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Mark Howard Kameron DeVasher
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  • March 25, 2021
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I'm Cameron dovey sure and I'm Mark Howard and this is talking points we are now in the 3rd lesson of our 2nd quarter the promise God's everlasting covenant and today's time lesson or this week's lesson is called all future generations you know taken from the scripture itself and essentially we're going to be looking at the story of Noah and forward about the covenant relationship with God that established then or the continued then and even continues to our day today so a lot to cover in this lesson so we should probably start with the word of prayer we're going to start with a word of prayer if you would be so good and then you're going to introduce our talking points yes let's pray Father in heaven we are so thankful for the privilege we have of knowing you and your Son Jesus Christ knowing the covenants Lord being a part of them Lord we we pray that through our study of this subject not only will we better understand the blessing we have new covenant we may be able to more effectively convey those blessings to others because your desire that all would be saved we ask in previous things in Jesus' name in a minute. Ok so again as we mentioned earlier and you can see the inductors area there that this this whole this whole week is predicated on the idea that one sin was unleashed it was just wild and it needed to be dealt with and essentially the covenant is God's dealing with the sin processor of humanity and so in line with that introduction Talking point number one is that sin is our spiritual pandemic and obviously it's a play on words because we were thinking about covert and pandemics and health really and I believe in fact we I don't know if we used the word pandemic officially but we unofficial he had made the Gospel pin Demick ask in one of our Did we do that are the recent lessons well the reason we did it we talked about how it was ubiquitous and it's all pervasive if you have you but not in the pandemic this is much more of a pill if it's God's will be a. Cure but the introduction starts on Saturday afternoon when he talks about bad division has found its way into our Alex everything's endemic of this or that but the literal pandemic he's talking about how bacteria spread so just you know exponentially just you know and essentially the parallels That's how sin is and we'll get into that but sin is our spiritual pandemic taken from Sabbath and Sunday now talking point number 2 is Grace empowers us for righteousness there's going to be a lot of talk about grace this entire quarter and this is yet another example of that but we're going to talk about how great what kind of we almost sometimes use grace in a generic sense which is the grace of God What does it really mean we're going to explore that a little bit this week. And that comes from Monday's lesson that's all found inside Monday's And finally talking point number 3 the covenant is God's from start to finish we're going to tell you an issue to the company he perpetuates the covenant and finally going to bring it to its culmination in the last days let's take it on Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday so less of a lot of the Interior to cover here let's go back to that number one and yes tell us about sin being our spiritual pandemic Cameron Well clearly the Lord created everything the very beginning as we've already covered in Perth perfection good good good very good right but Genesis Chapter 3 The rebellion that started in heaven was continued here through Adam and Eve and their decision to go against the commands of God and from that one point it spread very rapidly and this was it would have been nice if it would have been you know when so far in some decent lives it's hoped that now. Some of the Descendants whatever it is now are not going to go they went 2 generations now let's go to far away that's just the nature of it and this is a little bit of speculation I've added it here but I think it's a good speculation of course you know well if you add it exactly yes but it might be an interesting conversation having to have a class about why did since spread so rapidly so thoroughly and there's something unique about there's a uniqueness is of humanity that you know aren't anymore even though sin would still rapidly spread but I think about like for instance Adam and Eve you know when they sinned they were just the 2 of them in the human family was very small very intimate so every sinner knew the other one and plus they were very long lived and so you would know generations of sin could be you know perpetuated and multiply and think about the amazing powers of thought and and physical capacity that we had to write. No wonder spreads sin spread like the virus that it is it was just all consuming Well it's not a virus it's has to do in your mind in you're as I think surely mental illness spiritual disease talking about the mental capacity of humanity obviously that would just enhanced something that could be communicated that way exactly and that progression is brought out in the lesson here and I thought it was a redirection yet degree but it was in Sunday's lesson starting with Genesis chapter 3 in verse 6. And we don't have the time here to go over that but I would encourage you that's a good thing to do in your in your 7 classes look up the text listed below write down the points they make and again the points that would be in regard to sin in the spreading of say and what I noted there in Genesis Chapter 3 So for example just steps the 1st 6 is when Eve sees the forbidden fruit and she decides to disobey by the time you get to chapter 3 verse as a leaven through 13 they're now shifting blame God calls them out on what has happened have you eat from the tree Well the woman you put here under the serpent right so they're already starting to that they're getting used to sin very quickly right here come in you can enable Cain and Abel you know it heightens up from anger to too you know rejection of God's worship and then killing his brother and then ain't changed descendants you have lame excuse now polygamous and he kills another young man to look at the sin goes from that