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Café Theology with Terry Crist

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August 14, 2017
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The Prophets and the Mission of God

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Café Theology with Terry Crist

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  • - Terry Crist: What comes to
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  • mind when I use the word
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  • "prophet?"
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  • A scary character, a religious
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  • crackpot, somebody standing on a
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  • street corner with a "Turn or
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  • Burn" sign?
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  • I think the world has a
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  • conflicted fascination with
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  • people who proclaim themselves
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  • as prophets.
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  • I know I do.
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  • I frequently ride through large
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  • cities, and I commonly see
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  • people standing on street
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  • corners with a warning sign in
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  • one hand and a megaphone in the
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  • other, calling the world to
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  • repent.
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  • And even though I never stop, I
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  • kind of want to.
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  • It's like being drawn to the
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  • scene of an accident, and I
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  • always wonder what happened in
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  • their life to bring them to this
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  • corner at this moment to
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  • proclaim judgment?
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  • What skewed vision do they have
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  • of God?
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  • Or what do they know about God
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  • that the rest of us have missed?
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  • Well, today, we're going to be
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  • talking about the strange and
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  • unusual world of the prophets,
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  • and you might be surprised at
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  • how they still impact our lives
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  • - Terry: Hello, I'm Terry
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  • Crist, the lead pastor of
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  • Hillsong Phoenix, and I want to
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  • welcome you to another edition
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  • of "Cafe Theology."
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  • It's such an honor to have you
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  • with me.
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  • I'm sure there's a lot going on
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  • in your life, and the fact that
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  • you would take time out of your
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  • life to spend it right here
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  • together with me means a lot.
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  • I want to begin in the Gospel of
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  • Matthew chapter 23.
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  • We are still continuing on with
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  • our journey through the Old
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  • Testament, but I want to use
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  • this key verse in the gospels to
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  • serve as our starting point.
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  • In Matthew 23, we find Jesus
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  • sitting on a hillside in
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  • Jerusalem, in the final week of
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  • his earthly ministry.
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  • I can't even imagine what must
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  • have been going through his mind
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  • in that final week, but the
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  • words that he speaks to us are
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  • some of the most beautiful and
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  • haunting in all of Scripture.
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  • They're beautiful because
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  • they're dripping with love in
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  • spite of the rejection he's
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  • experienced, in spite of the
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  • price that he knows he's going
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  • to have to pay for our
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  • salvation.
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  • But they're also haunting
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  • because they speak to humanity's
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  • rejection of all things sacred
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  • down through history.
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  • Listen to the gospel text in
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  • Matthew 23 and verse 37.
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  • Jesus said, "O Jerusalem,
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  • Jerusalem, the city that kills
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  • the prophets and stones those
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  • who are sent to it.
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  • How often would I have gathered
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  • your children together as a hen
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  • gathers her brood under her
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  • wings, and you were not
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  • willing?"
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  • Did you hear that phrase, the
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  • city that kills the prophets?
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  • As you look through the big
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  • moments in the story of God
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  • throughout the Old Testament, it
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  • would be very difficult to miss
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  • the prophets.
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  • And not just because there were
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  • so many of them, but because of
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  • the significance of their roles
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  • in the story.
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  • By the way, do you know how many
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  • prophets are listed in the
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  • Bible?
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  • I didn't until recently.
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  • I'm not even sure why I thought
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  • of the question, but I went to
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  • that great source of
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  • information, Wikipedia, and I
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  • learned that there are 48 of
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  • them, 48.
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  • I've never gone through the
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  • Bible counting, and nobody in
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  • Bible college or seminary had
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  • ever pointed that out, but there
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  • it was, 48 prophets and 7
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  • prophetesses listed there.
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  • So, what role did they play in
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  • the unfolding story of God, and
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  • what practical message do they
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  • have for each of us today?
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  • As unlikely as it seems, the
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  • prophets were sent to display
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  • God's love to us.
