Honor To Whom Honor Part 3

Honor To Whom Honor Part 3


Let’s just agree together
further about this. You know, the Lord, He teaches
us supernaturally by His Spirit. He can say things to you that I
didn’t say. Right? And so far beyond. He personalizes it to everybody
that will have ears to hear. So just hold one hand up in
respect and say it out loud: “Father God, grant us utterance
right now, and eyes to see and ears to hear, exactly what I
need, what you want me to see and know and do. I’ll hear it, I’ll receive it,
by Your grace, I’ll do it. And thank You for the blessing
on Your Word.” Hallelujah. Thank You, Lord. First Samuel two. We began a series a while back
that we’re calling Honor to Whom Honor. And this is one of our main
text. In 1 Samuel two, we see Eli was
the priest over the house of God and his sons were priests and
ministers under him, but they were wicked men. And they were — they despised
the things of the Lord and treated them improperly, with
contempt. They stole, mishandled and stole
the offering. They had improper relationships
with the women that came and any number of things. And Eli knew about this and the
Lord warned him about it, but he didn’t make them stop. He didn’t pull them. You know, sometimes people don’t
realize — he made kind of a halfhearted — he said sons, I
hear bad things. Y’all got a quick doing this. They just acted like he didn’t
say anything. He should’ve been strong with
them, shouldn’t he? He should’ve called them at the
first hint of any of this stuff. And he should’ve told them, now
boys I love you, but this is the house of God. And you cannot treat the people
like this and treat the offerings like this. If I hear of any offerings being
taken, if I hear of this kind of thing happening, you’re out. I’m pulling you. You’re out. And if he heard about it and
they ignored him, what should he have done? Pulled them. I don’t care if they cried and
they begged or they cussed. Somebody said, “That’s hard.” No, let me tell you what’s hard. Losing both your boys in one day
in the prime of their life. Losing the ministry, forfeiting
the call of God. That’s what’s hard. And that’s what happened to him. See sometimes people don’t
realize and think you’re just hard. Why don’t you give on this? Listen. Love corrects. The Bible said don’t despise the
chastening of the Lord because as many as He loves, He
chastens. And people may not understand
it, but He’s trying to spare you from destruction. He’s not just trying to be mean
and hard with you. And there’s too much compromise. There’s too much — people will
tell their kids what to do and they don’t do it. “Well, whatever.” And, “If you’ll do this, we’ll
do this for you. And if you don’t do it, we can’t
do it for you.” They don’t do it, they don’t do
what they’re told but they get the blessing anyway. And there’s just this looseness
and laxness and people, kids grow up and they think God’s
that way. And they try to act that way
with Him and lose out on all kinds of things in life that
they could have and should have enjoyed. But I believe the Lord is
teaching us in these days about these things and we’re coming up
to another place. We’re coming up to another
place. He said to them in 1 Samuel
2:29, you, “Honor your sons above Me…” And verse thirty, “The Lord God
of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and the house
of your Father, should walk before Me forever: but now the
Lord said, Be it far from Me; for them that honor Me I will
honor, and they that despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.” “Them that honor Me I will
honor.” Everybody say that out loud. Together: Them that honor Me I
will honor. I believe it’s promotion time. I believe the Lord would honor
us. One of the greatest ways He
honors us is with His presence, with His presence. His manifested presence. With the move of His Spirit. With the manifestations of His
gifts, giving us His revelation. His truth, His power. His pure and holy things. But how is it going to come? It’s going to come in direct
connection with us honoring Him. If you honor Him, He’ll honor
you. If you honor Him more, He’ll
honor you more. Can you say amen? Did you notice though that He
said, the Lord said, “I had said to Eli that your house, the
house of your father, should walk before Me forever: but now
the Lord said, Be it far from Me.” What does that mean? Things have changed. Your house is not going to
remain before Me. Now this is serious, isn’t it? Something God had given them, He
said you’re going to lose it. Why? Because those that honor Me I
will honor. But those that despise Me which
is what his sons and he had done by letting it go and honoring
his sons above the Lord. And so in short order if you
read the rest of the story, the Ark of the covenant was taken by
the enemy. His two sons were killed. And when he heard the news he
fell off backwards and broke his neck and died. And his family was basically
decimated in a day because God had given them the priesthood. Is this a special honor? That God would give you the
priesthood, and give you the holy responsibility of handling
the word of God, and handling the offerings of God, and
leading the people of God in prayer and worship and in the
things of God. And they despised it and treated
it with contempt. And because of it, they lost it. Now here’s a very sobering
lesson. We’re going to keep seeing it
this morning. If you fail to honor it, you
can’t hold onto it. If you despise it, you’ll lose
it. Even though God has given it to
you, even though it’s precious, even though it’s a lifetime
opportunity, still, if you don’t honor it, you can’t hold onto
it. If you despise it, you judge
yourself unworthy of it and you’ll lose it. Did they lose the priesthood? Did they lose what God had given
them? They did. Why did they lose it? Help me out. Because they despised what God
had given them. They despised it. “Them that honor Me,” He said,
