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But Now His Son

So, as we are less than a week away from Christmas, I decided to undertake a pretty large task for this morning’s sermon. I decided to compile some of the main stories, themes and promises of God in the Old Testament that point to the fact that God’s rescue plan in the Messiah is the main thread in the Old Testament. What I’m saying this morning is not all-inclusive, but I hope the sermon affects our hearts today. As we go through this, my desire for us is that we would all rejoice at the message of Christmas and say, “He came! The hopes and dreams of all the years are met in Jesus.”

In Ephesians 1:10, we discover that God always had a plan to “gather together in one all things in Christ.” If God had this plan, then it would make sense that at some point in time he would declare this plan to us. And that’s precisely what we see in the Scripture. Actually, the writer of Hebrews says, “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds. . . .” – Hebrews 1:1-2 [1] What the writer of Hebrews is saying is that God (from the initial pages of Scripture) revealed his rescue plan. And as we move throughout the Old Testament, in many and various ways, God worked through covenants, prophets, priests, kings, stories, the tabernacle, sacrifices in order to declare to us a message – and that message is his rescue through Jesus himself.

With a desire to raise our joy in God and to cause us to see the justice, mercy, holiness and love of God, let’s start a trek through the Scriptures to see the majesty and goodness of God. Before we do that, let’s pray.

So, let’s start our journey of tracing God’s promise for a Savior: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” – Genesis 1:1-2 [2]

Void, chaos, waters, darkness. Then God spoke the worlds into existence by the word of his power. The Father, through the Son and by the power of the Spirit, formed everything. All things seen and unseen were created by the Lord – this Triune God. After each day of creation, God looked at his perfection and said, “This is good.” You see, God created a beautiful temple in which his creation could enjoy him and he could shed the light of his glory to it. Light and life increase in these days of creation. But then, on the pinnacle day, God writes of a special creation, a creation that is most like God. In the image of God, our Triune Ruler and Creator, made man and woman.

As we move into this story, we see the depth of human privilege and the greatness of God’s love. God gave things pleasant to look at, good to eat and he gave them a glorious life. All of this is in the greater context of man’s supreme privilege to be able to walk with God and to obey the Creator – in his presence. We’re then told of a covenant God makes with Adam: “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” – Genesis 2:16-17 [3] The honor was that Adam could eat from any of the pleasant trees in front of him. Only one could he not eat of. Only one. This one tree was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You see, humans were not meant to have to decipher between good and evil. When evil comes in, when God’s glory is thrust to the side, everything in us tears apart. With this statement in Genesis, we see that God allowed man to be tested: Will he trust God and savor his privileged status with the Lord or will he defy the Creator?

After God makes Adam and then creates Eve, and gives them dominion and glory, the serpent enters. Satan craftily speaks to Eve, but we are led to believe that Adam is there the whole time during the temptation. After all, she gives the fruit to the man who was with her. As the leader and representative and the one to whom God made a covenant, why isn’t Adam protecting Eve and even himself? Why doesn’t he care for God’s glory? Well, at least in part we see that Eve (and probably Adam, too) started to believe the most heinous lie that all humans to this day believe: God is keeping me from glory.

Instead of focusing on the tremendous generosity of God in creating them and giving them a beautiful creation and even each other, they decided to believe that they were missing out by trusting God. They both eat and immediately the knowledge between good and evil enters, and instead of rising to the status of deity, the image of God is torn in them. They can see something’s wrong, and they now flee – everything is filled with fear. Hope dies. And we remember God’s promise: they should surely die.

God shows up to the garden, and Adam and Eve cover themselves, God confronts them, and they try to blame shift. Right here we see they’ve become sinners. Hiding from God and not wanting to admit their sinfulness; traitors against the Triune Creator. Right then, in that moment, you would think we’d hear God say, “I told you that you would die and now you must die.” But instead of taking their lives, he does something different. He shows mercy. He gives them what they don’t deserve.

Oh yes, they’re punished severely. And let’s not miss the punishment because God is holy and perfect and sin must be punished. Life is shortened, pain increases. The entire created realm is shattered. God removes them from the beautiful garden that they were intended to rule in. But in the midst of their traitorous actions of seeking to “de-God” God, God doesn’t give them the full extent of judgment. Somehow he is just and right in extending mercy. They’re still getting better than they deserve, and God lovingly keeps them from eating from the tree of life. If they had eaten from the tree as sinners, they would have forever been bound in misery. God, in love, keeps them from this fate. But before he takes them out of the garden, God hints at the plan he’s had before time began. He says to Satan, “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” – Genesis 3:15 [4]

I’m not sure if Adam or Eve understood exactly what was being said here, but clearly God is speaking to a child that is going to crush that wicked tempter, the Serpent. That serpent who revels in dividing man from God is going to be destroyed. Absolute justice will be served, and sin will be removed someday. Until that point, there will be the knowledge of good and evil. There will be imperfection. There will be brokenness. But someday, the crusher of Satan’s head will come and restore all things.

