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Yahweh Saves

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Exploring the continuity between the "old" and the "new" as revealed in the name of Jesus.

Text: Luke 2:21-24
Date: 05/23/2021, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 20

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After the angelic host returned to heaven and the Shekinah of God disappeared, and the shepherds shared their amazing story with Joseph and Mary-- our attention naturally turns to the life and ministry of the Christ. But before that happens, Luke "puts the brakes on" and reminds us how deeply that life and ministry is anchored in the Old Testament and the righteousness that came from keeping the Law of His Father. In this morning's message we will focus on His earthly parents' faithful observance of the rites of circumcision, purification, and dedication, and how they related to His totally unique situation. But ultimately, we will concentrate on the glorious significance of the name He was given by the Triune God Himself-- a significance that is too often misunderstood in modern Christendom. A name that profoundly and emphatically proclaims-- "Yahweh Saves".

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I. Introduction
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 2:21-14.
A. Context
B. The Old Testament Anchor, vs. 21.
1. The circumcision, vs. 21a, Luke 1:59.
a. The meaning of circumcision.
i. An unalterable Law of God.
• A Law for all Hebrews, Gen. 17:12-14, Ex. 4:24.
• A Law for Jesus, Gal. 4:4-5, Heb. 4:15, Matt. 5:17.
ii. The sign of the covenant.
• Going to the source, Gen. 17:4-7,10-11, 12:2-3.
• The symbolism of circumcision, Gen. 15:6.
• A sign of sanctification, Rom. 4:11-12.
• The centrality of faith, Rom. 4:23-25.
b. The question concerning Jesus, 2Cor. 5:21.
i. To fulfill all righteousness, Matt. 3:13-15.
ii. A zeal for His Father's house, Psa. 119:97, 40:8, 69:9.
iii. Shining light on New Testament baptism, Acts. 2:39, 16:15,33.
2. The naming, vs. 21b.
C. At the Temple, vs. 22-24.
1. The purification, vs. 22a, Lev. 12:1-4,6.
2. The dedication, vs. 22b, 23.
a. Another sign of faithfulness, Ex. 13:1-2.
b. The redemption of the Redeemer.
i. The dedication of the firstborn, 1Sam. 27-28, Num 18:16.
ii. Noting the symbolism, Mark 10:45, 1Cor. 6:19-20.
3. The sacrifice, vs. 24, Lev. 12:6,8.
D. Yahweh is salvation.
1. The profound meaning of the name "Jesus", Luke 1:31,32,35, Matt. 1:21-23.
2. Misunderstanding the Trinity, Deut. 6:4-5.
a. Mary as Mediator.
b. "Jesus-Only or "Oneness Pentecostalism".
c. "Spirit-only" heresies.
III. Application
A. Yahweh is faithful in His covenantal loving kindness, Deut. 7:7-9, 10:15.
B. Yahweh redeems, Job 19:25, 33:28, Isa. 44:22, 47:4, 54:5, 62:12.
C. Yahweh is merciful and forgiving, Deut. 4:31, Ex. 34:6-7, Psa. 32:5, 85:2, 103:10, Isa. 1:18, 43:25, 44:22, Jer. 31:34, 33:8.
D. Yahweh loves, Psa. 42:8, 103:13, Isa. 43:4, Jer. 31:3.
E. Yahweh saves, Ex. 15:2, Psa. 3:8, 25:5, 27:1, 62:1-2, 68:20, Isa. 62:11, 45:17,22, 43:3, 60:16, Jer. 3:23, Hos. 13:4, Jonah 2:9.
IV. Conclusion, John 3:16.

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