“I will honor.” Let me give you some definitions
for honor and also for despise. Two words that you’ll see
frequently is the fear of God, the fear of the Lord, and also
the honor of God. The same word honor is often
translation glory too. The honor of God, the glory of
God. The fear of the Lord, a couple
of the definitions are, to be in awe of and to revere. To be in awe of. Now notice He said, “Those that
honor Me I will honor, those that despise Me shall be lightly
esteemed.” The word despise, one definition
is to make little off. To treat as nothing. To disesteem. To fail to value and esteem. So, if you honor the things of
the Lord, you’re in awe of it. If you ignore it, you’re
certainly not respecting it. If you ignore it or treat it
like it’s no big deal, treat it like it’s nothing, then you
despised it, and if you despised His things, you’re going to be
despised. You’re going to be lightly
esteemed. You treat His things like they
don’t amount to anything, then you’re things are going to be
treated like they don’t amount to anything. You treat His things like
they’re important, He’s going to treat your things like they’re
important. You honor Him, He’s going to
honor you. Can you see this friends? So important. The word honor literally means
heavy or weighty. The New Testament word means to
value or to esteem, like we’ve already said, to prize or to
treat as important. Say it out loud, “Treat as
important.” Say it again, “Treat as
important.” We might say today in modern
vernacular, make a big deal out of it, why? Because it is a big deal. Make a big deal out of it. Go with me if you would to
Malachi. I know you had your place there
in Romans, but for time’s sake just go over to Malachi, the
first chapter. Our text in Romans had said pay
the respect you owe. If you owe somebody respect, pay
that respect. If you owe someone honor, pay
that honor. In Malachi 1, the Lord has led
me to this Book repeatedly in this study because the heart of
what we’re talking about is rich in these four chapters. If you want to know more about
it, I encourage you read Malachi carefully and you’ll see so much
about the honor of God in these writings. And He is reproving His leaders
in this Book of Malachi because they have failed to honor Him
and failed to respect Him. Listen to some of these things. In Malachi 1:2 He said, “I have
loved you, says the Lord. Yet you say, Wherein have You
loved us?” This is disrespectful, this
response. What would be a correct,
respectful response when the Lord tells you that He loved
you? Thank You. Thank You. I love You too. But notice their response. “Where did You love us? How did You love us? Where?” See, disrespect and dishonor. He said, “Was not Esau Jacob’s
brother? Said the Lord: yet I loved
Jacob, and I hated Esau,” now this some strange to a lot of
people. I love Jacob and I hated Esau. The Bible tells us if you read
in Romans, that He did this before they were born. He said I oved Him and hated Him
before they were born. Why? Because they knew their hearts. He knew how their hearts would
be. And what you’ll find out is that
Jacob, though he had many problems, many shortcomings and
failures, yet in his heart he valued the things of God. Esau, though we had so much
going for him in the natural, he despised the things of God. We’re going to read about it
further in just a moment. Look with me over in the third
— excuse me down to the sixth verse in that same chapter. Verse six. “A son honors his father, and a
servant his Master: if then I be a Father, where is My honor?” Isn’t it sad that the Lord would
have to ask where is My honor? The Creator of the heavens and
the earth. We wouldn’t even have the planet
to stand on. We wouldn’t even have a breath
to draw. And He has to ask where’s My
honor? “Where’s My honor? And if I be a Master, where is
my fear? Where is My reverence and awe,
Saith the Lord of hosts to you, O priests, that despise My name. And you say, Wherein have we
despised Your name?” Here they are asking Him
questions again, disrespectfully. “When did we disrespect You?” Now you can’t cover every
possible expression of disrespect, but if you’ll listen
with your heart in here this morning you’ll discern the
Spirit of dishonor and disrespect. You’ll hear the tone of it and
the sound of it. And why do you want to hear it? So that you get it out of you
and you never talk like that, and you never use that tone. And you get free of this
devilish dishonor and disrespect. You know, it ought to grieve us
if we realize we’ve been disrespectful to the things of
God, to the people of God. It ought to grieve us if we
realize we haven’t walked in love, we were selfish. It ought to grieve us if we find
out that we didn’t believe God, we didn’t trust Him. That doesn’t mean you go around
in condemnation, you repent, but you purpose I’m not going to do
that. I’m not going to be that kind of
person. I’m not to live like that, I’m
not going to be that kind of man, that kind of woman. He says where’s My respect? You’ve despise My name. They said where have we despised
Your name? “You offer polluted bread upon
My altar; and oue say, Wherein have we polluted You? In that you say, The table of
the Lord is contemptible. And if you offer the blind for
sacrifice, is it not evil? And if you offer the lame and
sick, is it not evil? Offer it now unto your governor;
will he be pleased with you, or accept your person? says the Lord of hosts.” Another way is He’s saying I
don’t want it, give it to him. See if he likes it. See, what are they saying? You see the same kind of
attitude of Eli’s boys. Disrespect. Here’s the offerings of the Lord
and they say, “No need bringing your best bull, and calf and
goat. We’re just going to kill it
right here on the altar. You’re going to lose it. You got something sick or you
got something that’s about dead anyway, you could bring that. That’s fine.” Now this is too much in the body
