PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
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God With Us
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.
We associate Immanuel with Christmas as we sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel and other Christmas hymns that mention the same theme, ‘God with us.”
O Come Emmanuel
The context of Isaiah 7 is war. Satan raised up two pagan kings to come against Judah and Jerusalem to destroy the people, but primarily to kill king Ahaz and replace him with a pagan king named ‘son of Tabeel” whose name in Hebrew means ‘almighty idol, deity.” Of course, that was Satan’s desire which caused him to be thrown out of heaven.
Interesting too is the names of the two kings coming against Jerusalem; Rezin means ‘to open the eyes, the senses;” And Pekah means ‘good pleasurable’. Recall the words spoken when spiritual war began six-thousand years ago in Genesis 3:6-7 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so, they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Satan was trying to wipe out the royal line of King David so the Messiah would not come and destroy the power of darkness. While Judah was surrounded by these two vast armies, King Ahaz was told by God to ask for a sign that Jerusalem would stand. Refusing to ask, God gave a sign anyway, Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Figuratively it meant within nine short months it would be overwhelmingly evident that God is with his people and she will survive. It also shows that if a virgin was going to give birth centuries later to the promised Messiah, then Judah would still be around and not fall to these two pagan kings. God in his grace protected Jerusalem and even Judah’s evil king Ahaz because of His promise to Abraham and David.
Satan’s attack against Jerusalem is symbolic of his attack against every Christian. His goal is to divide and conquer. However, with Jesus Christ on the throne of our heart Satan cannot conquer because He (Immanuel) is with us. God is our victory in temptations and daily battles, whether physical, emotional or spiritual. God is raising up people who trust him with their trials and temptations and victories.
Soon we will celebrate the fulfillment of this promise (Christmas) and look forward to the fulfillment of his last promise – his return and our resurrection to heaven!
Pr. Bob Snitzer
By the Way: Wednesday 18, 3:30. Confirmation class.
6:30PM Bile Study. Everyone is welcome.
Sunday 22, 9:00 Sunday school Christmas program. No Sunday school.
Sunday 24, 4:00 Christmas Eve candlelight service.
Sunday 29, 9:00 Morning Worship service: Sermon: Aftermath.