Reaching Our Jerusalem
- Date: November 28, 2014
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine …” (Acts 5:28)
- From Desperate For That Voice
In Acts Chapter 5 the context is that the apostles are brought back before the Sanhedrin. They're told again in verse 28, "...Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name?" I'm telling you, this is already on the books where most of you work. It has not been made the preeminent issue but it will become one. I've shared with you about schools in California that in the curriculum, children in lower elementary were given parts of the Koran to read. They were given Muslim names for their little classroom education; and yet you can't even bow your head in silence per chance you're talking to Jesus. And, you can't bring your Bible's to school.
Many of you, in the very near future, are going to have to decide how to answer some of these questions posed in Scripture. You're going to be forbidden to speak that name on your job. You're going to be forbidden to pray anymore. The question is, "Are you like Daniel going to throw the windows open and do what you've always done?" What's your choice going to be? "Well, maybe we can find some way to sneak around it." Maybe, but I think we had better answer this question first, "Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, [you] judge" Acts 4:19). If I read my Bible correctly Jesus said, "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven" (Matthew 10:33). I believe this is going to become a great issue in our midst in the very near future; are you ready? If you're full of the Holy Ghost it's not an issue. If you're full of the Spirit of God it's not an issue, it's already answered. Whether it is right in the sight of God to obey you more than God, you answer; but we cannot but speak the things we've seen and heard!
"… Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, [I love this; don't you?] ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine …" (Acts 5:28). How are we doing? Have we filled Sterling with our doctrine? What does Sterling know about who we are? Have we filled this place with the doctrine of God? We're not doing too badly, but we haven't filled it. Oh, it's not going to be positive. "Calvary Temple. Dear God, every time you turn around one of those people is trying to convert me. [Hallelujah!] All they can talk about is the Bible! [Hallelujah!] All they talk about is Jesus!" Have we filled Jerusalem with our doctrine? How about your job?
You can't be filled with the spirit and not have the world opposing you. It goes on, "[You] filled [them] with your doctrine, [you] intend to bring this man's blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:28-29). This is the man who earlier had been put down in defeat by a little girl. The Scripture says that this power didn't just come from head knowledge of the resurrection of Jesus; it said that Peter full of the Holy Ghost spoke. "… We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him." There's a crucial part to being filled with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will fill those who are obeying Him, who will obey Him, and who are willing to be used by Him. Are you ready to set aside your agenda and say, "Lord, fill me, use me in this hour"? "There's nothing I desire more than to hear Your voice, to express the finished work of Jesus, the free gift of God to men. I want to fill Jerusalem with this doctrine that I've so freely received."