Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 18)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #80

Scripture: Hosea 10:1-8,12

As you know, we are in a long series titled “Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It Is Time to Seek the Lord” which is based on Hosea 10:12 which reads: “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” In this passage, Hosea urges the children of Israel to turn away from their sins, repent, and get right with God.

As we begin today, let’s take a close look at verse four of Hosea chapter 10. The verse reads, “They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field.” God was angry with the children of Israel because of the pervasive corruption that they engaged in. Not only were the Israelites unfaithful in their covenant with God, they were unfaithful in their covenants with their fellow man. Because they had abandoned the law of God, their was no restraint in their society, that would prevent them from “swearing falsely” or breaking their promises to their fellow Israelites. Because of the culture of dishonesty, God sent punishment among the children of Israel. The verse tells us specifically that judgment would come down on them like hemlock which is a poisonous and nauseous plant springs up in good fields.

Now, in this series of messages, we are addressing specific sins that folks in the church need to confess and repent of in order to get our hearts right with God, and so that we can ask God to send revival in our personal lives, our families, our churches, our communities, and our country. So far we have addressed fifty sins in total, and today, we are going to continue this series by addressing three more sins from our list.

1. The first sin we will address today is the sin of not loving our enemies.

2. The second sin we will address today is the sin of not raising our children the right way.

3. The third sin we will address today is the sin of not being patient.

+ Plus, listen to CeCe Winans as she sings “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and Yolanda Adams singing “Is Your All On the Altar?”

The Roots of Our Salvation (Part 3)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #61 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Colossians 1:12-14: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins…”

Today, we are going to conclude our short series on the roots of our salvation. Over the past two days, we looked at the meaning of the Day of Atonement. We saw on yesterday how Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of everything the Day of Atonement foreshadowed. We saw that unlike the Israelite priests, Jesus Christ is a perfect priest; that because of our perfect priest we have a pure sacrifice; and that because of Jesus’ pure sacrifice, we have the promise of paradise.

Today, we are going to look even more deeply at the meaning of the atonement. You will notice that: In our first message, we dealt with the atonement from a man-centered perspective. On yesterday, we dealt with the atonement from a Christ-centered perspective. Today, we will look at the atonement from a God-centered perspective — we will see what God does for us as a part of the atonement.

First of all, let’s review the problem of the world or the reason why we need the atonement in the first place. This problem can be summed up in four statements:

1. Humanity was destroyed by sin when we yielded to the temptations from our enemy the devil.
2. We all are born with a sinful nature.
3. We all are guilty of disobeying God’s laws.
4. We all are separated from our Creator.

Because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, God takes action to remedy this sad state of affairs. Four words can sum up God’s actions: Purchasing, Healing, Justifying, and Reconciling.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch and the Disciples singing “My Tribute (To God be the Glory)” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The Roots of Our Salvation (Part 2)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #60 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Hebrews 9:11-15: “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”

On yesterday, we began looking at the roots of our salvation, or the foundation on which our salvation rests. We saw that the Day of Atonement was a very special time for the children of Israel which religious Jews still observe today. This day of Atonement was a day of confession and repentance of sin, a day for the removal of sins in God’s sight, and a day for man to draw near to God.

But, not only was the Day of Atonement a day for the children of Israel to observe, it was a day that served as a foreshadowing of things to come. The tabernacle, the priest, and even the bloody sacrifices all pointed to the future when Jesus Christ would come and settle the matter of sin once and for all. We often cringe when we hear about the slaughter of so many animals for the sins of the people. We could not imagine such a thing going on today.

But notice what Martin de Haan, the founder of Radio Bible Class said: “The Bible is a book of blood and a bloody book. When we are accused of preaching a Gospel of blood we proudly plead guilty, to the charge for the only thing that gives life to our teaching and power to the Word of God is the fact that it is the blood which is the very life and power of the Gospel.”

Every aspect of the Day of Atonement had a meaning that was far deeper and more real than the bloody sacrifices seemed to suggest. Today, as we continue this series on the roots of our salvation, I want to share with you those things that the Day of Atonement foreshadowed. The passage which we read from the Book of Hebrews describes the fulfillment of each of these things.

1. The first thing we see in this passage is that we have a perfect priest.

2. The second thing we see in this passage is that because of our perfect priest we have a pure sacrifice.

3. Thirdly, today, we notice that because of Jesus’ pure sacrifice, we have a promise of paradise.

+ Plus, listen to Dottie Peoples singing “Are You Washed in the Blood?” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”

The Roots of Our Salvation (Part 1)

100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #59 | with Daniel Whyte III

SCRIPTURE — Leviticus 16:29-34: “And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.”

The book of Hebrews argues that the Day of Atonement points forward to Jesus Christ’s work as priest. F. F. Bruce, a Christian theologian and writer states, “On the one hand, only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. Christ, however, went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. Christ’s redemptive work is the antitypical fulfilment of the sacrificial ritual of the day of atonement.”

The Jews for Jesus organization states and describes its observances of the Day of Atonement like this: “Yom Kippur can be somewhat of a conundrum to Jewish believers in Y’shua. Do we fast and confess our sins like the rest of the Jewish community or do we rejoice in the knowledge that we’re forgiven in Messiah? Many Jewish believers view Yom Kippur as a time for identification with our Jewish people, introspection for ourselves and intercession for loved ones, knowing all the while that Jesus is the One that makes us at one with God.”

Our passage for today describes the origins of the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur simply means “day of atonement.” It is perhaps the most important holiday on the Jewish calendar. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul” — to atone for sins which have been committed against God during the past year. Religious Jews today engage in what is called a “complete Sabbath” — no work, no food, and no drink for one whole day. Synagogues hold two six-hour long services on Yom Kippur, which Jews are expected to attend, and many Jews wear white which symbolizes purity and calls to mind the promise in Isaiah 1:18 that though our ‘sins may be as scarlet, they shall be made white as snow.’

Today, I want to share with you a brief message about what happened on the Day of Atonement in ancient Israel, and the significant lessons that we can apply to our own lives from what we learn.

1. First of all, the day of Atonement was a day of confession and repentance of sin.

2. Secondly, the day of atonement was a day for the removal of sins in God’s sight.

3. Third, the day of atonement was a day for man to draw near to God.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” and Deitrick Haddon singing “Sinner’s Prayer”