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February 4, 2021 6:00 am
To go through life with what's right in your eyes might be unwarranted in God's eyes we come across as all I think God is this make up something is wrong is harmful and 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 do their own thing, but putting Christ's name. 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.
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Pastor Rick will conclude his study called spiritual derangement.
He'll be teaching in Judges chapter 70 closure says grace will save a man, but will not save him and his idle just had that would advance. Abner and JW Dozier advance would make you chuckle, those would make you close 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 figurine Seattle shrine going to get that 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 anybody in his household, idols, and he 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 where all of these violations. They are guilty of are covered one verse, and neurotic 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. Shiloh 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 whole 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 of 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 but 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 in that what is 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 there yet shrine full of idols.
Now when you look at your modem.
You stand by you, and cut his consecrated one of his sons to become who became his priests lowly Aron's sentence are supposed to be priest in Israel. There were supposedly no other priests anybody else's to be killed.
No priest to do their calling would've tolerated this. So if he if he was a real pretty soon as he made appraisers that I can be a breeze. I review for making me want members 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 is a capital crime to impersonate a priest. If you are not from the line of Aron, even if you are a Levite if you were not from the line of Aron, you were not to be a priest but you see the high value God puts on 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 applied 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 arranged spiritually deranged, which is what every person who's rejecting Christ is what we just get would 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 it, nature fallen nature that part of us that wants things it shouldn't have even another don't can become a big problem to 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 know I'm part of the movement to get the king in Israel mother judge can say for sure but we do know he's looking back and he's said in 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's 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 they did 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 says everyone did what was right in his own eyes what was right in their eyes is wrong in God's that's what matters is how 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 skill or 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 should 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 a will. 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 stick.
Yeah, I know you believe in. Okay that's a bit much with my fantasy. Jeremiah had a worse ministry is when my point and he made it to the end they kidnap him 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 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 sportcoat sash in his day, but in our day, I would. God said by sash I go by sportcoat to use this instead because I look kinda goofy with getting gasoline at the station where sash this lithic maybe in some South American countries.
You can wear want to get away with it. But 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 for renown 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 was wrapped around him like this would know you don't want that bizarre he broke 60% of the 10 Commandments without even leaving all this one. Micah idolatry fashioning images, stealing line coveting Commandments 1258, nine and 10 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 biggest ceiling everybody else. We have Christians do similar things they become bored with the Scripture they start reading other things to get in trouble because you listen being a Christian is hard not being one is harder is it worth it. That's the question you have Nancy's yourself are as hard being a Christian I can't beat people up that I don't like that I think I can beat up stuff like that's irritating. I'm being humorous because it's of course this is absurd and what they would what it would be hard With your preference, but it's worth it and and that helps me it helps me when when things don't go my way to say it but it is worth restraining myself that ninth doughnut. I'll just say no because it's worth it in the people supporting the idols judges 18, listen to this. The people were supporting their idols were not there. Temple that contributed to this condition. So they set up for themselves. Mike I'm reading from judges 1831, so they set up for themselves.
Micah's carved image which he may all the time. The house of God was in Shiloh so he saying this story and is the people were just pouring themselves into their image. But God's house was in Shiloh and that's all he has to say. It's just the omission of saying anything more as an admission of their guilt. Here they are playing religion anywhere they wanted to, contrary to what God wanted God's house just sat there abandoned pretty much verse eight. The man departed from the city of Bethlehem in Judah to stay wherever he could find a place many came to the mountains of Ephraim, the house of Micah as he journeyed.
Now this is is will find out this is a Levite that I miss the verse I did verse seven is testing now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah of the family of Judah. He was a Levite and was staying there. Verse eight. The man departed from the city of Bethlehem in Judah to stay wherever he could find a place. Then he came to the mountains of Ephraim to the house of Micah as he journeyed, so he is a sojourner as RVs a live from the Levitical cities. He's wondering because the people in supporting the priest not supporting the temple and so when it was his time to go circuit was no nothing to serve. There were no sacrifices being offered for them to live all not enough and so he wanders looking for a place anywhere financial support to get a job and as I mentioned the temple that Shiloh was neglected in verse eight.
It mentioned that he's from Bethlehem in Judah because there was another Bethlehem and Zebulun.
A better story will come out of Bethlehem but everybody will have to wait for that verse nine Micah said to him when you come from.
