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"The Lord Does Not See Us"

"They say, The Lord has forsaken the land; the Lord does not see'" (Ezek. 9:9-read vv. 9-11).

Background: This was written 600 years before the birth of Christ during the time of the prophet Ezekiel. I want to share with you what Ezekiel wrote about the times and condition of the nation of Israel and Judah. The Northern Kingdom, the ten tribes of Israel, had been already in captivity for 122 years. Judah and Benjamin were the two tribes left. But the time of Judah's captivity was at hand: its sins were about to bear fruit.

I. ‑Man's Wickedness-God showed Ezekiel 4 visions of Judah's abominations (Ezek. 8:5-17).

A. ‑Vision 1 (v. 5-6): a statue of an idol that King Josiah had earlier removed was back.

B. ‑Vision 2 (v. 9): on the Temple walls were pictures of reptiles, animals-the whole pantheon of Egyptian gods and goddesses-being worshiped by 70 elders of Israel.

C. ‑Vision 3 (v. 14): Women were weeping for Tammuz the Babylonian fertility god, who was believed to die each year but be resurrected in the following spring.

D. ‑Vision 4 (v 16): Between the porch and the altar were 25 men with their backs to God's Temple bowing and worshiping the sun.

E. ‑God said: "Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them."

II. God's Warning:

A. ‑"I will not listen" (Isa. 1:15; cf. Jer. 14:12; Mic.3:4;).

B. ‑Who today would listen to a warning from God? Most wouldn't recognize it if they heard it.

III. ‑God's Wrath-symbolized by the departure of His glory (Ezek. 9:3,18-compare 1 Kgs. 8:10). Let us notice three things:

A. ‑God's protection (v. 9:4): Our safety rests in our acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Savior.

B. ‑God's path: "Begin at my sanctuary" (vv. 5-7).

C. ‑God's punishment - Ezekiel 9:9-11, "So I will not look on them with pity or spare them, but I will bring down on their own heads what they have done" (vv. 9-11).

Conclusion: Ezekiel wrote 2600 years ago but if we changed the names and places, Ezekiel could stand in the midst of our churches today and say these same words, perhaps with the very same results. Ezekiel's words have been written again by a New Testament writer-see Revelation 9:20-21; 18:2; 18:18; see also Jesus' words in Matthew 24:51; 25:30

But some would still say, "But the Lord does not see us."

Douglas Reiche
First Assembly of God
Sparta, Illinois

The Protection of Angels

I. Protection of Hannah (Gen. 16:7).

II. Protection of Elijah (1 Kgs. 19:5).

III. Protection of Daniel (Dan. 6:22).

IV. Protection of Joseph ((Matt. 1:24).

V. Protection of Peter (Acts. 5:19).

VI. Protection of Lot (Gen. 19:1-25).

VII. Protection of Paul (Acts 27:23).

VIII. Protection of Christians (Ps. 91:11).

Croft M. Pentz

When You Feel Like Damaged Goods

Isaiah 56:3b-5

Intr.: Like an oyster, which might feel resentment over a grain of sand which has invaded his shell, we too may resent the circumstances of life which weigh upon us heavily. But as God allowed that grain of sand in the oyster's shell, so did He allow the circumstances in our lives. Will we build a pearl, as the oyster does?

I. ‑God Warns the Disabled Not to Complain (56:3b).

A. ‑Don't complain about your circumstances (56:3b).

B. ‑Don't criticize your capabilities (56:3b).

C. ‑Don't contribute to your companion's problems (56:3b).

II. ‑God Promises the Disabled a Spiritual Posterity (56:4-5).

A. ‑To receive the promise, you must meet its conditions (56:4).

B. ‑To be inspired by the promise, you must understand its provisions (56:5).

Conc.: Christ ultimately came to give a warning and to make a promise to every single disabled' person, which in fact includes each one of us one way or another (Luke 5:31).

Steve D. Eutsler

One More Night with the Frogs*

Exodus 8:9-10

Intro.: Frogs were everywhere...bedrooms to mixing bowls (v. 3). God is ready to remove them, and Moses asks, "When?" But Pharaoh says, "Tomorrow"-i.e., Give me one more night with the frogs! Why, WHY?

I. Three representations of Pharaoh and his "one more night with the frogs":

A. The stubborn sinner:

1. Lost in his sins (Rom. 3:32).

2. God is ready and willing to forgive.

3. ‑But he says, "Give me one more night with my frogs (sins)."

4. ‑Though the Holy Spirit says "Today!" (Heb. 3:7-8).

B. The uncommitted Christian:

1. Saved from his sins.

2. God is ready to supply all his needs.

3. ‑But he says, "Give me one more night with my frogs of uncommitment."

C. The backslidden saint:

1. ‑Saved to serve, he now serves himself.

2. ‑But God is ready to receive him back (Hos. 14:4).

3. ‑And he says: "Give me one more night with the frogs-my carnal cravings, compromising, and carousing!"

II. ‑Three Reasons Why You Should Not Spend "One More Night with the Frogs":

A. The frogs may not leave tomorrow!

B. ‑Something worse may come in their place!

1. ‑It happened in Egypt: the frogs were followed by lice, flies, murrain, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and death of the first-born.)

2. ‑Jesus indicated we should "sin no more, lest a WORSE thing come upon thee!" (John 5:14).

C. Tomorrow itself may not come!

1. ‑"Boast not thyself of tomorrow" (Prov. 27:1).

2. ‑"In such an hour as ye think not the Son of Man cometh!" (Matt. 24:44).

Victor Knowles,
POEM Ministries
*Sermon idea from Hugh Pyle

Paul's Balancing Act

1 Thessalonians 2:8-10 NKJV

Intro.: Paul's balanced behavior among the Thessalonians is a good example for us to follow. He wrote, "So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives..." (1 Thess. 2:8).

I. ‑He Preached. "We preached to you the gospel of God" (v. 9).

II. ‑He Behaved. "We behaved ourselves among you who believe" (v. 10).

III. ‑He Exhorted Others to Do the Same. "We exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children, that you would walk worthy of God" (v. 11-12).

Conclusion: For years we've heard it said: "Practice what you preach." Here is a man who did. And encouraged others to do the same. Go thou and do likewise!

Victor Knowles
www.poeministries.org

The Church

Matthew 16:13-19

I. The Foundation: "Upon this rock"

II. The Formation: "will I build"

III. The Fellowship: "My church."

IV. ‑The Future: "The gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

V. ‑The Function: "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom."

Croft M. Pentz

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