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Sermon #2113

Three-score and Fifteen Souls

A Sermon on Acts 7:14

Scripture

Acts 7:14 ESV NASB KJV
And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. (ESV)

Sermon Description

All throughout the Bible, God’s beautiful story of redemption and salvation unfolds. The Bible shows that God is the author of history. Listen to the sermon “Three-score and Fifteen Souls” on Acts 7:14 as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones talks about God’s plans and work in the lives of people thousands of years ago, and in the lives of people today. First, he points out the importance of recognizing the details in God’s plans in the Bible. It’s often easy to skip over the small details, but even these are important because they are also inspired by God. He shows how it is often in the details that the prophecies of old are fulfilled. God works as much in the small details as He does in the big ones. Dr. Lloyd-Jones goes on to show how God works in ways that go beyond worldly understanding. While people would look at outward appearances and large numbers, God can work through people least expected and in small numbers. The Christian’s job is not to be in control, but to surrender themselves to His work and realize that they are His people. Lastly, He points out that God works in this way to humble and help the Christian see His power and glory through His work.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Stephen refers to Joseph calling Jacob and his family (75 people) to Egypt. This seems like an unimportant detail but it shows we are dealing with facts and history, not just theories.
  2. The history in the Bible is not ordinary history - it is history produced by God. God brings it to pass and often prophesies it beforehand.
  3. The details in the Bible are important because the Bible is uniquely inspired by God. The genealogies show Jesus fulfilled prophecy.
  4. God's way of working is selection and rejection. He chose Isaac over Ishmael, Jacob over Esau, Judah over his brothers, David over his brothers. Jesus was the ultimate choice.
  5. God works through small beginnings and the insignificant - only 8 saved in the flood, Abraham was one man, Israel grew from 75 people, Jesus was a baby in a manger.
  6. Numbers don't matter to God, only our relationship to Him. He uses the small and weak to show His glory.
  7. God works this way to humble us and show His power. If we succeeded through our own power we would boast, but God does it in a way that gives Him all the glory.
  8. Though the Church today is small, God can do great things with a remnant. The stone in Daniel 2 and the multitude in Revelation 7 show God will build His kingdom.
  9. The only question that matters is whether we belong to God's people. Though small and despised now, we will reign with Christ forever.

The Book of Acts

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.