In this sermon, Pastor Geoff preaches the final 2 accounts (of the 5) of this lengthy section that focuses on the theme of CONFLICT (Mark 2:1 - 3:6). Jesus is in conflict with false religion = works-based righteousness.
In this account, we see the AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHRIST -- in particular, over the Sabbath (the central mark and defining feature of Judaism).
Jesus PROCLAIMS his authority over the Sabbath (2:23-28)
Jesus PROVES his authority over the Sabbath (3:1-6)
"Moab's Ruin: When Everything You Trust in Fails You"
In this sermon, Pastor Geoff exposits Mark 2:18-22 on another account of "conflict" in Mark 2. The Jewish leaders are upset because the disciples of Jesus are NOT fasting -- like their disciples are.
In Jesus' reply, we see 2 life-altering and glorious declarations.
1. Jesus' coming is CELEBRATORY (v.18-20)
2. Jesus' gospel is EXCLUSIVE (v.21-22)
Jesus is the Bridegroom! His people don't fast (=as expression of legalistic works-righteousness and/or mourning/despair). Rather, when the Bridegroom is taken, then we will fast out of hunger/yearning for our Bridegroom's soon-return.
You cannot mix Jesus and His gospel with OT Judaism and law-keeping. Christ brings in the new. He didn't come to reform but to regenerate!
This account teaches that JESUS IS BETTER.
Acts 15.35 - preaching the Word of the LORD (Paul and Barnabas)
adapted & edited from AW Pink (20th c)
Find a man (no easy task today!) who has . . .
the doctrine of Christ on his lips, (LIPS)
the Spirit of Christ in his heart, (LOVE)
the example of Christ in his life, (LIFE)
and you find one of His genuine ministers.
"The Role of the Shepherd to Care for God's Flock!"
Pastor Geoff exposits 1 Peter 5:1-4 on this Sunday that the church affirmed & installed a new shepherd-elder.
This text teaches what a shepherd-elder is to be and do:
He must shepherd the flock of God that He has put among them.
1. NOT under compulsion, but voluntarily.
2. NOT for gain, but eagerly.
3. NOT as authoritarian dictators, but exemplary servants.
CONCLUSION = Babylon is a literal city that will dominate the world in the future Tribulation empire.
It will be characterized as a harlot that prostitutes her moral values for material luxury.
The entire city is viewed as a mystery in that her future position, relationship to the AntiChrist, and ultimate destruction BY the antiChrist had not been known before John’s vision (it was new/unveiled)
Babylon will have influence/control over the world — over the entire globe.
This is NOT a mystical system.
It is a real city and system that is intoxicated with power, luxury, immorality & evil.
THE BABYLON in these chapters — though it is religious — it will exist geographically, politically, commercially, religiously and wickedly — and GOD WILL UTTERLY ANNIHILATE IT.
In this sermon, we see the key phrase: "your sins are forgiven" (4x). Jesus performs the miracle of healing the paralytic to SHOW that He, the Son of Man, truly is divine & has all authority to forgive sin!
1. The Faith of the sufferer.
2. The forgiveness of the Savior.
3. The fury of the scribes.
"Part 3: Why Babylon Is Literal, Will Be Rebuilt in Future Prophecy"
WHY BABYLON IS LITREAL & WILL BE REBUILT & IMPORTANT IN FUTURE PROPHECY:
Some say that Babylon is NOT literal. That OT prophecy never teaches that it’ll be rebuilt.
The Bible predicts the destruction of Babylon will be final & complete (Jer 50-51; Isa 13). It’ll be so annihilated that it’ll be like Sodom/Gomorrah (Jer 51.24-26)
Scripture predicts the destruction will be utterly sudden/quick (Jer 51.8//Rev 18)
The OT predicts this will come “in the Day of the LORD” (Isa 13.6-11; 13.1; 14.1-3; Jeremiah 50:1-6)
At the time of her destruction there will be cosmic/heavenly disturbances in sun and moon (Isa 13:10/Matt 24/Rev 6-16)
Universal peace will result from the overflow of Babylon (Isa 14.7-8; Revelation 19)
A literal interp of Zechariah 5.5-11 demands a restored & rebuilt Babylon —> a woman called “wickedness” is seen sitting in an Ephah measure covered with a round piece of lead. An Ephah to a JEW was a perfect symbol of commerce and was the largest dry measure of the Jews. The Ephah is then taken away to “build a house/Temple in the land of Shinar/babylon. This vision anticipates a final *concentration of wickedness and commercialism in the great center in the land of Shinar/Babylon which would span over the whole earth (exactly as Revelation 17-18 says)
The historical context/situation of Babylon have clearly shown that the prophecies have *NOT* been fulfilled and must await a final and complete fulfillment.