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Our horizon includes the Rapture, the Kingdom, the Crushing of Satan and, as we will study today, Paradise Restored. The horizon for people separated from God is, however, horribly different. Many people in our society believe there will be some type of judgment in the afterlife. Mistakenly, they believe this judgment will determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The Bible reveals three judgments none of which determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. One’s eternal destiny is determined in this life by one's response to Jesus Christ.

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Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 8:30am PST

Jesus will fulfill His promises through an event called the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). At the Rapture, the souls of deceased believers will be united with their resurrection bodies. Believers alive at the time of the Rapture will be changed and then caught up to meet the Lord after the resurrection of deceased believers. We don’t know the day or hour of the Rapture. But we do know it happens before Jesus returns.

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As we continue God’s Story of Hope Jesus will reveal something that will not make sense to His disciples. But in the end they will see Jesus was right. We pick up the story early on a Sunday morning in April 33AD.

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Now that Judas is out of the room and into the night, Jesus concludes the last Passover feast in a very intimate way. Speaking dearly to the eleven, He institutes a new type of remembrance. Jesus picks up a cup of wine and some bread. This cup is the third cup of wine that is drunk during the Passover meal. It comes after the main course. It is called The Cup of Redemption. In the Jewish Passover it was symbolic of the blood of the lamb that was sacrificed at the first Passover in Egypt.

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Last week we ended with Jesus and his disciples in the town of Bethany. Jesus had just called out a dead man from his grave. The countryside was ablaze with the news, and since Bethany is less than two miles from Jerusalem, the leaders of Israel heard the news quickly. Throughout the last few years, Jesus had not only claimed to be God, but had systematically demonstrated control and authority over all areas of life. It was an authority and control that only God could possess. Wind and waves recognized His voice. Demons trembled in fear and followed His instruction. He healed sickness and disease as simply as if he were ordering food from a restaurant. Lazarus was the final straw. Bringing a man back to life, Jesus had control over life itself.

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It is pretty easy to make an incredible claim. Many people do it all time. From Muhammad Ali's "I am the greatest" speech, to the friend who somehow always has that lower golf score when he’s not with you. It is not difficult to make these claims, the real challenge comes when a person is called on to prove it. Are they able to backup their claims? We will see in this section that Jesus may take the cake when it comes to incredible claims, but he doesnt leave their validity up in the air, he gave plenty of proof.

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Life is full of the unexpected. Sometimes positive and sometimes negative. If you think back just this week you can probably identify some of both. Our story in this section will be no exception. Jesus has been baptized, overcome the temptation of Lucifer in the wilderness and has been proclaimed the Son of God and the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. What a beginning to this rescue story! But, as readers and hearers of this Story of Hope, there's one thing we know for sure, this Rescuer is not following anyone's expectations except His Father's. There is a rescue plan unfolding, so what will the next pages reveal about this plan and this Rescuer?

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The promised rescuer has arrived! The son of Eve, the son of Abraham, the son of David, and most incredibly, and unbelievably, the Son of God. The silence of the last 400 years has been shattered with the proclamation that not only is God speaking again, but He has actually come in the flesh to be with His most precious creation again, and to rescue them once and for all. But how was this going to happen? Jews are under the brutal control of the Roman empire. How will this rescuer overthrow this major world power? How will he set his people free? In this section we will see the themes of God, Man, Sin, Christ, and Faith.

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Last week we were working through the times of the Judges, Prophets, and Kings. This took us from the book of Judges, all the way to the end of the Old Testament. During the span of those years, the Israelites seemed to be on an endless cycle of self destruction. Forgetting their Creator and Savior, they would drift from the truth and into the worship of false gods. In divine discipline, God would give them over to this way of life, which would always lead to horrible destruction. Foreign nations would harass and battle with them. This would often end in their capture and enslavement, where they were drug off to faraway lands. Their situation would become desperate, and then their leaders would remember who they were. Finally, they would cry out to God once more. Ture to his character, God would answer and raise up a leader. He would RESCUE them and return them to the land of promise.

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Forty years have passed since God delivered the Israelites out of the clutches of Pharaoh. The exodus generation, those who had seen the many signs and wonders of the Lord, now had died off. Even their great leader, Moses, had given over to the curse of death. A man named, Joshua was appointed by God to lead the Israelites into the land of promise. Joshua was a commander, and God commissioned him to sweep across the new land and drive out the wicked tribes who lived there. The Israelites were to completely remove their presence from the land.

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The law has been given. God has established in very clear terms what He expects from His chosen people. These 613 laws govern how Israel is supposed to behave toward God, toward one another, and even toward animals and other creation. God gives these laws and expects Israel to follow them, yet God knows that they will fail regularly, so He includes laws for that, or more precisely, He formalizes the sacrifice system. This is a way that the Israelites can show that they understand they have failed to obey the law (sinned) and express remorse, as well as have their sins covered through the death of an innocent animal. As we saw in the last lesson, this system anticipated something greater, something that would be able to completely repair the broken relationship with God. Somehow, the promised rescuer would repair this brokenness once and for all. Now the people will be led around the wilderness as God prepares and tests His people, and reveals the condition of their hearts.

