In my life, I have been told,
– We are God’s hands- We are God’s mouthpiece
This is a mistake. I have nothing that I can give to God. Everything that I can offer to God is what I have been given by Him.
I am entirely inadequate, I have absolutely nothing to give to God that God doesn’t already have.
If I choose to live for Him, then that is to my benefit, not His.
If I choose to rebel from Him and turn away, that it to my detriment, but God is still God.
If God wanted all the world to know something, then He doesn’t need me to tell them.
I cannot affect God’s power, no influence to affect His actions, though when I pray He will answer those prayers.
Acts 17 – Mars Hill – 25ft tall and 45 ft long – a big huge rock, and over your shoulder, the acropolis and the parthenon. Look down and you see the town.
Acts 16 – Paul got the Macedonian call.
He was there for 3-6 weeks and then was gone.
He was run out of town by the mob. (probably a hired mob).
He went to Berea. Acts 17:6-10.
He ends up in Athens. Alone. Chased. He sees all the monuments to the Gods of the sun, the moon, the water, fertility.
These people were religious and interested in theology.
God doesn’t need me! He doesn’t need anything.
Matthew 3 – Description of John the Baptist
He knew they were going to pull out their genealogy!
“He Doesn’t NEED YOU!”
Background of Jesus coming into the city.
God has given me my abilities, and He can give them to any other.
This statement, though it is very true is also very negative. But let me tell you the greatest part of the whole thing…
He doesn’t need you… But He wants you…
The God of the Universe that can breathe and make worlds come together doesn’t need me, but see Acts 17:24
What God wants is for me to FIND HIM.
The terminology in verse 27 – grope – concept is a dark room with no windows, no doors, only blackness. Our eyes covered and darkened in dark room. We’re hopeless and helpless, and God is in the room as close to us as we possible can. We’ve separated ourselves from him and placed ourselves into darkness through sin, but He wants us to reach out and find Him.
Hebrews is written to 2nd generation Christians in Jerusalem. Their assumption was that as time went on, then Christianity would take over and the Jewish religion would go away and every year they would question themselves, “have I done the right thing?”
Jesus is better than the prophets
Jesus is better than the angels
Jesus made himself lower than the angels
Jesus is better than Moses–he’s a man that is better than your best man.
Jesus has a better rest.
Jesus is a better High Priest / Mediator.
The high priest was still being seen working at the temple standing between God and man.
The man who doesn’t need you. The God who does not need you sent His son to be Your High Priest.
Jesus says, “I know what that feels like.”
Forgiveness. Ch. 9
The God who does not need me, wants me, wants me to find him, but he also wants me to find Him a specific way.
A God who is all-powerful and everywhere is also Omni-Benevolent.
God wants to look at you and see only perfection.
What do I have to offer God but a broken weak ME that I have messed up, but God wants to forget the broken part and complete me and only see that PERFECT–the best part of–me!
Mansion = term = House = Rooms!
God doesn’t need you, but He wants you and He wants you to Find Him and when you Find Him, He wants to see only the Best of you, Perfection, and He says He wants you to live IN HIS HOUSE… not some place separated from Him.