December 17, 2019

The Higher Law - Mark 12:14-17

"Few years ago, I was easing down the highway about 70 miles an hour on in their state and came into a little construction zone and the sign clearly said the speed limit is now 45. Well, I didn't see anybody constructing anything. I just saw some warning signs. So I continued my merry little way at 70 miles an hour. Well, it wasn't long until I was reminded that, you know, what render to Caesar what Caesar's."

Family Discussions:

  1. Which things for your money do you enjoy giving the most?
  2. Which forms of giving and spending give God the most joy?
  3. Why is important to render under Caesar what is Caesar's with a positive attitude?

Transcription:

00:14          It's no wonder they called him Christ. The astonishing teacher. And he blew them out of the water then when he taught. And he blows us out of the water today. Listen to the wisdom of this passage today in Mark chapter 12 and starting with verse 14. It says this, "and they came to him and said to him, teacher, we know that you're truthful and defer to no one for you are not partial in any way, but you teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay tax, a poll tax to Caesar or not? Shall we pay or shall we not pay? But Jesus, knowing their hypocrisy said to them, why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius and look at it. They brought one and he said to them, whose likeness is on that coin? And they said, Caesars. And Jesus said to them, render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are gods. And they were amazed at him."
 
01:13          Few years ago, I was easing down the highway about 70 miles an hour on in their state and came into a little construction zone and the sign clearly said the speed limit is now 45. Well, I didn't see anybody constructing anything. I just saw some warning signs. So I continued my merry little way at 70 miles an hour. Well, it wasn't long until I was reminded that, you know, what render to Caesar what Caesar's. The red lights were flashing my rear view mirror. Probably the worst site in the whole wide world. I've seen him a couple of times more than I wish I could have, but, I was reminded and I ended up paying some kind of awful fine for speeding in a work zone even though nobody was there working render under Caesar what did the Caesar's.
 
01:57          You know, it's no wonder that R rated movies have an age limitation and really and truly, probably very few if any of them are good for any age. But for sure, not at a young age. You know, you're not supposed to drink alcohol til you're 21. Listen to the law. I love working in my Bible study with my high school seniors that are grappling with issues like this. And I love the guys that are really following God and are not just not drinking because it's age 21 and under, but because they don't want to ruin their witness to the school or to take the chance of ever becoming an alcoholic. But nevertheless, there's the law. Every April 15th, you know, we get an opportunity to support our government. And you know what? I can't tell you that I'm in favor of a lot of the things that our government does with our money, but you know what? It's the law. And so on April 15th, we pay our taxes, every penny of them. Don't we? Because it's the law of the land. So we rent under Caesar's what is Caesar's.
 
03:02          But I want to tell you something really important today. There's a higher law. You know, Adolf Eichmann was tried after the, you know, the Holocaust in World War II. He was one of the officers in Germany, one of the highest officers there responsible for killing millions of Jews. And in his trial, he said in his own defense, he said, I have obeyed the law and the flag. So he was obeying Hitler and the Nazi flag. But there was a higher law. It was a moral law. It was a law of God that you don't kill. And so he disobeyed the higher law. Unfortunately, he was convicted of his crime.
 
03:36          So it is America in the world today. You know, the law says that you can take a little baby, a precious little baby, you know, no matter what size or what age they are inside of your womb. And you can take that baby's life away. Well, it's the law of this land, but there's a higher law. The higher law says that every life is valuable. Every life is precious. Even the life of an unborn child. There's a lot of laws in this country, and you know what? We're gonna pay our taxes and we're gonna, you know, obey the laws of the land. Except when there's a higher law. And that law is the law of God. It's the highest law of all.
 
04:17          So here's the questions for today. You know, money goes to the government. Money goes to God's ministries on earth. Money goes to our families needs and money goes to our families wants. But which of these things for your money do you enjoy giving the most? And then which forms of giving and spending give God the most joy? And I hope you've got some things in your life and in your homes that really give you joy. That you give sacrificially to. The third question is, why is important to render under Caesar what is Caesar's with a positive attitude? Whew. Here's the lifeline. You know, in a family, you know, dad has his God given authority. In a family, mom has her God given authority. And you know what? If you're a teenager living in a home, you'll have yours in due time. But when you render under Caesar, it brings unity and it brings harmony to the family.

"I remember a young lady recently writing to me and she said to me in a letter that she was having a party because her parents were out of town and you know what? I had a few drinks and she said I was fine. She wasn't drunk at all but she said that she ended up spending the night at a girl's house and sleeping with this guy that she barely knew."

Family Discussions:

  1. When government law and God's law don't agree which one should you obey? And why is that?
  2. Why is a law that isn't spoken of in scripture but covered by government law, still scripturally clarified?
  3. What is the value of obedience as a Christian?

Transcription:

 

00:13 Hey the Radio Shack ad says, "You got questions? We got answers." Well, you got questions about anything in life and eternity and this book's got answers. And you know what? Sometimes you may not like them at first, but every command of God is to protect you and to provide for you. And so get this one today. Romans 13 verse one and two, and it says this, "every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God. And those which exist are established by God. Therefore, whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinances of God and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves." Uh, this devotional, it's called a Higher Law. You know, our government says it's illegal to drink alcohol if you're under age 21, but you know what? There's a higher law. God's law that says strong drink, which is the Hebrew word Yayin

01:11 It's wrong at any age. Actually. The Bible talks about two kinds of alcoholic beverages. One is called Oinos and Oinos, which is the kind of wine that Jesus made, like in the wedding of Cana. It was a very weak, like one 20th, uh, alcohol, uh, diluted by grape juice or by water. Uh, historical research suggests the Oinos, has a maximum content of about 2% alcohol and usually the alcohol was diluted by 20 parts of water. And so Jesus turned water into Oinos. But there's another type of wine in the Bible Yayin, which means strong drink and it is condemned many, many times in scripture. Proverbs 23, 29 through 35 talks about "beware of the wine when it's red, when it sparkles in the cup." And it says a lass it bites like a viper. Uh, you know, uh, I remember a young lady recently writing to me, uh, and, and she said to me in a letter, and I don't have the letter, but I can just, I can just remember a few of the words, but because she told me that she was having a party because your parents, you know, we're out of town and uh, you know what?

02:27 I don't know why she said, but I had, I had a few drinks and she said I was fine. I wasn't drunk at all, but, but she said that she ended up spending the night at a girl's house and sleeping with this guy that she, you know, barely knew. And she said, I didn't really realize what she had done until she woke up the next morning. And then she said she called him and he just, he just yelled at her and called her, you know, names and then I'll never get the part in the letter she said, you know what? I felt so used and I felt so worthless. And if I could, if I could tell you the letters I've gotten from teenagers, from college students, from adults, that the contents of this bottle ruin their lives, ruin their marriages, ruin their homes.

03:09 Ruin in their reputations, that'd be, that'd be literally too many to count. So, uh, so what if the law of the land and God's law don't agree? You know, our government says the abortion is legal, but God's word says that taking a life at any age is murder. Um, so man the questions today are this. When government law and God's law don't agree which one should you obey? And why is that? And then why is a law that isn't spoken of in scripture but covered by government law, still scripturally clarified? Um, you know, like paying taxes and, uh, you know, reporting properly to the government. And what is the value of obedience as a Christian? And the lifeline for today is this: God's command always protects us and provides for our well being, for happiness, our peace and our harmony.

04:37 And so the law is not bad. You know, scripture is not bad. Scripture is our friend.

 

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