You can turn your Bibles with me. Pleased to first Samuel chapter eight. First Samuel chapter eight. Let’s pray.
So there it’s it’s with Moses that we pray. Please show us your glory this morning. Open our eyes. Let us not be hard-hearted a blind sieved but I asked that instead, we would see the truth of what matters. I pray that our site or perception would match up with yours. Yeah. Give us a vision of the glory of Jesus Christ today. And your name. I pray.
Well, it was a few weeks ago in our small group that our group came over to our house. We were sitting around the living room. We had just finished, me and my wife, they project in our house, a built-ins along one of the walls of our living room. Part of them were painted and the other part of them were stained. And during our conversations I was describing to the people how it had a glossy finish. We finished it with a glossy finish, but I would have much rather had not a glossy finish. More of kind of that flat finish. And I was saying, I must’ve said it three or four times before someone challenged me on it. I was saying I’m a matte TAFE finish. I would prefer a Matt Tay finish to a glossy finish cause you know, you pronounce it latte not lot. Right?
Well finally someone worked up the courage to challenge my pronunciation of it and my wife back then, which immediately gave it much more authority. And so everybody was going back and forth and basically everyone agreed, no, it’s Matt, it’s not Matt Tay pastor. You don’t know how to pronounce anything. So in a moment of arrogant defiance, aye YouTube to the correct pronunciation of the word on my phone, and I turned the volume up as loud as I could on my phone and it’s just like a five second clip pronouncing the word and I’m sure I’m going to be right and vindicated in front of everyone. And they go met in this nice deep boys pronunciation. And so everybody had a good laugh at pastor. Trey’s expense. It’s not the first time I’ve pronounced words incorrectly are mess with the English language in a wrong way. But that gives you hopefully a understanding, a little bit of our topic today. I was so convinced I was right. So convinced my perception on the situation. I was like, no, this makes sense. It’s a lot latte. So it’s Matay. It’s logical, right?
There is a fundamental problem that you and I have let all people have. That is our perception. The way we see things can sometimes be very off in ways that are much worse than how you pronounce Matt. It could have to do with the very core of who we are, the choices that we make, how we view Jesus, how we view God. Those opinions, those perceptions. It can be clouded. And sometimes very often we see this pictured in Genesis chapter three, verse six, which this entire series is based off of. The woman saw that the tree was good for food and so she took it and ate it. She saw in her mind she was right in her mind that was good for her. Even though God had already said in so many words, it’s not going to be good for you. It’s going to be bad.
You’re going to die if you eat that. But she said, nah, it’s going to be good. The perception was wrong. The way she saw things was wrong. So my goal, I want to give you this today. I want you to see this as a fundamental problem. We each have in different ways, in a different times. I want you to confront within yourself the possibility that you may not be seeing things correctly. Then I want us to look at the answer. That’s where we’re going. That’s where we’re driving and we’re going to do it in the text for Samuel is a story. About the first Kings, the last judge and the first Kings. In Israel, they have a made their way out of Egypt. There in the promised land, they’d been judged by called judges for a several centuries. Now. And many of these judges were wicked, wicked judges.
They function something like a King. They had a great deal of authority, but not absolute monarchical authority. They influenced the people tried are, should have been influencing the people toward God. Samuel namesake of the book likely wrote most of first and second Samuel. Samuel himself was the last judge before the Baton was passed, so to speak. We enter the story with Samuel’s birth and then Eli is there as one of the judges and Eli actually kinda raises Samuel. And both of these here are contrasted in the early books. I want you to understand something about first Samuel one and really all the narrative scriptures and narrative principle for you to write down and remember, okay? The biblical authors, they, they shoot for the goal of saying things in as few of words as possible submitted narratives, particularly their goal is not to give you details.
How many of you like to read books? How many of you have read the Lord of the rings books? Okay, phew, okay. You know, if you read any books today, and especially if you’ve read the Lord of the rings books, there is a fascination with modern authors and giving as much detail as possible. Difficult authors are the exact opposite. In fact, the lack of detail is the black backdrop so that the details they do give can come into focus. So any time somebody gives you a seemingly insignificant detail in the word of God, there’s a reason he’s pointing you towards something and he does that many, many, many, many, many times. In first Samuel with sight, with scene, in fact for Samuel, it begins, it begins the same as birth. He’s in the temple and it says in first Samuel three one that there was no frequent vision.
