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September 29, 2020
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The mystery and the certainty of God...come study the concept of God coming to man.

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  • "I am both nearsightedand farsighted
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  • "and middlesightedall at the same time.
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  • "I can sit backfrom something and look.
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  • "I draw near something and look,
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  • "because I am both thingsall at once.
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  • "I am a God who is close.
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  • "I am a God who is far away.
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  • There is no getting awayfrom my presence."
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Throughoutthe 40th chapter of Isaiah,
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  • there are two things,
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  • two attributes of Godthat are both being showcased
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  • and are being showcasedgorgeously in juxtaposition,
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  • I mean,going back and forth,
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  • volleying between them,
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  • and they don't seem like
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  • they could belongto the same person,
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  • but they belongto the one and only God,
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  • and what arethose two things?
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  • Tell me the words.
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  • Transcendence and immanence.
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  • And I want youto tell me in short form
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  • what is the definitionof transcendent?
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  • Existing outsideof time and space.
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  • Immanent is what?
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  • Present within time and space.
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  • So, in all this wildnesswe see in Isaiah chapter 40,
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  • he is going back and forthbetween telling us
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  • that he is the transcendent oneover and over,
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  • and I love it in the NET,
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  • in that translationwhen it says over and over.
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  • It says it in more of our ESVand NIV terminology.
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  • "There is no other."
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  • "There is none like me,"and the NET is "I have no peer."
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  • "I have no peer."
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  • So, he's telling us,"I am Creator of all things.
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  • "I sit and view the worldand the universe from my throne.
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  • "I am above all things,
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  • and I amcompletely self-existent."
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  • When he gave his nameto Moses when Moses said,
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  • "What am I to tell themthat your name is?"
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  • He said, "You tell them I am,that I am that I am,"
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  • and it means, "I amthe self-existent one.
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  • I have no need--"
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  • God is not contingent.
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  • Does anybody knowwhat I'm talking about
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  • when I say that?
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  • He is contingent upon nothing,he needs nothing to exist,
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  • he needs nothing to do his job,he is complete in every way.
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  • Here's the thing,
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  • it does not change him one iotawhether or not we believe him
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  • or believe he iswho he says he is,
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  • not one iota.
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  • It does nothingto take away from him.
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  • However, it changes uscompletely.
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  • We are contingentupon what we think about God
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  • and what he has donefor our souls,
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  • so God in, number one,how do you put those together?
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  • Tell me what our first pointwas, number one.
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  • God is both transcendentand immanent,
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  • and then number two is what?
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  • God is both Creatorand Sustainer,
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  • and we're gonna find out todayin our lesson
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  • that he's not just talkingabout sustaining the universe.
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  • We talked about Hebrews 1:3,
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  • "He sustains all thingsby his powerful Word."
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  • We talked aboutColossians chapter 1,
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  • that he created all things
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  • and by him all thingshold together.
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  • But I just want you to countyourself among those things,
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  • 'cause I'm gonna tell youwho holds me together?
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  • Anybody else?
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  • Now, you're gonna rememberthat we zeroed-in
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  • as much as we were ablein an hour's time.
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  • It does not do justiceto the whole concept
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  • and attribute of transcendence,
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  • but we did the best we couldfor the time we had,
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  • so today,we're going into what?
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  • Immanence,everybody say it again,
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  • so go with me, Isaiah 40,
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  • and I'm gonna readverses 1 through 11 again.
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  • Remember, get your context
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  • of what had just happenedin Isaiah 39
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  • so that you can feelthe power of--
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  • after they had gotten themselvesin that big mess,
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  • here comes God with this Word,
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  • verse 1, "Comfort, comfortmy people, says your God.
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  • Speak tenderly to Jerusalem--"
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  • he's gonna speak tenderlyto somebody today--
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  • "and cry to herthat her warfare is ended,
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  • "that her iniquity is pardoned,
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  • "that she has receivedfrom the Lord's hand
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  • "double for all her sins.
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  • "A voice cries:'In the wilderness
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  • "'prepare the way of the Lord;
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  • "'make straight in the deserta highway for our God.
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  • "'Every valleyshall be lifted up,
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  • "'every mountain and hillbe made low;
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  • "'the uneven groundshall become level,
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  • "'and the rough places a plain.
