The Inside Matters – pt 1

Hebrews 8:10

 
It’s What’s On The Inside That Matters Most, Part 1

 
Message recorded 7 October 2012

 
John Dugas – Grace Bible Church Tulsa

 

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Open your Bibles to Hebrews chapter 8.  Hebrews chapter 8 in this morning we will make it part way through verse 10 are not surprised you last time I make it through several verses in were back to normal now is there’s of so much rich truth that we have to cover from the word of God in this verse sometimes verses can really pack is writers really pack a lot into one verse that we have to take the time to to get it all that out and take a look at it and make sense of it that’s really doing this morning so this is going to be part one of our study in verse 10 have you ever wondered why sin is so difficult to eradicate Nordstrom get rid of it to get out of your heart well, let me imitate the Old Testament prophets who sometimes would use some disgusting examples from real life to illustrate the nature of sin.  When I was at OSU, I was a lab technician of that use different things.  Is lot of of illustrations that can come out of something like that as like lead technician in a very fascinating area.  Some of you know tech research at something you really want to go into right now.  If you’re grown-up what he was study on a study text you well is not the kind you know where in-your-face it’s creepy ugly nasty little creatures well one of our professors told the story.  It was a true story that happened him a frantic hopeless woman called him one day and said she had this problem with tics and her house in the this pointer creeped out on and it is she hurried done everything she can think up.  She had called and exterminators didn’t help change out the carpet didn’t help changed out the dogs beds you got new ones brought them.  It brought a new didn’t help.  And so in her exasperation she decided to call an expert a professor of entomology who knew or ought to know something about the nature of tics think I’m Zander house and looked around and in East Timor see where to the dog sleep.  And so she takes them over there and so this one big room the dog beds were up against the wall and you notice that right above where the dog beds were was this beautiful enormous tapestry hanging on the wall something that was it’s like you know what those gorgeous, Persian rugs or something.  So he walks over to the wall and in he pulls the tapestry away and you can guess what’s coming right the disgustingly huge colony of you guessed it takes.  He knew that there had to be a source and everything they had done it, it wouldn’t explain why they were still so many Texas warehouse so you deal with that problem mature.  They burnt that thing that tapestry of think a lot about the house owner, but the knew there was he had to find the source and deal with the source and is not any different first sentence a great illustration of sin you have to know what the source.  It wasn’t just as she went to an expert so we need to find an expert on men’s hearts and on our propensity to sin someone who understands in better than we do so if you can peer into our hearts and no why we do what we do and to know where that source is you have to deal with it in a radical way think with me for back to Jeremiah’s day when he is writing about this new covenant he wrote about a lot of things and a lot of that dealt with the depth of their depravity of of his people’s depravity the extent of their sin and he described in different ways and told different accounts of that and what’s interesting is the way that he described that singer one passage think about like we went through Lamentations your member the depths of depravity that we talked about them is Brutal for us to work through that and just see it, God describing this is this is what you sin is like and it’s so bad that I have to judge it so severely have to chastise you people so severely because of your sin.  Now take that picture of sins fill and could you imagine engraving that on your heart lady were ever able to actually write something on your heart.  You wouldn’t want to write the disgusting things we do and think right will that’s what we do that we said in Jeremiah 17 one.  He described the lost person’s inner man.  This way the sin of Judah is written down with an iron stylus like a pin he will at something is an instrument they can use to to to be in grave with with a diamond point that is something that was very, very hard that that you could use we still use diamond points today for engraving some things with a diamond point it is engraved upon the tablet of their heart.  He said was the if you were to take the his people’s hearts and you look at him.  It was like it the way he was viewing it as like as a tablet innocent that we write on paper tablets okay they he’s talking here like a stone tablet and this is just engraved into their sin was engraved on that tablet of their heart and so the point is we can’t take an external approach to sin weight we don’t just say hey we know let’s let’s cover it up with a beautiful tapestry.  Now you not only have to to remove that tapestry it’s hiding or tries to hide sin.  The heart that tablet he’s talking about has to be replaced it sin is going to be eradicated to like you follow with me Hebrews chapter 8 and one began in verse seven the writer.  This has for if that first covenant the old covenant the mosaic law had been faultless that would’ve been no occasion sought for second for finding fault with them, he says, behold, days are coming, says the Lord, when I will affect a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah not like the covenant which I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, for they did not continue in my covenant and I did not care for them, says the Lord for this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord I will put my laws into their minds and I will write them upon their hearts and I will be there, God and they shall be my people, and they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen and everyone his brother, saying know the Lord for all shall know me from the least to the greatest of them for I will be merciful to their iniquities and I will remember their sins no more when he said a new covenant.  He has made the first obsolete but whatever is being becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear.  Now we talked about sin getting engraved on a person’s heart and engraves it now is a God is as an unbeliever.  If you’re engraving sin on your heart is doing that engraving you are the neck very next verse in Jeremiah 17 verse two he says this talking about his people as they remember their children think about the ways that we think about our children in the way that they remember their children so they remember their alters and there pressuring their their gods and goddesses that was representative of their sin you see people think fondly on their sin people think frequently on their sin people coddle their sin.  They pamper and that’s how it gets etched on their heart

 

 
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