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September 22, 2021 6:00 am
The one whose role it is the older I would have retaliated at the first crime unabated using as my platform and I 49 that's not the story is about stories about the heart of God in the face of evil men.
The slowness of God is due to the long-suffering of God. That's why they're getting away with 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 today is part two Pastor Rick study called criminals in the vineyard. He's teaching in Mark chapter 12 what is God one wants loyalty wants to be loved in return. But it was not to be, not by these people. It would be by the church. Peter love you know they all love the Lord not trying to say Peter, love you more than the others, but Peter is in the forefront we see Peter loving Museum, weeping bitterly because he failed one he loved so much. God wasn't getting that from others.
We come to church. We sing songs we love the Lord will raise our arms up. We we we weep. Sometimes we just love the Lord, but there's so many people that that hate him and you want to say.
Do you even understand what you are hating or are you just think that you can just hate indiscriminately. You can treat God the way you would never want to be treated yourself which they would respond. They don't believe it.
What makes you think your book is right.
It's a matter of interpretation. If you really want truth. If you really want God he's going to know it and he's going to begin the work in your heart so that when you come across a Christian, you will receive, so that is quite revealing. Is it not, he continues here in verse three and they took him and beat him and send him away empty-handed well I guess that in the parable. If you try to pro apply some logic to the parable is a well maybe the owner of the venues and will maybe they were just drunk that day something just most of you know this is not normal.
What right had conveyed to beat anyone.
None. That's what made them criminals, gangsters, that's who was overseeing the people of Israel with had it in church history.
Almost all the posts were gangsters. One was killed in the act of physical adultery.
So this isn't something that's bizarre in the sense of history, it's bizarre to heaven to God. It is from the time of Moses to the time of Elijah continuous rebellion and idolatry and apostasy occurred just was that I don't think you guys could do this with us. My house is going to serve the Lord, but I think you guys are up to it. You say you are it was right largely the days of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zechariah, who was the last of the prophets to be martyred before the coming of John the baptizer, they were persecuted. It was persistent persecution is heaven sent prophets. Matthew 23 verse 35 Jesus speaking. He says to these same people that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Beare Kia, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar, because you were listening to God listen to yourselves out for you in God's name is these divine dresses were in Hebrews, he says, of whom the world was not worthy. What makes them not worthy. Well their resistance to fact and truth. Stephen the first water of the church under full-blown anointing told them the truth about themselves they killed and this is what he said.
Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute his leg.
Did they miss one, he says.
Stephen still speaking and they killed those who foretold the coming of the just. When I remembered Stephen is Jewish is one of them ethnic ethically speaking but is not one of them spiritually speaking. Stephen then said, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers. Pieces of the just one whom you have become murderers and betrayers this stuff really happens is I like you are somebody's goofy my movies where you noticed that never happens. If that happened you watch the explosion and it just walking when the hair is flowing and slick and had a concussion would kill to close this really happened wickedness against God's messengers again.
It's been persistent through the ages is now happening to us. What do we do, why don't we go we stand up to them and tell them the truth. That's what no matter what. What I like it or not what you get is you get to say you little perverted notions about me attacking charming the diabolical things that are happening now are unprecedented. Maybe, maybe before nor when the world was all huddled together maybe go at Babel before the tongues were split but never globally there the world was centralized in one area. Everybody was there but the globe was uninhabited. Now the globe is pretty much there are no more frontiers and yummy you get a steak dinner in anodic it just people have gone everywhere, and if taken their sin with them, but the perversity that were seeing nowadays Sodom and Gomorrah has gone global. And it has gone nuclear come back tomorrow that because it was so what are we doing this so we stand up with the gospel. We give him a message because, still within those numbers of perverted souls there are those that can be say our Bibles have blood on its pages. That's what Jesus was saying which of the prophets are milligrams Stephen with the Lord saying you know from able to Zechariah blood for preaching the truth in this parable he is the son as we stood and read the word, is the son that will be killed, and he knows it. That's a big difference. He knows then came John the Baptist's and when it was time for John to be martyred. The Jews really had no direct involvement in that but they look the other way when he was arrested and beheaded and they could've stopped it. They could've at least protested and they did not and now they going to plot the death of the son of God, for daring to practice what he preached. That sounds like us today. Are we not persecute for daring to practice what we preach. How dare you disagree with me. I can speak my perverted notions, and you can't protest but you can't speak righteous notions without severe punishment. Such is the history such of the facts. Verse four again he sent them another servant and had him they threw stones wounded him in the head and sent him away, shamefully treated these, of course, in the parable of the prophets from generation to generation.
