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Randy Skeete

Evangelist and revivalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • October 7, 2017
    9:45 AM
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00:32 Father in Heaven, I offer myself to You as an instrument; use me as You will, dear God, I will not resist. Cleanse my heart from sin. Give me the words to speak, dear God, that these men whom You love, whom You desire to save, whom You desire to use as instruments of salvation that they may be blessed by the words You give to me. Thank You for life. Thank You for sanity. Thank You for the knowledge of the truth. Bless every seminar I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen (amen).

 

01:03 This morning’s seminar revolves around the laws and so will the next one. And I’ve given it the title The Long Arm of the Law. Go to Exodus 19 the second book of the Bible and by the way when I read, I read from the King James Version of the Bible. Whatever version you have is fine but if I ask you to read with me, only read if you have the King James Version so we don't have the Tower of Babel in this place. Exodus 19:3 “And Moses went up unto God, and the Lord called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; 4Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself. 5Now, therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then”—what does then suggest in that passage?—“if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is mine.” Now, God has favorites, by the way. And those that are closest to God are those who keep His commandments. But God said if ye will obey My voice indeed and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me. What is the condition of nationhood? (Obedience)—obedience was the condition. When God called the Israelites out of Egypt they were not a nation; they were just descendants of Abraham. And God had made a promise to Abraham. They were not a nation. They were just descendants of Abraham and because they were Abraham’s descendants they were God’s special people; but not a nation. [“Soon after the encampment at Sinai, Moses was called up into the mountain to meet with God. Israel was now to be taken into a close and peculiar relation to the Most High—to be incorporated as a church and a nation under the government of God. ‘Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto Myself. Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine: and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.’ ” EP 27:209.1]

 

03:15 Ellen White writes God called them “to be incorporated as a church and a nation under the government of God.” [EP 27:209.1] So God is saying if you obey Me, you'll be a special nation above everybody else. Then we know God came down in Exodus 19:16 and in Exodus 20 He speaks the Ten Commandments. Let us take a look at the manifestations that came with the descent of the law. Exodus 19:16, 18 “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that were in the camp trembled. 18And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.” Let’s see what the manifestations were as we talk about The Long Arm of the Law. Exodus 19:16 “And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders”—that’s one manifestation. The next one is lightnings, the next one is a thick cloud, the next one is the voice of the trumpet a loud voice. And in Exodus 19:18 we have an earthquake because the mountain trembled. So here we have thunders, lightnings, cloud, loud noise, earthquake. All of these were associated with the coming of the law of God. Now keep in mind Exodus 19:4, let’s read it microscopically “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians”—what did God mean? all the plagues—every plague was a manifestation of God’s power. So God is telling them you saw manifestations of My power—they didn't run—they didn't hide—they didn't tell Moses you speak to Him because if we speak we're dead—what were they seeing now that they hadn’t seen before? They were seeing the Holiness of God as represented in His Holy Law. The coming of the law of God was the reason for the thunderings—when God appeared in the burning bush were there thunderings and lightnings? (no) When God parted the red sea? (no) Was God’s presence with them in the Shekinah? (yes) Was He in the cloud? (yes) In the pillar of fire? (yes) When bread came from Heaven?—the power of God. Water from a rock?—the power of God. But now that God is bringing down His Holy Law there’re thunderings, lightnings, noise, and earthquake. That’s Exodus. Let’s leave Exodus and run all the way to Revelation. We skip hundreds of years because we only have about 45 minutes. We’re leaping over centuries. I’m trying to stress what should be the central feature of our preaching: the Law of God along with the faith, of course, of Jesus Christ—they cannot be separated. Revelations 4:4, 5 the Bible says “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 5And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices”—what does that sound like? (Exodus 19:16)  Now, when God told Moses to build a tabernacle, where was the law placed? (In the ark) Where was the ark?  (In the mercy seat) the mercy seat covered the ark. What did that represent? God’s throne. So when God sat on the throne, symbolically, what propped up the throne? the law; God’s Kingdom is founded on law.

