Mary Praised the Lord

Luke 1:46-56

Mary: My soul magnifies the Lord,

And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

For he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:

for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

For he that is mighty has done great things to me;

and holy is his name.

And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

He has showed strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He has put down the mighty from their seats,

and exalted them of low degree.

He has filled the hungry with good things;

and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed forever.

Mary stayed with Elisabeth about three months, and returned to her own house.

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The Seven Vials of God’s Wrath – Summarized

The Wrath of God

Having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (Romans 5:9)

What wrath are we saved from?

Seven Vials of God’s Wrath Introduced (Rev 15:1,7-8)

And I saw a great and marvelous sign in heaven, seven angels having the seven last plagues; which are filled with the wrath of God.

After that I looked, and the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened: And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts covered with golden girdles.

One of the four beasts (which are around the throne of God – Rev 4:6) gave to the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever.

And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Timing: These vials of God’s Wrath are poured out only after we see those who “had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name” …have the harps of God and are singing praises to God. (Revelation 15:2-4)

Revelation 16

And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.”

First Vial of God’s Wrath – Sores (vs 2)

And the first angel went, and poured out his vial on the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.

Second Vial of God’s Wrath – Sea as Blood of a Dead Man (vs 3)

And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea.

Third Vial of God’s Wrath – Rivers and Fountains As Blood (vs 4-7)

And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood.

And I heard the angel of the waters say, You are righteous, O Lord, which are, and was, and shall be, because you have judged this way. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are your judgments.

Fourth Vial of the God’s Wrath – Sun Scorches Men (vs 8-9)

And the fourth angel poured out his vial on the sun; and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which has power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

Fifth Vial of the God’s Wrath – Darkness and Pain (vs 10-11)

And the fifth angel poured out his vial on the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain.

And they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.

Sixth Vial of God’s Wrath – Euphrates River Dried Up (vs 12-16)

And the sixth angel poured out his vial on the great river Euphrates; and the water of it was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.

And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Seventh Vial of God’s Wrath – Mighty Earthquake and Hail (vs 17-21)

And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were on the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.

And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague of it was exceedingly great.

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Taxes

It is tax season again. Many of us are struggling with the burden of taxes this year.

What does Jesus have to say about paying taxes?

He addressed the question of taxes on two separate occasions.

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Jesus Paid Taxes

Matthew 17:24-27

Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum.

Tax collectors (to Peter): Does not your master pay tribute?

Peter: Yes

When Peter would have come into the house, Jesus prevented him.

Jesus (to Peter): What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take taxes? From their own children, or from strangers?

Peter: From strangers.

Jesus: Then the children are free. However, lest we should offend them, go to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that come up first; and when you have opened his mouth, you shall find a piece of money: take that and give it to them for me and you.

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Render to Caesar

Luke 20:19-20 and Matthew 22:17-21

The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on Jesus…but they feared the people. So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, so they might catch him in something he said, that would allow them to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor.

They: Tell us what you think. Is it lawful to give taxes to Caesar, or not?

Jesus perceived their wickedness.

Jesus: Why do you tempt me, you hypocrites? Show me the tax money.

And they brought to him a penny.

Jesus: Whose image and superscription is on this coin?

They: Caesar’s.

Jesus: Render therefore to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and render to God the things that are God’s.

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Falsely Accused

Luke23:2

After Jesus was arrested and delivered to Pilate.

Chief priests and scribes: We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.

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The Sheep in the Pit

Matthew 12:9-13

Jesus went into their synagogue.

There was a man who had a withered hand.

The Pharisees (to Jesus): Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days?

They asked this question that they might accuse him.

Jesus (to the Pharisees): What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How much then is a man better than a sheep? Therefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

Jesus (to the man with the withered hand): Stretch forth your hand.

The man stretched his hand forth. It was restored whole, like the other.

This parable is similar to two others.

The Ox in the Stall

Luke 13:10-16

Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

There was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years and was bowed together, and could not lift herself up. When Jesus saw her, he called her to him.

Jesus: Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.

Jesus laid his hands on her. Immediately she was made straight and glorified God.

The ruler of the synagogue (to the people, with indignation): There are six days in which men ought to work. Therefore come and be healed in the six days and not on the sabbath day.

The ruler of the synagogue spoke with indignation because Jesus had healed on the sabbath day.

The Lord (to the ruler of the synagogue): You hypocrite, Doesn’t each one of you on the

sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

The Ox in the Ditch

Luke 14:1-6

As Jesus went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, the Pharisees and lawyers watched him. There was a certain man before him who had the dropsy.

Jesus (to the lawyers and Pharisees): Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

They held their peace. And Jesus took the man and healed him and let him go.

Jesus: Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not immediately pull him out on the sabbath day?

Again, they could not answer him to these things.

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Genealogy – Adam to Noah

Genesis 5

Vs. 5 Adam lived 930 years. Died
Vs. 8 Seth lived 912 years. Died
Vs. 11 Enos lived 905 years. Died
Vs. 14 Cainan lived 910 years. Died
Vs. 17 Mahalaleel lived 895 years. Died
Vs. 20 Jared lived 962 years. Died
Vs. 24 Enoch lived 365 years. God took him
Vs. 27 Methuselah lived 969 years. Died
Vs. 31 Lamech lived 777 years. Died
Vs. 7:11 Noah was 600 years old when the flood came. Saved

Death is the result of sin. Sorrow is the result of sin. Losing loved ones is the result of sin.

