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The Principle of Purity

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January 15, 2020
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Pastor Robert explains the principle behind the second commandment and warns against idolatry.

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: He's goingto appoint mercy for you.
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  • He's going to ordainmercy for you.
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  • He's going to institute,bring about, produce, press,
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  • and squeeze mercy andblessings all over you
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  • and all over your descendantsfor a thousand generations.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: So we'rein a series called,
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  • "Relationship ThroughGod's Top Ten."
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  • And we're talking aboutthe ten commandments.
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  • We did the first commandmentwhich was, I believe that
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  • there's a principle behindeach commandment
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  • that is a principle ofrelationship.
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  • And so, we talked aboutthe principle of priority.
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  • This weekend, we're going totalk about the principle
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  • of purity, of purity.
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  • I believe this is the principlebehind the second command.
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  • Now, the reason why I wantto read Deuteronomy 18 first
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  • is because I want to again,set up this series
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  • and this message, because, thesecond commandment begins with
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  • these three words, "You willnot", or the Old King James,
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  • we say,"Thou shalt not".
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  • "Thou shalt not".
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  • "Thou shalt not".
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  • Thou shalt not.
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  • Okay.
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  • Seven out of the tencommandments begin
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  • with the words, "You will not".
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  • "You shall not".
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  • "You will not".
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  • Okay.
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  • But I want you to understandthat God is not saying
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  • that because he's a prude and hedoesn't want you
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  • to have any fun.
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  • It would be like you sayingto your children,
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  • "You will not playin the street.
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  • You will play in the yard".
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  • You're not doing thatbecause the street is more fun.
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  • You're doing thatbecause it's dangerous.
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  • You have to remember thatIsrael was leaving a pagan land,
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  • Egypt, and they wereentering a pagan land.
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  • They left the land of manygods and still Canaan
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  • was the land of many gods butanother say to it is it was
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  • the land of many idols.
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  • Absolutely horrible.
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  • They literally, listen towhat Psalm 106:37 says,
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  • "They even sacrificed theirsons and their daughters
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  • to demons".
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  • They were going into a landof idolatry and he was
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  • trying to warn them,don't get involved.
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  • So I want to show you this.
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  • You will not, in theDeuteronomy 18 passage
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  • to set up this secondcommandment and
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  • all the ten commandments, right?
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  • So it's like this.
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  • Deuteronomy 18:9 says, "Whenyou come into the land,
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  • which the Lord, your God, isgiving you, you shall not",
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  • see there it is again.
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  • "You shall not".
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  • "You shall not learn tofollow the abominations
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  • of those nations.
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  • There shall not be foundamong you anyone who makes
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  • his son or his daughter passthrough the fire", that means,
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  • they offer the children, theymade them walk
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  • in the fire alive.
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  • They burned them alive.
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  • "There shall not be anyonefound among you that does that
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  • or one who practiceswitchcraft or a soothsayer
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  • or one who interprets omensor a sorcerer or one
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  • who conjures spells or medium ora spirituous or one calls
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  • up the dead".
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  • And then, down in verse 14,the second part of verse 14,
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  • this is what he says.
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  • "As for you, the Lord yourGod, has not appointed
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  • such for you.
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  • The Lord, your God willraise up for you a Prophet",
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  • capital P, "like me fromyour midst", from your brethren,
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  • "Him", capital H, "You shallhear", this is talking
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  • about Jesus.
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  • Acts 3 is the fulfillmentof that prophecy.
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  • Verse 22, "For Moses trulysaid to the Father's,
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  • 'The Lord, your God will raiseup for you a Prophet',
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  • capital P, speaking ofJesus, "like me from your midst,
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  • from your brethren.
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  • Him, you shall hear in allthings whatever he says
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  • to you'.
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  • Now, here's whatDeuteronomy 18 is saying.
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  • He's saying the Lord has notappointed weird and spooky stuff
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  • for you, sorcerers andmediums and spirituous
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  • but what the Lord has appointedfor you is a personal
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  • relationship withJesus Christ.
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  • That's what he hasappointed for you.
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  • And so, the ten commandments,again, when he says.
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  • You shall not do thisbecause I have not appointed
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  • that stuff for you, idolatry andsacrificing your children,
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  • I have appointed foryou, relationship.
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  • So I'm telling you again,the ten commandments
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  • are about relationship.
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  • And the second commandment,I believe is the principle
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  • of purity.
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  • So let me go through thethree points that I have.
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  • Here's point number one.
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  • The danger of impurity.
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  • Now, in Exodus 20, if you'rethere, Exodus 20, the second
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  • commandment is three verses.