And that was His plan for the Israelites when He called them out to incorporate them as a nation and the church. He just gave them the law. And so in Revelation 4 we are looking at the throne room of God. And what do we see? Lightnings and thunderings and voices—reminding us of the identical manifestations that the Israelites saw when God came down on Sinai to declare His law; in other words, His Constitution for this new nation. Revelation 8:1-4 “And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven about the space of half an hour. 2And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. 3And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand”—the last word in verse 3 throne—where are we looking? In the most holy place. It’s the judgment seat; there’s intercession going on. Revelation 8:5—“And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth”—intercession is finished—“and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake”—what does that remind you of? (Exodus 19:16) We have the Law of God, again. This is 1844-stuff we’re looking at the Law of God. Revelation 11:19 “And the temple of God was opened in Heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail”—the Law remains. Now this is seen under the 7th trumpet. How far does that take us? To the end of time and beyond. Which means God’s Law is enforced all the way through. Genesis 26:5—this is a personal testimony about the life of Abraham and the testimony is not given by Sarah or his second wife Keturah or his concubine Hagar; it is given by God Himself. Say amen when God can testify to the quality of your life (amen). Hebrews 11:4 “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts”—God is the personal witness to the righteousness of Abel. Hebrews 11:5 “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God”—who gave that testimony? God. My brothers, yes, it’s important what your wife thinks; it’s important what your family members think; it’s important what your boss thinks; what your neighbors think; but what is absolutely important is what God thinks. In the time of the flood, Genesis 7:1, the Bible says “And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous”—what was Christ accused of being?—a glutton; a winebibber; they said He was mad; they said He was demon possessed; that’s what humanity said. But God said This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. [Matthew 3:17] Ultimately, it is not what people think, it is what God thinks. And so God told Noah thee only have I seen righteous. And so we go back to Revelation 11:19 “And the temple of God was opened in Heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail”—the manifestations of the presence of God’s Law extending all the way. Now, we are looking at Abraham. Let's go back to Genesis 26:5 read about Abraham who had the testimony from God. What does it say? “Because that Abraham obeyed My voice, and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.” Now, this is before Sinai. Ellen White says in Patriarchs and Prophets p. 364, Par. 2 “If man had kept the law of God, as given to Adam after his fall, preserved by Noah, and observed by Abraham, there would have been no necessity for the ordinance of circumcision. And if the descendants of Abraham had kept the covenant, of which circumcision was a sign, they would never have been seduced into idolatry, nor would it have been necessary for them to suffer a life of bondage in Egypt;”—they became slaves because they disobeyed. If—“they would have kept God’s Law in mind, and there would have been no necessity for it to be proclaimed from Sinai or engraved upon the tables of stone. And had the people practiced the principles of the Ten Commandments, there would have been no need of the additional directions given to Moses.” [PP 31:364.2] Most of the directions given to Moses are what we call statutes, judgments, precepts, ordinances—all that stuff had to be given because the people would not keep what God really wanted: the Ten Commandments. “If man had kept the law of God, as given to Adam after his fall”—what she means by after his fall, it doesn’t mean he didn’t have it before but it was not explicitly stated, it was just natural to who he was because Ellen White says when there was rebellion in Heaven the angels were surprised there was a law. They obeyed so naturally, she says, it came to them as a great awakening—there's a law?Yeswe didn’t know. No one has to tell a woman there's a law to feed her child. She does it out of natural love. And so “If man had kept the law of God, as given to Adam after his fall, preserved by Noah, and observed by Abraham, there would have been no necessity for the ordinance of circumcision. And if the descendants of Abraham had kept the covenant, of which circumcision was a sign, they would never have been seduced into idolatry, nor would it have been necessary for them to suffer a life of bondage in Egypt; they would have kept God’s Law in mind, and there would have been no necessity for it to be proclaimed from Sinai or engraved upon the tables of stone. And had the people practiced the principles of the Ten Commandments, there would have been no need of the additional directions given to Moses.” [PP 31: 364.2] Why did God have to come down?