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The Mystery of the Holy Trinity

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WWW.ZIONTORRANCE.INFO MAY 26, 2013 SERMON TEXT: NUMBERS 6:22-27 WWW.ZIONTORRANCE.INFO PASTOR DAVID BOSTEDT - WELS LET US RISE FOR THE READING OF THIS MORNING'S SERMON TEXT, RECORDED FOR US BY MOSES IN THE BOOK OF NUMBERS WHERE WE READ FROM CHAPTER 6, BEGINNING WITH VERSE 22: THE LORD SAID TO MOSES, "TELL AARON AND HIS SONS, 'THIS IS HOW YOU ARE TO BLESS THE ISRAELITES. SAY TO THEM: " ' "THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU; THE LORD MAKE HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU AND BE GRACIOUS TO YOU; THE LORD TURN HIS FACE TOWARD YOU AND GIVE YOU PEACE." ' "SO THEY WILL PUT MY NAME ON THE ISRAELITES, AND I WILL BLESS THEM." THIS IS THE WORD OF OUR LORD. LET US PRAY: GLORIOUS AND GRACIOUS GOD, MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH AND THE MEDITATION OF EACH OF OUR HEARTS BE ACCEPTABLE IN YOUR SIGHT, OUR ONLY SOURCE OF HOPE AND COMFORT. AMEN. [TEXT TAKEN FROM THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, 1973, 1978, 1984, USED BY PERMISSION OF ZONDERVAN BIBLE PUBLISHERS] DEAR FOLLOWERS OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST: FROM THE MOMENT THAT THE LORD SPOKE ... TO MOSES OUT OF THE BURNING BUSH, THERE WAS ANOTHER BURNING QUESTON: WHO WAS THIS VOICE THAT WAS SPEAKING TO MOSES? MOSES HIMSELF, IN HIS DISCUSSION WITH GOD THAT DAY, WHERE GOD CALLED HIM TO GO AND BE THE ONE WHO WOULD BRING THE ISRAELITES UP OUT OF EGYPT ... MOSES STILL WANTED TO KNOW WHO AND WHAT WAS BEHIND THIS VOICE. HE EVEN SAID: WHEN I GO TO THE ISRAELITES, WHO AM I TO SAY IS THE ONE WHO SENT ME? AND THE LORD RESPONDED BY SAYING: "I AM"! THE WORD THAT GETS TRANSLATED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AS "LORD". THE LORD THAT IN THE NIV OLD TESTAMENT IS IN ALL CAPITALS. THE GOD OF THE COVENANT. THE SAVIOR GOD. THE LORD WHO IS THE ONE WHO IS COMPASSIONATE, WHO COMES TO HIS PEOPLE TO SAVE THEM AND RESCUE THEM. MOSES WAS TO TAKE THAT NAME TO THE ISRAELITES AND SAY THAT: THE LORD HAS SENT ME TO YOU. IT IS THE LORD WHO IS ACCOMPLISHING THIS. IT IS THE LORD WHO IS GOING TO DO THIS WONDERFUL AND MARVELOUS GREAT THING IN YOUR ... WITH YOU SEEING IT, ACCOMPLISHING IT, IN YOUR OWN TIME. AND THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL WITNESSED TREMENDOUS THINGS. SAW GREAT MARVELOUS MIRACLES THAT GOD PERFORMED. FROM THE NILE TURNING TO BLOOD AND THEN THOSE GROSS AND DISGUSTING PLAGUES THAT CAME UPON THE EGYPTIANS: ALL OF THOSE FROGS AND ALL OF THOSE GNATS AND THE BOILS. AND ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT WERE LEADING UP TO THAT MOMENT WHEN PHARAOH FINALLY SAID: GO! GET OUT! AND GOD'S PEOPLE REJOICING, LEFT EGYPT THINKING THIS IS SUCH A WONDERFUL MOMENT IN OUR LIFE THAT THE LORD HAS ACCOMPLISHED. THAT GOD HAS DONE THIS. THAT IT IS THE LORD WHO HAS SAVED US. THE LORD THAT BROUGHT THEM THROUGH ON THE DRY GROUND OF THE RED SEA WITH WALLS OF WATER ON EACH SIDE. THOSE SAME WALLS OF WATER THAT COLLAPSED ON PHARAOH AND HIS ARMY. THEY REJOICED IN THE LORD. AND GOD BROUGHT THEM TO THE FOOT OF MOUNT SINAI WHERE THAT COVENANT GOD WAS GOING TO REVEAL