Friday, December 23, 2011

Advent - December 23


Psalm 93, 96, 148, 150

Isaiah 59:1-15a

Galatians 3:15-22

Luke 1:67-80

These last days of the Advent season are filled with reminders from God of the promises he made to Abraham and his people – the promise that is soon to be fulfilled with the birth of Jesus. Zechariah, prophesying after his tongue was freed, remembers the promise to Abraham. Paul, in writing to the Galatians also explains the promise to Abraham. God’s word, the covenants he makes with his followers, remains true and binding no matter the circumstances that come between the promise and its fulfillment.

Paul continues his explanation of the covenant in relation to the law. Some could not see how one could be separate from the other. Just as the discussion of law and faith, Paul reminds us that laws were put in place because of our imperfection, not because God’s word is not good enough.

Today, just a day away from our recognition of the fulfillment of the covenant God made so long ago, as we live in an age of the fulfilled promise. Let us consider the imperfections we have the keep us from God and perhaps, how our own limitations may draw us closer to him.