Clifton Brandt Discusses a Breech
The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on January 2, 2016 began with an introit by Beth Brandt on the piano. Dorka Ellis had the Personal Ministries Corner.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Don’t Forget the Sabbath”. Clifton Brandt then had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Clifton Brandt then prayed for Kristi (his niece).
Juanita Smith then told about the five churches the current mission trip has built (she has a daughter on the trip). The group has three crews. The first crew does the first few blocks, the second the rest of the walls, and the third the roof. One site didn’t have a road so the group hand carried the cement blocks to the site. Another site was so small the neighbors said the group couldn’t build a church there – but they did.
Juanita Smith then called for the offering. John and Daryll Ellis then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the local church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Juanita Smith prayed for the offering.
David Smith then told the children present a story about a Mr. Barnes, who loved to “pinch pennies”. One evening he decided to get rid of his dog by drowning the dog in a nearby creek. But the rope broke. The farmer was going to hit the dog over his head. The farmer stood up and went into the creek where the dog saved his life. This is often the way we treat Jesus by doing our own way.
Dottie Jones then read Isaiah 58:12-14 “12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. 13 ¶ If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].”
Clifton Brandt discussed the topic “Repairing the Breech”. The congregation sang “O Day of Rest and Gladiness”. Clifton Brandt had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clifton Brandt – works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler program / local head deacon / local church elder
Daryll Ellis – works for nearby Majestic Stone Company / local church deacon
David Smith – retired teacher and truck driver working with the academy program
Dottie Jones – Laurelbrook Academy principal
John Ellis – retired mechanic (he served both Laurelbrook and the Majestic Stone Company) / mechanic for the Laurelbrook Fire Department
Juanita Smith – wife of David Smith / academy registrar
Following are some notes on the sermon by Clifton Brandt:
- A breech is a crack or broken place in a wall or a hole in the roof. It can also mean breaking a law or standard.
- 2 Kings 12:4-5 “4 ¶ And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, [even] the money of every one that passeth [the account], the money that every man is set at, [and] all the money that cometh into any man’s heart to bring into the house of the LORD, 5 Let the priests take [it] to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair the breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.”
- This is talking about Solomon’s Temple showing cracks or other problems after being used for several hundred years, “breech” in a physical sense.
- Nehemiah 6:1-2 “1 ¶ Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and [that] there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;) 2 That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in [some one of] the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.”
- The physical meaning of breech is a broken place.
- Spiritually God mentions breech in another sense. Psalm 106:19-23 “19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image. 20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass. 21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt; 22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, [and] terrible things by the Red sea. 23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy [them].”
- Spiritually Israel had put another god in place of the God of Israel, breaking the first two commandments in particular and most of the rest of the Ten Commandments in a general sense.
- When people turn away from God, they tend to take their clothes off.
- Malachi 2:7-9 “7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he [is] the messenger of the LORD of hosts. 8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts. 9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.”
- Being partial in the law is a breech also.
- Ezekiel 13:3-5 “3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.”
- Ezekiel 13:10-11 “10 ¶ Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and [there was] no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered [morter]: 11 Say unto them which daub [it] with untempered [morter], that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend [it].”
- Untampered mortar might be light lime or other substance that might look good but isn’t.
- Ezekiel 13:13-16 “13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend [it] with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in [my] fury to consume [it]. 14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered [morter], and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I [am] the LORD. 15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered [morter], and will say unto you, The wall [is] no [more], neither they that daubed it; 16 [To wit], the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and [there is] no peace, saith the Lord GOD.”
- Ezekiel was one of the prophet telling the true situation of Judah at this time. False prophets were saying that everything was all right as Jeremiah noticed.
- Spiritually a wall in the Bible refers to the Law of God.
- Daniel 7:23-25 “23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom [are] ten kings [that] shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 25 And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.”
- The beast coming after the pagan Roman Empire would arise from among the ten horns, uproot three horns, and think to change times and laws. This beast was the papacy.
- Note in Ezekiel that some repaired the wall with untampered or false mortar.
- Ezekiel 22:26-28 “26 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed [difference] between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 27 Her princes in the midst thereof [are] like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, [and] to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain. 28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered [morter], seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.”
- Isaiah 30:12-15 “12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: 13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant. 14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters’ vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water [withal] out of the pit. 15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.”
- This may be an active prophecy about a false system of worship currently set up based in part on God’s Word and part on man’s word.
- Isaiah 56:2 “Blessed [is] the man [that] doeth this, and the son of man [that] layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.”
- Isaiah 58:12-14 “12 And [they that shall be] of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. 13 ¶ If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, [from] doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking [thine own] words: 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken [it].”
- God has a people who will be calling people to come back and worship on the true Sabbath, becoming repairers of the breech and the restorers of God’s paths. We at Laurelbrook are to be these restorers of the breech, becoming the spokesmen and women of God’s true Sabbath.
- God’s true Sabbath and worship will be opposed by those who want to worship the way they want to worship.
- We will held accountable for the light we have about God’s true Sabbath more than those in other churches who yet don’t understand this truth but who will respond when the truth is brought to them.
- Isaiah is written, Ellen White says, especially for Seventh-day Adventists, who are called to “cry aloud” about God’s truth. We are to be people of compassion for those in need, giving them hope and courage.
- This year we should study how to be true Reformers and be true restorers of the breech with the necessary compassion.
- When the Sabbath message is presented to people, they look at the lives of Sabbath-keepers, looking for inconsistencies. Pray that the Holy Spirit will direct us so we will say things the way Jesus would have said them.
- Deuteronomy 32:13 “He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;”
- Psalm 19 says that the law is sweeter than honey when we live God’s Law with the power of Christ given to us.
- Ellen White says that what we have most to fear is nominal Christianity.