of Christ right now. They are vestiges of it. There’s forms of it and degrees
of it. Right and left. You know the Bible tells about
us to honor the Lord in word and deed; not just with your mouth,
not just with words and talk. It’s to be in our heart. The Bible says, “Honor the Lord
with your substance and the firstfruits of all your
increase” You know, it wouldn’t be honorable for me and Phyllis
to put two dollars in the offering. God has blessed us more than
that. That wouldn’t be respectful. That wouldn’t be honorable. You need to do something in
proportion to how God has blessed you. Don’t you? It needs to be something that’s
honorable, an act that shows that you’re thankful, that you
value what He’s done for you. And it’s true in every area of
life. They’re bringing junk, and
broke, and nothing, and there are far too many churches that
just act like they’re embarrassed to have an offering. And, “Throw a quarter in there. That’s okay, no big deal… They weren’t on time, that’s
alright… We’ll just — it’ll happen if it
happens… We’ll get around to that when we
get around to it… It’s just the church… It’s just the church…” I’ve heard people say it’s just
the church. Just the church. And people don’t realize this is
costing them personally because if you despise and fail to of
acknowledge and respect His things, how are your things
going to be treated? Contemptible and unimportant,
insignificant. What if you honor Him? Help me out. What if you honor Him? If you honor Him, value His
things, treat His things as precious and as important, your
things are going to be esteemed. Your things are going to be
taking care of and valued. Go over to the third chapter
please. Third chapter of Malachi and
verse eight. He said, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me.” How many think that’s a bad idea
to rob God? That just sounds dumb. Doesn’t it? Here God, give me Your money. I’m taking Your money. That is — that may be the
answer to how stupid can you get. You’re going to rob God. And come on, listen. God is the One talking. He said, “Will a man rob Me? Is a man going to rob God?” Notice their amazing answer. It’s in keeping with the rest of
their stuff. What did they say? What do they say? “When have we robbed You? When did we despise You?” Now, I think they could’ve done
better than this, but at the same time I think we’re looking
at the result of generations who have lost respect and honor, and
failed to pass it down, and now you have a bunch in there that
are ignorant, as well as disrespectful. Did you know we’re in such a
case right now? We are reaping the fruit in our
generation of the rebellion of the sixties among other things. And now you got second and
third-generation people that have grown up, were never taught
to fear of the Lord. Were never taught proper respect
and honor. And they’re rude, and
disrespectful, and dishonorable, and don’t even realize how
disrespectful they are. They’d be like, “What? Huh? What I say? What did I do?” You know, it’s bad to be
ignorant, it’s worse to be ignorant and don’t know you are. So ignorant of being ignorant. That’s ignorant. Ignorant is worse than being
ignorant. It’s ignorant of your ignorance. Anyhow, even though we may have
grown up without some things that we needed as a generation,
the Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord can be and should be
taught, it can be taught. I’m excited that the Lord is
teaching us His fear, His honor, His respect? Do you believe it? Say it out loud, “Thank You Lord
for teaching me the fear of the Lord. The honor of God.” In Psalm 34:11 He said, “Come,
you children, hearken to Me: I will teach you the fear of the
Lord.” Have we asked Him to teach us
already in previous services and other times? We’ve asked Him, show us, teach
us. Do you believe He heard that
prayer? Is it His will? Is it going on? I’m telling you, it’s going on
right now. Right now. He’s opening our eyes, He’s
opening our ears and our hearts, He showing us what we should do,
what we shouldn’t do, how we should talk, how we shouldn’t
talk, what’s precious, what’s worthless. Isn’t He? He is teaching us the fear of
the Lord. Is it going to make a difference
in our lives? Oh. Oh. I am confident that as we take a
step up in our reverence of Him, we will immediately see an
increase in the power of God, in the presence of the holy. In the manifestations of His
power and His Spirit. Is this worthwhile? Do we hold this precious and
dear to us? We do. We do. In the third chapter He said,
“You’ve robbed Me in tithes and offerings.” Verse 10, “Bring ye all the
tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house,
and prove Me now herewith, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not
open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing,
that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer
for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your
ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time
in the field, says the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you
blessed: for you shall be a delightsome land, says the Lord
of hosts.” Listen to Young’s Literal
translation of this. He said, “Bring in all the tithe
unto the treasure-house, and there is food in My house; When
you have tried Me, now, with this, Said the Lord of Hosts, Do
not I open to you the windows of heaven? Yea, I have emptied on you a
blessing till there is no space. And I have pushed for you
against the consumer, And he does not destroy to you the
fruit of the ground, Nor miscarry to you does the vine in
the field,” are you listening that God — what is this
tithing? Tithing is not just about
mechanically paying 10% like you pay a bill. Tithing is about honoring God. Putting God first and honoring
Him in your words, and in your substance, and in the
firstfruits of all your increase. And can you see He said you do
