The words of Isaiah are full of hope that their deliverance is close at hand. Isaiah recognizes that a day is coming that will be at least as significant as that nation-forming event where Moses brought the people out of slavery in Egypt. We know what that event will be, namely the birth, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! He delivers us from slavery to sin, not just an earthly power. This is a definitive victory that will set all people free to return to God in repentance. Let us pray that we will be faithful to the call to live as the redeemed sons and daughters of God.
5 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; as king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security. This is the name they give him ?The LORD our justice.? 7 Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD, when they shall no longer say, ?As the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt?; 8 but rather, ?As the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of the house of Israel up from the land of the north? ? and from all the lands to which I banished them; they shall again live on their own land.
P S A L M
Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19
R: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
1 O God, with your judgment endow the king, and with your justice, the king?s son; 2 he shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment. (R) 12 For he shall rescue the poor man when he cries out, and the afflicted when he has no one to help him. 13 He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor; the lives of the poor he shall save. (R) 18 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous deeds. 19 And blessed forever be his glorious name; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. (R)
G O S P E L
It must have been terribly difficult and even humiliating for him to take Mary as his wife, knowing that she is already pregnant and that he was not the father of the child! Yet in obedience to the word of God, he does this and becomes the earthly father of Jesus training Him as a carpenter and in the ways of faith. Joseph is the silent type. Little is known about him, yet he contributed much to the work of salvation. He is the quiet achiever. He gets the job done with a minimum of fuss and bother. Do we get the job done that God places before us?
18 Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. 20 Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ?Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. 21 She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.? 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 ?Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,? which means ?God is with us.? 24 When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. 25 He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.
think: Do we get the job that God places before us done?
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