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June 10, 2021 8:00 am
Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ. How could you let this happen to me, fourthly, now I need to do some for me or even worse, you say.nothing what you do this for me, then I'll do some for you just get me through this and then I'll do some making a deal.
See Davis trying to do that because he doesn't like what's happening. It's interesting to me that when David writes us out is on the site becomes under his own conviction.
I can do this. God can't make that receipt. It's unfathomable joining us today on this additional Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible church located in Metairie, Louisiana Pastor Bill Gebhardt now again he shows us God's word meets our what you're saying when you say that the God is you need to answer me.
I want to know why I want to know what you're doing.I mean is an amazing thing what God is able to do discreetly canting. We cannot scrutinize what it is that God does explain this in a much clearer way of this are the greatness of God go with me to Psalm 139 Psalm 139 is very likely to be my favorite Psalm and the seller may be a church to just an amazing song that David Wright and I given the context associated the end of the Psalm is going to our time. David is King of Israel, why is the king of Israel. He worked his way up the chain right now, neither Shepherd. God said he's king of Israel through same as the king, so now is King of Israel did have a hard time I saw how you pretty saw Saul sought the kill over and over again.
Now David's king and has enemies everywhere and they want him dead. She's going through a hard time. He's trying to think this process through. So here's how it starts in these first six verses, he says, you know, I cannot even fathom your understanding of me this very insightful piece of the Lord you have searched me and known me as a generic term if I said anything. God really knows you get what you going to see is he really knows you. He says you know when I sit down and when I rise up and make sense. God knows everything and he knows if I'm sitting or standing watch. You understand my thoughts from afar. He says you understand my thoughts. What thoughts are your thoughts unbelievable. There 7 billion people on the planet at any moment. Like right now God knows all of our thoughts right now. Simultaneously, you've never had a thought the guy doesn't know not one that I know every thought you have, you had thoughts that you don't even know you see what I mean. You can even remember thoughts like the guys I got them all. He says you scrutinize my path and my lying down. He said you are intimately acquainted with all my ways. You know everything is going to happen in my life with inosine a moment from the time I was conceived till today. God knew every single thing it was going to happen in every single day, every single hour every single minute of my life before there was one in mine and yours and everybody else's. You start getting an idea. Likely he's not like us. He's not like us to see his thoughts are not like our thoughts.
Well then he goes on and says even before there was a word to my mouth. Behold, oh Lord, you know what all he said you've enclose me behind and before you laid your hand upon me. If you're a believer in Jesus Christ. Let me just say this you know why you're alive right now because God is protecting scenic all to kill every one of us.
Member Job story when God and Satan were talking God to look at my servant Job is the rights most righteous man on earth, and Satan said yeah but that's because you build a hedge around him, you know, let me get out member.
Jesus said to Peter. Peter he desires us if you like wheat but I pray for you to kill us all.
He said the reason you have. Life is because it is God's given it to to this moment. It is his gift to you. He goes on, and he says after he says that he says such knowledge is too wonderful for me, it's too high cannot obtain it. What is he saying I can understand I I can get my thoughts around a God who knows all my thoughts and are so many aspects of this. One of the things that most amazes me about myself and I'm sure you two. God knows every single thought I have, and in spite of that he loves me. I'm… Amazing because no one else knows my thoughts. Nobody knows all my thoughts.
No one knows all yours… Seeking knows every thought you have an anger way whatever you're going to do now.
As humans we don't think that way doing. How many of your lease when you're young and probably now your older do the same thing. I think I can do this because I think I can get away with it.
No one will know. I think I can know I don't know, God knows your thoughts even knew you thought that if you don't get away with anything.
The whole idea here that sort of a teenage kind of mantra book Psalms. My parents don't find out I give it a shot.
You know that's the point that that that's what you but not with God, I know everything about you every thought you have her head that's the size of God. He said that such knowledge is too wonderful for me like I can't even think this through many moves on.
He said his number like that but I can escape God no matter what, I cannot escape the scrutiny of God. He said were can I go from your spirit, or where can I flee from your presence.
If I ascend to heaven you're there if I make my bed and she will behold your there.
