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Good afternoon and welcome to the narrow path radio broadcast that Labor Day weekend we had a recorded program yesterday, but we don't usually we don't today. We are live broadcast for an hour each week afternoon and we take your calls. That's why we live so that we can do it real time have back-and-forth conversation. If you have questions about the Bible.

That's the main thing we discussed here, but you can ask a question of anything of genuine interest to Christians as Christians. The you can talk theology you can talk about ethics you can talk about apologetics.

You can raise questions much about anything and if you disagree with the answers. The post gives you can call in and balance, so let's that's what's available right now all her lines appear to be full so I give you a phone number and you can call in a few minutes you probably find a line opening up the numbers 844-484-5737 that's 844-484-5737 and her first color today is Mark calling from Mill Creek, Washington Mark, welcome to the narrow path answer: good thanks been doing a series on Nehemiah and small group gives of these questions in our small group. The question was from the MIO 9133 of the Israelites were no confessing their sins into verse two says those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners in the student confess their sins and iniquities of their fathers. The question here is what you think of the idea. Confess your sins of one's ancestors is something we should do and what of the persons occurs chimed in about slavery, black lives matter that kind of thing so I just wanted your take on that. Well I think that the reason that they were confessing sins of their ancestors is because they were these were sins that have not really been repented of. That's why they'd gone into captivity and they're trying to get a clean slate to just come back from the Babylonian exile.

The rebuilding the nation of their seeking God's favor on the new nation of fame established and you know they want to confess to God that you know they themselves and those before them had, you know, earned the trouble that they had been in and they wanted to confess that I think that the nation of Israel was being treated as a solidarity.

I don't know that's I don't know that really pagan nations like ours are secular nations like ours are viewed that way mean in our nation as a percentage of the population that are God's people, and of course a larger percentage that are not, and therefore we identify not as much with the solidarity of the nation is with assaultive, the church, the body of Christ and that's what Israel… Rose like the church of the time and so I think that you know I did. I know that Daniel also did the same thing in Daniel chapter 9, he prayed and he confessed the sins of the nation including past generations and even included himself, although he hadn't committed an existence which is kind of interesting. So I am not really sure what they were thinking. That's not a commonplace necessarily in the Bible to to ask forgiveness for your parents. Unless of course you've continued them.

That's the problem I think also I think the you know the law in Exodus 20 said that God would if if Israel committed idolatry that God would visit the iniquity of the parents on the children to the third and fourth generation and the exile in Babylon was God doing that they Israel had committed iniquity and idolatry, and God had sent them into into Babylon and these people probably about the fourth generation after that. So three or four generations had suffered from iniquities of their parents and perhaps that's what they have in mind when they're saying you know are our parents brought this upon us, and earned two or three generations of us in three or four generations of us have suffered from it and so there may be problem bringing that up as a factor in the fact of their seeking to make a clean break from the enduring consequences of their parents sins, but in any case there's nothing in the New Testament that would suggest that we repent of anybody since but our own know the Bible says if we confess our sins he is faithful and just forgive us our sins. I don't think we can confess other people since and they will be forgiven by us confessing them but it's more I think it's probably connected to the covenantal curse that came upon them because of their fathers being and idolatry of them having suffered in the third and fourth generation.

As a result of it, there probably try to just encompass that whole three and four generations that have suffered from the father sins and repent of all no connection but had with it now. There's nothing wrong with can you know I think repenting of the sins of your nation. Though I'm not really sure that it makes a lot of sense. In most cases because you didn't commit the sins you're not the one responsible for.

I think the person committed the sentence needs to be held responsible, not a person who never would have agreed with them in the first place and didn't have any opportunity to commit them slamming repent for me to repent of slavery in you back in the 19th century and I'm two centuries removed from it and I never had an ancestors who had slaves and in a life and I never had sent to me for me to repent of slavery be very strange thing because neither I nor my ancestors have ever been involved in it so so I mean I think that the Israel is seen as a solidarity is God's nation as God's people and therefore sometimes the prophets and others would identify as representatives of the nation and make confession of sin for them and so forth because of judgment that had come upon them, but in a secular country.

I don't know that I don't know that that would be the same. I don't I don't think that God looks at secular countries in exactly the same way, especially a pluralistic country where a good percentage of the population are people who are Christians who who haven't committed those wearers maybe another percentage are Christians and we can't repent for their sins.

