Grace Reformed Church (GRC) Malaysia

Priorities Restored Through The Word

by Aaron Loh

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Member of Grace Reformed Church Malaysia

Aaron Loh

Member Of Grace Reformed Church

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If you are here for the first time, let me just give you a brief background as to the context of this book. So, the Jews have returned from Babylon after 70 years of captivity in exile alright. So, they were in exile, and they have now returned to Jerusalem. And they return under the leadership of this one man by the name of Zerubbabel. We saw that being read to us today in Ezra chapter 5. So, this man Zerubbabel led the Jews back from exile to Jerusalem. And as soon as they returned to Jerusalem, they immediately set work to rebuilding the temple of the Lord, for that was the main purpose for them coming back. Remember three waves were taken into exile, three waves coming back from exile. And this is the first wave. 

Now the Jews that came back to Jerusalem, we saw in chapter 2 they wasted no time. Immediately they began to build the temple of the Lord. Not just that, but they also quickly rebuilt the altar of the Lord in order for them to offer up worship to God. Those were all in Ezra chapter 1 to Ezra chapter 3. Ezra chapter 1 to Ezra chapter 3. And the last time we looked at Ezra chapter 4, Ezra chapter 4 told us that as the Jews were about to rebuild the temple of the Lord, opposition came. Opposition came upon the Jews. So, if you look at Ezra chapter 4 real quick, let me read for you again from verse 1 of Ezra chapter 4. It says: “Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin”. And we know that the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin refers to the Samaritans, and “now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the descendants of the captivity were building the temple of the LORD God of Israel, they came to Zerubbabel and the heads of the fathers’ houses, and said to them, “Let us build with you, for we seek your God as you do; and we have sacrificed to Him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assyria, who brought us here.”“.

Now see here are the enemies of the exiles. They came with an intention. The intention was to initially deceive the leaders of the exiles, which is Zerubbabel and the heads of the father’s houses, and said: Hey! Let us build your temple with you. Now we know that they had an intention. Why? Because in verse 3: “But Zerubbabel and Jeshua and the rest of the heads of the fathers’ houses of Israel said to them, “You may do nothing with us to build a house for our God; but we alone will build to the LORD God of Israel, as King Cyrus the king of Persia has commanded us.””. Now the leaders of the exiles saw through the deceit, saw through the trickery that the enemies were trying to bring upon them. So, they said, no. You are pagans, we will build the temple of the house of the Lord ourselves. So, thank you very much.

And upon that response, the enemies of the exiles launched their second method of attack, which is verse 4: “and then the people of the land tried to discourage the people of Judah. They troubled them in building and hired counsellors against them to frustrate their purpose all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.”. Now so if deceit didn’t work, full force persecution is next. And so, they were strongly opposed by the enemies of the exile. And how often is this reality even in our lives? Those of us who are Christians, whenever a Christian is trying to live out his or her Christian life to please God, to obey God, now we know that Satan is never far away. Satan is never far away to discourage a person, to frustrate a person, to trouble a person, to prevent a person from obeying what God has commanded.

And not just for Christians. It is also the same for churches. When you see a particular church that is growing in maturity and when the church is growing in health, when church members are enjoying seasons of peace, when there is unity in the church, now that is when the church members need to be all the more watchful and prayerful because we’ve seen in Ezra chapter 4 when God’s people is doing God’s work, Satan is never far away. Satan is always near. He wants to disrupt the unity of the church, the peace of the church, the growth of the church. And we need to bear that in mind because we do not battle against flesh and blood, we battle against the principalities and power of the air. The prince of the power of the air. Now church history has shown us that. All throughout church history, we have seen that in times where the church is growing, Satan is attacking the church. For some of us here who also experienced enough, you would have seen that in one way or another in our church life.

