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Leaped in Her Womb

David Shin

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David Shin

Pastor, Hillside O'Malley Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Anchorage, AK

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  • December 6, 2014
    11:30 AM
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We're going to go to burst 24 back up a little bit before our scripture reading get a little bit of the context Luke chapter one versus 24 through one. One of think the merest was 7 if you're using the Bible that has been provided for you there in the Q 1177 Luke chapter one verse 24. Now after those days his wife that Darius his wife Elizabeth conceived and she hid herself 5 months saying Boss The Lord has dealt with me in the days when he looked on me to take away my reproach among the people you're a member that Zacharias came into the temple and the angel Gabriel came and told him that you're going to have a son a miracle child Elizabeth was a senior citizen she was on Medicare she was retired she was way past the years of child bearing you get the picture this was a miracle child she became pregnant verse 24 now after those days as wife conceived and she hid herself 5 months saying The Lord has dealt with me in these days when he looked on me to take away my reproach among the people now in this 6 month the Angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth here the Angel Gabriel is commissioned again to go to Mary and you know this story is going to tell Mary that you are going to have a child. Now if you back up in the Old Testament we're not going to turn there to go to the Book of Daniel Daniel Chapter 9 there is what is called the 70 weeks prophecy the Messianic prophecy the Angel Gabriel was the one that foretold the coming of Jesus or 190 years the same angel that told the prophecy now comes to deliver the fulfillment of that same prophecy the 490 years are about to be Jesus is about to be born in verse $27.00 to a virgin be trauma to a man whose name was Joseph of the House of David the virgins name was Mary and having come in the angel said to her rejoice how the favored one the Lord is with you placid are you are among women but when she saw him she was troubled saying and can sit at his saying and considered what manner of greeting this was then the angel said to her Do not be afraid Mary for you have found favor with God and behold you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son and he and he shall we should call his name Jesus he shall be great and will be called the Son of the highest The Lord of God will give him the throne of his father David and he will reign over the house of Jake up forever and his kingdom shall Being know and we can preach entire sermon just on those few passages but looking verse of $34.00 then Mary said to the angel How can this be since I do not know a man other translations say how can this be because I'm a virgin Now this is a rational question isn't it this is a logical question it's a scientific in possibility that's what they are you saying. And I remember I was giving a Bible study to someone and we were talking about creation and he told me David I can't believe in a 6 literal consecutive contiguous day creation because it goes against science evolutionary science I said OK well my friend do you believe in the virgin birth. And he said yes. So I said up on what basis I said we're talking about science I mean evolutionary science yes but no one was there at the creation of the world or evolution but we're talking about hard facts we know that certain things need to happen for there to be conception and birth the virgin birth is something that is against everything that we know about science and yet millions of people around the world today especially in the western part of the world celebrate Christmas which is predicated on the notion of a Virgine having a baby not only that but that Virgin is none other than Son of God Christmas that is what we are celebrating and yet it is an understatement to say that it is scientific I want to read a quotation from a gentleman by the name of Spinoza. And he lived during the time of the pre Enlightenment period and he brought to view a methodology of interpret scripture called De myth allies ation. Which means that you take the Bible and you shake out all of the myths that are there virgin birth resurrection myth any of the miracles myth water into wine myth in other words you have a scientific lens for viewing scripture and here's what's monos argue some of those argues that any event in Scripture which is inconsistent with natural laws must be interpreted either as on reliable testimony or as metaphorical or allegorical representation of a moral teaching because the masses are wholly ignorant of the workings of nature they were prone to interpret any natural event they could not explain as a miracle and this ridiculous way of expressing ignorance often found its way into scripture this is taken hold in the scholarly circles of the Protestant world where people view the Bible as a historical book and any thing that is against science should be de myth allies how do we take into account this notion of a virgin having a son we'll come back to that in a moment so verse 34 then Mary said to the angel How can this be since I do not know a man. Valid question and the angel answered and said to her notice with Angel says the Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the highest will overshadow you therefore also the Holy One who is to be born will be called the son of dawn verse $36.00 now indeed Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age and now it is the 6th month of her who is call Behrendt What is the angel doing here the angel here is giving Kol robber rating or substantiating evidence for Mary to believe in the reality of the virgin birth you know God never asks us to believe anything without giving us sufficient evidence on which to base our faith Amen but he never removes the possibility of doubt here the Angel Gabriel says Look Elizabeth elderly is 6 months pregnant base your faith on that bit of evidence now there is still room for doubt and then he goes on and says a theological sentence in verse $37.00 for with God Nothing will be in possible then Mary said Behold the maid servant of the Lord what are the next 3 words there lead to it be the most powerful words that you can say in your relationship with God Let it be what is she doing consent I believe friends that when she consented conception took place right in that moment. The power of God overshadowed her conception took place she