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TV Broadcast #980

When I Consider
Part One

July 17, 2011

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Transcript of message from TV Broadcast 980 -- taken from Closed Captioning Text

— Brother Phil Enlow: Well, I praise God for His presence this morning, don’t you?

( congregational response ).

I’ll tell you, we have a wonderful Lord. And I believe there’s a side of this that, as a part of what I have on my heart this morning, will actually lend another dimension to that fact, to His presence with us. Turn if you will to Psalm 8. It certainly…I shouldn’t be amazed, but it’s amazing some of the songs…some of the songs that were sung and some of the things that were said this morning, and how appropriate they are in terms of the thoughts that I’ve had.

In Psalm 8, David is just praising God as he so often does and he begins, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens…From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” (NIV). Praise God!

You know the song was sung during our Christmas celebration, it talked about His name being in lights, seeing His glory in the heavens. It just is amazing to anybody that ever has their eyes open how anybody could miss that, how anybody could possibly look up and just what we can see with our natural eyes and somehow imagine that this all just happened. You know, we’ve got something called science…this is not about this, but we’ve got something called science in our day, where they claim that they have facts and we have beliefs. But you peel all their supposed facts back and what you find is a belief.

( congregational amens ).

It’s a belief that there is no God and that everything happened naturally, and so they got to figure out how that could have happened naturally. I’ll tell you, we all have the same facts. We have exactly the same stars they do. But I’ll tell you, if you have any kind of eyes to see, we can see the glory of God in this universe.

( congregational amens ).

The blindness that men have is a blindness that’s caused by a will that is set in opposition to God. But what an amazing God we have. I’ve had this on my mind quite a bit lately. There’s an article coming out that touches on some of these things, but I was just musing about the greatness. Can you imagine what David would write if he had access to some of the stuff that we know today? I mean he could see with his natural eyes, but you could see a few thousand stars, it’s pretty, it’s amazing, but the immensity of what God has created just boggles the mind. Brother Thomas use to read that little list of things, that my dad had given him one time, every now and then just to remind us how great he is.

I don’t have that list, but, I was just thinking of some of the amazing facts. It’s hard to put it into terms we could even begin to understand. But this earth we know to us it’s a pretty big place. But you know if the sun were a hollow globe, you could drop one million earths in it and have room left over. Of course, so we think naturally the sun is pretty big, isn’t it?

Well, I’ll tell you, the sun is a pretty small star in the grand scheme of things. Without going through the sequence, some of you remember that Louie Giglio thing we saw years ago. But there is one star, and it’s the largest star that scientists actually know about, so there may be bigger ones, but the largest one they know about is so immense. Here’s one way to look at it. If you were to get on a passenger airliner, let’s say going 600 miles an hour, whatever their reasonable top rated speed is, and you began to travel around the surface of that star, how long do you think it would take? Some of you read the article, you know.

( laughter ).

How about 1100 years. How’d you like to get to the end of that trip and say, hey let’s do this again?

( laughter ).

1100 years. Just for the fun of it last night, I got out my calculator and tried to do some simple calculations to see how big that is. I checked it and double checked it so some of you can come behind me and tell me I’m wrong, but just in rough figures…if that star were centered on our sun, just how big do you think it would be?

( congregational response ).

Well almost. Carl said it would envelope our solar system. We would be inside it. Let’s put it that way. If I’m not mistaken, I calculated the diameter of that kind of a distance to be roughly 920,000,000 miles, and we are how far from the sun? Is it 96, something like that?

( congregational response ).

93, yeah, okay. Thank you. So, that means that we would be so far inside that star that you’d have to go roughly ten times the distance…ten times the distance from the sun to the earth to get to the edge of that star. But it would certainly take in Mars wouldn’t it? I looked up some of this, this morning. I googled it. What else would you do?

( laughter ).

Just to double-check myself, ‘cause I couldn’t remember exactly how far some of these planets are supposed to be in their orbits. But you go out to Jupiter, would that be far enough? No, Jupiter would still be well inside the star. You go out to Saturn, Saturn would still be just a little dot in our eyes, huge planet compared to earth, but that planet, Saturn, would still be well within the body of that star. If you were to take the orbit of Saturn, make a ball out of that, it would still be a good deal smaller than that one star.

