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December 7, 2014 Speaker: Guest Speaker Series: Emanuel: The Greatest Gift Ever

Verse: Isaiah 42:1–42:9

This week, we continue through our series examining the miraculous incarnation of God the Son. From the beginning, man has earned a reputation for being rebellious and sinful. Even now we suffer through the original consequences such as pain in childbirth (for women) and painful work (for men).[1] This, of course, is given as a result of the disobedience to God by our original parents Adam and Eve.

  1. What was God’s purpose in allowing Adam and Eve to live after they sinned against Him?[2]
  2. What does the example of God’s pursuit of Adam & Eve in Genesis 3:9 confirm about the nature of God’s pursuit of sinners?[3]

Society’s view of love isn’t always biblical, but restoration is. In fact, Jesus was very quick to answer Peter regarding the question of “how many times should we forgive?” in Matthew 18:21-22. When children deliver the pain of disappointment to their parents, no feeling quenches the parent’s soul quite like forgiveness and restoration. Being a recipient of God’s grace, we are completely provided for by the embodiment of His Love, Jesus.[4]

  1. How does the death of the animal in Genesis 3:21, which provided covering for Adam and Even, foreshadow Jesus?
  2. What do think we can learn from this example God gives us on how to reconcile someone?

ESV Commentators have this to say about the purpose of the book of Isaiah: “Isaiah announces God’s surprising plan of grace and glory for his rebellious people and, indeed, for the world. God had promised Abraham that through his descendants the world would be blessed.” And also concerning the theme of Isaiah: “The central theme of the book is God himself, who does all things for his own sake.”

  1. What does the Bible say about how the efforts of man would stand up to the efforts of God?[5]
  2. Do you struggle to think you have to earn God’s Love in some way?
  3. Who do you have trouble loving like Jesus loves you? Why?

Spend some time reviewing the Scripture below and ask questions, then spend some time in prayer for one another that this Advent season, we will live like Jesus is all we have ever and will ever need.

[1] See Genesis 3:16-19.

[1] See John 3:16

[1] See Ephesians 2:8-9

[1] See Colossians 1:15-17

[1] See Isaiah 64:6-7

 

Biblical References:

Genesis 3:7-9 ESV:

[7] Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. [8] And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. [9] But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

Genesis 3:21 ESV:

[21] And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them.

Isaiah 42:1-9 ESV:

[1] Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. [2] He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; [3] a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. [4] He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. [5] Thus says God, the LORD, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: [6] “I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, [7] to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. [8] I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. [9] Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

John 3:16 ESV:

[16] “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 6:37 ESV:

[37] All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out.

John 15:12-17 ESV:

[12] “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. [13] Greater love has no one than this: that someone lay down his life for his friends. [14] You are my friends if you do what I command you. [15] No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. [16] You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. [17] These things I command you, so that you will love one another.

Ephesians 1:3-10 ESV:

[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love [5] he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, [6] to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. [7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, [8] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV:

“[8] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, [9] not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Colossians 1:15-17 ESV:

[15] He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. [16] For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. [17] And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

Hebrews 9:22 ESV:

“[22] Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.”

Hebrews 12:5 ESV:

[5] And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him.

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