Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

 Opus 2022-320: Advent Calendar: Day 3, The Impossible

)pen day three.  Inside you will see a small scroll.  On the back you will see a scripture reference:

(Isa 7:14 KJV)  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
We are now down to some basics.  We see the first indication of the name of this Person.  I would wait to explain the name but it is important to lift this from just a prophecy of Isaiah’s time to one that looked forward some 700 years.  Immanuel means “God with us”.  It isn’t like today where you pick a cool name or make one up.  In those days names meant something.  They meant double when Isaiah looked down through history and said “Immanuel”.  I know it is important because one of my early Nativity roles was Isaiah reading from a scroll.

Even more basic is the idea of the virgin birth.  If this was all we ever had you could make a case for the Hebrew word meaning young woman, but it isn’t, all we had I mean.  We have the clear statement of two gospels in which the Greek word is clear.  This is a prophetic statement about the incarnation, the Virgin birth.  

If you are a Christian it is hard to deny the virgin birth.  It is prophesied in Isaiah.  It is documented in Matthew and Luke.  To deny it is to deny the Bible as the inspired word of God.  If you have a problem with miracles then maybe you need to do a little more meditating on the power of a God who spoke the universe into being.  It was a fitting setting for the moment that God became flesh and dwelt among us.

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