Chapter # 2 Paragraph # 4 Study # 4
October 9, 2005
Lincolnton, N.C.

<193> Thesis: God will invariably get around to addressing our "loyalty" issues. Introduction: As we have looked into Luke's record of Jesus' behavior at the Passover of His twelfth year, we have seen that it is his desire that his reader(s) pick up on the "Child's" qualifications to be God's Redeemer of humanity. Front and center in the issue of those qualifications is the "integrity" of the Passover Lamb (Exodus 12:5 says it was to be without any kind of physical blemish). Behind that requirement stood the reality that there could be no deliverance from evil by an evil instrument. Hebrews 9:14 and 1 Peter 1:19 both emphasize that the redeeming death of the Christ was of One Who was absolutely morally faultless. At the very roots of this moral faultlessness is one issue that combines both love and faith: the issue of loyalty. It is this issue that is at the core of the paragraph which has been before us for the last four weeks: the loyalty of Jesus to His Parent. This morning we are going to take yet another look at what Luke told us as it addresses this very critical issue.