Unraveling the Mystery of the Holy Spirit #3

THE WELL, (Lesson 3, April 28, 2010)

Unraveling the Mystery of the Holy Spirit

RISK TAKING/LOSS – GOD’S MODEL

1. The risk God takes with humanity.  ** See text pp 251-3

  • Noah who might have refused to build the boat
  • Abraham might have failed to go where he’d never been.

God made great promises , but He didn’t come through very fast! Sarah couldn’t even become pregnant !  Abraham looked at Sarah and said ­­ “no way! .  God said “just  watch me” !  (** See Text, p. 255)

  • Gideon.  (** Text p 257)  God couldn’t get him to think he was somebody . But God chooses a nobody whose linage had never had an important person in it. Then God uses no weapons but trumpets and torches to route the enemy.   (Read Romans 11:33-34)
  • King David.  (p. 257) What a surprise for the prophet Samuel. He thought he could spot a good man at first sight. But God said: “…The Lord does not look at the things man looks at”. (Read I Samuel 16:10-13)
  • Jesus Christ. The Father risked sending Jesus the Messiah: The idea of a redeemer is the single most unorthodox thing God could have done. This is the event that sets Christianity apart from all other  major  religions. Think of the risk with Joseph who may have put Mary away, or if he himself had refused to believe the angel in the dream____. (**See text p. 259-60)

The risk of Herod and the flight to Egypt

The temptation in the desert. The agony in the garden.

The central theme of the Cross: The doubting disciples

2.  I’ve come again to the word restraint. (**Read in the text pp 259-60.)

God has the power to destroy and punish, but he is a God of restraint. To

give us free will, God had to foreswear the use of force against us. This

is “God is Love”. He takes this risk with us to make us His partners by

offering us the Paraclete. (The one called alongside to help)

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