Matthew Lesson 1 Day 3

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Matthew Lesson 1 Day 3—Matthew 1:18-25

7)  a. Joseph learns that Mary is pregnant.

While he is pondering how divorce her quietly to avoid embarrassing her, the angel of the Lord visited Joseph in a dream.

b) Comfort and instructions to Joseph

The angel reassures Joseph saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife.”

  • The baby was conceived in her from the Holy Spirit. Mary was not unfaithful to him.

The Holy Spirit—the power of the Most High—overshadowed Mary just as the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters while the earth was formless and empty. The Holy Spirit—the breath of God—is the power that creates life where there is no life.

  • She will have a son.
  • When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel instructed him to do, taking Mary as his wife. He didn’t argue. He obeyed. If Joseph was awake, his natural mind might have caused him to ask questions. But in his dream, he listened and accepted instruction.

In their small community, there may have been some speculation about Mary and Joseph. It must have been very difficult to explain the angelic visitation and immaculate conception.

Joseph and Mary displayed amazing strength as they humbled themselves in obedience to the call of God on their young lives. Mary could have been stoned to death.

Mary and Joseph had the awesome privilege of being an integral part of God’s plan. The knowledge of being in God’s will brings with it an inner strength and spiritual growth.

Just as Mary and Joseph did not see or comprehend all that God had planned to accomplish through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, I can rejoice in the knowledge that I have participated in the plans and purposes of God.

8)   a. Two names

  • Jesus—the Greek form of the Hebrew name “Yeshua” which means “the Lord saves.” Matthew 1:21
  • Immanuel—It means “God with us”. Matthew 1:23

b) Personal

  • I was saved at the age of 5, but it took years for me to really grasp the truth of it. I still felt guilt and condemnation until I finally believed what I received—the grace of God.
  • What a blessing that God isn’t just somewhere out there watching me. Since I answered His knock at the door of my heart, He has been with me—my friend, my comforter, my counselor, my redeemer. He promised to NEVER leave me and I believe it.

9) Saved

  • is the opposite of condemned. John 3:17
  • requires us to believe that Jesus is the promised Redeemer. John 8:24
  • are His sheep, and they listen to His voice. John 10:14-16
  • can be found through no other way but Jesus. Acts 4:12
  • comes through believing in our heart and confessing with our mouths. Romans 10:9
  • resurrects us through the free gift of grace. Ephesians 2:5–8

What it means to me.

  • Freedom from guilt and condemnation
  • I now wear a garment that is whiter than snow.
  • My hope, my strength, my very life is in Christ.
  • My eternal home is being prepared for me.

That same power that creates life and raised Jesus from dead lives within me. (Romans 8:11)

Why should I live a powerless life?

Prophecies fulfilled by Jesus

  • Genesis 49:8 –12 Jesus was from the tribe of Judah.
  • Psalm 2:7 God through the Holy Spirit caused Mary to conceive His son, Immanuel.
  • Isaiah 7:14  “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Quoted in Matthew 1:23
  • Isaiah 9:6–7 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.”

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