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The crashing waters of the Red Sea have settled. The nation of Israel, about 2 million people, look on in unbelief and awe as the God who led them out of slavery just destroyed the entire Egyptian army. They are now a completely free people! As the last line of their magnificent rescue song rings out, "The Lord will reign forever and ever" (Ex. 15:18). We can imagine the promises to Abraham, so many hundreds of years before, now echo anew in their hearts and minds. They will be made a great nation, they will receive a beautiful land of promise, and they will be used by God to bless the whole earth. But they are not at that promised land yet, and God has some work to do with them before they will be ready to enter it. God is going to establish a new covenant with them, the Mosaic Covenant. It will be defined by the giving of the Law to the people. In this section we see the themes of God, Man, Sin, Death, and Faith.

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God had communicated to Moses that they were not to leave Egypt as paupers. They would leave as a wealthy nation. Moses told the Israelites to ask the Egyptians for their riches. Wanting to avoid further calamity, the Egyptian people unloaded their wealth into the bags of the Israelites. The progression of the plagues had led them to a place where they feared for their own lives. The possibility that they could all be wiped out was heavy on their thoughts. So consequently, they gave the Israelites everything they asked.

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Response Reveals Belief. God reveals Himself to mankind and mankind is given a season of choice. A time to choose to respond in belief, or to not. It is God who then closes the door on man's season of choice. Pharaoh is a perfect example of this. God revealed Himself to Pharaoh through a series of signs and wonders, but Pharaoh hardened his heart against God and refused to listen. His response revealed his unbelief. God then closed the door on Pharaoh's season of choice. God hardened Pharaoh's heart, and God used Pharaoh to punish the Egyptians who believed in him as a god. The Israelites on the other hand responded in a way that revealed their belief.

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Today we are going to encounter the themes of God, Man, Sin, Death, Christ, Cross, and Faith woven through the life of a man named Abraham. Through this story God continues to add detail to His rescue plan as He paints a picture of the rescuer that is worth more than a thousand words.

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As we continue our story we come to a section today that gives us insight into how God rescues. In the same way that the korot is a salvation from starvation for those living on Barangonan, the ark that God provided was a salvation to Noah, and his family. The themes that are woven through the fabric of this part of the story are God, Man, Sin, Death, Christ, and Faith.

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Man and woman have disregarded God’s one command. They have been caught in their disobedience and called to stand in front of their loving creator, and in the place where love and joy and desire once was, is now fear and shame and deception. Everything was perfect, now, it couldn't be worse. They knew that God had promised that "they would surely die", now they are about to find out what this "death" or "separation" is all about, and just how far the impact of their sin will reach. Yet, even as God gives them a glimpse of the hardships they are now going to face, He has hidden within these “curses" a Hope that the rest of this story hinges upon, and this Hope will begin to answer the question, "what is God’s going to do now?"

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We pick up the story with everything in perfect balance and harmony. No pain or trouble or tears, and then something terrible happens. There are some details we don’t know, but here is what God has revealed to us. Just like creation, this part of the story starts in heaven with an absolutely magnificent angel, Lucifer. He was one of, if not the most beautiful, wise and powerful angels God ever created. (Eze 28:12-19; Isa 14:12-15) Not only was he matchless in beauty, but God gave him authority over God’s holy mountain, and heavenly sanctuaries.

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Now creation was finished, existing in perfect balance, peace, love and harmony with the God who created it. Adam and Eve, living in this beautiful garden in perfect unity with their creator God. Walking and talking with him in joy filled relationship. No pain, tears, thorns, fears, uncertainty just full, perfect, peaceful life. As we read the beginning of the Story of Hope, there are so many truths about God to find in the symphony of creation. Let’s look at three of them briefly.

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Do you remember the funniest story you ever heard? The scariest? The saddest? Stories are incredibly powerful things. They can make us laugh, cry and imagine things that are beyond the reach of reality. We all love a great story! As we begin this new series, we will be hearing, reading and studying "Story of Hope." This is God’s story to all mankind for all of human history, yet despite its vast scope, this story contains an incredible unity of message and purpose. As we will see, it is a story that begins perfectly, goes terribly wrong, yet ends better than anyone could Hope. The best part of all, it’s a true story! This story traces 8 key themes through the 66 books of the Bible: God, Man, Sin, Death, Christ, Cross, Faith, Life. Many of us have read the bible cover to cover, some many times, some never. What we trust and pray this series will do, is give us all a deep and clear understanding of God’s BIG story as it moves through the many smaller stories contained in the Bible. Our first order of business is to take a quick look at the Author of this beautiful story.

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Category:The Story of Hope -- posted at: 10:15am PST

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