- My hope is in you all day long – Psalm 25:5
“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”
- My soul waits. In the Word, I hope. – Psalm 130:5
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;”
- Hope in the Lord… renewed strength & not grow weary. – Isaiah 40:30-31
“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
- Good to wait quietly and hope – Lamentations 3:25-26
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
- Wait for your God always – Hosea 12:6
“So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.”
- Wait until the Lord comes – 1 Corinthians 4:4-5
“For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.”
like Anna – Luke 2:36-38
“And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.”
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem,Matthew 2:1 (ESV)
- There were at least two wise men, perhaps more. It’s not known how many or what their names were.
- Wise men = magi = scholars / astronomers
- Herod was an Eodmite. Jewish by geography, but not really a Jew. He was put into power by Rome.
And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.Matthew 2:11 (ESV)
- This visit did not happen in the stable at the manger when Jesus was born. It happened in “the house” which was likely a cave.
- Joseph not mentioned. It is likely that he was out working, or he’s simply not mentioned.
And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.Matthew 2:12 (ESV)
- This is the second dream in Matthew’s Gospel. In Luke’s Gospel, there’s a few more recorded. God is doing a lot of communicating during this season after 400 years of silence.
- God is present and making His plan happen.
When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.Hosea 11:1 (ESV)
Israel is Jacob and is the nation of God’s people called out of Egypt. Israel is more than just a location.
The purpose of the Exodus was to create a new nation of God’s people to be a model of God’s perfect kingdom on earth, but they failed. They rebelled. Then, Jesus came. Again, God calls his son out of Egypt. Jesus is the perfect model of God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus did all the things that Israel went through to do it right – even going into the wilderness. Where Israel failed in the wilderness, Jesus did it perfectly right.
Jesus is the light to the world. If we are not shining the light of Jesus into the world, we have failed. The world is going to be the world, but the church (God’s people) are called to be different. Our focus should not be on changing the world, but on our relationship with Christ so that we are changed. As we are changed, then the world is changed.