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The House on the Rock- Part 4

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The be with. It has stood the test of time with God's Book the Bible. Still relevant in today's complex world. With you it is with. Messages of. Around the world. With. My dear friends have you built a foundation that will stand the test of time now I'm not talking about your homes Foundation I'm sure that your home was built on a strong foundation but I'm talking about your spiritual life have you built on a foundation that will withstand the trials of everyday life that will withstand the turmoil of the earth upon which we are living. You know for the past several weeks that's what we've been talking about building strong foundations. And the foundation specifically we have spoken of time and time again is the foundation of this sanctuary it's Centrale A-T. to the framework of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the individual has been with me for the entire journey helping us to understand his pastor Carl. Pastor Carl want to welcome you back to it is written Canada it's good to be back again you know Pastor Carl you have spent eighteen years in ministry as a pastor now you minister in the classroom you have taught at the collegiate level you are about to put the final the final periods of final crossing of the Ts on a P.H.D. Dyster dissertation. So we'll be able to call you Dr T. Very soon we are looking forward to that and Pastor Carl you in your Ph D. studies have been studying a lot about the presence of God which has led you to spend a lot of time studying and really digging into the sanctuary now over the course of the last several weeks we have built a very clear framework there is a real sanctuary in heaven that real sanctuary in heaven is where God is and where God is calling us to turn toward not out of some blind faith obedience but rather to turn there because God desires to have a personal relationship with us and the sanctuary is really all about that bridge or that integration of heaven and earth and we've looked at that if you have missed any of the programs front I want you to go to W.W.W. dot youtube dot com forward slash Canada there you can find the archives of these programs and you can catch up and be current with this program today but Pastor Carl where we left off is I had asked you the question what happens if we reject the heavenly sanctuary can we still be faithful to the Scriptures which I know this sounds like a very obvious question but there are a lot of people out there that reject the reality of the sanctuary and claim to be faithful to the Scriptures is that possible we're going to turn to a story in first Kings Chapter twelve that I think will really settle the issue and as we look into that story you're going to see that it's going to be difficult to impossible in order to do that so why don't we take some time and look at First Kings Chapter twelve in order to try to answer this question and so your question really is yes can we still hold to to the authority of the Bible if we reject the. Thank you Henri so turn with me to first Kings Chapter twelve and we're going to begin verse twenty five just a little bit of a context here Solomon King Solomon is now dead and because of his sins the kingdom has been divided into two you have the you have the southern kingdom which is basically Judah. Run by his son rebel and then ten tribes have been given to Jeroboam And so we pick it up in verse twenty five and I'll go ahead and maybe read verses twenty five to the end of the chapter to verse thirty three and then we're going to going to expound on these as we go as we seek to answer this question now Pastor crowd just so people are very very clear where we're at in the whole history of Israel King David had a son Solomon King David has died his son Solomon who we've talked about a number of times actually built the temple there in Jerusalem King Solomon goes through a very lengthy experience he returns to God before he dies but at this point the kingdom has kind of been left in a bit of apostasy so to speak he has a sun ray a bow on Raya Bohem does not follow the council of the elders and so Israel splits into the southern kingdom the Northern Kingdom the southern kingdom of Judah which Raya Boehm is now king over and then the Northern Kingdom the ten tribes and they are. It is their headquarters their capital is in some area and that is. Being governed by a king there and that King is Jeroboam just to be really clear and now we pick up the story and first kings a leaven I'm sorry first kings twelve and where we don't have five twenty five OK let's start right there. Then Jeroboam built shuck and mount Ephraim and dwelt there. And went out from thence and built Pena well and Jeroboam said in his heart now shall the kingdom return to the house of David if this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord of Jerusalem then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their Lord even to read hobo I'm king of Juda and they shall kill me and go again to write a bomb king of Juda whereupon the king took counsel and made two calves of gold and said unto them It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem behold die a God So Israel which brought the out of the land of Egypt and he set the one and Bethel and the other put he and Dan and this thing became a sin for the people want to worship before the one even on to Dan and he made a house of high places and made priests of the lowest of the people which were not of the sons of Levi and Jeroboam ordained to feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month like unto the feast that is in Judah and he offered upon the altar so did he in Bethel sacrificing under the calves that he had made and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made so he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month even in the month which he had devised of his own heart and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel and he offered upon the altar and burnt incense and so the question is what really is the sin of Jeroboam And what does that have to do with the question that we're seeking to answer here in the question is Can I just reject the sanctuary and at the same time and hear to the authority of God's Word or maybe we can ask it