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February 3, 2021 6:00 am
God told Jesus if you follow me, this is a blessing. Start messing around with me, and trampling the word covenants that we have together. This is happening. One of the prophecies judgments is insanity. Since you can go insane today. To this day many Jewish people believe in the most foolish things that are against them and their nation and you just why do you vote for these people.
This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher. Rick asked Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Rick is currently teaching through the book of Judges. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio. Specifically, you can get a free copy of this teaching, but for now let's join Pastor Rick in Judges chapter 17 as he continues his message spiritual derangement. So when he had returned 1100 check 1100 shekels of silver to his mother. His mother said I had holy dedicated the silver from my hand to Yahweh for my son to make a carved image in a molded image. Now therefore I will return it to you.
I tell you just gets more bizarre. This is spiritual derangement did their spiritually when it comes to God and religion and faith are out of their minds.
If you would steal from his own mother. What would he do to others. We will talk about that my boy, so his mother said I had holy dedicated the silver from my hand to Yahweh for my son.
Her dedication was a waste of time.
Like many today think that there dedicated to God with a strong God. The facts don't agree with their conclusions just because they appoint this thing in their imagination as God doesn't mean it's true, consider Islam. Islam is not a spiritual feature to the Koran really all their other writings is no myth there no miracles are no prophecies. This just hears what I say and it's impossible to challenge me without being violently attacked.
That's their approach.
How convenient I'm going to create a religion that makes it impossible to question Christianity grows back the curtain is a good question. We want bring a Bible to church, ask questions, get to the bottom of it. The world hates that about us and so here she is. Oh, let God bless our disobedient, our flagrant disobedience, I might add, and it is said what she says here that she was going to dedicate the silver to this idol. She says this without shame, without hesitation, without reason without obedience without God Zephaniah, the prophet will come along long after these, and he will talk about those who worship the fake God's and then worship also real God Zephaniah chapter 1, those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops worshiping the stars not only the stars, those who worship and swear oaths by Yahweh but who also swear by milk, which was a pagan God that they mingling together when they were strictly forbidden not to do this, you would think they would say okay Julia, the law of Moses does not permit me to do this, but I want to do this so I'm going to leave the law of Moses and go become a full-blown worshiper of valor wherever else you would think they would do something like that. No way going to stay amongst the people of God we going to then add the gods from the other peoples and we going to insist we be left alone. This is what evil does.
This is invasive and to this day think the people go start their own church. Note the Satanists when they get the idea of Satan while they differ in the Bible we would think if they believe that part. They believe the name of Satan.
You would think they believe everything else is sort of like eating the stem of a banana is still open thrown away everything else and I don't even eat bananas, but I would need the stem well again her child was more important than God. It was an insult to God and a sin for her, not just at will when you insult God to send this on you is not the atheist who think that you know I'm getting even with him I'm showing him on the looking in his direction. I had a cousin and I score me a good gun the lovely sees with the Lord now, but when in those days when he would get really upset with you, he would ignore you for like three days, it wouldn't speak to you can set the house on fire just ignore you and then he snap out of it and we accepted that's how he was course, I was perfect and I had no problems come three times.
He hated my guts. But anyway Sparta growing up. Deuteronomy 28 when God, God told Jesus and if you follow me, this is the blessings that I'm going to put on you but if you start messing around with me and and trampling.
No word in the covenants that we have together. This is going to happen to you. One of the prophecies judgments was insanity but since you can go insane if you go in today. To this day many Jewish people believe in the most foolish things that are against them and their nation and you just why do you vote for these people. Deuteronomy 2828 Yahweh will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of a heart. We have watched this happen so that tells us that if God does that to his covenant people.
He is certainly capable of doing it to anybody else were looking at when looking at world of insane people would just that they have no agenda, but to cause anarchy, which is to cut your nose off to spite your face and then the people join them and for what. I think that there's two people have too much time we need to get them washing pastoral Pastor pickup trucks and stuff like that young folks to something. Well anyway the spiritual derangement is happening. It is not unnoticed. It's spreading in this home for mom to son.
Where they right now where is this mom and this son right this moment. Did they get out of this idolatry and become righteous that they go to the grave marking God with the way they live. This no way to smooth over what they were doing is no way to to downsize.
It does no plea bargaining. James chapter 3 verse one just the interesting thing about James and Jude the stepbrothers of Jesus Christ, according to the flesh, both of them in their short letters. Their short letters on loaded with the with the sermon on the Mount you can't talk to sermon the sermon on the Mount makes everybody pay attention that sits its beauty. It's not grace it's truth it's raw truth from God and it gets your attention so that at the end. People say never anyone spoke like this with such authority speak as the scribes. He spoke as one with authority is awaking from the throne of God is the idea what James says where envy and self-seeking exist confusion and everything will be there. That's with these two were guilty of.
He was seeking her silver she was seeking just a blessing on her son. No matter what he did, they could be cutting on her cart with a knife and she visible as you my son.
