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03- The Law as Teacher

Mark Howard Kameron DeVasher
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  • September 24, 2020
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I'm Cameron to major and I'm Mark Howard and this is talking points we're in the 4th quarter of 2020 our topic for this whole quarter is education and the specific lesson is number 3 the law as a teacher talking about the law in a Biblical concept can become sometimes be a little bit dicey territory to fit into this like oh what are we talking about this week and maybe Mark you can give us some insights we're looking at this well I don't know we're going to kind of load this up in the front and will explain it as we go Ok we're talking about the laws teacher and I've got this I don't know if I have a letter in the West not but it's interesting that when you go to the Old Testament word for law is the Hebrew word Torah the word means instruction Yes And so you know I think about education in the law and so you'll find a lot of references Now last week's lesson had us go through Deuteronomy 6 and I mention last week that we just didn't have time to get through a lot of it but I want to bring some of that to bear in this introduction in Deuteronomy 6 in verse 25 The Bible says. I think it opened here well I tell you what before we even dive into that yeah I should probably have a word of prayer and then we'll get into this introductory comments to that spread Heavenly Father thank you so much for this week thank you for every day of life and as we learn the lessons that were outlined in this lesson this week please Lord help the Holy Spirit to be our teacher as we prepare for a Sabbath school blessing this week for prayed in Jesus' name amen amen So a little behind the scenes for our viewers it's interesting that we don't do multiple takes of this our goal is that we're going to do this in one take and we pray before we start and then we pray during the video yes and sometimes it's hard it's like me just. You didn't pray Well we always. Pray Bush as we pray and then we just we just got done praying and then it was like oh yeah anyway anyway well we need to introduce this one about the law Yes you're on a beach have a 6 in verse $25.00 The Bible says then it will be righteousness for us if we are careful to observe all these commandments before the Lord our God as He has commanded us then it will be righteous if you want to look at that you want to say I'm going to take a Moses bellow Pelz and say do this you legalistic talk to me but this is the Lord's word through most this then it will be righteousness for us we're going to explain what we mean by that as we go through the lesson. It's interesting that the expression if we are careful to observe these commandments this expression is found 3 times in Deuteronomy 6 and throughout Deuteronomy you find these expressions it's interesting that the word careful Shamar in the Hebrew means to hedge about or guard or protect so careful you know make sure something gets well. Be careful to observe and to observe literally means to do or accomplish something so that so that language is actually saying make sure guard hedge about make sure that you do this careful that you do this and and then it will be righteousness for you. Interest How is that not legalism is a like if you do this you will be righteous right well I want to add to that in chapter 6 verse one just way back in the beginning it says now this is the commandment and these are the statutes in judgment with the large which the Lord your God has commanded to teach you that you may observe them in the land was the point oh teaching them to us was this is are we going to do you yet the lesson points out and they go to glaciers 3 how righteousness if if if the law could have given life righteousness would have been by law I'm going to a different place. In a moment well but the point is the lesson makes out the point very clearly that the law can't save us rich we agree with. So in the words of the Apostle 19 where for then the law or literally Why go home makes a point in relations that the law can't justify as well why what purpose is law serve why if it's not going to save us then why even have it and that's the point the lesson makes at the bottom of Saturday afternoon paragraph 3 says this week we will study the role of God's Law in the whole question of Christian education that's are that's where we're going this week. So let's kind of before we dive into each point individually Let's get over working view what are our 3 takeaway talking points for this lesson Ok so our 1st our 1st point is teach your kids to fear who teach your kids to fear the envoy here and what the use of this was in the channel Well Mark teach your kids to fear Number 2 the law leads to Jesus Amen amen and and teach kids to fear large these draw them Sundays lesson the law leads to these this is largely drawn from Monday's lesson and then finally point number 3 key point number 3 the law teaches righteousness and that strong primarily from Tuesday and Thursday is less and I have to say that for me personally Wednesdays lesson talk about the toils and struggles of law keepers basically making the point that that just because you're faithful to keep a log does not mean you're you're going you're going to void all problems in life but to me that all this is outside well known doesn't go without saying but it's an aside from the purpose of the lesson is the law as a teacher takes away my ability to teach the lesson Ok so I did it squarely on I suppose before they're certain lessons Yeah you know they bring up stuff that I'm just not going to go there as a teacher I'm going to choose to let them study that class member study it on their study don't your own but I'm going to teach that part of my 3. He points are teaching kids to fear the law leads to Jesus and the law teaches righteousness Let's go ahead and of that most controversy of racist teach your kids to fear what does that possibly mean well we're drawing it again Sundays lesson takes us to Deuteronomy Chapter 31 and in due time you 31 verse 13. Why don't you read it