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September 22, 2019
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It Is Written with John Bradshaw

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  • -John Bradshaw: This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw. Thanks for joining me.
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  • There's no other place like it in the entire world.
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  • People flock here from all around the planet--
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  • pilgrims, many of them.
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  • They come to walk where Jesus walked,
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  • to see places spoken of in the Bible,
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  • to see where Jesus died,
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  • or, just a few miles away in Bethlehem, where Jesus was born.
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  • Unlike some historic sites in the world,
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  • there's no doubt that this one is legitimate.
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  • Jesus, the Son of Mary and Joseph,
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  • the Son of David, the Son of God lived here.
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  • Now, He didn't spend as much time here as many people think.
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  • Matthew 9:1 describes Capernaum as Jesus' own city.
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  • It was there in Capernaum on the north side of the Sea of Galilee
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  • and in other places nearby that Jesus cast out demons,
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  • healed the mother of Peter,
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  • healed the man who was lowered through the roof of that home.
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  • It was in Galilee that many of the disciples were called.
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  • Some were fisherman, and they fished on the Sea of Galilee.
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  • It was there, 70 miles from Jerusalem in a straight line--
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  • and, of course, much further if you walked, like Jesus did--
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  • that Jesus walked on water, that Peter walked on water,
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  • that Jesus calmed the storm.
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  • When Jesus spoke of the future of the church
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  • and told Peter that He would build the church upon a rock,
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  • the rock being Jesus Himself,
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  • that was north of Capernaum in Caesarea Philippi.
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  • The Sermon on the Mount on a hillside in Galilee,
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  • not here in Jerusalem.
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  • But there was something in Jerusalem
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  • that drew Jesus here often:
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  • the temple.
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  • The temple in Jerusalem was first built by Solomon
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  • and was destroyed some years later by Nebuchadnezzar.
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  • That temple was rebuilt by exiles who returned to Jerusalem
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  • from the Babylonian captivity.
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  • It was refurbished by Herod the Great,
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  • the ruler in Israel when Jesus was born.
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  • That's the man who was so alarmed
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  • by word that a king had been born in Bethlehem
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  • that he ordered the killing of every baby boy
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  • under the age of 2 in Bethlehem.
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  • Herod was ruthless--and an incredible builder.
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  • He built the fortress at Masada.
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  • He built the royal complex called Herodium,
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  • another colossal palace, fortress-type building,
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  • where his own tomb was located by archaeologist Ehud Netzer.
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  • He built a lot more, all of it grand,
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  • including that third temple.
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  • He was determined to make it a huge complex.
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  • So he constructed--or at least he had constructed--
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  • the Temple Mount,
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  • an enormous platform upon which the temple would rest.
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  • Enormous stones were used in the wall of the Temple Mount,
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  • many of them weighing an estimated 120 tons,
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  • or almost 109 tonnes in metric.
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  • And some of those stones, much more.
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  • He built the Western Wall,
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  • where Jews still come to worship today.
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  • When Jesus visited the temple during Passover,
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  • it's said in John 2, verse 20,
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  • that the temple had been under construction for 46 years.
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  • When it was destroyed in 70 AD,
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  • it's thought construction had been fully completed
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  • only a few years earlier.
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  • [solemn music]
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  • [machinery whirring]
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  • Visit the Temple Mount today
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  • and you're able to see prophecy fulfilled.
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  • Of course, there's no temple on the Temple Mount now.
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  • Jesus, speaking to His disciples in Matthew 24
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  • from the Mount of Olives,
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  • just across the Kidron Valley from here,
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  • told His disciples that the temple would be destroyed
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  • to the extent that there would not be one stone
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  • left upon another.
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  • I've been asked about that by people many times
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  • who see the wall, very much intact, stones on top of stones,
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  • and they wonder whether that prophecy failed.
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  • But no, Jesus was speaking about the stones
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  • in the buildings of the temple complex.
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  • And if you come here today,
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  • you're able to see some of those same stones,
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  • pushed off the Temple Mount, lying in piles today.
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  • [foreboding Middle Eastern instrumental music]
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  • In the 2nd century AD, the Roman emperor Hadrian
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  • built a temple for the worship of Jupiter on the Temple Mount,
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  • later demolished by the emperor Constantine.
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  • The area later became a rubbish dump.
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  • But today, the Temple Mount is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque,
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  • considered to be the third holiest site in Islam,
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  • and the magnificent Dome of the Rock.
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  • It was completed in around 691 AD
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  • and then rebuilt a little over 300 years later.
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  • It's the most recognized landmark in Jerusalem today.
