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Anticipating the King – December 19, 2019

Anticipating the King – December 19, 2019

Lord of Hosts


Reading: Isaiah 40:3-5; Malachi 3:1; Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:2


In the Hebrew Bible, the name of the Lord frequently is connected with the term for hosts or armies. Some scholars see the term, typically interpreted Lord of Hosts, to more accurately translate as “He brings into existence whatever exists”. The names of God are reminders in themselves that God is beyond our thoughts and ways. He is the ultimate, incomprehensible and mighty.


In today’s passages, the Lord of Hosts is the One Who clears the way for the glory of the Lord to be revealed. This clearing could come about through national leaders, angelic armies, returning saints, or a simple voice in the wilderness. Pre-existent God is actively making a way, a narrow way, for people to meet Him. God engages messengers of His holy love. We are to rejoice with trembling.


In Matthew, we witness the submission of Jesus, the Son of God, as He has John baptize Him. God knows how deaf we are to hearing and responding to His generous offer of Life. In addition to the messengers that pave the way, God Himself sends a dove and proclaims from heaven the identity of this baptized man. Jesus is God’s Son Who pleases the Father by humbling making a way for humankind to become part of the Lord of Hosts messenger army.


Announce His birth this Christmas. Proclaim His name to the nations. Be the messenger of good news and beautiful feet. Find His purpose for you in celebrating His birth.


Seeing Advent as His child: As if God hadn’t already loudly announced Christ Jesus through the ages, God sends a dove to connect Jesus to absolute peace with God. Hang this dove high on your tree or wherever you are adding these decorations. He is used to being in the heavenlies.

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Worship song of the day: Hallelujah (Light Has Come)