Let us look today at Luke 1:27 which says, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. This the couple whom the angel spoke. We find from our text His mommy was an engaged virgin. In the phrase “of the house of David”, we find great truths. This phrase tells us His daddy was from an elite vine. These thoughts alone are enough for us to see this one born to them will be the very God of creation.
It is my intention for the next 30 days to meditate on the birth of Christ story from Luke’s Gospel. Today let us look at Luke 1:26 which says, “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth.” There is in this verse a precise monthmentioned. I believe it is done, so that we can see that John the Baptist His 1st cousin sin was born before Him. John latter said He is the one who was before me and after me. There is a personal message. The message is from God and sent by Gabriel. He is one of only two angels named in the Bible. Many believe he will sound the trumpet for the Lord’s next coming.We find also a precious marker. We are told his mom and dad are from Nazareth. One from here would be called a Nazarene, for He would be perfectly holy in body soul and mind. My what an exciting story to meditate on this month.
In almost everyone of Paul’s epistles he finds some way to give God thanks for them. One I found a blessing was todays meditation.ll Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you… One thing Paul thanks God for is their growing faith. I certainly thank the Lord for the hunger for The Word of God, I see in the churches and on the web site. The second thing was for their giving. This is an area I constantly stand amazed and that is the generous giving of God’s people. It makes me want to shout “THANKS UNTO OUR GOD”.
I muse on a verse in Paul’s epistle to Thessalonians in 5:18 which says, In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. The phrase in every thing sure is an all inclusive phrase. I have been sick all week with a virus and 16 people have come in to stay the week with us. I’am sure glad I can give thanks for even a silly thing like a virus. God’s will for me is always best and I thank Him for it.
This is the week we set aside to give thanks. We should set aside a little time each day to give thanks. Even at that we would not be caught up in giving thanks. In Psalm 100: 4 it says, …be thankful unto Him… There is a subject of thanks that would take endless days to do. In verse 5 we are told to thank Him for His goodness, His mercy, and His truth. His goodness and mercy alone has follow me all the days of my life. His truth will endure through every generation and forever. If I just give thanks for these alone I better go and get started.
I look at a prayer found in Psalm 50: 15, which says, And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. This prayer was prayed by Crusoe while on a deserted island. This a simple prayer, call upon me. One must be in trouble in order to be delivered. There is also a secure prayer. The phrase I will, gives us His secure seal that when we call He will deliver. There is a sobering prayer in this text. When He delivers us He expects us to glorify Him. How can we do less. I would say we all have many delivery stories, do we have as many giving glory stories.
The word “selah” is used 74 times in the Bible. The word has to do with a person’s focus of thought. In the word we see a power of thought. I understand from study that repetition in the Bible is God’s mega phone. The word also has a pausing thought. It is used in music to pause and wait before moving on. The word also has the idea of a perception thought. It tells us to stop and change the focus. We need to stop looking around and look up. There is also in this word a practical thought.John Phillips defined this word as ” Well what do you think about that “. Let this LORD,s day be a selah break. We never know we may return from the LORD,s house in awe.