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  • "'And the glory of the Lordshall be revealed,
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  • "'and all fleshshall see it together,
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  • for the mouth of the Lordhas spoken.'"
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  • So, "A voice says, 'Cry!'
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  • "And I said,'What shall I cry?'
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  • "All flesh is like grass,
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  • "and all its beauty is likethe flower of the field.
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  • "The grass withers,and the flower fades
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  • "when the breath of the Lordblows on it;
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  • "surely the peopleare like grass.
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  • "The grass withers,and flower fades,
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  • but the word of our Godwill stand forever."
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  • And then here isthe call of good tidings,
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  • of good news, of evangel,of evangelism,
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  • of take the good news,
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  • and I just wanna remind youtoday it is still good news.
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  • Could I hear somebody say amen?
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  • Reason why Iwanna make that point
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  • is that I don't think it doesa lot of good in our witness
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  • when we sharethe good news in a bad mood.
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  • If what the world seesfrom Christians is hatefulness,
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  • why in the worldwould they want to be like us?
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  • Mom, if we are so overbearing
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  • trying to stuffthings of religion
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  • down the throatsof our children,
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  • why in the world are we confused
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  • when they don't wantanything to do with it
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  • because they see someoneit has made miserable
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  • instead of joyful?
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  • Do we havethe fruit of the Spirit
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  • that gives us love,joy, peace, and patience,
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  • that gives us some goodnessand kindness,
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  • that gives us some gentlenessand some faithfulness
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  • and a little bitof self-control?
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  • Those are thingspeople are looking for.
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  • Listen, there's nothing,nothing on this earth
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  • that will spread your witnesslike love and joy--
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  • nothing, nothing.
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  • And we love peopleand we have a lot of joy.
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  • Now, they are attractedto that.
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  • You've got to--sayto somebody close to you,
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  • "It's still good news,"
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  • and so say back to them,
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  • "So don't give itin a bad mood."
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  • Amen, amen, I think that works.
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  • Now, where in the world was I?
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  • "Go on up to a high mountain,O Zion, herald of good news;
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  • "lift up your voicewith strength,
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  • "O Jerusalem,herald of good news;
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  • "lift it up, fear not;
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  • "say to the cities of Judah,'Behold your God!'
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  • "Behold the Lord Godcomes with might,
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  • "and his arm rules for him;
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  • behold his reward is with him,and his recompense before him."
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  • Okay, remember,what is our key word today?
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  • Tell me, tell me,tell me, tell me.
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  • All right, here it goes,because he's got his arm--
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  • this is the mighty warrior,conqueror, King coming,
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  • and it says his strong armis lifted up,
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  • and his arm rules for him,
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  • and then listen to 11,because you're gonna see
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  • this spectacular juxtapositionright here.
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  • "He will tend his flocklike a shepherd;
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  • he will gather the lambsin his arms."
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  • We are not to miss it.
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  • Those two versesare going together.
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  • The warrior,who comes to save
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  • and will plowthrough the darkness
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  • to get to you and to get to me
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  • and then when he gets to us,
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  • gathers us in his arms.
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  • It says he holds gentlyto his chest.
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  • In the shepherd's robes,there was a fold
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  • where they could putthat little ewe lamb
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  • right next to their heart
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  • and right next to the warmthof their own skin,
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  • and it's giving us that picture.
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  • He will, "Gently lead thosethat are with young,"
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  • and it gets into,"Who has measured the waters
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  • in the hollow of his hand?"
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  • We've got one, two,
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  • and let's buildon point number three.
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  • God is both going before usand coming to get us.
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  • I don't know why thisjust flashed in my mind
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  • that I think maybe itwill bless you.
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  • I have a very good friend
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  • whose mother livedwell into her 90s,
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  • but unlike Travis's dad,she was not of good health.
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  • She mostly just laidin the bed a lot,
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  • and she loved Jesus,
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  • so, you know, she's like readyfor him ten years ago,
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  • and so my friend Rogerssaid that she'd lay in the bed,
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  • and she even got to whereshe could hardly talk,
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  • you know, just the effort ittook to talk--
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  • so he says she'd layin the bed,
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  • and she'd go like this...I mean, like, laying flat--
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  • and she'd reach her arms upto Jesus, like, "Come get me.
