Ps 2 and my response to the recent shootings

Psalm 2

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“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?” Psalms 2:1

How appropriate for this to be next in line to discuss. At the time of this post it is just a few days after the shooting spree at an elementary school in Connecticut. (As I spoke with my wife concerning this matter, of course the open realization is fresh, I reminded her that our own kids were in the same amount of danger the week before as they are now and that we need to trust God regardless.)

 

This Psalm opens up as many do with a question of the evil that is around! Why? writes the author, why? Why do the heathen… let’s talk about that… heathen. Defined as “one who worships idols, or is unacquainted with the true God” in the 1828 Webster. Why do you not understand that we live in a lost world and then get shocked when the lost, do lost things? Thy are lost, as in without hope of understanding, they inhabit and live within a spiritually dead body in complete darkness of truth.

YES! It is horrible that many little 5 year olds have died, but this is not the result of a nation with loose gun laws it is a result of a nation with no God, denying the very existence of a God, let alone the GOD. I have and 5 years old and she is wonderful. She is a blessing from God and I am required to be a steward with her life. She is not mine to own, she mine to manage for the glory of God. However when horrible things happen we as a nation should not declare that more control is needed, but more repentance of the sins of this nation. “If my people, which are called by name, humble themselves……”

This writer asks the question, why are there crazies in the world and he answers it like this. “Be wise now therefore…. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling” vs 8-10. So this remains to be the question floating around out there, How can this happen? How can a man enter a school and murder these sweet kids and teachers? Simple, he was a heathen that raged and did not serve the Lord with fear and trembling. He acted outside the Biblical principles of the WORD.

Why are the Christians of today so lax in witnessing? Why are we so stuck on the things of this decaying world? I challenge you to follow what is said here in Psalm 2 and “serve the Lord”.

This means just as Jesus instructed, with all your heart, mind and soul. What do you feed your heart? What goes into your mind? Is it a reflection of Christ? Does what you do and say reveal the Saviour? As for your soul, who does it belong to? Let me tell you now that Christ died for you; he loves you and wants to save you. Confess with your mouth, repent and be saved and thy entire house. If this happened to Adam Lanza, the gunman’s house he would not have killed so many.

Petra –City in the Rocks

Petra –City in the Rocks

CaptureEnclosed by towering rocks and cliffs of soft red and cream colored marbled mountains, Petra is located south of the Dead Sea about 100 km by road. Carved by the resending waters of the great flood, this range of mountains becomes a focal point of History and is scattered all the way through Scriptures. If you were to ask a researcher to list five great cities of old, Petra conceivably would not be on the list: it finds itself sprinkled throughout times gone by.   In the Bible, this city is located in the heart of Mount Seir. [1]Mount Seir is known as the place that Esau made his home (Genesis 36:8; Joshua 24:4). It was named for Seir, the Horite, whose sons inhabited the land (Genesis 36:20). The children of Esau battled against the Horites and destroyed them (Deuteronomy 2:12). Mount Seir is also given as the location where the remnants “of the Amalekites that had escaped” were annihilated by five hundred Simeonites (I Chronicles 4:42-43). Mount Seir is also referenced in Ezekiel 35:10.

Wikipedia describes Petra this way:

Petra is an “[i]Arabian historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma’an, that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system.”

Petra was “established possibly as early as 312 BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourist attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba.”

Genesis14:6 tells us that it is a place in the wilderness.  It was built as a resting point from the Kings Highway to the Water Parting trade route. It can be found, figuratively, “in the middle of nowhere.”

[2] Avi Rubin, a former airborne commander in the Israel Defense Force, says this with reference to Petra: “Petra might be the ultimate defensive position in a regional war” because of its location. The city carved out of the mountains as a resting place for travelers. This resting spot became a very wealthy and very cross-cultural in nature.  It is part of Jordon today, but in the time of the Bible being penned, it was part of Edom or Esau (the father of the Edomites, Genesis 36:9) and a city that connected Horeb and Kadesh-barnea (Deuteronomy 1:2).

Its location is of such importance that according to Rubin, “[ii]It is an outstanding defensive position. Airborne assault would be most difficult. It is what I would call a natural defensive position. The Roman legions, the Crusaders, the Arabs and now the IDF, Iraq and the Jordanian army all recognized this… The most important defensive feature is called ‘the Shiq,’ which is about 2,000 meters long. It is a narrow passageway, which leads into the city. It has very high, sheer walls, which will protect the Israeli population as they enter the city from the west (more on this later). The rocks of Petra can help protect from gunfire, bombing, artillery and perhaps even absorb some radiation.”

This Shiq that he refers to leads to the Kasni, a structure that is completely carved out of the mountain as on large room and several underground tombs fit for a king. It is not completely know how this was carved with the tools and technology of the day, but it was and is still there. It said to be one of the greatest achievements of the day. The Kasni itself stands over 39 meters high, looking all around are ancient buildings that once housed a city of people.

Petra is literally a dugout hollow of the mountains. Used as a central trading spot in the time of its economic heights and located in the middle of all the major trade routes of the day. It is not completely know how the Kasni was built, however, it is believed to have been carved from the top down leaving behind the tomb of Kasni.  The building of this great mystery must have required many workers, supervisors and surveyors to plan and execute the building of this tomb. Leaving the Kasni behind, you enter into the great city of Petra. Today this land is not much more than a tourist attraction. However, this will change as Petra will once again find its place again in the pages of history.

