A Divine Paradox

December 20, 2014







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Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.

~2 Corinthians 6:10, NLT


A paradox is a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a profound truth.

~Daniel Webster

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The bible teaches that God is love and yet He is also a God of hate: logic says He cannot be both but He is–He loves good and hates evil. If he did not hate evil, He would not be good. Paul uses a paradox in Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live.” He is either dead or alive right: he cannot be both: not logically but in reality he is alive to Christ and dead to self–so technically, he is both. In the text above Paul says, “I own nothing and yet I have everything.” Paul had nothing when it came to earthly riches but He had Christ who is everything.

I think it was Vance Havner who said, “I bet the devil hated dealing with Paul. When he would threaten to take something from Paul, he would say, ‘help your self, I don’t have anything.’ When the devil would offer to give something to Paul, he would say, ‘what can you give me, I have everything.'” Then he would conclude by saying, “The devil can’t do much with a man like Paul.”


  • Today we pray for STUDENTS.
  • Tomorrow schedule is lighter than normal: Deacon and Wives meeting at 8:55. My sweet daughter-in-law loves these meetings and so do I…8:55 sharp…five of us teach LCBS so we have to start on time.
  • One worship service at 10:15…LORD willing, we will be preaching on Matthew 2:2, “Where is He Born King of The Jews?”
  • Don’t forget Michael Mason will be with us on Sunday morning December 28 at 10:15–one service only.

Mike Mason


Key Question: Have you made plans for Christmas? Chances are, if you are a man, you haven’t given it that much thought but your wife has a plan and so do your daughters. Sooner or later, they will inform you as to what is expected of you in behalf of their plans. [A word of advice, don’t rain on their parade]

Proposition: Plans are good; there is nothing wrong with planning but remember God has the right and the power to interrupt our plans.

[Example] Mary and Joseph were betrothed {officially engaged} and they planned to be married. What neither planned was for Mary to get pregnant before the marriage was consummated. Mary had a divine revelation and she knew what was going on plus she knew that she had not had relations with another man. Joseph didn’t understand what was going on. If your girlfriend comes up pregnant and you haven’t had sex with her, what would you think?

Joseph comes up with Plan B…He will not marry Mary {Plan A} and he will not put her through shame. His plan B is to divorce her quietly, with no fanfare or negative publicity. He has no desire to make Mary look bad even though she has betrayed him or so he thinks. Then God speaks to Joseph in a dream and tells him what is going on. Thus Joseph changes his plan again, so in a sense, we are back to Plan A.

INSIGHT: Simple obedience makes a momentous difference. We don’t give Joseph much credit but ask yourself this question, what if he had followed his human instincts instead of obeying God? How would it change this story? In the biblical record, Joseph is always promptly obedient. First he is told to marry Mary which he does. Then he was told to move the family to Egypt which he does. Then he was told to move back to Nazareth which he does. What things did Joseph foresee?

  • Trip to Bethlehem with a wife about to go into labor.
  • Trip to Egypt with wife and baby.
  • Living under the threat of Herod the Great.
  • Being the object of gossip when he moved back home.

What Impresses you about Joseph?

  • His flexibility perhaps…
  • His prompt obedience…
  • His willingness to alter his plans….
  • His selflessness in always thinking of others first…
  • His desire to protect Mary and then baby Jesus…
  • His humility; his willingness to be in the background…

What can we learn from Joseph?

  • Obedience leads to blessings.
  • Simplicity and humility are virtues to be admired.
  • Flexibility is a must if we are to follow the LORD’s guidance.
  • God wants to change our plans not for one day but for a lifetime.

Personal Application!

  • Seek God’s plan for your life.
  • Submit to God’s plan for your life.
  • Share God’s plan which is His plan for your life.

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