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Creation, The Fall, Redemption: P.2 (11.27.16)

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Hebrews 5:12-14
[12] For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. [13] For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. [14] But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

You get skilled in the Word of God by using it. There is a contrast between those who get milk and those who get meat.

Milk= the unskillful. Those who don’t practice using the Word in life.
Meat= those who have matured by using the Word. They have developed the discernment between good and evil.

Romans 12:2 
[2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Daniel was a teenage boy when the Babylonian Kingdom had taken siege of Israel. His name means “God has judged”. Nebuchadnezzar tried to rename Daniel to Belshazzar , a name that reflected the false god Baal.

Daniel 1:1-9 
[1] In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. [2] And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. [3] And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; [4] Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. [5] And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. [6] Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: [7] Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego. [8] But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. [9] Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

It wasn’t that the meat the king offered wasn’t good. It was that it was against Daniel’s doctrine to eat it. He wasn’t going to sacrifice the integrity of his convictions. He had discernment between what was good and evil. King Nebuchadnezzar wanted Daniel in his program so that he could change the way Daniel viewed the world. But no matter how good it looked, Daniel wouldn’t compromise.

We can’t let the fallen kingdoms of this world give our children their meat.

Ezekiel 44:23
And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.

Colossians 2:8
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

We must learn to operate in the dominion that God has given us. And we must teach our children to do the same. The purpose of raising children is to teach them to operate in the dominion of the Kingdom of God. If you don’t raise your children to understand the dominion of the Kingdom, and to exercise it, the world will exercise its dominion over them.

Acts 17:22-28 
[22] Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. [23] For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD . Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. [24] God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; [25] Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; [26] And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; [27] That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: [28] For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

First thing Paul pointed out to them was that God made all things. And He made creation to be pleasing to man, so that we could look at a beautiful sunset or mountain range and give Him glory.

The next point Paul made was that God made all men in His own image. Every human is made in the image of God, therefore every human is of equal value and importance.

Genesis 1:26-27 
[26] And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. [27] So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

The Creator creates with intent…so everything and everyone has a purpose.

James 3:7-10 
[7] For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: [8] But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. [9] Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. [10] Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

We must recognize that there are different agendas behind the teaching of creation and evolution. Creation teaches that all men are made in the image of God, and that all human life is valuable. This is very different from evolution, which teaches that there is a “superior race”.

In the 1960’s the United States was concerned that Russia would reach space before we did. Because of this, we adapted the same curriculums in our schools that the Russians taught in theirs. Russia’s curriculum came from the Nazis, who taught evolution, which says that everything evolves until it reaches a superior race. This horrifying idea was the root of atrocities like the Holocaust. It is the root of ungodly organizations such as Planned Parenthood. The founder of Planned Parenthood went on record stating that we should sterilize the weaker ethnic groups to stop minorities from reproducing. Every baby, no matter how the mother got pregnant, is valuable. Because it is made in the image of God. Its a racist mentality that is unbiblical. Creation teaches that there is no superior race, and your value is not set in your skin color or social standing. It is set in the price God was willing to pay for you, the life of Jesus.

A Christian shouldn’t buy into the lie. They should be discerned enough to know what is good and what is evil.

Jesus was no respecter of persons because He knew that all men are created in the image of God. Knowing this about Him, the Pharisees tried to trap Jesus on the issue of paying taxes to Cesar.

Matthew 22:15-21 
[15] Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. [16] And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man : for thou regardest not the person of men. [17] Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? [18] But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? [19] Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. [20] And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? [21] They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

Jesus basically told them, whose image is on the money? They said Cesar’s. So Jesus told them to render unto Cesar what was in his image, and unto God what is in His image.

The Pharisees tried to call Jesus out for not honoring Cesar with the money that had his picture on it (it was in Cesar’s image). Jesus called them hypocrites because they did show favoritism, and they did have respect of persons. They were hypocritical because they tried to trap Jesus for not honoring Cesar with the money that was in his image, yet they would not honor every man, who each bears the image of God.