in reverse can I adhere to the authority of God's word and reject and reject the sanctuary well in verse twenty eight. Even before that in verse twenty seven he's trying to find a way in order to gain the loyalties of the people to Himself right he's he's worried yes he's worried and just so everyone's clear is they're reading you know you have their. Verse twenty seven offerings and sacrifices made at the house of the Lord that's referring to the temple that's referring to the sanctuary erect So he's greatly concerned because these tribes the northern peoples of Israel. Three times a year three times a year at the feasts are going to return to the sanctuary to return to the temple and it's quite worried that when they go there they're going to turn their back on him and he's going to be left kind of holding you know holy What am I doing here and taking them what is he doing there so he's looking for a way of how do I how do I win the people how do I keep the people to myself. And so then what is he what does he do you know so we pick it up in verse so he's the Bible is pulling the curtain aside and helping us to understand his thought process OK if this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord in Jerusalem then the heart of this people should be turned again to raise a bomb even to their lord king of Juda and then he plays the old the old card this is for security reasons we need to preserve ourselves then they're going to come and kill me so and there was like an imminent threat that had to be turned around so there was some kind of threat that was going on and just like some politicians will say Never let a good crisis go to waste he thought how this is a way there is an imminent crisis I'm going to use this as a pretext in order to gain the loyalties of the people to myself and so here it is in verse twenty eight What is the sin of Jeroboam ultimately it says we are upon the king took counsel and made two calves of gold and I want to stop right there. It says that he took counsel and the result of that council was making two cabs of gold now very simply were did he not get his counsel from. Very clearly he's not getting us counsel from Scripture because first of all we see a cab of gold coming up at an earlier time in the history. Israel and I think you're probably going to turn there I'm going to talk about that but secondly the Ten Commandments make it very clear that we don't need to make images we don't need to make an image and this sanctuary which we've been studying has been clear that we don't need images to worship to come into connection with God We can worship God Himself Yes And so he's getting his counsel but it's very clear he's not getting it from the first five books of the Bible you know appended to as a matter of fact if you turn with me to Deuteronomy Chapter four. We can pick it up and verse twelve and read a few verses there OK and God had some specific counsel for them about about the dangers of what your bomb was about to do. And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire you heard the voice of the words but saw no similitude in other words you didn't see a form only you heard a voice and he declared on to you His covenant which he commanded you to perform even ten commandments and he wrote them upon two tables of stone and the Lord commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments that you might do them in the land where the you go over to possess and here's a warning take you there for good heed to yourselves for you saw no manner of similitude or you didn't have a form in the New King James you didn't see a form on the day that the Lord spoke unto you in horrible out of the midst of the fire what would be the result in verse sixteen it says lest you corrupt yourselves and make you agreement image the similitude of any figure the likeness of male or female and then it continues to go on about the ill effects of this kind of idolatry so God reminds them and says look you are not you are not to do this you are not to confuse me with the material creation as you alluded to in the ten in the Ten Commandments so when when first kings twelve when it says the king took counsel. He got that counsel from the surrounding nations from the traditions of the philosophies of the surrounding nations that began to replace the authority of. God's word at that point so Jeroboam makes a very distinct departure from the Word of God which also in turn leads to a departure. From worship in the sanctuary Absolutely that's exactly the current That's exactly the the logical flow so he took counsel and made two caps of gold and said unto them it's too much for you to go to Jerusalem as you alluded to earlier three times a year God's people would come to Jerusalem and they would come not just to the city but because God's presence was manifested there in the temple yes he would promise to meet his people at that location and reveal himself through the service of the of the sanctuary there. And so that directly led the rejection of God's word then led to a rejection of the sanctuary as the framework for understanding and we're going to flesh this out a little bit now for understanding the nature of God. The nature of church leadership and other issues as well this was really the predominant sent Let me state it this way obviously Jeroboam sin had to do with worship I mean there was a worship center and down there was a Worship Center in Bethel obviously it had to do with who was qualified to lead as later on it said you know here Dane priests that were not of the tribe of Levi those were all all things obviously it had to do with with with the nature of God but at the rock bottom foundation is the rejection of God's Word the rejection of his word and with that you cannot reject God's Word and at the same time cling to the sanctuary because when he rejected God's Word the sanctuary was completely out it lost it lost its meaning it lost its ability to provide guidance and interpretation to all of these things now two hundred years later if we can turn to Second Kings chapter chip. Second Kings Chapter seventeen. The Assyrians. Are taking over they're just they're just annihilating all the nations and they're coming they're coming to Israel and finally the Northern Kingdom is completely just annexed away they're completely dispersed within the Assyrian Empire and