Summary: Will we be satisfied to stand at a distance and look at barrenness through Binoculars? --- WE CAN NOT ACCEPTING A SPIRIT OF BARRENESS! LET US PONDER PLAYGROUND OR BOOT CAMP? BEAR FRUIT!
STANDING AT A DISTANCE LOOKING THROUGH BINOCULARS?
--- ACCEPTING A SPIRIT OF BARRENESS?
PONDERING PLAYGROUND OR BOOT CAMP?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
This is at least a two part message.
2 Kings 2:7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
To not produce life.
Unable to reproduce, not able to bear fruit, dull, unprofitable.
Sterile, infertile, not expecting.
To forsake, to abandon, to give up.
Desolate, uninhabited, empty, void.
To deserve punishment.
I. IS IT EASY TO ACCEPT BARREN LIFELESS --- UNFRUITFULNESS AS A NORM?
A. In the Bible days to be BARREN was counted as severe punishment.
B. Norm: acceptable, standard, pattern, customary behavior.
C. Will we accept barrenness as acceptable?
D. DAVID KNEW HOW TO WORSHIP GOD! He did not care what people thought.
David’s wife loved him, but she could not see the eternal part of praise and worship.
2 Samuel 6:16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
E. Micah’s worship style was much different from David’s. Micah was more reserved and concerned about what people thought. David comes home TO BLESS HIS HOUSE, and she MOCKED and made fun of David.
2 Samuel 6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king
of Israel today, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself!
F. DAVID’S WORSHIP WAS SPECIAL, PERSONAL --- David loved God, and gave himself totally.
2 Samuel 6:21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord.
22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in
G. GOD REQUIRED A PAYMENT PLAN FOR HOW MEAN AND NOT UNDERSTANDING MICAH WAS TO DAVID.
2 Samuel 6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.
H. WHY DIDN’T MICAH REPENT?
Why wasn’t she sorry? Why didn’t she humble herself and repent after she made a big mistake? If we confess, God is faithful to forgive.
I. MICAH WAS SATISFIED TO ACCEPT HER BARREN CONDITION AS THE NORM. How sad?
J. Are we looking for SOLOMON’S TEMPLE OR DAVID’S HEART?
II. THERE WERE MANY BARREN, HOPELESS CASES THAT REFUSED TO ACCEPT BARRENNESS AS THEIR NORM!
A. The lamp of God was growing very dim at church.
Eli and his two Preacher sons, Hophni and Phinephas were out of touch with God.
The Preachers were good at their religious duties, but they did not know God in a personal way.