—because His Law was disobeyed. As a matter of fact, the Israelites were so egyptianized, and Moses knew that, Exodus 3:13 “So”—when God called Moses—“Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is His name? what shall I say unto them?” [“After Israel had been in bondage in Egypt, and through witnessing idolatry had almost forgotten God and the precepts which He had given, the Lord led them forth into the wilderness.” ST March 12, 1894 Par. 2] Ellen White said they “had almost forgotten God and the precepts which He had given.” [ST March 12, 1894 Par. 2]  So Moses knew they would need a name.  That's how badly the Law of God had drifted from the minds of His people. So we see the Law of God is central to God working in the lives of humanity. The words of the wise man Solomon. His nickname?—the preacher. His father?—David. David’s father?—Jesse. Jesse’s father?—Obed. In Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter”—this is Solomon writing as an old man. He had taken a whole nation into idolatry. He had left God. Some believe he had gone into homosexuality. He drifted from God—now he scans the horizon or the landscape of his life and Solomon says let me tell you something. Listen to an old man. Here's what it boils down to—“Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man”—let’s think microscopically: what do you understand by the whole duty of man? Everything God requires is somehow summed up in the Law. Everything God requires is contained in the Law. We just don’t see it because the Bible says Thy commandment is exceedingly broad. Let the Bible show you how exceedingly broad it is. Not only is the Law the whole duty of man, it’s the whole duty of angels. Psalm 103:20 “Bless ye the Lord, all ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.” The Bible says the angels do God’s commandments. This means that before Adam was made the angels obeyed the Law. Let’s look at the six days of creation: what was made on the 3rd day?—trees. The Bible says in Genesis 2:9 “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Now, the Bible says on the 3rd day trees were made; including the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That’s before Adam was made. This means then there was evil. There was evil in the universe initiated by satan. So satan was around when God made Adam and Eve. Ellen White says the angels warned them of this being. [EW 34:147.1; 3SG 2:39.1] So, before Adam was made, the Law existed because the only way to sin is to violate the Law. I want to take the Law further. Let’s recite the 5th commandment: “Honor thy father and thy mother”—what is the relationship between God and Christ? (Father and Son) For as long as God and Christ have existed: One has been Father, One has been Son. In that relationship the Son has always rendered what?—submission or obedience to the Father. For as long as the Father and the Son have existed, which is from eternity, the Son has rendered submission and obedience to the Father. So honor thy father has existed in the relationship between Christ and the Father for as long as they have existed. Let’s sum up the Ten Commandments, Mark 12:28 “And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt love the Lord, thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Love to God. Love to your neighbor. Christ told a scribe on these hang all the Law and the prophets. Love is the essence of the Law of God. The Bible says in 1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” The same thing He said in 1 John 4:16 “God is love.” This love has always been expressed in the principles of God’s Law. Notice I used the word principles. Before Adam and Eve were made there were no days but the sabbath principle existed; which is dependence and trust—there was no sabbath day; there was a sabbath principle. As long as there has been love there has been the Law of God in a form that unfallen beings could understand. I want you to see the Law of God has existed as long as God has. And we are called upon as a church to preach the commandments of God. I'll tell you something else about the value and the esteem in which God holds the commandments. 1 Samuel 15 is the chapter where god told Saul to destroy all the Amalekites. Saul brought back Agag the king and some fat looking cows [1 Samuel 15:9]. Let’s read microscopically 1 Samuel 15:22 but first let’s pray again.