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  • So I'm going to take eachverse for one of the points
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  • that I have today, alright.
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  • So we'll first look at thefirst verse
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  • of the second commandment,which is Exodus 20:4.
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  • "You shall not".
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  • "You shall not, for yourgood, make for yourself
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  • a carved image".
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  • I want you to notice theword image because most will
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  • reduce this and say,"idol" and that's okay.
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  • It is referring to an idolbut we got to come back
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  • to the word image in a moment.
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  • "Any likeness of anythingthat is in Heaven above
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  • or that is in the Earth beneathor that is in the water
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  • under the Earth".
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  • Okay.
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  • The Canaanites worshipedidols more than any other
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  • people on theface of the Earth.
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  • They had idolsfor everything.
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  • For fertility, for rain, forblessings, all that
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  • and they made carved images.
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  • Now, you have to understandIsrael was the only nation
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  • that did not worship imagesof their God, only one.
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  • So he's saying,don't do this.
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  • By the way, Colossians 115,talking about Jesus,
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  • "He is the image of theinvisible God".
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  • Israel is the only one thathad the invisible God.
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  • So when they go in there,the Canaanites begin
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  • to talk to them about Gods andthe Canaanites begin --
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  • you have to understand, theyhad a personal God,
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  • a family God,and a National God.
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  • And here's the way thatthey tricked Israel.
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  • They said to them, oh, weunderstand that you have
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  • a National God, Jehovah.
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  • We have a National God toobut you need a personal God
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  • and you need a family God.
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  • And they told them youneeded Asherah as your
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  • personal God and you needBaal as your family God.
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  • And this is why all throughthe Old Testament you will see
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  • that Israel builtAsherah poles and Baal idols
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  • because God said to them --now, listen, when you go
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  • on that land they're going totry to deceive you and they did.
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  • Listen to some of thesescriptures, Judges 3:7,
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  • "So the children of Israel didevil in sight of the Lord.
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  • They forgot their Lord,their God and served the Baals
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  • and the Asherah's and,then when Elijah called everyone
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  • up on Mount Carmeland he called fire down,
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  • 1 King 18:19, "Now, thereforesin together all Israel to me
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  • on Mount Carmel the 450prophets of Baal and the 400
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  • prophets of Asherah whoeat at Jezebel's table".
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  • Remember, by the way, whenGod was telling Moses,
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  • "Own the mountain.
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  • Do not make an idol.
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  • Do not have a carved image",while he's telling Moses this,
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  • on the mountain, thechildren of Israel are at
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  • the bottom of the mountainmaking two golden calves.
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  • And they say, "These calvesbrought us out of Egypt".
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  • Now, sometimes I findhumor in the Bible.
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  • Just want you to --here's what they said.
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  • "These calves that we justmade brought us out of Egypt".
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  • How crazy.
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  • While God's telling them,"Don't have any images",
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  • they're alreadymaking an image.
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  • Now, think about this.
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  • The Canaanites believedthat the God's lived in Heaven
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  • and that when you carved animage, the God in Heaven
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  • of that image wouldput his spirit in that image.
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  • And then, they would takethat image around
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  • to the inner fields tobless their crops.
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  • They would make an image offertility and put it in
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  • their bedroom so theywould conceive.
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  • Okay.
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  • Who gave the Canaanites thatidea?
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  • Listen to me, Satan did.
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  • And you knowwhere he got it?
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  • Because God fashioned animage of himself on the Earth
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  • and puthis spirit in it.
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  • Genesis 1:26, he said, "Letus make man in our image".
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  • That's why there doesn'tneed to be another image
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  • of God on the Earth.
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  • You are the image of God onthe Earth and God puts
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  • His spirit in you.
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  • Now again, these areidols but think about
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  • the word, "image".
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  • The word image is the root wordof the word imagination.
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  • I almost named this message,The principle of reality,
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  • because when you live in afantasy world, when you live
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  • with imaginations that areungodly, if you imagine yourself
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  • with another personsexually than your spouse,
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  • if you imagine yourself inanother job or another house
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  • and I'm talking about whereyou can't be content,
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  • you can't be happy until you getthis raise or this promotion
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  • or this title or thisposition or this much money
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  • in the bank.
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  • When you begin to imagineyourself doing something other
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  • than what God hasprovided for you,
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  • you have an idol.
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  • You have an idol.
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  • So these are the dangers.
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  • This is the dangerof impurity.
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  • Let me tell you secondly,here are the consequences
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  • of impurity.
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  • This is the second verseof the second commandment.
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  • Verse 5, "You shall notbow down to them
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  • nor serve them".
