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January 9, 2021
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Connect with Skip Heitzig presents God’s Word in a relaxed and relevant way with topical and verse-by-verse studies.

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  • Scott Dooley: This is ScottDooley, welcoming you to
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  • Connect" with Skip "Heitzig.
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  • Today, we launch a new seriesthat hits close to where we all
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  • live, "Smart Home," and you willcertainly find ample information
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  • and application for your family.
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  • It's time to stop imagining abetter home life and start
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  • building one.
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  • Whether you're single and justsurveying the landscape, married
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  • and mediating the man caveversus the she shed, or
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  • rebuilding your home and heartafter significant loss, God has
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  • a blueprint for you.
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  • No home is beyond repair, sojoin Skip Heitzig for "Smart
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  • Home" and start building thehome of your future today.
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  • Now, let's join Skip in Psalm127 for the message, "Meet
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  • the Architect."
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  • Skip Heitzig: Let's turn in ourBibles to Psalm 127.
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  • We have these devices, I bet youall have one or you know
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  • somebody who has one, and thesenow are called
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  • smartphones, right?
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  • They used to just be phones,mobile phones.
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  • Remember the brick phones?
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  • Those things you can build ahouse with it and then talk on
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  • the phone with it.
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  • And now, because you can connectto so many different places,
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  • it's like a pocket computer.
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  • It's a smartphone.
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  • Now, I don't know how smart itreally is.
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  • Let's just find out.
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  • Siri, are you really all thatsmart?
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  • Siri: Hmm, that's something Idon't know.
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  • Skip Heitzig: See, not all thatsmart.
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  • One thing about these devices isthey're sorta turning us
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  • into zombies.
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  • I know you've noticed that whenyou go into places, restaurants,
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  • places of business, you'll seepeople glued to the screen.
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  • You'll see them driving, gluedto the screen, or walking down
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  • the street, because they knowtheir peripheral vision can tell
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  • if something big is coming theirway.
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  • And if not, they can use thetime to look at the screen.
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  • And it can become problematic.
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  • And then there's the people whowill talk to you, and while
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  • they're talking to you, they'vegot their phone in their hand.
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  • And it's like, "Oh yeah, uh-huh,yeah, well, that's
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  • very interesting."
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  • And then there's the slow headdown.
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  • It's like, "Yeah, yes, right."
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  • And so they're just sortapreoccupied with it.
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  • And then a lot of us know thepanic that seizes us when we
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  • misplace our smartphone.
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  • It's like the world has nowofficially come to an end.
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  • I cannot find my phone.
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  • How can I communicate and livemy next few minutes of life?
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  • And then we get upset if we textsomebody but they don't text
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  • us back.
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  • We read into that.
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  • Why aren't they texting me back?
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  • What's the deal?
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  • And are they mad at me?
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  • I mean, all of the emotion thatcomes along with that.
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  • Then the warm fuzzies when theydo text us back.
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  • Okay, everything's good again.
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  • And if they make a call, we'reespecially happy until we find
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  • out it's a pocket call and theydidn't really mean to call us in
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  • the first place.
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  • Sometimes you get the feelingthat the phone might be smart,
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  • but it's makin' us dumb.
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  • You may have heard the one aboutthe guy who went to the doctor
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  • and both sides of his face wereburned.
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  • And the doctor said, "Whathappened?"
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  • He said, "The phone rang.
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  • My iPhone rang.
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  • I was ironing my tie and Imistakenly picked up the iron
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  • instead of my iPhone."
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  • The doctor said, "That explainsone side, but why both sides of
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  • the face?"
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  • He goes, "Well, the jerk calledme back again."
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  • The last few years, thetechnology that's on your phone
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  • has been translated into thehome.
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  • There are now smart homes.
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  • And what that is is you can,with this device or a computer,
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  • you can control the environmentin your home.
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  • You can tie it all to theInternet and you can control
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  • lights, and clocks, and doorbells, and speakers, and your
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  • sound system, and window blinds,and garage doors, and
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  • thermostats, and hot waterheaters, and now refrigerators
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  • are smart, or so they say.
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  • So you can control all thosethings by a voice command in an
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  • app or by pushing a button in anapp.
