God is transcendent. We are transitory. We are being brought to an end. Christ as the polished arrow was shot into this world. His power was revealed in putting Himself in the place to take the wrath. (Psalm 90:1-16; Isaiah 49:22; Psalm 110:3)

Speaker: Zane Turk
Sermon# 12681

Date: 2024-03-10
Time: Sun 6:30pm

 

Zane Turk –

All right. Good evening. How are you guys doing? Great. Awesome. Thank you guys for praying. Let’s open our
Bibles to Psalm 90. We want to welcome back anybody here from Eurocon. So, if you just got back
from Eurocon, welcome. Thank you for going and ministering and thank you for coming back to
us.

So, just as I was in my car before I came into church, I was just looking in the mirror. Getting my
hair good and everything. You know, making sure there’s nothing in my teeth. My hair is okay.
Okay. It’s good. I got out of the car and a huge gust of wind just undid all the work that I did for
20 minutes in the car! So, I went over to the corner. I had my wife, can you just fix my hair?
Okay. (Prayer).

Isn’t it great to be in church? Yes, I love you guys so much. It’s amazing. We can look at each
other and we just have connections and life between us and a lot of love. We can see each
other’s lives as we’re serving in the Body and we’re just quietly grateful for one another, right?
Quietly grateful for the laid down lives and the hearts after God. It’s amazing. So, I’m honored
to be here. Very honored to speak the Bible to you guys and just be here tonight.

So, Psalm 90 is an amazing chapter in the Bible, and there’s four points that I want to talk about
tonight. The first point is found in vs. 2. Moses is saying God before you formed the mountains,
before you brought forth the mountains or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from
everlasting to everlasting you are God. Point #1 for our notebooks. God is transcending time,
matter, and space. From everlasting to everlasting. Before you brought forth the earth and the
world for ever you had formed the mountains, you are God. Wow! That’s amazing. That God is
God before the earth was made.

And why does it say in vs. 2, “the earth and the world?” Why the earth and the world? Why not
just say the earth? Because the earth refers to the geographical landscape. It refers to the land,
the trees, the sky, the sun, the beaches, the deserts, the mountains. And the world refers to its
inhabitants. The people that are in the world.

So, God before you had formed the land and the sea and the stars and Creation, and before
people were in the world. That’s an amazing thought that before there was any person there
was God. God was before time. Even before time began, God was there and he was in the
heavens and even before he made the heavens he was there. Before time and space. He is holy.
He is completely set apart. He is eternal. He is everlasting. He is the beginning and the end, the
Alpha and Omega, the first and the last. He transcends time. Point #1 is that God transcends
time.

Point #2 is the transitory life of man and the fragility of man’s existence. Man is in transit. He is
here for one minute and then he is on to the next life. Man is here for a moment and then he
passes on. This is such an amazing meditation that we’re invited into.

As I’m reading this psalm, it says “A Prayer of Moses.” That’s not necessarily inspired part of
Scripture but the scholars they are saying that due to the literary structure and the content of
this psalm, it’s most likely that Moses wrote this.

As I read this psalm, I like to dive into the Bible. Do you guys like to dive into the Bible? If you’re
jumping into water, some of us have to plug our nose. We jump. We do a little pencil dive. Or if
we’re bold, we’ll put our hands together and we’ll dive in head first.

But you know, you and I can dive into the Bible. And when it says in vs. 1, “Lord you have been
our dwelling place,” we can dive into that Scripture and we can feel the sand in between our
toes as we’re leaving Egypt. And we can feel the hot sun on our back. And we can feel the
callous in our hands as we pull the rope of our donkey and our family. We can hear the laughing
of the children as they’re running passed the caravan. We can dive in the Scripture when we
arrive at Elam and there are twelve springs of water and 70 palm trees. And we can dive there
and say I want to stay in Elam where there’s an oasis in this desert, but then God says, no. The
cloud is lifting. Keep moving. This is not your dwelling place.

What a picture for us as humans that we are passing through this life. And the same way the
Israelites were passing through the wilderness, their dwelling place was not the oasis. Their
dwelling place was not their tent. Their dwelling place was not in the wilderness. It says Lord,
you have been our dwelling place. We’re going somewhere. We’re going to the Promised Land
for them and for us, we’re going to heaven and we’re passing through this life.