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  • Now, there's no shortage of controversy and tension
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  • in Jerusalem concerning the Temple Mount.
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  • There are some Jews and some Christians, too,
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  • who believe that the Jewish temple will be rebuilt here.
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  • Now, the question is asked,
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  • how can that possibly happen when the site is currently
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  • under Muslim control?
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  • That's a fair question.
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  • And then there are those who ask whether the temple
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  • even needs to be rebuilt,
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  • considering that Jesus brought about an end
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  • of the sacrificial system when He died on the cross
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  • as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
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  • Jesus came and went from the temple
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  • that stood on the Temple Mount during His life and ministry.
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  • It was there that Jesus overturned
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  • the money changers' tables.
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  • It was on the steps just in front of the Temple Mount
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  • that Jesus anointed a blind man's eyes with dirt and saliva
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  • and had him go and wash his eyes in the Pool of Siloam,
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  • which the man did-- it was very nearby.
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  • The man received his sight.
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  • It was on that same Temple Mount when,
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  • as a 12-year-old,
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  • Jesus engaged the religious leaders in a discussion.
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  • His parents had left town,
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  • not realizing that they had failed to bring Jesus with them.
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  • That was all right there.
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  • But another very significant event happened on that same spot
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  • 2.000 years earlier,
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  • an event that prefigured the coming of Jesus to this world.
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  • Let's take a look at that story now.
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  • It's a story of faith, great faith.
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  • Well, some great faith and a fair amount of faithlessness.
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  • But it's a story in which faith triumphs.
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  • It's a challenging story.
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  • But this story announces that Jesus would come to the world
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  • to save us from our sins.
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  • [instrumental music]
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  • God promised elderly Abram,
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  • whose name was later changed to Abraham,
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  • that he would have a son.
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  • In fact, God told the old man that his descendants
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  • would become a great nation.
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  • The Bible says the Lord visited Abraham in Mamre,
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  • which was located southwest of Jerusalem,
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  • down near Hebron.
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  • "And He said, 'I will certainly return to you
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  • according to the time of life,
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  • and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.'
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  • (Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.)"
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  • That's Genesis 18:10.
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  • The next verse says, "Now Abraham and Sarah were old,
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  • well advanced in age;
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  • and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing."
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  • God stated a physical impossibility, and Sarah reacted
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  • as many people do when they're confronted by God's power,
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  • God's promises, God's Word.
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  • "Oh, there's no way in the world
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  • a big fish could possibly have swallowed up Jonah."
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  • "How could a virgin possibly conceive?"
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  • "Really? Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead?"
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  • There are a lot of doubters.
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  • "How could God possibly forgive me of my sins?"
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  • Same thing.
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  • When God speaks-- and He has spoken--
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  • the right way to respond is by exercising faith in God's Word.
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  • But that's not what Sarah did.
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  • "Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying,
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  • 'After I have grown old, shall I have pleasure,
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  • my lord being old also?'
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  • And the Lord said to Abraham,
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  • 'Why did Sarah laugh, saying,
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  • "Shall I surely bear a child, since I am old?"
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  • Is anything too hard for the Lord?
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  • At the appointed time I will return to you,
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  • according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.'"
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  • Now, there's a question:
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  • Is there anything too hard for the Lord?
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  • God had spoken, so, it would happen.
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  • There's nothing too hard for the Lord.
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  • Believe that and you'll be in good shape.
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  • I'll be right back.
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  • [music]
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  • -John: Jesus said He came into the world
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  • to give us a more abundant life.
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  • And you can have that by making simple changes
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  • that bring profound results.
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  • And with that in mind, I'd like to offer you a special book.
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  • this is the book that's going to set you on the path
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  • to that place.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • Jerusalem, the city of peace.
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  • Well, of course, over the last number of years
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  • it hasn't been a city of a lot of peace.
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  • Jerusalem, most of it, was under the control of Jordan
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  • until the Six-Day War in 1967.
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  • At that time, a large amount of territory was taken,
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  • including the old city of Jerusalem.
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  • Jews hadn't held the old city
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  • for hundreds and hundreds of years.
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  • And when Israeli soldiers made it to the wall
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  • of the Temple Mount, they wept.
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  • Which is why the Western Wall is referred to today
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  • as the Wailing Wall.
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  • And since then,
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  • there hasn't been anything resembling real peace,
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  • in spite of many attempts at securing peace.
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  • Jesus is referred to as the Prince of Peace,
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  • and you're left thinking that surely the only way
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  • to real peace in this part of the world is Jesus Himself.
