Two Immutable Things: 12/5/10

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Hebrews 6:13

My devotional this morning will be from the 6th chapter of the Book of Hebrews. I’m going to speak to you on things you have heard and read before about an important subject that is about an hour long. So I hope I can cut through some of the things that are important things that are in this message and leave with you the fault. I’m going to begin reading from verse 13 of the 6th chapter of the Book of Hebrews; with Paul writing he said; “For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear be no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for the confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil, Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus made an high priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.” That’s reading verses 13 through the remaining verses of chapter 6 of the Book of Hebrews for our devotion. The subject of my message is found in the first part of verse 18. The writer of this chapter here talks about “Two Immutable Things”. Now this is not easy I guess to be easily understood I talked with one of my preacher friends who is older in the ministry and he asked me what I was going to talk about today and I told him “Two Immutable Things” and he said I know where that is and I’ve studied it but I never could get much out of it. So I began to tell him some things about this verse and he said “well it looks like you’ve looked into it pretty good.” Well I haven’t preached on this subject in some time. My first time to use this subject was in a revival meeting during a morning service here at this church and Bro. Overton was helping with the meeting. After the morning service Bro. Brooks asked me “how long have you been working on that sermon” and I said “off and on for a long time.” But you know that was the first time I felt impressed to use that subject so for a few minutes this morning I’m going to talk to you about “Two Immutable Things”. The first thing is what does this word mean? The word we’re talking about here means unchangeable meaning it cannot be changed. The scripture here in the next phrase says “it’s impossible for God to lie.” What are the two immutable things the Apostle is talking about in this verse? In my opinion the first thing was “God made promise to Abraham” and the second thing was “an oath is used for confirmation.” When people go down to the courthouse they take the bible and lay their hand on it and swear to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. When there was no greater God Almighty took an oath and the bible said he swear by himself that he would bring to pass the promise he had made to Abraham. So these are the two immutable things that the writer of this chapter is talking about. God called Abraham from the Ur of the Chaldees from the land of Terah and you’ve heard that story before but I want to say something about it that’s not usually said. When God called Abraham Abraham was not saved and I think most people think that he was saved at that time but it was several years after that time before he was saved. The Lord asked him to leave his father’s house and his kindred and to leave his country. He was making a sacrifice to leave in order to follow the calling of God Almighty. Let me say and this is not really a part of my message this morning but the Lord calls sinners by his holy spirit from all winds of the earth. And when he calls them he calls them to leave everything and trust in him for the forgiveness of sin and until you have done that you surely won’t be saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. But Abraham felt that call and God made a promise and said “I’ll bless them that bless you and I’ll curse them that curse you and in thee shall all nations of the earth be blessed.” Now that was a tremendously broad promise that God made to Abraham and it meant that all people that are in this house this morning would be blessed through faithful Abraham. And when we have difficulty with that Abraham is spoken of in the bible as the father of the faithful and he was faithful. And he left not knowing whither he was going but knowing he was going into places he had not been before as he followed the Lord. And so when he was several years older than this let me mention to you that he was 75 years old when first the Lord called him from the land of the Ur of the Chaldees but after a time he spoke to the Lord and said “lord what shall I expect from thee? I’m growing old but have seen no sign of the promise being fulfilled.” And the Lord reiterated the promise to him in that he hadn’t forgotten it. Let me just say to you here the Lord never does forget his promise whether it’s to a church or an individual or to a family the Lord will never forget his promise. But it may not come when you’re expecting it and it may not come when you want it but if you’ll have faith unto God he’ll bring that to pass sometime in your lifetime. Abraham the bible said in the Book of Romans staggered not at the promise of God. But he fully believed God would bring to pass that which he had promised him. So he struggled along and he saw no sign of the fulfillment of the promise. And so his wife spoke to him one day and said Abraham we have no children in that this promise may be fulfilled. Take the handmaid and marry her and go into her and her name was Hagar. And he accepted her advice and married her and went into her and had a son whose name was Ishmael. Let me stop here long enough this morning to say there are two covenants in the bible. One is of promise and that’s the one God made to Abraham and the other is of the flesh so the two covenants would be one in Isaac because he was the promised son and the other in Ishmael was because he was the son of the flesh and because he was the son of the bondswoman. The bible