Susan's lost her mind. Okay I build extreme, but it is possible right newborn says to make a carved image in a mold an image that's keep that in context of the verse. So when he had returned the 1100 shekels of silver to his mother. His mother's that I will wholly dedicate the silver from my hand to Yahweh for my son to make a carved image in a mold an image now therefore I will return it to you.
You gave me back the money you stole. I'm going to take some of that money and I'm going to buy you cursed blessing what comes out to a carved image that's a handmade God out of clay or stone rating. You can carve the mold an image of course is something that's cast and bite me in metal or plaster cast into a mold of this likely refers to a carved image overlaid with the silver that she dedicated and that will seek economical way of having a precious idle. This oxymoron is nothing precious about an idol. Now therefore I will return it to you make an idol from silver my boy in the silver you stole, and I'll give it to you and you can enjoy the madness of the idle verse four. Thus, he returned the silver to his mother then his mother took 200 shekels of silver, and gave them to the silversmith and he made it into a carved image in a mold an image they were in the house of Micah. She donated more than 10% to her idol. Yet the template silo just sat there neglected the Levites were so neglected they had to move out of their allotted cities to find a way to live. Going to get to one of them in a minute long after this Ezekiel will say to the people who had the book of Judges in their possession.
He will say how did it. God speaking through Ezekiel how degenerate is your heart says the Lord Yahweh seeing you do all these things, the deeds of brazen harlot you're not ashamed boldface sent flagrant sin right out in front of everybody. Ezekiel 1831 cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit for why should you dial house of Israel. God says you're all messed up on the inside unit complete renovation in the got the thing out completely and redo it like Dozier says Grace will save a man, but will not save him and his idle just had that with Van Tabler and Dave W. Dozier advance however would make you chuckle, those would make you make is closed the book and think about yourself. Both of them powerful men of God. He says there and they were in the house of Micah this is that his domestic demon network.
He had a bunch of little figurines Seattle shrine going to get that in the next verse. Remember one one man can hold more demons than 2000 pigs a great lesson from Scripture man's capacity for evil. Verse five.
Then Micah had a shrine and made any flawed and his household idols. Any consecrated one of his sons to become his priests who became his pre-priest while the word there translated shrine in the Hebrew's house. The ideas of dwelling place, and within the house. This chapter completely mocks Deuteronomy 12 were all of these violations there guilty of are covered one verse and erotic two verses from Deuteronomy 12. At the moment. Verse four you shall not worship Yahweh your God with such things.
Yet, there he is doing it. According to Deuteronomy 12 silo was the place where God was to be publicly worshiped. You could worship the Lord at home. You could not bring sacrifices to him in the home they were doing it that he fought there. They try to get into the same. He fought in this context is garb of the priest was a pouch and I likely somewhere where they held the poems that they would read or some form of trying to tell the future what you called omens and things like that. Verse five. Deuteronomy 12 would you shall seek the place where Yahweh your God chooses. Out of all your tribes to put his name for his dwelling place, and there you shall go so here Micah has a dwelling place shrine in his home, with loss explicitly says don't do this he believed he had a relationship with Yahweh by violating strict and clear commands of Yahweh this insanity to them is no sense that what does no way to justify that indefensible position, he says, and made a Nephi and his household idols plural. That's his domestic demonic network that he has in her meal. You have a router at home. Modem bill yet of shrine full of idols. Now when you look at your modem. You stand by me you like to encourage consecrated one of his sons to become who became his priests lowly Aron's descendents are supposed to be priest in Israel. There were supposedly no other priests. Anybody else was to be killed.
No priest to do the calling would've tolerated this. So if he if he was a real pretty soon as he made appraisers that I can be a priest. I reviewed her for making me one member is 18 we going to get this because we can't covered more as we move forward as is therefore you and your sons with you attend to your priesthood for everything at the altar and behind the veil and you shall serve. I give your priesthood to you as a gift for service, but the outsider who comes near shall be put to death was a capital crime to impersonate a priest.
If you are not from the line of Aron, even if you are a Levite. If you are not from the line of air and you were not to be a priest but you see the high value God puts on the priesthood to serve, he says, and you shall serve what we are a royal priesthood, we are supposed to take the meanings that the value of what's behind this high calling and apply it to what we do as Christians preach Christ, which has everything to do with saving souls from eternal hell.
Certainly, Micah knew all this anybody outside of Aron's family serving as a priest was to be killed, but he did not honor to them going contrary to God's word somehow was not going contrary to God, to them going contrary authority. Yahweh was somehow not going Congress yelled. They just people become deranged, spiritually deranged, which is what every person who's rejecting Christ is what we just get with getting to see that you are an extreme case put in front of us you if you took this to someone you say you read this and tell me what's wrong with the story just even if you read it as literature, you have to come to the conclusion that these people are not stable and yet many people would read it come to that conclusion and then go ahead and repeated because sin is that deadlier a thing, it is violently deadly. It's invisibly deadly. How many Christians and I would say all can't stand the carnal nature fallen nature. The part of us that wants things that shouldn't have even another donor can become a big problem, not the telling us that after about eight of them should always is now becoming a little greedy in one sitting, well anyway verse six. In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes was another indication of the book of Judges was put together during the time the kings were approaching that time. Maybe he was lobbying you are part of the movement to get the king in Israel mother judge can say for sure but we do know is looking back in his essay, and the kings remember as bad as the judges were or as or not as good as they should have been the kings were worse overall, with the exception of a few, the kings just fall worse. All the kings of the northern kingdom diabolical. Anyway the context that Israel's kings this context says that Israel's kings were to have. To make a great contribution to the spiritual state of the people.
