Clifton Brandt Discusses Daniel and Sanctification
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The church service in the Laurelbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church on June 11, 2016 began with an introit by Donna Kanna.
- Elizabeth Castle had the Personal Ministries period. We can interest people in Jesus’ work by doing things for them or by giving out small tracts.
- Stanton Rolle welcomed everyone on “the best day in the week”. There will be a potluck lunch at Jacqualine Miller’s home. There will be vespers at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. The Serrano family sent a note of thanks for the blessings Laurelbrook students and staff members were in their mother’s life in the Laurelbrook Nursing Home; she died recently.
The congregation had a silent invocation. The congregation then sang “Give Me the Bible”. Stanton Rolle had the Morning Prayer; the congregation sang “Hear Our Prayer”. Mr. Theo called for the offering. Jordan (junior) and Samuel (9th grader) then collected the morning offerings; the loose offering went to the world church budget. The congregation sang the doxology, and Mr. Theo prayed for the offering.
Stanton Rolle talked to the children about obedience to parents. For special music, the congregation sang “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”. Elyjah (sophomore) read the scripture reading – John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Clifton Brandt discussed the topic “Sanctification and Obedience”. The congregation sang “Cover with His Life”. Clifton Brandt had the closing prayer.
Personnel Other Than Students:
Clifton Brandt – head local deacon and local church elder / works with Laurelbrook’s water, sewer, and boiler systems
Donna Kanna – former Laurelbrook music teacher
Mr. Theo – assistant boys’ dean
Stanton Rolle – Laurelbrook business manager
Following are some notes on the sermon by Clifton Brandt:
- The life of Daniel is a divine illustration of a sanctified life.
- Jeremiah 1:1-3 “1 ¶ The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that [were] in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 2 To whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.”
- Hezekiah was a good king; during his reign an angel killed 185,000 Assyrians in one night. Isaiah encouraged the king to put his trust in God.
- But Manasseh choose to go deeper and deeper into idolatry and filled Jerusalem with innocent blood. At one point, Manasseh repented – and God forgave him. However, he turned Judah in the wrong direction.
- Ammon, the next king, did evil as well. His son Josiah became a very good king despite evil society. There was no king like Josiah with his idol removal and his return to the worship of the Lord.
- During the cleansing of the Temple, the priests found a book of the Law. It was then given to Josiah, who realized that Judah was in deep trouble. And Huldah, a prophetess, told Josiah that Judah would have to go into captivity.
- Josiah did as much as he could to lessen the evil and the punishment.
- The next king undid much of the work that Josiah had done.
- Daniel 1: 1-2 “1 ¶ In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.” The Lord’s holy vessels were taken and put into a heathen temple.
- Daniel 1:3-4 “3 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring [certain] of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes; 4 Children in whom [was] no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as [had] ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.” These children were highly honored by the king.
- Daniel 1:5-8 “5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king. 6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: 7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel [the name] of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego. 8 ¶ But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”
- With all the privileges these four had, it was not easy to make the choice to be obedient to God and not transgress the health laws God had given Israel. They could have lost their lives by so doing.
- Daniel was determined that he would not defile himself by the king’s food and drink. In the Day of Judgment, those who don’t do as Daniel did will find themselves in trouble with God.
- Jesus offers to take our sins to Him and imputes His righteousness to our account. However, God wants to give us victory over sin. He wants us to draw a clear line between right and wrong.
- Students have a unique opportunity here at Laurelbrook that many people don’t have.
- The four Hebrew youth didn’t feel God would do everything for them. They worked hard to conquer their studies. We must act our part while God does His.
- Laurelbrook students have many unique opportunities to learn various types of work – construction, agriculture, and nursing.
- Older people can be a blessing by kindly attitudes.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:14 “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all [men].”
- 1 Thessalonians 5:15-24 “15 See that none render evil for evil unto any [man]; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all [men]. 16 ¶ Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23 ¶ And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful [is] he that calleth you, who also will do [it].”
- As soon as we know what God’s Will is, we must do it. But we must not depend on our own goodness but on the merits of Jesus.
- God has a plan for each of us; let us not hinder God’s plan.