 

26:40 Dear God, as I kneel again weak with such a heavy, heavy subject; as I try to emphasize Your Law connected to Christ, give me simplicity of language, dear God, because Your servant Ellen White says when our simplicity goes our power is gone. [Ev 75:350.1] Give me simple language, Father, and bless my brothers with enlightenment. Continue to bless the other presenters, dear God, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen (amen).

 

27:26 1 Samuel 15:22 “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight”—means He has delight but is it as great a delight as offerings?—the answer is no—“Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?”—we have two things [offerings & sacrifices/ obeying the voice of the Lord: His Law] the Bible is saying I prefer this [obeying] to this [sacrifices]. God prefers this [obedience] to this [sacrifice]. So if it boils down to choose one, you would choose this [obedience]—“Hath the Lord as great”—here you have two sons, let’s make it Biblical, Isaac has two sons: Esau and Jacob. Did Isaac have as great a love for Jacob as he had for Esau? No! His greater love was for Esau. From Rebecca’s point of view, did Rebecca have a greater love for Jacob? Yes. But did she love both? Yes! But she preferred, she loved, Jacob more. And Isaac loved Esau more. Now these are two sons: offerings and the law. Let’s look at the Bible. “Hath the Lord as great delight”—He has delight in this [offerings & sacrifices] but is it as great as His delight in this [obedience]? (no)—“Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?”—God is saying I prefer this [obedience] over this [offerings & sacrifices]. God prefers this [obedience] to this [offerings & sacrifices]. So if it boils down to choose one He would choose this [obedience]. “Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord?”—read now carefully and microscopically—“Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice”—God says this [obedience] is better than this [offerings & sacrifices]. In Mark 12:31 Jesus said there is none other commandment greater than these. In Mark 12:32 “And the scribe said unto Him, Well, Master, Thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but He. 33And to love Him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”—is more than all of these combined. We’re talking about The Long Arm of the Law. Name some sacrifices: (burnt offering, meat offering, peace offering, sin offering, trespass offering, thank offering, drink offering) But the five major ones were: burnt, meat, peace, sin, trespass offering. And of the five, the single most important one was the burnt offering. So Paul says “I beseech ye therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your body a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God” [Romans 12:1]. When Noah came out of the ark—Genesis 8:20, 21—Noah offered burnt offerings upon the altar. When God called Abraham “And He said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering” [Genesis 22:2]. Which means the offering Abel offered must have been a burnt offering. The very first offering described in Leviticus is the burnt offering. Calvary was a burnt offering because God didn't have to come. That's why Christ is represented by the bull that never carried a yoke: there was never any obligation on Christ to come—unless you call love an obligation. Now, Jesus the scribe said this love to God, obedience. That’s the only way to love God; to obey Him is better than all burnt offerings and sacrifices combined. Now, here's where you ought to take a deep breath: including which sacrifice? This [obedience] is more valuable than what sacrifice? (all of them) All of them would include what? (burnt offerings)  (muffled voices) Always speak with confidence even when you’re wrong (laughter) so speak up. The Bible says It is better than all sacrifices; including what? (burnt offerings)—the sacrifice of Christ because there would have been none of this [offerings & sacrifices] if this [obedience] had happened. If you say this [offerings & sacrifices] is more important than this [obedience] than God prefers sin because this [offerings & sacrifices] is a result of sin. Now, let’s look at the longevity of obedience. The Son has always obeyed the Father. Listen to Jesus on earth in John 8:29 “And He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.” But the character Christ worked out on earth was the very character He had before He came. The Bible says “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” [Hebrews 13:8] He has always been obedient to the Father. So obedience has been in operation long before there were offerings and sacrifices. When the angels obeyed, before sin, there were no offerings. The plan of salvation was arranged in case man sinned; and he did. Not because he had to but in case—we have an emergency plan. There's no in case with this [obedience]. This is life [obedience]. Now, we go from way back, as long as the Father and the Son have existed, the Son has obeyed the Father. Honor thy father and thy mother. Now, let's go into eternity. But before we get into eternity: before sin—obedience; during sin—which is where we live now—is obedience required? Yes. One day Christ will come. The Bible says in Revelation 22:3 “And there shall be no more curse; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him.” What is the curse?—death. What brought death?—sin. So there's no more curse. There's no more death. There’s no more sin. So, there is no more violation of the law of God—not no more law. No more violation of the law of God—The Long Arm of the Law. Now go to Isaiah 66:23 “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before Me, saith the Lord.” This is a picture of the new world: sin is done away with. The Bible says “from one sabbath to another”—that’s the 4th commandment—“shall all flesh come to worship before Me”—I have tried to picture what it will be like when all flesh from all over the universe come to worship God on the sabbath—what will that be like?—do they all come to the earth to worship?—all flesh will come before Me—which means the 4th commandment will still be enforced—The Long Arm of the Law goes from before sin, during sin, after sin. Now, offerings began—because of Adam’s sin—6,000 years ago. It will end when Christ says “he that is righteous, let him be righteous still” [Revelation 22:11]—and there’s no more intercession; no longer available for anybody, that's done. Christ takes off His priestly robe and puts on His kingly robe. Revelation 14:14 “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on His head a golden crown”—He’s coming as King not priest which means when some churches tell you when Christ comes back there's a time to repent—wrong! He's coming as a king with a sickle; not as a priest with a censor—no more offerings—no more intercession—that's done; but obedience will continue forever—the world needs to know the reason for the suffering is the violation of the Law of God. Let me give you a couple of quotations Ellen White makes about the Law of God. The Great Controversy page 478, Par. 3 “It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a revival of primitive faith and godliness among His professed people.”  “It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position”—it has been sidelined—“that there can be a revival of primitive faith and godliness among His professed people.” [GC88 27:478.3] Another statement: Faith and Works page 96, Par. 3 “The reason there are so many spurious”—false, fake—“conversions in these days is that there is so low an appreciation of the Law of God.” [FW 13:96.3] People are not given a true representation of the height to which God calls them and so everybody comes because the most popular form of Christianity is one which says I accept Christ and hold on to the world. Let me say it slowly, the most popular form of Christianity is in the Adventist church which means accept Christ and hold on to the world—let me pause. Ask me some questions on areas where you are unclear or say something that clarifies even more. Ellen White tells us when you speak don't say too many things at once because people need to digest what you are saying.  [“We need to study His method of teaching. We have the most important and decided testimony for the world, and we must give the people short discourses, in plain and simple language. Do not think, because you have gone over a subject once, that you can pass right on to other points, and the hearers retain all that has been presented.” VSS 44:255.4]

