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Holy Vessels/ Unholy Use

In Apologetics, Chrisitian, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved, Sunday School, Trinity on January 8, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Holy Vessels/ Unholy Use

 Daniel 5: 1-6 is basis for study:

(Dan 5:1-12 ESV)  King Belshazzar made a great feast for a thousand of his lords and drank wine in front of the thousand. Belshazzar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of silver that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem be brought, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them. Then they brought in the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them. They drank wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone. Immediately the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, opposite the lampstand. And the king saw the hand as it wrote. Then the king’s color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees knocked together. The king called loudly to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers. The king declared to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around his neck and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or make known to the king the interpretation. King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, and his color changed, and his lords were perplexed. The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banqueting hall, and the queen declared, “O king, live forever! Let not your thoughts alarm you or your color change. There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him, and King Nebuchadnezzar, your father–your father the king–made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans, and astrologers, because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”

(Dan 5:26-30 ESV)  This is the interpretation of the matter:

 MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end;

TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting;

PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.”

Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made about him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. That very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was killed.

 The point of the study we are going to look at closely is as follows:

Vessels that have been treated as unholy can be treated as Holy again.

1. Unholy use.

Do you feel like Satan has used you in any way to any degree to bring dishonor to the name of Christ?

All manner of abuses to the physical body apply, but think even more broadly.

Have we, the people of God who are called to be builders of home and church, ever been used by the enemy to tear them down?

  • Have we been used by the enemy to cause others to stumble or to have less faith?
  • Were we once cynics and scoffers in regard to spiritual things that are now dear to us?
  • Do we fear that we may have influenced others adversely before we changed and don’t know how to make up for it?
  • Have we treated someone dishonorably even though we were Christians, and now it’s too late to fix it?

If you are wiling however generally describe a way Satan has tried to use you, a holy vessel, for an unholy cause…

(Mat 5:18-20 ESV)  For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

9. Do not lie- have you ever told a lie even a white lie or a small deception? The law says we have broken it and we are liars. The judgment for lying:  (Rev 21:8 HCSB)  But the cowards, unbelievers, vile, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars–their share will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

10. Do not covet- have you ever wanted something so bad you have and would put yourself at finical risk to have it at any means? The law says we have broken it and we are coveters. (Jas 4:2-4 HCSB)  You desire and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and don’t receive because you ask wrongly, so that you may spend it on your desires for pleasure. Adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? So whoever wants to be the world’s friend becomes God’s enemy.

8. Do not steal- have you ever taken anything that wasn’t yours no matter how small? The law says we have broken it and we are thieves. (1Co 6:9-10 HCSB)  Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be deceived: no sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, or swindlers will inherit God’s kingdom.

 We’ve only covered 3 of the 10 commandments and the pattern is already in place break the commands of God no matter how small and the judgment of God is in place to penalize you. Hell is a real place that real sinners go to when they die.

 (Mat 10:28 AMP)  And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but rather be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Gehenna).

(Mat 13:41-43 HCSB)  The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. Anyone who has ears should listen!

The first inappropriate response to the awareness that we have treated holy things as unholy is a lack of repentance. The other extreme is debilitating guilt and an unwillingness to let go of the past failure long after repentance.

2. Regret-Repentance returning to Holiness

REGRET’, n.

  1. Grief; sorrow; pain of mind. We feel regret at the loss of friends, regret for our own misfortunes, or for the misfortunes of others

 

REPENT’ANCE, n.

2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow proceeding merely from the fear of punishment is called legal repentance, as being excited by the terrors of legal penalties, and it may exist without an amendment of life.

Repentance of sin is one of the most wonderful privileges Christ has given us through His cross. Let’s examine the difference in regret and repentance.

(2Co 7:10 AMP)  For godly grief and the pain God is permitted to direct, produce a repentance that leads and contributes to salvation and deliverance from evil, and it never brings regret; but worldly grief (the hopeless sorrow that is characteristic of the pagan world) is deadly [breeding and ending in death].

Regret would be defined as worldly grief, repentance leads to salvation. We see in the story from Daniel that the king was scared but not because of his action of defaming Holy vessels but because God confronted him for his wicked behavior. Had he had any regard for God’s holy vessels this incident would have never occurred.

(2Sa 12:13 ESV)  David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die.

(Act 11:18 ESV)  When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

(Pro 17:22 ESV)  A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Have you ever felt “hopeless sorrow”? If so what kind of future did you picture for yourself?

Hopeless sorrow totally misses the meaning of the biblical redemption; God redeems something by buying it back through the payment of a ransom. He gave the life of His Son as the ransom to buy us back from the debt of sin.

(Psa 130:7 ESV)  O (insert your name for Israel) Israel, hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.

Praying for forgiveness, some examples of Biblical prayers:

(Psa 69:5-6 ESV)  O God, you know my folly; the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you.

Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, O Lord GOD of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me, O God of Israel.

(Psa 130:2-5 ESV)  O Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy! If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;

(Luk 18:13 ESV)  But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’

3. Redemption

Redemption requires we bow our will and break our pride.

Do we refuse to repent because we are afraid of?

Worldly individuals who might think you’ve lost your mind?

Mediocre Christians who might think you’ve gone too far?

(2Ch 16:9 ESV)  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.”

(Dan 5:23 ESV)  but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

 The Law is to be used lawfully, not to make us more religious that others or more pious.

It is designed to help us see our need for repentance to help us flee from the wrath to come. The law cannot save us but it will point us to Calvary and the cross. It is also our school master and teacher when we have accepted Jesus and His offer to pay the penalty that the law demands and make Jesus Lord and master of our lives. God is not looking for perfection He is looking for purity of heart, our authentic desire to do His will and give Him glory. He sees us reading His word and it pleases Him when we attempt to apply it to our lives.

Gal 3:24 KJV)  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 (Jas 4:17 HCSB)  So, for the person who knows to do good and doesn’t do it, it is a sin.

Food for thought and consideration:

(Mar 8:36-38 HCSB)  For what does it benefit a man to gain the whole world yet lose his life?What can a man give in exchange for his life? For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

 (Act 3:19 HCSB)  Therefore repent and turn back, that your sins may be wiped out so that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

(1Jn 1:8 ESV)  If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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