So that was clearly what we saw in Ezra chapter 4. And look at the last verse of Ezra 4:24- “Thus the work of the house of God which is at Jerusalem ceased, and it was discontinued until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.”. Now it is with that in mind, with that context in mind that we now come to Ezra chapter 5. And as we come to this chapter, Ezra chapter 5, we see that about 16 to 20 years have passed. From Ezra 4:24 and to Ezra 5:1, about 20 years have passed. And as you turn your gaze to look upon the work of the temple of the Lord, it has shown no progress. In fact, it is at a complete standstill. We can say that the rebuilding project has come to a halt. It stopped. And this morning, we want to find out what happened. We want to find out: Why? Why is the temple building project at a standstill for so long? And this is where we look at our first point this morning.

I have only two points, and the first point is this: the first point is the people’s problem. The people’s problem. Now you see, there was a problem that was hindering the Jews from rebuilding or resuming the building of the temple of the Lord, and we want to find out what was this problem. Was it still opposition like we saw in Ezra chapter 4? Is it still persecution from an external force, from an enemy that came and disrupted the whole project, or was it something else? Is it something else? We said, yes. No doubt there were persecution and opposition before. We’ve read in the previous chapter, but that was about twenty years ago. So how about now? What now? Now let’s look again at chapter 5 and verse 1: “Now then the prophet Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophets, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel, who was over them.”.

Now you see in verse 1, we are introduced to two persons. Two prophets. In fact, it’s mentioned for us here, the name of the prophets are Haggai and Zechariah. These are whom we call the post-exilic prophets. Post-exilic prophets, that means prophets who came after the exile. They’ve came back from exile, and the prophets who spoke to them, these are known as the post-exilic prophets and are really among some of the last few prophets we have in the Old Testament. So, Haggai and Zechariah. And thankfully we have their words to the people recorded for us in the Old Testament. So, we don’t need to guess what they said to the Jews. So, to get a sense as to what they were saying, you turn with me to Haggai chapter 1. Haggai chapter 1. 

Now the book of Haggai is towards the end of the Old Testament. Now you know that Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament, and two books in front of Malachi is Haggai. Haggai chapter 1. Let me read for you beginning in verse 2. So, Haggai 1:2 says: “Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: ‘But this people says, “The time has not come, the time that the LORD’s house should be built.””’ Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your panelled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?”. Verse 5: “Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!””. Now here what is Haggai is telling the people, is telling the Jews. Now you are saying that the time has not come. The time has not come for the Lord’s house to be built, let it lie in ruins. But for you yourselves, you are building panelled houses.

Now panelled houses in those days, you probably had walls and ceilings covered with a type of very good wood, I call it cedarwood. So, cedarwood is a type of luxurious, expensive wood which the people are using to build their own houses. And so, these people were spending very freely. They were spending very lavishly on their own houses. Why? If you look next door to the temple of the house of the Lord, it is lying in ruins. And this is what Haggai is trying to tell them. Now you see, the people at this point of time were more focused on their own luxuries. Now they were more focused on their own comfort, their own lifestyles rather than the things of God and the  worship of God because they were beautifying their own houses. So, the question you want to ask is: Have they forgotten? Did they forget the main reason for them to come back? 

For four months they travelled from Babylon to Jerusalem to do what? Did they forget the main reason that they had to journey so far to come back, or was it so that they can live extravagantly, or was it so that they can build nice houses, live in comfort? They could have done all these things back in Babylon. So why? Why did you come back if you are doing what you’re doing now? And so therefore as we look at these people, we realized there was a problem with them. And the problem of these people was this: it was the problem of priorities. They had a problem with priorities.

Now, this morning let me ask you: Is priorities in life a problem for you? Do you struggle to get your priorities right? Because we saw it certainly was a problem for the Jews at this time. Now these people, as I’ve said, have gotten their priorities mixed up because instead of focusing on God, they were focusing on themselves. Instead of focusing on the things of God, they have more or less given attention to the things of men. And rather than building the house of God, they are building their own houses.