that, you bring the tithes and offerings to Me and honor Me and
put Me first, what’s going to happen? I’m going to honor you. I’m going to pour out blessings
on you until there’s not enough space to receive them all. I’m going to be against you – –
I’m going to push back against the destroyer on your behalf to
keep him from destroying your stuff and hindering it. Oh, my. My. Do believe this, Christians? Can you see our text right here? Those that honor Me I’m going to
honor. Isn’t the Lord honoring you when
He blesses you? Until you don’t have room enough
to receive it all. When He blesses you until your
stuff doesn’t break, and it doesn’t wear out, and bad things
just don’t happen. You go year after year and they
don’t happen. The consumer, the destroyer is
not getting to you. That is the Lord honoring you. And it’s in direct response to
you honoring him. Keep reading. Skip on down to verse thirteen
here. Verse thirteen He said, “Your
words have been stout against Me, says the Lord. Yet you say, What have we spoken
so much against You?” They’re still asking their
disrespectful questions, aren’t they? Aren’t they? When the Lord says your words
have been stout against Me, what’s it time to do? It’s time to hit your knees,
isn’t it, and say, “God, forgive me.” None of this, “What did we say? What did we say against You?” Do you hear the tone of
disrespect? Do you hear this? Do you want to be free from
this? None of this be in you? You don’t talk like this. “What have we spoken so much
against You?” And He said, “You have said, It
is vain to serve God,” another translation says what good is
it? What good does it do? “And what profit is it that we
have kept His ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully
before the Lord of hosts?” You can see that with what
they’re doing with the offerings. What good does it do to give all
this into the house? It’s not necessary. You could just bring the sick
ones. That’s not necessary. What good is that? And see, they said, “Behold,
what a weariness it is.” “Got to get up and got to get
ready. Got to go to church. Got to give. You got to do this and you got
to do that.” No, no. If not got to, it’s get to. Get to. And if you don’t think it’s a
privilege, then you’re acting unworthy of doing it. And you’re in a dangerous
situation because what you despise you’ll lose. If you don’t honor it, you won’t
be able to hold onto it. Very, very serious situation. No. Everybody has flesh. And if you yield to your flesh,
you’ll be lazy, and disrespectful, and every other
kind of thing. How many know you have to get
your flesh by the nap of the neck and shake it and say, “Shut
up, get up! Quit that! Man, you have an opportunity. Your name is in the Lamb’s Book
of Life. Get up there and get to it! Let the Lord use you to make a
difference! Be a blessing!” Right? Serve Him while you have breath. Serve Him well you have being. The Bible said serve the Lord in
the days of your youth. Ecclesiastes talks about don’t
wait until you’re old and worn out. It goes on to describe when you
can’t see well, you can hear well, and you can’t run, and
can’t do this, and you can’t do that. You know so many people, they
give the devil the best of their life. The deaths of their youth and
their prime. And then they think, “Man, I’d
better give my heart to the Lord before I die and go to hell.” And so they give the Lord what’s
left. And He’ll take it. He’s so gracious, He’ll take it. But how many think the Lord
ought to have the best? He ought to have your first,
your best, your strongest. That’s honoring Him. No junk for the Lord. No leftovers for the Lord. It ought to be the first and the
best to honor Him. Look with me in Genesis if you
would. Genesis 25, I believe it is. Now, they were saying what good
does it do to serve the Lord? What good is it? And the Lord said — now think
about God saying, those words are stout against Me. They were angering Him. For God to say your words? Your words. Can you hear this attitude? “What good is it? It’s no big deal. What did we take from You? When did we despise You? When did we rob You?” Can you hear they’re ready to
argue, aren’t they? They’re ready to argue. Somebody say, “Disrespectful.” Disrespectful. A person like that, what are
they going to get? Those that despise Me what’s
going to happen? They’re going to be despised. They’re going to be lightly
esteemed. And those that despise His
precious and holy things, what’s going to happen? They’re going to lose what they
should have had. They’re going to forfeit what
could have been theirs. Why? If you don’t value it, you judge
yourself unworthy to have it. Now we see this — He said in
Malachi 1, He said, “Jacob have I loved. Esau have I hated.” Why would He say that about
Esau? He knew his heart. He knew what kind of man he
would be. And in Genesis you read about
it. Genesis 25. You know the story that Esau was
a hunter and he was, I guess, an athletic guy. His daddy actually played
favorites with him, treated him like he loved him more. And Jacob and probably Esau,
considered him a momma’s boy. He stayed around the house and
cooked. And also was a shifty guy. I mean he — Jacob would lie to
you and if you did a deal with Jacob, you’d better read the
fine print. Because he put some gotchas in
there. So how could you say Jacob have
I loved? Did the Lord love Jacob’s
deception and lying? Certainly not. He couldn’t do that. And Esau have I hated. Why would He say that? You see it in this passage right
here. Genesis 25:29, “And Jacob sod
pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And
Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray you, with that same red
pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called
Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day
your birthright.” Is that good? Is that nice? No. But what does it tell you about
Jacob? He had a lot of faults, but he