for sure and it's the middle of a sentence and says and that we read 12 and 13 Ok they will gather the people together men and women and little ones in the stranger who is within your gates that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully observe all the words of this law and that their children who have not known it may hear and learn to fear the Lord your God as long as you live in the land which you cross the Jordan to possess a couple of different times and there you and your kids need to learn to fear now already when you talk about you've got to learn to fear somebody has got to teach it right yeah it's something any context you gotta learn and it's in the context of children learning to. Hear and learn to fear the law on the stranger and everybody may hear and learn to fear. And you have yet however of course we have talked about this earlier in the quarterly too but probably not adverse to it is that very famous passage that says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and so there is something about fearing God and His ways His laws that actually builds a person up and educates and teaches us that's right and most of our viewers are already aware that when we talk about fear in the Bible we're talking about a reverence Having said that sometimes I think we dial this back so far there's no you well fear the idea of a reverential fear. First of all the proper fear of God is a learned behavior that's a selling us here so I'm not not a survival fear but at the same time not all fear is irrational including fear of God You know there are rational fears and don't be afraid of that you know we were just temporary the darker so we're not supposed to be afraid of God that way but we there's a rational fear reverential fear comes from is out of understanding we fear things that we. Compared to actually harm us things that are bigger than us things that are beyond our comprehension or power we tend to retreat them more respectfully and cautiously now for for example I used to work as an electrician before I was in ministry and I would see I mean there were guys that would do stuff I would be afraid to do they'd still be on a. 3 story house with this overly And you have guys up there working on the roof or nails on the gutter now leaning over the edge and hammer ons that mean but they come up to me and they were see me working on the electrical stuff and they say Listen I'll do anything else but I will deal with electrical stuff I have a respect for electricity and what they were saying is I recognize that that they were they were every time they would see the writing of the hammer not only their Leica but they where they were saying is I understand the potential the power in it to a degree that I know I need to treat they had a problem with regard for it you know and and so bad is. A kind of. A feeble example of what it's like to understand you know we're in the presence of the Creator of All Things you know the almighty guy and as you learn of that there's a there's a all and respect and even people who had the most loving connected relationships with God trembled when he came home how many times you see prophets of God or you know examples in scripture was someone would see the Lord and they would just fall and there was Daniel is a joy and it was a service healthier No it was just a natural reaction to be coming in contact with a lot. They would fall on their face you know is the natural reaction of knowing God and I've commented that in the Chronicles of Narnia c.s. Lewis there's a you know it's kind of an allegory for saying it is yours and and you've got a lion named as land that represents Jesus but he's a lion and one of the characters one of the conversations that one of the characters asks about as Lana and they said is he safe and I'm quoting now here is he safe safe said Mr Beaver who said anything about safe course it isn't safe but he's good. And the whole idea is it's such a powerful illustration of God like of course he's he could just snap everything out of existence in a moment we don't have to be afraid of him doing that because that's not who he is but there's still something about referencing that authority and that's the 1st step in our understanding of God in our approach to him again like the shifter said the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and thus Deuteronomy $31.00 passage where talks about children can hear and learn to fear it has to be we have to paint the picture of God as realistically as we can nothing they will be so afraid or so cavalier but I will have a proper regard and a proper respect and awe for who the Lord really is well in the context of the law as a teacher hearing the law introduces you to the character of God and we look at that the last lesson so hearing the last beginning of a process of learning to reference God when you start to hear and understand who he is you know. The 7 command points back to his creative power and everything else and you look at the other commandments you see the character of God it it's the platform for a proper respect for God How can you respect God when you don't even know who he is well and that leads naturally into the 2nd point of this lesson or at least the ones we've brought out here is that after you teach your kids to fear the obvious next thing is the law it leads to Jesus that our connection with God is through the man and divine being Jesus Christ and so it leads us to him as a person that's right the lesson in Deuteronomy 31 again brings up the when Moses wrote out the book of the law there's a song of Moses here too and there's some things in a 20 gather but in when you come up to verse 26 it says the instruction of Moses is take this book of the law and put it beside the Ark of the covenant of the Lord your God that it may be there. As a witness against you and so the lesson makes the point. A witness against you Monday is the title of that well and of course there's some discussion on how as the law and when this is against us well it's a constant reminder to us that commitments of God are concert reminder of how far out of sync we are with the ideal and the lesson takes us to Romans Chapter 3 