Their priorities were wrong. And that is why Haggai and Zechariah, they needed to speak to them and tell the people: “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in panelled houses while the Temple of the Lord lies in ruins?”. Now, do you have your priorities right this morning? Could Haggai be speaking to you as well in verse 5 and say to “consider your ways”? Is your priorities right? Now you see Matthew 6:33, a very famous verse says: “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness”. What are you supposed to seek first? It is the kingdom of God. Is the kingdom of God number one for you? Or perhaps making a lot of money in life is your priority? Or perhaps for some, travelling the world is a priority. Building a big house, just like what they were doing, the Jews were doing, having a nice car or multiple cars, that is a priority for you? Is passing your exams with flying colours a priority for you? How about accumulating material goods, are those priority?

I’m not saying that all these things are not good, but are they number one in your life? Your sole focus in life, more important than everything else, more important than God? If so, then let me tell you kindly you’ve also got your priorities wrong because I mean, do you not know that this world is a temporal world? This world is a transient world, that this world is not permanent? It is only temporary. Now we sing the hymn: “When this passing world is done, when has sunk the radiant sun”. One day this world will pass, one day the sun that you see outside here may not shine again the way it shone today in our world. We also sing: “This world is not my home I’m just a passing through”. And so, when you sing all these hymns, does these words sink into your ears? Do you look at the lyrics and ponder what it means? Because one day, this world will end and our life upon this earth will end.

And then we will stand first to face, the Bible says before the judgement seat of Christ for which we need to give an account of what we have done upon this earth. And on that day, on that Judgment Day, what matters most will not be your houses, your panelled houses, your cars, your achievements, your bungalows, your exams, or anything that you have achieved materialistically in this life. But let me tell you what will matter most on that day and what should be your priority today is your standing before God and your relationship with Him. So, at this very moment, do you have a right relationship with God? Can you sing with John Newton: “I once was lost, but now I’m found. Was blind, but now I see”? Can you sing: “I’ve been washed in the blood of the Lamb”?

Now if you cannot sing these words, then that must be your priority this morning and nothing else because your eternal destiny is dependent upon this relationship that you have with God. And the only way for us to be reconciled with God is through the perfect work of the Lamb upon the cross. Do not brush this off easily until this particular area of your life is sorted out. Come to Christ before it is too late. Make sure you set your priorities right and straight. Now for some of us who are already Christians, some of us who can sing with John Newton “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound”, are there also areas in our lives where this morning we might need to refocus our priorities? Is your love for God, now we sang “The Love of God” just now, is your love for God still burning with as fervent a heat when you first were converted?

Do you wake up each morning remembering what our Lord has done for us on the cross, or do you just jump out of bed straight to work, straight to doing the day-to-day things of life? Maybe you have slackened in your quiet time and have not spend as much time reading the Bible as you ought to. How is your prayer life? Do you have a healthy prayer life? Do you find delight in praying to God? You find delight in communing with God? For those with families, I mean myself included, do we have a set time for family devotion? Are you reading a book individually or together as a family? What are your priorities in life? Because in life, there are so many things that are thrown at us, so many things that need our attention, a lot of needful things in life. But do we know how to prioritize?

You turn with me to one passage in the New Testament. Second Corinthians chapter 4. Second Corinthians chapter 4, let me read for you beginning in verse 16. Now here is Paul writing to the Corinthian church, and the context of what he is saying is the context of suffering. And here he is writing these words, he says in verse 16: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, and while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”. 

Now here in these few verses, as I mentioned, the context is suffering. And as Paul is writing to the church talking about suffering, he’s saying is your priorities right? Are you focusing on the temporary or are you focusing on the eternal? Because even if you suffer in this world for the sake of Christ, what do you say? It is just like a light affliction, it’s probably a scratch as you look at what lies ahead in glory in eternity. Right so, can we say “turn your eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face.” If we do so, “the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace”. So that was the problem of the exiles. They had a problem of priorities. Are you facing the same problem this morning as well? So that was the first point that I wanted to draw to your attention.