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  • Now, here's whathe's telling them.
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  • We're going to go into moredetail what he's telling him.
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  • They're going totake into bondage.
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  • They're going to takeyou into bondage.
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  • You're going to serve them.
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  • Now, here's the reason why.
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  • "For I the Lord, your God,am a jealous God visiting",
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  • I want you notice thisword visiting because
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  • I think people have totallymisunderstood this as well.
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  • "visiting the inequitiesof the Father's upon
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  • the children to the third andfourth generations
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  • of those of who hate me".
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  • Okay.
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  • First of all, I want you tonotice that this happens
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  • to people who hate God,not people who love God.
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  • You can't imagine how this hadbeen misapplied
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  • in the body of Christ.
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  • This happens, he said, "Ivisit the inequities to the
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  • third and fourth generation ofthose who hate me".
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  • He's going to tell us ina moment what he does
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  • for those who love him.
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  • "To the third and fourthgeneration".
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  • Okay.
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  • Just think, it's not as --I just want people to understand
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  • the grace of Godeven in the Old Testament.
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  • He didn't say the wordvisiting, it's a great word.
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  • Think about visit.
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  • When you visit.
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  • Listen, he didn't say,"I'm going to cause these
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  • inequities to inhabitthe next generations".
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  • He said, but I am going tolet them visit them,
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  • not inhabit, but visit.
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  • Visit is a big word.
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  • So let me just tell you inthe natural how this could
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  • have happened.
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  • In Israel, most houses had fourgenerations living in one house.
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  • In my own life, my parentsare still alive and Debbie's
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  • mother is still alive.
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  • So when we gather forChristmas, Thanksgiving,
  • 00:12:01.546 --> 00:12:03.681
  • family functions, we have myparents and Debbie's mom,
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  • then Debbie and me, thenour children, and then,
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  • our grandchildren.
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  • How many generations?
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  • Four.
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  • Every holiday we havefour generations.
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  • So in Israel, fourgenerations living in a house.
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  • This is amazing.
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  • God said to the thirdand fourth generation.
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  • Think about, now my fatheris a very godly man.
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  • He's a very godly man.
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  • So this not applicableto him today at all.
  • 00:12:29.274 --> 00:12:32.377
  • But think about if my fatherwas an alcoholic and he showed
  • 00:12:32.477 --> 00:12:36.881
  • up at all thesefamily functions drunk.
  • 00:12:36.981 --> 00:12:40.485
  • It would influence, it wouldaffect my children
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  • and grandchildren, the thirdand fourth generation.
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  • Are you following me?Okay.
  • 00:12:47.892 --> 00:12:49.661
  • So God says, it'sgoing to do this.
  • 00:12:49.761 --> 00:12:51.763
  • But why would Godeven allow this?
  • 00:12:51.863 --> 00:12:53.865
  • Why would God say, "I amgoing to visit them"?
  • 00:12:53.965 --> 00:12:56.467
  • Well, he givesus the reason.
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  • "I'm a jealous God".
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  • "I'm a jealous God".
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  • I am jealous for youraffection so I'm going
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  • to do something to getyour affection.
  • 00:13:03.141 --> 00:13:04.909
  • Now, I'll explain to you ina moment how it does get
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  • your affection but let meexplain jealousy for a moment.
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  • Jealousy, is listed asa work of the flesh
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  • but there's a good jealousyand a bad jealousy.
  • 00:13:13.218 --> 00:13:15.954
  • The bad jealousy is you'rejealous for another person
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  • because of selfish reasons.
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  • The good jealousy, is you'rejealous of another person
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  • because of Godly reasons,because you love
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  • that person and don't wantanything to happen.
  • 00:13:24.362 --> 00:13:26.731
  • In the same way, listen, Godsays all through
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  • the Old Testament, "I am sojealous for Israel".
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  • He's not angry at them.
  • 00:13:33.638 --> 00:13:35.740
  • He's angry at the ones thatare taking them captive.
  • 00:13:35.840 --> 00:13:39.010
  • He's upset.
  • 00:13:39.110 --> 00:13:39.978
  • He's going to come in.
  • 00:13:40.078 --> 00:13:40.912
  • So why would hevisit the inequity?
  • 00:13:41.012 --> 00:13:43.047
  • Well, it's amazing.
  • 00:13:43.147 --> 00:13:44.883
  • It's because that inequityactually frustrates the next
  • 00:13:44.983 --> 00:13:50.121
  • generation so thatsearch for God.
