Some people like to strut around and make claims of their power and greatness. But, they can’t hold a candle to the LORD God Almighty. People come and go — we all die sooner or later and all our boasting is about nothing. But, there is a strange thing about the LORD — at least it seems strange in this sinful world. God does not boast, and yet, He truly is the Almighty.
God comes to us most quietly and humbly, just wanting to dwell in our hearts and bring us to eternal salvation. And that’s how He comes to us at Christmas time, also. We can be ever so busy, busy, busy and be totally unaware that God would like us to rest in His peace.
Ever so quietly, in His word, the Bible, God proves to us that He is the LORD of lords and that He really can give us the gift of eternal salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. There are many Old Testament prophecies about Jesus. We will look at a few. Here we’re looking for promises and the power to keep the promise. In 2 Samuel 7:12-13, God gives this promise to King David,
When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
King David realized that God was saying the Eternal King would be a descendant of his — somehow or another. David felt most humbled and he believed. That prophecy was made approximately 1010 B.C.
Now David was from the town of Bethlehem — a very small, insignificant village. But, in approximately the year 742 B.C., the prophet Micah had a special prophecy about David’s home town. In Micah 5:2, he says,
But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity.
Only God Almighty is “from the days of eternity“. The rest of us are just a creation of the Almighty. We have a specific day of birth — a specific beginning. So, Micah is prophesying that the eternal God will come from Bethlehem Ephrathah to be a ruler. And then, more time passes.
In approximately 25 B.C., Jesus is born. In people’s minds that presents a problem because Joseph and Mary lived in Nazareth. But, from eternity God kept His plan. God moved the heart of Caesar Augustus, the Roman emperor, to take a census of all the people. It was demanded that everybody go to the original home town of their family. For Joseph and Mary that meant traveling to Bethlehem to take part in the census. Luke 2:1-7 records the story like this,
Now it came about in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria, and all were proceeding to register for the census, everyone to his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register, along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.
And it came about that while they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her first-born son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
This was the fulfillment of a prophecy made a thousand years beforehand. God Almighty was moving behind the scenes all the time and people were totally unaware of God’s presence. God’s love and salvation were working to present to us the gift of eternal life — and yet, we’re so busy running around and feeling anxious, that we don’t even notice.
We need to realize that the fulfilling of these historical prophecies prove that God is telling us the truth. These are historical records to help us become strong in the true faith.
Because of what God has done in love for us, we don’t have to wallow in our sinful, hateful, and rebellious lifestyles any longer. We can be free to live in truth and love — now and forever. God has proven His power and worth. Now we need to turn to Him in repentance and changed lives — that is if we value the opportunity to receive eternal life.
If we don’t value God’s love in Jesus Christ, that’s another story. But, such an attitude won’t bring us happiness or eternal life.
As we rejoice in the wonders of God’s power to keep all of His promises, we say, “Hallelujah! Lord, Your powerful love and salvation are beyond awesome. Let our hearts be open to You at all times.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
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Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.