Emmanuel... God with us

Emmanuel... God with us.”

Matthew 1.23

 

This verse amazes me because Jesus was... God... with us.

 

It amazes me that God the Father sent Jesus, and that Jesus willing obeyed. (Philippians 2.5-8)

 

It amazes me because I will spend my life thinking about this verse, believing it and accepting it with all my heart, but it is so far beyond my mind that I could never completely understand it.

 

For My Righteousness

For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land...” - Deuteronomy 9.4 (-6)

 

That sounds pretty good to me!  Basically, “I’ve done the right thing and now God is giving me what I deserve!”  Amen!

 

But that is only part of the verse...

 

Understanding the Bible

“So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly,

and gave the sense,

and caused them to understand the reading.”

(Nehemiah 8:8)

 

A nail in his holy place

“…a nail in his holy place…”

Ezra 9:8

 

A nail is of no use unless it is used in the right place!  The above is another beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Read the whole verse – “And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a nail in his holy place, that our God may lighten our eyes, and give us a little reviving in our bondage.” Ezra 9:8

 

A new creature...

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:

old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5.17

 

Is there anything in my life that a person, who is not a Christian, might want?

 

Not money, or job, or house etc., but something that has to do with the above verse, “old things” passing away, and “all things” becoming new?

 

Is my Attitude something people might like to have?

 

Or maybe my Patience?

 

How amiable are thy tabernacles

“How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!”

(Psalms 84:1)

 

That’s not a word we use every day!  In fact, I’m not sure I have ever used that word.

 

“Amiable”.  It means loved or beloved.

 

The word “tabernacles” here can mean anything like a tent or shepherd’s hut (left), but specifically the Tabernacle or Temple (right).

 

And Jacob Lived

“And Jacob lived...

And the time drew nigh that Israel (Jacob) must die...”

Genesis 47.28-29

 

What can I do for the Lord?

“What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” - (Psalm 116.12-13)

 

What can I do for the LORD because He has been so good to me?!

 

This is the question asked by the Psalmist.

 

When we see all that God has done for us, when we focus on Him and His work in our lives and count our many blessings – we may also find ourselves asking, “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?”

 

They did nothing.

“…they have done nothing…”

Jeremiah 32:23

 

That sounds bad and, it is bad.

 

This passage from the Book of Jeremiah speaks of people who claimed to know the Lord.  It speaks not only their actions, but also theirattitude, and that was after God gave them everything!

 

Unto you that hear...

“…unto you that hear shall more be given.”

Mark 4.24

 

“…unto you that hear…”

 

This is a very interesting statement.  For those of us who are listening…

 

Listening to what?

 

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