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  • Now, I know that with every riseof new technology, there's
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  • always some Christians who swearit's the mark of the beast, but
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  • the intention that the designershave is to make life easier
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  • for you.
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  • Well, we-- we're doing a seriescalled "Smart Home," and the
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  • subtitle is, "Building Your Homeof the Future."
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  • What we are doing is consultingGod's blueprint to find out how
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  • relationships in the home shouldfunction.
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  • Now, why are we doing this?
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  • Because over the past history ofthis church, I have talked on
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  • this issue before.
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  • Well, number one, we're doing itbecause home is the foundation
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  • of society.
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  • It's the heart and soul of anysociety.
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  • All societies were built on thehome.
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  • And if the home gets destroyed,you are effectively
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  • undermining society.
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  • So we're doing it because thehome is foundational.
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  • A second reason we're doing thisseries is because though society
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  • does need the home, at the sametime, society is attacking
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  • the home.
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  • Society itself, though itdesperately needs strong home
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  • units, is sending out signals toredefine, or reconfigure, or
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  • challenge the traditional home.
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  • Some are saying that the home,the family is outdated.
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  • We need to move on, and get overit, and not celebrate it.
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  • And a lot of these new ideasabout human relationships are
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  • being taught in universities, soeffectively we're training
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  • future leaders to undermine whathas made our society great to
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  • begin with.
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  • A third reason I'm doing this isbecause I have discovered over
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  • the years that one overarchingarea that Christians struggle
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  • with the most happens to be inthe home.
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  • And because they don't know theclear understanding of God's
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  • blueprint, they look for answersin the unbelieving world, the
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  • counterpart in the unbelievingworld.
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  • They're emulating the worldlycounterpart.
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  • So I want us to get smarter.
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  • I want us to get smarter atrelationships.
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  • I want us to get smarter atdating, and smarter at picking a
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  • mate, and smarter at maintaininga marriage, smarter at blending
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  • families if that's the situationyou find yourself in, smarter at
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  • recovering after a break downand a divorce, smarter at being
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  • single again, smarter atremarriage.
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  • And so we call it a smart home.
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  • Today, we start where we oughtto start, and that is the very
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  • foundation itself, and thatwould be consulting the
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  • architect, God, the architectwho gave the blueprint.
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  • Now, I don't know if we have anyarchitects in the house with us,
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  • but I have heard from friends ofmine who are architects, they
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  • said, "You know what thefrustrating thing about being an
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  • architect is?
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  • Is people who come to you andask you to design a home for
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  • them, but you discover they'vealready designed it, and they
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  • just want your hand on the penand they'll tell you where to
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  • put it.
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  • And they want-- they want todesign it and I--"
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  • He goes, "I love their input,but it's hard for me to design
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  • what they've already designedand then just to put my stamp of
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  • approval on it."
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  • In Psalm 127, we have a poem, apsalm, five verses.
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  • But notice what it says, "Unlessthe Lord builds
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  • the house, they labor invain who build it.
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  • Unless the Lord guards the city,the watchmen stays awake in
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  • vain, or for nothing.
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  • It is vain or useless, futile,for you to rise up early, and
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  • sit up late, to eat the bread ofsorrows; for so he gives his
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  • beloved sleep.
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  • Behold, children are a heritagefrom the Lord, the fruit of the
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  • womb is a reward.
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  • Like arrows in the hand of awarrior, so are the children of
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  • one's youth.
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  • Happy is the man who has hisquiver full of them; they shall
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  • not be ashamed, but shall speakwith their enemies at the gate."
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  • Now, when it says, "house,""Unless the Lord builds the
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  • house," it's not speaking abouta physical structure.
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  • It's not speaking about abuilding.
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  • It's speaking about what happensinside the building, and
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  • especially those who are in thebuilding.
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  • It's speaking about a home.
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  • Sometimes the Old Testament willuse the word "house" as a
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  • synonym for what goes on insideof it, the home, the family
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  • life, and that is the idea here.
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  • Now, you'll notice that thepsalm begins even before verse 1
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  • and it has a littlesuperscription above it that
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  • says, "A Song of Ascents."
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  • Do you read that?
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  • "A Song of Ascents of Solomon."