which we can look at briefly in fact let me just comment on it because of our time situation but Romans 3 Verse 19 says what the law says it says says to those who are under the law that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God and then further in verse $23.00 it says that all have sinned and fall short of Glory of God So the whole idea of the imagery there every mouth may be stopped that what the law says it says to those around to all the every mouth to be stopped in the world guilty the idea is that the law of God condemns us for our sin you know because we have broken it because we're sinners we violated it and the natural response of the carnal heart is to justify ourselves when somebody comes to us that the whole idea of just of the basic uses to regularize Paul in Romans 3 says he's talking about justification and I've always made the point that you have 2 options you can to justify yourself or you could justify you and I recommend the 2nd one natural response is to just write well the reason I did that is not guilty because now you know and so when the Bible says what the law says says to those around the world every mouth would be stopped and all the world there's kind of comes a point where every man stands for the law of God and every mouth and stop like all your reasons your justification like but I'm going to good reason for I've got no rules I'm told it's all done and so the law is a which stands there as a witness against us. And I then did that in the context in Deuteronomy 31 specifically the law put beside the ark was the ceremonial law and the Apostle Paul you makes the point in Rome in chapter 10 that the ceremonial outline the sacrifices they were very prescriptive for 4 acts of transgression so that Paul says and he. Chapter 10 verse 3 that in those sacrifices there was a reminder of sins every year every time you brought it is just witnessing that you're a sinner and you've broken the law and said so a witness against you is that well isn't it to feel like that you bring that up because oftentimes you talk about the ceremonial laws just burdensome regulations is true though it did outline very clearly the threat but it also outlined the process of redemption there is a lordly right and so we we want to go get through the ceremonial law with out seen Jesus in the law absolutely you know in those sacrifices it was not only a reminder of your sin but of your savior and so we see that whether we're looking at ceremonial or the moral law right it's not a price and all of the law it's Christ in the law right that's right and there's a and there's a the reality in our society and oftentimes even in the church is that. Fallen humanity doesn't sense their need for Christ we don't sense our need for Christ the way we ought to and the law of brings us to that wherein is that without Christ I'm nothing without Christ I'm lost and so in that way is that you know the law may stand as a witness against you but in doing so it's and as Paul says glaciers are tutor under Christ as raises to Christ that realisation that there is no other way leads us to the only way and that's what I was going to read that passage Clay Shirky $24.00 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ and the reason why that we might be justified by faith so it's not justified by ourselves just by but we the law brings us to cry so we can fight faith in the whole process of redemption is outlined there and to get rid of the law or to downplay it anyway voids its purpose which is to draw us to Christ I wish I had the quote right in front of me but in in the book Pilgrim's Progress there's an account that takes place a discussion between 2 characters Christian and Hopeful and hopeful talking about how he 1st came to Christ and just the whole wrestling you went through when he came out of conviction of sin any pled to God and he didn't feel any really use and Christian asked him to had you have you have you did you ever think about just giving up is it all a 100 times twice told he's like What kept you going and he said I realize that unless I've tain the righteousness of this Christ that that all the anything else in the world could not see that I had to have that righteousness was lost and he said if I was going to die at least have a die at the throne of grace this is a power like but that's the that's the imagery of the law puts us right there at the foot of the cross and it keeps us clinging to Jesus' name and so in that respect. And we can see in more ways what we're going to see that well that's something as we move to our 3rd point here the law teaches righteousness so when it says it leads us to Christ and Christ is our righteousness those things are these are themes that are almost interchangeable but they're definitely a rich study here so in fact in point number 2 leading all these is to Jesus almost we're almost looking at the the. Initial coming to Christ the initial realisation that I'm a sinner in need of a savior but once have come to Christ they're still teaching and learning that the law can do through the character of Jesus which Well again I think I've seen it in a little in these 3 points is that number one you have a general fear of God when we see him in the broadest sense and then we come to Jesus who is the best expression of that and in your preist we learn the principles of righteousness you know well and I think that there would be some people even though it may be watching and saying well wait a minute the law teaches Jesus teaches this righteousness I want to contrast the 2 but let's just be very clear that Jesus is the embodiment of the law right they're not contrary they're not against each other and it's a portion of the 7 the evidence have have allowed it doesn't gel goal thinking to come in and make us downers on the law of God and I remember as Pastor original feel he used to say we get into all these debates and we're constantly like Well Mark can save you look can save you look can save you in Phil Phil would say that's a given we're Ok we're all on the same page there we have grief so let's ask the next question the law can't save me the law can't save a person but how does a saved person