Launch Out, Let Down and Go DEEPER!!

TEXT: 4 “Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.”

BR: Luke 5 (4)

INTRO: Jesus was standing by a lake. The people wanted to hear Him share the Words of God. In fact, it said that they pressed upon Him (applied pressure)
“Please preach to us,  Jesus” – “We want to hear the Words of God”.

“5 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret,

I) Launch Out!

2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land.

A) Let Jesus talk to you for a little while
3 “And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land.”

B) To hear His Words, you must THRUST away from the shore
THRUST: push (something or someone) suddenly or violently in the specified direction

You have to thrust away from the shoreline of WORK
PUSH AWAY the affairs of life on earth, and give Jesus a chance to talk to you personally.

Close out all the noise and confusion around you and listen carefully for His voice within.

C) WHAT did He say to the people?
The bible doesn’t tell us, but when He finished, He told them to get the nets back out and put them back in the water, because a BIG blessing was coming their way! So…

Maybe it was a sermon about FAITH?  Persistence?  Maybe He taught them about the POSSIBILITIES available to those who believe?

II) Let Down!!
4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. (A BIIIIIGGGG HAUL!)

A) EVERYONE wants to haul in the BIG BLESSINGS in life
Provisions for the family; a good job; a happy family!
Loving friendships!

Draught: Capacity of being drawn; force necessary to draw.
Those blessings don’t just SWIM to you; you gotta haul ‘em in!

First, they had to LET DOWN!
Let down the nets of defeat; pride; bitterness; excuses; surrender.

B) Don’t give up!
They had already washed the nets; they had given up on catching fish, and after fishing all night, and it’s no surprise.

After long periods of effort to accomplish things, it’s easy to become hopeless, discouraged, depressed, and ready to surrender.  It was so bad, that when even Jesus instructed him, Simon obeyed with reluctance.

“And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net

Simon did it ANYWAY, even though he had given up.
Sometimes you just have to move forward because GOD said so.

III) Go DEEPER!
A) Then Jesus said – “Launch Out!”
Get away from this shallow water – that’s where success lies
Superficial Christianity

B) Ezek. 47 – In the Kingdom of Christ and of God
Ezekiel was a prophet, and God sent him to the people of Israel; he was sent at a time when they were in national chaos, and He preached to them a two-fold message:

1) God’s judgments upon them for their sins.
2) Their future restoration.

God showed a river that will run out from under the Temple where Jesus will someday rule the world; this huge temple will be in Jerusalem, Israel.

3 “And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ancles.

…knees / loins, etc.

5 Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over. “

*a 2% slope, because he went out about 2 miles before it was over his head.

This was to show how incredibly WIDE this river of living water will be.
*Waters will be healed, and the desert will become alive with abundance of fish and every living thing!

Ezekiel could not realize how massive this river will be, until he went out DEEPER!
Also, this showed Israel that, though they were in tribulation and national distress, someday they would enjoy blessings beyond their wildest imaginations.

For the unsaved man,…

Life is like a barren desert wasteland.

SIN is a pre-existing, natural condition -but God has a message of restoration for all!
As in the vision of Ezekiel, when Christ becomes the King of your life, life will spring up everywhere! All around you LIFE will spring up!

*Now that you have heard the Word of God and the message of Christ, GO DEEPER

For Christians,…
…this barrenness symbolizes our adversities; lack of nourishment, spiritually, and because of it, a lack of growth.

Maybe you too, need to GO DEEPER!
THRUST away from it all, and pray.

C) The builder
Many have preached and taught about this builder in the Bible; the source is usually the Gospel of Matthew; the story is also found in Luke 6

One thing that often gets overlooked,

The version in Luke 6, shows more about the man;
he was not SHALLOW.
His determination made him unwilling to settle for sand;
He kept digging until he found something he KNEW was stable enough to provide SAFETY for his family. His intention was to SURVIVE the storm.

“46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

Matthew 7 says:
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Luke 6 says:
48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.”Remember the woman that met Jesus at the well?

If we would survive the storms of life, we must DIG DEEPER and build life upon God’s WORD!

John 4
“10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?

CONCLUSION:
Luke 5

5 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, 2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.

Starting your Christian experience by listening to Jesus and “dipping your toe” to ‘test the waters’ is a GREAT START! But it’s time to give up SHALLOW living, and get DEEP with God.

Optional Scriptures:
I Cor 2 -Let’s go DEEP!
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

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Sold in the Shambles

TEXT: I Cor. 10 (25) “ 25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake”

INTRO:  This strange bit of instruction in I Cor. might not make sense to many people today.  Animal sacrifices were part of the OT law given by God to Israel; but other nations that worshipped idols and statues in their pagan religions also offered animals to their gods.

When the leftover meat from those sacrifices was discarded, it was still edible and sold in the public marketplace.  What Paul called THE SHAMBLES (which means ‘a MESS’) was a place where meat and other articles of food are sold, meat market.

Ever been to a market in a third world country? They are literally in SHAMBLES – i.e, a MESS! Flies coming and going; stench; it’s hung up in plain sight and unwrapped.

I) SOLD to the Slavemaster

The verse of scripture here says;

 25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake

He was telling them that it was OKAY to eat it, even though it was offered to an idol, because we know that an idol is only a statue and meaningless. It’s just another piece of meat.

ROMANS 7

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.

4097 πιπράσκω [piprasko /pip·ras·ko/] v. sold under sin, a price, of one sold into slavery. Sold to the master, to whom one is sold as a slave, entirely under the control of the love of sinning. 2b of one bribed to give himself up wholly to another’s will.

We were hung up like a piece of meat in the market place to be sold off to the highest bidder; SOLD UNDER SIN!

Our lives before we came to know Christ, were living offerings to sin, and the ways of satan.

EPHESIANS 2

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

II) SIN: An horrible taskmaster

14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

III) Christ our REDEEMER

REDEMPTION

Retrieve, regain, recover, get back, reclaim, repossess; buy back. (Redneck version – ‘fetched’ from o’er yonder)

EPHSIANS 2 (CONTINUED)

“…4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus“

EPH> 1 (7)

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace

COL. 1

12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 

21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven

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