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Sin In A Three-Piece Suit Part 2

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November 3, 2018
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The Connection with Skip Heitzig

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Sin In A Three-Piece Suit Part 2

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  • Skip Heitzig:
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  • Skip Heitzig: No
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now,
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now, in this
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now, in this series of "W
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now, in this series of "Whi
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now, in this series of "White
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now, in this series of "White Col
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now, in this series of "White Colla
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now, in this series of "White Collar
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now, in this series of "White Collar Si
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now, in this series of "White Collar Sins
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  • Skip Heitzig: Now, in this series of "White Collar Sins,"
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  • let me just tell you my aim, my purpose.
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  • It is not to condemn.
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  • It is not to make people feel bad about themselves.
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  • It's not so that you can leave church defeated.
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  • My purpose is to simply make us feel
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  • less comfortable wearing the mask.
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  • Skip: He names the sin that they were committing,
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  • and that is the sin of the mask, hypocrisy.
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  • So, sin is detectable.
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  • Jesus detected it, and he nailed it.
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  • A second characteristic I'd like you to notice is that sin is
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  • dangerous, it's dangerous.
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  • Well, look at a few verses.
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  • Look at verse 13: "'But woe to you,
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  • scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!'"
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  • Verse 14: "'Woe to you.'"
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  • Verse 15: "'Woe to you.'"
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  • Verse 16: "'Woe to you, blind guides.'"
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  • Eight times in this chapter he says, "Woe."
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  • Trust me, I counted.
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  • And you may go, "Well, yeah let me count,"
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  • okay, whatever.
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  • Eight times he says, "Woe."
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  • It's a word of denunciation, condemnation.
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  • It's an exclamation of grief.
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  • You could translate it this way: "How terrible for you,"
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  • or, "Man, are you in trouble," or, "Look out."
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  • You know what the word is in the original language,
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  • both Greek as well as Hebrew in the Old Testament,
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  • the term "woe," both the same word essentially: "Oy."
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  • Sounds so Jewish, right?
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  • It's like, "Oy, whoa, oy, ouch."
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  • Look at verse 13 for a moment:
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  • "'But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
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  • For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men;
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  • for you neither go in yourselves,
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  • nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.'"
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  • Do you hear what he's saying?
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  • He's saying, "You religious leaders are not going to heaven,
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  • and anybody who gets close enough to wanna enter the door,
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  • you slam the door so they can't get in."
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  • Verse 15 gets even more scathing:
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  • "'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
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  • For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte,'"
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  • now, stop right there, a proselyte is a convert.
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  • And in those days, there were two types of converts:
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  • what you might call a half convert,
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  • and then what you might call a full convert.
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  • One was called, "The proselyte of the gate,"
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  • that's a half convert.
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  • A proselyte of the gate is somebody who believed in the God
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  • of the Jews, who would go to the synagogue,
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  • was not allowed to go sacrifice in the temple,
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  • because they had not been circumcised.
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  • But then there was the full proselyte.
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  • That's called, "The proselyte of righteousness."
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  • That's what they were after.
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  • So, listen to what he says: "Woe to you,
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  • scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
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  • For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte,
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  • and when he is won, you make him twice as much
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  • a son of hell as yourselves."
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  • Oy, ouch.
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  • So, here's the principle we glean from just those
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  • two verses: Sin in its undetected form,
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  • in its unrepentant form, bars a person from heaven.
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  • Sin is detectable to God.
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  • It is dangerous for people.
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  • "How bad is it?" you ask.
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  • It's so bad that it brings separation from God
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  • and it brings the judgment of God on an eternal basis.
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  • That's how bad. How bad is it?
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  • It's so bad that God's activity on the earth,
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  • all of his activity on the earth could be focused
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  • on curing this problem.
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  • That's what redemptive history is all about,
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  • curing the sin problem.
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  • If you wanna see how bad sin is, just look at the cross.
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  • That's what sin did.
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  • It put the perfect one, the holy one,
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  • the righteous one, the sinless one
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  • in that kind of agony and pain and bloodshed as he took sin,
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  • our sin upon himself.
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  • But this disease is so bad that often,
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  • those who are most infected do not realize how sick they are.
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  • As Billy Graham once said: "The most devastating effect
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  • of sin is that we are blinded to it."
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  • Now, here's where the blindness gets really dangerous.
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  • It gets dangerous because typically,
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  • you and I are really good at spotting somebody else's sin,
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  • and really bad at smelling our own.
