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Well, we're talking about "When the glory is on the move." Yesterday we introduced this subject, by trying to give you as much information as possible, because today I'll be more pragmatic. And we talked about the two definitions of what the glory of God is. The first definition is that the glory is the shining and the splendor of His greatness and His deeds. Then, There is an honor God receives for His Creation. For example: "The heavens declare the glory of God;" If God had never created the heavens, He would have never received this glory. If He had never created you, He would have never heard you singing, "The Lion of Judah has prevailed." Then, this glory appears in the Old Testament defined by a few specific Hebrew words, which express this kind of glory that was conquered by God, from the moment He created things and did some things, and now He is receivng His harvest for what Hi's done. But, there is another kind of glory... and you have the words right there on your handout: "Tipharah, Tsebe, Qeren, Rode, Gaown" these are Hebrew words, and, in Aramaic we have: "Adar and Yachar." These are words translated as glory in the Old Testament, which are related to the glory that is not inherent to the being. It is the glory that comes from conquerings and doings. There are also another word in the Bible, that is also translated as glory, which is the word "Kabowd." And the word "Kabowd", which is the kind of glory we are talking about in this teaching, is the glory inherent to a being. It's the glory of the Divine. If God had never created anything, and stayed seating on His throne lonely for eternity, He would still have "Kabowd", because it's the glory that belongs to the being. And this glory can be seen. Many prophets, servants of God, saw this glory in the Old and New Testaments. They tried to describe it as well as they could. Because it's so extraordinary, it is hard to describe it with a temporal language and material information only, by using things pertaining to this world. Nevertheless, they tried their best to describe God's glory by comparing it with a gleaming fire, a moving thick fume, or even the fire itself, or a multi color rainbow. They described it as well as they could. And they were all speaking about the same thing. because they spoke about "Kabowd", and Kabowd is the glory inherent to the being. And this glory that belongs to a being, can only be manifested where the owner is present. In another words: We could talk here about great thing of God, but the glory Kabowd, which is inherent to Him, will never be felt here if God is not here. God would need to come here in order for His Kabowd to be felt and perceived here. Who is getting that? Praise God! We spoke about the two stages of the glory: We spoke about the glory at rest. God's glory at rest. Of course this is temporally. The glory at rest is related to its manifestation on earth only. The glory at rest is the glory that is behind of a system, a structure. The Ark stayed in the Holy of Holies, protected by a structure designed by God Himself, and carried out by Moses, which is the Tabernacle along with all its structure and liturgy. All that formed a system that functioned as a host of God's glory. And, because of this system the glory was protected as well as the people. So, when God placed the glory behind of a system, God was doing two things: First, God was keeping His glory from being profaned. People didn't have access to that glory to be able to profane it. The access to it was indirect, through rituals. The access was possible through the system and the program which was concidered a holy system, sanctified to the Lord. everything in that system was sacred because it was consacrated to God. Every single piece of it had an important role in this relationship of God with humanity. As I chatted with a Jewish Rabbi whom I studied Hebrew culture with, he told me something very interesting, which was: When the tabernacle was to be inaugurated... (this is a Jewish teaching) When the tabernacle was to be inaugurated, when the God's glory came on the Mercy Seat for the first time, and it was extraordinary, so strong that all people in israel was afraid to die, very impressive. And he said the following; What people don't realize is that the fact of the glory to be manifested on that 6 1/2 square feet area, in a planet so big as earth, there was that beam of light, fire and a thick cloud penetrating the cover of the tabernacle, in order to reach the Mercy Seat where the Cherubim were. (we are going to talk about them tomorrow) People don't realize that if anything was missing, even one of those bolts that held the robes, which supported the stakes, anything like a base of the brazen altar, or a tear on a curtain, anything. If anything was out of place... (It is here Pastor Abraão de Almeida a master in this field. He has a DVD there about the tabernacle, you should see it later. He knows what I'm saying). Anything out of its place would be a hindrance for the manifestation of the glory in Holy of holies. So, listen to what I'm going to tell you. Unfortunately, we, the ocidental people don't have the same introspective formation, religiously speaking, as the oriental people do. By the way, every religion that affects the world today has its origen in the east. Because the east is like a fountain. The