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  • So we believe Solomon wrote thispsalm, not David, but David's
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  • son, Solomon.
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  • He wrote it.
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  • And a Song of Ascents, there are15 Old Testament psalms that are
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  • called Songs of Ascent.
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  • They're short psalms, andthey're called Psalms of Ascent
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  • because we believe that when thechildren of Israel ascended the
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  • hill up to Jerusalem that theyhad memorized these and sang
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  • them as a family, as a group, asthey were going to worship in
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  • the temple.
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  • Also, once they got to thetemple, there was an outer
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  • temple and an inner temple, anouter courtyard, and it was
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  • separated by a raised platformof 15 steps upon which stood the
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  • Levites, who sang the Songs ofAscents antiphonally.
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  • One would sing one part, onewould sing the other part, and
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  • that filled the temple of Godand the worship of God's people.
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  • So because Solomon wrote it,some have mistakenly said,
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  • "Well, this is a psalm about thecity of Jerusalem and the house
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  • of the Lord, the temple."
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  • It is not, because if you keepgoing on, it talks about a man
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  • and a wife having children thathappen to be from the Lord, and
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  • they launched them.
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  • So the city and the house thathe speaks of is essentially a
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  • synonym for the home.
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  • That's what this is.
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  • Psalm 127 is a poetic expressionof a family that depends on God.
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  • That's a smart home.
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  • A family that depends on God.
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  • Now, a smart home, according tothis psalm, has four elements.
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  • And I have taught on this psalmon a number of occasions, but
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  • I'm looking at it differentlyand I'm outlining
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  • it differently.
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  • So the four elements are thedesigner, the builders, the
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  • dwellers, and the enjoyers, andthere is some overlap.
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  • Let's begin with the designer.
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  • Look at the third word in verse1.
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  • And what word is that?
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  • "Lord."
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  • That's how it begins, "Unlessthe Lord builds the house."
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  • So the psalm begins highlightingGod.
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  • Why?
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  • Because he is the very one whothought up the idea of the home,
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  • that's why.
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  • It was God who in Genesis 2said, "It is not good that man
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  • should be alone.
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  • I'm gonna make a helper that issuitable for him."
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  • It is the Lord who it saysbrought the woman to the man.
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  • I've always loved that verse.
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  • God is like the Father of thebride, giving away the bride.
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  • The Lord brought the woman tothe man.
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  • So the home is God's idea.
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  • Marriage was God's idea.
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  • The family was God's idea.
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  • Society was God's idea.
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  • In fact, love was God's idea.
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  • Where did the whole concept oflove originate?
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  • God.
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  • In Jeremiah 31, God tells thechildren of Israel, "I have
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  • loved you with an everlastinglove."
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  • What that means is, "Before youwere even born, before you even
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  • knew what love was, I was there,planning for you and loving you.
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  • I've loved you with aneverlasting love."
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  • In the New Testament, 1 Johnchapter 4, it says, "We love him
  • 00:13:05.677 --> 00:13:10.081
  • because he," what?
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  • "First loved us."
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  • He began with love.
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  • Same chapter says, "God islove."
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  • Same chapter said, "Love is ofGod."
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  • So it's important that werealize that God had this idea
  • 00:13:24.629 --> 00:13:30.101
  • to begin with of love, marriage,home, family.
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  • It was all his idea.
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  • You never read in the Bible,"Now in the course of time, man
  • 00:13:38.977 --> 00:13:42.380
  • had the bright idea of a way toget a good tax break, so he
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  • married a woman, had a bunch ofkids, and life was good."
  • 00:13:46.217 --> 00:13:49.487
  • It always begins with God.
  • 00:13:49.520 --> 00:13:51.923
  • Now, why is-- why is thatimportant?
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  • I'm stating the obvious.
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  • Why am I doing that?
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  • For this reason.
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  • If it was man's invention, thenman can regulate it.
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  • If it was man's invention, thenman can tamper with it.
  • 00:14:04.102 --> 00:14:08.907
  • If it was man's invention, thenhe can nullify it, he can tweak
  • 00:14:08.940 --> 00:14:12.310
  • it, he can redefine it all hewants.
