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Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
- Up rather early; H. sneezing and coughing poor dear.
Re-numbered some dates; they get out of sync too easily.
Looked up talented.
- Sermon from Gordon, on
1 Cor 14:1-5, 22-23.
- On holiday, discussing with a student, the
pillar convictions of his faith.
- Disbelief in everything else. Jesus'
teaching hard and many disciples abandoned him;
to whom shall we go - you have the words of
eternal life - said by
Peter who had plenty
of doubts and confusions. Meaningless,
meaningless everything is meaningless - says
the teacher of
Ecclesiastes - eg. living on in someone's memory
meaningless - how many people live in yours ?
- Convictions about creation;
Psalm 19The heavens declare the glory of God -
no literal speach is heard from them but yet their voice
goes out to the end of the earth. The beauty,
the order, the mathematical elegance, the balance
of physics etc.
- The person of Christ - what do you
think about him; not the dirty church, but him.
The evidence for his resurrection, while seeing the
evidence of his love dying for us on the cross.
Better - the power of the resurrected Christ making
it not just a religion but a relationship.
- The miracle of the Bible itself;
particularly prophecy. Lots of people claim the
bible is full of errors - but when pressed most
havn't read it. Some of the best lists of problems, come
from ~2 centuries ago, perhaps 100 - enscriptions
that can't be squared, archaeological issues etc.
Most of these simply have so many potential plausible
answers it's hard to decide.
- Prophecy - the huge resources of the US
would love to be able to predict not 300 years from
not - but not even 3 months from now. Isaiah 41
ridicules the idols who are impotent to predict
says "I make known the end from
the beginning" - "what I have said, that will I
bring about, what I have planned, that will I do".
parable of Lazarus the beggar in heaven, the rich man in hell
(at no point repentant, self pity for eternity):
I've got my brothers who are still living - send
Lazarus to warn them - people need to see a miracle
or they won't believe; Abraham replies: They have
Moses and the Prophets - let them listen to them.
ie. all the evidence the sceptic could want. Abraham
replies - If they do not listen to Moses & the
Prophets - they will not be convinced if someone rises
from the dead.
- The Hindu Vedas have no datable, testable
predictions at all. The Koran has no predictions
whatsoever; Mohamed - The seal of the prophets -
no prophecy; nothing said of him in the Bible. But of
Jesus - we have (eg.)
- Born of Judah - predicted from the times of
Genesis 49, the Lion of Judah's sceptre.
- Miciah 5:2 - born in Bethlehem -
a tiny villiage, almost no-one born there. All
other descendants Solomon to Zedeciah born in Jerusalem;
like a 2nd David - born where he was, in Bethlehem.
- Daniel - born during the Roman empire
~500BC - physical copies of it from 100BC; predict
he would die before the destruction of the temple,
thus a 27BC to 70AD window.
- Isaiah - again hard-copies pre-dating Jesus,
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried
our sorrows - he was pierced for our transgressions,
and crushed for our iniquities. We all like sheep
have gone astray - turned each one to his own way,
but the Lord has laid on him - the iniquities of
- And many more.
- Perhaps a strange place to begin for today's text.
- Is the gift of prophecy still alive today ? tremendous and
rightful concern that nothing should compromise the inerrant authority of the
prophets God raised up from Moses -> Jesus.
- At Sinai all of Israel heard God articulate the 10 commandments
for them. Then, written in stone by God - to preserve them; for their childrens
children - not on newspaper; but stone tablets - to endure. Now
the beginning of the Bible - begun by his own writing [ no-one had to
question if there were errors - perhaps mis-spelled his own name ? ].
- Israel cowered in fear and dread when they heard God speak. Not
just a little voice inside, a sort of feeling - when he spoke the ground
shook, the people couldn't bear it because of what God said when he spoke.
He doesn't say Friends is on TV tonight - but plumbed right to the
depth of their sin. They said to Moses speak to us yourself and we will
listen - but don't let God speak to us or we will die Exodus 20:18-19
- And so began the role of Prophet;
- This is what you asked the Lord your God at Sinai (Horeb).
- I will raise up for them a prophet like you from
among your people. God would put his words in his mouth.
- The standard expected is 100% accuracy: A prophet who
presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to
say; or who speaks in the name of other Gods must be put to death
- no 3 strikes and you're out policy.
- You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a
message has not been spoken by the LORD ?" If what a prophet proclaims
in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a
message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously.
Do not be afraid of him.
- The standard is as high as it could possibly be.
- Thus some Christians seeing the claims of prophecy in the modern
church - and it's radical disparity with the record; would say that the gift
must be dead. Unfortunately - it doesn't tie with the text;
- Paul does indeed anticipate that indeed these gifts will in fact
but only when we shall see face to face - the end point is in Heaven,
when we shall know as we are known.
- The passage says the gift is great earnestly desire the spiritual
gifts, especially that you might prophecy - inviting many in the Church at
Corinth - who had never met Jesus - to love one another and desire this gift.
- What kind of gift is he speaking about ? - more next week.
- Off to see Linsay, Tim and Christina baptised in Isleham church in the
afternoon, rather an encouraging dunking. Home. Phoning frenzy; bed early.
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