EVEN MORE ABOUT HIMSELF: HIS WILL FOR THEM; WHAT HE DESIRED FROM THEM; WHAT HE WANTED AND EXPECTED OF THEM. AND MOSES HIMSELF WENT UP ON THAT MOUNTAIN TO RECEIVE THOSE INSTRUCTIONS FROM GOD. AND WHILE MOSES WAS AWAY, DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT GOD'S PEOPLE DID? GOD'S PEOPLE WHO WERE SO HAPPY TO BE OUT OF EGYPT; SO HAPPY TO BE FREE FROM SLAVERY; SO HAPPY TO BE GOING TO A LAND THAT WAS PROMISED THEM FILLED WITH BLESSING. THEY BEGAN TO DOUBT. THEY BEGAN TO SAY: WE WANT A GOD THAT WE CAN HOLD IN OUR HAND. THAT WE CAN SEE. JUST LIKE THOSE GODS THAT THE EGYPTIANS MADE. JUST LIKE THE GODS THAT FILLED THOSE HEATHEN TEMPLES AND THE PALACES OF THE PHARAOHS. AND THEY TOOK ALL OF THE TREASURE THAT THE LORD HAD ALLOWED THEM TO TAKE WITH THEM. THE TREASURE OF EGYPT. AND PUT IT TOGETHER TO MAKE FOR THEMSELVES AN IDOL. A GOLDEN CALF. A GOD THAT THEY COULD SEE. A GOD THAT THEY COULD WORSHIP. A GOD THAT THEY COULD TOUCH. AND THEN THEY HAD A PARTY. THEN THEY BEGAN TO CELEBRATE AND REJOICE IN THIS GREAT THING THAT THEY HAD DONE. AND GOD, WITH MOSES ON THE MOUNTAIN SAID TO HIM: IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO GO DOWN THERE. WITH THOSE COMMANDMENTS. THOSE COMMANDMENTS THAT GOD HAD SAID THIS IS HOW I DESIRE FOR YOU TO LIVE. FIRST AND FOREMOST ... NUMBER ONE: YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS. AND THEY HAD ALREADY CREATED ONE. THEY HAD ALREADY STARTED DANCING AROUND ONE AND PARTYING AND CELEBRATING AND REJOICING IN THE FACT THAT THEY HAD CREATED THIS GOLDEN CALF FORGETTING THE GOD WHO HAD DONE SO MUCH FOR THEM. THEY HAD FORGOTTEN THE LORD. AND GOD CAME DOWN WITH HIS PUNISHMENT ON THOSE PEOPLE. BECAUSE GOD IS COMPASSIONATE. BUT HE IS ALSO JUST. HE ALSO PUNISHES THOSE WHO DO EVIL. AND HE MADE IT VERY CLEAR TO HIS PEOPLE HOW SERIOUS HE WAS. IMAGINE BEING A PART OF THAT CELEBRATION AND HAVING THE WRATH AND THE LAW OF GOD BROUGHT DOWN SO CLEARLY UPON YOUR HEAD. AND UPON YOUR LIFE. HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS THEN, FOR THE LORD TO COME BACK TO MOSES AND TO SAY TO HIM: AARON AND HIS SONS, THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE PRIESTS, SHOULD PLACE MY NAME UPON THE PEOPLE. SHOULD BLESS THEM WITH MY NAME. THAT CONTINUING REASSURANCE THAT I STILL LOVE THEM. THAT I AM GRACIOUS TO THEM. THAT I AM THE ONE WHO IS GOING TO BLESS THEM AND GIVE THEM PEACE. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO FIND IT IN THEMSELVES. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO FIND IT IN THE WORLD. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO FIND IT IN ANYTHING THAT THEY CAN CONCOCT IN THEIR HEAD THAT IS BETTER THAN GOD OR CREATE A GOD WITH THEIR VERY OWN HANDS THAT WILL LOVE THEM AND BLESS THEM THE WAY THAT I AM GOING TO BLESS THEM. AND YOU ARE GOING TO PUT MY NAME ON MY PEOPLE. SO THAT THEY WILL KNOW IN THE MIDST OF EVERYTHING THAT IT IS THE LORD WHO BLESSES THEM. IT IS THE LORD WHO COMES TO THEM. IT IS THE LORD WHO TURNS HIS FACE TOWARD THEM. IT IS THE LORD WHO GIVES THEM PEACE. WHAT COMFORT THAT COULD COME TO THOSE HEARTS THAT WERE TROUBLED. WHO HAD PARTICIPATED IN THAT WICKEDNESS AND THAT SIN. TO KNOW THAT GOD STILL LOVED THEM. AND HE CAME TO THEM WITH