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Monday, December 15, 2008

Advent 2008: Week 3

LEFC Family Advent Readings
Advent Week #3: To Us a Child Is Born
“Everlasting Father” - Isaiah 9:6-7
December 14, 2008

“Advent” means “coming.” Christmas is coming. Jesus has come and is coming again.

This Advent season, we are celebrating the arrival of the Messiah foretold 800 years before His birth, in Isaiah chapter 9, verses 6 and 7:

[READ ISAIAH 9:6-7]

[LIGHT CANDLE #1 AGAIN]

Our first candle was a candle of Jesus’ wisdom. He is the Wonderful Counselor.

[LIGHT CANDLE #2 AGAIN]

Our second candle was a candle of worship. Jesus is the Mighty God!

[LIGHT CANDLE #3.]

Our third candle is a candle of trust and obedience. Jesus is Everlasting Father.

Isaiah is not saying that Jesus is God the Father or that He would have human children.

Instead, Isaiah is predicting that Jesus would be a Father to His people like the founding fathers of a nation–the foundational leader of a people. He says that the “government will be on his shoulders.”

The weight of the world would rest on the loving, wise, authoritative, and strong shoulders of this baby boy. He would be a “Father” to His people.

An Everlasting Father! His loving leadership of His people will never end.

This candle reminds us to trust Him and obey Him as the Everlasting Father that He is.

Advent Bible Study for Families

1. As a family, re-read Isaiah 9:6-7. Review what you’ve learned so far. Jesus was to be Wonderful , Mighty , and Everlasting . What do each of those titles mean?

2. What are the characteristics of the ideal Father?

3. Today, we learned that Isaiah is not teaching that Jesus is God the Father or that He would have human children. What does it mean for Jesus to be the Father of His people? Why is it important that He is everlasting?

4. If you are the Father of your family, talk about what it means to have the weight of the family on your shoulders and compare that with what Isaiah says will be on the shoulders of the Messiah.

5. How can our family grow in trust and obedience of our Everlasting Father, Jesus?

6. As a family, sing O Come, O Come Emmanuel:

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of nightAnd death's dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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