If I take the wings of the dawn if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there your handle lead me in your right hand will lay hold of me and what he means by that is my go to see and I go as far east as you can. He thought Spain. I even go that far, there your mother where I go here. There, he said if I say, surely the darkness were overwhelming and the light around me will be like night, even in the darkness is not dark to you in the nighters is as bright as the day darkness and light are alike to you. I can even escape guidance in a caning going to be right there. You know every single thing about me. That's his point. Then he says this for you formed me in my inward parts, you wove me in my mother's will. So when did God get engaged with me when I was conceived and says he wove me in my mother's will.
It's amazing what we've done is a culture kill them all in kill him if you want them to skilled. It's really sad when you think about net point of view is that I will give thanks to you I love this verse. For I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works, you and I are creatures of God. He is not parents but he wove us.
We are fearfully.
That means respectfully and wonderfully made. I am how I am because of God you are who you are because of God. Your one-of-a-kind. We are all snowflakes. Each one of us unique to ourselves. Cut to Elsie for an amazing thing. He said my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. He said your eyes have seen my unformed substance and in your book were written all the days ordained for me, when as yet there is not one of them. I'm overwhelmed by that. When I was conceived a long long time ago guys that I got his whole life.
Writer I know how long he'll be there and I know when I'll bring some amazing thought, he's not involved with me then as you read on. He goes how precious also are your thoughts to me of God how vast this is some of them if I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. He said when I awake, I'm still with you if we listed all the thoughts that God ever had about me. It would be infinite new enumerable it be more than every grain of sand of all the beaches the world just about me. That doesn't include you or anyone else. He said you thought intimately. Every thought about me you can just see what he's talking about when he gets the greatness of God, and he ends up saying look I am fearfully and wonderfully made to think about that very often how fearful, how wonderful are you there with me. I want you to listen to this because it won't be easy for some of you but I want to listen. I want to tell you something about you is what is been written every second.
More than 100000 Chemical Reactors Take Pl. in your brain. I gotta be honest, it never look at you, some you people don't look like there's that much going on I every second every second 100000 Chemical Reactions Take Pl. in your brain. It has 10 billion nerve cells to record what you see and hear that information comes to your brain through the miracle of the eye. Your eye has 100 million receptor cells, rods and cones, NHI your retina also has four other layers of nerve cells altogether.
The system makes the equivalent of 10 billion calculations a second before the image even gets to your optic nerve 10 billion calculations before the image that your eye sees gets to your optic nerve and even got your bring round once it reaches your brain.
The cerebral cortex has more than a dozen separate vision centers in which the process your tear ducts, supply of bacteria fighting fluid to protect your eyes from infection. The tears that fight the irritant so are different than the tears you you have from sadness. They these tears have 24% more proteins. The tears and keep your eyes and being infected or not the tears you cry. They have less protein is amazing. That's not to mention the miracle of the year and how it translate some waves in the meaningful speech and sounds, or of touch, taste and smell part of your brain regulates voluntary matters such as muscle coordination, and thought processes.
Other parts your brain control involuntary processes such as digestion, granular secretions, the reader what your heart beats, etc. how did it accidentally happened that your body could speed up your heart rate to the proper speed to meet the increasing oxygen demand. When you exercise, and then slow it down. Once you that need is met. One square inch of your skin has about 625 sweat glands per square inch.
It has 19 feet of blood vessels 19 feet of blood vessels in one square inch of your skin. It has 19,000 sensory cells working in coordination with your brain. It maintains your body temperature at a steady 98.6 under all weather conditions.
Your stomach has 35 million glands which secrete the right amounts of juice is to allow your body to digest food and converted into stored energy for your muscles to avoid digesting itself. Your stomach produces a new lining every three days every three days, your body is an efficient machine if to ride a bicycle for an hour at 10 mph requires only 350 cal the energy equivalent of only 3 teaspoons of gasoline over the body uses much more. You are more than 200 bones each shape for its function connected intricately to one another through lubricated joints that cannot be perfectly duplicated even by modern science. If you have an artificial joint. You probably know that this is more than 500 muscles connect to these bones. Some obey woeful commands and others perform their duty and response unconscious commands from your brain. They all work together to keep us alive. The heart muscle itself beats over 103,000 times every day pumping your blood cells pumping your blood cells added distance of 168 million miles out of your heart every day hundred 68 million miles coupled with that. Your lungs automatically breathe the right amount of life-giving oxygen about 438 ft.³ every day, which just happens to be mixed in the exact right proportion of 20% oxygen and 80% nitrogen from our atmosphere. Each of the other vital organs and glands in your body works in complex conjunction with the others to sustain your life sign can science can't quite explain this and certainly can created every cell in your body.
