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An Old Testament Christmas (2 of 2)
Series: An Old Testament Christmas
Isaiah 6; 7
INTRODUCTION: We are in a series called, ''An Old Testament Christmas'' we are looking at Christmas through the eyes of the Old Testament Prophets.
LAST WEEK: We saw
1. Where Messiah would be born,
2. When Messiah would be born,
3. How Messiah would be born.
This week, we are focusing on the question - WHO will this Messiah be?
ILLUSTRATION: As John Wesley the founder of the Methodist Church and one of the leaders of what history calls, ''The Great Awakening'' lay on his death bed, he uttered his final words…. ''The best of all is God with us''. He had given his entire life to meditating on the implications of the name - Immanuel - God with Us.
I want to ask you today to give the next 30 minutes to thinking on what Wesley thought on his entire life. What is the meaning and what are the implications of, ''Immanuel - God with us''.
CONTEXT: At the time of Isaiah's prophecy, the Jewish Nation is a divided Kingdom
- Israel in the North with it's capital in Samaria
- Judah in the South with it's capital in Jerusalem
UZZIAH REIGN - Judah had anointed a 16 year old young man as King named Uzziah. Uzziah's reign began really well. 2 Chronicles tells us that he did was was right in the eyes of the Lord.
2 Chronicles 26:4-5 (ESV)
4 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. 5 He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
2 Chronicles 26:15 (ESV)
15 …his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.
Note that something radically changed when he became strong. There is something about fame that can cause one to think that the rules don't apply.
2 Chronicles 26:16-19 (ESV)
16 But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was u ...
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