Bible Stories for Adults
Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25
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Next Week - Jesus is Born (Luke 2:1-20)
Bible Words to Remember:
God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:19
The Family Line (Matthew 1)
Why does Matthew begin his gospel with Jesus' genealogy?
What is significant about the three groupings of generations?
2 Samuel 7:12-13
Why might Luke's genealogy be so different than Matthew's?
How much further does Luke trace Jesus' lineage?
Family Matriarchs (Matthew 1:3-6)
What four women are included in Matthew's genealogy?
Who were each of these women?
Genesis 38:11, 16
2 Samuel 11:2-3, 26-27
How could God allow such evil women to taint the ancestry of the Messiah?
What group of humanity can find comfort in this?
A Twist on Names (Matthew 2:23)
Where were Jesus' parents from?
How did Matthew use this as a fulfillment of Messianic prophesy?
How was this a twist on words?
What other twist on words is significant for Jesus as a Nazarene?
Numbers 6:1, 8
God's Messenger (Luke 1:26)
Who was Gabriel?
What are other key points in God's plan where He used messengers?
Judges 13:3, 24
How are we called to be God's messengers?
The Annunciation (Luke 1:28-33)
How did Mary respond to the appearance of Gabriel?
What seven Old Testament prophesies does Gabriel say will be fulfilled?
Nothing is Impossible with God (Luke 1:34-38)
What was Mary's immediate concern with Gabriel's message?
How did Mary's question show fulfillment of another prophesy?
How was Gabriel's reply incorporated into the Apostles' Creed?
What example does Gabriel give that shows Nothing is impossible with God?
How did Mary respond to her calling?
How are we to respond to our callings?
1 Peter 4:10-11
The Betrothal Period
Marriage in Biblical times included:
Man paid a bride price to the woman's father
A betrothal period would pass before the couple lived together
After betrothal, the bride was brought to her husband's home
Girls were usually betrothed when old enough to have children
Men usually waited until established in trade, around 25 yrs old
Betrothal was the first part of marriage, Usually around a year
It was legally binding, Could only be broken by divorce
If girl became pregnant during betrothal, man had three options:
Accept the adultery and proceed with the marriage
Publicly divorce woman and have her stoned to death
Quietly divorce woman
Joseph's Decision (Matthew 1:19-25)
How did Joseph plan to handle Mary's situation?
How did God change Joseph's mind?
Why had God put Joseph in such a predicament?
What did Joseph finally decide to do?
Why didn't Joseph consummate the marriage?
Names for Jesus (Matthew 1:25)
What name was the child given?
What other names were given to Jesus?
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