Many challenges were faced in the building of this city including the management of water supplies. The rainy season of March through May could drop many feet of water on the city and drown it all. To overcome this there was a great tunnel leading to a dam away from the city. They also carved out gutters along the mountain that acted as vast water management for the city. The design and thought that went into planning the water system of Petra is one of the greatest designs of the ancient times. Located at a bottom of a basin, they designed these channels to flow water into the city to last for the whole year by saving water in great cisterns. They mastered the hydraulic engineering that was needed to sustain life in the desert. They have over 200 cisterns in the city providing water for over 50,000 people plus the traders that came and went.

Because of all the trade that took place in this desert, religion became over shadowed by a little bit of each country that came though the city. They worshiped gods from Rome and Egypt and Babylon as well as others. It is believed that city and the Kasni was built around the time of Christ’s birth but there is not enough information to clearly see when. The Israelites upon leaving Egypt and crossing the Red Sea circled this land for about 38 years time before God directed them northward to Canaan.  The exodus of the Israelites was 1313 BC and the great city was not built until about 1000 years later.

Petra is believed to be a location that Israel will flee to during the end times as a place of shelter as previously mentioned. It is a place of old that God will use again in His story. More recently, Petra has indeed been placed back in the headlines when the [iii]US Government has stepped in to provide up to $477 million dollars to aid Jordon in rebuilding Petra to a status of inhabitable. It remains unclear as to how exactly this city will come back to life but the location and size of the city in past history shows us that it is capable of providing substance to a people living there.

Bibliography Page

Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible

Gills Commentary on the Bible

Adam Clark commentary on the Bible

http://amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception_Petra_Edomites_ruin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Seir

http://www.wnd.com/2001/04/8961/

http://amazingdiscove

Building a Church through Preaching the Word. John 17:6

John17:6 I have MANIFESTED thy name unto the MEN which thou GAVEST ME out OF THE WORLD and they HAVE KEPT THY WORD.

Discipleship is the key that unlocks the door to personal and overall church growth. It is discipleship that Christ used to grow His followers in to the disciples that became not only the 12 but the foundation of HIS Church. I invite you to underline theses words.

    1.  Manifested –is preaching the Word
      1. The Word was heard.
        • Sent out in two into the city – John 10:1-12 Sermon on the mount Matthew 5:1
          • Seeing the multitudes
          • He positioned himself to be heard
            • What do we do in the church and our lives to be heard?
            • Positionally and Personal
        • John 7:28-29
          • What do people preserve Christians of this church to be like?
          • If you talk with the unsaved would they be astonished that you knew scripture?
      1. The word spread
        • Go INTO all the world – Matthew 28:18-20
        • Preaching the WORD which is Christ
        • Tell others about the risen savior as the women did on the day of salvation
          • John 4:28-30
            • Jesus must need go
            • The women was saved after hearing
            • She was so excited she went to the men
            • The men came to hear Christ
            • The discipleship continued.
    1. Men are drawn to the Preaching
      1. A man was lowered through a roof because there was a crowd. Mark 2: 2-5
        • What did Jesus do to draw this crowed
          • He simply entered the city
          • Others spread the word that Christ was there. Is Christ here?
        • What can we do to draw a crowd
          • Don’t walk by the blind John 9:1-6
            • Spiritually blind all around us
            • Do we stop and let the Light of Christ that is in us shine through
          • Don’t walk by the lame John 5:5-9
            • Spiritual lame
            • Physically lame as well
        • “See a need fill a need.”
      1. Look at examples in the Old Testament
        • Jonah 4:4-5
        • The life of Jeremiah
          • He drew a crowd through some ridicules ways. Yet God used him to warn the people.
      1. The opening of the temple drew a crowd and Ezra proclaimed the Word
        • We are to proclaim the Word
        • We are to memorize the Word Ezra was a scribe that memorized all of Moses law.
    1. Gavest me –is leading someone to Christ and they get saved (fruit)
      1. Christ is the branch John 15:1-5
      2. We are the vine
        • A wise man is a Soul Winner Proverbs 11:30
        • Bringing fruit (souls) to Christ
    1. out of the world —is what happens at salvation
      1. We transform to a new creature II Corinthians 5:17
        • Newness comes in us we need to get it out of us by sharing.
      1. We change our ways and our weapons
        • Armor of God Eph 6:12-17
          • The Armor defends
        • Fruit of the Spirit Gal 5:22-23
          • This Fruit attracts
    1. Have kept thy word –is the result of discipleship as they the new Christian follow the great commission.
      1. Each one reaches one.
      2. Great suggestion? NO commandment!
      3. The fruit is there for the plucking
      4. The fish is in the water just need to ask Jesus where to put the net down at?
        1. John 21:6
        2. Are asking Christ where to find souls?
Concluding thoughts:
The Commission given is to the church which is filled with people like you. To have church growth there has to be personal growth. Often times the Holy Spirit will prod our hearts to do something and we don’t. For this is to our shame. Where are you in your walk? Maybe you have never asked Christ to save you from your sins. Maybe your Christian walk is hindered by the lack of reading his word. Remembering the four pillers of a Christians life…..

  • Hear instruction from the Word.
  • ~Proverbs 8:33~ Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
  • God’s fruit is better than money
  • ~Proverbs 8:19~ My fruitisbetter than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver.
  • Jesus is the vine or giver of life
  • ~John 15:1~I am the true vine,
  • If we love Jesus we will love others – this is the commandment.
  • ~John 15:8~Herein is my Father glorified, thatyebear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
    ~John 15:9~As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
    ~John 15:10~If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. .
 Preached at Calvary Baptist Church Sept 16,2012