“THINGS THAT WILL NOT WASH AWAY YOUR SIN” PART 2.

On Thursday we said that, I. PLEADING WILL NOT WASH AWAY YOUR SIN.

II. SECOND, CONFESSION WILL NOT WASH AWAY YOUR SIN VERSES 3-4.

  1. 1. gives personal accountability and responsibility – “my sin.”
  2. He gives proper acknowledgment –“against Thee, Thee only have I sinned.

III. INTELECTUAL INSIGHT WILL NOT WASH AWAY YOUR SIN VERSE 5.

  1. People today tend to blame their parents.
  2. People will also glame their pastor.

IV, DISCIPLINE OF TRUTH WILL NOT WASH AWAY YOUR SIN VERSE 6.

Not shadow or images, but real inward truth.

A French pear is called, “Le bon Chrétien,” because it is never rotten at the core – like the good Christian.

SO, WHAT CAN WASH AWAY MY SIN? Verse 17, “Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”

Purge … hyssop–The use of this plant in the ritual (Exodus 12:22; Numbers 19:6, 18) suggests the idea of atonement as prominent here; “purge”refers to vicarious satisfaction (Numbers 19:17-20).

Purge me with hyssop: “thou shalt make a sin-offering for me;” probably alluding to the cleansing of the leper: Leviticus 14:1, etc.

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“THINGS THAT WILL NOT WASH AWAY YOUR SIN!”

Please read Psalm 51

This Psalm has been called the “sinners guide.”

The song writer said, “What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus?”

I think that there is an important lesson in the song as well as in the scripture: “nothing, but nothing but the blood of Jesus.”

You can be close, but not close enough.

I. FIRST OF ALL, PLEADING WILL NOT WASH AWAY YOUR SIN V. 1.

Pleading is good, but will not cleanse from sin. David pleads with a loving God.

John Trapp said, “This was the devils nest-egg that caused many sins to be laid, one upon another.”

Think about this, the same way David came unto Bathsheba Nathan came unto David.

Someone said, ‘This psalm is the brightest gem in the whole book.’

Martin Luther said, “There is no other song oftener sung or read in church than that of psalm fifty one.”

Someone else said, “I am sure this psalm is most applicable to me.”

David here is more upset over his sin than the consequence of it. I have heard it said that most murderers are more concerned about the chair than the crime.

A. His prayer was for mercy not justice.
B. For pardon and not pity, but for forgiveness.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“FOUR KEY WORDS” CONCLUSION!

Please read Daniel 1:1-15 again.

We said yesterday that Daniel # I. Had a PURPOSE in his life.

II. Daniel felt a sense of URGENCY about his duty and his service to God.

If there was any procrastination in the life of Daniel, there is certainly no evidence of it in the Scripture, because God found in him an excellent spirit.

III. Daniel lived a life of REJOICING.

In spite of the circumstances, Daniel and the three Hebrew children faced some very difficult circumstances. Notice his spirit in verse twelve. Daniel did not mind being tested for what he believed, and proven to be faithful.

In verse thirteen, his countenance was not changed because of the circumstances. He would not allow those who opposed him to rob him of his joy and his relationship with God.

What a lesson, and I believe a key to us today – REJOICE whether things go good or whether they go bad.

IV. Daniel had a heart filled with ENTHUSIASM.

Enthusiasm means filled with God. Daniel was enthusiastic because he was filled with the Spirit of God.

What a wonderful lesson for us – for us to strive to keep these important key words in our lives in these troubled times.

Why not make these four necessary words a part of your life?

“FOUR KEY WORDS IN DANIEL’S LIFE!”

Read Daniel 1:1-8.
 
As I studied Daniel chapter 1, verse eight in particular, I realized that Daniel did several things to make him the man of an excellent spirit that he was:
 
1. He made up his mind at a young age to obey God.
2. Daniel purposed in his heart to do what was right.
3. Daniel purposed in his heart to walk (in the Spirit) with God.
 
This was very early in Daniel’s life, in the third year of Jehoiakim’s reign, and the Babylonian captivity had just begun. The Babylonians called the first year “the year of accession,” and Daniel was in the first of three groups.
 
