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September 23, 2021 6:00 am
The sun knowingly goes into dangerous territory. Just like in reality Jesus Christ came to earth knowing that they were going to kill 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. 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 with the conclusion of his message called criminals in the vineyard in Mark chapter 12 God is long-suffering. Paul writes a lot about probably preached very often. Peter says this Lord is not slack concerning his promise, pause there when Peter says the Lord is not slack as the Jesus Christ he was with foot 3 1/2 years has him in mind when he says the Lord is not slack is my Jesus, who is God the son is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness. What 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 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 goddess think you got the generation but everybody get stumped by that is not generational sin.
While my father sends lima center rail by that logic, Israel never would've gotten to the promised land. Nobody would get saying sin is nothing to play with and it will 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 there's 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 to 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. I 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, holding out to some of his experiences he writes this, he says, but 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 rose heal 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 Word was God the 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 sent 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 is that why would you send your son well, 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 son in the parable would've known that you send me with the killing everybody what he supposed to have clout so 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 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. Why 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. Let's kill 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 the 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.
It 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 a tactical blunder. The typical blunder and eternal God is not going to put up with it forever. He's just going to say you know that's that made your 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 they can get that BL verse eight so they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard again when an abysmal choice in the parable of you listening to this is that these people throwing rocks and murder wrecking and wanting to steal the narratives that having no fear of the owner because they think that they're going to survive the owner. This casting the sun out of his own vineyard. It's in Scripture in the book of Leviticus on the day of atonement.
According to Leviticus 16 and this was not the only offering. This was one of the sin offering was to be taken outside the camp. Christ, when he was crucified was taken outside the city when you go to Israel. They have two suggestive sites for Calvary where the crucifixion Golgotha took place. One is a traditional Roman Catholic site which is in the city. It is not yet as not in on multiple levels and then there is Gen. Gordon's Calvary Gordon ultimately killed and beheaded by most of you ever watch the movie cartoon with Dr. Charlton Heston. That's the same general Gordon that character that was a devout Christian said I would, in Israel.
This is where I think gold author is and so if you go to where that Calvary is is a bus station there. Now the elevations of movement there is a wind that there which would've been Joseph of Arimathea and a tomb that is still empty and the mountain there is the shape of a skull them when they of quarried stone from it was centuries ago. That's the spot. And anyway it's outside of the city. John's gospel chapter 19 verse 20 for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city and this is near the citizen walking that once you leave the city gate short walk to this Gordon's Calvary so anyway that is another interesting thing business does a tomb stone, not the this the stone that you would roll against the tomb that the Angels were sitting on a roll that back. What is that's missing every go to this tomb, but they're the only known place where there is a stone that matches this is insured and up on the mountain some over there are no tomes what happened to somebody throw like a frisbee.
I misguide. I'm not suggesting that's what happened, but I'm not saying it didn't happen either because I mean if you were doing detective work. You come up with this conclusion. That stone belongs in Jerusalem, not on some hill 100 miles away hundreds of miles away and I don't know how far it is so don't quote me on that part. But it's unit you can walk there easily. Anyway, verse nine. Therefore, what will the owner of the vineyard do he will come and destroy the vine dressers and give the vineyard to others.
The consequence on the parable, aimed at the chief priests and scribes and the elders. Those who came to him who got up in his face. They agreed with the sentence that part. Therefore, what will the owner of the vineyard do he will come and destroy the vine dressers at this point. Matthew tells us they said he will destroy the vine dressers think they ring in this twisted moral culture that we are being surrounded by they don't have a fear of hell they don't have a fear of the judgment to come. I don't know how to get them to fear. Hell, I know how to preach it. I know how to warn them, and that's all I'm told to do.
The rest is willing keep the witness or the little details. It are important, but other. It is really the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment to come as Jesus promised in John 16 and so this antichrist culture spiritually drug by health shrugs her shoulder at the knowledge of hell. The place to going to they don't believe exist is antichrist anti-God anti-Christian, anti-holiness, anti-reason culture spiritually strong with Hells brew. Revelation 14 verses nine and 10, then 1/3 angel followed them, saying with a loud voice of anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand. He himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
This is the wrath of the Lamb. How are they going to know this. If we don't tell them. I think that you know fine if you're Christian your politics you follow, but when it comes time for combat. This is our sword. They don't need to hear our opinions on politics they need to hear the Scripture they need us to tell them about a very real hell in the face of their resistance as long as they let us speak speak I don't have anything to offer an unbeliever to save their soul, except the word of God, what am I going to do.
Did you watch on the news the other day how come you people are doing that is why are you voting for that criminals are important items, but when it comes to face-to-face combat hand-to-hand heart-to-heart. It is the Scripture, and there are many ways to deliver it.