  • 00:13:50.221 --> 00:13:54.425
  • They see the consequencesof the inequity like
  • 00:13:54.525 --> 00:13:58.863
  • an alcoholic in the family andthey decide,
  • 00:13:58.963 --> 00:14:01.799
  • I'm never going to have anythingto do with that.
  • 00:14:01.900 --> 00:14:03.768
  • As a matter of fact, theyhad a saying in Israel where
  • 00:14:03.868 --> 00:14:06.437
  • they misinterpreted thiscommandment and their saying
  • 00:14:06.537 --> 00:14:09.540
  • was, "A son shall die forthe sins of his father".
  • 00:14:09.641 --> 00:14:13.945
  • It's like our say, "Likefather, like, son".
  • 00:14:14.045 --> 00:14:16.247
  • Okay.
  • 00:14:16.347 --> 00:14:17.282
  • "A son shall die for thesins of his father".
  • 00:14:17.382 --> 00:14:18.783
  • In Ezekiel 18, I don't havetime to read the whole chapter
  • 00:14:18.883 --> 00:14:21.085
  • but God comes in and says, "Youwill no longer say that
  • 00:14:21.185 --> 00:14:24.722
  • because I am a just God".
  • 00:14:24.822 --> 00:14:26.457
  • And he says, andthis is what he says.
  • 00:14:26.557 --> 00:14:28.293
  • Let me just show you acouple scriptures if I have
  • 00:14:28.393 --> 00:14:29.961
  • an idea of where, okay,on the page, here it is.
  • 00:14:30.061 --> 00:14:31.963
  • Exodus 18:14, he says, "Ifhowever", this is the bad guy,
  • 00:14:32.063 --> 00:14:36.467
  • "be begets a son whosees all the sins which his
  • 00:14:36.567 --> 00:14:39.704
  • father has done andconsiders it ", thinks about it,
  • 00:14:39.804 --> 00:14:44.776
  • "but does not do likewise".
  • 00:14:44.876 --> 00:14:48.179
  • And then, in verse 17,"He", the son, "shall not die
  • 00:14:48.279 --> 00:14:51.516
  • for the inequity of his father.
  • 00:14:51.616 --> 00:14:53.184
  • He shall surely live".
  • 00:14:53.284 --> 00:14:55.219
  • He comes in and say, listen,I want to visit these inequities
  • 00:14:55.320 --> 00:14:57.855
  • on you but you have a choicewhether you're going to continue
  • 00:14:57.956 --> 00:15:00.625
  • in that way or not.
  • 00:15:00.725 --> 00:15:02.527
  • And if you'll turn fromthat, if you'll consider
  • 00:15:02.627 --> 00:15:04.395
  • it and turn -- remember I usedthat illustration
  • 00:15:04.495 --> 00:15:06.364
  • about my father.
  • 00:15:06.464 --> 00:15:07.732
  • My father grew up inan alcoholic home.
  • 00:15:07.832 --> 00:15:11.469
  • He saw alcoholism.
  • 00:15:11.569 --> 00:15:14.072
  • We never had a drop ofanything in the house.
  • 00:15:14.172 --> 00:15:18.142
  • You want to know why?
  • 00:15:18.242 --> 00:15:19.377
  • Because he saw it, heconsidered it, and listen to me,
  • 00:15:19.477 --> 00:15:23.381
  • and he broke thatgenerational curse
  • 00:15:23.481 --> 00:15:26.284
  • over our family because heturned away from it.
  • 00:15:26.384 --> 00:15:35.560
  • So you got the dangers ofimpurity, the consequences,
  • 00:15:35.660 --> 00:15:39.764
  • and then, look at theblessings of purity.
  • 00:15:39.864 --> 00:15:42.266
  • Here's point three.
  • 00:15:42.367 --> 00:15:43.501
  • The blessings of purity inverse 6, which is the third
  • 00:15:43.601 --> 00:15:46.537
  • verse of the secondcommandment, but, "But",
  • 00:15:46.637 --> 00:15:51.209
  • in other words, he justsaid, "I'm going to visit
  • 00:15:51.309 --> 00:15:52.510
  • the inequities to the thirdand fourth generation of those
  • 00:15:52.610 --> 00:15:54.712
  • who hate me but",but, "showing mercy
  • 00:15:54.812 --> 00:16:01.452
  • to thousands", and theimplication here is generation
  • 00:16:01.552 --> 00:16:05.623
  • and you say,well, how do you know that?
  • 00:16:05.723 --> 00:16:07.225
  • Well, I'll back it upwith another scripture.
  • 00:16:07.325 --> 00:16:09.327
  • "To those who love me andkeep my commandments".
