Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, March 12, 2017

A Theophanies is an Old testament manifestation of TLJC while a Christophanies is a New Testament manifestation of TLJC after He was resurrected.

1SA 8:7....."for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them."

To speak against representative authority incurs Divine Wrath.

Aaron and Miriam were the elder brother and sister to Moses and in the home Moses should be subject to their authority but in the calling and work of God they ought to subject themselves to Moses.

When she opened her mouth to slander Moses, she touched upon the work of God, challenging the position of Moses.

It was God who had chosen Moses to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt, nevertheless Miriam despised Moses.

He knew that if he had been set up by God to be the authority and he did not need to defend himself.
1Ti 5:17 Those pastor-teachers who have ruled well with the result that they keep ruling honorably, they must be considered worthy of double honor,
most of all those who work hard to the point of exhaustion in the study of the word and the teaching of doctrine.

1TI 5:18 For the Scripture says [Deu 25:4], "You shall not muzzle the bull while he is threshing," also "[Deu 24:15] The laborer is worthy of his wages."
1TI 5:19 Against a pastor-teacher do not receive an accusation against a pastor-teaches except on the basis of two or three witnesses.
1TI 5:20 Those who continue in the sin of receiving or making accusations, reprimand in the presence of all, in order that the rest of the congregation also may have respect. not fear but respect.

Instead of being a leader over Israel then Miriam is isolated from Israel for 7 days and in a state of leprosy.

Not only does it take spiritual power to execute God's plan but it also takes spiritual power not to gossip, not to slander, not to malign.

The same spiritual power that provides Christian integrity for all of us, also provides the power to resist both the arrogant and the emotional complex of sins.

In most of these situations, people resort to sublimation and attempt to fill their emptiness with such things as alcohol, drugs, sex, hobbies, money, etc.

It has been said that sympathy is feeling sorry for someone, empathy is feeling what he's going through, but compassion is doing something about his need.

K.J. = Jud 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

Pro 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

GEN 2:18 Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him."

One of the definitions of the word ezer translated helper means "to surround with care:.

Jud 1:22 "Some have compassion making a difference."

We are called ambassadors for Christ, we represent Him to these people, 2CO 5:20.
2CO 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Hos 4:6a "My people are de­stroyed for lack of knowledge."

DAN 7:25 'And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One,

ISA 28:12 He who said to them, "Here is rest, give rest to the weary," And, "Here is repose," but they would not listen.
The grace of God becomes more real to us as we finally see the eternal purpose behind each situation we face.

GAL 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.
This is such an important principle that God has literally given some believer's certain spiritual gifts.  

ROM 12:8 he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

LAM 3:22-23, "The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness."

PSA 23:6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
There are 26 verses in Psa 136, and each one ends with the phrase, "for His lovingkindnesses or mercies en­dure forever."

MIC 7:18 Who is a God like Thee, who pardons iniquity And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, Because He delights in unchanging love.

JAM 2:13 For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

The word for "triumphs" is the pres-act-ind of katakauchaomai which means that mercy holds a more excellent posi­tion than judgment.

Mercy reigned in our Lord's heart in Luk 19:41-42, when He looked down at Jerusalem and wept.

He knew rejection would be His portion, but still He wanted so much to re­veal His mercy.
God delights in forgiving, edifying and rec­onciling and so should we, Phi 2:5.

LUK 18:13 "But the tax‑gatherer, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me, the sinner!"

Spirituality is not measured by how well someone exposes another in his sin, but by how well he restores his fellow believer.

GAL 6:1 Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted.
GAL 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.

MAT 14:14 And when He went ashore, He saw a great multitude, and felt compassion for them, and healed their sick.

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