Sunday Sermon- 7-15-18 [Video made 7-8-18]
Ezekiel 2:1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee.
Ezekiel 2:2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me.
Ezekiel 2:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day.
Ezekiel 2:4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 2:5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them.
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10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
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Filmed at North beach by the Lexington- good view of a storm rolling in as well-
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.Jesus comes to his hometown
.See the kids by the Lexington museum!
.Was the gas can a miracle?
.What about a boy being raised from the dead?
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.What one did Jesus use the most when speaking about himself- and why?
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This Sunday I spoke on the verses from the Catholic mass for this day [7-8-18] and hopefully caught a good view of the storm rolling in on North beach by the Lexington museum [I haven’t reviewed the video yet].
Later today- 7-15-18- I will try and post the video I make today to Youtube- blogger and facebook-
The theme from the readings [Pasted in full at the bottom of this post] was the rejection that the prophets- and even Jesus himself- experienced- from people who knew they were sent from God-
Notice the passage from Ezekiel-
Reading 1EZ 2:2-5
As the LORD spoke to me, the spirit entered into me
and set me on my feet,
and I heard the one who was speaking say to me:
Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites,
rebels who have rebelled against me;
they and their ancestors have revolted against me to this very day.
Hard of face and obstinate of heart
are they to whom I am sending you.
But you shall say to them: Thus says the LORD GOD!
And whether they heed or resist—for they are a rebellious house—
they shall know that a prophet has been among them.
God tells the prophet that even if they don’t listen to his words- yet they shall know that a prophet was sent.
How can this be?
If people see the true signs of a prophet- if they ‘know’ what he is saying has come from God- then how could they reject it?
We call that sin- meaning when God speaks to humans about repentance it really makes no difference whether they know it is God’s will or not- most people simply don’t want to repent.
We actually see this dynamic from the next reading-
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.
The people of Jesus' hometown recognized he spoke with great wisdom- he was doing miraculous works- yet- they were offended any way.
The common theme from the readings shows us that even if the prophetic gift- and the miracles are real- this in no way means the people will respond in a good way.
Often times the heart gets harder- as in the example of Moses and Pharaoh [Romans 9].
Many good Christians seek the gifts of the Spirit- we often think if the miraculous was released once again- as in the days of the early church- then that will get the job done.
But if we are not humble- walking in obedience- we can be just like the people of Jesus and Ezekiel's day-
They saw God at work- they themselves testified that the wisdom and works had to be from God- yet that made no difference- they still rejected what God wanted to do.
I gave an example of a personal interaction I had with a christian one day- he was into the prophetic movement-
He was following ‘Prophets’ on line- the whole 9 yards.
Then when I shared a miracle God had done- a pretty good one-
He responded in a strange way- he believed that the boy was raised from the dead- but yet responded in a way that seemed strange- for someone who was seeking to see the works of God in a supernatural way.
We can all be guilty of this by the way- asking the Lord to do a great work- use us in a mighty way.
But if the word of the Lord to us is hard- something that we really did not want to hear-
Then we can be just like the people of Nazareth-
We will say ‘Yes- obviously God is doing something- but we know this guy- we are familiar with him- he grew up among us- no- if he were some out of town prophet- then maybe we would listen- but he lives right here’.
They were offended because of familiarity- unable to view people in the Spirit of the Lord- and simply seeing them ‘after the flesh’.
Paul himself warned against this-
Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
Ok- I covered a bit more on the video- and also made another ‘roll-out’ video the next day- talking about a murder case- [some sites- see here https://ccoutreach87.com/2018/07/15/sunday-sermon-7-15-18/ ]