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The Day of Selection (Part B)

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July 2, 2021 6:00 am

The Day of Selection (Part B)

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July 2, 2021 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the Gospel of Mark (Mark 11:1-11)

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This John baptizing hundreds of people he had baptized look somebody sees Jesus coming this one is outstanding, separate from the others and it's sort of just involuntary almost just comes right out of John behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world never get tired of it. That never gets old, takes away my sin from me your sin from you if you let him that's what makes this the day of selection. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville.

Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Mark, please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching, and now here's Pastor Rick in the gospel of Mark chapter 11 as he continues his study called the day of selection.

Matthew chapter 2110 and when he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved to St., is this 12 Galilean Jews and have asked that question they know Christ. What is whether cutting on the palm branches Alayna before him and cheering him on with the Jerusalem Jews did not know most great multitude of them. They're the ones that are making that inquiry in Matthew picks it up. Thanks again to the leaders who made Jerusalem a hostile place where Jesus could not function as he could function further to the north.

John's Gospel 11. Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command that of anyone knew where he was. He should reported that they might sees him is that hostility that I was mentioning why he ministered so much in other areas so our eyes as we look at this event. Our eyes are on him. Christ, we hear their praise but we see him marching toward death and life for us is no reason to do this, but for sinners. There is no motivation in the universe as to why God would send his son to suffer such things, except to redeem purchase back sinners by definition people that are not very appealing. We may be appealing Things about us that are appealing to each other given time go on a trip with somebody for a week.

By day five you looking at it. Maybe by day to depend on your personality you're looking for relief. Otherwise, you could just love the somewhat wonderful person.

Wonderful relations good were sinners when messed up. God knows it and he doesn't give up on us and that tells us we're supposed to do some of that to others to where not supposed to give up on other people just because they're not behaving playing properly in life we know these things and we are devoted we who believe to improving our performance as Christians that's what conviction is convictions. As you know, you got that one wrong in the heart responds. I know you want to get it right just working on it. Everything is a come right away. So God please be patient with me, to which God says okay but I want you to be patient with others to give us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Mark's gospel chapter 10 again the words of the blind man when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth began to cry out and say Jesus son of David, have mercy on me.

He knew he could go to him for mercy and he received and you know you can go to him for mercy. Question is, can people come to you farmers. Sometimes people of course want to abuse the mercy I'm not talking about them talking about those who are honest and genuine someone from David's line was expected to take the throne, and to restore Israel to God's king. The people believe this. They believe that much of the Scripture for sure there were other areas of Scripture that they were very confused about, and most of it because of the rabbis, hosanna in the highest, this highest that he is referring to, hero of the is the people are quoting Psalm 118 refers to the heavens and the inhabitants that Lord of hosts of those on earth, those in heaven. Psalm 148 defines that for us, tells it's just that but the they don't go far enough with the Psalm 118. Here's why they stop here with the hosanna but if they continue to the next verse they stop adverse 26 and Psalm 118, but here's some way to verse 27 God is Yahweh and he has given us light bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar tired and so you can get away if possible, Lord, father, take this cup from me. But it was not possible. The sacrifice was bound to the altar. There was no escape was the point of no return for this purpose.

He came Jesus and now I wish it was on right now emitted eagerly in spite of the horrors of the men who found the sacrifices to be slaughtered. You know you bring your animal that there to the altar and while they were busy with other things they tied up in a can have a much animals roaming around the temple around men use courts, ropes, God uses love much different gets us involved.

Is it not when God says this is how you will know that you're my disciple that you love one another. He gets us involved. He ties us to the altar course Christ is the sacrifice he's bound to the cross as nothing is going to stop this, verse 11 and Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple when he had looked around at all things as the hour was already late, he went out to Bethany with the 12 Judas is still in that number is still the servant is still perceived as a server when the crowd saw the 12 they saw Judas to and they had as much admiration for his position in him in that position as he did for any of the others. This word here for temple in the Greek again verse 11 and Jesus went to Jerusalem and into the temple is Harry not Neos is two words that are used for the temple of the outer courts Harry on that's the precincts. The outer courts is not going to the sanctuary later chapter. Chapter 14 that will be brought up and again in chapter 15. They said he would destroy this temple and raise in three days. Different Greek word hope not losing my point is, he goes into the temple is not going into the sanctuary itself of the temple of the temple grounds and that's what the market is telling us he went to the temple grounds and he looked around at what was going on.

It wasn't closed. The people were there.

The evening sacrifices would've been offered this time he got a full eyes view of how they were doing church. Those churchgoers were they abiding by God's word, or the doing their own thing. So when he had looked around at all things.

He surveyed the area and he disliked what he saw. Get that in verses 15 and 17. Next session will be back the next day and he will address what he is looking at this evening he yeah the whole night sleep on it only you already but the message that comes out of the Holy Spirit says your master looked around at all things and pondered it through the night he wakes up fresh in the morning and he comes to deal with this.

