“Wherewith Shall I Come Before The Lord?”
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We are not under the Old Law [a.k.a. Law of Moses] (Romans 7:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-17, and Hebrews 9:15-17).
1. That being said, there are a lot of principles to learn from the Old Law (Romans 15:4 and I Corinthians 10:1-12, and Hebrews 11:1-40).
2. Additionally, there are many things that were said of old that we can prove are still in effect today:
a. Love the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:5; cf. Mark 12:30).
b. No adultery, killing, stealing, bearing false witness, coveting, and we must love our neighbor as ourselves (Exodus 20:13-17 and Leviticus 19:18; cf. Romans 13:9-10).
3. We must always make SURE that if we use O.T. passages for or against something, the N.T. must teach that as well (i.e. Matthew 5:31-37).
4. It is the law of Christ we are held accountable to (John 12:48).
B. With that in mind, consider something about priests of old… (Exodus 19:22 and Exodus 28:41).
1. When not clean, they couldn’t act (Ezra 9:1-10:6).
2. How does that apply to us?
a. Every Christian is a priest (I Peter 2:9 and Revelation 1:5-6).
b. We offer SPIRITUAL sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1, Hebrews 13:15-16, and I Peter 2:5) and we’ll see in this lesson that we must come before Him in cleanliness.
II. Body: Micah 6:6-8
A. Micah 6:6: How do I approach Him?
1. We can come before God sitting, standing, bowing, etc. (Matthew 26:20-29, Mark 11:25, and Ephesians 3:14).
2. Does the Lord want burnt offerings or other physical gifts for me to be pleasing in His sight (I Samuel 15:22-23 and Proverbs 21:3)?
B. Micah 6:7: Is it possible to pay for my sins (Ephesians 2:8-10 and Hebrews 10:2-22)?
1. I do need to realize that God doesn’t want my worship if I am in sin (Proverbs 15:8, Proverbs 21:27, Proverbs 28:9, Amos 5:21-24, Matthew 23:14, I Corinthians 11:23-32, and I Peter 3:12).
2. I need to repent [or obey the Gospel to begin with] before I approach Him (Isaiah 1:10-16 and James 4:6-10).
C. Micah 6:8: It is good to…
1. Do justly (Romans 1:16-17, I Thessalonians 2:10, and Hebrews 10:38).
2. Love mercy (Matthew 5:7 and Colossians 3:12).
3. Walk with God (Genesis 6:9, Malachi 2:4-6, Colossians 3:1-4, and I John 2:3-6).
4. Be humble (Proverbs 16:18, Matthew 18:1-4, Matthew 23:12, and I Peter 5:5-6).
III. Conclusion: Joel 2:12-13 and I Timothy 2:8
© 2012 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager