O That There Were Such An Heart In Them
Turning your bibles to Deuteronomy 5 . Moses called all Israel and said unto them, hear o Israel the statutes and judgements which I speak in your ears this day, the Ema learned them and keep and do them, the Lord, our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us who are all of us here alive this day. The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount, out of the midst of the fire. I stood between the Lord and knew at that time to show you the word of the Lord. For you are afraid by reason of fire and when not up into the mountain saying I am the Lord, that God which brought the out of the land of Egypt from the house of bondage. Now skip to verse number 22 these words. The Lord spake unto all your assembly in the mountain, out of the midst of the fire of the cloud, and have the thick darkness with a great voice.
He added no more and he wrote them in two tables of stone and delivered them unto me and it came to pass. When he heard the voice out of the myths, he heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness for the mountain did burn with fire. That you came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes and your elders and said, behold the Lord, our God has shown us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God talked with man and he liveth. Now, therefore, why should we die for this great fire will consume us if we hear the voice of the Lord our God anymore than we shall die for who is there of all flesh that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire as we have and lived.
Go down there and hear all that the Lord, our God shall say and speak, fell unto us all that the Lord our God shall speak unto thee and we will hear it and do it, and the Lord heard the voice of your words. When he spake unto me and the Lord said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken into the they have well said, all that they have spoken, oh, that there was such an heart in them that they would fear me and keep all my commandments always that it might be well with them and with their children forever. Go say to them, get you into your tense again, but as for the standout here by me and I will speak unto thee all the commandments and the statutes and the judgements which thou shalt teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it you shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you that you may live and that it may be well with you and they, you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.
They'd rather tie. So we'll continue in a deuteronomy 5:40 came up here. He was looking at it. So this is just a great chapter and it really is. You could say that about every chapter because it's written by God. So the say it's anything less than great, uh, wouldn't be right. Uh, but as they sung earlier, a professor, tracy and other ladies who were sinking there, uh, they sung, oh, how he loves us. And that you could play that in the background as you read any portion of the Bible. And Deuteronomy is no exception. A Moses has been pleading with us in different ways and very different ways to be obedient to God hardy obedience because we ought to love God and we should fear him. How do we fear God in such way that contradicts the fact that we love God. There's no conflict there and the fact that we should love and have a reverential all a reverential fear for our God and Moses keeps shown that time and time again and we see that here in Deuteronomy chapter five passengers said it over and over and so well that the old testament is in a relationship based on rules.
And then we have relationship based upon grace. That's not the case at all. Deuteronomy chapter 11, verse Number One says, therefore, thou shalt love the Lord Thy God and keep his charge, his statutes and his judgments and his commandments always all the way through daughter. Deuteronomy saying, love me, love me. Love me, and he's showing himself and why he should be. And we're getting to the second sermon that Moses was going to preach it. Start at the end of chapter four where passengers are going to pick up a next time he preaches. And Deuteronomy, it starts the second sermon which goes all the way through chapter number 28. Um, it's a long one. Model will be much shorter than I have no concerns there, but it goes from the end of, for the 26. So first of all, how, how many of you have the generation before you parents or grandparents love Jesus and, uh, they tried to teach you to love the Bible.
How many of you, that's your story in here, you know, it's about half the group. I'm in here or there. Um, I want you to think about that as we look at the first point of verse number three here, we're going to see that we have personally heard from God. They're are going to be reminded that they personally heard from God. Chapter number four in verse number 37 says in Deuteronomy to just one page over. And if you look at it, maybe circled this verse and go to five, three, it says, and because he loved the I Father's, therefore he chose their seed after them and he brought the out of his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt. He said, I loved your fathers. The first number three would be very exciting to them as they hear him. Moses speak because verse number three says, the Lord may not as covenant with our fathers brought with us, even us who are all of us here alive to this.
They personally heard from God, not just their fathers, but also them. He loved their fathers, but Moses for iterates seven different expressions. Verse Number Three. If you mark in your Bible, you can mark not this covenant with our fathers saying not just the generation past the next one is, but with us, not just them, but also with us, even us, and then go on to us, which is to say the people that I'm talking to you that are here that are alive and this day in our small little verse seven different ways. He's saying, not just your father's, that I loved, that I loved and I'm still loving. I not only spoke to them, but I spoke to you and that would be something they'd be excited about, that it wasn't as something from a generation ago that they're hearing about, but God still has a plan for them.