feel about the law and that's where too often we talk so negatively about the law we actually disparage the law of God as much the devil though sometimes mercy and we have to be careful that yes the law can't save but it is holy and just and good in the right and it was Jesus Himself in Matthew chapter 5 do not think that I came to destroy the law or the Prophets I did not come to destroy but to fulfil so when we see Christ we don't see someone who will. Women it's the law it's at the new thing he said I'm trying to show you what the law looks like let it out so the law teaches righteousness talking point for 3 we're drawing this from Tuesday's lesson that you may prosper in Thursday's lesson with Jesus as our example. Again I mentioned that the word in the Old Testament for Law Torah means instruction and it's instruction in righteousness Psalm 1172 David says all your commandments are righteousness Well you already know where they get into that because they just say all your commitment with all your commitments teach the show it they say that they are righteousness there is a description of what righteousness is His commandments and it's right and we read Deuteronomy $625.00 then it will be righteousness for us if we observe all these commandments Well the problem was we couldn't you know what a big problem you know if man could perfectly obey the law it would be righteousness for it's a righteous lawyer you think if Adam had remained perfectly obedient to God there would be no need of a savior because there would be no sin he would have remained in this state of righteousness right which is why you get into I would you want to look this passage up briefly Romans Chapter 7 this is really a fascinating text. Just building on that idea of the law being righteous the commands of God being righteousness look at the apostle Paul says of all people and Romans Chapter 7 Romans Chapter 10 Romans 7 very 1st and you know when you're in on turn Ok it says and the commandment which was to bring life I found to bring death now this is a fascinating and of course I'm going to bring you the whole passage but notice that in the words of Paul the commandment was designed to bring to life life just a couple other comparisons New International Version says it was intended to bring life English standard says it promised the life the New American Standard Bible says which was to result in life so so the commandment was designed to bring light. It was ordained to life isn't it the problem was then fallen man can't keep it and what will flesh it out in a minute but along those lines Tuesday's lesson that you may prosper brings up in Joshua 17 he's talking about in that land where the Lord is leading you keep these commandments that you may prosper. Deuteronomy 6 verses 2 and 3 that your days may be prolonged that it may be well with you you always find these very positive statements about why God most people you know be a blessing to you it's going to be it's ordained to life like a child so the law was not a punitive thing that God put in there restrictive thing is some sort of disciplinary literally eating but somehow if we were to follow it we would have a better life not just and I think even Christians sometimes do it it's like Ok I don't have to obey to get righteous but a righteous person does obey but in that obedience is kind of going to be a grind and a hassle but at the least get me to have it right there at least it'll do with the thing but the reality is that these are talking about people who if you do this your life here will be better it's going to be more prosperous it's going to be more. You know Bly for like more abundantly right better and so I don't know why we've become so so mean that the law will he think this is law or just all down on well because the law is in even in the New Testament the law is holy just and good so there's never been a problem with the law the problem was with us right yes and of course Jesus. I don't like to do the law you know my God I didn't do that I will as well as it was my heart I mean David delighted in the Commandments of God either meditation on a day like that's a puzzling to some of us but it should be our joy in rejoicing the fact that it's not in us to obey it just means we need the righteousness of Christ for what reason so that we can live in harmony with fulfilled those beautiful laws that God outlined and you know more give me some of that so you know I have in the know God's law has never been the problem and the Apostle Paul goes on in Rome some 14 you say the law is spiritual but we are carnal Ok the spiritual thing was never the problem the carnal thing is the problem and that's what salvation redemption is to fix with a loft was ordained to life which means the principles of it are life giving are positive unless. On Tuesday in the read Section references James 210 to 12 which calls it the law of liberty which is kind of we're just talking about well we kind of mentioned this before but when Jesus came he didn't just. Expose the law or explain the law he actually exemplified the law he taught it you know in there's a whole day's lesson on Thursday says Jesus our example in the 4th paragraph down it says as teachers what better role model can we present to students than the model of Jesus and how he obey the father it's only Christ that that old law let me show you he just started knocking things over he was he went out of his way to demonstrate fidelity to God's Law Jesus said many very positive. And very straight things to say about the law you know not one jot or tittle will pass away you know so I kept my father's command center and would have won a fascinating point here what better role model like yeah Jesus. Kept his father's law and he was positive about it if I'm a follower of Jesus and I want to teach Jesus to my children why would I teach them anything else mercy so of course we witness in the life of Christ the beauty of the law you know I get and I don't have time to get into this with say well affairs he's kept along they were nasty Oh no they didn't you know the Lord Jesus Himself said Moses gave you go yet none of you keeps a loss even in his address to the