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Sin Is Serious, Part 2

Fellowship in the Word / Bil Gebhardt
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May 5, 2021 8:00 am

Sin Is Serious, Part 2

Fellowship in the Word / Bil Gebhardt

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Today on the Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ confessors, confessors, this work infection is the work Homo again. Homo means one receipt means this week to speak this one means together to agree with. I have received do I agree if I confess my sins. Do I agree with who God do I agree with God said if we confess our sins, he is righteous, give us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Joining us today on this additional Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of social monitor located in Metairie doing pastoral Gebhardt now is once again he shows us how God's word. Our world will bite you but it's so hard. What color response. It says the Lord said to Joshua when he will work, stand up, get up rise up whatever way you put it: get up what you doing laying in the dirt leader. What kind of faith are you evidencing here is why is it you fall on your face when you morning about two did I tell you to give the land see what you're really saying here is you don't trust me and work you don't believe me because 36 men died. Let me explain this to you Israel or send night and say one guy that represented the running of the land as a nation. He said Israel was sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them and they have even taken some of the things under the banner both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they also put them among their own things he says. Therefore, the sons of Israel cannot stand before their enemies. He says they turned their backs before their enemies, for they have become accursed, and I he said will not be with you anymore unless you destroy the things under the ban from your midst want to know what happened and nothing do with AI. It had everything to do with you sin I told you specifically, nothing out of the ban and you took it he took it anyway. He said that puts them under the accursed thing also.

He says I will be with you. You realize if you want to talk about how you walk with God and you sin and you don't do with it. You're not walking with God just walking by yourself. You can dilute yourself and think I'm walking right with God. But you're not his. And I will walk with you guidance and will see you later in the summer how clear this is so, then he goes on, and he says this he said in the morning, then you shall come near by your tribes, and it shall be that the tribe which the Lord takes the notices to words in English Newman and standard by lot. I buy lots not in the Bible. There's no words by lot their translators.

I would help. I don't think it helps all explain in a minute.

He said that the tribe which the Lord takes shall come nearby families in the family which the Lord takes shall come. Nearby households in the house for which Lord takes her come through man by man.

That's what they said by lot hot. How do they decide God says let's find nonmembers. 2 million people. There's a lot of tenses a lot of places a high, things to how we gonna find it does, it will find it easy. Not sure exactly how but there's a very good chance because Aaron's been high priest that the on the breastplate of the high priest of Israel side the 12 stones the 12 tribes. There's a, you're among the Thummim. The arm and Thummim are very very important stones to the high priest of Israel the arm and Thummim when you take a look at it from that point of view are little bit different than a lot of things. The urine, the word means light and Thummim means perfection or knowledge means perfect light.

How do you get perfect like Yoram by the way Yoram is the start of the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the film starts with the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet and apparently what the high priest could do under certain circumstances, if he could tell by the two stones.

One was black one was white. He could tell by the two stones to discern what is the perfect knowledge or will of God in certain situations and you'll see it throughout the Old Testament you sporadically is likely that it was used right here and so what they do is that they bring a tribe and essays this to try high priest, no neck strike. No third tribe. Yes, this tribe now we go from the tribe and we go to the families and the tribe has a big group of people. Is this the family know is this the family know is this the family.

Yes this family then go to the households in the household. You go through each one.

The same process and you get a household. Once you have the right house so they bring the men one by one through and that's all they pick him Dr. John Hannah from Dallas seminary, said that he believes that the urine would probably mean yes and Thummim would be no and a high priest discern whatever way it worked. They were able to discern this and so was a goes on.

It says this it says in verse 15, it shall be that the one was taken with these things under the ban shall be burned with fire, and he and all that belongs to him because he has transgressed the covenant of the Lord and because he has committed a disgraceful thing in Israel. So Joshua rose early in the morning and brought Israel near the by tribes tribe of Judah was taken.

He brought the families of Judah near a took the family of the Seawright and he brought the family of the Seawright's near man by man, and sadly was taken and he brought his household near man by man in a can, the son of Camry, the son of Xobni, the son of zero of the tribe of Judah was taken. It's taken that we know now it's one that may never hurt taken me say this is not a very few Jewish families write history after this event ever named the little boy taken okay be like you and I name in our little boy Judas said like I sent me a nice name was called Judas to see it says that this the guy that so Aiken became sort of a bad word to the to the Hebrew people and he gets taken and Joshua said to Aiken, my son, I implore you give glory to the Lord, the God of Israel and give praise to him and tell me know what you've done.

Do not hide it from me, you better come clean here in a can answer Joshua and said, truly, I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel is what I did when I saw was that most of the when I saw he said the spoil a beautiful mantle from Shinar elementals like a rap. Please understand their close number were for 40 years. But I don't think their clothing line would be like Calvin Klein are in Vogue magazine. I don't think it's like that.

