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We are in our series, “God’s Story, My Story...” and we are learning to find our place in GOD’S unfolding story of salvation through Jesus Christ.
I hope that you are starting to realize that your story is a lot bigger than the span of your life...
Ephesians 1 says that God chose those who are his before the foundations of the world…
Which means that our stories are really God’s story… and God’s story is our story...
Our stories don’t start with our birthdate… they START all the way back at the beginning… in … the story of everything…
We began this series with THIS thought: your story begins with a good God who created everything by his word.
And we saw from the outset that the central truth in the story is wrapped up in the distinction between CREATOR… and CREATION.
That God is God and everything else is not.
Everything is nothing without God.
And when we get that distinction right, life is GOOD… and when we get that distinction wrong… and WE try to be God… or we try to CREATE gods that we can control… life will unravel very quickly...
Tragically... we don’t get out of the first three chapters of the Bible before we see that unraveling… our story is a story of falleness...
We see that sin destroys everything in our story… the rest of the story is one of mankind’s REBELLION against God… their desire to be like God… to replace him...
And that’s a theme that comes up again and again and again in the unfolding story of God’s salvation…
It’s where we come to again today: the title of today’s sermon: The Story of Rebellion.
We all have to acknowledge that within ALL of our fallen hearts is a capacity for rebellion.
Just consider that word “rebellion” for a second:
It’s a pretty strong word… it makes me think of things militias that overthrow their government...
Or of teenagers who runaway from home and who break every household rule...
I have a mental picture of riots destroying cities...
Rebellion is a word we often reserve for the “worst” type of sin… however we personally grade sin…
So maybe you hear this word rebellion and are like, “Yeah, that’s not my story… I wouldn’t consider myself a REBEL against God...
I TRY to be a good person… I TRY to be nice to other people… I read my Bible occasionally… I’m pretty regular in my church attendance...”
And sure I sin sometimes, but compared to other people, my sins are pretty small potatoes.
I guess I have a few vices… but don’t we all?
And so to use this word “Rebellion” can sometimes feel a little extreme to us.
But we need to understand this: the nature of SIN is rebellion… it’s standing up against God and his way…
It’s an attempt to throw off his authority and act like the creation is greater than the creator…
And so to confess that I am a sinner is to confess a heart PRONE to rebellion… to confess that actual rebellion has occured in my life.
Listen: We cannot TRULY experience renewal in our stories until we recognize that truth.
And I hope that many of us here today are NOT in a place of outright rebellion… stiff arming God and running the opposite direction...
Some people here probably are in that place.
I don’t claim to know your heart… I don’t know who is in that place and who is not…
But we ALL need to be aware of our own capacity for rebellion… so that we can turn from that rebellion and seek the renewal of God.
But we need to be aware of our own capacity for rebellion...
That’s our BIG IDEA for today:
It’s an attempt to throw off his authority and act like the creation is greater than the creator…
but as we’ve been saying since , God promises to cover and conquer sin for those who turn to him.
So as we consider today our own capacity for rebellion, I want to urge you… wherever you see sin...
Big Idea: Turn from contaminating rebellion to cleansing renewal.
I want to recap the story briefly… part of our goal in this series is that you would be REALLY familiar with the contours of the storyline of the BIble… so I want to spend this time reminding you of where we’ve been each week...
As we moved on from the moment of the Fall into sin in the Garden of Eden described in … we saw God’s relentless pursuit to cleanse and renew a rebellious people...
Rebellion continued to be the hallmark of mankind’s story while God continued to make gracious promises.
Right out of the gate in , as he is delivering the curse because of mankind’s sin, we saw God promise one who would conquer the serpent who lured us into rebellion…
and we saw him cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve…
We saw God make and renew his promises Noah… and then to the patriarchs of Israel… Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob’s 12 sons… despite the fact that they were often faithless and very sinful...
