The Culture of Today in English

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Darren Lee father I thank you for the opportunity to be here this morning and I ask that you bless our time together that you send your Holy Spirit and that the word spoke in our honor and glory to you only and thank you for the Sabbath day in Jesus name Amen I was emailed a article this week by somebody and I checked out the article and I'm going to address this article that I read it's from a magazine entitled spectrum when you go and look at the magazine it's a seventh-day Adventist publication when you look at this magazine and it describes itself it says that it's a contemporary issue or a magazine that is there to evaluate the merits of diverse views to foster intellectual and cultural growth and this is where I found this article the article was written by a professor of biology at PUC he has been there for a lot of years and it was just recently published February 5th 2020 this article since it was written by a professor of biology I will have I cannot refute the science because that was the beginning there was four things that were laid out one was scientific one was actually two of them were scientific of nature but it was written for laypeople so I was able to take what I could about the science part and ingest it and then there was two other portions which were written about self-awareness and orientation and finally the last part that was written well let me read you just a really tiny pieces of article in part it says our prohibition stems from a tradition of interpreting the Bible in a way that does not consider the vastly different culture of today and when I read that I stopped and I read and I'll read it again our prohibition stems from a tradition of interpreting the Bible in a way that does not consider the vastly different culture of today so this professor has laid out scientific reasons reasons of self-awareness and then he used the Bible and I'm not real strong on science I understand self-awareness to a point but the Bible it the Bible does what to itself it explains itself and this is not me speaking to you anything you had to say just speak up there's this is open dialogue so I know that to be sure even though I'm not a biologist so when I read this that the culture is what determines survival I thought well science a representation of human self-awareness and inclinations are relatively straightforward in his article but biblical interpretation based on culture is where my search began and so this Sabbath school today is simply in my mind answering the question in part because once I started looking at this I realized it's it's a huge topic and a lot a lot could be written on it and I've only looked at spirit of prophecy I haven't even got into the Bible yet to prove these things that I've been considering but here's my question that I would like to answer and if I'm not answering it at any point today please redirect me I should probably write it on the board this is what I would like to address today does God hope you can read this I want to write it correctly because this was I kept going back to this to answer my question does God allow us to interpret interpret his word based on current culture okay of course my audience is really bad today in a good way because of course it's instant no but you have allowed Larry three days when we would just say no no yes yes yes you've allowed him to go through and just give explanations for why we believe what we do with dispensation so just give me that grace today because it became very clear to me that not only were his scientific understandings and his ideas of self-awareness and this they're skewed they're really skewed brothers and sisters and you can look at your notes and you will find that wikipedia defines culture as encompassing social behavior norms found in human society as well as knowledge beliefs arts laws customs capabilities and habits of individuals and a group that's in part what culture is it's just this all-encompassing group of people that has different laws customs and capabilities so I started just thinking just thinking where is culture in the Bible and the Bible is just the representation so I'm just gonna pull out a few things if we start on page one there was a culture and then there was a country living so what we did is we had a guy named Abraham and a guy named lot now lot out his prosperity to his connection with Abraham but he manifested no gratitude to his benefactor courtesy would have been for him to allow Abraham yep if you look at page one it says Abraham and upland Plains or lot in the Garden of the Lord so we're starting with spirit of prophecy I didn't want to read all this stuff up here I don't think it's necessary to discuss what we're talking about today but just to give you some context the notes do have a little more context at the top portion Lotto does prosperity to Abraham and we know this story I don't need to read it to you Abraham said where do you want to go and what did lot say he said the most fertile region and all up Stein was the Jordan Valley and what was that valley called it's really interesting to me belle of Sodom but it was also called the Garden of the Lord it was most like the Garden of Eden and I believe today in our current culture and I don't want to do hand thinks I'll try not to do this that the United States is the Garden of the Lord it is absolutely the glorious land it is that special place that would be chosen by most if not all to to have a part in and that's what la chose he chose the Paradise the cities the wealth the beauty and he overlooked what does sister white say down in the middle a lot overlooked the moral and spiritual evils that were encountered there the inhabitants of the plain were sinners before the Lord exceedingly but lot went ahead and pitched his tent towards Sodom and Abraham pitched in the free air of the upland plains content with a simple patriarchal life leaving lot to the perilous luxury of the Vale of Sodom we're going to turn to page 2 we know this story very well and I would say lot chose culture and Abraham chose God I think you can prove that out of the spirit of prophecy quite clearly another example because how do we learn we learn line upon line that's what the Bible teaches us was Israel go ahead any comment syrup I don't think because of this choice law he lost who knows his poor family him by taking them into the city he lost pretty much his whole family yeah but this this writer would have told would have told us this writer of this article would have told us that lot would have been better off in that city because of the culture and the benefits of that that's what we're being told today Israel in the next one Israel and Samara Israel had become tired of the pious rulers who kept God's purposes in God's will and God's honor ever before them they wanted a reformed religion that they might be external flattering prosperity it seemed great in the eyes of