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Anticipating the King – December 17, 2019

Anticipating the King – December 17, 2019

The Stem of Jesse

 

Reading: Isaiah 11:1-11

 

Isaiah was the prophet that spoke impending exile to the Israelites due to their rejection of God. Isaiah had the hard task of rebuking several kings for their unbelief. Specifically, Isaiah spoke the virgin birth prophecy of Messiah as a judgment on King Ahaz. In this judgment, God provided more details so that the unusual twists in the genealogy of Christ would mark, for the seeker, specifics that testified to the work of God in redemptive history.

 

King Ahaz refused to listen to God, even when God told him to ask for a sign that would assure King Ahaz that God was directing him. God confronts Ahaz through Isaiah and basically states, “I don’t need you Ahaz”. The virgin birth not only provides extraordinary circumstances to identify the Anointed One, but also cuts off the kingly line of Ahaz. A little virgin girl will have the honor of bearing God’s seed, rather than the “lofty” king. The Davidic Covenant still stands, but the records will show the line is through David with a twist. It will be a Davidic woman that will be known for the physical Davidic seed. The genealogy of Christ recorded in the Gospel of Matthew lists the legal designation of Christ through Joseph. Luke recognizes the seed line, the physical line, of the anticipated child. Luke’s genealogy reveals that Ahaz was cut off. A shoot of Jesse, from the family of David, bears Messiah. God as Father, a virgin conceiving, and a king cut off take part in the validation that this root of Jesse is the anticipated ruler over all, the hope of all nations.

 

I thank God for His mysterious ways and for the way He elevates women through the ages. To this day, when we celebrate Christ’s birth we think of this little virgin girl and rarely do we mention the arrogant King Ahaz. God values the meek and humble who reverence Him.

 

Romans 15:12 Again Isaiah says, “There shall come the root of Jesse, and He who arises to rule over the Gentiles, In Him shall the Gentiles hope.”

 

Seeing Advent as His child: This tree stump has tremendous significance. It directs us to the root of Jesse just as the stars directed the magi. The way to Messiah was hand crafted for hundreds of years so that seekers would recognize their Lord.

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Worship song for the day: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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