Week 4 | Introduction

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matthew 1:1 ESV)

She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21 ESV)

OPENING THOUGHT

Millennia passed since the Christ, the Serpent-Crusher, was first promised in Genesis 3, but God did not leave humanity without hope. Through men like Moses, Isaiah, and Daniel, the LORD continued to give greater detail on how the Messiah would be recognized. For men like Abraham and David, God even promised that the Savior would be their offspring and descendent. Yet in spite of these divine messages, it would be understandable to find each generation a little less hopeful in the coming King than the previous ones, and after 400 years of God being silent since speaking through Malachi, it seemed that people were losing hope.

But at the proper time, the King was born. Though Israel was little more than a blip on the radar of the world that was the Roman Empire, God caused the most spectacular event of all history to occur in an insignificant town in an insignificant country. In fact, we will still divide our dating of human history around this monumental event.

This week our readings will focus upon the unthinkable miracle of God becoming man. Through the virgin birth, the Serpent-Crusher officially steps into humanity with the purpose of proclaiming the good news of His kingdom, healing the sick, and ultimately defeating the problem of sin.

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