Summary: To show that GOD's Word is the final verdict in every decision we have.
Are you warned by GOD?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD's Word is the final verdict in every decision we have.
Matthew 2:12-13 (Amplified Bible)
And receiving an answer to their asking, they were divinely instructed and warned in a dream not to go back to Herod; so they departed to their own country by a different way.
Now after they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, Get up! [Tenderly] take unto you the young Child and His mother and flee to Egypt; and remain there till I tell you [otherwise], for Herod intends to search for the Child in order to destroy Him.
GOD's Word is the final verdict in every decision we have.
GOD warns in a dream
A. Author: Matthew, also called Levi
B. Date written: 60 A.D.
C. Purpose: To show that JESUS of Nazareth was the Kingly Messiah of Jewish prophecy
D. To whom written: Jews
E. Main theme: JESUS is GOD's Promised Anointed Messiah, the King of the jews
F. Keywords: fulfilled
G. Key verses:
Matthew 16:16-19 (Amplified Bible)
Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.
And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].
I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Just at the right time when you're ready to act
"And receiving an answer to their asking, they were divinely instructed and warned in a dream not to go back to Herod;"
1. God warns, teaches, communes, teaches in a dream:
a. GOD instructed and taught Daniel in a dream:
Daniel 2:19 (Amplified Bible)
Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night, and Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
b. GOD teaches Job in a dream:
Job 33:15-17 (Amplified Bible)
[One may hear God’s voice] in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men while slumbering upon the bed,
Then He opens the ears of men and seals their instruction [terrifying them with warnings],
That He may withdraw man from his purpose and cut off pride from him [disgusting him with his own disappointing self-sufficiency].
c. GOD warned Laban, uncle of Jacobs:
Genesis 31:24 (Amplified Bible)
But God came to Laban the Syrian [Aramean] in a dream by night and said to him, Be careful that you do not speak from good to bad to Jacob [peaceably, then violently].
d. GOD warned Abimelech regarding Sarah, wife of Abraham:
Genesis 20:6-7 (Amplified Bible)
Then God said to him in the dream, Yes, I know you did this in the integrity of your heart, for it was I Who kept you back and spared you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not give you occasion to touch her.
So now restore to the man his wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her [to him], know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours.
B. They obeyed GOD's warning so they are kept safe
"so they departed to their own country by a different way."
Exodus 1:17 (Amplified Bible)
But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded, but let the male babies live.
Acts 4:19 (Amplified Bible)
But Peter and John replied to them, Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you and obey you rather than God, you must decide (judge).
Acts 5:29 (Amplified Bible)
Then Peter and the apostles replied, We must obey God rather than men.
1 Corinthians 3:19 (Amplified Bible)
For this world’s wisdom is foolishness (absurdity and stupidity) with God, for it is written, He lays hold of the wise in their [own] craftiness;
Job 5:13 (Amplified Bible)
He catches the [so-called] wise in their own trickiness, and the counsel of the schemers is brought to a quick end.
Go against the flow of this world which rans away from GOD, obey GOD rather than men, trust GOD rather than yourself and men, and you'll see GOD will keep you safe.