“THAT HE MIGHT MAKE YOU KNOW” (Deut. 8:1-3) “Word of God #6”
FBC Earlville 3-27-11 10:30 AM Rev. Jeremy B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION * Today’s “special”: “Three Vampires”
In honor of my spending some time in the hospital last week I offer to you this week’s Special. Three vampires walk into a bar and sit down at a table. The waitress comes over and asks the first vampire what he would like to order. The first vampire responds, “I vould like some blood.” The waitress turns to the second vampire and asks what he would like. The vampire responds, “I vould like some blood.” The waitress turns to the third vampire and asks what he would like. The vampire responds, “I vould like some plasma.” The waitress looks up and says, “Let me see if I have this order correct. You want two bloods and one blood light?”
One of the first courses I took in Bible School was “Bibliology” – the study of the Bible. In my last message we learned about the “canonicity” of the Bible – how the Bible is complete and worthy of our trust in all matters of faith and practice. Today we’re going to see how the Bible frequently lets us in on its PURPOSE, as seen through Moses’ grandfatherly talk in Deut. 8. * Prayer
1. THE WORD IS A WORD! (DEUTERONOMY 8)
David in Ps. 119 uses many words to describe God’s Word – that’s why we’ve been reading Ps. 119 during our recent “Call to Worship”. Moses is about to climb Mt. Nebo, look at the promised land, and be at the end of his life. He completes his life and ministry by 34 chapters of reminders.
Look at the different ways in this chapter he reminds Israel of God’s Word:
* “commandment” (8:1,2,6,11) – commands; laws (God Himself!)
* “word” (8:3) – what God has spoken; everything He has said (Matt. 4:4)
* “judgments” (8:11) -precepts; regulations; laws
* “statutes” (8:11) – decrees; teachings
* “covenant” (8:18) – oath; promise
* “voice” (8:20) – (God Himself!)
Did we catch that? In each of these usages, what God is saying is that His Word is simply a written revelation of Himself! Would not that be an incentive for us to have a greater priority in our day to be in God’s Word? And don’t forget – there are MANY versions that may fit your style of reading; there are MANY instruments available to “read” God’s Word – tape, computer, why it is even in print! Let’s do it!
2. THE WORD IS A REMINDER! (8:1,2)
* “Observe and do” (v. 1) results in: life, multiplying, and victory
* “Remember” (v. 2) results in: God’s test had purpose! (1 Cor. 10:13; Romans 8:28, 29)
Is it Biblical to say, then, that all of my life is to be lived as a response to God’s Word? Whether in obedience or disobedience, God will guide my life according to my surrender or refusal to surrender to His Word.
Why? That HE may be seen and that HE may receive the glory!
CONCLUSION: THE WORD IS KNOWLEDGE – OF GOD! (8:3)
Illus.: last Saturday, Sunday, and Monday the nurses would not allow me to eat until they determined that my blood levels were either good or not good enough for them to proceed with my heart cath. And on Monday, I didn’t eat until AFTER the procedure. How do you think I approached my supper? I devoured it! Do we feel that way about God’s Word?
* Key phrase: “that He might make you know” – God’s grace in the gift of His Word should cause us to read it, humble ourselves before it, and live according to it! And we will know HIM! Close in prayer