Leadership Seminar (hosting Shane Willard)
comes in, and he rescues them out of that slavery. Then they were out of slavery for 430 years; and then they get re -
enslaved. We're going to talk about that later this week, why they got re-enslaved. Part of the reason was because
this group of people, who were slaves, and God freed them from that, eventually started enslaving people again.
Solomon had forced labour building the temple of God! So this God, who hates slavery so bad, He got this whole
group of people out of it - the very group of people that He got out of slavery into freedom, they turned around and
enslaved people - which I guess that has nothing to do with us, but it has everything to do with us.
So then they get enslaved into Babylon, and they're in Babylon. From the slavery in Babylon to the time of Jesus was
exactly 430 years; so to the Hebrew people, the Hebrew people were waiting on a new Moses, to come and kind of
save the day. So when Jesus comes along the scene, and the writers and people are proclaiming things like: peace
on earth, and good will to all men. In other words, what they were saying was: Caesar is not the answer, this guy is.
This guy is. It was all a political thing; so anyway, b ack to this group of people in Egypt. They developed this
language in pictures, so every Hebrew letter is a picture. Every Hebrew word then is a comic strip. So like the Hebrew
word inequity - you'll never forget this as long as you live. The Hebrew word for inequity, is the word Avon. [Laughter]
Okay, it's the word Avon. Yes, all the old school Pentecostal say Amen right? Even the word for make -up is sin; I told
you Mildred, I told ya! By God I'm telling you right now, I told you even the word for that mak e up stuff was sin!
[Laughter] See all the old-school Pentecostals love that.
Now in Hebrew, the 'o' does not exist. We put the 'o' in English, so you know how to pronounce it. In Hebrew it's just:
A, V and N, okay? This is really going to help your Bible study okay, this will really help your Bible study skills. If you
know - maybe one night this week, I'll teach you the whole picture alphabet okay, because once you know the picture
alphabet, you can take Strong's Concordance, and it gives you the spelling . Then you can put the pictures on it, and
you could see the comic strip okay? So - everybody following me? [Yeah.] Yeah, okay. Does that sound interesting,
or boring? That'd be okay? Alright, so these are three letters alright: Alef, Va v and Noon alright, so A, V and N. Now
the picture of A is an eye, the picture of Vav was a hook; by the way, can you imagine being a scribe between Moses
and David? [Laughs] Like all the psalms would have been written like this. And Noon was fish that were multiplying;
so it's kind of like one fish becomes two, becomes four, becomes eight, like it looks like that okay?
So when a Hebrew person read inequity, they would see this word: eye, hook, fish multiplying, Avon; so when a
Hebrew person read inequity, what they read was: whatever your eye hooks -to, multiplies. Whatever your eye hooks
to, multiplies - which isn't that true? If you've ever done premarital counselling, you know this to be true, because two
people come and they're in love, and their eye is hooked to all the g ood things, yeah? So I've had them sit in my
office, and I'm saying: are you sure that you want to do this? Yes. I'm like: sir, have you seen the way she acts, when
she doesn't get her way? [Laughter] He's like: oh yeah, but it'll be okay, we're in looove! How many of you know, like
four months into that, it's like a disaster right; because your eye - it's not because anything's changed. It's just
because the focus of your e ye has changed to something different. The focus of your e ye has changed.
How many of you have ever been guilty of focussing on everything you don't have, instead of being thankful for what
you do? Whatever your e ye hooks to, multiplies. Has anybody, besides me, ever been guilty of wanting something
really, really bad; to the point where we thought we'd die without it; and then we get it, and it's not what we thought it
was? [Laughter] That's what this is. Its inequity - I'm just using this as an example of their pictures; but we may as
well preach a little - which should give us a revelation on grace, shouldn't it? It should give us a revelation on grace,
and that is that there's three levels to sin in the Hebrew culture, three levels to sin. The first stage - I always say
levels, because that makes it sound like one's worse than the other . We'll say stages okay? Stage one is inequity;
and that's when your eye hooks to something, and it starts multiplying. So let's say, I want this pen. Let's just say, my
eye hooks to this pen, and my need for it on the inside starts to grow, because my eye - even if I look over here, my
eye's still drawn to this pen. Yeah, any gu y in here ever been on a car lot, and your e ye gets drawn to the V8 [laughs]
even though petrol's $1.85 a litre - but your eye gets drawn to the V8, because you'll be more of a man if you have
the V8. [Laughter] Chicks dig the V8, and so the eye gets hooked to it. [Laughs]
Now at some point in that journey of my e ye hooking to this, and it multiplying, it creates something inside of us. It
creates something that the Bible calls a lus t, and once that lust is in us, and we are enticed by it, that's when the Bible
says we sin. The Bible says a person sins when he's drawn away by his own lust, and enticed; drawn away by his
own lust, and enticed. So my eye hooks to it, it creates a lust, and now I'm having a lust for this pen. I really want it. I
need it. I have to have it in my life. I might die without that pen. [Laughter] Come on, this is about all of us, isn't it? I
mean it might not be a pen, but it could be something else; and so tha t's sin, that's level two, so you've got inequity,
and then you've got sin. The third stage is transgression. Now transgression is when I actually take the pen, it's when
I actually do something. So in the Old Testament, could you prosecute somebody for in equity? Could you prosecute
somebody for having inequity in their heart? Absolutely not. Why? Because you didn't know it was there. How would