Redeeming Genealogies (Part 1)

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While biblical genealogies need no redeeming, since they are God-breathed, the way we look at them might need some redeeming.  

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 Redeeming Genealogies (Part 2)

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Redeeming genealogies Well, what do you mean they don't need redeeming the ones in the
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Bible don't that's true but in our minds I Think we need to think about genealogies in a way that we normally don't
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So today on no compromise radio before you turn that dial. I think this is one of my most
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Helpful Lessons I'm not gonna call it a sermon because I'll do that tomorrow, but just a lesson to be helpful because the
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Bible contains many genealogies and if you want to read in Chronicles or if you want to read even in the
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New Testament Matthew and Luke There are genealogies and if we're not careful, we just skip over them probably few people underline
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Things in genealogies unless you see a word in there that you think oh my grandson's named
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Amos Amos is in the genealogy of Jesus And something like that goes through your mind.
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So here's what we're going to do I'm going to read the genealogy of Jesus found in Luke because I've been preaching through Luke and Then I'm gonna give you ways in your mind to think about genealogies
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Rightly the next time you see them in the scripture because they're all over right Genesis first Chronicles.
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Like I said Luke Matthew and even lists of numbers in the book of Numbers.
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Okay Luke 3 23 and following Jesus when he began his ministry was about 30 years of age being the son as was supposed of Joseph the son of Heli the son of method
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The son of Levi the son of Melchi the son of Janai the son of Joseph the son of Mattathias the son of Amos the son of Nahum the son of Esli the son of Nagai the son of math a math the son of Mattathias the son of semi the son of Joseph the son of Jodah the son of Joe and And Not Joanne, but Joan and Jonah Jonah, that's better.
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Jonah Sounds more masculine the son of Risha the son of Zerubbabel The son of Sheol teal the son of Neri the son of Melchi the son of Adi the son of Chasm the son of Elodim the son of er the son of Joshua the son of Eleazar The son of Joram the son of math at the son of Levi the son of Simeon the son of Judah the son of Joseph the son of Jonah the son of Alec him the son of Melia the son of Mena the son of Matt Thotta The son of Nathan the son of David the son of Jesse the son of Obed the son of Boaz the son of Salah the son of nation
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The son of Amanda dab the son of Admin the son of Arnie the son of hairs
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Ron the son of Perez the son of Judah the son of Jacob The son of Isaac the son of Abraham the son of Tara The son of Nahor the son of Sarug the son of rue the son of Peleg the son of Eber The son of Sheila the son of Kane Kane and The son of our
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Fox had the son of Shem The son of Noah the son of Lamech the son of Methuselah The son of Enoch the son of Jared the son of Mahala leal the son of Cain and the son of Enos the son of Seth the son of Adam the son of God what went through your mind when
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I read those What's going through your mind right now? Would this ever go through your mind?
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That there's no salvation without the truths found in those verses
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No salvation without the truths behind this genealogy Now maybe went through your mind
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Seem like you pronounce those pretty well. Well, I practiced I put dashes and hyphens in there.
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Do you know you have Bibles especially older Bibles that are self -pronouncing Bibles when it comes to names.
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Those would be good to have. I remember early on Sometimes you pronounce names well in practice, but then when you get up in front of the congregation, not so much and I just slaughtering
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But I try to teach the students my preaching students if you don't know the name just say it with with intensity
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They'll think you know what you're talking about I think about the gospel of Jesus according to Luke.
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I mean it's exciting so far the births of John the Baptist and Jesus foretold angels shepherds multitudes of angels and heavenly host
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The supernatural conception of the Lord Jesus and birth and sign manger
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Jesus in public ministry John the Baptist Recognizes him the
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Spirit of God recognizes him. The father recognizes him the Soon temptation of Jesus in the wilderness with Satan That's some pretty exciting stuff and then now in the middle of all the excitement we have a genealogy
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Hmm Is that how it works Is that how we're supposed to do it?
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Are we supposed to try to think through it a little bit? differently, I Mean seriously, what can we learn from a genealogy?
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Anything practical for my life, you know in a world of tell me how to apply this What are the four takeaway truth that I'm to do this week?
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How about that on a side note? I saw somebody the other day and they said The there's only one kind of Christian and that is one that is completely surrendered to Jesus and completely
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Submitted to Jesus and I just thought it was a young pastor that said it I just thought that young man needs probably some trials in his life.
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I don't wish him trials, but he'll get them and That is just a bunch of self -righteous
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Mr. Legality talk and If He said the desire of every
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Christian is total submission total surrender to Jesus the King and his Lordship Fine, that is our desire.
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Is it not? It's our desire. That's what we're gonna strive to and sweat toward and Deny self and pick up cross and follow
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Jesus. That's of course what we as Christians want to do and long to do But we are simultaneously justified and still sinners, right?
