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Good Vs. Evil

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Good Vs. Evil

Matthew 2:13–18 ESV
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
Evil is a reality.
Evil exists because of sin
Evil was not part of God’s original design.
- And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Evil exists because of sin.
- Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever-” Therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken.
God overcomes evil.
God’s intervention
- But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God’s provision
God’s provision
- Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow not reap not gather into barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
God’s Plan/Prophecy
- For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Our response to every situation must be obedience
We should be quick to obey.
Past obedience does not guarantee future obedience.
Our obedience flows from our relationship with Christ.
-But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me you faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
c. God’s faithfulness in the past inspires future obedience.
i. - I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
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