the surrounding Nations so was Israel in line with the culture of the day I'll say flat-out no God got assigned their judges you can read this they were hankering after the riches and splendors of the other nations around them but God said I'm giving your judges here's how it's going to be and they were separate and distinct from the other cultures and what did they want they they wanted yes they wanted to have that cultural affinity they were and we're gonna come to a couple quotes doing of that okay absolutely it says that they were dissatisfied but what God said is they weren't dissatisfied with Sam Samuel they were dissatisfied with God they were dissatisfied that God said you don't need the culture of the world we've got what we need right here so they got their kings Jehoshaphat and the remnants of the sodomites Jehoshaphat did a great revival in the land if you jump down it says and the remnant of the sodomite that's where he took away their high places and groves the remnant of the sodomites which remain in the days of his father of ASA as ASA he took out of the land so I want to ask you if Sodom was such a beautiful and prosperous culture why was Jehoshaphat so blessed for taking out the remnants of that culture for his people to live there because it said that they were blessed with this revival by him doing that work any by the condition of the people's name and there was remnants left over now they desired Kings now they've got Jehoshaphat this is kind of going in a sequential order they got those kings there was still a little bit of a remnant I'm not sure what there were but I have an idea they were worship places go ahead I just every it's a crazy argument every single thing that we're saying here everything every single conclusion that you're coming to these people would say well that was they did that but like for example what jihad you're Harsha five did he did that because that was the culture of the times brought we're not in the same culture so that's not what sister like you know it's not so we must not be with the sister White's culture because the the way that people were saved in Jehoshaphat's time is they were given teachers that taught them what the Bible the scriptures that's what saved them and this removing the culture of the pagan and heathen nations the given the first one that came into my mind of course was who Daniel Daniel his companions if Babylon had offered Daniel and his companions such a wonderful and and what's Babylon was known as one of the greatest cultures ever why did they stand so apart from that if the cultural was so great I don't get it let's turn to page three I don't get the argument and I'm not a biologist and I'm not a PhD but thank the Lord for the plain reading of his word or a scientist concerned and I can't tell you where it's at I don't remember but somewhere sister-wife says something to the effect that only a true Christian can interpret science right correctly only a true Christian only a Christian can professor so all of these people will be scientist etc etc they're not interpreting their so-called science correctly not if they're looking at the word it based on culture I think we can see that if they're basing their understanding of the word of God that's my whole conclusion here but I just trying to prove it to you on culture something's wrong go ahead so I would say then in light of you said you don't have a PhD Daniel says only those who understand God's Word can really teach that means you do have a PhD you can preach heavenly doctor it's a blessing I'm not going to I'm not going to read to you about Daniel because it's it's just look it up look at the Daniel and the three were these what they did with their diet with the the choices they made in Babylon and how they did not assimilate with the culture they were true to the lessons they were true to their foundations go ahead come to mean a lot to me the passage that we all know are very familiar with in that first Peter chapter 2 that talks about your lively stones build up a spiritual house and we are a chosen generation we are a royal priesthood we are a holy nation and it ends with a peculiar people and there's a purpose for that we're to show forth the praises of God by that peculiar anus there's a difference in it you can't try to blend in with a culture because you defeat the whole gospel and it's right there with with this message to the priest if you are truly a priest you'll understand that passage in 1st Peter 2 I agree completely it just in like I said I didn't even look at the Bible truths that are there but the Bible is just rich with these cultural identities and if we moved on to Paul and the city of Athens Athens was known for its telogen sand it says right here of people famous for their intelligence and culture their architecture their paintings their beauty their art and when Paul looked at those surroundings he's seen a city wholly given to idolatry his spirit was stirred with jealousy for God he saw God was dishonored on every side and his heart was drawn out in pity for the people of Athens Paul was not drawn to their culture Paul was not influenced by their culture Paul was not absorbing their culture to be able to reach them he was their culture Oh brothers and sisters the wall daddy's in it's a rich history of our Waldensian forefathers and they didn't go 30 years they went hundreds of years keeping an ancient faith alive when there was culture all around them but yet they didn't assimilate to it and I've got that started I can't read it all at the bottom of page three and as we go over to the top of page four I just want to read this top of page four without the wall bend hands and their cultural a similar to door got a word they pointed their children to the heights towering around them of unchanging majesty and spoke to them with whom there is no variableness no shadow of turning whose word is enduring as the everlasting Hills God had set fast the mountains and girded them with strength no arm but that of infinite power can move them out of their place and like manner he established his law the foundation of his government in heaven upon earth the arm of man might reach his fellow men and destroy their lives but that arm could has readily uproot the mountains from their foundations and hurl them into the sea as it could change one precept of the law of Jehovah that ancient faith they held on to amidst the cultures they just hung on to it and brothers and sisters I believe in line upon line I believe in it with all my heart because that's all this study has been for me and the Lord brought it together really clearly for me in six testimonies because he does a she does a line of history of Daniel a Joseph of Moses of the Jewish nation and says it's today she does line upon line and what she's saying about all these and you can read it for yourself that these people Joseph in Egypt Daniel in Babylon the Jewish nation all of these people were in these places but they weren't