Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, May 5, 2017 

In Num 14, these depressed believers are making accusations against God’s men, verse 2.  

They are complaining about the place that the Lord has led them to and making accusations against the Lord, in verse 3.  

Then they are making plans to elect new leaders in verse 4.  

In verse 10, they have stones in their hand and are getting ready to throw them at Moses.  

Everyone of us have something within us which could snap under pressure at any time unless we have integrity or the spiritual strength to challenge the different pressures of life.  

One golden cherub representing the righteousness of God looked down and was satisfied because Jesus Christ was perfect in His humanity.  
The other golden cherub representing the justice of God judged those sins, and God the Father was satisfied with His own judgment placed upon His Son, TLJC.    

The wood represents the humanity of Christ; The gold represents the deity of Christ. Together, they represent the hypostatic union.

(1) The urn of manna, which represented sin as rejection of God’s logistical grace provision.  
The Lord meets our murmuring and complaining with his mercy.  
(2) Aaron’s rod that budded, which speaks of sin in the sense of rebellion against the authority of God and rejection of God’s system for communication of doctrine.  
The Lord meets our rebellion and rejection once again with His mercy.  
(3) The tablets of the Law, which spoke of sin as transgression of divine law.  

The contents represented Christ bearing our sins on the cross, 1Pe 2:24; 2Co 5:21.

Dan 9:9 to God belongs mercy and forgiveness.  

Heb 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”  
Mercy is that which the congregation of Israel should have remembered every time that they failed one of the tests that the Lord gave them.  

Psa 118:9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.  

Psa 146:3 Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no deliverance.  

Job 11:12 “And an idiot will become intelligent when the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.  
Psa 49:7 No man can by any means redeem {his} brother, or give to God a ransom for him‑‑  

Ecc 1:8 All things are wearisome; man is not able to tell {it.} The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor is the ear filled with hearing.
Ecc 7:20 Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who {continually} does good and who never sins.  
Isa 2:22 Stop regarding man, whose breath {of life} is in his nostrils; for why should he be esteemed?  
Psa 62:9 Men of low degree are only vanity, and men of rank are a lie; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than breath.  

Frequent sinning, which is life in the cosmic system. Occasional sinning, which is spending more time in the PPOG than in the cosmic system.    

Sporadic sinner, which is momentum in the PPOG resulting in the attainment of the three stages of spiritual adulthood and therefore infrequent sinning.  

The Doctrine of Flaws. Point 1 definition. Distinction must be made between genetic and environmental handicaps and flaws.  

Genetic flaws are the weaknesses with which we are born because of the old sin nature in the cell structure of the body.  

Environmental flaws are those which we acquire because of where we live and the surroundings.  
In genetic handicaps and flaws, human volition is simply not involved.  

In environmental handicaps or flaws, human volition is involved.  
Genetic or inherent flaws often manifest themselves through impulsive actions.  
Psa 62:9 Men of low degree are only vanity, and men of rank are a lie; in the balances they go up; they are together lighter than breath.  

Under spiritual death, people are born with certain flaws or tendencies which become manifest through various pressures or temptations.  

They often reveal themselves through impulsive actions rather than deliberate actions.

Pressure means adversity and in times of adversity many believers do not have the spiritual strength or the integrity to apply what they have been taught, many times, for years.  

Temptation comes from the old sin nature.  
Being tempted in a certain area is not sin, it is only when we choose to give into the temptation that sin results.  

Most environmental flaws or handicaps are directly related to the deliberate and conscious function of volition related to temptation.  

There are exceptions such as when a baby is born addicted to drugs because of one or both of the parents with their addictions.  

Some categories of sin involve both inherent weaknesses in the body plus environmental exploitation of those weaknesses in volitional function; e.g., drug addiction or alcoholism.  
a. Flaws inherent in a dormant state and acquired under some circumstance or pressure, called impulsive flaws.  
The Jews were going along just fine when all of a sudden the Lord would bring a tremendous test and pressure into their lives and their inactive flaws would become very active.  

GAL 3:24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith.  

When God gave the Law to the children of Israel, is was to remind them how helpless and hopeless they are without the mercy and grace of God.  

a. Flaws inherent in a dormant state and revealed by some circumstance or pressure, called impulsive flaws.  
b. Flaws which are inherent or acquired.  
Bitterness can be inherent, acquired by the volition in some circumstance, or both.  
c. Flaws which are acquired as a direct result of volition responding to the temptation of the soul.  
They include homosexuality, drug addiction, first degree murder, stealing, and some forms of lying, like pathological lying.  

Some people are born angry, and so their anger is impulsive.  

Others acquire anger through resentment of their environment; hence theirs is a deliberate acquired anger.  

Some people are born angry, and some acquire it through frustration and arrogance, so that first it is impulsive, then it is developed.  

While genetics is the source of inherent flaws, temptation is the source of all acquired or environmental flaws.  

1. Inherent flaws are there without your consent.  
b. Environmental flaws are there with your consent.

While human volition can restrain inherent flaws, volition is not the original source of these flaws (with the exception Adam’s volition); spiritual death is the source.  
In environmental flaws, human volition responds directly to the temptation of the old sin nature.  
Point 1. Definition. Point 2. Biblical distinction between inherent and environmental flaws.      

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