Sparta Baptist Church

Advent Day 21

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“He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”  Luke 1:54-55

Read Matthew 1:17 and think about it.  Here...I’ll do the math for you:  42. Forty-two generations from Abraham to Christ.  I have to get out a family history to look past four or five generations, don’t you?  A long time had passed between God’s promise to Abraham and his fulfillment of it.  A lot of things had happened, too.

Slavery in Egypt.  The Exodus.  Judges.  Kings.  Exile in Babylon.  The Persians.  The Greeks.  The Romans.  Opponents and oppression.

Days were dark in the city of David when the light of Christ finally dawned.

But dawn it did.

Because God does not forget his promises or his people.  He never has.  In Isaiah 49:15, He said, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?  Though she may forget, I will not forget you!”

I wonder if he remembered those words as he watched Mary wrap her arms around his son?   You see, Israel had forgotten God many times.  They’d wandered far and worshipped false, bent under the weight of harsh rulers, and bowed before idols made by men.  Still, he remembered his promise to them because “the Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all he has made.” (Psalm 145:13)

Worship: Isaiah 49:23 says, “Then you will know that I am the Lord; those whose hope is in me will not be disappointed.”  Take a few minutes and praise the Lord for the ways he has been faithful to you.  Thank him for keeping his promises.

Family Focus: Discuss the ways God has shown his faithfulness to your family.  Discuss some of his promises and talk about how you have seen them be fulfilled in your lives.