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July 21, 2018
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: God is on time, and if God would
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  • Pastor Skip Heitzig: God is on time, and if God would go
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  • through all of this intricate plan to send his Son from heaven
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  • to earth, don't you think that he's got you covered?
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  • Do you think anything is slipping through his fingers at
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  • this point in your life?
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  • Do you have any right to pull out your hair and go,
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  • "I'm worried"?
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  • Perfect timing, perfect plan, perfect person, perfect reason.
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  • So this is a good time for you to lay down your worry, lay down
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  • your burden, and start trusting in him.
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  • Skip: So, there was a blond who was asking somebody
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  • the time--and, you know, just to prevent getting any emails or
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  • messages about the blond jokes 'cause some people don't like
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  • them, let's put it this way.
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  • There was a blond pastor, how's that?
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  • Will that work?
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  • So the blond asked somebody, "Hey, what time is it?"
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  • And the answer came back, "It's 4:45."
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  • And the blond said, "You know, it's the weirdest thing, but
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  • I've been askin' that question all day long, and each time,
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  • I get a different answer."
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  • One of the most frequently asked questions that I get as
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  • a pastor is, "What time is it?"
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  • Not, what time is it chronologically as much as
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  • prophetically: "Are we in the last days?"
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  • "What time is it in God's prophetic calendar?"
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  • "What's the time?"
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  • "What's going on?"
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  • "What's going to happen next?"
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  • Unfortunately, there weren't enough people asking that
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  • question during Jesus's time 2.000 years ago.
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  • They should've been asking, "Hey, what time is it?"
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  • Because Jesus, when he comes on the scene, rebukes the leaders
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  • for not knowing what time it is.
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  • He said, "How is it that you can discern the face of the skies,
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  • but not understand or discern this time?"
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  • He held them accountable, responsible, to the point of
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  • pronouncing judgment upon them nationally for not
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  • knowing the time.
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  • He predicted the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD,
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  • and listen to what he said.
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  • Listen to why: "Because you didn't know the time
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  • of your visitation."
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  • So I wanna help you today learn how to tell time,
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  • biblically speaking.
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  • Why is it that Jesus came to earth at the time that he did?
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  • Why 2.000 years ago?
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  • Why didn't God send his Son into the world right after the Fall
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  • in the garden with Adam and Eve?
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  • That's where the trouble began.
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  • Why not nip it in the bud early?
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  • Or, for that matter, why not send his Son in more
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  • modern times, like today?
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  • There's more people on the earth.
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  • The technology is better.
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  • You could arguably say it would make a greater impact.
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  • I mean, can you imagine the Resurrection being
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  • televised worldwide?
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  • So, why did God send his Son into the world at the time
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  • in which he did?
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  • Now, in answering that question and in teaching you to tell
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  • time, I'm gonna introduce you to a new term.
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  • Some of you have never heard the term.
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  • Others of you have, but you are not sure what it means exactly.
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  • And it's the word, the term "Shiloh," "Shiloh."
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  • Now, "Shiloh" is a word that first comes to us in Genesis 49
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  • when Jacob the patriarch is about to die.
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  • He's on his deathbed, and his boys are gathered around him,
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  • all the 12 sons of Jacob that will become
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  • the 12 tribes of Israel.
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  • And he goes through each one, one by one, and gives
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  • a deathbed prophecy.
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  • He predicts what's gonna happen to them and their tribe
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  • later on.
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  • And he comes to his son Judah and he says this: "The scepter
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  • shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet
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  • until Shiloh comes."
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  • Now, what does that mean?
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  • Who or what is Shiloh?
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  • Well, it's interesting that the traditional Jewish
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  • interpretation, rabbinical interpretation through the ages,
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  • is that it's some reference to the coming Messiah.
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  • "Shiloh" equals "the Messiah."
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  • So, who is Shiloh?
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  • We know what happened with those 12 boys.
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  • They became 12 tribes, they grew.
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  • They became a young, small nation of families.
