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Day 65

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Read — Proverbs 3:1-12

Message Alan Burke 

Parents try as best that they can to pass on their wisdom to their children, pass on life’s lessons so that they don’t make the same mistakes. If you are a parent then I’m sure that there are times you have wished that you had done a better job, and for all of us there are likely things that our parents tried to teach us that we wish we had listened too. Here in this passage a father is trying to pass on to his son, pass on what he has learnt for his sons best, because he cares. As we look to the fathers instructions to his son, we should know and understand that the Lord God through Solomon is speaking to his people, he is speaking to us, he is showing us the way to live through what is said (1-2). So as we come as God’s beloved children, adopted heirs with Christ, what we learn from the fathers words to his son will help us to be fully alive for the Glory of God. 

The Lord in his self revelation declares his ‘steadfast love and faithfulness’  (Ex. 34:6-7). These attributes throughout scripture are used to describe God, so the father is teaching the son if you want this fulfilled life, then what you need is the LORD God. The father is teaching his son that he needs to not only know about God but know him in his heart (3). What we need to do is to know him, all people and we know him through faith in the Jesus Christ (Rom 5:6-10). What are we to do in response, how are we to live, we are to trust in him with all our heart (5). The idea is that we completely rely on him, not some kind of half hearted trust, or a trust when it suits us and we are warned not to lean on our own understanding (5). When we let the bible be our rule and guide, then we allow the Lord through it to challenge our inner most thoughts and desires, it challenges our feelings, and it will work itself out in our lives, we need his truth first then look at the practical out-workings of that, we need his truth first to know how to live.

In all our ways we are to acknowledge him, to trust in the Lord completely and acknowledge him rightly, in how we love each other, how we care for those who grieve, how we care for those who are unable to be with us because of age or infirmity, supporting each other in all ways. And as we do this, as we acknowledge him rightly and he will make straight our paths, he will help us on the way, its a wonderful assurance for us, that in this life as we live for him, desiring to trust in him with all our heart that he will lead us helping us to turn from this worlds ways to God (6-7). 

Again proverbs tells us to fear the Lord which is to know and trust him, this is the wisest move any of us could make (7). We don’t fear the Lord like that of a servant to his master but that of a child towards their parents. When we fear the Lord we turn from evil to him, instead of facing a lost eternity, we find salvation in the LORD’s amazing grace toward us, this will be of benefit to our entire being (8). We are also to honour God in the recognising that all that we have comes from Him, turning from the temptation is, of honouring ourselves (9-10). Why, because of how he has treated us, “for you know that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for our sake became poor, so that we by his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). Knowing that in what we face just as a parent disciplines his child the Lord will do that for us his children (11-12), so that we will grow and know that we have a saviour who is able to empathise with our weaknesses, who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. (Heb 4:15) so the bible tells us what we do in times of suffering, we are (Heb. 4:16) to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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Westminster Shorter Catechism

Question 65

What is forbidden in the fifth commandment?

The fifth commandment forbiddeth the neglecting of, or doing any thing against, the honor and duty which belongeth to every one in their several places and relations. (Matt. 15:4–6, Ezek. 34:2–4, Rom. 13:8)

Day 64

Pray (AC-ts)

Read — Exodus 20:4-6

Message Alan Burke 

You may wonder is the second word of the Lord (better known as second commandment to most of us) really necessary, after all the first was pretty clear. Why is this second word needed, why are we told “You shall not make for yourself a carved image.… you shall not bow down to them nor serve them” (20:4-5). Well for two reasons. Firstly the Lord God is far beyond our comprehension, he is greater than we can fathom, he is infinite (Job 11:7-9), he is the one  after all who put the stars in their place, the one who brings forth each new day, the one who sustains all of life by the power of his word (Heb 1:3). Our desire is to reduce him to a size that we can understand, this command prevents us from doing that, preventing us making God man sized. No idols, no images, nothing can compare to his greatness and they limit is infinite nature so we are prohibited from doing this. Secondly the self revealing God is Spirit and we are to worship him in spirit and truth (Jn 4:23-24). When we come before him we must worship him as he has been revealed (Deut. 4:12, 15-19, 25-28). His word must dwell within us in all wisdom for this is the root of true and acceptable worship (Col. 3:16).

