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Sermon Notes: (disclaimer – these are my pulpit notes, so they may seem sparse, but may be of some benefit)
LAST WEEK – I SPENT LOT TIME GOING THROUGH CHURCH HISTORY
WHY? WHY SHOULD IT MATTER TO US – HOW DOES IT HELP US BE GOOD HUSBAND, GOOD FATHER, BE GOOD FARMER, BUSINESS?
OUR VIEW OF OUR PLACE IN GOD’S PLAN, OUR VIEW OF GOD, THE WAY WE THINK HE DEALS WITH US – THESE VIEWS DRAMATICALLY EFFECT HOW WE FATHER, DO BUSINESS, GO ABOUT LIVES
VERY SAD EXAMPLE: JEPTHAH – Judges 10:10 And the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, saying, “We have sinned against You, because we have both forsaken our God and served the Baals!”
Judges 11:1 Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot;
Judges 11:29 Then the Spirit of the LORD… and from Mizpah he advanced toward the people of Ammon. 30 And Jephthah made a vow to the LORD, and said, “If You will indeed deliver the people of Ammon into my hands, then it will be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return in peace from the people of Ammon, shall surely be the LORD’S, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering.” 32 So Jephthah advanced toward the people of Ammon to fight against them, and the LORD delivered them into his hands and he defeated them… 34 When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, there was his daughter, coming out to meet him with timbrels and dancing; and she was his only child.
35 And when he saw her, that he tore his clothes, and said, “Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low! For I have given my word to the LORD, and I cannot go back on it.” 36 So she said to him, “My father, if you have given your word to the LORD, do to me according to what has gone out of your mouth, because the LORD has avenged you of your enemies, the people of Ammon.” 37 Then she said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me: let me alone for two months, that I may go and wander on the mountains and bewail my virginity, my friends and I.”
39 And it was so at the end of two months that she returned to her father, and he carried out his vow with her which he had vowed.
WHY WOULD HE MAKE SUCH A VOW? SERVED BAALS – GODS OF APPEASEMENT – JUMP THOUGH ALL KINDS HOOPS TO APPEASE, GET THEM TO LIKE, NOT ANGRY – FAVOR, HELP FOR CROPS, FOR HEALTH, PROTECTION, VICTORY
HOLY SPIRIT ALREADY ON HIM – WHY VICTORY? ANSER TO PRAYER, DIDN’T REALIZE! MISUNDERSTOOD – THOUGHT GOD HELPED BECAUSE VOW, RATHER THAN JUST BECAUSE WAS LOVING FATHER, ANSWERING CRY OF PEOPLE FOR HELP
RATHER THAN REPENT OF A FOOLISH VOW – THOUGHT GOD BE ANGRIER NOT KEEPING VOW THAN KILLING DAUGHTER – WHAT A VIEW OF GOD!
THIS IS WHY I AM PASSIONATE THAT WE STEP BACK AND TAKE A LOOK AT OUR VIEW GOD!
EAST WEST – WORLDVIEW – WEST – SALVATION – CROSS – JESUS SENT TO APPEASE FATHER
IN WEST VIEW GOD – ROMANIZED: LEGAL TERMS – GUILT, JUDGEMENT, CONDEMNATION
GIVEN US VIEW SALVATION = REMOVING GUILT
2 VIEWS GOD REGARDING SALVATION – CAN SAVE ALL, CHOOSES NOT TO, WANTS TO, CAN’T
SCRIPTURAL PROBLEMS BOTH! TAKE ½ TRUTH MAKE WHOLE TRUTH = MAJOR WHOLES
EAST VERY DIFFERENT FOCUS:
The Ancient Church taught that knowledge of God [eternal life] comes only through the noetic science of the heart. From the standpoint of Orthodox theology, the mind and logic are not the same thing, since logic functions within the brain, while the mind functions within the heart. Thus, the noetic faculty of the heart is the energy of the mind inside the heart. This important distinction results in the Eastern Church seeing herself not as a religious institution, but rather a hospital of the soul, wherein one comes for therapeutic procedures that restore the health of the soul, and allow for the ultimate goal of union with God (theosis).
Our mishandling of the memory of God [fallen mind] that led to the fall, is now corrected and reactivated through the healing of the “nous” (the eye of the soul), and that memory is restored. This healing is not of a juridical nature whereby an angry God has decided to overlook the guilt and fallen nature of our souls by the bloodletting of His Son, but by the cleansing of the nous that has been darkened, restoring us to health and wholeness. The memory of God is thus restored, and we are again in full communion with the Most High, freed from the permanency of death by the trampling down of the power of death through Christ’s Holy Resurrection.
WESTERN VIEWPOINT – MAIN PROBLEM IS LEGAL – GUILT FROM SIN
EASTERN VIEPOINT – MAIN PROBLEM IS FALLEN MIND, DARKENED SOUL, NOT SEE
JUST LIKE SCIENCE – THERE IS A PROBLEM AT CORE – NEW GENERATION – BIOLOGISTS, ASTRONOMERS, GEOLOGISTS – GOOD SCIENCE – NOT ACCEPTING BROKEN
SAME IN AREA BIBLE STUDY – GENERATION DOING REALLY GOOD RESEARCH,
NT WRIGHT – VERY GOOD EXPLANATION PRBLEMS WESTERN EVANGELICAL FUNDAMENTLSM
NOT TALKING ABOUT A LIBERAL ECUMENSIM – THROW IT ALL OUT, GOD IS NICE
REALLY EXAMINING – RESTOARATION UNDERSTANDING – FULL PICTURE GOD
LIKE SAID LAST WEEK – TAKE ½ TRUTH, MAKE WHOLE TRUTH – MAJOR HOLES IN BUCKET
LIKE JEPTHAH – SACRIFICING RELATIONSHIPS, MENTAL HEALTH, PEACE, MARRIAGES
– ALTARS FUNDAMENTALISM – HAS SOME SIGNIFICANT HOLES – HUMBLE LOOK!
OUR INNER EYE – BEHOLDER – WHY NOT SEE:
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12
WE = US! CHRISTIANS! PAUL WRITING NEW TETAMENT INCLUDED HIMSELF!
HELPS Word-studies – 2072 ésoptron – a metallic mirror (not made of glass). Ancient mirrors (merely made of polished metal) only produced an indistinct image (reflection). So, to get an accurate picture (reflection) the viewer had to look from several different angles (“standpoints”). This has profound implications in “doing theology”!
DIMLY = ainigma a riddle, an enigma
BEHOLD – 3708. horaó : to see, perceive, look upon, experience, discern, beware.
HELPS Word-studies: horáo – properly, see, often with metaphorical meaning: “to see with the mind” (i.e. spiritually see), i.e. perceive (with inward spiritual perception).
GOD MADE IT WHERE WE NEED EACH OTHER – LIKE BROTHERS SISTERS NOT SPEAKING
RECENTLY IN ROOM ELDERLY WOMAN PASSING AWAY – ADULT CHILDREN BEEN NOT SPEAKING DECADES – CAME TOGETHER, TALKING, PLEASANT, ACTUALLY ENJOYING BEING TOGETHER
THEIR MOTHER, SO WEAK, HUNG DAYS – WHY? CONVINCED SHE JUST ENJOYING THEM ALL TOGETHER