Is my dwelling place the security of my job or the security of my finances? Do I make my home
in the security of my wealth or my health? Do I make my home in the security of my youth in
the strength of my hands? Or is my dwelling place in the Lord? Because if the Lord is our
dwelling place, he is from everlasting to everlasting and he changes not in Malachi 3:6.

And if God is my dwelling place, my circumstances can change but I have a sure foundation. I
have a Rock that is higher than I in Psalm 61. The Lord is our dwelling place as we’re passing
through this life.

So, what’s point #1? Yes. Transcendence. God is transcending time, space, and matter. Point
#2? [Indistinct]. I know. That was a hard point. I said point #2 and then I said a hard sentence.
Man’s life is short. He’s passing through. He’s only here for a moment.

And then point #3, let’s read a couple verses. Vs. 3-4. You know what I love about vs. 4? A
thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past or a watch in the night. Follow
this. Before you formed the earth and the world from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
Outside of time. But in this verse, a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday. What
does that mean? That means that although God is outside of time, he is involved in man’s life in
time. Because he has a perspective on time.

And what’s his perspective? That a thousand years is but one day. How many philosophies of
man arise and fall in one thousand years. How many empires rise and fall? How many Caesars
live and die? How many nations rise and fall in a thousand years? And God says that’s a day. It’s
there and it goes. And you can make your dwelling place in me.

And you and I, we can sit in a chair and we can look out our window and we can think I’m not
going to be here in 100 years. What is my life made up of? Is my life made up of the pursuit of
riches? Is my life made up of in Luke 12 of making bigger barn to hold all of my stuff? Or is my
life made up of being rich towards God? And laying up treasures in heaven where neither moth
nor rust can destroy. Is my life made up of looking for the glory of man in John 12:43 or looking
for the glory that comes from God in John 5? God honors those who honor him in 1 Samuel
2:30.

In vs. 5-6. There is a couple of similitudes here that Moses uses to describe the shortness of
man’s life. #1 is a flood. Why does he use a flood? Because nobody can escape a flood. The
same way that nobody can escape death. Nobody can prepare for a flood except Noah because
God told him it was coming. But we can’t prepare for when a flood comes. And when it comes,
it takes out everybody. In death, it doesn’t spare one man or one woman. Death comes for us
all.

So, Moses is saying the shortness of man’s life is like a flood that comes and takes away the life.
You’re not expecting when it does. You can’t prepare for it, and when it comes, no one is able
to escape.

What else does he compare the shortness of man’s life to? Sleep. Some people are doing that
right now, but it’s okay! There’s no condemnation. Why does he compare it to sleep? Because
sleep, oh, it’s always too short. The alarm turns on, it’s always too short. Life is too short, too.
Life is too short, too.

Why does he compare it to sleep? He compares it to sleep because we’re so easily woken up
from sleep. Sometimes our own snoring even wakes us up. We wake up easily, huh?

I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I wake up and in the middle of the night, my arm is
asleep. It’s kind of scary for the first couple minutes because sometimes you have to use your
awake arm to go and grab it, pull it over, and then you’re kind of shaking the blood into it to get
it flowing. Even the nerves in our arm can make us wake up, right? Sleep is too short and we’re
easily taken out of it. And the same way with life. Life is too short and we’re easily taken away.
Our life is easily taken away.

One writer says that if you’re on a ship, what’s separating you from death? A plank of a piece of
wood, right? If you’re walking on the street, even the tile from the roof can fall down and kill a
man. We’re so close to death every day. We’re so close. Life is like sleep. The shortness of
man’s life is like sleep.

And what is another thing that our life is like sleep? Why is it like sleep? Because when we
dream. Sometimes, I dream of cheeseburgers! And I want a cheeseburger. I’m eating a
cheeseburger from…I’m about to take a sip of the milkshake, but then I wake up! Dang! I got to
go back to sleep. You click snooze alarm and try to get the dream back. It never works though.
But it’s the same way in our life where we’re always reaching for something. We’re always
reaching for peace or joy or security or significance.

But it seems so close but man never gets there. That’s the same thing with our dream. We’re
walking in our dream but we’re not actually moving. Sometimes, I fly in my dream. I don’t
know. When I was a kid, I had a lot of flying dreams. I don’t know why. But I wasn’t flying. The
same thing with our life, it’s not the reality. But thankfully, Paul says in Ephesians 5 you wake up you
who sleep. Wake up you who sleep. Arise from the dead and Christ will shine on you, right?
Christ is the one who wakes us up from our sleep. And when we find Christ, it’s so good that in
Psalm 126 they said we were like those who dream. They thought they were dreaming about
receiving the land back and it was so good that they thought they were dreaming. And when we
find Christ, it’s so good that we say it’s almost like I was dreaming but it’s real life.

