Bible ClinicJ One
A journey into the life, times, and teachings of the Bible
by Gary D. Strunk
Lesson 9 - He Shall Save His People From Their Sins- Part 1
1. The angel Gabriel said to Joseph, AYou shall call His name JESUS.@ Mt 1:21 WHY? _________________ _____________________________________________________________________
We have already seen who AHis people@ are, now what is meant by save them from their sins?
The name Jesus is transliterated from the Greek word AIesu,@ (Yeah=-zu) which means Savior. To Asave His people from their sins@ must be very important. It must be extremely important, for it is the very reason for His name, and it is the one and only mission announced for Jesus as He came into the world. A privilege is mentioned; Ato reign forever over the house of Jacob,@ Lu. 1:33, but that follows only after He succeeds at saving the house of Jacob. All His life and ministry is for this mission so we must seek to understand the grand scope of that mission.
There are four ways Jesus saves His people from their sins :
I. He saves them from the immediate consequences of their sins. This was the hope of the Jewish people who, because of their sins, were under Roman domination. It is also the hope of persons who have just done something wrong, and are afraid of getting caught.
II. He saves them from the ultimate consequences of their sin, i.e., death. This includes forgiveness and resurrection to eternal life.
III. He saves them from the presence of sin. This includes His instructions to avoid compromising situations here on earth. It also includes His plan to free the whole universe of sin and create a New Earth wherein dwells only righteousness.
IV. He saves them from the practice of sin. This means to stop sinning now. It is the most difficult of the four because it requires the repentant sinner to give up hurtful things. God cannot do this for us without our cooperation.
This lesson deals with numbers I-III. The next lesson will cover number IV.
Save . . . From Their Sins Part 1 2
I. To save from the immediate consequences of one=s sin. This was the primary hope of the Jewish people who, because of their sins, were under Roman domination.
2. When John the Baptist=s father, Zacharias, uttered a prophecy about Jesus, what did he say regarding their enemies? Lu. 1:67-75, esp. 71 and 74. ________________________________________________________
To be saved from the immediate consequences of their sin is also the hope of persons who have just done something wrong, and are afraid of getting caught. In order for us to legitimately hope that Jesus will save people from the consequences of their sins, we must find precedents.
3. Aaron and Miriam were brother and sister to Moses. God had spoken through them both as prophets, so apparently they felt at liberty to criticize Moses for something they disapproved of. READ Num. 12:1-16 What was Miriam=s punishment? v.10 ____________________________
4. What did Aaron hope and ask for? v.11,12 _______________________________________
5. What did Moses do for Miriam? v. 13 ______________________________________
6. Did God save her from some of the consequences of her sin? v.14 _____________
7. What did the second generation of Israelites do in the promised land? Jdg. 2:10-13 ____________________