there to assimilate or to absorb they were there to stand apart they were there to reflect Christ's character to that culture in hopes that there would be a chance of saving them not in assimilating with them I want to read on top of page five it says God's purpose do you see it says God's purpose and it's highlight highlighted God's purpose for future for America or school of the prophets today may also be read in the purpose which he sought to accomplish through the Jewish nation the nations of the world though following corrupt practices had lost a knowledge of God yet in his mercy God did not blot them out from existence he purposed to give them an opportunity for becoming acquainted with them through what his church so he puts these men in his church into these cultures so that they can see Christ reflected not so that they can reinterpret his law in his word and assimilate to that culture he designed that the principles revealed through his people should be the means of restoring and man the moral image of God our only hope is to have a people in modern culture that represents the ancient faith and as I continue to study I realized that this this idea of this biologist and his science for what he was speaking about you know where we can find science as was already mentioned the law of the mind it is the law of the mind it is the science of the mind that it gradually adapts itself to the subjects on which it is trained to dwell if occupied with commonplace matters only it becomes dwarfed and enfeebled it will never if never required to grapple with difficult problems it will after a time almost lose the power of growth as an educating power the Bible is without rival in the Word of God the mind find subject for the deepest thoughts the loftiest aspirations it's so it's so much here there's so much and I believe this idea of the law of the mind that strikes against the concept that was on the first page of your notes about science because if the Bible is our science if it's what we study and assimilate to then when other science comes out with chromosomal changes and phenotypes we can say what's our first rulebook for science we can say it's the Bible conformity to the world and I think this strikes at the idea of self-awareness and identity and orientation I was shown the conformity of some professed sabbath-keepers to the world oh I saw that it is disgrace to their profession a disgrace to the cause of God they give lie to the profession they think that they are not like the world but they are so near them in dress in conversation and actions that there is no distinction if you'll turn over the page to page six why is it so hard to lead a self-denying humble life I ask myself this why is it so hard sometimes because professed Christians are not dead to the world it is easy living after we are dead and I have heard that there has been a sermon that's been done in Africa recently by Jeff about death and how he really was dead and I haven't heard it I don't know what the sermon is but I've heard it's really powerful and I'm wondering if there's a small connection back to here when he does this and I'm looking forward to him getting home and getting to hear what I've already heard from all the way around the globe about this sermon that he he was dead it is easy living after we are dead but many are longing for the leeks and onions of Egypt many are longing for the culture of Egypt they have a disposition to dress and act as much like the world is possible yet go to heaven such climb up some other way they do not enter through the straight gate and narrow way such will have no excuse unbelievers will see that the truth we profess has a hot holy influence and that faith in Christ coming affects the character I know I can't do it all but go ahead alone the Ummah Boldin mini-dress mini-dress like the world to have an influence that's what they say we can reach them if we're like them it's a sad and fatal yes sad but for me all these quotes are there's my favorite ones coming and I'm going to read it all and I've got time don't be a seventh-day Adventist then don't profess to be a seventh-day Adventist it's ok assimilate into the culture of the world go do it but if you're going to profess to be a seventh-day Adventist and try to tell me that you're interpreting God's Word based on the culture of today shame when they do that it's a fatal mistake banal brothers and sisters you'd be better off just cold as can be but this lukewarmness it's disgusting really look up the word if you get a chance this week and you want to play on the cd-rom it's fun to do just look up marked contrast but in the quotation marks and wow isn't it a great read sister White has a lot to say about marked contrast the self-denial humility and temperance required of the righteous whom God bless whom God especially leads and blesses is to be presented to the people in contrast to the extravagant health destroying habits of those who live in this culture what's it say well this but this culture you mean we haven't grown we're not our ideas are not getting bigger no she says Adams tall and everybody else just watch he's gonna stand the tallest you can find that so easily this age of others and sisters this culture that we're living in in the Garden of the Lord is not a good powerful culture it's a weak sick degenerate age whoever turns from light in one instance hardens his heart to disregard the light upon other matters and I would say that this scientist who took this paper and made a case for science and awareness and identity and then came down to the Word of God and said that you can interpret the Bible by culture he he's not just disregarded the light he's he's so far off there's so much I want to say I I'm gonna get I want to say this our nation was founded by Puritans and they came over here from a land that had been restricting them and they came over here for a singular reason to enact their culture freely and that is what the United States promised them it promised them the melting pot we could all melt you can have your culture I can have my culture and we can be diverse from each other and yet protected and freedom but it this melting pot of cultures was a bunch of different cultures that came together and exercise the freedoms as they see we have grown from the Protestants the Waldensian sir Protestants the Millerites now we're seventh-day Adventist we are especially peculiar and able to practice our faith as we see fit because the United States afforded us that but when we go back to this idea to assimilate with the culture of the day we're actually denying our very national what we were brought to the glorious lamb for we were brought here to have this primitive culture you're denying your your God you're denying your country to say that we assimilate with this culture we never came to assimilate with culture never we came to practice our own culture of ancient Christianity that was carried down from the garden and even to this very day the