Notice Adam was alive until Noah’s father (Lamech) was 56 years old.

Are the men mentioned above the first born? No, example Seth
This is the lineage of the Noah, and the lineage of Jesus.

Add up the number of years to the flood
Verse 3 — 130 yrs — Age of Adam when he begat Seth

Verse 6 — 105 yrs — Age of Seth when he begat Enos

Verse 9 — 90 yrs — Age of Enos when he begat Cainan

Verse 12 — 70 yrs — Age of Cainan when he begat Mahalaleel

Verse 15 — 65 yrs — Age of Mahalaleel when he begat Jared

Verse 18 — 162 yrs — Age of Jared when he begat Enoch

Verse 21 — 65 yrs — Age of Enoch when he begat Methuselah

Verse 25 — 187 yrs —Age of Methuselah when he begat Lamech

Verse 28 — 182 yrs — Age of Lamech when he begat Noah

Vs. 7:11 — 600 yrs — Age of Noah at the time of the flood

Total ——1656 yrs — From the time Adam and Eve left the garden until the flood

Vs. 32 Noah was 500 years old when he begat his sons – Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Hidden message of authority:
Lamech lived to be 777 years old (vs. 31)
Begat Noah at – 182
Lived 595 more years
Noah was 600 years old when the flood came.
Lamech (Noah’s father) died 5 years before the flood.

Methuselah lived to be 969 years old (vs. 27)
Begat Lamech at – 187
Who begat Noah at – 182
Lived 600 more years And he died

Noah was 600 years old when the flood came.
Methuselah (Noah’s grandfather) died the year of the flood.

Was Lamech a righteous man? Was Methuselah a righteous man? Read Genesis 6:5-8 focus vs. 8
Lamech and Methuselah were both alive when the Bible said only Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Genesis 6:9

Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and walked with God. Noah was 600 years old when the flood came. Methuselah died the year of the flood. Methuselah was Noah’s grandfather. It would not have followed God’s commandment to honor your father if Noah had left any of his patriarchs to die in the flood. God did not make Noah make that choice. God’s timing for the flood was planned and perfect.

Billions of years? No, billions of years allows for time for man to evolve from water on rocks.

But we know the truth. In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth…And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 1:1 and 2:7)

Adam to Noah – 1566 yrs

Noah to Abraham – 301 yrs (see Genealogy Noah to Abraham or Genesis 11)

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations. (Matthew 1:17)

From Christ to Present – 2017 years (2018th year in the process)

This doesn’t equate to billions of years.

…knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, …this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. (2 Peter 3:3,5-6)

They willfully/intentionally forget what? Creation and the flood.

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Elijah Comes

Malachi 4 speaks of the end times and the judgment of the wicked. But to those who fear the name of the Lord, there are words of encouragement.

But to you who fear my name, the Sun of righteousness shall arise with healing in his wings; (Vs 2)

I have heard the phrase “with healing in his wings” many times but never knew where the verse was. Here it is.

One other familiar verse in this chapter is about Elijah.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet

before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children,

and the heart of the children to their fathers… (vs 5-6)

When telling Zacharias that his barren wife would conceive John the Baptist, Gabriel the angel also told him that the child “will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, ‘to turn the hearts of the fathers- to the children,’ and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:15-17)

When Jesus’ disciples asked, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they did not know him but did to him whatever they wished. Likewise the Son of Man is also about to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist. (Matthew 17:10-13)

The Jews still leave a cup of wine for Elijah at the Passover table (some even leave an empty seat at the table) and during the meal someone goes to the door of the house and opens it to see if Elijah comes in. The cup is called “Elijah’s Cup” to express hope that their guest will be Elijah himself coming to inform them of Messiah’s coming. The Jews are not only looking for Elijah, they are also looking for the Messiah, rejecting that Jesus is the Messiah.

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Friends

The first story in Mark 2 is called the story about friends in preschool lessons. Four men

carry their friend to Jesus to be healed. They couldn’t get to Jesus because of the crowd,

but these good friends did not give up. They went up on the roof and uncovered the roof

and lowered their friend down to Jesus on his bed.

Jesus doesn’t immediately heal the man, instead he tells him, “Your sins are forgiven.”

What? The scribes said to themselves, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?”

They were right. No one can, but since Jesus IS God, yes He can. Jesus didn’t come

right out and say that. Instead Jesus asked, “Which is easier, to forgive sins or to say

to this man, take up your bed and walk?” Then Jesus told the man to pick up his bed

and just walk on home. I just really noticed that. This man wasn’t healed but still weak.

He didn’t have to build himself back up or go to physical therapy. He was immediately

100% healed. Why? Because he had met the Master. The Master spoke healing into his

life! Thank you, Jesus! So the man carried his bed home, GLORIFYING GOD. He knew

where his healing came from!

Did the scribes notice that Jesus answered their THOUGHTS?

And the people, what was their reaction? They all were amazed and glorified God.

This seems like a story we would find in the gospel of John, because it shows that

Jesus is God. (John’s purpose for his gospel was to show that Jesus is God.) Surprisingly,

John is the only gospel that DOESN’T record this event.

Moral of the story: Take your friends to Jesus…even if you have to carry them.

You can read all the details of this encounter in:

Mark 2:1-12

Matthew 9:1-8

Luke 5:17-26

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