Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
July 25, 2019
Pastor Rick Bettez
Mal 2:5 “My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him as an object of reverence; so he revered Me and stood in awe of My name.
The early responsibility of spiritual leadership belonged to Rueben (Jacob’s oldest son) along with land & wealth as the eldest son. Rueben lost his privileges and it was divided up between Joseph, Levi, Judah and Ephraim.
Gen 35:22 It came about while Israel was dwelling in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine, and Israel heard of it. Now there were twelve sons of Jacob—
Gen 49:3 “Reuben, you are my firstborn; My might and the beginning of my strength, preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power. 4
“Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence, Because you went up to your father’s bed; Then you defiled it—he went up to my couch.
Exo 32:2 Aaron said to them, “Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.”
Exo 32:4 He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
Exo 32:22 Aaron said, “Do not let the anger of my lord burn; you know the people yourself, that they are prone to evil.
Exo 32:25 Now when Moses saw that the people were out of control—for Aaron had let them get out of control to be a derision among their enemies—
Exo 32:26 then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him.
Aaron allowed man-made religion into the camp which always involves emotionalism over truth, idol worship & false gods to overshadow the Lord Jesus Christ. It seeks to justify and purify self through ritual or labor.
The teaching responsibility of Bible Doctrine has never been considered insignificant in the plan of God. He will recognize the positive remnant of Bels and use those Bels to push His word forward while His judgement will fall upon those who mock it!
The shadow of the Old Testament responsibility for the priests (spiritual leaders) is the reality of the Pastors of the CA. Now the tabernacle is within the Bels and the focus & messages are within the written (completed canon) WORD! Meaning pastor-teachers hold crucial responsibilities concerning accuracy and distribution of God’s word.
Deu 33:8 Of Levi he said, “Let Your Thummim and Your Urim belong to Your godly man, whom You proved at Massah, with whom You contended at the waters of Meribah;
Deu 33:10 “They shall teach Your ordinances (mishpat) to Jacob, and Your law (towrah) to Israel. They shall put incense before You, and whole burnt offerings on Your altar.
A principle connected to the shadow of priestly duties today (pastor) is the fact that the right doctrinal principles & scriptures be emphasized for the dispensation that we live in. We do not preach Mosaic Law as spirituality. We teach mystery doctrine of the CA.
Num 3:6 “Bring the tribe of Levi near and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him.
Num 3:10 “So you shall appoint Aaron and his sons that they may keep their priesthood, but the layman who comes near shall be put to death.”
Num 25:11 “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned away My wrath from the sons of Israel in that he was jealous with My jealousy among them, so that I did not destroy the sons of Israel in My jealousy. 12 “Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give him My covenant of peace;
Num 25:13 and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of Israel.’”
There is a promise of blessing when God’s words are preserved and held in high regard. Just like there is a promise of a curse or divine discipline when it is just the opposite!
Mal 2:5 My covenant with him was one of life (eternal) and peace (reconciliation), and I gave them to him as an object of reverence; so he revered Me and stood in awe of My name.
2Pet 3:8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
Mal 2:6 “True instruction was in his mouth and unrighteousness was not found on his lips; he walked with Me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many back from iniquity.
Mal 2:7 “For the lips of a priest should preserve knowledge, and men should seek instruction from his mouth; for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
shamar (Heb. v)– should preserve, has a military analogous, meaning = fully protected and under guard.
Mal 2:8 “But as for you, you have turned aside from the way; you have caused many to stumble by the instruction; you have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” says the LORD of hosts.
Internally a nation is destroyed by the violation of the divine institutions. These are basically set up with other laws to preserve a national entity and when these laws are violated over a period of time, eventually you will have disintegration.
Religion destroys the thinking of the individual in terms of freedom. Once you begin to allow control of a nation through religion then you begin to attack the divine institutions. Divine institution #1 is human freedom, and all of the other divine institutions are designed to protect that freedom.
Joh 12:15 Fear not daughter of Zion, Behold your King is coming seated on a donkey’s colt.
1Tim 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.
Also a good scripture pointing to the Trinity.
Rev 17:14 He is called Lord of lords and King of all kings.
Reference to the fact that there is no higher office of authority.
In the Greek, the capital ‘King’- the first word used is BASIALUS meaning, leader of all people, commander and Lord over the land. Such as the use in Tim 6:15
The 2nd not capitalized; ‘king’- is BASILUO meaning to have kingly power or exercise control in certain circumstances (limited). 1Tim 6:15
This is simply highlighting what we all should already know… God allows mankind roles of authority for periods of time. They may have titles like lords, kings or presidents but none of them have any real lasting power.
They may not respect or recognize the fact but they are being given a brief or small position of authority but ultimately they are overruled & owe all power, authority that they may have to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The people who could communicate with each other would group together and they would separate from the people with whom they could not communicate with.
Watch who you communicate with!
Prin- MAR 4:24
“Take care what you listen to.”
Prin – LUK 8:18
“Therefore take care how you listen;
Prin – JOH 7:24
“Do not judge according to appearance,”
At the Tower of Babel, they didn’t even understand what was going on because there had always only been one language and one set of words.
National Review online reported recently that thousands of human languages are heading toward extinction.
The 15 most common languages are now on the lips of over half the world’s people.
Ninety percent of humanity speaks 100 languages.
We’re down to 6,800 languages today, half of those are spoken by 2,500 people, and as I said 90 percent of the world speaks 100 languages.
“At the current rate,” says the National Review, “linguists estimate that by the end of this decade half the present languages will be completely gone.”
God knew the potential power of evil contained in a unilateral structure.God knew the potential power of evil contained in a unilateral structure