So I met you and I but I think that it's a stretch to say well because Nehemiah and Daniel and some of those guys after the exile repented for the sins. Their ancestors have done that brought them into exile. It seems to me like a fairly unique situation and it's it is Israel after all it's not a secular nation, and there are factors I think maybe would play into that that I don't think would have any relevance to our own case. All right, thank you for calling so hard question. I don't really know the answer. Discussing okay. Let's talk to Peter in Hillsboro, Oregon Peter, welcome to the narrow path.

Thanks for calling the.

The Bible says if you call your brother will fool you're in danger of hell fire. What if I call a politician, an evil moron in my own fault that the mind dangerous elsewhere. Well, it depends on what's in your heart.

Jesus called people fools Jesus referred to the Pharisees as fools. They also even spoke to some of his disciples. The two men on the road to Emmaus and call them fools. Paul wrote to the whole church of Galatian and called in foolish Galatians, which is another way: fools so when Jesus said if you say your brother, you fool. This has to be taken within its proper context. It starts with Jesus saying you've heard that if you murder your brother you will be subject to judgment. But I'm saying there's other things that don't seem as severe as an adult don't seem to rise to the level of murder in our minds, but which are related to it and also bring us into danger of judgment and those things would be the things in the heart that lead to murder. Now what kind of things lead to murder will anger is something Jesus mentions their in first John. John mentions hatred.

He said he that hates his brother is a murderer. Jesus if you're angry at your brother without a cause. And he also some spoke of calling your brother fool Laura Rocca rocket is just a term of contempt mean something like empty head and he said you be in danger of it, but what I think he means is I don't think he means that if you'd say fool you're automatically you got a ticket to hell. I think what he saying is if you have contempt for your brother disregard for your brother if you don't honor him as someone made in God's image. If you don't recognize him as a fellow human being and fellow sinner with yourself loved by God and and died for by Christ and you know if you just diss disregard his his value as a human being calling him an empty header fool and I think by that I he's talking about doing so gratuitously without really having any righteous cause for using those terms then you are you have the attitude toward your brother that contributes to murder when if anyone murders another person at the very least they have, since they have not regarded them highly if not dignified them as people made in the image of God. Now if you say that somebody is a fool. It may not be as a term of contempt. It may be as a descriptive term because sometimes there is a difference between being wise and being foolish. The book of Proverbs talks all the time about the fool and the wise, and dead contrast, there are people who are fools and are people who are wise and if you're using the term to describe something they are doing or thinking. So that's foolish. That's how Jesus used the term et al. Paul use the term that can't be sent Jesus a target is simply using abusive language that that illustrates contempt for your brother so if you call your brother, you fool, made we I think people sometimes get too legalistic about Jesus and they don't notice what is getting he's getting at the point that murder is not the only way to disrespect your brother though. It's the ultimate way.

There are things that lead up to murder which may not end up in murder, but which are the same species of disrespect and hatred and anger toward your brother that you know those things in your heart are not okay and if you have those things in your heart and those things are coming on your mouth, then you are in danger of hell fire. He doesn't say you're going to hell, but you might you're in danger of your heart is in such a place that you that's the path you're on. He didn't say you can't get off of it, but he saying this is the road to hell is the road to Gahanna actually does because I I really have contempt of the baby killing Democrats I can. I can take yeah I did to allow nation that we have to learn how to hate evil in the abstract without hating somebody that God loves God loves sinners he hates them in another sense, but the Bible says he loved the world enough to die for and for all people for all sinners and so you can't mean you have to value them when somebody is a very evil person. So much so that they don't seem to any value left in them and I can think of a few people who are in the news pulp politicians that you hear from a lot these days. I me when I hear in the that person seems to have outlived their mind. The other that they've lost their mind to know if ever happened but they don't seem to have one now and to point that out is simply an observation of fact, you might say to your mother or father if they're getting dementia. You know it does mean you hate them now if it's because their mind is claw foggy. They also make decisions that are evil or poorly thought out which end up in evil we have to ask yourself do the are these people trying to be evil people. Maybe they are, but we don't know that or are they just out of touch with God, they're out of touch with God's ways they don't understand that this is truly evil like I don't know.

