Wednesday, November 25, 2020

God’s Promise To The Stranger Scattered

Temple Baptist Church - 11-25-2020

Hebrews 13:5-6




A.  The last part of verse five is one of the more notable and quotable phrases in the Bible.  “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”


Hebrews 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.


B.  After the word “have,” we find the punctuation mark, the colon.  Colons are used to show that what follows the colon amplifies or explains what went before it.


C.  After the colon, we find the word “For.”  For can be used either for a preposition or a conjunction in a sentence.  Here, it is used as a conjunction which joins words or groups of words together.  It explains why we do not have to covet or be discontent with things.


D.  It is also used as a primary article which gives empirical evidence to a value or truth.  We have seen this evidence proven throughout the Bible.


1.  Genesis 12:1-2 – God told Abraham to leave the land of his nativity and God would bless him and make him a great nation.


2.  Genesis 28:15, God told Jacob to go down to Egypt and He would be with him and keep him.


3.  Deuteronomy 31:6-8, God, through Moses, told Israel that He would go before them and keep them.


4.  Joshua 1:5-9, God told Joshua that as He was with Moses, so He would be with him and would not fail him.


5.  I Chronicles 28:20 – David told Solomon to be strong and of good courage … to fear not for God would be with him, would not fail him, nor forsake him.


6.  Psalms 37:25-28 – David declared that God had never forsaken the righteous.


7.  Isaiah 41:8-14 – God told Israel that would not cast them away, he would strengthen them, He would hold their hand.


8.  Isaiah 41:17 – The Lord told Israel that when they were poor and needy, He would hear them and would not forsake them.


9.  Isaiah 43:1-2 – God told Israel that when they came through waters, rivers, and fire—He would protect them.


10.  In the New Testament, God delivered Peter from prison, Paul from prison and the “mouth of the lion,” John on the Ilse of Patmos, the Tribulation saints, and on and on.


11.  John 16:7, Our Lord promised us the Holy Ghost who would dwell within us


12.  Numerous times in both Old and New Testaments, we find God’s faithfulness to His people.


E.  This is called empirical evidence that gives credence to truth.  These strangers scattered in Asia had need of assurance of biblical promises that we know.  We have the completed canon of Scripture, but they only had parts.


1.  It is the Lord who meets our individual needs.


Matthew 6:31-33  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (32)  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  (33)  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


Philippians 4:19  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.


2.  It is the Lord who protects and keeps us.


Psalms 4:8  I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.


Psalms 121:4-8  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.  (5)  The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.  (6)  The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.  (7)  The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.  (8)  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


3.  It is the Lord who fights for us. 


1 Samuel 17:45-47  Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.  (46)  This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  (47)  And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.


Romans 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?


4.  It is the Lord who guides us through this life.


Ephesians 5:1  Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;


John 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.


a.  Follow the Spirit of God.


b.  Follow the Bible.


c.  Follow the Pastor.


d.  Follow the Old Paths.


5.  It is the Lord who is always with us and for us.


2 Timothy 4:16-18  At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.  (17)  Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.  (18)  And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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