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11 Longing for More

Mark Howard Kameron DeVasher
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Ah, i'm camera pager and I'm mark howard. This is talking points. We're now on the 11th lesson of our rest and christ quarter. This week's title is a longing for more. Yes, longing for more. Yes, our passage comes from 1st corinthians chapters and we are talking about the sabbath again. We are, we are talking about the sabbath again, but we're, this is the sabbath, like $200.00 level. We're going to deep dive a little deeper into some themes here to discuss further chapter 2 and more, right. More a 3rd time. Now the 1st grid, the inverse 6. Now these things took place, examples for us that we might not desire evil as they did. Which brings to mind, who are they and what are the examples we're learning from? And lo and behold, this week's lesson talks paul about old testament realities, experiences that inform and apply to New testament spiritual truth. Interesting. So that's where we're going to go for this week. So pray for us then, and tell us what our points are. I do that every father. Thank you so much for the opportunity study. Please bless us now as we seek to understand your truth and most importantly to apply in our lives as your holy spirit opens the way to please lord let our hearts be receptive to his leading to day for pray in jesus' name. Amen. M ok are talking points for this week. Now last you just crazy off the rails and did for talking points. I thought I would do the opposite and stay traditional. We're going to have you re talking points this week, raining it back in. But before we get to the point, let me kind of give an overview here. The lesson itself opens with an illustration of the model, little new York City that on display there. And it's basically how effective the final paragraph there if you want to read the bottom of sabot afternoons. Scripts herself is full of miniature models of activities and institutions that all point to larger heavenly realities. Hebrews for helps us discover one of these realities as it relates to the biblical question of rest. And that really is kind of the thesis statement for the whole week because on sunday's lesson, it doesn't talk about hebrews 4, but talks about for corinthian 10. And how the old testament example of the israelites applies us. Then monday talks about the old testament system of ritual sacrifice. Thing, thanks very. Then finally, and the 3rd example of an old testament institution is the 7th day sabbath itself, an interest in the hebrews for so all that to say, prelude to our talking point this week. Right? Talking point number one, old testament experiences teach spiritual truth, right? So again, we're going to look at that that can come from sunday, monday and Tuesday. Well, it takes the classic passage 1st, rent the instead you want me to read the 1st few verses there. I don't because we need to go through are we talking points before we dive in? Oh, that's right, that's right. I know you're going to go, but let's get through that with number one old test experience, right? We're doing the overview. That's where I have the 3 point camera talking point number 2, there is only one gospel. We're going to see that there isn't an old testament truth and then a new testament truth. They're both speaking to the same spirit reality and true that for Wednesday, number one, old testament experiences teach spirit truth, but they're not exclusive because there's only one gospel. Exactly. Second point. Exactly. We're going to bridging to a point here. And finally, number 3, the sabbath remains. This is a freight exactly lifted directly from hebrews chapter 4. Which of the introduction told us was going to be one of the main points that we're going to be looking at this week. All right, so you were eager to dig in here and I think the right thing to do back and talking point number one, how the old testament experiences teach spiritual truth and there's going to be 10. Ok. Moreover, brethren, i do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud and all past due to see all were baptized into moses in the cloud and in the sea. All ate the same spiritual food and all drank the same spirit to drink for the rank as they drank of that spiritual roth that followed them. And that rock was christ. How he in verse 6, he says, these things became our examples to the intent that we should not last after evil things as they lusted, et cetera, et cetera. And again in verse 11. Now all these things happened to them as examples and were written for our admonition upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Right. And so there is one spiritual truth the saying, the whole experience of the children. Several examples throughout their experience is not one story, but several of the water, the rock baptism, the whole thing. And here in, for instance, this quarterly picks up on this, on paragraph 5 of sundays, left north Pole considers these important stations of the wilderness journey that we just mentioned, a type or an example of individual baptism. So he's saying the corporate experience of israel as they were baptized in christ and fed on the man his, you know, jesus would come back around to say, I'm the bread or he's the living water and we're baptized into christ. So the corporate experience of israel becomes a template or motif for our perience individually with christ. So it's unique, there is that you hear it. We like to compare