Sunday February 27 2022

Lots of ‘R’-Words

Part Three                                                                             Sunday February 27 2022

For the past several weeks we have been considering the many R-words used in Scripture.

  • We have looked at the difference between Remorse and Repentance;
  • The “Restitution of all things;”
  • And the teaching that Restitution restores Relationship.

As a brief summary let me recap somewhat what we learned.

  1. Remorse and Repentance.

We considered the accounts of King Saul and King David.

  • We saw how King Saul disobeyed the direct imperative of the LORD by failing to carry out His will concerning the Amalekites, and that he compounded his failings by usurping the authority of the priest’s office.
  • He was instructed to utterly destroy this nation and to not take any spoils.
  • He was further instructed to await the arrival of the prophet Samuel who was also priest.
  • “I have accomplished all that the LORD required.”
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  • “Then what is all this lowing of cattle and bleating of sheep I hear?”
  • His sin is exposed as outlined in 1 Samuel 15.
  • Repentance – no!
  • Remorse at being caught.
  • And the consequences were dire – he lost his kingdom, he lost his son Jonathan, and he lost his own life.
  • And he lost his dignity and his legacy was irreparably ruined.

 

For King David we dealt with the account of him and Bathsheba as given in 2 Samuel 21.

  • True repentance as given in Psalms 51 and 32
  • Nathan the prophet and the finger of GOD – authority.
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  • “You are that man!”
  • Still consequences however David received forgiveness.

We also considered Restitution as GOD’s loving means of Restoring Relationship.

  • Leviticus 6 and Exodus 22 –
  • 5 oxen for one; 4 sheep for one; and at least double for your trouble.
  • We saw this law of restitution affirmed in the New Testament
  • Jesus’ teaching concerning “turning the other cheek,” given in Matthew 5;
  • And, the account of Zaccheus in Luke 19.
  • Expand both.
  • “This day I must stay at your house.”
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  • “Today salvation is come to this house.”
  • Restitution restores Relationship!
  • Example of my lawn mower.

We also took a brief look at The Restitution of all things, and considered several passages from Revelation and Acts.

This now segues into today’s topic of Restoration.

  • To Restore – to reinstate, to re-establish, to refurbish, to renovate, to repair, to rebuild, to recondition, to return.
  • Lots of R-words.

Let’s consider a few Scriptures.

 

GOD will restore:

  1. Neh. 5:11 “Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive yards, and their houses, also one hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil that you exact of them.”
  • So GOD will restore your lands, your vineyards, . . .
  • 1/100 – refers to credit, to financial costs of usury etc.
  • GOD restores everything! – everything that has been stolen from you!
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  1. Psalm 51:12 – “Restore unto me the joy of my salvation . . .”
  • Expand – David from deep shame and repentance to joy!
  1. Our health. Joel 2:25, “I will restore to you the years that the locust has eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm . . .”
  • If not in this life than surely in the life to come!
  • Everything that has caused you ruin in your body, in your mind, in your soul, or in your spirit will be restored!
  • All things that have ‘eaten-away’ at you will be destroyed and you will find restoration.
  • John 10:10 states, “the thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I am come that they may have life, and that abundantly.”
  • The restoration of our bodies!
  1. He promises to Restore Israel as per Isaiah 49:7

“Thus says the LORD, the Redeemer of Israel and His Holy One to Him whom man despises, to Him whom nations abhor, to a servant of rulers, kings will see and arise, princes also will worship, because of the LORD, that is faithful, and the Holy One of Israel, and He will choose you.”

  • We know from Acts that all Israel will be saved and restored!
  • As He was despised and as nations abhorred Him, so too we.

He will restore all that you have lost, all of your health, all joy, and He will also restore all of Israel.

  1. He even offers to restore the wicked. Ezekiel 33:15:

“If the wicked restore the pledge [meaning what was stolen], and give back again what he has robbed, and walk in the statues of life, without committing iniquity; he will surely live, he will not die.”

  • Notice the law of restitution here. Expand.
  1. He will restore paths to dwell in as per last week’s study of Isaiah 58:12.
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  1. And of course, He is the Restorer of all things as per Acts 3:21 – the times of restitution of all things.

Let me conclude with one of my favourite accounts in Scripture regarding Restoration. It is found in 2 Kings 4 & 8 – the account of the Shunammite woman and the prophet Elisha.

  • Brief account.
  • Elisha drops by a widows house. This is a precursor for the later account of the Shunammite women.
  • This accounts tells us that nothing is impossible for the GOD Who restores.
  • Only one meal left – prepared for the prophet first.
  • Run and borrow.
  • Oil stopped when the vessels ran out.
  • Earth ran out of emptiness before Heaven ran out of oil!

On to the Shunammite woman.

  • She is called a great woman.
  • Builds a room for the travelling prophet.
  • Promise that she will have a son.
  • Child grows and is injured working with his das.
  • Quick run and get Elisha.
  • “Did I desire a son of my lord? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me?’”
  • The child was dead.
  • Resurrection of her son.
  • Restored her son to her!

But! – this is not the end of the story!

  • Once your prayer is answered don’t sit back and relax.
  • Push on for there is more – there is always more with GOD.

The story continues in chapter 8.

  • Elisha tells woman and son to leave – 7 year famine coming.
  • Stayed in land of Philistines and when 7 year famine over she went to see the king to plead for the return of her house and land.
  • Now the king was speaking with Elisha’s servant who had witnessed all that Elisha had done.
  • The king asked to hear the story of this woman’s son being resurrected by Elisha.
  • Perhaps couldn’t sleep like the King in the story of Esther.
  • And while the servant was telling the king this account the Shunammite woman and her son enter the room!
  • “And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land.”
  • “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life!”
  • And the king asked her what she wanted.
  • “And she told him, So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, say, ‘Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.’”
  • God restored EVERYTHING.
  • Don’t fail to push on, to push through.
  • The answered prayer concerning her son was just the beginning!
  • This answered prayer resulted in her audience with the king!
  • This answered prayer resulted in the restoration of everything to the woman.
  • What happens when women pray?
  • Well, we shall see, won’t we.

GOD is in the business of restoration, if not completed in this life then it will be accomplished to the nth degree at the Time of restoration of all things.”

Continue in prayer,

Keep the faith,

Push through

For He is Faithful and True. Amen

 

 

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