Focus on the Risen Savior
April 20, 2003
Last week I was emphasizing the first commandment in
relation to Solomon’s decline and fall - that had he paid
attention to the first commandment, “Thou shalt have
no other gods before me” - all the ills which befell him would
not have occurred.
I mentioned also the 7th commandment - “Thou shalt
not commit adultery” - as being a preventative of
serious problems in a lot of people’s lives and the
ruination of the abortion industry - I don’t know what
an abortion would cost, probably a lot, but times that
figure by 40 million, it is quite a business not counting
the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual
hurt that comes with it.
I would like to mention another commandment today,
namely the fourth “Remember the sabbath day, to
keep it holy”
God in His wisdom and design a reason for charging
us with this and like the other commandments which
one might ignore, it has its own penalty.
It is a wonderful thing to be able to have a day of
rest, and a more wonderful thing that that is to
REST IN THE LORD!
v. 1 - says “Now upon the first day of the week”
It was on a Sunday that the first Easter happened.
That is when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Lamb
of God that takes away the sin of the whole world,
arose from death and the grave.
The Greatest Event of all time!
Rom. 5:12 - “Wherefore, as by one man sin
entered into the world, and death by sin; and so
death passed upon all men, for that all have
Christ’s resurrection from the grave is the
collateral that God has given to assure that He
will make good on His promise that “when a man
dies, that he shall live again”
I Cor. 15:20-24
Although taken out of context, Isaiah 9:7 is
applicable here “the zeal of the Lord of hosts will
Although out of context, it is well within the context
of the framework of what God is doing through
His Only Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord & Savior!
Note Lord of Hosts - later I want to look more
closely at this term.
Also - Acts 17:31 - God has “appointed a day,
in the which He will judge the world in righteousness
by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He
hath given assurance to all men, in that He hath
raised Him from the dead”.
There are two covenants in the Holy Bible -
the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The book of Hebrews explains the relationship
between the two.
The original sabbath was a Saturday. Jesus Christ
arose on the first day of the week, a Sunday, and
His greatness, He who was present at the creation
of the worlds, takes precedence, and we now as
Christians keep the first day of the week as the
day of rest which God had commanded.
“This is my beloved Son in whom I am well
pleased” - “hear ye Him”
Pre-eminence - to be first.
JESUS IS WORTHY
BC - Before Christ
AD - Anno Domini - a time within the Christian era
BP - Before present is how secularists attempt to
Acts 17:31-32 Acts 28:24-28
Rom. 11:25 Rev. 3:20
Luke 21:24-28 Acts 1:11 - This same Jesus
v. 4 - “two men...in shining garments” - John 20:12
tells us “two angels in white sitting, the one
at the head, and the other at the feet, where
the body of Jesus had lain”
Hebrews 12:22 refers to “an innumerable company
Back to the term “The Lord of Hosts”
I Sam. 1:3 is the first time this term is mentioned in
Scriptures - over 270 times mentioned - I counted
them and underlined the references in my Strong’s
God is Lord of numbers - not only of heavenly
bodies which men have erroneously worshipped -
Journals of Lewis & Clark - on their way home
encounter a religious leader that had to verify
something by his god, the moon?
Angels considered in term “hosts”
The idea by the term is orderly arrangement
Here in Luke 24 two of them are mentioned.
Do you think that the Scripture 270 + times
says in vain “The Lord or Hosts?”
O Lord, I want to be in that number, when the
saints go marching in!
Jesus said in Matt. 26:53-54 to Peter as Christ
was being arrested - “Thinkest thou that I
cannot now pray to my Father, and He shall
presently give me more than twelve legions
of angels? But how then shall the scriptures
be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
Ps. 103:21 says “Bless ye the Lord, all ye
His hosts; ye ministers of His, that
do His pleasure”
Has God not promised in Ps. 91:11-12
“For He shall give His angels charge over
thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They
shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou
dash thy foot against a stone.”
A word from our lesson title - “focus”
On what are you focused to day?
Camera focused - out of focus -
The eye, what a wonderful mechanism God
hath made! How sad if we have eye problems!
In closing - “Lord of Sabaoth” - Rom. 9:29
I looked up on the Internet out of curiosity
and there were 8,670 sites.
Lord of hosts - armies.
The Greek form of Hebrew “tsebaoth”
Jehovah Tsebaoth - the leader & commander
of the armies - He who went forth with them &
led to certain victory over the worshippers of
Baal, Chemosh, Ashtaroth, Molech and other
I mentioned I Sam. 1:3 as the first time for
term “Lord of hosts” in the Bible - used over
LORD is in capitals - to draw attention - to
catch the eye - perhaps if you have never
read it or if you don’t pay attention to what
Something very interesting in the book of Joshua.
Circumcision of the young - older ones had died
off who did not believe.
Manna ceased - ate of the fruit of the land.
Captain of the hosts of the Lord -
Isaiah 9:7 - “The zeal of the Lord of Hosts
will perform this”