Well that’s just one star, and when God created everything, he didn’t create just a handful of stars. There are anywhere from hundreds of millions to billions of stars in just the Milky Way Galaxy. That’s just one galaxy among many. In other words, there are many, many, many, many stars in our galaxy alone, well assuming which of those estimates is right. Anyway, there’s probably at least a star for every human being in our galaxy alone.

But that’s not all of it. How many galaxies do you suppose there are? You know scientists don’t know and they’re still guessing and they haven’t seen the end of it. But based on some of the Hubble Telescope deep-field shots where they deliberately pointed their camera at what appeared to be a totally empty area of the sky. How many of you have seen some of those photos? Yeah, absolutely astonishing.

All right, there’s a black spot. Let’s point our camera there and leave the lens open or the exposure open for a long period of time and just see what happens. Well, what did they see? Just galaxies upon galaxies upon galaxies, all came to light. They were so faint it took that long to expose it. Everywhere they looked, even the empty places in the sky, it just went on and on and on. I think I could conservatively say—conservatively, God could give you and you and you and you and every person in this building and every person on this planet ten galaxies all your own, and have plenty left over. How great is our God!

( congregational amens ).

We have such a small appreciation, so many times, of just how awesome and how great He is. “When I consider your heavens….” Oh I can imagine David just going on and on if he got one look inside some of those telescopes, and some of the stuff we know now, what would he be…he’d be absolutely…no way to put it into words. When I consider all these things…and that’s the greatness of God.

But I’ll tell you, the greatness of God is not just simply by His ability to make us look out there and say, wow, but it’s the rest of what we’ve been singing about this morning. It’s the fact that He considers us. David’s looking at what he can see with the natural eye. We have the ability through science to look out there unimaginable distances and see such an incredible amounts, it just boggles the mind to try to even express it.

And yet he goes on in the light of that, he says, but “…What is man—what is man that you are mindful of him…” The greatness of God is not just measured by the immensity, but by the fact that He cares and knows about and cares about you and about me. So in the original scheme of things, He actually put Adam and Eve in charge of His creation, as David expressed. Now He didn’t give them galaxies yet, I don’t suppose they were ready for that, but He gave them dominion over all the works of God’s hands upon earth. I’ve given you a place of honor, God said.

And so, we know what happened though, that all got messed up because of their choices. They made the choice to say God, I don’t trust You. I’m gonna go my own way. I’m gonna disobey You deliberately, because I think it’s better for me to do what You told me not to do, than to obey You. And all this that we see, the ugliness that we see in our planet, don’t you blame God. You look in the mirror.

( congregational amens ).

You look down in your own heart, and you’ll see, even if you’re not somebody that’s out there causing some of the terrible things that’s happening, you’ve got it in you just as much as anybody does in this planet. There’s not one of us that can look at anybody else and say, I’m better than you. Man, if we have any hope at all today, it’s God’s grace—it’s the grace of a God who can create the immensity of what we see and yet cares about us.

We see His care simply in the original creation. We see it in the fact that within the scope of that creation, He did give Adam and Eve an honored place. It was a place of dominion, a place of greatness, a place that certainly had endless possibilities. But then we see what happened and how they rebelled against God. So now what? I’ll tell you, I see the immensity and the greatness of our God that we sang about this morning in the fact that He didn’t just throw us in the garbage can and destroy us. By any measure of righteousness, by any measure of goodness, of logic, this race is messed up. I just need to do away with them, that’s the end of it.

But oh God, He didn’t do that, did He? So the mindfulness that God has toward man is not just what He did in the beginning. It’s what He’s still doing—it’s what He’s doing here this morning. I’ll tell you, the Lord drew near didn’t He?

( congregational amens ).

That’s not just a bunch of emotion people worked up. The Lord drew near. Look in Hebrews, in the beginning of Hebrews. The writer to the Hebrews was writing to Jews, who, of course, as we’ve said many times, had known the law and thought that was the way to God…didn’t realize it was a temporary arrangement. And at the center of God’s plans was His Son. And of course, while we’re talking about that, where was God’s Son, the one we know as Jesus, when all of this was going on in the beginning, when all that immense stuff was being created? He was not only there, He was the instrument through whom it happened.

