by James Merritt

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Joseph: The Promise Believed (1 of 3)
Series: The Promise
James Merritt
Matthew 1:18-25; 2:13-23


1. Today we are going to begin a three week series of messages built around The Promise. What is The Promise? Before I tell you what it is, let me just say that you cannot understand the Old Testament apart from The Promise. You cannot understand the New Testament apart from The Promise. You cannot understand Christmas apart from The Promise. You can't understand your purpose in life apart from The Promise.

2. The Promise goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve had royally blown it. God had put them in a perfect environment. It was never too hot, never too cold - it was just right. No pollution, no traffic, no sickness, no taxes, no stress, no hassle. The Garden of Eden made Disney World look like a dump.

3. God did point out one tree in the Garden. It was the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He said to Adam and Eve, ''You can have anything else you want in this garden, but don't eat the fruit of that tree.'' Just as soon as they thought God wasn't looking (let me give you a tip: God is always looking) Eve listened to a snake in the grass, who was Satan in disguise, who told her to pay no attention to God and eat the fruit (which she did) and that one act has put us in the mess we are in today.

4. For a moment, Satan was deliriously happy. He thought he had messed up everything. He had ruined a perfect world. He had damaged a perfect marriage. He had broken the fellowship that Adam and Eve had with God. Satan would have won except God made The Promise which we read in Genesis 3:15.
''And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.''
(Genesis 3:15, NASB)

5. From the moment that God made that promise, He had one item on His to do list. He had one priority on His agenda and that was to keep The Promise t ...

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