initial like just looking at something and choosing to all the sudden and just a few verses and you come to know and everybody exactly let's look at that passage in Genesis Chapter 6. Verse 5 Bible says then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually I had a professor a Southerner who talked about time he's like talk about the read the Department of Redundancy Department yes or how many different ways can you say that people are bad they're both wrong. Thoughts of their minds were only evil all the time and every intent Yeah so it's almost as though they took every word you could say to talk about how bad men and by the time we get to Genesis 6 that's how bad sin it gotten us and so. Sin by it's of by it's nature in this is the next point now is the only cure for this is complete eradication right you're not going to modify sin or like compromise with it or adjust it somehow and tweak it so we can manage warranting it right you cannot even exist if it still exists some it's going to find its way and is by its very nature does not die out it does not die you know and that's why the Lord does promise in Scripture make an utter into of it it's not going to be mollified some way. And in Sunday paragraph 3 you want to read that one air force what the lesson brought out I thought aptly So yeah the lesson says in the 3rd paragraph partway through it says sin is not like a cut or a wound with some on it with some automatic built in process that brings healing on the contrary if left unchecked sin multiplies never satisfied until leads to ruin and death and so exactly right we have other injuries physical injuries or mental things that we can iron out with through their peer whatever you know it's things we do to take care of it. But there's not a thing to do about sin once it gets going it has to be ended completely right so then the lesson goes on to look at verses $6.00 and $7.00 of Genesis says here once you read can you read your 3 generous to 6 verses 6 and 7 the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth and he was grieved in his heart so the Lord said I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth both man and beast creeping thing and birds of the air for I am sorry that I have made them. I don't know if you obviously you caught that but the Lord is not just stating facts man has said he rightly ended but it's it's very like evocative is very personal for him it's not taking delight in this no it's not a joy and it's not just a cold arbitrary thing that oh well this is the next step he's grieved the Bible says grieve in his heart that. Man existed at all why did it have to be like this right so he decided. The lesson brings us out it's Sunday paragraph or the very next paragraph it says No wonder God hates sin no wonder sooner or later sin will be eradicated a just loving God could do nothing else with it. So we think why would God destroy the world well because sin was destroying this really has to step in I've often thought of it in terms of like in Romans one in verse 18 it talks about how the wrath of God is against the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men yes because oftentimes we think of the wrath of Gad God Many people know the wrath of God is not against the ministry and godliness and righteousness of men right in his wrath is in direct proportion to his love yes in other words if God didn't love us who cared if we're destroyed and they go ahead you're going to get this he is going to kill you great I'm happy you know so it's it's a concept that we don't it isn't natural for us to think that way but the more God loves us the more he hates the godliness and the righteousness is destroying us right and if he or again if he didn't love us who cares if we're destroyed it's because it's destroying us and because he loves us that God is moving as in this way in. Put that in that juxtapose that with what we just read about how everything tent of a fossil heart was only evil all that these people are through with it he says I have to deal with it so absolutely sin is point number one our spiritual pandemic but no let's move on because what you see in the lesson is kind of a progression from just the 65 The problem 6 and 7 how the Lord is lamenting the creation of man and in the destruction he has to do no right and then it comes to verses $8.00 and $9.00 which you find on Mondays lesson. And interestingly the contribute here the editor whoever put this together. Breaks up that progression doesn't go 56789 you know it says jump to none in an 8 and that's Ok. So when we read it both ways that's right let's just fit we'll start with how the lesson does it Ok this is the genealogy of no no it was a just man perfect in his generations no a walk with God and the Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The actual reading is and. Of course you've got that but begins in verse 8 God has said he's going to destroy man the earth but no hell out of grace in the eyes of the Lord this is the genealogy of no I know it was a just man perfect in his generations No I walked with God right in so that the lesson here brings out these character true attributes that are not lot of bull noble right or righteous man blameless he walked with God It sounds like you know who will regulate it have it like this is that translating faith if you will he's that devout he's that and what a contrast to what we just saw from every other person whose thoughts and tense were you know it so there's this watch of the world no pun intended 1st right with sin and then there's righteous know and interesting enough when we look at the Covenant now. The author brings up the point about how grace in verse 8 is directly connected to those character traits in verse night and I think that's it is it which is chapter Salou true right. And what it says here and I'll read into the I'll read this paragraph and let's discuss this a little bit this is Monday's this is the bottom of Monday's the last paragraph it says the word grace occurs here for the 1st time in Scripture Now that's an interesting point in of itself we've gone through all kinds of stuff in this Bible story and this is the 1st explicit mention that we've heard infer and says and we could read the word into it but here the word grace is versed in vote Ok the word grace occurs here for the 