I really don't know and I have to be careful about speaking abusively about them. I can certainly describe their words, their policies as both evil and foolish and I do so without diminishing my desire that they might be saved in an with us for eternity with God if if you've written people off in the sense that you don't want them to be saved, then you're not then you not like God, come to their senses and yeah I hope they do because I mean there are people who do very foolish things, and have a lot of power and the and very evil things and to despise what they're doing and even to innocence, disrespect them for for being so influential toward evil is not and that's not what Jesus is talking about is not talking about treating your brother like a criminal because he is a criminal or treating your brother like like he's being foolish when he is. He says target using abusive language because you despise somebody thank you very much okay next year call target Peter Sharon from Loomis, California. Welcome to the narrow path.

Thanks for calling hi.try to kill 20 through 26 well because I get down to know the Lord and try to kill you lots people have trouble with that no one is well. Moses had been sent by God to go and confront Pharaoh and to demand that Pharaoh do what God is commanding him to do, namely release the Israelites, but there was something God had commanded all Israelites to do including Moses, which Moses had not done and that was circumcise his son on the eighth day of his life.

In other words Moses is going down there to rebuke a pagan for not obeying God when he one of God's own people was not obeying God, which is even more scandalous really.

I mean if a pagan who is ignorant is not obeying God that's a bad thing, but somebody who knows Godwill soon doesn't do it. That's that's really bad thing and Moses was guilty of that now is so got I don't think intended to kill him.

It sounded like he is trying to kill them, but I think what it means is that Moses was in mortal danger. He could've died.

He could have died if it hadn't ended the way it was now in what sense God was trying to kill him is that's not explain some interpreters believe it's target him getting really sick, he might get a super high fever and throwing up and sneered, and death from some illness and or some people think perhaps God appeared sore like he did when he wrestled with Jacob all night.

In Genesis and in that hit service human form of God wrestled with Moses and came close to killing and perhaps could have, but the circumcision of the son was what God was requiring now Moses. I believe in that situation somewhat disabled, so his wife took a sharp instrument and circumcised belatedly. Their son, and so the crisis ended.

So that's how I met so I think's going on that way. Moses would not be hypocritically standing before Pharaoh as God's agent commanding obedience to God when he himself had secretly areas of his life where he had not been obedient to God and had not settled around the no all right you all right Sharon thank you for your call.

Good talk okay Anthony from Rhode Island. Welcome to the narrow path. Thanks for calling the same time.

So much for taking my call to some archives in mentioned a commentary that I did some research on and I wanted to know if you wish doing your order looks at the book of Revelation.

If you had come across and studied commentary that was written in 1614 by Andrew C.

Selena and if you had.

I want to find out what if he was a historical historical or spiritualistic in taking huge outlook on ventilation because I read it and I couldn't figure it out. Funny, when you know you read a commentary because Revelation is hard to understand. That's really, you can't even figure out with the guys saying that some these countries are very famous. This is reading the church fathers is like that. Now Andrea's. I'm not sure if you target the same person. Other resident on various who may have been may have written is as early as the ninth century, but there's some question about when he wrote, and I have not read his whole commentary. No I don't. It's not exactly real easily accessible since it wasn't that I didn't have the Internet back when I was writing my book of Revelation. I didn't have the Internet had good libraries and find books and I didn't find undressed, identifying people quoted and the parts that the that they quoted were interesting in that they said it sounded like he might've been apprenticed. He and most mostly him or taken, and because he said that he was talking about the trumpet judgments and he was saying that you know when these were occurring. God had not yet sent the Romans to destroy Jerusalem. It hadn't happened yet and that this is about that but I won't bite her people quoting him I didn't read him in contact site. My suspicion was that if you can read the later parts of Revelation is counter.

He might be.

Historicists think is see the differences of the predators believes that Revelation is almost entirely about A.D. 70, and the destruction of Jerusalem. Historicists believe that the history of the whole church is scanned through the book of revelations like a panoramic view of the whole church but how early it begins, is not agreed upon. There are many historicists who believe that the history begins in the time of donation and runs to the end of the world donation would be like 96 A.D., but there are some, and that would include Adam Clarke's commentary, who is also historicists and I think Matthew Henry's tooth I'm not mistaken, as I recall who their historicists, and they believe the book of Revelation goes through the whole church age.

