Prayer Service in Malang, June 21, 2011 (Tuesday Evening)
Speaker: Rev. Dadang
103:8. The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to
anger, and abounding in mercy.
103:9. He will not always strive
with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
103:10. He has not
dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our
God is slow to anger and has mercy to
God's longsuffering does not mean that
person who has sin is not punished.
is the meaning of God's longsuffering?
3:9. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as
some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing
that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
purpose of God's longsuffering is God wants everyone to
repent that we are free
from punishment and do not perish.
If there is no God's
longsuffering, sinners will be punished directly and die.
proof of God's
longsuffering is as follows:
3:7. Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He
reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
always reveals His secret to His servant the prophets before He
prophets' refers to prophetic word.
Before punishing, God
always reveals His secret through the Word
opened its secret or the Word
which reveals mistake, rebukes and advises us.
as long as the Word still reveals sin,
rebukes and advises us, God's longsuffering
still exists for us.
as parents love their son/daughter, they
surely rebuke and chasten (Hebrews 12: 5-8).
please pay attention that God's
longsuffering has limitation.
Word has already revealed mistake, rebuked
and advised, but we still
do not repent, God's longsuffering
has finished and what
may come is punishment.
we do not know when the limit of God's longsuffering, when Jesus
comes on second time.
The example of NEGATIVE
ATTITUDE to God's longsuffering is
Herod himself had sent and laid hold of John, and bound him in prison
for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife; for he had
6:18. For John had said to Herod, "It is not
lawful for you to have your brother's wife."
Therefore Herodias held it against him and wanted to kill him, but
she could not;
6:20. for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a
just and holy man, and he protected him. And when he heard him, he
did many things, and heard him gladly.
Hard Word rebukes the
sin of Herod.
Actually, Herod liked to
hear the Word, but unfortunately, his heart
was always undecided, that he could
not practice the Word.
Herod captured, bound and beheaded John the Baptist.
1:4. John came baptizing in the wilderness and
preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
the baptist preached about repentance and water baptism.
captured, bound, until beheaded John the Baptist= refusing/did
not want to experience repentance and new birth= did
not appreciate God's mercy and God's longsuffering.
- Because of hardness and self-truth that he
did not want to confess his
- Because Herod kept not
Herod took Philip's wife, his
Now, the practice of not lawful
marriage is taking
wife from divorced woman.
5:31. "Furthermore it has been said, 'Whoever
divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.'
"But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason
except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever
marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.
Herod in not lawful marriage equals to
life in adultery and fornication.
we should be serious
starting from the beginning
of marriage (courtship).
no mistake! Do not fall into sin!
has already been
false in the beginning of marriage, that life
has already been
If it is being
continued, s/he can enter into
sin of marrying after divorce and marrying-being
given in marriage.
The consequence is
just perishing forever.
era, God's sons lived in wrong marriage.
is written in Luke that human's sin
at Noah's era will happen again at the
- Because of loving
wife and children rather than God.
following/being agree to all desires of
wife and children which are clearly
against the Word.
6:21. Then an opportune day came when Herod on his
birthday gave a feast for his nobles, the high officers, and the
chief men of Galilee.
6:22. And when Herodias' daughter herself
came in and danced, and pleased Herod and those who sat with him,
the king said to the girl, "Ask me whatever you want, and I
will give it to you."
6:23. He also swore to her, "Whatever
you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom."
So she went out and said to her mother, "What shall I ask?"
And she said, "The head of John the Baptist!"
Immediately she came in with haste to the king and asked, saying, "I
want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a
6:26. And the king was exceedingly sorry; yet,
because of the oaths and because of those who sat with him, he did
not want to refuse her.
6:27. Immediately the king sent an
executioner and commanded his head to be brought. And he went and
beheaded him in prison,
We are responsible for every decision.
the decision fits in with the Word,
although it hurts the flesh, it
leads the marriage for staying at the right way.
decision doesn't fit in with the Word, it
equals to plunging the
marriage at wrong way and perdition.