said let it be to me according to your word and the angel departed from her now Mary in those days went into the hill country with haste to a city of Judah Now why did Mary go with haste to a city in Judah you'll find out in the next verse and greeted and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth Now why is she going to Elizabeth she is going there for validation isn't she substantiating evidence that is given by the angel Gabriel It took many days when you look geographically for her to travel those amount of miles but she went with haste because she wanted to see Elizabeth the Sistan cheating corroborating evidence given by the angel Gabriel and it happened that when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the baby leaped in her womb where we get the title Today's message and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she spoke out with a loud voice and said Blessed are you are among women and bless it is the fruit of your womb and why is it granted to me that the mother of my WHAT IS YOUR BIBLE say that the mother of my Lord should come to me Elizabeth recognizes that a little that Mary is pregnant with God that the mother of my Lord should come to me for Indeed as I soon soon heard the voice of your greeting sounded to my ears the baby lept in my womb for joy bless it is she who believe for there will be a fulfillment of those things were told to her from the Lord now I want to back it up a little bit going to spend our entire time in this passage here this is what happened. According to scripture I have the verse that we want to focus on here this morning on the screen verse 41 and it happened when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the baby lapped in her womb or leapt into her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit this is what the Bible is telling us is a fascinating exchange Mary comes into the house and says Hi Elizabeth the greeting and Elizabeth says you're pregnant aren't you not only that you're pregnant with God That's what this verse is telling us there's no dialogue no exchange no. Exchange of information at all it's instantaneous Oh hi Elizabeth you're pregnant aren't you you are pregnant with God instantly she recognizes that Mary being a virgin is pregnant with God That's what the verse is saying that's not what Pastor Shin is making up here and says and it happened when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary do you see her degrading of Mary you're pregnant you're pregnant with God Now the question is how is it possible for Elizabeth to recognize immediately the spiritual reality what that what has taken place not only that it is a reality that is incredulous to believe in isn't that right not only is she given this spiritual illumination the spiritual revelation but immediately she believes it and says you are pregnant and you're pregnant with God That's what the verse is telling us there how is that possible to know and to believe in that moment and the answer is found right there in the verse there's 2 reasons that she knew the 1st reason the baby leaped in her womb. As a side note the Bible says that life begins at conception amen the baby leaped in her womb John the Baptist recognized in utero that he was in the presence of God. That baby recognized interesting relationship between Jesus and the John the Baptist's it began in utero before birth something happened within Elizabeth she recognized that the baby had recognized divinity That's the 1st reason the 2nd reason and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit the Holy Spirit had given her divine revelation divine illumination she recognized it and believed it I want to focus and hone in on the 1st reason here this morning the baby leaped in or womb and this praise is not mention one time but it's actually mentioned 2 times is found in verse $41.00 and happened when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the baby leaped in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and verse 44 for Indeed as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears the baby leapt in my womb for joy a little more information but the point is that this phrase is repeated 2 times the repetition is indicative that this is important this is substantial there is something that is happening here within Elizabeth how was Elizabeth able to believe in the reality of the virgin birth and here is the point right here Elizabeth is herself experiencing a miracle conception. Is that right senior citizen I don't know how old she was 80 years old or older. 6 months pregnant. She's experiencing the reality of a miracle conception the reality any miracle eventual birth a miracle child within herself so this is the state of Elizabeth she is experiencing the reality every miracle conception herself and it is in this state that when the Holy Spirit comes to her and says Virgin bearing God she knows it she believes it why because she's experiencing a miracle. We have to experience the miracle in order to recognize the miracle if you were to ask Elizabeth do you believe that a virgin can have a child she would say yes on what basis because I am in the midst of a miracle birth a miracle conception and eventual birth the reality of this miracle conception taking place within Elizabeth opened her up so that she could recognize believe in a supernatural reality Bible tells us taste and see that the Lord is good the Bible brings to us that when we talk about the gospel is not just talking about an entity that is to remain outside and be analyzed and observed when you initiate food when you taste something it is a full on experience will reality. The Bible says taste and see that the Lord is good in other words you're never going to really understand a pear or an apple sitting there analyzing it oh how does it taste let me just observe it oh it's green you know it looks like a deformed apple pear OK you can stand on the outside and observe it and this is what many people do with Christianity they stand on the outside and say oh you know what I really don't understand it a matter of fact I want to understand it fully before I take the 1st bite but the Bible is telling us that we need to experience in order to understand and that you will never fully understand until you have experienced that reality taste and see that the Lord is good here it is from steps to Christ the 111 there is an evidence that is open to all the most highly educated and the most illiterate and there it is on the screen the evidence of why the evidence of experience why was it that Elizabeth could believe in the reality of the virgin birth because she herself had been transformed by