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  • Come get me,"and the day that I heard
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  • that she'd gone hometo be with him, I just thought,
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  • "What a sweet thing,"that I just--
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  • oh, maybe this too muchfor you to--
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  • maybe this istoo cheesy for you,
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  • but I just sorta felt like Jesuswas leaning over going...
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  • "I'm coming to get you.
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  • I'm coming to get you--"such a precious thing.
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  • God is both going before usand coming to get us.
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  • I want you--oh God, please--
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  • I'm asking with allthat is within me
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  • for this to come with powerand the profound weight
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  • that it is meantto carry in Isaiah.
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  • I want you to lookat 3 through 5,
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  • Isaiah 40:3 through 5,
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  • and try to get this with me,
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  • "A voice cries:'In the wilderness
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  • prepare the way of,'" who?
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  • Tell me, of who?
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  • Tell me again.
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  • "Make straight in the," what?
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  • "'In the deserta highway for our God.
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  • "Every valleyshall be lifted up,
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  • "every mountain and hillbe made low;
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  • "the uneven groundshall become level,
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  • "the rough places a plain.
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  • "And the glory of the Lordshall be revealed,
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  • "and all fleshshall see it together,
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  • for the mouth of the Lordhas spoken.'"
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  • Listen to me, listen to me.
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  • This next section and so muchto come in the book of Isaiah
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  • is about him callingthe exiles home.
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  • Remember, they had gottenthemself in the biggest mess,
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  • in the biggest mess.
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  • The pain that theywere in that--
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  • there's two kinds of pain.
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  • There's pain we go through
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  • that is just because there issuffering on this earth.
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  • This is a broken world,and things happen
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  • that we could not possiblyhave called on ourselves,
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  • be it sickness or tragedy,
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  • all sortsof heartbreaking things
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  • that happen to us that werenone of our own doing,
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  • but it took me such a long timein my life to ever figure out
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  • that really was a thingthat I could experience,
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  • because I had experienced
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  • so many consequencesof my own poor decisions.
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  • Does anybody knowwhat I'm talking about?
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  • That I just assumedevery single time
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  • when I was going throughsomething rough.
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  • Well, I--this is consequences,and so, I mean,
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  • I was well into adulthoodwhen I went,
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  • "What a foreign feeling that Idid not cause this to happen,"
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  • that it wasn't a consequence,
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  • but here isthe majestic part of it,
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  • is that God's coming to comfort
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  • and speak tenderlyin either case.
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  • I mean, who does that?
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  • Who does that?
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  • And when we've been victimizedor when we've been idiots,
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  • here's God going
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  • this impossible thing for youto understand called grace,
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  • and I want you to understandin this picture that there is--
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  • and I'm quotingWord Biblical Commentary
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  • right here-- "The intensityand fullness of Exodus symbolism
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  • in Isaiah 40-55 is unique."
  • 00:12:29.230 --> 00:12:32.467
  • In other words,I mean, it's expounding on it,
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  • and it's purposeful.
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  • So, I mean, it is, like,
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  • "This is about to bea second Exodus,
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  • "and I will come get you.
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  • I will come get you,"and the power of it--
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  • because what he's saying--
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  • we would beanticipating him,
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  • and it's going to happen.
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  • We would see it in Isaiah 55
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  • if we were able to study itas well today.
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  • We would seethat there is a place
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  • where then he callsthe exiles home
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  • and that he's going to makethe way for them to come home,
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  • but do you realize right herethis is God saying,
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  • "Make a way for me.
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  • "I'm coming to you.
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  • I am coming to you"?
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  • When he's saying,in these Scriptures,
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  • the picture here is "Thereain't no mountain high enough.
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  • "I will flatten it.
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  • "There is no valley low enough.
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  • "I will raise it.
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  • "Though you have causedall manner of calamity
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  • "to come crashing down on you,
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  • I will come and rescue you."
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  • Now, if you got a better dealgoing than that,
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  • go right ahead.
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  • I mean, go right ahead.
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  • I don't know, I just--it doesn't get better than that.
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  • (Beth Moore)We live in a worldof so much clamor and chaos,
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  • so much noise,
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  • so many voicestalking at the same time
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  • and often over one another.
