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Christmas 2017

Luke 2:11

I. The term “today” signifies two things (a) The time characterized by waiting, being helpless, pushed around, etc., is over (b) The Divine salvation (deliverance) has begun (God has already intervened) (c) The term “today” is intended to bring hope to those who were helpless II. The beginning of the Divine salvation is announced in…

John 1:1-18

I. Logos before the Fourth Gospel (a) Heraclitus (6th century BC) called logos a basic defining principle related to the ordering of the cosmos (it is the logos that makes the cosmos “cosmos”) (b) The Stoics used logos to refer to a divine principle that permeates the orderly universe (pantheistic view) (c) Philo viewed logos…

Matthew 1:21

I. Jesus’ genealogy has four women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, and Bathsheba (and, of course, Mary) 1. Tamar saved Judah by giving him descendants 2. Rahab saved the spies before the conquest 3. Ruth saved the tribe of Judah by giving birth to Obed 4. Bathsheba Uriah’s wife became the mother of Monarchy by riding on…

Matthew 1:23

I. God offer to Ahaz in his predicament—“Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14) 1. Judah [Jerusalem] was facing a military threat from Ephraim [Israel] and Syria [Aram] [734-32 BC] (7:2 cf. 2 Kings 15:37) 2. Ahaz, king of Judah, and his people were terrified at the coalition of enemies (7:2) 3. Ahaz was planning to get help from…