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December 1 - Jesus Comes as the Savior (Isaiah 7:1-17)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below

Adult Education

This Sunday we will continue teaching "Praying with Paul." This class will begin Sunday at 10:00am in the Multi-Purpose room.

Worship Songs

Joy to the World
God With Us
He Who is Mighty
There is a Fountain

Unreached People Group

In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Alas in Indonesia.

Isaiah 7:1-17

In the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah the king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to wage war against it, but could not yet mount an attack against it. When the house of David was told, “Syria is in league with Ephraim,” the heart of Ahaz and the heart of his people shook as the trees of the forest shake before the wind.

And the Lord said to Isaiah, “Go out to meet Ahaz, you and Shear-jashub your son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool on the highway to the Washer's Field. And say to him, Be careful, be quiet, do not fear, and do not let your heart be faint because of these two smoldering stumps of firebrands, at the fierce anger of Rezin and Syria and the son of Remaliah. Because Syria, with Ephraim and the son of Remaliah, has devised evil against you, saying, “Let us go up against Judah and terrify it, and let us conquer it for ourselves, and set up the son of Tabeel as king in the midst of it,” thus says the Lord God:

“‘It shall not stand,
and it shall not come to pass.
For the head of Syria is Damascus,
and the head of Damascus is Rezin.
And within sixty-five years
Ephraim will be shattered from being a people.
And the head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is the son of Remaliah.
If you are not firm in faith,
you will not be firm at all.’”

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz: “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test.” And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey when he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the boy knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land whose two kings you dread will be deserted. The Lord will bring upon you and upon your people and upon your father's house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria!”

Summary

Over the next four weeks of Advent (coming) we will look at the promises of God to send Jesus as a Messiah to save. The first promise is through the prophet Isaiah 7.14: ‘The Lord will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son called Immanuel and shall call his name Immanuel’.  Although this verse is quite familiar to us, the context in Isaiah is not. The nation of Judah is threatened by two northern kings. All the promises of God to send a king seem perilous and uncertain.  To a wicked and wavering king Ahaz, Isaiah the prophet comes and says that God promises to protect, and even dwell with is people. Matthew shows how God kept his promise, proving that Jesus is the divine son of God born of a virgin to save men and women from their sins. He was sent to save and restore to God his people to dwell with him again.

Review and Apply  

How can you trust the promises of God for the struggles you are currently facing?  If needed, ask a friend for help in answering this question.

Where are you tempted to place your hope in this life instead of the promises of God?
 
How is the coming of Jesus as Immanuel a threat to the world?  

How can you experience the truth and comfort of 'God with us' this Advent time?