thought that were to change now and to practice some of these things that they have been saying that we need to practice it's deadly and I found this really really great quote this week and it's just wow I love it it's from the signs of the times May 26 1881 I'm going to read it all and we'll close it's great second paragraphs great the words which god spoke to israel by his son were spoken for us also in these last days the same jesus who upon the mount taught his disciples of far-reaching principles of the law of God instructed instructed ancient Israel from the cloudy pillar from the tabernacle by the mouth of Moses and Joshua the lessons were the same that love for God would lead to purity of heart and would be manifest in good works and here's my favorite sentence of the week those who place in contrast the teachings of Christ when he was on the earth and the principles of true religion as taught in the days of Moses know not what they assert Christ cannot be arrayed against himself when he was upon earth our Savior made sinners feel that they could not trample upon the law of God with impunity the same lesson was taught to ancient Israel in the days of Moses sin could not be could be pardoned only through the atoning sacrifice of the Son of God Jesus taught that the same when he walked as a man among the children of men religion in the days of Moses and Joshua was the same as religion today when Christ dwells in the heart his Spirit will be manifested in the life it will be a calm patient noble unselfish the marked contrast the marked contrast which exists between the lives of those who serve God and those who serve Him not is a constant rebuke to the sinner the world rejected Christ because his life was in such marked contrast to their own in every generation in every culture and every dispensation those who are seeking to follow his example will be distinct from the world amen brother thank you happy Sabbath now because we can't live against ourselves so we good morning it's time for our Sabbath School lesson let's kneel for prayer father in heaven we come before thy throne this morning with rejoicing in our hearts that we have a God of the whole universe that loves us individually with the love that we can't even begin to comprehend this morning as we come together to study your word may it speak personally to our hearts for we know father that you are a very personal God and you love us each as if there weren't another we just thank you for the incredible privilege of being a peculiar people and royal priesthood called by God for this time in Jesus name Amen for those of you joining us live and YouTube later we are studying the Acts of the Apostles and our study today will come from pages 95 and 96 pages 95 and 96 of Acts of the Apostles and with this particular reading assignment reading study we come to the end of the chapter on the appointment of the seven deacons and I would like to begin today's study by reading a paragraph that laps over from the last study which is page ninety four point two ninety four point two and it will lead us into the first question the first question being this special charge given to Solomon by his father okay that will be our first question okay and and if we we have our Bibles open because we're going to refer to a passage that that talks about this very occasion so let's turn there it's actually listed right in the reading it's first chronicles twenty-eight it's at the bottom of 95.1 first chronicles chapter twenty-eight so let's get our Bibles ready and we will refer to that often today okay so I will read that paragraph and then we'll well specifically look at question number one okay it says King David toward the close of his reign delivered a solemn charge to those bearing the burden of the work of God in is day summoning to Jerusalem all the princes of Israel the princes of the tribes the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course in the captains over the thousands and captain's over the hundreds and stewards over all the substance in possession of the king and of his sons with the officers and with the mighty men and with all the valiant men this is the stage that's set in the beginning of chapter 28 and verse 1 that's exactly what we're we're beginning this study this morning chapter 28 verse 1 and then it goes to verse 8 the ancient king solemnly charged them in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the Lord and in the audience of our God to keep and seek for all the commandments of the Lord your God so in this chapter his Commission to his son begins in verse 9 so verse 8 let's let's read does someone like to read verses 8 and 9 in their entirety from from the word rather than first Chronicles 28 verses 8 and 9 and that will lead us right into the first paragraph on page 97 now the question is this the special solemn charge given to Solomon by David in this this assembly you got a picture of everyone he brought together in this assembly and how this purpose was now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the Lord and in the audience of our God keep and seek for all the commandments of the Lord your God the email good land and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you forever and now Solomon my son know thou the god of thy father and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind for the Lord searches all hearts and understand all the imaginations of the thoughts if thou seek him he will be found of thee but if thou forsake him he will cast the off forever okay part of this this convocation that King David brought together one of the messages he wanted to leave with the people comes to us in verse three of this chapter leading up to what was just read it said in verse three says but God said unto me he's telling this assembly thou shalt not build an house for my name because thou has been a man of war and has shed blood now we're going to go back a little bit and look at where this originates and then we're going to bring it forward to this chapter but this the solemn charge that was given was verse 9 solomon my son know thou the god of thy father that's the first part second part serve him with a perfect heart we're going to look carefully at that phrase what does it mean to serve him with a perfect heart and number three and with a willing mind and then it goes on to explain why this is important because God knows all the hearts anyway he understands the intricate details of our understanding of our minds of those things that we dwell on and then there's a promise and that's the second part of the question question number one there's a promise and this the the promise I'm just going to answer that for you if thou seek him he will be found of thee that's the promise so that promise applies more for those upon whom the ends of earth become than it did for those people there but let's go back and let's just look at the phrase or the the words perfect heart did anybody have a chance to do that what does