Sunday, December 19, 2010

Advent 4

Home for the rest of the month. Today's readings were Isaiah 7:10-17 (sermon text), Romans 1:1-7, and Matthew 1:18-25.

God told a prophet, Isaiah, to give a king military advice - ! Why? God wanted to protect the future Messiah's tribe. Israel and Judah certainly needed this protection because of pugnaciousness (civil war after 3 kings, invasion by surrounding countries). Ahaz didn't trust God's promise to protect, so he trusted in Assyria instead. God still gave him a sign although he refused one.

Understand that your plans are in the LORD's hands. You have a brain, but He made that brain! All depends on Him, not on you. Looking for a sign at every turn isn't the way to go; listening, however, is. Trust, obey, love Him. Heed His voice; do not harden your heart to it.

Soli Deo gloria.

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