Who is this Jesus? #1 – In the fullness of time

Following are the rough teacher’s notes from lesson 1 of a four-week Sunday School series titled, Who is this Jesus? See also the series preface and lesson 2.

“In the fullness of time”
Clearnote Indy Adult Sunday School class
November 30, 2014

Introduction

We live in the time when the Savior has come
Former generations waited, by faith (Hebrews 11:1-2) – Faith didn’t begin in New Testament era

Two intertwined themes:
– None of the saviors is enough
– God keeps renewing and expanding His promise

“Maybe this will be what we’ve been waiting for…”

a. State of innocency

  • Men: no futility in work (thorns, difficulties)
  • Women: no pain in childbirth – no difficulties with children
  • But… (the Fall)

b. Physical children

  • Fulfill Genesis 3:15? – when Eve gives birth to Cain she says “I have gotten a manchild with the help of the Lord” (Gen 4:1)
  • The savior?
  • The disappointment

c. Being left to themselves

  • How about if you just leave them alone?
  • No: Genesis 6:5-6

d. Starting over

Starting over with a righteous man and his family
Gen 7:1 “Then the LORD said to Noah, ‘Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me in this time.”

  • Rainbow
  • Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth (Gen 9)
  • Maybe this will be the new Eden?

But next thing you know…
– Drunk, nakedness exposed in his tent
– Rebellion, Babel – Genesis 11:4 “They said, ‘Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name…otherwise we will be scattered'”

e. Interlude: Promise to Abram

Hope, far off… (Genesis 12:1-3)

f. The good Law

God revealing Himself to His people, making His dwelling with them
What we were waiting for?
But…the people’s hearts were far from God – grumbling, complaining, rebelling (Acts 7:42-43; Psalm 95:9-11; Psalm 106)

g. Sacrifices for sin

A way to be forgiven! (Lev 4:26 etc) – A way to be in the presence of the Lord without being destroyed – good thing
– The futility was demonstrated by how the sacrifices had to be endlessly repeated (Hebrews 10:1-4, 11)

h. Redeemer-judges

Judges cycle: Sin → God gave them over → Cry out → God sends a judge/deliverer/redeemer
Saved Israel: Gideon, Samson, Ehud, Shamgar, Jephthah
– Until they died

i. Kings

“What we need is a king”
Lead us into battle (1 Sam 8:19-20)
Led them astray
Good kings unable to win the hearts of the people (e.g. after Hezekiah, Josiah)
Even good kings often went astray (e.g. Uzziah)
All died

j. Prophets

  • Sent by God to call His people back
  • Faithful to warn
  • Times of revival
    But…
  • Hardheartedness
  • People intent on their own way
  • Unable to raise the dead (spiritually)
  • Greater prophet needed

k. Remnant

  • Disciplined by the Lord
  • Maybe now they would be faithful
  • Left all and returned
  • Built the wall
  • Heard the Law
    But…
  • Last 2 chapters of Ezra: unfaithfulness to the Lord at all levels – mixed marriages
  • Last chapter of Nehemiah: mixed marriages; profaning the Sabbath

l. Zealots

Malachi 4:4-6 → 400 years’ silence
Maybe we can force this
Time of the Maccabees

Conclusion

Not “nearly satisfied”
Hope worn thin
Screaming for a Savior…
Waiting…

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