But they begin it earlier than donation they begin it in out with the Jewish war and so if that's if that was what Andres was doing. I don't know because I read his whole commentary, but if that's what he was doing.

He could either benefit the predators.

Or he could have been a historicists who saw the early parts as being about the Jewish war, but would see the book of Revelation carried on through the rest of church history. Eventually it was interesting. A lot of the stuff that you teach you get back in 1614 he confirmed, such as that the thousand years being literal you helping the church age and a lot of other things that just absolutely amazing. I could 100 most of what I say most of what I say about Revelation goes back at least to the 1600s, if not much earlier in the idea that the thousand years represents the church age that would be almost the unanimous view of the church from about 400 to about 1800. So you any commentary written by mainstream Christian in the 1600s would would be millennial because the whole church was okay yet that computer with him.

He kept talking about the antichrist that will Revelation down something that will need to start adding antichrist right well you know the historicists and the futures both use the word antichrist to refer to the beast in Revelation 13 (now the beast is not is nowhere called the antichrist but they just assume that is the antichrist now in 1614.

If he was if he was a Protestant Riverview, the Catholic commentary from the light. I think he was Catholic. Yeah, yeah, then he would probably be following Francisco Ribera's work. Francis Koerber was a Jesuit priest in the late 1500s. Just before him and who who believe that the antichrist would be a last days figure like the dispensations believed today.

In fact, that's that that's when that's when that idea arose basically modern times. The early church fathers talked about an antichrist also. But of course they lived long before the rise of papacy and after the rise of papacy and became more commonplace to believe the papacy was in Christ, but the other church fathers. They talk about the antichrist tube. It's hard to know exactly how they visualize them, and they didn't live very late in his in church history so they can identify anything in their time, as is the Christ, but they did generally see the papacy that with the church often did. I mean even even in the Catholic times. Groups like the Franciscan order saw the popes as the Christ, and that was a long time before the Reformation and all the reformers decided to cardigan or calling him but I appreciate you joining us today. Thank you, Rodney from Detroit, Michigan. Welcome to the narrow path Mexicali taking my call.

But the question is about the Sabbath day. I heard arguments both later noted a difference in opinion and that the Christian should they keep it in. My question is the Sabbath day is one of the 10 Commandments and I know that like nobody would argue that the other nine commandments are definitely valid for today so the fact that this advocate is listed in the 10 Commandments kind of solidified is something that we should be paying specific attention to losing kind of strange that just one of the 10 Commandments was done away with. Yet the other nine would still be valid was not strange really, at all because lots of the 613 laws in the Old Testament were done away and a lot of them still represent valid moral principles and moral principles are valid in all times even before the 10 Commandments it was wrong to murder. That's why Kane got to trouble even before Abraham's and before the law was given in Abraham's time, it was wrong to commit adultery, which is why people didn't want to take Abram's wife while he was living.

I mean adultery murdered fast these kinds of things blasphemy. These are then considered to be evil and are even from the foundation of the earth and always will. The fact that the dynamics include some of those things doesn't mean that it originated that they cease to be true when the 10 Commandments cease to be hard drive.

Jesus taught all those things to God. Sabbath keeping is never commanded until after the Exodus, and it's never commanded the New Testament Sabbath keeping is a different kind of just like in the Old Testament laws laws are keeping new moons in an Festival.

Some things I gotten those are all part of the old covenant not part of the new covenant and Sabbath is of that type of the law is not what we call moral ritual that listening to the narrow path were taking a break for a few seconds and I'll be back for another half hour website is the narrow path.com. Let's talk again. 30 seconds. Hebrews tells that do not forget to do good and to share with others and share the near family and friends shall, within 30 days one and then there.com they can learn and enjoy your teaching articles very diverse teaching archives of all the narrow path, radiation, and be sure to tell them to tune into the show here on the radio chairlift noted the narrow share and do good broadcast Steve Greg and were live for another half-hour taking your calls at the beginning. Our first half hour I had to announce our lives were full right now I can announce that almost all of our lives, not all of our and therefore you could get through if you call right now the number is 844-484-5737 that's 844-484-5737 and before you get to because I want to say something more about the last call because we got a call for color like in the last minute or minute and 1/2 of our segment and I was not able to go into much detail. I don't want to go into much detail now because it was on the subject of people asked what a lot which means I talked about a lot of things I don't have anything new to say that I haven't said 100 times in this program of the last 25 years but are 23 but just for the sake of the call and we didn't get much damage associated his his question was if we don't keep the Sabbath, then why don't we keep why do we keep all the other 10 Commandments. Why would there be a law in the 10 Commandments that we don't have to keep when we see the validity of the other nine per perpetually and my answer. In brief, was there's two kinds of laws and in the Bible.