So he said to him, I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah and I'm on my way to find a place to stay. Now this Micah, he is worse than Laban. Laban was a scrounger but this man is these religious one. He just totally into his idols. She is abandoned to them.
Verse 10 Micah said to him, dwell with me and be a father and a priest to me and I will give you 10 shekels of silver per year.
A suit of clothes, and your sustenance and free Wi-Fi so the Levite went in. What I mean is a difficult place to put a man is he doesn't have guys going to eat live in this man is making an offer. EP should still said no.
They but they have gotten deep into this problem when he says you be a father to me as a spiritual father lies a father takes care of the child looks out for them, provides for them to say I want you to be a spiritual leader for me was making him a chaplain's personal chaplain later will find out his name was Charlie X a week we won't, but it's funny. I will give you 10 shekels of silver per year in the suit of clothes so he's bought and sold again the temptation that the priesthood is being reduced to a private possession.
Micah possesses that he is now the Lord is the one appointing the callings and ordaining people. We don't ordain anyone. We recognize ordination on them.
We recognize that God is called someone they proven themselves in the according to the New Testament, outlining guides guidance of the New Testament the commandments of the New Testament and what we call in ordination, but what were saying is this what I'm saying. I recognize that God is called you to this and that's pretty much it. The rest is up to you to work it out. Verse 11 then the Levite was content to dwell with the man and the young man became like one of his sons. Well, the Levite consented to this statement means he supported it and celebrated it and Micah was just as happy is as he could be. Jeremiah 5 again. The priest ruled by their own power.
My people love to have it so the righteous Jew and NEH would be aghast that this it would just be horrified at such an arrangement that a man could be bought is a Levite. It doesn't say he was from the tribe of Aron, but he's a religious figure in the land and this will certainly help for Micah with his neighbors. And so the young man became like one of the sun.
All of the debt they bonded as as the trap of God's word together human settlement does not somehow make it acceptable and yet a lot of people think it does.
Verse 12 so Micah consecrated Levite in the young man became his priest and lived in the house of Micah just like that.
They must've made a solemn event to it probably had you know, roasted corn, barbecue, Lanman and other things like that all the trappings is the travel God's commandment young man became his priest was a hireling. Imagine if Micah rebuked him for anything ever your fire give me back my garment know no more Wi-Fi for you. Your out so that's what happens to a hireling he is compromised.
There are Jonathan's in micas throughout the world.
Throughout history, they always find each other. They need each other and it is never acceptable. And I'm not the rear to hate these people but we don't have anything to do with verse 13 Micah said now I know that Yahweh will be good to me since I have a Levite as priest see God's mascot is a lucky charm. If I you know, do something good for that.I think God should accept then he owes me spiritually deranged thinking by his own words.
Suppose that one can just trample the word of God and insisted God bless them.
Nonetheless Deuteronomy again. 2028 the Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart, that means it will be deep down when he says of heart. It's deep not on the surface, he says, since I have a Levite as priests again thinking that this validated all of his disobedience.
Hosea OE from what shall I do to you, God is asking this question, no, Judah, what shall I do to you for your faithfulness is like a morning cloud and like the early do it goes away. I read those verse words and I don't want to be that way with God. I don't want to be so fragile that when the heat comes up. My faith is gone.
The faith that we have the Bible studies that we sit through and maybe endure their supposed account when everything is trying to push us away from trusting God, and what we have learned, or else what good is it, what good is it if there are pestilence that are out there and arrows that fly at noon day and when they come. We run from God. We asked the world help us tell some good news make us feel better. We're supposed to be on our knees getting orders and remaining enough I what I mean you God what to do right now. Sometimes it is appointed for us to die and go out in a blaze of faith. That's the.that's the idea, sometimes is appointed to us to live through these things and preach that others who die may be saved and saved. Maybe you strengthen Micah the prophet, in his second chapter and 11 verse remarks, those who accept anyone as clergy. He says if a man should walk in a false spirit and speak alive saying I will prophesy to you of wine and drink. Even he would be a platter of the speed so somebody comes along and says I'm going to prophesy to you about lint not lent lint and okay this is a mockery and I let Mike is calling the matters is you people that know the sermon you don't care shouldn't be doing things like this. This man bought into this greed and becoming a private chaplain for the plastic gods that he was surrounded with it goes all in the next chapter. It all gets stolen from Mike. He loses his figurines and he Shane and there be nothing left of his religion except a record spiritual range. These last five chapters. A lot of fun with the necessary 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 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