uterus of the east has the power to bear these religious conceptions, because people from there take like much more seriously. They are people much more persistent and introspective. And the point here is not if their religions are good or bad. But the truth is that they are able to propagate their religious theories because they have thousands of years of formation in this field. they've learned throughout the years, decades, centuries and millennia, the path of the relationship between man and something greater and sacred, in many levels. The people of Israel weren't different. So, this is what this Rabbi told me: Anything that was out of its place would immediately stop the glory of God from descending into the Holy of holies. He was showing that the manifestation of God's glory into the Holy of holies, was the result of a perfect unity. It was the result of a full and perfect harmony of the whole structure and system, developed under God's guidance to that very purpose. Then, it is wrong to think that the Ark and the Mercy Seat, by themselves... (Loud noise) that the Ark and the Mercy Seat alone were responsible for the manifestation of God's glory. It was necessary the fullness and harmony. All this has powerful application on the unity of the church, but I have no time to go this way, because I'm going in a different direction. And this subject is very vast otherwise I won't reach my point. But we can't take at least this example: There are things that don't happen in the Church for lack of unity. I'll go a bit farther. I want to debunk here tonight this idea that one person alone or one church alone will show up as the savior of the world. Will one church alone carry out the great revival that will solve the world problems? Will one leader alone, or just one pastor or just one vision? This is impossible! Because God does not work this way. God is not up to promote man. God is working through a body! And when we are not willing to be part of a body, the Church is maladjusted and disturbed. This is when one tries to be better than the others, and some leaders think they lead better than others. People start saying their churches are better than all the others. And, then, this spirit of competition is strengthened. Nevertheless, all this is bad enough to stop the glory from descending into the Holy of holies. Because the glory descended into the Holy of holies just because the pieces of the tabernacle were in their specific places. If this is not understood we'll work very hardly in vain. The first stage is the glory at rest. The second stage is the glory on the move. Now, if you will, I want to analyze with you the first text we read yesterday. So turn with me to 2 Samuel, chapter 6. I want to show you some singularities... (Just give me my glasses that I left in the pocket please) (It's not that I need it, it makes me handsome!) (Smile) 2 Samuel 6. "Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand." "And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims." "And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab..." (out of the house of who?) "...that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart." Now, very quickly, go to 1 Samuel. Quickly! Chapter 6... Chapter... 7, actually. 1 Samue chapter 7. Praise God if you found it. It's also being projected here in my back. "And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD, and brought it into the house of Abinadab..." (the house of who?) "... in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD." "And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years:..." Now go back to 2 Samuel 6. Listen to this. I won't give you the details of why the Ark ended up in the house of Abinadab. But the summary is this: Israel sinned against God and then lost the battle for the Philistines, who ended up capturing the Ark. They took the Ark to their territory. What the Philistines didn't know -- because the Philistines didn't know the Lord. Philistines don't understand the glory of God. They had no knowledge of the rules to get the Ark on the move. The result of it is that people started to die in the territory of the Philistines. They just started to die by bubonic plague and sores all over people's skin. Then they sent the Ark back upon a new cart, as their magies told them to do. The kine found their way to Bethshemesh on their own. At Bethshemesh, some men of Israel, who were seeing the Ark for the very first time, because they were used to see the Ark only through the system, so, that was their first time close to the Ark... Tell you neighbor, "curiosity kills". For curiosity, they lifted up the cover of the Ark to see what was inside of it. Seventy men died! All of them from Israel. It was very poignant that day! Long story short. God told them to take the Ark to the house of a such Abinadad. Why the house of Abinadad? It's because Abinadad was a Levite, from the tribe of Levi, and he was part of a special clan called Kohathites, I'll talk about them later. So, one of Abinadab's son, Eleazar, was called and anointed to take care and protect the Ark while it was in a resting position. Now the Ark wasn't on the move anymore, it had already gone and come back. Now it was in a room in Abinadab;s house and Eleazar was separated to guard, to take care of God's Ark, while the Ark was stowed there. Some historical informations tell us that Abinadab