1st time in Scripture in clearly has the same meaning as in the New Testament references Ok that makes sense that if there's going to be grace in scriptures and you say in the old New Testament read about 2 different kinds of grace. Where the merciful unmerited favor of God exercise towards undeserving sinners is described and that's absolutely true that there is the mercy of God is clearly evident in this passage in fact the Lord was just about to destroy the whole world but he decides for not know he's going to know it will be spared his family and he's going to be the vehicle literally for salvation right so there is this mercy of God this unmerited favor in the next sentence this is the us we need to understand that however blameless and righteous know it was he was still a sinner who needed the unmerited favor of his god. In that since no is no different from any of us who seek earnestly to follow the Lord now there's a lot in there I can resonate with that I agree wholeheartedly was no until logically any better than those wicked people that well everyone was equally human and equally Follett right so they were all deserving of in their own in our own lives and merits the justice that God was going to mete out with the flood but there was something different about no. And the the Bible mentions that he was righteous that he was upright that he was he walked with God and he found grace in the eyes of the Lord and. First of all you've got a little channel Yes with grace you know the whole in Ike I can't not this it's inspired prophecy places unmerited favor but it's one of those cliches now and the problem with the cliche is people stop thinking about it they just read it oh unmerited favor what in the world is unmarred unmerited means undeserved but the idea and I'm taking now not the Hebrew or the Greek word but our English word grace to be gracious to somebody if you deserve something if you work for me and earn a paycheck and I give you a paycheck you know I'm not going to ration so unmerited is inherent in the concept of grace so even to throw it in there is is. It's all good and that you know it's almost redundant and so in the lesson with the lesson I know is trying to do in this is this is the challenge we're running into in all the time I was missin this lesson all the time is if you're afraid any time you talk about somebody doing something right you've got to throw in the caviar and say Now you didn't earn it now you can deserve it where you are goodness isn't because instead of so we have a statement that contrast in scripture what God's going to destroy the whole world except this guy oh wait a minute why not this guy because he was an upright and righteous man. Noah found grace in the eyes of God Now the lesson was to point out now his uprightness and his that wasn't because of him right he isn't inherently good he didn't earn that by his good works and I can appreciate that right but at the same time. The lesson wants to make that point that God's unmerited favor is given to everybody so why didn't everybody find Greyson as a lord your sin it was something you're sure you're clearly saying that the distinguishing feature of no was his righteous behavior and we don't talk behavior because behavior we want to attribute that to you know we're going to attribute that to ourselves and there's this fear that there are so many people in the administration today they're walking around attributing to themselves all these righteous works well and that was obviously that was my little concern with this one line unless and says again 1st we need to understand that however blameless and righteous know it was. He was still a sinner who needed the unmerited favor of God which tends to at least in my reading of it imply that no was a good guy he was blameless upright but still not good enough don't ever think you could be good enough he still needed Grace. I would have never assumed that no apart from a grace would like well we're not always like he had an inherent goodness like we have inherent goodness and this is been the problem in the church we think our inherent goodness is enough to be totally perfect and sinless but are our goodness isn't that good it's kind of that good it's no good at all that's my point is that what I love when I read this passage about I know you say this window person becomes as here's here's that one of the challenges of these kind of discussions is and I'm not. We're just talking when we have a. When a person becomes a Christian the very 1st. The realization is that in the words the Apostle Paul in my flesh dwells no good thing like when I realized my need for Christ that was the aha moment. And from that point I realized there's nothing good in me if I'm still thinking about how good I am I'm not converted and I'm not going to say there are people in the church who are going to be yeah I'm a good person if you are you're not converted to Christ because the 1st then you don't need Christ you don't need a savior doing his grace you don't need right it's when I've realized I don't I'm not provided I am a sinner I am in in need of a savior as much as anybody else that I come to that realisation that in my flesh dwells no good thing and that's not taking credit to my exactly when I look at the story of Milla I don't it never even occurred to me things like what he was inherently good guy yeah and he was fortunate to find that grace you know the he was a good guy I hope it doesn't go to his head his know it but no I don't think so I'm not I just can't fathom the idea that grace just called him good arbiter. Grace was the thing that empowered him to be good and that's the grace that led him to those things and that's what and I've got several passages written down there but the apostle because it invoked the New Testament right it said like a So the lesson tends to be just looking at Grace from this unmerited favor stamper God and I like to ask the question it is undeserved favor from God but what does he give us in that undeserved favor in other words it's undeserved but what is God's What is the favor what is the mean right just as a god and it's interesting that the lesson to me it's kind of narrowing down grace but the very same lesson in the teachers come in on page 26 from last week come on no brings out the point that grace so here