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  • But because it was God's idea,it is subject to
  • 00:14:14.812 --> 00:14:18.283
  • God's principles.
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  • Because it was God's idea, asJesus said concerning marriage,
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  • "What God has joined, let no manseparate."
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  • It was his idea.
  • 00:14:29.827 --> 00:14:31.462
  • Now, something else.
  • 00:14:31.496 --> 00:14:33.264
  • Notice the word "LORD."
  • 00:14:33.298 --> 00:14:35.466
  • If you look at it, what's oddabout it?
  • 00:14:35.500 --> 00:14:37.035
  • It's all in-- it's in all what?
  • 00:14:37.068 --> 00:14:39.637
  • Capitals.
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  • Whenever you read that in yourOld Testament,
  • 00:14:41.272 --> 00:14:43.341
  • that's significant.
  • 00:14:43.374 --> 00:14:45.243
  • It's not a general word for"Lord."
  • 00:14:45.276 --> 00:14:48.112
  • It is not a generic name.
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  • It's the covenant name, capitalL, capital O, capital R, capital
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  • D would probably be pronouncedin Hebrew, "Yahweh" or "Yahveh."
  • 00:14:55.486 --> 00:15:01.659
  • We don't exactly know how it'spronounced 'cause we are left
  • 00:15:01.693 --> 00:15:04.696
  • with Hebrew consonants only.
  • 00:15:04.729 --> 00:15:07.198
  • It's called the Tetragrammaton,but that's the personal name
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  • of God.
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  • That's how God introducedhimself to Moses when Moses
  • 00:15:11.869 --> 00:15:14.072
  • said, "Okay, I'll be yourspokesperson, but who do I say
  • 00:15:14.105 --> 00:15:17.542
  • sent me?
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  • What's your name?"
  • 00:15:18.910 --> 00:15:20.211
  • And God said, "I Am who I Am."
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  • I Am who I Am.
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  • That's his name, Yahweh, thebecoming one or the
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  • immutable one.
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  • It describes his character.
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  • I'm bringing this up becausethat's the Lord whose idea
  • 00:15:34.325 --> 00:15:39.163
  • it was.
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  • The covenant Lord who lovespeople and established a
  • 00:15:40.531 --> 00:15:44.035
  • covenant with people in turndesigned a covenant for people
  • 00:15:44.068 --> 00:15:50.174
  • so that on a human level, thatlove can spread.
  • 00:15:50.208 --> 00:15:56.314
  • So he's the designer of thehome.
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  • He's the divine architect.
  • 00:16:00.618 --> 00:16:02.620
  • He is the great blueprint maker.
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  • And that's significant in anyhome and any relationship.
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  • When I was first engaged and mywife and I went through-- my
  • 00:16:10.461 --> 00:16:15.533
  • fiancee at the time went throughmarriage prep, we were given a
  • 00:16:15.566 --> 00:16:20.238
  • book, a little workbook.
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  • And there was one little diagramthat I came across that was very
  • 00:16:21.639 --> 00:16:25.209
  • instructive to me.
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  • It's very basic, and you'll go,like, "I know that stuff, I've
  • 00:16:26.577 --> 00:16:28.713
  • been there," but to me,it was revolutionary.
  • 00:16:28.746 --> 00:16:31.449
  • It was so simple and I neededsimple.
  • 00:16:31.482 --> 00:16:33.484
  • I'm a guy who needed simple.
  • 00:16:33.518 --> 00:16:35.553
  • So it was a little triangledrawn in this book, and the
  • 00:16:35.586 --> 00:16:38.923
  • triangle said this is aChristian relationship.
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  • The top of the triangle, thepinnacle said, "God."
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  • The bottom said, "Husband."
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  • The other bottom said, "Wife."
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  • And the author was trying to geta very important point across is
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  • that the closer you bothindividually come to God, the
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  • closer you get to each other.
  • 00:16:54.872 --> 00:16:56.441
  • You strengthen the bond byseeking the Lord.
  • 00:16:56.474 --> 00:17:00.144
  • And I'll never forget that, andthat's been a principle, a
  • 00:17:00.178 --> 00:17:03.314
  • driving principle of ourrelationship.
