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October 14, 2020 2:00 am
Did you know that how you view yourself and humanity as a whole says a lot about your view of God? Skip explores God's incredible strength and knowledge as he shares the message "My God Is Bigger than Your God!"
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David will more than just knowledge of God is God's knowledge and care of him. Glad I managed to articulate three cardinal just a few verses he didn't even go there astonishes him is that this powerful, omnipresent and omniscient and omnipotent God knows I exist.
Chairs not just cognizant that I exist chairs that I pastor Tony Evans to live my faith needs to make decisions based on what God says not yet seen the results today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip shares what you can put your complete trust in God first to share about more encouraging Bible messages from Skip what I want you to know that because of support from listeners like you.
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I think on suntan on Saturdays at 4:30 PM Mountain or catch on TV and on Sundays at 5:30 AM Eastern straightening man to hear more solid Bible teaching from Skip chapter 1 tour study with Skip Heitzig is David writing God's biography in part, he was a king was once a shepherd and a warrior poet seen a lot of God's work.
Lot of God's power, he would summon up and say it marvelous God's work is marvelous as one translation puts this phrase I worship and adoration. What a creation to good way to put it God's work is marvelous. The second thing David would have us know is that God's workmanship is meticulous now look at verse 13 notice emphasis for you. God formed my inward parts, you covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully created is the idea made you created your my creator. Now I know I'm very aware of the culture in which I live. I am very aware of the ideologies that surround us, and I know that whenever you talk to any person who's not a believer in God about creation or design. You lose him. There is this assumption that look, it's a done deal.
Everybody was intelligent, knows that we were involved not design that created and when you say I been created by God they going to altered states of consciousness. They just go berserk even though they don't have a stack of evidence on their side and we beat this to death in a number of studies of the sum it up like voting to you.
Molecular biologist Michael Denton's words. Quote the evolutionary theory is still as it was in Darwin's time, a highly speculative hypothesis that is entirely without direct factual support." We've already covered that in previous studies out design is apparent etc. David points to here is one particular aspect of God's creation and that is us human beings because human beings are the crown of God's creative genius so just interesting to me. Follow me here. All of the examples David could appointed to about how patent great and powerful God is in creation. He didn't go to the stars like it does in Psalm eight I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained or Psalm 19 the heavens declare the glory of God rather than pointing upward to the sky with its bright lights.
He points inward to the dark womb developing child is inside the mother is born. That's that's the section here he he points to the gestation.
The nine-month development of a child. Let's look at that verse 13 this follow-through for you formed my inward parts you covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you for I fearfully and wonderfully made marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed in your book. They were all written the days fashion. For me, when as yet there was none of them.
Speaking of the marbles of the human body. Your body marvelous, fearfully, wonderfully made. It's interesting to me. A lot of people dare I say in our culture. Most people are really happy with her body would be quick to sink marvelous are your works, but we'd be reticent to say marvelous is this world because were always trying to fix it and change it in all Trenton fight the aging process all the comes with but David would say and want you to know you are marvelous. Let me just say it you collectively you'll rural marvelous you are.
You're the crowning part of God's creation marvelous are your works, the crowning work is you.
You're in the image in the likeness of God. Look at verse 15. Notice the language that David employs my frame he says was not hidden from you, what is he speaking the bones.
The skeletal system of a developing child. My frame was not hidden from you when I was skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. As you know that the term skillfully wrought literally is embroidered or knit together and I think what David is describing very poetically is the network of veins and arteries that develops very rapidly in the placenta that surrounds that child and gives it that blood flow that is so crucial for life skillfully wrought, embroidered or knit and notice the lowest parts of the earth that describes the darkness of the womb.
Your eyes saw my substance notice being yet on formed means rolled up being yet rolled up were wrapped together in the embryonic and especially the fetal stage, the body parts are folded up scrunched together. They lacked distinct proportions is what is describing okay so here we get the picture.
