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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Numbers 23:10

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Intro: Carlyle in history: "History of the French Revolution" Duke of Orleans who did not believe in death. Secretary stumbled on the words, "The late King of Spain" and he angrily demanded what it meant by that. "My Lord" is a title some of the kings of Spain have taken.
I. "LET ME DIE THE DEATH OF THE RIGHTEOUS."
A. How do the righteous die?
1. Without fear (Ps. 23).
2. Without uncertainty.
a. Hobbs - "I am about to take my last journey."
b. Gothe - "More light."
c. Paul - "I have fought a good fight."
d. Stephen - "Lord Jesus receive my spirit."
B. Facets of the death of the righteous.
1. He does not lose everything.
a. How much did he leave?
b. "For me to live is Christ to die gain."
2. At the worst, he is as well off as any other man.
C. This is a natural almost universal desire.
1. Though a man live like the devil, he wants to die like a saint.
2. Many avoid the righteous life like a plague.
D. The way to die the death of the righteous is to live the life of the righteous.
1. It's really not that bad (Satan's lie).
2. In fact it is quite glorious.
II. "LET MY LAST END BE LIKE HIS."
A. What is the last end of the righteous?
1. Upon death, ushered into the presence of Lord "Now we see through dark glass, but then face to face."
2. We are to live and reign with Him forever.
3. Our spirits will be clothed upon with new bodies.
4. Throughout the endless ages to come God shall be revealing what the exceeding greatness of His love is toward us in Christ.
B. What is the last end of the unrighteous?
III. THE VANITY OF MERE DESIRES.
A. Balaam did not die the death of the righteous.
1. Died fighting against them in battle.
2. Wishing will not make it so.
B. Your desires may be the purest and highest.
1. Desire to be a Christian.
2. Desire the power of the Spirit.
3. Desire freedom from sin.
4. Desire alone is not enough.
C. You must accept God's gift, His Son.
1. You must submit your life to His Lordship.
2. You must begin to fight the good fight of faith.
3. Bunyan's picture - brave place - happy spirits singing at the top. Clad in royal white robes desired to be with them. At door, armored men pushing back those who desired entrance. Presently a strong man of bold countenance covered with armor went up to the table of the men with a writer's ink horn, "set down my name sir."
Sermon Notes for Numbers 23:10 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Numbers 26:9 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Leviticus 1-8 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Deuteronomy 1:6 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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