Let us now look at the second point. We’ve looked at the people’s problem. The second point that I have is this: now it is the prophets’ preaching. The prophets’ preaching. Turn back with me to Ezra chapter 5. Ezra chapter 5, and as you turn back as I mentioned just now, we were introduced at the start of this chapter to two prophets. We were introduced to Haggai and Zechariah. Both of them, their words were recorded for us and both of them called the people up out of their spiritual slumber to refocus upon the building of the temple. That was in verse 1. But what was the result? What was the result? Verse 2: “So Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jozadak rose up and began to build the house of God which is in Jerusalem; and the prophets of God were with them, helping them.”. 

Now, these two men (Haggai and Zechariah) spoke to the people; preached to the people. We saw in Haggai just now that he preached to the Jews. And these two men have got different styles of speaking. Now if you had the opportunity to read the book of Haggai and the book of Zechariah, you will immediately detect the different styles of how they communicate. Now Haggai is a more straightforward, direct, straight-to-the-point person. So, you see in verse 2 itself, he is directing the attention of the people to the real problem. You are building your own houses, the house of the Lord is in ruins. Now Haggai is very straightforward, direct. But Zechariah is the opposite. He’s more illustrative. He uses a lot of symbols, imageries, and pictures. So, if you’ve got time, go back and read Haggai and Zechariah. But the thing I want to draw to your attention here is: both these prophets preached, and both when they preach, their preaching was effective.

It worked because in verse 2 it says: “to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, Jeshua the son of Jozadak rose up”. They set work to resuming the temple building project. They picked up their tools, started work again. Alright but this simply happened because of Haggai; because of Zechariah. Because you know they were prophets. Now they were so eloquent. They were so good in their words that they were able to stir up the hearts of the people to resume the temple building project. Was it because of them? But now, we don’t deny that this were indeed mighty men that were used powerfully by God to bring His Word to the people. But I submit to you that the reason that the exiles and the Jews will pick up their tools again to resume, to start the rebuilding of the temple of the Lord was because the prophets were preaching, yes. But they were not just preaching, they were preaching the very Word of God. The prophets were preaching the Word of God.

Again, you turn with me back to Haggai, if you still have your fingers at the book of Haggai, and look at chapter 1 and verse 1. Haggai 1:1, it says: “In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai”. Verse 2: “Thus speaks the LORD of hosts”. Verse 3: “Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet”. Verse 5: “Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts”. Verse 7: “Thus says the LORD of hosts”. Verse 9: “says the LORD of hosts”. Now verse 12, the people “obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him”. Verse 13: “and Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, spoke the LORD’s message to the people”. Chapter 2 verse 1: “In the seventh month, on the twenty-first of the month, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet”. Verse 6: “For thus says the LORD of hosts”. Verse 11: “Thus says the LORD of hosts”. Verse 20: “And again the word of the LORD came to Haggai”.

You turn again to Zechariah, just flip next page to Zechariah 1:1- “In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah”. Chapter 2 verse 5: “For I, says the LORD”. Chapter 3 verse 7: for “thus says the LORD of hosts”. Chapter 4 verse 6: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel”. And we can go on and on until the end of the book of Zechariah. We know that both Haggai and Zechariah were preaching the Word of God. Haggai was preaching the Word of God; Zechariah was preaching the Word of God. They were proclaiming the Word of the Lord. And of course, we know that the Word of God has power. Do you not know that the Word of God has power? Now we sing: “There is power, power, wonder-working power in the blood of the Lamb”. But here, there is power in the Word as well. 

Now the Word of God has power. The Word of God has the power to convict. Look at Hebrews 4:12. Hebrews 4:12, it says: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”. The Word of God as mentioned here has the power to convict. The Word of God has the power to save. Romans 1:16. Romans 1:16 is a familiar verse. It says: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ”. What is the gospel of Christ? It is the Word of God. “For it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”. The Word of God has the power to convict, to save. The Word of God has the power to correct. Now “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for instruction, for correction, for rebuke, for training in righteousness”. The Word of God has the power to correct. 