valued the holy things of God. He valued the blessing. He valued the anointing. He’s going about it the wrong
way, no question. He said okay you can have some
of my stew but it’s going to cost you. Sell me your birthright. Now what should Esau have said? My birthright? My birthright? The blessing of God? No. No. I’d starve before I’d do that. But no instead what he says is,
“I am at the point to die,” do you reckon he’s really about to
die? I doubt it. I’m at the point of death, I’m
about to die. “And what profit shall this
birthright do to me?” Do you hear the language? Why my going over this slowly? I want you to hear the tone of
this. I want red flags to go up when
you hear this tone. “What good? What profit does is this
birthright going to do for me?” “What do I need to read that
chapter every day for? I’ve read the Bible before. What do I need to be on a team
for? Why do I need to go to a home
fellowship? Why do I need to have a God
account? What’s the big deal?” Such a person will disqualify
himself from the blessing of God, as he did. “What profit shall this
birthright do me?” “Then Jacob gave Esau bread and
pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and
went his way: thus Esau,” did what? What did he do? “Despised his birthright.” Tell me, how did he do it? How did he despise his
birthright? By treating it like it was worth
nothing. Can you see it? In Hebrews, in the New Testament
talks about it. Hebrews 12:16, this is the Basic
English Bible. In the BBE it says, “That there
may not be any evil liver,” a person that lives in an evil
way, “or any man without respect for God, like Esau, who let his
birthright go for a plate of food.” He let it go for a plate of
food. “For you have knowledge that
even long after, when he was desiring the blessing for his
heritage,” see, later on he decided he wanted it. But it was too late. “He was turned away, though he
made his request frequently and with weeping; because the past
might not be changed.” Now, I know a lot of people
don’t like to hear this in modern times, and we’re the
children of grace, in the age of grace, and God will forgive and
He’ll cleanse us. And people like to imagine that
you can disrespect the things of God with impunity and always
have another opportunity. It’s not true. There are some things if you
despise them enough, you’ll lose that opportunity and you’ll not
get it again, period. No matter how much you cry or
how much you beg. This is sobering, I know, but
it’s the truth. It’s reality. Later on Esau cried, he wept,
“Please father. Please give me that blessing.” He said, “I can’t. Your brother wanted it.” In other words, you didn’t. The things of God, my friends,
are precious, they’re holy. And if God offers it to you and
God allows you to be a part, you must not, you dare not be too
busy, too occupied, don’t have time for it. God will give it to somebody
else that will value it. And you’ll miss out on it. And not only will you miss an
opportunity to be in it, you’ll miss out on the eternal reward
that comes from doing it. Somebody say, “Not me. By the grace of God, not me.” I think you feel the same way. I don’t want anybody getting my
place, getting my grace. Getting my anointing. Is it possible for it to happen? We see it right here. Saul despised what God gave him
in the kingship. He took it away from him and
gave it to David. Didn’t He? You see this happen more than
once. And God is fair and just. He gave the priesthood to Eli
and his boys. And He said, “I had said that I
would keep this in your house from now on. But now, be it far from Me. Because you despise Me, you’re
going to be despised. You treat My stuff like this,
you’re not worthy of it. You ought not have the place.” I know this is strong, but is it
Bible friends? Is it the Scriptures? Should we have some fear of God
about ourselves? Should we have some reverence
and be in awe? Are there some things that are
not to be joked about and not to be taken lightly? They are to be highly regarded
and greatly esteemed and valued. You don’t have to get stiff and
bound, but you should become very respectful. Very reverent. Can you see we live in a
generation that’s lacking in these things? That needs to be taught? Is the Lord teaching us though? I believe He is. I believe He is. We studied last time about David
being a man after God’s Own heart. And if you want to understand
some things about the honor of God, study David and his life
and the way he lived and what he did. He knew something about the
honor of God. And that’s a big part of what
made him a man after God’s Own heart. And he wanted to get the Ark of
the covenant back to where it should be. And finally some things
transpired and it happened. And the Ark of the Lord is
returning to where it should be, and this is a very big deal to
David. You could see the people that
honor God — I mean, some people get excited about this movie
star and that movie star. They get excited about money. People that love God get excited
about God and the things of God. You know there’s people,
ministers that I’ve seen, they had opportunity to be on this
world renowned talk show. Opportunity to meet this world
renowned political figure and this and that. And they talk about it for
hours. It just doesn’t interest me. It doesn’t interest me. Being around His people, the men
of God and the woman of God, the ones that He’s really called and
chosen, that’s who I’m excited about. That’s who I like to be around. I don’t care how dressed up they
are and how much money they got, some unbeliever? Has no respect for my Jesus? I have no time for them. Unless they want to get saved. I don’t care who they are,
they’re nothing in front of Him. Their life is about that long —
nobody will know who they are in a few years. Right? The things that men in the world
esteem, the Bible said they’re an abomination to God and sadly
so many of the precious things of God mean nothing to the
