Sunday Sermon 2.27.21
Seized through the night with this word “set”, I awoke, pondering, reflecting and eventually investigating it more deeply. So let me begin by asking you, the same way I began, in what ways do we use the word set? Go ahead, think about it and begin your mental list. DON’T READ ON ’til you’re finished, k?
Here are my “set” phrases and uses:
- you set stones
- in volleyball you set the ball
- racers get set for a race
- cement sets
- jello sets
- as do other desserts and foods
- prisoners are set free
- you can set your heart (or face) on something
- decision, plans are set
- broken bones are set
- sails on a boat are set
- then I went to the dictionary…..
How did you do? Wish I could hear your list.
That word, as you guessed is our focus today, because it is the call of the Spirit to you and me and everyone else on the planet. Seriously, everyone.
What is it that we have set our hearts on?
This setting represents a locking in on, fixing on; like a broken bone or ring setting; similar to jello but stronger and more permanent, like cement.
“Set” is used 695 times in the Bible and is interesting in each setting, but in the form that we are using it, let me share this powerful verse.
- Isaiah 50:7 – because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like a flint and I know I will not be put to shame.
In Isaiah’s image here, we have a picture of someone who, supported by the help and power of the Lord, has lasered their focus and cemented their course, as hard and sharp as the flint rock, and will not be deterred! Nothing is going to distract them, pull their focus or sidetrack them. Their face and heart is SET. Period.
It is worth mentioning that flint is a hard rock used to make hammers, chisels and knives. It is also used to start fires, because when flint hits a piece of steel or another hard object it produces sparks.
So, to set your face like flint honestly means, that no matter the hard opposition in front of me, I am firm in my resolve and let the sparks fly, I am flint! The Lord is helping me and I am set, focused on Him.
Daniel set his heart, too. Scripture tells us that he “purposed in his heart”. This is the same type of setting your heart that we are discussing here. Other situations where setting occurs are:
- Jacob set his pillow (where he dreamed of angels on a ladder) as a altar (of commitment and remembrance)
- Moses set the laws before them
- The serpent was set on a pole for all to look at for healing
- Israel was to set their heart on all of His words
- The Lord set a plumb line among His people
The call of the Spirit throughout history has been for a people to set their heart on the Almighty Jehovah. To set their faces toward Him, His Words and His ways. To set their desires on Him, to set their hope in Him and to set themselves like flint, immovable and firm on God, no matter what.
I find in interesting that the last Old Testament verse using our word “set” is in Amos 7:8:
“And the Lord asked me, “What do you see Amos?” “A plumb line,” I replied. Then the Lord said, “Look I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.“Amos- the prophet
A plumb line is a measuring device used by builders to assure the wall is perfectly vertical, and is at maximum load bearing capacity.
So the Old Testament closes with the Lord’s challenge that He is setting a measuring device up, and he is now measuring just how vertical related His people are and if they are able to bear His load, weight, and yoke.
Because the New Testament begins with the setting of a city on a hill.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid”Matthew 5:14
Jesus’ coming to the world, brought light, life and the plumb line to bring us into vertical alignment with the work of the Spirit here on earth. He wastes no time, for in Matthew 25, he does this –
“He will set the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.”Jesus, teaching the parables
Let’s regroup. The question is, what is your heart set on? It is being measured, the plumb line is hanging beside us revealing our vertical connection and setting.
Scripture is clear there will be those who’s heart is set on abominable things, committed to idols, and have not set their heart on God. There will be those who actually set their face against God, and set themselves to worship at shameful altars. In those cases, scripture is also clear, that He (God) will set His face against them. THAT is a fearful place to find yourself in.
I believe we are living in the days of preparation. Kinda the “Ready, Set, Go” days. The Spirit of God is calling us to ready ourselves, measure ourselves, judge ourselves, and to get SET. Set our hearts on Him and His Kingdom alone, set our faces like flint, immovable and with sparks! It is time to check what our hearts and faces are actually cemented, set on. If it is anything other that Him, if we don’t change, judgment is coming. Time are shortening. The plumb line is speaking and we must check our set.
Digest these truths about our set, its purpose and power:
- Acts 13:9 – the Holy Spirit set his eyes on him and said come out of him you child of the devil
- Acts 13:47 – He has set you to be a light and to bring salvation to the world
- Colossians 3:2 – set your affections on things above not on earthly things
- Hebrews 6:18 – take hold of the hope set before us
- Hebrews 12:1 – let us run the race set out before us
- Revelation 3:8 – He has set before us an open door
- Revelation 4:2 – there is a throne set in heaven
The Lord wants people’s hearts set on Him. Not because He is an egomaniac, but because He loves them and always has their best interests on His heart. He alone can bring the lasting happiness and fulfillment they each seek. He also wants no one to perish. He wants all to be included in His eternal home in heaven around His throne.
These are serious, spiritual introspection and evaluation days.
Check your set. What is your heart set on?
He wants you to be set on Him.
Go with God.