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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
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Crossville, TN. 38557
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“Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall; Humpty Dumpty had a great fall; all the king’s horses and all the king’s men, couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together again”. I know this is an unusual beginning and title of a message but as I read Psalms 31:12 this thought came to me. Some wonder why Humpty Dumpty was on the wall to begin with but it really doesn’t matter why he was there; he just needs someone to put him back together. They may wonder why he fell but that too is beside the point; what he needs is someone to help repair him. Was he pushed off the wall? Why do folks just keep wondering why he was on the wall to begin with, or why or how he fell? He is broken and needs help in putting himself back together. That’s the same today with a saved person who is broken. It’s really not important what broke them, they are broken and in need of help putting them back together. We know ultimately that it is God who puts them back together if they are ever helped, but I believe His job would be easier if we as Christian people would avail ourselves to Him to use in helping those who have fallen and are broken. But many times we are like the priest and Levite who saw the traveler on the Jericho road who was jumped, beaten, robbed and left for dead. The priest just passed by on the other side without even a thought of helping. The Levite did look in that direction but he too passed by on the other side. There Humpty Dumpty was, broken and unable to help himself. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men tried to put him back together but were unable to. But at least they did try. We see someone broken before us after a fall and we walk right past them many times. Where is our compassion; our sympathy? Look at what David wrote in Psalms 31:12 “I am forgotten as a dead man”. The old adage “out of sight, out of mind” many times is true. But he goes on “I am like a broken vessel”. If a broken vessel is ever to be repaired it needs someone to pick up the pieces and put them back together; it can’t repair itself. It is our job as a Christian to help repair broken vessels. Look at Galatians 6:1 at what Paul writes to us “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted”. I want to look at this verse this week as we look at the thought of restoring the brethren.
First of all, who is Paul speaking to here? He says, brethren, so he is speaking to the saved who know Christ as their Savior. If anyone should have concern for the fallen it should be us. He isn’t talking to the sinner, what can he do? He can only bring him down farther in his condition. He isn’t talking to those who have also fallen, what can they do except aid him in his falling? How can these folk put back together he who has fallen? It is the brethren who can help through the aid of the Lord. Verse 2 says “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”.
Secondly, who is Paul speaking about? He says “if a man be overtaken in a fault”. He is speaking about the one who has fallen; the one broken. He is speaking about “a man” or any man who has fallen, not just to the one we would have favor with or who is special to us. The term “be overtaken” means one who was taken unaware, a temptation which took them by surprise and they weren’t prepared for it. It is one which pounces on them all at once, like a lion jumping his prey. We are speaking about one who was not aware of his surroundings. We aren’t talking about one who deliberately stepped into his transgression or sin. Those people need help also but here Paul is speaking mainly to those folk caught unawares and erred in judgment.
Next, what should be our condition through all this? He writes “ye which are Spiritual”. We who are walking with the Lord, walking within the realm of the Spirit are to restore those who have fallen and are broken. There’s not much restoration in these days because there’s not many walking within the Spirit of God; there’s not many spiritual. Paul says again in Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh”. The reason these have fallen and are broken is because at some point they stepped outside the Spirit of God and His leading. Now they find themselves in need of being repaired and put back together.
Then look at our obligation as Paul says “to restore such an one”. The word restore comes from the Greek word which also translates to repair, to complete thoroughly, to make perfect or whole, to set as a broken bone. That’s our obligation as a Christian. We are not to ignore them or shun them but to aid and assist them, to put them back together. Too many times however we shun them and avoid them when they need help.
Next, how are we to conduct ourselves? He says “in the spirit of meekness” or softness of temper and gentleness. We aren’t to have a harsh or arrogant attitude with them. We aren’t to have a holier than thou feeling toward them. You can’t put together one that is broken with that type of attitude. That would only bring them down and push then down farther. They then despise you and the church. Our job is to lift up not push down.
Lastly, why are we to restore them? Paul finishes out the verse by saying “lest thou also be tempted”. We need to restore them in meekness lest the temptation come to us and we also fall. We are not above sin or temptation in this world. Some think they are. Some think they are better and holier than others but they are subject to fall like everyone else.
Our armies are dwindling. We need soldiers and we can’t afford to lose any more to the enemy. We need to go behind the lines if necessary and pull the wounded, the fallen, and the broken from the snare of the adversary. They are like the broken vessel David spoke of: unable to help themselves. Won’t you reach out to them and help them?