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  • They went down to Egypt, and for 400 years, they were
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  • under the bondage of Pharaoh.
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  • They cried out to God.
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  • God sent them a deliverer, not Shiloh, but Moses.
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  • Moses wasn't from the tribe of Judah.
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  • He was from the tribe of Levi.
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  • Eventually, under Joshua, they inherited the Promised Land.
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  • They occupied the land.
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  • They spread, they grew, but Joshua was from the tribe
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  • of Ephraim, not Judah.
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  • He wasn't Shiloh.
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  • While they were in the land, they cried out for a king.
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  • God allowed them to have King Saul as their
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  • first king of Israel.
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  • He was a Benjamite.
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  • He was not Shiloh.
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  • He was a failure.
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  • So the Lord raised up King David,
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  • "A man after God's own heart."
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  • Don't you love that description of him?
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  • "A man after God's own heart," from the tribe of Judah,
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  • but he wasn't Shiloh.
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  • God told David that he would have a son who would occupy
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  • the throne, and we know who that was immediately.
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  • It was King Solomon, but Solomon wasn't Shiloh.
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  • So, after many years, the world waited a long time for just
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  • the right time until God sent that one.
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  • Now, I want you to look at Galatians chapter 4.
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  • The key verse is going to be verse 4, but we do need
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  • to get a little context.
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  • We wanna read what leads up to it, and so you'll notice in
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  • Galatians 4, beginning in verse 1, Paul the Apostle writing,
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  • says: "Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does
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  • not differ at all from a slave, though he is the master of all,
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  • but is under guardians and stewards until the time
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  • appointed by the father.
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  • Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage
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  • under the elements of the world.
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  • But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth
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  • his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those
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  • who were under the law, that we might receive
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  • the adoption as sons.
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  • And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his
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  • Son into your hearts, crying out, 'Abba, Father!'"
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  • You know, we sometimes forget that the central theme of all
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  • of Scripture is the single person the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • He is the mega theme.
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  • He is the central character from Genesis to Revelation.
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  • So that the Old Testament prophets predict him.
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  • They promise him.
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  • The Old Testament, Christ is promised.
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  • In the Gospels, Christ is presented.
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  • In the book of Acts, Christ is proclaimed.
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  • In the Epistles, Christ is pondered.
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  • And in the book of Revelation, Christ is predicted.
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  • But it's all about Jesus Christ.
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  • And unfortunately, we think we can sort of jump in right in the
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  • New Testament without the benefit of the Old Testament.
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  • That's why this series, "Against All Odds," has been beneficial,
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  • because you read, "This man fulfilled this prediction
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  • made by that prophet."
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  • You sorta have to know what that prophet said to really get that.
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  • So if you just jump into the New Testament without the
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  • Old Testament, it's like going to a play, but you don't get
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  • there till Act 2.
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  • And, you know, that's always a problem.
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  • If you come in to the play during Act 2, you're gonna be
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  • that nuisance who has to whisper to people around you,
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  • "Who's that guy?
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  • Why'd he say that? What's happening now?"
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  • Well, if you'd have been here in Act 1,
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  • you'd have picked it up, right?
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  • So, we read the Old and the New Testament together because
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  • the whole package gives us the central character
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  • and the storyline so that it all makes sense.
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  • So with that in mind, I wanna show you from this text five
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  • elements that point to Jesus's First Coming at being
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  • at exactly the right time.
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  • And there were several things that were right.
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  • First of all, the expectation was right.
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  • Verse 3: "Even so we, when we were children, we were in
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  • bondage under the elements of this world."
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  • Now, Paul, in this section is describing his religion,
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  • Judaism, like being a child growing up in a home,
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  • a young child, who's a minor, coming of age.
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  • He's at home.
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  • He stays at home, and he is trained at home until he grows
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  • up and he is launched into the world.
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  • And so, Paul the Apostle is saying, "Just as a child is
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  • tethered to teachers and guardians until he comes of age,
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  • we were tethered to our religious system of Judaism
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  • until Jesus Christ came."