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  • And this is a city of miracles,
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  • and a city where great faith was demonstrated again and again
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  • in Bible times.
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  • The Pool of Bethesda is here in Jerusalem.
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  • It's been excavated,
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  • so it's possible to see just what it was like in Bible times.
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  • In John chapter 5, we read an account of a man
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  • who was at the Pool of Bethesda waiting for, as the Bible says,
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  • "the moving of the water."
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  • He'd been suffering from a physical problem for 38 years.
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  • And Jesus saw him there.
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  • Now, keep in mind, Jesus didn't go from Galilee to Jerusalem
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  • for the purpose of healing.
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  • He was there, well, here, for the feast.
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  • But He saw this man suffering, and His heart was touched.
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  • Jesus' heart is still touched by suffering.
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  • It was touched by the plight of this man.
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  • And if you're going through something,
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  • remember, He's touched by your plight as well.
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  • There's no hardship that you go through
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  • that Jesus doesn't notice, that doesn't touch His heart.
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  • And on this day at the Pool of Bethesda,
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  • Jesus' heart was touched.
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  • He said to the man, "Do you want to be made whole?"
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  • And here's where the man told Jesus
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  • about this interesting tradition that when the water was troubled
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  • in some mystical way,
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  • that the first person put into the pool would be healed.
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  • But here was the source of life and healing,
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  • the Creator and Re-Creator,
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  • and He longed to give the man true healing.
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  • Jesus said, "Rise, take up your bed, and walk."
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  • Now, what would you do if you were in the man's situation?
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  • You've been ill or disabled for 38 years,
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  • and someone you've never met says to you,
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  • "Take up your bed and walk."
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  • You might doubt.
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  • You might think the man was out of his mind.
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  • But this man exercised faith.
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  • He heard the word of Jesus and believed it,
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  • acted upon it.
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  • He heard the word, and he did what the word said.
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  • That's faith.
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  • And as he exercised faith, the Bible says,
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  • "Immediately the man was made whole,
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  • and took up his bed, and walked."
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  • And there's another great story of faith
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  • that has its culmination in Jerusalem.
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  • It started a couple of hours away in a place called Mamre.
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  • God spoke to Abraham,
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  • known today as the "father of the faithful,"
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  • and told Abraham that he would become a father,
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  • and that his elderly wife would give birth to a son.
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  • When God told Abraham that, Abraham was flabbergasted.
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  • Sarah, previously Sarai, laughed.
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  • You might understand why.
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  • They just couldn't understand how, at their advanced age,
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  • they were going to welcome a baby boy into their home.
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  • But God said they would, and the same God had asked the question,
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  • "Is [there] anything too hard for the Lord?"
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  • Now, that's something you want to remember.
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  • When you get into a scrape, when you get into a tough place,
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  • when it seems like things aren't going well,
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  • remember that God is with you.
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  • And that there is nothing too hard for the Lord.
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  • Now, why did God choose Abraham for this?
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  • Genesis 18:19 tells us, "I have known him,
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  • in order that he may command his children
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  • and his household after him,
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  • that they keep the way of the Lord,
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  • to do righteousness and [judgment],
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  • that the Lord may bring to Abraham
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  • what He has spoken to him."
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  • You know, it's interesting that Abraham wasn't always
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  • a man of great faith.
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  • He went to a place called Gerar.
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  • Of course, Sarah was with him,
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  • but he explained that his wife was actually his sister.
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  • As a consequence, the king, Abimelech,
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  • took Abraham's beautiful wife to be his own.
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  • It wasn't until God appeared to Abimelech in a dream
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  • and told him that he had taken another man's wife
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  • that he returned Sarah to Abraham--and rebuked Abraham.
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  • Seems Abimelech acted with more honor in this situation
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  • than Abraham, the father of the faithful, did.
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  • You see, Abraham evidently was scared that his wife
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  • would be forcibly taken from him
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  • and that he would be harmed in the process.
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  • Seems that in Abraham's mind,
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  • it was preferable that his wife be violated rather than him.
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  • The father of the faithful?
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  • Seems like he wasn't acting that way,
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  • except we'll remember a couple of things.
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  • People grow in their faith,
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  • and people of faith can make mistakes.
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  • But when God brought the big test to Abraham,
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  • Abraham didn't stumble.
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  • I'll have that in just a moment.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Passing his wife off as his sister
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  • wasn't the only serious mistake Abraham made.
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  • This happened because Abraham and Sarah decided
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  • that God needed some help.
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  • They knew that God had said Sarah would have a baby
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  • in her old age.
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  • But Sarah figured that would never happen.
