Seeking the Savior, Part 2 (Epiphany Sunday) Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice 3 January 2016
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artist: Deacon/Lay Leader Joshua Justice
title: Seeking the Savior, part 2  (Epiphany Sunday)
album: Joshua Justice
year: 2016
genre: Sermon (id None)
Epiphany... it evokes  the tradition of the wise men of the East coming to a new king to recognize him and his place in history according to prophets ...but who were these people and how did they know?  Deacon Josh explores not so much who or how many, but what type of men these were, and their impact on history through their study and appreciation of the great learning they had. Their studies included wise books, medicine, geography, sages of many lands, and especially prophecies. One of the most revered of 'wise men', or magi, was Daniel, a leader of the wise men and truth teller to the kings of Babylon and Persia.  His legacy, depth of learning and brilliance in navigating not one but three difficult kings, made Daniel legendary among these courtiers and counselors to the most powerful of kings and kingdoms. Considered almost a founder of this special group of scholars and soothsayers, he was a man in whom God moved and through whom he spoke and foretold events, including the coming of the Messiah, almost to the very day. NOTE: due to a mechanical error, the recorder quit mid-way and therefore the explanation of the veneration that the intelligentsia, scholars, and academics known collectively as "magi", is lost to the hearer, but Deacon Josh has provided his sermon notes.  After the pause in the recording, we pick up again with the remainder of the story, and with the emphasis of, not "three wise men", but three important patterns and the model we should learn and understand... zeal, faith, and sovereignty.

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