See the sign

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Presentation for December 19, 2010 message at Neffsville Mennonite Church.

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See the sign

  1. 1. Signs can sometimes be confusing <ul><li>The invitation of Advent is to see the sign of God and understand it. </li></ul><ul><li>To do what God is asking us to do and to respect His timing along the way. </li></ul>
  2. 7. There are three things that keep Joseph (Us) from seeing the signs of God in his (our) lives. <ul><li>His dreams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verse 18 – He was pledged (betrothed) to be married to Mary but before they came together </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Verse 19 – He was her husband </li></ul></ul>
  3. 8. Marriage practice in first century Palestine <ul><ul><li>The kiddushin  (meaning “sanctified”) sets aside the woman to be the wife of a particular man and no other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The  nisuin  (from a word meaning &quot;elevation&quot;) completes the process of marriage. The husband brings the wife into his home and they begin their married life together. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 9. There are three things that keep Joseph (Us) from seeing the signs of God in his (our) lives. <ul><li>His religion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verse 19 – He was a “righteous” man </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Leviticus 20:10 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>adultery + two witnesses in court = Death </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 10. There are three things that keep Joseph (Us) from seeing the signs of God in his (our) lives. <ul><li>His conscience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Verse 19 – He did not want to “expose” her to public disgrace </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He decided to divorce her “quietly” </li></ul></ul>
  6. 11. There are three things that keep Joseph (Us) from seeing the signs of God in his (our) lives. <ul><li>His dreams </li></ul><ul><li>His religion </li></ul><ul><li>His conscience </li></ul>
  7. 12. NOTE: These are also the three things that prepare him to be able to see the revelation <ul><li>His dreams </li></ul><ul><li>His religion </li></ul><ul><li>His conscience </li></ul>
  8. 13. NOTE: These are also the three things that prepare him to be able to see the revelation <ul><li>Dreams mean we have imagination and creativity </li></ul><ul><li>Religiousness means that we do want to hear from God </li></ul><ul><li>Conscience means that we are sensitive enough to know when there is more under the surface of things than it might seem at first glance. </li></ul>
  9. 14. There is only one way for us to see the signs of God. <ul><li>Through revelation </li></ul>
  10. 15. Through Revelation <ul><li>Matthew 11:27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to  reveal  him. </li></ul>
  11. 16. Through Revelation <ul><li>Matthew 16:17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not  revealed  to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. </li></ul>
  12. 17. Through Revelation <ul><li>2 Corinthians 4:10 We always carry around in our  body  the death (birth and life) of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be  revealed  in our  body . </li></ul>
  13. 18. The Lord appears to Joseph <ul><li> “ Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit . She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 1:20b-21 </li></ul>
  14. 19. There are only two good responses to the signs of God <ul><li>Do what God reveals to do – verse 24 </li></ul><ul><li>Respect God’s timing in the matter – verse 25 </li></ul>

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