( congregational amens ).

So we’re talking… and it says that here. That’s how amazing this One is that we lift up today. This is not about who we are, this is about who Jesus is.

( congregational amens ).

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” Ben likes to say He made it all, He owns it all. That’s a pretty good way to put it. He is the heir. You want to know what the purpose and what’s at the heart of what’s real and what’s gonna happen. We’re gonna have to reckon with Jesus. He is the heir of everything. He is the key to life and to meaning and to everything.

“…Whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” So all that great stuff and more than we could possibly express, He was there in the beginning. He must be really something. Praise God! Well he tells us a little bit about what He is. He says, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory.” So while the universe itself expresses it, the Son is the most personal, the most wonderful expression of Who and what God is like.

As we’ve said so many times, you want to know what He’s like, look at Jesus. Look at the compassion that He had for sinners. Look at the tenderness He had with children. You might also look at how angry He was with religious people, who thought they were something and they were just thumbing their nose at God and saying, we’re better than you, we’re gonna do it our way. I’ll tell you, we have a God who is just amazing, who expressed Himself completely through His Son. He’s “…the exact representation…” it says of his being, “…the exact representation of his being.”

But listen to this. You want to know how great He is? “…Sustaining all things by his powerful word.” Think about what he’s saying there. You know, I think we’ve said this before, and Ben also made reference to this in that Christmas celebration. How does this universe hold together? ‘Cause it’s not just that you can go out and see the immensity of the universe…you can turn things around the other way and go down and down and down and down in the midst of things, and there’s never an end. Scientists to this day have not plumbed the depths of the very small.

They’ve gone inside the atom now. You know when I was growing up, it was just protons and neutrons and electrons. If you’re as old as I, that’s what you remember in school. But it wasn’t long before they kind of came up with a whole lot of other little things that were going on inside that, and now they’re going beyond that, and beyond that, and beyond that. And they’ve got the super collider over in Europe. They’re trying to recreate what they called the big bang. It’s just astonishing, no matter how far they look in either direction…if they only had eyes to see, the greatness of God is there. But who is the one who upholds all of that? The Word of God says Jesus does!

( congregational response ).

And we think He can’t handle our little problems! Oh my, this is Somebody pretty amazing. But it goes on, because now he’s getting to the fact that He still cares about us in spite of what we are. In spite of how great, and how holy, and how pure, and how wonderful He is, He still cares about us. So he goes on and says, “After he had provided purification for sins….” Man that’s a big…isn’t that amazing?

( congregational response ).

Purification! That means when He gets done, what are you? Pure. Think of what Isaiah saw when he saw the Lord high and lifted up. By the way, who did he see? He saw Jesus didn’t he? Because nobody’s ever seen God. God expressed Himself even then through His Son. But he saw the incredible purity that made him feel so dirty and unclean. But here’s that same One who has come to make us as pure and holy as God is. He’s done everything necessary to make that happen.

Now we ain’t there yet, in case you hadn’t noticed. But I’ll tell you, we’ve got Somebody who is able to do it. He has provided it—He’s provided it! It’s been provided! It’s history, not something He’s still trying to figure out. This is done! This is a done deal! He has provided purification for sins.

What happened after that? He says, “He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” He returned to the glory He had known, as He prayed, before the world was. All that glory that He had when he was there, spitting out galaxies across these distances…He’s got it again, folks. Praise God!

“So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” Of course, that’s the name of Jesus. And so this chapter 1, he’s talking about how much superior Christ is to angels. Now they thought a lot of angels. They realized that God had angels, that they were mighty and powerful. We know the one occasion in the Old Testament where one angel killed 185,000 men. This is not somebody to be trifled with.

But, you look back to the scene in Isaiah chapter 6 and you had these heavenly beings, couldn’t even look upon the One on the throne. They had their wings, they covered their faces, covered their hands, covered their eyes, and said, holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. So we’re talking about somebody who is just light years above even the glory and the power of angels.