So it's not God sent A descent you know one profit in the days of Ahab.
He sends Elijah. That's it.
No, that's not any send one for every generation is unbroken with as he always has his remnant. He always has his voice available and Israel knew it. And so this character here. These characters in your beginning in verse four and throughout this parable are his prophets entrusted with God's word to be God's voice.
This is a microcosm of this is in Moses God said to Moses, you will be like God and Aaron will be like your prophet.
I will speak to you Moses and you will tell Aaron and Aaron will speak it.
That's how God works.
He speaks from from heaven to the profit from the prophet to the people. Exodus chapter 7 verse one so Yahweh said to Moses, see, I have made you as God to farrow and Aaron your brother shall be your prophet You think that that is some sort of you know, evolution to deity in humans and you're out. Your mind is not always going on, Moses would know nothing. Moses was not divine man cannot be divine, we can be Christlike. We will be perfected in like him in heaven, but we will never be God's that New Age nonsense is so ridiculous. Let's move on. I mean that if if someone says you know they are turning to the asked in the hover, yet you divine you do also to stop, hover the camp and anyway is if if that's childless, it's even better.
Anyway, back to verse four. To them Christ was wrong for pointing it out. We know Isaiah says, you know, there are those that call evil good and good evil, and we are surrounded by then there's this infestation of them now and today we have a planet that has available to it. The printed word of God, and probably every language and I mean it is just everywhere God's word is available in it on the Internet. No one has an excuse. You have an excuse for a very long time. Many parts of the world, but they don't believe God's word applies to the wickedness that they are doing. Somehow this madness. Sin does that sin makes up the human being crazy when they're otherwise not crazy makes them resent being told that they're doing the thing that that they are actually doing. As I mentioned we have Sodom and Gomorrah everywhere unrestrained perversity. No help from the government on this issue. No help from corporations. Jeff is an element of resistance, but it is not succeeding. They are infecting everything there targeting our teens there targeting our little children who does that with perversity with sickness, with the demonic energy that were not used to, but were not afraid of either afraid of in the sense that we will fight back. We are afraid of it in the sense that we know it's evil like you're afraid of a bullet. I don't want to be hit by a bullet. Even if you threw it at me. I don't want to be hit by whole governments, corporations out of their minds, their views and their agenda. What's the connection pastor between the parable and this perversity. This exaltation of evil matter righteous exaltation and unrighteous exaltation or connection is this with telling them just like Jesus was telling the Pharisees you the problem in the story with telling the world you're the problem in the story, God's going to deal with you on all revisit that again they hate. They hated then and they hate now Satan hates being resisted. Satan is intolerant of those who are righteous and oppose him, and he creates this blindness to fairness and to reason and decency and there are many who go in by the murderers of Jesus did not die on the day that Jesus died on the day that they murdered him. They live to kill again. Stephen is proof of that, but they eventually died. Then they were shocked. They were sentenced without appeal.
It was eternal, not life without parole, but eternity without light, no hope. It was too late. There comes a point where it is too late and we get little warnings about this in this life. Verse five and again he sent another and him they killed many others, beating some and killing some and you gotta read the stories of what is wrong with us what was wrong with his the owner, I would have retaliated at the first crime with unabated for us using as my platform and I 49. But that's not what the story is about the story is about the heart of God in the face of evil men. The slowness of God is due to the long-suffering of God. That's why they're getting away with it. Paul got away with overseeing the garments of those killing Stephen God was long-suffering with Paul. Paul writes a lot about probably preaching to very often. Peter says this Lord is not slack concerning his promise, pause there when Peter says the Lord is not slack he has the Jesus Christ he was with for 3 1/2 years. He has him in mind when he says the Lord is not slack is of my Jesus, who is God the son is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us who is us people sinners not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance, so in the story God is saying Jesus Christ is saying there.
These criminals in the vineyard but I'm long-suffering I want to reach these guys. I don't want to just go and execute them. I'm going to give them a chance is going to cost my people there blood and saying long-suffering is an experience of love. That's where it comes from first Corinthians chapter 13 verse four love suffers long. Jesus is holding up before them the great mercy and long-suffering of God in the face of merciless violent people because sin in this life. Sin in this life makes humans to things like this. And God wants us to know that evil. While it is used as a filter of God is not who God is.
God wants us to understand that he is merciful and he brings this out early on in Israel's experience. In Exodus 34 now Yahweh descended in the cloud and stood with him.
There and proclaim the name of Yahweh and Yahweh passed before him and proclaimed Yahweh.
