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1 Before we move on I want to show you one more important facet for a very critical reason. We have a fatal flaw in our thinking process called “egocentrism”.

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1 1 Before we move on I want to show you one more important facet for a very critical reason. We have a fatal flaw in our thinking process called “egocentrism”. It falsely interprets everything we see and hear; it contorts our view of ourselves and God, and it makes people we say that we love, more slaves for our comfort and pleasure. But before we examine what it is and how it works, we must first see and understand why it is there, why we allow and protect it, and come to a point where we see the need to get rid of it!

2 2 While our God is very patient with us in our rebellion, He does have the means to cause us to tire of our confidence in ourselves. Sometimes, because of our deeply rooted habits, we force God to utilize some of these more powerful elements to break us free from our self- confidence and our infatuation and addiction to SELF. You don’t what to do that unless it is necessary, and calling has been unsuccessful.

3 3 “Hear this, you who trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land, saying “When will the new moon be over, So that we may sell grain, And the sabbath, that we may open the wheat market, To make the bushel smaller and the shekel bigger, And to cheat with dishonest scales, So as to buy the helpless for money And the needy for a pair of sandals, And that we may sell the refuse of the wheat?” Amos 8:4-6 What do we have going on here? What are they talking about? These are simply people, going about their business, apart from God and His system, just trying to accomplish their will.

4 4 “Hear this, you who trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land, saying “When will the new moon be over, So that we may sell grain, And the sabbath, that we may open the wheat market, To make the bushel smaller and the shekel bigger, And to cheat with dishonest scales, So as to buy the helpless for money And the needy for a pair of sandals, And that we may sell the refuse of the wheat?” Amos 8:4-6 It is the same nonsense that is going on in our country today with greedy business practice that we see so much, even in Christian businesses. Life is all about making profit so that we can create our own security so we won’t need God. Now let’s see what God did to solve the problem in the rest of our text.

5 5 “Then I will turn your festivals into mourning And all your songs into lamentation; And I will bring sackcloth on everyone’s loins And baldness on every head. And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son, And the end of it will be like a bitter day. “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord. “People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, But they will not find it. Am 8:10-12 Why did God say and do this?

6 6 “Then I will turn your festivals into mourning And all your songs into lamentation; And I will bring sackcloth on everyone’s loins And baldness on every head. And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son, And the end of it will be like a bitter day. “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord. “People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, But they will not find it. Am 8:10-12 Why would God not allow people to find what they seek? Things that are common have no value, but things that are rare have great value.

7 7 “Then I will turn your festivals into mourning And all your songs into lamentation; And I will bring sackcloth on everyone’s loins And baldness on every head. And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son, And the end of it will be like a bitter day. “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord. “People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, But they will not find it. Am 8:10-12 Why did God say and do this? When God’s people become so distracted in what they do after their flesh, they lose sight of the rare VALUE of knowing the Father and His Kingdom, and they degenerate into the view that God is a burden who takes away things that are fun and pleasurable and burdens them with things they don’t want.

8 8 “Then I will turn your festivals into mourning And all your songs into lamentation; And I will bring sackcloth on everyone’s loins And baldness on every head. And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son, And the end of it will be like a bitter day. “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the Lord. “People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, But they will not find it. Am 8:10-12 Why did God say and do this? If we devalue the truth necessary to life, even to survive, then God at times takes it away to create spiritual famine so that we will appreciate Jesus’ words, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) Sometimes the best way to create hunger for God is to let independent men sit in their own destruction, so they can compare their best miserable attempts to His promises. Then they can be convinced that God was right in the first place. As you view the church today, do you see a thriving hunger in God’s people to know Him and to walk with Him as Jesus did as a man on the earth? What about you? Have the distractions of life crowded out your value of knowing God so that you are living at the behest of your flesh? What controls you? Do life’s events seize your attention, or do you view life’s events in peace thinking, “I wonder what God is going to do in this one”?

9 9 What happens to man when he loses his hunger for and perspective of the glory and majesty of God? As we compare our examples, try to determine where the problem is. First let’s look at the standard of a proper and healthy perspective of God. Let’s do an interesting comparison of man’s perspective of the Divine.

10 10 The Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he answered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him. 1 Sam 3:6-7 What is important for us to notice in the text?

11 11 The Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he answered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him. 1 Sam 3:6-7 Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” The Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 1 Sam 3:10-11

12 12 The Lord called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he answered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.” Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, nor had the word of the Lord yet been revealed to him. 1 Sam 3:6-7 Then the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” The Lord said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle. 1 Sam 3:10-11 What kind of interpersonal nuances do we see in Samuel’s response? We see honor for God, respectful positioning of self, and readiness to respond appropriately. Now let’s consider a different case study.

13 13 “So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Ge 4:3-7

14 14 “So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord of the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and for his offering; but for Cain and for his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his countenance fell. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Ge 4:3-7 First, let’s notice some interesting aspects of the fall of Cain. What do you see that is odd that should cause concern in us? Sin is NOT a condition that we create and control by turning it on or off – it is a force with power and with a will, that can only be overcome by grace, truth, faith and obedience. And if we don’t respond properly and quickly, sin will strike just like a rattlesnake and will envenomate the careless.

15 15 “Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Gen 4:8-9 There is a great deal that can be learned from Cain. Why would he kill his brother for doing what was right? Why not just get mad at God for rejecting his offering rather than taking it out on Abel? Does this make any sense at all?

16 16 “Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Gen 4:8-9 This shows the MASSIVE corruption of the intellect when man loses the concept of the majesty of God! Keil and Delitzsch point out that Adam and Eve at least admit their sin, but Cain denies his to a God who is omniscient.

17 17 “Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Gen 4:8-9 This shows the MASSIVE corruption of the intellect when man loses the concept of the majesty of God! Keil and Delitzsch point out that Adam and Eve at least admit their sin, but Cain denies his to a God who is omniscient. What is even more interesting is that he has no fear whatsoever to take such a smart-mouthed tone with infinite Power and Glory, upon Whom his breath depended to speak his blasphemy.

18 18 “Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” Gen 4:8-9 What kind of interpersonal nuances do you see in Cain? In Cain we see insolence, anger, resentment, contempt, confusion, insecurity, isolation, rebellion, self-exaltation, self-confidence and in the conclusion self-destruction.

19 19 This is like a man, standing on train tracks, and God walks up to him, points to the speeding train approaching him and asks him to come to safety with Him. Cain is not the slightest bit humbled or softened by the voice of God, even in God’s gentle appeal to him to consider his thoughts and repent. How intelligent is that man who looks right at the speeding train and then looks back at God and says, “Oh yeah? You’re not so smart as You think You are – telling me what to do” who then turns his back to the train and stays where he is?

20 20 All we have to do is look at our marriages, our families, our friendships, even our own desires, mental condition and thinking processes, and the point becomes very clear. What are we doing with the revelation of the glory and the majesty of God? This, of course, is the height of self-confident rebellion, and is at the core of every choice to ignore or disobey anything that God says. People who don’t respond appropriately to God’s voice don’t do well.


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