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Anticipating the King – December 3, 2019

Anticipating the King – December 3, 2019

He is Covenant Blesser


Reading: Genesis 12:1-7, 15:1-6


To identify the real King, we must know something about His character. We must know a bit about Him. God is incomprehensible apart from Him teaching us His ways. The Lord does this through history by telling of His relationship with humankind, in particular a nation of people, a nation He established to represent His merciful presence. God is so complex, that it takes individuals and national rule to more fully represent His great character. Therefore, the story of God includes His relationship with specific people and with the nation Israel.


We see in God’s bearing a nation through Abram that God wants to establish a people that will occupy a specific place and bless the nations around them. This nation will demonstrate the kindness of God in their relationships with others and also His great love of this chosen nation as God will curse any that curse His family.


God’s glory is particularly made known through His Covenant blessing of Abram and Abram’s descendants. God provides a Son of Promise to Abram even though Abram was childless. God told Abram to “look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them…so shall your descendants be.” Abram believed the Lord and God considered Abram righteous because of Abram’s belief in God’s Word of Life.


We know the anticipated King is from the seed of the woman, the seed of Abram, and the generous love of God. This King will be an Israelite who will bless all nations, just as God promised.


Acts 3:24-26 And likewise, all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and his successors onward, also announced these days.  It is you who are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ For you first, God raised up His Servant and sent Him to bless you by turning every one of you from your wicked ways.”


Seeing Advent as His child: Look at the “stars”, remember God made Abram’s descendants to be as many as the stars.

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Worship song for the day: In the First Light