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Ruined Remedies (Part B)

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June 21, 2024 6:00 am

Ruined Remedies (Part B)

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June 21, 2024 6:00 am

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Today, we can point out to people the truth of God's Word by the fulfilled prophecies.

Even if you just took the prophecies of Israel since 1948 when Israel was restored as a nation, you can say the Bible called this. You can take them to places in the Bible and say, this document of scripture to us is trustworthy. Satan, through people, has told you it's not to be trusted. 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 Isaiah.

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. Now, here's Pastor Rick as he continues teaching through the book of Isaiah chapter 3 on today's edition of Cross-Reference Radio. Verse 6, When a man takes hold of his brother in the house of his father, saying, you have clothing, you be our ruler, and let these ruins be under your power. Well, that's all messed up.

Before I say that, notice the prophet is not saying to the people, at this point, he will in other points. And here's the balance we need in life. You have your problems in life, and God is interested in those problems. But that's not all there is to you. There's other things.

And one of the other things is righteousness exalts a nation, sin is a reproach to any people, you'll have even more problems. And so if you're going through tough times in life, okay, that's a serious thing. I don't want to go through hard times. I don't want to be sick and suffer physically.

But I sure don't want to be sick and suffer spiritually either. And so it behooves the Christian. Whenever I use that word, I think of bees with hooves. Anyway, a little bee smith there hammering out little shoes.

The balance is necessary. The thief on the cross, I mean, it doesn't get any worse than that for an individual. And yet, he still began to minister as a newborn. You know, we have done nothing wrong. I mean, Christ has done nothing wrong. We deserve to be crucified. And you just, you know, these lessons, there's things to bookmark in our head for when tough times come. Well, coming back to verse six now, here's a poor standard to make a leader. You've got clothes.

Listen to when a man takes hold of his brother in the house of his father, there's a blood brother apparently that Isaiah is using in his caricature, saying, you have clothing. Be our ruler. In other words, you must be successful. People think like, people think a rich person knows what they're talking about on any matter. Well, they might know when it comes to making money for themselves.

Look at Retevia and fiddle on the roof. He sings that, if I were a rich man, in the part of the song he says, you know, because when you're rich, they think you know the answers. And of course, it's not true. It shows that something's not working right here. Churches make this mistake. Rich people come into the church, they find out they're rich.

They want to appoint them to positions. James warns against that. You know, rich guy comes in the church, don't go putting him in high positions in the pews and let the guy who has no money go sit in the back somewhere.

That's not righteous. Anyway, to sweeten the deal, we want you to be our leader. And to sweeten the deal, we'll throw in the ruins. That's what he says. When a man takes hold of his brother in his father's house saying, you have clothing, you be our ruler and let these ruins be under your power.

And nobody's going to do that. That's the caricature. That's Isaiah saying, you know, you folks are so messed up, you're going to be pulling little stunts like this beneath the table. But God sees it for what it is.

And so he's not so much describing events as mocking the attitudes where leadership merits disappear. You know, to say to somebody, you know, I don't know who you are. You've been coming to the church a few months, but I like you.

Just a few times I've interacted. Why don't you be the head usher? See how crazy that would be? That's why Paul has to tell people, let them first be proven. And he lays out other standards. And here Isaiah is saying, you're going to make a mockery of this in your government. Well, we've seen this.

We've seen there's nothing, there's something good about being an A student, but just because you are doesn't mean you're not stupid. That's going to be the norm with the leadership Isaiah is talking about. And there were those princes that would have gotten his document, and some would have said, amen, brother, you hit it right on the nose. And others would be, I hate that prophet. And those are the ones he was talking about. Behind this caricature lies a reality of people without the standards of God in their life.

That's what he is saying. And he describes the final breakdown of the kingdom that was once so glorious. Attitudes of society, which treats obedience like a joke. We are living amongst more and more groups of people who are doing this. You know, it used to be you had certain pockets that of society you knew were into spiritual anarchy, but now it's becoming everywhere. If you say the name of Jesus, you may end up in an argument with someone. And I don't remember in this country being that way.