The story of Genesis goes on and we read about Adam and Eve giving birth to sons. As we read, we ought to wonder, “Is Cain the one? Maybe it’s Abel?” But we quickly come to a story of death. The ramifications of sin were so pervasive that the offspring murdered the other. Again, God’s justice and mercy come together. In Genesis 4:10-11, God says to Cain, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground. 11 So now you are cursed from the earth, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.” – Genesis 4:15 [5] God continues to speak punishment to Cain because Abel’s blood necessitates holy vengeance. Then Cain responds by saying the punishment is too great. Then God does something unthinkable again. Yes, God punishes Cain, but the punishment is less than Cain deserves: “. . .whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold.”[6]

Already we’re left wondering how the Creator King can be just in giving mercy to sinners. The story unfolds in Genesis, and we get generation after generation of sinners until we’re told that “every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.” – Genesis 6:5-6 [7] God loved his creation and grieved over their utter lost-ness. We then come across a story that reveals the nature of God’s holiness. After much mercy with people, we see punishment. The entire human population is taken away in a worldwide flood. But wait, not the entire human race. God says that there was one who found grace in his eyes. Remember that word “grace?” That means Noah didn’t deserve this, but he received it. Oh yes, Noah sought the Lord, but that was the grace of God at work in his life. And so we see that God spared not only Noah, but also Noah’s family. Again, we see God’s grace extended – and not only in that, but God had the doors open if people were to want to enter the ark. Would people want God?

After the flood, we have almost a type of new creation – a start-over of sorts. Noah worships God through sacrifice, and then God responds. God lays down laws and rules that speak to the fact that the human race is going to continue to sin. God lays out punishments for the sins. But then God says that he will not again give this type of punishment even though “the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” – Genesis 8:21 [8] Again we’re left to wonder, “How can God not punish? Why doesn’t the serpent-crusher come now? Why is God showing mercy?” Yet, God is showing mercy, and in an act of love for his creation, he puts a sign for all generations to see his love. Instead of promising to punish the world, we’re told that when it rains, there will be a bow placed in the sky. Don’t miss this importance. The bow in the sky isn’t simply a “rainbow.” This bow is the idea of a war-bow. And do you notice what direction the war-bow is facing when (or after) it rains? It’s facing upward. Instead of the war-bow facing humans. The war-bow is directed to the heart of heaven.

What must this mean? Is the serpent-crusher going to be punished?

We continue to move through Genesis and we see God’s word coming true – people continue to reject God, forget about God and elevate themselves. Then we get to a man named Abram. There’s nothing inherently special about him. He’s an idolater. Yet God in mercy opens Abram’s understanding and calls Abram to leave his country for a land that God will reveal to him. Later on, God makes a special covenant with Abram in Genesis 17:7-8: 7 And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” – Genesis 17:7-8 [9] This is a promise of God that is not contingent on Abram – who is now called Abraham. This promise is two-fold. It’s a promise that God will be with the offspring of Abraham and it’s also a type of a greater restoration of Eden. Again we see that we humans were made for a Person and a Place. We were made for God and we were made for dwelling with him.

God says that this promise will be fulfilled to Abraham’s seed. So, the story of Genesis continues to move forward. Decades go by after Abraham’s first encounter with God and finally Abraham has a son, Isaac. Then God calls Abraham to sacrifice his one and only son. While it doesn’t make sense, Abraham does it. And Scriptures later record that Abraham believed God could have raised Isaac from the dead. Yet, God keeps Abraham from taking his son’s life. The devotion of Abraham is clear, but the fact that Isaac is not the serpent-crusher is clear, too. The death of a sinful human child will not do any good as a sacrifice for sins. The war-bow wasn’t pointing to Isaac.

Isaac then grows older and has children. Through sinful actions on the part of Isaac and Rebekah and Jacob and Esau, God still remains faithful to the promise of Abraham. Jacob is chosen as the offspring through which the blessed one will come. Jacob then has twelve sons, and this is the beginning stages of a nation. We see God bringing about his promises, but where’s the serpent-crusher? Could it possibly be Joseph? The son dearly loved by his father. He says his brothers will bow to him? Yet in hatred, his brothers sell him as a slave for silver coins and treat him as though he’s as good as dead.