The 613 laws in the Old Testament, and some of them are eternal principles.

We call that the moral law. The moral law is based on something that never changes, namely God's character God is just and therefore all behavior is unjust is always contrary to him. God is faithful.

All behavior that is contrary to faithfulness is contrary to him. God is holy and unselfish and loving and all behavior that is not like God is sinful. Now that's true, before there were 10 commands afterwards so murder, adultery, theft, bearing false witness, dishonoring your parents. These kinds of things are wrong and they were always wrong and still are wrong because they go against the nature of God himself and God doesn't change so those things never change.

Therefore, we find that it was already considered to be wrong to murder back in the days of Cain and Abel. It was already considered be wrong to commit adultery in the days of Abraham and probably longer for that to lying in swearing falsely stealing dishonoring repairs. None of these things were tolerable in any legal system even before the 10 Commandments were given the fact that the 10 Commandments include some of these doesn't tell us that the other thing that's invented them, or that when the 10 commitments come to the end of their use that those principles somehow have ceased the 10 Commandments were part of a covenant that God made with Israel. There is a new covenant. Now the Bible says in its May the old covenant obsolete. Says that in Hebrews chapter 8 verse 13. Now there's a new covenant, the old covenant is obsolete. He said so the 10 Commandments were part of that covenant that's obsolete, but moral behavior is not obsolete. It's the laws that are obsolete. That is the body of legislation that God gave Mount Sinai which included the 10 Commandments and 603 other Commandments, so, so we still keep those because they've always been required. The required before Moses time the required after Jesus time so that's why nine of those things really we don't dispense with them even though we have dispensed with the 10 Commandments as a body of legislation. They were valid before there was that body of legislation and out of that body of legislation no longer exists.

They still are valid. However, there's another kind of laws that God made with Israel that only apply to them because they have a special covenant relationship with of course he required them to keep the moral commitments he wanted to make sure they knew that, but he also wanted them to do some other things that not everybody has to do like offer sacrifices in the tabernacle in a certain way and keep certain annual festivals and certain monthly festivals. The new moons and certain weekly festivals that Sabbath software. These all were of a different type because they're not something that grow out of the eternal nature of God. The Sabbath is based on the fact that God rested after six days but that's not part of his nature. That's just something he did. He doesn't rest every six days every seven days.

That's not something that's part of his nature, or else he be keeping the Sabbath today. God never kept the Sabbath after the first seven after the first one in Genesis chapter 2 God is never rested from his work trip ever since.

And Jesus use that as his reason for not resting from his on the Sabbath.

In John chapter 5 when they accused him of working on the Sabbath to get my father doesn't want his son like father like son. You know I do. My father does, and that means he works every day I work every day. As Jesus said Sabbath keeping isn't something God does and therefore is not part of his eternal character or something like that. But faithfulness is justice is love is.

But keeping certain days, special is not, and therefore, the laws that were ceremonial were the ones that told the Jews not to eat certain foods not to work on certain days to observe certain festivals to offer certain animals in a certain way in a certain place with certain priests, and so forth.

That was all important was all very important in the old covenant because that was the way the Jews would show that they were special people because not everyone was required to do those God told Israel that keeping the Sabbath was the distinctive mark of the covenant. It was the way that they showed that they were under this particular covenant that God made made at Sinai, where he commanded. Likewise, circumcision was a mark of being part of the covenant made with Abraham, but these things are not now in the New Testament we don't find any commands to do any of these things so in fact, you know, if you look at Romans chapter 13 is Paul says in Romans 13 verse nine and 10 for the Commandments you shall not commit adultery.