You don't have to jet you quoted and you explain you can make it interesting. You can make it point blank. However, the spirit leads you and the second part of verse nine. When he says and give the vineyard to others.
At this point they object in Luke's gospel.
So they agreed with what will he do with these vine dressers that treated these men. This way he will kill them.
They'll judge them all right.
Then the vine dressers going to strip it from them and give it to others.
Then they saw themselves and they protested that Luke chapter 20 they said certainly not being dishonest with themselves intellectually thinking as honest men. The temple was destroyed along with the leaders in those days and the land was given to the Gentiles, and for over 2000 years. Eventually by the time God finishes started in 70 A.D. continued to about one 3580 when God finished with them. The Gentiles had Israel for 2000 years today.
Spiritually, Israel is lost as a nation and her appointed place as light bearer has been temporarily reassigned to the Gentiles church.
Israel retains her prophetic position on God's calendar but we are the ones that are preaching the truth now verse 10 that will change the temporary us arrangement it will be a mutual assignment in the millennial reign Gentiles will be preaching into because it will be a lot of people born in the millennial reign and death will be taken out so they going to be multiplying like millennial's in the millennial reign that since verse 10. Have you not read the Scripture, the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone metaphor for himself. He is the stone and the builders of the Jewish people. The religious leaders and their rejecting him in the crucifixion is the evidence of that, the resurrected Christ is the chief cornerstone made clear in acts chapter 4 verses 10 through 11. Nor is there salvation in any other name. There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Here in verse 10 he challenges their lack of scriptural maturity. These guys are supposed to be the custodians of the word is and you don't get it. You can't make application you can call Scripture you can write it down, but you can apply why because you know you your hands are dirty is quoting Psalm 118 and he is also assuming the fulfillment of that messianic verse is saying I am the chief cornerstone. Nobody else and he leaves them dumbfounded murderers that they are. He does not try to convert them because it's just not too late for that. They can still be converted by the parable is not going to cast pearls before swine yielded nothing to them. He went after them. He put his ship alongside their ship and traded blows and one in there killing him just fulfilled the prophecy will wait to we get to the part when they say let's not kill him during the Passover and he dies during Passover around looking forward to that because the Scripture is to superior in its composition of truth.
Anyway, when they rejected Christ. They rejected the one who completed God's plan for humanity.
Verse 11. This was the Lords.
This was Yahweh's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes. They were impressed. The righteous are impressed by it emotionally moved. These men weren't you come across people that read about themselves in the Gospels, and then I moved by Yana casting honorably that these boys here.
As far as we know only Nicodemus Arimathea Joseph of Arimathea really got it in those days and that means the others had no excuses God could say will Nicodemus got it was your problem. Verse 12 and they sought to lay hands on him but feared the multitude, for they knew he had spoken the parable against them so they left him and went away. They wanted to kill him on the spot. They were just sky standards. John writes in John 11. If we let him alone like this.
Everyone will believe in him.
Man you want to be in the sky sandals on judgment day of and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation. What about your soul. What is a prophet you would you gain the nation in your place and lose your soul, what again what happens to the vineyard. The church assumes it and Israel forfeited for a time. I struggled going through this again. Having preached on it enough times in life and read enough times, but how do facts facts enough not crush the sway of Satan.
How is that John in his first letter he writes we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. Okay, why does not the truth of Scripture stop this. How can anyone be so blind and remain blind when the cure is being appended to them with a stiff neck. I know leaves us with a broken heart is one answer Proverbs this to be the last verse in one short comment Proverbs chapter 1 verses 30 I'm not sure about the verse but anyway Proverbs 1. You can read the whole proper they would have none of my counsel, and despise my every rebuke. This is wisdom, talking, and in Proverbs is personified wisdom, therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way and be filled to the full with their own fantasies.
Okay, we understand that a middle-aged people, men and women are youth are they so why are they stiffnecked, why they quick to turn on their pastor and their parents and other parishioners have done nothing but love them and runs and and drink out of the cesspools of the world.
Heart should break over this should not just be an intellectual disconnect not just beer while they going to hell.
We know if they continue their course.
I think there's gonna want to judge anybody willing to, like it sometimes. But I think our heart should break moreover centers, we should be more mindful of the lost souls in the value of the church confronted as a group or individuals. We are group right now we are one body, and we leave here as individuals we are supposed to assault the enemy's positions.
You can't take him from his position. If you don't and you can attack without orders and so we have our work cut out for us this week. None in every week to get with Garden City Lord, here I am, send me remember when he sent the prophet was not a pleasant message 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.
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