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  • But interestingly, Paul calls that a "bondage."
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  • Notice that in verse 3: "We were in bondage."
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  • He uses the language of slavery in this section, and that word
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  • "bondage" is tied to another important word in verse 5,
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  • "redeemed."
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  • That's all bondage, that's all slavery language.
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  • "Redeemed" means "to buy back by paying a price."
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  • So he says, "We were in bondage."
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  • Now, the Jewish people understood slavery probably
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  • better than any other people group at the time 'cause they
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  • had been in slavery and bondage for thousands of years on
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  • numerous occasions, the first being when they were
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  • down in Egypt.
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  • They were slaves under the oppression of Pharaoh
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  • for 400 years.
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  • Moses was their deliverer.
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  • He brought them out.
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  • But it didn't end there.
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  • Pretty soon, the Assyrians would come in and take them captive.
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  • Later on, the Babylonians would come in and take many
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  • more of them captive.
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  • They would come back to the land under Ezra and Nehemiah,
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  • but then, once they're back in the land, there would be more
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  • slavery in the future when the Seleucid Syrians came in
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  • and killed and plummeted and plundered the people,
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  • and exiled many more of them.
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  • God sent 'em another deliverer between the Old and New
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  • Testament, a Jewish deliverer by the name of Judas Maccabeus.
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  • But their slavery didn't end.
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  • At the time the New Testament was written, at the time Paul is
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  • writing Galatians, the Roman government subjugated them
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  • and they were slaves of Rome.
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  • They paid exorbitant taxes.
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  • They had to obey all sorts of rules and regulations.
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  • The Roman government stripped away many of their
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  • rights as citizens.
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  • So they knew what it was to be in bondage.
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  • And, by the way, even if they didn't have any human taskmaster
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  • at all, they were still in bondage to their own religion,
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  • their own law.
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  • You know why?
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  • Because God gave them the law, but no one was ever
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  • able to keep it fully.
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  • They failed in keeping the law.
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  • That's Paul's whole premise in Galatians, and the writer
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  • of Hebrews in Hebrews.
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  • God gave 'em a law.
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  • They couldn't keep it, so the Lord put in the law a system of
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  • animal sacrifices to have bloodshed to cover all
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  • of their failures and sins.
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  • But those things never ended.
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  • There was a sacrifice every day, every week,
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  • every month, every year.
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  • For your whole lifetime, you would be used to this endless,
  • 00:12:45.150 --> 00:12:48.210
  • tedious pageant of sacrifice and ritual and ceremony that never
  • 00:12:48.220 --> 00:12:54.220
  • brought you any closer to God.
  • 00:12:54.230 --> 00:12:57.200
  • 00:12:58.030 --> 00:13:05.040
  • 00:13:06.230 --> 00:13:16.230
  • Lord, rend the heavens.
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  • Lord, rend the heavens.
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  • Come down to us.
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  • Lord, shake the mountains.
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  • Lord, shake the mountains,
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  • reveal yourself.
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  • Spirit of God, Spirit of God,
  • 00:13:45.040 --> 00:13:50.280
  • won't you fill this place.
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  • Come down in power.
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  • Come down in power.
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  • Lord, have your way.
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  • We want to see miracles, the impossible.
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  • We want to see signs and wonders.
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  • We want to see you.
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  • We want to see you.
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  • We want to see the lost come home,
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  • the sick made whole.
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  • We want to see demons tremble.
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  • We want to see you.
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  • We want to see you.
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  • Lord, rend the heavens.
  • 00:14:45.110 --> 00:14:48.020
  • Lord, rend the heavens.
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  • Come down to us.
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  • Lord, shake the mountains.
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  • Lord, shake the mountains,
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  • reveal yourself.
  • 00:15:03.270 --> 00:15:10.110
  • Spirit of God, Spirit of God,
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  • won't you fill this place.
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  • Come down in power.
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  • Come down in power.