You shall not murder, you shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness, you shall not covet, and if there is any other commandment are all summed up in the same, namely you shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. I noticed he did list some of the things that are in the 10 commitments and only the more only the moral ones he didn't mention anything that Sabbath keeping basin and if there's any other commandment. Meaning if there's anything else that God requires of us. Besides these. It's all summed up with love your neighbor as yourself. Because loving your neighbor doesn't hurt anybody you don't harm anyone.

So that fulfills the legal requirements that are upon us. God wants is not to hurt each other while you could keep Sabbath until hurt somebody. In fact, you could not keep Sabbath without hurting anybody keeping Sabbath doesn't hurt or not hurt anyone. It's not it's not relevant it's it's a ritual just like eating Passover keep in the new moons are rituals in the Bible indicates that those things where shadows temporary things that have been replaced with the body substance which is Christ pulses in Colossians 2 verses 16 and 17. So I hope that helps. I didn't want to.

I left the caller with so little time to answer. I wanted to give them some more time. Okay, let's talk to Regina from San Diego County, California hi Regina, welcome. Thank you for taking my call, Michael clear and natural with regard to premarital how lean no plan is contracted prior to I guess Judaism because people have always played a sacrifice to some type of deity in the deep. Jesus taught us to pray and the disciples prayed and felt for nights with me about prayer in when we pray, I'm not going to change his mind about what is the purpose of spraying into something already been declared and so I guess I'm really trying to understand. I mean I believe in prayer.

Sometimes they get answers sometimes they don't want just trying to dance it got changed his mind on it did in my prayer you know what I mean God is not lost to pray in order to change his mind and we don't want to change his mind.

He's always right.

Why would we ever want to change his mind. You know whatever God wants is perfect. Whatever he decides is as good as it gets. We don't have any better ideas than he has. So I would never want to change his mind with my prayers.

If he has some he intends to do. I just want to be on board with him now the question is, of course, do we actually know his mind about everything. Not about everything that we do pray for things that we hope might be his will. But we also hope that if it isn't his will that he won't do it hurts.

I don't want to change his mind if he thinks it's the best thing for me to get coronavirus and die from it.

I don't want to. I don't know if that's his will or not but if it is his will.

I hope he doesn't change because it's good to be people. It would be as well as the very best possible thing you die somehow and he knows how he wants to die so I I'd rather die the way he wants me to and went.

Now that doesn't mean I wouldn't seek any kind of medical care because I don't know that it's his will for you to die.

The fact that I get that the virus doesn't mean that I know that he wanted to die from it. The point I'm making is I don't want to change his mind if he yelled Hezekiah the king who is a good king was visited by Isaiah who told him that God wants him to get his house in order, because he's good.he was sick and of course until Isaac Cantor was known, will you recover, will you not Lisa. God tells me to die so get your house in order. Well Hezekiah didn't want to die, it would been better. Have you had at that time.

Frankly that's why God wanted to take him but he prayed and asked God to change his mind that God did change his mind and gave him three more 12 more years to skip 15 more years to live.

Three years later he had a son and 12 years later he died and left a 12-year-old son to rule in his place who would never been born. If he had died when God told him to send that son became the worst king ever. He became the longest reigning and the worst king that the Jews had led them with idolatry and eventually brought about the Babylonian exile because of him the boxes so it was a disaster. God told Abram Army Hezekiah in that time and he says you die so just prepare for, and Hezekiah wasn't willing to let that be the final answer. So he said okay but if you change your mind and God did you know the Bible says sometimes God gives us what we asked for when it isn't his desire a gives us our request and with that leanness of soul. The Bible says I would. That's what the Bible says we should always pray if it is your will on a we might we might know very well what our will is I know that if I'm sick. I want to get well. I know that if my marriage is trouble. I wanted to get better today. I know that if my you if I'm childless, I can't have a child. I know I want to have a child but but God's will is best. And so our prayers are not to change his mind, but to request what we think may be his will now so I said, but authorities will want to just happen once you have requested know it won't because God has given us a role to play in governing the world. That's why he made Adam and Eve, he said, let us make man in our own image and let's give him dominion over the world that we made. Okay, so he gave man dominion, and God allows man to do things, including to request his aid and things but at it and as I said, he might even answer our prayers as we ask even if you're not good prayers. So we need to be careful that we always do what Jesus did. Jesus said, father, it's your will let this cup pass from me, but not my will but yours be done.