prepared an oracle, specifically for the Ark, so Eleazar could take care of the Ark appropriately. They put special lights in the place an so on. These are historical informations. But my point is this: During the entire reign of Saul, the God's Ark stayed in the house of Abinadab. The entire reign of Saul! Saul was anointed king over Israel and reigned for a long time, did some insane things, took many wrong decisions and destroyed the lives of many people, and He never stopped and said "Hold on a minute, somethig is missing here" "Something is missing here!" "I'm missing the Ark of God!" Say with me: "20 years." How is it possible pastors, teachers and friends... How is it possible someone to pastor, to lead and to govern 20 years and never notice that God is not present? How can someone lead for 20 years and never realize that the glory of God is not there? It seems an absurd, but we see that every day. Let me explain you why. Unfortunately people learned how to mistake or to substitute the glory of the presence, "Kabowd", by the glory of His deeds. Now pay a close attention to my next words. The greatest danger for the Church of the Lord, it is when subtly, she starts getting much more attracted by what God does, than by who He is. And every time we turn our back to God, because we are astonished by what He is doing, We ignite a process which is regression. A process of spiritual death which comes in drops. This a cruel process, because it's not instantaneous. I'll explain you why later. But this a process that comes slowly that destroys the foundation of the Church, which was called to be keeper of God's glory. It's sad when the Church doesn't recognise God. Have seen this, the Church not recognising God? Because God is trying to move the way He chose, but He can't, because people don't recognise Him. It's because the Church stops paying attention to God gradually. So, what happens if you stop paying attention to your spouse? It's amazing my wife's food. That's good. But what about her? It's amazing the work of my employee. That's good. But what about him? What about the person himself? This is a real tendency, when we get distracted by the deeds and forget the doer. Who got it? The reason why Saul never missed God, is because His deeds could still be seen. So, he saw the operations of God. Because if you pay attention to the beginning of Saul's ruling on Samuel chapter 12, 13 and 14, you are going to see how great it was. Saul overcame the Philistines in his first battle against them, in the easiest way registered in the OT. It's like Pastor Moses told us earlier, there is not even a description of the battle. It says only that he went there and defeated them. It, means that when the hand of God is upon you, whe the hand of God is upon the Church, the battle is so short that you can't even tell people how it was. It's because the hand of God upon you diminishes the greatness of the battle. It doesn't matter how big the battle is, I want to tell you tonight that the hand of God upon you life will make this battle to small to be noticed. Praise God! Say with me "20 years". Ask you neighbor, "20 years?" Nobody noticed the absense of the Ark at all. Let's look to this scene. I need to lay a foundation on the move of the glory. When it comes to 2 Samuel 6... the Bible says that David was crowned King on 2 Samuel chapter 5. Which chapter? On chapter 6 he is already looking for the Ark. Do you see the difference of hearts? Of leadership? Saul was crowned and went for the celebration. "Finally I'm the King", "It's wonderful." Then He went party with all he could. Then the first battle came right after, and, then, the second. He made many mistakes and disobeyed God. God gives him another chance. But he has no idea where the Ark is. Then comes David... On 2 Sm. 5 David is crowned King over all Israel. So far he was ruling over Hebron, now it's over all Israel. Judah. On chapter 6 David is deperate looking for the Ark. "Where is the Ark?" "I want to know where the God's glory is." "David let's party first. Look at the choreography." "No! I want to know where the glory of God is." "I won't govern one day if I don't know where the glory of God is." So, David was full of good intention. However, this is not what calls my attention. What calls my attention, is that when the Ark was moved out of Abinadab's house, (It stayed there for 20 years) So, as the Ark was moved out of it's place of rest, a tragedy happened. And this tragedy is explicit on verse 3 of chapter 6, when Uzzah, (say with me: son of Abinadab), touched the Ark because the oxen stumbled, and he died instantly. Now, let's pause because I have a question for you. How is it possible that Uzzah lived with the Ark, 20 years, Pastor Abraão, without dying. Nevertheless, on the day that the Ark starts to move, the boy dies instantly. And I want to show you some things here. The first thing I want to show you, As pastor Moses said very well, by inference, lack of information in the Bible is also a message. Nothing that was omitted in the Bible was done by chance. Make up your mind if you are an Elder and is learning is this conference. Omission in the Bible is also a message. And I want you to show me on 2 Samuel 6 or in any other place in 2 Samuel, from verse 1 on, where is Eleazar? He was the man God chose to take care of the Ark. "Pastor Jefferson I have a suggestion." "20 years