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  • In fact, the prophets were the
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  • greatest expression of God's
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  • love up until that point.
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  • Before the prophets, one had to
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  • look hard to find any sign of
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  • God's pleasure with his people.
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  • But the prophets come along, and
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  • they put God's love and devotion
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  • on full display for all of
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  • Israel.
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  • Now, I know that's hard to get
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  • your mind around because we tend
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  • to think of the prophets as
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  • grumpy old men with a, "Go
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  • ahead, punk, make my day," sort
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  • of attitude.
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  • But just consider the many
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  • loving appeals found in the Old
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  • Testament and voiced by the
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  • prophets.
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  • For example, think about Joel
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  • chapter 2 and verse 13, where
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  • the Scripture says, "Return to
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  • the Lord your God, for he is
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  • gracious and merciful, slow to
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  • anger, and abounding in
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  • steadfast love, and he relents
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  • over disaster."
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  • That may not sound quite like a
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  • Hallmark card because it has the
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  • word "disaster" in it, but it is
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  • a beautiful picture of God
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  • pouring out his love through the
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  • prophets.
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  • He is gracious, he is merciful,
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  • he's slow to anger, and he
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: I think about the
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  • words of Zephaniah chapter 3 and
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  • verse 17, which says, "The Lord
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  • your God is in your midst, a
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  • mighty one who will save.
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  • He will rejoice over you with
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  • gladness, he will quiet you by
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  • his love.
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  • He will exalt over you with loud
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  • singing."
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  • We'd never have this picture of
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  • a singing God were it not for
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  • the prophet Zephaniah.
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  • His relationship with God must
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  • have been beautiful, and tender,
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  • and intimate.
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  • Therefore, the expression of God
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  • through him is beautiful, and
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  • tender, and intimate.
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  • And the message he says to us is
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  • that God loves you.
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  • He loves you so much, he sings
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  • over you.
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  • When our sons were just infants,
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  • there were times when I would
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  • hold them in my arms and would
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  • sing over them.
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  • That's an expression of love,
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  • gratitude, and the celebration
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  • of life.
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  • And the prophets show us that
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  • picture of God.
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  • Now, to be fair, there were some
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  • harsh rebukes as well.
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  • And as strange as it may sound,
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  • they were equally loving.
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  • Your perception of them really
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  • depends on how you view
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  • correction, specifically
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  • spiritual correction.
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  • If you view godly discipline or
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  • spiritual correction as personal
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  • rejection, then you'll view the
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  • prophets as angry old men.
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  • But if you view spiritual
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  • correction as love and
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  • encouragement from a kind and
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  • compassionate Father who only
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  • wants the best for us, then
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  • you'll see the Old Testament
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  • prophets as your friends.
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  • Let me illustrate it this way.
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  • Years ago, I was walking down
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  • the streets of London one
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  • evening with my wife, and I
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  • forgot what side of the street I
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  • was on.
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  • I actually stepped off the curb
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  • just as a double-decker bus came
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  • up behind me, and this bus was
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  • so close to the curb, and the
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  • mirror was extended far beyond
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  • the curb, and it would have hit
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  • me.
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  • It would have hurt me seriously,
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  • if not killed me.
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  • And when Judith saw it, she
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  • screamed so loud that I jumped
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  • almost out of my skin.
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  • And what would have happened if
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  • I would have said, "Judith, that
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  • wasn't very kind.
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  • The next time a bus is coming, I
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  • want you to whisper my name in
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  • loving tones.
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  • Say, 'Terry, get out of the
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  • way.'"
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  • Come on, as much as I don't like
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  • being screamed at, I would
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  • rather be alive.
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  • You know, there are times in the
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  • Old Testament when the prophets
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  • seem to be shouting at us.
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  • They seem to be screaming at us.
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  • They want to get us out of the
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  • street.
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  • And if you define love based
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  • upon the softness of one's tone,
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  • you'll miss the love in their
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  • voice when they yell at us to
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  • get out of the way of sin,
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  • death, hell, and the coming
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  • judgment of God.