 

(inaudible audience member) Yes, we need to live and know. The law and the sinner are like a cat and a mouse. The natural reaction of a cat is to attack a mouse. The natural reaction of the sinner is to attack God’s Law; not keep it, attack it. Romans 8:7 “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God’s law”—why?—“for it is not subject to the Law of God”—satan’s problem with God is this: if God had no law satan would have no problem.

 

41:04 (How are we not keeping God’s Law?) The one we break perhaps the most often is the sabbath. When I became an Adventist there are some text you just had to learn. We call them Adventists’ texts: Isaiah 58:13, 141; Isaiah 8:202; John 14:1-33; Revelation 12:174; 14:125; 22:146. They're Bible texts but we call them Adventists’ texts since you had to learn them, no discussion. Isaiah 58:13 “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath”—what does that mean? (disregard, walk away,) Let’s go to Genesis 13:14-15 this is right after Lot has chosen all the well watered plains of Sodom for himself. When you keep cattle you need grass and water. Lot chose everything for himself; he left the rocky hills for Abraham. Genesis 13:14-15 “And the Lord said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from Him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: 15For all the land, which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed forever.” Genesis 13:17 “Arise, walk through the land”—when you walk, what do you do with your feet? (one foot in front of the other) yes! God tells Abraham “Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” God is telling Abraham you should act as though it’s already yours. Now go to Job 1:7—by the way, the Bible has only one Job. A lot of people suffer and say God called me to be Job. No, the Bible has only one Job. (laughter) If you're suffering you’re doing something wrong. The Bible has only one Job. [Amen] If every Christian were Job no one would join. Job 1:7 “And the Lord said unto satan, Whence comest thou? Then satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it”—what is satan saying? I’m walking up and down. It’s mine. So God told Abraham act as if it’s yours. Back to Isaiah 58:13 “If thou turn away thy foot”—if you stop walking as if it were yours; it’s not yours. Stop acting as if it were yours. The Bible says it’s God’s Holy day—don’t act as if it’s yours. If I loan you my car, don’t drive it the way you drive yours (put some gas)—and some oil. There’s a saying when someone comes to our home, make yourself at home. I don’t say that to everybody. Some people if they made themselves at home my house would become a pig sty. And so God is saying Don’t act as if the day is yours. If it’s yours you can say what you like, you can do what you like, you can do your own pleasures. “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shalt honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words”—don’t do your own words, your own pleasures, your own ways because it is not your own day. Speak My words; involve yourself in My activities; go about My ways—it is not your day, so you behave yourselves the way I prescribe. So God tells the Israelites in Exodus 16 don't cook—seeth that ye will seethe today; and bake what you will bake today. 99% of Adventists cook on sabbath. Let me not start a civil war but the brother asked me, How are we not keeping God’s Law? [Exodus 16:23-307] We break the sabbath worse than non-sabbath keepers because they have no clue—“unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” [Luke 12:48] I've always said if I’m lost and I have to go to hell I don't want to burn with Adventists because their fire would be so hot because they had all this knowledge and they didn’t do it. When I was a little boy in the Adventist church we'd check each other—we had a saying—Is that appropriate for the sabbath? If you started talking about cricket, which is what I grew up with, you can’t talk about the playoffs—you know New England beat Tampa, or whomever they played—today is the sabbath—What do you mean New England?—you mean the new world, not New England, it’s the sabbath. We would cover the television screen with a table cloth. Magazines?—turn them down so you can’t see the cover. So your mind, as much as possible, is pointed Heavenward. Yes, my young brother? (you were saying that in Isaiah 66:23 we will be keeping the whole law. How about the 9th and the 10 th do not lie, do not covet?)—remember that the commandments express Love. Now, Ellen White tells us because of sin the commandments were expressed in a way a sinful mind could understand. When you misrepresent someone you've lied. If you say I’m an Adventist and I see you in a casino—you’ve lied! If you see an Adventist in a whorehouse—they've lied. Even if you tell the truth and said I was in a whorehouse. You still lied because you claim to be an Adventist and are doing things we are not suppose to do. So misrepresentation is a form of lying and it's not an expression of love. And so every one of the Ten?—expressions of Love: that’s the principle and so we keep them naturally. Let me say one thing else. When I was coming up I told my brother, Don’t speed. Keep the speed limit. So we were driving at 55 mph. When I flew from Michigan the plane didn't fly at 55. It flew at 400 mph. When you’re in a parking lot, you don't drive at 35 you drive at 10 mph. Why? The speed limits change but the principle doesn't change. What’s the principle? [safety] When the principle of safety is in your head you don't need a speed limit because your love for people—if I speed I might hurt someone. So your love for pedestrians sets the limit for you. Because I love my neighbor I'm not stealing. I don't need the police to tell me don’t steal. I love that man. As a matter of fact, love prefers to die rather than to kill. Are you following me? Greater love has no man than this, that a man will give his life—love prefers to suffer than make you suffer. If that’s the principle—everybody is safe.

