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April 26, 2021 6:00 am
Allen Wright, pastor, Bible teacher and author of his latest book, the power to bless the church building the church is the people. It's a holy people spread all over the place. I have no idea where they are right now.
I cannot tell you where my church is good news that will help you see your life in a whole new light being excited for you to hear the teaching today. In the series belonging to God as presented at renewal the church in North Carolina.
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Contact us at pastoralan.org or call 877-544-4860 877-544-4860. More on that later in the program but now let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Levitt. Are you ready for this end Christ new our privilege to be alive and even more so privilege then the priests ever were in the old covenant, which means that you are fully privilege to not only be in the presence of God, but to handle the holy things of God. I want to talk today about the fact that your holy means you can go ahead and eat the holy bread where going to start today in Matthew chapter 12 verse one and one of these moments where Jesus has an encounter with the Pharisees and they try to trap them and accuse him and in this particular story, Jesus responds in a very unusual way. He harkens back to a story of the beloved David, who would become king of Israel. But is it interesting interesting story really looking about this and I'm starting to Matthew chapter 12 verse one. At that time Jesus went through the green fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and they began to plot heads of grain and to eat.
I was asking some folks is more, I haven't been around Farms enough to know what could you be doing well. You can take grain and pull it right often pull out or she faulting just eat it like an artist like their cereal out in the fields is basically what they're doing.
Verse two but when the Pharisees sought they said to him, they said to Jesus, look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath because reaping a was considered work. You are allowed to do that on the Sabbath and they were technically reaping some of the harvest Sabbath. He said to them, have you not read what David did when he was hungry and those who were with him how he entered the house of God and ate the bread of the presence which it was not lawful for him to eat not, nor for those who were with him, but only for the priest or have you not read in the law, how on the Sabbath the priest in the temple profaning the Sabbath and are guiltless. I tell you something greater than the temple is here and if you know what this means, I desire mercy and not sacrifice a quote from Hosea, you would not have condemned the guiltless for the Son of Man is the Lord of the Sabbath. I chuckle as we grew story of a priest and a rabbi were driving separately towards an intersection. Some I messed up I had negligent and their cards were total.
But thankfully both present a rabbi were fine. They crawled out of their vehicles and rabbi walked over and saw the priest and his collar. He said while I see that your priest how interesting said I'm a rabbi and the priest said you know what look at our vehicles there total and were just fine. It's a miracle. The rabbi then said to you what another miracle is a recent scar. They brought an unbroken bottle of wine.
He said this bottle wine survived this horrible accident rabbi said I think it's a sign that the Lord wants us to be friends and to celebrate by drinking this wine and the breeze agreed and so I opened up the line.
He handed over the priest and the priest down about half a bottle of wine headed back over to the rabbi.
The rabbi put the court back on entries and want to go have some of the rabbi said no.
I think I'll wait to the police make the report so interesting when people find out that I'm a minister.
So I just can't explain how weird this is what I'm such a normal person. But then they find out that I'm a pastor and they just don't know what to say normally what someone says when they find out there around a holy man do they just try to talk about something that not that spiritual.
Right at that moment so usually will say is what we know what you perceive Patrick is a role chart and uses it all went where is that that church are the oh I know that church is full white church. A green roof work and I'll explain to more multisite would meet me in different places because I'm being polite with the fact of the matter is if they say where is your church to say there's no way I can tell you where church is because the church in the building. The church is the people. It's a holy people spread all over the place.
I have no idea where they are right now. I cannot tell you where my church is we've been learning that we are made holy by the work of Jesus Christ and we have discovered that therefore Paul calls Christians not sinners, but St. sent to address we have discovered that we are the very temple of the Holy Spirit and that we have been washed clean so that our consciences do not nag us when we come in the presence of God as if there's something that would disqualify us and we have been discovering this in increasing measure, and today we come to something, perhaps even more extraordinary in this story where the disciples are quote breaking the Old Testament or the Old Testament laws, at least according to oral tradition of the law and Jesus looks back on a story that will look at a moment about David before David was King but was on his way to becoming king in which David and his men do something that was considered unlawful ceremonially and his day and so in so doing, what is Jesus saying he is saying that a new day has come and the Christ in me something greater than the temple is here the same. The real David is here.
The real temple that was always foreshadow. It's now here and these disciples of mine have now been qualified to do the work of priests since is what he saying is that the priest you know they work on the Sabbath day and yet they're not called guilty by God, as was in here it is. Sabbath is essentially saying that I'm treating all my men like priests.
I hoped today that you will not only have your eyes opened to what I joy and profound wonderful act of grace.
