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January 19, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Exodus 4 – Exodus 6
Audio: Exodus 4 – Exodus 6

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Memory Verse of the Week

“I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well;
for I was sent for this purpose.”
(Luke 4:43 ESV)

Luke 3 (ESV)

In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
    make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled,
    and every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the crooked shall become straight,
    and the rough places shall become level ways,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your wages.”

15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”

18 So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20 added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison.

21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

23 Jesus, when he began his ministry, was about thirty years of age, being the son (as was supposed) of Joseph, the son of Heli, 24 the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, the son of Melchi, the son of Jannai, the son of Joseph, 25 the son of Mattathias, the son of Amos, the son of Nahum, the son of Esli, the son of Naggai,26 the son of Maath, the son of Mattathias, the son of Semein, the son of Josech, the son of Joda, 27 the son of Joanan, the son of Rhesa, the son of Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, the son of Neri, 28 the son of Melchi, the son of Addi, the son of Cosam, the son of Elmadam, the son of Er, 29 the son of Joshua, the son of Eliezer, the son of Jorim, the son of Matthat, the son of Levi, 30 the son of Simeon, the son of Judah, the son of Joseph, the son of Jonam, the son of Eliakim, 31 the son of Melea, the son of Menna, the son of Mattatha, the son of Nathan, the son of David, 32 the son of Jesse, the son of Obed, the son of Boaz, the son of Sala, the son of Nahshon, 33 the son of Amminadab, the son of Admin, the son of Arni, the son of Hezron, the son of Perez, the son of Judah, 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, 35 the son of Serug, the son of Reu, the son of Peleg, the son of Eber, the son of Shelah, 36 the son of Cainan, the son of Arphaxad, the son of Shem, the son of Noah, the son of Lamech, 37 the son of Methuselah, the son of Enoch, the son of Jared, the son of Mahalaleel, the son of Cainan, 38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.

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  1. Luke 3:8a "Bear fruits in keeping with repentance."

    Luke 3:9b "Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire."

    Spiritual fruit is the natural byproduct of genuine repentance. 

    Genuine repentance is the natural byproduct of godly sorrow. 

    Godly sorrow is the natural byproduct of God the Father drawing someone to Christ (John 6:44) and the Holy Spirit's work to convict someone of sin (John 16:8).

    Have you believed a "gospel" void of repentance? Have you "believed" in Jesus but do not bear the fruits of repentance? 

    Do you know what the fruits of repentance are? 

    What comes to mind this morning is the Sermon on the Mount, specifically the “Beatitudes” in Matthew 5:3-10. 

    3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

    5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

    6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

    7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

    8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

    9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

    10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    These verses are not a "to-do" on how to "GET RIGHT" with God but are the character traits and inward working of God in the lives of those who "ARE RIGHT" with God through faith in Jesus Christ.

    These are some of the fruits of being saved, not a list of "good deeds" to get saved. 

    Friend, have you believed in Jesus but have no inward change? Have you believed in your mind but the fruit of your life is void of the fruit of repentance? 

    I pray that if you are not sure, you would contact me using the form on this website. I'd love to speak with you.

  2. Luke 3:23-38. Matthew 1:20. I have a question to ponder.Why is Jesus listed under Joseph's lineage when He was not conceived by Joseph but by the Holy Spirit? Jesus would not have Joseph's DNA, He would only have Mary's and also have the Holy Spirit in Him. Unless Mary was of the same bloodline as Joseph and came from the same family. Just a thought.

  3. It used to be that I believed in Jesus, but I always set him aside so that I could do whatever I wanted.

    I'm so grateful that now I am changed. Not that I don't struggle sometimes, but when I do I go straight to Jesus in prayer. I have no overwhelming anxiety anymore, because I trust Him. I know that no matter what happens, He is with me, and he will protect me. I have peace now, and clarity and a million other blessings from God. I feel extremely grateful that I was finally willing to tear down the wall I had up, and that I let Him in completely. 

  4. I read Luke 1 this morning and wrote 7 pages of notes and questions in my journal. Luke 1 ends with the breathtaking prophesying of Zacharias about John, who "will be called the prophet of the Most High," and will "go before the Lord to prepare His ways." (See Luke 1:76-79) 

    And here in Luke 3, we see the fulfillment of that prophecy! 


  5. v. 16 – "[Jesus Christ] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."  

    I've found lots of different teachings on what this "baptism by fire" is. Interesting rabbit trail I can't go down today. At any rate, we know there are many Scriptures referencing fire — some good, some terrible. 

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