Nov 15, 2020
Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 5 Pharaoh’s Response
Exodus 5 Pharaoh's Response
 
Two Viewpoints:
1. Pharaoh is a type of Satan who is the slave master of all who are slaves to sin
2. Pharaoh as a king of the earth who oppresses God’s people
 
1. Let’s consider a ‘what if’...
- What if God had not hardened Pharaoh’s heart; and that he would have let the people go at this first request?
 
- Then God would not have been glorified in bringing judgement upon him. - Then God would not have been able to show the riches of His glory to His elect people. - Then God’s people would not have learned to trust the LORD in the face of great suffering. - Then God would not have been able to teach His people to walk by faith in His word rather than faith in what they see and experience. - Then the rest of the world would not have feared the God of Israel as they left Egypt. - Then God would not have been able to teach His Church about Satan’s devices, and future ones like Jannes and Jambres. - Then we would not have this illustration of how God also delivers us from our slavery to sin by His sacrificial Passover Lamb.
 
2. When God brings judgement onto the world, His people will become targets of the world’s anger.
 
3. When God brings judgement onto the world, His people will be tempted to turn on each other.
 
4. God’s people must, must, must, have a long view of justice.
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  • Nov 15, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 5 Pharaoh’s Response
    Nov 15, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 5 Pharaoh’s Response
    Exodus 5 Pharaoh's Response
     
    Two Viewpoints:
    1. Pharaoh is a type of Satan who is the slave master of all who are slaves to sin
    2. Pharaoh as a king of the earth who oppresses God’s people
     
    1. Let’s consider a ‘what if’...
    - What if God had not hardened Pharaoh’s heart; and that he would have let the people go at this first request?
     
    - Then God would not have been glorified in bringing judgement upon him. - Then God would not have been able to show the riches of His glory to His elect people. - Then God’s people would not have learned to trust the LORD in the face of great suffering. - Then God would not have been able to teach His people to walk by faith in His word rather than faith in what they see and experience. - Then the rest of the world would not have feared the God of Israel as they left Egypt. - Then God would not have been able to teach His Church about Satan’s devices, and future ones like Jannes and Jambres. - Then we would not have this illustration of how God also delivers us from our slavery to sin by His sacrificial Passover Lamb.
     
    2. When God brings judgement onto the world, His people will become targets of the world’s anger.
     
    3. When God brings judgement onto the world, His people will be tempted to turn on each other.
     
    4. God’s people must, must, must, have a long view of justice.
  • Nov 8, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Understanding The God Of The OT (Part 3)
    Nov 8, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Understanding The God Of The OT (Part 3)
    Exodus 4 Understanding The God Of The OT
     
    9 Principles to Help Us Know, Understand, and Love the God of the OT
     
    5. God has a sovereign right to choose who will receive mercy and who will receive justice.
    God is the Judge.
    Every man stands before Him guilty.
    Justice requires that every man’s sentence is death.
    It is the Judge’s decision if He will offer mercy, and to whom He will offer mercy.
    In the OT, God chose to show mercy to Abraham and His descendants; but not to others.
     
    6. God’s glory is the single most important end for all of creation.
    - God is glorified in His compassion and mercy AND ALSO in His justice and wrath.
    - God is working for His own glory in everything that happens in the OT.
    - God’s glory in showing mercy is connected to His glory in showing wrath.
    - God’s glory in showing mercy to us is connected to His glory in showing wrath to His own Son.
    - If God can be glorified by showing wrath to His own Son, then He can also be glorified by showing wrath to evil men.
    - In the OT, God “seems” harsh because, in it He displays His wrath on mankind.
    - In the NT, God “seems” merciful because, in it He displays His wrath on His Son.
    - To align our lives with God’s purposes, we will need to forsake all others in order to be about God’s glory.
  • Nov 1, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Understanding The God Of The OT (Part 2)
    Nov 1, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Understanding The God Of The OT (Part 2)
    Exodus 4 Understanding The God Of The OT
     
    9 Principles to Help Us Know, Understand, and Love the God of the OT
     
    4. These two truths make God Just in all He does in the Old Testament (and beyond).
      A. God is far more holy, righteous, and pure than we can ever really grasp.
      B. Man is far more sinful, unrighteous and evil, than we can ever really grasp.
     
    God is righteous, and requires perfect righteousness.
    Man is unrighteous, not meeting God’s requirement.
    Therefore, all men deserve God’s wrath.
    Therefore, no one can ever receive injustice.
    In the end, most will receive God’s justice,
    Some will receive God’s mercy,
    And these will also receive God’s grace.
     
    Therefore…
    God’s attitude toward man in the OT is
    1000x more merciful than it is wrathful.
     