God wasn’t appearing to people, they didn’t see him, and then you’re introduced to Eli in verse two and Eli, his eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, he was lying down in his own place. Listen that that narrative detail does not move the plot forward whatsoever. In this story. There’s tons of things they could have told us about Eli, but they chose to tell us about his failing site, which becomes an illustration of of the Israelites that none of could really see. That’s contrast stud with Samuel in chapter three at the very end of the chapter, look at verse 21 and the Lord appeared to Samuel again at Shiloh for the Lord reveal himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the Lord the word. See. And the word revealed there, the same word in Hebrew. It’s that C again.
Now here’s the thing. Apparently God revealed himself to Samuel twice. But that didn’t happen with the common Israelite in those days. And it didn’t happen with Eli in those days, but it happened with Samuel. So Samuel is being contrasted with Eli as one who can see. Okay, you just got to keep that in your mind because more details come up, you lie in the next chapter, chapter four is gonna die. And Samuel in one sense is gonna come to the point of authority in Israel. And that chapter for the arc, a precious emblem of worship with God is lost to the Philistines. They capture it and take it away. And in the chapter, shortly after that, the arc is brought back and you’ve got redundancies built into the narrative, repetitive reboot. Redundant. Okay. Over and over again, the people of Beth Shemesh in chapter six verse 13 we’re reaping their harvests in the Valley. And when they lifted up their eyes and saw the arc, they rejoiced to see it. You see how many times they’re talking about sight there?
They don’t have to use that many words. In fact, the goal of Hebrew narrative is to use as few words as possible, but instead they say three times that they saw the arc. It’s little hints like this. Probably the most significant one is the fact in chapter nine verse nine that in those days when a man want to inquire of God, he said, come let us go see the seer. Because in those days, prophet was called a seer. Guess what word that is? Okay. These little details are not just meant to give you flavor because the biblical authors are writing with psychological significance in mind, not just to entertain you. So when they give you that detail, you know, Oh site. Okay, scene. All right. So they’re going here in this passage to Samuel, he’s called the seer, the one who should be able to see, we saw that in chapter three.
He does see the Lord, right? And there’s other details I’ve just given you kind of the skim details, but there’s tons of redundancies unimportant details about site and eyes that are given in these first nine chapters as hints to say, Hey, site is important. Seeing the way you see as important in the book of first Samuel. Okay, now that you have that in your mind, all right, I want you to look at chapter eight with me and I want you to remember the designed pattern that I talked about last week. Remember what a design pattern was. Biblical authors will use the same language, the same story, sometimes the same locations, although not here to say that this story here is mapped, is very similar, connected to the fall narrative. And you’ll remember chapter three and verse six of Genesis three. And that says, so when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was a delight to the eyes and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate and also gave some to her husband who was with her and he ate.
So this passage ends up being designed after that as a way to hint at us to say, Hey, what Israel’s doing right now is the same thing that Eve and Adam did in the garden when they decided that they knew what was best, when they saw this world a certain way and they were wrong. That’s what the Israelites are doing in first same. That’s what we’re kind of driving towards. So the first tent is in chapter eight. Alright? Chapter eight Israel comes to demand a King. There’s details given, it’s almost like a pattern where Eli has two sons who are wicked. Samuel also has two sons that are wicked. And because of that, they feel like, well, the line of Samuel, the people of Israel are like the line of Samuel can’t really lead us in justice because they’re taking bribes. These sons of Samuel.
And so they come and they say, behold, verse five you are old. How many of you would like to have somebody come to you and say that behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a King to judge us like all the nations. But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, give us a King to judge us. And Samuel prayed to the Lord and the Lord said to Samuel, obey the voice of the people and all that they say to do to to you for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being King over him. Now I would argue, I’ve argued this with some of you, that God always planned to have Kings rule in Israel but not like this. Not like this. Notice the motivation for them. They want a King to be like all the other nations.
But you know what? Deuteronomy 17 go read it later. Civic saying, Hey, when you get a King, this is the kind of King you should get. He’s not to make marriage alliances, not to marry into different families, to make alliances with a neighboring nations. He’s not to amass a lot of wealth and he’s not to make big standing armies. You know what? Every King, including David and Solomon do in the Bible, those things, all three of those things. The only requirement for the King in Deuteronomy 17 is to know the law. Literally, they were supposed to copy hand copy down the the law and know it and meditate on it and think on it and have that form. The way they rule to lead the people and justice that was their only job. Just know the Bible and none of them did it. See, they weren’t looking for a King who would lead them in righteousness and justice, although they use that excuse was Samuel your, your, your kids aren’t gonna lead us there now.
