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1 SignDate Water into wine Feb 23 rd Healing an official’s son Mar 2 nd Healing a paralyticMar 9 th Feeding the 5000Mar 16 th Walking on waterMar 23 rd Healing a blind manMar 30 th Raising LazarusApril 6 th This morning’s Theme is one of the Seven Signs from John’s Gospel

2 Water into wine Healing an official’s son Signs so far Be with Jesus Share your problems “Do whatever Jesus tells you” Wait See the signs & believe

3 Goshen Sinai Kadesh R Jordan Med Sea Red Sea 19 Then, as the LORD our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went towards the hill country of the Amorites through all that vast and dreadful desert that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea. Deuteronomy Chapters 1&2 Dead Sea

4 Goshen Sinai Kadesh R Jordan Med Sea Red Sea 19 Then, as the LORD our God commanded us, we set out from Horeb and went towards the hill country of the Amorites through all that vast and dreadful desert that you have seen, and so we reached Kadesh Barnea. Deuteronomy Chapters 1&2 Dead Sea

5 20 Then I said to you, "You have reached the hill country of the Amorites, which the LORD our God is giving us. 21 See, the LORD your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the LORD, the God of your fathers, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." 22 Then all of you came to me and said, "Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to." 23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe. Obey God: Don’t be afraid We seek knowledge

6 24 They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshcol and explored it. 25 Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, "It is a good land that the LORD our God is giving us." 26 But you were unwilling to go up; you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God. 27 You grumbled in your tents and said, "The LORD hates us; so he brought us out of Egypt to deliver us into the hands of the Amorites to destroy us. 28 Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart. They say, 'The people are stronger and taller than we are; the cities are large, with walls up to the sky. We even saw the Anakites there.'" Obey God: Don’t be afraid We seek knowledge Future is good Future has difficulties

7 29 Then I said to you, "Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place." 32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the LORD your God, 33 who went ahead of you on your journey, in fire by night and in a cloud by day, to search out places for you to camp and to show you the way you should go. Obey God: Don’t be afraid We seek knowledge Future: mix of good & bad Past: good overcame bad

8 34 When the LORD heard what you said, he was angry and solemnly swore: 35 "Not a man of this evil generation shall see the good land I swore to give your forefathers, 36 except Caleb son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give him and his descendants the land he set his feet on, because he followed the LORD wholeheartedly." 37 Because of you the LORD became angry with me also and said, "You shall not enter it, either. 38 But your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it. 39 And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad-- they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it. Obey God: Don’t be afraid We seek knowledge Future: mix of good & bad Past: good overcame bad Lack of trust has consequences

9 1:40 But as for you, turn round and set out towards the desert along the route to the Red Sea." 2:1 Then we turned back and set out towards the desert along the route to the Red Sea, as the LORD had directed me. For a long time we made our way around the hill country of Seir. Goshen Sinai Kadesh R Jordan Med Sea Red Sea Dead Sea Lack of trust has consequences

10 2 Then the LORD said to me, 3 "You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north. 8 So we went on past our brothers the descendants of Esau, who live in Seir. We turned from the Arabah road, which comes up from Elath and Ezion Geber, and travelled along the desert road of Moab. Goshen Sinai Kadesh R Jordan Med Sea Red Sea Dead Sea We don’t have to repeat the mistakes of the past R Zered

11 Goshen Sinai Kadesh R Jordan Med Sea Red Sea R Zered Dead Sea 13 And the LORD said, "Now get up and cross the Zered Valley." So we crossed the valley. 14 Thirty-eight years passed from the time we left Kadesh Barnea until we crossed the Zered Valley. By then, that entire generation of fighting men had perished from the camp, as the LORD had sworn to them. 15 The LORD's hand was against them until he had completely eliminated them from the camp. We don’t have to repeat the mistakes of the past

12 Med Sea Red Sea Desert River Zered R Jordan Live life in all its fullness Don’t be afraid of future problems Remember God’s past deliverances Don’t repeat past mistakes The Lord’s my shepherd

13 Ambiguities of Life 38 Years Disobedience of a previous generation and/or his Bethesda: House of Loving Kindness and/or Disgrace “Do you want to get well” Encouragement and/or Rebuke I have no one to help me Plea for Help and/or Confession Waters stirring Faith in God and/or Superstition (Asclepius) Arise Accept new Life and/or be healed c c c c c

14 Sign 3/7 from John 5 1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie -- the blind, the lame, the paralysed. 45 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?" 7 "Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no-one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.“ 8 Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. Thank God for his written Word to us

15 Med Sea Red Sea Desert River Zered R Jordan “Do whatever Jesus tells you” Arise Don’t be afraid I will change your name

16 From Amen to Action Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39) Our Gathered worship ends, our Worship continues, our Service begins


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