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We still sin and even if your view of Romans 7 is not Paul the mature
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Christian You realize in other passages that Christians still sin. We're not glorified yet anyway,
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I just that just popped in my mind and I thought I would Just make mention of it before I forgot it.
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When's the last time you heard a whole radio show on a genealogy? How about a whole sermon would you ever preach a sermon at the rest home on a genealogy?
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Well, maybe not there are other things you could pick What about pastors that are preaching verse -by -verse and then they get to a genealogy and then they don't preach it
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I guess you could just read it. That might be fine. Explain it a little bit why it's there. That would be fine But how about a whole sermon on a genealogy that just won't sell people just don't want to consume that they don't like those things
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So we better give the people what we want what they want On second thought we are sent by God as heralds and we better proclaim the truth
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I guess I could work it this way genealogy .com
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ancestry .com Studying your family history going back as far as you can tracing your ancestors so exciting to find something new so fulfilling and you understand these discoveries and it tells you about your parents your grandparents and whose line you're in and you're in a line of you know
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Louis Pasteur was somehow related to you and whether you're young or old you think oh, this is so fun
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It's so rewarding trying to find my roots. I'm gonna work hard on it. I'm gonna have to really
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Do some research and dig When it comes to biblical genealogy genealogies, we don't care
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No, I know I feel your pain I feel your pain Did you know that Jews love genealogies let's go back to Bible days
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Jews love genealogies to what extent Did you know Paul had to warn his readers?
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About getting into genealogies in a weird esoteric unbiblical way first Timothy 1 for nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies which promote
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Speculations rather than the stewardship from God that is by faith Paul writes to Titus chapter 3 verse 9 but avoid foolish controversies genealogies
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Dissensions and quarrels about the law for they are unprofitable and worthless He's not saying
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Avoid biblical genealogies that sure would be dumb that would be wrong of an apostle to say but these other genealogies to give heed to them and How they cause?
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disputes At least they like genealogies back then maybe today
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Not so much So what we're going to do today and the next show which
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I think is gonna play tomorrow In no code time. The message is redeeming genealogies
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We're gonna give you some general principles to redeem genealogies Not that they need redeeming but our view of them redeeming your view of genealogies
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I'm going to give you ten total See if I can make it. I don't know if I can make it or not
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So you might get less than ten, but there are up to ten But I don't really think we're gonna get all ten
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I Think we would not make it. It's not quite possible to do that.
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I Watched the newest Mission Impossible not impressed. I don't think I was impressed really with any of them
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I'd rather watch the old TV shows back in the 70s. I think of Mission Impossible. I think those would be better I don't know.
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The big screen just doesn't do it for me anymore Maybe it's over -the -top. Maybe it's not really I don't like the characters.
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I mean Kim and I and My daughter's Maddie and Gracie.
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We went to see White Christmas the other day And it was at one of these sing -along theaters or a theater where it was a sing -along and then they have the lyrics underneath And you sing along with it.
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Well No, wherever he wants to go wherever he wants to go wherever he wants to go
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We'll follow the old you know that so like White Christmas awesome movie. It's a great movie these other ones
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Not too much redeeming genealogies Some general principles. Those are seven of those and then particular principles for Luke chapter three so we have general and we have
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Specific okay. Here we go general principle number one
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How to redeem genealogies in your mind Which by the way genealogy is just a line of descent traced continuously from an ancestor or trace from an ancestor and number one is recognize the profit of genealogies because It's God breathed a second
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Timothy chapter three, right? why would they be in the Bible if they're not for our good because For as for you second
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Timothy 3 14 through 17 Continuing what you have learned and have firmly believed
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Knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you've been acquainted with the sacred writings Which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ.
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Jesus all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching including genealogies
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For a proof for correction for training in righteousness That the man of God or the preacher
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Old Testament designation there may be complete equipped for every good work in contrast to false teachers and their teachings lead to problems dissensions factions disputes unrighteousness ungodliness
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The Bible breathed out by God we're not talking about human authors are inspired like we talked about today we're talking about the scripture is
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God breathed and it has authority and It all has authority it's all breathed out by God and For Timothy to do his task he needs to recognize that and so Paul makes it very clear in that last letter that he writes before he dies and Scriptures Can save you right?
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The word is powerful and Then once you're saved it scripture teaches you what's your standard of life?
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It rebukes you. How do you not measure up to things? Correcting stand you up properly again training and righteousness in every way and it does that because scriptures are sufficient
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They make you adequate Paul said to Timothy Complete able to meet all demands to make sure you're thoroughly equipped
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That's the language of a ship making sure before it was set to sail it had every little supply
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For every contingency and of course God has every contingency Mapped out in his mind when it comes to history and when it comes to the scriptures, and so we realize
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That what we have in our hands We have the Bible is everything we need pertaining to life and godliness to use the words of 2nd
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Peter chapter 1 So first of all, remember they're inspired
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God breathe number two notice the context in other words. Why are genealogies there?
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That's going to help you when it comes to Bible interpretation Why are they there?