the writer in the Book of Kings here States the cause of it all and we pick it up in Second Kings Chapter seventeen and verse twenty and the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel and afflicted them and delivered them into the hand of spoilers until he had cast them out of his sight for he rent Israel from the House of David and they made Jeroboam the son of need bat key and Jeroboam drove Israel from following the Lord and made them sin a great sin I think that's significant So this is going back to this is two hundred years later now and it's saying you know what the cause of the fall is that which Jeroboam instituted at the very beginning when he set up the two cabs of gold that were really the result of him rejecting God's word yes that was the major problem and the Bible called that a great sin yes now all sin is ultimately directed against God But there are some sins that are much larger and there are facts and in there magnitude than others when we reject God's Word and we reject the sanctuary we reject the lenses as we alluded to in a previous program we reject the lenses through which we should understand God and view him and everything else and the problem then becomes systemic it because when my wife went into nursing I learned a new word yes so I studied systematic theology and so when she was working in the cancer unit with cancer was systemic that meant it was an operable there was no place the physician could go and simply excise a little part of the problem because it was all over the place right and this is the magnitude of the sanctuary message and what and the devastation that happened as. Result of Jeroboam sin and if we go back to first kings twelve and we just take a cursory glance every successive King followed in the steps of Jeroboam and it had it had this commentary for just about every single one of them in first kings fourteen I think we still have we still have Jeroboam And so we can look at first kings fifteen and verse verse twenty nine and thirty says it came to pass when he reigned that he smote all of the House of Jeroboam he left not to Jeroboam any of that breathed until he destroyed him according to the saying of the Lord which he spake by a servant. The night because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned and he made Israel to sin we could read verse thirty four we can go to first kings sixteen where it talks about armory and then Ahab the commentary is exactly the same and neither did he depart from the sin of Jeroboam who caused Israel to sin the next guy same commentary same commentary same commentary until we get to Second Kings seventeen and there they're all taken away. And you know this sad commentary on Israel is. As you've said between Jeroboam and the end of the kingdom there is that repeated phrase that you talk about following in the sins of Jeroboam and also that phrase and he did evil in the sight of the Lord this sad thing about Israel. There is never a restoration there's never a revival correct never now Judah on the other hand we see in that kingdom there is a kind of a roller coaster ride where there is departure and we don't have time to go there today but it's interesting in every departure there is a restoration that takes place a restoration of the temple a restoration of Passover which is really a restoration of celebrating the worshipping at the temple a restoration of the law of God which is ultimately a restoration of the word correct any revived. Vol was was preceded by the restoring which is interesting and I don't want to get us to off course but it is interesting when you look at the end of time God's people Revelation Chapter twelve and verse seventeen What is their chief characteristics they keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Revelation fourteen twelve they keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus every revival every restoration in the history of God's people has been preceded by a return to the word which is framed and founded on a return to the sanctuary correct the sin of Jeroboam ultimately demonstrates to us when we depart from the sanctuary we depart from the word and there's really it leads to only one thing and that is complete departure from God and the abandonment of founding one's life on his principles yet Chris if I can give a few examples from first kings twelve as to how this new direction changed their conceptions about God I think it's important so that the viewers could understand that when the authority of God's Word is God gone in the sanctuary is gone how we view God is reinterpreted for instance back to first kings twelve verse twenty eight The king took counsel and made two calves of gold and then he said it is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem behold your gods O. Israel which brought you up in the land of Egypt So now God is being associated with the material creation. So his being and his essence now are being intertwined with the things that he has made so when God's Word is God When The Saints are is gone we lose this idea that God is a personal God that transcends the creation. As the Sabbath commandment even reminds us that if he has created these things he transcends these things his being and his essence should not be confused with these things but the moment that foundation is gone now you have God that is intertwined the nature of God intertwined with the nature of the stuff that he's made and the ultimate result of that is nature worship but I bet if you were to ask the Israelites or Jeroboam who is really leading out in this kind of worship renewal or worship or revival they would never admit that their worship you know they're just altering You know they're just doing things in a new way so to speak but how we worship God the forms that we use the rituals that we use are actually an interpretation of who is who he is and that was that was the that was that's one major problem so you have a whole complete reinterpretation of the nature of God which is devastating which then gets worked out into how they worship and how they choose leaders for instance in verse thirty one thirty two they they chose later leaders that were not qualified by the Bible and it's interesting if you follow the account in the story of the kings there was nothing but in-fighting and obtaining positions through deceit through murder