it mean to have a perfect heart so I went back in in the Bible to find out where the first mention is of that phrase in those words now it may come and I'm sure it does because Moses is spoken of as having a perfect heart but it doesn't put it in those words in that order because I typed in perfect heart in quotes and the first the first mention I came up with with second Kings let's turn there 2nd Kings and you'll say oh yes I remember that one 2nd Kings chapter 20 and verses 1 2 and 3 who would like to read that second Kings 20 verses 1 2 and 3 and in those days was Hezekiah sick unto death and the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him and said unto Him thus saith the Lord set thine heart set thine house in order for thou shalt die and not live then he turned his face to the wall and prayed unto the Lord saying I beseech thee O Lord remember now how I have walked before the in truth and with a perfect heart and have done that which is good in thy sight and Hezekiah wept sore okay now in verse 3 it gives us what I would say again there are other places in in the scripture before this where the principle of a perfect heart is mentioned we would talk about study about Enoch study about Moses but this is the first place it's mentioned in like I said in in that order so we're going to take this as the first mention at least in this II precise way and what is one of the one of the principles that you would put in a definition of what it means to have a perfect card that comes from verse 3 for the in truth perfect in truth I've walked before the intro yes it's the same principle I have walked before the in truth so if you have a perfect heart which is what in our reading for today it's what David is commissioning to his son Solomon he must have a perfect heart that's part of his special charge that special charges to us and so let's just see what else scripture says about that principle what it means to have a perfect art first it means to be in truth or walking in truth and I wasn't surprised that Hezekiah was the first one mentioned in this series most of the mentions of a perfect art come in the study of David and Solomon this is one of the outliers was Hezekiah and there was this mention and now let's turn to 1st chronicles 12 first chronicles 12 verse 38 is the next one that came up I like to read 1st chronicles 12 38 I'll go ahead and read that one all these men of war let's go back and look at who all these men of war are let's let's I'm looking at 38 specifically a 1st chronicles 12 but let's go back a little bit earlier in there let's look at verse 23 ok let's look at verse 22 for at that time for at that time day by day there came to David to help him until it was a great host like the hosts of God okay I thought that was interesting how it compared this host they gathered to support David in his struggles with saw it it listed them or cited them as being like the host of god okay now verse 23 and these are the numbers of the bands that were ready armed to the war and came to David to Hebron to turn the kingdom of saw over to him to David according to what according to the word of the Lord so they're acting appropriately because they're following the Lord's Council and so the purpose of them coming together in this convocation was to bring David to the throne okay there's lots we understand about Hebron and David but we don't really have time to go there this morning now verse 38 all these men of war that could keep rank came with a perfect heart to Hebron to make David king over all Israel and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David King so what principles come out in verse 38 a couple of things stand out to me first of all all the men in this host that was like the Lord's hosts had a perfect heart okay what else do you see coming out they were of one mind and what do we call that unity they were in unity that's a real a really nice picture of unity because it says all Israel all the rest of Israel including these men and you can go through and it numbers them and I know there's some special studies that relate to the numbering of these men but again let's not go there so one of the one of the things that happened in this period of history was that they brought the ark back to Jerusalem and David was the man who spearheaded that let's just look at chapter 12 up to this this mentioned this other mentioned here of of what this when chapter 28 verse chronicles 28 we're just going to kind of lead pick some verses and leader pick our way there very very briefly but promptly what's that we're in 28 no no no we're not in 20 yet we're gonna get there real quickly though okay we're still in 12 we just finished 12 38 now we're gonna look at chapter 15 David said here in verse 2 the Lord has chosen them the Levites to carry the ark so verse 3 David gathered all of Israel together to Jerusalem to bring up the Ark of the Lord unto his place which he had prepared for it so this is all about bringing the ark back from where where was the Ark was with the Philistines and they wanted to get rid of it okay it was a it was not good for them okay now let's look at verse 12 some of the instruction to the Levi's got appointed the Levites to carry the ark and only the Levites now it says David's instruction to them is and he said unto them ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites sanctify yourself both the in your brethren that you may bring up the Ark of the Lord of God of Israel into the place that I've prepared for it so verse 14 so the priests and the Levites sanctify himself to bring the ark up of the Lord of God of Israel now let's turn over to let's just go right to 28 now so this is what brought them this is what what preceded this assembly now now they're meeting David has called them all together as we read in 28 1 and oh I had it written I had it marked somewhere else it was in this same the same scenario where God told Daniel told David that he would not be the one to build the tabernacle he said okay okay yeah I just passed over a muscle mr. Page let's look at chapter 16 verse one says so they brought the Ark of God and set it in the midst of the tenth that David had pitched for it 17 verse 1 how it came to pass as David sat in his house that David said to Nathan the prophet lo i dwell in a house of cedars but the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord remain as under curtains he saw the disparity between his house and what he pictured God's house should be so Nathan said to him do all that is in thine heart for God is with thee but that very same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan and it said go and tell David verse 4 my servant thus saith the Lord thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in now he could have been real sour grapes about that that he was not going to be commissioned to build the house of the Lord he had the idea and he has a significant part but he's going to Commission his son in chapter 28 that's what he's