Sanhedrin said that you receive along by the angels by the ordination of angels whatever and you have not kept it they stripped their rules and their twisted ideas of the Law Jesus is the one he told them you didn't keep the law you haven't kept it but he said I've kept my Father's Commandments and we see in the life of Jesus what the fruit of a life is that actually is in obedience although I see the beauty of it as soon as we heard a lot about it there's anyone who's going to object and say like well I mean of course Jesus can't look at Jesus as a bad example of Law He was perfect right but that very egg knowledge but the Jesus was perfect might be one of those things that well we really can't look at using example because come on he was Jesus and we're in a different position when the reality is that Christ's obedience is we have a note here wasn't automatic It's not like he came into the world and just always did the Bible though previous lessons talk about it doesn't say much about his development it does speak about his growth not from center to St But a critter that always was in large expanding it I mean friends as you think of the quintessential passage about he grew in wisdom and in stature and favor with God and man he had to grow into an appreciation and totally explain it but then I don't understand says it's true in the lesson brings that out to 5152 and also brings out he was 58 he learned obedience you know the things that he suffered I can't talk I don't have the word earned obedience but you you have in his humanity. When I get from that is it wasn't automatic for him. To just naturally do it was good but he had to plead in Eden in Eden you know there's so many that Father not my will but that I will be done right every part of his humanity in that moment had to be saying that there's got to be a better way a different way and yet he said I'm going to suppress that had to choose to change his father that's right and so we see that Jesus embodies a law and you know that that he really elevates is the word as I had said you know it's only see that Jesus kept the commands and we see what his life was it should elevate in our minds the importance of teaching the commandments of they're the principles that that. Are exuded in Christ character and then finally the lesson highlights salvation and obedience and it asks the question on Friday there's a discussion question this is how do we strike the right balance and showing the importance of obedience to the Law God and at the same time showing why this obedience is not the source of our salvation getting the idea that you know well how do we teach this without over teaching it beyond what we mean to teach that because you are not saved by obedience Well it's almost as if we're not saved by obedience why obey but I think it's I put it this way you know we sin is transgression of God's law and we're saved salvation is saving us from sin Ok that doesn't just include saving us from our past transgression. That's saving us from present transgression other words save nobody's going to be breaking the law of God in heaven so the salvation process is restoring humanity to obedience were saved for obedience and in fact the lesson brings out Romans chapter one in verse 5 Romans 1625 and 6 that both make that point were saved for obedience to asked a question like what we can't we can't be saved by obeying So why obey. That we're saved to obey yet we're almost we're anxious implanting in the question a little this snide this toward the law that's not intended of service and doesn't obey God can we say they've been saved Well this is a comment you find this on the bottom of Thursday's lesson there from Steps Christ page 61 yes that so called faith in Christ which professes to release men from the obligation of obedience to God is not faith but presumption. By Grace are you saved through faith but faith if it has in the works is dead Jesus said to himself before he came to the earth I delight to do they will oh my God Yea the laws within my heart and just before he ascended begin to heaven he declared I have kept my Father's Commandments and abide in His love the Scripture says here by we do know that we know him if we keep His commandments he the say of the abide of and have himself also to so walk even as he walked so I mean this is a loaded with scripture there but to make the point that what walk with Christ is not a walk away from the law but you become like Christ who kept the law and delighted at it that's right I think we suffer from the idea sometimes that that law keeping the commandments is some very. Interesting way of it or some sort of not just integrated kind of impersonal kind of like yeah I know people keep the law there in the mean people you know that you're always of the sphere self-important all this and so I love the statement that is in the quarterly on Friday the 2nd paragraph of education pay $16.00 it says love the basis of creation and of redemption is the basis of true education this is made plain in the law that God has given us is the guide of life the guide of life the Law of Love calls for the devotion of body mind and soul to the service of God and our fellow man and this service while making us a blessing to others brings the greatest blessing to ourselves unselfishness underlies all true development through unselfish service we receive the highest culture of every faculty more and more fully do we come partakers of the divine nature we are fitted for heaven for we receive heaven into our hearts this is what lucky being it really looks like it's just a powerful statement of you know what is that but a picture of the character of Christ beautiful powerful stuff and plenty to cover in this week's Yes action it's the friends we've enjoyed this we hope you've been blessed that I. Hope your sadness cool classes will be of benefit from this study let's pray as we close Heavenly Father again we thank you for this study thank you for your word thank you for loving us enough to teach us and communicate with us and by your grace to restore us into the very image of Jesus please Lord help us to learn.

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