Wednesday (12/18/19)

Read Isaiah 11

Today we are going to return to the Know, Be, Do practice. Though it may be heavily focused on the “know”, I love this study tool.

KNOW (what does the text say about God?)
BE (What does the text say about us?)
DO (what is the text calling me to do?)

Take time today to think through those questions from this passage.




Tuesday (12/17/19)

One of the verses in O Come, O Come, Emmanuel finds its inspiration in Isaiah 9:2 and Revelation 22:16. It goes like this:

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, Shall come to thee, O Israel.

In Isaiah 9:7, we read that His kingdom will establish righteousness and justice. Justice. Great light.

  • Today, write out all the areas of injustice you see around you. Write also injustice in your own life, ways that you have been wronged.
  • Write out a prayer to the Lord of how you would like to see Him move in these areas and bring justice and righteousness. Really spend some time seeking Him, leaning into His presence. He sees the injustice, He sees you.

Monday (12/16/19)

Yesterday we heard Adam share about the violence that surrounds us in the world. Violence gives birth to more violence. And how, in the midst of that, God gave birth to peace. God offers us peace with the threat of violence all around us. To us a child was given.

This week as we continue our journey through Isaiah, we will again see the promise given to the Israelites in the midst of incredible hardship, violence, and pain.  We will see God offering us as well as them a promise.

Read Isaiah 9: 1-7

Imagine Isaiah speaking these verses to a broken people. We are a broken people. Allow these words to wash over you.

  • What do you remember standing out to you from the sermon yesterday? 
  • Where do you see the contrast in these verses between light/dark; joy/sadness; now/not yet?
  • Are there places in your life right now where you feel burdened and held captive that you want to see the Lord remove that yoke (see verse 4)?
  • Of the four descriptors of God in verse 6, which one stands out to you in this season of life? 
  •  Spend some time praying and reflecting on these character qualities of God.

Sunday (12/15/19)

Sit quietly and spend some time meditating, reflecting, pondering the verses that spoke to you or popped out to you from this past week.

Listen to this version of O Come, O Come, Emmanuel:

Ask the Lord to speak to you through all the portions of the service upcoming today.

Saturday (12/14/19)

Wednesday we looked at the first stanza of our song. We focused the questions on the now of their experience: captivity, loneliness and exile. But can you see the now and the not yet?

The first verse says:

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel, Shall come to thee, O Israel.

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” LATIN HYMN 1710 TRANSLATED NEALE

Despite their current circumstances, they (and we),  are called to rejoice. Last month we read in Philippians 4 the command to rejoice always in the Lord.

Keith gave us a definition of contentment a few weeks ago: learning to not be determined by my external circumstances. 

Contentment in the now,  joy in the now, as we look towards the not yet.

Spend some time listening to your favorite worship song. Ask the Holy Spirit to bring a spirit of praise to your soul.

Friday (12/13/19)

Read Isaiah 8

  • Write out verse 17.
  • What is your heart waiting on the Lord for today?
  • How hard has it been to put your trust in Him as you wait?
  • Have you spoken to Him in specifics about what you are waiting for?
  • Spend some time right now being very specific with Him about what you are waiting for and asking Him to help you grow in trust of Him.

Thursday (12/12/19)

Read 2 Chronicles 28 and 2 Kings 16

  • What do you learn about Ahaz from these chapters, what kind of man/king was he?
  • What do you learn about God from these chapters?
  • What does it say about God’s character that despite Ahaz’s response, He proclaims, “I will give you my own sign”?

It’s always been interesting to me that the books of Kings & Chronicles are so similar! Why have two different books? (Originally 1 and 2 Kings was one large book – the same with Chronicles and Samuel). Here are some reasons that I have found:

  • Samuel and Kings was written during the Babylonian Exile (a great thing to web search if you’ve never read about it).
  • Chronicles was written after the exile was over, about 100 years later.
  • Samuel and Kings addresses primarily the hard hearted state of the Israelites, explaining that their exile was a result of their own sinful abandonment of God.
  • Chronicles works to inspire hope to the Israelites following this devastating experience, and turn them back to worship of God.
  • Chronicles focuses heavily on David and Solomon and often has a more positive view of even the most wicked kings.
  • Chronicles also focuses mostly on the kings of Judah, the house of David, rather than the kings of Israel. (More interesting reading is on how the Kingdom divided after the reign of Solomon!)