From the Pit to the Palace by Steve Wagers

From the Pit to the Palace
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Isaiah 51:1
May 23. 2010

According to Karen Bolla, a Johns Hopkins researcher. These are the things people most often forget:

Names 83%
Where something is 60%
Telephone numbers 57%
Words 53%
What was said 49%
Faces 42%

And if you can't remember what you just did, you join 38 percent of the population.

There ought to be one thing that you have no problem remembering, and that is the day God saved you by His marvelous grace.

F. E. Marsh described what the Christian can see when he looks back he can see:

The deliverances God has wrought.
The way God has led
The blessings God has bestowed
The victories God has won
The encouragements God has given.
The salvation God has accomplished.

1. The CONTEMPLATION that is DEMANDED!

The verse calls for:

A) INSPECTION

"Hearken unto me, ye that follow righteousness, ye that seek the Lord."

We are take personal inventory and inspect our lives. Are we:

RESPONSIVE to God

"Hearken"-Heb. Shama
Shama was most sacred part of OT law
"Hear O Israel." (Deut. 6: 4)

"To listen, give attention to"

"Hearken:" 3 times (vv. 1, 4, 7)
God is saying, "Sit up and pay attention. Don't miss this. You need to hear what I am saying!"

Why do we have ears on the outside of our heads? Why not on the inside?

Because we're not supposed to listen to ourselves.

Malcolm Muggeridge framed the question in his typically delightful way some years ago in his London Lectures in Contemporary Christianity. What if, instead of the Dead Sea Scrolls, we'd found the Dead Sea Videotapes? Would the difference matter? Would it matter if Biblical faith had been handed down to us in images rather than in words? Does the camera make the same impact as the pen? And Muggeridge argued that the camera deceives us. It makes us think we are seeing reality. But television, especially, brainwashes us with carefully edited fantasies. God encounters us mea ...


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