I think they're probably pretty bland stuff Babylon. That's where Shinar is Babylon was already world-famous for their fabrics. The amount of tapestry work stitching and he saw a mantle wrap from Babel and never saw something like that, Israel, and he said what you and I would often say when you see some I got kinda like to have that is what would God do with a mantle. Anyway, you can need a mantle to see so is that I saw.

I took it many shows more. He said he said in 200 shekels of silver in a bar of gold 50 shekels in weight and then I coveted them.

Plus, the flesh, I want that I really really want that and it says and I took sin I took stolen and behold now, by the way, he knew he took of me knew he should Mrs. do you have an opportunity to come clean with God) yes but he doesn't.

He said, behold, they are concealed in the earth inside my tent in the sower is underneath, so Joshua sent messengers and they ran to the tent, and behold, it was consumed the tent with the silver underneath it. A took them from the inside of the tenant brought them to Joshua and all the sons of Israel, and they poured them out before the Lord and then Josh when all the wood Israel with him, took Aiken the son of zero this over the mantle. The goal of the sons, daughters, oxen and donkeys sheet tent and all that belonged to him and they brought them up to the Valley of acre and Joshua said, why have you troubled us. He said the Lord will trouble you this day and always real stone them with stones and they burned with fire after the stone that's rough.

I mean, that is really really rough.

The judgment was swift and the punishment was really stiff, but please understand something here.

The representative for the whole nation and assure your New Testament parallel to this, but don't miss this part.

How serious is sin, and promised the land that had an enormous success. God is miraculously preserved them. He's given them Jericho and because of sin and up in all this disarray.

Now when you see your New Testament equipment so this goes me the book of acts chapter 5 the book of acts chapter 5.

Now there's a situation happening. Acts five whole bunch of the people who were in there for the festivals and rows of the fest was converted to Christ. Now they all thought now that were here and he's coming back. The best place for us to be is right here I'm not going back to North Africa. I'm not going back to Turkey. I'm not going back to Greece. I'm a stay right here the Lord comes back. The only problem was, economically, how to support all these people see. So the early church decided we have to find a way to support them.

One of the ideas that they came up with to support the family was people who own land subtlety. What we do will sell our land would take the proceeds from what we sell and will give it to the apostles so they can give be able to feed these people are in the land pretty good idea and notice again at the end of chapter 4, verse 36 is now Joseph, a Levite of supreme birth, who was also called Barnabas by the apostles which means son of encouragement, who owned a tract of land, sold it and brought the money and laid it at the apostles feet is a happy happy verse what's the first word of chapter 5, but sees the same thing but a man named Ananias, with his wife Safari sold a piece of property, and he kept back some of the price to himself and his wife's full knowledge and bringing a portion of the later the apostles feet. Please understand what happened Barnabas or Joseph. He brings Philip the money that he had saved $100,000 and a laser to the apostles feet and what all you do. We all know what it's great and analyzes fire so you know I kinda like that, so I buy this habit. If we sell at 450 and will bring me 100 here and will pocket 50 see the still plot us and what it's all for we got it we just will keep a portion for ourselves and everyone applauds us a larger spiritual want your wonderful so will get all that and really keeps him the money for ourselves. Sounds like a plan so elated at the apostles feet. But Peter said Ananias why is Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back some of the price of the land. All now here's the point. No matter what you doing your sin life. You can fool all of us. You could even fool people closest to, but you never forgot I never there's not a thing you ever do that is unaware of, and in this case they were counting on God telling Peter Peter his lien.

You see, so Peter confronts him. Then Peter says this while remained unsold did not remain your own. You can do anything you wanted with it, and after you sold it was not under control. Why is it that you can see this deed in your heart you not lied to God, but you've not not lied to men you like a God. Those two verses. By the way, say some wonderful by the Holy Spirit in the verse before you lied to the Holy Spirit. See in the next verse you lied to God equivalency God and the Holy Spirit are one and the same is a great verses for that and as he heard these words, Ananias fell down breathed his last of the great fear came over everyone.

I heard about any says the young man got up cover them up, carry them out. They bury them. It is now their lapse of an interval by three hours and his wife came in not knowing what happened and Peter responded her and said, tell me whether you sold the land for such and such a price what's given her an opportunity complaint. Okay she said yes that was a price that she doesn't complain.

Peter said her why is it that you have agreed together to put the spirit of the Lord to the test.

Behold, the feet of those who buried your husband are at the door and he will carry you out as well and immediately she fell at his feet and breathed her last in the young men came in and found her dead and they carried her out and buried her beside her husband and a great fear came over the whole church about and overall who heard of these things notice. This is representative the new church they got ascended after psychic and for this not you and I are glad that every time we sin that some were facing a stop. I'm trying to say here are all but I am saying this. That's how serious and it is extremely serious to God.

See this matters a lot to God. The seriousness of sin. So the question comes on. How do we do with sin in our own lives and to go back with me now to first John chapter 1 we started this morning.

