The biggest error of the Reformers was that they had no Covenant in their theology. They all came from their former church of Rome – the Catholic Church. The word “catholic” means universal. The Bible has never taught universalism; just look at what happened at the Tower of Babel. We can only unite under God’s Law. The Catholic Church has no Covenant and neither do the protestant churches today. The Reformers missed the key element of the Bible because of their time in the pagan Roman church. And even Protestantism, as good as it was, remained catholic.
Perhaps the reason the Reformers missed the racial context of Scripture was that in their day the Christian church was White. Historically speaking, there never was a multi-racial church. Christianity had been exclusively White up until about the fifteenth century, so the idea of applying the gospel to all races simply was not in the forefront of the minds of the early Reformers – it seems to have been an oversight. The Reformers were imperfect and many of them disagreed in doctrine and church-political relationships. But they made a good start and we owe them our appreciation. Many of them died for their faith.
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
It is my intention to present a series of sermons on the Protestant Reformation. 2017 marks the 500-year anniversary of the launch of that Reformation (and we are still within that year). I feel small when compared to these giants of the Reformation period.
While the Israelites were in the wilderness, they did not eat the flesh of any of the clean animals that were used in role of a sacrifice. For the sacrificial animal was killed at the door of the tabernacle, and part of it presented to God and the priests as a peace-offering.
The penalty for failing to bring the sacrifice to the door of the tabernacle was to be cut off from the kingdom. What exactly does that mean? Was the person forbidden thereafter to come near the tabernacle? Was he ostracized? Did all his family and friends eliminate all contact with him? Or did it mean that the person had to be executed? It probably meant the latter, as I don’t know how it could have been done when they were traveling in the wilderness.
But when the Israelites finally took possession of Canaan land, where many were given land that was a great distance from the one tabernacle and later the one temple, they might kill what they pleased for their own use of their flocks and herds, without bringing part of the sacrificed animal to the altar.
The unclean Israelite, who might not eat of the holy sacrificed animal, was allowed to eat of the same animal when it was only used as common food. The distinction between clean persons and unclean was sacred, and designed for the preserving of the honor of their holy feasts, and therefore must not be brought into their ordinary meals.
These regulations and ordinances are now over. There is no Temple in existence, so we couldn’t keep these ordinances if we wanted to. Jesus the Christ is our sacrifice. It was God, Himself, who paid the sin debt for His peculiar people. That put away all the animal sacrifices forever.
Was this time prophesied? Was there a remnant of God’s people who knew what was the correct time that the true Passover Lamb would be offered? And if they did, then how did they know?
Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates—Every animal designed for food, whether ox, goat, or lamb, was during the abode in the wilderness, ordered to be slain as a peace offering at the door of the tabernacle; its blood to be sprinkled, and its fat burned upon the altar by the priest. The encampment, being then round about the altar, made this practice, appointed to prevent idolatry, easy and practicable. But in the settlement in the promised land, the obligation to slay at the tabernacle was dispensed with. The people were left at liberty to prepare their meat in their cities or homes.
The unclean and the clean may eat thereof—The unclean here are those who were under some slight defilement, which, without excluding them from society, barred them from eating any of the sacred meats (Leviticus 7:20). They were at liberty freely to partake of common articles of food.
Do you think that our LORD is angry at His people? We are living in very dangerous times. The world has been turned upside-down. What used to be against the law, is now politically correct. Every person is learning that what used to be “free speech” is no longer. A citizen is not allowed to criticize certain people who are pulling the strings or who are the people who are having their strings pulled. If they do, they either lose their jobs or they are killed!
We are awaiting the fall of the controlling power of mystery Babylon. The United States, ever since the Federal Reserve Act, but even sooner in some of the other Christian Israel Nations, has indeed been handed over to the beast with all the people of the earth being deceived by the unclean spirts emanating from the mouth of the Beast and from the mouth of the False Prophet, while under the economic control of the Jew. Almost the entire book of Revelation has already occurred. All we are awaiting is the fall of Babylon and the return of our Savior.
This lesson could be considered the sequel to my other lesson, “The Handmaiden of God’s Word.” In this sermon, we want to take notice of the time in Israel’s history when God gave them a song.
Perhaps we should begin with this question. What is the music of your church: classic, blended or “let it rock?”Some churches use religious rock, others use Jesus jazz, or holy ho-down. For many, the question of church music is of little consequence since the mantra of most church leaders has become: “Lighten up: our MTV culture demands new methods and new music!” Other churches, perhaps a bit more conservative, but unwilling to alienate anybody; build a church with a little bit of everything, attempting to be inclusive. They ought to be called the Schizophrenic Church. Well, here at our church we just keep it simple and use traditional hymns.
Does God really care what kind of music we sing? Our unequivocal answer – He cares! From the ancient Israelite nation, to the 21st century church, God’s concern for His people’s music has not changed. From Scripture and church history, we find that God’s people have always guarded their music carefully.
