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March 17

Passionate faith in the real, live Jesus, not an Image
Deuteronomy 4 /Acts 3-5

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OT

4:7-8 For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him? And what great nation has laws and regulations as fair as this body of laws that I am giving you today?

:32-35 Search all of history, from the time God created people on the earth until now. Then search from one end of the heavens to the other. See if anything as great as this has ever happened before. Has any nation ever heard the voice of God speaking from fire–as you did–and survived? Has any other god taken one nation for himself by rescuing it from another by means of trials, miraculous signs, wonders, war, awesome power, and terrifying acts? Yet that is what the LORD your God did for you in Egypt, right before your very eyes. He showed you these things so you would realize that the LORD is God and that there is no other god.

NT

4:12 There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.

:19-20 But Peter and John replied, Do you think God wants us to obey you rather than him? We cannot stop telling about the wonderful things we have seen and heard.

:29-32 “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give your servants great boldness in their preaching. Send your healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the building where they were meeting shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. And they preached God’s message with boldness. All the believers were of one heart and mind, and they felt that what they owned was not their own; they shared everything they had.

5:41-42 The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer dishonor for the name of Jesus. And every day, in the Temple and in their homes, they continued to teach and preach this message: “The Messiah you are looking for is Jesus.”


OT Flash Points

Obey God’s laws and the world may not like you but they will see the obvious wisdom
Don’t make idols – images
God hasn’t shown you any images of Himself

NT Flash Points

The power is the Name of Jesus, the one you crucified and God raised from the dead
Another 2,000 men believed
We must obey God – not men


Perspective

Let My Law/Spirit possess you
And all will see there is one God
Passion – to be accepted by Him
To be a pleasing sound in His ears

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