Advent: “Listen!” 12.11.16 – Pastor Lerum

“Listen!” – Matthew 11:2-15

Even John the Baptist didn’t listen closely.

The evidence was clear, John still didn’t “hear.”

Matthew 11:4  Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see.”

Listen! Pay attention to Gods world around you.

Listening is more about obedience than hearing.

To listen and not follow is to not listen at all.

Ezekiel 2:7 “You must speak my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.”

We often echo John the Baptist’s question of 2000 years later.

Evidence is in God’s Word and also surrounds us every day.

Matthew 11:2-3 “When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

Study Questions:

1. Advent means “coming” or “to come.” How could the Messiah possibly be born into the lowly setting of a stable? What do we “hear” in this reality?

2. Once he was in prison, John was forced to rely on the word of his own disciples. What was Jesus reply to John’s inquiry? (See Matt 11:4-5)

3. Jesus reply was a crescendo – the most important being last – to the most important of his signs. With that in mind, what was Jesus emphasizing as most important?

4. Looking forward to Jesus birth, what do you “hear” as key in your life today?

5. We, like John the Baptist, “hear” the miracles of Jesus in God’s Word. How do those miracles speak to us / to you beginning with Jesus’ birth?

 

 

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