Monday, 14 December 2015

Rejoice - Advent word

"You have enlarged the nation
    and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
    as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
    when dividing the plunder." - Isaiah 9:3

When the Bible includes a word three times in a short space of text then we should stand up and take note. This is the technique that Isaiah uses in chapter 9 - he wants us to get to grips with the theme of Rejoicing. In a time when people were depressed and miserable, Rejoicing seemed unlikely, but certainly hoped for. The same could be said for many people today -  there is a lot of strife in our communities, but the longing to 'Rejoice' and be Glad can keep us going.

Luke 1:14 - He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth.

"There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice." - John Calvin

Living in Grace

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