tells us they shall not be heirs together of the promise but the children of Isaac are those God promised through Abraham and so on that would come to pass. If we are the children of God this morning we are also the children of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. So when Ishmael was born God told Abraham that he’s not what I promised and Hagar is not the mother of the promised child. Sara shall have a child and call it’s name Isaac and the blessing and the promise I made to you is through Sara and Isaac. Abraham was I guess a little distraught and God called him out and told him to look up to heaven and count the stars. Have you ever tried to count the stars? The more you count the more there is. But Abraham began to count the stars and when he could not number them because there was too many the Lord said so shall thy seed be and that is through the promised son Isaac. And the scripture said of Abraham; “Abraham believed God” and it was accounted him for righteousness and it was right here where he was saved. In chapter 15 of the Book of Genesis and I’ll say before him and since him in all ages of the world people when they have believed on him and the Lord Jesus Christ they have been saved by the grace of God. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ the bible said is borned of God. These folks that try to teach one plan in the Old Testament and another plan in the New Testament have not found it as I found it. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ saves the multitude and so it is. When Abraham was 100 years old he had been waiting 25 years for that promise to be fulfilled. That’s a long time with human beings because our patience is short and in our waiting we get weary so God brought forth a son Isaac and it was through this son and it was through this son that all nations of the earth were to be blessed. And so when he was 100 years old Isaac was born into the world. And so this was not the completeness of the promise but just the beginning of the promise that God had made to Abraham. So the promise would be through Isaac and Isaac married Rebecca and to them was born two sons Jacob and Esau. Esau being the eldest should have received the blessing and the birthright and the things that went with that but he didn’t treasure it much. And do you know what he did? He sold his birthright and I don’t have time this morning to preach to you about selling your birthright. But when you sell your birthright and there may be some in here that have sold it this morning for less than what Esau did here in the Old Testament. To sell your birthright is to treasure other things. More important when you treasure other things more than your own personal experience with God you are selling your birthright and your opportunity to be saved. So Esau caught himself in a weak moment and he sold his birthright to Jacob that’s right his twin brother or other brother. He sold it to him for one morsel of venison meat and he said he was going to die and it wasn’t going to be worth anything to him. Reading on I must hurry on with my message this morning but he had one part of the blessing as Jacob did and so to get the other part he must have the blessing of his father. And his father had every intention of blessing Jacob but by the help of Jacob’s mother he used deception on his father. He sewed that goat hair on his arms because Esau was a hairy man and so when he called for Esau Jacob came. He said it was the voice of Jacob but he felt of his arms and said it was Esau and so he blessed Jacob and then he had two parts of the blessing. There was a third one and Jacob was traveling and when he laid down to sleep and when he slept an angel appeared to him by the night at Bethel when the angel appeared to him and Jacob was dying and giving his sons their last blessing he said it was at Bethel. And so it was at Bethel where Jacob trusted in the Lord and was gloriously saved. He spake to that angel and said that angel said let me go and he wrestled with that angel all night and that angel threw his thigh out of joint and he walked with a limp from that day on. But he had all three parts of it the blessing of his father and the blessing he brought from his brother and the blessing of the Lord and so it would be through Jacob that the promise would be kept. Jacob had twelve sons and they are known as the twelve tribes of Israel. The first son was ineligible he was as weak as water the bible said. The second son the third son and so on by choice Judah was chosen to be in the lineage of the promise to inherit the blessing. Well Judah had three sons his oldest son married and because of his wickedness the Lord slew him. The bible said the second son it was his duty to take the wife of the first son and to raise up children to be in the lineage. He did a terrible thing and I can’t tell you this morning plainly how a terrible thing that he did. I’ll just say to you he wasted the seed of the promise and God killed him. And Judah had a younger son and he was too young to have a wife of his older brother and it looked like the promise and the oath would be for naught. But God knew that he was going to fulfill the promise and Tamar the wife of the first son and the bible said when she knew this she pulled off her widow’s garments and she dressed like a harlot woman and she went up and sat by the wayside of the road out in the open so she could be seen. Because she had heard Judah was going up to the sheep shearing place and as he was going up he found her and as they talked she said to him “give me your signature your bracelet and your staff” because she wanted to have evidence that he was coming up and the bible said he went into her and she conceived and bare a son. Now this was unlikely the woman Tamar committed adultery but sometimes God uses some physical things to pass his will among people. On