That's how we may be understanding things Jesus wanted to avoid the cross and who wouldn't if I was in his position. I probably praying the same thing.

I'm not sure I be so quick to say but your will be done, not mine. But Jesus prayed we were supposed to pray.

He prayed for what he hoped would be the will of God what he wanted to be the will of God, but he also said, however, of course, God. I want you to have the power to veto if this is not the right thing, not my will but yours be done. That's how we should always pray we should always be praying according to his will. If we can, and if we don't know is will we simply we simply give that caveat. Our prayers are not demanding things were inviting him to act in a world that he's given us charge over and so it says in first John five verse 13 from a mistake might be verse 14 verse 14 actually, it says this is the confidence that we have in him that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us and if we know that he hears us.

We know that we have the things we desired of him.

So he will answer prayers of repair.

According to his will. Now some might say. As I said, but can't he do it without me asking why he made perhaps he can, but he has decided not to member James said you have not because you ask not what that means is you would have it if you'd asked you didn't pray and therefore the thing that God would have done and wanted to do didn't happen.

The fact that you would've had if you prayed means it was God's will to give it to you but you didn't get it because you asked for it, so the Bible clearly teaches that prayer changes outcomes and so we should always be praying for God's will be done and I'll always be whether we say so out loud about our our idea should be, but if it's not, you will please do something else does not try to change his mind about anything.

At least, I certainly would not change his mind about thing I don't know, better than him alright let's talk to Dwight from Denver Colorado Dwight, welcome to the neuropathic for calling. I'm wondering is it required of all pastors to give a financial statement as to how much the things are in them, but they do with the money I you know I I believe that 501(c)(3) corporations and most churches are those are supposed to have some kind of transparency about that now. I don't know that they have to print it out and headed out to the congregation.

I think be a good thing because there there counting on the congregation to support the projects and expenses that the church is involved in. If the people in support of the church is never the money to do it so they should be very transparent and say here's where the money you're giving has gone now.

I say they should. The Bible doesn't say anything about of course, it's just a matter of honesty and transparency. I would certainly never ask anyone to give me anything if I can make it very clear what is to do with it. You know, and you know it when we when we say you know if you give to the narrow path, we were 501(c)(3).

You know what we're doing when we tell you exactly were to do that we must buy radio time that we do it on any salaries you don't have any buildings. We don't have a staff to have a payroll without languages. We were all volunteers and we buy airtime with the money, but churches by a lot of things with the money they usually pay someone a building unless it's outright only usually have some solid staff.

They have some negative missions that someday give to the gardener and things like that window washers stop saw me, they should may should allow the people to know where the money's going.

In fact, some people I know are going to a relatively small church that has some big expenses and there really laying on the pressure for people to give and yet the church refuses to answer members of carbonation when they ask you how is this money going on how what sport were repaying our staff here. This church has several pastors on staff and they receive paychecks and they will not tell the congregation how much they make it. I told her I would know I would give another penny I would give another penny what is it, if you're too ashamed of how you're spending the money I'm giving you. Then I'm going to give you anymore because for Shay Monica giving more money you know okay thank you okay Dwight Kentucky by okay see Maxine in California somewhere. Hi Maxine, welcome to the narrow path. Thank you.

My question is praying for petty things. For example, and I shot myself I wouldn't conversation someone asked me straight. All I need a housekeeper. I need someone to help me click with you prayed quite me and I know then I shot myself and they said well why not. I think their people in the world who are actually human traffic. Their thick airport. These are the things that you should pray for and then I thought my death, say, and I just want your opinion if, on the question of can you pray after think that it just petty. I think you can you know the Bible says that God is concerned about every detail.

He said the hairs of your head are numbered, which means there matter, his attention and concern bonds is cast all your cares on him for he cares for you.

So he cares about all the things you care about, like I think that you know some of the things we think we need do seem really petty compared to some of the horrible things people going through in the world but I think we can walk and chew gum at the same time I don't I don't really think we have to just pray for one of the other. I think we pray for big things and little ones at the same time. Now it be hard to pay for every little thing that the concern of every person, and we can't wait. We don't know what they are someone specifically says this is something that's a neat you know I I need this done.