going to do there he's going to he's going to bring this solemn special charge that's in our first question ok I want to look at one more verse here in chapter 17 and that's 11 and he spells it out God spells it out for David and it shall come to pass when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers that I will raise up Dai seed after thee which shall be of thy sons and I will establish his kingdom and he shall build me an house okay so now let's go to chapter 28 he's got the assembly together and now he has said Solomon in verse 9 my son and he he passes the charge on to him verse 5 it's where he specifically mentioned Psalm 28 verse 5 and of all my sons for the Lord has given me many sons he hath chosen Solomon my son to sit upon the throne of the Kingdom of the Lord over Israel and then he gives the the special charge to Solomon so part of that I was I wanted to trace through there where this where this all came from and originated now I want to look at the the the term perfect heart and see how it applies to us that's how it came through David to Solomon and how it how it's settled with the beginning of the sanctuary but now let's look at chapter 29 and the first mention in 29 first chronicles 29 is verse 9 someone want to read then they offered willingly because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord and David the king also rejoiced with great joy so if you have a perfect heart how else would you describe it based on that verse is a willing heart it's a willing heart to do the Lord's will not be grudgingly now let's look at verse 29 or 1929 19 somebody want to read that this is his prayer and given to Solomon my son a perfect heart to keep my Commandments with our testimonies and nice statues and to do all these things and to build the palace okay so the principle of a perfect heart is defined a little more here is it not and what does it include does it include anything we what have we said it includes you unity willingness and truth okay is there anything new here it says it in a little different way but is it really any different to keep blood commandments yes I'm a detective okay so it's like a repeating enlarge okay keep that Commandments what else the testimonies what do we know the testimonies to be it's the spirit of prophecy so words of the prophets specifically for our time it's the words of Ellen White is it not so that's part of what it means to have a perfect artistic is to keep the commandments and what goes with that what does John say about that what does Christ say about that in John if you not love me you will keep my Commandments so it wraps the principle of love into there so it's not even possible to keep his Commandments if we don't love him supremely so keeping the commandments the testimonies and the statutes and do all these things and then build a place for which I've made provision so he set the wheels in motion he had a significant part in the building of that Tabernacle that sanctuary the but it wasn't his because it says that he was a man of war and a man of blood okay so let's think let's think a little bit more about this perfect heart and I want us to go to a story in the New Testament one that I have referred to before and I just when I was studying this I immediately went to it as I thought of this aspect well let's let's branch this out into other stories and let's look at John chapter four John chapter four John chapter four is where Christ is meets the woman at the well and ask her for a drink of water and they get into this interesting discussion and let's fast-forward to verse 21 and I will read that John 4 21 and I'll read through 22 and I'd like someone else to read 23 and 24 cuz that that just summarizes again what we've been talking about Jesus says and to okay let's go back to 2019 let's go to 19 the woman said unto him - Christ - Jesus sir I perceive that thou art a prophet our fathers worshiped in these in this mountain and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship and Jesus response to her was very interesting woman believe me the hour cometh when he shall neither in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem worship the father ye worship ye know not what we know what we worship for salvation is of the Jews what was Christ saying to her the answer is in 23 and 24 someone else read that the hour cometh and now is when the true worshipers shall worship the father in spirit and in truth for the father seeketh such to worship Him God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth so twice there it's mentioned in spirit and in truth in spirit and in truth is how we worship what does that mean to us in a practical sense sitting here this morning now first of all let's go back in the war we just read in in John chapter 4 to her the woman at the well the Samaritan woman she's saying we worship God in this mountain and now you're telling me we need to worship at Jerusalem what is she focusing on she's focusing on a specific place you worship in a specific place and what's Christ saying in verse 23 and for there's gonna come a time when you're not just going to worship in this mountain or in Jerusalem but you're gonna worship me wherever you are but what's the most important principle in spirit and in truth in spirit and in truth it's not truth based on what we heard in the first part of Sabbath school it's not culture it's truth and this is the only place we can find that yes sir when I when I think of Spirit we know that John something is 16-12 where we know that the work of the Holy Spirit is to convict of sin instruct in righteousness so we need to let that happen in our lives and then walk in the truth and what kind of thing is reveal those those things in our lives not the world know what's something that we deal with personally that helps us to see those things in our own lives the Holy Spirit brings it to our attention but it's the trials that the Lord allows to come our ways that reveals those things you know how well they do that job don't they okay Joshua 24:14 it says now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in truth and put away the gods which your father's served on the other side of the flood and in Egypt and serve you the Lord now as far as worshiping God in spirit and truth do have always interpreted that is being led by the Holy Spirit and the truth would be the words of God being guided by the spirit and by the word the two together yes yes sir so let's let's consider let me just look here for just a moment when I thought of of this verse this is this John chapter 4 I went to desire of Ages and if you want to turn there I'd like to to read a paragraph on page 189 point 2 if you have that with you if not it's not going to be new because I've spoken about this quite often this chapter I didn't bring my desire of Ages with me desire of Ages one eighty nine point two and I will read the paragraph so really what what Christ is revealing to this woman is the same things that he shared