5/11/16 Paul Addresses The Synagogue In Antioch

“We are servants of the God of our forefather, Jacob, because He chose Jacob’s descendants to be set apart especially for Himself, raising them like His own children to prepare them to be His light for the world.  He cared for them while they were slaves in Egypt and brought them out in a mighty show of His power and majesty.  While they wandered in the desert for the next forty years, He endured their constant complaining and rebellion against Him, just like we do with our own children.  He brought them into the land of Canaan and distributed it to each of the twelve tribes, after driving out the seven nations that were living there.  For the next four hundred fifty years, He was their King and gave them judges to serve as governors over them.  But in the time of the prophet Samuel, the people demanded a king like other nations had, and so God chose Saul, son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, to reign over them.  He was their king for forty years, and then God took him from his throne and replaced him with David, son of Jesse, of the tribe of Judah.  God Himself called David, ‘a man after My own heart who will do My will.’  God promised that the Messiah would come from David’s descendants.  John the Baptist spoke of this Messiah, as he prepared the way for His coming by urging people to turn away from their wickedness, come back to God, and be baptized.  John told the people that he was not the Messiah, but that another was coming, ‘the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’  That man, our Messiah, is Jesus of Nazareth.  Men of Israel, brothers, descendants of Abraham and all those who love and serve our God, this message is for you!  The rulers of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem did not listen to the words of the prophets that they read in the synagogues every week.  They refused to listen to Jesus or to believe what they saw with their own eyes.  Instead, they brought about His death by crucifixion, just as those same prophets foretold, even though those in power found Him innocent.  When the Sanhedrin got their wish, fulfilling the prophecies written about Jesus, they took Him down off of the tree and placed His body in a tomb.  But on the third day, God raised Him back to life.  Many people saw Him before He ascended to Heaven, and these people are now witnesses that He is indeed the Messiah, the one promised to us from the beginning.  So now we come to bring you the good news, that God has kept the promise that He made to our ancestors by sending His Son, Jesus, the Messiah, to us.  The second Psalm says, ‘You are My Son; today I have begotten You.’  This is God speaking of Jesus.  The prophet Isaiah writes, ‘I will give You the sure mercies of David,’ saying that God would not keep Jesus in the grave but would raise Him back to life again.  This is also stated in Psalm 16 – ‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see corruption.’  He obviously could not have been talking about David, because when he finished his reign as king, he died and his body saw corruption in the grave.  But Jesus, raised from the dead, did not see corruption.  We have come to tell you that Jesus died as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of the world.  If you believe in Him, you are forgiven everything, and that is something that the Law of Moses cannot do.  I beg you, heed my words so that the words of the prophet Habakkuk will not apply to you:  ‘Behold, you despisers, marvel and perish!  For I work a work in your days, a work which you will by no means believe, though one were to declare it to you.’”

 

Acts 13:17-41, Psalm 89:20, 1 Samuel 13:14, Psalm 2:7, Isaiah 55:3, Psalm 16:10, Habakkuk 1:5

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