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?”


O satisfy us early...

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O satisfy us early with thy mercy,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

Psalm 90.14
Over the next few weeks so many people will be looking for some sort of satisfaction.
That is not a bad thing – the verse above speaks of being satisfied.  The tricky thing is how people will go looking for satisfaction.

Zion... the foxes walk upon it.

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This can’t be good...  Zion is where the Temple is... where the Temple was... this can’t be good!
We only have to see which book of the Bible this verse comes from to know something is wrong.
The Book of Lamentations.  The book of crying.  The Book of the Bible that speaks of the weeping of the prophet Jeremiah, the weeping of the people of Israel... the weeping of the heart of Almighty God Who is all loving and all merciful!