FORGIVENESS. MUST HAVE BEEN THE SAME FEELING THAT ADAM AND EVE HAD WHEN GOD CAME TO THEM IN THE GARDEN AND SOUGHT THEM OUT TO SAY: I WILL SEND YOU A SAVIOR. THE SAME THOUGHT MUST HAVE GONE THROUGH THOSE PEOPLE THAT JESUS TOUCHED IN HIS LIFE ... THOSE PEOPLE WHO THE RELIGIOUS FOLKS OF THE DAY DIDN'T WANT TO DEAL WITH. THE PROSTITUTES AND THE TAX COLLECTORS. HOW WONDERFUL IT MUST HAVE BEEN FOR THEM TO HEAR THAT GOD COMES WITH COMPASSION AND HIS GRACE TO BRING FORGIVENESS. AND WHAT A REASON FOR US AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD TO REJOICE IN THE FACT THAT GOD STILL COMES TO US HORRIBLE MISERABLE SINNERS WITH HIS GRACE! AND HIS COMPASSION! OPENING UP TO US THE GATES OF HEAVEN! GIVING US FAITH BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO BELIEVE WHAT JESUS CHRIST HAS DONE. AND ALL OF US EVEN KNOWING THAT AND LIVING IN THAT BELIEF, DO THE CRAZIEST THINGS JUST LIKE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. WE TURN AWAY FROM GOD. HE'S NOT NUMBER ONE IN OUR LIFE. WE DON'T TRUST HIM WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS. SURE, WE MAY NOT GO HOME TODAY AND MAKE LITTLE GOLDEN CALVES AND PUT THEM ON THE CENTER OF OUR TABLE, AND HAVE A GREAT FEAST AROUND THEM. BUT EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US HAS ALLOWED SOMETHING OR SOMEONE ELSE AT A POINT IN OUR LIFE TO MATTER MORE TO US THAN GOD. TO MATTER MORE TO US THAN GOD. AND THEN WE HAVE KNOCKED HIM OFF HIS THRONE. THE ONE WHO IS GRACIOUS. THE ONE WHO IS COMPASSIONATE. THE ONE WHO IS LOVING TO US. THE ONE WHO HAS PLACED HIS NAME UPON US. IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ... I BAPTIZE YOU. AND GOD BRINGS PEOPLE INTO HIS FAMILY. WHAT A BLESSING THAT IS FOR US. WHAT A REMINDER IT IS FOR US HOW IMPORTANT THAT NAME IS IN OUR LIFE. AND THAT WE WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING TO DIMINISH THAT NAME. AND YET WE DO. WE TURN AROUND AND OUT OF HABIT SAY THE MOST VILE OF THINGS. MISUSING GOD'S NAME. NOT TRUSTING IT. LYING, DECEIVING. LOOKING UP A HOROSCOPE. TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT THE FUTURE IS. THINKING THAT SOME DISEMBODIED VOICE FROM THE DEAD, SPEAKING THROUGH SOME MEDIUM, IS GOING TO GIVE US BETTER ADVICE ... THAN OUR LORD AND SAVIOR DID IN THE PAGES OF SCRIPTURE. HOW VILE ARE OUR SINS IN THE EYES OF GOD. AND JUST ONE OF THOSE DESERVES ETERNAL CONDEMNATION. BUT THE LORD COMES TO US WITH HIS GRACE, WITH HIS COMPASSION, AND REMINDS US THAT WE ARE LOVED. THAT HE SENT JESUS CHRIST HIS ONE AND ONLY SON TO SHOW HIS LOVE FOR US BY SACRIFICING HIS LIFE. AND THEN BY BEING RAISED FROM THE DEAD. WHAT A BLESSING THAT IS FOR US TO BE CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD. AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE. THAT WE BEAR THAT NAME OF THE LORD. THAT WE GO OUT AT PEACE WITH THE WORLD. BECAUSE IF WE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND FORGIVENESS THERE IS NO PEACE. THINK OF HOW GUILT JUST COMES INTO A PERSON'S LIFE AND ROBS THEM OF ANY SENSE OF STABILITY. OF ANY SENSE OF LOVE FROM GOD. WHEN WE CARRY GUILT, WE ARE ACKNOWLEDGING SOMEHOW THAT GOD COULD NOT FORGIVE OUR SINS. THAT GOD ISN'T BIG ENOUGH OR GREAT ENOUGH OR DOESN'T LOVE US ENOUGH