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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Acts 1: 8 - You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.
Pentecost Sunday 31 May 2020. 

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Dec 10

Written by: Andries
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:51:42 AM  RssIcon

The LORD brings respite.  He gives light amidst the darkness of living in a dangerous world!
 
The prophet Isaiah composed a hymn (Isaiah 9) to sing about the joy that Christ would bring into the lives of his people.
The central section of the hymn (vv. 4-6) consists of three reasons for this divine, advent joy.
 
1.  The first reason for this joy is that the people will be delivered through an act of divine power, just as God had defeated the Midianites in the time of Gideon (Judges 6:1--8:28). This was a promised deliverance from the Assyrians (see v. 1). This oppression is depicted as a "bar across (his) shoulders".  The reappearance of "(his) shoulders" in verse 6 confirms that this is the central reason for the great joy God’s people will experience: the yoke of oppression / abandonment will be broken when the Child takes it onto his shoulders.
 
2. The second reason for our Advent Joy is the burning of all the boots and garments of war – it signals the dramatic end of hostilities under Christ’s eternal reign (v. 5).
 
3. Thirdly, the most important reason for the joy of the people emerges in the announcement of the birth of a Child upon whose "shoulders" will rest divine authority.
 
When the New Testament points to Jesus as this Child (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14) Matthew is expressing the belief that Jesus is the final and complete fulfilment of this divine intention and prophesy.
 
Matthew said that this is the way God acts--through things as simple as the birth of a Child. This is how God fulfils his gracious purpose for us. As Isaiah says,
"The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this!" (9:7b).
 
Don't be troubled by trouble. Circumstances cannot change the character of God. God's grace is always in full force, He is still for you, even when you don't feel it. In the absence of confirming circumstances, Job held on to God's Word. He said," I have not departed from the commandment of his lips, I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my portion of food." Job 23: 12.
 
This trust in God's Word causes us to remain faithful even when we do not understand the experience of a yoke of oppression and sadness. Our faith remains strong in the midst of disappointment and pain.
When you feel abandoned by God yet continue to trust him and his Word in spite of your feelings, you worship him in the deepest, sincerest possible way.
 
The Christmas angels sang a song about this joyful message!
Luke 2:7ff. The angel said to the shepherds, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord...  Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.
 
Let’s pray:O God, help me to lay all my concerns at your feet, and in your mercy, open my troubled heart to make room for devout reflections on the grace you have in stall for me, freeing my mind to believe what Jesus has done for me and to fully and unconditionally receive my Lord’s intended Advent Joy and Christmas cheer.
 
O my God, grant me insight and faith that I can proclaim your eternal joy under even the harshest challenges and remain happy, because you love me and you gave your life for all who receive your Gospel of forgiveness, release and power! Amen.”
 
Isaiah 9:2-7  Advent Joy
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders,  the rod of their oppressor. Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
 
  

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