with with Nicodemus you must be born again not by seeking some special place do you meet with God religion isn't can isn't really confined to forms and ceremonies if it's really about the heart okay so I'm going to cut into the middle of this paragraph one eighty nine point two it says the religion that comes from God is the only religion that will lead to God in order to serve him a right we must be born of the Divine Spirit now that's the truth that's the same as he taught to Nicodemus when he said you must be born again okay and that was in that's uh Nicodemus is in Chapter three right before this story okay so that's that's the introduction to where I want to go with this religion is not to be confined to external forms religion that leads to God comes from God okay you know you know in other words in order to serve Him a right we got to be born again and so now if we're talking about a perfect heart this next phrase of desire of Ages point two says when we're born of the Divine Spirit what does it do to our hearts it purifies our hearts that's the part I wanted to to zero in on it it does many other things as well it renews the mind and it gives us an increased capacity for knowing God and for loving God there comes the of weave weaving love into the story but it also brings in another principle that we've already talked about and it says it will give us willing obedience to all the requirements of God and then it sums up that that cohort of descriptions with these words this is true worship and so that's what a perfect heart offers to God a perfect heart offers true worship based on obedience based on love based on truth based on the Holy Spirit taking charge of our lives and there are other characters and I want to I want to share briefly another character who had a perfect heart but it didn't come out in the scriptures I was looking in the Bible this one came out in spirit prophecy it says Moses had genuine humility in fact I think sister white talks about Moses as being one of the most humble persons in all history does she not yes so it says heavenly places to 41.5 Moses had genuine humility and the Lord honored him by showing him his glory where did that happen Exodus 13 34 where he showed him just a glimpse of his glory even so now here's a part for us today I've been trying to bring it into our time even so will he honor all who serve Him as did Moses , with a perfect heart so sister white brings those same words in that same sequence into the study of Moses he does not require his servants to work in their own strength he will impart wisdom to those who have a humble contrite spirit so that's our really our bedrock requirement for this whole discussion is humility you Elte and belief in God's truth and bringing those together okay now let's look at the second part of that of first criticals we don't actually need to turn there we can just look in our X of the Apostles okay so serving it with a perfect heart that's why I want to leave that there's a whole we could study that for a long long time there's just but that has to be a personal study this just draws us into some of the ways that we can we can do that a perfect heart and also with a willing mind those two things go together but what's the promise in answer to question one part two what promise came with this charge and the promising comes as if thou seek him he will be found of thee if thou seek him he will be found of V and so I went to spirit prophecy to look for some quotes does anybody have a chance to study what it means to when we seek him he will be found of us anybody have any thoughts from previous studies what can we bring to that well let me start us let me start I thought of the passage it says you will find God if you seek him with how much of your heart with all of your heart now I would call that an intensity of purpose so that brought me to another set of quotes and I just picked out a couple that really one relates to Daniel I'll relate one that comes from Daniels story and this is conflict encouraged to 56.5 have not we as greater need to call upon God as did Daniel and the answer would be absolutely this is in relation to Daniel in his prayer of Daniel chapter 9 then she says I addressed those who believe that we are living in the very last period of this earth history that God who heard Daniels prayer here ours when we come to him in contrition contrition can go with humility it's the same thing our necessities are as urgent our difficulties are as great and now here's the bottom line we need to have the same intensity of purpose if we search for God with all of our hearts if we search for him with intensity of purpose we will find him thank you so there's there is Daniel now here's another quote that I have I've shared from the front before heavenly places 242 94.3 it says there is spiritual power for all who will seek for it with intensity of purpose so the power that we need the power that Solomon needed in his story comes when we received the same promise that Solomon received and that is right here in our Acts of the Apostles we will find him if we seek for him with our whole heart and I think I have one more here with intensity of purpose that I thought was really nice this comes from the book education it's about education but comes from 61 75.2 and the premise of the reading in that 61 75 is about presenting the Savior as a restorer of sin this is not about a specific Bible character but it's just about us when we're teaching it's about us and aren't we all teachers ok so when we're presenting the Savior as a source to restore from the effect of all sin and then it goes on to say to accomplish this result all narrowness must be avoided sincere earnest heartfelt devotion will be needed ardent active piety and teachers will be essential now let's look at paragraph 2 in our reading how does that start out someone want to read paragraph two the first sentence the same principles piety and justice that were to guide the rulers among God's people in the time of Moses son of David were also to be followed by those given the oversight of the newly organized Church of God in the gospel dispensation notice what what two characters she picks out their Moses and David and we know from Moses it was his humility that allowed him to receive this perfect heart David went through a lot of trials that helped him arrive at his perfect heart and his challenge to his son to have a perfect heart but it's given for all dispensations is it not it was given for the newly organized church here in this chapter and I think we'll find it if we get there it's on the last page of our study and I need to step up the pace a little bit I have to say when I studied I spent most of my time on my first two questions and that's reflected in what we've covered so far but now we're going to pick up the same principles of piety that applied to David and to Moses apply to us in our time and so that that relates to the second question I believe yes discuss the