Advent Devotional Series 2019 – Day 15

Matthew 1: 10-25 

and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
    and they shall name him Emmanuel’,

which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

God’s Timing by Marj

What struck me first about this passage was the number of generations that passed before Joseph, and by extension the birth of Christ, took place. The collective components of events, people, and circumstances unfolded before the time was right for the Holy Spirit to arrive through the Virgin Mary. Was this by design? Why wait for so many generations and circumstance to unfold? What was it about this point in time and history for Christ to be born? Were the authors of this story accurate in their story telling?

The other thing that struck out at me was Joseph’s obedience to the angel who appeared, saying “Do not be afraid”…”Your wife conceived in her the Holy Spirit…”

Jospeh heard and obeyed, including giving the name Immanuel-“God is With Us”.

What I heard through this passage is we have to wait for God’s timing. Even with all power and energy that created worlds, the time, place, and series of events and circumstances had to be right before the Holy Spirit could arrive.

In this current time and place, I must wait and be patient. The series of events must unfold as they do so that you end up where you are. Hindsight shows that time and again. Things unfold in the way they do for a reason. Your presence and how you relate to others is the cooperative component in others lives. I find this similar to the series of events which had to take place before the Holy Spirit coming to human form.

This validates, for me, faith in God’s timing. Even Jesus had to wait for several generations to pass before coming to fruition.

I want us to remember to give God time. God is waiting for the perfect timing for you. He is setting things up for you. He is creating the collective and cooperative series of events, people and timing to come to you, in order for things to unfold. Miracles do happen. With God all things are possible. The Virgin Mary was able to conceive the Holy Spirit, also known to us in human form as Jesus.  This gives hope to remind me, and the world, that God is with Us.

Toda la Tierra (All Earth Is Waiting)

Dice el profeta al Pueblo de Israel;
“De madre virgen ya viene Emmanuel,” será “Dios con nosotros,” hermano será, con él la esperanza al mundo volverá.

Thus says the prophet to those of Israel, “A virgin mother will bear Emmanuel”: One whose name is “God with us,” our Savior shall be, through whom hope will blossom once within our hearts.

Alberto Taule, translated by Gertrude C. Suppe

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