Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 1 Study # 1
December 12, 2004
Lincolnton, N.C.

<117> Thesis: When the creature is in rebellion, God uses his own actions to accomplish the very thing of which he is most afraid. Introduction: Today we mark a major milestone: we begin the study of a new chapter of Luke's record of his perspective of Jesus. The first 40 verses of this new chapter are focused upon Luke's record of the birth of the Son of the Most High. In one sense, this is not a new chapter, for Luke's literary structure does not allow it to be cut off from what he intended to be a developing pattern. If we really wanted to keep Luke's structure in place, chapter one would end at 2:40 because that is where the pattern takes us. But, literary structure issues aside, this morning we are being launched upon an extended study regarding those things that are really biblically and theologically important in terms of what we now call "the Christmas season". This study is liable to take us well into 2005 if the Lord wills. For this morning, we are going to consider Luke's words to Theophilus regarding the mouse who wished to be considered an elephant. What we are going to see is that as long as a mouse refuses to accept his identity as a mouse he cannot succeed in any sense of the meaning of the word "succeed".