I understand that in Pakistan, but in America, it's coming out. And anyway, not that this government, and not an anti-government, just a people and sin thing has always been squeaky clean. I mean, the Freemasons have had a lot to say about things in this country and there's certainly nothing spiritually sound about them. And if you're a Freemason, I don't apologize for you being wrong. I stand by it.

Maybe nobody's had the nerve to tell you before. But anyway, coming back to what we're talking about, the attitudes of society that treat God with no respect, the standards of decency and honor lost, deprivation of honorable people. Verse 7, in that day, he will protest saying, I cannot cure your ills for in my house is neither food nor clothing. Do not make me a ruler of the people. Well, what about the ruins?

Don't you still want them? Verse 8, for Jerusalem stumbled and Judah is fallen because their tongue and their doings are against Yahweh to provoke the eyes of his glory. Well, it's not that what I've been saying is what he is saying here. It's that what I've been saying is because of what he is saying here.

This is where I learned these things. He comes right out and he teaches us. The man in this satire, this scenario, would not want to be leader over these to be leader over these people at this time in the ruins with the supply chain laws. They don't want any part of it. That's a sensible response. But will it register with anyone? Jerusalem stumbled.

So no thanks, too much of a mess for me. The wasteland left behind by those who left God behind. That's what verse 8 is telling us. They provoked the eyes of the Lord.

They provoked the Lord in the eyes of his glory. Long-term disrespect to God led to ruined remedies. Isn't that something we could tell God? Isn't there an unbeliever we can tell that to? The long-term disrespect to God leads to ruined remedies.

It reaches a point where you can't cure it. God says that at the end of the Chronicles. The last chapter in Chronicles, he said they kept on until there was no remedy. Well, that's what Isaiah is talking about. And the prophecies and the promises regarding the now lost kingdom only delayed Judah's ruin. Because Hosea and Amos were up in the north saying, listen, stop this nonsense.

God's going to judge you. The southern kingdom witnessed it in Isaiah's day. And it only delayed their ruin by a hundred years. Today, we can point out to people the truth of God's word by the fulfilled prophecies if even if you just took the prophecies of Israel since 1948 when Israel was restored as a nation. You can say the Bible called this. You can take them to places in the Bible and say, listen, this document of scripture to us is trustworthy. Satan, through people, has told you it's not to be trusted.

And you like that because you think that if it can't be trusted, you're not accountable to listen to its judgments and its encouragements. But you are wrong. And here's the proof. Here's one proof.

Just point to Israel and say, who else has got anything like this? Trying to reason with the lost. It does work. It just doesn't work all the time in the favor of the preacher and the person being preached to. Sometimes they get saved and sometimes they do not. Verse nine, the look on their countenance witnesses against them and they declare their sin as Sodom.

They do not hide it. Woe to their soul for they have brought evil upon themselves. Well, not only their words and behaviors but the very look on their faces.

Their full-blown rebellion was metaphorically tattooed on their faces. And God could see it. There's no hiding it.

The shameless, impudent looks of the arrogant. I didn't say the proud because people think that, well, what's wrong with being proud of something? Well, there are things we can be proud of. In a sense of rejoicing over it. Where when the Bible speaks of proud in the negative, it means that of course you are exalting yourself.

And that's not the same thing. There's nothing wrong if a child memorizes a scripture verse or say your child memorized a whole chapter. You'd be proud of that child in a righteous way.

This is a good thing. But if you began to say, well, my child is more spiritual than your child, now you've got arrogance. Now it's no longer the joy of.

You've corrupted it. And they live this way, these people. They will pay for this belligerence against God, though he tries to stop them before it's too late.

So here's an example. This is one reason why the Bible is just so wonderful because Hosea already did this in the north. Hosea 5, he does it twice, but I'll just take one quote from Hosea 5. The pride of Israel's, now he's talking to the northern kingdom that's gone by this time. The pride of Israel testifies to his face. Therefore, Israel and Ephraim stumble in their iniquity. Judah also stumbles with them. The pride of Israel testifies to his face. That's what he said, but he also says Judah's doing the same thing. It just, we're not yet, it was not as widespread in Judah as it was in the north.

It will be later, and that's when Nebuchadnezzar is sent. He says here in verse 9, and they declare their sin as Sodom, they do not hide it. Shameless sin is the most dangerous sin because it's factored God out. It hasn't just looked the other way. It has factored him out.