  • 00:17:03.347 --> 00:17:07.051
  • Now, because it was God's idea,then it's really no wonder that
  • 00:17:07.085 --> 00:17:12.790
  • the Bible will often highlightthis theme over and over again.
  • 00:17:12.824 --> 00:17:17.562
  • The Bible is a prominentbiblical theme.
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  • It exalts the home.
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  • God has a lot to say about it.
  • 00:17:21.599 --> 00:17:24.268
  • In both the Old and the NewTestament, this thread gets
  • 00:17:24.302 --> 00:17:27.572
  • woven over and over again.
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  • There's instruction.
  • 00:17:29.474 --> 00:17:30.808
  • There's examples, both good andbad.
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  • It's all through the text ofScripture.
  • 00:17:33.411 --> 00:17:36.514
  • So it leaves us with two ways tobuild a home.
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  • Speaking of simple, let's getsimple.
  • 00:17:40.318 --> 00:17:42.386
  • Two ways to build a home: thesmart way and the, let's just
  • 00:17:42.420 --> 00:17:48.059
  • say, not-so-smart way.
  • 00:17:48.092 --> 00:17:50.495
  • So you got the smart way and thenot-so-smart way.
  • 00:17:50.528 --> 00:17:52.363
  • What's the not-so-smart way tobuild a home?
  • 00:17:52.396 --> 00:17:54.565
  • The not-so-smart way to build ahome is you build it, you design
  • 00:17:54.599 --> 00:17:59.437
  • it, and then you just sort ofplop it down and ask God to
  • 00:17:59.470 --> 00:18:01.539
  • bless it.
  • 00:18:01.572 --> 00:18:02.940
  • That's not so smart.
  • 00:18:02.974 --> 00:18:04.609
  • You come up with your own ideas,your own skill, your own
  • 00:18:04.642 --> 00:18:08.679
  • knowledge, your own resources,and then go, "Oh, yeah.
  • 00:18:08.713 --> 00:18:11.415
  • By the way, God, would youhappen to bless my deal?"
  • 00:18:11.449 --> 00:18:15.853
  • That's not so smart.
  • 00:18:15.887 --> 00:18:17.288
  • The smart way to build is todiscover the design that the
  • 00:18:17.321 --> 00:18:22.693
  • first Designer already designed.
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  • You start with that.
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  • Because he invented it, he knowshow to make it function at peak.
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  • And when you do that, you startdiscovering the thrill that this
  • 00:18:32.203 --> 00:18:36.974
  • psalm speaks of of God at workin providing for your home and
  • 00:18:37.008 --> 00:18:43.381
  • protecting your relationship.
  • 00:18:43.414 --> 00:18:45.983
  • So that's the Designer.
  • 00:18:46.017 --> 00:18:48.619
  • Now let's consider thebuilders.
  • 00:18:48.653 --> 00:18:50.421
  • And notice I put it in theplural, "builders."
  • 00:18:50.454 --> 00:18:54.025
  • There's not just a builder,there are builders.
  • 00:18:54.058 --> 00:18:57.562
  • Now, you're thinkin', "Wait aminute, the Psalm says there's
  • 00:18:57.595 --> 00:18:59.797
  • just a builder, the Lord."
  • 00:18:59.830 --> 00:19:01.966
  • Well, keep reading, "Unless theLord builds the house,
  • 00:19:01.999 --> 00:19:06.003
  • they labor."
  • 00:19:06.037 --> 00:19:08.406
  • Who are they?
  • 00:19:08.439 --> 00:19:10.041
  • The ones in this home.
  • 00:19:10.074 --> 00:19:12.343
  • So God is the builder, but itsays, "They labor in vain
  • 00:19:12.376 --> 00:19:16.647
  • who," what?
  • 00:19:16.681 --> 00:19:18.249
  • "Build it."
  • 00:19:18.282 --> 00:19:19.884
  • So God is building it and theyare building it.
  • 00:19:19.917 --> 00:19:24.021
  • So the psalm includes a divineBuilder, God, and human
  • 00:19:24.055 --> 00:19:29.594
  • builders, human laborers, humanwatchmen.