in the in the thing that we're looking at it says the word grace here curse the 1st times you're in clearly has the same meaning as the need to well the lesson itself give. 3 meetings Ok On page 26 it says under coming to basics scripture depicts 3 distinctive meanings to grace grace means a loving acts of God toward undeserving sinners human grace points to the wonderful character of God and man and Grace points to God giving us strength to overcome and so it seems to be narrowing it down here when the Bible says No found grace in the eyes of Lord just to that 1st one or maybe the 2nd when the passage seems to be Noah found grace and because of it he was a just man perfect and a stranger if you couldn't have been those things in that generation without the empowering grace of Christ that's my point and so we kind of sell Grace short some time alone to stand the grace of God is well you've got some powerful statements Well let's others mention that because they invoke the New Testament if you look at the New Testament especially in the ministry of Paul Romans 12 1st printing 3 effusions 3 he often will talk about how grace this grace was given me that I should do this right that grace is not just like oh he smiled at me he was nice to me he told me they were passive This is where Paul talks about that weakness that thorn in the flesh and he says. The gods you know said my great great is efficient because my strength is made perfect in weakness so it's parallels grace and strength and there then pulses therefore I'm going to gladly boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ so that whole passage is speaking about God's grace empowering Exactly and that is as you say to many others and let's look at on the just a few of the many statements from the Spirit of Prophecy on this very point you want to read the desire of ages where deserve ages 3 and 2 since the only power that can create or perpetuate true peace is the grace of Christ when this is implanted in the heart it will cast out the evil passions that cause strife and dissension and this was from testimonies well into. Page 561 you should control your thoughts this will not be an easy task you cannot accomplish without close and even severe effort yet there's the bad you are all yeah but Waterson all effort gross yet God requires this of you it is a duty resting about every of accountable to duty. But the power of grace alone can accomplish this most desirable work and so there are works to do and there's power to do it and there must be there must be only way we could do it and when God is in it with God You want to read it with God page $151.00 says becoming partakers of his divine nature we are to learn to discern did temptations of Satan and in the strength of His Grace overcome the corruptions that are in the world through us corruptions that are in the world through us if there was ever a time that could be applied to a circumstance it would be the condition of the world and know it out there he just makes me think of 1st Corinthians Chapter 15 verse 10 where the apostle Paul says he compares himself to the other apostles and he says but I labored more abundantly than all of them I work harder than all of them yet not I but the crow race of God which was in me so here Grace is clearly like I worked but it was me working it was the grace of God working in me just that frame concept Paul understood the power of grace is life which is what made him a great upon exactly and it goes back to that passive anything if he were often to blow was just passing the know God's giving me something to do and he give me the ability to do it well let's yeah it was much easier to say I just can't do it I'm going to sit down we'll Jesus comes but what happens when God Himself says no you can't do it and I make sure I have it's like Ok I love them I'm on a clock them All right speaking of the clock we need to keep running but point number 3 then comes from Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday in this head of a it's a chronological arc here in the story that God the coven it is God's from start to finish. Let's look at just a couple of passages here for instance since the 6 verse 18 if you'll find it says but I will establish my co. And it with you and you should go into the are you your sons your wife and your sons wives with you and again in my covenant He said exactly Genesis Chapter 9 again verses 11 and 15 says Thus I establish my covenant with you never again show all flesh be cut up by the waters of the flood never again shown to be a flood to destroy the earth 1st 15 and I remember my covenant which was between me and you and every living creature of all flesh the water shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh also verse 9 mentions my covenant so repeatedly in this story God is not just saying a couple that are our covenant he saying it's my coming to and so if we look at this in previous lessons the covenant starts and ends with God right it's were brought into it and it's with us but it's from him and the rainbow then is mentioned in wins days lesson and of course is talked about in the passage after the flood. Is a symbol of this everlasting God initiated coven it. And in my reading of this I like to again speculate a bit why would he make the rainbow that well obviously there had just been a flood and he tells us there had never been rain before there never been storms so it was a new phenomena and you could have met now we have storms and rains seasonally regularly you know no matter where you live on the earth you're going to know that and imagine if the Lord hadn't given that promise or put that sign in the cloud every time it rained you'd be thinking this could be the day it could be the next one and he said look we're going to have seas and they were to have rain the earth is different but I'm going to put this sign there that not only you will see it now but all the succeeding generations will see the same sign and know that I am remembering this covenant of keeping it so number one is the rainbow is interesting because chronological starts there and it continues until Jesus comes we're going to still have you know you may go a rainbow if you think. Boy if we had a special effect. But it also is also all around the world so everyone at all times of all places has