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Believers – Passion Week – spent time repenting
What is our greatest sin?
A failure to thirst for God
Start with the final words of Jesus while he hung on the cross
- Matt 27:45-46
- John 19:28
We read about what was happening physically? What was happening spiritually?
- Hebrew 4:14-15
- 2 Cor 5:21
- Preach the gospel
- Why have you forsaken me?
- I’m thirsty – Jesus is expressing his humanity, yes, but also Jesus is telling us what it feels like to be cut off from God
- Jesus and God connected through some type of God-fiber, not getting reduced to 28kbps
- Light is becoming dark
- Fountain is drying up
Thirst is a sign of a lack
- Physical thirst – body’s signal
- Spiritual thirst – sign that we are lacking something, rather Someone
- Thirst is a good analogy because how often do you get thirsty?
Read Psalm 42-43 – treat as one unit
- Structure – 3 despairs and 3 praises
- Land of Jordan – Promised Land – place of battle
- Mount Hermon is mentioned throughout OT. Highest pt in Israel.
- Many people believe that The Transfiguration occurred somewhere on Mount Hermon.
- Mount Mizar is a small mountain or hill near the more spectacular Mount Hermon.
- Metaphor for life: spectacular and mundane, all the days in between
- Unknown psalmist prays this
- Centuries later, Jesus would be thinking about these 2 psalms and living out and reciting Psalm 42 and 43 while on the cross
- Turmoil, thirst turning to hope and praise
- Jesus lived this out and he set a pattern for all to follow
We read about thirsting in the Psalms
We already read Psa 42-43
We read about thirsting in the book of Isaiah
v2 – He has become MY SALVATION
Pattern of salvation
- Repentance + faith
- Directionality of repentance – faith is the direction
- Wrong ways to repent – Judas, Peter initially
- Wrong way to repent – inward
- Wrong way – I got to change, I have to improve myself
- Right way to repent – faith is a direction
- Moving toward a Person
- Thirsting, longing, desiring to be with a Person
This theme of thirsting continues in the book of Isaiah
We read about thirsting in Jeremiah
We read about thirsting in the gospel of John
Come to me and drink – present tense
Already but not yet aspect of the kingdom
We read about thirsting in the book of Revelation
What do we do?
First, we need to ask for a new heart
Second, we must be careful not to harden our hearts
Psalm 95 is quoted in Heb 4:5-11
Third, to prevent hardening, we must hear His voice and then make every effort to enter into that rest