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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Inspired by . . . A Season in Scripture VII

Scripture Pictures

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. (Isa 9:6-7)

I can't read this scripture without the measure of Handel's Messiah accompanying the words in my mind. The wonderment of these verses makes it difficult to remain silent. How the earth must have struggled not to bloom under the feet of our Lord!

If we, mere humans, can feel thus about the Gift, imagine what moved the heart of the Giver.

The scripture tells us: "The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this."

The Hebrew word is qin'âh and can also be translated as jealousy. Now please do not be confused. God is not jealous OF us, He is jealous FOR us. We are His and He is ours and He is determined that nothing shall come between us.

Webster clarifies this a bit with his definition of zeal: fervor or ardor for a person or cause

God's love for us is a jealous love. Hannah Hurnard describes it this way:
Love is beautiful but it is also terrible - terrible in its determination to allow nothing blemished or unworthy to remain in the beloved.
Christ is the personification of God's terrible love for us. He is the instrument by which everything blemished is healed and everything unworthy is made honorable.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!


The series:
A Season in Scripture I
A Season in Scripture II
A Season in Scripture III 
A Season in Scripture IV

A Season in Scripture V 
A Season in Scripture VI

Sharing inspiration here:
Testimony Tuesday, #TellHisStory,
Faith On Fire, Grace & Truth,
Inspire Me Monday, RaRa Link Up, Intentional Tuesday,
#WordswithWinter, Titus 2 Tuesday, Thoughtful Thursdays,
Encourage Me Monday, Wholehearted Wednesday,
Women with Intention Wednesdays, Word Filled Wednesday,
#GiveMeGrace, Sitting Among Friends, #Glimpsesofhisbeauty
Counting My Blessings, Grace Moments, Heart Encouragement

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