TO DO THAT. WE WALLOW AROUND IN SIN AND THEN RATHER THAN GOING AND TURNING TO GOD FOR FORGIVENESS WE FEEL SO MUCH GUILT WE STAY AWAY FROM HIM. AND SATAN HAS WON. OR ... WE GO TO GOD, CONFESS OUR SINS, AND THEN DON'T TRUST THAT HE'S TAKEN CARE OF THEM. BECAUSE WE TAKE THE GUILT BACK UPON OURSELVES. INSTEAD OF LIVING AT PEACE. INSTEAD OF REJOICING IN THE FACT THAT WE ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD DEARLY LOVED. REDEEMED BY JESUS CHRIST. HOLY IN THE SIGHT OF GOD AT PEACE WITH HIM. WHAT CONFIDENCE THAT BRINGS US IN OUR LIFE. WHAT PEACE! THAT DOESN'T EAT AWAY AT US. AND WE ALL HAVE THOSE THINGS THAT EAT AWAY AT OUR MIND AND OUR LIVES THAT WE REGRET WE DID. THAT WE REGRET WE DIDN'T SAY. THAT WE WISH WE COULD HAVE CHANGED. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, PEOPLE? YOU'RE NOT GONNA STOP THAT ... AS LONG AS YOU HOLD ONTO THAT GUILT. GUILT ... IS NOT GOSPEL-DRIVEN. IT COMES FROM THE LAW. AND THE LAW REMINDS US OF OUR NEED FOR A SAVIOR WHICH WE HAVE. AND GOD HAS SAID: YOU ARE ... FORGIVEN. FOR THAT THING YOU DID AND YOU REGRET ... YOU ... ARE ... FORGIVEN. IT IS REMOVED FROM YOU. FROM THE THINGS YOU'VE SAID ... YOU ... ARE ... FORGIVEN. FROM THE THINGS YOU DIDN'T SAY. YOU ... ARE ... FORGIVEN. YOU LIVE AS A BLESSED CHILD OF GOD. YOU BEAR MY NAME. TO REMIND YOU OF MY LOVE AND COMPASSION FOR YOU. SO STOP LIVING IN THE GUILT. STOP LETTING IT DICTATE YOUR LIFE AND LIVE IN THE GOSPEL. LIVE, BEARING THE NAME OF THE LORD. THE ONE WHO IS THE GOD OF YOUR LIFE. THE ONE WHO IS COMPASSIONATE. THE ONE WHO HAS LOVED YOU. WHO DOESN'T REFUSE TO LOOK AT YOU LIKE SOME 3-YEAR-OLD KID WHO'S ANGRY AT YOU. BUT GOD COMES TO YOU AND LOOKS YOU IN THE EYE AND SAYS: I LOVE ... YOU. YOU ... ARE ... FORGIVEN. YOU ARE BLESSED BY ME. I'VE LOOKED ON YOU WITH LOVE AND COMPASSION AND I GIVE YOU PEACE. TAKE THAT. RECEIVE THAT. ALLOW THAT PEACE OF GOD TO WASH OVER YOU. BECAUSE IT GOES BEYOND OUR HUMAN UNDERSTANDING. BUT GOD IS SO MUCH GREATER THAN US AND HIS LOVE IS SO FAR BEYOND OUR UNDERSTANDING. AND HIS FORGIVENESS COMES TO US. YOU ... ARE ... BLESSED BY GOD. AND EVERY TIME WE SAY THESE WORDS AT THE END OF THE WORSHIP SERVICE, IT IS A REMINDER TO YOU THAT THE LORD WILL BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU. THE LORD WILL MAKE HIS FACE SHINE UPON YOU. THE LORD WILL TURN HIS FACE TOWARD YOU. AND ... GIVE YOU PEACE. AMEN. LET US RISE. NOW MAY THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH GOES BEYOND ALL OF OUR UNDERSTANDING, KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS AND ESPECIALLY YOUR LIVES IN THE ONE TRUE FAITH UNTO LIFE EVERLASTING. AMEN.

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Duration: 18 minutes and 40 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: R & M
Director: Jesus
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Posted by: hischild on May 28, 2013

The love of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit goes beyond our human understanding while we learn, and yearn, to trust the Lord this side of heaven. The Priestly Blessing is the focal point of Pastor Dave's sermon this Holy Trinity Sunday 2013. www.ziontorrance.info

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