We all had humble beginnings. We all started out as a spec you were once a spec zygote fertilized ovum. One day became an embryo and later on he became a fetus probably don't remember that it was so long ago when you were born you grew and developed in here you are today human being an adult with about 100 trillion cells with about 100,000 miles of nerve fiber, 60,000 miles of veins and arteries 206 bones, muscles, tendons that make you you. David's point is God has been superintending your development since those early stages on word and is knocking to stop and that the big thought of the Psalm, since it begins with you. Search me, you've known me.
Oh God, is God has known me so well because he knew me and watched over my development since I was in those primary stages and if that is true, God's not can stop now know there's an obvious point to be made may be so painfully obvious that I cannot pass it up. At this point, especially at this juncture in our culture, but it's safe to say by reading what we just read that the Bible acknowledges personhood from the moment of conception.
Truly not a big debate is not a huge issue for us.
The culture my debated, they can argue overwritten political halls and news reports of night, when life begins, but for us who believe the Scripture.
There's no argument from the moment of conception on word its life. Even though today we live in a culture that regards the fetus as a nuisance sometimes and to be discarded like a ruptured appendix gets in the way I listen carefully since 1973 in Roe versus Wade.
In our country alone have been 49 million abortions. I know this is the number, so let me give you perspective the entire population of Canada today is 33 million people entire population of the country of Spain and Europe is 40 million people since 1973 in our country alone and 49 million abortions while the teacher was talking about this issue with her ethics class and she posed a problem that answer is what you said to make the point, how would you advise a mother pregnant with her fifth child. Based upon the following family medical history. The husband had syphilis. She has tuberculosis first child was born blind. Second child died the third child was born. Death in the fourth child had tuberculosis mother is now considering abortion would you advise her to have one. Most everybody in the class with answer yes they said based upon her medical history absolutely so they voted, she waited. She took in their data and then she said congratulations you have just killed one of the greatest composers ever, Ludwig von Beethoven and she went on to describe that that was the exact medical history of that family and that child that was born was Ludwig von Beethoven, so here's the deal gets down to this life is either secondary or life is sacred. It secondary for some incidental its accidental disposable or life is sacred and we would say marvelous. As David put it, from the moment of conception onward are made in the image of God's special creation crowning creation and if you happen to say well I think life is secondary. Then I'll say unashamedly to you my God is bigger than your God because he considers life sacred from the very earliest stages on word up until old age look at the 16th verse, a little more carefully. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed look at this and in your book.
They were all written the days fashion for me, when as yet there were none of them.
I know that that is a beautiful and just poetic description of saying you knew me in advancing in my life in advance.
She saw my development in advance in such a detailed and meticulous way as if it were written in a book or program. But the language was enough this week for me to just stop and ponder the way David wrote this written in your book and then he says the days fashion. For me, when as yet there were none of them as I was thinking I couldn't help but go in my mind to what is been discovered about the DNA. The programming of every cell of the human body and in our generation we've uncovered and unlocked the DNA code I wrote a blog I read a book recently called the language of God by Dr. Francis Collins, who was the head of the human genome project because of the language of God because he purports to say the were designed by God and he says he's a believer, I I am I to disagree with a lot of this book I'm added other parts of his book, but it's a great read.
Nonetheless, the language of God.
He writes about the DNA molecules in every cell, the deoxyribonucleic acid molecules is what he says oneself listen to his language in one cell.
There's 3 billion letters long and there written in a strange and cryptographic for letter code now you have 100 trillion cells in your body, and every cell most your cells are 46 segments DNA 23 from mom. 23.
Each cell with those molecules contains densely coded information that tells every cell of your body how it's gonna function and act from the moment of conception to the moment of demise. The program what body type you have color skin color of hair.
You know you want to change it how your body will respond to the aging process diseases that will come about.
It's all part of the program and it is so detailed and so complex that if you were to decode one cell's worth of information in the DNA into written form. It would fill a library with 4000 volumes oneself. According to Dr. Francis Collins or author of that book alive. Reading of that code at the rate of three letters per second, which takes 31 years reading nonstop day and night oneself.
You get 100 trillion cells, give or take a few million. If you're to take all the coded information on just one cell, but all 100 trillion cells and put them into written information you have enough books to fill the Grand Canyon 78 times. That's just one human being to the Grand Canyon. 200 miles long 3 to 20 miles wide fill at 78 times and that's the information coded in the cells of one adult human being so this language just grabbed me were determined its program. God knows it all in advance before it happens.
