Vol. 29, No. 8 August, 2005
A NEW CART, AN OLD WRONG, A NEW DAY, SAME OLD SONG.
(1Chronicles 13, 15)
Of course, I do not have space in this publication to print all of the verses that I will refer to in this message. I trust that you will take your Bible and study for yourself. This is an old text that has been preached down through the ages. There is very little that I can add to that which has been said. Perhaps we all can be reminded of some failures in our lives, and make some corrections.
“And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader. And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto you, and that it be good of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren everywhere that are left in the land of Israel, and with them also the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us. And let us bring again the Ark of our God to us, for we enquired not in it in the days of Saul. And all the congregation said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people. So David gathered all Israel together from Shihor of Egypt, even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the Ark of God from Kirjath-Jearim. And David went up, and all Israel to Baalah, that is, to Kirjath-Jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the Ark of God the Lord, that dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it. And they carried the Ark of God in a NEW CART out of the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart. And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets. And when they came to the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the Ark, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the lord was kindled against Uzza, and He smote him because he put his hand to the Ark, and there he died before God. And David was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perez-Uzza to this day. And David was afraid of God that day saying, how shall I bring the Ark of God home to me? So David brought not the Ark home to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom, the Gittite. And the Ark of God remained with the family of Obed-odom in his house three months. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that he had.”
Perhaps with this scene, there is a parallel in your life. Certainly, in my life, many times I have been reminded of the failure in this text. Of course, we have been rightly taught that the Ark of God pictures the Presence of God. The Israelites had followed that Ark through the wilderness, and into the promised land under the leadership of Joshua. In time, Israel forgot the Law, and became a law unto themselves. “Every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” ( Judges 17:6)). God allowed the Philistines to capture the Ark of God and place it in the temple of Dagon, and the Ark of God became a curse to the Philistines. Their “god” Dagon kept falling on his face before the Ark of God, (1Sam 5). When the Philistines realized that they had a real problem on their hands, they decided to return the Ark to the Israelites. So, they made a NEW CART, and placed the Ark of God on this NEW CART and sent it back to Israel. Many men of Bethshemesh died when they looked into the Ark. The Ark was taken to the house of Abinadab. When David decided to bring the Ark to Jerusalem, the Ark had been in Kerjath-Jearim for 80 years. Of course, with so much history we can only touch a few points..
1. THE DESIRE
2. THE DISASTER
3. THE DUTY
1. THE DESIRE. David had the desire to do a right thing, that is, to bring the Ark to Jerusalem. David had made a tent for the Ark at Jerusalem, (1Chr 15:1). “Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions. How he sware unto the Lord and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob; surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed. I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, until I find a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.” (Ps 132:1-5). What a noble desire. A special place for the Ark of God. Of course, it should be the desire of every believer to have that special place for God alone! “Lord, sit Thou upon the throne of my heart. It is Thine alone.”
2. THE DISASTER. David’s plan did not work. Something went wrong. Just what went wrong? This lesson is both timely and timeless. It fits all places in history, and in the present tense…
(A) In moving the Ark, David did not follow the Pattern as laid down in the Law. “And look that thou make them after their pattern which was showed thee in the mount.” (Ex 25:40, Nu 3:27-31, Nu 4:15, Nu 7:9, Nu 10:21) There was a way of moving the Ark, but it was to be God’s way, not man’s way. The Ark was to be handled by the Levites only,( Nu. 4:15). The Levites only had charge of the Tabernacle, worship, sacrifices, the moving and setting up of the tabernacle.
(B) Uzza died as when he touched the Ark. The oxen pulling the Ark stumbled. Uzza reached forth to steady the Ark, and he died. Uzza was not a Levite. His touching the Ark meant death. Uzza is one of the first “Modernists” as he tried to help God out. I am reminded of the exactness of the Law. I am glad that Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law. I am thankful that we (Christians) are not under the Law, that we are dead to the Law, to be alive in Christ. Read Romans, Chapter 7.