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  • But that's all based upon the
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  • fact that a loving God wants to
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  • warn us of the danger of
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  • disobedience.
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  • And because he loves us, he will
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  • use whatever means he can to do
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  • so.
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  • Now, I think this is a pretty
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  • big issue in most of our lives.
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  • In fact, I think it's a pretty
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  • big issue in our generation
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  • because the truth is we don't
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  • like being told what to do.
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  • I probably should also add that
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  • it's not just a product of the
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  • times that we're living in.
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  • I don't want to sound like a
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  • curmudgeonly old guy, saying all
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  • these young people won't listen
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  • because the truth is I didn't
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  • listen, and the truth is my
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  • father's generation didn't
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  • listen.
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  • So, this isn't the product of
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  • the times we're in, this is the
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  • product of our nature as human
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  • beings.
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  • No generation has ever liked
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  • being told what to do at any
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  • point in history.
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  • Just ask Adam, or Eve, or Cain,
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  • Moses, just ask Jonah.
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  • You could ask 100, if not, 1.000
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  • other Bible characters, "Did you
  • 00:10:01.280 --> 00:10:04.060
  • like being told what to do?"
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  • And the answer would be,
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: We tend to see
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  • correction as a limitation on
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  • our personal freedom, but God
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  • looks at correction differently.
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  • For God, it is the loving action
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  • of a faithful Father who has a
  • 00:10:28.210 --> 00:10:30.180
  • much better plan for our lives
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  • and wants us to experience.
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  • Spiritual correction is what
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  • makes us onto faithful, fruitful
  • 00:10:37.060 --> 00:10:39.160
  • sons and daughters in his
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  • kingdom.
  • 00:10:41.140 --> 00:10:42.140
  • So, to God, discipline isn't an
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  • act of rejection.
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  • In fact, it is the ultimate sign
  • 00:10:46.170 --> 00:10:49.170
  • of acceptance.
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  • The Bible says, "He disciplines
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  • those whom he loves."
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  • Listen to Hebrews 12 and verse
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  • 5, "And have you forgotten the
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  • exhortation that addresses you
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  • as sons, 'My son, do not regard
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  • lightly the discipline of the
  • 00:11:05.170 --> 00:11:06.180
  • Lord, nor be weary when reproved
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  • by him, for the Lord disciplines
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  • the one he loves, and chastises
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  • every son whom he receives.'"
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  • We have the sign of our sonship
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  • expressed in the fact that God
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  • loves us enough to correct us.
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  • He doesn't correct other
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  • people's children, so to speak.
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  • He corrects those who are his
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  • [music]
  • 00:11:42.120 --> 00:11:45.120
  • - Terry: God comes to them and
  • 00:11:45.120 --> 00:11:46.140
  • says, "Have you been robbing
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  • me?"
  • 00:11:47.180 --> 00:11:48.210
  • You say, "Well, how have we
  • 00:11:48.210 --> 00:11:49.180
  • robbed you?"
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  • "Well, here's how, you've taken
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  • the money that I blessed you
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  • with, and instead of stewarding
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  • it, you've consumed it for your
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  • - Terry: God's view of
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  • spiritual discipline is that it
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  • makes us better.
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  • That may be something you have
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  • to accept by faith until you
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  • really begin to see the fruit of
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  • it working in your life.
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  • And by the way, let me also say
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  • I don't think God disciplines us
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  • with cancer and with car
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  • accidents.
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  • That's not what a father would
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  • do to his family.
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  • That's inconsistent with his
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  • character.
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  • John 10:10 says that we have an
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  • enemy, the enemy of our soul,
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  • and that enemy comes to kill, to
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  • steal, and to destroy.
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  • But Jesus said, "Contrast that
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  • with what I've come to give you,
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  • and what I've come to give you
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  • is abundant life."
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  • God disciplines us spiritually.