They want a King to be like all the nations around them. They’re trusting in what their eyes say will be power to protect them. The thing displeases Samuel, so he goes to God and God says, obey the voice. Some of your translations might have listen or hear the voice. Those are good too. The word for obey is Shamar. It’s the same word in chapter three verse 17 of Genesis when it says, because you have listened to the voice of your wife and it goes on to curse the ground because of their disobedience. It’s the same phrase. In fact, it’s the way the Bible talks about our disobedience. There are times when God gives us what we should obey. And then there are times when we listen to other voices, either one another, our own narratives about what we think we should do, whatever. But every time you see it in the Bible, you should go back to Genesis three if not directly, then indirectly you should be thinking that.
So anytime you see, obey the voice, listened to the voice, hear the voice, whatever, underline those in your Bible and think Genesis three cause that’s what’s going on here. So when he says that this is connected really closely to something that is probably the most said words in all history. It’s called the Shema. Israelites have said this multiple times a day for millennia, many millennia. It’s from Deuteronomy six and another passage in Deuteronomy, Deuteronomy six, verse four. You might, it might be familiar to you hear, Oh, Israel, the Lord our God. The Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your might. And he goes on to instruct how you pass that down in generations. The first word there, here is our word for obey. It’s the same exact word because in Hebrew there’s no word for obey.
The only word for obey is listen, it’s Shama. So it’s like I take my son take one of my children. I take his cheeks in my hand, I pulled him clothes, I look in his eyes and say, did you hear what I said? And he says, yes, but did you listen? It’s the second one. It’s not just about hearing sound waves, it’s about listening with your heart. And an obedience because of it. That’s the word Shama. So we see that and they, and this is actually an exchange to what’s happening here, is got us saying, the people, the Israelites, they’re the, the, the, the woman there, even this case, and they’re leading you away from God. But God, he could have said no, but he actually respects in one sense their decision. He’s, and he gives them over to their sin. He says, okay, you want a King?
Go take a King. We’ll see how that happens. See how that works.
Then you see in verses 10 through 18, God describe exactly how that will work. He’s going to take, take, take, take, take, take, take. Five times it’s take, I said, take more than five there. But it’s the same word as she took the fruit in Genesis three. He’s going to take all your sons. He’s gonna take all your daughters. You can take all your services. He’s going to take all your goods. He’s going to take, take, take, take. This is the, the, the phrase here as it’s developing, but that’s not it. So they, they the Lord grants Israel’s request. And then we’re entered into chapter nine. Chapter nine is where we are introduced to who will be the next King, who God knows. Everyone in Israel will assess as good. In fact, look at verse one of chapter nine. There was a man from Benjamin whose name was Kish, son of a bile son of his Aurora, son of [inaudible], son of a fire, a Benjamin. I know, I have no idea if I pronounce this correctly. A man of wealth. And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. Stop right there.
The word handsome is tope and Hebrew. It’s the same word for the woman. Saw that the tree was Tobe for food, was good for food. He was a good man by all outward appearances, including as we will see in a moment. You looked good. Okay, go on. If you’re not seeing the emphasis on him being Tobe here yet, and he had a son whose name is Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more Tobe than he from his shoulders upward. He was taller than any of the people. So what is Tobe mean here? Tov is focusing on his height. That’s going to be important because we’re going to be introduced to a very, very tall person later on in the book, a Goliath of a man, if you will.
He’s a to-be. Saul is a to-be man and that he’s tall. And so all of the people of Israel look at Saul and they say, that’s good. That’s the evaluation of him because he’s tall. He’ll probably make a good King. Okay, you go on, you keep reading. There’s this story, weird story. The donkeys getting lost. A saw makes his way to the area where Samuel is because he’s searching for these donkeys. And you look down to verse 16. Oh, and in here, verse nine we already mentioned this earlier, verse nine, formerly in Israel, when a man want to inquire of God, he, he said, come, let us go. See the seer. Go to the seer for today’s profit was formerly called a C or keep that in mind. Okay. Verse 15. Now, the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed to Samuel tomorrow about this time I will send to you a man from the land of Benjamin. You shall anoint him to be priest over my people, Israel. You shall save my people from the hand of his the Philistines. That’s his job. I’m going to anoint Saul to be King. That’s his job. He’s to deliver the people from Philistine and all you think he’s going to be able to do that because he’s tall.