He had an intolerant spirit for phony baloney ministry. Unfortunately, many Christians who have high tolerances for phony baloney ministry just put another $10 in the offering plate. God will bless you that's phony baloney stuff what businesses of any pastor or how much you give that is between you and God is a sacred act and Christians know what they're supposed to give slow galactic aikido Hobart, and sometimes it's more sometimes is less. You should be tuned into the spirit should be almost a no-brainer because it's a spiritual issue and you know their times. God put something on your heart, act on it. That's how you develop being led by the spirit of God being led by the spirit of God is not a one-way street where God is doing all the leading would you shuffling along, it comes with the still small voice here, a stronger voice their God is paying attention.

Are you listening to you. Not if I've asked you to do something and you don't do it. Why should I ask you again to do some but when you begin to say I think that's the Lord I'm going to pursue it yet. I'm going to confirm. Now you're developing a relationship many times God says, sit down, don't do anything for a long time while everybody else is pushing you to do something you have to learn how to be let as many as are led by the spirit of God, these are the sons of God. Paul nobody was talking about.

This was a man Paul that was led into places where he was beat up for God leading him there and instead of because complaining about why I thought you said you never leave me or forsake me to get up and do it again.

He knew this was God he know he got the gospel out.

That was his mission. His objective was accomplished me, I'd be saying what was the protection the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

My cousin wants here you get tired of getting your heart broken or you had beaten up all never got tired of it for Christ or didn't like it did not invite it did not directly provoke it, but he did indirectly provoke it and he was fine with that if I preachmy give me a beating.

Okay, let them give me a beating after the stone demigod went back into the city where this little people can install him remarkable, always keeping the standard high whenever we comply. When I complained to God. I know I'm out of bounds to some degree.

I know he expects it. I noticed go ahead, have your say chiller cry out when you get up. I need to go do chinos which is supposed to do with you like it or not, many of the assignments of God to his servants are not things we like. We need him if we just did everything we like, and unfortunately many Christians never get to find out because they never serve publicly to serve in the home that's not enough. It's not enough. If every Christian did that. What would happen, the world would be worse off. God wants to get us out of our comfort zone when we are in a zone where we should not be not just for the sake of getting us out of our comfort. So anyway this is ministry and every Christian should know it. We are left here for a reason that donkey was useful. So in my but I don't have to be. I don't have to be useful to God. I have a say so in this I can turn my nose up to serve. I can say my my priorities. I'm not trying to stir you up to serve. I'm just saying what I feel the Lord is telling me to say to you right now.

Maybe to somebody who can benefit from this. Maybe not. Not my decision. I know this. Every Christian should be eager to serve and ready to take its and when your little heart gets broken, serving in the church.

Don't go fleeing retreating running out another to stop that stop making it easy for Satan to walk over the church do it like that stick around for years and here one little thing they didn't care for, and they have traded in the waste of the investment that God is given a thankless stop with me saying, but it may be arrested in the life of some individual a lot of men before me have been very don't DL Moody was very frustrated with house Christian served, but he never gave up and neither are we so when he looked around at all things.

He surveyed and this unannounced visit of the Lord God as he was is a sudden appearance in this sense, he suddenly appeared as King or you been here before and he was there when he was 12 years old and he just baffles every body without much he knew this time he's coming as Malachi, the prophet clearly said he is coming as the Lord Malachi 3 verse one behold, I send my messenger that's John the Baptist, and he will prepare the way before me. That's God the son and the Lord, whom you see, will suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says Yahweh of host that relationship of God, Yahweh, in Christ so tightly woven in the prophecies that you can always tell one from the other because that's what the Trinity is so woven together so perfectly joined. Here's the Passover lamb of God, and he has four days to live four days till death and he knows it got confused about any other apostles don't get it. He gets God does not have to have us understand what he is doing to do what he is doing. He tries to get us there. We are what we don't always keep up with me or it may be distasteful to us. But what overrules is our commitment to him through the Holy Spirit this day of selection.

When God supplies himself the lamb.

Isaac asked where is the Lamb. Here's the wood is the fire there's the altar. What are you going to sacrifice you. Genesis 22 and Abraham said, my son, God will provide for himself the Lamb for a burnt offering. So the two of them went together that tell Abraham handle Abraham was convinced that if he sacrificed his kid God would raise him again. It didn't go that far. It was never God's intention to have Isaac harmed it was God's intention to expose Abraham's faith, all the generations to come.

The fullest answer came centuries later from the lips of John the Baptist. When Isaac said where is the Lamb John the Baptist said, behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world John chapter 1 verse 29 the next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said see picture it now there's John baptizing hundreds of people he had baptized looks up and he sees Jesus coming this one is outstanding, separate from the others and it's sort of just involuntary almost just comes right out of John behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world never get tired of it. That never gets old, takes away my sin from me your sin from you if you let him that's what makes this the day of selection. While men were selecting their lamps. God had chosen his and was now revealing him.

He was separating his lamp for four days.

Everyone could observe him to see if there was some spot some blemish, some defect something that made him unworthy to bring before God could not find this is Sunday sunset now, four days before cross tribal leaders Thursday else you can have the day of selection matched the timeframe of and then the three days and three nights.

But the Lord was spend before his resurrection.