world. So they’re bringing the Ark home
and in verse thirteen, well verse twelve, “So David went and
brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the
city of David with gladness.” Somebody say, “Gladness.” Gladness. When you love God the things of
God make you glad. “And it was so, that when they
that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he
sacrificed oxen and fatlings. And David danced before the Lord
with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.” How many think he was trying to
put on a show? He wasn’t trying to put on a
show. He’s really this excited. He genuinely is this excited. Somebody said, “Is all that
necessary?” Hey, if you get full enough it
will come out. Nothing is coming out you’re
just not full enough. Right? Man, he’s dancing — he’s not
just a little bit dancing, he’s dancing with all his might. I mean, David is doing some
steps you haven’t seen before. He’s moving. Why? And it’s not to – – he’s not
dancing to the beat, he’s not thinking about anybody seeing
him. He’s just so glad that the
presence of the Lord is back where it’s supposed to be and
the Ark of God is back where it’s supposed to be. And he gets to be the one to
help get there. He’s just so excited. And man, he’s dancing, “So David
and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord
with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.” How many know they’re having a
big day? They’re making a big deal out of
this. Big deal. Somebody say, “Big deal.” Big deal. “And as the ark of the Lord came
into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a
window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the
Lord,” and what did she do? “She despised him in her heart. And they brought in the ark of
the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the
tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. And as soon as David had made an
end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed
the people in the name of the Lord of hosts. And he dealt among all the
people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to
the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece
of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every
one to his house.” When you love the things of God,
you don’t close the pocketbook. You let money flow like water. You can’t spend too much on the
things of God. “Then David returned to,” do
what? To do what? Is his heart right? I don’t know if he did anything
wrong in his dancing or not, but his heart is right. He returned to, “Bless his
household. And Michal the daughter of Saul
came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king
of Israel today,” I said if you’d listen you’d hear the
spirit of disrespect today. You hear the tone. Now here’s something I want you
to be on the watch for. This, I guess language wise,
it’s called irony. Irony is when you say something
but you mean the opposite. And a lot of times coupled with
irony is sarcasm. Sarcasm, you’re saying something
but you don’t mean what you’re saying. You mean the opposite of it and
in sarcasm is a biting bitterness. Do you remember the Bible talks
about Esau and how he despised? And that same passage it warns
us about bitterness. Same verses. And about the root of
bitterness. Anytime you hear somebody
talking like this, they’re wrong. There are no exceptions. Somebody said, “Oh, aren’t you
pretty today? Didn’t you do something?” Never is this okay. Never is this acceptable
language. This irony, this sarcasm. This bitterness. “Wasn’t the King glorious
today?” She said. “How glorious was the King of
Israel today who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the
handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows
shamelessly uncovers himself!” Now, there’s nothing to say that
he was naked. The Bible said he had on a linen
ephod. He didn’t have on his kingly
garments. He didn’t parade down with pomp
and circumstance. He got down with the people and
danced. Like a kid, right? And I don’t know if he was a
little indecent through the process or not, I don’t think he
meant to if he was. He’s just dancing. And his heart was right. But something was wrong with
her. Wasn’t it? And just knowing and
understanding about these things, this didn’t just happen
this day. Something has been eating on her
for some time. And she’s waiting for him and
she’s got this sarcasm. “Didn’t you show yourself today! Oh, you were a glorious king
today.” Have you ever heard that kind of
talk? You hear it far too often. I don’t think though that very
many realize how serious this is in the eyes of God. “Oh, everybody talks like that
sometimes.” You should never talk like this. Never. Everybody say, “Never.” You should never talk like this. For one thing, our words are to
have power. And we should break ourselves
from saying things we don’t mean. Irony is not always malignant
with evil intent, and yet why would you say something you
don’t mean? Why don’t you just say what you
mean? Say the truth. But it should never be this
bitterness, this biting sarcasm. Never should you have it in your
mouth because you wind up disrespecting God. You’ll think you’re just doing
it to them, but God will take it personally. She thought she was talking to
him. But notice what happened. “David said to Michal, It was
before the Lord, which chose me,” instead of your daddy and
instead of, “all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people
of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the
Lord. And I will yet be more vile than
thus, and will be base in mine own sight,” he’s not interested
in trying to be the big king. He doesn’t care about that. He cares about the presence of
the Lord was coming back. “And of the maidservants which
you have spoken of, of them shall I be had in honor.” They’ll respect me. You’re talking about them, so
concerned about them. Isn’t that something that the
