Participants: Shakeela Yasuf
Series Code: DOA
Program Code: DOA000013
00:40 As-Salaam-Alaikum, to our Muslim brother and sisters,
00:44 shalom to our Hebrew cousins
00:47 and peace be upon you our Christian friends.
00:50 Welcome again to "The Descendants of Abraham."
00:53 For our brothers and sisters that were not with us last week,
00:57 let me give you a little recap
00:58 because this is the second part of the two parts series.
01:01 We couldn't cover everything in the one program.
01:05 So the recap it says last week, we saw how Lucifer,
01:10 who was the angel created by God to be the head angel.
01:14 How he became Satan, the fallen angel
01:17 and because of his pride and his lust for power.
01:21 And then we saw how he was cast out of heaven
01:24 and came to the earth to destroy God's creation
01:29 that's you and that's me.
01:31 We learnt that the first war was started in heaven
01:35 between Satan and Michael.
01:40 I would like us to continue now
01:42 to study about the scent of God, Jesus, the scent of God.
01:47 And another name that He uses to identify Himself.
01:51 Also what is His purpose
01:53 in coming to the sinful planet earth?
01:57 Let's start with Moses
01:59 and we're all familiar with Moses at the Burning Bush.
02:02 So let's start with-- let's start there
02:05 where Moses is talking with God at the Burning Bush.
02:09 The first thing that Moses had to do
02:11 when he was approaching that Burning Bush that he saw
02:15 that wasn't even being consumed and he was curious,
02:19 but as he is approaching that bush,
02:21 that first thing he heard was God saying,
02:25 take your shoes off for this is holy ground.
02:32 God then proceeded to tell Moses
02:37 what His purpose was going to be.
02:41 God was sending Moses to the land of Egypt
02:44 to free the Israelites from bondage.
02:50 Let's look in the Torah.
02:51 Let's look at the beginning of this
02:53 in the Torah in Exodus 3:13, 14.
02:59 "Then Moses said to God, 'Indeed,
03:02 when I come to the children of Israel and say to them,
03:07 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,'
03:10 and they say to me, 'What is His name?'
03:14 what shall I say to them?'
03:16 And God said to Moses, "I am who I am."
03:21 Thus you shall say to the children of Israel,
03:24 'I am has sent me to you.'"
03:29 Now let's take a look at the later conversation
03:32 that took place between Christ and the Jews
03:36 and it's written in the Injil in the Book of John 8.
03:40 Here Jesus is saying to the Pharisees and the Jews
03:44 in general that they lack understanding
03:47 of who the true God of Abraham is.
03:51 They brought a woman who was caught in the act of adultery
03:56 and they brought her to Jesus
03:59 and they said that according to the Law of Moses,
04:03 she should be stoned to death.
04:06 And they were right, according to the Law of Moses
04:09 she should be stoned to death.
04:12 But something else took place.
04:14 These priest and rabbis, first of all were testing Jesus,
04:19 they were testing the Lord.
04:21 They were hoping to discredit Him
04:23 or have Him arrested by Romans at that time the Roman power.
04:28 They wanted Him and His influence
04:31 over the people destroyed.
04:34 He threatened their position and their lust for power.
04:39 Remember last week we talked about how Satan,
04:44 his lust for power is what caused his fall.
04:48 Here it is, we see the priest and the rabbis of their day,
04:53 their lust for power and they are feeling
04:55 threatened for their position.
04:58 They were going to discredit the Lord.
05:01 So when they brought the woman to him, they said to him,
05:08 she has to be stone by the Law of Moses.
05:11 What was this going to do?
05:12 How was this going to affect Jesus?
05:14 How was He gonna answer this?
05:17 You see, if he declared her worth of death,
05:21 He would be reported to the Roman power
05:24 as one who assumed authority belonging only to them.
05:31 And if he acquitted the woman,
05:34 He might be charged with despising the Law of Moses.
05:40 What was He going to do?
05:43 Well, here is what He did.
05:44 First of all when you study it you would see that
05:48 Jesus had pity upon this woman who was caught in the adultery.
05:52 He had pity upon her.
05:55 Let's look at what happened,
05:56 let's read a few verses in the Injil
05:59 in the Book of John 8:3-7, 3-7 let me read that.
06:07 It says, "Then the scribes and Pharisees
06:10 brought to Him a woman caught in adultery.
06:13 And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him,
06:18 'Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.
06:23 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us
06:26 that such should be stoned but what do You say?'
06:32 This they said, testing Him,
06:34 that they might have something of which to accuse Him.
06:37 But Jesus stooped down, He bent down
06:42 and He wrote on the ground with His finger,
06:46 as though He did not hear them.
06:49 So when they continued asking Him,
06:52 He raised Himself up and said to them,
06:57 'He who is without sin among you,
07:00 let him throw a stone at her first."