our temptations some times like nobody's knowing the trouble of seeing kind of thing. And it is in 1st corinthians 10, ironically the bible says no temptation is overtaking you, but that which is common to man. I think we pass that. Com and what does that mean? It means the same thing that happens to so even though you're temptation isn't mine, they're still similar. The route is the residing problem. When you look at these experiences of israel, no, I wasn't back there in the wilderness, but they were lusting over things. They were clam ring for the food of Egypt being murmuring, complaint, whatever, yes, yes, the failure, the root, the temptations are, are we haven't very much in common with him. It's exactly. And that's the point paul, is trying to make the lessons bring out that another one that they brought up is of course, from the limited cause for and incidentally in the passage. The other point to paul makes is they all all have the same spiritual experience as well. Not just the temptations, but with most of them it says in verse 5, god was not pleased. So all the spiritual blessings don't equate to you being spiritual. When you face those same experiences, the difference is somebody got to make a choice for christ and that go onto the hebrews for when we get there whole point, B call writing. This was so that we don't have the same downfall. So it's not like he's just looking back and think, here's a nice painting to be like, no, no. And you need to draw a lesson from it or you're going to be in trouble like there they were then. So that's one example is the ancient israelite, out of bondage, defying our personal experience. Wilderness. Now let's look at 1st peter, one for our next one. This one comes from is talk about a mondays lesson. But this time at the thanks, we're in its services and if you are a forced 1st peter 118 to 20. Yes, the bible says, knowing that you are not redeem with corruptible things like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct proceed by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of christ as of a land without blemish, without spot, he indeed was for ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you. Okay, so the next old testament, ritual or service or experience that applies to our individual lives is the thanks where it's mrs. Where christ is that lamb, where christ is the priest, the process outlines the plan of redemption. And they are the new testament. Make that one inescapably clear. I mean we start with John the baptist pointing to behold the lamb of god. He start making the application on day one that jesus was the, what's the theological term, the anti to those types and symbols in the old testament, in $57.00 talks about how christ are pass over with sacrifice for us all you call the 1st fruit as well and revelation the lamb of god, you know, and you see him there depicted as the lamb slain and over and over. And one of the lessons, of course, is that all the things where services are dependent on that lam sacrifice and the bloody shed fuels the whole engine, the whole economy of salvation. And in monday's less than on paragraph 5, it says there at the very last where it says verse blood, read that for us. Thus blood was the key to the whole process of atonement the means by which we centers can be made right with a holy god. What we see with the sacrifices then is a type, a model of christ, death and ministry in our behalf. So example number one came from sunday's lesson. The experience of ancient israel applies spiritually, but the number 2 came from monday's lesson, that the things were in its services outlined the plan of salvation. And finally we move and keepers chapter 4 from tuesday, i'm sorry from wednesdays. Quarterly. Right, well we'll get there. It's Tuesday and Wednesday, but it's mostly from tuesday, but it's hebrew chapter 4 versus 9 and 10. Do you have that one already? Yep. Go forth. The bible says there remains there for a rest, for the people of god for he who has entered his rest has himself also ceased from his works as god did from his. And incidentally, that word rest is words have a teeth most of the only time it appears in the greek and the new testament. And it means the keeping of a sabbath asap. Yes. If not just a general rest, it is a sabbath keeping. Exactly, and that's interesting what it says there. Verse 10 again for he who has entered his rest has himself also cease from his work as god did from his yes. And that's not just an off handed illusion. It's a direct pointing back to creation god created. And then he rest, right, and we've been talking about for the last several weeks. So l creation is, I mean we rest, let god and we rest from our works when we rest from our work and it works left or his work. So ironically, the sabbath, which is so often $77.00 keeping is oh that's right, this is my work. If there's anything that can be said to be is a symbol of righteousness by faith. It's 7 because I'm resting from my works. Exactly. And we're going to get into this later on about the parallel between 7 and what it means here. But talking about number one is simply the old testament experiences teach spiritual truth crossing of there and see the thanks for the services and the sabbath. Now, all new to the new testament authors then take those old testament realities and apply them to spiritual truth for our day to day. But let's take it up a notch and go to talking what number 2? There is only one gospel. So let's go back to hebrews chapter 6 