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Those Who Tremble at His Word, Part 1

Sound of Faith / Sharon Hardy Knotts and R. G. Hardy
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March 17, 2022 8:00 am

Those Who Tremble at His Word, Part 1

Sound of Faith / Sharon Hardy Knotts and R. G. Hardy

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Exodus chapter 32 today many churches across the nation have called for a day of fasting and prayer on behalf of America. The condition of our nation. A man in we have chosen to join them today and we can have the church will be open until 3 o'clock for those who want to stay in praise here and those of you would need to get home you can join us in the spirit, amen. And pray at home but were going to get a word of the Lord to prepare our hearts. Is that okay let's go to Exodus chapter 32 and look at verse seven and the Lord said on the Moses go get you down for your people which you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way, which I commanded them they have made them a molten calf and have worshiped it and have sacrificed there unto and these be our God's O Israel, which have brought you up out of the land of Egypt and the Lord said on the Moses I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiffnecked people. Now therefore let me alone that my wrath may wax hot against them and that I may consume them and not drop down verse 11 and Moses besought the Lord his God and said, Lord, why does your wrath wax hot against your people which you have brought out of the land of Egypt is let them. That wasn't me it was you. You know I brought them out of the land of Egypt, but you did it with great power and with mighty hand, wherefore should the Egyptians speak and say for mischief did he bring them out just like them in the mountains and to consume them from the face of the earth. So Moses said, turn from your fierce wrath and repent of this evil against your people and remember Abraham and Isaac, and Israel.

He didn't say Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He was very, very specific and Israel used said they would be a nation Israel, thy servants, to whom you are by your own self and said under them. I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven and all this land that I've spoken of, will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.

And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do to his people owe the power of intercession.

Moses said now God come let us reason together. If you kill these people.

What are the Egyptians going to say you brought them out in the wilderness just to kill them and display them yeah we made them slaves, but they were living.

At least they had their husbands, their wives, their children, the grandchildren, they did have a life.

It wasn't the best life by any means. It was a slavery life, but they had their life and you brought them out in this wilderness just to kill them all said that's what they're going to say God and then he went another step, he said, remember. Remember your covenant. Remember what you promised Abraham, when you brought them out of the land of the counties and you said go to a lane which I will show you can undo you and your seed will I give this land and your people will be as it were the stars of heaven, he told Abraham and as the sand upon the seashore. You will be a great nation out of you will come kings and bite you all the families of the whole entire earth will be blessed. Remember what you said and you swore and you swore by yourself because there was none. Greater that's what it does in Hebrews.

When God's word to Abraham he could find nobody greater so we swore by himself.


He said what are you going to do God about this. He could not repent. Now we see a very good illustration of what the word repent means means a change your mind and change. Of course you have a change of mind, a change of heart and then you follow through with the change of action. Amen. He said repent. Don't do this, and the Lord changed his mind because one man stood between the people who had greatly sent. I mean they had softened God in the worst possible way you look at our golden calf, which we just made ourselves discount brought us out of Egypt, but Moses stood in the gap and said God have mercy, do it because first of all, you swore and you can't go back when you were God said to David in Psalm I believe it's 89, my covenant will I not break, neither will I alter the words going out of my mouth and the covenant that God made with Abraham was unilateral meaning one sided. God said, I will do this. I will make of your seed a great nation, and no matter how wicked or ungodly. They became throughout their entire history.had to keep the covenant that he made with Abraham hope they suffer the consequences they can get away with nothing but God never totally destroyed them because of his covenant.

So Moses we see here is a great intercessor. Now he's one have to do this more than once. But let's turn to another very specific time in the book of numbers in chapter 1411 a disaster which is equal in its ramifications to what we just saw with the making of the golden calf and the Lord said on the Moses. How long will this people provoke me and how long will it be before they believe me for all the signs which I've shown among them. I will smite them with pestilence and I will disinherit Van. Here he goes again.

This zoning disinherit them and will make you the reader nation and mightier than they.