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  • It's like we're like the guy with limburger cheese
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  • on his mustache, and we're goin' around goin',
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  • "This world stinks."
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  • Well, the problem is right here.
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  • Martin Luther put it this way: "The recognition of sin is
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  • the beginning of salvation."
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  • Now, let's suppose you have a new car.
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  • You say, "Well, from your lips to God."
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  • Well, let's just suppose you have a brand-new car.
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  • Now, I'm gonna use this illustration to illustrate
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  • how people handle guilt in their lives.
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  • Let's say you get a new car, and this car, I mean,
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  • it has all the bells and whistles,
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  • all the fancy screen gadgets that tells you the weather
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  • in Dubai, and are the planets aligned,
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  • and all that stuff.
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  • As you're drivin' down the street,
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  • you hear a noise, a pleasant sound perhaps,
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  • maybe even a voice that says, "The air pressure
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  • in your left front tire is low."
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  • It might have an icon.
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  • It might even be in a British accent:
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  • "The air pressure in your left front tire is low."
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  • And you go, "Oh, how nice."
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  • Or, "Check coolant."
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  • Or my wife in her car has this little pleasant,
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  • "Bing," that goes off if you go too fast.
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  • Now, it's set.
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  • There's a factory setting, and then you can change it.
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  • You can move that setting of what is too fast.
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  • Well, we have changed it since we got it,
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  • and I'm not gonna tell you what we changed it to, okay?
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  • Let's say we're drivin' down the street,
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  • "Bing," and let's say that means you gotta check
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  • the coolant soon, which is critical,
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  • or the air in your tire needs to be filled up.
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  • So, there's a couple ways you can handle those notifications.
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  • Number one, you can go and get it fixed,
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  • put air in your tire, put coolant in, don't go so fast.
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  • Or there's another way you could handle it.
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  • You could carry in the glovebox of your car a nice
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  • little hammer.
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  • It could be chrome on top and maybe the leather handle
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  • matches the leather seats.
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  • I mean, it's really a nice hammer.
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  • And so, when that light goes off,
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  • when that warning light goes off,
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  • you just reach in to the glovebox,
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  • take that little hammer, and smash the thing
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  • that's telling you, you got a problem, okay?
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  • So, you can handle it one of two ways.
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  • Let's say you smash it.
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  • It'll fix the problem today.
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  • You'll be okay now.
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  • But eventually, unchecked, that car could burn up.
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  • Well, that's how a lot of people handle their guilt.
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  • They have these imaginary hammers
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  • in the glove compartments of their consciences.
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  • So, when a little light of conviction comes their way,
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  • goes off in their mind, in their heart,
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  • they just knock it out by excuses.
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  • "Well, I'm not so bad."
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  • "Others are worse than I am."
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  • You know, "I'm better than I used to be."
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  • So, sin is detectable, and sin is dangerous.
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  • Let me give you a third characteristic.
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  • Sin is diverse.
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  • It's not one form.
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  • It takes on many forms.
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  • Look at verse 23: "'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
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  • hypocrites!
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  • For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin,
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  • and have neglected the weightier matters of the law:
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  • justice and mercy and faith.
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  • These you ought to have done, without leaving
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  • the others undone.
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  • Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel.'"
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  • Now, Jesus here touches not only what they did but on what
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  • they didn't do, not only on what they committed
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  • but also what they neglected.
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  • So, let me give you a quick background.
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  • The law of Moses required the Israelites to pay
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  • a tithe annually.
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  • We talked a little bit last week about that.
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  • A tithe was 10%.
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  • That was of marketable crops as well as income.
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  • Whatever they had, they gave 10% to keep
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  • the nation of Israel going.
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  • According to Leviticus 27, that was to pay to the theocratic
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  • kingdom of Israel just to keep it operating,
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  • a tenth of their income every year.
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  • Second, there was a tithe every year on top of that to support
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  • the worship system, the festivals,
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  • the feasts that were corporate feasts for the nation.
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  • That's Deuteronomy 12.
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  • Also, every third year, there was a third tithe,
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  • where they had to give to support Levites, aliens,
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  • orphans, widows.
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  • So, all total, they gave about almost 25% of their income
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  • to the Lord and his work.
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  • But these guys, these scribes and these Pharisees,
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  • oh, they went the extra mile.
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  • They went to the spice cabinet and they took the mint
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  • and the anise and the cumin.
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  • And here they go, "Okay, there's 10% of the mint.
