ADVENT WEEK TWO | FAITH AND REDEMPTION

As we approach the second week of Advent, I want to share something that stuck out to me last week. We read in Luke 1:5-25 that an angel appeared to Zachariah in the temple. Zachariah was serving as priest before God. The angel told him that Elizabeth would bare him a son, and he would be named John. Often in scripture when an angel appears we hear the words, “fear not” or “do not be afraid. These words tell us this sight must be extraordinary and likely frightening to behold. I imagine it almost like an explosion of light, brilliant and beautiful, but too much for our eyes to take in. Our eyes and heads are forced to bow at its brilliance. It says Zachariah didn’t believe this message. Because of his unbelief the Lord took his voice and he was mute until the time that these things he spoke of took place. This week we will read of another person who will be visited. She will also be told the same as Zachariah, “not to be afraid” But unlike Zachariah this woman would respond in faith rather than unbelief, she would say, “May your word to me be fulfilled”

Luke 1: 30-38

But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[b] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Lord help us to have complete faith and put our full trust in You. Open our hearts to all that You have for us and all that you plan to accomplish through us and may You alone be glorified.

Week two we will be reading these passages: Luke 1:26-38 | Matthew 1:18-21 | Matthew 1:22-26 | Luke 1:39-45 | Luke 1:46-56 | Luke 2:1-5, Matthew 2:6 | John 10:11-18

Questions to ask your children this week and maybe even ponder yourself.

How do you think Mary felt knowing she was going to be the Mother of God’s son? When will Jesus’ kingdom end?

We are told that Jesus saves us from our sins. What is a sinner? Are we sinners? How does Jesus save us?

Jesus’s name means God saves. We heard another name for Jesus in Tuesday’s passage that means God with us. Do you remember that name?

Do you remember the name of Elizabeth’s baby? We read about him last week. We were told he would prepare the way for the Lord.

Reflect on the words in Mary’s song – Reflect and praise Him for all the good things He has done for you.

It may seem a coincidence that Mary and Joseph would need to go to Bethlehem, but if you read Micah 5:2-4 you will hear of the prophecy, and understand it was God’s plan all along. “out of you will come from me one who will be ruler over Israel.” Luke 2:1-5 tells us why they were going to Bethlehem, do you remember the reason?

If you want to read some Old Testament Scriptures this week these are what we are reading:

Exodus 3 | Exodus 20:1-20, Romans 5:18-21 | Ruth 1:15-18, 2:3-7, 4:1-17 | 1 Samuel 17:12-51 | 2 Kings 22:1-2, 23:1-3 | Isaiah 11:1-5, Jeremiah 23:5-6, Romans 15:12-13 | Isaiah 11:6-10

God tells Moses He is I AM, WHO I AM — Jesus also made these claims in the book of John. By saying, I AM Jesus was declaring His deity. “I am the bread of life.” John 6:35 “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12 “I am the door of the sheep.” John 10:7 “I am the resurrection and the life.” John 1:25 “I am the good shepherd.” John 10:11 “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6 Discuss what these passages together.

Talk about God’s Moral Law, what are the commandments? What is the purpose of the Law?

How did Ruth show her love for her mother in law? Boaz was called Ruth’s kinsman redeemer. Ruth was in a position where she had no means to save herself she was a widow in a foreign land with no way to pull herself out from the position she was in. The story of Ruth and Boaz points to Jesus and His bride, the church. Like Ruth we are in need of a redeemer, unable to save ourselves we need Christ Alone.

This was a special son who would preserve the royal line from which not only the great king David would descend through, but most importantly through whom would descend the greatest king—King Jesus! — Though Boaz redeemed the line of Elimelek, Jesus would come to redeem all the people of God. It was him to whom Boaz’s position pointed to, for in the person and work of Christ was found the true definition of kinsman-redeemer. – Ligonier Ministries

What was David before he was king? Talk about why you think David was able to defeat Goliath. What are the qualities of a good king? (Just, loyal, brave…) What makes Jesus the greatest King?

Discuss the names given to Jesus in Jeremiah.

Discuss Isaiah 11:6-10 What is being described in this passage? When do you think these things will take place? (Universal peace will not happen in this age, this passage is looking ahead to the future reign of the Lord in the millennial kingdom)

Thank you for stopping by today, friends!

Blessings

Bree

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