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  • So she suggested that Abraham take her handmaid Hagar
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  • and have a child with Hagar.
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  • Now, Abraham very obviously should have told his wife
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  • that that was a terrible idea,
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  • but instead he agreed, and Ishmael was born.
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  • But immediately this caused all kinds of problems.
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  • And it still does.
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  • The descendants of Isaac and Ishmael
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  • have been at each other ever since.
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  • The trouble in the Middle East today?
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  • Isaac's descendants against Ishmael's descendants.
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  • If Sarah hadn't tried to help God,
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  • history would have turned out very differently.
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  • Abraham was a hundred years old when Isaac was born.
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  • Sarah was 90 or 91.
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  • When they believed God, trusted God,
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  • they demonstrated faith,
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  • and their faith in God was very clearly vindicated.
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  • Sarah had a baby boy, and he was the child of promise.
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  • Ishmael could never be the child of promise
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  • because taking Hagar was not an act of faith.
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  • God said Sarah would give birth.
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  • He didn't say anything about Hagar.
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  • As impossible as it seemed, when God said,
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  • "Sarah will bear a child,"
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  • all they needed to do was believe that,
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  • and it would be done, because God had said so.
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  • And that's faith,
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  • believing that what God says will happen because God said so.
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  • You don't need further evidence,
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  • just faith that God can do what He says He can do.
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  • But it's in Genesis chapter 22
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  • that things really get tough for Abraham.
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  • Based on his previous failures, you might think he'd fail here.
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  • God brings a severe test.
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  • Starting in verse 1:
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  • "Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham,
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  • and said to him, 'Abraham!'
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  • And he said, 'Here I am.'
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  • Then He said, 'Take now your son,
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  • your only son Isaac, whom you love,
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  • and go to the land of Moriah,
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  • and offer him there as a burnt offering
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  • on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.'"
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  • Imagine that.
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  • God said, "Sacrifice your son."
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  • And in spite of his previous failings,
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  • Abraham doesn't fail this time.
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  • Verse 3 says this:
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  • "So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey,
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  • and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son;
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  • and he split the wood for the burnt offering,
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  • and arose and went to the place of which God had told him."
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  • Verse 4:
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  • "Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes
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  • and saw the place afar off."
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  • The place he saw was Mount Moriah,
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  • which is where the Temple Mount stands today.
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  • And so you can imagine,
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  • Abraham having traveled about three days with his son,
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  • now starting slowly to ascend the mountain.
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  • In fact, it's, it's really little more than a hill.
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  • So he's traveling up the hill with his son,
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  • with a heavy heart, knowing what he has to do.
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  • Interestingly, Muslims believe it was Ishmael
  • 00:20:03.030 --> 00:20:05.150
  • that Abraham took to the top of Mount Moriah to sacrifice.
  • 00:20:05.160 --> 00:20:09.050
  • But the Bible says it was Abraham and Isaac.
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  • "And Abraham said to his young men,
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  • 'Stay here with the donkey;
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  • the lad and I will go yonder and worship,
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  • and we will come back to you.'"
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  • Now, that's interesting.
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  • He knew what God had asked,
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  • but he believed that God would raise Isaac from the dead.
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  • It says this in Hebrews 11:
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  • "By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac,
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  • and he who had received the promises offered up
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  • his only begotten son, of whom it was said,
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  • 'In Isaac your seed shall be called,'
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  • concluding that God was able to raise him up,
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  • even from the dead,
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  • from which he also received him in a figurative sense."
  • 00:20:51.200 --> 00:20:54.290
  • But still,
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  • this was a colossal struggle for the loving father Abraham.
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  • Back to Genesis chapter 22.
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  • "So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering
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  • and laid it on Isaac his son;
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  • and he took the fire in his hand,
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  • and a knife, and the two of them went together.
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  • But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said,
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  • 'My father!' And he said, 'Here I am, my son.'
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  • Then he said, 'Look, the fire and the wood,
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  • but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?'"
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  • Now, notice these beautiful words:
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  • "And Abraham said, 'My son, God will provide for Himself
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  • the lamb for a burnt offering.'
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  • So the two of them went together.
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  • Then they came to the place of which God had told him.
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  • And Abraham built an altar there
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  • and placed the wood in order;
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  • and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar,
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  • upon the wood.
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  • And Abraham stretched out his hand
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  • and took the knife to slay his son."
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  • So how do you do that?
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  • Well, faith.
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  • God had said Isaac was the child of promise.
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  • So, very clearly, the boy's life couldn't come to an end.
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  • God had spoken, and Abraham believed God.