hebrew. First corinthians, i'm sorry, chapter 6. We'll edit this out or so. Now we're going to leave it just like the by we leave the foibles real people here. Exactly. We keep it really hebrews chapter 31st after 10 starting with birth 6. Let's go through 6 through 11. You want to go and read that? Yes, it says now these things became our examples to the intent that we should not last after evil things as they also loved it and do not become my daughters as were some of them, as is written, the people sat down to eat and drink and rose to play, nor let us commit sexual morality as some of them did and in one day 23000 fell, nor let us tempt christ to some of them, also tempted and were destroyed by serpents, nor complain. And some of them also complain and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happen to them as examples and they were written for our admonition upon to the ends of the ages for com. Right. So especially that last 1st they're, these were written for our admonition, your purpose of documenting the history of israel was not just as a history lesson to show. Boy, that's what it was like then. But to draw out to comparison to us to say that's the same experience they had that now you're sharing to in the concept of a well this one gospel, it's popular evangelical world to have an understanding of bible truth called dispensationalism, right? That there's the old testament way of being saved and they hadn't had the rituals in the sabbath keeping in their buttons, but now radiance. Nobody. And now this whole separate thing, paul, take on this however, is that these things these, they follow that rock with christ. And that's the same price that we have now that we're still following. And their sin is just as much a problem in our lives today. If we're not guarding we struggle with the same thing and we need the same savior. Exactly right. Now I found this interesting passage in h L 282, which is helpful. Living i Yeah. You want to read that force there? Yeah. Health living p to 80, to see how frequently ancient israel rebels and how often they were visited with judgments and 1000 slain because they would not heed the commands of god who had chosen them the same injunctions that rested upon ancient israel. Rest upon god's people. Now, to be separate from the world, the great head of the church has not changed the last line to great head of the church, the church, singular, old testament and new testament. There's one goss, i'm the Lord. I change not in the bible says adam, turning with the Lord. Yeah. Why would you expect god to change? He doesn't need to change. We need to change. We need to change. So hebrews parallel this and hebrews chapter 4, which is where the lesson is headed here. He chapter 4 verse to scripture, read quotes, for indeed, the gospel was preached to us as well as to them. But the word which they heard did not prophet them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. Catch was a thing. They didn't say a gospel or a plan of salvation and now we have a different, she's, is this vive definite article v gospel is preached to them. So same gospel, same gospel, same christ, not exactly the difference was they didn't join it with faith, right? Didn't profit them, not being mixed with faith. So it didn't accept christ his favorite. Exactly. So when the less than brings out on Wednesday, paragraph 3, once you read that 4th, wednesday here, re says of course israel did into the promised land. A new generation cross the border and with god's help took the stronghold of the land and settled their they did not, however, enter god's rest. Here it is. The idea being that many did not experience the reality of salvation in jesus because their lack of faith was manifested by flagrant disobedience. Even the rest was associated with the land. It included more than just where the people lived. There. Lack of faith was manifested by flagrant disobedience. So how did they not into the rest because they did enter the promised land, but they didn't enter is rest. And I think that's an interesting you think like all the time at moses generations. They didn't actually go in, but even joshua and they went in, they went into the place of rest, but they didn't have the experience of rest because it was not mixed with face. Well, one of the things that we see here in the lessons going to get into is they had real problems with sabbath keeping, their people take this today and say, well didn't end of the rest because the spiritual aspect. That's true, and that's what we're talking about. But that's always manifested in outward obedient actually manifest. Granted, you can outwardly, obey certain rituals about sabbath keeping. That doesn't equate to true sabbath keeping. But if you are truly entered into the rest of christ, you can't be disobeying your life of disobedience. And if you look at ancient israel again and again again, they fell into disobedience and dollar tree and not keeping the sabbath. And they were trying to make savage reform have this it as a manifestation of the fact that they didn't, they had not entered that rest. So even though they introduced physically into the land, yes, promise to them they didn't have the experience of rest that the Lord wanted them to have because of their own lack of faith and activating faith, of obedient. That's right. So that's a fascinating actually say that there are there, you look at ancient israel and, and you could see a manifestation of the lack of the spiritual rest in the fact that they