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  • I'll put that over there.
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  • That's for God. This is the 90%.
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  • That's what I keep."
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  • I mean, they got so detailed about it.
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  • Now, these spices, they're not marketable crops.
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  • They don't need to tithe that, but they're spices
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  • that you have at home.
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  • Yet they decided to be that spiritual, that detailed.
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  • So, Jesus's point is simply this: "You're so concerned
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  • and meticulous about small insignificant things that you
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  • have neglected the big things, like mercy and justice
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  • and compassion."
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  • Now, this brings up a very important delineation
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  • in the diversity of sin.
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  • The Bible seems to indicate that there are sins of commission
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  • and sins of omission.
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  • You may have heard those terms.
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  • Those are terms in theological circles that most people learn,
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  • a sin of commission versus a sin of omission.
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  • Now, a sin of commission, like the word implies,
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  • is something you commit.
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  • Sin of omission is something you leave out.
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  • So, a sin of commission is doing something we shouldn't.
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  • A sin of omission is not doing something we should.
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  • So, it's not helping somebody when you should help them.
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  • It's not praying when you should pray.
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  • It's not being a good steward of what God has entrusted you.
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  • Those are sins of omission.
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  • There's an old fundamentalist Baptist chant that said:
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  • "I don't smoke and I don't chew, and I won't go
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  • with girls that do."
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  • Well, whoopty-do.
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  • What are you doing?
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  • What do you do?
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  • James in chapter 4, verse 17 said: "To him who knows to do
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  • good and does it not, to him it is sin."
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  • Did you catch that?
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  • "To him who knows to do good and does it not,
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  • to him it is sin."
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  • That's a sin of omission.
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  • So, for example, what does a man have to do to destroy his home?
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  • Answer: Nothing.
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  • Just don't tend it. Don't nurture it.
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  • I mean, does he have to beat his wife to destroy his home?
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  • No, just neglect her.
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  • That's all he has to do.
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  • It's like the wife who said, "Honey, how come
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  • you never tell me you love me?"
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  • He said, "Oh, sweetheart, when we got married,
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  • I told you I loved you.
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  • If things change, I'll let you know."
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  • A lot of guys live in that way of thinking.
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  • Love isn't a diamond that you find.
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  • It's a flower that you cultivate and nurture and water.
  • 00:13:14.160 --> 00:13:19.080
  • It's like a boss who went to one of his workers and said,
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  • "You're fired."
  • 00:13:21.250 --> 00:13:23.040
  • And the worker said, "I'm fired? For what?
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  • I didn't do anything."
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  • And the boss said, "That's why you're fired."
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  • And some sins are obvious ones, and some are not
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  • so obvious ones.
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  • Some we can go, "Oh, that's so obvious.
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  • That's so blatant, that's wrong," open, flagrant.
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  • Others are hidden and respectable.
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  • They are white collar sins.
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  • They're the kind of things that we go,
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  • "Yeah, I know those are bad, but not a big deal."
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  • Really?
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  • Things like gossip.
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  • Things like selfishness, bitterness, anger, gluttony,
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  • prayerlessness, envy.
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  • I've had people say, "Well, you know,
  • 00:14:14.290 --> 00:14:16.090
  • when it comes to God and them spiritual matters,
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  • I just live by the Ten Commandments."
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  • I've had people tell me that: "I live by the Ten Commandments."
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  • Ever had anyone tell you that?
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  • "It's all the religion I have.
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  • I just live by the Ten Commandments."
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  • Next time somebody tells you that, ask them this:
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  • "Okay, name them."
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  • "Well, let's see: Don't kill people."
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  • Good, good, you're off to a good start.
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  • What are the other nine?
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  • You may get two or three or four,
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  • or even five, but you're not gonna probably get all ten.
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  • Though these are people who say,
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  • "I live by the Ten Commandments."
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  • Furthermore, examine those Ten commandments and you'll discover
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  • the Ten Commandments aren't just talking about your actions.
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  • They're talkin' about your attitudes.
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  • So, listen to the Ten Commandments, just one of 'em.
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  • This is out of Exodus 20: "The Lord says,
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  • 'You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
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  • You shall not covet his manservant or maidservant,
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  • his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.'"
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  • Do you hear that?
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  • All those are hidden. You don't see that.
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  • You don't see lust at first.
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  • You don't see envy at first.
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  • You don't see a desire that somebody has to have something
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  • that is not his or hers.
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  • So, sin is detectable, it's dangerous.