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  • As Romans 4, verse 3 says,
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  • "For what does the Scripture say? 'Abraham believed God,
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  • and it was accounted to him for righteousness.'"
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  • And as Abraham was in the throes of taking his son's life,
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  • God intervened.
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  • "The Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said,
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  • 'Abraham, Abraham!' So he said, 'Here I am.'
  • 00:22:33.260 --> 00:22:38.110
  • And He said, 'Do not lay your hand on the lad,
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  • or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God,
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  • since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.'"
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  • "Now I know...you fear God."
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  • And why was that?
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  • Because you believed,
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  • and you demonstrated that belief by your actions.
  • 00:22:57.240 --> 00:23:00.280
  • You believed, and you obeyed.
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  • You believed, and you showed that belief in your life.
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  • So how are things with you?
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  • Are you living a life of faith?
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  • Are you living "by every word
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  • that proceeds from the mouth of God"?
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  • That's what faith is. It's trusting God.
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  • It's taking God at His word.
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  • That's what Abraham chose to do.
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  • Now, if you'd like another example of great faith,
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  • think about Isaac.
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  • A young man more than likely in his late teens.
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  • His father says, "God has told me to sacrifice you."
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  • Now, what would you have done?
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  • No one would have blamed Isaac if he'd jumped up and,
  • 00:23:37.120 --> 00:23:39.190
  • jumped up and run off and said, "Dad, you're crazy!"
  • 00:23:39.200 --> 00:23:42.120
  • But that's not what he did. He submitted to his father.
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  • Which tells us at least three things.
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  • One, he loved his dad.
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  • Two, he trusted and respected his dad.
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  • And three, Abraham had lived the kind of life as a daddy
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  • that inspired faithfulness in his son Isaac.
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  • I think there's a lesson there for parents everywhere.
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  • And the story ends with a truly beautiful verse.
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  • Abraham had said to his son,
  • 00:24:05.150 --> 00:24:07.040
  • "[My] God [shall] provide Himself
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  • a lamb for a burnt offering."
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  • That's exactly what God did.
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  • [soft music]
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  • Genesis 22:13, "Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked,
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  • and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket
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  • by its horns.
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  • So Abraham went and took the ram,
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  • and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son."
  • 00:24:28.150 --> 00:24:33.040
  • [traffic noise and indistinct voices in background]
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  • And what was this?
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  • This was prefiguring Jesus,
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  • who would die for the sins of the world.
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  • God did give Himself a Lamb for a burnt offering:
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  • Jesus, God in the flesh, who died for the sins of the world.
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  • And He did so pretty much in exactly the same place
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  • that Abraham offered that ram.
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  • A beautiful story, a story of faith.
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  • Is anything too hard for the Lord?
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  • No, nothing.
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  • An elderly woman giving birth?
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  • If that's God's will, sure.
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  • A patriarch choosing to offer up his son?
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  • Yes, because the man had faith.
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  • Do you have faith in God?
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  • Real faith?
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  • Not just church-once-a-week faith, but real faith?
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  • I've decided to follow Jesus.
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  • His Word is my will.
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  • When the Bible says it, I believe it.
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  • And I want God's will done in my life.
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  • What a beautiful story of faith.
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  • And Abraham's story of faith can be your story.
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  • -John: Jesus said He came into the world to give us
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  • a more abundant life,
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  • and you can have that by making simple changes
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  • that bring profound results.
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  • And with that in mind, I'd like to offer you a special book.
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  • It's called "Confidence in Chaos."
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  • If you want to get your heart right with God,
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  • this is the book that's going to set you on the path
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  • to that place.
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  • In order to get this book, call right now.
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  • The number is 1-800-253-3000,
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  • or visit us online at iiwoffer.com.
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  • -John Bradshaw: Let's pray together now.
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  • Our Father in heaven,
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  • we come to You in the name of Jesus, and we thank You.
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  • We thank You for the gift of faith.
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  • And we pray, as the disciples pray,
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  • "Increase our faith."
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  • Friend, is there something for which you need more faith?
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  • Is there a struggle you're having where,
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  • where you can't see God, where you're battling to see God?
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  • Or are you drifting, and you're not living your life
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  • on the Word of God?
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  • Tell God now, "I want faith.
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  • I want to lean on Your Word. I want to stand on Jesus."
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  • Believe His promises. Believe the Bible.
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  • Father in heaven, we thank You. We thank You for faith.
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  • Grow our faith, we pray, in Jesus' name.
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  • Amen.
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  • Thanks so much for joining me today.
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  • I'm looking forward to seeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
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  • [theme music]
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