelation it's almost as if the angels themselves are speaking it. When you and I begin to proclaim that everlasting Gospel So Christ is speaking the angels are speaking as we speak God's words and there's this dynamic interaction going on then between heaven and earth and you know what's a powerful about this Carl is that. The devil. In an effort to separate us once people to believe that God doesn't want to have anything to do with us and in fact there is there are kind of two polar opposites that are brought up first is that God is so wholly so out there that we cannot have any communication with him the simplest God the timeless God The second is I am so filthy so worthless. That I can't interact with the most holy God and what you're talking about is that the saying sure where he provides a foundation in a framework. That God desires interaction not only does he desire interaction but has demonstrated that interaction throughout time throughout space and while it may be difficult to understand because we're talking a lot about time and space and some people might be oh you know you know you know speaking of the God who was and IS and IS TO COME you know the one who who exist forever and we're talking about this idea of timelessness. God doesn't exist in timelessness God His intersected us. Well he did more than intersect this he created us in time in space and wants to interact with us in that time and in that space. And neck gives us tremendous hope and that's really what the sanctuary is all about is the hope that he gives a curse as you were talking I mean my mind was going to John chapter one verse fourteen police which which is shrouded in sanctuary. Imagery and language and languages well now notice what I mean look at the beginning in the beginning was the word the Word was WITH God and the Word was God The same was in the beginning with God all things were made by him and without Him was not and was not anything made that was made and when you go to verse fourteen it says and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth you mentioned Exodus twenty five or so we let them build me a sanctuary that I made to well among among them and here you find the God of the universe taking on the human flesh that's how desirous he is in order to try to connect with us and it is this sanctuary image that tells us that God is not the timeless God out there he's not the God of the Greeks the God of scripture is not the God of the Greeks is not he's not the God that the medieval Church has set up the distance the distant God no he has taken upon himself our flesh and the sanctuary languages there that he might do well among us beautiful thought powerful it is very powerful and I and as soon as you said that I was thinking of John three and verse seventeen we often quote John three sixteen but John three seventeen For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn them world but that the world through Him might be saved it is the Greek word so zero which is often translated salvation or to be saved but then it's also translated to be made while to be healed and I think about that word restored You see God sent the son ultimately to reste door that framework that foundation of the sanctuary which the beauty of it is this even though Jesus came to this earth even though Jesus died for our sins the testimony of the scripture is he rose again and he rose. Again and went to a specific place the Bible says that he goes that is sanctuary where he ministers on our behalf as our High Priest. Now Pastor Carl this is going to be a tough question to answer in just the few minutes that we have left. If we reject the heavenly sanctuary can we still be faithful to the Scriptures. It's going to be hard. Because everything everything that we've been building points us to the fact that this is where God wants us to send our hopes when everything earthly has been destroyed you know we're Where can we turn in the time as is quickly almost upon us and so we really can't be there's a story in first Kings Chapter twelve and verse in verse twenty eight that really talks about this that we're going to have to flesh out yeah a little bit more it's a what it's an amazing story about after Solomon's death with with royal Ballman Jeroboam and the implications of setting up the two cabs of gold the implications for the authority of the Bible and for the sanctuary are quite profound and I'd like to take some time to flesh out we will definitely do that we're going to do that in our next show together but as we end today what I wanted it to be very clear and very important is the bottom line is this if we reject this sanction. It directly will lead to the rejection of the Scriptures and the rejection of God and we can actually see this we can see this throughout time as we have gone to a time of the relativism where there is no absolute truth the denial of the sanctuary. The foundations. Where no one is able to survive but the hope we have as we've demonstrated to. Those foundations can be restored they can be restored as we place our fate. And trust in God and His Word and turn ourselves to the sage Asacol as we had today were to pray for us sure. Our Father in Heaven Lord were thankful for the biblical history of the past because it shows us that when the earthly sanctuary was trampled God's people were led to rebuild that earthly sanctuary and Lord we've many of us wandered in the wilderness for many years and the sanctuary has been eclipsed But now our vision is open we can see Christ as our High Priest in that heaven the sanctuary and I pray that each and every one of us may cast our helpless souls upon him that he may grant us wisdom and grace and power in every time of need is our prayer in Christ Amen amen. My dear friend it is good news that the God of the universe desires personal interaction with you today I want to offer you our correspondents Bible school through that correspondence school you will be able to dive deep into a relationship with Jesus Here's the information you need to receive those Bible study Lawson's. 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