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Dec 17

Sermon Follow-up: “Someone’s Coming”

2010 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Sermon Follow-Up

In Sunday’s sermon, “Someone’s Coming,” Ryan surveyed the story of the entire Old Testament, stringing together the narrative by looking for the resolution to God’s promise in Genesis 3:15, when God promised that one of Eve’s sons would crush the head of the serpent. This is why Mary, when she pondered the life insider her womb, rejoiced, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46).

There were a lot of details, names, and promises in Ryan’s sermon. So, in case you weren’t able to jot them down, here’s a list of the promises he mentioned, with the possible “someones” he mentioned along the way:

1) Promise: In Genesis 3:15, God promises a son of Eve who will crush Satan and sin

  • Is it Cain?
  • Is it Noah?

2) Promise: In Genesis 12, 15, and 17, God makes a promise to Abraham, that his offspring would be many, that he would inherit a great land, and that his offspring would eventually bless the whole world.

  • Is it Abraham?
  • Is it Isaac?
  • Is it Esau?
  • Is it Jacob?
  • Is it Joseph?

3) Promise: Genesis 49:10 promises a Lion-like ruler from Judah whom the people will obey.

  • Is it Moses?

4) Promise: Deuteronomy 18:18-19 promises a prophet like Moses.

  • Is it Joshua?
  • How about Judges?

5) Promise: In 1 Samuel 2:35 God promises to raise up “a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My
heart and in My soul” and promises to “build him an enduring house…”

  • Is it Samuel?
  • Is it Saul?
  • Is it David?

6) Promise: In 2 Samuel 7, God makes a promise to David, “your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.”

  • Is it Solomon?

7) Promise: Various texts indicate that God himself will be the promised one who comes to save his people.

  • Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
  • Isaiah 9:6-7 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.
  • Ezek 34:11 – For thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep … I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them … I will feed My flock and I will lead them to rest… I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen the sick;
  • Ezek 34:23 – Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd.

Then, after 400 years of silence, “when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatian 4:4, 5). And that woman, who was Mary, learned of what the Lord was doing in her own womb, and “treasured up all these things, [and pondered] them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). Mary knew the Scriptures and knew that the great Someone of the Old Testament had come.