  • 00:16:09.427 --> 00:16:13.431
  • And let me show you anotherscripture because a lot
  • 00:16:13.531 --> 00:16:14.732
  • of people say, well, that'sjust thousands of people not
  • 00:16:14.832 --> 00:16:16.467
  • thousands of generations.
  • 00:16:16.567 --> 00:16:17.769
  • The problem is there arethree other scriptures
  • 00:16:17.869 --> 00:16:19.404
  • that state, "Thousandsof generations".
  • 00:16:19.504 --> 00:16:21.672
  • In Deuteronomy 7,Deuteronomy by the way,
  • 00:16:21.773 --> 00:16:23.541
  • is the second law.
  • 00:16:23.641 --> 00:16:25.376
  • You got Exodus as the law,Deuteronomy is the second law.
  • 00:16:25.476 --> 00:16:27.779
  • In other words,the law repeated.
  • 00:16:27.879 --> 00:16:29.213
  • Deuteronomy 7:9, "Therefore,know that the Lord, your God,
  • 00:16:29.313 --> 00:16:32.583
  • he is God, the faithfulGod who keeps covenant
  • 00:16:32.683 --> 00:16:36.187
  • and mercy for a thousandgenerations with those
  • 00:16:36.287 --> 00:16:40.525
  • who love him and keephis commandments".
  • 00:16:40.625 --> 00:16:45.563
  • Isn't that cool?
  • 00:16:45.663 --> 00:16:47.298
  • I mean, and so many times,again, we read the Old Testament
  • 00:16:47.398 --> 00:16:50.301
  • and we see judgment, law, allthis stuff and yet,
  • 00:16:50.401 --> 00:16:55.073
  • all of it is for relationship.
  • 00:16:55.173 --> 00:16:57.975
  • It's all for good.
  • 00:16:58.076 --> 00:16:59.977
  • God doesn't want you towalk in impurity because
  • 00:17:00.078 --> 00:17:01.913
  • it affects yourrelationship with him.
  • 00:17:02.013 --> 00:17:04.782
  • He wants to have a purerelationship with you
  • 00:17:04.882 --> 00:17:06.684
  • and it not only will affect you,but it will affect your children
  • 00:17:06.784 --> 00:17:09.687
  • and your grandchildren and yourgreat grandchildren.
  • 00:17:09.787 --> 00:17:13.157
  • You should get -- Rabbi Consantlast week,
  • 00:17:13.257 --> 00:17:14.926
  • if there's anything in yourlife that you know is impure,
  • 00:17:15.026 --> 00:17:18.129
  • wrong, you need toget it out of your life.
  • 00:17:18.229 --> 00:17:19.864
  • That's exactly right.
  • 00:17:19.964 --> 00:17:21.265
  • It's exactly rightbecause it's going to affect
  • 00:17:21.365 --> 00:17:24.702
  • your purity, yourrelationship with God.
  • 00:17:24.802 --> 00:17:28.406
  • Now, we talked aboutthe word visiting.
  • 00:17:28.506 --> 00:17:30.641
  • Let me just tell you just amoment about
  • 00:17:30.741 --> 00:17:31.742
  • the word showing, showing.
  • 00:17:31.843 --> 00:17:34.045
  • Okay.
  • 00:17:34.145 --> 00:17:35.613
  • This word showing is aHebrew word and it's translated
  • 00:17:35.713 --> 00:17:38.683
  • other ways.
  • 00:17:38.783 --> 00:17:40.785
  • Some of the ways it'stranslated are fashion,
  • 00:17:40.885 --> 00:17:44.889
  • accomplish, prepare,appoint, ordain, institute,
  • 00:17:44.989 --> 00:17:48.826
  • bring about, produce,press, and squeeze.
  • 00:17:48.926 --> 00:17:52.597
  • Okay.
  • 00:17:52.697 --> 00:17:53.431
  • I want you tothink about this.
  • 00:17:53.531 --> 00:17:54.732
  • God is going tofashion mercy for you.
  • 00:17:54.832 --> 00:17:59.837
  • He's going to accomplish it.
  • 00:17:59.937 --> 00:18:01.606
  • He's going to preparemercy for you.
  • 00:18:01.706 --> 00:18:03.207
  • He's going to appointmercy for you.
  • 00:18:03.307 --> 00:18:04.775
  • He's going to ordainmercy for you.
  • 00:18:04.876 --> 00:18:06.444
  • He's going to institute,bring about, produce, press,
  • 00:18:06.544 --> 00:18:10.214
  • and squeeze mercy andblessing all over you
  • 00:18:10.314 --> 00:18:14.619
  • and all over your decedents fora thousand generations.