(C) David adopted the world’s method of moving the Ark. When the Philistines returned the Ark to Israel, they placed it on a cart. David must have thought, “That’s good enough for me, let’s place it on a NEW CART. This is so up to date in the “Church world” So many are adopting, or copying the world’s method. NEW CARTS are being built every day, and loaded with everything. We have a religion in our day that just suits everybody. If you don’t like what you have, there’s a NEW CART coming, just down the road. We have NEW BIBLES (over 50 on the market now) I am more convinced today than ever that this is the source of the mass confusion in “religion” today. We have new doctrines, in fact, sound doctrine is a thing of the past. We make up our doctrine as we go, and change it regularly in order to fit the need. We have New Evangelicalism, which is not new. We have New Music. May every Church guard the music. This contemporary music in many cases is nothing less than a Rock fest. We have new morality even in the church, We have new revelations New “levels” New “dimensions” , New “experiences” If the “New Things of today, do not line up with the Bible (KJV) then we must reject the “New things” and return to the “old paths”
(D) David did not consult with God before he moved the Ark. “For because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought Him not after the due order.” (1Chr 15:13). And so it is today. Our failure is a prayer failure. We seek God AFTER the fact, AFTER the mistakes are made.
(E) If we read all of the text carefully, I believe that we would come to the conclusion that just maybe David’s plan to bring the Ark to Jerusalem was a POLITICAL move. This would be a good time to bring the nation together after the death of Saul.
THINK ABOUT IT…
Good intentions are good, if they are lawful intentions.
All of the leaders agreeing with David’s plan did not make it right. (1Chr 13:1-5) You can usually find someone who will agree with you.
The crowd is USUALLY wrong.
All of the music, the noise, the dancing, the laughter did NOT make this right.
David’s intense desire did NOT make this right.
Today, if any of these things are in place, we just come to the conclusion that God is in it. WRONG!
David became angry with God, (1Chr 13:11). David became fearful of God, (1Chr 13:12). David detoured to the house of Obed-edom with the Ark. (1Chr 13:13) God blessed the household of Obed-edom because he was of the family of the Levites, (1Chr 26:1-4).
So much more is wrong in this text, but we must go on to..
3 THE DUTY. David brought the Ark to Jerusalem, but this time, He followed God’s plan. Please read 1Chr 15.
First,”Then David said, none ought to carry the Ark of God but the Levites, for them hath the Lord Chosen to carry the Ark of God, and to minister unto Him for ever.” (v2). As I have said, the Ark symbolized the presence of God within the camp. God said, “There I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the Mercy Seat.” (Ex 25:22). The Ark pictures our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Eternal High Priest. We must be in communion with Him. If there is to be revival in our land, in our Churches, we must return to the basics of sound doctrine, The Inspiration of the Scriptures, (KJV), the Lordship of Jesus Christ, the sinnership of man, Heaven is still sweet for the Christian, and Hell is still hot for the unsaved. We MUST follow God’s plan, or we will just be making noise.
Secondly,There was a blood offering. “They offered seven bullocks and seven rams.” (1Chr 15:26). “Without the shedding of blood there is no remission.”
David said, “Sanctify yourselves, both ye, and your brethren, that ye may bring up the Ark of the Lord God of Israel unto the Place that I have prepared for it.” (v12). Sanctify meaning to go through the washings and cleansings as stated in the Law, (Ex 19:10, 14). I am reminded that, as Christians, we are washed, cleansed, and sanctified by the Blood of Christ. We also MUST wash ourselves daily in His Word. “Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you.” (Jn 15:3) “Sanctify them through Thy Truth, Thy Word is Truth.” (Jn 17:17).
Now that the Ark is in It”s place, and the people have been Sanctified, washed, cleansed, let the music now begin (v16). Now, everything is in place. Everything has been done God’s way, and now, the music is sweet. The Ark of God is in It’s rightful place. “Thus all Israel brought up the Ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.”
Has God spoken to your heart today? I know about the many sounds in religion today. I know about the many NEW CARTS. Every day, a new doctrine. Someone is offering a new thing a new book, and books, and more books, a new tape, a new series, and more “things” you must do in order to reach some other level of Christian experience. The list goes on and on. Maybe you have been taken in by all of this “new stuff.” Now try it God’s way. If you have never been saved, I ask you now to consider Jesus Christ and His work for you on the Cross. He is The Living Saviour. His Holy Spirit is there, where you are. He is waiting for your invitation into your life to forgive your sin, and to make you ready for life. In fact, as we say in every message, you can “Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!”