It's no more struggle. There's no apology for it. There's no repentance.

It's shameless. It's like, I'm going to do this like I'm commanded to do it. Amos chapter 5 would reach to the north just like Hosea, and Amos was from Judah. God sent him up to the north. They wanted to send him back. They told him, go home. We don't like you.

We don't want to hear your prophecies. Anyway, he says, they hate the one who rebukes in the gate, and they abhor the one who speaks uprightly. That's today, and that's always been somewhere. You know, even in the days of Spurgeon and other, the Reformers, there's always been places that don't want to hear it, but what is happening now is those places are spreading, and it's coloring in the landscape all around. So you're finding just whole neighborhoods just totally shut down to God, and they declare their sin as Sodom. It says here in verse 9, they do not hide it, and that's again the shameless sin, openly avowing their sin as did the people of Sodom. That's why he brings Sodom up, as do the LGBT people and the others that do the same thing. I don't know why there's not like fornicators for America. You know, why aren't they proud of their sin? You know, just the twisted sick stuff that is there, and they recoil at this. They think we don't have a right to disagree with them, that they've stumbled on something that we have, that's glorious, that we have been keeping from them, and that's not true, of course, and the challenge is to not have a righteous indignation to the point where we are no longer loving, or we lose the firmness.

We have to have both. That love shows up in this way. We're eager, we're eager to see them come out of their sin, and we're willing to do whatever we can to help them there, except this, caving to them is not helping them out of hell. It is sort of paving the way for them to hell.

I just saw there's a football coach, a very famous one, and he made a comment that I agree with. He is mocking the people that identify with this lunacy. He says, so they're going to put cat boxes in in school bathrooms for people who identify as cats. I said, that's ingenious.

Why didn't I think of that? And what are they going to do for donkeys? But anyway, you know, people identify with donkeys, right?

So, of course, he caves in. I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said that. I'm a Christian. What does that have to do with being a Christian? It's logical. It's a gem for debate. You made a point that if people identify as cats, well, then why don't they go to the bathroom like cats?

Why bother if you're not going to go in? So that's an example of a Christian, to me, caving in and not being firm and saying, no, there's nothing hateful about that. I'm using satire.

I am using a caricature. Isaiah did it. Christ did it. They all did it in their attempt to reach spiritual doofuses.

It's a serious business. And what are you going to do? You know, just say, oh, please believe in Jesus Christ. And they're going to say, okay. Well, because if that worked, we'd do that. If Isaiah could say, oh, please believe in Yahweh.

They would do that. The best they could do is to taste and see that Yahweh is good. And after that, then you get Isaiah chapter 3, verse 10. Say to the righteous, say to the righteous, it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. So now God turns his prophet, he has his prophet, reassure believers. Well, this is important because there comes a time when we may just need assurance in our faith. John writes to the Christians because the know-it-alls had gotten into the church, the ones that said, we have deeper knowledge. You know, Roman Catholicism did that for years. We're going to do it in Latin, so you don't know what we're talking about, because we're the deep guys, you're not.

And you'll just follow what we tell you to do. Well, they were, the Gnostics were doing that. And John writes to them, he says, listen, these people are coming around and telling you you're not saved, you have to do this, you got to do that.

I have written these things to you. 1 John chapter 5, verse 13, that you may know that you have eternal life. That's called blessed assurance. And any doctrine from anybody that comes along and says to someone who claims Jesus as Lord, that confesses they are sinners before him, that there's no other Savior, then someone in their doctrine comes along and says, well, you're not really, how can you really be sure you're saved? Well, because the Bible tells me.

We raise our kids that way. I know because the Bible tells me so. Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. That is solid doctrine on any level.

And no PhD can improve on that, not one. Let's not be ashamed of our salvation. Psalm 23, surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. That's blessed assurance. Jude 24, you know, he who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of his good. Faultless? Imagine Christ saying, I can present you faultless. He points.

Would you look? Who's he talking to? Who's he talking to?

And I'm talking to you. So this oasis in the middle of judgments, he takes the stop. Oh, by the way, you believers, you're good. Now back to the knuckleheads, because we want them to be good. But we're not going to pat them on the shoulder and say, don't worry, you can come up with better ways than God and be accepted by God.

