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Friday, December 25, 2009

Day Eight: Word (declaration)

"The Twelve Days of Christ" series looks at Psalm 119's twelve Hebrew words for God’s Word, and a connection to the church for each one.

"The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
and upon those who sat in the region
and shadow of death light has dawned."
~ Matthew 4:16

Day Eight: Word (declaration)
dabar: masc noun, "a word, matter; a command or royal decree" [the Ten Commandments were literally called the ten words of the Lord]
From dabar: verb, "to arrange, to speak; can also mean think"

Forever, O LORD,
Your word is settled in heaven.
~ Psalms 119:89 (NKJV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
~ John 1:1,14 (NKJV)

Here in John is my favorite account of God born as Man. God's Word, by which He created everything but humanity, is so powerful that it is not an abstract, but the Person of Jesus Christ.

On the day I met the Person of the Word of God via the Bible, it was love at first sight. Everything changed for me that day, no less than I can imagine it changed for shepherds or Magi who met a Savior and King.

Here is the miracle of Christmas: by no more than the Word of God delivered by an angel, and by the simple word of surrender by a young maiden, the Holy Spirit came upon Mary and she conceived Jesus.

Here is the miracle of Christ: by no more than the Word of the Gospel from God and the simple word of surrender by one of us, the Holy Spirit enters to create in us the life and light of Jesus Christ.

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not comprehend it.
~ John 1:4-5 (NKJV)

Be blessed in today's celebration of the Word of light and life.

Father, thank You for the greatest gift You might ever give: Yourself, Your Word, Your life, in Your Son. May we never cease to thank and praise You for the goodness and light in Jesus.

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  1. Thanks for sharing, your blog is worth reading, nice post. Keep it up.

  2. "For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."--Isaiah 9:6 KJV

    Have a joyous, blessed Christmas, Anne and family! :)

  3. All praise and thanksgiving to Him. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. Anne -- I love that -- "it was love at first sight." And God's love overflows from you, blessing all of us. Merry Christmas, my friend.

  5. Mary's simple word of surrender . . . had she resisted, I can't bear to consider. Yet, there are those times I choose to utter a simple word of surrender to what He asks of me. And I imagine the consequences to be nominal. Good words here, Anne. Good reminder of the love He creates in us when we first see Him.

  6. Lovely post. Merry Christmas.

  7. "Love at first sight. " .. What a wonderful gift you have, as Beloved. Merry Christmas, Anne!

  8. Essay rep, thank you for the positive feedback.

    Gwen, I love the name "Wonderful." It means "beyond comprehension." Can you hardly wait for the day we fully comprehend? Our day has been good. Enjoy your break.

    Patty, indeed! He is all, and deserves our all.

    Glynn, thank you for kind words. There is no love from me that did not originate with Him. I've got a bit more to say on that falling-in-love part on Day Twelve.

    Maureen, thank you. Delighted to see you. May the joy and peace of the season follow you into the new year.

    Bonnie, thank you for the sweet words. Your gift of faith, light, and grace have blessed me. May faith's unseen be revealed to you in increasingly greater measure.


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