And Moses said under the Lord then the Egyptians shall hear it for you brought up this people in your Mike from among them and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land, for they have heard that the Lord are among this people, and you, Lord, are seen face-to-face, and that the cloud stands over them and that you go before them by day and the pillar of the cloud and in a pillar of fire by night word has spread about what a great God you are, and now if you kill all those people as one man then the nations which heard the fame of you will speak, saying, because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he swore under them. Therefore, he has slain them in the wilderness and now the seed you let the power of my Lord be great.

According as you have spoken, saying, the Lord is long-suffering and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children under the third and fourth generation. Pardon our business each you the iniquity of this people according under the greatness of your mercy, and as you have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. And the Lord said, I have pardoned, according to your word. According to your word.

Moses now this particular incident is the result of one of the most tragic incidents in the entire Bible. One of the saddest chapters in the Bible was numbers 13 and what it happened is Moses had sent in the 12 spies into the land to spy out the land. Someone from every one of the 12 tribes and he said I want you to go spy out the land.

Look at the lay of the land. The topography check it out. What are the cities like are they walled cities where the crops like know is what is your is there farmland there. What about the people are they mighty people are they armed are they strong, so he sent in the 12 spies and when they came back they came back with evidence that it was the land that God said to Abraham, flowing with milk and honey they had one cluster of grapes that was so huge they hung it on a pole and it took two men to carry it.

Imagine what the Israelites there in the wilderness, surrounded by a bunch of dirt, sand, rocks saw this great cluster of grapes what they must of thought to themselves, wow, this land must be something else but their expectation of good was short-lived because 10 spies just began to go on a rant about how scary the people were amen.

The Bible says gave them an evil report they said we saw the giants in the land of great stature. Listen to this. Who could eat us up and said when we saw that we were as grasshoppers in our site. So then we were as grasshoppers in their sight. Oh, I tell you I could stop here and preach but I don't have time but I just want to throw this out there. However, you see yourself you project yourself and your adversary sees yourself that way if your week and your doubtful and unbelieving and you're afraid and you're intimidated you put off those lives in the state he sees it and so he takes advantage of you and so this was their evil report yeah yeah it does flow with milk and honey beautiful and soon lost its fertile look at these great slopes. You should've seen some of the other things we just couldn't bring everything back with us. Yes, it is a land that is lush and fertile and beautiful. The cities are walled the people are strong and the giants are there and they will eat us up if we try to go into that land, and when they told the people. This the people just fell apart. They began to cry and yell and scream and moan and they just melted down.

Now Joshua and Caleb try to defuse the situation and Caleb said no no no no, what was the what now let's take we are well able to take it because he Lord is with us is with us on the age open March over on dry ground the Lord is with us. The Lord then close it in drown Pharaoh and his armies and that men see the Lord is with us, then yelled out again where they are stronger than we are. And Caleb said, but the Lord God Almighty is with us and he promised us that he would give us the land that he would give us the land, but you know the negative comments. Of those 10 men, their fear and their unbelief damage the people and they cried all night long and they murmured against Moses and Aaron. We will read that back up to verse one and all the congregation lifted up their voice and cried and the people wept that night and all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron and the whole congregation said under them, would God that we had died in the land of Egypt or what God we had died in this wilderness and wherefore has the Lord brought us into this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey were not better for us to return into Egypt and they said one to another vacant captain and let us return DH at now I can just feel God's blood pressure going up. We would've been better off we would just died in Egypt only women better off as soon as we got here. The guy just killed us all about it over with, you know, we just need to go back to Egypt.

That's what we need to do. We need to go back to Egypt. That's right. Now let's select the sink cabinet take us back. I like to ask one question, how were they going to get back over the Red Sea, Moses had the rod of God. Moses was anointed and his brother Aaron, Moses is the one that stood on the banks of the Red Sea and held the rod in the waters parted and he held it up until the children of Israel had gone over so if they got themselves a Capt. How were they going to get back over the Red Sea. When they said this, let's get us a Capt. go back to Egypt, Josh.

