Week 4: Thursday

When Joseph determined to quietly break his engagement with Mary (his betrothed wife) because of her pregnancy, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. The angel reassured him that Mary’s pregnancy was caused by the Holy Spirit, and she would bear a son, and they would call him Jesus, because he would save his people from their sins. Isaiah prophesied that a virgin would bear a son and they would call his name Immanuel, meaning God with us. Joseph did as the angel commanded, took Mary as his wife, and when the baby was born, he called his name Jesus.

The name of Jesus comes from the Hebrew root Yasha and would have been pronounced Yeshua. This is a shortening of Joshua’s name, Yehoshua. The term yasha means “to save or deliver.” Interestingly, it is the same word for victory. In the Old Testament it is translated victory when it emphasizes what God does, and salvation or deliverance when speaking of the effect that God’s victories have for his people. Truly Christ is our savior, who is victorious on our behalf.

Victorious God our savior, put down all sin and evil and reign forevermore.

Thursday: Job 26-29

“More fundamentally, the Bible tells us that God must draw us into relationship with himself before we can respond to him acceptably. The worship provisions of the Old Testament are presented as an expression of the covenant relationship established by God between himself and Israel. Similarly, in the New Testament, worship theology is intimately connected with the establishment and outworking of the new covenant. Acceptable worship under both covenants is a matter of responding to God’s initiative in salvation and revelation, and doing so in the way that he requires.”

~ David G. Peterson, Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992. p. 19.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Emmanuel, God with Us, Matthew 1.18-25

Book Reading
Peterson, Engaging with God