God is with us

Isaiah 7 is a curly one. Charles Spurgeon (whose surname I’ve had to type half a dozen times because it keeps autocorrecting to surgeon) said this is one of the most difficult passages in all the Word of God. So I humbly recede from writing my own big commentary and highlight the wonderful prophecy of Christ’s birth:

7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 

Jesus is truly Immanuel –  God with us. In 1 Thessalonians 2:7-3:13 we see the evidence and the impact of Christ on so many aspects of life through Paul’s teaching.

We see Paul imitating Jesus in his mildness and tenderness in a way to win people to the gospel. He strived to live and model a devout, just and blameless life.

We see a juxtaposition of the God’s word vs the words of men. God’s word is holy, wise, just and faithful. The words of men are sometimes foolish, false and fickle. To highlight this juxtaposition even more I have come home from a beautiful night of hearing the psalms brought to life with the music of Sons of Korah to listening to a teenage party next door while I write this. It sounds like there will be many sore heads in the morning. So diametrically opposed. The beauty of God’s word and his intended creation is so defiled by the world’s sin. But I digress….

The ending of 1 Thessalonians 3 is beautiful and a wonderful encouragement. Let this be our prayer today… as I pray for my poor neighbours and their impending hangovers:

May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.