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  • We don't always knowwho to listen to.
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  • We're becomingmore and more conditioned
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  • to just look at short,quick clips of Scripture
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  • that may bless us,
  • 00:14:09.597 --> 00:14:11.532
  • but they cannot feed us,and they don't transform us,
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  • but for those of us in Christ,
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  • we know who wewant to hear from.
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  • We want to hearfrom God himself.
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  • We want eternal Words
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  • that are etchedin holy concrete
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  • yet animated
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  • with the Holy Spiritof the Living God.
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  • Come with my daughter, Melissa,and me to these wonderful pages.
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  • Watch the words and the phrasesand the verses come to life,
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  • and cultivate fresh perspectives
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  • of what God has in mindfor your calling.
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  • Pore overthe fruit of the Spirit
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  • right there in context,
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  • and find out what it meansto keep in step with the Spirit.
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  • Be transformed by what it meansto be free in Christ.
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  • Learn the differencebetween obedience and legalism.
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  • He has called all of us
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  • to the sacred pagesfor leadership,
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  • for clarity,for hope, for love.
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  • I didn't go lookingfor Galatians,
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  • Galatians came looking for me.
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  • I wonder if Galatiansis looking for you.
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  • The online experienceof "Now That Faith Has Come"
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  • is now availableat bethmoore.org.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • It doesn't matterwhere you are from.
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  • If you will givethe time and space
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  • to this event this weekend,
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  • if you will lendyour heart to it
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  • and you'll really pay attention,
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  • then it's gonna comeright back around,
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  • because some of the thingswe're talking about this weekend
  • 00:15:56.804 --> 00:15:59.040
  • simply could not bemore practical.
  • 00:15:59.073 --> 00:16:03.778
  • We're gonna be talking aboutdivine power that God exerts
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  • on the behalf of peoplejust like you and me,
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  • and we're gonna see Goddo something
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  • that we could not have thoughtto ask him.
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  • Lord, we want all that you havefor us this weekend,
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  • every little thing.
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  • (male announcer)Come join us.
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  • Now, let me tellyou something.
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  • So much about the Scriptures--
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  • one of the thingsI love to study in Scriptures
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  • is a principle,
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  • something that you see overand over from beginning to end.
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  • Now, all of it is God's Word,
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  • all of it inspired,breathed on the page.
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  • That's a glorious thing,
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  • and so we'll see,like, this verse--
  • 00:16:51.826 --> 00:16:53.127
  • it seems so out of left fieldfor the Scripture,
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  • but we just love it,we just absolutely love it,
  • 00:16:58.466 --> 00:17:00.601
  • but there are other thingsthat's just all the way though,
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  • all the way through,all the way through,
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  • and one of them is
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  • this whole ideaof God coming to man,
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  • over and over.
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  • First little glimpse of himwe get in Genesis
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  • after he has createdthe man and the woman,
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  • we see in Genesis chapter 3
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  • that he came walkingamong them in the garden,
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  • and then we seeafter the fall of man,
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  • we see then in the very nextbook of the Bible--
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  • well, of course we see himpull out Abraham
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  • in Genesis chapter 12
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  • and begin to raise upa people through him,
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  • but come Exodus
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  • when the people arein slavery to the Egyptians
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  • and have beenfor hundreds of years,
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  • here comes God saying,"I have heard your crying.
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  • I have heard your oppression,"
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  • and he begins to rescue themusing his mighty servant Moses,
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  • but next thing you knowhe's going,
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  • "Build a place for me
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  • "that I may comeand dwell among you,
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  • and I will walk among you."
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  • They would not be ableto see his form
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  • with their eyes.
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  • Oh, but hewould make absolutely sure
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  • they knew he was there,
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  • then captivity,all manner of thing.
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  • He has them build a temple.
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  • He does the same thing again.
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  • They go back into captivityand rebellion,
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  • and after all this,
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  • after all of the turning
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  • to every conceivable kind of Godbut the true God,
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  • going through the silence,
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  • and then here he comes again,
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  • only this timein flesh and blood.
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  • He then comes again after heleaves through the Holy Spirit.
