Andrew Fountain - The Golden Thread


Sermon notes - The Golden Thread

Luke 24:14-32

  1. Now that very day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem.
  2. They were talking to each other about all the things that had happened.
  3. While they were talking and debating these things, Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them
  4. (but their eyes were kept from recognizing him).
  5. Then he said to them, “What are these matters you are discussing so intently as you walk along?” And they stood still, looking sad.
  6. Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that have happened there in these days?”
  7. He said to them, “What things?” “The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied, “a man who, with his powerful deeds and words, proved to be a prophet before God and all the people;
  8. and how our chief priests and rulers handed him over to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
  9. But we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. Not only this, but it is now the third day since these things happened.
  10. Furthermore, some women of our group amazed us. They were at the tomb early this morning,
  11. and when they did not find his body, they came back and said they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.
  12. Then some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see him.”
  13. So he said to them, “You foolish people – how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
  14. Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
  15. Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them the things written about himself in all the scriptures.
  16. So they approached the village where they were going. He acted as though he wanted to go farther,
  17. but they urged him, “Stay with us, because it is getting toward evening and the day is almost done.” So he went in to stay with them.
  18. When he had taken his place at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
  19. At this point their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Then he vanished out of their sight.
  20. They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us while he was speaking with us on the road, while he opened the scriptures to us?”

based on NET Bible



  • The Fall

Genesis 3: Eve & Satan

  1. “And I will put hostility between you and the woman
    and between your offspring and her offspring;
    her offspring will attack your head,
    and you will attack her offspring’s heel.”

…And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. Rev 12:4

  • Revelation 12 there is a vision of a dragon, attempting to destroy a child that was about to be born
    • Picture of the whole story, but especially the last part
  • Sin: Flood & Noah
    • Renewal of promise
  • Sin (Babel): Abraham
    • Renewal of promise
  • Lack of faith (Hagar): God provided
  • Lack of faith (Abimelek): God supernaturally intervened
  • Isaac born
    • renewal of promise
  • Jacob & Esau born
    • Esau wants to kill Jacob
    • renewal of promise
  • Famine: God has already provided Joseph
  • Pharoah (kill all firstborn males): hearts of the midwives
    Moses (basket)
  • Pharoah (destroy nation) Exodus

Winged Serpent

Winged Serpent

  • Attempt to destroy the nation in the wilderness

4 Winged Serpent

4 Winged Serpent

  • God made them different to the nations
    • Gave them his law
    • Worshipped the Golden Calf
    • Answer: a new generation under Joshua
  • 5 kings of the land: Joshua (supernatural victory)
  • Philistines
  • Nation becoming indistinguishable to the other nations
    • End of book of Judges: Event happened almost identical to Sodom
  • After 100’s of years, God narrowed down the promised descendents once again: David
    • A man after God’s own heart
  • Goliath (scaly armour)-David
  • Saul-David
    • Miraculous escapes
    • Same cave
  • Attempt to corrupt David by making him lose heart
    • Big battle, David so upset he pretends to be mad
      • sent home
      • Saul & Jonathan die
      • David made king
  • Absalom-David
    • Ahithophel
  • David-Covenant
  • Solomon
  • Numerous attacks, like:

Athaliah: 2 Kings 11

  1. When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family.
  2. But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed.
  3. He remained hidden with his nurse at the temple of the LORD for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.
  • Sunk into depravity: Hezekiah

Isaiah 53 —Amazing prophecies

  1. He was wounded because of our rebellious deeds,
    crushed because of our sins;
    he endured punishment that made us well;
    because of his wounds we have been healed.
  2. All of us had wandered off like sheep;
    each of us had strayed off on his own path,
    but the LORD caused the sin of all of us to attack him.

Isaiah 53 cont’d

  1. He was treated harshly and afflicted,
    but he did not even open his mouth.
    Like a lamb led to the slaughtering block,
    like a sheep silent before her shearers,
    he did not even open his mouth.
  2. He was led away after an unjust trial —
    but who even cared?
    Indeed, he was cut off from the land of the living;
    because of the rebellion of his own people he was wounded.
  • Sunk into depravity: Josiah (last chance)
  • Captivity
  • Return



  • Antiochus
    • Destroy the nation: Maccabees
  • Pharisees & Saducees & Essens
  • King Herod: kill all the children
  • Cross & Resurrection

1 Corinthians 15

  1. “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
  2. “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”
  3. The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
  4. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
  • Who are you with?
    • You have been bitten by the serpent?
    • Look and live!
    • Spurgeon’s salvation

Updated on 2015-11-03 by Andrew Fountain