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  • And can I just tell you, when
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  • God's talking to your soul about
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  • something that he wants to free
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  • you from, and you're not giving
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  • that up easy, that conversation
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  • may even be more intense than
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  • any tragedy in life, but it
  • 00:12:59.030 --> 00:13:01.040
  • comes from a different
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  • motivation, and it leads to a
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  • different result.
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  • Revelation chapter 3 and verse
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  • 19 says this, Jesus said, "Those
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  • whom I love, I reprove and
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  • discipline, so be zealous and
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  • repent."
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  • "Get on with it," Jesus said.
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  • Don't just sit there and let sin
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  • keep you in your brokenness,
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  • don't let sin destroy you, don't
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  • let sin use up your best days.
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  • Be zealous, be passionate, be
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  • quick, be responsive, and just
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  • say, "God, I give up my sin to
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  • go your way, which is the better
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  • way."
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  • The prophets were God's loving
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  • voice of correction, and we all
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  • need that kind of correction in
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  • our life, the kind of correction
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  • that lifts us up, and positions
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  • us, and encourages us to be more
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  • like Jesus.
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  • The second thing we discover
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  • about the prophets is that the
  • 00:13:58.170 --> 00:13:59.200
  • prophets were sent to shatter
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  • our indifference.
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  • The prophets were committed to
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  • shattering our indifference
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  • regardless of what it took.
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  • In fact, one of the prophets,
  • 00:14:10.030 --> 00:14:11.200
  • Jeremiah, said, "'Is not my word
  • 00:14:11.200 --> 00:14:13.280
  • like fire,' declares the Lord,
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  • 'and like a hammer that breaks
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  • the rock in pieces?'"
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  • Can you imagine any two objects
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  • that are more disruptive than
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  • that?
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  • I mean, there's nothing like
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  • waking up one morning to
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  • discover that a contractor is
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  • building a new house next door.
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  • Have you ever been there?
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  • At 6 a.m., all you can hear is
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  • bam, bam, bam.
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  • Or maybe, on the other hand,
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  • you've been awakened to the
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  • sounds of fire trucks in your
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  • neighborhood in the middle of
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  • the night.
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  • That's what Jeremiah is saying,
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  • "God's Word is like a hammer
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  • that breaks the rock in pieces."
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  • He's sounding an alarm.
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  • In other words, God's Word
  • 00:14:52.230 --> 00:14:54.010
  • disrupts the status quo, it
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  • challenges us in our apathy, it
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  • awakens us in our slumber, it
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  • stirs us up to love God more, to
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  • live better, to believe bigger,
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  • to hope stronger.
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  • At times, the prophets seem to
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  • be screaming at us to awaken.
  • 00:15:11.070 --> 00:15:14.070
  • Now, you may wonder, "What were
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  • God's people indifferent over in
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  • the Old Testament?"
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  • Well, the same things that we're
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  • indifferent over today.
  • 00:15:19.130 --> 00:15:21.210
  • At times, they were indifferent
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  • over holiness, justice,
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  • compassion for the poor,
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  • stewardship, generosity,
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  • faithfulness.
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  • Let me just give you two brief
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  • examples of apathy confronted by
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  • the prophets.
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  • The first is found in Haggai
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  • chapter 1 and verse 2, and I'll
  • 00:15:39.030 --> 00:15:41.030
  • just summarize it.
  • 00:15:41.030 --> 00:15:42.140
  • God says to his people, "My
  • 00:15:42.140 --> 00:15:44.110
  • house lies in ruins, but you've
  • 00:15:44.290 --> 00:15:47.290
  • been focused on your own homes."
  • 00:15:47.290 --> 00:15:50.090
  • So God says, "I need you to come
  • 00:15:50.090 --> 00:15:51.170
  • back and reengage in building my
  • 00:15:51.200 --> 00:15:54.200
  • house."