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  • Lord, have your way.
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  • We want to see miracles, the impossible.
  • 00:15:37.060 --> 00:15:43.080
  • We want to see signs and wonders.
  • 00:15:43.090 --> 00:15:46.150
  • We want to see you.
  • 00:15:46.160 --> 00:15:48.010
  • We want to see you.
  • 00:15:48.020 --> 00:15:49.230
  • We want to see the lost come home,
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  • the sick made whole.
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  • We want to see demons tremble.
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  • We want to see you.
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  • We want to see you.
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  • Skip: It's sort of like the opening scene from the movie
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  • "Groundhog's Day."
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  • You remember that movie?
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  • Back in the '90s, "Groundhog's Day," Bill Murray starred in it,
  • 00:16:20.250 --> 00:16:23.120
  • and every day, the day opened the same way: alarm clock went
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  • off, same old tune every day.
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  • Same sequence of events every day.
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  • Paul is saying Judaism was like "Groundhog's Day."
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  • You wake up, you sacrifice. You wake up, you sacrifice.
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  • You sacrifice, and it never brought you closer to God.
  • 00:16:39.290 --> 00:16:42.200
  • So, we were in bondage to those basic elements of the world.
  • 00:16:42.210 --> 00:16:47.270
  • Now, with the bondage came a longing, an anticipation,
  • 00:16:47.280 --> 00:16:53.280
  • an expectation.
  • 00:16:53.290 --> 00:16:56.060
  • They were left in their bondage saying, "When will Messiah come?
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  • When will the bondage end?"
  • 00:17:02.180 --> 00:17:04.080
  • And it was so inculcated into their culture that there was
  • 00:17:04.090 --> 00:17:09.020
  • a prayer that the pious Jews prayed every single day,
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  • and many still do in Orthodox circles to this day.
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  • It goes like this: "I believe with perfect faith in the coming
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  • of Messiah.
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  • And even though he tarries, yet I will wait for him
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  • every coming day."
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  • So, they had always expected the Deliverer to come.
  • 00:17:32.240 --> 00:17:38.050
  • But did you know that at the time of Jesus Christ, just
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  • before he was born, the expectation in Judaism
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  • for the Messiah was at its all-time high?
  • 00:17:46.050 --> 00:17:51.010
  • Sources tell us that, at that time, every Jewish woman
  • 00:17:51.020 --> 00:17:54.270
  • wondered if perhaps she wouldn't be the mother of the Messiah.
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  • There's a book called "The History of Messianic
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  • Speculation in Israel."
  • 00:18:05.200 --> 00:18:08.060
  • It was written back in 1959 by a very famous rabbi in Jewish
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  • circles at the time, Rabbi Hillel Silver.
  • 00:18:12.060 --> 00:18:15.270
  • Listen to one paragraph I pulled out.
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  • He says, and I quote: "Prior to the first century, messianic
  • 00:18:19.290 --> 00:18:24.000
  • interest was not excessive.
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  • The first century, however, especially the generation before
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  • the destruction of the second temple, witnessed a remarkable
  • 00:18:29.230 --> 00:18:33.230
  • outburst of messianic emotionalism.
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  • When Jesus came into Galilee spreading the gospel of the
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  • kingdom of God and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the
  • 00:18:41.000 --> 00:18:43.260
  • kingdom of God is at hand,' he was voicing the opinion
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  • universally held that the age of the kingdom of God was at hand."
  • 00:18:47.040 --> 00:18:53.050
  • And he closes the paragraph by saying: "The Messiah was
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  • expected at the second quarter of the first century,"
  • 00:18:56.160 --> 00:19:01.200
  • close quote.
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  • You know when Jesus came?
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  • Second quarter, first century.
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  • No wonder when John the Baptist is down at the Jordan River,
  • 00:19:09.100 --> 00:19:12.020
  • ploppin' people in the water, baptizing 'em, the first
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  • questions out of the mouth of the rulers in Jerusalem is,
  • 00:19:14.170 --> 00:19:17.000
  • "Are you the Messiah?"
