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Talking about the promises

One of the most marvelous verses in the whole Bible is Mat 1:1.

"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham."
Think about it for a minute. There it sits, at the very beginning of the New Testament. Anybody can find it. Anybody can remember where it is. No searching the memory banks for a "good verse" to use. No flipping through pages, muttering, "Now where WAS that verse?"

When you think about it, this IS pretty much the beginning for most everyone except Christadelphians: "I don't bother much with the Old Testament, of course," they say. "Too much dull history, and lists of names. The New Testament is all I need!"

"Fine," we say, "Let's go there!"

And now that one has begun at the beginning, the message of this single verse -- at the very crossroads of the Bible, the bridge between Old and New -- is... breathtakingly simple:

Here, at the very beginning -- the jumping-off place -- of the New Testament, the reader is actually directed to look back at the Old... "HALT! Proceed no further until you look back and understand WHY it is important that Jesus Christ is the son of Abraham and the son of David."

And right away, the reader can be introduced to the promises -- resurrection and eternal life on the earth, the Kingdom of God, and the throne of David, and the Second Coming. Some of the most positive, and fundamental, teachings of the Bible.

And -- if you have a memory like a sieve, or can't remember a single thing under pressure -- how do you get to those promises? No problem. Alongside Mat 1:1 in your Bible margin, simply write

* "Abraham": Gen 12 and Gen 13 (and Gal 3:16,27-29 if you want to be adventurous!); and
* "David": 2Sa 7 (and maybe Isa 9:6,7 and Luk 1:31-33).

Now you are off and running!
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