07:07 All of the woman's accusers left,
07:10 they dispersed, they went their way.
07:14 No one could throw the first stone, no one there.
07:19 And that is because they knew that they had all sinned,
07:23 no one was without sin.
07:26 You see when-- I believe that
07:27 when Jesus stooped downed to the ground
07:30 and He wrote in the dust with His finger.
07:34 I believe He exposed the secrets
07:38 and the sins of each person's lives
07:42 that were there to stone this woman
07:45 that were there to condemn her.
07:48 Jesus then looked up and asked the woman,
07:52 "Where are your accusers,
07:55 did anyone remain that condemned you?"
07:59 And she said, "No Lord, no one."
08:02 His answer to her is His answer to you and to me.
08:09 He said, "Neither do I condemn you,
08:13 go and sin no more."
08:17 What a loving, forgiving God.
08:22 He did not condemn this woman,
08:26 He knew that behind the sin was the fallen angel Satan.
08:33 He did not come to this world--
08:35 Jesus did not come to this world to condemn
08:38 but to save and to rescue from the destroyer.
08:45 The discussion between
08:47 the Jesus and the Pharisees continued
08:49 and you can read more about that in the Book of John.
08:54 It continued for quite a while.
08:56 They rejected Him and His message to them,
09:01 they're not in bondage and they don't sin
09:06 and it was surprising that they thought they weren't in bondage
09:09 because they were under the Roman power at that time,
09:12 they were under Roman rule.
09:14 So they were in bondage to the Romans.
09:19 Jesus tried to encourage them to seek truth
09:22 and if they find truth they will be set free.
09:26 But they chose to hold on to their traditions
09:28 and again if we go to the same Chapter of John 8:33,
09:32 here is what it says, "They answered Him,
09:37 ''We are Abraham's descendants,
09:39 and have never been in bondage to anyone.
09:42 How can you say, You will be made free?"
09:48 They refused to see their need for a sin pardoning Savior.
09:54 Even though throughout their history
09:57 they practiced the sacrificial offering,
10:01 the service in the tabernacle when Moses built the tabernacle
10:06 and they had this sacrificial service.
10:09 Even though their ancestors have practiced
10:11 and they were still practicing it in the temple.
10:15 They lost sightn that, that whole service
10:19 was for the forgiveness of sins.
10:22 They were blind to the full meaning of this practice.
10:27 They can see that they continued to challenge Jesus.
10:31 As we read on in John 8.
10:33 We're gonna look at three verses now,
10:35 John 8:53 and then 56-58, a few verses there.
10:42 Here is what it says, ''Are you greater
10:45 than our father Abraham, who is dead?
10:48 And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself to be?
10:53 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day,
10:57 and he saw it and was glad."
11:00 Then the Jews said to Him,
11:02 ''You are not yet fifty years old,
11:04 and have You seen Abraham?'
11:07 And Jesus to them, ''Most assuredly, I say to you,
11:13 before Abraham was, I am."
11:19 There is that name again, I am.
11:21 Remember at the Burning Bush when Moses says,
11:25 but who shall I tell the Israelites sent me
11:28 and He says, "Tell them I am sent you."
11:33 Here is Jesus saying again, before Abraham was, I am.
11:41 Same God, same God in the Torah,
11:45 same God here in the Injil.
11:50 Here is Jesus telling the Jews who again was challenging him.
11:58 "I am the one that was with you and with the father's back then.
12:04 I am here now in human form to help you like I did then."
12:12 But they were--their eyes and their ears were stopped,
12:16 they just couldn't believe that didn't want to believe that.
12:21 Brothers and sisters, in the Torah
12:28 like I said before and last week,
12:29 there are so many references to the God of Abraham
12:34 being the Son of God, being Jesus Christ,
12:39 our Savior, yours and mine.
12:45 We will look again in the Torah,
12:47 in the Torah we can read the story about--
12:49 and again the Prophet Daniel
12:51 about his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
12:57 And they were taken into captivity
12:59 when King Nebuchadnezzar raided
13:03 or I should say attacked Jerusalem.
13:08 King Nebuchadnezzar, and I'm sure you know
13:11 this was the king of Babylon
13:12 and he attacked Jerusalem and conquered
13:15 and he took a lot of the Jewish people at that time,
13:20 the Israelites back to Babylon.
13:24 Well these three or four young men
13:26 and they were teenagers so as young man they stood out.
13:29 That was Daniel, the prophet Daniel
13:31 and his three friends.
13:33 But we gonna talk about the three young men
13:37 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, right now.
13:40 These men were all, these young boys
13:44 were all very faithful to the God of Abraham.
13:47 They refused to worship any image.
13:51 The king wanted them to bow down
13:53 and worship a gold image he had made.