That God, they heard the voice of the Lord and it promised life not death. Brother ty read verse Number Twenty Five, and they said, we hear the voice of the Lord, our God and who's heard the voice of the Lord, are we going to die? Who was there of all flesh? Has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire. We have heard it. Are we going to live? And we know where they get that from. We know that they didn't believe they could see that. You know they would see God there. They thought they were going to die and then when God speaks to them, it gives the tablets. They. They say, why don't we appoint Moses as a mediator and we're going to go back into our tents. We were afraid of this. That came to us and power and we're afraid of that power there.
And they said, is there going to be death? And Moses said, no, quite the opposite. Actually there's not going to be death brought from hearing the word, but he is promising life and he's promising prosperity. He's promising long days here. So God noting loved them, but he's still loving them. He, he initiated this relationship and he maintained them. The children of Israel are getting answers that the whole world is asking, not just the day of, but it's always been this way. I found this poem that was written. I'm in the seventh century. It said, as written them in Nineveh, and I read part of it to you, Ms Dot Colada, prayer to any God. May My Lord's angry, angry heartbeat, reconciled, and may the God I do not know, be reconciled. May the goddess I do not know, be reconciled. May the God, whoever he is be reconciled.
May the goddess, whoever she is, be reconciled. May My personal God's be reconciled. May My goddesses hearts be reconciled. May My God am I goddesses be reconciled with me. May the God who has turned away from me in anger be reconciled, made my goddess who's been turned away from me be reconciled. I could not eat, eat for myself. The bread I found I cannot drink for myself. The water I found I have perpetrated unwittingly an abomination to my God. I've unwittingly violated a taboo of my goddess. Oh my Lord. Many or my rungs, great. My sins, Oma, God, many are my rungs. Great my sins. No matter how many names they go by, what do they know they do not know at all if they were doing good or evil? Oh my God, through my wrongs be seven times seven, absolve my wrongs. Oh my God.
It's through my wrongs. Be Seven Times seven. Absolve my wrongs of job my wrongs. Let my sound your praises as if you were my real mother. Let your heart be reconciled as if you were my real mother, my real father. We don't typically read pagan poetry. I'm in church and you probably don't read it for fun of it. It's just unbelievable and it's not set in the time, but it's the expression it what's going on in the heart of all unbelievers. He was saying, if it's God, would you resolve me, my son? If it's a goddess with resolving my sense, my personal gods with the resolved message, I've made you angry. Please forgive me. And it's just the prayer of asking for reconciliation to an unknown God and they're crying out for it. The crowd for the day around the world, they cried out for the time of Moses during the time of this.
And so the children of Israel getting answers at the whole world is asking. The person that wrote this poem here, uh, they get three things right where they, they were sure of three things that God is angry with them, their sin has caused anger, and we must do something to avoid God's wrath. Person that wrote that poem with certain of those three things, but their ignorance is up so threefold. He does not know which God is angry. He does not know what the crime is that provoked the divine fearing and he does not know what it takes to, to get past the wrath of God. And so you got a group of people that God has promised to bless the children of Israel and against all odds, it keeps them alive and he speaks to them. He says, all the world wants to know the answers.
All the world wants to know who the true God is. All the world wants to know how they can get over their sin and our guilt. And find forgiveness, and I'm going to speak to you and I'm going to give you your words and not only loved your fathers, but I'm still loving you and I'm still speaking to you here and that God's still talks to us. They have said, we have seen this day that God this talk with man and he liveth. They say, God spoke to us and we're still living. This is amazing, and they said, who gets to hear from God and speak? And all of us can answer it. Here I do. Every one of you have got to hear from God just like the children of Israel heard from God and the fact that we have the word of God preserved for us today.
We're hearing from God and we live and it doesn't bring death, but it brings life to us and it tells us that in a it says, a hearing, obeying God's word is going to bring life in verse 33, you shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess. You hear for me, you can know me. I love you and my word is going to make a difference in your life. So I just ask you, do you take for granted the fact that we have the word of God. How you picture the words that are given to you in the Bible is got to impact. If you live that out in obedience, that's where we're going to end on and Hebrews and our conclusion, but the way you view it is going to decide if you are obedient to God.
I'm Chris Gardener taught. Chris has been through a lot of things and he taught on suffering at the, at the orientation, and he said the problem with Joe was that he had the wrong view of suffering is that he had the wrong view of God. They're a that in through suffering. It was the thing that had to be fixed first and foremost is that had to make sure that he had the right understanding of who God was and how to God helped him do with that God spoke to him. God don't came into that heart of job and spoke to him. Robert shared how there was a song and when the lyrics said, be still my heart, and he said before Kelly got sick, he would sing that song, and he thought that verse was Kinda silly. He didn't understand why this song said, be still my heart, but he said, he finds himself sitting on the edge of the bed singing that song and saying, heart be still be quiet, and the words of God do that.