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  • They were expecting him, and that expectation
  • 00:19:19.250 --> 00:19:22.200
  • as at its all-time high.
  • 00:19:22.210 --> 00:19:24.000
  • So the expectation was right.
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  • Second thing to make note of is the season was right.
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  • Look at verse 4.
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  • Paul says: "When the fullness of the time had come," stop.
  • 00:19:31.180 --> 00:19:38.250
  • That's a very intriguing phrase.
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  • "Fullness," "pleroma" is the Greek word, means "complete or
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  • full or plump or ripe."
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  • "The time was perfect," he is saying.
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  • The time was ripe, like fruit hanging on a tree ready to be
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  • plucked at just the right moment.
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  • It was the fullness of the time.
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  • Now, have you noticed that God is into doing things on time?
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  • He's very precise about that.
  • 00:20:06.230 --> 00:20:10.020
  • Ecclesiastes chapter 3 tells us: "There is a time for every
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  • purpose under heaven."
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  • And if you notice, that God keeps perfect time.
  • 00:20:16.220 --> 00:20:19.250
  • His watch is perfect.
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  • Sometimes you think God is late.
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  • You're just early.
  • 00:20:26.020 --> 00:20:28.090
  • You think God is slow.
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  • No, you're just a little too fast.
  • 00:20:29.290 --> 00:20:32.250
  • Charles Spurgeon put it this way: "The great clock of the
  • 00:20:32.260 --> 00:20:35.080
  • universe keeps good time, and the whole machinery of
  • 00:20:35.090 --> 00:20:39.070
  • Providence moves with unerring punctuality."
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  • I've had people tell me, "You know, Jesus a Man
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  • ahead of his time."
  • 00:20:46.250 --> 00:20:48.280
  • Or, "Well, Jesus was behind the times."
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  • No, no, no, no, he came at the fullness of the time.
  • 00:20:51.130 --> 00:20:55.030
  • First words out of his mouth recorded in the Gospel of Mark
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  • were, "The time is fulfilled.
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  • The kingdom of God is at hand."
  • 00:21:00.220 --> 00:21:05.030
  • So, Paul says, "The season was right.
  • 00:21:05.040 --> 00:21:07.100
  • It was the fullness of the time."
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  • Now, he does not tell us specifically what made the time
  • 00:21:08.220 --> 00:21:11.210
  • so ripe, but let me make a few suggestions.
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  • The time was right spiritually.
  • 00:21:15.240 --> 00:21:18.260
  • I've already told you how there was an expectation, a spiritual
  • 00:21:18.270 --> 00:21:22.110
  • expectation at the time of Christ unlike any other time.
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  • They were open.
  • 00:21:25.150 --> 00:21:26.270
  • They wanted, they were hungry for the Messiah to come.
  • 00:21:26.280 --> 00:21:30.010
  • But not only that, did you know that other religions, like the
  • 00:21:30.020 --> 00:21:33.190
  • Roman religious system and the Greek religious system, that
  • 00:21:33.200 --> 00:21:36.130
  • many of the people who subscribed to those beliefs,
  • 00:21:36.140 --> 00:21:40.150
  • there was a hunger going on inside of 'em?
  • 00:21:40.160 --> 00:21:43.140
  • They were burned out on the Roman polytheistic form of
  • 00:21:43.150 --> 00:21:47.230
  • worship, or the Greek polytheism, and they were
  • 00:21:47.240 --> 00:21:50.250
  • attracted to Judaism's one God.
  • 00:21:50.260 --> 00:21:54.160
  • And so, many were converting in different parts of the world in
  • 00:21:54.170 --> 00:21:58.220
  • the first century, to Judaism.
  • 00:21:58.230 --> 00:22:01.250
  • In fact, if you read your New Testament, you know that
  • 00:22:01.260 --> 00:22:05.030
  • the centurion is spoken about favorably in the Gospels
  • 00:22:05.040 --> 00:22:08.170
  • and in the book of Acts.