“For to which of the angels did God ever say, You are my Son; today I have become your Father? Or again, I will be his Father, and he will be my Son? And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, Let all God’s angels worship him. In speaking of the angels he says, He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire. But about the Son he says, Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.” How long is it gonna last? Forever and ever, that’s the decree of God Almighty.

“You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.” There’s a lot of things that I don’t know we’ll ever know about God. The mystery of God is such that I’ve never heard anybody that could express it and really account for everything in the scriptures, because here He’s addressed as God, isn’t He? “Your throne, O God…” He says, that’s Jesus he’s talking about. Then he turns right around and says but God, your God…it tells me, not only is He rightly addressed as God, but there’s a rank there, there’s an order.

I can show you about seven places where Jesus refers to his Father as ‘My God.’ So there’s a divine order in things. Don’t ask me to explain all this, I’m just gonna tell you what the Word says. But oh I’ll tell you, that begins though…there’s a theme that he is getting into, the writer here, where that comes into play, this order and this rank, because while He is so great, it’s awfully easy to see Him as just remote. He’s way up there somewhere in some mystical, awesome place, and surely He doesn’t know about me, doesn’t appreciate where I’m at. But that’s not so. That’s the amazing thing about what God has done.

But listen to this about the Lord. No again He’s talking about Jesus here. He says, “He also says, in the beginning, O Lord…” That’s Jesus. “…You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.” Aren’t you glad He didn’t put that star in our system? We’d be inside a star, wouldn’t we? The Lord has got it arranged just right!

How many of you remember seeing that video that we showed several years ago on a Wednesday night, A Privileged Planet? That shows just how amazing the situation of our earth is. I mean, how many…I forget how many now, different details that had to be precisely right. I don’t mean just sort of right, I mean exactly right. How far we are from the sun, how fast we rotate…every little thing had to be exactly right for life to even exist on earth. I’ll tell you, we’ve got a God who knows what He’s doing.

( congregational amens ).

We need to reckon on that. “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain.” Praise God, I’ll tell you something else that remains. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Man, that’s what I want to put my faith in. I’ve tasted just a little bit what it feels like for the ground to be shaking under you. That’s not a nice feeling. Men can get humble real quick when they start feeling some of these natural disasters. They feel powerless and their life is threatened. My God, we have no idea. But I’ll tell you, there’s One that remains. He remains. His Word remains.

It says, “They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed.” Man, what an awesome picture! The universe is nothing but a big old cloak. And one day He’s gonna say, I’m tired of wearing this, I want something new. So He’s gonna roll it all up, put it away, and run out a new one. Whew, that is one big God!

( congregational amens ).

That is one mighty Lord. So even though that’s gonna be changed, it says, “But you remain the same, and your years will never end. To which of the angels did God ever say, Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” Of course the answer to all these, is that no angel ever got told that. This is reserved for the Son, our Lord Jesus.

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” That’s…you know, we pointed that out a few times, but that’s pretty awesome right there. That means God’s got you in mind long before you and I ever come to faith. God has got an angel and says, watch over that one, that’s one of Mine. Praise God! Don’t we have a great God?

( congregational response ).

So of course, the writer now is pointing out how critically important all this is. “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?”

Now what’s he talking about there? There were angels that were involved in God’s plan and purpose. There were angels involved [in] the establishing of the law under Moses. He’s saying, God established that through angels and He took it seriously. If the law said something and there was a disobedience, the punishment was certain. And God said, I’m taking that covenant seriously. But he says, if that was the case, how much more does God take seriously the covenant that He has given us by His Son. See that’s the thing about the Word of God, it’s a double-edged sword, isn’t it?

( congregational response ).

I’ll tell you, it’s one of those deals where you don’t want to be on the wrong side of that. You don’t want to be one that says, I don’t care about that, I don’t believe that, I’m going my own way, I want to do what I want to do and that’s the end of it. Just let it go. I’ll tell you, there’s a severe warning. But man, the other side of that sword is, wow! Look what we have in the Lord Jesus Christ…we who have put out trust in Him. Praise God!