December 7, 2016
Message Summary: Our dutiful response to the mighty God is summed up by the Apostle Peter, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:6).
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“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). “Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and His name is holy” (Luke 1:48,49). “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:6).
Consider all the worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:
Yesterday morning at precisely 11:15 a.m. I was doing the final work on posting the Daily Encouragement when Brooksyne and I heard a very loud boom and our power immediately went out. The boom reminded me of the sonic booms* from jet aircraft I heard as a child growing up near an Air Force Base in the Kansas City area.
Our younger dog, Mollie, immediately gets very nervous when we lose power. Brooksyne theorizes it’s because she associates it with power outages related to thunder storms for which she is also sorely afraid. Due to her “super sonic” hearing she must sense the power is out since the fridge, furnace and other noises we simply take for granted instantly stop.
We wondered if there had been an accident so I stepped outside to investigate but saw no evidence. I called PPL, our local power company to report the outage and within half an hour a crew was in our front yard and quickly found the culprit, a very dead, very electrocuted squirrel laying under the line! A few minutes after the PPL team arrived our power was back on.
Electricity, although invisible, is a mighty force. Back in September we wrote a message titled, “A Power You Cannot See” and shared about an electrical engineer I met in New England who shared how his faith in an unseen God was easier due to his knowledge of the unseen power of electricity. Today let us consider the “mighty God”, which is the third name mentioned for the Messiah in Isaiah 9:6.
The Hebrew word gibbor, means “strong and mighty”. It describes heroes like Nimrod, “a mighty warrior … a mighty hunter before the LORD” (Genesis 10:8-9). It also describes the “mighty warriors” of King David of Israel (2 Samuel 23:8). It’s a word that describes bravery and courage. All these are qualities of gibbor in the compound name El Gibbor, “the Mighty God.”
We have spiritual and physical battles that test our faith and exceed our own might, strength, power and strategy. Our God is mighty in battle, dutiful in the execution of His power, and holy in His judgment.
Throughout the Bible descriptions and examples of God’s might are abundant. The first reference is in Genesis 49:24 that speaks of “the Mighty One of Jacob”. Earlier in Isaiah’s book he writes of “the Lord God of Hosts, the Mighty One of Israel”.
However the more common designation is “Almighty”. The first reference is found in Genesis 17:1, “I am God Almighty” and the last is in Revelation 21:22, “the Lord God the Almighty”.
But significant in the prophecy by Isaiah some 700 years before Christ’s incarnation is the declaration of His divinity. In Isaiah it always denotes, as Thomas Cheyne observes, “divinity in an absolute sense; it is never used hyperbolically or metaphorically.”
In Mary’s song recorded in Luke before Christ’s birth, “Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, because the Mighty One has done great things for me, and His name is holy” (Luke 1:48,49). We wonder to what extent she realized the mighty God was growing inside her in His incarnate state.
Our dutiful response to this mighty God is summed up by the Apostle Peter, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:6).
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
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“What a Mighty God We Serve” Video Don Moen
* A sonic boom is the sound associated with the shock waves created by an object traveling through the air faster than the speed of sound in the case of my childhood it was jet aircraft. See here for more info. Why Is A Sonic Boom So Loud? Video (Interesting but this lady talks way to fast IMHO)
Finally Today: We met Richard Dresselhaus and his wife Elnora in California in October. He also has a daily inspirational message titled, “One For The Road”, that will bless you. Here’s the one we received this morning:
Finding delight. It’s a very pleasurable emotion.
It’s what you feel when you bite into a delicious dessert…or meet a special friend…or view a stunning sunset.
So…it’s an appropriate word to use in describing your relationship with the Lord.
David said: “Take delight in the Lord…” And…the reasons are many.
Salvation. The chains of sin have been broken. You are free from condemnation. Take delight.
Purpose. Your life has meaning. There is something unique you have to offer. Take delight.
Heaven. It is a place of incredible beauty. And above all…you will be with Jesus. Take delight.
And when you do “…He will give you the desires of your heart.”