Where I’ve seen my people, because the cry has come to me. It’s a soft reference back to the key and enables story. Verse 17, when Samuel saw, it’s the same word, rah saw when Samuel saw Saul try saying that 10 times fast. The Lord’s told him, here is the man of whom I spoke to you. He, it is who shall restrain my people? There’s an entrance. There’s an ironic entrance here. He’s the one, right? Cause he’s super tall, so he’s super to-be. He’s gotta be the right one. Verse 19 and 20 Samuel set answered, saw I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place for today. You shall eat with me. And in the morning I will you go. And I will tell you that all, all that is on your mind. So Saul’s inquiring of Samuel some some questions as for your donkeys they were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them for they have been found for and for whom is all that is desirable in eat in Israel.
Is it not for you and for all your father’s house. The word desirable there is from the word desirable to make one wise in our passage in Genesis three six and finally verse 22 then Samuel took Saul and his young man and brought them into the hall and gave them a place at the head of those who were invited. So he takes him and he puts him, he gives the him as a King in front of all the leaders. You see all the language, it’s all connected backward in this story. And it’s not the only one. There’s actually a couple of others that are really interesting connections back as well. I won’t get into it, but when he’s anointed as King, there is descriptions of how he’s picked to be King and then they cast lots. It’s kind of an odd detail to include.
And then the fact that he goes and he hides after he’s picked to be King for a while among luggage and they find him and then they make him King. Everybody’s really happy about them because they see them and they’re like, wow, there’s an unlike him. Well both those details about being hidden and about the lots, those connect back to the akin story that we will cover in a couple of weeks in June. Joshua, the akin story where he takes goods that were not his to take and hides them and then lots our cast to figure out who it was. And finally, Aiken will go on to confess. There’s also a really interesting word. I, this is just details I know, but stay with me for a minute. Cause some of you love this stuff, right? The word in Genesis three six, where it says desirable to make one wise is the word sick call.
I think I’m pronouncing that right. Sick call. All right. That word, the most concentrated use of that word is in first Samuel chapter 18. After you follow the narrative saw, we’ll end up getting rejected as King because he disobeyed God. So then David is anointed as King. In chapter 16, David shows that he’s got the stuff. It’s not just about how tall you are, but it’s going to be about another characteristic that God sees that no one else sees. And then in chapter 18, it says four different times that David was successful in all, he did literally wise, the same word from Genesis three six, it has this idea of knowhow. You’re successful because you know what you’re doing, you’re trained, you know what you’re doing. That’s the picture. All of these connections back. I wanted to lay the foundation and now I want to stop and say, so what the, so what of this story of of Adam and Eve, the so what of the story of the Israelites wanting a King is that sometimes people’s perception of what is good and bad can be very off. This is the problem with our site. Our perception is really off. We can in the same day think two ways about the same thing. How many of you are like, yeah, that’s me. How about I give you some examples of this because I want you to see this. Okay, how about you get into a fight with your spouse and about 15 minutes into the fight you realize you’re the one who’s in the wrong.
What do you do? Now you can, you can double down, and some of us do that double down and say no and argue even harder for your way, but then you step back and you’re like,
Oh, is this worth it?
In a moment, your site completely changes in. You’re like this, this flight is not worth the love of my life. It’s not worth that. Why am I sacrificing this close relationship? I have to win a stupid fight and your eyes are opened, right? Our perception can be so off. Or how about when you are selfish around the house and you want your own way? Kids, this can be you two kids. You ever get selfish around the house. You want things your own way. You want to play things the way you want to play. You want to watch the show, you want to watch, you want to eat the food you want to eat
And then there’s a minute where you guys stop kids, you stop and you’re like, you feel bad and you’re like, Oh I was, I was being selfish. Sometimes the way we view life can be so very wrong. Or how about the famous one night stands guy and a girl get together for one night and either the guy or the girl goes home from that and they feel they look at it and they’re like, what was I thinking? Should’ve never done that. How about the person who sacrifices their family time and time and time again for their career? For some goal that they have and slowly their family breaks down. One day they wake up and they’re like, my career wasn’t that important. What was I thinking?
Or what about when you’ve been drifting for days, weeks, or months? Spiritually you haven’t been reading, you haven’t been praying. Maybe you’ve even been spotty at church and then you stop one day and you do pray and you do read and you do go to church and God enlivens your so once again and you stop and you think, what ha, what was I? What was I doing? It’s that famous song come Dow found prone to wander. Lord, I feel it prone to leave the God. I love a prayer to God. Take my heart and seal it on your court’s above.
