Summary: 1st in the Advent Series "The Prophets Foretold." Pinpoints Jesus as the only one who fulfills the prophecies.

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The One and Only

Years ago a hydroelectric dam was to be built across a valley in Maine. The people in the town were to be relocated and the town itself submerged.

During the time between the initial decision and the completion of the dam, the town, which had once been well-kept, fell into disrepair. Why keep it up now?

Explained one resident: "Where there is no faith in the future, there is no hope in the present."

Tonight we begin a series looking forward to Christmas, dealing specifically with the prophetic promises about the coming savior. When man fell in the garden, a terminal sentence was pronounced on the human race, but God was not willing to leave his beloved creation helpless nor hopeless so into the despair of a fallen world destined for destruction God spoke a word of hope. He assured the world that He had a plan for a hope and a future. Those assurances are called prophecy and tonight I want to begin by looking at the first hints of God’s plan as he begins to reveal it to the world.

1. The First Hint of a Plan

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity

between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and hers;

he will crush your head,

and you will strike his heel."

Here even at the moment that God’s original creation had been marred by man’s choice to sin, God reveals that he had a plan already in place to deal with sin and it’s consequences and to restore His relationship to mankind.

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2. Offspring of Abraham

Genesis 22:17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring [1] all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me."

God’s selection of Abraham was not exclusive but because in Abraham he found a man who would obey him and through whom he could purify a line of descendents who would trust in God and who would be looking forward to God’s plan. And again he assures the world there is a plan and now he has narrowed down the field some more.

The seed of the woman who would crush the serpent’s head would come from the desendents of Abraham—through him all the nations of the world would be blessed.

3. Isaac’s descendant

Gen 26: 2 The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring [1] all nations on earth will be blessed,

4. Tribe of Judah

8 "Judah, [2] your brothers will praise you;

your hand will be on the neck of your enemies;

your father’s sons will bow down to you.

9 You are a lion’s cub, O Judah;

you return from the prey, my son.

Like a lion he crouches and lies down,

like a lioness-who dares to rouse him?

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