Ask Christ in today, “But as many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of god, even to them that believe on His Name.” (Jn 1:12) “How then, do I receive Him?” The Bible says, “ASK, AND YE SHALL RECEIVE.”
The secret of successful Christian living is no secret. The Ark is Christ, His Lordship. Surrender to His Lordship. The Law is His Word. Feed upon His Word, every day. As you read His Word, The Holy Spirit will reveal your need. The sacrifice of the bullocks pictures the shed Blood of Christ. We are reminded that “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son, cleanseth us from all sin.” (1Jn 1:7) Right relationship with the SON, His SACRIFICE, and with the SCRIPTURES, (KJV) produce real Joy!
By Pastor George Mills
“There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes, but what are they among so many?” (Jn 6:9)
“For who hath despised the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10)
We are living in the day of the super, the Large, the Gigantic. It is as though the individual is of little or no use today. We have substituted Mom & Pop’s store for the super market. the neighborhood hardware store for the super home center, the corner drug store for the super drug chain and the neighborhood Church for the big, Super Church. Sometimes it causes you to wonder, “What can I do, I have very little to offer anybody.” Please allow me a few moments to challenge you, and to show you, and you, that we can make a difference. In our text in John, Ch. 6, when the Disciples finished their debate about what could NOT be done, Christ took the lad’s lunch, fed 5000, and had twelve basketsful of leftovers. Christ is Lord over nature as He stills the storm, He is Lord over disease as He healed the sick, He is Lord over the demonic world as He casts them out of their victims, and He is Lord over the elements as He multiplies the bread and fish to feed 5000. We could say much about the DOUBTING DISCIPLES, or the COMPASSION OF CHRIST, or HUNGRY HEARTS, but the real lesson I want us to see today is the way God uses SMALL THINGS. Some really never serve Christ because of our excuses. You know, “I have no talent, no ability, I can’t speak, I can’t sing, I just can’t do anything.” Today, let’s not discuss the things that you don’t have, but the things you do have. There is within every one of us gifts and talents given to us by God for us to use for His Glory. “Wherefore He saith, when He ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” (Eph 4:8). God gave you a gift, or gifts when He saved you. Now, it is up to each of us to know just what His gift is and how to use it. This is why Paul wrote in Romans 12, that we may know “What is that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God.” I hesitate to use myself in any illustration, but I know more about me than I know about anyone, so let me use myself . All of my life I said to myself, “I can’t” I was bashful, shy, and for sure I had no talent. I always wished that I could, but, you know, “I can’t.” One day along life’s road I met Jesus Christ. I asked Him into my life. God did a wonderful work of Grace in me. Now I can sing, “How precious did that Grace appear, the hour I first believed.” Then suddenly, there was within this shy, withdrawn person a desire to reach out beyond myself. I well remember just after I was saved back in August, 1960, I arrived at my workplace one day. Before I entered the building, I had prayer and asked the Lord to use my life in the reaching of others with the Gospel. Since that day God has proved over and over again that I have abilities that I did not know that I had. I have seen first hand that A LITTLE IS MUCH WHEN GOD IS IN IT. Once I shuttered at the very idea that I would stand before others and speak, but God has allowed me to do that for over 40 years. I am not a writer, but I have written many, many sermons, and articles on many subjects. I am not a poet. English and literature were my worst subjects. All I know is, that when I started this Publication almost 30 years ago, I needed a poem, so I wrote one, then another, and another. I am not a typist, but with the old “Hunt and peck” method, using two fingers, I have typed many, many messages. LITTLE THINGS, God uses LITTLE THINGS.
YUKON BAPTIST CHURCH IS A LITTLE THING. Because of our outreach ministry across the nation, people have the idea that Yukon Baptist Church is some Giant Tabernacle with a large printing operation, with offices, and secretaries, some giant mail operation, etc. And then when they finally see the Church they see a small old frame building with none of the above. My office is a small 8×10 foot remodeled classroom, and I am that secretary. But God has used this SMALL THING to reach out to many. Yukon Baptist Church has ministered to thousands of Military personnel and families down through the years. God has called quite a few into full time service from Yukon Baptist Church. Don’t despise a SMALL THING.
