Creation Disaster! Restoration Someone A New Restoration Begun Special Community Completed
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In the beginning—God’s plan: God And God saw that everything was very good! Adam, Eve Let us make human beings in our image. Let them take care of the garden for us. Life, blessing
But then Adam and Eve decided not to listen to God God God’s life wasn’t shared with the world. Death began to squeeze the life out of us. Evil & violence spread everywhere . Adam, Eve violence death hate greed war
Consequences of the Great Rejection The Bible paints a picture of us leaving God’s presence where life is found and moving toward death.
The rhythm of death was heard: And he died, and he died, and he died… Consequences of the Great Rejection Created to live, now we die.
2. What will God do to lure us back to his side of life?
God decides to try again God came to Abraham and said, “Leave your country and your people and go to a new land.” “ I will make you into a great nation.” The list of people ended with Abraham and his wife Sarah who could have no children. They had no life within them to pass on.
God’s New Partnership God Partnership : I will be your God, you will be my people. Through you all the nations will be blessed. life, blessing Abraham
But what about God’s desire to bring life back to his creation and to all people?
Was God giving up on his plan?
Thankfully not! God decided to try once more: “ A new day is coming ,” God said. “ I will set up a new partnership with my people. I will put my rules in their minds and in their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people .”
The Son of Man title comes from the Old Testament book of Daniel.
Daniel had a vision in which he saw 4 beasts. These beasts represented 4 governments or kingdoms that cruelly oppressed people. Then Daniel saw someone like “a son of man .” To this son of man (rather than to the beasts!) God gave “authority, glory and sovereign power” over all the earth. This Son of Man will rule over us forever.
So the people waited for God to send to them that someone special. As they waited they debated how they should prepare themselves for his coming.
The Pharisees said that everyone must become pure and everyone must keep all the laws of God. Jews must not associate with no-Jews. The Sadducees said that everyone must participate in the rituals, feasts, and worship of the great Temple in Jerusalem.
The Promised New Partnership Anyone who believes in him will not really die, but will have eternal life. John 3:16 God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. God Jesus Forgiveness, reconciliation, justice, peace, life