13:57 And when they refused the king ordered
14:00 that Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
14:04 be thrown into a fiery furnace.
14:07 Well, it wasn't just the stand of fiery furnace,
14:11 it was the one they used but the king ordered
14:15 that it would be heated seven times harder than normal,
14:20 seven times harder than normal,
14:23 and then throw these three young men into it.
14:28 Let's look at Daniel 3:21, it says,
14:33 "Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers,
14:37 their turbans, and their other garments,
14:40 and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace."
14:48 Because the furnace was so hot at the command of the king
14:53 when the servants took these boys,
14:58 theses three boys to throw them into the furnace
15:02 they were killed because the heat was so tremendous.
15:06 So the servants of King Nebuchadnezzar
15:10 were actually killed.
15:13 But the boys at that time weren't
15:15 and they were thrown into the furnace.
15:19 Here we see how Satan wanted to destroy theses three young men
15:24 because they were loyal and faithful to the God of Abraham.
15:30 We see how he used King Nebuchadnezzar
15:33 to carry out his purposes.
15:36 Always look behind the person brothers and sisters,
15:41 Always look at Satan behind the person.
15:46 But the living God of Abraham intervened
15:49 on behalf of His followers, His faithful young men.
15:53 In Daniel 3:24, 25, here is what we can read.
15:59 It says, "Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished,
16:03 and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors,
16:08 "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?"
16:13 And they answered and said to the king, "True, O king."
16:18 "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose,
16:23 walking in the midst of the fire and they are not hurt,
16:28 and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
16:36 Brother and sisters, isn't this amazing?
16:39 This is a Prophet Daniel writing this.
16:43 The Son of God, Jesus the Christ
16:47 had not come to the earth yet as a baby.
16:51 Yet here is King Nebuchadnezzar
16:54 looking into that hot furnace
16:57 the three young men were still alive
17:01 and then he sees it forth
17:03 that he recognizes as the Son of God.
17:08 Now how would he recognize the son of God?
17:14 Well, could it be that in all the dreams
17:19 he were given by God that Daniel interpreted for him?
17:25 Could it be that the Son of God
17:28 showed himself to King Nebuchadnezzar?
17:33 He knew and he acknowledged this was the Son of God.
17:41 There is so much proof that Christ,
17:45 Michael our Prince, the Son of God
17:49 existed prior to coming to this earth as a baby.
17:54 Michael the Messiah, the Christ
17:57 fought with the devil in heaven to protect us
18:02 because he created you and he created me
18:07 and we're very very precious to Him,
18:10 very precious in His eyes.
18:13 Let's look at in the Injil,
18:16 the Book of Colossians with the Colossian people.
18:19 The Book of Colossians 1:15-16 and it says,
18:25 "He is the image of the invisible God,
18:29 the firstborn over all creation.
18:32 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven
18:36 and that are on earth, visible and invisible,
18:41 whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.
18:47 All things were created through Him and for Him.
18:55 Brothers and sisters, I cannot emphasize this enough
19:00 and I will continue to talk about this.
19:05 Christ always existed with His Father in heaven.
19:09 His name is above all names.
19:12 He is known as Michael, Jesus the Christ,
19:15 archangel, angel of the Lord,
19:18 the great I am, Jehovah-jireh,
19:21 the Lord will provide as Hagar named the place Jehovah-jireh,
19:26 the Lord will provide.
19:28 Because Satan is determined to destroy you and me,
19:32 the Son of the living God had to pay the price for our sins,
19:37 so that we may have eternal life with Him
19:42 and we don't even deserve it, we don't deserve it.
19:47 Here is what the holy book tells us in Romans 6:23.
19:53 "For the wages of sin is death,
19:56 but the gift of God is eternal life
19:59 in Christ Jesus our Lord."
20:04 There is no reason that can be given for sin, none.
20:10 We couldn't keep trying to explain it.
20:13 We can try to give a reason for it
20:16 but we can't, there isn't any.
20:18 It is mysterious to us,
20:20 but we must never defend sin by excusing it.
20:24 The only understanding of sin is given in the word of God
20:29 and that explanation is that
20:31 sin is the transgression of God's law.
20:35 That's all we know about sin.
20:37 It is the transgression of God's law.
20:40 Sin will never be allowed
20:42 to enter into the heavenly kingdom again.
20:47 It was Satan, the father of lies,
20:50 the father of sin that caused King Nebuchadnezzar
20:54 to throw the three young men into hot fiery furnace.
20:58 It was the love of Christ
21:00 for his true followers that saved them.
21:04 Through this example Christ was showing us
21:07 that we are never alone
21:09 even at the hot fiery furnace we're never alone.
21:13 Whatever the circumstances,
21:15 He is always there right beside us.