    When we think of men as victims, we necessarily are saying God is unjust.
    - Job 40:8 Would you really annul My justice?
    - Would you condemn Me to justify yourself?
    Mercy that is deserved, is not mercy.
    Grace that can be demanded, is not grace.
     
    Some might ask…
    Why focus so much on the contrast of the holiness of God and the evil of man?
    Isn’t that too negative?
     
    25 Reasons Why We Need This Worldview
    - This is God’s view.
    - The Biblical worldview is a big God and small man. We can’t interpret scripture without it.
    - This is the beginning of wisdom (salvation). “Blessed are the poor in spirit”
    - We experience true joy and blessing, paradoxically through a God-centered worldview rather than a man-centered worldview.
    - God’s mercy in salvation is much more precious to us when we know what we have been saved from.
    - God’s mercy in salvation is much more precious to us when we know what we have been saved to.
    - It causes us to love Him and worship Him in truth. It causes us to be eternally grateful for His mercy.
    - It makes Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross the centerpiece of all creation.
    - It humbles us and removes all boasting from us. It raises my daily dependence on Him.
    - The Christian faith is not about good “self-esteem”, But it is about “Christ esteem”.
    - Living as though my ‘old self’ is dead and my ‘new self’ is “in Christ”, is now a blessing, not a curse.
    - It causes me to think of pleasing God before I think of pleasing myself, or others.
    - It eliminates complaining and murmuring. Everything in our lives is better than what we deserve.
    - It causes me to want others to share this worldview.
    - When God is big and I am small… Then others become just the right size.
    - It makes Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for me an example of my sacrifice for others.
    - It makes me want to trust Him with the rest of my life.
    - It places Him above all other things in my life.
    - It brings God glory.
    - When I see my nothingness and His everythingness, It makes me want Him to receive glory, not me.
    - It makes Him worth dying for.
  • Oct 25, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Understanding The God Of The OT (Part 1)
    Oct 25, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Understanding The God Of The OT (Part 1)
    Exodus 4 Understanding The God Of The OT
     
    Exodus 4:18-31
    "I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go"
    "I told you to let My son go"
    "since you have refused to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son!"
     
    First, there are several clear scriptural truths that can help us to better understand the God of the OT.
     
    Second, when we really understand Him, we will love Him more than ever, and want to serve Him more than ever.
     
    1. There is a chasm between God’s wisdom and our wisdom, that is bridged only by scripture.
    - Which means, there is a chasm between our judgement and God’s judgement.
    - We cannot “judge” God from “our side of the chasm”.
    - Scripture must interpret scripture.
     
    2. There is a chasm between God’s wisdom and man’s wisdom, that cannot be bridged by an unbeliever.
    - As believers, we cannot expect unbelievers to understand God and His ways.
    - As believers, we should present the gospel and pray for an unbeliever. This is the bridge.
    - As believers, we must not let our confidence in God and His word be shaken by what unbelievers think or say about Him.
    - As believers, we are incredibly blessed!!
    - The Lord has chosen to grant us eyes to see and ears to hear!
     
    3. A true believer has been given a faith that knows that GOD IS JUST.
    - This is part of the “faith package”.
    - Faith is the entrusting of ourselves into the hands of a just judge.
    - Faith places the creature in complete submission to the will of the Creator.
  • Oct 18, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Moses Goes To Egypt
    Oct 18, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Moses Goes To Egypt
    Exodus 4 Moses Goes To Egypt
     
    Exodus 4:18-31
    "I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go"
    "I told you to let My son go"
    "since you have refused to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son!"
     
    First, there are several clear scriptural truths that can help us to better understand the God of the OT.
     
    Second, when we really understand Him, we will love Him more than ever, and want to serve Him more than ever.
  • Oct 11, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 God Sends Moses
    Oct 11, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 God Sends Moses
    Exodus 4 God Sends Moses
     
    Moses’ 5 Objections
    1. Know yourself - You are nothing; He is everything
    - practice dying to yourself daily
     
    2. Know God - The bigger your God is,
    - the bigger your faith is
     
    3. The end result belongs to God
    - He uses your loaves and fishes to feed many
     
    4. God caused you to be weak
    - so that you won’t rely on yourself
     
    5. God is gracious even in His anger
    - His(story) will whitewash even our disobedience
  • Oct 4, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses (Part 4)
    Oct 4, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses (Part 4)
    Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses
     
    6 Reasons We Should Not Obsess Over Miracles, Signs & Wonders Today
     
    5. We have something better.
     
    Today, God uses something much more powerful than miracles, signs and wonders, to produce saving faith in His people.
    Today, He uses... WORDS
     
    - Words that come from God.
    - Words that can open spiritual eyes so that we can see...the mysteries and the wonders of His glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.
    - God’s words, unlike signs and wonders, have the power to create the miracle of a true faith.
     