  • 00:18:14.719 --> 00:18:18.289
  • If you'll simply love himand keep his commandments.
  • 00:18:18.389 --> 00:18:22.593
  • So please hear me.
  • 00:18:22.693 --> 00:18:24.028
  • The ten commandmentsaren't bad.
  • 00:18:24.128 --> 00:18:26.430
  • Paul says that even in theNew Testament, he says,
  • 00:18:26.531 --> 00:18:28.166
  • they're not bad.
  • 00:18:28.266 --> 00:18:28.933
  • The commandments aren't bad.
  • 00:18:29.033 --> 00:18:30.301
  • They're good.
  • 00:18:30.401 --> 00:18:31.869
  • And what they're doing isthey're not this list of,
  • 00:18:31.969 --> 00:18:34.639
  • thou shalt not, thou shaltnot, thou shalt not because
  • 00:18:34.739 --> 00:18:36.707
  • God doesn't want us playingin the street because
  • 00:18:36.807 --> 00:18:39.010
  • the street is more fun.
  • 00:18:39.110 --> 00:18:41.479
  • They are a list ofprinciples that if we understand
  • 00:18:41.579 --> 00:18:44.782
  • this principle,it's going to bless us
  • 00:18:44.882 --> 00:18:47.418
  • and it's going to bless everyonethat lives after us, everyone.
  • 00:18:47.518 --> 00:18:52.757
  • Some of you know that wehave three children, Josh,
  • 00:18:52.857 --> 00:18:56.360
  • James, and Elaine.
  • 00:18:56.460 --> 00:18:57.762
  • Two boys and a girl and then,their spouses and grandchildren.
  • 00:18:57.862 --> 00:19:01.666
  • Elaine lived a double lifefor about two years when she
  • 00:19:01.766 --> 00:19:05.169
  • was a teenager, a lateteenager and we knew
  • 00:19:05.269 --> 00:19:11.776
  • that her attitude was wrong.
  • 00:19:11.876 --> 00:19:13.678
  • And some of you who have hadolder children, you've gone
  • 00:19:13.778 --> 00:19:15.880
  • through something like this.
  • 00:19:15.980 --> 00:19:17.148
  • You can see it in theirattitude but we didn't know
  • 00:19:17.248 --> 00:19:19.383
  • how wrong her actions wereduring that time until
  • 00:19:19.483 --> 00:19:22.119
  • she confessed to us.
  • 00:19:22.220 --> 00:19:23.821
  • But for about two years wedid what any parent would do
  • 00:19:23.921 --> 00:19:27.358
  • and that's pray and seek Godand try to get through
  • 00:19:27.458 --> 00:19:29.894
  • and try to talk and dowhat we could do.
  • 00:19:29.994 --> 00:19:32.463
  • And the only reason I'msharing this, by the way,
  • 00:19:32.563 --> 00:19:34.498
  • is she shares this publicly.
  • 00:19:34.599 --> 00:19:36.234
  • She's actually preaching atPastor Tim Ross's church today
  • 00:19:36.334 --> 00:19:39.337
  • so she teaches and preaches andconferences and all now
  • 00:19:39.437 --> 00:19:42.740
  • and loves the Lord,serves the Lord,
  • 00:19:42.840 --> 00:19:44.208
  • godly husband, Ethan.
  • 00:19:44.308 --> 00:19:46.544
  • But she walked away from theLord for about two years
  • 00:19:46.644 --> 00:19:48.846
  • and she did it privately.
  • 00:19:48.946 --> 00:19:49.880
  • She had a secret life.
  • 00:19:49.981 --> 00:19:52.717
  • And so, she repented,came back to the Lord
  • 00:19:52.817 --> 00:19:56.954
  • and probably, truly gotsaved at 19 years old.
  • 00:19:57.054 --> 00:19:59.323
  • And she said to, after sherepented, she came to Debbie
  • 00:19:59.423 --> 00:20:02.660
  • and me and she said, "I needto confess some things
  • 00:20:02.760 --> 00:20:05.329
  • to you guys".
  • 00:20:05.429 --> 00:20:07.031
  • So we went outside on thepatio to talk and in our house,
  • 00:20:07.131 --> 00:20:14.238
  • we have agrandchildren candy jar.
  • 00:20:14.338 --> 00:20:18.209
  • Just so you know, it'sfor grandchildren and papaw.
  • 00:20:18.309 --> 00:20:21.979
  • But anyway, so I gotthose little Tootsie Rolls.
  • 00:20:22.079 --> 00:20:28.052
  • You know the littleones, you know, okay.