What a book Deuteronomy is! In fact, what a novel the book of the Bible is! Sixty-six books that tell of the history of only what people? The Orientals? Negroid? Brown? The first eleven chapters in the book of Genesis give the first 1500 years of the White man’s tenure on the earth, while, beginning with chapter twelve of Genesis to the last chapter in Revelation, is the story of the White family of Abraham and Sarah; most specifically, the seed of Jacob and his wars with the seed of the serpent.
The Book of Acts tells us of Stephen, one of the descendants of Jacob, gave a history lesson on this subject, and as a result, he was martyred by members of the wicked seed line. The Bible tells what happened, what is happening now, and what will happen in the future to the seed of Jacob, or the Israelites. They are in a life or death battle with their enemies, the seed of the serpent.
Scripture Reading Acts 5:29: We ought to obey God rather than men.
Unless you’re not watchful, you know that there are severe issues in our land that need attention. We are not sure our country is moving in the right direction. Our core beliefs once assumed seem to be in shambles. One area of concern is our justice system.
Do we have swift justice anymore? Do we have justice anymore? Do we have borders anymore? Is there a basic sense of decency still there?
How we handle justice has evolved over the decades in our land. We’ll look at different approaches that have been taken, and hopefully see where we have gone wrong.
What an opening introduction of verses! How can anyone read these verses and still believe that the Bible teaches that all races are of an equal standing? There is no difference in God between the races? There are differences even between the same race! Moses is talking to the older generation rather than the younger.
Let’s look at a couple of things that the first verse tells us.
The first verse repeats that we [Israel] are to love the LORD our God, and are to “keep His charge, and His statutes, and His ordinances, and His commandments, _ _ _ _ _ _ .” What word in missing? What word should go in the blanks?
What about music in the Bible – is there a doctrine on music?
Music plays a major role in most people’s lives – as much as what we eat, wear, or in our personal relationships. As seen in this passage, it certainly played a major role in Israel; and, it still does.
Music should be addressed from a biblical perspective as well as any other doctrine of the church: the Godhead, the covenant, the church, redemption, sanctification, etc. Did you know there are about 600 references to music in the Bible? That is more references than many of the other doctrines that we teach on a regular basis.
Moses is retelling the Israelites that their LORD God spoke the Ten Commandments to them with His own voice. Who says God doesn’t exist? Over one million Israelites heard God speak with His own voice the Ten Commandments to them accompanied by lightnings, and thunders from a dark cloud on the mount. Even the mount was on fire, and smoke was present on the top of it. They became so afraid that they went afar off and told Moses to go relay the rest of the message from God.
Moses traveled back up the mount where God told him that He would write the Ten Commandments on two tables of stone, with His finger. There Moses talked with God for forty days and forty nights. And as Moses and Joshua returned to talk to the people, Moses broke the tables on the ground because he was so angry and disappointed at Israel’s behavior. The Israelites, along with Aaron, had quickly took up the worship of an idol.
After this happened, God told Moses to come back up the mount and God would once again write with His fingerthe Ten Commandments on new tables of stone, replacing the one that Moses had broken. This time, Moses was told to put the tables of stone in the Ark of the Covenant, which would be in the inner sanctuary in the tabernacle of God. There it would be safely kept for many years until the House of Judah’s captivity.
Were all the Canaanites who lived in the Palestinian area very tall and were they all the children of the Anakims? No. But the giants who lived among them made up a large portion of the Canaanites. And one of the fiercest of all the Canaanites were the children of Anak, the giant.
Were these giants mentioned before in scripture? When the 12 spies were sent into Palestine to search out the land to see exactly what kind of land and what kind of people were living there, they came across this powerful group of giants.
The spies departed from Kadesh-barnea and “…they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Taimai, the children of Anak were” (Numbers 13:22a).
Ahiman, Sheshai, and Taimai were tribes of giants who were descended from the giant progenitor Anak. When the spies came back to the congregation of Israel, they reported that they “…saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” (Numbers 13:33). The giants were living in the area called Hebron.
The Bible is basically a history book. A history book about whom? Does it tell us about the origin and happenings of the:
Asians? Very little.
Africans? Very little.
South Americans? None.
Central Americans? None.
North American Indians? None.
Pacific Island inhabitants? None.
Kenites/Canaanites/Edomites/Jew? It tells of their origin and how they would have enmity between the woman (Eve) and her seed (Genesis 3:15) forever. It tells that their land would be given to God’s covenant people; that the covenant people would live in their homes, farm their olive gardens and raise their herds and flocks of animals that they would need. The children of God were commanded to destroy all the idols, rituals and way of worship that the Canaanites worshipped their god(s). All the Canaanites who lived in the land of Palestine, were commanded by the God of the Israel people to be destroyed—it didn’t matter if they were a man or a woman, a child or an infant. They all were to be annihilated.
The family of Abraham, his son Isaac, and Abraham’s grandson Jacob and Jacob’s seed? The Bible tells us how they grew in multitude within 430 years to several millions of people, how they totally defeated the Amorites east of the Jordan River, and how they won great victories west of the Jordan River, but did not completely destroy all the Canaanites who lived there because of a lack of faith.
It also tells how they first became a mighty united nation, then later became two divided kingdoms, then later only the southern kingdom remained.