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  • Do you rememberin John chapters 14 through 16
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  • when he's talking aboutthe coming of the Comforter,
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  • the coming of the Holy Spirit?
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  • He says, "Listen,it's good for you--"
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  • John 16, verse 7--
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  • "it is good for youthat I'm going away.
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  • Because when I go away,I'm gonna send him to you."
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  • In other words, "I will--
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  • "he will not just walkbeside you.
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  • "My very Spirit will now walkinside of you.
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  • I will dwell in you,"and sure enough,
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  • Acts chapter 2 comes,and he pours out his Spirit,
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  • and then guesswhat else we learn?
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  • We learn that he's coming back.
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  • Just like he camethe first time,
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  • he is coming back again,
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  • and he will rightall the wrongs of this world,
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  • so the whole thingis about this whole God coming,
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  • God coming, God coming,then is everybody with me,
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  • is everybody with me,is everybody with me?
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  • Okay, then we getto Revelation 22,
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  • and guess what he endsthe Scriptures with?
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  • The Spirit and the bridesay, "Come, come,"
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  • and so here's what's happened.
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  • He goes, "I've doneall this coming to you
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  • so that you can come to me,"
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  • and Spirit and the bridesay, "Come."
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  • Do you know what it meansto be called?
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  • This is what it means.
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  • I need--oh, Stephanie,I'll use your name.
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  • Stephanie!
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  • When it says--and youhave a calling.
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  • It means that somewhere--another, Carole!
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  • Kimberly!
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  • Lauren!
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  • That our name--he's called our names.
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  • Listen, if you know him,
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  • you didn't hear himwith your ears,
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  • but you must've heard himwith your spirit,
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  • because here your tail is.
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  • Anybody?
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  • And that's a gorgeous thing:known by name,
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  • known by thumbprint,known by God.
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  • And so, I just want youto go with me here.
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  • Just keeping this in mind,
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  • try to let this finda place here.
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  • John 1, I wanna read verse 1,
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  • "In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God,
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  • and the Word was God."
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  • Do you see that capital W there?
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  • If you are looking in anyof the major translations,
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  • you're seeing a capital W there.
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  • Okay, so the Word here,
  • 00:20:57.772 --> 00:21:00.007
  • there is a gorgeous, gorgeousthing going on there,
  • 00:21:00.041 --> 00:21:03.878
  • where, of course,there is the written Word,
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  • but Jesus is called the Logos,
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  • that he himself cameas the full expression
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  • of the communication of Godto man,
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  • and so it's--he iswho is being referred to here.
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  • "And the Word was with God,and the Word was God.
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  • "He was in the beginningwith God.
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  • "All things were madethrough him, and without him
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  • "was not anything madethat was made.
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  • "In him was life,
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  • "and the life wasthe light of men.
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  • "The light shinesin the darkness,
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  • and the darknesshas not overcome it."
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  • 14, "And the Word becameflesh and dwelt among us,
  • 00:21:37.645 --> 00:21:41.015
  • "and we have seen his glory,
  • 00:21:41.048 --> 00:21:42.983
  • "glory as of the only Sonof the Father,
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  • "full of grace and truth.
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  • "(John bore witness about him,and cried out,
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  • "'This was he of whom I said,
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  • "'"He who comes after meranks before me,
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  • "because he was before me."')
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  • "For from his fullnesswe have all received,
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  • "grace upon grace.
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  • "For the law was giventhrough Moses;
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  • grace and truth camethrough Jesus Christ."
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  • I know somebody wantsto "amen" that today.
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  • We are not under the law,
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  • we are under the grace and truthof Jesus Christ.
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  • "No one has ever seen God;
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  • the only God,who is at the Father's side,
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  • he has made him known."
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  • I want you to just try to wrapyour mind around this
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  • for a second.
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  • He has made him known.
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  • Jesus will later tellhis disciples,
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  • "Listen, if you have seen me,
  • 00:22:26.060 --> 00:22:29.330
  • "you have seen the Father.
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  • You've seen him."
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  • Do you rememberwhen we looked up
  • 00:22:34.034 --> 00:22:35.770
  • the iconic verse on Creation
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  • that says that God createdthe earth to be inhabited,
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  • that it is what separates itfrom every other planet?