most disrespectful people will be talking about somebody
respectful? And the Bible said, “Therefore
Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her
death.” Disrespect and loss. Disrespect and unfruitfulness. Barrenness and unfruitfulness. I really think she lost David
that day. I think she did. I think the barrenness was more
than physical. Her life was just barren for the
rest of it because she wouldn’t repent and she wouldn’t turn
loose of that. Do you see this principle
friend? If you despise, you lose. Is this serious? It is. Now, I know this is sobering
today, but it’s also good if we’ll make some changes. Some things you don’t shout so
much when you hear it, but if you put it into practice, it
protects you. It spares you from terrible loss
and it qualifies you. Eventually I’m believing to get
to this. I already got to some notes on
it but I’m believing to get to this qualifying part. This promotion part. And this is all part of it. We don’t want to lose what we
have or what we should have gotten, we want to get all, we
want to get more than we got. We want to be promoted. We want to be advanced and
increased. That’s saying you want the Lord
to honor you. How is it going to come? By honoring Him. Can you say glory to God? Luke nineteen. For times sake we won’t go to
the Esther passage, but if you’ve read that, it’s about how
Mordechai had saved the King from these individuals trying to
plot to assassinate him, but it was kind of forgotten. And one night the King couldn’t
sleep and he them come in and read some of the history and
records to him and they read the part about how Mordechai had
spared him from being assassinated. And he said, “Wait. Wait. What kind of honor was ever done
for that guy?” And they said, “Nothing was ever
done.” And he said, “We have to do
something about that.” So the next morning Haman came
in who was Mordechai’s enemy, planning on killing him. And he said to Haman, “What
should be done for the man at the King really wants to honor?” And Haman thought he’s talking
about me. He’s going to honor me. So he said, “What should be done
is that you should give him some of the King’s clothes, and you
should put the Kings crown on his head, and get more the
King’s best horses and put him on that and parade him through
the streets by one of the most honorable men you have and say,
‘This is what is done to the man at the King honor.'” He said,
“That’s great. I want you to go right now and
do that for Mordechai.” Oh, oh, you would’ve thought you
would have ran a hot poker through his heart. He went out of there mortified,
but he had to do it because it was the King. But this just is an example of
honor. What is honor do? Honor makes a big deal out of. Despising ignores, treat as
trivial and insignificant. “Whatever. No big deal. Whatever.” This whatever is not innocent. This whatever stuff is
disqualifying people from the blessings of God. In the nineteenth chapter of
Luke you see a similar situation to what we just described. Luke 19:35. Are you there? Getting there, almost there,
can’t find it? What’s going on? Luke 19:35. We just read this not long ago,
right? “And they brought Him,” this
colt, “to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt,
and they set Jesus thereon. And as He went, they spread
their clothes in the way. And when He was come near, even
now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude
of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a
loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
Saying, Blessed be the King that comes in the name of the Lord:
peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.” Are they making a big deal? A big deal out of the Lord. I mean they’re taking their
clothes off and throwing them in front of the little donkey colt
that Jesus is riding. They’re throwing branches out in
the going, “Oh, the King. The King. Blessed is the King that comes
in the name of the Lord.” They’re making a big deal. Is this right? Should they have done this? I tell you what’s more
important. Everybody should have been out
there doing that. They weren’t. The leadership should have been
ahead ones jerking off their — I don’t care if it was a two
thousand dollars robe, jerking it off and throwing it in front
of a donkey going, “The Master. The Messiah has come. Here He is. Everybody praise the Lord. Rejoice.” Can you see a recurring theme
here? Does this sound like David
coming down through there dancing and shouting and
praying? And everybody was rejoicing. Are they making a big deal? What if everybody came to church
that way? Everybody approached the things
of God that way? See, there’s folks that ought to
be here this morning, but they’re not here because it was
no big deal. There are people that have had
opportunities for years to be on teams and serve the Lord, and
haven’t done it. Why? “What’s the deal?” Don’t give, don’t pray, don’t
serve. Too busy with other stuff. Too preoccupied. And while they’re doing all
this, life is passing by. Isn’t it? And the opportunities – God
has given us talents. He’s given us resources. I was shouting with Phyllis
yesterday. God has blessed this church. We’re in a position right now to
step out and raise up another church. Glory to God. We’ve got people, we’ve got
money, we’ve got resources, we’ve got an aircraft that can
move. It’s in our hand. Glory to God. Somebody say glory to God. Glory to God. It’s in our power. God has put this in our hands. We are not going to bury it. We’re not going to hide it. We’re not going to act like it’s
nothing. The Bible said comparing
yourself to other people is foolish. We’re not going to do that. What we are going to do is shout
about what God has given us and the opportunities. Come on, are you listening? Is your heart still beating? Are you still live? Is God still on the throne? You still have an opportunity to
serve the Lord. Have you got something in your
