Tuesday, December 29, 2015

CHRISTMAS BIBLE STUDY: "The Prophecy of the Messiah" Week # 1

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The birth of Jesus is a biblical prophecy that was prophesied and fulfilled by God, because God inspired men to prophecy, and knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. We know that no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. Jesus fulfilled the prophecy about the Messiah, our Savior in Luke 24:46-47. Two different types of exegesis exist. The first is called Rational and the second is called Revealed. The revealed type states that God's Spirit is the inspiration behind the writers of the Bible. The words within the pages of Scripture are written under God's divine inspiration and they convey his perfect will for mankind. Biblical hermeneutics is the science of properly interpreting the various types of literature found in the Bible. For example, a psalm should often be interpreted differently from a prophecy. A proverb should be understood and applied differently from a law. This is the purpose of biblical hermeneutics—to help us to know how to interpret, understand, and apply the Bible. Our main scripture came from Matthew 1:23, while our printed text came from Isaiah 9:6, which is the whole of who this child was, is, and forever shall be. Some prophesiesin the Bible are conditional, with either the conditions implicitly assumed or explicitly stated.  Some prophetic passages are depicted as direct statements from God, while other statements are expressed as the privileged perspective of the biblical author considered to be a prophet. Bottom line, John 1:14 says, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." This week's study was concerning the prophecy of Jesus coming.Prophecy foretold of a Savior that would die to save us from sins. Prophecy shows the reliability of the scriptures, which do not come from men but are sent by God. Prophecy is a way for God to communicate to His people. Prophecy is one of the gifts of the Spirit to the church. Prophecy helps move the work of God, and prophecy that does not enhance the understanding of God's love is worthless. This is the whole truth! "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."  Immanuel is God is with us. Immanuel consists of two Hebrew words: im (the preposition with coupled with the plural us, yielding immanu), and 'el (God). Immanu +'el="God with us." Perhaps more than any other word in the Bible, Immanuel represents the essence of both the Christian and the Christmas message: God has invaded the domain of man and dwelt among us. Glory Hallelujah to God in the highest! AMEN. Peace on earth and good will toward all mankind.

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