There’s a problem with us. What about the goals that you set? You set this goal, you set that goal and some of you are a week into some diet and you think, man, I’ve got it all figured out now. How could I have been so stupid? Eating processed sugars or dyes or I dunno, gluten. How could I have been so stupid? I’ve been Ian all that. No, I’ve got it figured out now or exercise. I’ve got exercise figured out now or I’ve got this or that. You set goals for yourself. You get to the other side of them and you’re like, man, I used to be really dumb. How could I not see this? You start to see the problem. We all have problems with our perception of what is good. What we see is good. The Israelites saw as good a tall dude. I’m sure he can be King. He’ll do a great job. He’ll be a great military fighter commander. He’ll deliver us, I’m sure if because he’s tall Eve in the garden. Ah, but I, I want that fruit because I want it to make me successful. I need that knowledge of good and evil to be successful.
I need that. I need to eat it. It looks good to me for food time and time again, it’s the same thing and I would dare say, hear this. Every time you and I sin, it’s a problem with our perception. It’s a problem with what we see as good. It’s a problem with if you want to put it like this fate, what are we seeing as good and right in that moment. That’s the problem. So what’s the solution? Well, in the stories after this, Saul he does really good in one moment, kind of. He delivers the people from Israel in one moment. And then just another chapter two later on he ends up disobeying God very directly in another moment. So God, him as King, he says, okay, you guys, I, I, I know what you would view as good. So I gave you that.
How well did that workout to for you? Not good. So I’m going to remove him as King and I’m going to set up my own King and it’s stead in his stead. I’m going to do this. And so that’s what brings us to chapter 16. Chapter 16 Samuel, I don’t know, there’s a whole passage in here. Samuel, the Lord says to Samuel, how long will you grieve over Saul? Since I’ve rejected him? There’s a few other verses that indicate that maybe Samuel the prophet who anointed Saul to be King, who thought he saw the man that was good for Israel. Now whose world is rocked, right? He was not good for Israel. So what is he going to do?
Well, Samuel he’s probably in a living room somewhere with a bunch of empty Dorito bags. I don’t know. Curtains are drawn. He hasn’t gotten out in days. He’s moping here. In fact, that’s why God comes to him and says, how long are you going to grieve over Saul? Get over it. Okay, you made a mistake. You evaluated Saul as good and you were wrong. Now I am going to readjust your eyes. And that’s what chapter 16 is. Look at verse six, he comes to the house of Jesse where God sent him, comes to the house of Jesse and, and all of, of Jesse and his sons are brought before him and when they came, he looked on Aliah, the oldest, and he thought, Samuel thinks, man, surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.
You look at verse the next verse, you realize he’s still evaluating on the basis of height and maybe the ability to be a good warrior. Surely alives the dude, he’s tall, he’s got to be the King, but the Lord said to Samuel, and this is the height. This is the crescendo of all of this. You know this verse, if you’re familiar with the story, but this is how it’s all being developed. Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature because I have rejected him for the Lord sees not as man sees, man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart and so all of this, all of the sons are brought before him and eventually David is brought before him and David becomes the next King. Chapter 17 is going to play out the first of many of David’s deliverances.
What is, I want to ask you this. What is the marking quality? You have to answer out loud. I want you to think about it. What is the marking quality that God saw in David’s heart? What is the marking quality according to the narrative and so chapter 17 with David and Goliath, the famous story where David slays GRA glass some. Some of you might think courageous. That’s true. It’s not the marketing quality though the marking quality in the story is that he sees somebody defaming the name of your way and that’s not going to fly with him. David is loyal to the name of yod way and it’s because of that that God gives him a great deliverance. So what God sees, you put them on two opposite sides of the spectrum. One guy’s really tall Saul and that’s who who man thinks is going to deliver Israel.
Then you put David over here who is loyal to God and it’s because of that that God’s gonna work through David to deliver his. That’s not something you and I would initially evaluate and perceive as good. Now I want to draw this out a little bit. I a covenant loyalty to God as a huge application of chapter 17 I don’t want to undercut that, but I want to keep with the side of the of sight. As we wrap things up here, we need someone who can help us with more than just a giant chapter 17 a giant comes who Israel based off of their own evaluation could never beat because the Giant’s way taller than their King.
But we need somebody who can help with more than just a giant. We need somebody who can help us to see correctly. And that brings us to a famous passage in Isaiah 53 you’ll remember the words, some of you in Isaiah 53 verse two where it says of this suffering servant, the suffering coming that he had no form or majesty that we should look on him. He had no beauty that we should desire him. Guess how many words are the same from the Genesis account? There’s three of them there. We evaluate Jesus. If you just look at his life, you evaluate him and you say, you look at him, and many people did and said, ah, this, I mean, he’s just from Nazareth. He’s not a King.