They tried to act like God… they didn’t do things God’s way… but he still renewed his covenant promises to them…
We saw him make a very special and unique covenant with the nation of Isreal… only for them to forsake that covenant over and over through the wilderness… and then through the time of the judges...
And then when they ultimately rebelled against God as their King and demanded a human king just like the other nations, we saw God eventually give Israel a king who was after his own heart: King David.
We learned last week that David was a human king who was also a servant… a human representative of God’s authority over the nation.
David was not to REPLACE God’s authority, but to REPRESENT God’s authority to the nation.
And as long as David and his sons kept representing God, God promised to bless them..
But wherever they sinned against God and broke his covenant, God would discipline them… but there would come a king from David’s line who would sit on David’s throne forever.
That’s where we left off last week… so just to bring you up to speed for where we are at today:
David does OK following after God… he does turn to the Lord again and again and finishes faithful to him...
But along the way commits some pretty heinous sins against God...
One of those sins is adultery with a woman named Bathsheba…
And his relationship with her eventually results in a son named Solomon…
Solomon becomes the next king of Israel… and he starts out well...
He builds a temple for God that is beautiful and that God accepts…
But he finishes really poorly… he marries 700 women...
I performed ONE wedding yesterday… I think that’s enough for both the bride and groom...
Solomon marries 700!!!
And these just aren’t any women… they are women from other nations that serve other gods…
And so Solomon starts worshiping their gods too...
He sets up a high places for all these wives to worship their different gods...
So God does as he promises… he disciplines Solomon and his sons after him...
He raises up adversaries, and he promises that his son will receive a divided kingdom...
So just one and a half generations after David, we ALREADY have a broken kingdom… [show map]
10 tribes join together to become the NORTHERN Kingdom… that’s called Israel…
Often when you read “ISRAEL in the prophets or in 1&2 Kings, it is talking about these 10 tribe in the North… this northern kingdom.
The nation of Israel had 12 patriarchs… which meant 12 tribes...
12-10=2… that means 2 tribes in the south… Judah and Benjamin… form the SOUTHERN Kingdom… that’s called Judah...
Judah… the Southern Kingdom... is where the line of David continues to rule...
Judah has some good kings, some bad kings… Israel has ALL bad kings...
Which is an important thing to understand as you read in this part of the story… The Kings are evaluated in three ways in the books of Kings:
The Kings are evaluated in three ways:
1) Do they START OUT their reign doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord?
2) Do they FINISH their reign doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord?
3) Do the high places of worship to other gods get set up, remain, or are they removed.
And we come to learn that as goes the king, so goes the nation under their leadership...
the nation just follows along with whatever the king is telling them to do...
That is all except for the prophets.
All during this time, God is working to get his people’s attention through the prophets.
Some prophets are sent to the Northern Kingdom… some to the southern kingdom.
We call 4 of these the major prophets because we have more of their message in the scriptures...
The other 12 are called the minor prophets because their messages are shorter in the scirptures.
And to understand the prophets, you have to remember that they show up during the reigns of different kings...
I put a chart in your notes… that’s more for reference for you to keep in your Bible whenever you are reading the prophets…
But it shows you when the prophets served, where they served, and what kings were reigning at that time.
But no matter when they prophesied, their messages are all pretty similar: 1) judgement is coming from God, and 2) There is hope if you repent.
So now... as your Bibles are open to the book of Isaiah... we realize that Isaiah is one of those prophets.
He prophesied to the southern kingdom of Judah under the reign of 4 different kings...
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So Isaiah prophecies during the reign of these 4 kings… and a little bit into the reign of King Manasseh as well...
And chapters 1-5 serve as a prologue to his prophecies…
They give a general overview of what is happening during the reign of all four of these kings… and how God feels about that...
It’s not a super pretty picture of what is going on in the nation at that time…
Which is interesting, because if you read the evaluation of these four kings over in the book of 2 Kings, you find out that they aren’t THAT bad...
Ahaz was REALLY bad...
But the other three… Uzziah, Jotham, and Hezekiah… did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.
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