  • 00:20:28.152 --> 00:20:29.720
  • So I got two ofthose Tootsie Rolls.
  • 00:20:29.820 --> 00:20:31.589
  • We go outside.
  • 00:20:31.689 --> 00:20:32.690
  • I don't know what allshe's going to confess.
  • 00:20:32.790 --> 00:20:33.824
  • Well, I start eating oneof the Tootsie Rolls.
  • 00:20:33.924 --> 00:20:35.493
  • She starts confessingand it's pretty bad.
  • 00:20:35.593 --> 00:20:39.130
  • And my heart begins to breakfor my daughter and so,
  • 00:20:39.230 --> 00:20:42.933
  • I didn't eat thesecond Tootsie Roll.
  • 00:20:43.034 --> 00:20:45.169
  • So we talked.
  • 00:20:45.269 --> 00:20:46.037
  • We loved her.
  • 00:20:46.137 --> 00:20:47.238
  • We prayed for her, prayedover her, things like that.
  • 00:20:47.338 --> 00:20:49.974
  • And we're reunited.
  • 00:20:50.074 --> 00:20:52.176
  • And when I went in thatnight, I saw this Tootsie Roll
  • 00:20:52.276 --> 00:20:55.479
  • in my pocket and Istarted to throw it away
  • 00:20:55.579 --> 00:20:58.649
  • and I felt like the Lordsaid, "Keep that".
  • 00:20:58.749 --> 00:21:02.386
  • And so, I put it awaysomewhere and I kept it.
  • 00:21:02.486 --> 00:21:05.222
  • Six months later, now, she'smet Ethan,
  • 00:21:05.323 --> 00:21:07.725
  • who's her husband now,a godly man.
  • 00:21:07.825 --> 00:21:09.960
  • She's been serving the Lord.
  • 00:21:10.061 --> 00:21:11.395
  • She's going great and westarted talking during
  • 00:21:11.495 --> 00:21:15.433
  • that time.
  • 00:21:15.533 --> 00:21:16.600
  • We even went to a counselortogether because some
  • 00:21:16.701 --> 00:21:18.636
  • of the reasons she rebelledwas her response to me.
  • 00:21:18.736 --> 00:21:22.707
  • And I failed herin some ways.
  • 00:21:22.807 --> 00:21:24.975
  • The church was large andthat's not your fault,
  • 00:21:25.076 --> 00:21:28.179
  • it's my fault.
  • 00:21:28.279 --> 00:21:29.747
  • The television.
  • 00:21:29.847 --> 00:21:30.581
  • The books.
  • 00:21:30.681 --> 00:21:31.315
  • The things like that.
  • 00:21:31.415 --> 00:21:32.616
  • I didn't know how to handlesome of that stuff and again,
  • 00:21:32.717 --> 00:21:34.952
  • that's not an excuse.
  • 00:21:35.052 --> 00:21:36.320
  • She understands it's areason but it's not an excuse.
  • 00:21:36.420 --> 00:21:39.423
  • But I wasn't there then forher during some formidable
  • 00:21:39.523 --> 00:21:42.593
  • teenage years as muchas I should have been.
  • 00:21:42.693 --> 00:21:45.096
  • So I began to ask her thingslike that of,
  • 00:21:45.196 --> 00:21:47.531
  • how did I fail you?
  • 00:21:47.631 --> 00:21:48.632
  • How can I ask yourforgiveness and make that up
  • 00:21:48.733 --> 00:21:51.001
  • to you during thatsix month time?
  • 00:21:51.102 --> 00:21:53.104
  • Once of the things she said,she said, "Dad, this is so small
  • 00:21:53.204 --> 00:21:57.108
  • but it's just been in my heartbut it's a small thing".
  • 00:21:57.208 --> 00:22:00.711
  • So I said, "What is it"?
  • 00:22:00.811 --> 00:22:01.979
  • Well, when she was threeyears old, we were driving
  • 00:22:02.079 --> 00:22:05.049
  • to Dallas one day and it wasat night and where Reunion
  • 00:22:05.149 --> 00:22:08.419
  • Tower was lighted.
  • 00:22:08.519 --> 00:22:10.221
  • You ever seen where ReunionTower when it lights
  • 00:22:10.321 --> 00:22:11.822
  • and the lights flash and allthat.
  • 00:22:11.922 --> 00:22:13.557
  • And it's the first timeshe had ever seen it.
  • 00:22:13.657 --> 00:22:15.426
  • And so, she's three and so,she said this, she said,
  • 00:22:15.526 --> 00:22:18.295
  • "Dad, look at that".
