Tuesday, December 10, 2019
“Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you insect Israel! I will help you, says the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel. Now, I will make of you a threshing sledge, sharp, new, and having teeth; you shall thresh the mountains and crush them, and you shall make the hills like chaff. You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away, and the tempest shall scatter them. Then you shall rejoice in the Lord; in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory. When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the Lord will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will put in the wilderness the cedar, the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive; I will set in the desert the cypress, the plane and the pine together, so that all may see and know, all may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, the Holy One of Israel has created it.”
The manner in which God brought Jesus into the world as a baby speaks volumes about His character. Jesus was born to a virgin, who became pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. Her bravery is unimaginable, I’m sure others looked down upon her and questioned why Joseph would marry her after knowing she was pregnant and they had not been together. God could have chosen different parents for Jesus and a birth to put all others to shame but that is not the God we serve. God was changing things up, the world had lost its way and the promises foretold in the Old Testament were unfolding.
Isaiah 11:6b, “And a little child shall lead them.”
Judah will hold the royal scepter,
And his descendants will always rule.
Nations will bring him tribute
And bow in obedience before him. (Genesis 49:10)
The Lord says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times.” (Micah 5:2)
But the LORD will still give you proof. A virgin is pregnant; she will have a son and will name him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14)
A child is born to us!
A son is given to us!
And he will be our ruler.
He will be called, “Wonderful Counselor,”
“Mighty God,” “Eternal Father,”
“Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
“What I saw in my vision
hasn’t happened yet.
But some day, a king of Israel
will appear like a star. (Numbers 24:17)
Jesus was born in a stable, He was wrapped in bands of cloth and laid in a manager shared with the animals. No royal banners or trumpets sounding. When Jesus started His ministry it was to seek the lost. He hung out with sinners, the poor and needy, the sick and the forgotten. Where might God be calling you to serve and share the promise of salvation? May the light of Jesus shine in and through you to light the way for others this holiday season!
God, you promise to provide for the needy. Too often we think you will simple drop manna from the sky when instead you are calling us to go and serve. During this season of extravagance, reveal to me the poor and the thirsty. Let me provide for them just as you have provided for me. ~Amen.
~Peace & Hope~