hand? Have you got an open door in
front of you? Don’t despise it. Don’t treat it like it’s
nothing. Don’t act like you have thirty
years to get around to it. Don’t act like everybody’s got
that, it’s no big deal. It is a big deal. Somebody say big deal. It is a big deal. It’s a very big deal that you’re
saved, that you’re alive. You have come to the kingdom for
such a time as this. Your life, your preparation,
your history is not by accident. God has trained you, He’s taught
you, He’s put things in your hand, He’s got you to this point
today. And you need to say here am I. Here am I. Use me. I am available and it is the
privilege of my life to be used of You. And to serve You. Is that your heart friends? Come on, is that your heart? Say it out loud, “It is the
privilege of my life to be used by You. Here I am. Use me.” Glory to God. Glory to God. Glory to God. Glory to God. Glory to God. I’m laughing because the Lord
just said to me, “You ain’t seen anything yet.” Oh! Oh! Glory to God! Glory to God! Glory to God! Phew! How much could He honor us? How much could He use us? What could He do? How far can He take us? Are you going to be a part? Are you sure? You got time for it? You’re not too busy? Everything else not more
important to you? Phew! Hallelujah. Glory to God. This is not the end of this
passage. They’re shouting, they’re
praising, they’re saying, “Blessed is He that comes in the
name of the Lord.” They’re throwing their clothes. They’re throwing their branches. And He made it all the way into
the city and in verse forty-one, “When He was come near, He
beheld the city,” He looked over the city, “and wept over it,” He
start crying. How many know the Lord’s not
just crying for no reason? He’s crying over this city. And here’s why. He said, “If you had known, even
you, at least in this your day, the things which belong to your
peace! But now they are hid from your
eyes.” And He went on to talk about the
destruction that was going to come and verse forty-four,
“Because you knew not the time of your visitation.” The Pharisees came out there and
try to quench the whole thing, didn’t they? They said, “Master,” talking
about Jesus, “Tell Your disciples to stop this. Tell them to quit this.” He said, “I am not. If they cry out and praise me,
these rocks would have to cry out.” Why? How many know there’s times
where somebody has got to praise God. If it’s not you it’s going to be
them. If there’s nobody, the rocks
will have to do it because it ought to be done. Think about it. Why is Jesus crying? Think about it. The Creator of the heavens and
the earth, the One that all of these scribes, and Pharisees,
and doctors of law have supposedly been talking about
and preaching about for every generation, all the way back to
the beginning of the covenant, He’s here. He’s here. Right in the middle of your
town, walking down the road. How many know the Pharisees
ought to have been out there in the lead. The Sadducees, the doctors, the
leaders, ought to have been the first ones. The whole city, they ought to
close the schools and the post office. Everything should have stopped,
and every man, woman, boy, and baby ought to have been out
there in the street saying, “Hosanna! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! He’s here! He’s here! He’s here!” Somebody say, “Big deal.” Very big deal. Instead everybody wasn’t there. I don’t guess half the town was
there. There were some people there,
smart folks. That’s the group I’m going to be
in. That bunch. Even if they’re the minority,
that’s my bunch. The praising, God fearing,
respecting bunch. My bunch. Is it your bunch? But He’s there looking over the
city — the leaders are not praising. The town is going about its
ways. And He cried. He said, “You have missed your
opportunity. The things that you could’ve
had. The things that you should have
had. But you missed it.” He came unto His own — they
didn’t want Him. They wanted something else. Friend, beware of rejecting what
God sends you. Humans have been like this for
generations. He sends them His choice and
they don’t want it. They want something else. People said about Moses, “We
don’t want this man to rule over us.” People have historically,
repeatedly rejected God’s choice. They want something else. It’s not how they had it in
their mind. The Lord warned us don’t judge
after the flesh. Judge righteous judgment. They looked at Jesus and said,
“That’s Mary’s boy. That’s Joseph’s boy. Carpenter’s boy. Who is He?” You hear the same tone? “Who is He saying He’s
anointed?” Was He anointed? He’s The Anointed. Oh! And if they don’t have enough
sense to know Who they’re looking at. Who they’re talking to, Who
they’re hearing. And they lost their opportunity. They lost what they could have
and should have had. Now there’s a lot of people like
that in the world. And we can’t control them. But what we can do is get a hold
of ourselves. Are you going to believe with me
for the rest of this series? Are you going to believe with
me? We’re going to see some things
we hadn’t seen before. We’re going to get some things
changed our hearts. And we’re going to stop this
disrespect. We’re going to stop this stuff,
this ignoring and this despising. And we’re going to be taught. And we’re going to learn and
grow in the fear of the Lord. And I believe were going to come
— what if everybody jumped up in the morning and said, “Glory
to God we get to go to church today. Hallelujah! Oh, we’re going to praise the
Lord. Oh, I got a good offering to
bring to the Lord. Oh, we’re going to serve the
Lord.” And I’m telling you the glory
would be sitting on the parking lot before you ever got in here. God would say, “This bunch knows
how to honor Me and I am going to honor them.” You watch and see. He’s done it in a measure. But how much more He can and
would. Stand up on your feet.

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