I believe in a literal three days a literal three nights on portions of so often, not figuratively, figuratively, Exodus chapter 12 verse five your lamb shall be without blemish is that land that he said separate four days.

Exodus 12. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year you may take it from the sheep or from the goats know about their instructions. What sticks out to us without blemish. See that's why the money changers ripping the people off you bring your lamb.

It would have no blemish. They make one Bob look at that you can have that they all had that you can protest with these guys. They had all the authority they say will take your lamb if you go to buy a new one. And that's what Jesus went and foot tables over on these people for cheating the people making merchandise of them over religion wasn't as though they were selling them things are that the wood useful. They were forcing them extorting them. Hebrews chapter 9 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. If your conscience were unable to be cleansed from dead works to Jesus Christ. How could you ever serve him, you'd be too much to be too much Gilbert the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin and Satan spends a lot of time saying no, he doesn't know he doesn't don't believe it.

Putting some doubt in your head when things don't go your way doubt God is so easy to do. Everybody's doing it, just get in line.

Christian will have none of that Christian will say I don't.

I'm not going to doubt this confuses I am. I'm not doubting that stat well. She got first Peter chapter 1, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without's lot.

These are intended the language is intentional. It is connected second Peter chapter 3, therefore, beloved looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found in him in peace, without spot and blameless.

In other words, Christ like we are to be Christlike.

Say we can get there. No, but how much better off. Will everyone be for us trying to get there. He says here in verse 11 as the hour was already late. You went out to Bethany with the 12 each night he go back to Bethany suburb not stay in Jerusalem to hostile their very had friends, it was Martha and her sister, Mary, Mary, who sat under the word and monitors the look I need to work nevermind Bible study Jesus. Note that Mary has chosen that good thing and it will not be taken from her you are a little lazy.

Mary, though he whispered to her, but II just happen to know that this is gonna frustrated when people do try to hide from the responsibilities using the Bible to do it but that's not what was going on. It was Martha Mary Lazarus was raised from the dead their brother. There was Simon the leper I find it interesting character is a leper no more, but the name stuck with them as a monument to Christ no doubt. And then there were those who loaned him the colt that man in particular when he said he will give it to you the owner somebody on that little donkey what happened to the donkey. Doubtless, Lord passed him off to a caretaker take him back is no way he would neglect such a deed we wouldn't find it to be a noble trait in ourselves or someone else and so we're not going to put on the Lord. David when he came to the battlefield where the jewel was supposed to be a battlefield, but it really wasn't working as one Goliath would come out every day and hurl insults at the Jews and their army and they challenged him, his brother, what did you do with those sheep left them with the caretaker was a noble thing. So much so the Holy Spirit preserved it were not to come to the New Testament, and to think that for one minute was oversight of God.

He just let the donkey wander away or somebody steal it took care all things Romans at this time. This day of selection. They took no care for these things. His entry into Jerusalem.

Not until he cleanses the Temple to stir up a little bit more trouble religiously has got a little insulted with him.

You know the people crying out. He said stop him and he said the rocks will cry out a bit on recognize this moment the fulfillment of Zechariah 14, the Romans would say what King rides a donkey.

It can't be a king. He can't be a threat. Had he rode in on a steed he would've been a threat God again doing things the right way. Whether we understand it or not, we do understand this. Again, the Romans would've rallied up rested him. How dare you come into Jerusalem, prancing on from stallion acting like you're the king all the people behind you would've been taken as an uprising flies beneath the radar flies. Nonetheless, and Zechariah calls over 400 years before it happened. Zechariah 99 rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion's out or daughter of Jerusalem, and there we saw them shouting hosanna behold your King is coming to you is just and having salvation slowly riding on a donkey, a cold, full of a donkey. I I happen to think talk is so cute the mammoth ones a little spooky but good. But the other ones it got cute anyway. Here Zechariah. So the Jews had this great expectation, and the day came when the church has a great expectation to we have an expectation of his return for us that when he puts his feet on the Mount of olives would expect that to but that will before that comes the call of the church home. John's gospel chapter 12 verse 16 his disciples did not understand these things at first but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered these things were written about him and that they had done these things to him again.

John 12 is this is set here, logic is happening right now and so when John writes what I just read is saying the disciples did not really understand shouting of the people, the prophecies of Zechariah in Malachi they figured it out later that the spirit revealed to them.

Matthew again 2110 and when he had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved that were moved in the heat in the Greek seismic we get our seismic it was just she shook the city when he came he continues saying who is this is a pretty good question God answers the question and the people would've had to answer the question.

The Galileans would've said this is Jesus was cleanse the lepers was taught to put the rabbis in their place who did this and that, just like were supposed to do when someone wants to know something about Jesus what someone says something about Christ that is false. We stand up there when we get that from not my Bible. Where else would you learn about Jesus so you must be greatly mistaken because you do not know the Scripture power of God. God answers this question. Who is this to this date is using us to do it. Move thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Mark cross reference radio is the teaching ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia to learn more information about this ministry. Visit our website cross reference once you're there you will find additional teachings from Pastor Rick.

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