Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
THE IMPOSSIBLE VERSE IN ACTS - THE VERSE THAT CANNOT STAND
Feb 14, 1965 pm
ACTS 10:14 IS A VERSE THAT CANNOT STAND AS IT IS WRITTEN- PART OF IT IS NOT TRUE
The inspiration of God showed Luke exactly what Peter said- "Not so, Lord;" But this sentence is like a critical mass- it cannot remain stable- it must lose part or explode. Yet too many people today are trying to tell the Lord the same thing, and then they wonder why everything around them must explode.
IT WAS THE APOSTLE PETER WHO SAID "NOT SO LORD" (Acts 10: 9-14-16)
THIS OCCURRED WHILE PETER WAS PRAYING (9- 10)
Peter had seen real victory in Joppa- Tabitha was raised from the dead- (Acts 9:36-42) after every great victory comes a great trial, or test of faith, and often a defeat. Peter was praying, alone on the housetop, and he was hungry. It is dangerous to pray.
GOD GAVE PETER A VISION OF WHAT THE FUTURE HELD FOR HIM (11-13)
God never does anything without telling his servants and friends ahead of time. He was also trying to prepare Peter's heart for a great adventure. In this vision abominable things were shown Peter- abominable to Peter, not to God.
GOD COMMANDED PETER TO DO A STRANGE THING- TO BREAK THE JEWISH LAW AND TRADITION- (13)
The Jewish law is quite strict about unclean animals, and traditions added further rules. God commanded- kill and eat- he wanted to do a new thing, he showed Peter three times. Peter said, "Not so, Lord" and the Lord had rebuked him and explained him the order.
PETER ALWAYS WAS A TROUBLESOME APOSTLE- HE HAD HIS PROBLEMS
PETER OFTEN DEMANDED HIS OWN WAY INSTEAD OF THE LORDS WAY IN HIS LIFE
Matthew 16:22- right after declaring that Jesus is the Christ, Peter rebuked the Lord for telling of His coming crucifixion, and the Lord called him Satan- cf23-27. Matt 26:33 - Peter refused to believe that he would deny the Lord, yet he did so before the onslaught of a servant girl- 71. Galatians 2:11-12 - Peter knew God's love for the gentiles, but moved to a double standard when Jewish people came along, and Paul rebuked him in the name of the Lord. Peter was an enthusiastic fellow, and very strong willed, but he loved the Lord!
PERHAPS PETER REMEMBERED THE PARABLE OF THE TWO SONS- Matthew 21:28 through 32
Some are too filled with pride to change their minds, OK if they are the second son- in this parable both boys lied, but one illustrates the man who enters into the Kingdom. God is more interested in practical love and obedience than he is in perfect aim.
TODAY, MANY FOLLOW IN PETER'S FOOTSTEPS SAYING "NOT SO LORD;" AND FAIL TO FOLLOW HIS FURTHER FOOTSTEPS TO REPENT AND GO.
NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS- (Matthew 6:24-)
Mammon is the idol of riches- it could just as easily be worldly pleasure, fame, popularity. Even if a person wants to serve the Lord- self will it out- it must be God's will. You cannot have two masters- two captains- two quarterbacks- two drivers- etc.
THE MASTER HAS A RIGHT TO COMMAND AND THE SERVANT KNOW RIGHT TO GET BIG HEADED- (Luke 17:7-10)
I know that this principle rubs a lot of people the wrong way- me too! But it is here! 21 years ago this Saturday morning I came down from the choir loft to accept Jesus as Lord. Many times like Peter- I've gone off on a tangent- but Jesus is Lord- when He commands- that settles it!
NO MATTER WHAT HIS LEADERSHIP MIGHT BE - OURS IS TO SAY "YES, LORD"
Sometimes He leads strange ways- sometimes testing us, but whatever He says- DO IT!
II Peter 2:20-21- is strong, but Peter knew what he was writing about. Don't argue. Choose the best for the Lord, strive for the best, but obey his clearly revealed will!
IN SPITE OF PETER'S WILLFULNESS HE WAS BLESSED BECAUSE HE WOULD REPENT, AND DO RIGHT!
I get so tired of those who think they can say- "Not so Lord," or even "just a minute." Some of you are arguing with the Lord over first grade level obedience- but in all levels you want to answer- "yes, Lord."