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  • It's what leaves usslacked-jawed to realize
  • 00:22:50.651 --> 00:22:55.389
  • that here we are--the universe--
  • 00:22:55.423 --> 00:22:57.391
  • God made the heavensand this tiny little earth,
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  • and we're spinning on this thingand for whatever reason,
  • 00:23:00.127 --> 00:23:03.497
  • he made us--do you rememberthe nickname I told you
  • 00:23:03.531 --> 00:23:05.399
  • that many scientists give it?
  • 00:23:05.433 --> 00:23:07.101
  • What was the girl's name?Goldilocks.
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  • Because it's not too hot,it's not too cold, it's what?
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  • It's just right.
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  • But here's what Iwant you to hear.
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  • He did not only create the earthto be inhabited by us.
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  • Is anybody stayingwith me today?
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  • He created the earth
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  • to be inhabited by his own self.
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  • Can someoneget that with me?
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  • That God literally put onflesh and blood
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  • and came and walked among us
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  • to show us what loveand truth looks like,
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  • to show us how to walkin his likeness,
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  • what Christ-likenesslooks like in action,
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  • what his love fleshes out like,
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  • and then he gave his life for usand was raised from the dead.
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  • I want you to see with me in 29.
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  • It says, and thisis John the Baptist.
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  • It's speakingof John the baptizer.
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  • You know, Doug,I have to tell you--
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  • now, when we were growing up,Doug's family--
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  • we lived across the highwayfrom one another
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  • out in the outskirtsof Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
  • 00:24:15.336 --> 00:24:17.338
  • Their family was Presbyterian;our family was Baptist.
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  • And I always found itso confusing,
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  • all these denominations.
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  • I just was--this was
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  • the most confusing thingto me as a child
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  • because in our small townthere was literally--
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  • there was a part of townwhere there was a church
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  • on every corner,wasn't there, Doug?
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  • I mean, they were all,like, they'd all
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  • just about been builtthere together,
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  • and you'd thinkthat isn't this nice?
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  • But aren't you just sure
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  • that they were just nailingthat up going,
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  • "Oh, I'm gonna putmy church right here."
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  • "Well, I'm gonna putmy church right--"?
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  • You know, but it wasjust, like, church circle.
  • 00:24:43.364 --> 00:24:45.399
  • They're all in there together,all in there together,
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  • and I always found itso confusing,
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  • but the thing that I try to geta little bit--'cause I thought,
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  • "How do we knowthat we even know
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  • what we're talking about?"
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  • And, you know, in a lot of ways,I had to realize
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  • that, no, indeed, wedid not know what we're--
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  • that's another story entirely.
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  • I love my heritage.
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  • I'm just teasingwith you about that,
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  • but as a little girl,I thought,
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  • "Well, John was Baptist,
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  • "and Jesus liked him,
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  • "so it can't be all bad.
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  • It can't be all bad."
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  • So, in case someone elseis confused about that,
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  • that you're going like,"I've had the same thought."
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  • It actually meansJohn is a baptizer.
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  • He really was not, like,Southern Baptist or Progressive;
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  • he wasn't any of those things.
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  • He was a baptizer.
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  • Now, it says in verse 29,
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  • "The next day he sawJesus coming toward him,
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  • "and said,'Behold, the Lamb of God,
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  • who takes awaythe sin of the world!'"
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  • Remember when it said,
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  • "Go up and proclaimthe good news.
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  • "Jerusalem, be the heraldof the good news.
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  • "Lift up your voice,lift it up, fear not.
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  • Say to the cities of Judah,'Behold your God.'"
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  • So here he is.
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  • Behold your God.
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  • What the Jews
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  • could not possibly have expected
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  • was that hewould come as a Lamb
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  • to give his lifefor their sins.
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  • They were expectingthat Lion warrior,
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  • and we will see the Lionof the tribe of Judah,
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  • and he will roar
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  • in glory and holy affection,
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  • but it was imperativethat he came as the Lamb of God.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Throughout Isaiah 40,in several different places,
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  • God takes onthe idols of the world,
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  • and he's going like,
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  • "Why would youtrade me in for them?
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  • "Things you madewith your own hands,
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  • "and you're gonna worship themwhen you have got me?
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  • What in the worldare you thinking?"
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