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Summary: Adopted - literally means "to place one as a son" - Deliberately chosen - Making him or her the rightful heir to inherit the fathers estate

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-2 Sam 9:1-13 – MEPHIBOSHETH = “destroying shame”

- The Adopted Lame Orphan

- Father & Grandfather dead

- Became lame on both of his when he fell at age 5 – 2 Sam 4:4

- Orphan - Child permanently bereaved of or abandoned by their parents.

> Word found only once in scripture

- Lamentations - Israel at the time of the conquest of the Chaldeans

Lamentations 5:3 (AV)

3 We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.

Outside Of Christ, ‘Orphans’

• Un-cared for & homeless

• Overwhelmed by sorrow

• No protection

• Hopeless & helpless despair

Ps 88 is the saddest Psalm – Note Ps. 88:1-3, 6, 8-9, 14-16

Orphaned Because of Sin

- Romans 8:15 (AV) For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear…..

- Rephrase to the negative – You have the spirit of bondage that brings fear

- Sin Orphans & Enslaves

The intellect by its opinions

• The heart by its pleasures

• The imagination by its promises

• The soul by its religion

• We become a willing captive

A Promise Hope

John 14:18 (NIV84)

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

2 Co. 4:6-9 – Paul encouraged in his distress

Adopted

- Adoption - literally means "to place one as a son"

- Deliberately chosen

- Making him or her the rightful heir to inherit the fathers estate

• The adopted has a new father

• All connections to the old life are erased

• Heir to all the rights of the new family

Abba

- “Dear Father” or “Daddy dear”

- 3x in scripture (Note the sequence)

Mark 14:36 (AV)

36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

Romans 8:15 (AV)

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Galatians 4:6 (AV)

6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

• A close personal intimate endearing term

• Spoken by a little child to their father

Chuck Swindoll - My children know how to ask for favors in

such a way that they get a positive response. They know that demanding and nagging don’t work. They have learned that I respond best to sweetness, love, and respect. My daughter might say, “Daddy dear, there is a terrific dress on sale at Nordstrom’s. Would you split the cost with me?” How can I say anything but yes to that kind of an appeal?

2 Corinthians 6:18 (AV)

18 (I) will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

v. 16 – Sp bears witness that we are the children of God

- Witness of the Sp. is the Word of God

Leslie Lynch King, Jr.

- Died January 2007

- Headlines were made about his death around the world.

- Commentators talked about his legacy

- American flags were lowed to half-staff in his honor.

- A tribute reserved for presidents.

- Who then was President King?

- You can’t find any record of a president by that name

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