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Summary: Part 1 of a 2-part sermon. God’s promise of an end to sin’s oppression was contained in the birth of a mere child. But how? The promise to end sin’s oppression is thru a Perfect...

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GOD’S PROMISE IN THE CHILD—I—Isaiah 9:6-7

Need:—To grasp the nature of why we celebrate Christmas & why the world gravitates away from this.

God’s promise of an end to oppression was contained in the birth of a child.

A promise to end sin’s oppression is contained in the birth of a child.

?How is God’s promise of an end to sin’s oppression, contained in the birth of a child?

8 ways God’s promise of an end to sin’s oppression is contained in the birth of a child.

1—The promise to end sin’s oppression is thru

A PERFECT GIFT(:6a-b)

—Explanation:(:6c, 7a-c)

:6—“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; ...”

*Incarnation—God in flesh

“Unto us”

—For our sakes

—God’s people under oppression of sin(Deceived—govt., spiritual leadership, directives, society, etc.)

“Child”—dly yeled yeh’-led—Child, son, boy, offspring, youth.

—Immediate confirmation of the human nature of the coming Messiah. The One thru whom the yoke of oppression is broken(:3-4).

“Born”—dly yalad yaw-lad’—To bear, bring forth, beget, gender, travail.

—Not only conceived but born as any other person on earth.

“Son”—Nb ben bane—Son, grandson, child, member of a group.

“Given”—Ntn nathan naw-than’—Niphal—To be given, be bestowed, be provided, be entrusted to, be granted to, be permitted, be issued, be published, be uttered, be assigned—To be set, be put, be made, be inflicted.

—Argumentation:

Jn. 1:1-2, 14—“In the beginning was the Word, & the Word was with God, & the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”....“And the Word became flesh & dwelt among us, & we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace & truth.”

Rom. 6:23—“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

—Illustration:

After college—Dad bought me a new Mazda GLC/Commitment to my commitment/Gift of Love/PERFECT GIFT

—Application:

?Your GIFT the PERFECT GIFT of God?

?Your Promise in The Child, Jesus?

2—The promise to end sin’s oppression is thru

A PERFECT GOVERNMENT(:6c, 7a-c)

—Explanation:(:6c, 7a-c)

:6c—“...And the government will be upon His shoulder...”

“Government”—hrsm misrah mis-raw’—Rule, dominion, government.

“Upon His shoulder”

—This Child/Son will Himself bear the weight of true government. He will oppose our oppressors. Their oppressive government will give way to His.

:7a—“Of the increase of His government & peace...”

“Increase”—hbrm marbeh mar-beh’—Abundace, increase

—This child’s government/dominion will overshadow all others & will be ubiquitous. It will reach into every corner of every person’s life.

“Government”—See :6—hrsm misrah mis-raw’—Rule, dominion, government.

“Peace”—See :6—Mwlv shalowm shaw-lome’—Completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.

—His peace will be ubiquitous, overshadowing all noise & blood fo war(9:5)

:7b—“There will be no end,...”

—Eternal

:7c—“Upon the throne of David & over His kingdom,...”

“Kingdom”—hklmm mamlakah mam-law-kaw’—Kingdom, dominion, reign, sovereignty.

—Argumentation:

Rom. 13:1-4—“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, & the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, & those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, & you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.”

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