Advent Day 27: The Covenant Promise

Advent Day 27 Readings: Luke 1:67-79

His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come and has redeemed His people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David (as He said through His holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us- to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath He swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve Him without fear in holiness and righteousness before Him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for Him, to give His people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

 To remember His holy covenant, the oath He swore to our father Abraham. Luke 1:72b-73 Zechariah was refering to the Covenant Promise that the Lord had sworn upon Himself with Abraham and his descendents in Genesis 12:1-3, The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Have you ever made a promise to God, others, or yourself, that in time you’ve found was impossible to keep?  I am sure we all have at one time or another, but the great news is according to Numbers 23:19, God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?

Thank God that He is not like us, but was, and is, and will always be a faithful. The Covenant Promise that He made with Abraham is also ours, as Abraham’s descendents. Through His Covenant Promise to us, God has blessed each and everyone of us in everyway!  We as the people of God ARE a great nation, and our name IS great, and we ARE the blessing to all peoples on earth. 

Oh, we didn’t receive this blessing because we were, or are, or will ever be deserving of it, but by GRACE. Grace is on of most amazing gifts ever given to us.  It is never-ending and always available just for the asking; and sometimes surprisingly, without.

It is not thy hold on Christ that saves thee; it is Christ. It is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee; it is Christ.  It is not even they faith in Christ, though that be the instrument; it is Christ’s blood and merit.  C.H. Spurgeon

 God is so good; far exceeding our wildest imaginations!  He’s created us, redeemed us, and blessed us beyond compare with all the riches in Christ.  He’s made a gazillion great and precious promises to us, and the best part of the deal, is He KEEPS everyone of them.  He is our God on whom we can depend to be faithful to the end……as Zechariah and Mary found out.

On the eve of Christmas, and in preparation for that most incredible advent; why not write your own song of thanksgiving and celebration as Mary and Zechariah did, expressing your awestruck adoration to Him, while also declaring His faithfulness in your life? O’come let us adore Him………..the Giver of life and life abundantly!

Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,

so faithfully set the stage;

to receive the Covenant Promise,

passed on through every age.

Fruitfulness, blessing, favor and grace,

given freely to us, of this chosen race;

the Covenant Promise of Abraham’s seed,

is readily available to all who believe.

Righteousness, hope and justification,

come by faith, to all generations;

present and past, future indeed,

nations rise up in full Godspeed.

As the stars of the Heavens,

and sands of the seas;

their descendants are limitless,

through you and through me.

Receive the Lord’s promise,

this Covenant through Christ;

free for the asking,

through His sacrifice.

For ears have not heard,

nor have eyes seen;

all that He’s promised,

to all who believe.

-The Covenant Promise

 I will listen to what God the Lord will say; He promises peace to His people, His saints. 

Psalm 85:8

-The Quilted Poetess

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