didn't keep the sabbath. However, at the same time, now I was going to say today, you see people who can go to church on Saturday and do all that, but may not be in that spirit arrest. But when I, even as I think about it, the type of sabbath keeping, and we talked about this a little bit last suffers because then it becomes the, you just show up at church and 1135, stay for 15 minutes. You get the sermon on the ear and you go home that sabbath keeping. Well, that's exactly what I say adult within or last week. Less than like, these are people who wanted to hear from lord, but they weren't really experiencing the true rest of the christ. One because they were living in the lives of disobedience and that's the singular gospel experience, or lack there of threats common in both told a new testament, right? So let's around this out with talking about number 33 words, the sabbath remain. Let's just read these through very quickly. I'll just read verses 16 and 9 of hebrews 4. And notice if you could find a theme here emerging, therefore, since a promise remains of entering his rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to seem to have come short of it right for 6. Since therefore, it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was 1st preached did not inter because of disobedience. And he goes on verse 9. There remains, therefore a rest for the people of god that the sabbath far from being done away with. That's right, the new testament repeatedly emphasized the sabbath remains, remains, remains, and 1st 9 is key, as we mentioned. And I'm going to say it again for emphasis when he says there remains. Therefore, when you say the word, therefore you're wrapping you and everything else. You said before, so all these remaining things he talked about in the previous verses, you just read all come to play right here where he says there remains therefore in rest for the people of god. And again, in the original language, in hebrew language, the word is savage. T smoke and typically refers to the keeping of the sabbath day. So this rest that he's talking about that we haven't entered that re promise remains of arrest in the context is the sabbath. As you talk about, the sabbath remains is not some generic rest, right? Some, a theory, a rest. This is true. Sabbath keeping is going to be part of the people 2 weeks. Lessons have pointed out that sabbath keeping is not just a mechanical wrote of timekeeping thing, but it's a reminder of our creation of our purpose and our redemption and our from christ power understand. And our, and our witness to others. There's a lot in that sabbath, so it's not just like, so you're saying we got to clock in for sabbath and we're good. No, but the literal keeping of the 7th day sabbath draw out and manifest all the blessings that spiritually were we had the opportunity to enjoy. So when so when I put it here in the lesson, the sabbath remains quote in several ways. First of all, it's a weekly memorial christ work of creation. So there's a literal weekly commandment to keep us out of it. But beyond just the clocking in a personal experience of salvation and jesus christ, what we can enjoy with that. And finally, and this is where the lesson really goes, is the sabbath is a for taste of heaven, where sin will be no more so that we can get a little piece of heaven here on earth as we commune with god and enter into that promised rest it's a really beautiful promise. So I'm going to read now versus $68.00 still from hebrews, chapter 4. Picking up that 2nd. Therefore it remains, says hebrews, for $0.68 therefore remains that some must interest. And those to whom it was 1st preached did not inter, because of disobedience. Again, he designate a certain day saying a day, but the day after such a long time as it has been said today, if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts for if joshua had given them rest, then he would not afterwards have spoken of another day. So this is, this is the sabbath remaining. Anything though they did have the sabbath in and in some capacity did observe the sabbath. They didn't really inter the rest. And even when it was the land of promise, they really did to rest in christ as he wanted the well, let's verify that the remainder again, the lesson is trying to hit on something that that for much of the evangelical world, hebrews for is the argument against the 7th day savit keeping right, because the rest is a spiritual rest in christ and they try to divorce the to which you can. And so the implication is, while c, joshua didn't give them rest, but they went into the promised land and kept the sabbath. Let's be clear, you read the scriptures, they were not keeping up with the promise land when your mind comes in and they come back to reform and they're buying and selling and all kinds of provisions at the gate on the sabbott. They weren't keeping the staff a and I say 58 if not calling else have reform and telling me to turn their foot away from the sabbath because they were keeping this. So the mindset, it's true that they, you know, joshua didn't give them rest. They didn't have spirit to rest, even though they came in the promised plan and pulse point is to try to say being in the land of canaan was not the point that the rest of in christ to the point. But he wasn't in any way negating the 7th day salvage as tied to it. And how many times and pulse writing would you be like your say by faith, said by grace, through faith and the like, what am I saying? Do you have to go stand