But we know that over 20 years’ time, Joseph rises to power and God uses Joseph to save Israel and his family. Amazingly Joseph forgives his brothers and they’re all restored in the land of Egypt, a new land. Will this be the new Eden? The new home? Is Joseph the one who crushed the serpent? He seems like a good candidate.

But God chooses a different child. We’re told that it’s through Judah that a great King will come. Genesis 49:10 says, “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” – Genesis 49:10 [10] Time moves on, Joseph’s forgotten and the people of Israel are enslaved by the Egyptians. The Israelites have grown in numbers, but they groan under the weight of this fallen land. God, in mercy, hears their cries and in his perfect timing answers them. He brings forth a man named Moses. Moses doesn’t seem to be the serpent-crusher. He was raised in the Pharaoh’s house. Yet finally, God speaks to Moses so seriously that Moses must follow the Lord. Moses mediates for God to the Pharaoh, and God punishes Egypt because Pharaoh refuses to let God’s people go. All the while, God protects his own people from the intensity of the plagues. The final plague was the worst. But God called his people to do something in order for them to be rescued from it. They needed to take the blood of a lamb and put it on their door. When the blood was seen, that death would be the representative so that eldest child would not die.

Don’t miss this important truth. This speaks to the fact that every human being – even the Israelites deserved to die. But God in mercy has spared the Israelites and told them of how they could be rescued from death themselves – a representative death of a lamb. Upon this time when God passed over these houses in mercy, Pharaoh finally relented. Fast forward in time and Moses continues to lead the people by God’s strength, but Moses also mediates for the people. They know their unworthiness to go up to Mt. Sinai. Moses goes for them and Moses returns with God’s words to them. Moses teaches the people God’s Law. He guides the people to a new land. Moses mediates.

Is Moses the serpent-crusher? No. No land is acquired under Moses. The people remain disobedient and believe the serpent’s lies and Moses himself acts in haste and sins against the Lord in his mediatorial role. But there’s hope. God is going to keep his promise. God says in Deuteronomy 18:18-19, “18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.” – Genesis 18:18-19 [11] This prophet is greater than Moses. He’s one who will speak everything God speaks, and God will require of everyone to do what he says. There’s a greater mediator, a greater prophet.

Until that great prophet’s time, God worked through Moses to bring about laws and even to bring about a priestly system for the people. God made another covenant to people through Moses. God says to Moses to take this message to the people of Israel: “. . .if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” – Exodus 19:5-6 [12] The covenant God calls them to is a covenant of works. If they live righteously, then they will be God’s set apart people. Leviticus 18:5 reiterates this, when God says, “5 Keep My statutes and ordinances; a person will live if he does them.”[13]

This is the nature of God’s Law. The Law says “do.” And the absolutely mind-boggling response of the Israelite people is that they actually agree to the covenant and say to the Lord that they will do all that he commands. We know what happens, though, don’t we? The people don’t obey. The people don’t seek the Lord. Quickly the Israelites depart from God. They don’t want Moses. They want a new mediator. God threatens punishment, and Moses mediates, and God holds back. In mercy, God keeps the people – not because they’re so great, but God so loves the world. God had a plan before time began. He enacted the plan. He made a promise to Abraham, to Noah, to Moses. Rescue must come.

So, until that serpent-crusher comes, God brings about a temple system. To represent forgiveness, more death must take the place of the people’s punishment. They need to see the heinousness of their sinfulness. They need to see the cost of sin. So, we see animals sacrificed. We see the holiness of God in the temple. We see priestly representatives speaking on behalf of God to the people. Yet we find that even the priests failed, and we soon discover that the deaths of the animals are not accepted when not given in dependence on the Lord. Clearly the blood of bulls and goats can’t save. These are pointers to the serpent-crusher, the one who will be pierced by the war-bow, and the One who is the greater prophet than Moses; the One who will actually keep the covenant of Moses and do all God commands.

But where is this One from the lineage of Adam, Abraham and Judah? Where is this great Prophet and Priest? Time moves on. God brings judges to Israel. And none of these judges save. God uses them to restrain Israel and rescue Israel, but Israel persists in sin. God brings prophets, and then we get to Samuel; great man who loved the Lord even when the priests and much of Israel had fallen away. Samuel was graced by God. In his day, though, the people said God wasn’t good enough. They wanted a King. In grief, Samuel hesitates, but the Lord tells Samuel that it’s not because they’re against Samuel that they ask this. It’s because they’re against the Lord.