  • 00:22:08.180 --> 00:22:10.030
  • Many of them believed, and the Lord Jesus commended one
  • 00:22:10.040 --> 00:22:12.070
  • centurion for having more faith than any other Jewish people
  • 00:22:12.080 --> 00:22:15.240
  • in the entire land.
  • 00:22:15.250 --> 00:22:17.180
  • In the book of Acts, there's centurion who invites Peter
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:20.150
  • into his house and comes to faith in Christ.
  • 00:22:20.160 --> 00:22:23.120
  • Paul writes about people from Caesar's household converting
  • 00:22:23.130 --> 00:22:26.140
  • and following Jesus.
  • 00:22:26.150 --> 00:22:28.270
  • So it was the right time spiritually.
  • 00:22:28.280 --> 00:22:30.170
  • But it was also the right time culturally for Jesus to come.
  • 00:22:30.180 --> 00:22:38.070
  • You know, Alexander the Great had a dream.
  • 00:22:38.080 --> 00:22:40.090
  • Of course, he was dead by this time.
  • 00:22:40.100 --> 00:22:43.220
  • But he had a dream that he could make the world Greek.
  • 00:22:43.230 --> 00:22:47.050
  • He was a Greek.
  • 00:22:47.060 --> 00:22:48.170
  • He wanted to spread the love.
  • 00:22:48.180 --> 00:22:50.250
  • So he thought everybody in the world should speak his language
  • 00:22:50.260 --> 00:22:53.090
  • and follow his culture.
  • 00:22:53.100 --> 00:22:55.140
  • So, his dream was to spread Greek language and Greek culture
  • 00:22:55.150 --> 00:22:57.270
  • around the world.
  • 00:22:57.280 --> 00:22:59.070
  • And you know what? He was pretty successful.
  • 00:22:59.080 --> 00:23:02.000
  • Because for the first time since the Tower of Babel in the book
  • 00:23:02.010 --> 00:23:06.080
  • of Genesis, during the New Testament times, there was a
  • 00:23:06.090 --> 00:23:09.050
  • common language around the world, and that was Greek.
  • 00:23:09.060 --> 00:23:12.160
  • It was said that you could go from the British Isles all the
  • 00:23:12.170 --> 00:23:15.110
  • way to India speaking the same language everywhere you went.
  • 00:23:15.120 --> 00:23:20.060
  • And what a language it was.
  • 00:23:20.070 --> 00:23:23.200
  • The language of Greek, the most precise language ever to convey
  • 00:23:23.210 --> 00:23:28.140
  • human thought, and that is the language of the New Testament.
  • 00:23:28.150 --> 00:23:33.060
  • Ah, but not only that, Alexander the Great, when he conquered
  • 00:23:33.070 --> 00:23:36.020
  • Jerusalem, he encouraged the Jews to travel around the world
  • 00:23:36.030 --> 00:23:40.260
  • and colonize the world into pockets of Judaism
  • 00:23:40.270 --> 00:23:44.090
  • wherever they went.
  • 00:23:44.100 --> 00:23:46.000
  • So that, by the time of Jesus, you had these things, you don't
  • 00:23:46.010 --> 00:23:48.290
  • find 'em in the Old Testament, but you find 'em in the New,
  • 00:23:49.000 --> 00:23:51.020
  • synagogues, Jewish meeting places, in virtually every city
  • 00:23:51.030 --> 00:23:55.190
  • around the world where somebody could pop in, speaking a common
  • 00:23:55.200 --> 00:24:00.070
  • language, and share ideas.
  • 00:24:00.080 --> 00:24:02.260
  • So it is the right time spiritually, culturally, but it
  • 00:24:02.270 --> 00:24:05.010
  • was also the right time politically.
  • 00:24:05.020 --> 00:24:06.240
  • And here's what I mean.
  • 00:24:06.250 --> 00:24:12.010
  • The king of the world was Rome.