  • 00:19:29.627 --> 00:19:33.898
  • This verse is simply stating theidiocy of tryin' to go it alone
  • 00:19:33.931 --> 00:19:39.370
  • in life, of tryin' to build iton your own, because the person
  • 00:19:39.403 --> 00:19:43.941
  • who does that is tired andunsuccessful.
  • 00:19:43.975 --> 00:19:47.178
  • It's all in vain.
  • 00:19:47.211 --> 00:19:48.512
  • They're spinning their wheels.
  • 00:19:48.546 --> 00:19:49.880
  • They're not seeing the desiredresults.
  • 00:19:49.914 --> 00:19:53.517
  • So this verse is sort of likePhilippians 2, where Paul says,
  • 00:19:53.551 --> 00:19:58.923
  • "Work out your own salvation infear and trembling."
  • 00:19:58.956 --> 00:20:02.860
  • And then the next verse says,"For it is God who works in you,
  • 00:20:02.893 --> 00:20:06.964
  • both to will and do of his goodpleasure."
  • 00:20:06.998 --> 00:20:09.000
  • So both are true.
  • 00:20:09.033 --> 00:20:10.401
  • God gives you the energy and thepower, but he expects you to
  • 00:20:10.434 --> 00:20:13.137
  • work at it.
  • 00:20:13.170 --> 00:20:14.839
  • God works in you, but you stillhave to do the work.
  • 00:20:14.872 --> 00:20:18.609
  • This is also like 2 Corinthianschapter 3, verse 6, "Not that we
  • 00:20:18.643 --> 00:20:23.514
  • are sufficient of ourselves, butour sufficiency is of God or
  • 00:20:23.547 --> 00:20:30.321
  • from God."
  • 00:20:30.354 --> 00:20:32.757
  • All of that to say this: you'llnever pull off the assignment of
  • 00:20:32.790 --> 00:20:36.560
  • being a Christian husbandwithout the Lord.
  • 00:20:36.594 --> 00:20:40.431
  • You'll never be able to be thewife God wants you to be, or the
  • 00:20:40.464 --> 00:20:44.201
  • parent God wants you to be, orsuccessfully date a person
  • 00:20:44.235 --> 00:20:48.506
  • without the Lord building withyou.
  • 00:20:48.539 --> 00:20:51.742
  • You got to build, but if youbuild without the Lord, that's
  • 00:20:51.776 --> 00:20:55.513
  • not smart.
  • 00:20:55.546 --> 00:20:58.382
  • So here's the big point of this.
  • 00:20:58.416 --> 00:21:00.885
  • Life is lived at its best whenyou build alongside the Lord.
  • 00:21:00.918 --> 00:21:07.091
  • Life is lived at its best whenyou build alongside the Lord.
  • 00:21:08.092 --> 00:21:14.498
  • I love how 2 Corinthians 6,verse 1 begins, "We then, as
  • 00:21:14.532 --> 00:21:19.737
  • workers together with him."
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  • I like that approach, and thatis the approach.
  • 00:21:23.174 --> 00:21:27.578
  • The right approach to a home isnot, "Let go and let God."
  • 00:21:27.611 --> 00:21:32.516
  • I've heard that for years.
  • 00:21:32.550 --> 00:21:33.884
  • Just let go and let God.
  • 00:21:33.918 --> 00:21:35.219
  • That's not the approach tobuilding a home, nor is it,
  • 00:21:35.252 --> 00:21:38.956
  • "I'll go without God."
  • 00:21:38.989 --> 00:21:41.559
  • That's not smart.
  • 00:21:41.592 --> 00:21:43.494
  • We should be saying, "Let's go,God.
  • 00:21:43.527 --> 00:21:46.664
  • I'll go with God."
  • 00:21:46.697 --> 00:21:48.399
  • You want to build, you wanna putall you can into it, but you
  • 00:21:48.432 --> 00:21:51.869
  • wanna also acknowledge thedivine architect.
  • 00:21:51.902 --> 00:21:55.940
  • So a smart home begins byrecognizing first who the
  • 00:21:55.973 --> 00:21:59.877
  • Designer is, the Architect.
  • 00:21:59.910 --> 00:22:02.513
  • Second, it includes the wisdomof building alongside the
  • 00:22:02.546 --> 00:22:06.117
  • Designer, using his design.