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  • See, God's people were apathetic
  • 00:15:55.240 --> 00:15:57.090
  • about building the very thing
  • 00:15:57.090 --> 00:15:58.250
  • that God loves, he loves his
  • 00:15:58.250 --> 00:16:01.050
  • house.
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  • So, he sent the prophets to
  • 00:16:02.150 --> 00:16:04.100
  • encourage them to continue
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  • building it.
  • 00:16:06.190 --> 00:16:08.000
  • On another occasion, God
  • 00:16:08.000 --> 00:16:09.030
  • realizes that they're apathetic
  • 00:16:09.030 --> 00:16:10.260
  • about tithing.
  • 00:16:10.260 --> 00:16:12.050
  • So, he sends the prophets to
  • 00:16:12.050 --> 00:16:13.160
  • tell them to obey so he could
  • 00:16:13.160 --> 00:16:16.080
  • bless them.
  • 00:16:16.080 --> 00:16:17.140
  • And in Malachi chapter 3, God
  • 00:16:17.140 --> 00:16:18.270
  • comes to them and says, "Have
  • 00:16:18.270 --> 00:16:20.090
  • you been robbing me?"
  • 00:16:20.090 --> 00:16:22.130
  • You say, "Well, how have we
  • 00:16:22.130 --> 00:16:23.030
  • robbed you?"
  • 00:16:23.030 --> 00:16:24.040
  • "Well, here's how, you've taken
  • 00:16:24.040 --> 00:16:25.250
  • the money that I blessed you
  • 00:16:25.250 --> 00:16:28.010
  • with and, instead of stewarding
  • 00:16:28.010 --> 00:16:29.220
  • it and managing it
  • 00:16:29.220 --> 00:16:31.100
  • appropriately, you've consumed
  • 00:16:31.100 --> 00:16:33.030
  • it for your own purposes.
  • 00:16:33.030 --> 00:16:35.040
  • And I need you to bring 10% back
  • 00:16:35.040 --> 00:16:37.190
  • to me so that my house can be
  • 00:16:37.190 --> 00:16:39.210
  • built, and also so that I can
  • 00:16:39.210 --> 00:16:41.270
  • bless you."
  • 00:16:41.270 --> 00:16:43.140
  • Apathy kept them from doing the
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  • will and the way of God.
  • 00:16:44.170 --> 00:16:46.220
  • And sometimes that happens in
  • 00:16:46.220 --> 00:16:47.250
  • our lives.
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  • And so, by reading the prophets,
  • 00:16:48.180 --> 00:16:50.050
  • they shatter our indifference.
  • 00:16:50.050 --> 00:16:52.210
  • Number three, the prophets were
  • 00:16:52.210 --> 00:16:54.190
  • sent to hold a mirror to
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  • Most people tend to have a
  • 00:17:03.080 --> 00:17:04.040
  • different relationship with a
  • 00:17:04.040 --> 00:17:05.100
  • mirror depending upon what stage
  • 00:17:05.100 --> 00:17:07.020
  • of life they're in.
  • 00:17:07.020 --> 00:17:09.030
  • But we all know the fact is the
  • 00:17:09.030 --> 00:17:11.180
  • mirror doesn't create the
  • 00:17:11.180 --> 00:17:12.210
  • problem, it only reveals the
  • 00:17:12.210 --> 00:17:15.080
  • issue.
  • 00:17:15.080 --> 00:17:16.090
  • It's easy to blame the mirror.
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  • "If I had a better mirror, I
  • 00:17:17.280 --> 00:17:19.070
  • wouldn't have this furniture
  • 00:17:19.070 --> 00:17:20.240
  • problem."
  • 00:17:20.240 --> 00:17:22.040
  • You know what a furniture
  • 00:17:22.040 --> 00:17:22.200
  • problem is, don't you?
  • 00:17:22.200 --> 00:17:24.200
  • It's when you get old enough
  • 00:17:24.200 --> 00:17:25.210
  • that your chest falls into your
  • 00:17:25.210 --> 00:17:26.280
  • drawers.