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  • It is diverse.
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  • A fourth characteristic of sin is it is deceptive.
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  • Verse 25, Christ continues:
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  • "'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
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  • For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish,'"
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  • well, that would be deceptive if you don't clean the inside,
  • 00:16:02.060 --> 00:16:06.120
  • "but the inside," he says, "they are full of extortion
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  • and self-indulgence.
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  • Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish,
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  • that the outside of them may be clean also.
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  • Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
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  • For you are like whitewashed tombs which appear indeed
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  • beautiful outwardly, but inwardly are
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  • full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
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  • Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men,
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  • but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness."
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  • You see, they were skillful at making a good appearance
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  • of right living.
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  • They cleaned up the outside.
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  • And they cleaned up the outside for one reason:
  • 00:16:46.060 --> 00:16:49.170
  • so when you looked at them, you'd go, "Impressive,
  • 00:16:49.180 --> 00:16:53.240
  • wow, spiritual, higher than the rest of us."
  • 00:16:53.250 --> 00:16:59.040
  • Look back at verse 5, Jesus says about them to the crowd:
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  • "'But all their works they do to be seen by men.'"
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  • In other words, their whole life is a show.
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  • You can cover up a lot with a three-piece suit.
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  • You can cover up a lot with a Bible in your hand.
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  • You can cover up a lot with a cross around your neck.
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  • You can cover up a lot with a bumper sticker on your car.
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  • You can cover up a lot with a song on your lips
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  • and a smile on your face.
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  • It can be deceptive.
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  • One Christian publication I found put it this way:
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  • "Sin as a caterpillar is dangerous,
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  • but sin as a butterfly is a thousand times worse.
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  • If sin in its ugliest form is dangerous,
  • 00:17:45.170 --> 00:17:48.060
  • who can know its unmeasured power and influence
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  • when it puts on robes of beauty?"
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  • So, think about this.
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  • The worst form of blasphemy isn't a person who denies God,
  • 00:17:56.130 --> 00:17:59.270
  • denies his love for God, or doesn't walk with God,
  • 00:17:59.280 --> 00:18:02.260
  • wants nothing to do with God.
  • 00:18:02.270 --> 00:18:04.140
  • The worst form of blasphemy is a person who claims to know God,
  • 00:18:04.150 --> 00:18:07.110
  • walk with God, love God, but doesn't.
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  • You know, we get all upset and disgusted when the world is
  • 00:18:12.160 --> 00:18:14.210
  • honest and says, "I want nothing to do with your religion."
  • 00:18:14.220 --> 00:18:18.090
  • "[gasping] Horrible, blasphemous."
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  • And they'll even say things about Christ and about God.
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  • We get all upset about that when they're just being honest.
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  • I respect their honesty.
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  • But what of all of those who claim to believe,
  • 00:18:31.050 --> 00:18:34.290
  • but in their daily life, they live as though
  • 00:18:35.000 --> 00:18:36.290
  • God does not exist?
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  • This is why we need to seek God intentionally.
  • 00:18:42.130 --> 00:18:46.130
  • As Jesus said, "Seek first the kingdom of God
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  • and his righteousness."
  • 00:18:49.140 --> 00:18:52.090
  • As Charles Spurgeon put it: "If you're not seeking the Lord,
  • 00:18:52.100 --> 00:18:55.020
  • the devil is seeking you."
  • 00:18:55.030 --> 00:18:59.110
  • Sin is detectable, dangerous, diverse, deceptive.
  • 00:18:59.120 --> 00:19:03.170
  • But I've saved the best for last.
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  • The good news is that sin is dismissible.
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  • It is forgivable, and that is the whole purpose
  • 00:19:10.240 --> 00:19:15.000
  • of this Book called, "The Bible,"
  • 00:19:15.010 --> 00:19:17.190
  • and our Savior we call, "Jesus."
  • 00:19:17.200 --> 00:19:20.050
  • Go all the way down to verse 37.
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  • And as I read it to you, listen to the heart of Jesus,
  • 00:19:24.270 --> 00:19:28.090
  • wanting to cure the disease: "'O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,'"
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  • now, I wish I could be with you right now
  • 00:19:34.120 --> 00:19:36.260
  • on the Mount of Olives, standing in front of the city.
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  • It's a commanding view.
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  • As Jesus comes down from the Mount of Olives,
  • 00:19:40.210 --> 00:19:43.100
  • he is sort of cresting in this beautiful portion
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  • of the Mount of Olives overlooking below him
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  • the city of Jerusalem, facing west.