First John chapter 1 and John is talking about what we call the word Fellowship which is our first name is a church okay Fellowship. Guayanilla is the Greek word, it means partnership. It means togetherness. It doesn't is a sale the time it doesn't mean lunch doesn't mean coffee doesn't mean words like that. That's not what Fellowship is Fellowship means partnership and so John wants to address any says in verse five for this is the message we have heard from him and announce to you, God is light and in and there is no darkness at all. That's always starts. He said God is light, how much darkness is got not the words God is holy. How much sin is part of got none is a consuming fire. He's liked something to start out that what God is like. Then he says this. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and yet we walk in darkness, we lie we don't practice the truth. You can say you have fellowship with God and you live in sin, you can't know God will never believe that is not true. You can't live in sin and say I have fellowship with God.

That makes sense.

Then he says if we walk in the light as he himself was in the light, we have fellowship with one another.

The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. We can walk in the light as he is in the light.

The question is how because were sinful people here explain. He said if we say that we have no sin in summers of said that were deceiving ourselves. The truth is not in us. And then he says this great verse in verse nine he said if we confess our sins okay if we confess our sins now for many of you this is really confusing. Many of you come from a religious background and you think of confession is something completely different than what this text to say just completely different. You think confession is doing repentance. You see, and I have to make it right in there so I have to do something in order to get this made right. That's not all. With this word this work confession is the word Homo legato Homo means one you see legato means to speak to speak as one. It means together to agree with.

I have to agree with you see, do I agree if I confess my sins.

Do I agree with who God do I agree with God. He said if we confess our sins he is faithful and righteous to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Now please understand something here, there's no magic in this verse okay when you say all I got it. Some Christians of use this over the years as a credit card verse. You see, you just do a sin and you put first John 19 and do the credit cards and find that guy that was a sin not a smooth one. That's not exactly the way this works and of the apostle Paul in Romans seven when he describes in his own life. What he says when I find myself doing the very things I do not want to do. You see, I find myself doing the very things I do not want to do.

There's an emotional content of this how does God feel about the sin in your life where you exit how do you feel about it. She how do you feel about sin in your life policy. I hated is there but I hated you see it's more than that. When I first came here. Just a few years after I got here.

I had a meeting a counseling meeting with a guy and that will meet on Monday or Tuesday and up. He told me in the meeting.

I don't know why I guess I was a very threatening pastor, but he told me in the meeting that he was going to have an affair on Friday night with another woman is a married man and he said don't worry about December 1.

John 190 have an affair that a first John one night it will just move on.

I don't think you can do. I don't think a good plan. First John one minus sin, because if you believe first John 19 you wouldn't do it. See if you agree with God you wouldn't do it, but his view was its mechanical artist statement I move right on it doesn't work like that.

That's not what he saying all he saying look, if I agree with God about the sin in my life. He said he is faithful and righteous to forgive me sins and to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Seek that's his point is that if we say we did not send we may got a lot of words on Ennis no notice what he says next my little children, I'm writing these things to you that you may not sin. I don't want you to sin, he said. And if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Now I know how this works is because of Jesus Christ is because of what he's done. We sing at in that song we introduce the week he said wash the blood of your sacrifice, your blood flow rate. It made me wipe my dirty rags are purified and clean because of what Christ did you see because of what Jesus Christ did so, he says if we confess our sins he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness again from that song.

There's nothing to dirty that you can't make worthy wash me in mercy and clean. You see, that's the point. We can wilderness sin, but he's given us a vehicle by which we can deal with sin in our life. I beg you keep short accounts with sin in your life if you don't, even when and all kinds of trouble. Sin has a way of compounding itself and it becomes worse and worse and worse and you find yourself living in a state of sin and you can get out of it.

You try to justify look were not talking about your salvation here. Christ paid for all the sins of the cross. I get that. If you have a relationship with God.

Fellowship with God.

You have to take sin seriously in your life you have to do it.

That's what Aiken teaches us unconfessed sin leads to wilderness living.

You live in the wilderness are never going to the promised land. It leads to a defeated life you live a life for you and I can have joy like a PC and I can have hope because you've allowed sin to have its way with you. I guess in summary, I just simply say this. You and I need to take sin seriously as God does this bring father. This is an issue that is common to all of us. We all face this battle we all there was sin in our lives. I confess father that sometimes because we understand your grace and mercy and the complete work of Jesus Christ of La Crosse. We minimalize sin in our lives we make. It is so well, it's already been covered by Jesus, and it doesn't really mean much, but it does it separates us from our fellowship with you. Just as an unbeliever is separated from me for an eternity from you because you will not put his faith in the finished work of Christ as a believer we end up second, being separated our fellowship with you because we leave sin in our lives. And then it doesn't terrible terrible work to separate us from you father I pray that we take sin seriously that we keep short accounts with you and we constantly thank you in a great for the finished work of Jesus Christ, which continues to apply your grace and mercy controls closer and closer. This we pray for good Christ pastor broke your radio ministry of fellowship in the world.

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