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Freedom Child (3 of 10)
Series: Broken Chains
I read the true story of a Sunday School for 4-year-olds’.
Most of the children were known to the teacher, but this Sunday a little boy showed up without any identification.
The teacher managed to get his first name, but couldn’t find out his last name.
‘‘Brian, what’s your daddy’s name?’’ she asked.
‘‘Daddy,’’ he replied.
She tried again, ‘‘Brian, what’s your mommy’s name?’’
‘‘Mommy,’’ he answered.
Suddenly she realized exactly how she could get the answer she needed.
‘‘Brian, what does your daddy call your mommy?’’
His face lit up. With a grin and a deep voice, he replied, ‘‘Hey, Babe.’’
(Susan Boatright, Savannah, GA. Today’s Christian Woman, ‘‘Heart to Heart.’’)
APPLY: Children learn from what they see and what they hear. What this boy learned in his home was that his mother and father loved each other, and that his dad was a playful and confident man.
Children learn from what they see and hear.
And it is what they see and hear that shapes and molds the type of person they become.
As I was preparing for today’s sermon something occurred to me. In our story today we find that God had heard the cry of His people and was going to send a ‘‘deliverer’’ and He sends them someone.
Who does He send?
Really? A baby?
Yes, in fact God did that several times in Israel’s history.
For example, there was Samson.
In the days of the judges, the people of God had sinned against Him, and so God delivered them into the hands of their enemies - the Philistines. But when they cried out for help, He chose a baby named Samson to be their deliverer.
Then several years later God sent Samuel.
Again, Israel had become subject to the Philistines all over again, because of their sinfulness. But when they cried out for help, God heard their cry, and again He chose a baby to be their deliverer.
Sometime later in Scripture, the people had again fallen ...
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