Peter said it’s almost like I was dreaming when I was taken out of prison but I wasn’t dreaming.
I was actually being delivered. Joseph could say it was almost like I was dreaming when all of
the shafts of wheat were around mine and all the stars were bowing down to me. And then he’s
in Pharaoh’s court and all of his brothers are bowing down. He said I had a dream about that
but it’s the reality in my life. When Christ comes into our life, it’s no longer sleep but it’s the
reality. It’s the true light that has come into the world and shines and the darkness cannot
overcome it in John 1:4-5.

And then if we go to verse 7, this is point #3. Are you guys with me? Awesome. Awesome. Point
#3. Vs. 7. It’s interesting. Where did this part of the psalm come from? We’re talking about the
eternality of God, how he is from everlasting to everlasting. And then we’re talking about the
shortness of man’s life. And where does wrath come from? It comes from vs. 8-9.

And then another interesting point about this chapter is that he’s categorizing our life in
different sections. One section is that he’s saying your life, our years of our life are 70 to 80. Our
life is categorized in years. And then, they’re categorized in days. And in vs. 14, it’s categorized
by mornings. And in vs. 9, it’s categorized by a sigh or a tale that is told. A moment.

Could I look at my life the same way and say I have this many years on the earth. What am I
going to do with my years? Am I going to honor God with my years? Am I going to find God with
my years? Am I going to find God in my days? Teach us to number our days that we may gain a
heart of wisdom. Am I going to find God in my days? Am I going to find God in the morning
when I wake up? Am I going to find him in the morning? Is his love going to satisfy me in the
morning? And then am I going to find God in the sighs of life, in the moments? Can I find God in
the moments?

Can God in his reality permeate every minute of my life and I say yes because the Bible says yes.
Because the Bible says that I the Lord, I keep the vineyard and I water it moment by moment in
Isaiah 27:3. I water your vineyard every moment. Psalm 1 and Jeremiah 17 says if you trust in God, if you
meditate on his Word day and night, you will never be dry but you will be living by a stream.
We don’t have to go a moment without God in our life. We can find him in every time in every
season.

But why is God angry about sin? This is amazing. This is amazing if we can follow this that if God
is from everlasting to everlasting, and if man has sinned against God, the moment that man sins
against God, that temporal being and that temporal sin because it’s committed against an
eternal God takes on an eternal punishment. So no longer is our sin something that is temporal
and something that is confined to only us. Because it was against God, our sin took on an
eternal punishment. Because God is outside of time. No longer is my sin gauged by an aspect of
time.

This is a hard thing to understand but when we understand it, we can understand the grace of
God in a much more amazing way. And why is that? Because if I sin, and I fall short of the glory
of God and I sin in the moment, I can feel so condemned. I can feel so condemned about my
sin, but then two days later, I don’t feel as condemned. And then one week later, I don’t feel as
condemned because I’m a being that’s in time.

But God, he doesn’t forget about sin. God never forgot about sin. There was always a payment.
There was always a payment. In vs. 8. In a minute I want to turn to another verse, but I just
want to say in this verse it says that our iniquities are before God. Our iniquities are before God.
And in Psalm 51:3, David says my iniquities are before me. My iniquities are before me. Maybe
let’s turn there because it’s close. Just turn to the left a couple times.

Psalm 51:3, this is an amazing thing that God has given us the whole Bible so we can understand
who he is. And in the law, God gave Moses and the people a provision for their sin. The
provision was that they would make a sacrifice according to what the law said for the
transgression. And they would bring the blood into the holy of holies. And they would atone for
sin once in the year.

What does that mean though? That simply means in the Hebrew, the word simply means cover.
To cover. Because the ark of the covenant had the tablets, the law inside and on top was the
covering or the lid and when the high priest would sprinkle the blood on the lid, all that it was
doing which was a lot. It was doing a lot. But all that it was doing was covering the sin of man
and our iniquities remained before God. But they were covered. And not only did our iniquities
remain before God, but they remained before me in Psalm 51:3.

