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david_s_final_words_are_messianic

Establish the need: How many of us would right away list 2 Samuel 23:1-7 as Messianic Prophecy when asked to list Messianic passages?

Purpose: We will consider four reasons why we know Jesus existed in history.

  • David is focusing on the Messiah (v.1)
  • Affirmation this is Prophetic (v.2-3a)
  • The Messiah’s Righteousness (v.3b-4)
  • The Basis of the Messiah’s Coming is the Davidic Covenant (v.5)
  • The Messiah’s Judgment (v.6-7)

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the_book_of_ruth_is_messianic

Establish the need: To the untrained eye one can think a small book like Ruth that read like personal romance has nothing to do with the Messiah; but is this the case?

Purpose: We will consider three points of how the book of Ruth has Messianic trajectories.

    • It might have seemed that God had forgotten about His Messianic promises during the book of Ruth
    • The genealogy in Ruth 4 continues the Messianic hope
    • God works through unlikely situations

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hannahs_song_is_messianic

Establish the need: Is there any Messianic prophecy in this song?

Purpose: We will consider reasons why we consider Hannah’s Song in 1 Samuel 2:1-10 is Messianic Prophecy.

    • Hannah’s Song is prophetic
    • Hannah’s Song is Messianic prophecy since she was informed by Old Testament Theology
    • The mention of the Messiah seem to refer to Someone greater than a local King of Israel

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deuteronomy_18_and_the_messiah

Establish the need: Is the Messiah going to be like Moses in any way?

Purpose: We will consider Deuteronomy 18:15-19 as pointing to Christ with the following five points.

  • The focus on an individual prophet like Moses
  • Objection: There’s nothing about this about a future prediction
  • Deuteronomy 18 is not predicting Joshua
  • Deuteronomy 18 is not predicting Muhammad
  • Jesus is like Moses

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balaams_oracles_are_messianic

Establish the need: What are the details of the Messiah in Numbers 24?

Review: Last week we considered five reasons we believe Balaam’s third and fourth discourse found in Numbers 24:5-9 and Numbers 24:14-19 are Messianic prophecies.

  1. Clues from the Pentateuch: a prophetic poem at the end of an era
  2. Clues from themes from the Abrahamic Covenant in Balaam’s narrative
  3. Clues from themes in Genesis 49 in Balaam’s narrative
  4. Clues from the narrator of Balaam’s narrative
  5. Objection: Isn’t Balaam a false prophet?

Purpose: In this session we will consider three details about the Messiah found in Numbers 24:7-9 and refute an objection

  1. The Messianic Seed will be a King of Israel (Numbers 24:7)
  2. The Messianic Seed will be come out of Egypt (Numbers 24:8)
  3. The Messiah will bless those who bless Him and curse those who curse Him (Numbers 24:9)
  4. Objection: Isn’t this about Saul?

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balaams_oracles_are_messianic

Establish the need: Is there Messianic Prophecy in this interesting episode in the book of Numbers?

Purpose: We will consider five reasons we believe Balaam’s third and fourth discourse found in Numbers 24:5-9 and Numbers 24:14-19 are Messianic prophecies.

    • Clues from the Pentateuch: a prophetic poem at the end of an era
    • Clues from themes from the Abrahamic Covenant in Balaam’s narrative
    • Clues from themes in Genesis 49 in Balaam’s narrative
    • Clues from the narrator of Balaam’s narrative
    • Objection: Isn’t Balaam a false prophet?

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genesis_22_is_messianic_typology

Establish the need: Does Genesis 22 point us towards Christ?

Purpose: We will consider how Genesis 22 anticipates the Messiah is Jesus.

  • The threat to the Messianic line teaches us to have faith in God’s promises
  • There are messianic typologies
  • To appreciate how this chapter is a type pointing to Christ

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genesis_49_8_12_is_messianic_prophecy

Establish the need: Did you know that within Genesis 49:8-12 there is a prediction of the coming Messiah?

Purpose: We will consider how Genesis 49:8-12 anticipates the Messiah is Jesus.

  1. Clues from context of Pentateuch
  2. Clues from within Genesis 49:8-12
  3. Clues from the Aramaic Targum
  4. Clues from the Rabbis

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genesis_315_is_messianic

Establish the need: What was the first place that predicts the coming Messiah?

Purpose: We will consider how Genesis 3:15 anticipates the Messiah is Jesus.

  • Clues from within Genesis 3:15
  • Clues from Eve’s expectation in Genesis 4:1
  • Clues from the Aramaic Targum
  • Clues from the expectation of the coming of the Messiah with LamechClue from the expectation of the coming of the Messiah with Noah

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christmas_expectations_in_genesis

Establish the need:  The coming of God to be born to save us from our sins, when was this first predicted or anticipated?  Can it be that this “Christmas” hope, of God coming to be born to save us from our sins, be predicted as far back as the book of Genesis?

Purpose:  Today we will see four points concerning the expectation of the Messiah

  • Young or old should know the Old Testament expectation of the Messiah (Luke 1:46-55)
  • The expectation of the coming of the Messiah with Adam and Eve
  • The expectation of the coming of the Messiah with Lamech
  • The expectation of the coming of the Messiah with Noah

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I just finished preaching the book of Ruth with my church.  I looked back at the last few months preaching through Ruth and I thought about how one of the most powerful moment in the book was when Ruth, a widow, profess her loyalty to her mother in law Naomi and how Ruth was going to stay with her mother in law to help this older widow out.  Listen to the words of Ruth 1:16=

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

What particularly stands out to me is the last part of the verse: “Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.

While reading a recent history book I found out how this verse was quoted and used in another important historical moment.

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What better time to finish and review this book on Christ’s incarnation than on Christmas day!

Andreas J. Kostenberger and Alexander Stewart. The First Days of Jesus: The Story of the Incarnation.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 30th 2015.  272 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

If you think you heard it all and exhausted all there is to learn concerning the birth of Christ or the incarnation think again.  This book is written by two New Testament professors who offer their insights into passages that cover the infant narrative of Jesus Christ.  Though I felt the book started slowly and I was initially concerned whether there would be new things I can learn nevertheless as the book progressed I found it fulfilled my expectation of learning about the birth of Jesus and the incarnation through fresh eyes.

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Brandon D. Crowe. Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, August 16th, 2013. 32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This booklet is part of the series “Christian Answers to Hard Questions” published by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  As the title for this particular work suggests this booklet looks at the question “Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?”  The author Brandon D. Crowe who presently serves as an Associate Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary.  Crowe has written this helpful resource that is accessible for the layman.

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Nancy Guthrie. Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, August 1st, 2008.  142 pp.

5 out of 5!

First let me say that I have a hard time with devotional books; I prefer heavier theology books since I find most devotionals to be rather shallow.  But I enjoyed this particular collection of devotional readings for the Advent.  So if I enjoyed this book in light of my bias against devotionals, I think that this work might be something worthwhile for others too.

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How does the biblical doctrines of Christology help us have a more godly marriage

Does studying about the person of Christ actually help Christians in Christian marriages?  Yes it should!  How?  Read on!

  1. Purpose: In this series we explore how theology shapes marriage and here in our fourth session we shall consider how does the doctrines of the person of Christ helps us have a more godly marriage.

In the following outline we shall be considering three truths about the person of Christ followed by what are the implications of that towards Christian marriage.

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