this occasion he took a thing that was wrong and brought good out of it. And the promise was continued through Judah himself. So with this I’m going to pass on and go onto the Book of Ruth. In the Book of Ruth there was a man and a woman who was in this lineage. Her name was Naomi and her daughter in law’s name was Ruth. And so you all know that but Naomi and her husband had two sons and there became a famine in the land of Canaan and they went into the land of Moab that they might survive physically. And in the land of Moab Naomi’s husband died and then her two sons died. It left Naomi and her two daughter in laws and she said to them go to your people for I’m going back to my people in the land of Israel. And Ruth said “oh no your people will be my people and your God will be my God. And where you go I’ll go and where you die I’ll die also and be buried.” So Ruth went back with her to the Holy Land. They were poor people and let me tell you how poor that they were. They had nothing and Ruth would go into the fields and glean. Do you know what that it? It’s like in my young days in the corn fields after the corn had been gathered or in these days combined. People would ask if they could go into the fields and pick up what’s left and you know there’s not much left. Now that’s a hard way to live but Ruth would go into the fields and glean. And there was a man named Boaz and he was a kinsman redeemer. And we have a kinsman redeemer but I’ll talk about that in a little while. But Boaz told the reapers to leave a little behind and so when she came home she had more than was expected. God had blessed her with an increase. The bible tells us that Ruth became friends with Boaz and they married and they also had a son. Now this son who was unlikely to be born according to the flesh but this son was born because God had made a promise. He also took an oath that he would bring it to pass and when there was nobody else this widow woman found a kinsman redeemer and he took her and this boy that was born became the grandfather of the great Psalmist David King David of the Old Testament. And the scripture tells us that of the seeds and the loins of David would a king be born. In fact the Lord promised David he’d raise up somebody to sit on his throne and rule over Israel forever and forever. That verse confused the Jewish people and their still looking for that to be fulfilled when it was fulfilled a long time ago in the birth of Jesus Christ. So time went on and there was a time of 400 years when there was not a prophet and you’d think the Lord had forgotten them as a people and a nation. And the bible tells us an angel visited Elizabeth and it also tells us that Zachariah went into the temple to offer incense and in that temple an angel said to Zachariah thy prayer is heard and thy wife Elizabeth who is barren is going to have a child and his name is going to be John. We know him generally as John the Baptist. The bible said he has come to prepare a people for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The fact is that Elizabeth and Mary cousins and that makes John and Jesus cousins. But as they were born God chose a little Jewish woman of whom Jesus Christ should be born into the world. The bible said glory to God in the highest and on earth peace and goodwill toward men. For unto you is born this day a Savior who is Christ the Lord. And so the promise is coming to pass and the oath has been fulfilled and the Lord is performing before their eyes that miraculous thing which he had promised to Abraham hundreds of years before. Let me just say this morning before I close that every time a person is born into the family of God the promise is fulfilled and the oath is conceived. It’s hard for us to look back and see we were in that promise in that oath but God Almighty could see from the beginning to the end all of his works that was known unto him from the foundation of the world. And the Lord sat at the task as he made human kind and he knew what reactions would take place so he put into place a Savior which is Jesus Christ and in the fullness of time he came into the world to save people from their sins. He made it possible thru him for us to have eternal life and to be a child of God and an heir of God and to be a joint heir with the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With this I’m going to close this morning but I think you can see that God promised something and the bible called it immutable which means that his promise cannot be changed and that he gave that oath that it might never be changed and the guarantee that it would come to pass. You know if somebody comes down to the store and buys an appliance the first thing they want to know is what’s the guarantee on that thing and I’ll say all appliances have a year’s warranty on them. And they’ll say “but Bro. Gentry aren’t they making them sorrier than they used too because there used to be a five year warranty on them.” And I’ll say “yes you’ve got it.” But the guarantee that God Almighty gave to Abraham was the oath that he would bring to pass that which he had promised. God has promised that every child man woman boy and girl that comes to him in repentance and faith in Jesus Christ will be forgiven of their sins. God for Christ’s sake forgives their sins and saves their soul and every time a person is saved the promise is remembered and the oath is fulfilled and it will be until the end of the world. In his final confirmation God will gather his people to glory and to be with him in glory through all eternity. Give him all the honor and praise and we’ll all be satisfied and happy when we get over there. If you’re not saved this morning Jesus Christ is your consolation. Jesus Christ can be you hope. Jesus Christ can be your savior. He came into the world to save men from their sins.

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