And every year that the high priest would go back into the holy place, there would be a
reminder of sin. And you know, sin loves to remind us of our sin. Sin loves to remind us of what
we’ve done wrong. And even our conscience loves to remind us of the sins that we’ve
committed. And that’s why we came here tonight is to hear about point #4. You guys ready for
point #4? Yeah? Okay. Point #4 is a really great one.

Our iniquities, they are before us. Are they not? When we sin, we know it. We know we’ve
done wrong. We know that we’ve broken God’s law. We feel the condemnation in our flesh.
We know that we’re convicted in the Spirit but condemned in the flesh. And we know we’ve
sinned.

But let’s turn to Isaiah 49 and we’ll read one verse from there. And this is a prophecy about the
servant of the Lord. It’s a prophecy about the Messiah that is to come. Isaiah 49:2, I heard a
message on this. An old message about this verse and it’s always stuck with me. vs. 2. And God
has a quiver full of arrows in this verse. He takes out an arrow and he shoots the arrow and who
are his arrows? His arrows are his prophets. He shoots Moses into Egypt to deliver his people
out of slavery. And then God reaches in the quiver and pulls out another arrow and he shoots it
into time and it’s King David who is the leader of his people. And then he pulls out another
arrow and it’s the prophet Isaiah. Another arrow and it’s the prophet Jeremiah.

God is over here. He’s outside of time. He is from everlasting to everlasting. But he’s shooting
his arrows into time, into man’s world. He’s shooting his arrows in to lead his people, to speak
what his thoughts are to us.

And then, it says that I was the polished arrow. I was the hidden arrow. And there was an arrow
in the quiver of God and he was, his name was Jesus. And he actually was God in the flesh and
he was hidden from the eyes of man. He was hidden from the rabbis and the people in the Old Testament. They didn’t know that it was going to be God that would come in the flesh. They
didn’t know it was going to be God that would be sent into the world.

In Psalm 45:5, the psalmist said your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies. And
when Jesus was shot into time, and when Jesus walked in this earth, and when Jesus lived a
perfect life, and when Jesus fulfilled the law, and when Jesus spoke words to people and when
he spoke words to the Pharisees, his arrow was sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies. His
arrow was sharp in the heart of religiosity. His arrow was sharp in sickness and in death. His
arrow was sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies.

And in Psalm 72:5, there’s an amazing verse that I was fellowshipping with some brothers the
other day. And it says this in Psalm 72:5. Sorry, vs. 6. And as we keep Psalm 90 in our mind, and we
think of this other verse, we see vs. 11 of Psalm 90. Who considers the power of your angry and
your wrath according to the fear of you? What is the power of God’s anger?

The power of God’s anger is all the wrath, all the judgment and all the justice that was poured
out on Christ at the cross. It was the beatings and the lashes. It was the physical torment, the
mental anguish that he went through and being forsaken and betrayed and spit upon and
mocked and railed at and scoffed at by the people who were his own. It was the wrath of God
poured out on sin.

And the power of God’s anger in this moment was so mighty. It was so mighty on Christ. But
because God’s wrath was mighty on Christ, it could be a gentle love that would satisfy us in the
morning for those who would turn to him. Because God’s wrath was satisfied in the person of
Christ, his love could be falling down on us like a water, a shower that waters the earth.
Although the wrath of God is against sin, not the sinner, not Christ. It’s against sin. He can still
pour out his love.

I love in vs. 16 of Psalm 90. God can say and he has said in Habakkuk 1:5, I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if it was told you. What is the work that God is doing in our days
that we wouldn’t believe? He’s taking the hidden arrow. He’s sending his only Son from eternity
into time as the eternal Son. The only one who is able to take all of the sins of the world is the
eternal God with eternal blood. And he has taken it upon himself and he was shot into this
world and he fell on us like showers and like rain on mown grass.

In the ancient world, they would have a long curved blade called a scythe, and they would cut
down, mow down the grass with these long blades. And that’s like what sin has done to us. Sin
has mowed us down. It has taken us from what we were supposed to be in the Garden of Eden.
It has corrupted us. It has corrupted our desires. It has corrupted our mortal body. It has
corrupted our mind, our will and our emotions. Sin has mowed us down.