  • 00:19:49.140 --> 00:19:53.150
  • And as he sees the city, he says,
  • 00:19:53.160 --> 00:19:55.010
  • "Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets
  • 00:19:55.020 --> 00:19:58.250
  • and stones those who are sent to her!
  • 00:19:58.260 --> 00:20:01.250
  • How often I wanted to gather your children together,
  • 00:20:01.260 --> 00:20:05.220
  • as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,
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  • but you were not willing!
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  • See!
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  • Your house," that is the temple, "is left to you desolate."
  • 00:20:13.100 --> 00:20:17.210
  • As Jesus closes his last public sermon,
  • 00:20:17.220 --> 00:20:20.270
  • he is lamenting their refusal to take the cure.
  • 00:20:20.280 --> 00:20:26.030
  • It's like a doctor holding out the cure to a loathsome disease,
  • 00:20:26.040 --> 00:20:30.100
  • knowing that it will cure the patient.
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  • And he's holding it out and lamenting the fact
  • 00:20:33.090 --> 00:20:35.190
  • that the patient says, "Not interested, not willing.
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  • I don't want it."
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  • Look at the tender language, the language of a mother hen
  • 00:20:42.200 --> 00:20:46.000
  • protecting her hatchlings from gathering storms or from
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  • predators: "How often I would have gathered your children
  • 00:20:50.030 --> 00:20:53.090
  • together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings."
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  • So, wonderful intimacy in this language.
  • 00:21:00.250 --> 00:21:03.150
  • It reveals Jesus's desire to forgive, to heal,
  • 00:21:03.160 --> 00:21:07.240
  • to dismiss the sin that he is confronting.
  • 00:21:07.250 --> 00:21:12.030
  • So, sin is the problem, but Christ is the cure.
  • 00:21:12.040 --> 00:21:16.200
  • Or you could say, "Life is short.
  • 00:21:16.210 --> 00:21:18.220
  • Death is sure.
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  • Sin the cause, Christ the cure."
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  • And he laments that they won't take it.
  • 00:21:24.080 --> 00:21:27.000
  • What you have to understand when I say,
  • 00:21:27.010 --> 00:21:29.120
  • "Sin is dismissible," this is the whole reason Jesus bothered
  • 00:21:29.130 --> 00:21:34.270
  • to come from heaven to earth.
  • 00:21:34.280 --> 00:21:37.080
  • This sums up his mission.
  • 00:21:37.090 --> 00:21:40.150
  • The angel said to Joseph and Mary,
  • 00:21:40.160 --> 00:21:42.040
  • "You will call his name Jesus, for he will save his people
  • 00:21:42.050 --> 00:21:45.190
  • from their sin."
  • 00:21:45.200 --> 00:21:47.220
  • When John the Baptist saw Jesus comin' to the Jordan River,
  • 00:21:47.230 --> 00:21:49.250
  • he said, "Behold, the Lamb of God
  • 00:21:49.260 --> 00:21:52.170
  • who takes away the sin of the world."
  • 00:21:52.180 --> 00:21:57.010
  • Jesus himself said, in Luke chapter 19: "The Son of Man
  • 00:21:57.020 --> 00:22:00.080
  • has come to seek and to save those who are lost."
  • 00:22:00.090 --> 00:22:06.090
  • That's why he came.
  • 00:22:06.100 --> 00:22:07.200
  • That's why we celebrate Christmas.
  • 00:22:07.210 --> 00:22:09.000
  • He came into the world for the cure.
  • 00:22:09.010 --> 00:22:11.240
  • So, one more time, just look at verse 37 and note that we have,
  • 00:22:11.250 --> 00:22:16.120
  • in a single verse, both the greatest opportunity
  • 00:22:16.130 --> 00:22:20.090
  • and the greatest tragedy.
  • 00:22:20.100 --> 00:22:25.020
  • The greatest opportunity?
  • 00:22:25.030 --> 00:22:27.040
  • "I wanted to gather your children together."
  • 00:22:27.050 --> 00:22:30.120
  • The greatest tragedy?
  • 00:22:30.130 --> 00:22:32.060
  • "But you were not willing."
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  • Talk about a sin of omission.
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  • This is the worst sin of omission ever.
  • 00:22:37.290 --> 00:22:40.180
  • Jesus himself giving the cure to the dying patient,
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:44.110
  • and the patient saying, "Not interested,
  • 00:22:44.120 --> 00:22:46.210
  • don't want it, not willing."
