The Darkroom: The Picture Takes a While to Develop…

NOTES FROM A SERMON (Fourth in a Series) PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, July 21, 2019 IN THE 10:30 am SERVICE. FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES. FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

Part Four – Four Sinful People: Moses, Rahab, David, Woman at the Well

Moses

  • Saved from Infanticide
  • Privileged
  • Raised in a Palace
  • From a Godly home
  • Righteous Indignation led to murder

Exodus 2:11–14 (NKJV) 11 Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. And he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his brethren. 12 So he looked this way and that way, and when he saw no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two Hebrew men were fighting, and he said to the one who did the wrong, “Why are you striking your companion?” 14 Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” So Moses feared and said, “Surely this thing is known!”

  • Moses’ Crime Led Him To the Wilderness

Exodus 3:1–3 (NKJV) 1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.

  • Jesus Will Come to Your Wilderness

2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”

  • We All Know the Rest of Moses’ Story

Rahab

  • A Professional Prostitute (Joshua 2:1)
  • Provided for Her Family Through Prostitution (Joshua 2:12-13)
  • Had a Good Heart (Hid the Spies, Joshua 2:4)
  • Had a Spiritual Sensitivity (I know that the Lord has given you the land, Joshua 2:8-9)
  • Rahab was instructed to place a crimson cord in her window, and that she would be saved.
  • Rahab’s was the only household saved in Jericho
  • She was saved and became a part of the Israelite community for the rest of her family’s days
  • They were redeemed.

David

  • David was careless, not taking care of his responsibilities
  • He was tempted during his dereliction
  • He lusted, and went on to commit adultery with another man’s wife
  • He called the woman’s husband home from war to try to cover his tracks, but he was too virtuous to go home and be with his wife.
  • David gave orders for Uriah to be sent into the hottest part of battle, and then for everyone to retreat from him.
  • When they did, Uriah was killed in battle. David was also guilty of murder.
  • David then took Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, into his household.
  • Nathan the prophet called David out, and prophesied that violence would plague David’s house forever.
  • He also prophesied that the illegitimate child would die. And the child died.
  • Consequences come with sin. There is a wrecking of God’s perfect desire to bless you when you descend into sinful life choices. Psalm 51 describes David’s deep repentance for this web of lies and other sin that would follow him for the rest of his days. However, God forgave him and even gave him his son Solomon after that, who would build the temple and become perhaps the greatest king of the nation.

The Woman at the Well

  • A Woman of Samaria (Hated race or class of people to the Jews)
  • She came to the well in the heat of the day (high noon), when most respectable women came earlier.
  • Jesus approached her and asked for a drink. Most Jewish teachers would not even speak to a woman in public due to custom. She questioned why he would even ask her for anything for all of the above reasons.
  • Jesus proceeded to tell her she should have asked Him for water, for the water He gives will quench her thirst forever.
  • She asked for that water, but Jesus asked her to call her husband and bring him to Jesus as well. This is where her story is revealed in detail. She had been married 5 times and was presently living with a man to whom she was not married.
  • Jesus began to tell the woman about the true nature of worship, and they had a discussion about the Messiah.
  • Jesus revealed that He is the Messiah.
  • After this, she suddenly felt that someone could give her the answer to her guilt and sin. Jesus offered everlasting life.
  • Takeaway Thoughts
  • Even the worst sinners are not too evil for forgiveness by and usefulness to God
  • Even those whose lives are an absolute wreck can find redemption through the living water of Jesus Christ.
  • Even people who abuse their power and cover up their sins can be forgiven, even if they do suffer the consequences of their actions.
  • If you are a sinner, you can be forgiven and saved by Jesus

Takeaway Thoughts

  • Even the worst sinners are not too evil for forgiveness by and usefulness to God
  • Even those whose lives are an absolute wreck can find redemption through the living water of Jesus Christ.
  • Even people who abuse their power and cover up their sins can be forgiven, even if they do suffer the consequences of their actions.
  • If you are a sinner, you can be forgiven and saved by Jesus

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