Yet, instead of God being done with the people, God shows mercy. Why? Because of his promise! He has promised to save sinners – these kinds of people. But God also punishes as well. Here we see justice and mercy. But we’re still left feeling as though the justice isn’t complete and the mercy isn’t full. God gives them Saul. Is he the King from Judah that is going to reign forever? No. Saul’s heart was far from the Lord. He couldn’t rescue the people. He himself needed rescue. He wouldn’t fear the Lord or follow Samuel’s words. He clearly is not the Prophet that all must listen to.

Then God calls Samuel to another king. Samuel is led to David – a little boy, the youngest in the family, unimpressive by looks, but a man who would depend on the Lord. Could it be that David is the one? The nation grows and increases under David’s reign. Before David becomes king, while still a young boy, he defeats the great enemy, Goliath. Once King, the people, in general, love David. They’re committed to this man. God is glorified through this great worshipper of the Lord. But then we read of David’s great failures as well. He too believes lies of the serpent, following in Adam’s footsteps. Even this wonderful King cannot rescue Israel. So, the temple system is still in place, the King fails, prophets still await a greater prophet. But, while David is not the scepter from Judah, David prophecies of one to come. God had given David a covenant in 1 Chronicles 17: “I will set up your seed after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. . . . And I will establish him in My house and in My kingdom forever; and his throne shall be established forever.” – 1 Chronicles 17: 11, 14 [14]

There’s a greater King to come than David. Seed of Eve through Noah, from Abraham and Judah, greater prophet, perfect priest and ultimate King. As we continue through Israel’s history from this point, the nation deteriorates after Solomon. There was a type of greatness, but then there’s failure after failure. There’s captivity as a result of their sin. God is keeping his covenant to punish. Yet, God has this greater promise to Abraham. So, in the midst of punishment, God’s prophets still speak.

And these prophets continue to speak of a greater One to come. Isaiah talks about One who will be “the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” And prophets like Jeremiah still hold out hope for a day that there will be a people with a new heart and God will be their God. No longer running in shame like Adam and Eve, but running to the Lord. There’s still hope in the midst of darkness. But then we get to the final book of the Old Testament Scriptures, Malachi. Immense confrontation to Israel for all their sinfulness, and we hear this: “5Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 6 And he will turn The hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” – Malachi 4:5-6 [15] After these words come silence. For 400 years, the nation of Israel has no prophet. The priestly system continues, but their kingdom has failed. They’re finally a part of Roman conquest, and by the 1st century BC, there are many who have failed to grasp the importance of Messiah. They miss land. They want to be freed from oppression, but the reality of their sinfulness and need of a Passover Lamb is obscured. What we find during these years of silence seem far from visions of Eden restored. Is God dwelling with them? Is he even their God? Where is the serpent-crusher.

What we see is brokenness and darkness. Does our God care? Do you remember what the world was like before he formed it? Darkness and chaos, yet he brought order. And so it was after these 400 years of silence, “. . .when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law. . . .” – Galatians 4:4-5 [16] Our Triune God is at work in bringing about a new creation; so, at the will of the Father, the Spirit hovers over the waters of Mary’s womb, and then God the Son is in human flesh in the womb of Mary. This virgin conception was prophesied by Isaiah and now we see right away that this baby is special.

Then, just as in the creation of the world, God started with “Let there be light.” So with this new creation, God worked in this sinful, dark world and said, “Let there be light.” The apostle John records it this way: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:1, 3-4 [17] So, the Spirit hovers over and the Son is the light.

But this new creation is far grander than the previous one. This is the promised One who was planned from before time began. This is the One in whom all the promises, types, figures, people of the Old Testament find their fulfillment. And Matthew says that this one baby, Jesus, is Emmanuel. Not merely a person, but God with us!

As this child grows, we see that he never disobeyed, but in everything he did, he honored the Lord and was being prepared for the calling on his life. Luke 2:52 says that “. . . Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.” – Luke 2:52 [18] He’s fulfilling the Law. That Law that said you’d live if you obey it – yet no one obeyed – Jesus obeyed perfectly.

Then as Jesus grew older, we find Malachi’s prophecy coming true. That final prophecy before silence: “I will send you Elijah.” We see John the Baptist fulfilling that prophecy. After Jesus is baptized and tells John that he must fulfill all righteousness, Jesus is then led by the Spirit into the wilderness, and there he is tempted by the serpent. This scenario sounds familiar to Adam and Eve. “You’re missing out. You could have more.” Yet this One comes out victorious. He doesn’t believe the lies of the serpent. He resists the temptations by trusting God’s Word. Jesus is the greater Adam – or as the Bible puts it, Jesus is the last Adam.