had passed by and Eleazar was already dead." Well, this is not an inference, this is a guess. Inference is another thing. Inference is when you extract information, from the absence of a blatant information, but you still respect a coherence. So, here is mine: I don't think Eleazar was dead! Because the Bible doesn't say it anywhere, and I checked it carefully, from 1 Samuel to this point, nowhere it says Eleazar had died. So, it gives the right to infer that he wasn't dead. Then why he doesn't show up in the text? For one reason! It's because when Eleazar was anointed to take care of the Ark, the Ark was already settled, in its resting position again, inside of his home, where it was stowed for 20 years. Eleazar didn't need to do anything else, but protect it and keep it stowed for as long as God wanted. Now, listen to this, for God's sake! Here is, maybe, one of the examples the Church needs to learn the most. It is very common to see people asking God to see His glory. People read mainly what Moses asked God: "Lord show me your glory", send us a revival, move your glory in this place. We say some stuff without understanding what we're saying and what the consequences are for what we say. The difference between Eleazar and Uzzah is gigantic. Read between the lines. First difference: Eleazar knew his place and he knew he had been called to deal with the glory in its resting position. Eleazar knew he wasn't called to move the Ark but only to take care of it while at rest. And Eleazar doesn't appear on the scene, for some reasons: first, It's because David was right in his intentions, but was wrong in his method. Say with me: "Right intention, wrong method." So, understand this you worker, who want to grow in the wok of God. There are many people with good intentions, backsliding people, sinning people, people who forsake ministry, people who died, people who caused scandals, full of good intentions. Good intentions only are not sufficient to nobody to execute the work of God. It's not profitable for you to say, "Pastor, I did it with my best intention." "Ok my sister, but we lost a family for this" "now what we can do to fix this situation?" "I know, but my intentions were the best." Good intentions only are not sufficient to execute the work of God. You need to associate your good intentions to the right methods. How God wants you to handle it. How, through your leader, God has given you the guidance you need. It's not profitable for you to have an assignment in the work of God, receiving clear guidance from God, through who leads you, and, then, later on, you are doing the opposite of what God told you to do. "My Brother, haven't I told to do this way?" "Oh yes, that's right. But I did it with my best intention." Tell you neighbor: "Good intention only will take you to nowhere." We need to know methods. We need to know protocol. Say with me: "Protocol." We need to know divine protocol, ecclesiastical protocol. This lesson we had here on Ethics -- I was chatting with my wife yesterday, she is fan of Pastor Abraão de Almeida. So she wanted to know how his speach was yesterday. So I made a sumary for her. -- His teaching of today is this, When you hear about ethics you're hearing about protocol, how to behave, how to live. How to live for God, in society, and for ourselves. Some people hear pratical advices like these, but tey don't value them. Never forget that the Bible says: that God's people are not destroyed for lack of power, anointing, clory, oil, fire or so. NO! God's people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Thank you God. Media in Brazil are talking about SAT for high-schoolers and today or yesterday, I'm not sure, an especialist was orienting the youth about Portuguese essay, which is the real challenge for who want to go to college in Brazil. They asked him: "what is the people's problem on doing essays?" I was expecting another enswer. But he said: "lack of knowledge." The reporter esked him to explain better, he said: "the majority of people do bad on essay didn't read well the directions" I mean the directions that tell you what to do in a test. People don't read them. The direction tells one to do an essay on France, he does a wonderful essay, gramatically perfect, on Portugal. English is perfect, but for lack of knowledge, because he didn't read well the directions, even full of good intentions he scored zero. Who understands it? Pr. Myles Monroe said something I never forgot. He said that when he went into college, his teacher gave him a home work prepering for a test, and his teacher told him to study some pages of a certain book. The number of pages were about 40 of a complicated book. He was told to study those pages for a test he would have in classroom. He went home, grabbed his book and read it day and night with no time for his family nor his church. He read day and night without sleeping for days. After days new every page of that book by heart. He said: "I'll get the highest score possible." On the day of the test he was very excited, he grabbed his test, pen and eraser, he read the first question, and he din't know it! He thought: "No, something is wrong with this question. I never read this is my book." Then he move to the second question and din't know it too. He thought something was wrong with the test. He read the third question and din't know it neither. Then he said: "some