  • 00:22:18.396 --> 00:22:20.197
  • I said, "Yeah,isn't it pretty"?
  • 00:22:20.297 --> 00:22:21.298
  • And she said, "Yeah, Dad,please buy that for me".
  • 00:22:21.399 --> 00:22:27.805
  • Well, obviously, I can't buy
  • 00:22:27.905 --> 00:22:29.974
  • Reunion Tower for her so Isaid, "Well, sugar,
  • 00:22:30.074 --> 00:22:31.809
  • I can't buy that".
  • 00:22:31.909 --> 00:22:33.911
  • I said, "But it'sa restaurant".
  • 00:22:34.011 --> 00:22:35.379
  • And I said, "I tell youwhat, when you get older
  • 00:22:35.479 --> 00:22:43.254
  • I'll take you on adate to Reunion Tower".
  • 00:22:43.354 --> 00:22:50.661
  • And I forgot all about that.
  • 00:22:50.761 --> 00:22:54.131
  • But she didn'tforget about it.
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  • And she said, "Dad, it'sjust a small thing
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  • but you never did that".
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  • And so, we set up a date andwhile I was getting ready
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  • to take her to Reunion Tower,the Lord spoke something
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  • to my heart and I put thatTootsie Roll in my pocket.
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  • And so, we had our dinner.
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  • Two days later I knew thatEthan was going
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  • to propose to her.
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  • He had already talkedto us about it.
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  • And I said to her afterdinner, I said,
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  • "You want some desert"?
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  • She said, "Yeah."
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  • And I pulled that TootsieRoll out and she said,
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  • "That's our desert"?
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  • I said, "Well, we canorder something else
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  • in a moment".
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  • But I said, "Do you haveany idea what this is"?
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  • She said, "No".
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  • And so, I told her aboutthe two Tootsie Rolls
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  • and I said, "The Lord told methat you and I are going to eat
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  • this Tootsie Roll tonightbecause we're closing
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  • the chapter on the time youwalked away from God
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  • and we're breaking those cursesto our future generations.
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  • And we atethat Tootsie Roll.
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  • It was horrible.
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  • It was --
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  • Are you hearing me?
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  • When He said, "You shall not",it's not because He
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  • doesn't want you to have fun.
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  • It's because he wants you towalk in a pure relationship
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  • with him.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: God really doeswant us to have
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  • a pure relationship with him.
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  • These ten commandments arenot about you shall not,
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  • you shall not.
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  • These ten commandments areprinciples of how we can have
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  • a better relationshipwith God and a better
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  • relationship with others.
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  • If there's an area ofimpurity in your life,
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  • not because God's mad at you,but because God loves you,
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  • I want you to layit down today.
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  • Hey, thanks somuch for watching.
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  • I hope you join me next timeas I continue this series,
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  • Relationship, throughGod's top ten.
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  • ANNOUNCER: Thank you for joiningus for today's program
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  • as Pastor Robert shares amessage from his series
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  • "Relationship".
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  • God really loves you and wantsto have a closer relationship
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  • with you, however, when we thinkof the ten commandments,
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  • many of us think of a list ofrules telling us what not to do.
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  • But the truth is, God designedthe ten commandments as a way
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  • for us to have a relationshipwith Him.
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  • You are so valuable to God,and His plan for your life
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  • has always been for you tothrive in your relationship
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  • with Him, and in therelationships with people
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  • around you.
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  • In fact, relationship with youhas always been,
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  • and always will be His numberone priority.
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  • Throughout this in-depthteaching series, Pastor Robert
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  • will walk you through the tencommandments,
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  • and help you discover how eachcommandment is actually
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  • a principle that draws us into adeeper relationship with Him.
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  • As you find relationship throughGod's top ten,
  • 00:26:10.194 --> 00:26:12.463
  • your relationship with the Lordwill begin to grow to new
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  • depths, and you'll learn moreabout His heart
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  • in designing these principleswith you in mind.
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  • [Phone ringing]
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  • NARRATOR: One day you wake upasking yourself.
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  • WOMAN: When will it ever end?
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  • [Dishes clanking]No, no, no, no...
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  • It's due when?
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  • No, no, no, no,no, no, no, no!
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  • [Whimpering]
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  • [Clock ticking]
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  • [Snoring]
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  • Our fourth quarter TPS --SON: He followed me home.
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  • [Screaming]Can I keep him?
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  • WOMAN: So, when does it all end?
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  • I discovered itcan end every week.
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  • HUSBAND: Hey, tomorrow'sour day off.
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  • [Sighing]
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