The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”).
Matthew 1:23, NIV*
I’ve been working through Beth Moore’s A Woman’s Heart workbook with my Bible study group at church. Right now we’re looking at the detailed instructions from God—to be followed to the letter—for preparing and consecrating the Tabernacle and its contents and the priests and their garments.
What stands out to me today is the seriousness involved in making a space where God could dwell among humans and not destroy them. Chapters upon chapters in Exodus and Leviticus deal with the construction and consecration of the Tabernacle and the procedures for offering acceptable sacrifices.
It’s just a glimpse of how holy God is, how different from us. Obedience meant the Israelites could see His glory, could be near Him.
The majestic God of Hosts is dangerous. Fearsome. Not to be trifled with.
Yet, He loves us and wants to be with us.
When we forget His power, and focus on the privilege of our access to Him through Jesus, we can forget how strong He is, and end up worrying about our circumstances.
Father, yes we praise You for making a way that we can come freely to You because of the blood of Jesus. Forgive us when we forget Your strength. Help us know and rely on Your presence with us, You who are mighty to save.
Here are the newsboys singing Hillsong United’s “Mighty to Save”.
*New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
A good reminder, Janet.
In spite of “the December crazies”, Christmas does draw our thoughts back to exactly what you are writing about – and I’m thankful that it does.
We need the reminder! I guess that’s why the story never gets old.