now? Yes. And there seems to be an over corrections like we need to get away from that legal of sabbath keeping. So we're just gonna have this didn't generic nobility, theory arresting christ. And it's almost as though they are pitted against each other. You either keep the legalistic sabbath or you have the experiential rest when what christ, the thing is, the true experience with christ is obedience to command. You'll experience it most in, you know, loyalty, that's I was going to say and he was for, if there's one recurring theme, it's obedient over and over. He's like, I don't want you to fall after the same example of disobedient last few verses of chapter 3 as leading in and to whom to swear that he would not. They would not enter his rasp. Those who did not obey me. So we will, we see they could not enter him because of unbelief and ties. Those I believe and not obeying or in silver 6. Since it therefore remains that some must enter in those to whom it was 1st preached did not enter because of disobedience. It would be ironic in this context versus 11. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that restless, anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. It would be very ironic in that context, by the way, don't worry about paying the commandment for youth. As a, as a reason to disobey the command, his whole emphasis of the way to the way you know you're resting in christ is you will bay cry man. Well, and I think that that, that's kind of the lesson understood that when you look at hebrews chapter 4, you talk about the sabbath, you're tempted to go one of 2 ways. Either it's just about that to keep us with the clock in more roar. It's about this move, big picture or whatever, ill defined rest. And so I've included into the study notes, new paragraph $2.00 and $4.00. Yes of thursdays where they try to address it and I think they do well. What if you could you read those to force please? Yeah. At times he before has been used to emphasize the observance of the 70000, while others have used to challenge the validity of the sabbath rest in the light of the fact that there is another in time rest. Neither position reflects the biblical text. Well, instead the text suggests at the end time focus of on god's special rest has been present since creation. And that the celebration of the sabbath rest offers a small weekly taste of it in time rest. Contrary to arguments of some interpreters, the context does not support the suggestion that the sabbath commandment had been fulfilled in the rest of salvation that christ brought, making it unnecessary for christians to bear the ultimate rest. We are promised through what christ has done for us does not replace the biblical 70 sabbath. On the contrary, it enhances it makes me think like when christ was on the cross and we think crisis fulfill the law. So we're now we're done. He's like, he's like, do not think I've come to do this right answer and the same with the sabbath rest because there is a rest, spiritually and christ does that new notify the law that christ gave us about. Know the sabbath is the model that he commands us so that we can truly experience the rest. He provides beautiful anyway, so designed to save us from our sin. He died for our sin not to enable us to continue and say, hey, it's no big deal. He diapers, and so I can keep sending mercy. God forbid, god forbid. And that's exactly the point I wanted to draw here is that the old testament examples and the new testament life that were supposed to be living. There's one gospel, there's one temptation, there's one savior, and the sabbath remains exactly as the Lord intended, pointing to the creative power of that savior, savior absent now on the way I closed out these study notes, this time was actually to include the discussion question number 4 from friday's lesson where it says right, think about all the mistakes made in the lack of faith, the children of israel manifested in the wilderness. Though the details of their challenges are different from ours, we're not wandering through a vast desert, for example. What common principles are there? That is how in our own christian walk white might we be confronted with the same challenge as they were? And how can we learn from their mistakes? Which I think that rhetorical question could be answered, maybe not in the sabbath class like volunteer a testimony time. But we need to think about the fact that's why paul wrote what he did in 1st corinthians 10 was like, consider their experience and lack of faith. Not just as a reflection of how bad they were, but to make sure that you don't repeat it, right. The point of, that's the point of this week's lesson is to bring us that reflective bought like this one. Like how can I make sure I don't fall after the same? It's the same thing with hebrews. For when we look at the sabbath, i don't want to have to pit the spirit reality versus the literal command. Why can't we have a true walk with jesus that if you love me, keeps my commandment. Aimen. Let pray for as we close, heavenly father, i thank you so much for this opportunity to study these important themes. We want to find our true rest in jesus christ. But not devoid of obedience contrary all. We want to be loyal to jesus. We want to demonstrate our love through obedience. The Lord forgive us where we fall in short, lift us up again to the power of your holy spirit and keep us until we see jesus come for a prayer in jesus name in the.

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