The Altar: Place of Sacrifice by Pastor Melissa Scott

May 24, 2015 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comments Off 
His wife was beautiful. He was afraid he might be killed in that
heathen land by someone who wanted his wife, so he had her agree
with him they would tell a lie and say she was his sister. So lack
of faith produced the circumstance of fear, which produced a
situation of sinful lying. It almost cost him his life.
Pharaoh was more honest than Abram and asked him why he had told
such a lie, and then Pharaoh sent him away with his wife.

Genesis 13 finds Abram returning to the place: “Abram went up
out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot
with him...he
went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the
place....”

Circle those words, “unto the place where his tent had been
at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai; Unto the place....”
Circle those words again, “unto the place of the altar.”
(Genesis 13:1-4)

Abram returned from the place of his sin, and where did he
return? “Unto the place of his tent” and
“unto the place of the altar.”

The tent and the altar characterize Abram’s life, and that is not an
accident. A tent was always ready to move and Abram’s
characteristic was that of obedient following of the Lord.

The tent characterized that state of mind of submission to
God’s leading: wherever He said, “Strike the tent and go,” he
went. An altar is always a place of death in God’s book. 

It is a place where God’s rights are recognized, our rights are
denied and our lack of rights recognized. An altar is a place
of sacrifice, where one gives up and God receives. It is a
place where you recognize God has the right to do what He wills.
You give up the right to any claims on yourself and you die
a “living death” in the expression of obedience to God as
you offer a sacrifice in your place.

Preach the Gospel by Pastor Melissa Scott

October 14, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Pastor Melissa Scott Teaching from the Bible

 

We have the story of the widow and Jesus says these people they just cast in their abundance, she gave all that she had, she gave of her sustenance. She had two, she gave what she had. Now I am not telling you that that is what you ought to do – you need to give everything. I’m telling you the spirit in which she gave it. And hear very carefully. There’s going to be people who are going to misinterpret what I am saying. The spirit in which she gave it. Now let me step away from money for a minute to make my point crystal clear so no one will say “Well are you trying to say this?”

Back to my husband because it’s the greatest analogy I can think of. I gave of myself 100% unconditionally. I would be somewhere across town. In fact I hate to tell you this, it’s a little bit embarrassing. I’d be somewhere across town with pieces of foil in my hair sitting at the hairdresser. And he’d call and say “How quickly can you be here?” You know with the temptation to just get out of the chair with the foil on your head and go out the door. We used to have an expression, “Be there with bells on” because he’d call me and some of you folks I might have passed you by on the freeway some ten years ago. I might have been like a blur – pshhh! Get out of my way. But it was unconditional. He would call, I’d be there. No strings attached. And that was our love relationship. No strings attached.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that the widow’s mite, she gave not like the others who had an abundance. You have Matthew 26, the woman with the alabaster box. And I don’t understand why we have problems with people, if people would just step out and talk about these things the way they occurred. Jesus said “Wherever you preach the Gospel also tell about what this woman did as a memorial” in remembrance of what she did. She didn’t take of this ointment and say “Well I’m going to hold back a bit” or “here I’ll give you fifty per cent of what’s in here.” She gave it all. You heard the response, “Why this waste?” “Why trouble the woman? She’s done a good work. Leave her alone,” the spirit in which she gave. It’s always coming back to the same thing.

The Passover by Pastor Melissa Scott

September 28, 2010 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott · Comment 

Pastor Melissa Scott Teaching from the Bible

Pastor Melissa Scott Teaching from the Bible

 

They do not understand about the Passover. What was the point? The point was: do this in faith and obedience. Apply the blood to the doorpost; the death angel will pass over. They think Passover now a days, these people that celebrate Passover and all it is, is a big smorgasbord of food. They have their – it’s the festive book, I think they call it a Hagadah or something like that where they read it and it’s just food. It’s a party. Oh they remember what happened but it’s far different than the early Passover.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that early Passover that was done, if they did it in obedience; put the blood on the doorposts. and eat the roasted lamb which God said ‘do this and be clothed, and be ready to go staff in hand, loins girded, shoes on your feet, ready to go. You’re going to be delivered from bondage in this act of faith. And how silly we are as creatures to not recognize when we go to those elements that’s what’s happening. He already did it! We’re remembering the act that He did. We don’t have to make it some new symbolism each time.

Go from that place, the Exodus and you move forward and you see the priests now set up in this Levitical code. The priests had to be sanctified and cleaned and atonement had to be made for the priest and then, before he could offer. And of course the two goats: one for God, one to be offered to God and one where the hands were laid on and after all the sins of the people were laid on it, the scapegoat out into the wilderness. Good-bye sins of the people. Dismissed. Now we’re okay for another year. Which probably produced a lot of people in the visage of antinomianism: basically the license to do whatever you want because it’s going to be atoned for anyways so just go ahead and sin all the more.