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  • Greatest opportunity, greatest tragedy.
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  • Jesus is willing to take care of our sin, all of it.
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  • Are you willing?
  • 00:22:59.220 --> 00:23:03.030
  • I had a friend years ago who used to gather once a week
  • 00:23:03.040 --> 00:23:08.030
  • with me, and not always regularly.
  • 00:23:08.040 --> 00:23:09.150
  • I wasn't always good at getting up really early.
  • 00:23:09.160 --> 00:23:12.050
  • But we would get up really early to pray once a week.
  • 00:23:12.060 --> 00:23:15.230
  • And he came to me one time early in the morning,
  • 00:23:15.240 --> 00:23:19.000
  • and I'm kinda groggy, I'm not, like, feelin' it.
  • 00:23:19.010 --> 00:23:21.080
  • But he's all happy, and he goes, "Skip,"
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  • or, "Brother Skip," he goes, "I love repentance."
  • 00:23:24.250 --> 00:23:29.190
  • And I'm goin', "Really?
  • 00:23:29.200 --> 00:23:32.140
  • What?"
  • 00:23:32.150 --> 00:23:33.240
  • I'm just like, "What are you talkin' about,
  • 00:23:33.250 --> 00:23:35.040
  • love repentance?"
  • 00:23:35.050 --> 00:23:36.140
  • He goes, "Yeah, you know how it is when God,
  • 00:23:36.150 --> 00:23:38.010
  • like, pokes around in your heart and messes with you
  • 00:23:38.020 --> 00:23:40.230
  • and you start feeling conviction?
  • 00:23:40.240 --> 00:23:43.010
  • And then when you finally stop and you deal with it," he said,
  • 00:23:43.020 --> 00:23:47.070
  • "repentance is like brushing your teeth.
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  • You always walk away feeling refreshed."
  • 00:23:51.250 --> 00:23:55.110
  • I thought, "Brian, that's good."
  • 00:23:55.120 --> 00:23:58.110
  • So, it's like the Holy Spirit pokes you and you go,
  • 00:23:58.120 --> 00:24:01.060
  • "Oy, oy, oy."
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  • Go brush your teeth.
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  • Walk away feeling, "Ahhh, minty-fresh repentance."
  • 00:24:09.240 --> 00:24:15.260
  • And to put that in a biblical term,
  • 00:24:15.270 --> 00:24:18.140
  • 1 John chapter 1, verse 9, John said: "If we confess our sins,
  • 00:24:18.150 --> 00:24:22.240
  • he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin
  • 00:24:22.250 --> 00:24:26.290
  • and cleanse us of all unrighteousness."
  • 00:24:27.000 --> 00:24:31.140
  • So, in this series, this series is not intended,
  • 00:24:31.150 --> 00:24:35.090
  • and it shouldn't take the wind out of our spiritual selves.
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  • It should put wind into our sails because the Holy Spirit's
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  • gonna wanna empty us all of self-righteousness,
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  • help us take off our masks so that we can have mask-free
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  • living and we can be gracious toward those around us.
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  • Also, it's gonna reveal great possibilities.
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  • Please notice in verse 37, Jesus talks about
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  • gathering you together.
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  • That's what he wants.
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  • He wants to, in this series, gather you close to him,
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  • under his wing, protected by him,
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  • intimate, loving, forgiving, dismissing of your sin,
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  • but bringing you close to him.
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  • Psalm 51, David said: "The sacrifices of God
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  • are a broken heart, a broken and contrite spirit.
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  • These, O Lord, you will not despise."
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  • So, as the Holy Spirit pokes around in this series
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  • and you go, "Ugh, let me find out what
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  • they're preaching on this week to see if I wanna
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  • come to church," please don't do that.
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  • As he starts messin' around with little tender areas and you go,
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  • "Oy, oy, oy," just think, "You know what?
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  • Grab that toothbrush."
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  • Repent of that. Deal with that.
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  • Emerge from that. Grow from that.
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  • Because there's a lot of growth this old boy needs as well.
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  • As somebody once said, "The only thing improved
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  • by breaking is the heart of a sinner."
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  • May God break our hearts and make us holy for his glory,
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  • let's pray.
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  • The Bible recounts Jesus's love for the devout and the doubters,
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  • for priests and prostitutes.
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  • And no matter what's in your past or your present,
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  • Jesus loves you.
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