When Caleb tore off the ropes.

You know, that's a sign of absolute total desperation your pleading with people and they said it's an exceedingly good land.

And if the Lord delights in us.

He will bring us into the land. Don't be afraid of the people, and this is what Caleb said. Are our bread might be doing the eating.

They will be our brand. We will eat them like bread. Amen.

Because the Lord is with us and you know what happened when he said the people picked up stones and they were ready to stone. Caleb and Joshua ready to stone them and they would've done it, they would have stone them. But just at that point, the glory of God came down in front of the tabernacle and I think that would stop you dead in your tracks. The glory came down here you are with that.

Amen. And that's when God said Moses get out of the way, I'm going to kill them all.

I'm going to kill every one of them and he would have, but Moses interceded again. Oh, the power of intercession. God chose Moses to be their leader and their captain enter superhero because Moses was the right person. He had 40 years of training in Egypt in the ways of the Egyptians that we could understand Pharaoh but he had 40 years on the backside of the mountain where he got training from God, and he was the right one. He was their hero but.also I believe chose him because he knew that Moses would be an intercessor. And those people were stiffnecked people and they were going to need an intercessor. There's one time in one of these journeys were God said, these people have done provoked me 10 times God was counting.

I don't know what that's where the saying came from count to 10. When you get angry, count to 10 and may have come from that. But God said these people to provoke me 10 times.

It was only the intercession of God's servant knows this, that God did not kill them all in the wilderness. Let's read about another great intercessor in the book of Ezra, let's turn to Ezra chapter 9 I'm bringing these messages and these examples to us so that today when we have the time of prayer for America. We will understand how we should be interceding.

Amen. So in the book of Ezra chapter 9.

Let's look at verse one. Now when these things were done. The princes came to me saying the people of Israel and the priest and the Levites have not separated themselves from the people of the lands doing according to their abominations even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the parasites, the Jebusites, the ammonites than Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites all we get people, for they meeting the Israelites had taken of their daughters for themselves and for their sons so that the Holy See, the hallways see had mingled themselves with the people of those lands.

Yea the hand of the princes and rulers has been chief in this trespass. Wow the leaders the princes of the Israelites had been chief in this in Ezra is speaking and when I heard this thing. I rent my Garmin and my mantle and plucked off the hair of my head and up my dear and sat down, astonished then were assembled on to me.

Everyone that trembled at the words of the God of Israel because of the transgression of those that had been carried away and I sat astonished until the evening sacrifice. This took place while the children of Israel were in captivity in the land of Babylon.

The Kings had come Nebuchadnezzar and then after that we had the Assyrian kings we had the Persian kings in the kings of the Persians and the Meads remember that God had prophesied through Jeremiah and said Judah your time is up. Now consider this Israel, the 10 northern Thai tribes already going into captivity, 150 years before, but Judah of the two tribes. The southern tribes of Judah and Benjamin had not because they did have some very good kings such as Hezekiah, whereas the northern kingdom had no good kings. They had some of the worst one you ever heard of like Jezebel and Ahab and so now even though they have gotten by down here in the southern two tribes they've gotten by 450 years, but they also now have fall into the same sins as their sister in the north end time is up. And God prophesied through Jeremiah you're going into captivity. You are going to Babylon you're going to captivity and you're going to be in captivity for 70 years, God was very specific. Amen. When you're a real prophet of God are not afraid to tell the specific amen. Sometimes doesn't give specific city just gives generalizations, but sometimes is very specific. Amen.

And time will tell whether or not it was God, or whether it was the prophet. Amen. And so he had prophesied you're going into captivity for 70 years and now is 70 years were up, and now God used a pagan king, King Cyrus. He used him and God putting on this man's heart. Now this man was an idolater, he did not serve Jehovah, but he was king at this time and God put it on his heart to allow a group of the Israelites to return back to Israel to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple of God that had been destroyed by his predecessor, Deepika Nesser

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