As we continue to explore my Great Uncle’s little black book of Scripture, I’m going to take a second to catch new readers up on what I’ve been writing about these past few weeks. Several years ago, my Great Uncle passed away. Recently, some items that belonged to him were gifted to me. One particular item was a small black binder containing pages and pages of categorized Scripture notes. I have no context for this binder. Was this part of his personal study, notes he was taking during services, etc… ? Due to ink color changes, I know that pages were not compiled all at one time, but added to over a course of time. Additionally, in most entries it’s just the book, chapter, verse without any notations. It is my hope to have an idea of what he was doing with this book by the time I get to the end. At minimum, I have an opportunity to see into the development of this man’s faith.
Today, we are moving into the third page, categorized “Deity of Jesus”. We will begin with the first four entries..
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,
It appears that my Great Uncle included this Scripture as it parallels to the sacrifice of God’s one and only Son. Verses 18 & 19, should have been included to better support the deity category. It supports that God could raise from the dead… which Jesus does with Lazarus. Thus supporting the argument of the deity of Jesus, the Son having the same power as the Father.
John 1: 1-3, 14, 15, 18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and w have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me'”)
No one has ever seen God; only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
These select verses from John chapter 1 outline the deity of Christ. First, placing Jesus with God at the very beginning and establishing him as part of the Creation story. Also, by verse 18, by calling him God “at the Father’s side”. Establishing Jesus role as Son in the trinity. Pretty straightforward support for the deity of Christ.
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from old, from ancient days.
Old Testament prophecy that continues into verse 3-5a: Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And he shall be their peace.
My study Bible addresses these verses: “Bethlehem, a tiny, insignificant city, was not too small for God’s purposes. Bethlehem was the birthplace of Jacob’s son Benjamin, the burial place of Rachel, the town of Boaz, and the birthplace of King David. But what Bethlehem would be know for throughout the ages was being the birthplace of the Messiah, Jesus. ”
Micah prophesied the birth of Jesus 700 years before it would happen, where it would happen. Verse 5a, and he shall be their peace, is what we learn about Jesus in Luke 2:14 that he would bring peace to earth and goodwill towards me. A reconciliation between God and man.
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.
Another Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in Jesus, but this verse not only confirms that birth of Jesus as Messiah but also his deity as God.