sermonette: Something to Remember
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 28-Sep-15; Sermon #FT15-02s; 27 minutes
John Ritenbaugh, suggesting that human nature has to be continually reminded of God's providence even when people are undeserving of the bountiful blessings. Sadly, our forebears often forgot the frequency of God's merciful intervention and declared that it was useless to serve God. Satan loves to manipulate our nervous systems, leading us to believe that injustices are continually perpetrated against us. Human nature loves to feel downtrodden, abandoned, unloved, and taken advantage of, wallowing in self-pity. The Feast of Tabernacles serves as an antidote to incessant injustice collecting. To the ancient Israelites, the harvest testified to God's providence; to the Israel of God, the produce of the fruits of Spirit testifies to God's providence in our spiritual growth. All of the Holy Days are reminders of God's supervision and oversight of His masterplan for the Israel of God. In the context of God's spiritual blessings, it takes some thought and consideration to put a dollar value on something that is priceless. God never said that Christian life would be easy; Jesus Christ warned us to count the cost. God never promised that life would be fair; Jesus, Paul, Peter, and Elijah all suffered unjustly. Facing trials is a part of God's way of life because we are being trained and prepared for something beyond this life, requiring a thorough regimen of necessary proving and testing to know what is in our hearts. God never loses track of anybody. David's decision to grant the spoils of victory against the Amalekites to both the stouthearted and weary fall behinds alike indicated God's care and providence to all. This is the way God looks at each and every person in the Israel of God. Nobody is favored above another regardless of what they have done. Everybody is treated equally. God doesn't deal in favoritism. Every little cell in the Body of Christ is equally important.
Amalekite army Calling the proud blessed Computerese David hires himself to the Philistines David's prayer to God Deuteronomy 8 Ephesians 4:16 Feelings of depression I Corinthians 12 I Samuel 30:1-23 God's judgment Hard march against Amalekites Human nature needs to be reminded Humility Injustice collecting Learning about computers Malachi 3:13-15 Our relationship with God Psalm 139:1-14 Recalling injustices Scrutiny of David (and us) by God Suffering of Jesus, Elijah, and Paul Suffering unjustly Weary 200 men Ziklag