  • 00:22:06.150 --> 00:22:09.453
  • There's an old saying that says,"Little is much if God is
  • 00:22:09.487 --> 00:22:13.491
  • in it."
  • 00:22:13.524 --> 00:22:15.426
  • Little is much if God is in it.
  • 00:22:15.459 --> 00:22:17.161
  • The reverse is also true.
  • 00:22:17.194 --> 00:22:18.896
  • Much is nothing if God isn't init.
  • 00:22:18.929 --> 00:22:23.968
  • Now, the psalm goes on todescribe what it is
  • 00:22:24.001 --> 00:22:26.871
  • you're building.
  • 00:22:26.904 --> 00:22:28.706
  • It enumerates relationships.
  • 00:22:28.739 --> 00:22:31.242
  • That's what you are building ina home.
  • 00:22:31.275 --> 00:22:33.811
  • A smart person will be all aboutbuilding relationships.
  • 00:22:33.844 --> 00:22:38.149
  • It's called a house and it'scalled a city at first, but
  • 00:22:38.182 --> 00:22:41.018
  • these two words are pictures ofedifying, building up, providing
  • 00:22:41.051 --> 00:22:47.191
  • for, and giving protection tothe home, the home environment.
  • 00:22:47.224 --> 00:22:53.597
  • Now, verse 3 elaborates on that.
  • 00:22:53.631 --> 00:22:56.700
  • Look what it says, "Behold."
  • 00:22:56.734 --> 00:22:58.302
  • I love verses that begin thatway, "Behold."
  • 00:22:58.335 --> 00:23:01.038
  • It's such a biblical word.
  • 00:23:01.071 --> 00:23:05.075
  • It probably would be besttranslated, "Hey, check this
  • 00:23:05.109 --> 00:23:08.045
  • out," or "Look at this," or "Letme have your attention," or we
  • 00:23:08.078 --> 00:23:12.483
  • might say in our modernvernacular, "Put your phone down
  • 00:23:12.516 --> 00:23:15.119
  • and listen to this."
  • 00:23:15.152 --> 00:23:16.720
  • "Behold, children are a heritagefrom the Lord.
  • 00:23:16.754 --> 00:23:24.094
  • The fruit of the womb is areward.
  • 00:23:24.128 --> 00:23:28.833
  • Like arrows in the hand of awarrior, so are the children of
  • 00:23:28.866 --> 00:23:31.469
  • one's youth.
  • 00:23:31.502 --> 00:23:32.803
  • Happy is the man who has hisquiver full of them.
  • 00:23:32.837 --> 00:23:35.773
  • They shall not be ashamed, butthey shall speak with their
  • 00:23:35.806 --> 00:23:38.509
  • enemies in the gate."
  • 00:23:38.542 --> 00:23:42.012
  • Happy is the man.
  • 00:23:42.046 --> 00:23:43.981
  • So all of this is about buildinga family, building relationships
  • 00:23:44.014 --> 00:23:49.787
  • within a family.
  • 00:23:49.820 --> 00:23:51.689
  • If you were to take your lifedown to its irreducible minimum,
  • 00:23:51.722 --> 00:23:56.126
  • where there's just no more, justthe nuts and bolts, you strip
  • 00:23:56.160 --> 00:23:59.497
  • away your things, your home,your cars, your hobbies, you
  • 00:23:59.530 --> 00:24:04.802
  • come down to just the basiccomponents, what you have as a
  • 00:24:04.835 --> 00:24:07.571
  • single word: relationships.
  • 00:24:07.605 --> 00:24:11.742
  • Good, or bad, or stale, orvibrant, but that's what you
  • 00:24:11.775 --> 00:24:16.180
  • have, relationships.
  • 00:24:16.213 --> 00:24:18.082
  • Now, notice that it says,"Children are a heritage."
  • 00:24:18.115 --> 00:24:21.552
  • Doesn't say children are anaccident from the Lord.
  • 00:24:21.585 --> 00:24:25.489
  • It doesn't say children are acurse from the Lord.
  • 00:24:25.523 --> 00:24:29.693
  • Or it doesn't say children arean inconvenience from the Lord.
  • 00:24:29.727 --> 00:24:33.330
  • Children are a heritage.