The word of God is powerful today, just as it was back then. He says, I'm speaking to you for your time, and then we are the people that have heard the word, not just our grandparents but us only when you're only 32, you only have a handful of stories, so I'll tell him over and over, but my grandfather had dementia and last years of his life, but he sat down at the kitchen table and flipped through 10 chapters of the Bible. He wasn't reading them, but he knew every morning I get up and I go to the table and I do this motion with this Bible, and it was he was in his mind that it was there, but the same God that spoke to my grandfather is speaking today. It didn't stop. It continues here. Those great stories that the missionaries here about we can pray for.
Handsfree grew up in this community that her parents were in this church, that he's still working here and in our lives as well. He doesn't belong to any generation or at any group inside of the church. He belongs to all of us. We can hear from him, so adhering were expected to obey. So first of all, I'm still speaking to you, not just the generation before, but I'm still speaking and I expect that you will obey, I've given, and then we see here they've been given a mediator. They were frightened. The next set of chapter number 20, which is the parallel passage, you saw the brother ty, we skipped over the giving of the Ten Commandments. Pastor, we'll deal with that at a another time. There's just so much there. And I'm here in exodus 20 when it came in verses 18 through 21, it says all the people saw the thunderings and the lightenings and the noise of the trumpet and the mountain smoking.
When the people saw it, they removed that, stood afar off and they said in the Moses, speak with us and we will hear, but let not God speak with us less. We died and Moses said, and the people fear not for God has come to preview that this, that his fear may be before your faces that you sin not. And the people stood afar off and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was is that story of exodus that's being retold here and Deuteronomy and these people, they requested a mediator. They said, you go on the hill and we will go into the tents. And then they said to him in verse number 27 of Deuteronomy five, it says, go down near and hear all that the Lord our God shall same and speak to us all that the Lord our God is still speaking to the and we will hear it and we will do it.
So Moses, you're our mediator. You go find out what God wants and whatever he says to you, we are going to do it. And that was their promise because they understood that the word came with an expected response. Uh, which was obedience. God's Word is given here to guide us. The law was neither a way of Salvation Norberto some obligation, but it was a gracious gift of God for God's people. So they might knowingly respond to His grace according to his will. These laws here are a gift from God. God communicating you picture here, that poem, all the other people, all the other pagans in the land, they want to know God. They want reconciliation. They want to know what God's angry with them, but God speaks unto them and he says, I'm going to be gracious to you. I'm going to provide obligation. I've led you out of Egypt.
It's been a handful of years ago, but when the saddest funeral services is that there's about a thousand teenagers, they're a teenager, had been shot by her boyfriend. She a senior in high school and and I'm at the funeral. The preacher chose the spin this whole time on convincing us why we should set up the 10 commandments in our courthouses, in our schools and that more kids are going to die unless we have the kids commandments being seen. But what he forgot is that there was a thousand young people that are still hadn't been led out of Egypt. They didn't know the grace of God. They didn't understand why this was merciful and Gracious. Why? It wasn't a list of 10 rules to follow, but it was a god of heaven saying, I want to know you and I want to tell you how to live life. I love you so much that I want you to avoid sin.
I want to tell you how to live out your life here and there was no grace and it was horrific the way that we received the word brought all. When the Israelites feared God, they were inclined to keep his commandments out of the midst of the fire. God spoke to them and so they were teaching. They were being taught here to obey. In chapter number six, verse number one, if you look there, it says, now these are the commandments of the statutes and the judgments which the Lord your God commanded to teach that you that you might do them in the land whether you go to possess it. So Moses said, I'm telling you what to do. When you get into land. These are the things that you're supposed to do and as you do it, you will possess it and we must not just hear it, but we must obey it.
Chapter Five, verse one, why don't you understand underlying this? It says, I speak in your ears this day that you may learn them and keep them and do them. You got to hear it. You have to learn it. You have to keep it. You have to do it. That just me talking to you, just you taking these 10 commandments and putting it in an art and taking it around with you is not going to do the job. You're going to have to be obedient to his word, and so we must, not just here, but we must obey it. What's our New Testament? A parallel to that that were told, why didn't James here that we're not supposed to be doers of the word only, but we're also so also the not only be, here's what we're supposed to be doers of the word, and we're given the example of a person that goes and looks in the mirror and says, yeah, there's some things that should be fixed there, but it's going to be okay, and they walk away from it, and that's what happens when we hear of the word of God.