The Word of God has the power to provide guidance. Psalm 119:105- “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”. The Word of God has the power to provide peace and joy. Jeremiah 15:16- “Your words were found, and did eat it, they were to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart”. The Word of God is powerful, powerful to convict, to save, to correct, to guide, to provide peace, to give joy. And here in Ezra chapter 5, the Word of the Lord came with great power to stir the hearts of the people out from their complacency, from their worldliness, from their temporary worldliness to resume the rebuilding of the temple of the Lord. 

So, have you been immersed in the Word of the Lord recently? Have you felt the power of the Word in your life? Do you in fact see the importance of a regular intake of God’s Word, or maybe it’s just on Sundays when your Bible is open? Or even worse maybe just alternate Sundays because perhaps some are not regular in church every week. If your priorities are wrong this morning, could it be perhaps you haven’t spent enough time with God’s Word and with God himself? So, the Bible has the ability, the power to restore priorities. And hence the title this morning: “Priorities Restored Through the Word”. So, the Bible is not just any other book. It is not any book that you just read during your free time or your leisure time or when you have nothing else better to do because there are so many things to do, but the Word of God that we have in our hands is powerful. It is crucial. It is important.

Now listen to what Peter says in 1 Peter 1:24, let me read to you these words of Peter. He says: “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”. Do we not want to focus on something that endures forever because only something that endures forever is able to guide and to restore our priorities in life? Now you see, if you turn back to me in Ezra chapter 5, the preaching of the prophets which was the Word of God as we saw through Haggai and Zechariah, it not only stirred up the people to continue their building project work but it also deeply convicted them. It deeply convicted them.

Now, look at verse 3 of Ezra chapter 5. Now verse 3, it says: “At the same time Tattenai who was the governor of the region beyond the River and Shethar-Boznai and their companions came to them and spoke thus to them: “Who has commanded you to build this temple and finish this wall?”. But then, accordingly, we told them the names of the men who were constructing this building. But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, so that they could not make them cease till a report could go to Darius. Now then a written answer was returned concerning this matter.”. Now here the governor of the region, sort of like the person who is in control of that area, Tattenai saw this temple of the Lord being resumed. The building project was resumed, and he came. And he came with a query. He was asking: “Who has commanded you to build this temple and to finish this wall?”

So, he came and he had an intention of asking: “Why are you doing this? Do you have the right permit? Do you have the right documents?” Now you know if you do any form of building, even in Malaysia, you need to first get this approval from this body, and a permit from this body, and the certification from another party. And so, here’s the same thing that Tattenai is doing. He saw the work of the temple continued and he wanted to know: “Are you doing something illegally, or are you doing something correctly?” And so, he sent a letter to the king as a report. So, the letter was recorded for us in verse 6 all the way to verse 17, basically reporting to the king and saying that here is a building project work. Can you verify that this is correct, that this is true?

And the King responded in Ezra chapter 6. In Ezra chapter 5, the second part was the letter that Tattenai sent to the king, King Darius. And the King responded in chapter 6, and you look at verse 6 of chapter 6. Here’s what the King said. Now King Darius said: “Now therefore, Tattenai, governor of the region beyond the River, and Shethar-Boznai, and your companions the Persians (now Tattenai was a Persian) who are beyond the River, keep yourselves far from there. Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God on its site.”. And so basically the King confirmed and said yes, this is a legitimate building project. So, don’t disrupt them. At least we can see here that Tattenai’s response was genuine. It wasn’t there like Ezra chapter 4, those people who are trying to disrupt the building project. Tattenai’s response was genuine. The King responded, and he left them alone.

But I want to highlight here in this portion of Ezra chapter 5 is verse 11 and verse 12. Now verse 11 and verse 12 is the conviction of the Jews. It’s the Jews’ conviction. “And thus they returned us an answer, saying”. Now here is the Jews responding to Tattenai’s question of them as to why they are building this temple. Hear the Jews’ response: “We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the temple that was built many years ago, now which a great king of Israel built and completed.”. Now verse 12: “But because our fathers provoked the God of heaven to wrath, He gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this temple and carried the people away to Babylon.”. Here, as I mentioned, is the Jews’ conviction and the Jews’ confession as well. They had heard the Word of God through Haggai and Zechariah, and they were convicted, convicted of their sins.

