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An Israelite Indeed

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Tonight as we continue looking at The Ordinary Heroes our study of the apostles, we come to Nathanael. We saw last week that Philip was a close companion of Nathanael and that he went and told Nathanael about the Messiah. Tonight as we look at Nathanael we will see how our view or understanding effects our beliefs.
Philips Description
Nathanaels Disbelief
Christ’s Declaration
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael

Philip’s Description

43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”

Philip’s Description

Philip’s Description

The One
From the Law of Moses
The First five books of the Bible
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers Deuteronomy
He Knew that Nathanael would know these books
He knew Nathanael knew what they said about the Messiah
He knew what Nathanael was seeking
The One
The Prophets Wrote about
The one they said was coming
this is Him
This is the Messiah
What he didn't say
The one who will make you happy
the one who is great
the one who can fix your marriage
the one ............
He knew how Nathanael would recognize Him
We need to make sure we are giving a proper description

Nathanael’s Disbelief

John 1:46 ESV
Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
Wait what?
Can anything good come from Nazareth?
A few factors in play
Nazareth was a small, unimpressive town
In Fact not mentioned in Old Testament
Judeans looked down on Galiieans
Galileans looked down on those from Nazareth
Those from Nazareth were considered low of the low
Those from Nazareth were considered low of the low
He was from a town just a few miles away
It could have been a little rivalry
The Nazareth Wildcats vs the Cana Camels
He allowed his own feelings cloud his Judgement
Even though he was a seeker of the Scriptures
He was also still Human
We face the same battle

Christs Declaration

John 1:47–51 ESV
Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Declaration of Character
An Israelite with no deceit
He knew where Nathanael’s heart was
Word used here means he was authentic
It wasn't just for show
He was truly seeking after the things of God
Many put on a show on the outside
People would get circumcised to show they belong
Heart wouldn't change
Needed an internal circumcision
Wasn't an Israelite indeed because of nationality but because of heart condition
Declaration of His Power
I Saw you
Jesus knew where he was both physically and Spiritually
He saw him even though he wasn't their
Theological word for this is omnipresent
Declaration of Things to Come
You will see greater things
Reference to Jacobs ladder
A link of Heaven and Earth
Jesus is the link between Heaven and earth
He is the only link

For us:

Are we a Student of the Word?
Are we studying it like we should ?
Do we know what it says ?
As a husband I should be a student of my wife, I should be earning my PHD.
What happens when the human side gets in the way
Nathanael was blinded by Prejudice
Yet he still came to see
What about us?
What would Jesus say about you?
It had to be great for Nathanael to hear what Jesus said about him
What do you think he would say about you?
Do you know the Link between heaven and earth?
Jesus is the only way, have you trusted in Him?
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