I thought Scot had eaten gun powder with his breakfast yesterday morning. He preached a wonderful message. It may not have helped anyone else, but it was just what I needed. Thats just like God, isn't it? When he said the title, my head popped up in attention; Tried and True.
Thats the name of the last song I wrote. How 'bout that! I think God is trying to tell me something. Isaiah 28:10-18 was his text.
Verse 10: says: For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Verse 13 says: But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Verse 16 says: Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
We should always add to our Christian knowledge. Scot gave the example of math.
We don't start out in Kindergarten knowing algebra formula's, we start out with learning to recognize numbers and counting, and then we add to that little by little. If we stopped learning there, we would be very limited in our knowledge of math. As Christians, we need to grow in the Lord and His Word.
He talked about Judgement. We will be judged according to God's Word, line upon line, precept upon precept. The standard of judgement will be gun-barrel straight, no loop holes. The plumet mentioned in verse 17 is a weight. We put Gods righteousness on one side, and what can we put on the other side to even it out? Only Christ's blood. All our righteousness is as filthy rags.
But, then he got to the good-good news. He talked about Christ being our foundation of stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation! Stone is God made, not man made. I can depend upon what God does, I can't fall off.
In verse 16, it says that he that believeth shall not make haste. Scot said that if we are saved, we don't have to run from the storms of life because we are safe in the Lord.
The hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies. In the end, it comes down to the individual and God. The water shall overflow the hiding place: can't hide behind excuses, church membership, works, or in ourselves.
Verse 18 mentions a covenant with death. People say that they'll get right "someday" or that they have plenty of time. That will not stand when we face God.
I'm so thankful God is True. What a joy and comfort to me.