Yahweh God pause there that name that covenant name, it means salvation. Bottom line is it's attached to sovereignty and salvation. At the same time, and he continues while we read that part and Yahweh passed before him and proclaimed Yahweh. Yahweh God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgressions and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting iniquity on the fathers upon the children upon the children's children to the third and fourth generation is so much in that gotta think you got the generation but everybody gets stumped by that is not generational sin. While my father sends lima center rail by that logic, Israel never would've gotten into the promised land. Nobody would get saying sin is nothing to play with and it was spread from one generation to another generation.
And this is a salt of the earth. In light of the world to deal with this and what he is emphasizing to Moses so that Moses can go tell the people which he did and puts it in print, and the Holy Spirit preserves it to this day is a God is merciful and gracious, long-suffering, abounding in goodness and truth, and why is God insisting on this because God says life is not this way life is vicious. Your heart will be trampled even torn out from you from time to time. It is a brutal affair because of the curse on mankind, but this more to this life than what your suffering. I want you to understand is more to me also and I don't applaud these things but I'm going work through them. Nonetheless, I will not be deterred, I will filter out from creation. A people who will be a new creation.
Be with me in heaven knows the facts we have enough of Christ and experience to be able to say as you wish. Lord, as you will. Your will be done no matter how much it hurts. I don't have to like it have to know it had to submit to it or I become a rebel Jeremiah, who was your Jeremiah just suffered so much that almost killed him a few times. It wasn't for one easy open, he would've Ethiopian going to the King solicit we'll get them out of this Meyer he's going to die, haul them out to some of his experiences he writes this he says would let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me was to know about you only New Testament Christian we look at Jesus Christ, the only begotten son he has revealed him. John gets to that point early on in his gospel.
The first chapter.
That's what Moses was saying he who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, what is there to know about you that you are Yahweh. Yahweh God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, abounding in goodness. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgressions and sin and by no means clearing the guilty, God has that balance. What is not attractive about that everything is attractive about that. This is the God we want love Jeremiah continues that he knows me that I am Yahweh, exercising, lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says Yahweh. Remember Yahweh of the Old Testament is Jesus Christ. In the New Testament that name is a big deal because if you mess with that name was a capital offense. Yet God says in Psalm 139.
I will honor my word about my name is Scripture, and more because in the beginning was the word word was with God's word was God's Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We beheld his glory, full of grace and truth. Verse six. Now we got this understanding why in the parable, the owner of the vineyard is sending more men to die to reach these knuckleheads is because God is long-suffering and merciful, but is not a doormat because at the end of the parable. He deals with these guys. Verse six. Therefore, still having one son, his beloved son is beloved. He also said him to to them last saying they will respect my son now course parable is a parable and it would've been in. In fact, it would've been cruel to you know these guys killing everybody said why would his and he is unwell, but because the parable goes beyond the human experience because of the God factor and again these boys knew it. So the sun and the story the sun in the parable would have known that you send me with the killing everybody what he supposed to have clouds of the sun knowingly goes into dangerous territory. Just like in reality Jesus Christ came to earth knowing that they were going to kill him to save sinners. Revelation 5. Speaking of Jesus Christ you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation. That's how many people are going to be saved because of Christ coming to this vineyard knowing they were going to kill him because of all the witness of the martyrs testified they killed us to go and kill you. But it's worth it. And so we shall see the transgression of his soul and be satisfied said Isaiah, he shall see the sufferings he will endure the suffering and shame.
And he'll be satisfied watch because of his work out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation. There are those in heaven and glory in light forever. That's why the focus then shifts verse seven, but those fine dresses said among themselves, this is the air, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours. But those fine dresses set amongst themselves that skill.
This is deliberateness what Jesus is saying when people behave this way. It's not because he been out in the sun too long is because that's what's in their heart or maybe put it this way because what is not in their heart. God is not in their heart a loving, merciful, righteous God holiness is not in them deliberately and out of self interest, which he is saying here.
Let's kill them so we can take the inheritance self interest out of that they committed this egregious crime is abysmal how people treat truth when it comes to God. In the parable, and in Jerusalem and in history. To this day people pull this off.
Supposing that the going to get away with it. Supposing that they can exchange their view of deity forgot Christ or God's revelation of deity, speculation over Revelation, supposing they'll be better off without him 11 and eternal God is not going to put up just going to say no that's that major choice. God really in the senses and send anyone to hell he just lets them go where they want to go as far away from him as the end that we help 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 radio.com once you're there you'll find additional teachings from Pastor Rick. We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast. When you subscribe will be notified of each new edition of cross reference radio.
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