THIS PUBLICATION IS A SMALL THING. Physically, it is less than half the size of many monthly publications. This ministry has no funds. We have never had financial backing. We have no large bank account. People out there help with gifts. A few dollars from Georgia, a small check from South Carolina, from Ohio, from Florida, and you put it all together, and a LITTLE BECOMES A BUNCH. I am no song writer, but I have done that. I do not know how to write a book, but I have done that. Now please, do not get the wrong idea about what I am saying. Please do not take this as a boast on my part. I am just bragging on the Lord and what He has done in my life. We are the clay, He is the Potter.
THE BIBLE (KJV) IS A SMALL THING. It does not occupy much space. Compared to some of the volumes that men have written, why, the Bible is nothing. Just a small book. But in the Bible is the Wisdom and plan of God. Study your Bible (KJV) You will learn where you came from, where you are going and how to get there. You will learn about yourself, about human nature, about God, about His Power in Creation and Redemption. “Thou, through Thy Commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies for they are ever with me.” (Psa 119:98). Just about every TV preacher offers a book, or books he has written with the promise that “This book will change your life.” No book written by any man will change your life. You may change a habit, or a thought process, etc, but only the BIBLE can change your life. And remember, “Don’t try to change the Bible, let the Bible Change you.” And, “Don’t go through the Bible, let the Bible go through you.”
THE GOSPEL IS A SMALL THING. Only a few words about the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, (1Cor 15:1-4). Compared to the great documents of the world, the Gospel is only a small phrase. The Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln to end slavery and set men free has more words than the simple Gospel, but no document created by man can free someone like the Glorious Gospel of Christ.
ENCOURAGEMENT IS A SMALL THING. It takes very little effort to speak an encouraging word. Encouragement is one of the three-fold purposes of this Publication as listed on the back page. We want to encourage you to live for Jesus, to use the abilities He has given you. God wants to touch your life. I want to encourage you to go on for God. Take the example of the little lad in our text. Give what you have to Christ, let Him break it, and bless, it and multiply it for His Glory.
A LITTLE IS A BUNCH.
( John 6:1-14)
By Pastor George Mills
Master, the crowd is hungry,
There’s nothing here to eat,
Only a lad with some fishes,
But this would never meet,
The needs of such a number,
The crowd is far too great,
And only a lunch and some pennies,
And the hour is growing late.
“Whence shall we buy that these may eat?”
He asked, as if I knew a way,.
To feed the multitude so great,
In the desert place, that day.
I think He was trying to prove me,
Just to see how I would re-act,
But I had not the faith that would move me,
And that’s just a matter of fact.
And then He bade the crowd sit down,
And He took of the lad’s small lunch,
Then He blessed, and gave thanks to God,
And a little became a bunch.
Twelve baskets full remained in store,
On the day the crowd was fed,
My faith was tried, and the Master proved,
When I saw what He did with the bread.
The lesson then, as He taught that day,
Is to do as the lad, so plain,
Just give to Christ the thing you have,
And see what will remain
Five thousand hungry fed that day,
From just a little lunch,
When given to Christ to have His way,
A LITTLE BECOMES A BUNCH!
I CAN’T, BUT GOD CAN
By Pastor George Mills
Moses said, “I cannot speak,
My tongue is very slow.”
But God said, “I can speak for you,
You just need to go.”
So Moses did the Lord’s Command,
As to the King he went,
And wondrous things were done by him,
When to God, his tongue, he lent.
So let us learn from Moses’ plight,
And rest upon the Lord,
And walk by faith, and not by sight,
Just trusting in His Word.
IT ONLY TAKES A FEW
By Pastor George Mills (Acts 17:6)
It only took a few,
To turn the world around,
It was because the few,
Had love that did abound,
It was because in them,
A friend that Christ had found,
It only took a few,
To turn the world around.
It only takes a few
To take the Gospel ’round,
It only takes a few,
To make the Gospel sound,
In every little corner,
And alley in our town.
It only takes a few,
To take the Gospel ’round.
It only takes a few,
If every heart is bound,
With love, and single purpose
And in every heart is found,
A full devotion to our Lord,
His Word to ever sound,
It only takes a few,
To turn the world around..