It is to celebrate the Lord's supper to eat the holy bread, so to speak. What you'll see about your life, is that God looks on you as a royal priesthood that it means that those privileges that we saw foreshadowed in the Old Testament priest when they were the ones that handled all the holy things now these holy things are put into your hand. The people of God because you have been made holy so that the Pharisees always trying to trick Jesus and they try to trap them on a twist of words and catch him a little things like the little things always get you four turn ascendance this way or that way to try to trap and I got so news this week. I have a daughter who is a freshman at University North Carolina and I have a son is a first year student at Duke Law school. This is perhaps the biggest rivalry in the nation. The Duke Carolina think it is so funny I tell you how bad this rivalry is is that I actually was on the Duke campus and blogger our lives on his wife and will we win in the Cameron indoor basketball and I'm looking in the lobby and they got all this memorabilia layer of all these national championships and everything to come over to this one case and I got a basketball in the case and it is obviously celebrated. This basketball is to celebrate and I would like what what victory was this commemorating and it was over any big team or anything it just was there and got a big black and it said this is the game ball from the game in which Mike's Rasinski coach Duke had had one had surpassed Dean Smith for total number of wins commemorated that they claim Carolina that it is commemorated as a counter rivalry does so my daughter is in her history class at Carolina this week and her professor puts up his big picture of Richard Nixon and Richard Nixon is an infamous graduate of Duke Law school and put an actual quote from Nixon in which it said everything that I have done or ever will do in some way.
Duke University is responsible for so my daughter just texted her brother in glutamate is so pretty much doing is responsible for Watergate will have more teaching D important series when the Judaizers inference with the Galatian church. The apostle Paul was outraged and read a letter that describes the essence of the gospel of grace and why it must not be mixed with any form of Alan Wright's 12 message idea series trumpets the power of the gospel in order to set you free, and empower you with pure grace. It's called Galatians and asked the gospel discover the purity and power the grace of God. When you make your gift to Alan Wright ministry said I will send you pastor Arlington messages in an attractive see with your digital download as our way of saying thanks for your partnership. Now these are the final days. This offer is being made available to you this month.
Call us at 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor and got work in today's teaching now continues here once again is Alan Wright taking Jesus's words and his actions always try to twist them so that Jesus would be tracked over. You got me now in this instance, what happens the Pharisees see that Jesus is disciples.
The ones that he is teaching supposed to reflect who he is around the field and their plucking off the heads of the brain. The leader whatever is there and there just after their hungry so that there snacking on these this grill out in the field and for whatever it is, and in the Pharisees see there you can't really be the Messiah because love your followers don't even understand the law and they're not following the laws. You can even be from God because the law, the 10 Commandments and you should you should keep the Sabbath honor the 70 but holy and so the whole world tradition developed among the rabbis about what that meant. What was constituted is worth what didn't.
What was at work on the Sabbath and harvesting, reaping was considered work so they were technically reaping something we catch now. Sometimes what Jesus would say is you knit picking blind guides hypocrites whitewashed to full of dead men poems. You are just nitpicking the death there and missing the greater matters of the law. Sometimes you say that that's not what he said this time instead what he did was he harkens back to an intriguing story. It's in many ways a scandalous story in the Old Testament. Think how clever this was a Jesus because this is a story about David and David was arguably the most beloved figure in the whole history of Israel.
There's Abraham, and there the children of Abraham and Moses, through whom came the law, but David despite the sin in his life was remembered as Israel's beloved King and they all knew the Messiah was to come from Davey at David's lineage and someone from David's family would always be on the throats of everybody love David and the Pharisees. They certainly knew the story Jesus referred back to the story in first Samuel chapter 21. If you want to follow along. First Samuel chapter 21. David has been on the run because the King Saul the first king of Israel is after him. He's insanely jealous he's trying to kill David and David is going to have to keep moving around and as he moves slowly but surely, a motley assortment of men began to follow him. People who recognize David's going to be the king of Israel, and this ragtag assembly will and shall eventually be his army. But he's having a high and so David now comes to a place where he and his guys are very very hungry and they need some help in his first Samuel chapter 21 verse one the David came to Nob to Ahimelech the priest and Ahimelech came to meet David trembling and said to him, why are you alone and no one with you see this is a very uncertain time in the life of Israel because David is alone. What does this mean why would he come to this priest alone, and the priest is very worried that he's in real trouble. But the priest is going to be in danger what's happening with Saul what's happening with David everybody's here in all the stories in verse two. David lives right here. This is a list of total complete live verse two. David said to him, like the priest they king has charged me with the matter and said to me let no one know anything of the matter about which I send you and with which I have charged you. I made an appointment with the young men for such and such a place.
What is Saul give any data just running for his life from Saul right now and he says to the priest giving this vague roundabout lie when she says well I'm here because King Saul has sent me on a very specific and important assignment and were just we can't tell anybody about it but but but where were we doing it right now. So verse three now then David says what you have on hand from out food. Give me five loaves of bread. Whatever's here they're starving, and the priest answered David. I have no common bread on hand. But there is holy bread.
If the young men of Themselves from women. Part of what was considered to be ceremonially clean and David answered the priest truly women to be kept from us always. When I go expedition.
The vessels young men holy even when it's an ordinary journey was more today. Their vessels be holy say listen what were ceremonially work but the whole matter here is it the the holy bread.
He's talking about, which will describe in just a moment if something is only supposed be in by the priest were sick, so the priest gave him the holy bread for there was no bread but the bread of the presence which is removed from before the Lord to be replaced by hot bread on the day that it is taken away in order to understand this, just go back and review once again.
