#155 (2/11/18)

                                                                                               (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Opening comments:  Never scare a child.  A child learns to process information through the normal sequence of input, process and analyze, react.  When a young mind is scared and frightened, it is forced to delete the process step and go straight to react.  Scores or deep marks are left in the mind that cause damage to the normal sequence.  If a child is forced to react to input enough, they can grow up without the ability to adequately process information and give a correct response or reaction.  This causes the child to immediately react to a situation without formulating a correct response.  Scaring a child is wrong in any situaltion, even if the adult thinks it to be amusing.  

Opening comments:  When Bezaleel was given all the materials to make the Mosaic Tabernacle, the Bible says that he used badger skins for the outer  covering of the tabernacle of the congregation.  These "badgers" were not actually the animal we think of in modern times.  The LORD found no animal on earth that could accurately depict the humility of Christ so He created one that had long, black hair.  Their skins were used to make the "badger" skin covering for the Tabernacle.  After they were used for this specific purpose, He made no more.  There is now no animal on earth that can portray the humility of Christ.  They were specially created for a specific purpose, then disappeared.  

Opening commens:  The Name of the LORD is referred to as a "secret" Name.  The Name LORD is infinite; it can not be understood.  We will  never know all the attributes of the Name LORD.  That's why it is secret - - - it is boundless and limitless.  

Please read Matthew 7:24-27.  We read about two people who decided to build a house.  One was built on rock, the other on sand.  The man who built on a rock was wise, the one who built on the sand was foolish.  Despite them being very different, they both had similarities.  Their first similarity is that they both heard the message to build.  They heard "daw-bar" Word.  This is Word that is given with no understanding and explanation.  A command is given without the reason(s) why it should be obeyed.  They both heard.  Second, they both saw a need to build.  Stated another way, they both obeyed the command to grow and build a stature, as it were.  They shared and embraced the truth to grow up.  Thirdly, each of their structures was exposed to the test.  The rain, flood and wind tested the integrity of each house.  Lastly, each builder believed in the house they had built.  Both were convinced that they had done the right thing; both believed their house was built right.  

The difference between each builder is that one built his house on the rock (selah) and the other on the sand.  The one who built on the rock built on the selah rock, Christ, accepting His Headship and Authority.  The other built on his own headship and authority pictured by the instability of the sand.  The rock is the capstone, the very point of the tower of LORD's Name.  The wise man, in reality, built his house on the craggy, point of a rock.  God's Headship, many times, is a point, an uncomfortable place.  Some times we, as Christians, don't see why we have to go through such uncomfortable circumstances and events.  We don't like the craggy point of the rock of His Headship.  Yet, that is exactly where He wants us to build our house (stature).  Erecting an edifice on the point of a rock is impossible, naturally speaking.  A builder normally smooths out a level surface before he builds.  Building on a craggy rock is a testament to the miraculous power of God!  It is His Headship and Authority that keeps our house (stature) balanced on the pointed rock of Christ.    Building on our own headship guarantees failure - - - even though we truly believe in what we are building and its integrity and strength.  Christ, the Rock, guarantees success as we are precariously balanced between His Headship and Authority.