1 Opener What is prophecy? Are there prophets alive today that have the same role as prophets in the Old Testament? Respond to the statement... Let me put it to you this way, if there is a God so benevolent that he created everything and gave us free will, then he wouldn't have the human frailty of vanity and want to be WORSHIPED. He also wouldn't be jealous and 2 Review With the person next to you, starting with “In the beginning God...” and moving to the end of the old testament, share as many stories, in order, as you can in 5 minutes, alternating back and forth with your partner, to show what God’s plan was/is for mankind from God’s perspective. 3 God Foretold John and Jesus Who was the last prophet God gave to speak to man in the old testament? Malachi reminded the Jews that God’s promised Deliverer would come to save them Malachi also told them that, before the Deliverer came, God would send another prophet This prophets’ work would be to teach the people so that they would be ready for the coming Savior 4 God Foretold John and Jesus How many years passed from Malachi to the beginning of the New Testament? During this time, what preparations was God making for the fulfillment of His great promises to send a Savior for the whole world? Common language, Roman Roads, dispersing His people to many different countries 5 God Foretold John and Jesus Read Luke 1:5-6 From these verses what do you know about Zachariah and Elizabeth? They trusted in God and believed His Word They demonstrated their faith in their actions of offering sacrifices just as God had commanded through Moses Because they trusted in God and came to Him the way He had told them, God accepted them just as He had accepted Abel and all the others who had trusted in Him from the beginning of the world! 6 God Foretold John and Jesus Read Luke 1:7 From these verses what do we learn about Zachariah and Elizabeth? Read Luke 1:8-10 Who was Zachariah? What special job did he have? 7 God Foretold John and Jesus Read Luke 1:11-14 Who appeared to Zachariah inside the temple? What was Zachariah’s response to seeing the angel? What message did the angel bring to Zachariah? What name would be 8 God Foretold John and Jesus Read Luke 1:15-17 What purpose was John going to have? How did God know this already even before John was born? Do you think God knew about you before your parents knew you would be born? God foretold the birth of John through the prophet Malachi. God not only foretold many things through His prophets, but everything He promised 9 God Foretold John and Jesus Read Malachi 3:1 How many years before the messenger (John) was born did God reveal to His people that He would send a messenger? What was the job of the messenger according to Malachi 3:1? 10 God Foretold John and Jesus John would prepare the Jewish people for the arrival of the Promised Deliverer The angel called the Deliverer “the Lord.” What did the angel mean by “the Lord?” The coming Deliverer, the Savior of all men, was to be God Himself! 11 God Foretold John and Jesus Read Luke 1:24-25 Who did Elizabeth give credit for her pregnancy? How did Elizabeth respond to God concerning her pregnancy? Why was it important for Jewish women to bear children in that culture? 12 God Foretold John and Jesus Read Luke 1:26-31 How did the angel greet Mary? From this greeting what do you learn about Mary and her faith? What was Mary’s response to the angel’s presence? How was Mary’s response similar to Zachariah’s? What name was to be given to the baby? From verse 31, whose son will Jesus be? Could God have chosen someone else to be 13 God Foretold John and Jesus The angel told Mary some amazing things about her son... Read Luke 1:32-33 From these verses, whose son is Jesus? Did Jesus exist before being born? Explain. What do we know about the Promised Redeemer from Genesis 3:15. Jesus is now the Son of God and the 14 God Foretold John and Jesus What does the phrase, “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David...” mean? Again, God had announced these things to His people 600 years earlier through the prophet Isaiah. Read 9:6-7 Jesus is to be King forever! 15 God Foretold John and Jesus Read Luke 1:34 What difficulty was Mary having with the angels news? Read Luke 1:35 What was the angel’s response to Mary’s concern? Because Jesus was to born without a human father, he would be born sinless! Recall, no descendant of Adam is 16 God Foretold John and Jesus Recall... 17 God Foretold John and Jesus But Jesus’ Father is God! God is Holy and perfect, without sin Jesus would not inherit Adam’s sinfulness Jesus was the perfect son of God...Holy and sinless! 18 God Foretold John and Jesus Read Luke 1:36-37 ...All things that seem impossible are possible with God! Read Luke 1:38 What was Mary’s response to news of having a baby who would be God’s Son and the Savior of the world? How does Mary’s response show faith? 19 Conclusion Throughout the Old and New Testaments, what do we know about Jesus? The one announced in the Garden Descendant of King David The anticipated Deliverer The hoped for Savior The Holy Son of God God in a human body, the holy sinless Son of the holy sinless God! 20 Questions... 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