January 28, 2018 Sermon - RBC
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Scripture Reading: Psalm 85

Malachi 2:4-9

And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

 

God made a promise to the tribe of Levi to bless them for their service. Levi claimed the blessings and assumed they didn’t have to do the service. God disagrees! Walking with God is walking in peace. The priests will be disrespected as the priests disrespected God.

Contemptible—Levites not mentioned by Jesus in present ministry but instead scribes and Pharisees took over and perverted the Law.

Psalm 85:5-13

Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

7 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

 

God will bring peace as long as people aren’t doing folly. Truth springs up—this is what people are doing. God responds by bringing righteousness from above.

Ultimately pointing forward to Kingdom, but we can walk with the King even now and have peace with God and others by following His way.

 

Amos 3:3—can two walk together if they are not agreed?

Genesis 5:22-24

And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters:23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

 

Walk with God—have God always before you. Following Him. Communing with Him by prayer and His Word. Everyone in genealogy died, not Enoch.

Genesis 6:7-9

And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

 

This calling out of Noah lets you know God examined every person’s heart. There’s a reason why Noah got grace! It is possible to walk against the stream of society. Just—righteous. Perfect—sound, healthy, integrity.

Hebrews 11:5-7

By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

 

Translated—sudden change, transport. “Pleased God”—the Greek way of saying the Hebrew he “walked with God.” Does not mean he and God went on literal walks together. He is—self-existing God.  Rewarder—what He did with Enoch—full communion with God for eternity! He is the reward, not temporal physical blessing.

Faith declares us righteous and makes us righteous and grows us in practical righteousness. He who does righteousness is righteous. Imputed righteousness is more than a mind game with God; it’s a practical reality.

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