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They're not just random or as the kids say these days just not rando We had a waiter last night his name was brando, but that was his first name
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I was waiting ready for Marlon brando, but then his last name was brando. Where's his first name brando? What if he had a child named brando brando?
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I know somebody who's dating someone that has their First name is the person that they're dating his last name.
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I mean, I think he's still alive He might have retired and I think he did a lot of ministry in New England for the good
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And I think he was with the southern baptist convention had a big training institute in vermont or or New hampshire west pastor.
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What's his name? I hope he's still alive. I think he's just retired and he was a pastor So we had pastor pastor
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Sometimes people say pastor mike. I say that's pastor aben wrote to you Notice the context
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Once you figure out the context you're like, oh now I know what's going on here And so there's a context in genesis five
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Which is a good illustration that's outside of our luke passage genesis chapter five I almost yawned on air this morning.
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I had fun. It's a saturday Here in real time and my daughter hayley and her husband marty
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And my wife kimberly were all at the mountain Wachusett mountain barely a mountain but a mountain just over 2 000 feet
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They have a ski resort there and they were all snowboarding this morning So I had to set my alarm to wake up to take care of my grandson amos
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And so I did that for the past five hours That's why I'll tell you what though when it comes to lunch some pre -made
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Garlic mashed potatoes warmed up but a lot of butter And those were good I don't think he wanted anything else except his little cheese puff things
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And what do we care? We're the grandpas of the world Remember genesis 5 that genealogy
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Let me read you a little bit of it not every word Thus all the days that adam lived were 930 years
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And he died thus all the days of seth were 912 years and he died All the days of enos were 905 years and he died
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Thus all the days of kenan were 910 years And he died Thus all the days of mahalo were 895 years and he died
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Thus all the days of jared were 962 years And he died Thus all the days of bethuselah were 969 years and he died
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Thus all the days of lamech were 777 years And he died
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Eight times, I think. And he died, and he died, and he died, and he died, and he died, and he died, and he died, and he died.
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Why? Well, if you look at the context and everything makes sense, and you go, oh, in my mind I've redeemed that genealogy.
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Now, the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, did
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God actually say you shall not eat of any tree of the garden? The woman said to the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said you shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.
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But the serpent said to the woman, you will not surely, and he died, and he died, and he died, and he died, and he died.
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Well, that redeemed that genealogy in my mind. That's for certain. Number three, how do you redeem genealogies in your mind so you don't just skip them?
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Well, there God breathed. Context will help you unlock the goodness found therein.
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Number three, remember the Bible's historical accuracy. We're not thinking of Narnia here.
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We're not thinking of Middle Earth. This is real history with real people.
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What a good reminder about the Bible's accuracy, the Bible's historical accuracy, that there are real people and real family histories with names like Adam and Methuselah.
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Not a myth, not a legend, not just Book of Mormon coming on the scene without any roots.
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Historically accurate. Every time you see a genealogy, you should think that. Number four, rejoice in the fulfillment of God's prophecy and God's promises.
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Many genealogies will give you a little hint with a person like David, right?
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The Messiah was to come from the line of David. That's Isaiah 11 .1, there shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse and a branch from his root shall bear fruit.
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And then all of a sudden, in the Old Testament, you see that prophecy. And then in the
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New Testament, you see in Luke 3, that Jesus comes from the son of David. And then
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Matthew chapter 1 and Jesse, the father of King David. Many times you'll look at a biblical genealogy and you'll see that God fulfills his promises.
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Right? Second Samuel, the Davidic covenant, when your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers,
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I will raise up your offspring after you and you shall come who shall come from your body. And I will establish his kingdom.
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She'll build a house for my name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father and he shall be to me a son.
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When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the son of men. But my steadfast love will not depart from him as I took it from Saul, whom
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I put away from before you and your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me.
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Your throne shall be established forever. In addition, number five on how to redeem a genealogy, last one for today, praise
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God for his care and interest in people. Praise God for his care and interest in people.
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And these are specific people, not just nations, not just clumps, not just nebulous groups, not amorphous blobs.
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No, no, with people, with names, with mothers and fathers, image bearers, eternal souls.
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God is near and God cares. That's one of the things you should think about when you have a genealogy in the
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Bible. God cares. Remember what Jesus said, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you'll put on.
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Is life not more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly
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Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
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Good words, good words. God knows and he's near. Don't you see that in every genealogy?
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Of course. In Isaiah 41 .10, do not fear for I'm with you, God said. Psalm 46 .10, be still and know that I am
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God. Be anxious for nothing, Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
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Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. That's one of the things
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I think of when I read genealogies, that God knows all these people. He cares for them.
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He's intimately acquainted with all their ways and that it reminds me of who
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God is. So today on No Compromise Radio, we've talked about redeeming genealogies, and next time we're going to talk about how
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God is a God not far off, but very close, and that's something we can be reminded of when it comes to genealogies.
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