    6. It takes our joy and focus away from the miracle that we should obsess over...
     
    The miracle that God would die for His creation.
    The miracle that, because of that, we can...
    ...be reconciled to God.
    ...be regenerated by the Spirit.
    ...participate in the divine nature.
    ...live eternally.
    ...live eternally with God and be His people.
  • Sep 27, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses (Part 3)
    Sep 27, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses (Part 3)
    Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses
     
    6 Reasons We Should Not Obsess Over Miracles, Signs & Wonders Today
     
    3. M,S&W have been and will be used to deceive many.
     
    God’s people are not the only ones who can work miracles, signs and wonders...God Himself allows (causes) the powers of darkness to work signs and wonders in “His name”, in order to purify His Church byexposing the false believers.
     
    4. M,S&W do not produce saving faith.
     
    5. We have something better.
  • Sep 20, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses (Part 2)
    Sep 20, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses (Part 2)
    Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses
     
    6 Reasons We Should Not Obsess Over Miracles, Signs & Wonders Today
     
    2. The primary purpose for most M,S&W has already been accomplished.
     
    A primary reason God used ‘signs’ and wonders…
    is to set apart a certain man as His representative,
    in order to speak to the world THROUGH that representative.
     
    God certified messengers for the purpose of revealing His message on earth
     
    Four reasons I believe miracles, signs & wonders are rare today
     
    1. The main purpose for them is completed.
    - The revelation that they bore witness to is complete and so they are not necessary.
    2. They were virtually all performed by apostles, and we have no apostles today.
    3. There is no one who has “perfect” theology like the apostles, that God could certify today.
    4. A miracle today would be done by God, not as a “sign”, but for some other reason only He knows.
  • Sep 13, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses
    Sep 13, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses
    Exodus 4 Signs and Wonders Affirm Moses
     
    6 Reasons We Should Not Obsess Over Miracles, Signs & Wonders Today
    1. To obsess over M,S&W, diminishes the constant, providential supervision of God over all things.
    - God is at work ALL THE TIME!!!
     
    Miracle - God working outside of His creation laws.
    Providence - God working through His creation laws.
     
     
    Miracle
    - Confusing of languages
    - Parting of the Red Sea
    - Water from the Rock
     
    Providence
    - Daniel and the lions
    - Jonah and the fish
    - David & Goliath
    - Defeat of the Amalekites
    - Fish with coin in mouth
    - Amazing catch of fish
     
    Miracle
    While we are waiting and praying for a miracle from God…
     
    Providence
    May we not miss the daily…
    …minute by minute…
    …(super)natural working of God.
  • Sep 6, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 3 The Burning Bush (Part 2)
    Sep 6, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 3 The Burning Bush (Part 2)
    Exodus 3 The Burning Bush
     
    “I AM”
    - Eternality of God
    - Immutability of God
    - Aseity of God
     
    Eternality - The God who exists
    He is from everlasting to everlasting.
    He has no beginning or no end.
    His nature and attributes are eternal.
    His purposes are eternal.
    His kingdom and reign will never end.
    Life and death are in His control.
     
    All sin is cosmic treason against an infinite being.
    Death must submit to the eternal “I AM”.
    Christ intercedes for His people eternally.
    We can trust Him for the future because He is there.
    Being conformed to His image means eternal life.
    Our lives now can have an eternal purpose.
    The eternal nature of God is what makes our present suffering worthwhile.
     
    Immutability - The God who never changes
    Thomas Watson
    “In God there is nothing which can change, for better or worse.
    He cannot change for the better—because then he would not now be perfect.
    He cannot change for the worse—for then he would cease to be perfect.
    He is immutably holy, immutably good; there is no shadow of change in him”
     
    Augustine
    “Whatsoever is changed from the better for the worse, and from the worse for the better, is not God, because perfect virtue can neither change for the better, nor true eternity for the worse”God cannot change His word, therefore it is always fresh and trustworthy.
     
    God cannot add to His knowledge, therefore He is perfectly all-knowing.
    God cannot react to circumstances or change His plans, therefore His purposes stands forever.
    God’s character or nature can never change, therefore His _______ will remain forever.
    He is forever the unchanging and unshakeable TRUTH, therefore His promises can never fail.
     
    Aseity – The Self-existing God
    He alone is dependent on nothing or no one.
    He is self-sufficient and self-sustaining
    His existence is not derived from or contingent on another thing or being.
    Within Himself, He is perfectly whole, complete, satisfied and without any need of any kind.
     