I can need to hire somebody or whatever and I just can't find some amendment of the creek. Please pray that God will supply some I think that I think we should pray about everything that really is a concern and and a lot of times those are bigger issues that we know a lot of times come into through prayer.

God will direct things so that you know, the higher the housekeeper, that is, it becomes a significant connection you maybe they'll leave that person of the Lord are a regular housekeeper lead them to the Lord or something else will happen in you never know what a small thing might turn out to be, you know, the loss of the nail horseshoe canals and yeah so we can't really shouldn't minimize things too much. But you're right there some big issues, we should be praying for lot because they think there's a lot of demonic energy going into some big things that are going on and we some energetic prayer to come and get Maxine good talkative, thanks for calling I Don from Sacramento, California. Welcome to the neuropathic for calling all mom to date about what motivated able and also what motivated the people who care about motivated well and the 5 Public Ln. what that what well you know it's probably a complex of things. The Bible does say it says in first John in chapter 3 it says why did Cain kill Abel. He says because his own brothers work for righteous in his own works were evil. Now, what's that mean does it mean that an evil person simply hates righteousness that could.

I think there are right evil people that hate righteousness, or does it mean that he was jealous that would be perhaps not altogether removed from the first suggestion but we don't we don't really know the whole picture. He hated his brother because God favored his brother over him, so could be mere jealousy or is it says in verse, be just that he hated.

He had a righteous because he was given over to evil. As far as those who crucified Christ without wheat we know it says in the Gospels that Pilate was aware that out of jealousy they had delivered Jesus over to him so jealousy was a factor and I think I think that was probably the main factor.

There may be in them. Also certain hatred of righteousness hatred of goodness. Why would you hate goodness. I mean why would anyone. For example, not love Jesus since he never doing evil and the wonderful things well because they aren't wonderful and they don't look very good by comparison and they feel that their own wickedness is shown up by contrast to somebody who's doing the right thing and that's probably involved in Cain's actions as well and I'm that's my that would be my guess. I appreciate your call one more call.

If we can get it in Richard from seal Beach, California. Welcome to the neuropathic for calling me will be will excel with his custom was to go into the synagogue on the Sabbath day because that's where people were. You know what he did there he preached there. Nobody did what was in the Sabbath he preached for the people were he going where people were and he preached. Paul did to you read in the book of acts it that Paul went into the synagogues on the 720s traveling is missing. Why because that's where people were on that day if it was a different day of the week he go to where they were that day, so there's no no suggestion that either Jesus or Paul observed the Sabbath, in the sense of St. this is a day of rest for me. Going into a synagogue and preaching is the same thing is resting and especially if it's the same thing you do the other six days a week. The Sabbath law was that your spouse to your normal work for six days and then on the seventh they don't do it. That's the point is you cease from your ordinary work on the Sabbath, but the priests didn't. And Jesus pointed that out because their work was too important to to rest from it. And Jesus work was too important to rest from it. He didn't rest on the Sabbath day. He worked on the Sabbath day, same work you did every other day so going into the synagogue is no part of what it means to observe the Sabbath, but of course I'm sure Jesus enjoyed going into the Sabbath because I'm into semidarkness. He's all his life he gone in and heard the word of God. Read you and I and I don't believe there's any obligation free to go to church on Sunday but I like to go to church on Sunday I like to hear the word of God. I like to worship Mary and I'm sure Jesus did to Paul. But the reason they went there was to do the will. Her father and the will of father was not resting but preaching for them. That's their work. Paul was a preacher.

Jesus was a preacher and they preach on the Sabbath.

Every time they got a chance of that's exactly right. So I will greatly get the I don't know if they do or not I guess it would have to ask what's in their head for getting something forgetting something. Is that something goes inside that you forgot something that's and that's in your mind, you can't tell me what I'm forgetting or not.

I might be remembering it and realizing it's not something I'm required to do more.

I might even find myself in church on Sunday and not remember somebody Is required remembering it is not the same thing as doing God.

I know your sums advanced and I know that you like to call about the subject, as do several others, as evidenced. I don't really care to have this discussion hundred times a month, but it's an open phone line appreciate your call – you're missing the neuropathic. My name is Steve Greg were listener supported.

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