- Due to maintaining prestige
6:26. And the king
was exceedingly sorry; yet, because of the oaths and because of
those who sat with him, he did not want to refuse her.
not confessing sin because of considering
his/her own prestige.
Do not make
the dignity expensive! Jesus has already
redeemed/bought us on the
in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are
treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation
of the righteous judgment of God,
Do not say that
God is slack!
If sinners haven't
been punished yet, it is
the punishment is being hoarded= the
punishment 'hasn't come yet'. If the heap is full, the
punishment and perdition will
was great, but spiritually, he was going to perdition.
example of POSITIVE ATTITUDE to God's longsuffering
is as follows:
God blesses us.
- John 4:16-18
4:16. Jesus said to her, "Go,
call your husband, and come here."
4:17. The woman answered
and said, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You
have well said, 'I have no husband,'
4:18. "for you have
had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your
husband; in that you spoke truly."
Word of God came hard,
and pointed to Samaritan
woman who lived in sin and
had positive attitude by her true
being brave to confess
the sins with
all the risks.
It has a risk when
confessing sin, especially about adultery.
People who commit
adultery should be stoned to death.
contrary, if we want to confess, God will
forgive us (1 John 1: 9).
Do not sin
If we do sin again, the forgiveness
will be null and void.
result of confessing sins and being
forgiven is as follows:
4:41. And many more believed because of His own
4:42. Then they said to the woman, "Now we believe,
not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we
know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world."
can testify to help people who are
still in sin, that they are
able to repent and be saved too.
- John 8:3-11
the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery.
And when they had set her in the midst,
8:4. they said to Him,
"Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very
8:5. "Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such
should be stoned. But what do You say?"
8:6. This they said,
testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.
But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as
though He did not hear.
8:7. So when they continued asking Him,
He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin
among you, let him throw a stone at her first."
again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
8:9. Then those
who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by
one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus
was left alone, and the woman standing in the
8:10. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw
no one but the woman, He said to her, "Woman, where are those
accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?"
said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither
do I condemn you; go and sin no more."
to appreciate God's longsuffering: standing in the midst=
being willing to receive
the Word how
hard it is, that through the Word,
we are being encouraged to repent and experience purification from
sins, especially hidden sin in heart, marriage, ministry,
Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground twice refers
to God's longsuffering.
Jesus remembers that we are
just mortar or sinners.
results are as follows:
- Receiving forgiveness from all
alone with Jesus (Verse 9b: "And Jesus was left alone,
and the woman standing in the midst").
Jesus does not leave us alone
as long as we can receive the Word.
Otherwise, if we keep sin, Jesus is
separated from us and He can do nothing.
is with us:
- Luke 5:3-6
5:3. Then He got into one of the
boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from
the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the
5:4. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon,
"Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a
5:5. But Simon answered and said to Him, "Master,
we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your
word I will let down the net."
5:6. And when they had done
this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was
Jesus got into boat and
sat down= Jesus is with us in our
When Jesus hasn't sat in Simon's
boat yet, Simon's life was in failure.
Likewise, if Jesus
is not with our marriage, our marriage
can't reach spiritual marriage.
contrary, if Jesus is with us,
there is power of creation from "there
is no fish"
to "there are fish".
keeps and does not leave
- Mark 4:37-39
4:37. And a great windstorm
arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already
4:38. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And
they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care
that we are perishing?"
4:39. Then He arose and rebuked
the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace, be still!" And
the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
journey in this world, there is always a
wave, obstruction, and hurdle, both
big or small but the
main thing is Jesus must be with
able to make all
waves become calm and still=
there is serenity and
peace, and we are happy
- Luke 5:10b
5:10b And Jesus said to Simon, "Do
not be afraid. From now on you will catch men."
changed from fisherman to fishers of men means
the power of renewal from carnal men to spiritual
men as glorious as Jesus.
We continue to be changed, to
become more glorious, until we
are with Jesus forever. We are not
separated again, but we are happy in the
Kingdom of Heaven.