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Springtime in Palestine and the Life of Christ

May 4th, 2008

“Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime…He gives showers of rain to men”

(Zechariah 10:1)

Introduction: What about singtime in Palestine?

I. Prophecies of a future/glorious springtime

A. Song of Solomon 2:10-12
B. Isaiah 35:1-2
C. Zechariah (c. 520 B.C.)-

1. “On that day…”= ____________________
2. 1:7 – Shebat (the 11th month) = FebruaryThis makes _______________________
he Jewish religious New Year.
3. 13:1 – esp. regarding cleansing from _____

II. Springtime and the Life of Christ –

A. John

1. 11:53-12:1
2. 12:12-23 (compare 7:6,8)

B. Take Home Lessons –

1. The ____________was fulfilled in spring.
2. Rain is a ___________, without which there would be little or no harvest (see Acts 2:1)
3. Do you live with a theology of Springtime?

Conclusion: “Hard is the heart that loveth nought / In May” (Chaucer).  Isn’t it time to realize the spring (Eccl. 3:1-8)?

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