Jesus continues his ministry and heals people, forgives people of sins, confronts sinfulness, calls people to repent, but if we know the prophecies well enough, we know there’s still a war-bow that must pierce the heart of heaven. We know that we need a once-for-all sacrifice that actually will give us new hearts. We know we need a King.

But the Word of God, the Light of the World is the One who takes the war-bow, too. Before going to the cross, he (like Joseph) was traded for silver coins. And then Jesus took the punishment for sins he never committed. He obeyed the Law’s demands and then received the Law’s curses. Why? Because our Triune God had a plan all along. In fulfilling all righteousness, he reveals the necessity of God’s Law. In taking the war-bow, he actually satisfies the justice of God.

But there’s more. God doesn’t just want to show tastes of justice and mercy. He has planned to show it perfectly. In the shedding of Jesus’ blood, it is unlike Abel. Abel’s blood shouted out for vengeance, but the writer of Hebrews says that Jesus’ blood speaks a better word. What is that word? Well, the shedding of Jesus’ blood was like that of the Passover Lamb. First Corinthians 5:7 says, “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” – 1 Corinthians 5:7 [19] What are the ramifications of this? That means that Jesus is the new representative. He took the death we deserved to die, and he alone could have done it because he also obeyed perfectly. Like the death of the lamb symbolized purity and cleansing of our sins, so now we see Christ’s death truly cleansed and purified us because he truly was perfect and his perfection now rests over all who trust in Him. Jesus is the greater Isaac. His death could actually crush the serpent.

This leads us to realize, too, that Jesus’ death as the Passover Lamb also points to the reality of the new creation within which all people who follow Jesus are given new hearts. Hearts of flesh, not of stone (as Jeremiah states). But there’s more. First Timothy 2:5 says, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. . . .” – 1 Timothy 2:5 [20] Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us, and he will never leave us nor forsake us.

And there’s more. Even though we failed, we learn that through Jesus’ obedience we get the blessings of his obedience. Remember, to those who obeyed, God said that they would be a holy nation? Now listen to what Peter says of all those who trust Jesus: “you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” – 1 Peter 2:9-10 [21]

Look at the love! Look at the Messiah! Look at the Savior. “. . .[A]ll the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen. . . .” – 2 Corinthians 1:20 [22] He is the great prophet, the perfect priest and the eternal King. After Jesus died, he rose from the dead – confirming God’s eternal blessing on this eternal Son. In that death, he defeated an even greater enemy than Goliath. And now, and the King of kings, he is at the right hand of the throne of God. He reigns today as the King and now is drawing people from every tribe, nation and tongue to himself.

And someday he will come again. In that future day, we’re told of a greater Eden, land, a New Heaven and New Earth. In that place will be the tree of life. And in that place, Jesus tells us we will be reign with him – worshipping him perfectly, never failing like Adam and Eve (and even we ourselves) once did.

Look at the message of the Bible! God keeps his promises. Jesus coming in the flesh as a baby is a declaration to the world that God is just and God is gracious and God is faithful – to his promises and to his people. Towards the end of the book of Revelation, John writes that there will be a day when we hear this: “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” – Revelation 21:3 [23]

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel has come. God’s plan before time began came about one night in Bethlehem when a baby entered this world. Christmas! Christ was sent. Christ fulfilled. Christ is coming again. All will be made new. Christmas! Even so, come again, Lord Jesus.

  1. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Heb 1:1–4. ↑
  2. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ge 1:1–2. ↑
  3. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ge 2:16–17. ↑
  4. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ge 3:15. ↑
  5. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ge 4:10–11. ↑
  6. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ge 4:15. ↑
  7. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ge 6:5–6. ↑
  8. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ge 8:21. ↑
  9. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ge 17:7–8. ↑
  10. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ge 49:10. ↑
  11. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Dt 18:18–19. ↑
  12. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Ex 19:5–6. ↑
  13. The Holy Bible: Holman Christian Standard Version. (Nashville: Holman Bible Publishers, 2009), Le 18:5. ↑
  14. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), 1 Ch 17:11, 14. ↑
  15. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Mal 4:5–6. ↑
  16. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Ga 4:4–5. ↑
  17. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Jn 1:1, 3-4. ↑
  18. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Lk 2:52. ↑
  19. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), 1 Co 5:7. ↑
  20. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), 1 Ti 2:5. ↑
  21. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), 1 Pe 2:9–10. ↑
  22. The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), 2 Co 1:20. ↑
  23. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Re 21:3. ↑
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