So in this second word the Lord God gives a comprehensive prohibition against idolatry, there is no distinguishing between the worship of other gods, with our without images, and the worship of Lord God using images, for God hates idolatry (Deut 6:14-15, 32:21, Jer 2:5). Instead we must look to the Lord God who has revealed himself and not subject him to our own imaginations. There are consequences for obedience and disobedience. For the Lord God is a Jealous God (20:5b), When we hear the word ‘jealous’ today, we automatically think negatively. But here the perceived negativity that the word connotes are not what is being portrayed here (20:5), an alternative way of saying it would be that the Lord is zealous towards his people, he has a passion for them, they are his people and he is their redeemer, and is committed to showing his exclusive relationship with them. 

For the people of Israel were his, and through faith we are his, they were as we are a redeemed people, his servants and if his people turn to other gods then God will be jealous of them as a husband is of a wife that turns to other men. For God is passionately committed to his people, he has established a covenant relationship with them (Gen 17:1-8). If you think that the warning that comes for the future generations is severe think about it for a moment, children learn from their parents, there are times I look at my children and see a little mirror of myself, often children grow up and whether we want to admit it or not have copied the values our priorities, values and if we are honest we can all see it and it will either be a blessing to them as they look to God or bring his judgment as they look to anything but God.

What does this mean practically for us, well it means that we should worship God how he has instituted, being careful not to add to it or take from it, receiving tradition from others or looking to the ‘likes’ of others no matter how good intentioned they may be (Footnote 1). Neither should we make any representation of God, of all or of any of the three persons, either inwardly in our mind, or outwardly in any kind of image or likeness of any creature whatsoever; all worshipping of it, or God in it or by it (Footnote 2). And we must look to God, who provided his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the true image of the invisible God, so that we might know him (Col. 1:15; 2:19), he is our Saviour who has lived a perfect life of obedience it for us so that we might be saved (Rom. 5:19; 2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 4:6, 11, 10:3).

Footnote 1 Numb. 15:39, Deut. 13:6–8 Hosea 5:11, Micah 6:16 1 Kings 11:33, 1 Kings 12:33, Deut. 12:30–32, Deut. 4:2, Ps. 106:39, Matt. 15:9, 1 Pet. 1:18, Jer. 44:17, Isa. 65:3–5, Gal. 1:13–14,1 Sam. 13:11–12, 15:21, Acts 13:44–45, 1 Thess. 2:15–16

Footnote 2 Deut. 4:15–19, Acts 17:29, Rom. 1:21–23,25, Dan. 3:18, Gal. 4:8, Exod. 32:5

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Westminster Shorter Catechism 

Question 64

What is required in the fifth commandment?

The fifth commandment requireth the preserving the honor, and performing the duties, belonging to every one in their several places and relations, as superiors, (Eph. 5:21) inferiors, (1 Pet. 2:17) or equals. (Rom. 12:10)

Service May 24


Announcement May 24

Good morning everyone, 

Today are gathering songs are as follows; 

Father Abraham 

The Lord is my Salvation 

Be Thou my Vision 

So when you are finished reading click the links are at the bottom of this message.

All being well our service will be posted here on or just before 11:30. While Scott continues to preach Revelation, I have chosen to look at Genesis 12:1-9 which we thought about in our daily family worship helps on Monday. This evening I encourage you when we would normally meet head over to the Edengrove website or Facebook. 

Today our readings are Genesis 12:1-9, Galatians 3:7-18 and Hebrews 11:8-12

For the service, why not get a pen and some paper and make some notes of the sermon; write out the points, ask a question, put down something that struck you?

Finally todays Shorter Catechism question is Question 63

Question 63

Which is the fifth commandment?

The fifth commandment is, Honour thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. (Exod. 20:12)

Yours in the Lord’s Service

Alan Burke

Father Abraham

The Lord is my Salvation - Getty

Be Thou my vision