standards of piety and justice mentioned on ninety five point two okay let's just look let's just look at one of those I found so much on on that but I'd like to refer you to now if you look at two sub a it tells how I arrived at this Bible verse it comes from the Study Bible the index at the end of the book and it directs us when we're reading Titus one five through seven it takes us to 5t 6:17 and so I went there and I found a whole chapter on what it means to select leaders of the church and then and then it goes in to some of the verses that are mentioned in this paragraph for instance let's look at Titus chapter 1 verses 7 through 9 let's go there first that's what the second half of the paragraph is about in the work of setting things in the order of all the churches and ordaining suitable men to act as officers were to have high standards of leadership and we're supposed to look at leadership as sit set forth in the Old Testament Scriptures and it of course is reflected in the New Testament so Titus 1 is where sister white refers us to look and in essence of time I will just read at Titus 1 7:00 to 9:00 for a bishop must be blameless as the steward of God not self-willed not soon angry not given to wine no striker not given to filthy lucre but a lover of hospitality a lover of good men sober just holy temperate holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers now when you look at your Acts of the Apostles it leaves off the first part of verse 7 it starts with must be blameless but who is she saying must be blameless the bishops but really when you read when you bring all of the writings of Scripture together it's talking about bishops elders Deacon is talking about everybody and in fact that's what in volume 5 of the testimonies 6:17 that's really what it's about it's about the whole the whole group of believers leaders in the church so sister white uses this verse and so I went to where she uses it again and it cites the same the same verses and then it also takes us in she adds to it let's not go there in essence of time let's just look quickly at some of the qualifications 61850 66:18 the leaders of the church in every place should be earnest full of zeal unselfish interest men of God who can give the right mold to the work they should make their requests to God in faith they may devote all the time they wish to secret prayer but in public I thought this was interesting they should make their prayers and their testimonies short and to the point long dry prayers long exhortations are to be avoided if the brethren and sister would have something to say that will refresh and edify others it must first be in their own lives so that's the bottom line of this discussion in my mind is that it's got to be in our hearts and it comes from a daily connection with God it's the only way and then she goes on to talk about how we should bring old things and new things together but the bottom line is if we have not drunk from the living water of salvation ourselves we won't have anything to say we will not have anything to say we must have a living experience and experiential Christianity there's a whole lot of counsel it's good to read through this section from 6:17 through and see what her counsel was there and she brings out unity there okay let's look at question number three what made it possible for the early church to move forward solidly it's right there on the bottom of the page that they had moved in concert and in harmony with one another as one body okay unity again is it not in concert and concert reminds me of a concert yes and you know when you have what one player that's off it just kind of detracts entirely it's got to be in unity but this one is not the sound of musical it's the sound of swords because this isn't farming that's right what is the sales of bottom of 95 it says a well-disciplined army clad with the armor of God so you're right brother it is an army and why does it need to be an army we are in a battle we're going to fight the good fight fight the good fight did you read earlier remember it was about David and he's been in the army and they all believed what the word of the Lord and that word of the Lord I was thinking about that had to be the prophet who anointed Dave and said you will be the new king yeah so there had to be in unity on the prophetic message that's all right there isn't it great good thank you for reifying that let's we're in a battle go ahead he's a question you said was what made it possible the unity isn't the answer to that question it says the order that was maintained made it possible so based on the idea that they had order then they could have that unity yes it's impossible to have that unity with everything happening in every direction you're very absolute ly right now I look at the bottom of of 95.3 so it talks about the order oh I was this young man so the border is then organization that's what it has to be right yeah that's what this whole chapter is about organizing the Deacons and how that works together and how it brought fruit to the work okay so you've got this well disciplined army clad with the armor of God and here's the here's the enemy a sister mentioned it's it's a battle okay thus the efforts of Satan to attack the church in isolated places were met by concerted here's the concert concerted action on the part of all and the plans of the enemy to disrupt and destroy were thwarted and so that's what our unity that's what our perfect heart that's what our promise of seeking him we will seek Him and we will find him that's a decided promise in God's Word when we seek for it with intensity of purpose and we pull together in in concert as we've discussed we will destroy and disrupt the plans of the enemy and I'm here to say this morning that the enemy's plans to bring all the things in through social order will be disrupted sooner than later now last paragraph it says God is not the author of confusion but the author of peace as in all churches of the saints he requires I want to emphasize this and then we'll have our prayer he requires that order and system be observed in the conduct of church affairs no less today than in the days of old and dropping down a couple lines looking at the last question what conclusion does God bring to his work he may place the seal of his approval upon our work let's kneel for prayer father in heaven we meet on your Sabbath and we considered a great privilege to meet and to study and to be your adopted sons and daughters the royal priesthood a holy nation a peculiar people we counted a great privilege father there come apart from the world and be separate and we thank you for our study this morning I pray that we have been fueled in our personal desire to increase our connection with heaven that that power that we read about that perfect heart that we studied would indeed be our experience for that we give you thanks and praise and honor and we ask for your continued double blessing upon this holy day in Jesus name Amen