You can't. Verse 11, woe to the wicked, it shall be ill with him, for the reward of his hands shall be given him. Wicked people often think that sinful living is a way to get ahead in life.

It is. But that's not the whole story. They conveniently tell themselves that it will all work out because it's always worked out. I didn't get this far being a nice guy. You won't be getting to heaven, being that kind of guy.

How about that? Well, you don't believe it. What does the Bible say? Well, Ecclesiastes 8.11. Because judgment is not instant, the guilty think they're getting away with it and it's going to be okay. And so God is selling man in his Bible and penitent souls do not recover from the wrath of God.

There is no recovery on that level of wrath. And that is what the prophet is trying to say. Verse 12, Paul said, what Christian would say, I object to any of this? This is New Testament theology.

It's just laid out for us in detail. Verse 12, as for my people, children are their oppressors and women rule over them, O my people, those who lead you cause you to error and destroy the way of your paths. Wicked Ahaz is likely the king at this time. There's a half to be. Could have been a good king on the throne and Isaiah could see through it.

He knew there was trouble in the palace all the time. Well, God's ideal is that men should not be led by women. And on spiritual matters, most certainly. It doesn't mean women can't contribute. I have to develop this. I wish I could just make the statement, everybody go, we got you, we know what you mean.

But no, can't do it that way. Deborah pointed this out to Barak. He said, you know what, you know, go fight the, I think it was the mole bites, go take them out. And he says, okay, but you got to come with me. Well, if I go with you, you're going to miss out. The prophecy is, Barak, you go with them, not take me with you, but I'll go with you.

And he says, okay. That's what the Book of Judges, they're all messed up. There's a connection there. The New Testament does not reverse this nor apologize for it.

This is the ideal. However, too many professed Christian men have abused this. Understatement alert. Understatement, I'm telling you, you can't use words to express how damaging some Christian men have been to their wives and children, because they have been tyrants and using the Bible to cover. Well, I'm the head of the house, the Bible says, and they're just moronic and they're evil. But there are other men who just really want to do the right thing, take care of their wives, take care of their children in every way that they can.

And under those ideal conditions, it is a better system. Somebody's got to be in charge. And, you know, again, so the women pastors, how do you do that if she's married? Does she go home and she sub submits to her husband? She comes to church, he submits to her.

It's like putting on changing hats. I mean, it doesn't make sense. And yet it is practiced. It is practiced in a lot of churches when it is explicit in Scripture, both explicit and through just reason, as I just gave you. The wife, wives submit to your husband's, how does she do that if she is the pastor and she is not? Well, I got a little bit more to say on this, because if you teach this in one of the universities in Western civilization, you will be attacked, physically more than likely.

Get somebody to walk you to your car and call a tow truck, by the way, because they're going to vandalize it. You teach this in the Muslim world and you'll find it grossly abused, and it is grossly abused. And this should be no more offensive to women, God's system, than the fact that men can't bear children. You don't find any men going, well, that's not fair, God. I should be able to have children too.

Well, we've seen what you ladies go through. We would never make such a request. So in other words, there are rules. And in that case, you can't alter it. It's forced. But on the other case, it's voluntary.

You either submit to the teaching or you don't. What he is also saying here, woven into this caricature, is that one, male leaders lack manliness. Two, the women are pulling the strings behind the scenes. Their husbands are leaders and they're really the ones calling the shots through their influence. All of that is going on, has gone on, is a part of society. Now, that doesn't mean a man can't say to his wife, listen, you're better at the checkbook than I am.

You take the lead on that. And that's delegation and that's fair and that's, you know, it works out, you're in rhythm that way. But when the man says, well, I don't want to raise the kids and I don't want to be the boss and I don't want you asking me the hard questions and me having to make a hard decision, God forbid that I should have to make a difficult decision or an unpopular one. You cannot lead if you cannot make unpopular decisions because your decisions aren't made based on popularity. It's based on what's right. And this is the problem Israel was having.

You had people that were making decisions in government that weren't right, but they were popular. Thanks for tuning in to Cross Reference Radio today. Cross Reference Radio is a ministry of Pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville in Virginia. If you'd like to learn more about this ministry, we invite you to visit our website,

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