Every DNA molecule in your body has 200 billion pieces of information every DNA molecule in your body is 200 billion pieces of information. If you put this in a book you made about 500 pages long. This is from one molecule of DNA. You have 4000 books that's within one molecule of DNA. Guess who said this, guess who wrote this Carl Sagan, the atheistic astronomer who said it all happen just by chance it's amazing either the go with what David said I am fearfully and wonderfully made my my creator while is a good one in the Psalm verse 19 we see something happen. Oh that you would slay the wicked.
Oh God, now you know what they like.
David wrote to Saul God. These people are out to kill me. Oh that you would slay the wicked of God depart for me therefore meant of bloodshed, for they speak against you wickedly and your enemies take your name in vain do I not hate those who hate you, oh Lord, and do I not low.
Those who rise up against you.
I hate them with an utmost hatred. They have become my enemies now is a lot written about this that I think is missing the point. I think a lot of people right singly. David thought about hating the enemies of God. Jesus talked about loving your enemies is a little bit different thing here. I don't think that's exactly what David is doing is not comparing it from that point of view. What is he saying to God. God, what are you doing in my life. Why can you help me I'm loyal to you I hate your enemies.
People are enemies of yours or my enemies. I've done this for you God, why don't you do something for me. You see, while you remove these people were out to kill me now. Have you ever made a deal with God based on bad news. You heard we do this all the time. You see, some of us will say God how could you let this happen to me. You see, how could you let this happen to me. I got awful lot for you is not.
I need to do some for me or even worse, you will say God obtained what if you do this for me, then I'll do some for you if you just get me through this and then I'll do something for like making a deal. See David's trying to do that because he doesn't like what's happening to is a terrible thing that's happening to. And it's interesting to me that when David writes this out is almost like you comes under his own conviction. I can do this with God. You can make that deal. You see, it's unfathomable. My best friend in seminary for him going through the four years of seminary was hard. He had a real difficulty with Greek and Hebrew.
We all did, to an extent, but he had a real difficulty with that.
I mean we were praying form to make it through break in April and he did and so then he got his first church small Baptist Church independent Baptist church in the green hills of Vermont church, about 50 people. When he got there and he just poured himself in this community in next few years and he became a justice of the peace and come in the community became Another fire department and was a little town in the church grew from 50 to almost 200 just Jim is doing just a great job has daughters with them his wife and then he came home one day and he had a lump on his arm and get it checked out six weeks later he was dead. Six weeks later he was dead with cancer why God why want this guy. So why you see the same thing I could tell you what he's unfathomable. He has his reason and he can explain it to me. You see, that's the damage. Every time we run to a story like this. That's what we keep thinking you hear some terrible thing and you go why seekers we live under that idea got. I know your God.
I know your almighty and I know you're good. So why did you do this guts is because my thoughts are yours. My ways are yours. I can explain you my sovereignty over which a breed by the way a topic for a future sermon. We talk about that. This for some have a very simple goal. I just want to tell you, God is unfathomable. You will fathom today or tomorrow or anytime in your lifetime is God. It is, and think like us, he doesn't act like us, so asking him the question of why or what are you doing is pointless. You see, that's what God is saying in your simple why is it so pointless because God's not asking you and I do understand he never ask you and I understand and he's not likely. According the Bible to ever answer your question God's asking for something else.
God's asking that you trust him. You see, do you trust me memo Job said even if he slays me. Even if he slays me. I will trust them. Can you say that or US why what are you doing our God is on fat spring got all of us struggle with this when we have pain and suffering and it visits us. We asked why when we see atrocities through culture close by and far away. We asked why we keep asking why, and even though we know this is a cursed planet. We are sinful people and so many things happening on this, then, aren't righteous and unholy. We still ask you why father I pray that the next time we have that question in our mind that before it gets to our lips, we realize that you are unfathomable. We won't ever fully be able to scrutinize you how you think and how you act.
We all have the capacity to trust you and that's what I prefer for us. We see the consequences of the person sent.
We don't ask trust in this great pastor Brueggemann you ever missed one of our broadcast or maybe you just like to listen to the message one more time.
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