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Victimization and Abuse

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Victimization and Abuse

  1. 1. Psalm 22, John 1:1-4,10,11Single Parent’s Retreat, Dec 4, 2010 Stillwood Conference Center Barry Neufeld
  2. 2. 1. People were so wicked that God could have nothing to do with them.2. God was holy and he hated sin so much that he had to punish the sinner.3. Instead of punishing us for what we deserve, he decided to punish his own son instead.4. Once Jesus “took the rap” God could forgive us,5. Problem solved: gulf between me and God now had a bridge. All is joy & happiness!
  3. 3. The Prodigal son, by Rembrandt
  4. 4. The Lord’s Supper in the Catacombs 200 AD
  5. 5. William Bouguereau: The Flagellation of Our Lord Jesus Christ
  6. 6. IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. John 1: 1 (Amplified Bible)
  7. 7. 1-2 God, God...my God! Why did you dump me miles from nowhere? Doubled up with pain, I call to God all the day long. No answer. Nothing. I keep at it all night, tossing and turning. 3-5And you! Are you indifferent, above it all, leaning back on the cushions of Israels praise? We know you were there for our parents: they cried for your help and you gave it; they trusted and lived a good life.
  8. 8. 6-8 And here I am, a nothing—an earthworm, something to step on, to squash. Everyone pokes fun at me; they make faces at me, they shake their heads: "Lets see how God handles this one; since God likes him so much, let him help him!" 9-11And to think you were midwife at my birth, setting me at my mothers breasts! When I left the womb you cradled me; since the moment of birth youve been my God. Then you moved far away and trouble moved in next door. I need a neighbor.
  9. 9. 12-13 Herds of bulls come at me, the raging bulls stampede, Horns lowered, nostrils flaring, like a herd of buffalo on the move. 14-15 Im a bucket kicked over and spilled, every joint in my body has been pulled apart. My heart is a blob of melted wax in my gut. Im dry as a bone, my tongue black and swollen. They have laid me out for burial in the dirt.
  10. 10. 16-18 Now packs of wild dogs come at me; thugs gang up on me. They pin me down hand and foot, and lock me in a cage—a bag Of bones in a cage, stared at by every passerby. They take my wallet and the shirt off my back, and then throw dice for my clothes.19-21 You, GOD—dont put off my rescue! Hurry and help me! Dont let them cut my throat; dont let those mongrels devour me.If you dont show up soon, Im done for— gored by the bulls, meat for the lions.
  11. 11. 22-24Heres the story Ill tell my friends whenthey come to worship, and punctuate it withHallelujahs: Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers; give glory, you sons of Jacob; adore him, you daughters of Israel. He has never let you down, never looked the other way when you were being kicked around. He has never wandered off to do his ownthing; he has been right there, listening.
  12. 12. 25-26Here in this great gathering for worship I have discovered this praise-life. And Ill do what I promised right here in front of the God-worshipers. Down-and-outers sit at GODs table and eat their fill. Everyone on the hunt for God is here, praising him. "Live it up, from head to toe. Dont ever quit!"27-28From the four corners of the earth people are coming to their senses, are running back to GOD. Long-lost families are falling on their faces before him. GOD has taken charge; from now on he has the last word.
  13. 13. 29 All the power-mongers are before him —worshiping! All the poor and powerless, too —worshiping! Along with those who never got it together —worshiping! 30-31Our children and their children will get in on this As the word is passed along from parent to child. Babies not yet conceived will hear the good news— that God does what he says. (The Message)
  14. 14. Jesus is both DIVINE and human. He was there in the beginning in two ways: He was GOD ALMIGHTY, but he was also from the "Seed of David"Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
  15. 15. We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisibleAnd in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds (æons), Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father;by whom all things were made;Whoo for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, and was made man;he was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried, and the third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;from thence he shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead;whose kingdom shall have no end.And in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life, who proceedeth from the Father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spake by the prophets.In one holy catholic and apostolic Church; we acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins
  16. 16. we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
  17. 17. No contrary purposes here between GOD and Jesus. Jesus was with GOD when the world began: HE is the Creator. Jesus was still with GOD when he died and rose again.IN THE beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself. He was present originally with God. All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being. In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. John 1:1-4 (Amplified Bible)
  18. 18. He came into the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him [did not know Him]. 11He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own--His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him. John 1:10-11 (Amplified Bible)
  19. 19. Gossiping about mePokes fun at meMake faces at meShake their heads!Abandoned by friendsTortured by enemiesCheated on by my spouseLost my childrenLaid off my job
  20. 20. Psalm 22 From the four corners of the earth27-28 people are coming to their senses, are running back to GOD. Long-lost families are falling on their faces before him. GOD has taken charge; from now on he has the last word.
  21. 21. Psalm 22 22-24 ….He has never let you down, never looked the other way when you were being kicked around. He has never wandered off to do his own thing; he has been right there, listening.

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