So first of all, we get to hear from God, not just this generation, but the one we're in right now. We're reminded, God's reminding the people, they're not just the generation before. I love that I love you and I'm speaking to you and I want you to be obedient, and then he's going to show that there's benefits. Obeying the word to them that was obey. What I'm saying to you right now, when you go into landfill, possess, there's great benefits and the day we're saying, read this word, keep this word, obey this word, and there's great benefits to you for doing it. There's prosperity, we're not against prosperity about obedience. We just defined prospectively differently. The Bible tells us what it's going to do. This obedience will look at it. Obedience is going to bring you out of the desert. Verse six, verse three here, therefore o Israel and observe to do it that you may be well with thee and that you may increase mightily as the Lord God of the fathers have promised team in the land that flows with milk and honey.
There's a contrast here that places an oozing with anything. It's dry. It's a desert and it says you're about to go into a place that it says naturally produces. Not talking about having an Egypt, having to work hard in the ground and and produce this with your hands, but just this land by itself with nobody messing with it, produces it. You don't have case in blue making a whatever he does with bs going on there. It just naturally is producing honey and flowing with milk here and it gives you this example here of there that if you obey it, there's going to be a great benefit. On a few occasions I rode with a police officer and he had, um, on purpose, there are some other times that, that wasn't my idea, but this is my, had him and um, he had on his laptop has said wine is a mocker.
And so a strong drink and time after time he was working with the drug enforcement that somebody would get in the back and they'd be drunk and they would look at that laptop and say, man, I know that's right. And they would say that over and over again. And he would tell me when I'm not in the car, you can say anything you want. And so I would talk to him. But what he was learning is that there. There's a Bible verse on that screen. And if I would have been obedient to that Bible verse tonight, there would have been a benefit in my life. And it's just real simple to see. That's one verse that every Bible verse has a benefit to it in our lives here. And so if they stay the course, they'll reach. The threefold goal of life will be and linked days than Lando possess.
Verse Thirty Two you shall observe to do therefore is the Lord your God has commanded you and you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left to stay the course. Do what I told you that you don't go to the rider, to the left and we listened to God and obey his blessings will overtake us. Deuteronomy Chapter Twenty eight verses one through 14 talks about that. I'm only read the first two to you listed how it's said here, Deuteronomy Twenty eight, one and two, and it shall come to pass if thou shalt hearken diligently upon the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all the nations of the earth and all these blessings shall come on thee and overtake thee if thou shall hearken unto the Voice of the Lord thy God.
It says it's going to. It's going to overtake you. It isn't like I got to be obedient. I've got to figure out how this obedience is going to work. He says, no, you be obedient and it's going to overtake you in your life. It's going to come in every direction. It's gonna bring benefits to you that you don't even get recognize and he's telling them that be obedient to me. I'm going to sit you in a high place. I'm going to take care of you and bringing you out of Egypt and the blessings overtake us. Here are the few benefits of the word of God. Psalms 1:19, verse nine says that as a young man, a cleanses are ways. John Chapter number eight says that edit disciple, the way that I get to abide with God is outside with him in his word, and that's a benefit.
It also tells us in John Chapter Number Eight, that the truth sets us free. When we are inbound, where you're bound, we're hostage. The some sin, we're overtaken in a fault that the Bible's truth is going to set us free. The Bible tells us, it tells us in John Eighteen that we will hear the voice of our shepherd because we are his sheep, so what's the benefit of the word? As sheep, we get to hear from our shepherd when we hear it, we're part of God's family. Because of that, we're taking, we need his word in John Eight. It protects our minds that it maintains our integrity. Psalms one, 19, 23, psalms one, 19, 49. It gives us hope in time of suffering. Psalms one, 19, 49, remember your words, your servant, for you have given me hope that seven of $7,000 benefits that we received in the word of God.
They knew, they heard from God personally. They knew they were going to obey. They even knew the blessing that followed obedience, but it is not in their hearts. I left this five minutes here. Seems real simple, right? Yes. God speaks to us, not just the generation before. He speaks to us personally. We have to hear it and we have to obey it, and not only if we obey it, there's benefits. The children of Israel say, Hurrah. We got it. The People Vision Baptist Church say, Hurrah, we got it, but what's the real truth of the matter? And Verse Number Twenty Nine, this is a powerful verse. Circle this, maybe memorize this verse 29. It says, oh, that they were such and this is God's speaking old that there was such a heart in them that they would fear me and keep all my commandments always that they might be well with them and with the children forever.