The whole nature of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting. Was this portable worship Center for the people of Israel as they would move around.
I got given very specific instructions about this and how it was that they would be a big fence around it. One day, 1 Entrance Way that you come in all of this. Foreshadowing Jesus.
One way and and then once in a big brazen altar.
And then there was a big brazen where the ceremonial washings and then once you step inside the tent. There were then to primary areas there. The first was called the holy place and then there's a veil behind it was the holy of holies and just inside that holy place that first area inside of the tent. There were three primary pieces of furniture that were there and were always supposed to be there. Mom was a golden candelabra that would bring light and the Mrs. dark tent, foreshadowing Jesus, who is the light of the world and then it would also be a table in which it would be incensed. It would be right there next to the veil and always have insets rising up to the Lord is a picture of like the prayer and intercession of the people of the priest on behalf of the people always rising up to the Lord.
But then there was a table that was completely completely covered in solid gold and it was always have on it. These 12 loaves of bread. Now they were they were loaves of bread. Not like you would think they look more like pancakes and to be a big stack there is 601 site six.
On the other and then to be some frankincense. It was there also supposed to be accompanying it, and this was literally called in Hebrew, the bread of the face because to be in the presence of someone is to be where you see their face and so the bread of the presence or the bread of the face was called also the showbread.
It was always there today are to be visible and it was a picture. This picture of 12 is a symbol of the people of God because there were 12 tribes of Israel. Whenever you see the number 12 in your Bible, you can pay attention to it because numbers are very symbolic of the Bible and because this is room reminiscent of the 12 tribes of Israel is pointing to the totality of the people of God. That's what it means.
The 12 is the people of God.
In total, so this is representing all the people always there in the presence in the face of the Lord will this brand was to be baked by specific instructions that were given in the Old Testament to be baked only by the priests. According to very specific instructions and ingredients and then the priests were the only ones who were supposed to eat the bread. Nobody know Monday in person could come and prepare these holy things know Monday in person regular person could eat this holy bread.
But on this particular day.
David comes in, tells a lie doesn't get rebuked by the Lord, for it doesn't get rebuked by the priest priest believes that and the priest does the unthinkable. He gives the holy bread to David's men to start moving it down. Are you kidding me. It is really one of the most scandalous stories in the Old Testament that these men and let's just be honest about it. These guys have been living from cave to cave and they come in they are not good looking guy is right now who in good condition and there are starving in the priest given this bread is Jesus uses the story to review the Pharisees is going on here so here are the disciples of Jesus and there out in the field and they are like kids and just know got in the cookie jar.
They been out there on the Sabbath day doing what you're not supposed to pluck it often eaten so that you know I just imagine there they stand, you know, Peter got granola bar coming down on side of his face. No John over there and he's still chewing on it know that's not culture conch in the Pharisees or sit there going look they've broken the law and Jesus defended them and took all the attention off of them and he brought it to himself only on his Jesus is your defender word Satan means accuser and there is always an accusation being leveled against you Christians that you are condemned under the law and Jesus your advocate has stepped in between is the intercessor for one who goes between and he instead draws the attention unto himself. He says someone who is greater than the temple is here now.
Helen right in today's teaching your holy go ahead and eat the bread is in our series belonging to God Allen's back in a moment with additional insight of this for your life in our final word today and knocking for 99 days in a row.
Someone tells you, I love you I'll never forsake when you feel cherished. The what would happen if I'm hundred today that same person. Sad sugar get enough for me to measure up on the Colletti anymore. When that one day contaminate the meaning of the other 99 days when 1% of conditional love poison. The other 99% which is 1% of lies enough to spoil grace instead of locking introducing unlimited capacity for fear if I don't measure up. When my having rejected when the Judaizers infiltrated the Galatian church, the apostle policy outraged and read a letter that describes the essence of the gospel of grace and why it must not be mixed with any form of Alan Wrights 12 message idea series trumpets the power of the gospel in order to set you free empower you with pure grace.
It's called Galatians and asked the gospel discover the purity and power the grace of God. When you make your gift to Alan Wright ministry said I will send you pastor outlines messages in an attractive CDR pump with your digital download as our way of saying thanks for your partnership. These are the final days. This offer is being made available to you this month. Call us at 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor out.work on this teaching is flowing very well right from the previous teaching. We had a really is a battlefield that I think the enemy can take a stronghold in our life in and try to say no but you got you don't measure up. All you can do something else in this teaching is hitting that in a perfect way. Will this just were seeing story amazing story about David and his men and how they end up eating the holy breath and drawing this comparison to what we have in Jesus and what God really has done for us is make it such that we are like the holy priest of old and we're entitled to these approaches, it would've been reserved only for the priest and the so much as your singing of the spiritual battle is to really believe that because I think the bottom line we have in accuser, is always want to remind us of everything we've done wrong and we have good news today and more about what it really means to be so holy that you can eat the holy breath. Today's good news message is a listener supported production Alan White ministries