“O Lord, You have searched me.”
“10. Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11. For the Son of man came to save that which was lost.”
“And all who sat in the council, looking steadfastly at Stephen, saw his face as the face of an angel.”
Lessons from the Angels:
1. That we do not despise one another.
Despise (kataphroneo) – disesteem or think little of
Behind every mask is a face and behind that a story.
Remember, super-spiritual people do not inspire they intimidate!
2. We find our strength in the Father’s face.
“But now, please forgive their sin —but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
True forgiveness/love is the willingness to bear the punishment of the one who offended you.
Moses found the strength of love in the Father’s face!
3. To help people feel safe again.
Save (sozo) – make whole, safe
And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
“Your sins have hidden His face.”
We must wash the face of God and restore the broken image!
WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?”
Astray & Straying (planao) – seduced, lose your way
Are you standing on the edge of that cliff? Is your violin broken?
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God.”
Iniquities (avown) – perversity, punishment
The Punishment of Shame:
• Separated from His presence
• Separated from the truth of your identity
• Separated from Community
So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
In your shame do you believe God is mildly disgusted with you?
THE SEARCH BEGINS
“And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.”
“And if he should find it”
1st – There is an element of uncertainty, because God’s grace can be resisted.
Love that has no choice carries no meaning!
“He rejoices over the one”
2nd – God delights in saving to the least.
In His holiness He could not overlook our sin but in His love He could not let go of us!
7. “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”
8. “If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You
“Someone is looking for you – Abba is looking for you!”
“Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”
“Tell my people someone is looking for them!”
“Deep calls unto deep!”
“If I forget you, may my right hand forget its skill.”
R. Feldschau – 3/2/18