Matthew 3-4: August 1997

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We learn of a man of God named John the Baptist who was born just a little before the Lord Jesus. He was given a special and wonderful mission by God to announce the coming of the Messiah (the Lord Jesus Christ) to the people of God. Those who believed his message showed that they were ready to receive their King by being baptized in the river Jordan.
Even the Lord Jesus came to be baptized. At first, John the Baptist did not want to baptize the Lord, for he knew and believed that He was the Messiah. But he obeyed the Lord’s word, and after the Lord Jesus was baptized, the Spirit of God like a dove lighted on Him, and a voice from heaven proclaimed Him as God’s well beloved Son.
Before the Lord Jesus began His service for God in this world, Satan tempted Him, trying to get Him to fail and to sin as all other men have done. But the Lord Jesus is both perfect God and perfect man. As a man, He had no sin and could do no sin; He was perfect. Thus Satan was completely defeated in his attempts, and the Lord Jesus began His life of service by healing those who were sick and in need. This caused many people to follow Him.
Now we will rest awhile in our journey so that you can find the following verses:
1. Abraham was counted righteous before God because he ____________ what God said. James 2:___
2. Abraham also proved his faith in God by ____________ what God told him to do. Hebrews 11:___
3. The message to the disciples on the mount was to hear the ____________ Son of God. Luke 9:___
4. Servants who are believers are to do their ____________ with a happy spirit because they do it for the Lord. Ephesians 6:___
5. All good and ____________ gifts come from only one source: our Father in heaven. James 1:___