21:20 It was the sin of adultery
21:22 that almost took the life of the woman by the Pharisees,
21:27 it was the love of Christ for her
21:29 that saved her from the death penalty.
21:34 But he told her, go and sin no more.
21:39 He did not justify her actions
21:41 but He showed her His amazing grace.
21:46 And if you follow her journey she did not disappoint him,
21:51 oh she fell a few more times
21:54 but eventually she overcame by the power
21:57 and the strength given to her by Jesus.
22:02 She began to worship the true God of Abraham.
22:06 She loved the God of Abraham,
22:08 the God that did not condemn her but forgave her
22:13 and told her, go and sin no more.
22:17 Here in the words of Jesus Himself,
22:19 he tells us in John 14:6.
22:23 "I am the way, the truth, and the life.
22:27 No one comes to the Father except through Me."
22:32 For Jesus to say these things about Himself,
22:36 well, we always believe He is a great prophet
22:41 and if we believe He is a great prophet
22:43 then for Him to say, I'm the way, the truth and life
22:48 no one comes to the Father except through Me
22:51 then either He is who He says He is
22:56 or He is a mad man, He is crazy.
23:00 But we can't say He is a great prophet
23:04 and then say he is lying.
23:08 Who He says He is, is what He is.
23:16 Let's look at what God Himself says of Jesus.
23:19 This story begins with John known as the Baptist
23:23 who was at the Jordan River
23:25 calling people to repent of their sins
23:27 and be baptized in the water
23:29 but his reaction to the ruling men
23:31 of his day was not positive.
23:33 Let's look at Mathew again in the Injil,
23:36 the first book in the Injil, Mathew 3:7-9.
23:40 "But when he saw many of the Pharisees
23:42 and Sadducees coming to his baptism,
23:45 he said to them, "Brood of vipers!
23:48 Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
23:50 Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance,
23:53 and do not think to say to yourselves,
23:56 'We have Abraham as our father.'
23:58 For I say to you that God is able to raise up children
24:01 to Abraham from these stones."
24:05 But when a young man about 30 years of age
24:08 came walk into the Jordan River
24:11 to be baptized by John the Baptist.
24:15 The Baptist refused, John refused
24:17 because he recognized him and he said to him,
24:20 I'm not worthy to baptize you I should be baptized by you.
24:25 You know why he said that because he recognized
24:28 this 30 year old young man as the Son of God, the Christ.
24:35 Eventually he agreed to baptize Jesus
24:38 as Jesus requested.
24:40 And here is what happened in Mathew 3:16, 17, we read,
24:46 "When He had been baptized,
24:48 Jesus came up immediately from the water
24:51 and behold, the heavens were opened to Him,
24:54 and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
24:57 and alighting upon Him.
25:00 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying,
25:04 "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
25:10 In another passage God again confirms to us
25:13 that Jesus the Christ is His son.
25:17 Let us read the scripture in Mathew 17:1-5.
25:21 It says, "Now after six days Jesus took Peter,
25:25 James, and John his brother,
25:27 led them up on a high mountain by themselves,
25:31 and He was transfigured before them.
25:33 His face shone like the sun,
25:35 and His clothes became as white as the light.
25:38 And behold, Moses and Elijah
25:40 appeared to them, talking with Him.
25:43 Then Peter answered and said to Jesus,
25:45 "Lord, it is good for us to be here,
25:47 if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles,
25:50 one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
25:54 While he was still speaking, behold,
25:56 a bright cloud overshadowed them,
25:58 and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying,
26:03 "This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!"
26:09 God the Father tells us hear Him,
26:12 hear Him, hear Jesus, hear His Son.
26:15 He tells us here and listen to what He is saying to You.
26:19 I have sent him to the earth as a witness of who I'm
26:23 He is my son, He knows me, He is me,
26:27 He is the one that will save you
26:29 from the destroyer Satan, hear Him.
26:34 I pray that you will hear Him today.
26:38 When you get to the Descendants of Abraham,
26:40 you can be sure that you're lighting the way for all
26:43 in search of the Creator God
26:46 and His message of love and forgiveness to all nations.
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27:08 My brothers and sister, I would like you to know
27:12 that whatever sin you've committed
27:16 whether it's adultery, whether it's murder,
27:21 whether you have killed someone deliberately, by accident,
27:26 there is no sin that cannot be forgiven
27:30 and this is the God, the Creator God,
27:33 the God that Abraham served.
27:36 He will forgive you, no matter what you have done
27:40 and all you have to do is ask Him
27:43 wherever you are right now,
27:46 that's all we have to do is to say Jesus, forgive me,
27:52 forgive me, help me to follow You.
27:55 Give me truth. Guide me into truth.
28:00 And I pray that You will take this time to ask Him,
28:05 He will forgive you.