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Jerusalem Between The Old And New Testament
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( Found in Nehemiah Chapter 11 Verse 1-2 )
- The Beginning Of The New Testament -
- Gabriel Announces John The Baptist Birth -
- Gabriel Announces The Birth Of Jesus -
- Elizabeth Gives Birth To A Son -
- Joseph Decides To Break The Engagement -
The new testament begins with two writers: MATTHEW, the tax-collector who was chosen by Jesus to become his apostle and LUKE, who was not one of the twelve apostles but through close association wrote the events related to him by those who were there.
THE BOOK OF LUKE starts with the story of a priest of the Temple in Jerusalem named Zachariah, who is told by the angel Gabriel that his wife Elizabeth, is going to bear a child even though they are both very old. Gabriel tells Zachariah the child's name shall be called John and he shall call many people to return to God and announce the coming of the Messiah! Zachariah finds these things hard to believe and for his disbelief, the angel makes him unable to speak until the baby is born!
The angel Gabriel appears to a young virgin girl named Mary, who lives in
the city of Nazareth and is engaged to a man named Joseph, of the family of David. Gabriel
tells Mary that she will conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus. "He
will be worthy of great honor and will be called, 'Son of God'. The Lord God will make him a king
like his ancestor David was, and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; and his kingdom will never
Mary is troubled and surprised by Gabriel's words and she says to the angel, "How can this be, for I am a virgin and have not slept with any man?" The angel tells her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will put the child in you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God.'
Then Gabriel tells Mary about her relative Elizabeth who is now six months pregnant
even though she is very old. For there is nothing that God cannot do."
Mary says to Gabriel, "I am the Lord's servant, may it happen to me as you have said." Mary goes to see Elizabeth and remains with her for about three months, then returns home.
Elizabeth gives birth to a son and when the neighbors and relatives assemble for the circumcision of the child, they intend to name him after his father, Zachariah. Elizabeth says, "No! His name is to be John." They point out to her that none of the relatives have that name, then using signs they ask Zachariah what he wishes the child to be called. On a writing tablet he writes, "His name is to be John." All are astonished and at that moment Zechariah's mouth is opened and he begins to speak in praise of God.
THE BOOK OF MATTHEW starts with the genealogy from Abraham to King David and through to Joseph, husband of Mary, who is the Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ. This is where Matthew joins Luke in telling the story of Jesus birth.
Joseph decides to break the engagement to Mary quietly and not expose her to
public ridicule because she is pregnant. The angel of the Lord comes to Joseph in a dream
and tells him: "Joseph, son of David, have no fear about taking Mary as your
wife. It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived this child. She is to have a
son and you are to name him Jesus because he will save his people from their sins."
All this happened to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet Isaiah concerning the birth of the Messiah:
"A virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son,
and they shall call him Immanuel"
A name which means "God is with us". Joseph does as the angel of the Lord tells him and accepts Mary as his wife.
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January---------Lazarus And The Rich Man
February-------The Greatest Commandment ("about love")
March-----------The Lost Sheep / The Lost Son
April-------------Meaning Of Easter / 3 Examples From Jesus
May--------------The Worry Of Daily Life
June-------------The Ten Lepers
July--------------The Good Samaritan
August----------How To Give and How To Pray
September-----The Un-believing Towns
October---------Signs Revealing Christ's Return To Earth
November------The Last Supper
December------Why We Should Celebrate Christmas
January--------The Things That Make A Person Unclean
February-------Marriage, Adultery, and Divorce
March-----------Jesus Chooses The Apostles
April-------------The Coming Persecutions For The Believers
May--------------Jesus Feeds 5000 Men ( part 1 )
June-------------Jesus Walks On The Water ( part 2 )
July--------------The Bread Of Life ( part 3 )
August----------The Meaning Of The Cross
September-----Jonah And The Whale
October---------Jesus And The Devil ( Satan )
November------Jesus And The Sabbath ( The Day Of Rest )
December------The Christmas Story ( The Birth Of Jesus )
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