day 5: presence

Isaiah 7:10-17; Matthew 1:22-25

‘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[Isaiah] 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.'” – Isaiah 7:11-14

“‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).  When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.”- Matthew 1:23-24

God will bring about the impossible: a young woman would conceive a child without having had sexual intercourse.  God the Father’s favor would be over young mary, God the Spirit would enable her to be with child, and she would carry God the Son in her womb.  all of this so that each of us could experience “God with us.”  Jesus would come into a world that didn’t believe, even like king ahaz who didn’t trust in God, and into a world that would have killed Him even before He was born because people thought he was a bastard of a seemingly unfaithful wife.  even when we didn’t believe or couldn’t conceive of Him, He is born into our world and He is with us.

do we believe He is present with us, even when it seems impossible for Him to be?

thank you Lord that you are with us.

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