We had nothing that we would naturally look at him for. But here’s where the story changes because you and I are in need of help. You and I are in need of forgiveness. You and I are under God’s judgment. You and I need help to see correctly, and that’s when the next verses are introduced. Verses four and five, he was despised. Jesus was despised by men, rejected by man, a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief as one who men hit their faces from. He was despised. We esteemed him not. In other words, we did not look at Jesus and say, TOB, we did not see Jesus and say he’s good. I want him.
We were at fault in that. But Jesus did something amazing. He has born our griefs and carried our sorrows. We looked at him and an esteemed him stricken, smitten by God. And there’s an irony there. The Israelites looked at Jesus and said, while he’s crucified, that means God judged him there, right? But not for his own set. There’s an irony there. He was pierced for our transgressions, like taking something that we think is good and is not. He was crushed for our iniquities. The chest upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace. And with his wounds, we are healed. And so when we see that Jesus Christ crucified on the cross, when we see what that accomplishes for us, we look at that and say, very good. That’s why we call it good Friday.
We look at that and say, there is beauty here. There is goodness here, but it’s not how I used to evaluate. It’s because once and for all, Jesus Christ has given me a relationship with God once and for all. My sins are forgiven once and for all. I’m right with him and I’m heal once and for all. That happens for me and I look at Jesus now and I see him as very good. And this is the beauty of the new Testament. You read the new Testament, an underline, highlight list out however you want to do it. Every time I’s our site are talked about in a figurative way that the eyes of of your mind may be enlightened visions. One are seeing Jesus in different ways. It’s all over the place. There’s a reason for that is because when one turns to the Lord, their eyes are opened and they see the glory and the goodness of Jesus and that changes us.
So you want to perceive reality. Well, you want to see good and bad for what it is. You want to stop making the same stupid decisions that you regret. You feel those echoes into your life. Do you? You do you? Because if you do, there’s an answer here. Second Corinthians three 18 we all with unveiled faces that has the idea of that removing our opening your eyes. You’re seeing the way you should see we’re beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed from one image to another. This comes from the Lord who is the spirit. In other words, day by day as you look to Jesus on what is really good. It changes everything. It gives you hope. It gives you forgiveness. You rest in God’s love for you and that gives you the power to know what the end bad in your decisions today. You see how that works. You and I will constantly miss, evaluate what is good and bad unless we have Jesus in our site constantly.
That’s why we have to stay connected to him. That’s why Jesus says, abide in me. There are many passages and ideas that bring this out. The new Testament talks about it as renewing your mind according to the knowledge of its creator so you know Jesus and it renews your mind so you see things good or bad the way they really are like God says them. This is how you grow. Do you want to stop with the struggle of sin that you have in your, in your life today? Do you want to gain victory in that? If you want that, you find it in the eyes of yourself. You see him, you see how good he is and everything else becomes not as good, especially your sins. Then you start identifying them for what they are.
Your site needs changed. It needs adjusted. Oh, then you’re going to continue to have echoes of regret in your life. Just like Adam and Eve, just like the Israelites with their King, you’re going to constantly be miss, evaluating good and bad. Are you going to even worse be setting up your own categories of good and bad? You need Jesus. You need to keep him in your site. Would you stand with me and we’ll close with prayer? Father, I pray that you father of glory would give us in here today the spirit of wisdom and revelation and the knowledge of who you are. I pray that you would open the eyes of our hearts so that we may know the hope to which we’ve been called, the riches of your glorious inheritance in the saints and the immeasurable greatness of your power toward us. Who believe. I pray that you would open our eyes to see the great might that you worked in Christ when you raised him from the dead and you sat him in heaven above all rulers and authorities. I pray that you would help us to see him exalted above every name that is named. I pray that you would help us to see that he has put all things under his feet, that Jesus is the head over all things to our church.
A prayer that you would help us to see that he is the one, the fullness of him who fills all you know, would you open our eyes to see the glory of Jesus and transform us? I asked this in your precious name, beloved, we are God’s children. Now will be, has not yet appeared, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him because we will see him just as he is. And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure. I’ll be up here for a few minutes after the service. If you’d like to talk or pray, I’d welcome that opportunity. As always, if you’re interested in being baptized a, you can come talk to me about that. We can arrange that. But thank you so much for being here today. You are dismissed.