  • 00:24:33.364 --> 00:24:35.666
  • One translation says, "Childrenare a gift from the Lord."
  • 00:24:35.699 --> 00:24:39.403
  • In fact, one translation says,"Children are God's best gift."
  • 00:24:39.436 --> 00:24:44.675
  • Now, I know every parentquestions this at some point of
  • 00:24:44.708 --> 00:24:50.080
  • a child's development.
  • 00:24:50.114 --> 00:24:51.448
  • Usually the first few months isthe first big question, and then
  • 00:24:51.482 --> 00:24:55.119
  • teenage years is like the secondtime they question.
  • 00:24:55.152 --> 00:24:57.621
  • Heritage?
  • 00:24:57.655 --> 00:24:58.989
  • I don't know about that.
  • 00:24:59.023 --> 00:25:01.959
  • But one source, and I like this,says that the word "heritage"
  • 00:25:01.992 --> 00:25:05.863
  • should be translated"assignment."
  • 00:25:05.896 --> 00:25:10.000
  • Now, think about this.
  • 00:25:10.034 --> 00:25:11.335
  • Children are God's assignment.
  • 00:25:11.368 --> 00:25:15.539
  • How are you doing with yourhomework, your assignment, your
  • 00:25:15.573 --> 00:25:19.476
  • commission from God?
  • 00:25:19.510 --> 00:25:22.947
  • So God knows exactly whatpersonality of children to give
  • 00:25:22.980 --> 00:25:28.352
  • to us, lend to us in thatassignment.
  • 00:25:28.385 --> 00:25:30.588
  • A lot of times, we parentsthink, "Well, I am here to shape
  • 00:25:30.621 --> 00:25:33.157
  • the destiny of my children."
  • 00:25:33.190 --> 00:25:34.491
  • That's true, you are,you are, you are,
  • 00:25:34.525 --> 00:25:37.094
  • but have you everthought that your children are
  • 00:25:37.127 --> 00:25:38.829
  • there to help shape your ownpersonality and destiny?
  • 00:25:38.862 --> 00:25:43.067
  • And though you might getfrustrated with their
  • 00:25:43.100 --> 00:25:45.069
  • personalities, God could beusing them to shape you as well.
  • 00:25:45.102 --> 00:25:50.374
  • So they're an assignment.
  • 00:25:50.407 --> 00:25:52.810
  • And why are they so importantand why does he highlight this
  • 00:25:52.843 --> 00:25:55.446
  • relational part of the home?
  • 00:25:55.479 --> 00:25:56.947
  • It's simple.
  • 00:25:56.981 --> 00:25:58.282
  • Children are the only earthlyitems you can take with you
  • 00:25:58.315 --> 00:26:01.885
  • to heaven.
  • 00:26:01.919 --> 00:26:04.822
  • You'll never take anything else.
  • 00:26:04.855 --> 00:26:07.157
  • You can't take it with you, butthem you can, so they're worth
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  • investing in.
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  • They're a reward.
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  • Then there's grandparenting, andthat's where the reward is
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  • really realized.
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  • Scott Dooley: That is SkipHeitzig with the first message
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  • of our "Smart Home" series,where we focused on the
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  • foundational elements of meetingthe architect of the home and
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  • the family, God himself.
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  • His blueprints for the people hecreates include satisfying
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  • relationships and meaningfullives.
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  • We should make sure to buildalongside of him so that our
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  • homes become satisfying placesof refuge, palaces of joy, and
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  • platforms for worship.
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  • Now, let me tell you aboutSkip's latest book, "Biography
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  • of God."
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  • In "Biography of God," he sharesthe intricacies of what the
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  • Bible reveals about God'scharacter and his plans.
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  • As Skip helps you recognize andremove the limits you may have
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  • placed on your idea of who Godis, you'll gain a better
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  • understanding of his true natureand character.
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  • Receive your copy of "Biographyof God" with a donation of $35
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  • or more.
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  • Call 1-800-922-1888 or go onlineto connectwithskip.com.
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  • Thanks for joining us on"Connect with Skip Heitzig."
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  • We're connecting you to God'snever-changing truth in
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  • ever-changing times.
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