through all these types of things because when the standards of God's Word are are are withdrawn then who gains those positions the wealthy the powerful the influential and so you have all of this infighting going on when these foundations are destroyed. So clearly what we see here Caro is that when the foundation is removed when that lens is taken away. It blurs the very character of God who he is and how we worship him. Now Pastor Carl. We've already learned that you actually grew up here in the Toronto area that's right. How has this message helped you. Encountered Jesus in a special way did you grow up believing in jesus did you grow up believing that the sanctuary was the framework and the foundation upon which you should live I've never heard of these things before Chris I was just I grew up in the Scarborough area and. You know we we didn't really go to church a whole lot just maybe weddings funerals things of that sort so I wasn't really immersed or had much knowledge about about God's word and it was kind of through studying the the prophetic word that that I really realized that the Bible began to be true and particularly some of the passages that we'd start with that we alluded to before in Daniel Chapter eight about the sanctuary being cleansed and the discovery of the sanctuary of heaven and how the sacrifice of Christ was prophesied of in Daniel I began to have new hope that there was something foundational that there was something secure for me that meant a lot because I really didn't know I couldn't really say that I was an atheist I was I was more like an agnostic I just didn't really know I wanted to believe but I really had no no anchor or no basis or no reason to believe and one of my favorite texts was was Isaiah one eighty more God says Come now and let us reason together I thought wow you mean God can actually talk to me in a way that I could understand and that if I have questions and I'm just looking for evidence he understands that that just that just really blew me away and so as I saw the sanctuary linked with prophecy I began to have evidence of the fact that the Bible is true that Christ is doing a special work for me up there and he's seeking to bring all of us into unity with himself so it began to really play a major part in forming who I was as a new Christian and even in the work that I'm doing now in studying worship in the sanctuary as well so you were a twenty something here in the Toronto area you you really were. Living a life that was founded on philosophy really effectively philosophy had played a significant influence but you are looking for something more Absolutely you encounter the Bible you encounter and you begin to see that as you're having these questions and I can relate to this because I found myself in the same situation around the same age where you know I was never an atheist I knew there had to be something but I just wasn't sure what it was and my concept of God was just this distant way out there being correct if you encountered these passages Daniel eight Daniel seven Daniel nine when you understand the reality of the sanctuary it leads you into this developing of a relationship of that Isaiah one eighteen moment's calm and let us reason together where you see that the sanctuary teaches that God's interaction is on heaven and on earth and that he wanted to interact with you personally and it led you not only to accept that Jesus in fact died for your sins and not only were you baptized become a Christian you go into a life of ministry trying to help people find that but it's led you to your Ph D. studies where you've studied about worship and the sanctuary and in the last minute and a half we have together here. What can you say to help our viewers understand to know that the same god you encountered is the same God that once to encounter them through the sanctuary. Chris I just had. An awesome experience as God began to unfold to me the beauty and the power of these passages I began to see prophecy linked with the sanctuary that was meaningful for me because prophecy help me to understand the Bible was true and I was looking for a foundation and perhaps many viewers today are looking for that and they've been inundated with scientism and evolutionism like I have in all these. Things and so I found a lot of intellectual comfort and hope but also I like to study philosophy but philosophy can be dry and I'm so glad that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the life and that the word is made flesh and we can have a personal relationship with him and so combining the theoretical and the personal relationship with Christ has been just absolutely superb and I would just I would just encourage people to come taste and see that the Lord is good and with that let's have a word of prayer Heavenly Father I pray for every person watching every person listening today that they would come and taste and see that you are good we pray this in Jesus' name amen. Dear friends throughout the scripture there is one thread one crimson thread that crimson thread is the plot of Christ and how he gave his life for us the sanctuary leads us to understand that crimson thread and how Jesus wants to personally interact with you today I want to offer you the book where God and I meet the sanctuary Here's the information you need to receive today's offer. To request today's offer just log on to W W W dot it is written canada dot ca That's W W W dot it is written canada dot ca for Canadian viewers the offer will be sent free and postage paid for viewers outside of Canada shipping charges will apply and if you prefer you may call toll free at one eight eight eight call I.W. call any time lines are open twenty four hours daily or if you wish you may write to us at it is written box twenty ten Oshawa Ontario. One age seventy four. My dear friends foundations are everything and the foundation of the sanctuary is essential to your growth in Jesus coming close to him Pastor Carl I want to thank you for showing and demonstrating to us the essential nature of the foundation of the century has been this. Different I hope that today you were moved to choose Jesus I hope you join us again next week and tell them remember it is written man shall not live by bread alone but by every word the proceeds from the mouth of God.

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