The king was to influence the people using there was no king, then that's why these people behave this way.
There was no one at the top, influencing the land, pointing to God upholding the righteousness of the law. That's what he is saying there was no Moses. Figure it's supposed to be the pastor's elect is a lot of authority to the pastor know it does not give the authority to the body of Christ, so righteous pastors only in front of the congregation by consent of the congregation is a body thing. It is upon appointment by Christ, but it goes both ways. The congregation can consent to a heretic in the pulpit and it often happens with this church gets enough of that will be getting more of it from Sunday from Jude but back to this day. In those days there was no king, the context says there was no king, then that's why they behave this way. Had there been a king.
This a positive apostasy would not have been running so unchecked throughout the land as it as it did no religious authority is everyone did what was right in his own eyes what was right in their eyes is wrong in God's that's what matters were, how would I know that when I come to the Scriptures. The only way is there is no other way. You cannot just say what I just have a sealer deep suspicion that's not good enough you might be right, but has to be founded on the word because when you do things that is right in your own eye in the heart being deceitful and desperately wicked above all things, you end up lying about God. The facts become wrong. You cannot guess with God.
It's it's not almost right or almost there. It's good again in horseshoes and hand grenades being close enough, but not when it comes to doctrine, not to do the essential doctrines.
There are many points in the Scripture that are debatable, but there are others that are not the doctrine of salvation is simple as anything you are a sinner. Christ as Savior is a son of God.
He died for you will never get to heaven without even the unborn don't get to heaven without the blood of Christ. He's got it all worked out when David said I shall not he shall not come to me I should go to him that whole situation is arranged by the blood of Christ for that tip to come to pass in heaven. David could go to see old but he could not get to the father's throne without the blood of Christ. Well anyway to go through life with what's right in your eyes might be abhorrent in God's eyes we here we come across as all the time he was about.
I think God is this make up something is wrong is harmful and it comes from the underworld comes from Satan. Wrong ideas about God are not generated from the throne of God because it is harming harmful human beings. It is very important and there are hordes of churchgoers who do their own thing, while putting Christ's name on it just like this couple here that we are considering. Jeremiah 10 and of course Jeremiah just what a ministry and I say I would not want to be one of the pastors in Corinth in the day that Paul wrote to the Corinthians. I just would not want the church of those type of believers because I would stumble, I would go to the pulpit with tomatoes extra sick. Yeah I know what you will even locate is a bit much with my fantasy.
Jeremiah had a worse ministry is what my point and he made it to the end of any kidnapping in the end one point Jeremiah, just tell us what God says whatever it is, whether we like it or not we going to submit to your prices okay come back and then Dave ultimately tells them and is a little like that. They turned on him.
Jeremiah writes a lot. I know that the way of man is not in himself. It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.
That's what's being brought out in this verse six that were looking at again. Jeremiah 13 this is the one with the sash or Jeremiah go buy yourself a nice sport coat sash in his day, but in our day, I would. God said by sash I could buy a sport coat to use this instead, they look kinda goofy with management getting gasoline at the station where sash specific maybe in some South American countries. You can wear one get away with it with here. It's not really anyway, restraining myself stream in verse 13 of Jeremiah chapter 13 Jeremiah 4 as a sash clings to a man's way. So I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to me says Yahweh. They may become my people renowned for praise and for glory, but they would not hear so that it was an object lesson. The Jeremiah took an object he put a voice in the sash clings to me this is that were supposed to do. The Yahweh which will be wrapped around him like this would know you don't want that bizarre he broke 60% of the 10 Commandments without even leaving home. This one, Micah idolatry, fashioning images, stealing, lying, coveting Commandments 1258, nine and 10 with an indictment at the rap sheet she broke 20% of them without leaving the home of the 10 Commandments, Israel became bored with God's realm became bored with the faith.
Israel became bored with an invisible God. So they wanted to make one of the legacy like everybody else.
We have Christians do similar things they become bored with the Scripture reading other things to get in trouble because, listen being a Christians are not being one of the harder is it worth it. That's the question you, Nancy's yourself or is hard being a Christian move. Thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Judges cross reference radio is the teaching ministry pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. If you'd like more information about this ministry, we invite you to visit our website cross reference radio.com will find additional teachings from Pastor Rick available there, and we encourage you to subscribe to our podcast by doing so you will be notified of each new edition of cross reference radio. You can search for cross reference radio on your favorite podcast that work just follow the links and cross reference radio.com that's all the time we have for today. Join us next time to continue learning more from the book of Judges right here cross reference rate