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Advent ~ day 21 ~ The Magi

Posted on December 21st, by admin in Advent devotions, thinking. Comments Off on Advent ~ day 21 ~ The Magi

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ ” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had … Read More »

Advent ~ day 20 ~ Simeon & Anna part2

Posted on December 20th, by admin in Advent devotions, thinking. Comments Off on Advent ~ day 20 ~ Simeon & Anna part2

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” … Read More »

Advent ~ day 19 ~ Simeon and Anna part 1

Posted on December 19th, by admin in Advent devotions, thinking. Comments Off on Advent ~ day 19 ~ Simeon and Anna part 1

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” … Read More »

Advent ~ day 18 ~ the eight day

Posted on December 18th, by admin in Advent devotions, thinking. Comments Off on Advent ~ day 18 ~ the eight day

And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb Luke 2:21

So on the eight day, he was circumcised. The eight day is medically significant because there are high levels of Vitamin K and the level of Prothrombin is over 100% of normal, the only time in a males life when this will be the case. Both Vitamin K and Prothrombin are clotting agents so the eight day is the perfect day for circumcision to be performed, another example of God’s perfect timing and order in his creation.

The passage goes onto say that He was named Jesus, God saves. A conclusion in itself.

But what about the name mentioned in Matthew?

“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for [w]He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall … Read More »

Advent ~ day 17 ~ Mary treasured these things

Posted on December 17th, by admin in Advent devotions, thinking. Comments Off on Advent ~ day 17 ~ Mary treasured these things

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (‭Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭15-20‬ NIV)

So much had happened in the last 9 months, so much to take in. Yet we find in this passage an important truth about Mary.

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart

The ‘but’ implies that despite the events she didn’t give in to unbelief. Though it was a test, she didn’t forget the things that were spoken to her.

The word for treasured means to preserve something and stop it from being … Read More »

Advent ~ day 16 ~ shepherds part 2

Posted on December 16th, by admin in Advent devotions, thinking. Comments Off on Advent ~ day 16 ~ shepherds part 2

The shepherds knew of the customs and religious practices of the day, though they weren’t able to join in because of their lifestyle. They new the significance of sacrifice for it was their very sheep that they were watching over that were to be used. Staying out with the sheep night after night was an endurance. The nights would have been long and cold, the conversation would have often run dry. But this night was different. The daily routine was interrupted by a visitation that terrified them. They were seemingly put at ease as the angel told them not to be afraid, a limited ease when your night is broken in upon by a glowing angel. He had a message:

“Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Something profound had happened. You will find a baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger, how can that be a sign? … Read More »