This week we hear the promise of the coming of God’s servant, who will bring new hope and healing to the world. We still prepare to welcome God’s healing and hope to our lives this day!
Worship this week:
Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel
Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:30 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. — Sunday School Christmas program
Devotions for the week:
December 14, 2014 “A light to the nations”
The book of Isaiah was written for three distinct time periods. Chapters 1-39 were written about the period when the Northern Kingdom of Israel fell to Assyria. Its message was of warning of exile. Chapters 40-55 were written during the time of exile in Babylonia. It was a dark time for Israel and the message was one of waiting and hope. Chapters 56-66 were written after the people had returned from exile, and praised God for God’s goodness and faithfulness to God’s people.
Isaiah 42 is one of four “servant songs.” In these servant songs God promises that an unknown servant would come and administer justice to the nations. This is a message of hope for an exiled people, not only that they would be saved, but that they would be exalted to a position to bless all the nations with justice.
Follow the book of Isaiah, as the prophet proclaims salvation to Israel.
Sunday, Isaiah 42:1-9, Light to the Nations
Monday, Isaiah 42:10-20, A Hymn of Praise
Tuesday, Isaiah 42:21-25, Israel’s Disobedience
Wednesday, Isaiah 43:1-7, Restoration and Protection Promised
Thursday, Isaiah 43:8-21, Restoration and Protection Promised
Friday, Isaiah 43:22-28, Restoration and Protection Promised
Saturday, Isaiah 44:1-8, God’s Blessing on Israel
- Where is God in this story? How are God’s promises fulfilled?
- Who in your community lives in darkness? How can you shine light on those living in darkness?
- How does God’s light shine through you? How do people know you follow God?
Do:By acting on what we learn, we make God’s word come alive. Do the following activity this week. Spend 10% of your Christmas gift budget on people outside your family/friend circles. Donate to your church or buy gifts for those who cannot afford gifts.