Which leads David to the third great truth in verse 17 and 18. Notice how he puts it, how precious also are your thoughts to me. Oh God, how great is the sum of them if I should count them they would be more in number than the sand when I awake I am still with you. So David would tell us God's work is marvelous work God's workmanship is meticulous workmanship in the God's wisdom is matchless wisdom that now follow the thinking of her, 17 and 18. What stirs David more than his knowledge of God is God's knowledge and care of him and the David and going on a pretty good poet. Glad I managed to articulate three cardinal doctrines of truth in just a few verses he didn't even go there. What astonishes him is that this powerful, omnipresent and omniscient, omnipotent God even knows I exist and cares is not just cognizant that I exist. He cares that I exist how precious he writes are your thoughts toward me tell you what this does for me to know about you but say what this truth has done for me and my conclusions number one produces a sense of purpose.
It elevates me to a sense of purpose.
If every year. The kind's walk-through life kind of sagging down know that this incredible God that superintended your development watches over you now should fill you with a sense of purpose. How different from the unbeliever. He doesn't see the special creation of God word is here by accident. He gets up every morning is a fortuitous occurrence of accidental circumstances has to face the day. With that every day, no purpose versus getting up and going on God's crowning creation to live with purpose is a reason I exist. Just what does number one forming number two fills me with faith because of all this is true about the God that I serve. It would just make sense that I'd be able to entrust everything in my life over to him. He's that big and powerful and that meticulous washed over me that carefully when I was an embryo he knows my need now and I can trust every bit of my life my future my misery. My problems to him. The third thing this does to me, fills me with a sense of responsibility God does have a purpose and I can trust him with everything that I want to make sure that as far as I can possibly do that I understand what God's will is for my life and walk in it as close as I can everyday when that Paul's prayer for the Colossians, he said, I pray chapter 1 that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding the highest possible knowledge is in it. You could say I know that I'm walking in God's plan will and purpose for my life so how big is your God. How powerful is your God is big enough to make everything in your universe big enough to take care of everything and anything in your life and he'll never say I cannot hold it together. I need more polar's got you covered. One of my favorite stories.
It's a true story of all times is about Donald Ray Barnhouse Madonna Greg Barnhouse is a great author. One of my favorite authors who wrote a great series of books 1 and Revelation. That's the best he's in heaven dog Ray Barnhouse attended Princeton theological seminary graduated, went back to Princeton 12 years after graduation to speak to the class at a place called Miller Chapel on the campus of Princeton University and as he was speaking in the front row with his old Hebrew Prof. Dr. Robert Dick Wilson of old Dr. Wilson with the front row couldn't hear that well squinted, you know, old guy and dog Ray Barnhouse gave his message and afterwords the old professor went up, put his hand out, shook it and said to Dr. Barnhouse if you come back again. I will not come in here you preach. I only come once I'm glad that you are a big daughter. When my boys come back. I come to see if there big daughters were little daughters and then all know what their ministry will be like Barnhouse asked him to explain further and will Dr. Wilson said well some and have a little God and are always in trouble with them. He can do any miracles he can take care of the inspiration and transmission of the Scriptures to us. He doesn't intervene on behalf of his people. They have a little God and I call them little daughters. Then there are those who have a great God. He speaks in its done. He commands and it stands fast. He knows how to show himself strong on behalf of them that fear him you Donald have a great God and he will bless your ministry without a grabbed his hand said, God bless you and departed never to see each other again. So which is your big daughter your little daughter.
I guess you could tell by looking at the ends of her fingers. Some cases you bite those nails a lot chewed them off because you're so frightened worrying about the future when God said he'll walk every step of the way and that impossible is, and in his vocabulary and his will is perfect for you. I just hope that you are filled with a sense of purpose and trust more than anything else tomorrow and the rest of this weekend this year, your pursuit would be to be filled with the knowledge of his will for your life is so powerful that wraps up Skip a text message from the series the biography of God might now want to share about an exciting resource that will answer your questions about God and how you can know him more intimate.
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