With all this being said, they're still not gonna. Obey God's word. They said, Moses, you go find out what God's word is. We're going to obey it, and right there in verse Number Twenty Nine, God says, oh, that my children had a heart for me. Oh, I wish they would obey his ob, obedient to me, just like a parent that sees their kid going down the wrong path and says, I just wish they would listen to me. They would save themselves so much heartache and God says it's not going to happen. At the end of the chapter, God is speaking to Moses in chapter number 31 in verse number 16. It says they will forsake me, they will break my commandments, which I have made of them in verse number 20. It says they will turn unto other gods and they will serve them and they will provoke me and break my covenants.
So this is what God tells Moses at the end of his ministry. Real encouraging, right? So how well of a done, yeah, they're not going to listen. And then so Moses, listen to what he says. He goes to the Levi together as a mother and verse number 27, he says, for I know that rebellion and that stiff neck, behold while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against the Lord and have much more after my death. So Moses a little ticked off here and he says, God just told me that when I'm out of here, you're not going to listen to anything that I said, and he gathers them all up and he says, you rebellious a stiff neck. People, when I was standing in front of you and when I was alive, you didn't listen, and when I die, you're not going to listen.
Isn't that rough there? Could you imagine? Could you imagine pastor into every message with that and that was the teaching of God's word today, but you're not going to listen to it. All right, let's leave. You know, that would be a pretty rough, uh, but is it not true? More often than not, not just in a preaching service, but in a morning Bible study. We shut the Bible and it's so easy for us to walk away from it. Turn with me in closing here, the Hebrews chapter number 12, and we're going to look at it. We're in the new covenant here, and Jesus as our mediator, they had Moses as their mediator. We have Jesus as our mediator and I know just as well as any of you that it's easy to tune out when somebody is reading the Bible, but get the Hebrews chapter number 12 and to follow along because what needed to be said to them back in Deuteronomy five when they said, we know the blessings.
We know we're supposed to obey the Bible. We're going to do it. And God says, no, you're not. This is what needs to be said to all of us right now. Hebrews 12, 24, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant and to the blood of the sprinkling, the speaker better than that of Abel and Hebrews 12, safe speaks better than all of the Old Testament prophets. See that you refuse not him that speak if for if they escape, not who refused him, that spake on earth much more shall not. We escape. If we turn away from him, that speaker from heaven whose voice then shook the earth, but now he is promising, yet once more have shaken up the earth only but also heaven and this word. Yet once more signified the removing of those things that are shaken as of the things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
Wherefore we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved. Let us have grace. We may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire. So how do we get out of this system? How do we get out of this? Yes, we know we have the Bible. Yes, we know we're so so bay, yes, we know there's great blessings, but we're still not going to do it. We're told that we know of God because of Jesus, our mediator, but it says that we serve God acceptably with reverence and with godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire, so what happened there? How well did they take the word of God and obey it only to the extent that they had a love and a reverence for God? When he spoke out of that fire, they thought he is somebody be revered and to be honored, but when they forgot that he was to be revered and to be loved, they would get away from obeying his word, and so it's the same here.
How much is this going to have? Part of your life is not going to be decided on where it sat on your calendar. It's not going to be decided, yes, I know it's good for me. You got to know the god that put these words in the Bible that you got to know who's Bible. This is when we say, this is God's word. You got to know who that God is, who is this word, and he is a loving God, is a God that speaks to us and that should be feared and revered. We have a mediator the day and Jesus that is greater than Moses or able or any of us and through him we have his communicated to us. We have a reverential fear of his word. He is a consuming fire before whom acceptable service will always rise out of deep reverence and all.
Recognize that he loves you and he's providing warning and blessing for Ms Dot word obey. There's life oozing with milk and honey for you, so this is God's word, not man's word about God, but this is God's word and that's what we need to remember and that's what they needed to see back in deuteronomy chapter number five, when they hear God's word and they're not going to obey it, when they go and possess the land is not. They forgot where the word was at, not they forgot that the word had benefit to them. They just forgot that it was God's word. So let's take a moment here and let's pray. Come to the altar. If you want to votes, you sit there in your seat and say, God, I know this is your word and my commitment tonight is not just a new and a fresh with you and a book, but it's with a holy God that deserves my time, deserves my affection, and once you say in your word, I want to be obedient to it.
What I find tomorrow, my Bible reading what I hear on Sunday, but I find in foundations, whatever, anytime I come into contact with the truth of your word, I want to obey it because I know it comes from a loving God who would want to do, do everything he threw that he wants to do everything for our love and for our best.