thing is wrong with me." He took the test to the teacher and told him something was wrong. He said to the teacher: "I read my book for days and nothing that's asked here was in there." "And I did my best. I stayed awaken for days." So the teacher asked him: "Just tell me what book did you read?" When he said the name of the book, the teacher said: "I lament but you read the wrong book!" Tell you neighbor, "you need to pay more attention to God." Tell him "pay more attention to the Bible." So, what the difference between Eleazar and Uzzah's profile? Why didn't Uzzah die for twenty years, but when the Ark stepped out of the house he died? First: Uzzah knew how to deal with the glory at rest, but he didn't know how to deal with the glory of God on the move. While the glory remained at rest at his living room, everything was ok, the rules were known by all. No one would get near of it, let alone touch it. That was ok. Twenty years! He didn't died! But when the Ark started to move, Uzzah supposed... that's the danger, Uzzah supposed. That's the sin of supposition. It's when one supposes about God, about the Scriptures, or so, without being sure about it, because supposition is the lack of certainty. So, Uzzah supposed that the Ark at rest or on the move was the same thing. Moreover, he got used to it, pastor. for twenty years he went to and fro... You know a bit o the culture of Israel, in order for Uzzah to be in that position he ought to be at least 30-year-old. So let's guess Uzzah had the minimum age possible, 30 years. So when the Ark came into his house he would be 10-year-old. For thwenty years he went to and fro and the Ark was sitting there. He respected the rules but the Ark was still there. But the day the Ark moved, he touched it and died immediately. So listen to this: The move of the glory reveals the deep intentions of the heart. Do you know what I see in Uzzah? The holy Ghost told me and it moved me. Why was Uzzah to close to that cart, and why did he, so instinctively, ran to hold the Ark when it was falling? What I see between the lines here is that Uzzah had some hidden jealousy that he probably nurtured for 20 years for his Brother's place. It was his Brother who received the anointing and the delegation of authority, and Uzaah was just part of the family. Now I imagine here, and you've got to recognize that my reasoning makes sense, I see Uzzah, throughout the years, maybe thinking: "If I ever had the opportunity my Brother had..." "If I could approach the Ark..." Because, to take care of the Ark, in a practical sense, to clean it up, dust it off, to keep the Ark there for that period of time. It couldn't be moved from it's place. And that boy kept nurturing that Now, the cart is going and Uzzah was to close of it Uzzah wasn't some one important; Uzzah wasn't a priest; Uzzah wasn't positioned there by David, the text never estated that David deployed Uzzah at that position. Uzzah appeared besides that cart from thin air. And the other very symptomatic situation, that points out to my point of view, which is the jealousy that was in Uzzah's heart, is the position of Ahio, his Brother. Ahio was all set, his heart was whole pastor. Ahio was at the front of the cart. It's like this: "It is wise not to run any risk!" and he went to the front of the cart. and the cart kept going. Only Uzzah and nobody else... Is it too symptomatic or what? That the only one, beside the car, that ran for the Ark, was the boy who saw his Brother taking care of the Ark for 20 years? This is very interesting, because the spirit of jealousy has killed many peole in the Church. Some people look for doing things in the church not because they have a call, nor because God touched them, or because God moved in them, or by love. Some people look for doing things in the church moved by jealousy. They are jealous of others! He dreams on being a youth leader. "Why, do you have a call to be a youth leader?" "No, it's because I saw so and so working with the youth all my life, then I would like to try it also." And there is this kind of people in God's work... Not here in Walpole, of course, they are somewhere else... It's that kind o people who wants a certain position very bad, while it belongs to someone else. On the day that he takes that position he becomes lazy, and does things on his own without giving reports, doing things as they please him. Hello! It's more or less like this: While the girls lives with her father, one wants her at any cost. He pleases her, gives gifts, flowers and so on. He praises her by telling her she is the prettiest girl in the world and that the moon is shy because of her and so on. But after he "owns" her, go back there 10 years later to see if he is still making the same praises. Check that out. All he wanted was to conquer her. Do you agree or not? Yes or no? A couple was dating... (I used to tell this story in couple's meetings), ...they were dating, walking on a road,

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Duration: 1 hour, 11 minutes and 17 seconds
Year: 2009
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Jethro International
Director: Jefferson. Netto
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Posted by: jeffnetto on Oct 31, 2009

The move of God's glory amongst mankind is explained by Apostle Jefferson Netto, a Bible Scholar.

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