  • 00:17:26.280 --> 00:17:28.090
  • That's a furniture problem.
  • 00:17:28.090 --> 00:17:30.050
  • "If I had a better mirror, my
  • 00:17:30.050 --> 00:17:31.220
  • hair wouldn't stick up in the
  • 00:17:31.220 --> 00:17:32.220
  • back."
  • 00:17:32.220 --> 00:17:33.150
  • I've got five cowlicks in the
  • 00:17:33.150 --> 00:17:35.040
  • back of my hair.
  • 00:17:35.040 --> 00:17:37.030
  • It's not the mirror's fault.
  • 00:17:37.030 --> 00:17:39.010
  • That's the mistake the people of
  • 00:17:39.010 --> 00:17:40.040
  • Israel repeatedly made
  • 00:17:40.040 --> 00:17:42.050
  • throughout the Bible.
  • 00:17:42.050 --> 00:17:43.200
  • They thought that, by silencing
  • 00:17:43.200 --> 00:17:45.000
  • the voice of the prophets, they
  • 00:17:45.000 --> 00:17:46.250
  • would eliminate the problem.
  • 00:17:46.250 --> 00:17:48.270
  • But that didn't change their
  • 00:17:48.270 --> 00:17:49.230
  • reality any more than breaking a
  • 00:17:49.230 --> 00:17:51.020
  • mirror changes the reality of
  • 00:17:51.070 --> 00:17:54.070
  • [music]
  • 00:17:58.260 --> 00:18:01.280
  • - Terry: Listen to James 1 and
  • 00:18:01.280 --> 00:18:03.150
  • verse 22, "But be doers of the
  • 00:18:03.150 --> 00:18:06.050
  • Word, and not hearers only,
  • 00:18:06.050 --> 00:18:08.090
  • deceiving yourselves.
  • 00:18:08.090 --> 00:18:09.270
  • For if anyone is a hearer of the
  • 00:18:09.270 --> 00:18:11.050
  • Word and not a doer, he's like a
  • 00:18:11.050 --> 00:18:13.020
  • man who looks intently at his
  • 00:18:13.020 --> 00:18:14.170
  • natural face in the mirror.
  • 00:18:14.170 --> 00:18:16.120
  • For he looks at himself and goes
  • 00:18:16.120 --> 00:18:18.060
  • away, and at once forgets what
  • 00:18:18.060 --> 00:18:20.260
  • he was like."
  • 00:18:20.260 --> 00:18:22.190
  • The prophets used God's Word as
  • 00:18:22.190 --> 00:18:24.220
  • [music]
  • 00:18:29.040 --> 00:18:32.040
  • - Terry: Just as they seemed to
  • 00:18:32.040 --> 00:18:32.250
  • be settled into their new
  • 00:18:32.250 --> 00:18:33.290
  • family, his wife begins cheating
  • 00:18:33.290 --> 00:18:36.030
  • on him.
  • 00:18:36.030 --> 00:18:37.180
  • God says, "This is not just a
  • 00:18:37.180 --> 00:18:39.010
  • picture of a prophet and a
  • 00:18:39.010 --> 00:18:41.000
  • prostitute, this is a picture of
  • 00:18:41.000 --> 00:18:43.120
  • [music]
  • 00:18:46.270 --> 00:18:49.270
  • - Terry: Number four, the
  • 00:18:49.270 --> 00:18:50.240
  • prophets were sent to show us
  • 00:18:50.240 --> 00:18:52.160
  • that God still speaks.
  • 00:18:52.160 --> 00:18:54.040
  • I love that.
  • 00:18:54.040 --> 00:18:55.150
  • I think there are a number of
  • 00:18:55.150 --> 00:18:56.140
  • reasons why God sent his
  • 00:18:56.140 --> 00:18:57.240
  • prophets throughout the Old
  • 00:18:57.240 --> 00:18:58.200
  • Testament, but one of the most
  • 00:18:58.200 --> 00:19:01.000
  • significant is to show us that
  • 00:19:01.000 --> 00:19:03.110
  • he is a speaking God.