    He is self-divine. - His deity is derived from no other power.
    He is self-wise. - There is none who could ever instruct Him.
    He is self-virtuous. - He received His goodness from no one.
    He is self-attesting. - He alone is the source of truth.
    He is self-justifying. - He is perfectly just within Himself.
    He is self-empowering. - He derives power from no source.
    He is self-excellent. - If any being were more excellent, that being would be God.
     
    Not only is He independent and self-sufficient, but all else is dependent on Him.
    From Him, through Him, and to Him are all things.
    Nothing exists that He did not create and everything is sustained by Him.
  • Aug 30, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 3 The Burning Bush
    Aug 30, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 3 The Burning Bush
    Exodus 3 The Burning Bush
     
    YHWH
    - tetragrammaton (four letters)
    - Yahweh
     
    The primary reason God rescues men from the kingdom of darkness and brings them into the kingdom of His beloved Son, is so they are free to WORSHIP Him.
  • Aug 23, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 2 Out of Egypt
    Aug 23, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 2 Out of Egypt
    Exodus 2 - Out of Egypt
     
    Slavery – Slavery to sin
    Serving a Cruel Master – Captives of Satan
    Under Judgement – God is a just God
    The Passover – Escape through judgement
    The Crossing – Escape from enemy of death
    Mount Sinai – The giving of the Spirit/word
    Wilderness – Perfecting God’s people
    Promised Land – Saved to eternal life
  • Aug 9, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 2 God Sends a Deliverer
    Aug 9, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 2 God Sends a Deliverer
    The Whole Counsel of God – God Sends a Deliverer
    Exodus 2:11-22
     
    God Prepares His People For Service
    God’s School of Discipleship
     
    1. God prepares by providence
    - people, places, personality, abilities, situation
    2. God prepares by teaching
    - we are to learn to know Him through His word
    3. God prepares by subtraction
    - He removes the world and kills off our ‘self’
    4. God prepares by regeneration
    - The Spirit changes our hearts
  • Aug 2, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 2 God Sends a Deliverer
    Aug 2, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 2 God Sends a Deliverer
    The Whole Counsel of God – God Sends a Deliverer
    Exodus 2:1-10
     
    To Strengthen the Faith of God’s People
    1. Our faith and love for Jesus Christ
    - Moses is a type of Christ
    2. God has a plan and moves all the pieces on the earth to accomplish that plan
    3. God WILL save His people
    - He sends a savior at just the right time
    4. God’s main purpose is His own glory
  • Jul 26, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 1 The Enemy Strikes
    Jul 26, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 1 The Enemy Strikes
    The Whole Counsel of God – Exodus 1 The Enemy Strikes
     
    Exodus 1:1-22
     
    The Church Militant
    The Church Triumphant
     
    - The more God’s people are oppressed, the more that oppression strengthens them, and also works against their oppressors
    - This is true for the Church and individuals
    - Just as gold is purified by fire, so are we purified by trials
    - All things do work for OUR GOOD and HIS GLORY
    - For this reason we are to endure patiently
     
     
    Satan’s two tactics:
    - Overtly oppose God’s people
    - Covertly deceive God’s people
    - When Israel is overtly opposed by the enemy, they triumph and are blessed
    - When Israel is covertly deceived by the enemy, they are judged harshly by God
     
     
    We believe the Bible teaches us to submit to human governments...
    ...Until obeying them would mean disobeying God
    However...We should be wise (shrewd) as serpents and innocent as doves.
     
    1. Know your tendencies and lean against them.
    2. Know to which way you want to err and lean that way.
    3. Don’t expect anyone else to lead you.
    4. Don’t assume man’s motives and the devil’s motives are the same.
    5. Trust God’s word, not your feelings.
  • Feb 16, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph As A Foreshadow Of Christ
    Feb 16, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph As A Foreshadow Of Christ
    Joseph As A Foreshadow Of Christ
     
    The Three Components of Faith
     
    Knowledge (Know Truth)
    Belief (Believe Truth)
    Trust (Obey Truth)
  • Feb 9, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God’s Providence in Joseph’s Life
    Feb 9, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God’s Providence in Joseph’s Life
    God's Providence in Joseph's Life
     
    Joseph’s View of God’s Sovereignty And How It Impacted Him
     
    It caused him to forgive his brothers
    It gave him strength to persevere in trials
    It transformed him and his brothers
    It caused him to be humble
    It kept him humble while being bold and courageous
    It glorified God
  • Feb 2, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God’s Providence in Joseph’s Life
    Feb 2, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – God’s Providence in Joseph’s Life
    God's Providence in Joseph's Life
     
    Genesis 45 & 50
  • Jan 26, 2020Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph Reveals
    Jan 26, 2020
    Carl Helmuth – The Whole Counsel of God – Joseph Reveals
    Joseph Reveals
     
    Genesis 44-45