  • 00:24:12.020 --> 00:24:14.260
  • Caesar was in charge.
  • 00:24:14.270 --> 00:24:16.140
  • And Rome brought with it what they called, "The Pax Romana."
  • 00:24:16.150 --> 00:24:22.100
  • You've heard the term.
  • 00:24:22.110 --> 00:24:23.260
  • It means, "The Roman Peace."
  • 00:24:23.270 --> 00:24:25.080
  • It was 200 years of peace on earth, at least in the Roman
  • 00:24:25.090 --> 00:24:28.260
  • world, and it was pretty peaceful.
  • 00:24:28.270 --> 00:24:31.220
  • It was a stability enforced by Roman military, essentially.
  • 00:24:31.230 --> 00:24:38.020
  • The power of Rome ensured that the places Rome controlled were
  • 00:24:38.030 --> 00:24:42.150
  • peaceful places.
  • 00:24:42.160 --> 00:24:44.040
  • So, they brought in the Pax Romana.
  • 00:24:44.050 --> 00:24:46.230
  • Rome also brought in a road system.
  • 00:24:46.240 --> 00:24:49.200
  • Get this, this is 2.000 years ago.
  • 00:24:49.210 --> 00:24:53.030
  • Rome decided to connect all the places in the world that had not
  • 00:24:53.040 --> 00:24:55.290
  • been connected by a road system.
  • 00:24:56.000 --> 00:24:57.250
  • They built 250.000 miles of roads.
  • 00:24:57.260 --> 00:25:03.050
  • Many of them are still paved today.
  • 00:25:03.060 --> 00:25:05.200
  • You can walk on them.
  • 00:25:05.210 --> 00:25:07.000
  • They're made out of stone, 250.000 miles.
  • 00:25:07.010 --> 00:25:10.100
  • Folks, that's 2.000 years ago.
  • 00:25:10.110 --> 00:25:11.270
  • I know roads in Rio Rancho that still aren't paved.
  • 00:25:11.280 --> 00:25:16.230
  • The Romans paved the world at the time.
  • 00:25:16.240 --> 00:25:20.040
  • So, now, you have relative safety where people can travel
  • 00:25:20.050 --> 00:25:24.030
  • from one part of the world to another part of the world,
  • 00:25:24.040 --> 00:25:26.180
  • speaking the same language, and bringing their ideas with them.
  • 00:25:26.190 --> 00:25:30.110
  • And you know who took advantage of that?
  • 00:25:30.120 --> 00:25:32.280
  • Paul the Apostle.
  • 00:25:32.290 --> 00:25:34.230
  • It's estimated the Apostle Paul traveled 15.000 miles on foot or
  • 00:25:34.240 --> 00:25:41.280
  • by sea during his lifetime.
  • 00:25:41.290 --> 00:25:45.050
  • So, now you have the gospel in the most precise language ever,
  • 00:25:45.060 --> 00:25:50.120
  • under the most ideal circumstances ever, to people
  • 00:25:50.130 --> 00:25:53.270
  • who are hungrier than ever, going to places more freely than
  • 00:25:53.280 --> 00:25:57.060
  • ever before.
  • 00:25:57.070 --> 00:25:58.230
  • It was the fullness of time.
  • 00:25:58.240 --> 00:26:02.070
  • 00:26:02.180 --> 00:26:08.170
  • female announcer: As followers of Jesus Christ, we
  • 00:26:12.190 --> 00:26:14.010
  • leave a Godprint behind whenever we partner with God to influence
  • 00:26:14.020 --> 00:26:17.180
  • the world for the cause of Christ.
  • 00:26:17.190 --> 00:26:20.060
  • No matter your past or your current circumstances, you can
  • 00:26:20.070 --> 00:26:22.180
  • leave a lasting God-centered impression on the world.
  • 00:26:22.190 --> 00:26:26.050
  • And we wanna help you do that by sending you Skip Heitzig's new
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  • book, "Godprint, Making Your Mark for Christ."
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