  • 00:19:03.110 --> 00:19:05.240
  • And he speaks frequently, he
  • 00:19:05.240 --> 00:19:07.200
  • speaks consistently, he speaks
  • 00:19:07.200 --> 00:19:09.200
  • continually, and he speaks
  • 00:19:09.200 --> 00:19:11.210
  • because he wants us to know him,
  • 00:19:11.250 --> 00:19:14.250
  • he wants us to hear his voice,
  • 00:19:14.250 --> 00:19:17.240
  • to know his heart so we can
  • 00:19:17.240 --> 00:19:19.210
  • follow his ways.
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  • As Flannery O'Connor once said,
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  • in defense of her writing, "To
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  • the hard of hearing you shout,
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  • and for the almost blind you
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  • draw large and startling
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  • figures."
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  • You know, the prophets were
  • 00:19:39.280 --> 00:19:40.280
  • large, loud, and startling
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  • figures for those who needed to
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  • hear from God.
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  • The main thing that we see in
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  • common with each of them is the
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  • expression of God speaking
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  • through the Scripture, God
  • 00:19:51.150 --> 00:19:54.020
  • speaking to them personally and
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  • individually.
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  • It's the same thing God wants to
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  • do today, and God speaks to us
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  • in a variety of ways.
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  • To some, he speaks in
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  • impressions.
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  • To others, he speaks in dreams.
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  • To others, he speaks through a
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  • still, small whisper.
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  • To others, it's a Bible verse
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  • that you read, and then it just
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  • plays through your mind like an
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  • earworm over and over like a
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  • song from the 1980s.
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  • You hear it when you wake up,
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  • you hear it through the day, you
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  • hear it when you go to sleep,
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  • and then you realize at some
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  • point, "This isn't just a Bible
  • 00:20:24.210 --> 00:20:25.270
  • verse I'm hearing, it's God
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  • speaking to me."
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  • Fifth, the prophets were sent to
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  • soften our hearts to salvation.
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  • You know, sometimes it's hard to
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  • accept your need for rescue
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  • until you fully realize the
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  • gravity of your situation.
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  • Every now and then, we hear a
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  • serious story on the news of
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  • someone who refused to accept
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  • rescue because they didn't
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  • realize the gravity of their
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  • condition.
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  • I see the same thing happen in
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  • church each weekend.
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  • That's why we do our best to
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  • preach the gospel with power,
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  • and boldness, and clarity.
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  • It's because we want you to know
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  • your only hope is in Jesus, my
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  • only hope is in Jesus, our only
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  • You know, if the problem were a
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  • dysfunction, then we would all
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  • need a therapist.
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  • If the problem were legal, we
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  • would all need a lawyer.
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  • If the problem were financial,
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  • then a banker could change the
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  • situation.
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  • But the fundamental problem is
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  • none of those things.
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  • Our most basic problem is sin,
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  • that's why we need a Savior.
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  • And then finally, number six,
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  • the prophets were sent to point
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  • us to our future redeemer.
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  • I heard someone once summarize
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  • every one of the prophets in the
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  • same two line sentence.
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  • The prophet said, "Things are
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  • going to get bad, real bad.
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  • Then things are going to get
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  • better, much better."
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  • That's the message of the
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  • prophets.
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  • In fact, that's the message of
  • 00:22:01.070 --> 00:22:02.090
  • the gospel.
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  • And the truth is the prophets
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  • deal with the same complex
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  • themes in every generation,
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  • themes like the problem of evil,
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  • the silence of God, the
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  • injustice of man, the beauty of
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  • hope, and the power of
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  • obedience.
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  • But the one underlying message
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  • through it all is that there is
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  • a future redeemer who will make
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: I want to close with
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  • one of the most heart wrenching
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  • stories that you'll ever read
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  • about in the account of the
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  • prophets.
