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Summary: God’s commands aren’t necessarily meant to match your understanding; they are meant to meet your challenges.

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LARGEST RUBBERBAND BALL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHNvScJ5bzI

That, my friends, is absurd and outrageous. 5 years! Are you kidding me!

We’ve launched a series where we’re going to look at the absurd and outrageous commands God made – commands that at the beginning seems ludicrous, but at the end, they led to saved lives and restored relationships.

Here’s the key…so many of us have grown up thinking God’s commands were mean – almost like a parent enforcing curfew or making you take a nap. That’s not what He intended.

What do we mean when we say absurd and outrageous?

• Absurd – ridiculously unreasonable.

• Outrageous – exceeding the limits of what is usual, not conventional or matter-of-fact

So…when we are talking about the absurd, outrageous commands of God, we are talking about commands that seem unreasonable or commands that exceed the limits of what is usual.

This is where faith begins to strut her stuff. We know by faith that what appears on the surface to be absurd or unreasonable is, in fact, solid and necessary. And…by faith we become obedient to what God commands.

KEY:

Faith raises us above the ordinary.

KEY:

Faith, by definition, steps off the cliff. It is not stationary.

Here’s something absurd and outrageous:

Noah being asked to build a boat the size of 1 ½ football fields…by himself…in a desert…that’s absurd and outrageous. If you didn’t know the end of the story, the command would be laughable.

Write this down:

God’s commands aren’t necessarily meant to match your understanding, they are meant to meet your challenges.

What happens when our faith syncs with the commands of God…what happens when we respond positively to the absurd, outrageous commands of God. God’s commands aren’t necessarily meant to match your understanding, they are meant to meet your challenges.

Faith can be unreasonable, unthinkable, unyielding, untenable, unbelievable, unpredictable, unprecedented, unexplainable, ending…but it is not undeniable, unheralded or untold. We step into the word of the absurd. But remember…

KEY:

God’s commands aren’t necessarily meant to match your understanding, they are meant to meet your challenges.

This truth reveals itself in the story of Noah, who was asked by God to build an ark.

READ SCRIPTURE: Genesis 6:9 – 14 (NIV)

It would appear that God was asking something very odd from Noah. The command to build an ark qualifies as an absurd, outrageous command of God! But I remind you…

2” x 4” board illustration:

o The ark was 450 ft. long / 75 ft. wide / 45 ft. tall

o The ark was the length of 1½ football fields

o It took “Noah & Sons” apprx. 100 years to build the ark

o The capacity of the ark was equal to that of 522 railroad cars.

o In the 1920’s, the Ringling Brothers Circus would travel with 335 horses, 26 elephants, 16 camels and a few other animals – they filled 92 railroad cars…not even close to 522.


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