Let's Talk About God's Timing in the Past

by Rose Taylor

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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GOD'S TIMING IN THE PAST

Galatians 4:4-6

But when the fulfillment of the time came, God sent his Son, born through a woman, and born under the Law. This was so he could redeem those under the Law so that we could be adopted. Because you are sons and daughters, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!”

 

Key Verse:

But when the fulfillment of the time came, God sent his Son, born through a woman, and born under the Law. —Galatians 4:4

 

Commentary:

Even after waiting centuries for the Messiah they believed would be a triumphant world ruler, the Jewish people continued to hope and pray. Time ticked on, but still there was no Messiah.

The Greek language became the official language of Alexander the Great’s empire, which was most of the known world. As a result, communication improved among diverse cultures. Eventually the Romans ruled with their awesome military power and built good roads that helped transport troops and equipment. These roads also aided communication and trade among the different cultures. If someone had a life-changing message to share, it was definitely easier to do so.

One night, due to the call for a Roman census, a young couple arrived in the already overcrowded town of Bethlehem. While spending the night in a stable, the only available space, young Mary gave birth to the Savior of the world—Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God. The long-awaited Messiah came quietly and humbly into this world at the perfect time, the time for a Savior whose message of love and grace would be carried into the world by his followers.

 

Questions to discuss:

Do you think it would have made a difference if Christ had been born earlier or later in time?

Do you think God’s choice of Mary as Jesus’ mother had anything to do with the timing of his birth?

Can you think of a situation in your life that happened at the perfect time?

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