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  • And I close with this because it
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  • not only shows you the heart of
  • 00:22:43.130 --> 00:22:44.230
  • God, but it shows us the
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  • humanity of the prophets as they
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  • point toward the future
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  • redeemer.
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  • This story is found in the book
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  • of Hosea.
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  • It's the story of a prophet who
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  • was instructed by God to marry a
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  • prostitute.
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  • That must have been a difficult
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  • thing to do, and yet he obeyed.
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  • And a couple of years later,
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  • just as they seemed to be
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  • settled into their new family,
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  • his wife begins cheating on him.
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  • Before long, she's back into her
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  • old lifestyle, and eventually it
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  • led her to the streets.
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  • But in spite of her
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  • unfaithfulness, Hosea the
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  • prophet loved her deeply and
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  • profoundly, and he began his
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  • search for her.
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  • Finally he found her, ragged,
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  • torn, dirty, disheveled,
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  • destitute, standing on an
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  • auction block in a filthy slave
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  • market.
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  • She was a mere shadow of the
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  • beautiful woman she had once
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  • been.
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  • And in that moment, Hosea
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  • stepped up and bought her from
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  • slavery for 15 shekels of silver
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  • and 13 bushels of barley.
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  • It's a picture of God's
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  • unconditional love for each of
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  • us.
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  • And when the story is over and
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  • done, God says, "This is not
  • 00:23:56.160 --> 00:23:58.080
  • just a picture of a prophet and
  • 00:23:58.080 --> 00:24:00.140
  • a prostitute, this is a picture
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  • of us.
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  • I am the prophet, and you have
  • 00:24:04.050 --> 00:24:05.260
  • played the part of an unfaithful
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  • woman.
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  • And yet, through it all, I still
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  • love you."
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  • [music]
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  • - Terry: Well, we've come to
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  • the end of the program, and I
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  • want to thank you for spending
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  • this time with me.
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  • You know, one of the great
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  • privileges of my life is to be
  • 00:24:28.030 --> 00:24:30.060
  • able to teach the Bible to you,
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  • and I really hope that I've said
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  • something that helps you to see
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  • your place in this amazing
  • 00:24:36.180 --> 00:24:37.170
  • story.
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  • And I really hope you'll join me
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  • next week as we talk about the
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  • idea of thin places.
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  • That's right, thin places.
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  • A thin place was a place where
  • 00:24:46.240 --> 00:24:48.110
  • heaven and earth met together.
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  • A place where the line between
  • 00:24:50.180 --> 00:24:52.180
  • the holy and the human
  • 00:24:52.180 --> 00:24:54.170
  • collapsed, if but for a moment.
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  • A place where the presence of
  • 00:24:57.110 --> 00:24:58.290
  • God could be sensed in.
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  • A thin place is where the
  • 00:25:01.070 --> 00:25:03.010
  • kingdom breaks in.
  • 00:25:03.010 --> 00:25:05.060
  • I wonder, are there any thin
  • 00:25:05.060 --> 00:25:06.210
  • places in your life that you're
  • 00:25:06.210 --> 00:25:08.160
  • aware of?
  • 00:25:08.160 --> 00:25:10.020
  • The chances are highly likely
  • 00:25:10.020 --> 00:25:12.030
  • that they're there, places where
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  • God wants to meet with you.
  • 00:25:14.200 --> 00:25:17.020
  • But how do we identify and
  • 00:25:17.020 --> 00:25:18.230
  • recognize them?
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  • Well, you'll have to join me
  • 00:25:20.120 --> 00:25:22.210
  • next week right here to find out
  • 00:25:22.210 --> 00:25:24.160
  • the answer as we explore God's
  • 00:25:24.160 --> 00:25:26.150
  • Word together on another edition
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  • - Terry: Sometimes when I
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  • prepare a sermon, I can sense
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  • the membrane between heaven and
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  • earth thinning, and I realize
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  • this is not just a sermon, this
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