We are His and He is ours

December 19th

The readings for the day were Psalm 80:1-7, Isaiah 66:7-11 and Luke 13:31-35

Themes I found from these texts were requesting on the Lord, having hope in God and His work, share rejoices with brethren, do not be afraid of the enemy, we need to be supportive of our brethren when in suffering, but also that when people are not there to protect – God is.

Whenever I ask for God’s protection, particularly over the persecuted church I ask for God to keep His hand over the church to protect them. So this is what I’ve decided to draw for today’s peice.

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“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly,[b] I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”” Luke 13:34-35

December 20
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings were Micah 5:2-5a, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10 and Luke 1:46-55

These readings are in preparation for the Christmas story. These readings particularly point towards some of the prophecy/promises of God, and Jesus’ fulfillment of them.
In Micah we see Christ described as a shepherd coming from the tribe of Judah. His “origin is of old” meaning He has been since the beginning, and He is the one of peace.
In Psalm 80:1-7 we are reminded again as God as a shepherd and His ability to save.
Hebrews assures that Jesus has come/came to do the will of God (as said in Micah, He will feed His flock in the name of the LORD) and also to give us sanctification and salvation.

Mary’s praise to God in Luke 1 is AWESOME. She just becomes so anointed in the Spirit and boasts about her Son her Saviour. She says He has regarded those in low places and lifted them up. Holy is His name. He has filled the hungry with GOOD things. “He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy… according to the promise He made to our ancestors… to Abraham and to his descendants FOREVER.”

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Jesus is for everyone to partake in! Christ has come into the world to save and bless His people for generations!

Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

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December 21
Readings were: Psalm 113, Isaiah 42:14-21 and Luke 1:5-25

There are a few different things going on in these texts, but I what I found to be connecting them comes straight from Isaiah 42:6 “These things I will do for them”.
He raises the poor out of the dust, He will destroy and restore, He will exalt the law and make it honorable and He will use people for His glory and as blessings to His people.

The story of Zechariah and Elizabeth in Luke 1 shows us God’s mighty power in using Zechariah, but for His plan to have John the Baptist He also blessed Elizabeth with a child which she and Zechariah wanted.

December 22

Readings were: Luke 1:46-55, Micah 4:15, Ephesians 2:11-22.

These readings were cool. They all talked about what and who God’s people are.
“For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation… He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.” Luke 1:49-50,54-55

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“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.” Micah 4:1

And in Ephesians we are told that the barrier between Jews and Gentiles has been broken by Christ! That we are altogether, one, in the name of the Lord. We are His Holy Temple, members of Christ, fitted together and growing together.

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December 23
Readings are Luke 1:46-55, Micah 4:6-8 and 2 Peter 1:16-21The theme I gathered from these texts is that God works for us. He does great things for us/to us for “our own good”. God gathers the lame and make thems strong.

Peter in his letter encourages us to be a light onto others, that is to be moved by the Holy Spirit and shine wherever it may be dark.

God works through us and allows us to shine with His glory, so that others may know Him more. But also from this we can see that God is our light. He’s our guide, His path is the one not in darkness but of much good.

 

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