But even though sin has mowed us down, the gentleness of God is still what makes us great.
And the gentle rain of Deuteronomy 32 falls on us and it’s the teaching and it’s gentle. It’s the words of
Christ that lead us back to him and he says I am gentle and I am lowly at heart.
Let your work be shown to your servants and your glorious power to their children. And I think
we’ll just close with this. We’ll just close with this one last thought. Your glorious power to your
children. And let’s turn to Psalm 110 and we’ll just say one more verse before we close.

Psalm 110:3, what is the day of God’s power but today. The day of God’s power is today. Because
he said wait in the city until you’re clothed with power from on high. And when the Holy Spirit
came into Pentecost in the upper room, it was the power of God resting upon men. Moses is
saying let your work be shown to your servants and your glorious power to their children.

God could have easily come down and he could have set up his army and he could have brought
down all of his angels and he could have started in the East and marched all the way West and
captured every single city and set up his kingdom on the earth and said this is the day of my
power when I conquer all the nations of the world by my might. But no. The day of his power is
today when he was crucified in weakness in 2 Corinthians 13:5.

But when he was raised in power. What is the power of God? The power of God is not that he can kill the whole world and set up his own kingdom. But the power of God is that he can win the hearts of men by being an arrow
that was hidden, shot into time, taking the sins of the entire human race, forgiving them of
every single trespass. Not just covering their sin, but paying the penalty for their sin and
removing their sin from the mind of God. Because it says in Isaiah 53 that he bore the iniquities of
us all and the Lord has laid upon him the iniquities of us all.

The power of God is that he could win our hearts because he has poured out his love on us and we willingly offer ourselves to him. And in Isaiah 52, it says that he will sprinkle many nations. The power of God is that there are
people in the northern most part of Russia, in the southern most part of South America, in the
northern most part of Canada. All over the world, there are people who have been sprinkled
with the blood of Christ. And they’re offering themselves willingly to God and they are giving
him everything they have because of gratefulness. Because my sin is no longer before me in Psalm
51:3. It was taken away.

Behold the Lamb of God who comes to take away the sins of the world. He came to take away
the sin of the world. He didn’t come to cover sin. No, he was the only one. He was the only one
that could look sin in the face. He was the only one that could look death square in the face. He
was the only one in the Garden of Gethsemane after Satan entered into the heart of Judas that
could look the devil straight in the face in the next garden. Not in the Garden of Eden but in the
Garden of Gethsemane. Look the devil straight in the face. I’m going to the Cross. I’m going to
deal with sins forever. Acts 3:19, I’m going to blot them out. There is no more remembrance in

Hebrews 8:12 and Hebrews 10:17. It’s a New Covenant, and in this covenant the sins are no longer an
issue because they’ve been paid for in full and not only have they been paid for, they’ve been
taken away. And we rejoice in that, don’t we? We rejoice in that, don’t we? And we offer
ourselves willingly in the day of his power.

Lord, show us your work and show us your glorious power. What does he show us? He shows
us the Cross. He shows us the blood. He shows us the resurrection. He shows us the new life
that we have. He shows us that the old man is passed away and our sins are not accounted to
us anymore because we’ve been justified by faith. He shows us the weakness of the Cross and
the power of the resurrection and the power of the Spirit filling us.

And changing us from the inside where no longer are we afraid but we fear him. No longer are
we scared of God but we know and understand him. No longer are we afraid or scared of God
but we learn to fear him because his wrath is only pointing to his holiness not to his
unreasonability and not to his rash acts to get us back for our sin. No, no, no. It’s because we
know and understand him that he’s the Lord practicing justice, righteousness, and mercy. And
we understand who God is.

The day of God’s power is now. When we can know him. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so are my thoughts higher than your thoughts and my ways higher than your ways.
But God took the hidden arrow and he shot it down from heaven and with this arrow, he
brought the thoughts of God to us so we could know his thoughts, so we could know his ways in
Psalm 103. Moses knew his ways and Israel knew his acts. So, we can know the ways of God.
Amen.

Hey, let’s rejoice in the Lord. We are forgiven. We are loved. God is free to pour out his love on
us. And I’ll close with this. No longer is your sin before you. Let’s say that together. No longer is
my sin before me. No longer is my sin before me. No longer is my sin before me. Because he
has taken out the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands and he nailed it to
the cross. Look through the files. Look through the files for your sin. Where is it? You can’t see
it. It’s gone. It’s gone. It’s no longer before me. It’s no longer before God. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Amen. So, let’s just bow our heads and this will be an invitation for salvation.

 

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