They said here we are. “We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth”. And here we are, we are rebuilding the temple that was previously destroyed by the Babylonians’. Why? Well because of sin. It was sin that provoked the wrath of God. It’s in verse 12, it was sin that brought the Babylonians upon Judah. Alright, it was sin that destroyed the temple, and it was sin that led them to where they are now. And there was a deep conviction of sin here in their confession. If you look at verse 12, notice that the exiles did not blame their forefathers. Now the language here in verse 12 is not one of blaming. It’s not saying that oh, we are victims of our forefathers. It was their sin. It was because of them that now we are here, we have to rebuild the temple. We are poor things. We are victims of what has been done.

But the language here actually shows an association, association with what their forefathers have done. You’re right, their forefathers have sinned, but we too have sinned. They recognized that even they themselves have sinned. And how do we know that? Now because they listened. They responded when Haggai and Zechariah preached to them and called them out of their complacency. They didn’t sulk and moan and groan that they now had to rebuild their temple, for they associate with the sins of their fathers and they were convicted of sin. If you have time, you go back and read Zechariah chapter 7. Zechariah chapter 7 reminds the Jews again of the reason why they were brought into captivity. It was because of sin. 

Now, this morning do you have a deep conviction of your sin, that you have wronged the holy and the perfect God? Can this here in Ezra 5:11-12 be your confession as well? Can this be your confession that you are a sinner, you’ve disobeyed the God of heaven and earth and provoked Him to wrath? Now see, the Bible says that “there is none righteous, no, not one”, and “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. So, has the Word of God convicted you as it has convicted the exiles or the Jews? Is your response one similar to the Philippian jailer, saying “what must I do to be saved”, or is your response this morning still indifferent? Now we have all provoked the God of heaven and earth to wrath, and if you have not been made right with God, Romans chapter 2 says you are storing up “wrath in the day of wrath”.

So, God is an angry God, and if you have not been made right with Him, you are just increasing His wrath upon you. Now there is thankfully one way to be reconciled to God, and God has not left us unknown. He has revealed that way to us. So, turn with me to just one last passage this morning in Zechariah chapter 3. Zechariah chapter 3, let me read verse 8 and verse 9. Zechariah 3:8 says: “Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, You and your companions who sit before you, for they are a wondrous sign; For behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH. For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. Now in verse 8, the ‘BRANCH’ in your Bibles should be all capital letters.

Now, who is this ‘BRANCH’ referring to? Now we know it is referring to our Lord Jesus Christ because elsewhere in the Old Testament, Jesus Christ is referred to as the branch of David. The branch of David. The branch of David symbolizes that the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ is to come from the loins of David, and we know that it’s a historical fact that Jesus did in fact come from David himself. David was a man. David was a man, and just like a branch of the tree, it is in every way similar to the tree because it came from the tree.

Now Jesus also comes from the descendant of David to prove or to emphasize that Jesus is indeed truly man. Jesus is truly man, fully man, but we know that He is also truly God. He’s not just truly man, He’s truly God, and He came down as the second person of the Trinity to bear our sins upon the cross, enduring the pain, feeling the full effect of the crushing weight of sin as man. As man. So, He is able to sympathize with all of us. And the only way for us to have peace with God is through the branch. It’s through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, without Jesus, there is no hope of salvation. Without the Word of God, there is no way of knowing who this Jesus is and what He has done. This morning we all have the Word of God in our hands, and that is a blessing. Therefore, I ask you this morning: Has the Word of God restored your priorities in life? Let us pray.

“Our Father in heaven, indeed we come once again asking for forgiveness for our sins, for many times we have all wrongly prioritized the things that are rightful in life. We know that there are so many things that demand our attention, but we pray that we will give much focus and we would prioritize Your Word and prioritize You in our life. And You’ll help us in this regard, for this we ask and pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.”

 

This transcript has been lightly edited for readability.