Study # 13
November 23, 2003
Lincolnton, N.C.

<027> Thesis: The manifestation of grace in the presence of OOPS! Introduction: At the beginning of our study last week we considered these questions: 1) why didn't God just surprise Zacharias and Elizabeth with an unexpected pregnancy and the fulfillment of a long-held, attitude-dominating desire? and 2) wouldn't their joy have been as great at the birth of a son if it had been a surprise as it would be with an announcement that came about ten months before the time? The answers are: 1) a surprise fulfillment would not have done what needed doing; and 2) no, their joy would not have been nearly as great. Why not? This morning we are going to look further into Zacharias' question of disbelief. We shall see that the real issue of his fearful joylessness was not Elizabeth's apparent barrenness and we shall see how grace addresses the failure of unbelief.