Daniel, the three Hebrew children, and more of the “elite” group were taken at this time. Daniel found favor with the king because he had an excellent spirit with God. The reason Daniel had an excellent spirit in him and was favored by the king is because he had favor with God.
 
These four key words were evident in his life, and should be in ours:
 
I. Daniel had a PURPOSE in his life.
 
What is our purpose in life? Are we doing what we ought to be doing today? Many of us are so concerned about tomorrow and ten years down the road that we have forgotten about the here and now. Daniel purposed in his life to obey God, to do what is right, and to walk in the Spirit today. I believe this is God’s purpose for every one of us.
 
TOMORROW WE WILL SEE THE OTHER KEY WORDS, DON’T MISS IT!

“FOUR JUDGEMENTS” CONCLUSION!

Please read Hosea 5:1-15.

The Bible also teaches that there will be a judgment of all those living at the second coming when Christ comes to rule His kingdom here on earth (Ezekiel 20:33-44; Matthew 25.1-46).

Satan and his angels will be judged at the conclusion of the millennial kingdom.   (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

Evidently believers will be associated with the Lord in judging these angels.  1 Corinthians 6:3.

THAT BRINGS US TO THE FOURTH JUDGMENT:

IV. THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT.

This is the final judgment Revelation 20:1-15.

All of the unsaved dead of all the ages will of all the ages will be raised to stand before the Judge–The lord Jesus Christ (John 5:22,27).

From the books the Judge will show that all of their works were dead works done by spiritually dead people. They will all be cast into the lake of fire.

“THE FOUR JUDGEMENTS” CONTINUED!

Read Hosea 5:1-15

Believers“in Christ”will never stand in judgment concerning heaven and eternal life.

There are THREE JUDGMENTS that pertain specifically to believers in Christ, AND ONE TO THE LOST:

I. BELIEVERS ARE EXHORTED TO JUDGE THEMSELVES.

1 Corinthians 11:31, “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

Self-examination and confession of sin is necessary to maintain a right relationship with God. 1 John 1:9.

II. BELIEVERS ARE JUDGED BY THE LORD.

1 Corinthians 11:32, “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”

This judgment which is referred to as “chastisement”or “discipline”may be avoided if the believer will judge himself.

Look at Hebrews 12:3-15.

III. BELIEVERS WORKS WILL BE JUDGED.

2 Corinthians 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

At the judgment seat (BEMA) of Christ every believer’s works will be judged.

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“FOUR JUDGEMENTS!”

Hosea 5:1-15.
 
Hosea is the first book of the section in our Bibles that we often refer to as The Minor Prophets. Reason: The last twelve Books in Old Testament are shorter books than Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, or Daniel–not that they are any less important. In fact, their messages are very relevant today.
 
You could almost put the Minor Prophets in one hand and today’s Newspaper in another and they fit together. Hosea is pleading with Israel to turn back to The Lord, as the nation had been unfaithful to The Lord.
 
Hosea had an unfaithful wife, but he still loves her, Hosea. 3. With deep compassion Hosea was able to plead with Israel to return to the Lord. The Prophet warned the nation that judgment would come.
 
No nation can separate from God without paying a bitter price in judgment. This judgment comes in various ways. God presents one of these ways in 5:12.
 
AMERICA MUST REALIZE: Moths eat slowly, and rottenness moves slowly. But, when a nation fails to be faithful to God, judgment may move slowly; but judgment will move certainly unless some drastic action is taken to correct it.
 
Finally, judgment will come in another way; as a young lion snatching the prey Hosea. 5:14. America has been in the moth and rottenness stage. Unless there is revival in America, she will move into the young lion stage. Hosea 4:6.
 
IT SHOULD BE CLEAR THAT FOR A JUDGMENT TO BE MADE THERE MUST BE AN ABSOLUTE STANDARD OF RIGHT AND WRONG. THE ONLY STANDARD IS THE BIBLE–GOD’S WORD.
 
Those who trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross “shall not come into condemnation.”
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!