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CONTRADICTIONS
LESSON V
GIVE AND YOU WILL RECEIVE
Mk. 10:28-31
Nov. 5, 2006

FOR THE LAST TIME LETíS BE REMINDED OF THE DEFINITION OF A CONTRADICTION.

TO ASSERT OR EXPRESS THE OPPOSITE OF . . .

A CONTRADICTION IS SOMETHING THAT JUST DOESNíT MAKE SENSE.

FOR EXAMPLE . . . .

Ė ONLY IN AMERICA DO SHOPPERS BUY HOT DOGS IN PACKAGES OF TEN . . . AND BUNS IN PACKAGES OF EIGHT.

Ė ONLY IN AMERICA DO BANKS HAVE BOTH DOORS TO THE VAULT OPEN . . . AND THEN CHAIN THE PENS TO THE COUNTERS.

Ė ONLY IN AMERICA DO PEOPLE USE ANSWERING MACHINES TO SCREEN CALLS . . . AND THEN HAVE CALL WAITING SO THEY WONíT MISS A CALL FROM SOMEONE THEY DIDNíT WANT TO TALK TO IN THE FIRST PLACE.

WE HAVE BEEN ON QUITE A RIDE WITH THIS SERIES.

WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT APPARENT CONTRADICTIONS IN SCRIPTURE, BUT WEíVE SEEN THEY ARE NOT CONTRADICTIONS AT ALL Ė THEY ARE INCREDIBLE TRUTHS.

FREEDOM FROM SIN IS SLAVERY TO CHRIST.

THE LAST WILL BE FIRST

SURRENDER IS NOT LOSING

SERVANT LEADERSHIP

AND NOW OUR LAST APPARENT CONTRADICTION . . .

GIVE AND YOU WILL RECEIVE.

PLEASE TURN WITH ME TO MK. 10:28-31.

THE CONTEXT IS, JESUS HAD JUST GOT DONE TALKING TO THE RICH YOUNG RULER AND THE RULER DECIDED HE COULDNíT BE A FOLLOWER OF JESUS BECAUSE THE COST WAS TOO HIGH.

JESUS THEN EXPLAINS THE WHOLE SCENE TO THE DISCIPLES AND THEN PETER SAYS . . .

ďWELL JESUS, WEíVE GIVEN YOU EVERYTHING. WHATíS IN IT FOR US.Ē

ďTHE RICH YOUNG RULER COULDNíT HANDLE THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP, BUT HERE WE ARE, WE SAID YES TO YOU.

FOLKS, THIS MESSAGE IS SO HARD TO PREACH.

ITíS HARD TO PREACH ON A FEW LEVELS.

THERE ARE THOSE WHO SHUT DOWN WHENEVER THEY HEAR ABOUT GIVING AND SACRIFICE.

THEY IMMEDIATELY THINK THE CHURCH IS TALKING ABOUT MONEY AGAIN AND THEY SHUT DOWN.

THEN THERE ARE THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN SOME MONEY, SOME TIME OR SOME ENERGY SO THEY CONVINCED THEMSELVES THEYíRE GENEROUS AND SO THEY DONíT NEED TO HEAR MESSAGES LIKE THIS.

THERE ARE ALSO THOSE WHO HAVE A HARD TIME WITH WHERE MESSAGES LIKE THESE END UP.

WHENEVER WE TALK ABOUT GIVING THEY STRUGGLE WITH THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF RECEIVING.

SOME HAVE A HARD TIME RECEIVING THE BLESSING OF THE LORD AND OTHERS CANíT FIGURE OUT WHY THEY DONíT RECEIVE THE SAME BLESSING AS SOMEONE ELSE.

ITíS TWO ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM, BUT BOTH STRUGGLE WITH THE RECEIVING PART.

AND THEN . . . HERE IS THE BIGGEST STRUGGLE WITH THIS MESSAGE.

THE SCRIPTURE ITSELF.

TALK ABOUT CONTRADICTIONS.

V. 30 IS MESSED UP.

YOU WILL RECEIVE ALL THESE THINGS IN ABUNDANCE, BUT YOU WILL ALSO RECEIVE PERSECUTIONS.

BLESSING, BLESSING, BLESSING AND BY THE WAY PERSECUTIONS TOO.

HOW DOES ALL OF THIS MAKE SENSE?

THIS IS A TOUGH MESSAGE TO PREACH.

SO, I WOULD LIKE TO DO SOMETHING BEFORE I CONTINUE.

I WANT TO PRAY. I WANT TO ASK GOD THE HOLY SPIRIT TO HELP EACH OF US RECEIVE WHAT IT IS HE HAS FOR US THIS MORNING.

THE HOLY SPIRIT KNOWS OUR HEARTS AND PERSONAL STRUGGLES.