50:10 (If there is going to be no more sin, why is there continually the law?)—because the law is the transcript of the character God and God will be there always. The law is the very expression of the character of God. I'll tell you something else Christ Triumphant, p. 339, Par. 2, “Christ came to our world to represent the character of God as it is represented in His holy law, for His law is a transcript of His character. Christ was both the law and the gospel.” [CTr 333:339.2, November 28] Ellen White is saying Christ was the law and the gospel in Himself. I told my wife I’ll learn to make cheez cake. I haven't learned yet but you get the ingredients: flour, oil, cayenne pepper, you get them together and you’re making cheez cake. Those are the ingredients. When this thing is made then you have cheez cake. You don't eat the individual ingredients. You eat cheez cake. So Love the ingredients are ten. Love is the cheez cake. And we have it as cheez cake when Christ dwells in the heart. I often say a church of truly converted people does not need a church manual. Yes, my handsome brother?

51:35 (The spirit is telling me that the Law—inaudible) Right, it will be a natural behaviour. As naturally as the carnal sins; when we're truly converted, so naturally, we do what's right. So, Ellen White writes “That which at first seems difficult, by constant repetition grows easy, until right thoughts and actions become habitual.” [MH 441:491.3] A genuinely converted person does what's right as automatically as a sinner does what’s wrong. Of course, you learn more and more the natural behaviour because the life of Christ is being expressed in you. Obedience becomes the highest expression of joy and so it will be said of us as it was said of Christ “I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart.” [Psalm 40:8] When it’s in the heart, it’s a joy. When it's on a Bible page, it's a burden. I have to stop.  Maybe in the next session—also on the law—you can ask your question. Let’s pray. Let’s kneel, if you don’t mind. Our Father in Heaven, we thank You, dear God, for Your Word. We thank You for the promise of Christ. In John 16:13 “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth”—Father, guide my brothers into truth. Guide all of us, in this conference, into truth, dear God, and let the truth sanctify us. Jesus prayed to You, Father, He said “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth” [John 17:17] but the Bible also says “Thy law is truth” [Psalm 119:142]. And so we ask You, dear God, help us to allow that law to have a place in our hearts so that the law of God, Your law, which is Your transcript of Your character may be the power within that transforms us because the law expresses the life of Christ. Bless my brothers, bless their families, doubly bless their children. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen (amen).

 

The Long Arm of the Law

 

1.  Isaiah 58:13, 14 “13If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on My holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honorable; and shalt honor Him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure; nor speaking thine own words: 14Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 58:13, 14.

2.  Isaiah 8:20 “20To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” Isaiah 8:20

3.  John 14:1-3 “1Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. 2In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3.  

4.  Revelation 12:17 “17And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Revelation 12:17.

5.  Revelation 14:12 “12Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12.

6.  Revelation 22:14 “14Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 17And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:14, 17.

7.  Exodus 16:23-30  “23And he said unto them, This is which the Lord has said, Tomorrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake which ye will bake and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning. 24And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein. 25And Moses said, Eat that today; for today is a sabbath unto the Lord: today ye shall not find it in the field. 26Six days ye shall gather it; but on the 7th day, the sabbath, in it there shall be none. 27And it came to pass, there went out some of the people on the 7th day for to gather; and they found none. 28 And the Lord said unto Moses, How long refuse ye to keep My commandments and My laws: 29See, for that the Lord hath given you the sabbath, therefore He giveth you on the 6th day the bread of two days; abide ye every man in his place, let no man go out of his place on the 7th day. 30So the people rested on the 7th day.” Exodus 16:23-30.

 

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