access to this symbol as powerful and the rainbow is a symbol of God's everlasting covenant because it also represent the glory or character of the Lord now wanted to bring up this passage because I just found it fascinating that in easy he'll chapter one when the Lord having the throne of God exactly the glory of the Lord is seen in his own throne room right see in verse 28 this passage like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day so is the appearance of the brightness all around it this was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord so that when we look at the rainbow we not only see a sign that the Lord established but we get a glimpse of his glory right here he character and again that surrounds the throne we see that also illustrated in Revelation Chapter 4 sick with that it's a continual everlasting sign. And it just touches on this very little bit on the last days lesson Thursday. No one the story of no introduces the concept of a remnant right. You can read that innocence Chapter 7 verse 23 you want to read that 4th please so he destroyed all living things which are on the face of the ground both man and cattle creeping thing and burn in the air they were destroyed from the earth only know and those who were with him in the ark remain alive of course alive italicized rate remains only remain there with their will and with left they were left right so there was all these others and that this one little group that's remissions who had it which is what a remnant means exactly intervene again that word written it isn't specifically invoked but it is remains right and the only ones left over and this idea of God having a redundant who are faithful to that covenant God remembers and keeps that not just a know a thing that you're going to see that all through the Old Testament the New Testament and it culminates in the last days that there's going to be this written people in the last days time of course we know well Revelation Chapter 12 or 17 and Revelation Chapter 14 when it talks about those faithful to God who will and we don't have time for that study now but you could look into it in your Sabbath book last look at look at the language of apart from all the sinfulness of the world there's going to be what the Bible and the revelation calls 144000 or those those written that people of God who keep the commandments of God have the testimony of Jesus at the faith of Jesus. Just like Noah was a type. They will be an anti type like no was a shadow they'll be a substance that no was a real live it well it also will help you know sometimes people make a big to do about this now Mr said why don't we make ourselves a remnant not what we didn't make ourselves the remnant is a Biblical concept in it's not just in Revelation we don't just read it so you see you go back and that's you know Noah the story of Noah setting a precedent Yes find throughout Scripture that God reserves those faithful to himself for a purpose in a mission that's right and so it's not it this should give us confidence in our interpretation of absolutely absolutely any ology and bottom of Thursday's lesson ask the question what parallels can we learn from the story of Noah that will help us prepare to be part of the remnant and I think that's a very important thing to do because we could look at the story of Noah we could look at the flood and even the nuances of grace versus this definition but if we just leave saying oh it was interesting well what's the impact for me No Well if that idea of no is reality which it was and if there's a parallel to the last days which there is then that means not only my learning from history but I'm learning practical application real life theology that how can I be a know in my generation if the Lord is looking for women who will be faithful like no old how is that possible look at our world but brother Mark is there is there not are we not seeing a return to every inclination of the thoughts of the Hearts only each other time and there's going to be a distinction. And the question for me is will it be seen in my life and that's a heavy thought oh thought that comes to my mind as a statement of what makes that every blow of Noah's hammer preaching a sermon you know where your ark is what are we doing that is the building an ark that people can see you know it was just talk and you know he's a preacher of writing them so they gave his blood coming but then he's just been you go out in this right Beach wouldn't have the impact that he's building this boat and then what are we building a mint I think that's kind of what it is really about is you give there but with a great fodder for discussion for personal reflection and then a conclusion Friday brings out this passage from story of redemption page 71 and it kind of ends a little bit early but if you go back to the original source page 71 we had the final sentence in a pastor how would you mind reading that on a couple sentences so there's this symbol the rainbow speaking of the rainbow in the cloud just to confirm the belief of all and establish their confidence in God For it is a token of divine mercy and goodness to man that although God had been provoked to destroy the earth by a flood yet his mercy still encompass at the Earth God says when he looked upon the bow in the cloud he remembered he would not have us understand that he would ever forget but he speaks to man in his own language that man made better understand him. And that's what we want to better understand God and by God's grace become more like you got his number got this covenant with his people a mid Well let's close with the word prayer Heavenly Father thank you so much for this powerful lesson thank you for these insights these parallels that we can learn not just in an abstract or out of trivial kind of intellectual way but truly spirits and Lord help us to ruminate on these great themes in our own lives how they apply in our day to day what does it mean to be like Noah to find grace in the eyes of the Lord and by the grace to be righteous and upright. Blameless. Lord we can only find that in you help each one of us to be connected with Jesus so closely that others can see Jesus in us and by your grace we can hasten the coming of Jesus for prayed in Jesus' name.

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