Needing a Sign from God?
11/11/2018

Needing a Sign from God?

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Passage: Luke 11:29-36
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Bible Text: Luke 11:29-36 | Speaker: Nelson Nyman | Series: Luke | Sermon 11:11:18

I asked my Uncle for advice about what to do. 

I wanted detail “left and right” instructions. 

He gave me a verse…

If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it!

Sign – an object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else

Jesus’ response to the request for an additional sign after he cast out a demon.

29 As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.

Luke 11:29-32

2 Scriptures, each answering a question:

1. What signs does God give people?

2. What signs do people give God?

1. What signs does God give people?

People ask for signs, but One Sign will always be the biggest. Jesus

A. His Son

30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.

32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now something greater than Jonah is here.

Jesus is a sign of God’s love.

“For God so loved the world…”

A sign indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else

B. His promises

36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.

39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.

Judges 6:36-40

Gideon was asking for a confirmation of a promise God had already given.

Gideon was a righteous man.

Ask them: What are some promises of God?

James 4:7 submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you

1 John 1:9 if you confess your sins, he is faithful to forgive and to cleanse

James 1:5 if any of you lacks wisdom, God gives generously

Application: What promise of God can I cling to at this moment?

C. People

Wise People:

31 The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the people of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom; and now something greater than Solomon is here.

i.e. that generation was not looking for wisdom even though it came to them instead of them having to go get it like she did. 

Foolish People:

Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? 

There is more hope for a fool than for them. 

Proverbs 26:12

IN OTHER WORDS: A sign of being wise is knowing I lack wisdom. 

Changed People:

Personal change (testimony) beyond one’s ability.

(Summary) 1. What signs does God give to people?

2. What signs do people give God?

Sign – an object, quality, or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else

In other words, What message am I sending to God?

33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. 36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

Luke 11:33-36

This talks about the interaction between the Eyes and the light.

– a dog takes nonverbal cues from your eyes. (don’t look at them)

“When your eyes are healthy…”

A persons perspective.

Berv’s advice

This advice was disappointing to me. Why?

My eyes (perspective) were unhealthy because I was out for myself. 

2. What signs do people give God?

“When your eyes are healthy…”

Healthy – When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. 

2. What signs do people give God?

A. Transparency

Openness to the light of the Holy Spirit. 

Lack of corrupting bias, of darkness and self-righteousness. 

Example: The spiritually blind are like the child who covers his eyes thinking no one sees him. 

The truth is not subjective. 

Application: 

Be transparent, showing flaws, always being willing to learn.

Ephesians 1:18, “Open the eyes of my heart…”

B. Zeal for the things of God.

The prophets:

– Nehemiah grieving over the Sabbath being broken

– Elijah grieved over what Ahab, Jezebel, and all Israel was doing.

“Break my heart for what breaks yours…”

Application: What is my response when the world glorifies the wrong?

Popular lyrics: 

‘Cause it’s a beautiful night, we’re looking for something dumb to do

Hey baby, I think I wanna marry you

Is it the look in your eyes or is it this dancing juice

Who cares baby, I think I wanna marry you

I’ll go get a ring

Let the choir bell sing like ooh

So what you wanna do

Lets just run girl

If we wake up and you want to break up, that’s cool

No I won’t blame you

It was fun girl

Many couples posted engagement pictures to this song.

35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.

See to it that your perspective does not glorify darkness.

Application: How? 

“I will not look with approval

    on anything that is vile…”

Psalm 101:3a

C. Willingness to be a sign for God.

To who much (prophets, warnings, Bibles, teachings) is given, much will be required.

36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

Isaiah

17 I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.

18 Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. 

We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.

19 When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?

Isaiah 8:17-19

You and I are signs too. 

What am I a sign of?

Cross – Jesus is the Sign of God’s love for us.

Jesus is not only the Sign itself. 

He is the light by which we can see the signs he is sending to us.

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. 

~ C. S. Lewis

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