a supernatural reality the evidence of experience God invites us to prove for ourselves the reality of his word the truths of his promises he bids us taste and see that the Lord is good Psalms 34 Verse 8 many times when I give a Bible Study the dialogue goes something like this pastor shin I see what you're saying but I have so many. Doubts I have to care and they say Pastor until I have all of my doubts settled I'm not going to make a decision. And I say to them Look God is going to give you enough evidence on which to believe but you still have to make that jump in every faith I don't care if it's atheism evolution Buddhism there is no faith that brings the bridge all the way out you still have to make that John there is always going to be room for that for that down and I believe personally as a Christian that the Christian perspective has the most solid bridge of evidence in order for me to make an intelligent decision but if you're waiting for the evidence to come all the way the way out you're never going to make that step and the Bible here is telling us that until you make that jump on to the bridge of evidence you're going to change once you make that step and that's what I tell people you may have your doubts before you get into the water for baptism but God says make that step on the basis of the evidence that God has already given you and when you get into the water and you come out the other side just making that decision is going to change your framework so that you can believe what was previously difficult for you to believe there is an evidence that is open to all the most highly educated in the most illiterate the evidence of experience and so here is what the Bible does take telling us take the plunge yet in the water metaphorically speaking you can only sit so long on the outside get in to the water and what happens as a result of getting into the water is that you have a super natural experience called conversion. And I believe that conversion is the prerequisite to Spiritual Understanding get in to the water experience the reality of Jesus Christ be converted and then you will see with new eyes what was the issue of the religious leaders that they were not intelligent enough they didn't know Hebrew or Greek they knew all of these things the issue was the issue of The Heart The Bible tells us the full has said in his heart there is no God not in his mind Bible tells us that many of the arguments for atheism is more an issue of the heart then of the mind you will be able to see with new eyes 1st Corinthians chapter 2 in verse 14 but the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolish mis to him nor can he know them because they are spiritually discerned the natural man refers to an unconverted person and unconverted person does not receive the Spirit of God and at the end it says spiritual things are spiritually discerned there are certain realities that I have come to believe I can stand up here today and say I believe in the virgin birth I don't understand it but I believe I believe in the resurrection I believe in the miracles that Jesus performed over 2000 years ago and you asked me on what basis David do you believe these things I believe it on the basis of the miracle that is taking place in my life Amen I know what I was like before Jesus. Dead in trespasses and sins a slave to the habits of my life and the Lord took me. That sinner transformed me by the grace of God I still have a long way to go by the grace of God but I praise God that I'm nowhere near where I was when the Lord found me in the same manner and is on the basis of the miracle that has taken place in my life that I can celebrate the Christmas season imagine and I can stand up here and say I believe in the reality of the Incarnation why because of the transformation that I've experienced in my life today on invite you to stand with me this morning as we prepare to close every had bound in eyes closed as we prepare to pray I just want to give an opportunity for you to respond to the Lord of Glory Jesus came over 2000 years ago and gave us the opportunity to choose Him and be saved and if there is someone here today that in your heart of hearts you are not sure if you were not to wake up tomorrow morning if you were to die today you're not sure if you would be saved you can walk out of the same should worry with that assurance you just have to say you Lord save me I want to accept Jesus as my Savior and if today there is someone here that does not have the assurance of salvation and wants to have assurance I want to say Lord Jesus save me by your grace I want invite you to raise your hand this morning saying Lord save me I want to invite Jesus into my heart is there someone here today eternal spiritual decisions are being made this morning and you want us raise your hands and Lord save me I want to. As my personal Savior my 2nd appeal is this is an area of your life that you're struggling with and you need special prayer. No 1 May know that area of your life but you do and you want to say Lord help me do for me what I'm incapable of doing mice for myself there's an area of my life that I want to lay on the altar I want to invite you to come forward for special prayer this morning I want to say Lord Jesus I want to lay this area on the altar nothing in my hand I bring simply to your cross I clean God bless you God bless you there is an area of your life that you need special prayer for is an area of your life that you are struggling with and you want to ask Jesus to grant you his spirit to grant you the victory flesh the spirit has together as we pray our Father in heaven we thank you today for Jesus we thank you that we can know and believe in the reality of the Incarnation the virgin birth the resurrection every miracle of the Bible because we have experienced this miracle ourselves in our own minds I pray specially for the people that have come forward today there's an area of their life they are struggling where there's an area of their life they have challenges with and I pray that you might grant them the victory by your grace or in and through them to will and to do of your good pleasure we recognize that Jesus has already granted us the victory he's already won the war. We must consent to allow God to work in our lives and I pray for every person that's come forward that you might grant them victory by your spirit. Do for us what we're incapable of doing for ourselves save us in spite of ourselves we ask the sings of Jesus precious. This media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more servant leader Visit W W W audio verse or.

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